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Deadline to Enter is April 22nd

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Introducing Eye of the Beholder: The Art of the Found Object

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter its 7th-biennial found objects competition. Eye of the Beholder: The Art of the Found Object is held to showcase works of fine art constructed of one or more everyday objects either scavenged or bought and then assembled into art by the artist. Please note, artwork that includes but is not constructed of found objects and photographs or paintings of the assemblage art are not eligible. Any 2 or 3-D work following exhibition guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be exhibited at MFA’s Circle Gallery from June 24th to July 24th, 2021. The exhibition chair is Angela Petruncio.

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Juror: Jim Condron, Adjunct Professor of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art and Towson University

Jim Condron earned his MFA at the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (2004) and a BA in Art and English from Colby College, ME (1992). He also studied at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (1993-’95). Since 1993, Condron has studied with Rohini Ralby, the artist’s mentor. His work appears nationally and internationally in galleries and museums as well as in corporate, university, public and private collections and he is known for his painting, sculpture and mixed media. He is Adjunct Professor of art at Maryland Institute College of Art and Towson University. For more information:

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:

  • Mar. 1 Online entry open for submissions.
  • Apr. 22 Deadline for entries.
  • By May 18 All artists notified by email. Check or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Jun. 16 – 20 Shipped work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery. Please read the prospectus for more on how to ship your piece.
  • Jun. 24 First day of exhibition.
  • Jun. 27 Digital reception. More info on when and where as we get closer to the date.
  • Jul. 24 Last day of exhibition.
  • Jul. 25 – 26 Pick up handed-delivered work, 11 am – 5 pm. There is a $10 fee for late pickup.
  • By Jul. 28 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.