Scott Herndon, Bright Lights, Big City, Photography, Migrations 2017, First Place

Showing Online February 6 – March 30

Introducing Migrations:

Migrations are caused by change. Birds and butterflies leave as seasons change. Buffalo sweep the plains as rainfalls disappear. Humans flee drought and oppression to seek new land, jobs or friendly welcomes. There are migrations related to sea change, oil spills, city sprawl or just going along from bar to bar. These scenarios and many more could be represented artistically. The MFA seeks conventional and unconventional renderings of migrations that can make viewers see this changing world in a new light. Following exhibition guidelines, any 2-D or 3-D work is eligible for entry in MFA’s (Maryland Federation of Art) international online only exhibition. The selected artworks may be viewed on MFA’s Curve Gallery from February 1 to March 15, 2017.

Exhibition Chairs: Wil Scott

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Sarah Wilson currently works in the Education Department of the National Gallery of Ireland. She received her BA in Fine Art from the Dublin Institute of Technology and PhD from the University College Dublin. Wilson’s doctoral thesis was concerned with the presence of foreign cults in Rome during the Republic and Imperial periods. It aimed to establish the origin and function of the cults of Magna Mater, the Palmyrene deities, Elagabal, and Sol Invictus. The thesis was structured around an extensive catalogue of images, gathered through site visits funded by the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award. Wilson’s oil paintings are held in both private and State collections.


Juror’s Statement

Many thanks for providing me with a wonderful opportunity to view works that would normally be inaccessible. I was struck by and delighted to see the remarkably wide interpretation of the “Migration” theme. In particular, the variety of mediums and creative compositions that produced intricate abstract patterns. I selected 34 works that illustrated engagement with the theme, a skillful and innovative use of their chosen medium, and understanding of composition and colour. It was a real pleasure to consider these images and I wish everyone the best of luck.


First Place

Scott Herndon, Bright Lights, Big City, Photography

Second Place

Wynston Edun, gone fishing in a canoe, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

Third Place

Susan Hostetler, Murmurations 3, clay, paper, graphite, nails


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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

October 25 Online entry opens for submissions.

January 2 Deadline for entries.

January 26 All entrants are notified by email. Check website if you do not receive notice .

February 6 Online gallery is open for viewing.



  • 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.
  • MFA’s online only exhibition is for viewing only. MFA will refer all sales inquiries to the artist. MFA receives no commission for sales resulting from these exhibitions. The gallery is accessible on MFA’s website during the dates of the exhibition. Images of the artwork were provided by the artists at time of entry