Linda Agar-Hendrix, “Three Faces Mural”, digital photography
Introducing Street Scenes
MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists to enter its 5th Street Scenes competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work that depicts what resonates with you in towns and cities, large and small, will be considered. Works selected will be displayed online in MFA’s Curve Gallery, from February 15 to March 31, 2020. The exhibition chair is Wil Scott.
Juror: Adam Davies
Adam Davies studied painting before switching to large-format photography. Adam received an EdM from Harvard University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a recipient of grants from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts and has attended residencies at the Chinati Foundation, Creative Alliance, Fine Arts Work Center, and Yaddo. In 2015, Adam was named as Outstanding Emerging Artist at the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards and was the recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award. His exhibitions have featured collaborations with Los Angeles-based musician Alex Zhang Hungtai and Baltimore-based percussionist Adam Rosenblatt. He is currently working with two award-winning authors: Joan Wickersham on a project based upon the 17th-century Swedish shipwreck Vasa and Ivy Pochoda on an exploration of the annual wildflower bloom that borders the highways in downtown Los Angeles. In 2019 he presented his project, Reroutings, at the Mid-Atlantic TED Talk in Washington, DC.
It was an honour and a pleasure to jury Street Scenes and to work with the Maryland Federation of Art. When I think of the topic “street scenes”, my thoughts immediately go to images that surprise or reveal unexpected juxtapositions. Fundamentally, the street is a shared public space that encourages interaction and exploration. While it has structure, it is a place that cannot be controlled. From urban to rural imagery, I looked for submissions that made me curious and encouraged me to look deeper and more closely. I was drawn to works that had a strong sense of colour and design as well as to works that seemed to create a narrative. It was important that they had an inner cohesion, that all elements in the image or object made sense or supported the story. The selected works provide a diversity of imagery and points of view. They include images of streets that range from the chaotic to the deeply structured, from intimate, private stories to the massive and overwhelming spaces of the “bright lights” and the “big city”!
Body of Work
Rebecca Doran, Stopped at Union Station, photography and Baltimore, photography
Rosyln Racanello, Self Portrait at Wawa, pastel, paint, metallic wax, glazes with photography and Barcelona Cab Ride, pastel,paint, metallic wax, glazes w photography
Denis Sivack, Black and Blue, photography: digital capture archival pigment print and Mirror, Wall Figures, photography: digital capture archival pigment print
Harold Ashby, Street Dominos, photographic print
Edward Shmunes, Random Access, photography
Blandine Marguerite Broomfield, Toiling Up the Mountain, oil
Jayne Bentely Gaskins, On the Streets Where I Live, fiber art
Lauren Ashley Gramley, The Red Door, photograph on metal
Ernies Alfred Sinnes, Passing The Uffizi, oil on canvas
Raphael Warshaw, Moselle 11, archival inkjet print from digital capture
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
Dec. 2 Online entry opens for submissions.
Jan. 17 Deadline for entries
Feb. 6 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
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