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

Material Needs Grant

ArtsWorcester

Worcester, MA


Timeline

Tuesday, November 29, 2022: Applications open

Tuesday, January 31, 2023: Deadline for proposals, 11:59 PM

Late February, 2023: Notifications

Fall, 2024: Material Needs Grant Exhibition


Click here for an informational packet about the Material Needs Grant.


Grant Details

Material Needs Grants, funded by an anonymous donor, support the expenses of supplies and materials for the creation of new art in Worcester County. With this gift, ArtsWorcester is able to distribute grants to local artists between $500 and $1,500. Artists who receive the Material Needs Grant in 2023 will exhibit their work in a group show at ArtsWorcester in 2024.

All eligible proposals are reviewed by a committee of three individuals with experience in the arts. This year’s Material Needs Grants will be awarded by: Jennessa Burks, artist, educator, and activist; Eric Nichols, Assistant Professor, Worcester State University; and Kristina Wilson, Professor of Art History, Clark University.

Proposals are considered for their novelty, innovation, potential impact (on the viewer, your career, and on other artists in the area), and feasibility (can you do it, and can you do it in one calendar year?).


Eligibility

You must have been an artist member of ArtsWorcester for at least one calendar year prior to applying for a Material Needs Grant, and you must reside in Worcester County. We regret that members residing outside of Worcester County are not eligible.

If you have previously received a Material Needs Grant, you must wait three years from the previous application date before applying again.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, contact alice@artsworcester.org.


Expenses Covered

These grants are restricted to expenses for the supplies, materials, and equipment (purchased or rented) needed to make new art. Proposals for any and all kinds of visual art are welcome, including but not limited to painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, sculpture, video, and digital artwork.

Examples of expenses not covered would be studio rental, framing, publicity and promotional costs, insurance or transportation of artwork.


CALL FOR ART

Strut: A Members’ Exhibition

ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA


Registration Deadline: December 20, 2022

Drop off period: January 3 - 5, 2023 or earlier by appointment

*Options for drop offs before and between the holidays will be communicated closer to the deadline*

Exhibition run: January 12 - February 12, 2023

Reception: January 13, 2023, 6-9 PM

Pick up period: February 23 - 26, 2023


Strut your stuff at ArtsWorcester this January. For this non-juried exhibition, all artist members are invited to submit one artwork that engages with fashion, textiles, and style. Prizes will be awarded by theo tyson, Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Artworks could be wearable or may involve:

  • costume or apparel,
  • cultural or historical traditions in clothing,
  • fashion and trends,
  • gender presentation,
  • pattern, structure, and texture.

To make room for all, wall-hanging artworks must not exceed 36” in any direction including frame. Artworks that stand on the floor or on a pedestal are limited to 90” in height and 36” at the widest point.

This is a non-juried, open members’ exhibition. Each artist member may register one work, and all registrations must be made online. All media are welcome, including but not limited to fine craft, painting, photography, sculpture, digital, and video. Wearable art is encouraged, but not required.

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.
  • All submissions must be made through this Submittable form.
  • All work must be original, created within the last five years, 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.
  • ArtsWorcester has limited screening devices for video artworks. 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 ART

The Nineteenth Annual College Show

A juried, in-person exhibition


Submission Deadline: December 20, 2022

Notifications: by January 11, 2023

Drop off: January 26 - January 29, 2023, or earlier by appointment

Exhibition Dates: February 9 - April 8, 2023

Opening Reception: February 10, 2023, 6-9 PM


After two years of virtual exhibitions, ArtsWorcester’s College Show returns in-person! The Nineteenth Annual College Show is a juried exhibition open to all undergraduate college students studying or residing in Massachusetts, in any major. The deadline to submit is December 20 at midnight. Notifications will be made by January 11, 2023.

The College Show has no theme. Bring us your favorite piece from your art class or your personal artistic practice, or show off your latest experiment. You do not need to be an art student or in an art class to submit.

