Now Open for Entry

Deadline to Enter is October 7, 2021

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Introducing Small Wonders

It’s the little things in life that matter and the details in this show really matter! Any original 2-D work 11″ x 11” and under and 3-D work 11″ x 11″ x 11” and under (as presented) will be considered. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter its 19th annual Small Wonders competition. Any fine art, original work meeting strict guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA’s Circle Gallery from December 2 through December 27, 2021. Show Chair: Angela Petruncio

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Juror: Amanda Burnham

Amanda Burnham is interested in cities, systems, and the dark humor to be found in modern life; she makes drawings, artist books, and large site-specific installations. The latter works are usually composed of hundreds of quick, gestural, acrylic paint sketches made with a fat brush that are then cut and collaged onto both built armatures and the existing surfaces of a space; these are sometimes further animated with embedded lighting. The effect is somewhere between a comic book and a stage set. Burnham’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the US. Among numerous honors, she is a three-time recipient of the Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Art Council and a Rubys Grant recipient. Selected residencies include the Embassy of Foreign Artists in Switzerland, the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in China, and Paper Machine in New Orleans, LA. Her artist book “Quorum Call” was published by Antenna in 2018; a self-published artist book, “Rage Faces”, is part of the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the New York Public Library. Burnham holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art.

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. MFA Members will retain 75% from sales; non-members will retain 70%. 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.
  • The maximum size of work, including edges of artwork or frame, cannot exceed 11 inches in any direction.


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 3,000 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 11 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:

  • Aug. 2 Online entry open for submissions
  • Oct. 7 Entry deadline
  • Nov. 2 Artists notified by email
  • Nov. 23 – 28 Shipped work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery
  • Dec. 2 First day of the exhibition
  • Dec. 5 Virtual awards presentation @ 4 PM
  • Dec. 9 Private Collector’s Reception at MFA Circle Gallery
  • Dec. 27 Last day of the exhibition
  • Dec. 27 – 30 Pick-up handed-delivered work, 11 AM – 4 PM
  • By Dec. 29 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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