On Display March 29 – April 29, 2023

Virtual Awards Ceremony will be held via Zoom April 2, 2023 from 4 – 5 PM

Closing Reception will be April 29, 2023 from 4 – 6 PM

Introducing Art on Paper

Paper has served many purposes since it was first invented two thousand years ago. Humans have used paper for everything from recording history, as money, and to produce art. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites artists residing in any of the states or territories of the US, Canada, and Mexico working on or with paper to enter our 46th annual Art on Paper exhibition. All original 2D or 3D work created on or of paper (excluding digital photography and Yupo paper) is eligible for this exhibition. Works selected by the juror will be exhibited in MFA’s Circle Gallery from March 29 – April 29, 2023.

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Juror: Joann Moser, Senior Curator Emerita at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Joann Moser, Senior Curator Emerita of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was the Museum’s Senior Curator of Graphic Arts from 1986 – 2016. She has organized numerous exhibitions for the Smithsonian including The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America, What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect, and Pop Art Prints. She has published on Atelier 17, Jean Metzinger, Joseph Stella, and Nathan Oliveira. Her work includes collaboration on a show of paintings and drawings by Romaine Brooks and an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper by Martin Puryear from the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently working on a catalogue raisonne of the prints of Sean Scully. She received her PhD in Art History from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BA in Art History from Smith College. In 1975, she received a Kress Fellowship from the National Gallery of Art.

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:

  • Nov 15 Online Entry Opens for Submissions
  • Jan 18 Entry Deadline
  • Feb 15 Notification @ 5 PM
  • Mar 22 – 26 Accepted and Shipped Work Must Arrive at MFA Circle Gallery
  • Mar 29 Exhibition Opens
  • Apr 2 Virtual Awards Ceremony from 4 – 5 PM via Zoom
  • Apr 29 Last Day of the Exhibition; Closing Reception at MFA Circle Gallery from 4 – 6 PM
  • Apr 30 –  May 1 Pick-up Hand-Delivered Work from 11 AM – 4 PM
  • May 4 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 be sent notice by email. Artists who have unsubscribed from MFA emails will not receive notification. 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 notification@mdfedart.org and info@mdfedart.org. Contact Circle Gallery if you do not receive notice by 5 PM on the day of notification.