Submission are closed for our 2017-18 gallery season and corporate art program. Artists will be notified in June.


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.

Join us on September 16, 10 AM for Writing Your First Grant in partnership with the Worcester Arts Council.

A member of the Worcester Arts Council will lead the discussion covering available artist grants from the Worcester Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This workshop is free to the public. ArtsWorcester members have priority registration, members please sign up before August 21. This workshop is limited to forty attendees. Please register online using sign-up genius. If you have any questions, you can e-mail

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. Pending availability of funds, we will announce the deadline for the next year’s grant cycle in the fall.

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.