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MPAartfest 2021

Festival Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 10AM-4PM

Location: McLean Central Park Accepted Artists will be provided one tent in McLean Park on October 3rd as well as a virtual online profile on the MPAartfest website. 

Artists retain 100 percent of in the park sales from MPAartfest


$30 application fee

$350 participation fee, if accepted.

($250 participation fee if artist donates work to event preview party)

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, Gallery Manager: jlillis@mpaart.org

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 and online. 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, online

Exhibition Dates: September 18, 2021- November 13, 2021


Foon Sham is a Virginia-based artist and Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has had over forty solo exhibitions of his work both in the U.S. and abroad and he is represented in both public and private collections worldwide. Sham received his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Virginia Treanor is Associate Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. There since 2012, she has worked on exhibitions covering a wide array of time periods, subjects and media. Treanor received her MA in Art History from American University and her PhD from the University of Maryland. A native Washingtonian, she has worked in a number of area museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art.

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

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 18, 2021: deadline for submission

September 18, 2021: exhibition opens to the public

September 23, 2021: virtual opening and artist talk 

October 9th, 2021 2:00pm-3:30pm:  in-person artist talk

November 13, 2021: closing of exhibition

For more information, please contact Jen Lillis, Gallery Manager at jlillis@mpaart.org.

McLean Project for the Arts