On Display December 3rd – 27th

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: Linda Crocker Simmons

Note: due to unforeseen circumstances Georgia Deal could not jury.  Linda Crocker Simmons, a previous juror for MFA will make selections. Ms. Simmons has worked in the art museum field for over 40 years, 26 of them as a curator for the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She has held the title of Curator Emerita since 1998 and has worked privately to provide curatorial services for clients both private and institutional including the Alice Ferguson Foundation at Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek, etc. She holds a BA in studio art and art history from American University as well as a MA in art history from the University of Delaware, a certificate in arts administration from Harvard University, and remains a.b.d. for her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She is an expert in the field of American painting from the end of the 18th century into the early 20th century. Simmons resides in Arlington, Virginia, and serves as a member of various boards and organizations including The Stone House Foundation in Stephens City Virginia.

Juror’s Statement

*coming soon.


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

Information for Accepted Artists

NOTE: Should Circle Gallery or any other exhibition 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.

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • July 17 Online entry open for submissions
  • Sep. 27 Deadline for entries
  • By Nov. 2 All artists notified by email. Check mdfedart.com 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. 13 Digital reception at 4 pm on Zoom
  • 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

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 the 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, 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.
  • Artist members will retain 75% from sales; non-member will retain 70%.
  • 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 Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice.