Baseline I, mixed media, Dustin Patrick Davis

On display June 20 – July 20 at Circle Gallery.

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Introducing Eye of the Beholder:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 6th biennial found objects competition. The Eye of the Beholder is held to showcase the works of fine art constructed of one or more found objects. Any 2 or 3-D work following exhibition guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be exhibited at MFA’s Circle Gallery from June 20 to July 20, 2019. Exhibition chair is Angela Petruncio.


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Juror: Katie Dell Kaufman, Corcoran College of Art and Design

Katie Dell Kaufman’s assemblage combines globally-sourced domestic objects, tools, and wax. Her work has been included in exhibits, nationally, at the Corcoran Museum of Art, WDC, the Encaustic Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM, the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, and, internationally, in at Shirehall, Shrewsbury, London, UK, the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, Vilnius, LT, and, in South Africa, at the Cape Town Holocaust Museum. Kaufman is the recipient of multiple Montgomery County Arts and Humanities grants. Her assemblage is in the private collection of the nonprofit, Living Imprint, in London, England, as well as in the permanent collections of the Prince Georges County Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, Greenbelt MD, Landex Development, Linthicum, MD, and the Encaustic Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM. Kaufman received her BA from Bard College and her MA from University of MD, College Park. She taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design for 22 years. Kaufman now maintains a studio at the Gateway Art Center in Brentwood, MD and teaches workshops in the DC metro area.

Juror Statement:



Cash awards total $1,000. Award contributors and recipients will be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Exhibition Schedule:

Feb. 28 Online entry open for submissions
Apr. 30 Deadline for entries
May 24 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
June 12-16 Shipped work must arrive at MFA’s Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401. Work can be dropped off as early as the 26th. Please read the information in the Prospectus on how to ship your piece.
June 20 First day of exhibition.
June 30 Reception, 3-5 p.m. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
July 20 Last day of exhibition
July 21-23 Pick up artwork, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (no early pick up for any reason) There is a $10 fee for any late pick up.
By July 23 Shipped work will be sent.


1st Place, Susan Clinard, Waiting Room #2
2nd Place, Ruth Lozner, Extinction Time
3rd Place, Racquel Keller, It’s never about the secret itself, but the keeping of it
Honorable Mentions:
Kristin Bohlander , Split Chestnut Combine
Steven Dobbin, Reclamation Variation 10
George Goetzke, Wondering

Teresa Harris, Billboard NE


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.