Now Open for Entry

Deadline to Enter is May 4, 2022

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Introducing Fiber Options: Material Explorations

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 6th biennial Fiber Options: Material Explorations exhibition. Any original 2D or 3D artwork created with fiber is eligible. Works selected will be on exhibit in MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from June 29 – July 30, 2022. Exhibition Chair: Kass McGowan.

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Juror: Hillary Waters Fayle, Director of the Fiber Program at Virginia Commonwealth University

Hillary Waters Fayle received a MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth Uni- versity, and a BFA from Buffalo State College. She is an Assistant Professor and directs the fiber program at Virginia Commonwealth University and has previously taught at Penland School of Craft (NC), the Appalachian Center for Craft (TN), the Mediterranean Art & Design Program (Italy), and Yasar University (Turkey). Her work has been widely exhibited and was recently on view at the Visions Art Museum in CA, the Lamont Gallery in Exeter, NH and Hashimoto Contemporary in NYC. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, the Kalmthout Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Belgium, The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka. A public installation in collaboration with the AKG Museum can be seen year round in Buffalo, NY. Learn more at

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 herein and with (a) MFA’s approved Statement of Equity and Diversity and (b) MFA’s General Guidelines. Work must meet exhibition guidelines to be included in the event. MFA may determine work ineligible if entry guidelines are not followed. Work delivered must correspond with the images submitted to the juror.
  • 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  • Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the event.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.).


  • 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).

Exhibition Schedule

  • Mar 14 Online entry open for submissions
  • May 4 Entry deadline
  • May 31 Artists notified by email
  • Jun 22 – 26 Work must arrive at MFA Circle Gallery
  • Jun 29 First day of the exhibition
  • Jul 10 Virtual awards presentation @ 4 PM
  • Jul 30 Last day of the exhibition; Possible closing reception @ 4 PM
  • Jul 31 –  Aug 1 Pick-up handed-delivered work, 11 AM – 4 PM
  • Aug 3 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.


All artists will receive notification by email. Accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website. Artists who have unsubscribed from MFA’s emails will not receive notification.
The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and may vary from the prospectus.
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