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. 

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.

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CALL FOR SCULPTURE

Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members' Exhibition

ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester


Submission Deadline: February 3, 2020

Notification: By February 17, 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 Monday, February 3, 2020.
 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 info@artsworcester.org 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.  

CALL FOR ART
In Transition: A Members' Exhibition
in collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum

 ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street

Submission Deadline: March 5, 2020
Work Drop-Off: March 10-12, 12-5pm; March 13-14, 10am-7pm
Opening Reception: Friday, March 20, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 20 - April 18, 2020


In Transition is the eighth “Call and Response” collaboration between ArtsWorcester and the Fitchburg Art Museum, an important center for contemporary New England art. This exhibition will be the first “Call and Response” to take place at ArtsWorcester’s new location at 44 Portland Street. To mark this exciting change and inspired by a selection of artworks from FAM’s permanent collection, we invite artists to consider ways in which art can explore the concept of transition.

Artworks might engage transition via the perspective of a person, place, or thing experiencing a significant period of change and transformation. Artworks could examine stages of physical and mental transformation, regarding changes in age, gender, or status. They could also explore architectural, geographic, cultural, or other changes which cause a state of transition. 

Formally, transitions in artworks can be depicted in shifts in tonality, scale, depth, and form (i.e., from light to dark, small to large, foreground to background, or shifts in color and shape). These formal considerations of transition may illustrate a process of evolution, and incorporate artworks in which we see the medium itself changing from one thing or state to another (for example, ceramics in which the marks of firing are visible).

The Fitchburg Art Museum’s curatorial staff will select ten works from In Transition to be exhibited at FAM with the selected works from the Museum’s collection.

All artist members are eligible to register one artwork for this exhibition.

We thank our friends and partners at the Fitchburg Art Museum for sharing their collection so generously with our artists.


Submission Guidelines

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

  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required to submit. 
  • Each artist may submit one work of art for consideration.
  • All work must be original, created within the last ten years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.
  • Two-dimensional artworks must not exceed 48” 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 info@artsworcester.org 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.

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