On Display October 15 – November 30, 2023

Awards will be announced November 1, 2023 at 5 PM

Notification was made September 12, 2023

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. Maryland Federation of Art (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, 2023. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott. 

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Juror: Naoco Wowsugi, Associate Professor, Department of Art, American University

Naoco Wowsugi is a community-engaged artist who blurs the lines between being an artist and an engaged citizen. As a first-generation immigrant living and working in Washington, DC, Wowsugi’s cross-disciplinary projects—including portrait photography, participatory performance, sound healing, and horticulture—explore the nature of belonging and inclusive community building.

In recent years, Wowsugi has closely collaborated with hyperlocal communities. Inspired by the ideas of bioregionalism, which examines how nature affects the livelihood and the relationships among local cultures and people, Wowsugi’s projects highlight and fortify everyday communal and interpersonal identities.

Wowsugi’s notable exhibitions and talks include “How Can We Gather Now?” presented by the Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC (2023); “Very Sad Lab: The Incubator” at Transformer, Washington, DC (2022); “Care Package” presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (2020); “Fungus Among Us” at Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC (2019); and “Open Engagement” at Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2018). The awards and fellowships include The Surf Point Foundation Residency (2022), Oak Spring Garden Foundation Residency (2022), Wherewithal Project Grants from the Washington Project for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation (2022), and The Rauschenberg Residency (2017). See Wowsugi’s work at www.wowsugi.com.

Juror’s Statement

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Jun 11 Online Entry Open for Submissions
  • Aug 9 Entry Deadline
  • Sept 12 Notification @ 5 PM
  • Oct 15 Exhibition Opens Online
  • Nov 1 Awards Announced @ 5 PM
  • Nov 30 Last Day of Online 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.



  • MFA’s Online Sales Gallery is provided to North American artists to sell their work. Only artists in the 48 contiguous United States may set a price. MFA will reimburse up to $35 in shipping costs to those artists for online sales shipments if a receipt is provided. All other artists must enter Price on Request (POR) and purchase inquiries will be referred by MFA to the artist.
  • Artists will retain 80% from sales (85% for MFA Members). MFA will retain 20% commission (15% 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. Artists will be responsible for fulfillment of sales.
  • 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 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 info@mdfedart.org. Contact Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice by 5 PM on the day of notification.