Michael James Walton, Square Embossing Number 1 – Side A, Formed Paper Pulp

Exhibition will open at Circle Gallery on March 29

Introducing Art on Paper:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 39th annual Art on Paper competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work created on or of paper, including collage, artist book, origami, printmaking, painting, sculpture, and more, will be considered. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland. The exhibition chair is Candice Bigelow.

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Mary Lee Corlett, Curatorial Assistant of American and Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery in Washington DC.

Juror’s Statement

Having studied and been inspired by prints and drawings for most of my museum career of more than twenty-five years, I was delighted to be invited to jury the MFA’s 39th annual Art on Paper exhibition. I have always believed that exceptional insights into an artist’s creative practice are revealed in the immediacy and freshness of art made on and with paper. As the more than 700 works submitted for consideration demonstrate, artists engage with paper in varied and dynamic ways, manipulating drawing media from graphite to watercolor, employing printmaking techniques from etching to woodcut, working in large and small scale, and in both two and three dimensions, to mark, cast, cut, mold, fold, press, stitch, and collage with paper. My intent was to craft an exhibition that celebrates the variety and diversity of artistic expression that characterizes art on paper. Narrowing the selection to 73 works, representing just 10% of the submissions, was indeed a challenge, but my goal was to bring together works in multiple genres, from abstract to figurative, that reflect a clear artistic response to the expressive possibilities of mark-making on paper and the tactile qualities it offers. I want to thank the MFA circle gallery for giving me this opportunity. I hope the exhibition surprises, motivates, and inspires all who visit to share in my enduring enthusiasm for art on paper.


Coming Soon

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

Nov. 21 Online entry opens for submissions.
Jan. 16 Deadline for entries
By Feb. 15 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
March 21 – 25 Shipped work must arrive at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401
March 29 First day of exhibition
April 8 3-5 p.m. Reception. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
April 28 Last day of exhibition
April 29 
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pick up artwork (no early pick up for any reason) There is a $10 fee for any late pick up
May 1 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
  • 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.