George Sass, Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Photography

Exhibition will be on display at Circle Gallery until May 26

Introducing the Spring Member Show:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all MFA members residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter the 2018 Spring Member Show. Any original 2-D or 3-D work will be considered. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from May 3 – 26, 2018.


John Shipman is Associate Director of Development at the University of Delaware where he helps support University related arts programs and initiatives on campus and in the community. Before taking this position, he was the Executive Director at The Delaware Contemporary (formerly the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts). Prior to locating in Delaware, he was Director of the Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park for 9 years. John has an extensive background in arts education, having taught the fundamentals of art making and content to college and K-12 students, and has organized, curated, and designed hundreds of exhibitions during his tenures at the University of Maryland, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and The Delaware Contemporary, as well as guest curating at institutions from Philadelphia, PA to Michigan. Mr. Shipman has worked on numerous solo exhibitions with emerging artists, and artists at the height of their careers, while also developing large multi-artist interdisciplinary exhibitions like Sweet: The Graphic Beauty of the Contemporary Rock Poster and What It Is, What It Was: Music Video as Art. He has a BFA in printmaking and drawing.

Juror’s Statement

It has been an honor to serve as juror for the Maryland Federation of Art’s Spring Member 2018 exhibition. Jurying an exhibition proves at times to be a way of learning or reaffirming something of one’s self. Without a doubt, enjoying the process of jurying this exhibition has underscored that I continue to be drawn to the work of a well-trained hand.


My philosophy for jurying an exhibition differs slightly from my curatorial practice. Curating a thematic group show focuses my attention on how each artist and work selected reinforces the story of the exhibition, much like a writer selects each word carefully in order to push their narrative forward. It is a fun but arduous process, and opening receptions can be nerve-wracking as I worry if the viewers are “reading” the exhibition as intended.


Jurying, however, is freedom. It is a joyful practice where I allow myself to select those works that resonate directly with me in this moment. Of course, as a juror, I always attempt to select a cohesive exhibition, one that hangs well together and where works from disparate artists converse well with one another. But, there is a different, and much more enjoyable process of selection in jurying a show like the MFA’s Spring Member 2018. As juror, I am free to select the exhibition I want to see. What fun!


In this show I am especially drawn to examples of a confident hand in their craft in works like Mischelle Wilbricht’s batiks, Jim Earl’s soft ground etchings, Daniel Steven Venne’s mixed media pieces, Mary Ellen Geissenhainer’s colored pencil drawing, and, of course, Joanne Strehle Bast’s textile works. It is also exciting to see an artist’s skill and hand in George French’s turned wood, Anna Katalkina’s whimsical oils, and Don Weaver’s mixed media works. In these works, as well as all the others displayed in the MFA’s Spring Member 2018 exhibition, it is exciting to see artists plying their craft and creating works that exhibit the work of the hand – our first and only real tool we have in the creation of our work.


I hope everyone gets the opportunity to see this exhibition and takes the time to examine and reflect on the works exhibited. Enjoy the show!


Juror’s Choice, Joanne Bast, Still Life #4

Juror’s Choice, Mary Geissenhainer, Making a Move on the Utz Girl

Juror’s Choice, Angela Lacy, Birds Eye View

Juror’s Choice, Don Weaver, Curtiss in Landscape

Juror’s Choice, Mischelle Wilbricht, Centre George’s Pompidou
Honorable Mention, George French, I Dream of Jeannie
Honorable Mention, Jill Tanenbaum, metamorphosis 
Honorable Mention, Daniel Venne, Path
Conley Award, Lisa Battle, Ritual

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


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.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Feb. 28 On-line entry open for submissions
March 20 Deadline for entries
April 5 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
April 25-29 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
May 3 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
May 6 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
May 27-28 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pick up hand-delivered work. No early pick up. There is a $10 fine for late pick up.
By May 29 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.