Annmarie Garden, Sculpture Park & Arts Center
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Annmarie Garden is a sculpture park and arts center located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. Annmarie features a walking path which meanders through the forest past permanent and loaned sculpture, including over twenty-five works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. Annmarie also presents a variety of special events, gallery shows, and engaging public art programs.
The residency program provides a serene place on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay for visual, musical,and literary artists to create works that address ecological issues and/or inspire community involvement. Artists have access to a private studio space in addition to a variety of classroom studios and garage spaces, a waterfront, and fifty acres of forest and field.
Residencies are meant to focus on merging the arts and the environment and should include the involvement of their local community to some capacity.
- Spring/Fall residencies: residents are required to work with field trip groups and/or school outreach programs as scheduled.
- Summer residency: summer residents are required to design a public art project that engages the visitors to Annmarie Garden in the art-making process. Summer residents are required to work alongside the public for at least 12 hours/week.
Resident artists have access to studio space within the living quarters (one bedroom), and are also welcome to use other gallery and classroom space as available. Annmarie has a modest ceramics studio with a kiln, slab roller, and potter's wheels that are also available for use, as well as a painting studio with easels. With numerous indoor and outdoor exhibition and installation options, artists are encouraged to think creatively about how and where to display their work. Artists should bring their own equipment.
Small individual rustic house equipped with furnishings and kitchenware. Artists are expected to bring their own linens and personal items. No washer/dryer in the house. Grocery store, post office, restaurants, and laundry services are located within two miles of the site. Resident is responsible for their own meals; there is a private kitchen for resident's use. Resident is provided a modest allowance for groceries. Access to standard office equipment can be arranged, including wireless internet, copy, fax, etc. Artist also has access to Annmarie forest, fields, and waterfront property. Bicycle and kayak available. Please note that public transportation in southern Maryland is very limited. Smoking not permitted on site. Living quarters are not handicap accessible at this time.
Annmarie Garden is located in Solomons, a lovely waterfront town situated where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Just over an hour drive from 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 Garden an important element of any visit to Solomons and southern Maryland.