In September 2015, MFA lost a very valuable member of our art community, Ardis Diaz.

Ardis, an accomplished fiber and jewelry artist and long-time Anne Arundel County art teacher, was best known in the MFA community as the anchor and support to her husband, MFA Board President David Diaz.

Ardis and David were a well known duo on the plein air painting circuit.

In her memory, MFA established the Ardis Diaz Memorial Prize for Painting. Each year, an award is presented at Paint Annapolis – MFA’s own annual plein air event – celebrating the light in a painting created during that event. A restricted fund was established in the inital amount of $10,000, including a matching gift by David in the amount of $5,000, to permanently finance this annual award.

We are asking for your help in maintaining this restricted fund. Gifts of any amount may be made to MFA in Ardis’ memory. Multi-year pledges may be made by filling out the form below or contacting MFA Executive Director Ann Cole. Your gift of any amount will be doubly important as a meaningful tribute to a talented artist, a wonderful woman, and a supportive wife.  All gifts to the Ardis Diaz Memorial Fund are tax deductible to the extent provided by law and much appreciated.

David and Ardis Diaz

Donations can be made online or in person at Circle Gallery.

Donations can also be mailed to Maryland Federation of Art
18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401.