Sunset on The Dunes, photography, by gaetana D ebbole, from American Landscapes ’19
Introducing American Landscapes:
MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter its 19th annual American Landscapes competition. Following entry guidelines, any original 2-D or 3-D work depicting a landscape from one of the Americas* will be considered (*North America, Hawaii, Central America, Caribbean & South America). The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA’s Circle Gallery from August 22 through September 21, 2019. Exhibition Chair: Richard Niewerth
Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Director of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jack Rasmussen earned his MFA in Painting, MA in Arts Management, and his MA and PhD in Anthropology at American University. He worked at the National Gallery of Art before becoming the assistant director of the Washington Project for the Arts when it opened in 1975. He opened the Jack Rasmussen Gallery, one of the first commercial galleries to move to downtown Washington, and then helped launch Rockville Arts Place (now VisArts). He served for ten years as the executive director of Maryland Art Place in Baltimore and three years as executive director of di Rosa, a contemporary art museum and sculpture garden in Napa, California. Rasmussen has been director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center since it opened in 2005. He also currently serves as chair of the Maryland State Arts Council.
Thank you for asking me to be your juror.
For this exhibition I was determined not to be seduced by digital photography. A
beautiful subject (another pretty face) was not going to be enough. Intelligence and
heart would be required, but also surprise. I don’t want to be flattered or bored, and
I bet you don’t either.
So, after several days pouring over almost 800 images, I think we have arrived at a
good show. Each of the artists represented here have mastered their medium. They
all have something to say whether it is a haiku or an acronym. There is great variety,
and there is great fun, and quite a few wonderful digital images besides. I hope you
enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed the jurying process.
Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Cash awards total $1,000
Linda Agar-Hendrix, “Salt Flat Temporary Stream” (digital photography)
David Diaz, “Still Standing” (oil)
Jenny Johnson, “Desolation” (watercolor)
Kathleen Kotarba, “Legacy” (oil)
Ellen V. Winkler, “Overhang, Etchison Warfield” (oil on board)
Information for Accepted Artists
Apr. 11 Online entry open for submissions.
June 13 Deadline for entries.
July 9 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
August 14-18 Shipped work must arrive at MFA’s Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401. Work can be dropped off as early as the 14th. Please read the information in the Prospectus on how to ship your piece.
Aug. 22 First day of exhibition.
Sept. 8 Reception, 3-5 p.m. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 21 Last day of exhibition.
Sept. 22-24 Pick up artwork, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (no early pick up for any reason) There is a $10 fee for any late pickup.
By Sept. 24 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.