Students may submit a maximum of three pieces for consideration, and must complete a separate form for each piece. When submitting more than one piece, please return to the original link to make additional submissions.

Submission is free to students of our institutional partners: Anna Maria College, Assumption University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester State University. There is a nonrefundable $5 submission fee per submission for students of any other school.

This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the juror will consider all eligible submissions and select certain artworks to be shown at ArtsWorcester. 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.

Cash prizes will be awarded and announced at the opening reception. This year’s juror is Ellie Krakow, Assistant Professor of Art and Mazmanian Gallery Director, Framingham State University. Learn more about the juror here.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Students must be studying or residing in Massachusetts and must be working towards an undergraduate degree in any department in a college or university.
  • All artwork must be original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.
  • Students may submit up to three artworks.
  • Two-dimensional or wall-hanging artworks must not exceed 48” in any direction, including frame.
  • Three-dimensional artworks that do not hang on the wall are limited to 90” in height and 48” 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.
  • ArtsWorcester has limited screening devices for video artworks. Video artists may be asked to provide their own screening device that fits the size requirements of two-dimensional artworks.
  • All submissions must include a quality image or video file. If your artwork is accepted by the juror, this is the file that will be shown in the online exhibition.
  • Submissions of three-dimensional artworks may include one alternate view image.
  • An artist statement is suggested but not required. Statements submitted with accepted works will be published with the online exhibition.
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

After submission, you will receive a confirmation email from Submittable. If you do not receive this email, contact alice@artsworcester.org to confirm receipt of your submission

CALL FOR ART
The Nineteenth Annual College Show
A juried, in-person exhibition


Submission Deadline: December 20, 2022
Notifications: by January 11, 2023
Drop off: January 26 - January 29, 2023, or earlier by appointment
Exhibition Dates: February 9 - April 8, 2023
Opening Reception: February 10, 2023, 6-9 PM


After two years of virtual exhibitions, ArtsWorcester’s College Show returns in-person! The Nineteenth Annual College Show is a juried exhibition open to all undergraduate college students studying or residing in Massachusetts, in any major. The deadline to submit is December 20 at midnight. Notifications will be made by January 11, 2023.
The College Show has no theme. Bring us your favorite piece from your art class or your personal artistic practice, or show off your latest experiment. You do not need to be an art student or in an art class to submit.


Students may submit a maximum of three pieces for consideration, and must complete a separate form for each piece. When submitting more than one piece, please return to the original link to make additional submissions.


Submission is free to students of our institutional partners: Anna Maria College, Assumption University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, and Worcester State University. There is a nonrefundable $5 submission fee per submission for students of any other school.


This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the juror will consider all eligible submissions and select certain artworks to be shown at ArtsWorcester. 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.


Cash prizes will be awarded and announced at the opening reception. This year’s juror is Ellie Krakow, Assistant Professor of Art and Mazmanian Gallery Director, Framingham State University. Learn more about the juror here.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Students must be studying or residing in Massachusetts and must be working towards an undergraduate degree in any department in a college or university.
  • All artwork must be original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.
  • Students may submit up to three artworks.
  • Two-dimensional or wall-hanging artworks must not exceed 48” in any direction, including frame.
  • Three-dimensional artworks that do not hang on the wall are limited to 90” in height and 48” 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.
  • ArtsWorcester has limited screening devices for video artworks. Video artists may be asked to provide their own screening device that fits the size requirements of two-dimensional artworks.
  • All submissions must include a quality image or video file. If your artwork is accepted by the juror, this is the file that will be shown in the online exhibition.
  • Submissions of three-dimensional artworks may include one alternate view image.
  • An artist statement is suggested but not required. Statements submitted with accepted works will be published with the online exhibition.
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

After submission, you will receive a confirmation email from Submittable. If you do not receive this email, contact alice@artsworcester.org to confirm receipt of your submission

ArtsWorcester