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 Worcester-area colleges or universities. 

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 College Show. You may submit your artwork at any time, but the deadline is midnight on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Artwork drop-off will take place Tuesday, January 21 - Thursday, January 23, 12-5 PM, and Friday, January 24 - Saturday, January 25, 10 AM - 7 PM. 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. Each artwork must have a unique name, and you will need to complete a separate form for each piece. Our guidelines:

  1. You must be enrolled in a Worcester-area college or university holding an institutional membership in ArtsWorcester (Anna Maria, Assumption, Becker, Clark, Holy Cross, MCPHS, QCC, WSU, WPI). If you are enrolled in any other college or university, including those outside of Worcester, and have a Student Membership, you are also eligible to submit. 
  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. 
  4. Photographs and other works on paper should be framed or matted. Cheap sources of frames: ready-made frames from C.C. Lowell, A.C. Moore, 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.
  5. 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.
  6.  Two-dimensional works are limited to 60 inches in any direction, including frame.
  7.  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.
  8.  Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of the work, and insurance to and from ArtsWorcester. Professors are occasionally willing to help with delivery.
  9.  Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries. Sales happen every year, so be sure to cover your own expenses (at the very least) when you determine a price for your work.

 Please let us know of any questions you may have: 508-755-5142 or
Thank you for your submission, and good luck!

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, we are able to distribute grants to local artists between $500 and $1,500. We generally exhibit the new work in the following exhibition season (awards made in early spring of 2020 will go towards the works shown in the 2021-2022 exhibition season).

When is the deadline? Midnight on Monday, January 6, 2020. Submissions received 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, including performance 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 held ArtsWorcester membership for at least a calendar year immediately 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.

How do I submit? All submissions must be made online through this Submittable form. Email and hard copy proposals will not be considered. 

When will I find out if I have received a grant? By the end of January, 2020. 

And then I just make the art? Yes--and awardees receiving grants made in 2020 should expect to have works completed with their funds exhibited in the fall of 2021. 

Download our guidelines and application checklist.

You will receive a confirmation email once your submission has been made. If you do not see this email, please contact the gallery to confirm receipt of your submission: or (508) 755-5142

Take a turn at being a featured member of ArtsWorcester! Answer a few interview questions and provide an image of yourself and an artwork, and we'll feature you on our website and social media feeds at some point during the upcoming year.  This opportunity is open to all artist members. This has proven a popular member benefit; you should be prepared for a delay of some months before yours appears.

We will edit for clarity and length if need be. If your written material is not ready for the public yet, we'll ask you to take another try at it and make some suggestions as to how it can best showcase your work.

Thanks for your participation and membership!

Ends on January 9, 2020


Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members' Exhibition

ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester

Submission Deadline: January 9, 2020

Notification: By February 7, 2020

Work Drop-Off: June 9-11, 12-5pm; June 12-13, 10am-7pm

Exhibition Dates: June 19 - August 1, 2020

*Please note, our call for a June exhibition is placed now to enable artists to plan ahead for the many overlapping summer sculpture opportunities. Please do not submit work if you cannot guarantee its availability for our exhibition dates.


Sculpture may be perceived as having significant weight, but often the finished work contradicts the medium. A buoyant image can be formed from the heaviest material, while a deeper narrative might be constructed of light paper. ArtsWorcester invites submissions of sculpture that interact with ideas of weight and/or weightlessness, both conceptually and materially. Sculpture in any media is eligible for consideration.

Lisa Crossman, PhD, Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum, will serve as juror. Five hundred dollars in prizes will also be awarded, and winners will be announced at the opening.

Selected works will be exhibited in our state-of-the-art galleries from June through August, 2020. The space offers complete physical accessibility, nearly 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, professional installation, museum-quality lighting and labeling, ceiling anchors, and plywood blocking in all walls. A stationary loading dock is available for load-in.

All members of ArtsWorcester are eligible to submit work. Submission is free and each artist may enter two pieces for consideration. 

Work must be submitted online by Thursday, January 9, 2020.


  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required to submit. 
  • Each artist may submit two works of art for consideration and work must be registered online using this Submittable form. Email and hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.
  • All work must be original, created within the last ten years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.
  • One image is required for each submission. Artists may also choose to include up to two additional detail images or alternate views for each submission.
  • All works must be able to fit through a doorway 58" wide by 84" tall.
  • All works must be able to handle a rigid loading dock (3 feet tall). Artists with exceptionally large or heavy pieces must provide a crew to load the work into the gallery.
  • No single element of any artwork hanging from the walls or ceiling may exceed 50 pounds. All hanging systems must be tested prior to submission to ensure safe and successful installation.
  • All work must be exhibition ready at time of delivery.
  • ArtsWorcester provides pedestals, but artists may bring their own if they wish. All pedestals will be painted white to match the gallery.
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

Please contact the gallery with any questions at or (508) 755-5142.


After submission you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder before contacting the gallery to ensure receipt of your submission.

To submit an additional artwork, please return to the original submission link.  

Ends in 9 hours, 16 minutes

The Seventh Annual One: A Members' Exhibition

ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 11, 2019

Work Drop-Off: November 19-21, 12-5pm; November 22-23, 10am-7pm

Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2019 - January 11, 2020

After a one-year hiatus, ArtsWorcester’s largest exhibition returns this winter! We invite all members to participate in our seventh iteration of the One. Bring us the single piece you want to exhibit most, regardless of medium or theme. Size and weight guidelines apply and are listed below.

Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, five hundred dollars in prizes will be awarded to artists exhibiting in The Seventh Annual One. Prize winners will be selected by Erin Corralez-Diaz, Assistant Curator of American Art at the Worcester Art Museum, and will be announced at the opening reception. 

Please register your artwork online by Monday, November 11, 2019.


*Please read all submission requirements thoroughly. Due to the number of works we receive for this show each year, any work that does not meet these requirements will not be accepted. 

  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required to participate. 
  • Each artist may register one work of art.
  • All work must be original, created within the last ten years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.
  • Two-dimensional artworks must not exceed 36” in any direction, including frame.
  • Three-dimensional artworks are limited to 90” in height, and no single element can exceed 50 pounds. 
  • Artworks suspended from the ceiling are limited to 50 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 required hardware must be provided.
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

Please contact the gallery with any questions at or (508) 755-5142.

After submission you will be directed to a confirmation page and receive a confirmation email from ArtsWorcester. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder first before contacting the gallery to ensure receipt of your submission.