Now Open for Entry

Deadline to enter is July 1st

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Introducing Rising Tides

Annapolitans know the cost of climate change, as do people in many cities. This show will focus on the theme of rising water levels, the effect they have on the world, and solutions for or the disasters because of changing tides. Entries are open to all original 2-D or 3-D artwork. This all-media MFA exhibition will display the juror’s selections in our Online Sales Gallery from August 15 – September 30, 2021. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth & Wil Scott.

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Juror: Steve Doherty

Steve Doherty was born in New Orleans, raised in Cincinnati, and educated in Illinois and New York. He currently lives with his wife, Sara, in the inspiring landscape of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Knox College and earned a Master of Fine Art degree in printmaking from Cornell University. After teaching art in public schools, a community college, and a private college, Steve became editor of American Artist magazine. During his 31 year tenure, he launched several new art magazines, managed artist conventions, and exhibited his own artwork. In 2010 he became editor of PleinAir magazine and successfully managed that publication until his retirement in 2018. During these years, Steve also wrote a dozen books, including the new book The Art of Plein Air Painting. For more information and a review of Steve’s paintings, visit

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. 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:

  • May 3 Online entry opens for submissions.
  • Jul. 1 Deadline for entries.
  • By Jul. 21 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA’s website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
  • Aug. 15 First day of exhibition.
  • Sep. 30 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.