About the Center
Artists & Makers Studios is an art center complex covering 2 locations in the heart of Rockville, MD’s White Flint business district. Hosting over 150 resident artists, 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 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 88 resident artists, and more to come.
Judith HeartSong, artist and curator, is the founder and director of Artists and Makers Studios. Kristin Miller and Stephanie Williams share the day-to-day operations management responsibilities at A&M2 at 12276 Wilkins Avenue.
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 include two additional buildings on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, Maryland – managing the artist program for the building owners. Artists & Makers Studios 2 increases the A&M program to 36,000 sq. ft.
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.
Stephanie Williams has always had a love of the visual arts and is a freelance photographer. Before her freelance career, Stephanie served in the Adult Education Program in Prince George’s County, where she provided leadership and direction in day-to-day operations and management. She then went to the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, where she was brought on board as a member of the program management team to launch the ESL Class Program for adults. She was involved in all facets of the program’s development and operation. She launched Stephanie Williams Images in 2016, and you can see her work at StephanieWilliamsImages.com.
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!
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.