Now Open for Entry

Deadline to Enter is November 28, 2021

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Introducing Digital Directions

Everybody is going digital. Computer software and technology have forever expanded the ways artists capture and produce their work. From photographers cobbling together scenes in photoshop to painters and animators manipulating a computer canvas, there are no limits to what an artist can create digitally, and this show will be a celebration of the futuristic road we are driving down (hands-free, of course). 2D or 3D image-based work created and/or produced through computer software is eligible for this show. This includes, but is not limited to, digitally produced photography, digital painting, illustration, graphic design, digital video, and non-film projection. Works selected will be on exhibition at MFA Circle Gallery from January 26 to February 26, 2022. Exhibition Chair: Emil Petruncio.

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Juror: Jonathan Monaghan, Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Art at The Catholic University of America

Jonathan Monaghan is an artist working across a range of media, including prints, sculpture and computer animated video, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives. Drawing on wide-ranging sources, such as historical artworks and science fiction, his fantastical pieces uncover subconscious anxieties associated with technology and consumerism. Past exhibitions include The Sundance Film Festival, The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, and The Palais de Tokyo in Paris. His work has been featured in several media outlets including The New York Times, Vogue, and The Washington Post. His work sits in numerous public and private collections including The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Washington D.C. Art Bank Collection. See Jonathan’s work at jonathanmonaghan.com.

Terms of Entry

  • Entry is open to artists residing in the United States, DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Entering this exhibition indicates understanding and agreement on the part of the artist with the conditions stated here and at mdfedart.com/mfa-general-guidelines. Work must meet delivery and exhibition guidelines to be included in the event. Work delivered must correspond with images submitted to the juror. MFA may determine work ineligible if entry guidelines are not followed.
  • 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.
  • Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the event.

Sales

  • Artists will retain 70% from sales (75% for MFA Members). MFA will retain 30% commission (25% for MFA Members) on any work sold through MFA.
  • Work must be for sale. Work may be set to Price on Request (POR).

Awards

  • Cash awards total $1,000

Entry Requirements

  • 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.
  • For video submissions: upload a still frame from your video and put a public YouTube or Vimeo link to the video in the “media” section.
  • 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.

Entry Fee

  • 1 or 2 entries $40 (MFA Members $25). Additional 4 entries $5 each. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Work

  • Images for the juror must correspond with the actual work.
  • All entries must be original and completed solely by the artist’s hand. A maximum of 6 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered.
  • Work previously exhibited at MFA Circle Gallery is not eligible for re-entry.
  • Maximum size of work, including edges of artwork or frame, cannot exceed 72″ in any direction. Artists may be asked to assist with the installation of oversized work (greater than 60″ or over 40 lbs.).

Liability

  • Artwork will be handled with all possible care. MFA will not be responsible or liable for loss or damage from any cause whatsoever. Insurance, if desired, must be carried by the artist.

Exhibition Schedule

  • Sept 30 Online entry open for submissions
  • Nov 28 Entry deadline
  • Dec 21 Artists notified by email
  • Jan 19 – 23 Shipped work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery
  • Jan 26 First day of the exhibition
  • Feb 6 Virtual awards presentation @ 4 PM
  • Feb 26 Last day of the exhibition
  • Feb 27 –  28 Pick-up handed-delivered work, 11 AM – 4 PM
  • Mar 2 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.

Notification

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.
Please set your email account to recognize notification@mdfedart.org.