Make a proposal for solo and group exhibitions for the 2018–2019 gallery season and corporate 
art program. We welcome proposals for new and traditional media, new craft, performance, and site-specific installations. Proposals are evaluated first by a panel of art experts, and then by a separate committee. Proposals should be specific regarding presentation and installation plans.

We also 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 exhibition, and will give an artist talk. You may submit separate proposals for a gallery exhibit and the Present Tense Prize.

The submission deadline for both the Present Tense Prize and solo exhibitions is Wednesday, March 29, 2018

Current ArtsWorcester membership is required. Membership is open to all. There is no geographic restriction, but artists (or their proxy) must deliver and pick up all artwork. No artwork shipments will be accepted. All submissions must be made electronically. Notification of artists will take place by 
June 30, 2018.

After A Fashion: A Members’ Exhibition

ArtsWorcester is calling for artwork that engages with fashions, trends (in art or clothing), and textiles. We are particularly seeking art that

  • troubles the divide between art and craft
  • involves costume or apparel
  • engages with art historical traditions, trends, and fashion
  • plays with or complicates representations of gender and the body
  • or focuses on pattern, structure, and texture.

Each artist may register one artwork for this exhibition. Five hundred dollars in cash prizes will be awarded by couturier James Hogan III. The awards are sponsored by ArtReach.

Please register your artwork prior to Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Drop-off of all artworks will take place Thursday, March 8, Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM, or by appointment.

Image: Jennifer Amenta, Posed For Repetition, 20×40″, various media


Our 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.

Join us for our upcoming workshops:

  • Saturday, February 10, 10am-12pm: Framing 2.0 with Amanda Kidd Schall, printmaker and Master Certified Picture Framer. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
  • Saturday, March 24, 10am-12pm: Marketing for Artists with Jessica Burko, mixed-media artist, arts marketing, and independent curator. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
  • Saturday, April 14, 10am-12pm: Accounting for Artists with Anna Koon, painter and educator for the Jamaica Plain Arts Council. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Check back here for updated registration links.

These workshop are free to current ArtsWorcester members, but 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.



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 2018 will fund the works shown in the fall of 2019-2020 season).

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.

The deadline has passed for the 2018/2019 Material Needs Grant cycle.

2016 Material Needs Grant Exhibition images courtesy of Tim Johnson.