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. 

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, ArtsWorcester is able to distribute grants to local artists between $500 and $1,500. Artists who receive the Material Needs Grant in 2022 will exhibit their work in a group show in 2023.

All eligible proposals are reviewed by a committee of three individuals with experience in the arts. This year’s Material Needs Grants will be awarded by: Jennessa Burks, artist, educator, and activist; Eric Nichols, Assistant Professor, Worcester State University; and Toby Sisson, Associate Professor and Program Director of Studio Art, Clark University.


When is the deadline? Midnight on Thursday, January 6, 2022. 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 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, including but not limited to painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, sculpture, new media, and performance art.

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. Any questions about what may or may not be covered by the grant can be sent to alice@artsworcester.org.

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 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 mid-February, 2022.

And then I just make the art? Yes--and awardees receiving grants made in 2022 should expect to have works completed with their funds exhibited in the fall of 2023.

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: alice@artsworcester.org or (508) 755-5142

Take a turn at being a Featured Artist at ArtsWorcester! Answer a few questions, provide a headshot and an image of your artwork, and we’ll feature you on our website and social media feeds. This opportunity is open to all artist members and has proven a popular benefit; please be prepared for a delay before yours appears. 

We will edit for clarity and length as necessary. If your written material is not ready for the public quite yet, we’ll ask you to take another try at it.

Thanks for your participation and membership!

You have been nominated by faculty at your college or university to be one of ArtsWorcester's Featured College Artists! Answer a few questions, provide a photograph of yourself and an image of your artwork, and we'll feature you alongside the rest of our Featured Artist Members on our website and social media feeds. Your feature may not be posted immediately, but will be scheduled to go live over the course of the year.

We will edit for clarity and length as necessary. If your written material is not ready for the public quite yet, we'll ask you to take another try at it.

Thanks for your participation and membership!

CALL FOR ART

Dodge and Burn

Submission Deadline: December 2, 2021

Notifications: by December 16, 2021

Drop off period: January 6 - January 9, 2021

Exhibition run: January 20 - February 27, 2022

Juried by: Beth Kantrowitz, independent curator and art consultant, Co-Director of Drive-By Projects


"Dodging" and "burning" are the ways photographers in the darkroom either lighten or darken different areas of an image. This technique has since been modernized in digital editing software like Photoshop. The resulting effect is a heightened visual contrast.

For this juried exhibition, we’re looking for contrast within a single wall-hanging artwork. Contrast may be visual or thematic. Think light and dark, big and small, textured and smooth, etc.

This is a call for wall-hanging artwork. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, photography, digital, fine craft, and video. Artwork must not exceed 48” x 48”, including frame, and may not extend more than 12” from the wall.

This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the juror will consider all eligible submissions and select certain artworks to be shown at ArtsWorcester. All Artist Members may submit up to two pieces for consideration. The contrast must be evident within a single work, not between your two submissions.

Please contact alice@artsworcester.org with any questions about the call or submission requirements.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Please read this list thoroughly before submitting your work. Any works that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

  • All submissions must be registered through this Submittable form.
  • Current ArtsWorcester membership is required to submit. If membership fees are a financial obstacle for you, please write alice@artsworcester.org or ask in the galleries about the Pay It Forward Fund.
  • Each artist may submit up to two works of art for consideration. Each artwork must be submitted separately.
  • All work must be original, created within the last five years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester. For example, a monoprint or screen print is permitted, but a giclee print of a painting is not.
  • Artworks must not exceed 48” x 48”, including frame, and may not extend more than 12” from the wall.
  • Works must be exhibition-ready with framing and wire as appropriate. Alternative hanging methods must be tested prior to submission to ensure successful installation, and additional required hardware must be provided.
  • Video artists must provide their own screening device that fits the size requirements.
  • All artwork submissions must include one high-quality image to be included on the exhibition website.
  • Accepted artworks must be brought to ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester, MA during the designated drop off period. ArtsWorcester cannot accept artworks by mail.
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries.

CALL FOR ART
The Eighteenth Annual College Show
A juried, online exhibition at ArtsWorcester


Submission Deadline: January 3, 2022

Online Exhibition Dates: February 1 – March 27, 2022

Student artists, coming to a screen near you! The Eighteenth Annual College Show is a juried, online exhibition open to undergraduate college students in any major. This year, prize winners will be exhibited in-person at ArtsWorcester after the online exhibition goes live. The deadline to submit is Monday, January 3, 2022 at midnight. Notifications will be made by January 19, 2022.

The College Show has no theme. Bring us your favorite piece from your art class or your personal artistic practice, or show off your latest artistic experiment. You do not need to be an art student or be enrolled in an art class to submit.


Students may submit a maximum of three pieces for consideration, and must complete a separate form for each piece. Please return to the original link to make additional submissions.

This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the juror will consider all eligible submissions and select certain artworks to be shown online. This year's juror is Jessica Roscio, Director and Curator, Danforth Art Museum. Jessica Roscio joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011, was appointed Curator in 2015, and became the Director in 2020.  Selected exhibitions include The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, Dressed, Family Circle, Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary.  Prior to the Danforth, Roscio held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, and has been a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England.  Roscio has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.


Cash prizes will be awarded and announced online on Saturday, February 5. Prize winners will be exhibited in-person at ArtsWorcester from February 17 to March 27, 2022.*


*Prize winners will be contacted following the prize announcement to determine their artworks’ eligibility for exhibition. Exhibited prize-winning artworks must be framed as appropriate, and artists must drop off their work at ArtsWorcester.

Email alice@artsworcester.org with all questions related to submitting to the college show. 


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Students must be working towards an undergraduate degree in any department in a college or university.
  • All artwork must be original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.
  • Artworks may be any size or media, and depict any theme.
  • All submissions must include a quality image or video file. If your artwork is accepted by the juror, this is the file that will be shown in the online exhibition.
  • Submissions of three-dimensional artworks may include one alternate view image.
  • An artist statement is suggested but not required. Statements submitted with accepted works will be published with the online exhibition.
  • Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries. Any work sold must be delivered to ArtsWorcester in person.


Please use the following guidelines to prepare your image or video files:

  • Image files must be .jpeg, .jpg, or .png format
  • Video files must be .mp4 format
  • Files should not exceed 3 MB
  • Images should be at least 600 pixels, and not more than 1,200 pixels, in either direction
  • Image resolution should be between 72 and 150 dpi
  • Two-dimensional artworks should be photographed straight on, and images cropped as close to the edge of the artwork or frame as possible.
  • Two-dimensional artworks in frames should be photographed without glass to avoid reflections.
  • Three-dimensional artworks should be photographed against a clean, neutral background that does not interfere with the work.
  • Files should be labeled with your last name, first name, and artwork title (Last, First_Title).


ArtsWorcester reserves the right to refuse any submissions that do not meet these criteria.


After submission, you will receive a confirmation email from Submittable. If you do not receive this email, contact alice@artsworcester.org to confirm receipt of your submission. Good luck!

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