Now open in Circle Gallery

Exhibiting July 16 – August 8

Introducing the Summer Member Show:

This exhibition is open to all MFA members working in any original 2-D or 3-D artwork in any media. Works selected by the juror will be on exhibit from July 16 – August 8, 2020.


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All accepted work will be exhibited in MFA’s online sales gallery. If the gallery location is able to open, MFA will hang the work received from those artists who are able to deliver their work. No accepted artist will be required to deliver work to participate in the online exhibition.

Juror: Patrick M. Craig, University of Maryland

Patrick M. Craig currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of Maryland. His gallery representations have included Gallery Plan B and Gallery K, Washington D.C., Gallery B.A.I. in New York City and in Barcelona, Spain, along with Gallery ARS LONGA in Milanowek, Poland. His artworks reside in numerous collections such as The Sidney and Francis Lewis Collection, the Washington Convention Center, George Mason University and George Washington University, along with the corporate collections of IBM, KPMG, Sallie Mae, The Artery Corporation and The Washington Post. He has been featured in exhibitions at galleries, museums and art centers throughout the U.S., including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Chrysler Museum, St. Lawrence University, Marin MOCA and others. He also exhibited internationally in Poland, Brussels, West Germany, Ukraine, Italy, Japan, Spain, The Soviet Union, and the United Arab Emerites. Notable among these are the Forum Artis Museum – Montese Contemporary Art, Modena,

Italy, the Saitama Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, and the Washington/Moscow Artists Exchange at the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow whereupon he traveled as a featured artist. He also traveled as an invited artist to the United Arab Emerites’ first group exhibition of American art at the Sharjah Museum. Craig garnered favorable reviews in many publications, including Art News,New Art Examiner, Washingtonian magazine, and The Cincinnati Inquirer. In addition, His recent solo show at the Portico gallery, titled Relief, captured a favorable review in the The Washington Post. He received several fellowships including the Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 1989, 1992, 1997, and 2000.

Juror’s Statement

The shows at the MFA Circle Gallery are always exceptional, with a breadth of media, styles, and poetic points of view. The undertaking of selecting from over 350 entries to 60 is a bit daunting given the extent of talented applicants. While staying conscious of selecting a representative sampling of the wide-ranging mediums and styles, the final goal was to pare the selection down.

This exhibition represents a vast and diverse body of artistic and poetic concerns. Within this assemblage lives abstraction and realism. It houses collage, painting, sculpture, photography, and digital media along with hybrid approaches. The poetics span the spectrum of human expression: from joyfulness to stillness, from sublime to outlandish, from dreamy to wide-awake, from sunny to darkness. These all reside at MFA’s Circle Gallery. It is an honor and delight to see so much talent, and to offer my selected medley of accomplished artwork to the public. It is a humbling and revealing experience to recognize yet again how much brilliance endures within our midst.

-Patrick M. Craig


 Juror’s Choice

  • Linda Gale Popp, The Birds Still Remember What We Have Forgotten, found object assemblage
  • Tamora Ilasat, The Elder Tree, watercolor, ink, and collage on Arches paper
  • James Carey Crane, Flora/Fauna, Easter 2020, acrylic on canvas
  • Bruno Baran, Castle Gardens, England, oil on recovered canvas
  • Cindi Lewis, A Book and a Bear, oil

Honorable Mentions

  • Valia Brashaw, Wild Red, acrylic on canvas
  • Ed Blake, Protecting the Dunes, photography
  • Camilla David, Graffiti Girl, acrylic paint and oil pastel
  • Tracy Lambros, Angry Sky, oil on canvas
  • Wayne W. Guenther, Early Morning Bus, photography

*Cash awards total $500 and are determined by the juror. Award contributors and recipients will be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Apr. 8 Online entry open for submissions.
May 11 Deadline for entries.
June 1 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA’s website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
July 8-12 Shipped work must arrive at MFA’s Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401. Work can be dropped off as early as the 14th. Please read the information in the Prospectus on how to ship your piece.
July 15 First day of exhibition.
July 26 Reception, 3-5 p.m. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
Aug. 9-11 Pick up artwork, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (no early pick up for any reason) There is a $10 fee for any late pickup. MFA will send a signup form for artists to claim a day and time for picking up their art.
By Aug. 11 Shipped work will be sent.

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of artwork:
    • Artist Name
    • Address, phone number and email
    • Title of the work, medium and price. Be specific with medium descriptions (e.g., oil on hardboard or canvas, not oil; chromogenic print or archival ink jet print, not photography or digital print; oil pastel on paper, not pastel; etc.)
  • Work must arrive on scheduled dates.
  • Paintings must be dry.
  • Measure to ensure work meets size limitations before delivery, include outer edges of frames. Work not in compliance will not be exhibited. No exceptions.
  • All shipped work must include a bar-coded shipping label. Do not send by United States Postal Service (USPS). We prefer UPS but accept FedEx. No shipping peanuts allowed.
  • Please affix packing/repacking instructions to OUTSIDE of shipping box.
  • Tips on shipping can be viewed on the RedDotBlog

Pickup and Storage

Pickup and Storage

  • When the exhibit ends, unless specified otherwise, you may pick up your work no earlier than 3:00 pm on the closing day of the exhibit.
  • You must pick up your work within 48 hours of the closing day of the exhibit, or notify the gallery if you will be late.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10.00 per piece, per week. Work left in storage longer than two (2) weeks shall become MFA property and may be disposed of, or used for fundraising purposes. There are no exceptions.



All work will be handled with all possible care, but pieces submitted for exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, the MFA will not be held liable. If insurance is desired, the artist must carry it.



  • All work entered into any exhibition must be for sale unless prior agreements are made, and marked either with a price or POR for Price On Request.
  • The MFA will retain 30% from all sales
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by the MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by the MFA with costs collected from buyer. Buyers will be asked if the work may be retained until the exhibit ends. If the buyer disagrees, the Gallery will let the work go, and the artist will be informed.
  • The MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from the MFA within three months. All donations are used to help defray operating costs of the Maryland Federation of Art and are tax-deductible by the artists to the full extent of the law.


All entrants will receive notice by email. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and could vary from prospectus. A list of accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website. Please set your email account to recognize this address: Contact gallery if you do not receive notice.


NOTE: Should Circle Gallery or any other exhibition space be closed for reasons beyond our control, MFA reserves the right to move a planned physical exhibit to our online galleryPlease mark your calendar – all entrants will receive notice by email. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and may vary from prospectus. A list of accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website. Please set your email account to recognize this address: info@mdfedart.orgIt is important to check website/check spam folder if you do not receive notice.