Icarus, Digital (Procreate using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil), by Edward F Duffy
Introducing Focal Point:
Computer software has forever expanded ways for artists to capture and produce their work. MFA celebrates this exhibition by examining the artistic use of all digital media. Eligible entries may be either 2-D or 3-D image-based work that is created and/or produced through the use of software (whether purchased or artist created) and includes, but is not limited to digitally produced: photography, graphic design, painting, video and non-film projection. Please visit the exhibition website for additional information. Works selected will be exhibited at MFA’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland from January 24 to February 23, 2019. The show chair for this exhibition is Kate Stillwell and Wil Scott.
Jay Gould, Maryland Institute College of Art
Jay Gould is an artist, a member of the faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a recent Artist in Residence at the Johns Hopkins University Extreme Materials Institute. Gould received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his M.F.A. in photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design. His work, which integrates scientific topics into installation and constructed photographic projects, has won numerous national awards, such as the Berenice Abbott Prize for an emerging photographer and the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival. Gould’s work is internationally exhibited, making solo and group appearances at the Fridman Gallery in NYC, the University of Notre Dame, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Noorderlicht Festival in Groningen, Netherlands. His work has been featured in publications by Conveyor, Ain’t Bad, and Mental Floss. Please visit www.jgould.net for more information
Focal Point. It sounds simple enough. A concise pair of words that many of us may use daily in critique, conversation and our inner monologues. However, the more I fixated on the phrase while jurying this exhibition, the more complicated it became, as any good idea should. Personally, I gravitate immediately to thoughts about the focal point of a lens or mirror – a point in space where parallel light rays meet, and where if perfect, results in the clearest image. But there is no “perfect” lens or mirror, just as no conceptual or visual focal point can impact every viewer the same way. As artists, we translate our reality for our audience, we accept that our focal point may be fuzzy to some, yet filled with amazing clarity for others, and that is something we should choose to celebrate in art.
The truly dynamic range of artworks submitted for this exhibition was staggering, and presented me with a challenge that I relished while also being filled with anxiety and doubt. Much of the work confounded me, twisted my senses, and caused me to think critically about how the artist contorted reality to suit their intent. Whether this be through narrative framework or illusion or an aesthetic twist – being taken to a new place that is parallel to our own through the decision of an artist can become a thrilling journey, and I thank all of the artists for sharing their Focal Point with us
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
Sept. 26 Online entry open for submissions
Nov. 17 Deadline for entries
Dec. 13 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Jan. 16-20 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
Jan. 24 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
Feb. 10 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 24 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pick up hand-delivered work. No early pickup. There is a $10 fine for late pickup.
By Feb. 26 Shipped work will be sent.
- All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of 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 ink jet 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 shipping box.
- Tips on shipping can be viewed on the RedDotBlog
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.
- You must pick up your work within 48 hours of the closing day of the exhibit, or notify the gallery if you will be late.
- Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10.00 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.
All work will be handled with all possible care, but pieces submitted for exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, the MFA will not be held liable. If insurance is desired, the artist must carry it.
- 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.
- The MFA will retain 30% from all sales
- Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by the MFA.
- Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by the MFA with costs collected from 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.
- The MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from the 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.