A Matter of Perspective: A Members’ Exhibition

in collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum

October 12 – November 3, 2018

Perspective can be formal, determined by line, optics, and geometry, or thematic, originating from a particular reference point onto the world.

A landscape can be seen from the perspective of a bird or a worm; a self-portrait made from what you see in your mirror or how you imagine another sees you; the same person or object can be portrayed differently depending on one’s cultural viewpoint.

For our seventh annual Call and Response* with the Fitchburg Art Museum, we invite you to create or select a work that considers what we see, and how we see it.

On view now on our Flickr page are ten works from FAM’s permanent collection to start you thinking about your submission. All members may display one work of art in this exhibit.

Curatorial staff from FAM will select ten works from this exhibition to go on view there during the summer of 2019.

Please register your artwork online by Monday, October 1, 2018.



Artist Viewing Party:
Saturday, September 8, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.
Join us for a casual, artist-only viewing party of the works on loan from FAM. Meet other artists, network, brainstorm, and find inspiration for your submission. Bring your sketchbooks, business cards, and thinking caps!

Online Registration Deadline:
Monday, October 1, 2018.
Click here to submit your work!

Delivery of Artwork to 660 Main Street:
Wednesday, October 3 – Saturday, October 6, 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 12, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00 PM, and by appointment.

Collection of Unsold Artwork:
Wednesday, November 7 – Saturday, November 10, 12:00 – 4:00 PM, and by appointment.

This call for work is open to all current Exhibiting Artist members. If you are unsure of your membership status, please call the gallery at 508.755.5142. Click here to join or renew!


*Call and Response is a series of annual, open-member exhibitions produced in collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum. Members create or submit art in response to works on loan from FAM’s permanent collection, which are selected to fit a new theme every year. The FAM curatorial staff chooses ten member artworks to be displayed at the museum the following summer. To date, some sixty artists have received museum exhibition credentials through this partnership.

Image: Timothy Hamill, Paleontologists’ Dream II, color serigraph, 35” x 25”

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. Submission is free. Show your favorite project from this semester, last semester, or the piece you like the most that no one has ever seen.

We make it easy for you to learn how to submit art to an exhibition and have it displayed in a professional gallery. Get exhibition experience before your senior show, or start building your resume now. Your work will be seen by over six hundred people, many of whom buy art.

Cash prizes will be awarded for First, Second, Third Prizes, and Honorable Mentions. The deadline is Saturday, December 1, 2018.

  • You must be enrolled, in any major or degree program, in a Worcester-area college or university. Seniors graduating early and the class of 2018 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.
  • We’ll let you know if your artwork has been accepted by the juror by January 1, 2019. The exhibit opens on Friday, February 1, 2019, 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Represent your college with your best work! Register your work online now!


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.

Coming up next:

Pricing Your Art
with Frank Armstrong, Karen Reid, and Piya Samant
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Hear from established local artists Frank Armstrong, Karen Reid, and Piya Samant in a panel discussion on how to price your art. Learn tips and tricks to navigate this confusing topic, and network with other artists who are wondering the same. Attendees will participate in an open dialogue with panelists, and should come prepared to ask questions.

Pricing Your Art is free to current ArtsWorcester members, but limited to the first twenty to register. A waitlist will be held.

Click here to register.

Galleries: Finding the Right Fit
with Jessica Burko
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Interested in pursuing gallery opportunities but not sure where to start? Join artist, curator, and arts marketer Jessica Burko to learn how to find the right fit for your work, and take ownership of your career. Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of different gallery types
  • Expectations of each party in an artist-gallery relationship
  • Best practices for protecting your art

Attendees will gain understanding of the basic mechanics of artist-gallery relationships, and confidence in taking the next step in their career. This event is free to current ArtsWorcester members, but limited to the first twenty to register. A waitlist will be held.

Click here to register.


Websites for Artists with Clara Lieu
Saturday, October 20, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 PM
at the Fitchburg Art Museum

Join RISD Adjunct Professor Clara Lieu at the Fitchburg Art Museum to learn how visual artists can create an effective, professional website. This lecture will present an informed look at the various web platforms available, and provide practical, straightforward advice for how a visual artist can best harness a website to pursue their career goals. Participants will:

  • Find out which web platform is best suited to their needs,
  • Learn concrete strategies to format and organize their content effectively,
  • And benefit from critiques of several pre-selected websites.

A Q&A session will follow the lecture. If you would like your website to be considered for critique, please email your website address to lhowick@fitchburgartmuseum.org and put “Website for Workshop” in the subject line.

This workshop is free for current members of ArtsWorcester and FAM, and is open to not-yet members for $10. Space is limited to fifty participants.

Click here to register.

Artist Business Skills Workshops 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.