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.  
ArtsWorcester invites you to submit proposals for solo and group exhibitions for our 2017-2018 gallery season and corporate art program. We also seek performance art for our galleries. Proposals are evaluated first by a panel of art experts, and then by an ad hoc committee.

New and traditional media, fine craft, and site-specific installations are all welcome. Proposals should be specific regarding presentation and installation plans. Selected artists may work with our professional installer.  

As part of this year’s call for exhibits, we seek submissions specific to the Present Tense Prize, awarded to an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution. The Present Tense Prize winner receives an award of $1,000 and a solo exhibit on one floor of the Aurora Gallery, and will give an artist talk. You may submit work for a gallery exhibit and the Present Tense Prize here concurrently.

A few limitations: no elevator is available for the lower level gallery, and no installation may engage the ceilings.  One forty-inch video monitor is available for artist use.

For the call and the prize:

  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required for all artists. There is no geographic restriction on membership, but artists (or their proxy) must deliver and pick up artwork.
  • Artists earn 60% on sales made through our galleries.
  • All submissions must be made electronically here.
  • The submission due date is midnight on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
  • We will notify you of your status by the end of June, 2017.
A submission requires:
  • 5 images of works (maximum of 2 MB, or 300 dpi at 100% size; video and performance artists should include 5 thirty-second pieces)
  • Group proposals may submit up to ten images total. 
  • Exhibit proposal, not to exceed 250 words, including the concept behind the exhibit, the number of works in it, and the status of its completion.
  • Artist statement, not to exceed 200 words.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
Artists seeking a solo exhibition may also include:
  • 2 images of details of two-dimensional work.
  • An additional three images of three-dimensional works from different angles.
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Dear Leslie,

This is the form to use to register your artworks for Just Desserts.

You'll need to do a separate upload for each piece.  But once you've registered your contact information, etc., all that will be loaded up automatically and you'll only need to enter the information for the artworks. Feel free to include a few low-res images that ArtsWorcester can use to promote the exhibition.


Thanks, Juliet and Scarlett

Ends on March 19, 2017
Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited the region’s best visual art, with an extraordinary range of works by leading and emerging artists. The juror of this year's Biennial is Samantha Cataldo, Contemporary Arts Curator at the Currier Museum of Art.

In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, this year's winner of the Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best In Show will have an installation in the galleries at the Worcester Art Museum in the 2017-18 season, with work selected by one staff member at WAM and the Executive Director of ArtsWorcester in concert with the artist. Additional cash awards, given at the discretion of the juror, are supported by Hoche-Scofield Prize and Scholarship Fund of the Worcester Art Museum.

Additionally, we’re delighted to announce that the Members Council of the Worcester Art Museum is offering complimentary, one-year individual memberships to the Museum for the first 160 artists submitting work to the Biennial.

The submission deadline for the Biennial is March 19, 2017, and all submissions must be made through this portal. You will need to submit each artwork in a separate upload. A $15 fee applies to each work submitted, with a maximum of three works per artist. You may pay online through our website, or by mailing a check to ArtsWorcester by the submission deadline. ArtsWorcester cannot accept or return work by shipment. You will be notified of the status of your work by April 4.

The Seventeenth ArtsWorcester Biennial will be on view May 5 – June 2, 2017.

Submission Guidelines:

1) You must be a member of ArtsWorcester to submit artwork for juried shows or apply for grants. Membership fees are non-refundable.

2) Artwork must be original, completed in the last ten years, and not previously shown at 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.

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.

6) Video artists are responsible for providing their own viewing and screening equipment for the duration of the exhibit run.

7) Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of the work, and insurance to and from ArtsWorcester.

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


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Dear Sue,

This is the form to use to register your artworks for the Beauty and the Edge exhibition.

You'll need to do a separate upload for each piece.  But once you've registered your contact information, etc., all that will be loaded up automatically and you'll only need to enter the information for the artworks. Feel free to include a few low-res images that ArtsWorcester can use to promote the exhibition.

Please e-mail me your artist statement and current CV. No need to upload these documents.

Thanks, Juliet and Scarlett
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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, January25 , 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!