Gateway Arts Center at Brentwood  
Gateway Arts Center


Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722


A Project of the
Gateway Community Development Corporation


Resident Entities – Gateway Arts Center
 
Brentwood Arts Exchange

arts.pgparks.com/Our_Facilities/Brentwood_Arts_Exchange_Gateway_Arts_Center.htm
 
 
Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center

www.pgaamcc.org
 
 
39th Street Gallery and Project Space

www.39thStreetGallery.org
 
 
39th Street Studios


 

 
Gateway Open Studio Tour 2014
  Saturday, May 10, 2014
Kick-off Event:   11:30–12:00 pm
OPEN STUDIOS:   12:00–5:00 pm
After-Party:   5:00–8:00 pm
 
  Gateway Community Development Corporation welcomes you to the 10th Annual Gateway Open Studio Tour in the Prince George's County Gateway Arts District, home to the DC metro area's most innovative and creative artist community.

On May 10th, 2014, from 12-5pm, Gateway Arts District artists, studios and galleries will open their doors to the public.  And from 5-8pm, the Gateway Arts Center will host an After Party and Opening Receptions for three exhibitions.

Come spend the day exploring our creative spaces!

For more information, visit www.GatewayOpenStudios.org.
2013 Gateway Open Studio Tour

Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour

17 Venues. 70 Studios. Over 100 Artists.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Kick-off Event:   11:30–12:00 pm
OPEN STUDIOS:   12:00–5:00 pm
After-Party:   5:00–8:00 pm
 
History
 
The new Gateway Arts Center at Brentwood (GAC@B) is in a two-story commercial building that was purchased in 2005 by the Gateway Community Development Corporation in order to create a new arts space within the Gateway Arts District.  The building was under renovation intermittently until its Grand Opening on March 19, 2010.
 
 
Jerman Brothers Chrysler-Plymouth

Built in 1945 it was originally an automobile dealership.  This newspaper ad for Jerman Brothers "Direct Chrysler-Plymouth Factory Dealers" circa 1950 shows the state of the building about 60 years ago.
 
 
More recently it was a "Government Surplus"
warehouse and it looked rather dreary.

Govenment Surplus Building

Government Surplus Building
 
 
Gateway Arts Center

Gateway Arts Center

Although it still needs some work here and there
these days it’s looking pretty good.
 
 
There’s even a beautiful new mosaic on the 39th Street side of the building by Mount Rainier artist Valerie Theberge.

Mosaic by Valerie Theberge
 
 
The Brentwood Arts Exchange (operated by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission) occupies most of the first floor.  It has a gallery, a contemporary craft showcase, an arts classroom and offices.  The other storefront space is occupied by the offices of the future Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and their display space which is known as Gallery 110.  The Museum is planned for a nearby location in North Brentwood.  Also on the first floor is one studio space.

The second floor has the remaining studios and a gallery managed by the Gateway CDC.  The entrance to this floor is up the hill on the 39th Street side of the building.  Hence, the gallery is called The 39th Street Gallery and Project Space and the studios collectively are the 39th Street Studios.  There are several large rooms that have been divided into individual studios by 9-foot partition walls, one small room with a single studio and one large room shared by two artists.  The studios are generally about 350-450 sq. feet and have high ceilings.
 
 
Grand Opening

The Gateway Arts Center at Brentwood had its Grand Opening on Friday, March 19, 2010.  The dedication ceremonies, which took place in the Art Exchange, began at 3:00 PM.  Following the official activities there was an Open House with celebrations and refreshments throughout the building and art on display in all three galleries.

The Arts Exchange Gallery on the first floor had a group show curated by F. Lennox Campello with work by artists from the Gateway Arts District.  The African American Museum had an exhibition featuring the work of the Uhuru Quilters Guild on display in their first floor gallery.  On the second floor the 39th Street Gallery had a show curated by Claire Huschle (Executive Director of the Arlington Arts Center) with works by the resident artists of the Gateway Arts Center.  All of the studios in the building were also open for visitors.

It was an outstanding Grand Opening and bodes well for the future of the Gateway Arts Center at Brentwood.
 


Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
a project of the Gateway Community Development Corporation
39th Street Studios 39th Street Gallery and Project Space
Gallery 110
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation