Call for Entries

Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition & Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition

We are now accepting entries for both the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition (CVA) and the Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition (CVP).
Deadline for submissions: Friday, November 20, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Exhibition dates: January 31 – April 4, 2021
All entries are submitted online at Smarter Entry. (You will need to click on the link and scroll down the page to find each exhibition. This link is also down below under How to Enter.)

Cash prizes: Best of Show, $1,000; Two Juror’s Awards, $500; Three Juror’s Awards, $250
art juror Joan BevelaquaAbout the Juror: Joan Bevelaqua has been teaching studio art courses at UMGC since 2000. Her artistic talents earned her a B.A. in art from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA, and an M.F.A. in Painting from Towson University in Towson, MD. As well as teaching and jurying art exhibitions, Ms. Bevelaqua has also served as President of the Watermark Gallery in Baltimore and as a board member of Savage Mill and Mill River Gallery in Oella, MD. Working primarily in oil and watercolor. Ms. Bevelaqua has had one-person shows at several Washington, D.C. art galleries; at the Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, D.C.; the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Silver Spring, MD; the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA; and the Korean Embassy in Washington, DC. She paints in her studio at Howard County Center for the Arts, in Ellicott City, MD.

Stephen Althouse, The Five Talents II, Photography/inkjet print, 2019. 31x42 in. CVA 2020 Best in Show

Stephen Althouse, The Five Talents II, Photography/inkjet print, 2019. 31×42 in. CVA 2020 Best in Show

Cash prizes: Best of Show, $1,000; Two Juror’s Awards, $500; Three Juror’s Awards, $250
CVP  Juror Beth Saunders  Head shotAbout the Juror: Beth Saunders is a specialist in the history of photography and is Curator and Head of Special Collections at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Previously, she was Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and taught Art History courses at Baruch College, Rhode Island College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues, edited volumes, and journals, including CAA.Reviews, Exposure, Photography and Culture, and Rivista di Studi di Fotografia. She is co-author with Mia Fineman of the exhibition catalogue Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography (The Met, 2019.) She has received research support from the American Academy in Rome, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, and the CUNY Graduate Center. Ms. Saunders holds a PhD and MPhil in Art History from The CUNY Graduate Center and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Hunter Thompson, Snow Walk 4, Digital photography, 18x24 in. CVP 2020 Best in Show

Michael Hunter Thompson, Snow Walk 4, Digital photography, 18×24 in. CVP 2020 Best in Show

Who may enter: Artists may enter regardless of place of residence.

How to enter:
Each artist may submit up to four works.
All entries are submitted online at Smarter Entry.
All work must have been completed in the last two years.
No artwork previously shown at the museum will be accepted.
Submitted digital images must not exceed 8 MB.
Upload 1 image for each 2d object or up to 3 photos for sculpture. Use “Additional Notes” to enter descriptive information about medium (Mixed media – paper, paint, found object, etc…)
The juror selects works without knowing the identity of the artist.

Please call the Museum at 301-739-5727 if you need help with your submission.

Entry deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Notice of acceptance sent by: December 18, 2020
Deliver artwork to museum: Thursday, Jan. 14 – Friday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 17 from 1-4 p.m.
Exhibitions on view: January 31 – April 4, 2021
Opening reception and awards ceremony: Sunday, January 31 from 2-4 p.m.
Snow date: Sunday, February 7 from 2-4 p.m.
Panel of Artists and Photographers: Sunday, April 4 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Work picked up on the following days: Sunday, April 4 from 5-6 p.m.; Tuesday, April 7 – Friday, April 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Museum members: $12.50 per entry – promo code to use in Smarter Entry is “member”
Non-members: $15.00 per entry. To join the museum, visit and choose “JOIN & SUPPORT”
All fees are paid online via Smarter Entry.

Guidelines for accepted works
All wall-hung work must be ready to hang.
D-rings or eye-screws must be installed on both sides of the picture frame.
D-ring or eye-screw OPENING should be at least ½”.
No wire is needed; wire that interferes with the museum’s hanging system will be removed.
No saw-tooth hangers.
Works of art must not exceed 72 inches in any direction, including frame; sculpture must not exceed 84 inches in any dimension.
Three dimensional work must be stable or have mounting hardware and instructions.
Exhibition design is at the discretion of museum staff.

Delivery and return
Any works not picked up within 30 (thirty) days following the close of the exhibition will become the property of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and may be disposed of in a manner at its sole discretion.
Shipping: Artists are responsible for all shipping/delivery costs before and at the conclusion of the exhibition. Shipped work must include a sturdy reusable container and pre-paid return shipping via UPS or FedEx.
Privacy: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will not sell, rent or exchange your contact information.
Liability: The museum is not responsible for loss or damage, although all possible care will be taken with work
submitted. Artists should insure their own work.
Publicity: Unless otherwise stated in writing, the exhibitor’s permission to use images for publicity purposes is
Art sales: The museum retains a 40% commission on all art sales.