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MPS Exhibitions

Call for Entries Members' Only Juried Exhibition 2018

“Compelling Color”

May 4-28, 2018
at A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street
Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663


Original artwork only. Open only to Maryland Pastel Society members in good standing (2018 membership is up-to-date). All paintings must be the artist’s own original work and at least 80% soft pastels (no oil pastels). All accepted work must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been shown in previous Maryland Pastel Society exhibitions. Work is ineligible if it was: 1) produced whole or in part in an instructor-led class or workshop; or 2) copied substantially from the work of other artists, from published materials, or from photo reference material belonging to others. Framed size of artwork should not exceed 36" in width or height. All manner of subject and style are eligible. Paintings delivered to the exhibit must be identical to the accepted digital image.

Procedure for Entry

All entries are to be submitted online at Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:

Additional details and full prospectus are posted on . For a printable version of the prospectus, please view the attached file below.

Judge of Selections and Awards

John Morrell has painted and taught in the Washington, D.C. area for over 30 years. He received a B.S. degree from Georgetown University and a M.F.A. from George Washington University, and subsequently taught in the Art Departments at both universities. From 1984 to 2002 he was the Gallery Director and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He is now Associate Professor of Painting and was Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University from 2009 to 2015. Since his first solo exhibition of landscapes in 1979, in the Brittany region of France, there have been twenty-two other solo exhibitions, including those at Galerie Lee in Paris, Sherry French Gallery in New York, Addison-Ripley Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., and New York’s Atlantic Gallery. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. John’s recent work focuses on wash landscape drawings heightened in white, and on paintings depicting nature within the modern urban environment. Visit his website at:

Important Dates

March 24, 2018 - Deadline for entries via
April 2, 2018 - Notification to artists
May 1, 2018 - Artwork hand-delivered to A.M. Gravely Gallery
May 4, 2018 - Exhibition Opens
May 12, 2018 - Reception and Award of Prizes, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
May 28, 2018 - Exhibition Closes
May 29, 2018 - Pick up unsold artwork at A.M. Gravely Gallery