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Now in its second year, the Merriweather District Artist-In-Residence program brought together 3 artists to work, live and create amongst the Downtown Columbia community. Artists were selected through a nation-wide selection process and were provided with a $10,000 stipend, studio space and housing to spend up to six weeks in residence.

The residency included artists from an incredible range of multi-media disciplines and is designed to allow artists to take risks and pursue new projects while receiving support in the form of studio-time and space. Unlike most programs, we are family-friendly allowing artists to holistically participate in the residency.


Ram Devineni is the creator of the popular augmented reality comic book series Priya Shakti, which features India’s first female superhero. Named as a “Gender Equality Champion” by UN Women, Ram sheds lights on global issues that affects women through his comic book series. The creation of Priya Shakti is a collaborative process. Ram works with a variety of resources to assist him with the writing and illustrating. Then Ram creates the augmented reality experience for all to enjoy. While in residency,  Devineni announced that a third chapter, Priya and the Lost Girls, will be released later in 2019. He has created the augmented reality experience for the past 6 weeks.


As a post-doctoral fellow at American University, Sarah’s research and artist practice focuses on the notion of repair, disrepair, and individual differences that all create a specific identity and narrative for society at large. During her residency, Sarah developed works in her series A|Mends, which explores embodiment and abstractionism as a means to respond to difference (racial, sexual orientation, class & ability) and ecological change. As a native to Columbia, MD, Sarah spent time and energy converging her macro-level focus on identity and differences, with her personal identity of being back in her home town.


Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann is a Washington D.C. based mural and installation artist that incorporates her previous training as a traditional Chinese landscapist and personal motifs to create abstract landscape. Her work confronts the challenge: the resuscitation of landscape painting in a world where "landscape" is represented and defined through an ever-widening field of digital, graphic, and visual forms. Each piece combines a lexicon drawn from a personal mythology informed by her identity as a biracial, first generation American woman. During the residency, Katherine created a site-specific window and wall treatments that was inspired by the landscape in the Merriweather District and her experience while in residence.

Artists spent 6 weeks creating in an open studio space nestled in Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather District; an evolving urban center and burgeoning creative hub where culture and commerce meet.

Former Director of Graduate Sculpture at the Rhinehart School of Sculpture at MICA.

Maren has been an active artist since the 1970s, focusing on the diminishing experience of nature.

Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, associated with UPenn.

Meg is a curator and writer whose work attends to the intricacies of race and the production of space. 

Executive Director of the Howard County Arts Council, since its inception.

Coleen has a pulse on the art culture and economy in Howard County.

Founder of Wild Dogs International and curator for OPUS Merriweather.

Ken has been connected to cultural development in the Merriweather District since its inception.collaborates with multidisciplinary artists to create site-responsive installations and experiences.