International Center for Artistic Development

Learn more about ICAD's Mission Statement and History.

ICAD's 25th Anniversary Historical Video Documentary

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Art Market Post Card

Sponsored by the MICA Alumni Association,, Featuring: Camellia A. Blackwell, Fine Artist/ICAD

Camp Camellia Slideshow

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Tree Farm Events at Camp Camellia

Learn how to identify various trees, wildflowers, birds, berries and more. Tour lead by Virginia State Forester Joe Rossetti.

Learn more about Camp Camellia, or see more live footage of the Forest Tour in these photos and videos (Forest Tour Part 1, 2, 3, 4) by Denee Barr!

Our locations are:

6001 Jamina Downs
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410-730-6008

13766 Sillamon Road
Goldvein, VA 22720
Phone: 410-302-5926

ICAD Business Partnerships and Links: Smithsonian Institution, Laurel Historical Society, National Museum For Women in The Arts, The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, Maryland State Arts Council, Howard County Arts Council, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Maryland, Bowie State University, Ellipse Art Center, Sister Cities International Programs, International Executive Service Corps, Triumph Register of America, Nations Capitol Jaguar Owners Club, Center For Educational and Environmental Development, Jensen Auto Club USA, and Taffel Engineering.

ICAD Board of Directors: Sherman D. Taffel, President; Dr. Sonia Fierro Luperini, Cultural Affairs; Sylvia Diehl, Marketing Consultant; Anthony Cancro, Community Outreach; Sherman D. Taffel, Financial Advisor

International Center for Artistic Development, Inc.
Executive Director - Camellia A. Blackwell, Ph.D.
6001 Jamina Downs
Columbia, MD 21045
Telephone: 410-730-6008

Map & Directions

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Sunday by appointment only.
Call 410-730-6008.

Past Events

30 Years of Art
1979 - 2013

The Opening Reception date has been rescheduled to Friday, November 8th at 6PM to 9PM.

Featured artists are: Camellia A. Blackwell, Nathaniel K. Gibbs, Emily Cebellos, Luis Peralta, Eljay McBride, Matt Fenton, Mary Belt, Mary Jo Tydlacka, Laura Benson, Lanre Buraimoh, Manzar Rassouli

The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center

Collaboration with International Center For Artistic Development, "A Synthesis Of Artistic thoughts: Multicultural Expressions
June 7 - 30, 2012

Postcard Press Release

Thursday, June 7,2012, 6 pm to 9pm
Sat., "Collecting, Protecting, & Preserving Fine Art", June 16, 12 pm to 1:30 pm, RSVP: 410-730-6008

The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum & The Luis Peralta Gallery
A collection of Artworks Depicting American Culture From A World View

Honoring Hispanic Heritage
Opening Reception, November 17, 2011
Closing reception, Februarly 9, 2012

6PM to 9PM
Poetry Performances

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Jazz in the Mills

A Holiday Jazz Extravaganza featuring
The Lenny Robinson Group and Lori A. Williams

Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 5:00-8:00PM
The Other Barn, Columbia MD 21045

For more information, visit or download the flyer here.


MBE Certification Baltimore City
Camellia A. Blackwell, PhD

Professional consultant and designer of publications such as brochures, posters, flyers, business cards, letterhead and branding logos, utilizing drawing and design techniques, computer graphics and desktop publishing programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Correl Draw, N-Design, Quark Express, Microsoft Office, and Dreamweaver.

Servicing government agencies, public companies and individuals with award winning designs and publications.

News Articles

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Support Our Holiday Fund Raiser for
Children's Programs

MRHS Key Club students designed and produced holiday greeting cards for the ICAD Holiday Fund Raiser Project.

MRHS Students and ICAD Art Students with artwork

Make a $25, or more, tax deductible donation today thru December 15th & receive a free gift of beautiful handcrafted holiday greeting cards.

Children's Art Classes taught by Dr. Camellia A. Blackwell, Fine Artist/Art Educator/Executive Director, ICAD

Donate now for the ICAD Art Scholarship Fund. (Or just order your cards now). Click the link below:

1. Select your card design.
2. At the pull-down menu select Donation-Gift-Pkg.
3.Confirmation of receipt of donation (or order )will be emailed to the donor or purchaser.
4.The gift package (or order) will be sent within a week.

For questions call or email: 410-730-6008,

Restoring Family Heirlooms

Learn how to protect, conserve, and determine when professional assistance is appropriate for archival restorations of family keepsakes. Archival restoration examples will be shown.

