Montpelier Arts Center

Montpelier Arts Center

9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD

  • ceramic vase and bowl
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD
Tel: 301-377-7800
Mon-Fri : 8:30am-5pm
Sat-Sun : Closed


  • Art

  • ceramic vase and bowl

    Ceramics Room

  • Gardens

  • Parking Lot

  • Picnic Tables

Visitors can explore the three galleries with rotating exhibitions by local and national visual artists. Located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion, the center also houses artist studios, a bronze casting foundry, gas and electric-fired kilns, a digital lab, printmaking presses, and classrooms.

Montpelier Arts Center offers visual, literary, and performing arts experiences for children to adults; beginners to advanced. These creative spaces are designed to inspire artists to work in a variety of mediums including printmaking, sculpture, painting, ceramics, and more.

Gallery Hours:

Sunday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm (closed major holidays).

Admission is free!
Call 301-377-7800 to schedule a tour.


Gallery Exhibitions

Patrick Cromwell

September 8 – October 22, 2023  Patrick Cromwell has been a resident artist at Montpelier Arts Center since 2012. After studying art and architecture
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Opening Reception: Ngoc Le

Friday, September 8, 2023, 7 pm-9 pm Exhibition Dates: September 8 – November 5, 2023 Using everyday materials, Ngoc Le uses store bought or found obj
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Ngoc Le

September 8 – November 5, 2023 Public Reception: Friday, September 8, 2023, 7 pm-9 pm Using everyday materials, Ngoc Le uses store bought or found obj
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Virtual Gallery



Smooth Sounds for Seniors

Classical Recital Series

Resident Artists

The Resident Artist Program

The resident artists of Montpelier Arts Center work in a diverse variety of media and styles. All are professional artists and several teach classes at Montpelier.

Artists work in their studios throughout the week; they have visiting hours for groups and/or individuals interested in purchasing their work or learning more about the artistic process. On a rotating basis, artists exhibit their work in the Center’s Resident Artist Gallery.

Current Resident Artists

  • Linda Bernard, ceramics (adults ceramic instructor)
  • Patricia Phillips Bowden, painting
  • Nikki Brooks, painting
  • David Brosch, specializes in traditional etching (printmaking instructor)
  • Amy Brown, Mixed media
  • Melissa Burley, sculpture
  • Patrick Cromwell, printmaker
  • Barry Goldstein, sculpture
  • Racquel Keller, Mixed media
  • Christopher Kirages, sculpture
  • Elisa Mayes, Ceramics*
  • Tric Nelson, Ceramics*
  • Bao-Yen Nguyen, painting
  • Sushama Parikh, sculpture, ceramics, and batik
  • Julie Polt, printmaker
  • Sharon Sefton, printmaker
  • Michael Stewart, printmaker
  • Jeremy Wright, ceramics, sculpture (ceramics instructor)

Jurying for Studio Space

Montpelier Arts Center holds a jury for studio space when space becomes available.

Solo Exhibitions

Resident artists who have studios at Montpelier are also eligible for solo exhibitions in the Resident Artists Gallery on a rotating basis; they also have access to the studios seven days a week. Interested artists are encouraged to visit the center.



Rentals are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as the program schedule allows. Rentals must be arranged with at least 30 days’ notice. Rates vary depending on the type of organization-relative to non-profit status, bi-county residency, and whether or not an organization is arts-focused or not.


Those wishing to host celebrations/social events should visit Historic Rental Properties. Interested groups or individuals must submit an application at least a month before the event and will receive approval from Prince George’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Main Gallery

The Main Gallery can be rented for meetings or events only after 5 pm Monday through Thursday and after 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Gallery rentals may only be scheduled as the exhibition, program, and class schedule allows.

Montpelier Arts Center Rental Schedule

Visit Us

Montpelier Arts Center is open to the public. The three galleries housed at the Arts Center introduce rotating exhibitions by local and national visual artists. Gallery hours are Sunday through Saturday, 10 am-5 pm (closed major holidays) Admission is free.


We are located off Route 197 and Muirkirk Road in Laurel, Maryland, one-quarter mile west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. From the Capitol Beltway (I-495), take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway North, and exit at Laurel-Bowie Road (Route 197) North. Continue on Route 197 (Laurel-Bowie Road) to Crystal Plaza Shopping Center/Muirkirk Road. Turn left onto Muirkirk Road; Art Center Drive is first right.


Free parking is available at the Arts Center.

Planning Your Visit

Visitor Guidelines

Our galleries and studios are free and open to the public seven days a week. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the galleries. No photography or videotaping is allowed in the galleries without permission of the artists or the arts center.

Gallery Hours

10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Saturday. Closed major holidays.

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Tours can be arranged by calling the arts center during office hours.


We encourage and support the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. Montpelier Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.


Guided tours of the arts center include the exhibitions on view and visits with artists working in their studios. Tours can be arranged by calling the arts center during office hours (9:30 am-5 pm). A tour of the arts center can often be combined with a tour of the Montpelier Mansion. To schedule a Mansion Tour, call 301-377-7817 or email

Artist Opportunities





The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division (ACHD) of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation invites individual artists and artist teams to submit applications for exterior sculptural artwork to be installed on a temporary basis at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. ACHD is seeking existing sculptural works that fit the criteria described in this solicitation, rather than the design and fabrication of new work. 

The Montpelier Arts Center shares grounds with the Montpelier House Museum (Montpelier Mansion), a local historical landmark and venue for public and private events. The Arts Center houses galleries, artist studios, and classrooms, as well as administrative offices. Both facilities are operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation. The Arts Center hosts gallery exhibitions and related events, classes for adults and children, as well as musical performances and other community events. As such, it is used daily for daytime and evening activities. 

The selected artwork will be placed on a concrete pad sited on a lawn area at the center of the circular driveway directly in front of the entry to the Arts Center and grounds leading to the Montpelier House Museum.  Dimensions of the concrete pad measure is approximately 14 feet in diameter and 6 inches in height. Based on engineering specifications, the pad can support a variety of types and weights of sculpture.  

Public Art Goals 

This public art project seeks to enhance the outdoor environment of the Montpelier Arts Center and Mansion by: 

  • Making a significant statement that relates to the sense of place associated with the site. 
  • Having a strong daytime and nighttime presence. 
  • Setting a standard of excellence for future public art projects planned for Prince George’s County. 
  • Capturing Prince George’s County’s historic and modern significance to the Greater Washington, D.C. region. 
open call flyer for artist submissions to Montpelier Arts Center