Dean Peterson, Original Thought, Fall Member Show 2017

Currently on display at Circle Gallery until October 7


Sales Gallery

Introducing the Fall Member Show:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all MFA members residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter the 2017 Fall Member Show. Any original 2-D or 3-D work will be considered. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from September 13 to October 7, 2017.


Jeremy Stern, Exhibits Program Manager at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore

Juror’s Statement

Thank you to the Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery for inviting me to jury the 2017 Fall Member Show. The best part of my job is seeing new artwork and meeting artists every day. This exhibition afforded me the opportunity to see a wide variety of styles and subject matter, and introduced me to many new artists whose artwork and careers I look forward to following. My baseline for making selections was the concept of a member show itself, which necessitates demonstrating the full range of styles, media, and subject matter present within the membership to express the fullest sense of its diversity. From the first viewing through the final selection, I kept formal qualities of composition, design, color, line, shape, and form in mind while staying focused on creative use of materials, craftsmanship, and subject matter. For me, uncomfortable is compelling, and to that end I selected work that made me pause and consider either the subject matter or the artist’s process. Lastly, I tried to keep the character of Annapolis itself in mind, and gave special consideration to its history as the state’s seat of political power, as a locale with a strong naval identity, and one that identifies with the lush surroundings of the Chesapeake Bay. I believe that the final selections represent the artistic depth of MFA’s membership, their universally high level of craftsmanship and inventiveness, and a diverse set of interests that speaks to the MFA Circle Gallery’s role as the hub of this artistic community.


Juror’s ChoiceWinter Sip, Maryann DellaRocco

Juror’s ChoiceSolar Power in an Overheated World, Allen Hirsh

Juror’s ChoiceAwakening, Janice Knausenberger

Juror’s ChoiceOriginal Thought, Dean Peterson

Juror’s ChoiceJubilee, Mischelle Wilbricht

Tilghman AwardWide Vessel, William Peirce

Conley Award: 24 REFLECTIONS AND A VOID, Gil Ugiansky

Cash awards total $500. Award contributors and recipients will be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

July 11 Online entry open for submissions
Aug. 8 Deadline for entries
Aug. 24 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Sept. 6-10 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
Sept. 13 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
Sept. 24 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 8-9 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 Oct. 9 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) months 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.