Now Open for Entry

Deadline to enter is March 11th

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Introducing MASKulinity

Batman wears a mask; the Lone Ranger wears a mask; so do Spiderman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Today, we all wear masks – but who is the man behind the mask? Just as social norms for women have changed images of femininity, the definition of masculinity has changed drastically as well. So just who is that masked man – or what masks does he wear? MFA invites artists in all media to examine the changing role of men and the evolving definition of masculinity in today’s society. This all media MFA exhibition will display selected works in their online Curve Gallery from April 15 – May 31, 2021. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Anthony Shostak, Curator of Education, Bates College Museum of Art

Anthony Shostak, has been Curator of Education at the Bates College Museum of Art for over 20 years. He created the museum’s internship program successful educational outreach programs, including The Thousand Words Project, a highly educational outreach programs that teaches writing skills though an exploration of how artist create. The project received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shostak received his BFA with honors in Painting and Drawing from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and has exhibited in the US and abroad where his work was included in the internationally travelling exhibition Revoluciones del Mundo, originating in Havana, Cuba. He has also organized numerous exhibitions for the museum, including Green Horizons (2007), Joe Nicoletti: A Retrospective (2010), and Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography (2012) and he co-curated programming for Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era (2018). He also performs on banjo and uilleann pipes and co-founded Wake the Neighbors, a Celtic music ensemble.

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 in MFA’s Online Gallery is not eligible.


Cash awards total $500.


  • MFA’s Online Sales Gallery is provided to North American artists to sell their work. Artists in other regions may submit work for jurying – but work should be marked POR and any request will be forwarded from MFA to the artist.
  • MFA retains a 20% commission (15% for members) on any work sold through MFA. Artists will be responsible for the fulfillment of sales. MFA will reimburse appropriate shipping costs.

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:

  • Jan. 14 Online entry opens for submissions.
  • Mar. 11 Deadline for entries.
  • By Mar. 25 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA’s website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Apr. 15 First day of exhibition.
  • May 31 Last day of exhibition.


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.