The FAC Art Center is a newly renovated, converted church building at 5 East Second Street in Downtown Frederick. Our historic building not only houses resident organizations, public art projects, exhibitions, and offices, but also serves as an affordable venue for our member artists and organizations to hold events,exhibitions, and performances. The FAC Arts Center is a cultural hub and anchor point for the arts in Frederick County.
The FAC Art Center functions as a place for the community to engage in public art both inside and outside the building and complements the gallery program at 11 West Patrick.
The first floorincludes the FAC Shop, information about FAC members, and resident organizations such as Endangered Species (theatre) Project. The first floor also features rotating exhibitions in partnership with local artists and arts organizations.
Currently on View: Infinite Growth curated by Jillian Abir MacMaster. Click here to learn more.
FAC’s second floor gallery houses rotating exhibitions, public art initiatives, concerts, and events.
Creative Gateways: Expressing Frederick’s Distinct Identity–An Ideas Exhibition November 15th – March 31st, 2022.
About ‘Creative Gateways: Expressing Frederick’s Distinct Identity–An Ideas Exhibit’:
Roundabouts and Gateways pose an opportunity to transform important and highly visible areas into distinct zones that facilitate unique and memorable experiences. This exhibition brings together the creative vision of over 20 individual artists who have contemplated the potential of these zones to activate the county’s distinct cultural, historical, and ecological identity.
The exhibition was inspired by the French term, charrette, which is defined as a collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to inform an initiative that represents transformative community change. The goal of this charrette is to raise awareness about the potential for artwork surrounding the county’s gateways to establish Frederick’s unique identity.
The exhibition includes local, national, and international artists contributing their ideas for engaging ways to activate these key welcoming spaces. The works cover a variety of styles, from mosaic-like sculptural pieces to light-infused metal lanterns; and includes numerous themes such as spreading awareness about endangered species of the area as well as types of agricultural products; and includes a variety of materials such as wood and modeled earth art. Audiences are encouraged to give feedback to the showcase to help direct the next step of this long term project by leaving their critique and ideas in the Ideas Boxes placed throughout the exhibit.
Apply to show in the 2nd floor exhibition space or other FAC gallery spaces here.
The third floor houses the FAC Creative Lab, a studio and workspace free and open to the public. FAC invites artists and creatives to utilize the drawing tables, easels, armchairs, and to enjoy the library of artist books, artist editions, and monographs. The Creative Lab is free and open to the public during FAC Art Center hours of operation.