Fine Arts Competition

This art competition is intended to encourage artists to participate in the Festival with their entries featuring sheep- or wool-related subjects. The competition is open to ALL artists. Size limitation is a maximum of 48 inches in any direction, including frame. All entries must be suitably framed and equipped for hanging with D-rings and picture wire. Absolutely no sawtooth hangers.

Artists are eligible to enter two pieces of work in every class. The same exhibitor can only win the Best of Show prize for three consecutive years.

Adult Division


  • 1.  Oil
  • 2.  Watercolor
  • 3.  Pastel
  • 4.  Acrylic
  • 5.  Graphics (charcoal, pencil, pen & ink, block printing, etc.)
  • 6.  Miscellaneous (tapestry, sculpture, etc.)


  • 1st    $20
  • 2nd   $15
  • 3rd    $10
  • 4th    $  5
  • Best of Show:  $100
  • Reserve:  $50
  • Best Maryland Resident Entry:  $50

Junior Division (age 16 years and under)


  • 7.  Oil
  • 8.  Watercolor
  • 9.  Pastel
  • 10.  Acrylic
  • 11.  Graphics (charcoal, pencil, pen & ink, block printing, etc.)
  • 12.  Miscellaneous (tapestry, sculpture, etc.)


  • 1st    $12
  • 2nd   $10
  • 3rd    $  7
  • 4th    $  4
  • Best of Show:  $35
  • Reserve:  $20
  • Best Maryland Resident Jr. Entry:  $20

How to Enter

Entries are to be delivered Friday, May 5, between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. If you need to mail in your entry, contact the Fine Arts Chairman. Judging will be at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. All work must remain throughout the Festival and will not be released before 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, and must be claimed by 5:30 p.m. that evening. Any pieces not picked up become the property of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The Festival Committee assumes no responsibility for damage or loss of entries, but will make every effort to display and care for all the art pieces entered.

There is no entry fee.

For information contact: Mary Jeanne Coles, Fine Arts Chairman,
4400 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, MD  21791, 410-775-7431 or
or Mrs. Pauline Hood, Co-Chairman, 410-489-4605

2017 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to Britt Silkey of Frostburg, MD for her winning entry in the 2017 Cover Art Competition.

Schedule of Events

Search schedule by:

Event Type


Latest From Facebook

Skein & Garment Competition results have been posted on our website...more results to follow.
... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Thank you!

Another Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival has come and gone, and we could not have done without all of you – Festival goers, volunteers, Festival Committee members, shepherds, and participants in so many activities, competitions and demonstrations! It is amazing to see this come together with all categories of participants contributing to its success. We tried some new things this year, and had a little bad weather to deal with, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding, support, and good cheer. Thanks to everyone for participating in our 44th celebration of all things sheep & wool! We are already thinking about how to do even better next year!

In Peace,

Gwen Handler, Chairman, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Lee Langstaff, President, Maryland Sheep Breeders Association
... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook