ArtFarm Studios is a 3,200 square foot creative space, located in the Design District of Annapolis, Maryland.
Equipped with open space, large gallery wall, a classroom, and a stage, ArtFarm is the perfect place to explore arts education, engage with creative groups, or host an event. With its spacious floor plan, ArtFarm also caters to working creatives with its’ Open Studio Residency.
Together with Charles Lawrance of FinArt and Malcolm McFadden of Six Fifteen Studio and The Conglomerate, ArtFarm has created a space that caters to a broad spectrum of the arts.
While dreaming and planning, co-owners Alison Harbaugh and Darin Gilliam had one main goal: to create a space that inspires others to create, encourage artistic innovation and bring together community in Annapolis.
“It’s easy to travel down the road to D.C. or Baltimore to experience great art. We wanted that to happen in our own backyard. We love to create opportunities for locals and visitors to our town to see all the talent that already exists here in the city and encourage outsiders to present their works here.” - Darin Gilliam
“Seeing artists thrive in our town, encouraging others to try something new, making people laugh and smile, that’s why we do what we do. The arts are so important to us and we want to make them accessible and fun for everyone.” - Alison Harbaugh
In the News
Article in the Annapolis Capital Newspaper (August 2018)
Featured in Explorer Annapolis (July 2018)
Article in the Severna Park Voice (June 2019)
Featured (Fearless Girls) in UpStArt Magazine (Summer 2019)
Video done by Nina Bena
About Alison Harbaugh
Owner of Sugar Farm Productions, a photographer and video production company in Annapolis, Maryland, Alison had always wanted to create a space where artists would gather, share ideas, create and learn together. In the past, she's been involved with the community as an instructor with Vision Workshops and served on the board of the Inner West St. Association, booking the music for many of the West Street events. She now runs quarterly meetings for “Soul of the City”, a group of artists and arts organizations to foster communication and collaboration between groups in the city.
She began her photography career after obtaining her degree in Graphic Design from Philadelphia University and moving to Annapolis to work for The United States Naval Academy Athletic Association and The Baltimore Ravens as an assistant sports photographer. Two years later, she became a photojournalist at the Annapolis Capital newspaper where she realized her passion for storytelling which has been her focus and the heart of what she does since setting off on her own in 2007.
Beyond having her Sugar Farm Productions office located within the space, she continues to offer her photography workshops and has been actively growing her Fearless Photographer workshops that focus on empowering young girls to take responsibility for their message, create their artistic vision and "Own Their Image". You can find out more about the Fearless Workshops here
About Darin Gilliam
Native Annapolitan, Darin Gilliam (also known as Darin Michelle), graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. She has worked professionally as an independent Graphic Designer for 10+ years. In an effort to create her own creative lane, Darin established 19FIFTYTHREE, a design company and boutique. When she is not designing or working alongside Alison at ArtFarm, Darin can be found serving as Creative Director at Symmetry Agency and Director of Annapolis Arts Week.
Keep up with Darin and what keeps her inspired on her blog darinmichelle.com