Now Open for Entry

Deadline to enter November 19th

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Introducing the Winter Member Show:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all MFA members residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter the 2021 Winter Member Show. Any original 2-D or 3-D work will be considered. Works selected will be on exhibit at MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from January 6-30, 2021.

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Juror: Erin Lehman, Director of The Holtzman and Center for the Arts Galleries, Towson University

Erin Lehman is Director of The Holtzman and Center for the Arts Galleries and Lecturer in Art History at Towson University. She received her BA from Haverford College and her PhD from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Her areas of research interest and teaching include the confluence of Impressionism, the professionalization of sports, and changing ideals of masculinity in the nineteenth-century, museum studies, 18th, 19th and 20th c. European and American art, social protest art of the 1960s, history of photography, and gender studies. Before coming to Towson, Dr. Lehman was a curatorial research associate at the American Philosophical Society Museum and a Curatorial Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recently curated exhibitions at Towson include All-Night Party, Stacy Levy: Collected Watershed, and From the Inside Out: Building the Silhouette.

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.
  • Work previously exhibited in a juried show at Circle Gallery is 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. A $50 Conley Award for 3-D is funded and selected by Susi and Rob Conley.

Entries and Submission Fees

  • Entries must be submitted online.
  • Entry fees are $95 which includes the cost of entry for one or two entires as well as a year-long MFA Membership (MFA Members, $25), 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:

  • Oct. 7 Online entry open for submissions.
  • Nov. 19 Deadline for entries.
  • By Dec. 10 All artists notified by email. Check or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Dec. 27 – 29 & Jan. 2-3 Shipped work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery. Please read the prospectus for more on how to ship your piece.
  • Jan. 6 First day of exhibition
  • Jan. 15 6pm, digital reception and award announcement.
  • Jan. 30 Last day of exhibition.
  • Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 Pick up handed-delivered work, hours by appointment. Accepted artists will receive an email with how to sign up for a pick-up time. There is a $10 fee for late pick up.
  • By Feb. 3 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.