Competitions & Contests

Elemental: Earth, Fire, Water, Air 2024

Entry Dates 2024-08-08T03:00:00+00:00 - 2024-04-16T17:00:00+00:00 15 Days Left


Elemental : Earth, Fire, Water, Air 2024

Introducing Elemental : Earth, Fire, Water, Air 

What worldly elements do you resonate with? The foundations of our Earth? The intensity and light of flames? The calmness or raging tides of our seas? The freedom of taking flight into the endless sky? Early chemists believed Earth, fire, water, and air were the elements of life and reality, and when surrounded by them, it’s not hard to see why. All original 2D or 3D artwork involving any of the four elements, either by medium or subject, will be eligible for Maryland Federation of Art’s (MFA) online show. Entry will be open to all artists residing internationally. Works selected by the juror will be on display in MFA’s Virtual Gallery, from October 15 – November 30, 2024.

Juror: Tim Jaeger: Director + Chief Curator at Ringling College of Art + Design

Tim Jaeger, originally from Paducah, Kentucky, relocated to Sarasota over 25 years ago to pursue his education at Ringling College of Art and Design on a full Trustee scholarship. Since joining Ringling College in 2009, he has played a pivotal role in various aspects of the Galleries and Exhibitions, including serving as Assistant Director of Galleries and Campus and Community Engagement Manager. With a focus on diversity, inclusion, and innovative marketing, Jaeger has directed and/or curated over 150 exhibitions.In addition to his position as Director and Chief Curator for Galleries and Exhibitions, Jaeger is also an educator. He teaches the popular class “Role of the Curator” in the Fall, which delves into the complexities of curating exhibitions through various mediums. In the Spring semester, he instructs Intermediate Figure Drawing, expanding his influence beyond the administrative sphere.Beyond his contributions to Ringling College, Jaeger is a dedicated advocate for art education and community engagement. He conducts workshops, lectures, and mentorship programs to nurture emerging artists and promote creativity within the community. Furthermore, Jaeger serves on the boards of the Suncoast Black Arts Collection and The Sarasota County Library Foundation and co-chairs the esteemed speaker series, 10×10.Tim Jaeger’s unwavering dedication to artistic exploration, coupled with his distinctive visual language, continues to redefine boundaries and make a lasting impact on the art world through his compelling and thought-provoking creations


Exhibition Schedule:

May 22 Online Entry Open for SubmissionsAug 7 Entry DeadlineSept 10 Notification @ 5 PMOct 15 Exhibition Opens OnlineNov 1 Awards Announced @ 5 PMNov 30 Last Day of Online Exhibition

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.

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Terms of Entry

Artist Conditions

Entry is open to all artists internationally
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.


Artists will retain 80% from sales (85% for MFA Members). MFA will retain 20% commission (15% 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).


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.