The Delaplaine offers five main galleries on two floors showcasing local, regional, and national artists. In addition, the Community Art Gallery features artworks from local schools and nonprofit organizations, and the Community Outreach Gallery primarily features artwork created through our Community Outreach program partnerships. Galleries are open daily and admission is free.

The Delaplaine also operates three satellite galleries in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries.

Meet the Artists

Join us on most First Saturdays for new exhibition openings and meet the artists, 3–5 pm.

Past Exhibitions

View links to our Flickr albums of past exhibitions.


MAR 4–APR 30

Bettie Awards Exhibition

Works in a variety of media

Peace by Benjamin Bradford, 2023 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner

Inspired by Elizabeth Barker Delaplaine’s lifelong support of the arts and strong belief in the importance of encouraging young artists, the Delaplaine presents the annual Bettie Awards program for students in grades 9–12 residing or attending school in Frederick County. The exhibition showcases those artworks selected from the entries to be 2023 Bettie Award Winners. The artwork that receives the most votes during the exhibition is designated the People’s Choice Award Winner, and its artist receives $250. The Bettie Awards are supported in part by the Frederick County Art Association.


APR 1–30

Emerging Artists Exhibition

Works in a variety of media

Artwork by Rebecca Oh

Third Home by Rebecca Oh, 2022 Emerging Artists Exhibition Grand Prize Award Winner

This annual juried exhibition highlights adult artists at the outset of their creative endeavors.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Rachel Hsu is an interdisciplinary artist who works with visual art, language, and poetry. Inspired by absence, relational ruptures, and slippages in translation, she engages the yearning that emerges from distance and displacement to make mental exertion and emotional endurance felt within one’s body. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including Philadelphia, PA, and New York, NY, and her writing has been published in Honey Literary. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and a BFA sculpture from Western Washington University. Originally from Seattle, WA, she is currently based in Philadelphia.


APR 1–30

Gillian Collins

Mechanical Components: The Seen but UnSeen

Artwork by Gillian Collins

Ferryboat by Gillian Collins

Using inspiration from industrial manufacturing and mechanical components, Collins develops a style that combines realism and abstraction with the abstract expressionism of geometric shapes to facilitate a contemplation of our most basic technological advancements.


APR 1–30

Nadya Steare

Re_Source Art

Artwork by Nadya Steare

Mme. Donut by Nadya Steare

With an unconventional harmony between academic and neofolk sculpting methods, this exhibition is a series of sculptures addressing the urgency of the global waste crisis and plastic pollution. Inspired by the Zero-Waste Movement, a trend to maintain a more sustainable lifestyle, this series was created entirely out of discarded, found, and donated materials.



FCPS Youth Art Month Unified Exhibition



Friends Meeting School


MAY 6–JUN 25

Michael Bruner

Mike do this, Mike do that, Mike don’t do that
Pencil and graphite drawings

Artwork by Michael Bruner

Young Artist in a Drop Dead Suit by Michael Bruner

Inspired by surrealism and memory, Bruner’s highly detailed drawings use beauty, humor, and repulsion to reflect on the complexities of identity and subliminal thoughts and emotions.


MAY 6–JUN 25

Bob Cantor

Family Album
Oil paintings

Artwork by Bob Cantor

Lawn Chair 1959 by Bob Cantor

Cantor’s paintings celebrate the peculiarities of nostalgia and memory while alluding to the way that time, technology, and consumer culture have shaped those memories and irrevocably altered the dreams and aspirations associated with them. Starting with black-and-white snapshots from his childhood, Cantor uses figures from his extensive pencil sharpener collection to replace himself and his brothers wherever they appear.


MAY 6–JUN 25

Danielle Hawk

Romancing (Im)Perfection

Artwork by Danielle Hawk

Disassembled Urn by Danielle Hawk

Hawk’s works are domestic objects stripped of their purpose. Using their function as a metaphor for productivity and social performance, their uselessness becomes a symbol of the impossibility of achieving societal calls for constant perceived perfection.



National Juried Exhibition

Works in a variety of media

Artwork by Arthur Hayes

Freud’s Dog’s Dream by Arthur Hayes, 2022 NJE First Prize Award Winner

The Delaplaine’s annual juried show features works by artists from around the region and the nation.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Delaplaine invites artists throughout the nation to enter the 2023 National Juried Exhibition. All media are eligible, including, but not limited to, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, drawing, installation, and sculpture. The deadline for entries is April 2. Visit the Exhibition Opportunities page at delaplaine.org for entry information.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Foon Sham is a sculptor and professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has sawed, cut, laminated, stacked, carved, and assembled a multiplicity of soft and hard wood into organic and geometric forms from small to massive pieces. His art echoes his personal feeling to nature, disaster, and the particular environment. Born in Macao and raised in Hong Kong, Sham received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 1980, he has had over 40 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 115 group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the U.S. and around the world.



Transformative Arts Project



The Frederick Center



Each 1, Teach 1, Inc.