Robert S. Hunter, “Lament”, original digital print for Focal Point 2020
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. Works selected will be exhibited at MFA’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland from January 23 to February 22, 2020. The show chair for this exhibition is Kate Stillwell and Emil Petruncio.
Margaret Adams, Assistant Professor of Photography at Radford University
Margaret Adams received a BFA in Photography in 2001 from Corcoran College of Art + Design and her MFA in Photography from Temple University. In 2004, Margaret was awarded “Best Fine Art Photographer” at FotoWeek DC. From 2015 to 2018 she was Assistant Professor of Photography at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington Univerisity and is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Radford University in Virginia. She is also a freelance photographer.
It was an honor to be invited to jury Focal Point and witness the future of digital art in the making. As an artist expresses his or her unique perspective within each artwork so do jurors and curators reflect their subjective voices within each exhibition. As I look back on my personal jury process, opening the submission files for Focal Point felt like walking a meandering path in a rich forest of diverse works executed in a wide variety of processes which ranged from cross-pollinated to pure. I began to chart a map with which to create intent and point toward emphasis to hopefully create a visually ambitious and compelling show. It was a difficult and rewarding task. With so many wonderful options…. How could I choose? I was inspired by the thematic elements in the works and particularly works which married technique and concept to fuel the work. Much of the imagery weaved meaning from layers of pattern, texture, and varied source materials which explore intersections of time. It was exciting to create a show which embraced topics such as computational theory, race and gender politics as well as constructed personal narratives in sculptural work as well as works on paper. I hope you enjoy the selections I made.
Cash Awards Total $1,000
First Place ($500): Tim Stephens, Dosoku Kinshi, limited edition archival pigment print on breathing color elegance velvet fine Fine Art Paper with CoA
Second Place ($300): Mary Opasik, Romany Baby, digital photo, rusted metal frame & tricycle parts, chains (wall assemblage)
Third Place ($200): Ed Palaszynski, Ellis Island Tribute, archival ink print
Rebecca Womble Carpenter, Internalized, archival digital phototgraph limited edition 1/10
Ronnie McClure, Kindle, pigmented inks on rag
Wen Redmond, Rocks are Smiling, digital fiber
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
Sept. 12 Online entry open for submissions
Nov. 19 Deadline for entries
Dec. 15th Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Jan. 22-26 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401 (updated)
Jan. 30 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
Feb. 9 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
Mar. 1 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pick up hand-delivered work. No early pickup. There is a $10 fine for late pickup.
By Mar. 4 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.