On Display February 5th – March 6th

Introducing Digital Directions:

Computer software has forever expanded ways for artists to capture and produce their work. Our previously titled Focal Point exhibition took us on a 10 year journey from photography-only entries to a celebration of MFA’s current Digital Directions exhibition and further examination of the artistic use of all digital media. Eligible entries may be either 2-D or 3-D image-based work that is created and/or produced through the use of software (whether purchased or artist created) and includes, but is not limited to, digitally produced photography, digital painting, illustration, graphic design, digital video and non-film projection. Please visit the exhibition website for any additional information. Works selected will be exhibited at MFA’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland from February 3 to March 6, 2021. Exhibition Chair: Emil Petruncio.

  Click here to view and print the downloadable prospectus. 

  Click here to view and print the downloadable catalog.

Juror: Marta Finkelstein, Adjunct Professor at the VCU School of Arts

Marta Finkelstein is an experimental artist working with clay, paint, sound, and moving image. She received her BFA in Ceramics from Indiana University in 2012, and went on to pursue experimental animation at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she received her MFA in Kinetic Imaging in 2015. She is currently an adjunct professor at the VCU School of Arts, and helps manage an art studio collective in Richmond, VA, The Silos Artist Collective, which provides low-cost space and access to shared equipment for multidisciplinary artists. Her work has been exhibited across the country, as well as internationally at festivals from Spain to Columbia. Awards include ‘Most Environmentally Conscious’ at INLight 2014 (juried by Denise Markonish) and Curator’s Choice Award at 2014 Kinsey Juried Exhibition. For further information, visit https://www.martafinkelstein.com

Juror’s Statement

Since the dawn of the digital age, artists have been rapidly adapting their practice to new technologies. We have access to supercomputers with high-definition cameras that can fit in our pockets, which makes it an exciting time to be a creator. In selecting the works for “Digital Directions 2020”, I included artists that exhibit a mastery of the digital space. While anyone can snap a selfie and slap on a fun filter, these works are excellent examples of digital fine art. There are some extremely innovative works that manipulate our perceptions of reality with the use of digital painting and glitch work, as well as works that comment on the very nature of technology itself.


Juror’s Choice

  • Donna Masi, Homage to N.A.D., multi-dimensional, mixed media
  • Jayne Bentley Gaskins, All I Need, fiber and digital art
  • Paul J. Gallo, CRISPR, digital
  • Joanna Tillman, November Sunset (Shelter in Place #4), digital composite photography
  • Andrew Wohl, Abstract 2 (Purple Vase), digitally enhanced photograph printed on archival photo paper

Honorable Mention

  • Allen Gene Hirsh, Rosewater Morning, mathematically transformed image on premium photo paper
  • Nancy Keene Fishel, Memories of Distant Destinations, digital painting
  • Al Neyman, Yoko K. Sen (Strathmore Monuments),  archival digital photo print
  • Jim Pearson, Anonymous Landscape: Impending, digital print, hand drawn with mouse, photography
  • Michele Wagner, Spring, digital painting, printed on silk/cotton

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

Information for Accepted Artists

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.

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Sep. 15 Online entry open for submissions
  • Nov. 20 Deadline for entries
  • By Dec. 18 All entrants are notified by email. Check website/spam folder if you do not receive notice
  • Jan. 27-31 Shipped work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401; hand delivery is by appointment due to spacing issues in the gallery
  • Feb. 5, 11am – 5pm First day of exhibition (this is different from the Prospectus due to weather delaying delivery of work)
  • Feb. 12, 6pm Virtual reception
  • Mar. 6 Last day of exhibition
  • Mar. 7-8 Hours of pick-up are by appointment; a $10 fine will be imposed for work not picked up
  • By Mar. 9 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. Please read the prospectus for exact dates of pickup.
  • 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, 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.
  • Artist members will retain 75% from sales; non-members 70%.
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by 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.
  • MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from 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: info@mdfedart.org. Contact Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice.