Kenneth L. Bachman, Taking a Break,  oil on Belgian linen board, Street Scenes 2017

Exhibited online at MFA Curve Gallery until December 15

Introducing Street Scenes

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists to enter its 2nd Street Scenes competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work depicting a view of the street, will be considered. Works selected will be displayed online in MFA’s Curve Gallery, from November 1 to December 15, 2017. The exhibition chair is Wil Scott.

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Charlotta Kotik, a native of Prague, has organized over 100 museum exhibitions, that include the contemporary work of artists Mariko Mori, Kerry James Marshall, John Cage, and Robert Longo. From ‘92 – ‘07, she was Curator and Chair of the Contemporary Art Department at the Brooklyn Museum where she established one of her major contributions to the curatorial practice—The Grand Lobby Projects—to provide exhibition opportunities for installation-based work by artists such as Martin Puryear, Joseph Kosuth, Ida Applebrook, Petah Coyne and many others. In the ‘80s, she initiated the Working in Brooklyn Series to document the energy of the nascent Brooklyn art scene. In ‘93, as the United States commissioner for Venice Biennale, she presented works by Louise Bourgeois in an exhibition that later traveled internationally. Ms. Kotik also organized a traveling exhibition of Annie Leibovitz’s photography with more than two hundred Brooklyn-based artists entitled Open House: Working in Brooklyn, and Graffiti—the first museum exhibition of graffiti art. Since 2000, Ms. Kotik has participated in the Jindrich Chalupecky Award, an important recognition for visual artists in the Czech Republic, which became a model for art programs in 9 other of the post-communist countries. Presently, she works as a writer, lecturer and independent curator and facilitates various project for galleries, alternative spaces and museums, ranging from NURTUREart and FiveMyles in Brooklyn, the Art OMI residency in Ghent, NY, to institutions in Czech Republic. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City during spring semester and at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague during winter semester. Most recently she curated the exhibition Politicizing Space at Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery and participated in the organization of the Pollock-Krasner House and the Study Center exhibition Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain.

Juror’s Statement

Jurying the works submitted for the exhibition Street Scenes for the Maryland Federation of Arts was an inspiring experience. One often forgets how many media and techniques there are available to artists today to be explored when focused on a given theme.
The submissions to this exhibition certainly demonstrate the richness of possibilities, of varied aesthetics and expressions, currently employed.
The theme itself, Streets Scenes, almost asks for the use of photography, in all the multiple formats and techniques recently developed, therefore the photo-based works constitute a major portion of selected works. But there were other media masterfully utilized in a number of pieces, such as watercolor, acrylic and oil paint. Selection of those works is a substantial part of the present exhibition.
And since the artistic styles and aesthetics displayed differ considerably thus it was my aim to present the viewer with the multiplicity of expressions to underscores the richness of aesthetics and ideas embraced by the artists.
It is this multiplicity of unique expressions that makes the exhibition truly engaging.


1st Place Natalia Melcer, For Gordon Bunnshaft, Archival Photographic Print

2nd Place Janet Little Jeffers, Carrot Truck, Havana, Cuba, photographic print

3rd Place David Diaz, Evening Stroll, Oil on Panel

Honorable Mention Cal Jackson, Fast Food, Digital Photography

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Aug. 15 Online entry opens for submissions.
Oct. 3 Deadline for entries
By Oct. 23 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Nov. 1 First day of exhibition
Dec. 15 Last day of exhibition



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