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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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