phillip schewe, Gowanus Canal, Metallic Photo Print
Introducing There’s No Place Like Home:
Humble or grand, home is where your heart is. Whether you are home alone or with your family, roommates, packmates or swarm, home is more than a habitat – it’s a place you go when you tap your heels together three times. It could be a house, a neighborhood, a schoolyard, a nest, a lair or a hive. It could be your family or friends – or the culture from which you came. But wherever home is and whatever home is, it’s where you want to return to. MFA invites all 2-D and 3-D artists to submit works that illustrate what they describe as “home.” Entries are open internationally for this MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) online only exhibition. The selected artworks may be viewed on MFA’s Curve Gallery from February 15 through March 31, 2018.
Liza Key Strelka is Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Since joining the Phillips in 2011, she has overseen the installation of exhibitions such as Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party, Whitfield Lovell: Kin, Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities, Made in the USA: American Masterworks from The Phillips Collection, and Van Gogh Repetitions. She also manages curatorial publications and permanent collection installations. Liza received her bachelor’s in Art History from George Washington University and a master’s degree in Art History from American University.
There’s no place like home.
A chair. Splintered boards and weathered paint. A sunset. A pier vanishing into the vast ocean. An isolated refuge. A cacophony of color and sound. The mundane and the extraordinary. Rural. Urban. Lines, patterns, light, shadows cast by unassuming household objects. Quiet comfort and reflection.
There were over 280 entries to this exhibition and no two had the same concept of “home.” Tasked with creating a cohesive display from such a wide array of submissions, I selected works that were not only aesthetically beautiful but also pushed boundaries, whether in their subject matter or medium. Each of the 52 works on display represents something specific to the artist, something or someplace only they can know. Across all media, the artists explored and challenged the very definition of “home”, forcing the viewer to reevaluate their preconceived notions of the word.
The varied subject matter, when viewed as a whole in context with all the other artworks, creates a universal picture of the human condition. We all find ourselves in search of a place of belonging, a place of origin, a place to which we aspire, and/or a place to which we will always return. Home isn’t always welcoming or easy to find. It’s not always beautiful or exciting. But it’s home.
Juror’s Choice Judith Ann Guenther Indian Laundry
Juror’s Choice Constance Culpepper Wedding Flowers
Juror’s Choice Roya Honarvar Favela
Juror’s Choice Jean-Pierre Jacquet Light Show
Juror’s Choice Roya Honarvar Sisters in Masouleh village
Juror’s Choice Susan Callahan My kitchen
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
Nov. 20 Online entry opens for submissions.
Jan. 9 Deadline for entries
By Jan. 25 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Feb. 15 First day of exhibition
March 31 Last day of exhibition
- 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.