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 Assumption University, Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, and Worcester State University

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Solo Exhibitions

ArtsWorcester, Worcester MA

Submission deadline: March 30, 2023

Notifications: early June, 2023

Click here for complete information on the call, including venue floor plans, the exhibition committee, and other helpful links.

ArtsWorcester invites proposals for solo shows for our 2023-2024 gallery season and corporate art program. With the exception of member-curated exhibitions, eligible proposals are evaluated by a panel of seven volunteers, all with extensive experience as curators, educators, collectors, and/or artists. All proposals are viewed anonymously.

Solo exhibitions may be placed in our galleries in the Printers Building, our partner space at the Davis Art Gallery, or in our corporate art program. Multiple exhibitions may be produced in the same gallery space (for example, two solo exhibitions simultaneously in the West Gallery).

New and traditional media, fine craft, and site-specific installations are all welcome. Although you may not have seen something done at ArtsWorcester before, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Our space and staff are flexible, and we look forward to artists pushing the boundaries of our four walls. Contact alice@artsworcester with any questions.

As part of this year’s call for solo exhibitions, we seek proposals eligible for the Present Tense Prize, awarded to an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution. In addition to a solo exhibition, the Present Tense Prize winner receives an award of $1,000.

Submission requirements and guidelines

  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required for all artists at the time of submission. There is no geographic restriction on membership, but artists (or their proxy) must deliver and pick up all artwork. If membership fees are a financial obstacle to participation, please write alice@artsworcester.org or ask in the galleries about the Pay It Forward Fund.
  • Artists must have exhibited in at least one members’ or juried exhibition at ArtsWorcester in the past two calendar years prior to submitting an exhibition proposal.
  • All submissions must be made electronically using Submittable. Hard-copy and email submissions will not be accepted.
  • Artists may submit one solo exhibition proposal.
  • Artists may submit different proposals to the different exhibition options available.
  • The committee prioritizes proposals from artists who have not had a solo exhibition at ArtsWorcester in the past three years.
  • Exhibited works must have been completed within the last five years and not previously shown at ArtsWorcester. 
  • Proposals must be original, and must not have been submitted to any prior exhibition calls at ArtsWorcester.
  • Artists receiving solo exhibitions are required to give an artist talk or equivalent public programming online or in-person as public health permits.
  • Artists under final consideration for solo exhibitions may be asked to bring in examples of proposed works for in-person viewing.
  • Artists earn 60% on sales made through our galleries. Artists exhibiting through our corporate art program also receive loan fees for their artwork. Artwork does not have to be for sale.
  • While on view through ArtsWorcester, all artwork is insured for its market value.

What we need from you:

  • An exhibition proposal, not to exceed 175 words, that describes the scope of your proposed exhibition. 
  • Answers, each not to exceed 100 words, to the following questions: How complete is your proposed exhibition? What one to three ideas, concepts, or experiences does this body of work communicate? What inspirations or traditions guided or influenced this body of work? How are the methods or techniques used important to this body of work? Does your proposal require any special installation needs?
  • A CV or artist resume. Click here for examples of CVs for both gallery-based and public artists.
  • 5 .jpg images of works (video and performance artists should include 5 thirty-second .mp4 clips).
  • Artists seeking a solo exhibition may also include detail images or alternate views of three-dimensional work.
$15.00

CALL FOR ART:

Twentieth ArtsWorcester Biennial

Submission Deadline: March 22

First Round of Notifications: by March 30

Drop off for in-person jurying: April 13 - 16

Final Round of Notifications: by April 20

Exhibition Dates: May 4 through July 9

Artwork pickup: July 13 - July 16


The year 2023 marks the twentieth ArtsWorcester Biennial, an exhibition that has included a range of the region’s best visual art since 1985. This year’s Biennial will be juried by Conor Moynihan, Assistant Curator, Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the RISD Museum. Learn more about the juror here.

