Now Open for Entry

Deadline to enter November 5th

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Introducing Light and Shadow

From Caravaggio to Monet to Ansel Adams, artists use their talents and tools to capture the detail and many subtleties of play between light and shadow. Artwork resonating with these principles will be eligible. Entries are open to all artists. This all-media exhibition, MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) will display selected works online in Curve Gallery from December 15 – January 30, 2020. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Joseph Di Bella, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Mary Washington, Virginia

Joseph Di Bella, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art, taught at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia from 1977 – 2016. He served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1990 – 1993 and 1996 -1999 and Director of University Galleries from 1983 – 1988. Instrumental in the establishment of the gallery program and Ridderhof Martin Gallery at Mary Washington, he was Director of University Galleries from 1983 – 1988 and Interim Director in 1989 and 1997 – 98. From 1994 – 2003 he was co-director of the University’s program in Urbino, Italy. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of the Board of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. He holds a BA in art history from Rutgers and MA and MFA degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, he has exhibited in regional, national and international venues.

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.

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 Curve 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.


Cash awards total $500.

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 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 the juror set pixel dimension to around 3000 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:

  • Sep. 8 Online entry open for submissions.
  • Nov. 5 Deadline for entries.
  • By Dec. 7 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA’s website if you did not receive notice.
  • Dec. 15 – Jan. 30 Online gallery open for viewing.


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.