vatsala menon, SENTINEL OF HOPE, acrylic

This exhibition will be on display at Lowe House Gallery from January 16 – April 9. The building is open to the public from 8 am to 6 pm weekdays.

 Introducing Lowe House Gallery Exhibition:

The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) has been invited to exhibit artwork at the Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, Maryland. Original 2-D and 3-D work created through any media and following entry guidelines, are eligible for entry. Exhibiting artists must be either MFA Members or Anne Arundel County residents. The selected works will be on exhibit at the Lowe House of Delegates Building (6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401) tentatively from January 10 – April 9, 2018, when the legislature is in session.


Teddy Johnson is an artist, educator, and curator. His paintings play with the traditions of Western Art to explore storytelling, history, color, and culture. He currently has work on view at the Linda Matney Gallery. His paintings have been featured on Fox 45 News, in the Korean Magazine: Art People, the Baltimore City Paper, as well as the Urbanite and Baltimore Style Magazine. He has had solo shows in MD, VA, GA, and NYC. Solo shows include exhibits at The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower (2016), the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in 2013/2014, and Minas Gallery (2012). His work has been exhibited internationally in Italy and in Korea. Teddy has curated shows in Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY with the Rotating History Project, which he co-founded with Heather Rounds in 2010. Teddy’s education includes a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a MFA from The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, and two semesters of study in Cortona, Italy. Teddy is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and Cade Gallery Director at Anne Arundel Community College. He is based in Maryland.

Juror’s Statement

I want to thank the MFA Circle Gallery for inviting me to jury their annual Lowe House Exhibit.  With nearly 300 works submitted, it was an exciting challenge.  The variety of works submitted encompassed a broad range of mediums, including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, mixed media and digital media. Subject matter, design, and process were approached in a myriad of ways. Within this variety, several threads emerged from this pool of work.  First, there was a great breadth of works that encompassed a rich spectrum, between abstraction and representation.  Secondly, there were many works that thoughtfully explored color, contrast, and mood.  A third thread were works that depicted the landscape or evoked an internal landscape.  As a gallerist and curator, I was excited by these threads, understanding that artworks are strengthened when they are in conversation with one another.  These visual threads were helpful tools as the work was whittled down to what might best fit within the space.

I selected work for this show with an eye towards a high aesthetic standard in a range of mediums.  Further, I selected work that was not only visually strong, but had a strong voice.  I looked for work that evoked something unseen, encouraging the viewer to linger, to question, and to search beyond the first glance.  Taken together the selections exhibit an energy, inventiveness and introspective curiosity that is reflective of the pool of works submitted.

It has been my pleasure to spend time with the submissions and artworks chosen for this exhibit.


1st Place in Painting Award, Kathleen Byrnes, Sunset Strokes

1st Place in Mixed Media, Tamora Ilasat, Dreamscape

1st Place in Photography, Edward Shmunes, Dig

1st Place in Sculpture, Jill Tanenbaum, Sunset

Juror’s Choice, Vivianna Irizarri, FENCED

Juror’s Choice, Vatsala Menon, SENTINEL OF HOPE

Juror’s Choice, Dean Peterson, Openings & Closures

Juror’s Choice, Andree Tullier, Vintage Tea Time

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Oct. 26 Online entry opens for submissions.

Dec. 4 Deadline for entries

By Dec. 18 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.

Jan. 7-10 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401

Jan. 11 From 10 am – noon hand delivered work must arrive at Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen St, Annapolis, MD 21401 (deliver to back door located on St. John’s St.)

Jan. 16 First day of exhibition

Jan. 29 Reception, 6pm-8pm at the Lowe House Office Building, Room 142 (6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401)

April 9 Exhibition closes

April 11 Pick up hand-delivered work from Lowe House Office Building. No early pick up. There is a $10 fine for late pick up.

Delivery and Shipping


  • 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.



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.