On Display at Waverly Street Gallery July 11 – August 5

Introducing Off the Wall:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists to enter its 3-D free-standing Off the Wall exhibition open to artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. All eligible fine art entries in any media will be considered by the juror. Selected works will display in this MFA organized exhibition at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland from July 11 to August 5, 2017.

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Dr. Oliver Shell received a Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1998. He came to The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) in 2003, as the Samuel H. Kress Curatorial Fellow. This was followed by a CASVA fellowship working together with Object Conservator Ann Boulton researching 19th and early 20th-century French bronze production and specifically the casting practice of Henri Matisse. The work led to the 2007 BMA exhibition Matisse Painter as Sculpture, with venues at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Since 2007, as Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Shell has organized exhibitions including: The Persistent Figure in Modern Sculpture, 2006/2007; Rodin Expression and Influence, 2007; A Circus Family: Picasso to Léger, 2009; Advancing Abstraction in Modern Sculpture, 2010/2011; and German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit, 2014. He is currently working on an exhibition and scholarly catalogue project entitled Monsters and Myths: Transatlantic Surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s in collaboration with Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The project brings together two organizations among the earliest in America to collect and exhibit Surrealist works. Monsters & Myths is slated to open at the Wadsworth Atheneum fall 2018 and will then be on view at the BMA beginning spring 2019.

Juror’s Statement

I think that everyone recognizes that this exhibition navigates a territory between craft and craftsmanship and craftswomanship and materials and fine arts. Some works bring in a sense of comedy—the whimsical Pufferfish, or a helmet constructed with kitchen whisks. Others are mysterious and creepy like the dismembered arm of a toy clown or the wonderful earthenware eyeball creature High Anxiety! Still others strive for sheer beauty of form such as the outstanding small porcelain creations All Together and Replete, or beauty of finely worked materials as in Black Cherry Vessel and the glass piece Political Flow.  I was generally impressed by the high quality of the glass artists and ceramicists—Stream Bed and Dolly Girl come to mind—as well as the welders and weavers and wood carvers. Originality is still important, so in a few cases I excluded works that closely resembled those of known artists. Of course someone’s sincere homage to say Joseph Cornell or Joel Schapiro may be legitimate but I had to establish some criteria. That said, a juror has to compare apples to oranges, which is a purely subjective enterprise. There were many fine artworks that I would have liked to include but couldn’t because of limits of space.


All Together, Porcelain, Elizabeth Anne Kendall

Steppin’ Out, Plaster and fabric, Cindy Winnick

JOHN, DEAR (from the LADDER Series), rope, salvaged tractor blades, Vienne Rea

Streambed, Glass, Katherine G Thomas

High Anxiety, Earthenware and Acrylic Paint, Joanna Lynn Salerno

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

March 10 On-line entry open for submissions.

May 1 Deadline for entries.

By June 1 All entrants are notified by email. Check website if you do not receive notice.

June 28 – July 1 Shipped work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401.

July 8 2-6pm. Hand delivered work must arrive at Waverly Street Gallery,

4600 East-West Highway #102, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Check notification letter to confirm any delivery changes.

July 11 Noon-6pm. First day of exhibition.

July 14 6-9pm. Reception at Waverly Street Gallery. Awards presented at 7pm.

Aug. 5 5-6pm. Hand delivered work pick up: Waverly Street Gallery

and Aug. 6, 7 10-2pm. Check notification letter to confirm any changes about pick up. There is no

on-site storage. A $40 per day fine is imposed for late pick-up and work taken to Annapolis.

By Aug. 8 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.