On Display May 5th – 29th

Notification was made on April 6th

Introducing the Spring 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 Spring Member Show. Any original 2-D or 3-D work will be considered. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from May 5th – 29th, 2021.

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Juror: Joey P. Mánlapaz, The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

Joey P. Mánlapaz earned her M.F.A. in painting from The George Washington University. She is a painter and Associate Faculty at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, where she teaches all levels of drawing and painting. She is Lecturer at Georgetown University and also teaches at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA. Her latest passion is to conduct art workshops and art lectures to the elderly at several D.C. assisted living and memory care facilities. She is widely collected in the U.S. and abroad. Breaking from the photorealist tradition of NY artists Tom Blackwell and Richard Estes, her style is more painterly, infused with the psychological breadth of Edward Hopper, coupled with the visual mystery of Alfred Hitchcock. The D.C. government currently owns 24 of her paintings, by far the largest collector of her work. In 2013, the U.S. Library of Congress acquired her personal papers and correspondences, sketchbooks & other memorabilia for permanent inclusion in the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Juror’s Statement

A good juror attempts to deconstruct the visual language spoken by an artist. Sometimes the meaning and emotion are straightforward and at times have to be deciphered. The conveyance of ideas through methods and technique are important to me. In reviewing 456 images submitted for this “Spring Member Show 2021,” I was kept amazed by the creativity of artists. Whittling down the collection to the best 57 pieces was both challenging and inspiring.

In the selection process, I try to carefully view each work through the eyes of the artist and imagine the hands that held the brush, that snapped the photographs, that manipulated the clay, glass, or metal. I was pleasantly surprised to see a few artists working on collage and assemblage, where disparate found-objects were put together. Whether in realist, abstract, or conceptual mode, I connected with the compositional movement of vibrant colors, but also deeply understood the essence of tranquil presentations and somber tones.

It is never easy to be “rejected” from a juried art show. My congratulations to those who were entered in the exhibition. In the end, our mutual drive is to create and express ourselves and that alone should be the supreme motivation to continue on.


Coming soon.

*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

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.

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Feb. 8 Online entry open for submissions.
  • by Mar. 11 Deadline for entries.
  • Apr. 28 – May 2 Artists deliver or ship uploaded work to Circle Gallery. Hours of delivery were announced to be by appointment but MFA has changed this. Contact Circle Gallery if you have concerns about dropping off. 
  • May 5 First day of exhibition.
  • May 16 Digital reception over Zoom, 4pm. Awards announced.
  • May 30 & 31 Artists pick up work at Circle Gallery. Hours of pick up will be by appointment. Wait for an email from MFA. There is a $10 fee for late pick up.
  • By Jun. 4 Shipped work will be sent.

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of artwork:
    • Artist Name
    • Address, phone number and email
    • Title of the work, medium and price. Be specific with medium descriptions (e.g., oil on hardboard or canvas, not oil; chromogenic print or archival ink jet print, not photography or digital print; oil pastel on paper, not pastel; etc.)
  • Work must arrive on scheduled dates.
  • Paintings must be dry.
  • Measure to ensure work meets size limitations before delivery, include outer edges of frames. Work not in compliance will not be exhibited. No exceptions.
  • All shipped work must include a bar-coded shipping label. Do not send by United States Postal Service (USPS). We prefer UPS but accept FedEx. No shipping peanuts allowed.
  • Please affix packing/repacking instructions to OUTSIDE of shipping box.
  • Tips on shipping can be viewed on the RedDotBlog

Pickup and Storage

Pickup and Storage

  • When the exhibit ends, unless specified otherwise, you may pick up your work no earlier than 3:00 pm on the closing day of the exhibit.
  • You must pick up your work within 48 hours of the closing day of the exhibit, or notify the gallery if you will be late. Please read the prospectus for exact dates of pickup.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10.00 per piece, per week. Work left in storage longer than two (2) weeks shall become MFA property and may be disposed of, or used for fundraising purposes. There are no exceptions.



All work will be handled with all possible care, but pieces submitted for exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, MFA will not be held liable. If insurance is desired, the artist must carry it.



  • All work entered into any exhibition must be for sale unless prior agreements are made, and marked either with a price or POR for Price On Request.
  • Artist members will retain 75% from sales; non-member will retain 70%.
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by MFA with costs collected from buyer. Buyers will be asked if the work may be retained until the exhibit ends. If the buyer disagrees, the Gallery will let the work go, and the artist will be informed.
  • MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from MFA within three months. All donations are used to help defray operating costs of the Maryland Federation of Art and are tax-deductible by the artists to the full extent of the law.


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: info@mdfedart.org. Contact Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice.