4 Jan 2022

Compete The Power of Portraits – Human & Animal

MVA Gallery Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Modern Visual Arts Gallery

Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: January 19, 2022 – The MVA Gallery (Modern Visual Arts) invites artists and photographers of all levels (emerging to established) to submit original 2D artwork to this exhibition, ‘The Power Of Portraits — Human and Animal’.

On display : Feb 11 thru March 5, 2022.

Human Portraits — Artists and photographers may submit traditional or non-traditional styles of a single individual, a couple or a group. Images may show a close-up of a face or the physical attributes of a person in a half-length or full-body pose. The artistic intention may be to present an idealized, neutral, psychological, satirical, celebratory or cultural impression while capturing the behavioral characteristics of personality or the inner life of emotions. The Gallery also welcomes “environmental portraits” showing individuals in their surroundings that provide insight into their character and life, thereby creating a personal pictorial narrative. These portraits may also reveal a persona or alternative ego. And, of course, submit self-portraits whether formal or informal. The selfie is ubiquitous and can reveal the fluidity of self-identity in a chaotic contemporary world. Through the diverse approaches of portraiture, artists can raise provocative questions about identity and perception.

Animal Portraits — The MVA Gallery also invites portraits of animals, domesticated or wild. Capture images of pets in their preferred environment — at home or on the farm, at rest or at play — that reveal their unique personalities. (A person may be included to explore human-animal interaction.) Or wildlife photographers and artists can show us extraordinary creatures in their natural habitat. Surprise us with dramatic imagery of animals in the jungle, forest, sky, garden or ocean who exhibit aggressive, docile, quirky or humorous behavior. Artists may also call attention to social issues, if appropriate, as they present the beauty and fragility of Nature.

Artists and photographers are encouraged to submit their most powerful representational or non-representational art in any style — realistic, abstract, surreal, cubist, expressionist, or a synthesis of styles.

Only 2D Artwork will be included in the exhibit. No reproductions or derivatives of original artwork (or copyrighted images) will be accepted. The artist should be the sole owner of all rights. All artwork must be professionally finished and be ready for secure installation. Pieces should not be larger than 45″ (framed) on the longest side and no more than 40 lbs in weight.

Entry fee is $35.00 for 3 images. You may include additional files for $5.00 each up to a total of 9 maximum.

These “Art of Distinction” Awards will be granted at most exhibitions.

  • First Prize: $400
  • Second Prize: $200
  • Annual Grand Prize — One New York City Exhibition Opportunity
    One artist or photographer will be selected from all the individuals who were accepted and displayed in an MVA Gallery exhibit during the past calendar year. This artist will be offered an exhibition opportunity in New York City and will be notified in December.

Visit us for complete details and easy online application.

Artists can determine whether they wish to sell their artwork. For sales, the artist must list a specific price and not indicate “Upon Request.”

Commission Fees:
70% of the final sale price to the Artist.
30% of the final sale price to the Gallery.
Artwork must remain in the Gallery for the full duration of the exhibition or event.


  • Entry Deadline: January 19, 2022.
  • Notification To Artists: No later than January 22, 2022. Notification by email. Artists will receive separate email messages for “Invited” and “Not Invited” artwork entries.
  • Shipping Deadline: All accepted artwork must arrive at the Gallery no later than February 8, 2022. No hand – delivered work will be processed for this exhibit.
  • Exhibition Dates : February 11 through March 5, 2022.
  • Artwork Returned: The Gallery will start to return unsold art to the participating artists
  • March 10 – 15, 2022. We will use the prepaid return shipping label that is provided by artists and enclosed with the art.

The MVA Gallery (Modern Visual Arts) is located in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bethlehem, along with its neighboring cities Allentown and Easton, comprise the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania (after Philadelphia and Pittsburgh). Bethlehem has a vibrant arts and cultural life — numerous active art galleries and nationally acclaimed festivals that attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. Located one hour from New York City, Bethlehem has become an art destination for informed collectors and prominent art professionals.

MVA Gallery
35 E. Elizabeth Avenue
Suite 35
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Opportunity Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opportunity Types: Compete. Opportunity Tags: Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb, Open to U.S. Artists Only, and Special Opportunities. Benefits: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition - Group, and Sales.

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