Exhibition Guidelines
  • You must be a member of ArtsWorcester to exhibit through us.  Membership is $55 annually, and is tax-deductible (free of charge to students of Worcester-area colleges or universities). You may join or renew through our website (artsworcester.org), by telephone (508-755-5142), or during our gallery hours.
  • Artwork must be original and ready for exhibition, with hardware, picture-hanging wire, and framing as appropriate.  No saw-toothed hangers or clip frames will be accepted.
  • Work must be completed within the last ten years (for the College Show, not within the last two years).
  • Work must not have been previously shown at ArtsWorcester. 
  • Two-dimensional works are limited to 48 inches in any direction, including the frame.
  • Three-dimensional works may not exceed 90 inches in height.  No single element of a sculpture may exceed 40 pounds in weight.
  • Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick-up of their works, and insurance to and from ArtsWorcester.
  • Sales are encouraged.  A 40% commission will be deducted from all sales.
  • ArtsWorcester insures all works in our exhibits against loss or damage at 60% of its value.  Work will not be accepted without a declared value. ArtsWorcester exercises due care in handling all artwork.
  • For juried exhibits, all decisions of the juror are final.
  • ArtsWorcester reserves the right to take photographs and to use images of exhibited artwork for the purposes of documentation, education, publicity (including internet), and for grant proposals.  
Take a turn at being a featured member of ArtsWorcester! Answer a few interview questions and provide an image of yourself and an artwork by July 15, and we'll feature you on our website and social media feeds at some point during the upcoming year. Whether you'll be Artist of the Week or Artist of the Month depends on numbers of participating members. This opportunity is open to all members and we'll determine the order in which artists are featured in part by who responds first and in part by your media

Ends on January 22, 2018

Material Needs Grants, funded by an anonymous donor, support the expenses of supplies and materials for the creation of new art in Worcester County.  Each year, we distribute $10,000 in sums between $500 and $1,500. We plan to exhibit the work produced in the following exhibition season (awardees receiving grants made in the early spring of 2018 may expect to exhibit their work in the 2019-2020 season). The guidelines for them are below.

When is the deadline? The deadline for 2018 grants is midnight on Monday, January 22, 2018.  Applications made after this date and time will not be considered.

What expenses could be covered by a Material Needs Grant? These grants are restricted to expenses incurred for the supplies, material, and equipment (purchased or rented) needed to make new art. Proposals for any and all kinds of visual art are welcome.

What expenses are not covered? Examples of expenses not covered would be studio rental, framing, publicity and promotional costs, reception expenses, insurance or transport of artwork.

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

Who is eligible? You must have been a member of ArtsWorcester for 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 before applying again.

Ends on December 1, 2017
Thank you for your interest in the 2018 College Show. This exhibition will be juried by Mary Tinti, independent curator. You may submit your artwork at any time, but the deadline is midnight on December 1, 2017.

By submitting, you commit to bringing your artwork to ArtsWorcester between 12:00 and 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 24, Thursday, January 25 , Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27, from 12-4 PM, or by appointment. Please do not submit artwork if you are not able to make this commitment.

Please note that you may submit a maximum of three pieces.  You'll need to do a separate upload for each piece.  Our guidelines:

1) You must be enrolled in a Worcester-area college or university holding an institutional membership in ArtsWorcester.  (All but MCPHS are members; if you attend MCPHS, just call and we can figure something out.)

2) Artwork must be original, completed in the last two years, and not previously shown at or submitted to ArtsWorcester.

3) Artwork must be exhibition-ready, with any required hardware, picture-hanging wire, and framing as appropriate. No saw-toothed hangers or clip frames will be accepted.  Paintings on canvas do not need to be framed, but they need wire installed on the back so that we can hang them.

Photographs and other works on paper should be framed or matted. Cheap sources of frames: ready-made frames from C.C. Lowell, Target, or places like T.J. Maxx.  Even cheaper: buy a framed work or poster from a thrift store, throw out the art inside, and use the frame. Paint it black, if it needs freshening up.

Very large works on paper (greater than 2-3 feet in any direction) are an exception to our framing requirements: we can hang them with alternative methods.

4) Two-dimensional works are limited to 60 inches in any direction, including frame.

5) Any single element of a 3-D work is limited to 40 pounds, and must not exceed 90 inches in height.  A 3-D work may have more than one element in this size.

6) Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of the work, and insurance to and from ArtsWorcester. Professors are often willing to help with this.

7) Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

Please let us know of any questions you may have: 508-755-5142 or info@artsworcester.org.

Thank you for your submission, and good luck!