Beacon Celebration for the Arts will be on display online through the month of August.

Introducing the Beacon Celebration of the Arts:

The Beacon Newspapers is pleased to present the “Celebration of the Arts” – a year-long program, in partnership with the Maryland Federation of Art – designed to entice individuals 50 and over throughout the MD/DC/VA region to try a new artistic endeavor, and then to enter their best work in a regional competition in one or more of these four categories:

  1. Painting and drawing: Any one-dimensional work on any flat surface in pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, oil paint or other paint or dye
  2. 3-D/mixed media artwork: any hand-made, two- or three-dimensional sculpture, pottery, frieze, woven or fabric art, found object art, mosaic, jewelry, glass art or painting containing multi-dimensional objects
  3. Photography: any images taken with film or digitally, whether manipulated by computer program or not
  4. Poetry: a poem of no more than two pages in length in any style

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 Click this icon to view and print the downloadable Celebration of the Arts Entry Rules. 


  • Yumi Hogan, MICA, Painting
  • Noe Todorovich, Photography
  • Wendi Kaplan, Poet Laureate of Alexandria, Poetry
  • Jeremy Scott, Sculture & 3-D


Coming Soon

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

April 1 Online entry opens for submissions.
June 29 Deadline for submissions.
By July 25 All entrants will become visible to the public.
Aug. 10 Notification of Awards sent to artists by email. Winners names also published at the Beacon Newspaper website.

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.


All entrants will receive notice by email from The Beacon Newspapers. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and could vary from the Celebration of the Arts Entry Rules.  Contact The Beacon Newspapers if you do not receive notice.

Need Help?

If you encounter any problems or have a question, please call (301) 949-9766 or email your name and problem (and any images if necessary) to

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