Elaine Cafritz, Kaleidoscope, mixed media, Best of Show

Showing at the Lowe House Office Building January 16 – April 13

 Introducing Lowe House Exhibition:

The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) has been invited to exhibit artwork at the Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, Maryland. Original 2-D and 3-D work created through any media and following entry guidelines, are eligible for entry. Exhibiting artists must be either MFA Members or Anne Arundel County residents. The selected works will be on exhibit at the Lowe House of Delegates Building (6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401) from January 15 – April 11, 2017, when the legislature is in session.


Matthew Moore is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. Matthew received a BFA degree in photography from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan in 2000. He earned an MFA degree in photography from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009. Matthew’s work revolves around themes of nostalgia, the evolution of photography, and human-animal relationships.

Juror’s Statement

There were over 300 entries to the exhibition and many more than the 52 I selected were of a high caliber. Most of the work I chose surprised me in one of two ways – it had either innovative use of materials, be it paint, ink, or even aluminum, or, it took a creative approach to subject matter, as was the case with many of the photographs in the show. What I hope is clear from this exhibition is that there is a vast amount of talent in our region. This is something I think most people in the area know already, but it’s also nice to be reminded from time to time!


Best of Show: Elaine Cafrtiz, Kaleidoscope, mixed media

Second Place: Don Weaver, ultramarine, mixed media on wood

Third Place: Mary Kay Kinnish, Lasting Impressions, digital photograph, archival pigment print

Honorable Mention:

Mike McSorely, Farmers Market, Berlin MD, oil on panel

Patricia O’Brien, Sitting Still, oil on canvas

Richard Paul Weiblinger, Green Cracked 497, photography




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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Oct 28 Online entry open for submissions
Dec 1 Deadline for entries
Dec 14 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Jan 5- Jan 8 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401 (We will be closed Dec. 31, Jan 1)
Jan 16 First day of exhibition.
Jan 23 5-7 p.m. Reception.
April 13 Last day of exhibition.
April 14-17 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pick up hand-delivered work. No early pick up. There is a $10 fine for late pick up.
By April 18 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.