As Maryland’s cultural capital, you’ll find diverse expressions of art everywhere you turn in Montgomery County. Local organizations and artists have developed outdoor exhibits that are sure to inspire your creative side. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed art aficionado or just searching for the perfect selfie spot, get outside and soak up the arts at these outdoor exhibits.
Explore the Integration of Art, Architecture and Nature at Glenstone Museum
Glenstone is the perfect place to visit for a day of art exploration. With nearly 300 acres of landscape filled with sculptures, architecture and multi-media exhibits, you’ll find yourself leaving with nothing but endless inspiration. Glenstone is operating at a limited capacity. Thursday-Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. Maximum group size is 5. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Guests must be 12 and older.
Horse and rider, 2014
solid stainless steel
Artist: Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
stainless steel, soil, geotextile fabric, internal irrigation system, and live flowering plants
Artist: Jeff Koons Courtesy: Glenstone Museum
FOREST (for a thousand years…), 2012
audio installation: 22 loud speakers mounted in a forest setting, amplifiers, playback computer
Duration: 28-minute loop
Artists: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, courtesy of the artists and Luhring Augustine, New York
Follow the Art Trails throughout the County’s Arts and Entertainment Districts
The state of Maryland designated three Arts and Entertainment Districts right here in Montgomery County. The purpose of these districts is to foster creative projects that contribute to the artistic, cultural and economic growth to the designated downtown areas. Follow the art trails around downtown Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton.
“Paint the Town” Mural Project, 2016
3 Bethesda Metro Center
Artist: Juan Pineda
Madonna of the Trail, 1928
Bethesda Post Office, 7400 Wisconsin Ave
Statue symbolizing the courage and faith of pioneer women.
The first of 11 statues marking the National Trail westward.
Gateway Building, 7201 Wisconsin Ave
Glass & metal sculpture with prisms
Artisit: Rockne Krebs
Silver Spring Highlights:
United Therapeutics Corporation, 1040 Spring Street
Art and Educational HD Video Installation
Murals of Historic Silver Spring
Acorn Park, 1190 East-West Highway
Artist: Mame Cohalon
Botero Ballerinas, 2013
8711 Georgia Ave.
Stainless Steel (Wind Kinetic Sculpture)
Artist: Barton Rubenstein
Our Diverse Cultures, 2007
Wheaton Walkway, between Georgia Avenue and Triangle Lane
Artist: Arts on the Block
The Commuter, 1994
Wheaton Metro Garage, 11171 Georgia Avenue
Artist: Marcia Billig
Six Bas-Relief Sculptures, 2003
Levin Greenberg Building, 11200 Grandview Avenue
Artist: Philip Ratner
Take a Stroll Through the Sculpture Garden at Sandy Spring Museum
ARTINA 2020: LIGHT: A Sculptural Solar Dance, a fun outdoor exhibit hosted throughout the rustic grounds of the Sandy Spring Museum, is the newest spot in the county art scene. In this exhibit, artists used renewable energy sculptures to represent a need for better environmental responsibility and adopts sunlight as the medium, the subject matter, or the energy source of the art. On Exhibit August 5- November 7, 2020. Guests may view the exhibit during daylight hours, any day of the week. No reservations required. Masks required.
Sculpture Garden Highlights:
Sun Burst, 2020
Downspouts, wood, spray paint, solar powered LED lights
Artist: Jean Kim
Noon Meeting, 2020
Mirrors, painted wood
Artist: James Mallos
Tree of Illuminations, 2020
Glass, metal and plastic lids, rice paper, dye, glues, stainless steel coated wire
Artist: Marc Robarge
Looking for more ways to explore the outdoors around Montgomery County? Check out Stop and Smell the Flowers at These Public Gardens and Take a Scenic Drive and Discover UpCounty.
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