Heritage Frederick  – The Historical Society of Frederick County
Bridging the Past to the Future

Markell Art Contest

The John J. Markell Memorial Art Contest provides high school aged students in Frederick County an opportunity to depict, through art, some aspect of the county’s history. The contest seeks to inspire young Frederick County artists to become better acquainted with the history of Frederick County; to depict events, people, and places, which portray the past and present to the future; to develop and refine artistic skills in the traditional style, while exploring new techniques; and to have fun with their art.

Important Dates


~Entries are accepted from April 18 through May 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick. (The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

~Winners will be notified by June 9, 2018.

~Awards will be presented on June 21, 2018.

~All entries must be picked up at the museum by June 30, 2018.

Markell the Artist


The contest recognizes the talent and the pictorial contributions made by Frederick artist John Markell, who was known to his contemporaries as a portrait painter, although he also painted landscapes. His attention to detail, use of color, and accurate portrayal of Frederick County in its many moods all serve to emphasize the talents of this young artist. Today there are 11 portraits, seven landscapes, one lithograph, and three other paintings known to exist by this talented painter. Markell created many of these works while he was the age of the participants in this contest, and he was just 23 years old when he died in 1844. Students are encouraged to visit the Frederick County Archives and Research Center during their regular days and hours of operation to learn more about the history of the county, John Markell, and his work.

Thank you Sponsors & Contributors

Charles Markell                      Frederick Art Club                  Frederick Community Foundation


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