Inside the Hall: Maryland Hall News Blog

Take a look at our Spring class offerings for Ceramics. Our Summer classes are also available for registration.

The Maryland Hall Pottery Studio offers an atmosphere of camaraderie and relaxation where more than 70 students of all ages, from young adults to retirees, come together to explore this fascinating and ever changing media. 

Handbuilding class with Laura Switkes

The Pottery Studio recently expanded and now has a fully furnished handbuilding room, a throwing room with 14 wheels, a glazing room, and a kiln room with 3 kilns.

Classes and workshops include wheel throwing, handbuilding, sculpture, and glazing techniques. Many of these different approaches intersect, forming one of the most vibrant communities at Maryland Hall. Walking through the studios one can appreciate the diversity of the work being created.


Pottery Class with Renata Mastroti

To keep the program fresh and vital, Maryland Hall instructors are always exploring new techniques and approaches to clay. The energy is in the air with a constant flow of new work going in and out of the kilns.

In addition to the classes, the Pottery Department offers open studio access to currently enrolled students, where they can work independently to help solidify their skills. Students participate in an annual ‘Student Show’ in one of Maryland Hall’s galleries.


The Pottery Department will offer a ‘Seconds Sale’ and wheel and handbuilding demonstrations during the annual Artfest open house event on Sunday April 8 from 1:00-4:00pm.

Last week the galleries were filled with students from the Bates Liberal Arts Band and PVA (Performing and Visual Arts)  classes. They were greeted by artist H.C. Porter whose traveling exhibition Blues @ Home: Mississippi's Living Blues Legends is showcased in both the Chaney and Martino Galleries through March 3.

Porter explained the culture of Blues music and its heritage from the state of Mississippi, the background of the Blues @ Home project including interviews and oral histories of each living legend, and the process and techniques of her work - starting as a photograph, transforming into a high-contrast silk-screen image, and finally becoming a mixed media painting with acrylic paint and prisma-color pencil.


The students all had an opportunity to use the audio wands provided and listened to the oral histories of the musicians. They spent time answering questions made up by their teachers. They engaged with the artist and asked questions about her work. Additionally, they reflected on how the work relates to what they are learning about in  class, whether it be the musical and performance aspect for the band students or the mixed media technique for the visual arts students. History takes part as well. We look forward to even more groups in the coming weeks.


It is great to see the community engaging with our galleries and we enjoy bringing students from various schools who have found relevance in their curriculum and what we are showcasing. If you are interested in setting up a time for your class (or other group) to visit the galleries and meet the artist please contact Emily Kohlenstein (Exhibitions Coordinator) at


Maryland Hall has decided to retire its annual fundraising event, All That Art.  The 2017 auction was the 12th annual event.  

"The art auction has been a great event for Maryland Hall for many years,” says Donna Anderson, VP, of Marketing and Development.  “But staff and volunteers will focus instead on researching and planning potential new fundraising events to support our mission in 2019 as well as supporting and expanding our annual ArtFest Open House on April 8 and our 20th Arts Alive fundraising event on September 7th."

In the coming weeks and months, Maryland Hall will be reaching out to past art auction participants -- artists, donors, and sponsors -- to seek feedback and input on future arts-related events.  Thank you to the participating artists and to our sponsors and supporters for their commitment to Maryland Hall’s mission of “art for all.”  We look forward to continuing our partnership in the years ahead.      


PRS Band invites you to their performance on February 2 at 8 pm!

Purchase tickets HERE!

Rooted in Annapolis, the Paul Reed Smith Band carries their music as far as sound can reach. They’ve traveled all over the world, including our favorite venues in Germany, Italy and Japan, to spread love through good music. The heart of their music can best be described as Chesapeake Gumbo, true to their roots with a heart of funky rock. They are anchored by the world-famous Grainger Brothers in our rhythm section, Michael Ault & Bill Nelson on guitars, Mia Samone on killer vocals, and Paul Reed Smith on guitar. Come on out to a show and see what they do best!

Reception - January 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

1st floor hallways and cafe - Free and open to the public!

Our Art Reach Program is having a public reception to celebrate the visual art many of our students have made! Work featured by Jovenes Artistas, Boys and Girls Club, Arts for Seniors and more! Poster designed by Jovenes Artistas student, Ena!


Classes for Homeschooled Students

Ages: 6-12- I Andrea Olney-Wall
Class ID #: W1810077
Drawing techniques, styles, and materials will be covered in class. Students will be drawing animals, landscapes, figures, and still life.
1/10 -2/14 Wed (4:30pm-6:00pm)
$135 I $160
Ages: 6-12- I Andrea Olney-Wall
Class ID #: W1810078
Painting techniques in acrylics will be covered in class.  We will be working with painting papers, canvas boards and stretched canvas.
2/21 -3/28 Wed (4:30pm-6:00pm)
$145 I $170
Ages: 7-17 I Building Better People Productions
Class ID #: W1810127
Students are introduced to acting through a variety of topics and styles, including stage combat, improvisation, and Shakespeare. No class 3/30.
1/19 -4/13 Fri (10:00am-11:00am)
$125 I $150
Ages: 7-17  I Building Better People Productions
Class ID #: W1810128
Shine on the stage!  Students rehearse a play to be presented at the last class to families, all the time gaining the acting and team-building skills needed to produce a show.  No class 3/29 or 3/30.
1/18 -4/12 Thu (11:15am-12:45pm)
$155 I $180
Class ID #: W1810129
1/19 -4/13 Fri (11:15am-12:45pm)
$155 I $180

Do you have a budding actor or actress in your family? Does your son or daughter love to sing, dance or perform at family gatherings? Maryland Hall has a variety of classes for your budding thespian.

