ArtsWorcester engages artists and the public to advance and celebrate contemporary art. Through exhibitions and workshops, we advance the careers of contemporary artists in all traditions and mediums, and cultivate excellence through competitive opportunities and prizes. Our exhibiting artists include those just beginning their practice, those with established reputations, and those in between. Public openings, artist talks, events, outreach, and education grow the audiences for art in our region. All are welcome.

ArtsWorcester membership is required to submit work and exhibit through our galleries. Membership is open to all, and is free to students enrolled in Worcester-area colleges or universities. 

Take a turn at being a featured member of ArtsWorcester! Answer a few interview questions and provide an image of yourself and an artwork, and we'll feature you on our website and social media feeds at some point during the upcoming year.  This opportunity is open to all artist members. This has proven a popular member benefit; you should be prepared for a delay of some months before yours appears.

We will edit for clarity and length if need be. If your written material is not ready for the public yet, we'll ask you to take another try at it and make some suggestions as to how it can best showcase your work.

Thanks for your participation and membership!


The Eighteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Notification: By Monday, March 25, 2019

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited the region’s best visual art, with an extraordinary range of works by leading and emerging artists. In May of 2019, the Eighteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial will be installed in ArtsWorcester’s new galleries in the Printers Building. Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, will serve as the juror. 

The winner of the Sally Bishop Biennial Prize will receive a $1,000 cash award and a solo exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum during their 2019-20 season. This arrangement, now in its second iteration, provides the winning artist with an important museum credential while placing their work in conversation with world-renowned artists in WAM’s collection. The 2017 Sally Bishop Prize resulted in Exploring the Myths of James Dye, an enormously successful showing of Dye’s intricate pen and ink drawings.

Beyond the Sally Bishop Prize, an additional $2,000 in cash awards will be given at the discretion of the juror. Additionally, the first one hundred and fifty artists submitting work to the Biennial will receive a complimentary, one-year individual membership to the Worcester Art Museum, courtesy of their Members Council.

Submission Guidelines:

  • ArtsWorcester membership is required for submission. Membership fees are non-refundable.
  • Each artist may submit three works for consideration, and all entries must be made online.
  • A $15 fee applies to each work submitted. You may pay through our website, or by mailing a check to ArtsWorcester by the submission deadline.
  • Artwork must be original, completed within the last ten years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.
  • Two-dimensional artworks must not exceed 48" in any direction, including frame.
  • Three-dimensional artworks are limited to 90" in height, and no single element can exceed 40 pounds.
  • Artworks suspended from the ceiling are limited to 25 pounds. 
  • Video artists are responsible for providing their own viewing and screening equipment for the duration of the exhibition run. 
  • Works must be exhibition ready with framing and wire as appropriate. Alternative hanging methods (suspended from the ceiling, installed with magnets, etc.) must be tested prior to submission to ensure successful installation, and required hardware must be provided.
  • If accepted, work must be delivered in person or by proxy. ArtsWorcester cannot accept or return work by shipment. 
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

The solo exhibition of the artist winning the Sally Bishop Biennial Prize will take place in a museum gallery to be selected by WAM. Works that are not already owned by others will be credited to ArtsWorcester (in addition to any other gallery representation held by the artist) to facilitate sales. Should the works require frames, matting and framing will be the responsibility of the artist. To meet professional standards for security and display, WAM requires that frames are in good condition and of sufficiently high quality that they can be safely attached to the wall using cleats or mirror plates as needed. The artist will transport their work to and from WAM.