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 2023-24 season. Previous winners of the Sally Bishop Prize include pen and ink artist James Dye (Exploring the Myths of James Dye) and painters Susan Swinand (Nature Imagined by Susan Swinand) and Kat O’Connor (Fathom: The Art of Kat O’Connor).

Additional prizes include the Evelyn Claywell Absher Award for Abstract Art and the Ruth Susan Westheimer Prize for Fine Craft, both of which come with $1,000 prizes. Another $2,000 in prizes will be given at the discretion of the juror. The first one hundred and fifty artists submitting work to the Biennial, regardless of its acceptance, will receive a complimentary, one-year individual membership to the Worcester Art Museum, courtesy of their Members’ Council.

The ArtsWorcester Biennial has no theme. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, fine craft, digital art, and video. Have a question about the call, or want to share what you’re thinking of submitting? Email alice@artsworcester.org or call the gallery at 508-755-5142.

All entries must be made online, and current ArtsWorcester membership is required to submit. A $15 fee applies to each work submitted, with a maximum of three works per artist. If you would like financial assistance with membership or Biennial fees through our Pay It Forward Fund, please contact alice@artsworcester.org.

There will be two rounds of jurying for the Twentieth ArtsWorcester Biennial: one online and one in-person. Artists will be notified of the status of their artwork(s) in the first round by March 30 and must bring their artwork to ArtsWorcester between April 13 and April 16. Artists will be notified of final decisions by April 20 and any artwork not accepted must be picked up by May 1. ArtsWorcester cannot accept or return work by shipment.


Submission Guidelines:

  • ArtsWorcester membership is required for submission. Membership fees are non-refundable. If you would like financial assistance with membership, please contact alice@artsworcester.org.
  • Each artist may submit up to three works for consideration, and all entries must be made online.
  • A non-refundable $15 fee applies to each work submitted. Payment must be made online at the time of submission. If you would like financial assistance with Biennial fees, please contact alice@artsworcester.org.
  • Artwork must be original, completed within the last five years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester. For example, a monoprint or screen print is permitted, but a giclée print of a painting is not.
  • Two-dimensional artworks or artworks that hang on the wall must not exceed 60" in any direction, including frame.
  • Three-dimensional artworks are limited to 90" in height, and no single element can exceed 50 pounds. Three-dimensional artworks may not exceed 48" at their widest point.
  • Artworks suspended from the ceiling are limited to 50 pounds.
  • ArtsWorcester has limited screening equipment for video works. Video artists may be asked to provide their own screening device.
  • Works must be exhibition-ready with framing and wire as appropriate. Alternative hanging methods (suspension from the ceiling, installation with magnets, etc.) must be tested prior to submission to ensure successful installation.
  • If accepted, work must be delivered in person or by proxy. ArtsWorcester cannot accept or return work by shipment.
  • Artworks not accepted in the second round of in-person jurying must be picked up following the second notification.
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

CALL FOR ART

ArtsWorcester, Worcester MA

Impact: A Members’ Exhibition in Collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum

Registration Deadline: February 8, 2023

Drop off period: February 16 - February 19, 2023

Exhibition run: February 25 - April 8, 2023

Reception: March 3, 2023, 6-9 PM

Pick up period: April 13 - April 16, 2023


For the eleventh annual Call and Response exhibition, ArtsWorcester and the Fitchburg Art Museum invite artist members to bring one artwork that explores any way humanity and nature impact one another.

The natural world has always inspired artists with its beauty, power, and the raw materials it offers for art-making. Today, in the face of our climate crisis, many artists bear witness to and represent environmental changes in their work–even as others draw from the beautiful ways humans have shaped and utilized the earth.

Artist members are asked to consider humanity’s complex relationship with our environment, along with one (or more) of ten artworks on loan from the Fitchburg Art Museum. These ten artworks explore a range of impacts on the natural world in their themes, subject matter, and materials. View the loan here.

The Fitchburg Art Museum’s curatorial staff will select ten works from Impact by ArtsWorcester artist members to be exhibited at FAM with the loaned works.

