International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature 2011

International Exhibition of Fine Art in MiniatureDeadline: 24 September 2011

Open to: international

78th Annual International Exhibition
of Fine Art in Miniature
Nov. 21, 2011 – Dec. 30, 2011
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS)

North Bethesda, MD 20852
301-530-0540 Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Stop

Show Chair: Narissa Steel
Judge: Beverly Abbott, Professional Artist
Prospectus inquiries: Nancy Still, MPSGS Secretary, 8220 Brucar Court Gaithersburg, MD 20877-1101 301-977-2190 nancy@miniartsupply.biz

This unique art form, based on a minute scale, traces its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts set in the 7th century. A work of fine art in miniature is a particularly personal object that draws the viewer into an intimate, concentrated little world that is breathtaking in its execution.
Every single detail is miniaturized – the scale of the subject matter, the brush or pencil strokes – so that only with high magnification can one behold the immaculate details of the artist’s technique which may include stippling, hatching or pointillism.
These techniques are a specialized means of producing a perfect balance of color and detail in a series of thinly applied layers of exquisite color intended to reflect light. The miniatures show a high standard of design and the artist’s mastery of the chosen media and palette.

All submitted entries will receive careful handling. However, neither the MPSGS nor Strathmore can assume responsibility for loss or damage to the work submitted to this exhibit. This form is an agreement on the part of the sender to all conditions set forth in this prospectus. The exhibit catalog and display labels are prepared directly from data on the entry forms. The Society takes no responsibility for consequences from missing or erroneous data on the Entry Form.
The MPSGS reserves the right to photograph and/or scan any entry for media and catalog presentation.
Additional entry forms may be photo-copied, obtained from Nancy Still (MPSGS), or downloaded from our web site: www.MPSGS.org


(totaling about $6,000) Judges Choice John Thompson Portraiture Best New Artist Cathie P. Scott for Realism
“USA Award” (this year only) – $500
art that depicts America presented by
CATEGORY AWARDS (First, Second, Third)
Media Other
Watermedia Ivory/Ivorine
Oil/Acrylic Still Life

Graphic Arts Birds & Animals Collage/

Saturday, September 24:
NOTE: Paperwork and Art Work are sent to different locations.
* Entry Form, Fee, and Acceptance Card due to Dan Lednicer, Recorder by 9/24/11.
* Mailed Art Work due to your Receiver by 9/24/11 (not to arrive before 9/10/11).
* Hand delivered Art Work must be coordinated with nearest Receiver and dropped off by 9/24/11.
Saturday, November 19: Buyers Preview – 10-noon Artist Luncheon – 1 pm
Awards Ceremony – 3 pm
Mansion open to MPSGS until 4 pm
Sunday, November 20:
Opening Reception – 12:30 – 2:30 pm
The Mansion at Strathmore Hours:
Weekdays 10-4 pm, Wed. to 9 pm
Sat. 10-3 pm, closed Sun./Holidays
Thursday, December 30, 2011:
Exhibition closes.

All submissions, whether accepted or not, will be retained until after the closing of the exhibit. Mailed entries will be returned by post, insured (if possible*) within a reasonable time. Those Artists who hand carried work should contact their Receivers to arrange a time to pick up work. The Society reserves the right to dispose of uncollected work. *Some foreign works cannot be insured.

1. Original works in any traditional media, prints from original plates, or sculptures will be considered for exhibition, providing they have not been exhibited at previous MPSGS shows. As a general guideline, the work should embody the spirit of a miniature. The frame or mounting should be in the same spirit. Up to three works may be submitted.
2. Crafts and art works produced by photographic, giclee, laser, or digital techniques will not be accepted.
3. The overall area of the image must not exceed 25 square inches (156 sq cm) (i.e., 5×5” or 4×6.25”).
Outside dimension of frame must not exceed 56 square inches (360 sq cm) (i.e., 7×8”).
4. Framed work must be ready to be hung. Small rings or fine wire attached to small screw eyes are acceptable. Small Velcro patches (rough hook part) are to be affixed on the back bottom corners; this helps the art to “stick” to the fabric covering our case back boards and hang straight. Frames should be in proportion to the work. Matted works should be covered with glass or plexi-glass. The backs of framed works should be neatly covered. Frames should be no wider or deeper than one inch. Metal frames are now acceptable. Frames that are unacceptable: plastic, easel back, frames more than one inch wide or deep.
5. Sculptures may not exceed 6 inches (15 cm) in any dimension including the base. The work should stand on its own if not mounted on a base. Sculpture not in the spirit of a miniature will not be accepted.
6. For numbered prints or cast sculptures, indicate edition number.

