Assateague Light #2, Archival Photo Print, by Charlie Ewers, from Light and Shadow 2018

On Display December 25 – January 30.

Introducing Light and Shadow

From Caravaggio to Monet to Ansel Adams, artists use their talents and tools to capture rich shadows, bright highlights and their many subtleties. Any original 2-D or 3-D artwork depicting light and shadow will be considered by the juror. Entries are open to all artists. This MFA exhibition will display selected works in the online Curve Gallery from Dec 15 through Jan. 30, 2020. Show Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Susan Badder, MICA

Susan Badder retired in May as adjunct professor of art history at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where since 2006 she taught Art Matters, Italian Renaissance Thought and Art, and African Art Forms. She continues to tutor in the Writing Studio at MICA, teach occasionally for the OSHER program of Johns Hopkins University, and function as a free-lance editor, curator and consultant. Before MICA, Badder was the Senior Curator for Education and Community Programs at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Previously she was Executive Director of Maryland Art Place, and directed education programs at both the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the years she has juried and curated a variety of exhibitions, ranging from Maryland Collects to Black Is A Color: African American Art at the Corcoran  and Art and Economics: Sienese Paintings from the Dawn of the Financial Age.  She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Vassar College, and continues to contribute to numerous museum catalogs and art publications.

Juror’s Statement

The unique visions and artistic prowess  demonstrated in your submissions proved to be both the joy and the challenge. You didn’t make it easy. In the end I have tried to present a body of work that encompasses a broad range of mediums and expands interpretations of the theme beyond the predictable. Hopefully, the featured images will encourage dialogue that goes far beyond mere contemplation.

“Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same color. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.”-  Maya Angelou



Juror’s Choice $100 each

Kathleen Ryan Gardiner, Racing the Storm Again, watercolor
Linda Agar-Hendrix, Reflection at Death Valley, digital photography
Wayne W. Guenther, Shadow of Itself, photography
Harriet Rosenberg, Two Red Doors, photography
Charlie Ewers, Sunset Window, archival photo print

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Nov. 5 Deadline for entries.
Dec 3 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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