What We're About

Art inspires communities and provides for expression.

MFA celebrates and supports local and national artists by giving them professional avenues for exhibition. Whether at MFA’s iconic location, Circle Gallery on State Circle in Annapolis, or at alternate sites including local restaurants, public buildings, in partnership with other nonprofits, and at the University of Maryland College Park, artists at all stages of their careers are able to bring to the public their points of view through their work.
MFA looks forward to the next half-century, presenting the work of established and emerging artists at Circle Gallery, in alternate locations and to the world through virtual galleries and exhibitions.
Current and Former Members
Artists have exhibited work with MFA

Visit Circle Gallery to experience the exhibition 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 and maintains an office there.

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


50th Anniversary and History of MFA

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 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.

Thomas James, Exhibitions Manager
Kristen McCurdy, Communications Manager
Martha Campbell, Gallery Intern


Executive Committee

David Diaz, Artist, President ,Exhibition Committee Chair

Patrice Drago, Artist, Marriott International, Vice President, Communication Committee Chair

Kathleen Mathai, Exelon Corporation, Secretary

Rob Mumma, Belair Produce ,Treasurer

Ron Rickets,  Art Enthusiast, Executive Sales Consultant, SalesOptimizer, LLC, Technology Committee
Jason Vaughan, Graphic Designer, Historic Preservationist, Baltimore National Heritage Area


Sharon Arsenault,(Emeritus), Exhibition Committee Chair

Candice Bigelow, Artist, Anne Arundel Community College, Volunteer Chair

Thomas C. Boddorff PE, Artist, Forensic Engineer/ Web Developer, Communications Committee, Web Development Committee

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

Dana Kern, Membership Committee

Richard Niewerth, Artist, Anne Arundel Community College, Education and Outreach Chair

Wilford Scott, Artist, National Gallery of Art, Development Committee

MFA Partners

Alternate venue for MFA’s annual Exhibition MD Art @ College Park. Open Juried Exhibition for all Maryland residents and all Current MFA members.

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.

Alternate Venue for Open Juried Exhibitions. Located in Eastport, Annapolis, Minutes from Circle Gallery.