call for art
A Members' Exhibition in collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum
Submission Deadline: February 23, 2022 at midnight
Drop off period: March 3 - March 6, 2022
Exhibition run: March 17 - April 24, 2022
Reception: March 18, 2022, 6-9 PM
Ten Years of Call and Response
For the last decade, ArtsWorcester and the Fitchburg Art Museum have partnered on the annual “Call and Response” exhibition, an idea drawn from democratic and musical traditions in African and African Diaspora cultures. FAM begins with the call: a loan of ten artworks from their permanent collection, all on a single theme). ArtsWorcester artist members then respond to the loaned artworks by creating work for a members’ exhibition. From that members’ exhibition, FAM curators select ten pieces to take back to Fitchburg, where they are hung alongside the original loan in the museum. To date, 77 individual artists have received this honor.
The first Call and Response loan featured ten pieces from FAM’s extensive African Collection, all traditional crafts and ritual objects. A decade later, their collection has grown to include contemporary African artists as well.
The 2022 loan features a range of subject matter and media, reflecting the capacity of different materials within African art. Your task is to respond to these artworks. Explore them through your own medium, or try something new. Consider the materiality of your own work as you create. Why do you choose to portray an image in paint, not in a photograph? Or vice versa?
Submitted artworks must correlate in some way to 1-3 artworks from the FAM loan. You will be asked to identify the work(s) that inspired your piece when submitting. All media are welcome, including but not limited to fine craft, painting, photography, sculpture, digital, and video.
10% of ArtsWorcester’s art sale commissions will support African Community Education (ACE), which provides educational, leadership, and cultural programming for African refugee and immigrant youth. Crocodile River Music provides music at the opening reception for Material Matters.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with all questions related to submitting to the exhibition.
Art on the Line returns!
February 12, 2022
You’ve been asking and asking, so we’re delivering! This February, we’re bringing back Art on the Line, a beloved ArtsWorcester fundraiser.
How it works:
Artists donate small-scale, two dimensional artworks. We hang them from the ceiling with old fashioned binder clips and string. On February 12, attendees will line up at a ticketed event for their chance to grab artworks, all priced at $20. It’s fast-paced, fun, and a great way to add to your collection while also supporting ArtsWorcester.
How to participate:
Membership to ArtsWorcester is not required. Any and all artists may contribute.
Artworks must be no larger than 5” x 7”.
Artworks must be flat and light enough to be suspended from a binder clip. We suggest works on paper.
Artists may contribute up to four works.
Clearly label your work on the back with your name, medium, and social media and/or website.
Please do not frame your work(s).
Head to C.C. Lowell for pre-cut 5" x 7" sheets of high-quality paper to get started on your work. Don't forget that ArtsWorcester Artist Members receive 10% off supplies!
How to deliver your work(s):
All donated works must be delivered to ArtsWorcester by Thursday, February 10 at 5:00 PM. We will gratefully accept works in person or by mail.
Artist Drop Off Party: Friday, February 4, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Come meet with your fellow artists and drop off your work at the same time.
If you can’t make it to the party, you may drop off your works at any point during gallery hours, Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM, or by appointment. Please check our website for holiday hours and closings.
You may mail your work(s) to ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA, 01608. Please include a piece of cardboard or paperboard to keep your envelope from bending. If mailing your work, please include your email address so we can thank you!
Unsold donated works will be available for purchase in-gallery following the February 12 event. Artworks will not be returned to artists.
Online availability of professional development resources for artists has exploded in the last few years. Later this winter, we will be releasing the Artists' Resource Page, a curated guide to the best free advice and training available, with a specific eye to the needs of emerging artists. This resource will be available to all.
For larger, more strategic questions that artists members have as their careers advance, Artists' Roundtable events will provide opportunities to hear from practitioners, experts, and fellow members, and to get answers to individual questions. We look forward to being able to hold these in person soon.
Coming up next:
Social Media Strategies
hear from your fellow practitioners, and bring your questions
Wednesday, January 26, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
an online event
Madge Evers, @_sporeplay, www.sporeplay.com
Callie Mulcahy, @callie_mulcahy
Piya Samant, @art.by.piyali, www.artbypiyali.com
moderated by Alice Dillon, @adillonart, www.adillonart.com
You have your social media feed(s), but what are they really for? Do you want your social media presence to spur sales, connect with other artists, attract new followers, or to spur creativity?
Join us to hear from three skilled practitioners about how they use theirs and what they've learned and ask your questions. Stick around after to meet fellow artist members in a break-out room.
This event is intended for artists who have already established their social media feeds, but are looking to deepen their strategies and increase their effectiveness. It will not address how to create them or technological questions.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link and password.
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Artists' Roundtables are free to current ArtsWorcester members, but may be limited in number of participants. If you have questions about your membership status, please call the gallery at 508-755-5142.
Thank you to the Melvin S. Cutler Charitable Foundation for supporting the Artist Business Skills Workshops.