“FLINT”, hand-painted and forcefully twisted rope, rusty metal pipe, lead paint, Liquitex polymer, digital printing on fabric, by Elaine Frances Longtemps

On display online through November 30

Introducing Water Works:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 3rd annual Water Works competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work in which water is depicted as the primary force, object, or consequence is eligible. Works selected will be on exhibit online in MFA’s Curve Gallery from October 15 through November 30, 2018. The exhibition chairs are Richard Neiwerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Melissa Staiger, Education Director of Trestle Workshops

Melissa Staiger was raised in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She has a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and a MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Staiger is a New York City-based artist and independent curator. Staiger was nominated and attended the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida in 2013. In 2016, she was selected to be the Curator-in-Residence for Trestle Projects in Brooklyn, New York. “Open the Door” a solo exhibition opens at the Kent Place Gallery in Summit, New Jersey in September 2018.  She is the Education Director of Trestle Workshops and a new board member at ABC No Rio.

Juror’s Statement

I want to congratulate each artist that participated and entered Water Works with Maryland Federation of Art. With all of your contributions this program runs and supports your local artist community.

The work chosen for this digital exhibition was based on “water depicted as the primary force, object, or consequences”. You will view various mediums such as drawing, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil paint, sculpture and printmaking. I wanted the show to represent the range of mediums entered.

I looked for line, composition, color, texture and feeling in each work. I asked myself and “does this artwork reflect the mysterious qualities of water” or “is water seen as an elemental force” and “how far did the artist push our understanding with their vision”.

We all need to be water protectors in this day and age with so much plastic pollution creating islands in the ocean and deadly drinking water in Flint, Michigan. I believe this exhibition will shine a light on water’s necessity, beauty, forceful and tranquil quality that will hopefully give the viewer a glimpse into its power.


Juror’s Choices

Edward  Shmunes, A Night to Remember, photography

Elaine Frances Longtemps, Flint, sculpture

Christine Sarah Baum, Open, Monotype on Hosho paper

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:


July 1o Online entry open for submissions

September 15 Deadline for entries

By October 8 All entrants are notified by email. Check online if you did not receive notification.

Oct 15 – Nov 30 Curve Gallery is open for viewing.



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