Submitted artworks must correlate in some way to 1-3 artworks from the FAM loan. You will be asked to identify the work(s) that inspired your piece when submitting. All media are welcome, including but not limited to fine craft, painting, photography, sculpture, digital, and video.

Have a question about the call, or want to share what you’re thinking of submitting? Email alice@artsworcester.org or call the gallery at 508-755-5142.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Please read this list thoroughly before registering your work. Any works that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required to submit. If membership fees are a financial obstacle to participation, please write alice@artsworcester.org or ask in the galleries about the Pay It Forward Fund.
  • Each artist may submit one artwork.
  • Submitted artworks must correlate in some way to 1-3 artworks from the FAM loan.
  • All submissions must be made through this Submittable form.
  • All work must be original, created within the last five years (2017 onward), and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester. For example, a monoprint or screen print is permitted, but a giclee print of a painting is not.
  • Two-dimensional or wall-hanging artworks must not exceed 36” in any direction, including frame.
  • Three-dimensional artworks that do not hang on the wall are limited to 90” in height and 36” at the widest point.
  • Artworks suspended from the ceiling are limited to 25 pounds.
  • 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 additional required hardware must be provided.
  • Video artists may be asked to provide their own screening device that fits the size requirements of two-dimensional artworks.
  • All artwork submissions must include one high-quality image to be included on the exhibition website.
  • Artwork must be brought to ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester, MA during the designated drop off period. ArtsWorcester cannot accept or return artworks by mail.
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Artist Shoeboxes
ArtsWorcester, Worcester MA


Submission deadline: March 30, 2022
Notifications: early June, 2022


Click here for complete information on the call, including venue floor plans, the exhibition committee, and other helpful links.


ArtsWorcester invites proposals for solo shows for our 2023-2024 gallery season and corporate art program. With the exception of member-curated exhibitions, eligible proposals are evaluated by a panel of seven volunteers, all with extensive experience as curators, educators, collectors, and/or artists. All proposals are viewed anonymously.
Help us make use of our moveable walls, or take over our “window gallery!” These walls can be used to section off a gallery into 3-5 smaller “shoebox” spaces each dedicated to one artist’s work. This opportunity is perfect for a site-specific installation or series that may not be large enough to fill an entire gallery space.
Though these shows occupy a small area of a gallery and invite the creation of a unique environment, they are reviewed by the same committee with the same standards as solo exhibitions.
If you plan to apply for a solo exhibition at ArtsWorcester in the future, bear in mind any work shown in a series/small installation show may not be shown here again. Our policy is, as always, never to show the same work twice. Please be mindful of future opportunities!
New and traditional media, fine craft, and site-specific installations are all welcome. Although you may not have seen something done at ArtsWorcester before, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Our space and staff are flexible, and we look forward to artists pushing the boundaries of our four walls. Contact alice@artsworcester with any questions.

Submission requirements and guidelines

  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required for all artists at the time of submission. There is no geographic restriction on membership, but artists (or their proxy) must deliver and pick up all artwork. If membership fees are a financial obstacle to participation, please write alice@artsworcester.org or ask in the galleries about the Pay It Forward Fund.
  • Artists must have exhibited in at least one members’ or juried exhibition at ArtsWorcester in the past two calendar years prior to submitting an exhibition proposal.
  • All submissions must be made electronically using Submittable. Hard-copy and email submissions will not be accepted.
  • Artists may submit one solo exhibition proposal.
  • Artists may submit different proposals to the different exhibition options available.
  • The committee prioritizes proposals from artists who have not had a solo exhibition at ArtsWorcester in the past three years.
  • Exhibited works must have been completed within the last five years and not previously shown at ArtsWorcester. 
  • Proposals must be original, and must not have been submitted to any prior exhibition calls at ArtsWorcester.
  • Artists receiving solo exhibitions are required to give an artist talk or equivalent public programming online or in-person as public health permits.
  • Artists under final consideration for solo exhibitions may be asked to bring in examples of proposed works for in-person viewing.
  • Artists earn 60% on sales made through our galleries. Artists exhibiting through our corporate art program also receive loan fees for their artwork. Artwork does not have to be for sale.
  • While on view through ArtsWorcester, all artwork is insured for its market value.