The minimum asking price must be $100. Prices must be set in $5 increments. The median asking price for the last Exhibit was $250. Each exhibitor may enter one work Not for Sale (NFS), only if three works are submitted. NFS will be applied if no price is indicated on the entry form. A commission of 40% will be charged on all sales. Questions on sold works should be directed to Holly Haliniewski, Mansion at Strathmore, 301-581-5125, exhibits@strathmore.org.
Note our special “USA Award” this year for art that depicts America! See the AWARDS box for info.

Alphabetical to 1st letter of your last name.
Local entries – contact nearest Receiver to arrange hand delivery.
ALL SCULPTURES Ingrid D. Barnes, 301-460-4523, ottokar1@juno.com 4312 Bretton Rd., Rockville, MD 20853-1912
A Nancy Leak, 301-774-9347 17517 Skyline Drive, Ashton, MD 20861-9775
B Connie Woolard, 301-946-4217 3922 Havard Street, Silver Spring, MD 20906-4311
C Millie Shott, 301-652-1435 6705 Melville Place, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-3207
D, E Elizabeth Eckert, 703-620-9780, eckerttoo@aol.com 3009 Phyllmar Place, Oakton, VA 22124-1230
F Mary Andrews, 703-719-0596, marandart@cox.net 7500 Oldham Way, Alexandria, VA 22315-5217
G Katherine Sullivan, katherinesullivan@verizon.net
4730 North 17th St., Arlington, VA 22207-2031, 703-276-0939 H Carol Purcell, 301-926-2410, carolmpurcell@msn.com
17517 White Ground Rd., Boyds, MD 20841-9425
I, J Marcia Davis, 301-598-0688, artchick@netzero.com 15311 Beaverbrook Court, #2E, Silver Spring, MD 20906 K Elizabeth Stecher, 301-593-8305, estecher7@verizon.net 10812 Margate Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20901-1614
L Mimi Hegler, 301-774-5779, mimisart@gmail.com 18420 New Hampshire Ave., Ashton, MD 20861-9787
M Anne Dumont, 301-217-9048, dodgerd@gmail.com 1017 Grand Oak Way, Rockville, MD 20852-1047
N, O, P Ruth Penn, 301-855-0805, tap3738@aol.com 3040 Hickory Ridge Rd, Dunkirk, MD 20754-9670
Q, R Stephanie Kozemchak, 703-354-9658, skozemchak@verizon.net
6507 Lakeview Drive, Falls Church, VA 22041
SA thru SK Gale Bell, 301-593-8804, artistgale@aol.com 200 Finale Terrace, Silver Spring, MD 20901 SL thru SZ Deborah Conn, 703-573-0669, debconn@cox.net 7300 Timber Lane, Falls Church, VA 22046-2734
T, U, V Shirley Tabler, 301-424-6058, ladybugtab@juno.com 123 Charles Street, Rockville, MD 20850-1510
W, X, Y, Z Marilyn Milici, 703-941-4575, mjmilici@aol.com 6205 Berlee Drive, Alexandria, VA 22312-1223

Mail ONLY Art Work and Self-Addressed Return Label to your Receiver in a box sturdy enough for return mailing and large enough for a catalog. Pack well but please NO peanuts or wood crates. State number of works on the inside and outside of the package to ensure safe unpacking.

Mail ONLY the completed Entry Form, Fee, and Acceptance Card (complete both sides) to:
Dan Lednicer, 10401 Grosvenor Place, #409, North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA, 301-581-0343, dan@lednicer.com

Every fall, we hold an in Miniature.  Our prospectus is available on-line (usually by the end of May), or can be requested by mail. Several activities are held in conjunction with the exhibit, including the following:

Collectors Opening:  We hold a private, invitation only Collectors Opening, generally the Saturday before the show opens.

Public Opening:  The opening is attended by many local artists, and often artists from other countries attend as well.  The public is encouraged to come, meet the artists, and purchase the beautiful art works.

Artist Luncheon/Awards Ceremony:  We host an Artist Luncheon followed by an Awards Ceremony.

Catalog:  An exhibition catalog is produced which lists the title, medium, and price of each art work, and the artist’s name and address.  The catalog includes photographs of the award winning works in each category, and is distributed free to every participating artist and collector.  It is available to the public at the exhibit.

Demonstrations:  MPSGS members present demonstrations of miniature art techniques periodically during the course of the exhibition.

The objective of The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS) is to encourage and stimulate interest among artists and the public in the beautiful forms of miniature art. We sponsor an annual international exhibition; coordinate educational tours, demonstrations, and workshops; and award scholarships to local art students.

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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