Will A. Ursprung, Anomaly, Eye of the Beholder 2017

On Display at Circle Gallery June 16- July 15

Introducing Eye of the Beholder:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 5th biennial found objects competition. The Eye of the Beholder is held to showcase the works of fine art constructed of one or more found objects. Any 2 or 3-D work following exhibition guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be exhibited at MFA’s Circle Gallery from June 16 to July 15, 2017. Exhibition chair is Angela Petruncio.


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Janet Maher earned her M.F.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a B.S. degree in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State College (now University), New Haven. She works in many disciplines and has taught a wide range of courses since 1997 at Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, where she is a tenured associate professor and directs the Studio Arts program. Her prints, drawings, artist books, collages, assemblages, digital images and works in clay are in many private and public collections. Her work has been shown in several states through national juried competitions and other opportunities. She has been a professional exhibiting artist for forty years and is the author of two scholarly books: From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley (2012, Apprentice House, Baltimore, MD) and Waterbury Irish (2015, History Press). She also maintains two blogs: the Irish-related Maher Matters, and art-related Artmattersonline.

Juror’s Statement

As I so love artwork made with pre-existing materials, jurying the Eye of the Beholder exhibition was a pleasure. The range and styles of the 166 works entered was quite broad, as might be expected. I found myself gravitating instinctively to those that exemplified the kind of strong compositional impact that I expect to be inherent in excellent fine art of any type. How did the work claim its space and draw me in? What was unexpected upon further consideration? That elements were inventively repurposed or would not typically have been saved apart from their potential in art-making were other aspects I noticed. Craftsmanship, the care of every detail in creations that have been made to serve no purpose other than to aesthetically exist for anyone to behold was also a deciding factor. Through all their specific details, were larger, more general cohesions achieved that opened the artworks outward and allowed another person’s claim upon them?

The stacking of common forms removed from their intended role; a grid of transparency drawings in bottles; the juxtaposing of objects well past their prime in order that they be brought back to life again as if in a newfound community; combinations of both low and high art processes in elegant balance all intrigued me. While any might be attractive as acquisitions into someone’s home, these works would not have been made with home decoration in mind. The incorporated elements have transcended humble origins through significant artistic skill, becoming art objects meant for exhibition. I am tantalized by this collection that (at this writing) I have only seen through photographic image. I expect to be further surprised when I witness them fully present as they temporarily inhabit Circle Gallery. What conversations they will have together! I look forward to eavesdropping.


Juror’s Choice: Teresa Harris, Body of Work (Storyteller I, Storyteller II, Censor III)

Award of Merit: Antonio Gonzalez Nuñez, Silk Road

Award of Merit: Burnell Yow!, La Va Ya Ra

Honorable Mention: Kass McGowan, Eleanor Roosevelt, (Encyclopedia Series, Persons, K-Z)

Honorable Mention: Natalie McIntyreCorners

Honorable Mention: Sharon Pierce McCullough, Bell Man

Honorable Mention: Myrna Tatar, Part 1957

Honorable Mention: Jeff Wilson, Barnacles


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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

June 16- July 15

March 2 Online entry open for submissions
May 2 Deadline for entries
May 25 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
June 8-11 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
June 16 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
June 25 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
July 15 11-5 p.m. Last day of exhibition.
July 17 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 non-member sales and 25% for all member 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.