On Display August 15 – September 30, 2021

Notification was made July 21, 2021

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Introducing Rising Tides

Annapolitans know the cost of climate change, as do people in many coastal cities. This show will focus on the theme of rising water levels, the effect they have on the world, and solutions for or the disasters because of changing tides. Entries were open to all original 2-D or 3-D artwork. This all-media MFA exhibition will display the juror’s selections in our Online Sales Gallery from August 15 – September 30, 2021. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth & Wil Scott.

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Juror: Steve Doherty

Steve Doherty was born in New Orleans, raised in Cincinnati, and educated in Illinois and New York. He currently lives with his wife, Sara, in the inspiring landscape of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Knox College and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Cornell University. After teaching art in public schools, a community college, and a private college, Steve became editor of American Artist magazine. During his 31 year tenure, he launched several new art magazines, managed artist conventions, and exhibited his own artwork. In 2010 he became editor of PleinAir magazine and successfully managed that publication until his retirement in 2018. During these years, Steve also wrote a dozen books, including the new book The Art of Plein Air Painting. For more information and a review of Steve’s paintings, visit www.stevedohertyart.com.

Juror’s Statement

Making a statement of a political, religious, environmental, or social nature is tricky business for an artist. There is always a risk that the finished artwork will essentially be a piece of illustration best suited for an editorial page. On the other hand, offering a totally free and enigmatic response to the theme might leave viewers perplexed. The aim then is to strike a balance between the obvious and the profound, between the personal and the universal, and between the dated and the timeless.

All of the work I selected for this exhibition strikes that delicate balance quite brilliantly. The photographers, in particular, did an amazing job of presenting the stark consequences of rising tides that are impossible to deny. I was also impressed with the way painters, printmakers, and three-dimensional artists used their considerable talents and expertise to present deeply felt ideas about changes in the environment. The selected pieces reveal something important both about the artists who created them and about the topic presented to the artists. I singled out several pieces for awards that I felt did an exceptional job on both aspects of the creative process.

It was an honor to serve as the judge of this exhibition and I thank Maryland Federation of Art and the participating artists.

M. Stephen Doherty

Waynesboro, Virginia


  • Robert Mullenix, portend, oil on canvas collage spelling YET mounted on canvas
  • Miker Iserman, High Tide at the Tidal Basin, photography
  • Jim Earl, Sparrows Point, etching
  • Christine Helms, Rising Tide, digital photography
  • Katherine Farrell, Sunken Barge, oil on panel

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • May 3 Online entry opens for submissions.
  • Jul. 1 Deadline for entries.
  • By Jul. 21 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA’s website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Aug. 15 First day of the exhibition.
  • Sep. 30 Last day of the exhibition.

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.



MFA shall not be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or inability to use, MFA’s online exhibition gallery.



  • MFA’s Online Sales Gallery is provided to North American artists to sell their work. Only artists in the 48 contiguous United States may set a price. MFA will reimburse appropriate shipping costs to those artists for online sales shipments. All other artists must enter Price on Request (POR) and purchase inquiries will be referred by MFA to the artist. MFA retains 20% commission (15% for members) on any work sold through MFA. Artists will be responsible for the fulfillment of sales.
  • The sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by MFA.
  • 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.