kevin schroeder, Katerina with Roaches, mezzotint, Small Wonders 2016, Juror’s Choice
Introducing Small Wonders:
MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 14th annual Small Wonders competition. Any original 2-D work 11″ by 11″ or smaller and 3-D work 11″ by 11″ by 11″ or smaller is eligible for entry. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from December 1-23, 2017.
Dr. Roger Dunn is Professor Emeritus, Department of Art and Art History at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts where he taught art history, painting and drawing for thirty-four years. For twelve of those years, he served as the Department Chair. Prior to his professorship, he was Curator at the Brockton Art Museum (now Fuller Museum of Crafts) where he organized exhibitions of Boston area artists and historic collections and juried numerous exhibitions of painting, printmaking, sculpture, crafts and photography. Professor Dunn received his MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute and his doctorate in art history from Northwestern University.
“Small Wonders” is a most appropriate title for the current exhibition. To compose, construct, and manipulate materials on a limited scale require meeting special challenges in expressing one’s visual ideas, formal interests, techniques and talents to achieve a work with visual interest and impact. On the other side of the artistic “conversation”, the result involves an intimate relationship between the work and the viewer. Within the constrictive parameter of size, the wide range of works shown in “Small Wonders” achieve these qualities. This selection was made from over 560 entries submitted, and almost all were of high artistic quality or, if viewed in lesser terms, still conveyed sincere vision and committed effort.
My aim as a juror was to represent the fullest, finest and most representative range of what was offered within the limitations of a different size—that of the gallery where the works could be shown most effectively and without crowding. Still, the selection comprises approximately 150 works, perhaps overwhelming the viewer. I reviewed the entries several times before determining a final selection and can honestly say that I agonized over a number of works that had to be ruled out for logistical reasons. But that is what every art juror goes through; it is the nature of the very great privilege given, and the burden of subjective determination.
One has heard over and over again the things that make a work of art viable. In reviewing the entries for this particular exhibition, I will say that theme or subject matter was less determinate than the way it was handled as to composition and technique. True, I responded readily to interesting or unusual subjects, and some are remarkable, but how they were rendered was critical. The effective uses of medium and technique were given great consideration, while allowing for traditional approaches as well as very innovative ones. Thus non-objective art, abstraction and realism are all part of “Small Wonders”—an exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, crafts and works in mixed media. The exhibition finely conveys a diversity of artistic approaches and achievements that give credit to their makers and celebrate our rich contemporary creative fabric.
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
July 19 Online entry opens for submissions.
Sept. 26 Deadline for entries
By Oct. 12 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Nov. 16 – 24 Shipped work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401
Dec. 1 First day of exhibition
Dec. 7 6-8 p.m. Reception. Awards presented at 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 23 Last day of exhibition
Dec. 27 – 28 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pick up artwork (no early pick up for any reason) There is a $10 fee for any late pick up
Dec. 29 Shipped work will be sent.
- 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.