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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 and maintains an office there.
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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 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 in Maryland, 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 masters 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 form the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and a TWIN (Tribute to Women & Industry) Award from the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County YWCA.
Elana Harris, Exhibition Manager
Martha Campbell, Gallery Intern
Kristina Dover, Gallery Intern
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Diaz, Artist, President ,Exhibition Committee Chair
Patrice Drago, Artist, External Vice President
Kathleen Mathai, Exelon Corporation, Internal Vice President
Stephanie Reisinger, International Monetary Fund, Treasurer
Craig Friedrich, Development Vice President
Candice Bigelow, Anne Arundel Community College, Secretary
Ward Anderson, Artist
Sharon Arsenault, (Emeritus), Exhibition Committee Chair
Thomas C. Boddorff, Artist, Forensic Engineer/Web Developer, Communications Committee, Web Development Committee
Joseph Dickey, (Emeritus), Artist, Johns Hopkins University, Development Committee
Sarah Jane Dunaway, Artist, Sarah Jane & Co.
Michelle Fauntleroy, Resource Development Committee
Elizabeth Kendall, Artist, Standards for Excellence Chair
Bob Peterson, Artist
Ron Ricketts, Art Enthusiast, Executive Sales Consultant, SalesOptimizer, LLC, Technology Committee
Wil Scott, Artist, National Gallery of Art (ret), Exhibition Committee
Martha Spencer, Laureate International Universities, Resource Development
Kate Stillwell, Artist, Exhibition Committee
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.