On Display October 15 – November 30, 2021

Notification was made on September 22, 2021

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Introducing Elemental: Earth, Fire, Water, Air

Early chemists believed these were the elements of life and reality, and when surrounded by them, it’s not hard to see why. Pieces that involve any of the four elements in any way, by medium or subject, were eligible for this online show. Entries were open to all original 2-D or 3-D artwork. MFA will display selected works in their online Curve Gallery from October 15 through November 30, 2021. Show Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum

Margaret Winslow currently lives and works in Wilmington, Delaware where she is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum. She has curated for the Neuberger Museum of Art and The Delaware Contemporary and assisted with exhibits for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Recent exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum include Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot, a 2018 commission by Hank Willis Thomas; Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism; Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970–1990; and Retro-Active: Performance Art from 1964–1987. Margaret has served as an evaluator for the Headlands Center for the Arts, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware, and a radio host for Art Watch on WCHE 1520 AM. Public presentations include talks at the Beijing American Center in China, College Art Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. Margaret holds a BA in Art History from the University of Mary Washington and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Theory, and Criticism from SUNY Purchase College.

Juror’s Statement

The works of art included in Maryland Federation of Art’s 2021 Elemental: Earth, Fire, Water, Air represent a range in style, subject matter, and media. The classical elements of nature offer a lens through which to consider this present moment, a time that has witnessed the power and awe of those forces. When making these selections, I strove to identify works of the highest quality in regard to both form and content. Similarly, I paid equal attention to all the various media I found represented—drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, and photography. Within the group are meticulous lines; colorful, expressionist paintings; contemporary criticisms; and quiet meditations. Though the included artwork is representative of the myriad styles occupying the collective conscious today, there is an underlying theme that focuses on the beauty of our blue planet. Global warming continues to impact the world, giving us vital signs that Earth is changing. Several works of art in the exhibition directly reference wildfires that have swept and continue to sweep across large sections of the United States. Others remind us of the precarious nature of water, at times excessive or too little. However, the essential approach is one of great positivity. The air is a force to be harnessed and used as an alternative energy source. Water provides a place for play. The Earth supports us, offering a space for respite. The resulting exhibition showcases the perseverance of art to communicate all these sentiments—our deepest fears, most urgent concerns, and unbridled optimism.

Margaret Winslow
Curator of Contemporary Art Delaware Art Museum


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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Jul 7 Online entry open for submissions
  • Sept 2 Deadline for entries
  • Sept 22 All artists notified by email. Check mdfedart.com or contact MFA if you do not receive notice
  • Oct 15 First day of the exhibition
  • Nov 30 Last day of the exhibition



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.



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All other artists must enter Price on Request (POR) and purchase inquiries will be referred by MFA to the artist.
  • 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 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 the 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.