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 a second ad hoc committee.  The due date is Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

New and traditional media, fine craft, and site-specific installations are all welcome. Proposals should be specific in regard to 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 separate proposals for a gallery exhibit and for the Present Tense Prize.

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 collect artwork.
  • 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.
  • 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.

ArtsWorcester staff and committee members will hold an information session about the proposal process on Saturday, February 11, between 12:00 and 1:00 PM. Bring us your questions and ideas, and get some feedback on how to make the most effective proposal possible.

Please contact us with any and all questions, and good luck.


Be bold and submit your artwork to this year’s College Show at ArtsWorcester, your downtown art gallery! All students from Worcester-area colleges, at all levels of expertise, are eligible. Show your favorite project from last year, or the piece you made in the course that you liked most. Submission is free.

Cash prizes will be awarded for First, Second, Third Prizes, and Honorable Mentions. The deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017.

  • You must be enrolled, in any major or degree program, in a Worcester-area college or university. Seniors graduating early and the class of 2017 are eligible if artists are able to deliver and collect accepted works.
  • You may submit up to three works in any artistic media, including fine craft, digital, and video.
  • Submit your art online by clicking here.

Represent your college with your best work!

Photographs from the 13th Annual College Show courtesy of Yoni Asulin Photography.




Tim-Johnson-Preparator-490x450Our annual series of Artist Business Skills Workshops provide artists with the basic skills and knowledge they need to advance their professional careers. Previous topics have included workshops on What to Expect from a Portfolio Review; Writing An Artist Statement with Toby Sisson;Photographing Your Artwork with Stephen DiRado; Presenting Works on Paper with Tim Johnson; Intellectual Property with Greg Kanaan; and Pricing Your Artwork and Accounting For Artists with Anna Koon, founder of The Focusing Series for artists.

Framing 101
Amanda Kidd Schall

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Join us to learn about the basics of framing with Amanda Kidd Schall, Master Certified Picture Framer™. This session will address the choices we make in basic frame design, and the importance of conservation.

This educational session is not a hands-on workshop. Bring your questions for Amanda, but please do not bring in artwork.

Amanda Kidd Schall is a Master Certified Picture Framer™, one of two in Central Massachusetts. Amanda moved to Worcester in 2007 to attend Clark University, where she majored in Studio Art with a minor in Geography. She has worked at Framed In Tatnuck since 2011. Just ask her about the color fidelity of Artglass UV!

You must be a current member of ArtsWorcester to attend this session. The workshop is free, but limited to twenty members. Registration is first come, first served. A wait-list will be held. Register using SignUp Genius.

Thank you to the Melvin S. Cutler Charitable Foundation for supporting the Artist Business Skills Workshops.

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 artists between $500 and $1,500. We generally exhibit the work produced in the following exhibition season (awards made in early spring of 2017 will fund the works shown in the fall of 2018).


To apply for a Material Needs Grant, you must reside in Worcester County and have been a member of ArtsWorcester for one calendar year prior to application, and not have received one in the past three years. Applications are currently under review.

2016 Material Needs Grant Exhibition images courtesy of Tim Johnson.

Above: exhibition image of artwork (archival inkjet prints, 40×50 in.) by Eric Nichols.

Left: exhibition image of Metro,  steel, paint, and blue stone, 4×4 ft. base, by Phillip Marshall. Background artworks include paintings by Clifton Hunt and photographs by Zia Ayub.