One Pixel 002, digital media, Jay Matthew Hendrick, from Cool + 2 2013

Maryland Hall: On Display January 4th

Introducing 40 Under 40: Young Artist National Showcase:

MFA and MD Hall invite all artists (ages 40 and under) residing in the United States to enter any 2-D or 3-D work to be considered by juror Jose Ruiz. The selected works will be exhibited in Chaney Gallery at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts from January 4th to February 29th, 2020.


 Click this icon to view and print the downloadable prospectus.

Juror: Jose Ruiz

Director of the Curatorial Practice MFA program, Ruiz received an MFA in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in painting and Latin American studies from the University of Maryland. His projects have been exhibited in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and internationally in countries including Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Ruiz has recently curated exhibitions for the Queens Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo de Arte de El Salvador and the Incheon Biennial. His practice has been the subject of various publications, including The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Wall Street JournalARTnewsArte Al DíaArtnet, and The Washington Post. Ruiz is the founder of FURTHERMORE, a post-studio research, design and production company in DC and New York. He is also the co-founder, co-director, and co-curator of Present Company – a Brooklyn-based gallery and curatorial collective.

Juror’s Statement

“It was a true pleasure to serve as a juror for this timely exhibition, which marks forty years of amazing work by Maryland Hall. I would like to first congratulate all of the artists included in this exhibition for their commitment to artmaking and for sustaining a practice during these uncertain times. Seeing your work in the gallery earlier this week reaffirmed that art ALWAYS looks better in real life versus on a computer screen or mobile device. I appreciate everyone’s work so much more after really seeing it in person. This is why it’s important to continue to visit and support local visual arts organizations, as they are often the first entry points to learn, understand, and engage with contemporary art. 

As a curator, I am always drawn to artists and works that take risks and embrace vulnerability, as well as believe that beauty and a certain messiness (or entanglement) can operate in the same world. Any of these qualities coupled with concerns that lie outside of the studio are ripe for critical engagement. Thank you very much.

Congratulations to MD Hall, the awardees, and all of the participating artists!” – Jose Ruiz


Coming Soon

*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Sept. 6 2019 Online entry open for submissions.
Oct. 20 Deadline for entries.
Nov. 21 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Dec 18-20 Shipped work must arrive at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis MD 21401.  Please read the information in the Prospectus on how to ship your piece.

Jan 2-3 ,Noon – 4pm Hand Delivery must arrive at MD Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, MD 21401. Please Note Maryland Hall will be CLOSED From December 21 through January 1 and CANNOT accept shipments or drop-offs during that time.
Jan 4. First day of exhibition.
Jan. 16 Reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Reception at Maryland Hall. Awards presented at 6pm.
Feb. 29 Last day of exhibition.
Mar. 2-3 Pick up noon-4pm. A $10 fine will be imposed for work not picked up.
March 4.  Shipped work will be sent.

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of 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 ink jet 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 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.
  • You must pick up your work within 48 hours of the closing day of the exhibit, or notify the gallery if you will be late.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10.00 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 exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, the 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.
  • The MFA will retain 30% from all sales from non-member artists (25% from member artists)
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by the MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by the MFA with costs collected from 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.
  • The MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from the 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.