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Deadline to enter November 5th

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Introducing Light and Shadow

From Caravaggio to Monet to Ansel Adams, artists use their talents and tools to capture the detail and many subtleties of play between light and shadow. Artwork resonating with these principles will be eligible. Entries are open to all artists. This all-media exhibition, MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) will display selected works online in Curve Gallery from December 15 – January 30, 2020. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Joseph Di Bella, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Mary Washington, Virginia

Joseph Di Bella, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art, taught at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia from 1977 – 2016. He served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1990 – 1993 and 1996 -1999 and Director of University Galleries from 1983 – 1988. Instrumental in the establishment of the gallery program and Ridderhof Martin Gallery at Mary Washington, he was Director of University Galleries from 1983 – 1988 and Interim Director in 1989 and 1997 – 98. From 1994 – 2003 he was co-director of the University’s program in Urbino, Italy. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of the Board of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. He holds a BA in art history from Rutgers and MA and MFA degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, he has exhibited in regional, national and international venues.

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 gallery. Please mark your calendar for notification. This may include specific information that varies from the prospectus.

Terms of Entry

All entries must adhere to MFA general guidelines as well as the terms of entry specific to the exhibit as listed below. When entering the exhibition you will be asked to accept the Terms of Entry. Any entry that does not follow Terms of Entry and General Guidelines will be subject to rejection regardless of the Juror’s decision.


  • A maximum of 6 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered.
  • Works previously exhibited in a juried show at Curve Gallery are not eligible.
  • Works may not exceed 72 inches in width, height or depth, including the frame, unless otherwise specified for a particular exhibit.


Cash awards total $500.

Entries and Submission Fees

  • Entries must be submitted online.
  • Entry fees are $35 (MFA Members, $20) for one or two entries and $5 each for additional entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • To enter online, you will need an MFA account that includes an email address and a password. There is no charge to create an MFA account.
  • Submit one JPEG image per piece entered, or as allowed. To provide the best image for the juror set pixel dimension to around 3000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 5 MB.
  • Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of MFA for promotional purposes including but not limited to the invitation, catalog, web site or on a subsequent year’s prospectus. Image will include attribution whenever possible.

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Sep. 8 Online entry open for submissions.
  • Nov. 5 Deadline for entries.
  • By Dec. 7 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA’s website if you did not receive notice.
  • Dec. 15 – Jan. 30 Online gallery open for viewing.


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 Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice.







Assateague Light #2, Archival Photo Print, by Charlie Ewers, from Light and Shadow 2018

On Display December 25 – January 30.

Introducing Light and Shadow

From Caravaggio to Monet to Ansel Adams, artists use their talents and tools to capture rich shadows, bright highlights and their many subtleties. Any original 2-D or 3-D artwork depicting light and shadow will be considered by the juror. Entries are open to all artists. This MFA exhibition will display selected works in the online Curve Gallery from Dec 15 through Jan. 30, 2020. Show Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Susan Badder, MICA

Susan Badder retired in May as adjunct professor of art history at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where since 2006 she taught Art Matters, Italian Renaissance Thought and Art, and African Art Forms. She continues to tutor in the Writing Studio at MICA, teach occasionally for the OSHER program of Johns Hopkins University, and function as a free-lance editor, curator and consultant. Before MICA, Badder was the Senior Curator for Education and Community Programs at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Previously she was Executive Director of Maryland Art Place, and directed education programs at both the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the years she has juried and curated a variety of exhibitions, ranging from Maryland Collects to Black Is A Color: African American Art at the Corcoran  and Art and Economics: Sienese Paintings from the Dawn of the Financial Age.  She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Vassar College, and continues to contribute to numerous museum catalogs and art publications.

Juror’s Statement

The unique visions and artistic prowess  demonstrated in your submissions proved to be both the joy and the challenge. You didn’t make it easy. In the end I have tried to present a body of work that encompasses a broad range of mediums and expands interpretations of the theme beyond the predictable. Hopefully, the featured images will encourage dialogue that goes far beyond mere contemplation.

“Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same color. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.”-  Maya Angelou



Juror’s Choice $100 each

Kathleen Ryan Gardiner, Racing the Storm Again, watercolor
Linda Agar-Hendrix, Reflection at Death Valley, digital photography
Wayne W. Guenther, Shadow of Itself, photography
Harriet Rosenberg, Two Red Doors, photography
Charlie Ewers, Sunset Window, archival photo print

*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Nov. 5 Deadline for entries.
Dec 3 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Dec 15 First day of exhibition.
Jan 30 Last day of exhibition.



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