Columbia’s founder James A. Rouse was a daily visitor when the Artists’ Gallery first opened in the lobby of the American City Building on Wincopin Circle in the heart of town.
That was 1994. The New Arts Alliance, a fledgling Howard County arts organization, negotiated a temporary lease with the building to hold monthly invitational exhibits showcasing the best work of area artists.
One of the founding members, Bonita Glaser, 63, remembers Rouse walking through the lobby gallery. “The corporate offices were upstairs, and whenever he and his wife Patricia were in the building, they always paused at the gallery,” she recalled. “I believe it served as a retreat from their busy lives.”