Applications now accepted – TFAS100+3: Juried Members’ Exhibit

Application is now closed – watch for more info about this upcoming exhibit.

The return of Toledo Federation of Art Societies’ juried exhibition!

Application deadline: 5 p.m., July 3, 2020

Over $3,000 in awards, including a Purchase Award of up to $1,500 and the Founders Best of Show award – generously sponsored by the inaugural members of TFAS: Toledo Museum of Art, Athena Art Society and The Tile Club of Toledo!TFAS100+3 website bannerTFAS100+3: Juried Members’ Exhibit – Proudly presented by 20 North Gallery

After a six year hiatus, the Toledo Federation of Art Societies (TFAS) will once again offer a juried exhibition for artists in the greater-Toledo region, this time proudly hosted by TFAS member organization 20 North Gallery. The all-media competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older in the Toledo / Northwest Ohio / Southeast Michigan regions, with independent membership and a TFAS artist directory listing on the website included in the entry fee. Exhibited artwork will be selected by a distinguished guest juror, Brian Byrn, Director & Curator of Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana. The show will run October 9 – December 26, 2020.

For key dates and entry information, click to download the TFAS100+3: Juried Members’ Exhibit Prospectus.

Applications must be submitted digitally through the TFAS website.
Click here to be directed to the TFAS100+3 Application page. A $40 application fee is required for entry. The application deadline is 5 p.m., July 3, 2020.

100% of submission fee income goes to TFAS for the purpose of furthering their community programming.
"Slaughter of the Innocents" by KA Letts, 2014 TFAS Purchase Award winner
“Slaughter of the Innocents” by KA Letts, 2014 TFAS Purchase Award winner

Juried honors include over $3,000 in awards, with a Purchase Award of up to $1,500. The Purchase Award will enable the acquisition of an outstanding artwork for the prestigious Toledo Federation of Art Societies’ permanent public collection, acquired from 1948 to the present. The most recent previous acquisition to the TFAS permanent collection was a gesso on paper work by Ann Arbor artist KA Letts, Slaughter of the Innocents, as the TFAS Purchase Award of the 2014 Toledo Area Artist Exhibit.

The TFAS100+3 exhibit title references the founding year of TFAS—1917—and the organization’s 103-year commitment to providing professional exhibition opportunities to artists in the Toledo region.

In keeping with Toledo Federation of Art Societies’ mission of supporting professional development for artists, they have created a ProResources page on the TFAS website, with tutorials and links to assist in selecting artwork for submission, creating professional artist biographies and artist statements, photographing artwork for exhibition submission, referrals for area artwork photographers and more.

The TFAS100+3: Juried Members’ Exhibit will be on display at 20 North Gallery from October 9 – December 26, 2020. An opening reception and award ceremony is planned for Friday, October 9, 2020. In the event that Ohio’s “Safer at Home” order is still in place on October 9, the award ceremony will be presented online in a livestream format and the exhibit will be available for virtual viewing through the 20 North Gallery website.

A printed exhibition catalogue will be produced for TFAS100+3, including images of all the accepted artwork and a listing of all award winners, artists and exhibition information. The catalogue will be available for sale during the exhibition.

“We’re thrilled at the prospect of our upcoming TFAS100+3 Juried Members’ Exhibit. It’s bringing us back to our very beginning, over 100 years ago, when TFAS was formed by the Toledo Museum of Art, Athena Art Society and The Tile Club of Toledo, to promote professional art exhibition for Toledo area artists. For many years, our founding institutions orchestrated Toledo’s most prestigious juried exhibit; this year, we are delighted to recognize a more recent member organization for their dedication to promoting artists’ opportunities in our community—20 North Gallery is partnering with us in this next step for our legacy organization.”        TFAS President Doug Adams-Arman 

About the Juror

Curator Brian Byrn with Roger Brown's "Trees of Heaven" at MMAA
Curator Brian Byrn with Roger Brown’s “Trees of Heaven” at MMAA

Brian Byrn – Director & Curator of Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana

Brian Byrn has served as Curator of Exhibitions & Education for the Midwest Museum of American Art (MMAA) foundation since 1981. During this time Byrn has mounted over 350 exhibitions of regional and national significance while assisting in the acquisition of a permanent collection which has grown to over 6,400 works. In 2017, Byrn was appointed Director of MMAA.

As a curator, Byrn has served as judge/juror for over 50 fine art competitions and art fairs over the past 30 years, including serving as Judge for Indiana’s oldest art competition, the 113th Annual Exhibition, at the Richmond Art Museum. As an artist, Brian Byrn has exhibited his drawings and mixed media installations throughout the Midwest from 1981 to 1997, garnering 15 Best of Show awards in juried competitions. His artwork has been the subject of six solo exhibitions in three states and is found in several public collections including: South Bend Museum of Art (Indiana); Carnegie Center for Art & History (formerly Floyd County Museum in New Albany, Indiana); the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Indiana) and the Midwest Museum of American Art. Additionally, he has served as an instructor and lecturer for numerous academic and museum institutions—a role he continues today through the MMAA’s public educational programming.

For complete professional biography, click to visit Midwest Museum Director to Judge TFAS100+3 Exhibit.


20 North Gallery is honored to serve as the presenting sponsor of TFAS100+3.
Additional support is provided by these generous community groups and corporations:

Athena Art Society
The Arts Commission (Greater Toledo)
Bowling Green State University

Lake Erie Leadership Development
Lourdes University
The Tile Club of Toledo
Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo School for the Arts
The University of Toledo

TFAS 100+3: Juried Members’ Exhibit is a new project of the Toledo Federation of Art Societies (TFAS). TFAS was established in 1917 with the mission to unite area arts organizations, promote area artists, and maintain a permanent collection of Toledo area artists’ work. TFAS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of the Ohio Revised Code.

20 North Gallery’s regular exhibition hours are Wednesday—Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. Currently, the gallery is open by call-ahead appointment during those times.

For more information, please contact 20 North Gallery:
419-241-2400  or