El vendedor de globos (San Miguel de Allende, México, 2017), digital photograph, Chris Kern

On display now in Curve Gallery.

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Introducing Working for a Living:

Work can crush us.  Work can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment.  For some, work is an all-consuming passion.  For others, it is drudgery necessary for survival.  Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) seeks artists in any medium who capture any aspect of what “work” means to them, including their own working practices or those of fellow artists. Most of all, MFA seeks images of the emotional impact of work, in every possible way, on the worker.  The selected images will be on view in the online Curve Gallery from April 15 – May 31, 2019.

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Juror: Ben Marcin

Ben Marcin, Born in Augsburg, Germany.  Many of his photographic essays explore the idea of home and the passing of time. “Last House Standing” and, “The Camps”, have received wide press both nationally and abroad (The Paris Review, iGnant, La Repubblica, Slate, Wired Magazine). More recently, Marcin has been exploring the myriad structures of the urban core in series like Towers, Street, Stairwells and Museums. His photographs have been shown at a number of national galleries and venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Delaware Art Museum; The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA; The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO; The Photographic Resource Center in Boston; and the Houston Center for Photography. His work is also in several important collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art. He is currently represented by the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore.


First place
Blandine Broomfield, “Avalanche Series: Probe for Survivors (Reference material courtesy of CNSAS, Italian Mountain and Cave Rescue Corp.)“, Oil
Second Place
D.A. Brown, “Engine Maintenance Yard“, Oil on Canvas
Certificate of Merit
Sara Jane Dunaway, “An Assessment – Mbarara Cervical Cancer Screening Clinic“,Photography
Meredith Way Morris, “Buenos Hombres“, Oil
Juan Pablo Acosta, “El Pintor“, Ink on Paper
Richard Paul Weiblinger, “Working Boots and Pants 3239“, Photography
Honorable Mention
Mildred Alpern,”Doorman“, photography
 Kenneth Buchanan, “The Boxers“, Oil on Canvas
Bruno Baran, “The Bricklayers“, Oil on Cradled Board
Catherine Deever, “3 a.m. Callout“, Digital Photography
William Briedenbach, “Dinner Push At Piccolo’s Restaurant“, Oil on Canvas

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Jan. 11 Online entry open for submissions

March 14 Deadline for entries

By April 11 All entrants are notified by email and online posting

April 15 – May 31 Online gallery is opening for viewing


MFA shall not be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, MFA’s online exhibition gallery.


MFA Online Exhibitions are for viewing only. MFA will refer any sales inquired to the artist. MFA receives no commission for sales resulting from these exhibitions

Online Gallery Info

During the dates of exhibition MFA’s Curve Gallery will feature the accepted images and related information provided by artist at time of entry. For website assess to visitors, please provide your address. MFA does not watermark images; artists display at their own risk. When the exhibition closes, images of the work will be archived and may be viewed at: http://mdfedart.com/mfaentry/gallerylist.php