MFA Circle Gallery

open every day 11 AM – 5 PM with monthly rotating exhibitions

What We're About

Wil Talk with Artists

Join art historian Wil Scott every other Tuesday for a live vodcast with an MFA Member


Art connects everyone, everywhere, every day.

MFA creates connections in the community by hosting professional avenues of exhibition for local, national, and international artists. Whether at MFA’s iconic location, Circle Gallery in Downtown Annapolis, or at alternate sites including local restaurants, public buildings, and in partnership with other nonprofits and institutions, the public is able to enjoy and learn from artists at all stages of their careers who are expanding community consciousness through their work.
We encourage artists to create, collectors to support, and art lovers to love through every program we take on.
Current and Former Members
Artists have exhibited work with MFA

Visit Circle Gallery to experience our exhibitions in person

Located on State Circle across from the Maryland Statehouse, Circle Gallery is an adaptive reuse of an 1820’s era warehouse. MFA opened Circle Gallery in 1968 to host 12 exhibitions a year and house our main office.
During the pandemic, we have done our best to offer a clean and socially distanced experience to viewers. Please follow the gallery manager’s directions on entering the building and maintain distance from others in the space.
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States in the US people have submitted from
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Thank you to our Sponsors

In 2013, MFA celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Watch the video to see what all the excitement was about!

50th Anniversary and History of MFA

And see what we are doing now…

FY 2019 Annual Report

MFA Arts Management Fellowship

MFA’s Fellows Program was created to provide hands-on experience in arts management and non-profit leadership to recent college graduates. The goal of the Fellowship is to help educate the next generation of arts leaders.

The program is open to legal residents of the United States who are graduating from an accredited college or university in 2021 or who have graduated in the past two years. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to

Fellowship Handout
Fellowship Application

Meet Us


David Diaz: 2011 – Present

David Diaz lives in Annapolis, MD, and is primarily a Plein air artist working in oil and pastels with a focus on regional subjects.

He received formal training in the public schools of Western Maryland and Frostburg State University; as well as the University of Maryland, Towson, and Catholic University. He is an award-winning artist and educator who has taught art in Allegany County and Anne Arundel County and has worked with students from elementary through middle school, as well as adult education and private lessons.

His work is in collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is featured in “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic”, a 2014 book by Gary Pendleton. In addition to his role as the MFA President of the Board of Directors, he also co-chairs the MFA Exhibition Committee, works with installations at Quiet Waters art galleries. David is also on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters.

In 2014, David Diaz received the Anne Arundel County “Annie Award” as the Visual Artist of the year.


Joann Vaughan, Executive Director •

Joann Vaughan has a 20-year career in nonprofit management. At MFA she has made it her goal to expand MFA’s mission of exhibiting current art created by living artists. Prior to coming to MFA in June 2008, she created and ran the Annapolis Book Festival, building it from an idea to a multi-faceted, nationally televised event. Her prior experience includes serving as the Director of Education and training for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and serving on the international board of the Association of Junior Leagues International. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a master’s in management from the University of Maryland University College. She is a certified consultant for the Standards for Excellence.

In 2018, Joann received the first Annie Award for the Art of Leadership in the Arts from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and a TWIN (Tribute to Women & Industry) Award from the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County YWCA.

Ann Cole, Assistant Executive Director •
Laura Carty, Exhibitions Manager •
Martha Campbell, Communications Manager •


Executive Committee

David Diaz, Artist, President, Exhibition Committee Chair

Craig Friedrich, Internal Vice President

Patrice Drago, Artist, PR & Programing Vice President

Karen Ricketts, Development Vice President

Stephanie Reisinger, International Monetary Fund, Treasurer

Kathleen Mathai, Exelon Corporation, Secretary


Sharon Arsenault, Exhibition Committee Chair

Gina Calvert, Sr. Manager, Strategy & Regulatory Affairs, GBE, An Exelon Company, Membership Committee

Joseph Dickey, (Emeritus), Artist, Johns Hopkins University

Sarah Jane Dunaway, Artist, Creative Director, Sarah Jane & Co., PR & Programing Committee

Morgan Dwyer, Artist, Resource Development Committee

Michelle Fauntleroy, Membership Committee

Richard Issacman, Artist, Technology Committee

Wil Scott, Artist, Exhibitions Committee

Martha Spencer, Global Head, International Baccalaureate Educator Network & School Delivery, Exhibitions Committee

Jen Sterling, Artist, PR & Programing Committee

Jason Vaughan, Architectural Historian, Graphic Designer, Historic Preservationist, Baltimore National Heritage Area, PR & Programing Committee

MFA Partners

Alternate Venue for MFA’s annual member exhibition MFA @ Gallery B. Located in Bethesda.

Alternate Venue. Hosts of Annual Collector’s Choice. The Annual Event is held in their beautiful showroom each year!

Alternate Venue for MFA members. MFA Members are welcome to hang any artwork. Exhibitions run in three month cycles.

Alternate Venue. Greek restaurant on West Street, Annapolis MD 21401.