Cumberland Valley Artists & Photographers Exhibitions

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting entries for the 2020 Cumberland Valley Artists & Photographers Exhibitions.


Please note that the CVA and CVP are two separately juried exhibitions. However, deadlines and guidelines are the same for each. Please read the information below thoroughly before submitting your artwork.

Enter here, via Smarter Entry. You will need to scroll down until you find 2020 Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition and 2020 Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition. You may only submit via Smarter Entry. 

Entry deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019 by 3:00 PM

On view: February 2 – April 5, 2020

Cash prizes for each exhibition: Best of Show, $1000; 2 Juror’s Awards, $500; 3 Juror’s Awards, $250

amyevaAbout the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition juror: Amy Eva Raehse, Goya Contemporary Executive Director (Baltimore, MD). Amy Eva Raehse is Executive Director and Partner at Goya Contemporary Gallery (established 1996) which represents emerging and mid-career artists in an international program focused on Post-War and Contemporary Art in both primary and secondary markets. She has curated over 100 exhibitions including solo shows of Joyce J. Scott, Lynda Benglis, Ann Hamilton, Sanford Biggers, Louise Bourgeois, Sonya Clark, Sam Gilliam, William Kentridge, among many others. She has placed artworks in major collections including MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museums, Baltimore Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum, Toledo Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. A member of the Association of Print Scholars and the International Fine Print Dealers Association, Raehse holds a MFA, BFA, and Certificate in Arts Management. Most recently, Raehse co-produced the largest retrospective to date for MacArthur Fellow Joyce J. Scott (represented by Goya Contemporary) with Grounds For Sculpture in New Jersey, curated by Lowery Stokes-Sims and Patterson Sims.

Lynn SilvermanAbout the Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition juror: Lynn Silverman, Professor of Art at the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD. Born in 1952, Lynn Silverman received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and her MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College in London, England. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Australia, and the United States. In addition to publishing four books, her work may be found in public and private collections in Australia, Great Britain, and the US. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Czech Republic. She currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Who may enter: Any artist 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 works must have been completed in the last two years. No artwork previously shown at the WCMFA will be accepted. Submitted JPEG, TIFF, or PNG images may not exceed 4 MB in size. Upload 1 image for each 2-dimensional work or up to 3 images for each 3-dimensional work. Use the “additional notes” field to enter descriptive information about medium (mixed media, paper, paint, found object, etc.). The juror will select works without knowing the identity of the artist.

CVA/CVP Calendar

Entry deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019 by 3:00 PM

Notice of acceptance sent: December 13, 2019

Deliver artwork to WCMFA: Thursday, January 16 – Friday, January 17, 10 AM – 4 PM; Saturday, January 18, 10 AM – 3 PM; Sunday, January 19, 1 – 4 PM

Exhibitions on view: February 2 – April 5, 2020

Opening reception and awards ceremony: February 2, 2020, 2 – 4 PM

Snow date: Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2 – 4 PM

CVA/CVP panel of artists: Sunday, April 5, 2020, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Artwork pick up: Sunday, April 5, 2020, 5 – 6 PM; Tuesday, April 7 – Friday, April 10, 10 AM – 4 PM; Saturday, April 11, 10 AM – 3 PM

Fees: WCMFA Members pay $12.50 per entry. Use promo code “member” when checking out on Smarter Entry. General public pays $15.00 per entry. To become a WCMFA Member, click here. All fees are paid online on Smarter Entry at the time of submission.

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 back of the frame. D-ring or eye-screw openings should be at least 1/2″ in diameter. No wire is needed; wire that interferes with the WCMFA hanging system will be removed. No saw-tooth hangers. Works of art must not exceed 72 inches in any direction, including frame. Sculptures must not exceed 84 inches in any dimension. 3-dimensional work must be stable or have mounting hardware and instructions. Exhibition design is at the discretion of the WCMFA staff.

Delivery and return: Any works not picked up within 30 days following the close of the exhibition will become the property of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and may be disposed on in a manner at its sole discretion. Artists are responsible for all shipping/delivery costs before and at the conclusion of the exhibition. Shipped work must include a reusable container and pre-paid, return shipping via UPS or FedEx.

Privacy:  The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will not sell, rent or exchange your contact information.

Liability:  The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 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 presumed.

Art sales:  The museum retains a 40% commission on all art sales. Artist retains copyright.

CVA 2018 in the Groh Gallery

CVA 2018 in the Groh Gallery

Questions regarding the Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibitions may be directed to Kay Palmateer at kpalmateer@wcmfa.org or by calling 301-739-5727.