A Student IV, watercolor on paper, Ron Beckham

Exhibiting November 1 – 27

Introducing Strokes of Genius

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter this 9th annual all-painting competition. All original 2-D work created through any painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines, will be considered.

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Juror: Raoul Middleman,The Maryland Institute College of Art

Raoul Middleman has a BA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and has attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Skowhegan Summer School and The Brooklyn Museum Art School with Full Scholarship. He has been teaching Painting and Drawing at The Maryland Institute College of Art since 1961. His murals of the different aspects of horseracing, done with his class at The Maryland Institute, are on permanent display at The Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimorem Maryland. He was President of the National Academy of Design, NY from 1998 to 2001. Raoul is represented by Kouros Gallery, NYC, and C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore. He has also shown his work at The Allan Stone Gallery, The Ice Gallery, MB Modern Gallery in New York and The Roger Lapelle Gallery in Philadelphia among others. He has painted landscapes in oils, watercolors and pastels in numerous locations in Europe and the United States. The Katzen Gallery of American University has recently featured his paintings of Narratives, Portraits, and Cityscapes, entitled City Limits. For more information: https://www.raoulmiddleman.com/about.html

Juror’s Statement

Any Juror has his own set of aesthetic convictions that prejudice the selection of paintings in his favor. My predilection leans toward painterly painting where brushstroke usurps the blandness of mere description, and the dialectics of form and content become ambiguous in hierarchic emphasis.  However I tried to transcend this to include all manner of approaches, to diversify so that the exhibition demonstrates the wealth of possibilities for visual expression.


Coming Soon

*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

June 26 Online entry open for submissions
September 5 Deadline for entries
October 4 All entrants are notified by email and online posting
October 20-25 Shipped and hand-delivered work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 2140
November 1 First day of the exhibition
November 10 3-5pm reception. Awards presented at 4 pm.
November 30 – Dec 1 12-4pm pick-up
December 3 Shipped work will be sent

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of artwork:
    • Artist Name
    • Address, phone number and email
    • Title of the work, medium and price. Be specific with medium descriptions (e.g., oil on hardboard or canvas, not oil; chromogenic print or archival ink jet print, not photography or digital print; oil pastel on paper, not pastel; etc.)
  • Work must arrive on scheduled dates.
  • Paintings must be dry.
  • Measure to ensure work meets size limitations before delivery, include outer edges of frames. Work not in compliance will not be exhibited. No exceptions.
  • All shipped work must include a bar-coded shipping label. Do not send by United States Postal Service (USPS). We prefer UPS but accept FedEx. No shipping peanuts allowed.
  • Please affix packing/repacking instructions to OUTSIDE of shipping box.
  • Tips on shipping can be viewed on the RedDotBlog

Pickup and Storage

Pickup and Storage

  • When the exhibit ends, unless specified otherwise, you may pick up your work no earlier than 3:00 pm on the closing day of the exhibit.
  • You must pick up your work within 48 hours of the closing day of the exhibit, or notify the gallery if you will be late.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10.00 per piece, per week. Work left in storage longer than two (2) weeks shall become MFA property and may be disposed of, or used for fundraising purposes. There are no exceptions.



All work will be handled with all possible care, but pieces submitted for exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, the MFA will not be held liable. If insurance is desired, the artist must carry it.



  • All work entered into any exhibition must be for sale unless prior agreements are made, and marked either with a price or POR for Price On Request.
  • The MFA will retain 30% from all sales
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by the MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by the MFA with costs collected from buyer. Buyers will be asked if the work may be retained until the exhibit ends. If the buyer disagrees, the Gallery will let the work go, and the artist will be informed.
  • The MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from the MFA within three months. All donations are used to help defray operating costs of the Maryland Federation of Art and are tax-deductible by the artists to the full extent of the law.


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.