Leslie Blackmon, “Family Swing”, collage/hand-painted papers
Introducing Art on Paper:
MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 42nd annual Art on Paper competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work (excluding digital photography) created on or of paper, including collage, artist book, origami, printmaking, painting, sculpture, and more, will be considered. Works selected will be on exhibit ONLINE in Curve Gallery. The exhibition chair is Candice Bigelow.
Juror: LuLen Walker, Georgetown University Curator of Collections
LuLen (Lucile Lenore) Walker is Curator of Collections at Georgetown University, where she oversees the University’s fine art holdings displayed around campus as well as the works on paper housed in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in Lauinger Library. There, Walker has curated twenty-seven exhibitions showcasing the permanent collection, most recently as co-curator on the art of World War I (2018) and color woodcuts (2016). Previously, Walker worked on the curatorial staff of Prints and Drawings at the National Portrait Gallery, where she curated an exhibition on Josephine Baker in 1997. She has contributed articles to the Washington Print Club Quarterly and served on the board of that organization since 1999. Her publications include artist biographies in the American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1999), in Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution: Washington, D.C., 2002), and Paris in the Jazz Age (Georgetown University Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, 2001). She juried the 32nd Annual Art on Paper exhibition at the MFA’s Circle Gallery in 2009, and the bi-annual Anne Arundel County juried exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College in 2019. Walker holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from George Washington University and is a member of Print Council of America.
The 42nd annual exhibition of Art on Paper presents an extraordinary array of art forms incorporating paper in new and innovative ways. In a few cases it takes some careful looking to determine how paper was employed. Visitors will find collage, livre d’artiste, digital media, traditional photography, mixed media, found objects, and sculpted constructions that use paper either as a support or as an added element. As this year’s juror, it has been a privilege and a delight to consider the more than 500 submissions. My selections gravitated towards work that conveyed or implied some form of narrative, message, or insight into our shared human experience. Technical mastery was another important criteria.
It is clear that the Anne Arundel County has a very rich artistic community that engages with social environmental and philosophical issues we encounter in our daily lives. Part of the chemistry of art appreciation is that it affects each one of us differently. The artist’s gift to create works of aesthetic beauty which comment upon challenging concerns or which reveal psychological content is akin to a calling, and we are fortunate that there are visionaries among us who heed this call. Their singular creations cause us to pause and reflect, first to ponder the artist’s perspective, then to assess our own response. This dialog engages and challenges the viewer. It inspires collecting, preserving, and support of this vital form of human expression.
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
All entrants will receive notice by email. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and could vary from prospectus. A list of accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website. Please set your email account to recognize this address: email@example.com. Contact gallery if you do not receive notice.
Information for Accepted Artists
Nov. 19 Online entry opens for submissions.
Jan. 26 Deadline extended for entries
By Feb. 14 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
April 2 First day of exhibition
April 5 3-5 p.m. Reception.
May 2 Last day of exhibition
- 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.
- MFA will retain 30% from sales.
- Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by MFA.
- Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by 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.
- 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.