“Silver Spring Marketplace” by Sarah Lee Province (hooked fiber art- triptych)
Introducing Street Scenes
MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists to enter its 4th 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, 2019. The exhibition chair is Wil Scott.
Juror: Dr. Melanee Harvey, Howard University
Melanee C. Harvey is an assistant professor of art history in the Department of Art at Howard University. She earned a BA from Spelman College and went on to Boston University where she received her MA and Ph.D. in American Art and Architectural History. Her dissertation documented and interpreted the architectural and visual histories of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington DC and the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Detroit, Michigan within the ideological arc of black nationalism. She has published extensively on Black Arts Movement artists including Faith Ringgold, James Phillips and African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Since the fall of 2018, she has served as a Curatorial Advisory Committee Member for Alma Thomas: A Creative Life, co-organized by The Columbus Museum and The Chrysler Museum of Art. She is currently working on her book project, which will explore the architectural history of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination and recover the architectural and aesthetic discourse among this community of African Americans throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to review this body of art for the exhibition Street Scenes. The visual theme of street scenes has continually been a subject in Western Art. The iconography of street scenes is often thought of as a Modernist theme, exemplified by masterworks such as Gustave Caillebotte Rainy Day (1877), Eduardo Manet Railroad Station(1873), Alfred Stieglitz’s urban photographs of the early twentieth century, Romare Bearden’s mural, The Block (1971) and Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach (1988). It is exciting to see and encounter the range of artistic strategies contemporary artists in this region are using to explore this theme. Today, artists are using the street scene theme to reveal the complexities of everyday life, communal values and personal revelation found in our surroundings and natural environment. Street scenes can reveal the sites where we as humans can investigate formalist and design principles. Upon reviewing the art, the strongest entries were selected, and the following thematic categories became apparent: Buildings, Views and Landscapes; Movement; Gestures and Moods of the City; Community Rituals; Structure to Abstraction; The “Stuff” of our Space: Collage and Assemblage; and Formalist Contemplations.
Buildings, Views and Landscapes- These images depict buildings and spatial perspective across naturalistic representation as well as abstract compositions
Gestures and Moods of the City- These compositions offered reflections on nuanced gesture as well as human expression.
Structure to Abstraction- This collection of images transformed everyday aspects of our built environment as a window to consider form, shape, color and passion.
The “Stuff” of our Space: Collage and Assemblage- This was by-far the strongest collection of artwork defined by three dimensional explorations, introduction of non-traditional materials and critical commentary on identity in our community.
The artwork selected for this exhibition should offer a myriad of aesthetic entry points to consider how we view our surroundings and what new insights are revealed in re-presenting street scenes.
Wil Scott, “Phantoms”, Photograph
Hannah Eileen Bates, “Wander, Kiln Cast Glass, Ink
Mary Schindler, “Vespers”, Photography
Richard Paul Weblinger, “Skateboard Tracks 309”, Archival Digital Print
Mary Opasik, “Old Delhi”, Found Object Wall Assemblage
angi tianzhu, “Shave”, Photography
Reginald Pointer, “Three on the path (right?)”, Mixed Media
Andre Rubin, “The New Feudalism”, Collage
Dean Peterson, “Festival”, Archival Pigment Print
robert alan weinstein, “urmylostgloves“, Digital Photography
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.
Information for Accepted Artists
Nov. 17 Online entry opens for submissions.
Jan. 15 Deadline for entries
Jan. 29 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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