Tyler Mitchell, Patapsco (geometric study 3), digital photograph (not photoshop) archival inkjet on watercolor, Focal Point 2017 Honorable Mention

Showing at Circle Gallery January 26 – February 25

Introducing Focal Point:

From photography to filmmaking, computers have forever expanded ways for artists to capture and produce their work. MFA celebrates this disruption by changing our annual photography show to an exhibition examining artistic use of digital media. Eligible artwork may be either 2-D or 3-D work that is created and/or produced through the use of software, whether purchased or artist-created, including photography, graphic design, digital painting, video, projection, and limited only by the artist’s imagination.

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Hamidah Glasgow is Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. She holds a master’s degree in humanities with a specialization in visual and gender studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Hamidah’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, national portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Center, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines and the co-hosting of regional conferences. She has over 26 years senior management experience in film/video/media production and non-profit arts organizations with expertise in the areas of curating and managing exhibitions. Hamidah is also a co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective. This collective is dedicated to photo-based work that engages with current social and political forces, highlighting the work of women, people of color, and queer and trans artists, writers, and curators.

Juror’s Statement

It’s an exciting time in photobased and digital art. In the past, there were only a few tools at artists disposal to make their creative impulses reality. Today there is a vast array of tools at artists’ disposal. This exhibition is a fantastic example of the variety of modes of working and the admirable results that are born through creativity.

With an open theme like this one, there were many possible variations for creating an exhibition. In the end, the works included in the show are images that stuck with me in one way or another. There was a range of work in the mix from fairly traditional to quite non-traditional. This range of work was exciting for me to experience and to absorb. Ultimately, the show is strong because of the diversity of imagery.

Virginia has a melancholy and haunting fell that makes me want to keep looking. Little Windy Hill is an insightful digital illustration with laser etching. Patapsco Geometric Study 4 with the life of summer on the outside and winter/fall on the inside feels alive in a way that makes me want to see it in person. The scanography of Bird of Paradise is a lovely example of finding ways of creating work that pushes the limits of photography. Wall, wall, wall? Is a frightening and all to palpable example of Reality TV gone awry for all to see and experience.

Artists, thank you for the honor of creating this exhibition.


Juror’s Choice

Assemblages: Little Windy Hill
Brandon Seth Gellis
Digital illustration, laser etching

Honorable Mentions

Pat Kumicich
digital art

Patapsco (geometric study 3)
Tyler Mitchell
digital photograph (not photoshop) archival inkjet on watercolor


*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Sept. 29 Online entry open for submissions.
  • Nov. 15 Deadline for entries.
  • By Dec. 15 All entrants are notified by email. Check website if you do not receive notice.
  • Jan. 14-20 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401.
  • Jan. 26 11-5pm. First day of exhibition.
  • Feb. 12 3-5pm Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 26, 27 11-5pm pick up. A $10 fine will be imposed for work not picked up.
  • By Feb. 28 Shipped work will be sent.

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of artwork:
    • Artist Name
    • Address, phone number and email
    • Title of the work, medium and price. Be specific with medium descriptions (e.g., oil on hardboard or canvas, not oil; chromogenic print or archival ink jet print, not photography or digital print; oil pastel on paper, not pastel; etc.)
  • Work must arrive on scheduled dates.
  • Paintings must be dry.
  • Measure to ensure work meets size limitations before delivery, include outer edges of frames. Work not in compliance will not be exhibited. No exceptions.
  • All shipped work must include a bar-coded shipping label. Do not send by United States Postal Service (USPS). We prefer UPS but accept FedEx. No shipping peanuts allowed.
  • Please affix packing/repacking instructions to OUTSIDE of shipping box.
  • Tips on shipping can be viewed on the RedDotBlog

Pickup and Storage

Pickup and Storage

  • When the exhibit ends, unless specified otherwise, you may pick up your work no earlier than 3:00 pm on the closing day of the exhibit.
  • You must pick up your work within 48 hours of the closing day of the exhibit, or notify the gallery if you will be late.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10.00 per piece, per week. Work left in storage longer than two (2) weeks shall become MFA property and may be disposed of, or used for fundraising purposes. There are no exceptions.



All work will be handled with all possible care, but pieces submitted for exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, the MFA will not be held liable. If insurance is desired, the artist must carry it.



  • All work entered into any exhibition must be for sale unless prior agreements are made, and marked either with a price or POR for Price On Request.
  • The MFA will retain 30% from all sales
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by the MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by the MFA with costs collected from buyer. Buyers will be asked if the work may be retained until the exhibit ends. If the buyer disagrees, the Gallery will let the work go, and the artist will be informed.
  • The MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from the MFA within three months. All donations are used to help defray operating costs of the Maryland Federation of Art and are tax-deductible by the artists to the full extent of the law.