Student Internship Program

High school and university students learn valuable skills as gallery assistants, administrative assistants, or artist assistants. Students may assist with website design, administrative duties, art exhibitions, publications, the mailing list, fundraising, or making craft items as fundraisers.

To register or for additional information, contact
Dr. Blackwell at 410-730-6008 or

Past Events

Blossoms For Claudia
Original Art By Columbia Artists

Reception/Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 15, 2011, 6-8pm

Exhibition may be viewed April 14 - May 1, 2011

More information


Camp Camellia Tree Farm Receives 2018 Virginia Tree Farm of the Year Award

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Summer Camp 2018

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Tree Farmer of the Year Awardee

Camellia Blackwell-Taffel

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Summer Camp Programs at Camp Camellia Tree Farm

Monday - Friday, June 11-15 and Monday - Friday June 25-29, 2018. 9 am to 12 noon.

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Dominion Energy Company Awards Grant to Camp Camellia Tree Farm for Bridges over Forest Trails & Educational Programs

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Fauquier High School Future Farmers of America Volunteer at CCTF, September 17th 2017

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11/22/2016 VDOF Century Forest landowners award to the Blackwell Family, Fauquier County

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Click here to view a larger group picture on Facebook

Camp Camellia Tree Farm Tour & Educational Workshops for the Fauquier County H.S., Agricultural Program

Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.
Click Here for a PDF with the program agenda.

Camp Camellia Tree Farm
Gold Prospecting Event, May 2016

Private Art Classes & Workshops

For Children and Adults
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Cost: $25.00 per 1 hour class
Materials are included in the price

Improve your drawing and painting skills using dry and wet media: graphite, charcoal, pastels, water color and gouache. Develop left brain/right brain cognitive skills while creating a work of art and exploring new techniques in creativity.

Registration is required 24 hours prior to class. Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card. Register by phone 410-730-6008 or email:

Camp Camellia Tree Farm & Art Center participated in this project in 2015

Goldvein Jubilee Flyer

2014 art students with their projects

Art students with their paper weave greeting card designs made at the Camp Camellia Tree Farm &
Art Center Tent 2014.

CCTF Therapeutic Farm Tour & Forestry Workshop 2015 Outcome

The All Veterans Garden was inspired and encouraged at the Veterans Farm Tour of Camp Camellia Tree Farm a few years ago. It was completed by veteran volunteers and dedicated in 2015.

click here and here to view the photos on their Facebook page.

Camp Camellia Tree Farm Event Flyer

Interlacing From Our Inspirations

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interlacing from our inspirations invitation flyer

Featuring: Camellia A. Blackwell, Emily Ceballos, Laura Benson, Leah Taylor, Mary Jo Tydlacka, Reggie Smith, Luis Peralta, Dorothy Friedman, and Jennie S. Campbell

HCC-ICAD Internship Program September-December 2014, Media and Graphic Arts

Past Events

Piedmont Lace Guild of Virginia

Saturday November 7, 2014
Presentation on Weaving and Bobbin Lace by
Camellia Blackwell-Taffel, Ph.D.
Remington United Methodist Church
Remington, VA

Sustainable Lifestyles: A Global Perspective

ICAD/MICA Alumni & Friends Art Exhibition
July 1- August 23, 2013
Opening Reception - Thursday, July 25, 2013
600PM to 8:30PM

The distinguished artists presenting their artworks are:
Camellia A. Blackwell-Taffel, '77, Matt Fenton P, '11, Nathaniel Kato Gibbs, '75, Tommy Roberts, '86, and Leah J. Taylor, '92.

Press Release

911 Commemoration Invitational Exhibition

Columbia Art Center
September 8 - October 2, 2011

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Brentwood Arts Exchange, Gateway Arts Center, "The Sky's The Limit"
Prince George's Juried Art Exhibition

September 5 - October 31, 2011
Reception: September 10, 5 - 8PM

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Howard County Arts Council and ICAD present:
Road to the Arts Exhibition - Fall Inspirations

French County Scene - oil on canvas by Jane Stoessel

September 17- October 30, 2011

Featuring Artists:
Camellia A. Blackwell
Jane Stoeesel
Erkin Merganov

Gallery hours: Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm by appointment


To arrange a visit, please call 410-730-6008 or send an email.

For more information about Road to the Arts or Howard County Arts Council, visit