Eastern Shore, Hoopers Island, Maryland, digital archival photograph on fine art paper, by Marie York
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 16, 2018 – April 13, 2019, while the legislature is in session.
Chris Mona was born in Washington, DC in 1961, graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983, and from Pratt Institute with a Master of Fine Arts in 1985. Mona has received a grant from Artists Space, NY, NY, and two artist’s awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work is in public collections, including Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE; The Rooms Art Gallery of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada; College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD; Columbia College, Chicago, Ill; and Franklin Furnace Archive, NY, NY. Mona shows in international, national and regional shows. In 2009 he showed work in Korea and Canada, and in 2017 he had a one-person show at Bromo Seltzer Tower Baltimore; in 2016 a one-person show at MK Gallery, Vienna, VA, and in 2010 a one-person show at Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. In 2011, he completed the Aluminum Plate Lithography Workshop at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM, under the direction of Rodney Hamon. In 2015, Mona was artist-in-residence at Homestead National Monument, Nebraska. Mona is a professor of art at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md., and also directs its Printmaking Studio.
Welcome to the Lowe House Building Exhibit 2019. It was certainly a pleasure to see the vitality and variety of approaches represented in the entries: how impressive to have so much well-crafted and executed work to choose from in a wide range of 2-D and 3-D media. While this exhibit was an open call, my years of experience as a gallery director helped inform my ultimate choices to make the show you see have some unifying themes. As Lowe House centers on local government, I was particularly interested in images that offered a regional sensibility in subject or style, or a political voice. Additionally, strong work using either red or blue immediately enthralled me and helped provide some anchors for making the show visually exciting: being enveloped in potent shades of red or blue is just the ticket on a blustery winter day. Counterbalancing those strong colors are a wonderful group of technically excellent black and white photographs that seek to draw you in by tonal shifts and contrasts. A final important current highlighted in the exhibition is abstraction: work that glories and basks in the poetry of color and form. Congratulations to all artists in the show and all the excellent submissions.
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
Oct. 26 Online entry opens for submissions.
Nov. 30 Deadline for entries
By Dec. 18 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Jan. 8-11 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
Jan. 10-13 From 11 am – 5 pm hand-delivered work must arrive at Circle Gallery
Jan. 16 First day of exhibition
Feb 11 Reception, 6 pm – 8 pm
April 13 & 14 Pick up artwork at Circle Gallery. A $10 fine will be imposed for work not picked up April 15.
By April 16 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.