From Mountain to Marina: Allegany Arts Council at Maryland Federation of Art

Competition

August 6-27, 2022 • • Free to attend, entries for a fee

The Allegany County Arts Council is pleased to announce a collaboration with Maryland Federation of Art to result in two juried exhibitions featuring artist members of both organizations, August 6-27, 2022, at the Saville and Schwab Galleries of the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, MD, and at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD. Both competitions will feature five Juror's Choice award winners at $100 each and participating artists will be invited to attend Public Openings in both Cumberland and Annapolis during the exhibition period.

Invited Artists

Thank you to all who entered the first member swap with Maryland Federation of Art - congratulations to the invited artists:

Jill Baldinger
Marcy Brack
Chayo de Chevez
Ed Coffey
Dustin Davis
Judy Davis
Lawrice “Recie” Dolan
Al Feldstein
Patricia Hilton
Rodney Hinkle
Penny Knobel-Besa
Annie Lasher
Dale Lazar
Sibyl MacKenzie
Renee Warnick Mason
Molly Mastrangelo
Scott McClelland
Mark Moessinger
Debra Moffitt
Patricia Peacock
Margaret Redmond
Sheri Sensabaugh
Cody Steckman
Richard Wilkins
Patricia Wilt

The Jurors

Eric Key, Director, University of Maryland Global Campus Arts Program
Eric Key is an art lover, investor, and collector who—by his own admission—“can’t draw a straight line,” Key came to the university in 2008 with more than 35 years of experience in art administration, after serving most recently for more than a decade as executive director of the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita. Formerly, he served as the Director of Programs for The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (Dallas, Texas). Over his tenure in the art field, he has served as curator for the African American Museum Dallas (Dallas, Texas), Assistant Curator of African American History at Old City Park (Dallas, Texas), and Special Collections Librarian/University Archivist at Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas) where he has sharpened his knowledge of the art field, and worked with countless number of artists, curators, and directors. Throughout has tenure, he has curated more than 200 culturally diverse exhibitions

He enrolled at Hampton University (formerly Hampton Institute) in Virginia, where he majored in political science. And subsequently received a Master in Museum Studies. In doing so I took a job in the University Museum, and I think that’s what really did it. That’s when the light came on. I realized that I enjoyed everything about art—I enjoyed studying it, handling it, meeting the artists, the whole nine yards. A joy came over me! I realized that I wouldn’t get rich in this field, but I also learned that it was rewarding to me spiritually and intellectually, and I made the choice of being happy versus being rich.” His thesis project was titled “African Masks from West Africa”.

Key joined the staff at the University of Maryland University College in 2008 as the Director of the Arts Program. His passion carries over into his work, and from the time Key joined UMUC in 2008, the university has added almost 2200 individual pieces to its collection, while at the same time increasing the percentage of the collection that is on public display at any given time, from 50 percent to approximately 80 percent. He is responsible for the overall care of the collection, its development, and its future. Moreover, he is responsible for a robust visual art exhibition program.

Key will serve as Selection Juror for Allegany Arts Council members and Award Juror for MFA members.

Ann Schafer, former Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Ann Shafer is an independent curator, art historian, writer, and a leading expert on intaglio printmaking by Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17. Formerly Shafer was associate curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she curated a variety of exhibitions. She also organized the museum’s Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair in 2012, 2015, and 2017, featuring an international array of twenty presses, publishers, and dealers. Currently, she is bringing the print fair back to Baltimore in April 2022 and hosts two podcasts: Platemark and The Curator’s Choice. Shafer has a BA from The College of Wooster and an MA from Williams College. In additional to the BMA, Ann has worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Prizes

The Allegany Arts Council will offer five Juror’s Choice Awards at $100 each to winning artists.

Important Dates
Call for Entry Opens: April 26, 2022
Deadline to Enter: June 8, 2022
Artist Notification: July 5, 2022

Public Opening for MFA Artists at Allegany Arts Council:
Saturday, August 6, 2022, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Allegany Arts Council, 9 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502

Annapolis ArtsWalk Public Opening:
Thursday, August 18, 2022, 5:00PM-9:00PM PM
Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD

Closing Reception for AAC Artists at Maryland Federation of Art:
Saturday, August 27, 2022, 4:00PM-6:00PM
Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD


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