Map Your World - Annual Challenge Exhibit

Sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center

map with portrait

Regional artists and craftspeople in all media are invited to participate in Map Your Word, a juried creative challenge exhibition sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center. Map Your World will feature creative works in any subject where they have incorporated maps or map pieces into their work or created a personal map that tells a story. Artwork may be done in any media, and either two- or three-dimensional. Cash prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $150 for Best in Show, $75 for Most Creative Cartography, and $75 for Friends Choice.

The Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center sponsor art shows designed to intrigue and inspire artists to explore and create pieces beyond their usual subject matter, style or media. Franklin Park Arts Center hosts the exhibits and artists receptions. Staff also helps with registration, advertising and publicity, and public contact. The Friends volunteer hundreds of hours assisting staff with promotion of the exhibit, hanging the artwork, sponsoring the reception, purchasing supplies, and more. Artists receive 80% of the sale price of each piece sold. All of the 20% commission the Friends receive from the sale price of each piece goes to help fund the purchase of specialized equipment, furnishings and amenities for the Arts Center, as well as underwriting special arts programs for the community.

We appreciate your participation in our exhibits and your support of the Arts Center - thank you!

Submission Requirements:


  • Entrants must be regional residents (VA, WV or MD)
  • Artists for this show must be age 16 and older
  • Content must be in accordance with County policies
  • Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center reserves the right to reject any entry submission for any reason, at its discretion


  • Advance registration preferred, encouraged and welcome - by email to (, by phone (540-338-7973) or in person at Franklin Park Arts Center during office hours (M-F, 9-5) prior to the delivery dates below
  • Alternative - register when you bring your artwork on one of the artwork delivery dates below
  • Images submitted by February 1, 2017 are welcome and will be considered for the front of the exhibition postcard and website
  • Entry fee of $20.00 (payable ONLY by cash or check to FoFPAC) in advance or pay when you bring in your artwork (if paying by check: include your name, address and phone number with your check and put ‘Map Your World’ in the memo field.)

Be prepared:

  • ​Attach a label to the back OR bring a tag to place with your piece, including this information:
    • Your name
    • Phone number
    • Title of the artwork
    • Media
    • Sales price
  • To sign a Submission Agreement form
  • With a current, one-page artist biography ready to present to the public (suggested)


You are invited to submit one piece for display and sale:

  • Your artwork:
    • Must incorporate a map or maps or way-finding elements (for example: directional signs, a pathway, pieces of a commercial map, compass designs, etc.)
    • Be a personal map that tells a story of an event or about your or another person’s life (for example: a story-telling map about your or someone’s life, or a significant life event, a personal map, a pathway or trail, etc.)
  • Any medium is eligible and encouraged
  • A single piece may have multiple components
  • Both two- and three-dimensional works are welcome
  • Originals are preferred for the exhibit; we are happy to add a second label: “Prints available from the artist at $___ [your fee]”


Provide all necessary materials to display your piece:

  • Two-dimensional artwork must be properly and securely framed and/or matted (if appropriate) and ready to hang with securely attached sturdy wire (NO saw tooth hangers)
  • Two-dimensional works not securely wired and ready to hang will not be accepted
  • Three dimensional artwork will be exhibited on backdrops, pedestals or inside an exhibit case
  • If you are planning a non-traditional method of display: call 540-338-7973 or email in advance to ensure the piece can be safely exhibited
  • If your piece will occupy more than 2 x 2 feet of wall or floor space or weigh more than 25 pounds: call 540-338-7973 or email in advance to ensure the piece can be safely exhibited
  • If you are planning a non-traditional method of display: call 540-338-7973 or email in advance to ensure the piece can be safely exhibited

Submissions accepted:

February 14-15 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Delivery prior to February 14: email or call 540-338-7973

Bring your piece to:

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Fees and Sales:

  • Entry fee and is $20.00
  • Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center (FoFPAC) will take a 20% sales commission on any artwork sold
  • All artwork will be for sale
  • All artwork will remain on view throughout the exhibition period
  • Artists are responsible for paying their own sales tax
  • Packing and shipping of any sold artwork is the responsibility of the artist
  • Your entry fee and sales commissions go to support special projects and equipment for the arts center – thank you for your support!

Awards and Judging:

All pieces submitted to the show will be judged prior to the opening. The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Best in Show — $150.00
  • Most Creative Cartography — $75
  • Friends Choice — $75

Winning artwork may be photographed for possible publication in the media

Important Dates:

Now—February 14:
Create! Pre-registrations welcomed
February 1:
Deadline for postcard digital submission
February 14-15, 9am–5pm:
Submissions accepted
February 17:
Exhibit opens
Sunday, February 19, 2-4pm:
Opening Reception for artists, family, friends and the public
March 12:
Exhibit closes
March 20-24, 9am-5pm:
Artists pick up unsold work


Contact Elizabeth Bracey at or 540-338-7973

We look forward to seeing your creative submissions.

Thank you!

— Visual Arts Committee, Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center