James Francis Hollan. PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A OLD MAN, Mixed Media Metallic Canvas, MFA @ Gallery B 2017
Introducing MFA @ Gallery B:
The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all MFA members residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter it’s MFA @ Gallery B exhibition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work following entry guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be on exhibit at Gallery B in Bethesda from March 29 through April 29, 2017.
Since opening her gallery in Washington D.C. over twenty-four years ago, Susan Calloway has developed a following that ranges from first-time buyers to seasoned collectors who appreciate her passion for art and unerring commitment to quality. Susan got into the gallery business almost by chance. As a Modern Languages major in college, she found that her sophomore-year art-history survey course led to her becoming the official art expert for her group during her junior year abroad in France. That year abroad led to a lifetime passion for France and (almost) all things French. During numerous and lengthy trips back, she continued to spend most of her time looking at art, antiques (and, let’s be honest, clothes)—the whole wealth of wonderful things to be found around every corner in Paris, or at the Clignancourt Flea Market—a continuing education of the best sort. Susan started her gallery in a shared space with very little in the way of funds and absolutely no knowledge of the business in 1993, when a personal tragedy led her to cast about for something substantial to keep her mind occupied. At the outset, she featured antique prints, which not only gave her more reasons to visit Paris, but which were also easy to carry back. Since then, the gallery has continuously evolved and expanded dramatically in scope, now featuring primarily contemporary art.
I was pleased to be asked to jury this show – I find that it is always an interesting exercise, and look forward to actually seeing the artworks in person. The internet has made things much more efficient, but I am intensely aware that I may well have passed over works that would have stopped me in person, and that I will undoubtedly be disappointed in the reality of some that I have chosen. I can’t stress strongly enough that artists should make the effort to get really high-quality images of their work done. My approach to jurying, when it is an artists association that has invited me, is to try include all the categories of media that have applied, even though I have personal favorites and therefore my judgement will be stronger in some areas than others. I have a very strong bias for quality in execution: I may not choose something strictly because it is well made, but I might well disqualify an artwork that otherwise pleases me but which is sloppy or poorly constructed. I also hope to find something distinctive about each work chosen, be it medium, subject matter or, most likely, some combination thereof.
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
Open for Entry: December 27
Deadline: February 7
Notification: March 2
Receiving (shipped work) to Circle Gallery: March 22- 24
Receiving (hand delivered) to Circle Gallery: March 22 – March 27 from 11am-5pm
Receiving (hand delivered) to Gallery B: March 27 from 10am-12pm
First Day of Exhibition: March 29
Reception: April 14 6-8pm
Pick-up: April 30
- 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.