“FLINT”, hand-painted and forcefully twisted rope, rusty metal pipe, lead paint, Liquitex polymer, digital printing on fabric, by Elaine Frances Longtemps

Considering Entering? Deadline is September 10.

Notification October 8

Introducing Water Works:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 4th annual Water Works competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work in which water is depicted as the primary force, object, or consequence is eligible. Works selected will be on exhibit online in MFA’s Curve Gallery from October 15 through November 30, 2018. The exhibition chairs are Richard Neiwerth and Wil Scott.

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Juror: Eric Denker, National Gallery of Art

Eric Denker is a senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art. From 1998 to 2006, Eric also served jointly as the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, overseeing the permanent collection and coordinating an active exhibition schedule that included the catalogue and show of Whistler and his Circle in Venice. Eric attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he is now a trustee as well as the president of the Friends of the Trout Gallery. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s Washington Semester, Eric frequently lectures in Italy for the Smithsonian Institution and for the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. He is the co-author, with Judith Martin, of the 2007 No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice, exploring the contemporary visitor’s passions for the unique lagoon city. Eric is the author of seven books and catalogues, his most recent work is Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940. He is the author of numerous articles for guidebooks about Venice and Italy.

Juror’s Statement

Coming Soon


Cash Awards: $500

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

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:


July 10 Online entry open for submissions

September 10 Deadline for entries

By October 8 All entrants are notified by email. Check online if you did not receive notification.

Oct 15 – Nov 30 Curve Gallery is open for viewing.



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