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Deadline to Enter is November 23, 2022

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Introducing Digital Directions

Computer software and technology have forever expanded the ways artists capture and produce their work. Artists can weave together scenes in photoshop, produce paintings through a screen, create videos, animations, and projections that transport us to new worlds, and sculpt with a 3D printer. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in any of the states or territories of the US, Canada, or Mexico to enter our 3rd annual Digital Directions exhibition. Any original 2D or 3D image based work created and/or produced through digital software and following exhibition guidelines will be considered. This includes, but is not limited to digitally produced photography, digital painting, illustration, graphic design, digital video and projection. Works selected will be exhibited in MFA’s Circle Gallery from February 1 – 25, 2023. Exhibition Chair: Emil Petruncio.

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Juror: Jeff Murphy, Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jeff Murphy is a Charlotte based artist working primarily with digital media. His creative career began while taking photography, film, and animation courses as an undergraduate at Ohio State University. Jeff’s work has been published in a diverse array of publications, including WIRED magazine, World Art magazine, and the textbook Exploring Color Photography. He has received individual artist grants from the Arts and Science Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the North Carolina Arts Council. In addition to over 40 national solo exhibitions, his digital images, videos, and installations have been seen in the US, Germany, Hungary, Spain, and Brazil. Jeff is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches digital imaging, interactive design, photography, video, and animation. He received his BFA from Ohio State University in 1989 and his MFA from University of Florida in 1995. See his work at murphydigitalart.com.

Terms of Entry

  • Entry is open to artists residing in the any of the states or territories of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Entering this exhibition indicates understanding and agreement on the part of the artist with the conditions stated herein and with (a) MFA’s approved Statement of Equity and Diversity and (b) MFA’s General Guidelines. Work must meet exhibition guidelines to be included in the event. MFA may determine work ineligible if entry guidelines are not followed. Work delivered must correspond with the image(s) submitted to the juror.
  • Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of MFA for promotional purposes including, but not limited to: the invitation, catalog, website, social media, or a subsequent year’s prospectus. Images will include attribution wherever possible.
  • Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the event.

Liability

  • Artwork will be handled with all possible care. MFA will not be responsible or liable for loss or damage from any cause whatsoever. Insurance, if desired, must be carried by the artist.

Awards

  • Cash awards total $1,000

Entry Requirements

  • All work must be entered by uploading JPEG images through MFA’s online entry system. Set pixel dimension to between 1,500 and 3,000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 5 MB.
  • For video submissions: upload a still frame from your video, and in the “media” section, put the media and then include a public YouTube or Vimeo link to the video. For accepted video submissions, the artist will be expected to deliver the file to MFA on a thumbdrive.
  • To enter online, you will need an MFA account that includes an email address and a password. There is no charge to create an MFA account.

Entry Fee

  • 1 or 2 entries $40 ($25 for MFA Members). Additional 4 entries $5 each. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Work

  • Images for the juror must correspond with the actual work.
  • All entries must be original and completed solely by the artist’s hand. A maximum of 6 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered.
  • Work previously exhibited at MFA Circle Gallery is not eligible for re-entry.
  • Maximum size of work, including edges of artwork or frame, cannot exceed 72″ in any direction. Artists may be asked to assist with the installation of oversized work (greater than 60″ or over 40 lbs.).
  • Work may incorporate audio or sound recording not created by the artist if the artist obtains the same from an open source or has permission to use, distribute, and sell the audio or sound recording. To the extent possible, the artist shall credit the original creator of the audio or sound recording in the description of the media. The artist indemnifies MFA from any loss or damage sustained by MFA due to artist’s failure to comply with any copyright laws regarding such audio or sound recording.

Sales

  • Artists will retain 70% from sales (75% for MFA Members). MFA will retain 30% commission on any work sold through MFA (25% for MFA Members at the time of the sale).
  • Work must be for sale. Work may be set to Price on Request (POR).

Exhibition Schedule

  • Oct 5 Online Entry Opens for Submissions
  • Nov 23 Entry Deadline
  • Dec 20 Notification @ 5 PM
  • Jan 25 – 29 Accepted and Shipped Work Must Arrive at MFA Circle Gallery
  • Feb 1 Exhibition Opens
  • Feb 5 Virtual Awards Ceremony from 4 – 5 PM via Zoom
  • Feb 25 Last Day of the Exhibition; Closing Reception at MFA Circle Gallery from 4 – 6 PM
  • Feb 26 –  27 Pick-up Hand-Delivered Work from 11 AM – 4 PM
  • Mar 2 Shipped Work Will Be Sent

NOTE: Should the exhibition space be closed for reasons beyond our control, MFA reserves the right to move a planned physical exhibit to our online gallery.

Notification

All artists will receive notification by email. Accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website. Artists who have unsubscribed from MFA’s emails will not receive notification.
The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and may vary from the prospectus.
Please set your email account to recognize notification@mdfedart.org and info@mdfedart.org.