About the Center

Artists & Makers Studios is an art center complex in Rockville, MD. Hosting a wide variety of resident artists and affiliates, it offers studios for rent, extensive classroom/workshop spaces, and several galleries. Artists and exhibitions are curated and juried by Judith HeartSong.

Artists & Makers Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors.

Artists & Makers Studios 1, on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, was established in October 2014. It is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility and is home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 is about to announce a new location – stay tuned.

About Founder Judith HeartSong

Building on her past experience as a curator, art consultant and activist, Judith always had a vision for building artistic community in Montgomery County, MD.

In 2011, she founded Salon – an Artful Conversation–a lively, friendly conversation between participants and a gifted and knowledgeable presenter. Her goal is to bring together artists, writers, and arts professionals in one place on a monthly basis where they can feel a sense of community, network, learn more about the business of art, and build bonds with other like-minded professionals.

In 2013, Judith transitioned from Founding Board Member to Executive Director of Capitol Arts Network, a non-profit art center. They housed more than 40 artist studios, 65 resident artists, a classroom and a gallery which hosted monthly exhibits and events. CAN Studios opened with 95% of studios occupied, well above the 65% requested by its board.

In 2014, Judith pioneered Rockville’s new Artists & Makers Studios. In September 2015, they expanded by 3,619 sq. ft., and now runs on a waitlist. In November of 2016 Artists & Makers Studios expanded again to open A&M2 – stay tuned for an exciting new location soon!

About the Staff

Kristin Miller is Maryland born and raised. She is a graduate of Towson University, where she received her Bachelor’s in both Art Education and Art & Design, in addition to a minor in Theater. Kristin is an artist, maker, and teacher whose passion for the arts began at a young age. In her personal work, her mediums and subject matter range from acrylic paintings of celestial configurations to silicon prosthetic moldings and castings of fantastical creatures.

We want to recognize Ben Anderson, owner of Anderson Strategies, who built the organization’s initial website and assisted with A&M’s first PR efforts. We will always be grateful for his generosity and expertise. Ben’s photography portfolio is available at Benography.com. More details of his communications services are available at AndStrats.com.

Take a Video Tour

We’d like to give you a virtual tour before you visit, and if you have been here before, you may notice new things. The cornerstone of our business model is building community, and all of our affiliated artists make it worthwhile!

Artists & Makers Studios from Bryan Davis Ltd on Vimeo.

Judith HeartSong’s Interview on Artist & Maker’s 3 Year Anniversary

Hear the A&M story from Purple Couch’s “The Creative Life” Podcast last year.

Clark Hulings Fund

Photo: Building a Community of Artists

Building a Community of Artists
—CHF Interviews Judith HeartSong

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