On Display July 12 – August 15, 2024

In Person Reception will be on Saturday, July 18 from 5:30 – 7 at Maryland Hall

Introducing Art in Abstraction 

There are a plethora of fascinating things in our world that artists can recreate representationally in their visual voices. However, there are also several ways to express these compelling things through abstraction. By utilizing concepts we are familiar with such as form, color, composition, and so much more, artists can evoke a range of ideas and emotions as abstract art. MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists to enter an exhibition that welcomes 2D and 3D abstract work for Maryland Hall’s Martino Gallery. This exhibition is open to artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. All eligible fine art entries in any media will be considered by the juror. Selected works will be displayed in this MFA-organized exhibition at Maryland Hall’s Martino Gallery in Annapolis, MD from July 12 – August 15.

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Juror: Filipe Assunção: Artist | Curator | Educator 

Filipe Assuncao is a Portuguese painter living in Norway. He started painting very early and studied art with masters for many years, building a solid background and technique in drawing and painting. He completed a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, concluded with the classification of Excellent, and started teaching art and curating exhibitions in 2012.

Filipe is a storyteller. He paints mostly figuratively, and his inspirations are people, and emotions, which he normally pictures together with very strong colors.

Filipe’s strong speech is immersive. Each subject represented is part of a microcosmos. His great merit is to have been able to create a new visual linguistics. An alphabet made up of signs and colors, which makes it easily recognizable in the immense and varied art scene.

He has exhibited regularly around the world since 2005 and his work is highly recognized, having received more than sixty international awards and being published in dozens of art books and magazines.

His artwork is present in museums, and private and corporate collections all over the world.

He is an active member of several Art Groups and Organizations, such as NEUTRAL-ISM Art Group, Italy, ArtCan Art Group in UK, A.N – Artists Information Company in U.K., UAVA in Spain, I.A.A. – International Association of Art.

Jury of international art competitions for Camelback Gallery in the U.S.A. since 2021.

Terms of Entry

  • Entry is open to artists residing in the any of the states or territories of the United States, 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 image(s) 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 $1000

Entry Requirements

  • All work must be entered by uploading JPEG images through MFA’s online entry system. Set pixel dimension to between 1,500 and 3,000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 5 MB.
  • For video submissions: upload a still frame from your video, and in the “media” section, put the media and then include a public YouTube or Vimeo link to the video. For accepted video submissions, the artist will be expected to deliver the file to MFA on a thumbdrive.
  • 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 $45 (MFA Members $30). Up to 4 additional entries $6.75 each (MFA Members $4.50). 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 at the time of the sale) on and work sold through MFA.
  • Work must be for sale. Work may be set to Price on Request (POR).

Exhibition Schedule

  • Feb 19 Online Entry Opens for Submissions
  • May 8 Entry Deadline
  • Jun 12 Notification @ 5 PM
  • Jul 6, 8 – 9 Accepted and Shipped Work Must Arrive at MFA Circle Gallery from 11 AM – 4 PM
  • Jul 12 Exhibition Opens
  • Jul 18 Opening Reception from 5:30 – 7 PM
  • Aug 15 Last Day of the Exhibition
  • Aug 16 – 17 Pick-up Hand-Delivered Work from Maryland Hall from 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Aug 23 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.
Please set your email account to recognize notification@mdfedart.org and info@mdfedart.org.