Competitions & Contests

After Dark 2024

Entry Dates 2024-08-14T03:00:00+00:00 - 2024-02-19T17:00:00+00:00 21 Days Left


After Dark 2024

Introducing After Dark

After Dark is an immersive art exhibit that invites you to explore the enigmatic beauty that unfolds when the sun sets. Delve into a world where shadows dance, colors transform, and creativity takes on a mesmerizing nocturnal allure. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in any of the states or territories of the US, Canada, and Mexico to enter our After Dark Show 2024. Any original 2D or 3D work will be considered. Works selected by the juror will be exhibited in MFA’s Circle Gallery from October 31 – November 23, 2024.

Juror: Crista Pisano: Profession Artist and Plein Air Painter

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Crista began painting in oils in 1989 under the instruction of John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ. She graduated from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2000, receiving a Bachelors Degree of fine arts painting, and in 2003, received a Masters Degree of Fine arts Painting from the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art.Crista paints landscapes mostly en plein air as well as in her studio in Nyack, NY, and is known for painting on a small scale. Influenced by the Hudson River School, she also loves the Macchiaioli, a group of Italian Painters active in Tuscany in the second half of the Nineteenth Century. Some of her favorite artists are George Inness, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Martin Johnson Heade, and Edward Lear.Aside from participating in various plein air events throughout the year, she exhibits throughout New England and New York. She has received numerous awards and honors, including "Best in Show" at the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in both 2012 and 2014. Crista also won "Honorable Mention" at Plein Air Easton in 2015, 2016, and 2021 as well as "Best Nocturne" in 2019 and 2021. She won three awards in 2019 at Plein Air Annapolis including second place overall and the "Stobart Foundation Award" at The Mystic Seaport International Marine Exhibition 2019. In 2021 Crista won the "Petit Plein Air Artists Choice" at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. Plein Air Magazine included Crista as one of their featured artists in their December/January 2016 issue.


Exhibition Schedule:

Jun 17 Online Entry Opens for SubmissionsAug 14 Entry DeadlineSept 11 Notification @ 5 PMOct 20 – 26 Accepted and Shipped Work Must Arrive at MFA Circle Gallery from 11 AM – 4 PMOct 31 Exhibition OpensNov 3 Virtual Awards Ceremony from 4 – 5 PM via ZoomNov 23 Last Day of the Exhibition; Closing Reception at MFA Circle Gallery from 4 – 6 PMNov 24 – 25 Pick-up Hand-Delivered Work from 11 AM – 4 PMDec 4 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.

User Entry Process Tutorial

Watch the video below for a tutorial on how to upload your entries.

How to Upload

Terms of Entry

Artist Conditions

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.

Entry Requirements

All work must be uploaded through File size may be no more than 10 MB.For video submissions: you must put the link to the video in the Linked Web Resource field, and then upload a still frame from 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 account that includes an email address and a password. There is no charge to create an account.Non-member entrants who have a discrepancy between the entry fee paid and their membership status must pay the difference before thedisplay date or their work will not be shown to the juror.


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 on any work sold through MFA (25% for MFA Members at the time of the sale).

Work must be for sale. Work may be set to Price on Request (POR).


What is a submission?

One submission or application on is the equivalent of one entry on MFA’s old entry system, or one piece submitted for jurying. uses the terms submission and application interchangeably.

How do I enter a video submission?

When submitting a video, you must put the link to the video in the Linked Web Resource field, and you must upload a screenshot of the video as an attachment.

Can I edit my submissions after I've submitted them? requires you to select the number of submissions / applications you want to enter and to pay before entering in your image and image details. You can edit your submission details along with images you've attached up until the submission period is over. Once the submission period has ended, you cannot edit their entries in any form.

Can I add more submissions after I've paid?

You must submit a separate submission / application for each piece of artwork you wish to be shown to the juror.  You have the option to add a second or third image of the same work to your submission / application as a detail photograph This is not required.

Have the entry fees changed at all?The fees have changed but not drastically, 1 or 2 entries are $30. Up to 4 additional entries are $4.50 each. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Who is this exhibition open to?

We invite all artists residing in any of the states or territories of the US, Canada, or Mexico to enter this exhibition.