On Display October 15 – November 30, 2022

Awards were announced November 1, 2022

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Introducing Food for Thought

From farm to table, from fields and gardens, from land and sea – food sustains our bodies as art sustains our souls. For each person, food has a story and a history. Food can help define our community and sometimes our community needs help being fed. We work as a community to feed our neighbors. A portion of the proceeds from this show go to support the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. MFA asked artists to show us how food has shaped their story through art. Entry was open to all artists residing internationally. All original 2D or 3D artwork in any media was eligible for this online show. Works selected by the juror will be on display in MFA’s online gallery, Curve Gallery, from October 15 – November 30, 2022. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott. 

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Juror: Katie Commodore, Adjunct Faculty at Rhode Island School of Design and Clark University

Katie Commodore is a practicing fine artist exhibiting nationally and internationally. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating with a BFA in Illustration. She spent time abroad, then returned to school, attending the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her MFA in Printmaking. After 14 years in Brooklyn, Katie returned to Providence to reside, and is now Adjunct Faculty at her alma mater and Clark University. As any artist could appreciate, making art is seldom a full-time profession and her professional career includes working as a Studio Manager and Artist/Personal Assistant for Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. She has also worked at several museums, including the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut, was a Majordomo for a Boutique PR Firm in NYC, and as the Administrative Director of Crux LCA, a cooperative of Black XR Creatives and Producers that focuses on Black storytelling and creating a foothold in the burgeoning vocabulary of new media of VR and creating Black wealth. She is currently represented by Untitled Space in Tribeca, NYC. For more information, visit her website at katiecommodore.com.

Juror’s Statement

Like so many of us, my relationship with food is very complicated. It’s something in our lives that permeates every emotional facet of existence. It’s something to be enjoyed or hidden. It can cause a feeling of shame, joy, or disgust. It can bring up memories or create new ones. We celebrate it, protest it, travel great lengths to get our hands on it, spend years learning how to master it. Food for all its good and bad, is life.

I chose these pieces because each one took the common aspects of food and brought out something deeper.

“6” Key 8 plays on one of my biggest fears, color blindness. I have MS, and am slowly losing my red/green vision, but even before I was diagnosed with MS I always feared the idea of losing my ability to see color. I constantly took those online tests to reassure myself that I could still tell the difference between all the subtle shades of coral and turquoise. And as I was looking at these pieces, I started to laugh. Because obviously I’m not the only person out there with very complicated feelings about this easy, innocuous test that we all have to. Color blindness isn’t something to be feared, it’s just a part of life. Some of us have it, some of us don’t. Just like breakfast; some of us eat it everyday, some of us don’t

Similarly, I found Game of Life to be very compelling. Not just because of its high level of craftsmanship, but because of the imagined tension and story my mind creates while looking at it. What game are the pears playing? Are they ganging up on the one pear that is standing up for itself? Maybe they’re laughing? How many family meals have we all had with the same dynamic and tension? How many friendships have been made or lost over a meal?

Whereas White Onions appealed to me because of the calm, peaceful memories it brought up for me: Farmer’s markets, sunshine, fall days at my grandparents’, or an illustration in a well-loved cookbook rendered in cool tones and impeccable brushstrokes. It’s a classically beautiful painting that soothes the soul just like a meal cooked with love.

The Honorable Mention winners: Dejeuner sur Zoom: A Pandemic Painting Lesson, Do Not Share, and Sauté Pans all touched on the other themes of the exhibition: Communal Meaning, Openness, and Stickiness. Dejeuner sur Zoom embodies everything we all went through during lockdown: the absolute loss of the most essential human need: human connection and interaction, especially over meals. Our souls and bellies were starving for something we didn’t cook or have delivered in a soggy bag, not to mention someone to talk to or cuddle with that you haven’t been staring at for the past 24 months (if you were lucky enough to have someone to stare at!). Do Not Share touches on the primal love for all things bright and sugary, tactile, and sticky, and how badly each of us wants to have it and keep it all for ourselves. So we can wallow in the ecstatic taste and hide the shame of eating them all ourselves from prying eyes (we’ve all done it and it was totally worth it). On the other hand, Sauté Pans was more of a slow burn in my mind. It took forever to “see” what the image is (a stack of professional sauté pans stacked and ready for dinner service). It’s a rare piece of art that is of something so recognizable and yet abstracted and cropped so effectively it turns into everything from a wrought iron gate to butterfly wings to fiddlehead ferns.

There were so many beautiful submissions: thought provoking, humorous, memory inducing, politically relevant pieces of art each one. It was very difficult to narrow it down to these few pieces, but hopefully the show causes you to have the same gamete of reactions and you enjoy seeing my thought process as I pulled the pieces together.

Awards

First Place

  • “6” Key 8, photograph, Monika Malewska

Second Place

  • Game of Life, bronze, wood, Barbara Stubbs

Third Place

  • White Onions, watercolor on hot press, Gloria Tseng Fischer

Honorable Mentions

  • Dejeuner sur Zoom: A Pandemic Painting Lesson, oil and acrylic on Plexiglas panel, Margi M. Weir
  • Do Not Share, acrylics, acrylic impasto, modeling paste on canvas, Lorena R. Krause
  • Saute Pans, textiles, Susan Callahan

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Jul 12 Online entry open for submissions
  • Sept 7 Entry deadline
  • Oct 5 Artists notified by email
  • Oct 15 First day of the exhibition
  • Nov 1 Awards Announced @ 5 PM
  • Nov 30 Last Day of Online Exhibition

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