A painter creates with head, heart, and hand. The sweep and flow of the brush in that hand conveys all that is in the head and heart of the artist and physical power and emotional tenderness are transmitted to paper and canvas. The brushstroke becomes the artist’s voice and communicates with the viewer throughout time. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invited all artists residing in any of the states or territories of the US, Canada, and Mexico to enter its 11th annual all-painting competition, Strokes of Genius. All original 2D work created through any painting media (oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines was considered. Works selected by the juror, Jack Rasmussen, are on exhibit in MFA’s Circle Gallery from November 2 through November 26, 2022. Join us at Circle Gallery on November 26, 2022, for a closing reception from 4 PM to 6 PM.
Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the Katzen Arts Center at the American University Museum
Jack Rasmussen earned his MFA in Painting, MA in Arts Management, and his MA and PhD in Anthropology at American University. He worked at the National Gallery of Art before becoming the assistant director of the Washington Project for the Arts when it opened in 1975.
He opened the Jack Rasmussen Gallery, one of the first commercial galleries to move to downtown Washington, and then helped launch Rockville Arts Place (now VisArts). He served for ten years as the executive director of Maryland Art Place in Baltimore and three years as executive director of di Rosa, a contemporary art museum and sculpture garden in Napa, California. Rasmussen has been director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center since it opened in 2005. He also currently serves on the Maryland State Arts Council.