Sam Lacombe, Sex, gouache on watercolor, Art on Paper 2017
Introducing Art on Paper:
MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 40th annual Art on Paper competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work created on or of paper without the artist’s use of software includes but is not limited to, collage, artist book, origami, printmaking, painting, sculpture, analog photography, and more, will be considered by the juror. Works selected will be on exhibit in MFA’s Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from March 30 to April 29, 2017. The exhibition chair is Carole Falk.
Ann Shafer, Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at The Baltimore Museum of Art
At their core, juried shows are contradictory. On the one hand, the tremendous variety of objects makes a cohesive presentation challenging; on the other hand, works are subjectively judged by a single person and the vagaries of their experience and taste. But the real challenge comes in making selections on a computer screen instead of in person. With over 700 entries from across the country, live jurying is impossible. This juror really hopes the works look as good in person as they do on the screen and that the show comes together in startling and meaningful ways. There is a serious diversity of media and content in the 2017 Art on Paper exhibition. The seventy works on paper were selected from 700 entries and represent a range of approaches both in subject and technique. I always attempt to create a balanced show that includes examples of every medium and that are both abstract and representational. In a general sense, I look for accomplished works of art that utilize a personal visual language, express control of the medium, and that show vision and sensibility. In a specific sense, I seek conceptual rigor that goes a step beyond simple representation. For me, objects that include some tension point, something that takes them just over the edge, are most successful. Victory comes when they linger in memory after they are gone from view. Art is at its best when it makes one think a little more about its status, one’s own place in the world, and about what the artist is trying to communicate. If the objects surprise and delight or confuse and confound, then they have succeeded.
To the artists, I offer my heartiest congratulations.
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
Nov 22 On-line entry open for submissions
Jan 17 Deadline for entries
Feb 16 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
March 18-24 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
March 30 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
April 9 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
April 30 & May 1 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 May 2 Shipped work will be sent.
- 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
- 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.