Tyler Mitchell, Osmosis of a Pixelated Breakdown of Culture Through the Envelopment of the Void, Digitial photograph

This exhibition will be on display at Circle Gallery from January 25 – February 24

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 25 to February 24, 2018. The show chair for this exhibition is Kate Stillwell.

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Juror:

Adam Davies received his EdM from Harvard University and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2010 to 2013, he held a full-time position as Lecturer & Media Specialist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington and has held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon, Catholic, Robert Morris, and Harvard universities. He is a recipient of grants from the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His photographs have appeared in a number of publications, including Photo Review, South x Southeast Photomagazine, and Triple Canopy Magazine. Davies has held residencies at Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Chinati Foundation, Jentel Residency Program, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Albee Foundation. His photographs have been acquired by the DC Art Bank, Washingtonia Collection, and Fidelity Corporate Collection. He was honored as Outstanding Emerging Artist at the DC 30th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards and is the recipient of the 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award. In 2016 he was commissioned by Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center to create a photographic series for its recently opened building. He is currently artist in residence at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

Juror’s Statement

I would like to thank the MFA Circle Gallery for inviting me to juror their digital media competition, Focal Point. It was an exciting challenge to select works for this show. The call for applications received an enthusiastic response with over 600 works submitted, showcasing a diverse range of content, mediums, and aesthetics. As a practicing artist with a background in both academic and museum education, I was particularly interested in works that sought in innovative ways to straddle the frontier between the natural world and the digital.
In the last twenty years, digital technology has rapidly evolved, opening up new ways for us to perceive and respond to the world around us. The works included are truly diverse in their methods, representing many different forms of photography, digital drawings, collage, virtual reality, printmaking, fiber arts, sculpture, and even painting. The themes and subjects were similarly wide-ranging, encompassing architectural constructions, social activism, layered references to history and popular culture, personal narrative, and abstraction. Linking all of these works is a sense of innovation and originality, a desire to look at topics through a new lens, to open our eyes to fresh perspectives. I hope this exhibition surprises, challenges, and inspires and that it encourages the viewer to look, again and again. It has been a real pleasure to review and select Focal Point.

AWARDS

Juror’s Choice, Haley Hatfield, Urban Illusions

Juror’s Choice, Jessye McDowell, Future Sets (After Ambrosius)

Juror’s Choice, Iris Ortolja Malloy, Shadow Boxing

Juror’s Choice, Elizabeth Panzer, Lisianthus Op.1

Juror’s Choice, Raphael Warshaw, Maine 13

Honorable Mention, Sally Canzoneri, Old Street Suite

Honorable Mention, Jon Malis, Adobe RGB

Honorable Mention, Tyler Mitchell, Culture Through the Envelopment of the Void

Honorable Mention, Juan Rodas, Borges: Infinite Libraries

Honorable Mention, Alan Singer, Plateau

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Sept. 28 On-line entry open for submissions
Nov. 14 Deadline for entries
Dec. 15 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Jan. 17-21 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
Jan. 25 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
Feb. 11 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 25-26  11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pick up hand-delivered work. No early pick up. There is a $10 fine for late pick up.
By Feb. 27 Shipped work will be sent.

Delivery and Shipping

Delivery

  • 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

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.

Liability

Liability

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.

Sales

Sales

  • 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.