Notification will be made on September 28, 2021

On Display October 29 – November 27, 2021

Introducing Strokes of Genius

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invited 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 was 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; Guilin Museum of Art, China; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; Museum of Art: Rochefort-en-Terre, France; 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.

Juror’s Statement

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

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 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.

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of the 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 inkjet 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 the 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.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10 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 the 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%.
  • The 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 the 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 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.