Competitions & Contests

Portals 2024

Entry Dates 2024-04-03T03:00:00+00:00 - 2024-01-31T17:00:00+00:00 35 Days Left


Portals 2024

Introducing Portals

A portal can be a large entrance, a grand and imposing doorway, or a futuristic passageway to another world. Besides being an opening to new places, portals can also serve as openings to new experiences and sensations. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) asks artists to share their interpretations of portals – whether literal or metaphorical, and to share their artistic perspectives and representations of the concept of portals as they see it. Entry is open to all artists residing internationally. All original 2D or 3D artwork in any media is eligible for this online show. Works selected by the juror will be on display in MFA’s online gallery, Curve Gallery, from June 14 – July 31, 2024.

Juror: Giulia Livi: Multidisciplinary Artist & EducatorGiulia Piera Livi is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting and installation. Her immersive rooms employ hyper-cohesive color and abstract forms to work out ideas of multi-functional art objects and curated domesticity. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally with notable shows at the Delaware Contemporary Museum (Wilmington, DE), the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington (Arlington, VA), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn, NY), Governor’s Island Art Fair (NY), Untitled Space (New York, NY), Mono Practice (Baltimore, MD), Guest Spot @ the REINSTITUTE (Baltimore, MD), Dream Clinic (Columbus, OH), VAE Gallery (Raleigh, NC), and Walter Otero Contemporary Art (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Giulia was granted fellowships to complete residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in 2023 and Vermont Studio Center in 2018. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2019, a Trawick Young Artist Prize from the Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in 2017, and was included in Issue No. 148 of New American Paintings. Giulia is currently a part-time faculty at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) and MICA (Baltimore, MD).


Exhibition Schedule:

Jan 31 Online Entry Opens for SubmissionsApr 3 Entry DeadlineMay 7 Notification @ 5 PMJun 14 Exhibition Opens OnlineJul 1 Awards Announced @ 5 PM Jul 31 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.
Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the event.
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.

Entry Requirements

All work must be uploaded through File size may be no more than 10 MB.
To enter online, you will need an account that includes an email address and a password. There is no charge to create an account.


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.


MFA’s Online Sales Gallery is provided to North American artists to sell their work. Only artists in the 48 contiguous United States may set a price. MFA will reimburse up to $40 in shipping costs to those artists for online sales shipments if a receipt is provided. All other artists must enter Price on Request (POR) and purchase inquiries will be referred by MFA to the artist.Artists will retain 80% from sales (85% for MFA Members). MFA retains 20% commission (15% for members) on any work sold through MFA. Artists will be responsible for fulfillment of sales.


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.

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.

What are the entry fees?1 or 2 entries are $45 ($30 for MFA Members). Up to 4 additional entries are $6.75 each ($4.50 for MFA Members). Entry fees are non-refundable.

Who is this exhibition open to?

We invite all artists from near and far, this exhibition is open internationally.