Annmarie Garden Exhibit Application Information

Interested in applying to be in one of our juried exhibits?  General information about Annmarie and our exhibits and galleries can be found in this form.  Please note that we use a very easy online application system for all of our exhibit applications.  When you click the SUBMIT button on our online application, you are agreeing to the guidelines and information provided in this document.  Please read the entire document.  T

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About Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Annmarie is a thirty-acre sculpture garden and arts center located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.  The sculpture garden features a walking path that meanders through the forest, past permanent and loaned sculpture, including more than forty works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.  Artists in the collection include:  George Rickey, Jean Arp, Barbara Hepworth, Cesar, Robert Engman, Jules Olitski, Kenneth Snelson, Menashe Kadishman, and Francisco Zuniga.  The garden also presents a variety of special events, gallery shows, and engaging public art programs throughout the year.  The Studio School offers creative classes taught by a talented faculty.  The award-winning Arts Building, is a 15,000 sq.ft. museum-grade exhibition space that includes two large galleries, a gift shop, the artLAB, and a sunny patio that offers lovely views of the outdoor sculpture. 

About Solomons, Maryland
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is located in Solomons, a lovely waterfront town situated where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay.  Just over an hour drive from the Washington DC-Baltimore metro area, Solomons is a popular destination for tourists, boaters, and regional residents.  With spectacular views, interesting shops, a terrific marine museum, and wonderful restaurants, Solomons is a delightful place to spend a day or weekend.  This distinctive setting and engaging array of programs and exhibits makes Annmarie an important element of any visit to Solomons and southern Maryland.

The Main Gallery -   4000 sq. ft. indoor exhibition space. Accommodates floor, wall, and ceiling mounts.  Electricity available.  Internet access. Delivery door dimensions 8’ x 8’.  Lifting capabilities, include a pallet jack, an elevator for second floor deliveries, and a 2-ton Max. pulley system.  Centralized 24-hour temperature and humidity controls.  Building-wide security.  When applicable, outdoor works will be installed in the sculpture garden, adjacent to the Murray Arts Building. 

The Kay Daugherty Gallery - 3300 sq.ft exhibition space; accommodates floor, wall and ceiling mounts; electricity available; Internet access; delivery door dimensions 8’ x 8’; lifting capabilities, including an elevator and 2-ton Max. pulley system; centralized 24-hour temperature and humidity controls; building-wide security. When applicable, outdoor works will be installed in the sculpture garden, adjacent to the Murray Arts Building. 

Exhibit Eligibility
All media types are welcome; small to large scale; indoors and outdoors. The exhibition is open to artists age 18 and older working in the U.S. and Canada.  Video entries must be submitted on DVD, playable on QuickTime or RealPlayer, and no more than 20 minutes in length. DVD or computer based works must be exhibited on equipment provided by artist. Internet access is available. Bases and pedestals must well-balanced and sturdy.  All frames must be simple in design and ornamentation.  All works to be hung on the wall must arrive with hanging hardware pre-installed.  Submitting an entry constitutes agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions set forth in this prospectus. 

Jury & Selection Process
Annmarie exhibit are typically juried by a 1-2 member panel; typically, one member of the panel is drawn from the Smithsonian Institution. Artists will be selected based on skill, technique, and originality.      

Entry Fee
Artists must submit a $25 non-refundable entry fee for up to four entries.  Annmarie uses an online application system that allows artists to pay by, or they can send in a check, or call in their credit card info to the front office at 410-326-4640.  Whichever payment method you choose, you still must complete and submit the online application form.  There is a returned check fee of $25. 

Image Requirements

  • Each 2D entry should include 2 images of the artwork (close-up where needed). 3D works should include three images of the artwork (from different angles and installation shot).
  • All images must be in digital jpeg format and cannot exceed 10MB.
  • Image file names must coincide with the entry number on the application form, followed by first initial and last name of artist.  Example…1BJackson.jpg, 2BJackson.jpg, 3BJackson.jpg, 4BJackson.jpg, etc…
  • For video entries, please submit still images through the online application system.  You will then need to contact the curator or the registrar to arrange viewing of entire work. 
  • Please note that we do not return CDs or DVDs.
  • Annmarie reserves the right to use the information in all application materials for publicity purposes.

Artist Statement & Resume
All applicants MUST submit an artist statement for EACH work (no more than one or two paragraphs in length for each work of art).  The artist statement will be used in the exhibit.  These DOCUMENTS are submitted through the online application process. 

Artwork Delivery/ Return
Annmarie reserves the right to reject any accepted work that significantly differs from the entry images.  Artist must supply all equipment for display of work, including audio visual equipment.  Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Director.  Accepted works will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. 

Shipped work must be sent in a reusable container with the pre-paid return shipping slip included. Works must be shipped via UPS, FedEx, etc.   Please note that we will not return works via USPS, so please choose an alternate carrier for shipping.  No collect deliveries will be accepted. 

ANNMARIE SHIPPING ADDRESS:  Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 13470 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD, 20688. 

If you wish to arrange for delivery on a day outside the delivery range advertised for an exhibit, you MUST make advance arrangements with the Registrar.  She can be reached at

Special note about arranging delivery or pick-up of art work.  The Annmarie  Murray Arts Building DOES NOT have a loading dock or forklift; therefore, when arranging delivery/pick-up for heavy works, you must request a delivery truck with a lift gate.  Staff does have a pallet jack to assist with moving large crated objects into the building.  Please also request that driver call ahead to notify staff of impending delivery. Any work not picked up by the end of the advertised pick-up period will not be covered by insurance and may be subject to a storage fee.  Any work unclaimed after 60 days will be auctioned for the benefit of Annmarie.  For those artists who wish to hand deliver their work and/or install their own work, on-site housing is sometimes available (on a first come, first served basis).

Cash Awards
Annmarie will present cash awards to outstanding work.  Jurors will review installed works (not application images) for award selection.  If possible, selection will occur prior to the exhibit opening and awards will be presented at the Annmarie After Hours Opening Reception.  Award amounts are contingent upon funding; typically there are four awards each about $200.  

Sale of Work
Works selected for exhibition cannot be removed before the end of the exhibition.  Should a sale resulting from the exhibition occur, Annmarie will retain a 40% commission of the listed sale price. 

Annmarie Garden insures all works of art in our exhibits for the fair market value.  Insurance coverage begins when works of art are unpacked and ends on the final day of the pick-up period advertised for the specific exhibit, or when artwork is picked-up for return by carrier, whichever comes first.  Detailed insurance information will be provided in the loan form.

Annmarie After Hours Opening
We celebrate the opening of each exhibit with a reception called Annmarie After Hours, which is typically held on a Friday evening, 5-8pm.  Annmarie After Hours is a casual adult evening of great art, wine/beer, light hors d’oeuvres, and live music.  The sculpture garden will remain open with extended hours, taking full advantage of the exceptional venue.  Each artist will enjoy complimentary admission to Annmarie After Hours

Private Receptions during Exhibits
Like many non-profit art centers, we host private receptions in our gallery space.  We rely on these private events to help fund our operating budget.  Occasionally, we have to move or adjust works of art in the exhibit to accommodate the needs of the client or to safeguard the art.  Under these circumstances, we may move hanging works of art and small works displayed on pedestals; we do not typically move installations.  If deemed necessary, we will add stanchions and add other safety devises around installations and other delicate works. 

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EACH Exhibit has its own set of deadlines and information.  Refer to the online application form for details.


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