A Pair by Mary Jane Rowe

On display at Circle Gallery through December 23

See work in the exhibit and learn more about the artists below.

Introducing Small Wonders:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 14th annual Small Wonders competition. Any original 2-D work 11″ by 11″ or smaller and 3-D work 11″ by 11″ by 11″ or smaller is eligible for entry. Works selected will be on exhibit in MFA’s Circle Gallery at 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from December 1-23, 2018. Chair; Nichole Leavy.

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Juror: Susan Badder, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Susan Badder is adjunct professor of art history at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) since 2006, teaching Art Matters, Italian Renaissance Thought and Art, and African Art Forms. In addition she teaches in the OSHER program at Johns Hopkins University, has contributed to various museum catalogs, and is a free-lance editor and consultant. Before coming to MICA, Ms. 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 numerous exhibitions, including Black Is A Color: African American Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Art and Economics: Sienese Paintings from the Dawn of the Financial Age. She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Vassar College.

Juror’s Statement

“Small Wonders.” Ever think about what’s in a title? What it is really saying?   How many ways it can be read? And even how it might affect the content that follows? Does small in scale mean anything in terms of visual impact? Just wondering…

Open to all mediums, and limited only in size, the MFA 2018 Small Wonders exhibition is eclectic by definition. It offers so many riches and represents a range of different aesthetic decisions. Each work of art must be considered on its own merits. And yet, in an effort to shape a show that is visually successful and fully embraces the criteria, one seeks a selection that demonstrates the breadth and potential of a variety of mediums. Oil?  Watercolor? Clay? Woodcut?  Fiber? Acrylic?  Etching or engraving?  Metal? 2D or 3D? And so on. Every choice yields a vastly different, yet wonderful, result.

I would like to applaud the MFA once again for its impressive network and service to the art world. More than 500 entries were submitted for consideration for Small Wonders 2018. Clearly, the visual arts are alive and well in Maryland. For better and for worse, the selection shown here is rather like a snapshot, representing one curator’s opinion at one specific time. A different day might have resulted in an entirely different grouping of works.

Jurying an exhibition is a privilege. I am grateful to each of the artists who shared themselves, entrusting their creativity and skill to me. And I am particularly thankful to those represented in this exhibition who, by extension, are also offering their visions to you, our audience.


This is no small wonder.

Susan S. Badder


Presented Thursday Dec. 6 at 7pm

Juror’s Choice:

Pat Nees, Young Woman #3, oil on canvas

Award of Merit:

Jane Knighton, Sunset on Isle of Wight, oil on linen

Daniel Steven Venne, The Aging Satyr, pen and ink with gouache on handmade paper, accordion book in painted wooden box

Honorable Mention:

Alchemic Synthesis Studio Artists, e_169, earrings, fine silver woven with peridot, amethyst and seed pearl

Susan Bryant, Cumberland Island Georgia, #2, digital print from scan of collodion tintype

Eva Carson, Baltimore Night, oil pastels

Cheryl Milligan, Museum Series: Knot Bad, oil on canvas, construct in a shadow box

P.E. Sachs, Industrial Landscape, collage all paper, no digital


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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

July 17 On-line entry open for submissions.
September 25 Deadline for entries.
October 11 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
November 23-26 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
December 1 First day of exhibition.
December 6 Reception at Circle Gallery from 6-8 p.m. during Midnight Madness. Awards presented at 7:00 p.m.
December 27-28 Pick up hand-delivered work from noon – 4 p.m. No early pick up. There is a $10 fine for late pick up.
By January 2 Shipped work will be sent.

Delivery and Shipping


  • 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

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.