There’s a lot to love here in Montgomery County and for local artists and members of our legal community, there’s plenty to be proud of. In just two years, the Montgomery Bar Association’s local, state, and now national award-winning Courting Art program has transformed the once-tired walls of the Montgomery County Court House into a bright, colorful gallery of homegrown art --lifting the spirits of thousands of exhibition and courthouse visitors each year. Most newsworthy perhaps is the fact that the renaissance taking place in the Montgomery County Court House has been achieved at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to a very special group of prize-winning amateur and professional artists and the pioneering attorneys, judges, law firms and community partners who have stepped up to support the program. On all accounts, Courting Art is a winner.
Since the program’s conception, the Courting Art program has helped raise awareness of our county’s talented local artists and art programs. Last October at the National Association of Bar Executive’s Communications Conference held in Indianapolis, the Courting Art program earned “best of show” accolades on its way to earning a Luminary Award -- the national association’s highest honor. In 2014, it was also among the first projects ever to receive a Stellar Award from the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board for raising awareness of local tourist attractions and community treasures. And what began as an idea to help relieve stress and create a more visitor-friendly courthouse has become a model for community-led courthouse improvements nationwide. One Maryland judge has credited our legal community along with pioneering artists and sponsors as the inspiration behind their own Courting Art program, scheduled to launch later this year in the city of Baltimore, with others in line to follow.
Montgomery County artists (ages 55+) are again encouraged to begin preparing work for the MBA’s highly anticipated 2015 “WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MONTGOMERY COUNTY” art contest and three-week juried art exhibition at MCCC’s Fine Arts Center. Prize-winning work from this year’s contest will complete the transformation of the third and final wing of the Montgomery County Court House, Plaza Level. Visit our Timeline page for key dates and times for this year's contest and exhibition. Contest Rules and Entry Forms and available for download on our Entry Info page.
We are presently seeking sponsors for our 2015 program as well and have some very special incentives in place for those who support this year's efforts. Please visit our Sponsorship page to learn more.