Now Open For Entry

Deadline to Enter is January 21st

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Introducing Flora or Fauna

Still life with roses, fields of hay, owls in a tree and humans being human— these are just a few from thousands of possibilities for artistic exploration in MFA’s themed Flora or Fauna exhibition. Any original fine art 2-D and 3-D work depicting the broad range of animal and plant life are the possibilities for juror consideration. Entries are open to all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. This MFA organized exhibition will display the selected works at the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) from April 1 through May 15, 2021.

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Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Jack Rasmussen earned his MFA in Painting, MA in Arts Management, and his MA and PhD in Anthropology at American University. He worked at the National Gallery of Art before becoming the assistant director of the Washington Project for the Arts when it opened in 1975. He opened the Jack Rasmussen Gallery, one of the first commercial galleries to move to downtown Washington, and then helped launch Rockville Arts Place (now VisArts). He served for ten years as the executive director of Maryland Art Place in Baltimore and three years as executive director of di Rosa, a contemporary art museum and sculpture garden in Napa, California. Rasmussen has been director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center since it opened in 2005. He also currently serves on the Maryland State Arts Council.

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.
  • 2-D work including frame cannot exceed 30” in any direction. 3-D work cannot exceed 48” in height or 24” in width or depth or be over 40lb including the base. Please check prior to entry.
  • Work must be for sale or marked POR (price on request).


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. 23 Online entry open for submissions.
  • Jan. 21 Deadline for entries.
  • By Feb. 16 All artists notified by email. Check or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Mar. 11-14 Shipped work must arrive at Calvert Marine Museum (CMM), 14200 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons, MD 20688. Check notification letter to confirm any delivery changes.
  • Mar. 11-14 11-4pm. Hand-delivered work must arrive at CMM. Masks required.
    Note: Any artwork transported by MFA to CMM is $20 each way.
  • Apr. 1 First day of exhibition 10-5 pm daily. Exhibiting artists receive complimentary entry.
  • Apr. 11 Digital reception on Zoom, 4 pm.
  • May 15 Last day of exhibition.
  • May 16-18, 11 am -4 pm. Pick up hand-delivered work at CMM: There is a $20 fee to transport work to Annapolis. Check notification letter to confirm any changes about pick up.
  • May 19 – 18 Pick up at MFA Circle Gallery; $10 fine for late pickup.
  • By May. 19 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.