Assateague Light #2, Archival Photo Print, by Charlie Ewers

On display December 15 – January 30

Introducing Light and Shadow

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter this brand new exhibition, Light and Shadow. Following entry guidelines, any original 2-D or 3-D work will be considered. The selected works will be exhibited on-line in MFA’s Curve Gallery from December 15 – January 30, 2019. Show Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Peter Van Dyck, Florence Academy of Art in Florence

Peter Van Dyck studied painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy from 1998-2002 and also taught in the program from 2000-2002. He returned to Philadelphia in 2002 to paint in his own studio and began exhibiting his work in numerous group shows in Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco. His solo shows include John Pence Gallery, San Francisco in 2004; Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York, 2006; John Pence Gallery, 2008 and The Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, 2010. In 2003 he began teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where, in 2011 he became an Assistant Professor in the Certificate/BFA program. In 2012 he was named one of 25 Important Artists of Tomorrow by American Artist Magazine. In 2013 his work was included in the book Painted Landscapes, Contemporary Views by Lauren P. della Monica. His work has also been reproduced in periodicals including, American Artist Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, Art News, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine and Art and Antiques.

Juror’s Statement

Sight is the sense by which visual art is apprehended. Light is the medium by which sight operates. Light is only descriptive when it is seen in contrast to its constant companion, shadow.

Humans are acutely aware of the physical boundaries of objects and their spatial relationship to one another. We are constantly gauging and making inferences about the breadth, depth, and proximity of objects so that we can navigate the space of the world we encounter. But light and shadow have a way of betraying and misrepresenting the boundaries of the physical world. If light and shadow mapped perfectly onto our expectations about form and space, I doubt that painting, drawing, and photography would hold much interest for us. Fortunately, light surprises and releases the picture maker into a whole world of expressive possibility. When allowed, light and shadow will break free of the forms they describe and arrange themselves into compelling and dynamic abstract designs, all the while, miraculously retaining their descriptive capabilities.

I have selected work for this show that I feel takes the fullest advantage of the possibilities of a curious and creative approach to light.


1st Prize – Joseph John Morzuch, 6/21, Morning, oil on paper

2nd Prize – Bruce I Blum, Inside the Walters, photograph

Cash awards total $500. Award contributors and recipients will be listed in the exhibition catalog.

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Sept. 15 Online entry opens for submissions.
Nov. 5 Deadline for entries
By Dec. 4 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Dec. 15 First day of exhibition
Jan. 30 Last day of exhibition



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