Man & Broom in a Nor’easter, photograph, by Julie O”Connor

On display September 2 – 29.

Introducing MFA @ Ocean City:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all member artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter its first MFA @ Ocean City competition. Following entry guidelines, any original 2-D or 3-D work will be considered. The selected works will be on exhibit at Thaler Gallery from September 2 – 29, 2019. Selected artists will retain 65 percent of all sales. Exhibition Chair: Dean Peterson.

Juror: Elizabeth Kauffman, Assistant Professor of Art & Director of Galleries, Salisbury University

Juror’s Statement

I want to thank all the artists who applied to this exhibition and the Maryland Federation of Art for selecting me as juror. As an artist I know first-hand all of the work and thoughtfulness that goes into applying to open calls and it was an honor that I don’t take lightly to serve as juror. As both a maker and a curator I identify with those I’m judging and yet have to separate my own artistic practice from my duty to fairly and (at least somewhat) objectively assess the work. For this exhibition I looked for work that offered an unusual take while maintaining tried and true measures of quality such as composition and technical skill. On the Eastern Shore we seem to get a bit stuck in certain ways of painting and picturing the world around us. While I completely understand the desire to sit on the sand and capture the beauty of the continent’s edge, images of this familiar scene struggle for impact because of their ubiquity. In my experience art has the greatest impact when the artist has tried to push past their comfort zone and reveal something authentic about themselves or the world. The objects I selected seemed to contain this character of authenticity, drawing me in as a viewer and serving as a vital connection to something real.


Cash awards total $500.

Juror’s Choice
Kathleen Gibson, “Ground Control to Major Tom”
Christopher Fowler, “Wherever you can…”
Amy Healey, “Side of the Tracks, Amelia Island”
Joseph Bellofatto, “Fidelity”
Dean Peterson, “Remains of the Day”


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.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

May 9 Online entry open for submissions.

July 9 Deadline for entries.

Aug 6 All entrants notified by email. Check MFA website or contact MFA if you do not receive notice.

August 27-31 Shipped work must arrive at Thaler Gallery.  Artists may drop off work at Circle Gallery but there will be a $20 transportation fee each way. Please read the information in the Prospectus on how to ship your piece. Any artwork that arrives at Circle Gallery after the 31st will not be included in the show.

Sep. 2 First day of exhibition.

Sept. 6 Reception, 5-7 p.m. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 29 Last day of exhibition. Artists may pick up their work in Ocean City.

Sept. 30 Pick up artwork, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (no early pick up for any reason) There is a $10 fee for any late pickup.

By Oct. 1 Shipped work will be sent.

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.
  • If you need your piece transported from Circle Gallery to Thaler or from returned from Thaler to Circle Gallery, a $20.00 transport fee ($40.00 roundtrip) can be arranged on or before the closing of the show.
  • 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.
  • MFA will retain 30% from sales.
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by 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.
  • 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.