Capital Confusion, archival pigment print photo on watercolor paper, David Allen Harris

Introducing the Fall Member Show:

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all member artists to submit up to three pieces for the Fall Member Show, one of our three annual member-only shows.

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Juror: Matthew McConville, Assistant Professor of Art at Goucher College

Mathew teaches drawing and painting at Goucher College. He earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Most recently he has been combining images of landscape and still life, as well as the continuation of images of men in the landscape. Most of the paintings contain art historical references. This is, in part, a reflection of his love of spending time in museums and galleries looking at paintings. Matthew received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and was artist in residence at Akasha in Minneapolis Minnesota from 1997-1999. He has exhibited throughout the United States, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque (where he is represented), Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; the Minnesota Museum of American Art and the Florida Atlantic University. He has been represented by galleries in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was featured in New American Paintings volume 4, 1995 and Volume 75 in 2008. For more information:

Juror’s Statement

It is a real privilege to be able to check in to see what the members of the Maryland Federation of Art are working on. Looking through the many submissions two things caught my eye, a sense of humor and a sense of place.

Playful, witty, and clever is harder to pull off than most realize. I tried to highlight works that brought this sensibility to the fore. Humor provides a means of connection, can allow difficult subject matter to be discussed openly, or provide an opportunity to see something fresh in the familiar. An unexpected choice of materials or surprising combination of images highlight creative approaches of the works in the exhibit.

As many members are concentrated in the Chesapeake region it is not surprising that there were a number of compelling works that provide some notion of what it means to live here: Historic architecture shot through with modern interruptions that can delight (Camden Yards) or diminish (Route 40 in West Baltimore) the intimate built environment that remains from the 18th- early 20th century. It is a place with jarring disparities of wealth and opportunity, an aspect present in much of the portraiture generated by members. Qualities of light and reflection characterize a landscape dominated by water were also present in the diverse submissions. Again the goal was to present works that conveyed a sense of place while retaining a clear, individual voice or point of view.

Rooted in tradition, yet demanding innovation, creating works of visual art can seem an impossible balance between these two contradictory dictates, yet I believe the works exhibited contain both. Best wishes to all of the members that submitted work and to those that make the exhibition possible including volunteers and staff.

-Matthew McConville


Cash Awards total $500 plus the Tilghman Award for excellence of work and a $50 Conley Award for 3-D work, funded and selected by Suzi and Rob Conley.

Honorable Mentions

Blue Herron Struggling to Survive, digital media print, by John T. Hanou
Series 2 Circle Grid Black, hand-pulled print from collagraph plate on Stonehenge paper, cut, manipulated, by Rebecca Knoll
Somewhere Over the Rainbow, raw digital photograph (not Photoshop), by Tyler Andrew Mitchell
Vermeer\’s Delft and the Magic Kingdom, oil painting, by Guy Munsch
Serene Hong Kong, archival digital photo print, by Allen E Neyman
The Shape of Things To Come, graphite powder and pencil, Sue Dominique Vargo

Juror’s Choices

Montgomery County Fair, August Evening, archival digital photograph, Lee Martin Goodwin
Angled, pencil drawing on paper, Guy Terry Kuhn
Elbow Room, elbow macaroni, spaghetti and other pasta, Rodney Kyle Mayer

Tilghman Award

Bill’s Toy Shelf, colored pencil on Duralar, Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

Conley Award

Autumnal, Rusted bicycle & lawn mower parts, lamp base fragment (3-D pedestal sculpture), Mary Opasik

*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: Contact gallery if you do not receive notice.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

July 9 Open for entry.
Aug 6 Deadline for entry.
Aug 23 All entrants notofied by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not reieve notice.
Sep 18-22 Artwork must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401.
Sept 26 First day of exhibit.
Oct 6 Reception 3-5pm.
Oct 20-21 Artists may pick up work from MFA from 11-5pm. There is a 10$ fine for late pick up
By Oct 23 Shipped work will be sent.

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.