Emily Howard, The Lady , porcelain ceramic, underglaze, glaze, Off the Wall 2016

Considering entering the exhibition?

Entry Deadline is May 1

Online Entry System

Introducing Off the Wall:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists to enter its 3-D free-standing Off the Wall exhibition open to artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. All eligible fine art entries in any media will be considered by the juror. Selected works will display in this MFA organized exhibition at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland from July 11 to August 5, 2017.

 Click this icon to view and print the downloadable prospectus.


Dr. Oliver Shell received a Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1998. He came to The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) in 2003, as the Samuel H. Kress Curatorial Fellow. This was followed by a CASVA fellowship working together with Object Conservator Ann Boulton researching 19th and early 20th-century French bronze production and specifically the casting practice of Henri Matisse. The work led to the 2007 BMA exhibition Matisse Painter as Sculpture, with venues at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Since 2007, as Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Shell has organized exhibitions including: The Persistent Figure in Modern Sculpture, 2006/2007; Rodin Expression and Influence, 2007; A Circus Family: Picasso to Léger, 2009; Advancing Abstraction in Modern Sculpture, 2010/2011; and German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit, 2014. He is currently working on an exhibition and scholarly catalogue project entitled Monsters and Myths: Transatlantic Surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s in collaboration with Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The project brings together two organizations among the earliest in America to collect and exhibit Surrealist works. Monsters & Myths is slated to open at the Wadsworth Atheneum fall 2018 and will then be on view at the BMA beginning spring 2019.

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 on the longest dimension, and may not exceed 36 inches on the second and third dimensions.
  • 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:

March 10 On-line entry open for submissions.

May 1 Deadline for entries.

By June 1 All entrants are notified by email. Check website if you do not receive notice.

June 28 – July 1 Shipped work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401.

July 8 2-6pm. Hand delivered work must arrive at Waverly Street Gallery,

4600 East-West Highway #102, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Check notification letter to confirm any delivery changes.

July 11 Noon-6pm. First day of exhibition.

July 14 6-9pm. Reception at Waverly Street Gallery. Awards presented at 7pm.

Aug. 5 5-6pm. Hand delivered work pick up: Waverly Street Gallery

and Aug. 6, 7 10-2pm. Check notification letter to confirm any changes about pick up. There is no

on-site storage. A $40 per day fine is imposed for late pick-up and work taken to Annapolis.

By Aug. 8 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: info@mdfedart.org. Contact gallery if you do not receive notice.