Samuel Irene Bradley, Trans and Model, digital media, clip studio paint

In Curve Gallery- April 15

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Introducing ?Binary¿Nonbinary?

Some things are binary: black and white, sea and sky, night and day. Some things aren’t binary: gray, horizons, twilight. Show us work that explores, in any media and all subjects that live in either the binary or nonbinary spheres.” Entries are open to all original 2-D or 3-D artwork. MFA will display selected works in their online Curve Gallery from April 15 through May 31, 2020.  Show Chairs: Wil Scott and Richard Niewerth.

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 Juror: Dr. Yuriko Jackall, The Wallace Collection, London

A specialist in French painting, Dr Yuriko Jackall joined the Wallace Collection in 2018 from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC where she has been Assistant Curator of French Paintings since 2011. Her research focuses on materials and techniques in the eighteenth century, the history of collecting and formation of taste, and the art of Jean-Baptiste Greuze. In autumn 2017, she curated the acclaimed exhibition, Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures. This project was the first exhibition to focus solely on this aspect of Fragonard’s production and the first to unite the fantasy figures with the recently discovered drawing that elucidates them. She also co-curated an exhibition on Hubert Robert, France’s preeminent painter of ruins and architecture, at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, in the winter of 2016 and at the National Gallery of Art later that year. In summer 2017, she was curator of America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting, bringing together loans from forty-eight American museum collections across twenty-five states.

 Juror’s Statement

I would like to thank the Maryland Federation of Art for inviting me to consider this fascinating show. As the juror for ?Binary¿Nonbinary?, I had the great pleasure of considering an extraordinary array of submissions across a broad array of media, from black and white and color photography to collage to painting to sculpture. Addressing concepts of the opposite and the in-between was undoubtedly difficult and I applaud all of the applicants for their creative, flexible, and highly personal responses. The works that I selected challenged me and opened up new ways of thinking about this central theme.

As fate would have it, I finalized this selection in self-isolation at a time when we are all faced with numerous challenges in our daily and professional lives, challenges to which artists are perhaps more vulnerable than most. Right now, it is all the more rewarding to see how art can incite us to engage with complex issues, to rethink received notions, and to reshape our perspective on the world around us. The artist’s voice is truly a powerful thing. It has been delight to discover such clear and assured voices — and to highlight them in Annapolis — over the course of this process.

Terms of Entry

All entries must adhere to MFA general guidelines as well as the terms of entry specific to the exhibit as listed below. When entering the exhibition you will be asked to accept the Terms of Entry. Any entry that does not follow Terms of Entry and General Guidelines will be subject to rejection regardless of the Juror’s decision.


  • A maximum of 6 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered.
  • Works previously exhibited in a juried show in Curve Gallery are not eligible.
  • Works may not exceed 72 inches in width, height or depth, including the frame, unless otherwise specified for a particular exhibit.


Cash awards total $500. Award contributors and recipients will be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Entries and Submission Fees

  • Entries must be submitted online.
  • Entry fees are $35 (MFA members, $20) for one or two entries and $5 each for additional entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • 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.
  • Submit one JPEG image per piece entered, or as allowed. To provide the best image for juror set pixel dimension to around 2000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 2 MB.
  • Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of MFA for promotional purposes including but not limited to the invitation, catalog, web site or on a subsequent year’s prospectus. Image will include attribution whenever possible.

Exhibition Schedule:

Jan. 2 Online entry opens for submissions.
Mar. 16 Deadline for entries at 10 am
Apr. 6 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
Apr. 15 First day of exhibition
May 31 Last day of exhibition


All entrants will receive notice by email. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and could vary from prospectus. A list of accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website. Please set your email account to recognize this address: Contact gallery if you do not receive notice.