On Display May 5 – 28, 2022

In-Person Closing Reception at Circle Gallery May 28, 4 – 6 PM

Introducing the Spring Member Show

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all MFA Members residing in the United States, DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter the 2022 Spring Member Show. Any original 2D or 3D work will be considered. Works selected will be on exhibit in Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from May 5 – 28, 2022.

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Juror: Mark Thomas Anderson, Adjunct Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at Georgetown University

Mark Thomas Anderson is an artist and Adjunct Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at Georgetown University, Department of Art and Art History, and a Drawing Instructor at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA. He received his MFA in painting from Boston University and his BFA from California State University in drawing and painting. For more information please visit markthomasanderson.com.

Juror’s Statement

The wide range of work included in this exhibition is evidence of the broad scope of aesthetic interest within the vibrant Maryland Federation of Art community. It was a privilege to serve as the juror for this show and to view such an abundance of quality work. I wish that I could have selected more for exhibition. I felt a gravitational pull when viewing many of these works. There were so many elegantly designed works that surprised and even confused me at first glance, grabbing my attention as I searched for additional visual clues. There are powerful works in the exhibition that seem to be deeply personal, conveying vulnerability and pain. Clever image layering could be read as nostalgic in one work and futuristic in another. Elegantly manipulated media was abundant; I was truly impressed by the high level of technical skill and ambition on display. The sophisticated arrangement of color and texture in some works was mesmerizing, running in front of, and often times disguising the subject. It is reassuring to see such powerful art being made during these stressful times of the pandemic. This show is a reflection of how people can find beauty everywhere; even in places where it is not being sought.

Awards

Juror’s Choice

  • Fractured, oil on canvas, Richard Niewerth
  • Gloucester 118, archival inkjet print from digital capture, Raphael Warshaw
  • Motel Stop, acrylic, Jack Hornady
  • Lost, photographic print on archival fine art paper, David Mosher
  • Waterman’s House, digital photo, Wil Scott

Honorable Mention

  • Bittersweet Dawn, oil, gold, and bronze pigments on panel, Tracy Lambros
  • Sky Puddle, mixed media on duralar, Mary Ellen Geissenhainer
  • The Traveler’s Dream, photography, Jane Mann
  • DILLY, pencil, ink, acrylic, Guy Terry Kuhn
  • Auntie Em, oil on panel, Lauren Litwa

Conley Award

  • Abundance II, acrylic and collage, wasp nest paper, cicada wings, seeds, milkweed pods, branches on canvas, Kenzie Raulin and Ruth Lozner

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Feb 8 Online Entry Open for Submissions
  • Mar 9 Entry Deadline
  • Apr 5 Notification
  • Apr 27 – May 2 Accepted and Shipped Work Must Arrive at MFA Circle Gallery
  • May 5 Exhibition Opens
  • May 15 Virtual Awards Ceremony @ 4 PM
  • May 28 Exhibition Closes; Possible Closing Reception @ 4 PM
  • May 29 – 30 Pick Up Hand-Delivered Work, 11 AM – 4 PM
  • Jun 1 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.

Delivery and Shipping

Delivery

  • 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.

Liability

Liability

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.

Sales

Sales

  • 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.
  • Artists will retain 70% from sales (75% for MFA Members). MFA will retain 30% commission (25% for MFA Members) on any work sold through MFA.
  • 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.

Notification

All entrants will be sent notice by email. Artists who have unsubscribed from MFA emails will not receive notification. 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 notification@mdfedart.org and info@mdfedart.org. Contact Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice by 5 PM on the day of notification.