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.  
Ends on January 7, 2017
Dear Adam and Tim,

This is the form to use to register your artworks for the Monday Mosh Monsters & Faces All Around exhibitions.

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
Ends on February 17, 2017
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.

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

Thanks, Juliet and Scarlett

Ends on January 31, 2017
Dear Alicia,

This is the form to use to register your artworks for Dresses: Fight or Flight.

You'll need to do a separate upload for each piece, but do not need images for all of them.  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

Ends on February 2, 2017
Dear Catherine,

This is the form to use to register your artworks for the Beyond the Gaze 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
Ends on February 2, 2017
Dear Patricia and James,

This is the form to use to register your artworks for the Order Out of Chaos & Drawn from Beauty 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
Ends on June 17, 2017
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
Ends in 4 days, 14 hours
Mentorship at ArtsWorcester

Mentorship in the arts has long been a path to advancement in an artistic career. Outside of an MFA and some BFA programs, however, this opportunity is not readily available. Believing that this could be a great benefit to its members, ArtsWorcester announces a new mentorship program. The program is designed to support and enrich the artistic practice of five selected ArtsWorcester member artists through formalized and direct connection with a mentor. The program runs for approximately four months, and involves a minimum of 4 one and a half to two hour meetings. These one-on-one meetings will help propel the mentees to the next level in their careers. Artists that have been ArtsWorcester members for at least the past two consecutive years are eligible. 

There is a program fee of $500 to cover the mentor’s stipend and administrative costs.

The mentors for this first session are Lisa Barthelson, Carrie Crane, Roger Hankins, Carlotta Miller, and Tyler Vance. More mentor information available at www.artsworcester.org.

Applications for the mentorship program are available on the ArtsWorcester website. They are due on December 9, 2016. The must be paid by check to ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610, prior to the first meeting with a mentor, should you be selected.

Selection and Matching: 

Applications will be reviewed, selections made, and mentor-mentees matches made by the ArtsWorcester Mentorship selection committee. While artistic media is taken into consideration in the matching of mentor and mentee, the focus of the mentorship is meant to be on general studio practice and identification of goals and directions, rather than media-specific issues.  

Responsibilities: 
The mentee is expected to meet with their mentor four times over the length of the program. Each meeting should be one and a half to two hours. It is the mentee’s responsibility to meet at the convenience of the mentor. These meetings should be conversations that include critique of the mentee’s work, discussion of studio practice, planning of future work, and discussion of issues relevant to both the mentee and mentor as artists.  

Assessment: 
At the completion of the mentorship, the mentee is asked to write a formal summary of the mentorship as well. The mentor is asked to write a brief assessment of the mentee, which could take the form of a letter of recommendation (if appropriate). Guidelines for these reports will be provided. 

Eligibility: 
This program is designed to provide support to ArtsWorcester members for the enrichment of their artistic practice. Artists that have been ArtsWorcester members for at least the past two consecutive years are eligible. Artists must be able to commit to the time required and be able to meet with mentors at the mentor’s convenience.

Please direct questions about the program and process to the Mentorship Committee Chair, Carrie Crane, at artsworcestermentorship@gmail.com.

Ends on January 30, 2017

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 on exhibiting the work produced in the following exhibition season (awardees receiving grants made in the early spring of 2017 should expect to be exhibited in the fall of 2018).  The guidelines for them are below.

When is the deadline? The deadline for 2017 grants is midnight on Monday, January 30, 2017.  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 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 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.

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.