Now Open for Entry

Deadline to Enter is June 19, 2024

Please click the button above to enter this show on You will need to create a free account to enter your work.

We are using a new entry platform, that uses different terminology than you might be used to seeing. In ArtCall:

  • You will be asked to pay for the number of artworks you’ll be uploading in advance. You can add more later.

  • The word “application” means artwork, so one application is one work of art.

  • “Attachments” means images of the artwork, you can upload up to 2 images. You do not need to pay extra for attachments.

For first time users, we recommend the following resources:

  • The video tutorial linked on the call for entry page.
  • Our blog post that walks you through the entry process step-by-step.
  • Our FAQ section.

Introducing Be Square

Welcome to Be Square, an intimate exhibit where creativity finds its perfect frame. In this showcase, artists explore boundless expressions within the confines of a 12-inch square, proving that great things come in small, perfectly framed packages. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all MFA Members residing in any of the states or territories of the US, Canada, and Mexico to enter this exhibition. Any original 2D or 3D work that is square and is a maximum of 12” including frame, and follows exhibition guidelines and submitted before the deadline will be eligible for this show. Work entered will be on display in the Martino Gallery at Maryland Hall in Annapolis, MD from August 21 – September 25, 2024.

The public is invited to vote for their favorite piece to win the People’s Choice Award. Votes may be cast at any time during the exhibition and the winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Click this icon to view and print the downloadable prospectus.

Terms of Entry

  • Entry is open to artists residing in any of the states or territories of the US, 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 submitted must correspond with the image(s) submitted.
  • 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.
  • Work must be for sale. Work can be set to Price on Request (POR).


  • 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 $100. One People’s Choice Award will be chosen by the public and presented during the Closing Reception.

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.

Entry Fee

  • 1 entry $15 for MFA Members ($85 for non members, includes one year of MFA Membership). Entry fees are non-refundable.


  • ll work must be uploaded through File size may be no more than 10 MB. Images must correspond with the actual work. MFA does not display watermarks; artists display at their own risk. All entries must be original and completed solely by the artist’s hand. A maximum of 1 original work 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 12” in any direction.


  • 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:

  • Apr 17 Online Entry Opens for Submissions
  • Jun 19 Entry Deadline
  • Aug 12 – 17 Accepted and Shipped Work Must Arrive at Maryland Hall from 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Aug 22 Exhibition Open; Reception at Maryland Hall
  • Sept 25 Last Day of the Exhibition
  • Sept 26 – 28 Pick-up Hand-Delivered Work from Maryland Hall from 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Oct 3 Shipped Work Will Be Sent

NOTE: Should Circle Gallery or any other 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.
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