On Display June 15 – July 31, 2022

Awards were announced July 1, 2022 at 5 PM

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Introducing Portals

Portals are openings to new places, new experiences, and new sensations. We are seeking your interpretation of a “portal” – literally or metaphorically. Share your insights and experiences with the concept of “portal” as you see it. Entries are open internationally for Maryland Federation of Art’s (MFA) online-only exhibition. Following exhibition guidelines, any 2D or 3D work is eligible for entry. Works selected by the juror will be on display in MFA’s online gallery, Curve Gallery, from June 15 – July 31, 2022. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth, Wil Scott.

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Juror: Andrew Brandmeyer, Professor at The Savannah College of Art and Design

My name is Andrew Brandmeyer and I currently reside in Savannah, GA. I’m full-time faculty at The Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching for the Foundations Department and acting as lead coordinator for the Drawing Minor Committee. I received both my BFA and MFA from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. My concentration is oil painting, drawing and illustration. I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to act as a juror for the “Portals” Exhibition this year. I look forward to reviewing the works submitted and would like to thank the Maryland Federation of Art for this exciting opportunity! Visit Andrew’s Instagram to see his work.

Juror’s Statement

I would like to thank all of the artists who submitted to the exhibition as well the staff at Maryland Federation of Art for the opportunity to act as the juror for the 2022 Portals exhibition. With over 350 entries to consider, I knew this was to be no easy task. In order to select what I feel was a successful body of work that also aligned with the theme, I had multiple considerations to put in place.

When considering the definition of a portal, I prepared myself for a collection of work that focused heavily on perspective, doorways, and paths as literal elements in the compositions. My then goal was to find work that supported this theme in a creative and interesting approach while upholding what I feel are successful foundations in art making.

I carefully studied all submissions, looking for literal or conceptual indications of what can be considered a portal. Once this was located, I looked at a variety of foundational aspects such as compositional balance, use of color, range of value, and mark-making to support the aforementioned indications.

Overall, I was beyond excited with the prolific body of work that was submitted, making this a somewhat rigorous task. To all artists who submitted and placed in the exhibition, please consider that I am just one man. One man with his own ideas and experiences with art making. What I may see as unsuccessful, the next person may want to purchase for their own collection and vise versa. If I did not select your work for this exhibition, do not let that deter you from engaging in future competitions. Continue putting yourself/your work out there. Good things will come when taking advantage of opportunities such as this one.

Again, I would like to thank the artists who submitted to the exhibition and the staff at Maryland Federation of Art for this joyous opportunity to be invited as a juror for Portals 2022.

With appreciation,
Andrew Brandmeyer

Awards

Honorable Mentions

  • Passing, photography, digital capture, archival pigment print, Denis Sivack
  • A Path Forward, watercolor and gouache, Doris Voss Dasenbrock
  • Ten Twenty Eight AM, graphite on paper, Rebecca Watson
  • Steps, digital photograph on fine art paper signed not framed, Marilyn Lowney Johnson
  • Flow Deep, collage- fiber & paper, wen Redmond

Juror’s Choice

  • Portal of Time, colored pencil on watercolor paper, Richard Helmick
  • Portal of Saved Souls, watercolor, W. Jaeger
  • Lenoir_R_03-22-19—07AD, pinhole camera – archival pigment print, Dan McCormack
  • Tea in Hanoi With Visions of Edward Hopper, mixed media, collage and oil painting, Guy R. Munsch
  • Beyond The Clouds, Media: fiber – tapestry weaving using a variety of yarns, Joh Ricci

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Mar 7 Online Entry Opens for Submissions
  • May 4 Entry Deadline
  • Jun 1 Notification
  • Jun 15 Exhibition Opens Online
  • Jul 1 Awards Announced at 5 PM
  • Jul 31 Last Day of Online Exhibition

Liability

Liability

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.

Sales

Sales

  • 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-members 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.

Notification

All entrants will receive notification by email. Accepted artists will also be posted on MFA’s website. 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. Please set your email account to recognize notification@mdfedart.org. Contact Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice.