Now Open for Entry

Deadline to Enter is September 2, 2021

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Introducing Strokes of Genius

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter this 10th annual all-painting competition. All original 2-D work created through any painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be on display at MFA’s Circle Gallery from October 29 to November 27, 2021.

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Juror: Barry Nemett

Upon receiving his MFA from Yale University, Barry Nemett has taught at Maryland Institute College of Art since 1971, serving as Chair of MICA’s Painting Department for twenty-five years. Nemett also taught in Florence, Italy and at Princeton University. He has exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the National Academy Museum, NYC; Museum of Art: Rochefort-en-Terre, France; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; Baltimore Museum of Art; and Delaware Museum of Art. Nemett has received grants and residencies to paint in the US, Africa, China, Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Scotland, and Ireland. Nemett authored the college textbook, Images, Objects & Ideas; the novel, Crooked Tracks; many art exhibition catalogue essays; and about 40 art-related articles published in magazines, such as Hyperallergic, Art Critical, Painters on Paintings, and Arts Magazine.

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.

Entry is open to artists from the 50 United States, DC, and Puerto Rico. Entering this exhibition indicates understanding and agreement on the part of the artist with the conditions stated here and at Work must meet delivery and exhibition guidelines to be included in the event. 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, social media, or a subsequent year’s prospectus. Images will include attribution wherever possible. Artists will retain 75% from sales. Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the event.


  • A maximum of 6 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered.
  • Work previously exhibited in an exhibition at MFA Circle Gallery is not eligible for re-entry.
  • Maximum size of work, including edges of artwork or frame, cannot exceed 72 inches in any direction. Artists may be asked to assist with the installation of oversized work (greater than 60″ or heavier than 40 pounds).


Cash awards total $1,000

Entries and Submission Fees

  • All work must be entered by uploading JPEG images through MFA’s online entry system. Set pixel dimension to around 2,000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 5 MB.
  • Images for the juror must correspond with the actual work.
  • All entries must be original and completed solely by the artist’s hand. Work must be for sale. Work may be set to Price on Request (POR).
  • Works may not exceed 72 inches in width, height, or depth, including the frame unless otherwise specified. 
  • Entry fees are $40 ($25 for MFA Members) for 1 or 2 entries and $5 each for up to 4 additional entries, for a maximum of 6 total 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. 

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Jul. 6 Online entry open for submissions
  • Sep. 2 Deadline for entries
  • Sept. 28 All artists notified by email. Check or contact MFA if you do not receive notice
  • Oct. 20 – 24 Shipped work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery. Please read the notification email for more on how to ship your piece
  • Oct. 29 First day of the exhibition
  • Nov. 7 Virtual awards presentation. More info will be posted as we get closer to the date
  • Nov. 27 Last day of the exhibition and closing reception at MFA Circle Gallery, 5 PM
  • Nov. 28 – 29 Pick-up handed-delivered work, 11 AM – 4 PM. A $10 fee for late pickup will be imposed after these dates
  • By Dec. 1 Shipped work will be sent

NOTE: Should the 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.


All artists will receive notification by email. Accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website.
The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and may vary from the prospectus.
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