The Howard Hughes Corporation Launches Artist-in-Residence Program

Merriweather District to Include Studio Space for Selected Artists

The Howard Hughes Corporation, in collaboration with the Howard County Arts Council, announces the launch of the Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence (MD AIR) program in Downtown Columbia, MD. The Call for Entry for prospective participants is being disseminated nation-wide.

Three artists will be selected from submitted entries and provided a stipend of $10,000 each to spend up to two months, from June 1-July 31, 2018, creating work in a medium of their choosing. Studio space will be provided in the Two Merriweather, a new office building in Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather District. Residential accommodations will be provided within walking distance.

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate in 14 states, including Maryland, where it is developing Downtown Columbia. For more information, visit

“The Howard Hughes Corporation is transforming a suburban downtown into a dense, vibrant urban core that celebrates Culture and Commerce,” said Regional President John E. DeWolf. “We invite artists to propose a project that captures their vision of the personality of this new urban center.”

Downtown Columbia includes the iconic Merriweather Post Pavilion, which is undergoing a $50 million renovation and expansion. The Chrysalis amphitheatre nearby was dedicated last Spring. A performing and visual arts center is also being planned for the Merriweather District.

In October 2017, the OPUS 1 festival took over the Pavilion, the Chrysalis and the surrounding woodlands for an evening of art, music and technology in the forest, attracting almost 16,000 people. OPUS 1’s large scale art installations, mesmerizing music performances and treetop project mapping signaled the Merriweather District’s future as a cultural hub. For more information, visit

The MD AIR program for 2018 will be the first in what will be an annual program to provide an opportunity for artists to spend two months in the midst of this evolving urban center at the vanguard of walkable communities that both nurture and catalyze creativity, vibrancy and equity. Works by selected MD AIR artists will be considered for inclusion in the second annual OPUS, scheduled for October 2018.

Artists are encouraged to focus on the relationship between art and technology in responding to the MD AIR Call for Entry.

MD AIR applications will remain open until April 7, 2018. For further information and to apply, visit

Howard County Arts Council

The Howard Hughes Corporation is collaborating with the Howard County Arts Council to help design and launch the inaugural MD AIR program. The Howard County Arts Council is a model multi-purpose arts agency that supports a wide variety of programs and opportunities that advance artistic development in Howard County. In addition to providing expertise and advice, the Arts Council will have a representative on the artist selection panel, administer the on-line selection process and assist with MD AIR open studio activities.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 14 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit

Media Contacts:

Vanessa Rodriguez, 410-964-4891
Marketing Director, The Howard Hughes Corporation

Michele Whelley, 443-831-8045
MD AIR Program Manager