Maryland Hall’s popular Musical Theatre program taught by Priscilla Smith returns in 2018 with classes on Saturdays for ages ranging from 6 to 18 including:

Jr. Musical for ages 6-8

Musical Theatre for ages 9-13

Beginning Broadway Dance for ages 9-13

Musical Theatre 3 for ages 12-18

Intermediate Broadway Dance for ages 12-18

We are also pleased to continue offering several classes for homeschool students in partnership with Building Better People Productions. Classes include:

Storytime Drama for ages 5-7

Our longtime partner in acting and drama classes, Compass Rose Theatre is also offering several classes this winter/spring. Held just down the street from Maryland Hall in Compass Rose Theatre’s location, classes are offered in:

Creative Dramatics for ages 3-5

Story to Stage for ages 5-7

Welcome to the Theatre for ages 8-12

We would like to welcome instructor Rebecca Gift. She’ll be teaching new classes for teens who may be preparing for local productions, community performances and for the college application process.

Audition Techniques for ages 13-16

Audition Techniques for ages 16 and up

Start your Midnight Madness fun at Maryland Hall!

We will be holding a closing reception for our current exhibitions on Thursday, December 7th from 5:30 - 7 pm. Please join us for a FREE glass of wine while we celebrate our final exhibits of the year! Additionally, Artist-in-Residence, Patrice Drago, will be hosting a festive open studio on the third floor. She will be selling gift-sized art for the holidays - both abstract and… her beloved birds are back!​ 

Lindsay Pichaske will also be selling small festive ornaments outside of her studio. This is the perfect time to buy last minute holiday gifts that are local and handmade from our talented AIR's!

RSVP ahead of time for the closing reception and enter to win 2 free tickets to our Cirque Zuma Zuma performance on February 15th at 7:30 pm. Visit our Eventbrite page anytime before December 7th for a chance to win. The winner will be emailed information about their tickets on December 8th.



Busy Morning by Patrice Drago and a look at her festive studio ready for Dec. 7th visitors!


 In-progess handsculpted ornaments by Artist-in-Residence, Lindsay Pichaske


For Immediate Release:  July 31, 2017
Contact:  Donna Anderson, 443-714-8099 |



ANNAPOLIS, MD--Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of experienced nonprofit executive Margaret B. Davis as its new President and CEO.  The Board selected Davis after a nationwide four-month search led by a professional search firm.  She will begin her new position on November 1, 2017.

Davis brings more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, communications and resource development as Maryland Hall’s new President and CEO.  She succeeds Linnell Bowen, who retired in June after 21 years in that role.  Since 2009, Davis has served as the President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest need-based scholarship provider for military children, doubling the revenue during her tenure.  Previous positions include Director of Development and Community Engagement for the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois.  The Festival is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  While there, she planned and implemented a $16 million capital campaign.  In addition, she was of counsel to Arena Stage’s and National Children’s Museum’s recent capital campaigns.  She also served as Associate Dean for Cathedral Advancement at the Washington National Cathedral and was a founding director of the Chicago Children's Museum. 

Davis has local involvement in the South River Federation, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together and the Annapolis Yacht Club.  She has been active in volunteer family support work with the Marine Corps and as a result, was awarded the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Medal, the second highest civilian medal awarded by the Navy. 

A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, she and her husband, retired Marine Major General Andrew “Drew” Davis, live in Annapolis, MD.

As MHCA President and CEO, Davis will manage a staff of approximately 20 full and part- time employees who plan and deliver more than 700 arts classes and workshops; almost 100 performances and events; 25 exhibitions and gallery programs; and a wide variety of community-based and artistic events throughout the year.  She will be responsible for management of all day-to-day operations for Maryland Hall and will lead The Campaign for Maryland Hall, an $18 million capital campaign to modernize and expand MHCA’s 1932-era building.  The campaign, now in its third stage, has already resulted in the modernization of the main theatre, with construction currently underway for a new production wing expected to be complete in Spring 2018.   

 “Margaret’s depth of experience in fundraising, management and community relations, coupled with her passion for the arts, make her the ideal candidate to now lead Maryland Hall,” says MHCA Board Chairman Alan Friedman.  “Our board and staff are excited to work with Margaret to further strengthen Maryland Hall’s wide array of performances, visual arts and education programming.  She will bring valuable fundraising and leadership skills to the capital campaign as we continue to enhance our historic building.” 

“It is an honor to succeed Annapolis legend Linnell Bowen and have the opportunity to grow an excellent community resource even further,” says Davis.  “Art for all is both the hallmark of Maryland Hall and an essential element in our community.”

Dedicated to delivering “art for all,” Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the community’s arts center, providing lifelong opportunities in the arts for all ages. Serving 100,000 people each year, Maryland Hall educates, enriches and enhances lives through performances in our newly-renovated theatre, exhibitions in several galleries, education classes and workshops for all ages, and outreach programs that bring the arts to underserved students.  For more information on Maryland Hall, go to



Watch the following TV interview to hear Donna Anderson, the Vice President of Marketing and Development, discuss our upcoming Annual Fundraising event Arts Alive. This year will be the 19th Arts Alive here at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts!

For more information on this year's Arts Alive please visit the event page.


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