McLean Project for the Arts Call for Entries: (Not) Strictly Painting

By Editorial Team on June 21, 2021

Deadline: Sun, 18 July 2021

Deadline: July 18, 2021

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.

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 their 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 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