Call for Entries- Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibitions

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The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has announced a call for entries for the Cumberland Valley Artists (CVA) and Cumberland Valley Photographers (CVP) Exhibitions. Entries will be accepted from September 15 to November 9, 2022, at 3 p.m.

An annual tradition since 1933, the Cumberland Valley Artists and Cumberland Valley Photographers exhibitions showcase, celebrate, and support artists of the Cumberland Valley region. Each year, hundreds of works are submitted for consideration for inclusion by exhibition jurors. The exhibitions will be on view from February 11 to April 23, 2023.

Entries are to be submitted online at The link will not go live until September 15.

The Best of Show Award for the Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon includes a $1,000 cash award. Each photographer may submit up to four photographs. The Best of Show Award for the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition includes a $1,000 cash award. Each artist may submit up to four works.

Who may enter: Open to artists in MD, VA, WV, PA, DC

• Each artist may submit up to four works.
• All entries are submitted online at
• All work must have been completed in the last two years.
• No artwork previously shown at the museum will be accepted.
• Submit digital images not to 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…)

Submissions Open: Thursday, September 15, 2022
Submissions Close: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 3pm
Notice of acceptance: Thursday, December 8, 2022
Exhibition on view: February 11 — April 23, 2023
Panel Discussion: February 11, 2-4pm (Snow Date): Saturday, February 18; 2-4pm


Museum members: $12.50 per entry – promo code to use in Smarter Entry is “member”

Non-members: $15.00 per entry.

Entry fees are paid online via Smarter Entry.

To become a museum member, visit and find “JOIN & SUPPORT” in the top bar and purchase membership through PayPal. Or call Donna Rastelli at 301-739-5727 or email her at

Guidelines for accepted works
• All framed entries must be ready to hang. For photographs, black metal framing is preferred.
• Frame Hardware: Only D-rings with an opening of at least ½ inch will be accepted
• No picture wire, please. (wire that interferes with the museum’s hanging system will be removed)
• 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 and layout is at the discretion of museum staff.

Delivery and return
Artists should plan to deliver their works to the museum the week of January 13. At this time, you will be given a loan agreement to sign.
Deliver artwork to the museum: Thursday, January 12 – Friday, January 13, 10 am-4 pm; Saturday, January 14; 10am-3 pm; Sunday, January 15; 1-4 pm

Any works not picked up within 90 days following January 15, 2023, will become the property of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and may be disposed of in a manner at its sole discretion.

Works can be picked up on the following days:

Sunday, April 23; 5-6:00pm
Tuesday, April 25 – Friday, April 28; 10am-4pm
Saturday, April 30; 10am-3pm

Shipping: If needed, artists are responsible for all shipping/delivery costs before and at the conclusion of the exhibition. Please call Sarah Wolfe, Collections Registrar and Exhibitions Coordinator at (301) 739-5727 x 112, or via email at if shipping.

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

Liability: Although all possible care will be taken with work submitted, the museum is not responsible for loss or damage. Artists should insure their work.

Publicity: Unless otherwise stated in writing, the exhibitor’s permission to use images for publicity purposes is presumed. Contact the museum with questions at 301-739-5727 or


This year’s jurors are Mary Morton for CVA and Leo Hsu for CVP.Mary Morton is curator and head of the French paintings department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in history, and her doctorate from Brown University, concentrating on 19th- and early 20th-century European painting. Morton began her curatorial career in the European art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and then as associate curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Her exhibition projects prior to arriving at the NGA include Courbet and the Modern Landscape (2006), Oudry’s Painted Menagerie (2007), and The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (2010). At the National Gallery, she organized the presentation of Gauguin: Maker of Myth (2011), a reinstallation of the Gallery’s renowned 19th century collection (2012); Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye (2015), Cézanne Portraits (2017-18), Corot Women (2018) and True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780-1870 (2020).  In 2018, the French government awarded her the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Leo Hsu’s life has been spent with photography. He is the interim executive director of Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh and is an instructor in the photography program at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a managing editor for the online photography resource Fraction Magazine and was the director of online development for the photojournalism/documentary photography magazine and website Foto8. Hsu holds a doctorate in anthropology from New York University and a certificate in the program in Culture and Media (New York). He has written extensively about photography and worked as a newspaper photographer. More information can be found at . For questions, please contact the museum at 301-739-5727 or


Mary Morton

Mary Morton



Leo Hsu