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 to the Bingo Hall on Friday, May 1, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. If you need to mail in your entry, contact the Fine Arts Chairperson. 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 3, 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 Chairperson,
4400 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, MD  21791, 410-775-7431 or
or Mrs. Pauline Hood, Co-Chairperson, 410-489-4605

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Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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