Now Open for Entry

Deadline to enter September 27th

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Introducing Small Wonders

It’s the little things in life that matter, and the details in this show really matter! Any original 2-D work 11×11” and 3-D work 11x11x11” (as presented) will be considered, but you’re always welcome to go smaller. MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 15th annual Small Wonders competition. Any fine art, original work meeting strict guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA’s Circle Gallery from December 3 through December 27, 2020. Show Chair: Angela Petruncio

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Juror: Georgia Deal, former Professor and Printmaking Area Coordinator at the Corcoran

Georgia Deal was Professor and Printmaking Area Coordinator at the George Washington Corcoran School of Arts and Design for over 30 years. Her areas of expertise were in intaglio, mixed-media and photographic print processes, along with papermaking and book arts. She has served as a resident printmaker at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and has taught at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, NY. Deal has conducted workshops in Print and Paper throughout the U.S. at Penland School of Crafts in NC, Haystack Mountain School in ME, Pyramid Atlantic Center in MD, the Paper & Book Intensive in Oxbow, MI, as well as abroad in Cortona, Italy, Skopelos Greece and San Miguel, Mexico. Professor Deal currently resides in Asherville, NC where she has recently set up the Swannanoa Paper studio. Her own works are in both private and public collections including the Library of Congress, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Yale University Library amongst others.

NOTE: Should Circle Gallery or any other exhibitions space be closed for reasons beyond our control, MFA reserves the right to move a planned physical exhibit to our online gallery. Please mark your calendar for notification. This may include specific information that varies from the prospectus.

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 11 inches in width, height or depth, including the frame.


Cash awards total $1,000.

Entries and Submission Fees

  • Entries must be submitted online.
  • Entry fees are $40 (MFA Members, $25) for one or two entries and $5 each for 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 5 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:

  • July 17 Online entry open for submissions
  • Sep. 27 Deadline for entries
  • By Oct. 8 All artists notified by email. Check or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Nov. 22 – 25 Shipped work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery. Please read the prospectus for more on how to ship your piece
  • Dec. 3 First day of exhibition
  • Dec. 10 Digital reception. More info on when and where as we get closer to the date
  • Dec. 27 Last day of exhibition
  • Dec. 28-30 (noon – 4pm) & Jan. 2 – 3 Pick up handed-delivered work. There is a $10 fee for late pick up
  • By Jan. 4 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 Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice.