Notification will be made by May 26th

Deadline to enter was May 6th

Introducing Food for Thought

From farm to table, from fields and gardens, from land and sea – food sustains our bodies as art sustains our souls. And, in safer times, we gather at meals to celebrate; when times are tough, we work as a community to feed our neighbors. Artwork reflecting the creation, preparation, consumption, or communal aspect of food will be eligible for this online exhibition. This all media MFA exhibition will display the juror’s selections in their Online Sales Gallery from June 15th – July 31, 2021. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth & Wil Scott.

NOTE: 10% of net proceeds will be donated to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank

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Juror: Kyle Hackett, Professor of Painting and Drawing at James Madison University

Kyle Hackett is an Artist and Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at James Madison University. He earned his MFA from the LeRoy E. Hoff- berger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA in Fine Arts, as a McNair Scholar from the University of Delaware. His paintings explore issues of race, class, and social standing through approaches to self-representation and the constructed image. Hackett has exhibited nationally and internationally receiving numerous honors and awards. His work has been featured in publications including New American Paintings, Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. Hackett’s work is represented by Goya Contemporary Gallery (Baltimore, MD) and notably collected by Ethan Cohen Gallery (New York). Website:

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. Artists will be responsible for fulfillment of sales.

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, website or on a subsequent year’s prospectus. Image will include attribution whenever possible.

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Mar. 1 Online entry opens for submissions.
  • May 6 Deadline for entries.
  • By May 26 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA’s website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Jun. 15 First day of exhibition.
  • Jul. 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 the 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.