McLean Project for the Arts is seeking mid-Atlantic artists (DC, VA, MD, PA, NJ, DE, WV) to submit works that relate to the concept of (Not) Strictly Painting to be exhibited both in the gallery. This year’s applicants are invited to submit up to 4 jpegs of paintings or works related in some way to painting completed in the last two years and not previously exhibited at MPA. Work that combines painting with other materials or is conceptual in nature is acceptable and encouraged as well. Time based media are welcome, but must be limited to 10 minutes. Each of the submitted works must be available for exhibit if chosen by the jurors. Works must fit through an 81” x 64” doorway.



McLean Project for the Arts:

Emerson and Atrium Galleries

1234 Ingleside Ave.

McLean, VA 22101


Exhibition Dates: September 14, 2023- November 11, 2023




TIM BROWN, As Hillyer Director, Tim Brown serves as lead administrator for the the Hillyer Contemporary art space. Prior to Hillyer, Brown was Director of Education at the National Law Enforcement Museum, and Taft Museum of Art; Curator of Education at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and Columbus Museum; Associate Curator at the Hunter Museum of American Art, Curator of K-12 at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, and Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum.



APPLICATION Entry must be made on-line via Submittable. There is no fee for submission. Visit our website for more information: 


NOTIFICATION Whether your piece has been selected by the juror or not, notification will be sent to you via email. 


SALES A 25% sales commission will be retained by MPA on all sales resulting directly from the exhibit. Work will be sold at the price listed on the typed image checklist unless marked Not For Sale (NFS). 


Awards: $1,500



July 21, 2023: Deadline for Submission 

August 4, 2023: Acceptance Notification  

September 14, 2023: Opening Reception, 7-9pm

October 19th, 2023: In-Person Artist Talk, 7-9pm 

November 11, 2023: Closing of Exhibition

November 12, 2023: Artwork Pick-Up



For more information, please contact Jen Lillis: 



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MPAartfest 2023

Festival Date: Sunday, October 1, 2023 10AM-4PM
Location: McLean Central Park Accepted Artists will be provided one tent in McLean Park on October 1st.
Artists retain 100 percent of in the park sales from MPAartfest

Fees (if accepted):
$350 participation fee

$300 Early Bird discounted rate, deadline May 20th 

Each artist will be provided with a 10’x10’ tent

Please note that electricity is not available

To Enter:
1. IMAGES Artists may submit up to ten high resolution images in JPEG format. Each image should be labeled with the artist’s last name, first name and image number (example, smith.jane1.jpeg)
2. LIST OF IMAGES Include artist name, title of piece, sales price, medium, size and year completed.

NOTIFICATION: Whether you have been selected or not, notification will be sent to you via email.
For further information or questions, please contact: Jen Lillis,

McLean Project for the Arts