On Display August 25 – September 18, 2021

Notification was made July 27, 2021

Introducing American Landscapes:

From the oceans that surround this continent to the mountains that divide it – this land is home to some of the world’s most powerful landscapes. Open to all media, following exhibition guidelines, MFA will showcase any original 2-D or 3-D work depicting a landscape from the Americas (*North America, Hawaii, Central America, Caribbean, and South America). Works selected by the juror will be exhibited in MFA’s Circle Gallery from August 25th – September 18, 2021. Show chair: Richard Niewerth.

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Juror: Susan “Sue” Frank, Curator at The Phillips Collection

Susan “Sue” Frank is a curator at The Phillips Collection specializing in European and American modernism. She earned her Ph.D. in 1996, joining the staff at the Phillips the following year. At the Phillips Collection, she has curated numerous traveling exhibitions that showcase the museum’s European and American collections for domestic and international audiences in Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan, and South Korea. She has published several books and essays including American Impressionists: Painters of Light and the Modern Landscape; David Smith Invents; and Made in the USA: American Art from The Phillips Collection. Currently, she is co-organizing with the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) Picasso: Painting the Blue Period, an international loan exhibition that will open at the Phillips in February 2022. The exhibition, which will feature some 45 paintings, along with works on paper and sculpture, is organized around the cutting-edge conservation studies and curatorial research undertaken over the past decade on three iconic Blue Period paintings in the collections of the Phillips and the AGO.

Juror’s Statement

I always enjoy working with MFA on their exhibitions and I was very happy to be asked to juror American Landscapes 2021. What a challenge it was to make my choices from the nearly 700 works submitted from across the country! As a museum professional, my curatorial hat is always on. My intent has been to shape an exhibition that captures the breadth of what American landscape can encompass. The subjects chosen include urban views; rural landscapes; the beach; the desert, roads and other infrastructure; parks; forests; mountains and valleys. I sought out works that included views from around the country using a variety of materials, perspectives, and interpretations. I looked for examples that favored the formal elements of design, composition, and point of view while balancing individual artistic vision that demonstrated command of the material and subject. The scale of the works I chose varies as the visual impact can be as powerful in a smaller format as in a larger one. Taken together the 57 works in the exhibition reflect a broad range of expression that reveals the robustness of our different perspective of the American landscape. I hope the exhibition delights all who see it, whether in the gallery or online.


Juror’s Choice

  • Michael Kotarba, Evening in Abiquiu, watercolor
  • Chuck Williams, Ocean Beach Cottages, oil on canvas
  • James Slezak, Dune Road 04192, digital photo
  • George Sass, Solitary Hiker, photograph, archival print
  • Ray Goodrow, By the Tracks, watercolor

Honorable Mention

  • Neil R. Dreibelbeis, One Way, mixed media, photo, pen and ink, acrylic paint
  • Chris Farhood, End of Day High Point NJ, oil on canvas
  • Cindy Grisdela, Alaska Dreaming, fiber
  • Beth Altman, NYC Buildings, photography
  • John T. Hanou, John Cox Round Barn in the Winter, Illinois, digital photograph

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Apr. 26 Online entry open for submissions
  • Jul. 1 Deadline for entries
  • By Jul. 27 All artists notified by email. Check mdfedart.com or contact MFA if you do not receive notice
  • Aug. 18 – 22 Shipped work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery. Please read the prospectus for more on how to ship your piece
  • Aug. 25 First day of the exhibition
  • Aug. 29 Onsite or virtual reception. More info will be posted about the reception as we get closer to the date
  • Sep. 18 Last day of the exhibition
  • Sep. 19 – 20 Pick-up handed-delivered work, 11 AM – 4 PM. There is a $10 fee for late pickup
  • By Sep. 23 Shipped work will be sent

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.

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of the 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 inkjet 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 the 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.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10 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 the 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-member will retain 70%.
  • The 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 the 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.