Montpelier Arts Center opened in 1979. Located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion, which dates to the 1780s, the Arts Center was built on the footprint of the original 1925 cattle barn.
The Arts Center houses three galleries, artist studios, a metal casting facility, gas- and electric-fired kilns, a digital lab, and classrooms.
It also offers an extensive class and workshop program in the visual and literary arts for children to adults; beginners to advanced. Cultural events in both the visual and performing arts are offered throughout the year as well.
Contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums including printmaking, sculpture, painting, and ceramics rent studio space at Montpelier. Studios are open to the public, and offer insight into the process of creating art. Artists who have studios at Montpelier also exhibit their work in the Resident Artist Gallery on a rotating basis.
The spacious Main Gallery is used for invitational exhibitions as well as juried competitions that include cutting edge work as well as more traditional approaches and feature both emerging and established regional, national, and international artists.
The gallery is also the site for the performances of the Jazz, Folk/Blues, and Classical music series. On a limited basis, the Main Gallery may also be rented by the public for meetings, receptions, and performances.
The Library Gallery exhibits one person and group shows that an outside juror selects through a competition open to all Maryland artists; the competition is held biennially.