Myrna Tatar, Odds and Ends, Eye of the Beholder 2015

Considering entering the exhibition?

Entry Deadline is May 2

Online Entry System

Introducing Eye of the Beholder:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 5th biennial found objects competition. The Eye of the Beholder is held to showcase the works of fine art constructed of one or more found objects. Any 2 or 3-D work following exhibition guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be exhibited at MFA’s Circle Gallery from June 16 to July 15, 2017. Exhibition chair is Angela Petruncio.


 Click this icon to view and print the downloadable prospectus.


Janet Maher earned her M.F.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a B.S. degree in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State College (now University), New Haven. She works in many disciplines and has taught a wide range of courses since 1997 at Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, where she is a tenured associate professor and directs the Studio Arts program. Her prints, drawings, artist books, collages, assemblages, digital images and works in clay are in many private and public collections. Her work has been shown in several states through national juried competitions and other opportunities. She has been a professional exhibiting artist for forty years and is the author of two scholarly books: From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley (2012, Apprentice House, Baltimore, MD) and Waterbury Irish (2015, History Press). She also maintains two blogs: the Irish-related Maher Matters, and art-related Artmattersonline.

Terms of Entry

All entries must adhere to MFA general guidelines as well as the terms of entry specific to the exhibit as listed below.

When entering the exhibition you will be asked to accept the Terms of Entry. Any entry that does not follow Terms of Entry and General Guidelines will be subject to rejection regardless of the Juror’s decision.


  • A maximum of 6 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered.
  • Works previously exhibited in a juried show at Circle Gallery are not eligible.
  • Works may not exceed 72 inches in width, height or depth, including the frame, unless otherwise specified for a particular exhibit.
  • All work must be visibly signed by artist (front or back) and include edition numbers (1/1, 2/50, e.g.) for hand-pulled prints. Works must be priced for sale or marked POR (price on request).


Cash awards total $1000. Award contributors and recipients will be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Entries and Submission Fees

  • Entries must be submitted online.
  • Entry fees are $35 (MFA members, $20) for one or two entries and $5 each for up to four additional entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • To enter online, you will need an MFA account that includes an email address and a password. There is no charge to create an MFA account.
  • Submit one JPEG image per piece entered, or as allowed. To provide the best image for juror set pixel dimension to around 2000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 2 MB.
  • Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of MFA for promotional purposes including but not limited to the invitation, catalog, web site or on a subsequent year’s prospectus. Image will include attribution whenever possible.

Exhibition Schedule:

June 16- July 15

March 2 Online entry open for submissions
May 2 Deadline for entries
May 25 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
June 8-11 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
June 16 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
June 25 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
July 15 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
July 17 Shipped work will be sent.


All entrants will receive notice by email. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and could vary from prospectus. A list of accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website. Please set your email account to recognize this address: Contact gallery if you do not receive notice.