Stephen Thomas Hanks, Red Axe Clearing, American Landscapes 2017

Currently exhibiting at Circle Gallery August 10 –
September 9

Opening Reception will be on August 17th during Artwalk from 6-8pm

Introducing American Landscapes:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 17th annual American Landscapes competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work depicting a landscape from one of the Americas* and following entry guidelines, will be considered. The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA’s Circle Gallery from August 10 through September 9, 2017. Scenes from the Americas

*The Americas: North America, Hawaii, Central America, Caribbean and South America

 Click this icon to view and print the downloadable prospectus. 


An artist, educator, and author, Al Gury is Chairman of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He received his BA from Saint Louis University, a four-year Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and an MFA from the University of Delaware. Al’s work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Capitol in Washington D.C., and other venues across the country. Al is also a contributing editor for Per Contra, an international journal of arts, literature and ideas; a contributor to a variety of publications internationally; and the author of three books: Foundations of Drawing, 2017, Color: It’s History and Practice in Painting, 2011 and Alla Prima, 2009. He is a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Fellowship and numerous grants and awards for painting and arts education, and was designated a master teacher by both The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as American Artist Magazine.

Juror’s Statement

Thanks to the MFA Circle Gallery for inviting me to jury the 2017 American Landscape exhibition. The diversity and range of aesthetics, media and subjects submitted presented a complex challenge. I began by reviewing the whole body of work to get a feeling for the submissions. After that, the formal pictorial qualities of composition and design, materials, color, tonality, line, shape pattern, etc., were a solid starting point for jurying. Variety, richness, inventiveness and expertise in each of these formal areas was important to consider. I then balanced the formal qualities against the subjective elements of emotion, mood, content, narrative and individual vision. My goal was to be open to and inclusive of the many and diverse visual, technical, narrative and emotional possibilities the entrants presented, to create a strong and interesting exhibition. I hope the result is an exhibition that is visually stimulating, inclusive of a variety of methodologies and representative of a broad range of personal visions and narratives of American Landscape.


First Prize: Michael Kotarba, High Ground

Second Prize: John Edward Blom, New Arizona

Third Prize: Nataliya Andreyeva, Winding Roads

Honorable Mention: Bruce A. Saunders, Hidden Valley, NC

Honorable Mention: Scott Cawood, City of Annapolis

Honorable Mention: Anne H. Finucane, Through the Pines

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

April 13 Online entry open for submissions
June 13 Deadline for entries
July 9 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
July 29 – August 4 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
August 10 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
August 17 Reception 6-8pm during ArtWalk, awards presented at 7pm
September 10 & 11 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pick up hand-delivered work. No early pickup. There is a $10 fine for late pickup.
By September 12 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.