What we need from you:

  • An exhibition proposal, not to exceed 175 words, that describes the scope of your proposed exhibition. 
  • Answers, each not to exceed 100 words, to the following questions: What one to three ideas, concepts, or experiences does this body of work communicate? What inspirations or traditions guided or influenced this body of work? How are the methods or techniques used important to this body of work? Does your proposal require any special installation needs?
  • A CV or artist resume. Click here for examples of CVs for both gallery-based and public artists.
  • 5 .jpg images of works (video and performance artists should include 5 thirty-second .mp4 clips).
  • Artists seeking a shoebox may also include detail images or alternate views of three-dimensional work.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Member-Curated exhibitions

ArtsWorcester, Worcester MA


Rolling submission deadline

Notifications: beginning early June, 4-6 weeks after submission


Click here for complete information on the call, including venue floor plans. You should look for information specific to the Member-Curated opportunity and the Central Corridor.


ArtsWorcester invites proposals for our 2023-24 gallery season. Member-Curated Exhibitions are an opportunity for artists to use their curatorial skills and gain independent, hands-on experience producing an exhibition. Located in ArtsWorcester’s Central Corridor, these shows include at least 3-4 artist members’ work, chosen by one curator. The curator may include their own artwork in the proposal.

Curators are responsible for communicating with participating artists, collecting, delivering, and retrieving artwork, providing an exhibition statement, and installing the exhibition in the Central Corridor. ArtsWorcester staff will be available for input on layout and to train the curator on the Arakawa hanging system.

Successful proposals should clearly state a curatorial vision for the space and the artists to be included. Curators should have experience working with ArtsWorcester and must demonstrate their capacity to fulfill this leadership role. Proposals are welcome on a rolling basis, and will be evaluated by ArtsWorcester staff and volunteers.

All work must be wall-hanging and may not extend more than 12” from the wall. Artworks are hung on a secured Arakawa hanging system (track and wire) and D-rings. This space cannot accommodate free-standing or pedestal artwork. Further questions about what type of artwork is feasible in this space may be directed to alice@artsworcester.org.


Submission requirements and guidelines

  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required for all artists at the time of submission. There is no geographic restriction on membership, but artists (or their proxy) must deliver and pick up all artwork. If membership fees are a financial obstacle to participation, please write alice@artsworcester.org or ask in the galleries about the Pay It Forward Fund.
  • Artists must have exhibited in at least one members’ or juried exhibition at ArtsWorcester in the last two calendar years prior to submitting an exhibition proposal.
  • All submissions must be made electronically using Submittable. Hard-copy and email submissions will not be accepted.
  • Artists may submit different proposals to the different exhibition options available.
  • The committee prioritizes proposals from artists who have not had a solo exhibition at ArtsWorcester in the past three years.
  • Exhibited works must have been completed within the last five years and not previously shown at ArtsWorcester.
  • Proposals must be original, and must not have been submitted to any prior exhibition calls at ArtsWorcester.
  • Artists under final consideration for Member-Curated exhibitions may be asked to bring in examples of proposed works for in-person viewing.
  • Artists earn 60% on sales made through our galleries. Artists exhibiting through our corporate art program also receive loan fees for their artwork.
  • While on view through ArtsWorcester, all artwork is insured for its market value.

What we need from you:

  • An exhibition proposal, not to exceed 175 words, that describes the scope of your proposed exhibition.
  • A list of the artists you intend to include in the exhibition.
  • Answers, each not to exceed 100 words, to the following questions: How complete is your proposed exhibition? What one to three ideas, concepts, or experiences does this body of work/ exhibition communicate? What inspirations or traditions guided or influenced this body of work/ exhibition? How are the methods or techniques used important to this body of work/ exhibition? 
  • A curriculum vitae or artist resumé. Click here for examples of CVs for both gallery-based and public artists.
  • 5 .jpg images of works from the artists to be included 
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