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Deadline to Enter is November 4, 2021

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Introducing Light and Shadow

From Caravaggio to Monet to Ansel Adams, artists use their talents and tools to capture the detail and many subtleties of play between light and shadow. Where there’s light, there must be shadow. Whether an artist knows it or not, light and its contrast are essential to their craft in all mediums. Pieces that play with this dynamic are eligible for the 4th annual Light and Shadow exhibition. Works selected by the juror will be on display in MFA’s online gallery, Curve Gallery, from December 15, 2021 – January 31, 2022. Show Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Dr. Christopher C. Oliver is the Bev Purdue Jennings Assistant Curator of American Art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Dr. Oliver joined VMFA as an assistant curator in 2013. His particular interests in American art encompass painting, sculpture, and prints of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has published and presented widely on topics ranging from European modernism, vernacular art and architecture in colonial America, to the popular vogue for panorama paintings in the mid-nineteenth century. At VMFA, Oliver curated The Likeness of Labor (2015) and co-curated Remnants and Revivals: Architectural Etchings by Charles Meryon and John Taylor Arms (2016), as well as participated in the installation and publication of Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris (2010) and The James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection of American Art (2015). Among Oliver’s current projects are an exhibition and catalog considering the Natural Bridge of Virginia as an important site of artistic inspiration and myth-making in the nineteenth century. He received his Ph.D. and MA in the history of art and architecture from the University of Virginia, and his BA in art history from the University of Richmond. Before joining VMFA, Oliver held fellowship positions at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winterthur Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum 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 all artists. Please refer to the complete U.S. Foreign Policy Compliance Statement on our website. Entering this exhibition indicates understanding and agreement on the part of the artist with the conditions stated here and at Work must meet 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 85% from sales; non-members will retain 80%. 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 Curve Gallery is not eligible for re-entry.


Cash awards total $500

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).
  • Entry fees are $35 ($20 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:

  • Sept. 7 Online entry open for submissions
  • Nov. 4 Entry deadline
  • Nov. 24 Artists notified by email
  • Dec. 15 First day of the exhibition
  • Jan. 31 Last day of the exhibition


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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