Now Open for Entry

Deadline November 20th

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Introducing Digital Directions:

Computer software has forever expanded ways for artists to capture and produce their work. Our previously titled Focal Point exhibition took us on a 10 year journey from photography-only entries to a celebration of MFA’s current Digital Directions exhibition and further examination of the artistic use of all digital media. Eligible entries may be either 2-D or 3-D image-based work that is created and/or produced through the use of software (whether purchased or artist created) and includes, but is not limited to, digitally produced photography, digital painting, illustration, graphic design, digital video and non-film projection. Please visit the exhibition website for any additional information. Works selected will be exhibited at MFA’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland from February 3 to March 6, 2021. Exhibition Chair: Emil Petruncio.

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Juror: Marta Finkelstein, Adjunct Professor at the VCU School of Arts

Marta Finkelstein is an experimental artist working with clay, paint, sound, and moving image. She received her BFA in Ceramics from Indiana University in 2012, and went on to pursue experimental animation at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she received her MFA in Kinetic Imaging in 2015. She is currently an adjunct professor at the VCU School of Arts, and helps manage an art studio collective in Richmond, VA, The Silos Artist Collective, which provides low-cost space and access to shared equipment for multidisciplinary artists. Her work has been exhibited across the country, as well as internationally at festivals from Spain to Columbia. Awards include ‘Most Environmentally Conscious’ at INLight 2014 (juried by Denise Markonish) and Curator’s Choice Award at 2014 Kinsey Juried Exhibition. For further information, visit

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 Circle 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 $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 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. 15 Online entry open for submissions
  • Nov. 20 Deadline for entries
  • By Dec. 18 All entrants are notified by email. Check website/spam folder if you do not receive notice
  • Jan. 27-31 Shipped work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD, 21401; hand delivery is by appointment due to spacing issues in the gallery
  • Feb. 3, 11am – 5pm First day of exhibition
  • Feb. 12, 6pm NOTE: A virtual reception is planned, notice will go out closer to the date
  • Mar. 7 Hours of pick-up are by appointment; a $10 fine will be imposed for work not picked up
  • By Mar. 9 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.