The Baltimore Sun Covers Ellicott City Mural Competition

The Baltimore Sun covered the Art in Ellicott City mural competition in this weekend’s Sunday paper — just in time for the competition deadline of December 31.

The article describes the inspiration for the competition and also reports on the eggplant sculpture recently installed in front of the Welcome Center.  The eggplant was the first project undertaken by AEC  since its creation in November 2017 .

You can read the article here.

AEC to Sponsor HCC’s The Art of Stewardship 2019 Art Show — Preservation of Land and Legacy

art of stewardshipAEC is pleased to be a partnering sponsor of The Howard County Conservancy’s 2019 art show, Artists as Stewards of Nature: Preservation of the Land and its Legacy.

The Conservancy’s call to artists this year asks contributors to consider what the recent severe flooding and extreme weather in Ellicott City “means for land preservation and the legacy we leave for future generations.”

The event is a juried show with cash prizes for winners and honorable mentions.  All media are welcome, and contributions must have a footprint of either 10″ x 10″ or 10″ x 8″ and must be hung by wire only.

Click here to register your art!

Deadline is March 10, 2019, or until 150 pieces have entered, whichever is soonest.


AEC Approves Two Grant Requests from ECP for Holiday Installations

lightsArt in Ellicott City is pleased to announce that it has approved two grant requests from the Ellicott City Partnership — one for a holiday light show to brighten up Main Street and one for holiday dressing for Main Street buildings damaged by the May 2018 flood.

Public art installations play in important role in drawing people to public spaces and in lifting the soul.  Old Ellicott City’s soul is in need of a little lifting this holiday season, in light of the two devastating floods in the last three years.

AEC hopes the holiday light installation will become an annual feature, and that it becomes more creative, complex, and innovative over time.




AEC Announces Mural Competition

drawing-933207_960_720AEC is pleased to announce its contest for public murals in and around Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland. AEC has a grant from the State of Maryland to help fund the mural(s), and we seek mural design and installation proposals from the general public.

AEC has consulted with the Howard County Historic Preservation Commission and with property owners on Main Street. Those discussions have produced a list of candidate walls for murals, which list appears in the accompanying competition guidelines.

Design proposals are due December 31, 2018. Proposals can be mailed to The Fund for Art in Ellicott City, Inc., 8318 Forrest Street, Suite 200, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043, or emailed to

Click on the links below to access the announcement and the guidelines.

Email any questions to

AEC Competition Press Release

AEC Mural Competition Guidelines

The Eggplant Is Back!

New Eggplant close up-6Art in Ellicott City is THRILLED to announce the completion of its first project on Main Street, the return of the Ellicott City eggplant!

As you know, Jan Kirsh‘s wonderful eggplant sculpture stood in front of the Welcome Center as part of the Howard County Arts Council’s Art Sites program some years back. It became a community favorite for photo ops and selfies, and many of us missed it when it left.

Now it’s BACK!

This is the first of several initiatives AEC has in the works to bring public art to OEC. So stay tuned….