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.Get directions to Circle Gallery
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Laura Carty, Exhibitions Manager
Martha Campbell, Communications Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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
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.