Now Open for Entry

Deadline February 4th, 2021

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Introducing Art on Paper

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its annual Art on Paper competition. Excluding digital photography, any original 2-D or 3-D work created on or of paper including but not limited to, collage, artist book, origami, printmaking, painting, sculpture, analog photography, and more, will be considered by the juror. Works selected will be on exhibit in MFA’s Circle Gallery from April 2rd to May 1st, 2021. Show chair is Candice Bigelow.

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Juror: Paul Glenshaw, Smithsonian Institution

Paul Glenshaw is an artist, filmmaker, author and educator with more than 25 years’ experience working across disciplines in the arts, history, and sciences. He is Art Instructor and lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution where he teaches drawing: perspective, object drawing, and drawing in museums. Clients include museums, magazines, foundations, government, universities, and arts organizations locally and around the country. In addition to art, writing, films, and education, his projects include primary research, exhibit design and content, photography, media production, and STEM education. More information at

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 $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:

  • Nov. 11 Online entry open for submissions.
  • Feb. 4 Deadline for entries.
  • By Feb. 25 All artists notified by email. Check or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Mar. 21 – 27 Shipped work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery. Please read the prospectus for more on how to ship your piece.
  • Apr. 2 First day of exhibition
  • Apr. 18 Digital reception. More info on when and where as we get closer to the date.
  • May 1 Last day of exhibition.
  • May 2 – 3 Pick up handed-delivered work, 11am – 5pm. There is a $10 fee for late pick up.
  • By May 5 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.