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University of Maryland University College invites area artists to submit entries for the 4th Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition, known as the BMRE. The exhibition will run from December 1, 2019, to March 15, 2020, in the UMUC Arts Program Gallery in Adelphi, Maryland. The opening reception and awards presentation will take place on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 3 p.m.

The exhibition is open to current residents of Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., 18 years or older. All mediums (painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, photographs, and mixed media) will be considered except videography. All submitted work must be original (no reproductions), completed in 2018 or 2019, and suitably prepared for installation. Artists are responsible for uploading high-resolution images, which will be used in the catalog, for each submission. The cost is $35 for up to three entries, plus $5 for one additional entry. The deadline for submissions is August 19, 2019. Artists will be notified of the jurors' decisions on September 10, 2019.

The exhibition includes a full-color catalog featuring the works of all selected participants. Cash prizes and other distinctions will be awarded. The top prize is $5,000.

Jurors for the exhibition are

  • Gretchen Schermerhorn, Artist and Artistic Director, Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Philip Hutinet, Founding Publisher, East City Art, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sharon Wolpoff, Artist and Owner, Wolpoff Studio, Rockville, Maryland

Award Categories

1st Place: President's Best of Show Award

  • $5,000 cash award
  • A feature article in the UMUC Friends of the Arts e-newsletter and on the UMUC website with artist's contact information
  • Red ribbon recognition on the artwork during the run of the exhibition
  • Best-of-show trophy

2nd Place: Jurors' Choice Award

  • $2,000 cash award
  • Highlights on UMUC website and in UMUC Friends of the Arts e-newsletter
  • Blue ribbon recognition on the selected artwork during the run of the exhibition
  • Award plaque

3rd Place: Award of Merit

  • $1,000 cash award
  • Highlights on UMUC website and in UMUC Friends of the Arts e-newsletter
  • Gold ribbon recognition on the artwork during the run of the exhibition
  • Award certificate

4th and 5th Place: Arts Program Honorable Mention

  • Green ribbon recognition on the artwork during the run of the exhibition

BMRE Schedule and Deadlines

Submission deadline

August 19, 2019

First round judging

August 22–25, 2019

Second round judging

August 27–September 1, 2019

Selection of works

September 7–8, 2019

Notification to artists

September 10, 2019

Artworks received

September 30, 2019

Exhibition opens

December 1, 2019

Artists reception

December 1, 2019

Exhibition closes

March 15, 2020

Artwork pickup

March 16, 2020

Terms and Conditions

  • Artists may submit up to four digital images.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically.
  • Images must be large enough to print full page (at least 8 inches along the shortest dimension) and 300 dpi (2400 x 3000 ppi). Images that are less than 300 dpi will not be accepted.
  • All jpeg/tiff entries must be labeled with the artist's last name and title of the work. Use as many characters as you can.
  • Works that are altered from the original jpeg submission image will not be accepted.
  • All fees must be paid at the time of submission.
  • Electronic application submissions constitute an agreement between the artist and UMUC, and artist declares all information is correct.
  • All work must be original (no reproductions).
  • Works must have been completed in 2018 or 2019.
  • The curator reserves the right to deny entry if any work is deemed not suitable for display or too difficult to install or if the image is altered after jury process.
  • Works must be properly framed and ready for hanging (if applicable). UMUC will provide pedestals for three-dimensional works.
  • Artists must adhere to the timeline/schedule.
  • Artists are responsible for getting the works to the Arts Program at UMUC, 3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, Maryland 20783.
  • All selected artists will be notified electronically.
  • Participating artists will receive 20 copies of the catalog, to be provided at the opening reception.
  • Selected works for the 4th BMRE will not be for sale. The Arts Program will put any party interested in purchasing artwork in contact with the artist.
  • Works cannot be removed until the end of the exhibition.
  • Any works that are not retrieved within 90 days of the close of the exhibition will become the property of the UMUC Arts Program and disposed of at the discretion of the UMUC Arts Program staff. This includes destroying the work; selling it; or accessioning it into the UMUC collection, at which point all copyrights are transferred to the UMUC Arts Program. If arrangements are made to retrieve the work after 90 days, a storage fee of $20 per day will accrue beginning on the 91st day.

Questions? Contact Eric Key at biennial@umuc.edu or call 301-985-7937.