#opencall | ArtsWorcester Design Competition


ArtsWorcester Design Competition

in partnership with Worcester Wares


Submit your design here!


Calling all artists and designers!

Deadline: Sunday, September 26, 2021 at midnight

ArtsWorcester is holding a design competition for limited editions of die-cut stickers and tote bags to be sold at Worcester Wares. We seek an original design that involves one or more of these ideas, or your interpretation or combination of them:

/// the 300th anniversary of the City of Worcester

/// future Worcester

/// your view of Worcester, or a view of Worcester

The winning design will be:

/// original, and not a treatment of any existing logo or design

/// legible at different scales and distances

/// full of positive energy, happy anticipation, and/or hope

/// enjoyable and appealing for all ages

One design will be selected and the artist will receive $250. Stickers and bags displaying the winning design will bear the artist’s name, signature, or Instagram, as desired. The competition and the winning designer will also be featured in regional press releases, and the designer will be the subject of an interview and feature article on ArtsWorcester’s publicity platforms. Two honorable mentions will receive $50.

ArtsWorcester membership or previous professional design experience is not required.

The items bearing the winning design will be available Thanksgiving 2021 through Valentine’s Day, 2022, or until supplies are gone.

Designs should be submitted as a .jpeg file by September 26, 2021 at midnight. Designs should fit within either a 2:3 (or 3:2) or 1:1 (square) aspect ratio, but are not constrained by a specific shape.

Questions? Email Allie at allie@artsworcester.org or call 508-755-5142.


Submit your design here!


¡Llamando a todos los artistas y diseñadores!

Fecha límite: 26 de septiembre de 2021

ArtsWorcester está organizando un concurso de diseño para ediciones limitadas de pegatinas y bolsas de mano que se venderán en Worcester Wares.

Buscamos un diseño original que involucre una o más de estas siguiente ideas, o su interpretación o combinación de ellas:

/// el 300 aniversario de la ciudad de Worcester

/// futuro Worcester

/// Su vista de Worcester, o una vista de Worcester

El diseño ganador será:

/// Original, y no un tratamiento de ningún logotipo o diseño existente

/// Legible a diferentes escalas y distancias

/// Lleno de energía positiva, feliz anticipación y / o esperanza

/// Agradable y atractivo para todas las edades

Se seleccionará un diseño y el artista recibirá $250. Las pegatinas y bolsas que muestren el diseño ganador llevarán el nombre, la firma o Instagram del artista, según se desee. El concurso y el diseñador ganador también aparecerán en comunicados de prensa regionales, y el diseñador será objeto de una entrevista y un artículo destacado en las plataformas publicitarias de ArtsWorcester. Dos menciones honoríficas recibirán $50.

No se requiere membresía de ArtsWorcester o experiencia previa en diseño profesional.

Los artículos con el diseño ganador estarán disponibles desde el Día de Acción de Gracias de 2021 hasta el Día de San Valentín de 2022 o hasta que se agoten los suministros.

Los diseños deben enviarse como un archivo .jpeg antes de la fecha límite. Los diseños deben ajustarse a una relación de aspecto de 2:3 (o 3:2) o 1:1 (cuadrado), pero no están limitados por una forma específica.

¿Preguntas? Envíe un correo electrónico a Allie a allie@artsworcester.org o llame al 508-755-5142.


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call for art

The Little One

a members' exhibition


Registration Deadline: October 28, 2021

Drop off period: Monday, November 8 - Thursday, November 11, 2021 or by appointment

Exhibition run: November 18 - December 19, 2021

Reception: December 3, 2021, 6 - 9 PM


We’re bringing our biggest exhibition down to scale. For the ninth iteration of ArtsWorcester’s “One,” all artist members are invited to exhibit one small-scale artwork.

Submit the one piece you want to exhibit most, regardless of medium or theme- but make it little. All two dimensional or wall-hanging artworks may not exceed 10” in any direction, including frame. Three-dimensional artworks may be no larger than 15” in height and 10” at the widest point.

All artwork must be registered online through this submission form. Submit here.


After submission you will receive a confirmation email from ArtsWorcester. If you do not receive this email, please contact the gallery to ensure receipt of your submission.

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The 18th Annual College Show

a juried, online exhibition at ArtsWorcester


Submission Deadline: January 2, 2022

Online Exhibition Dates: February 1 – March 27, 2022

Submit here.

Student artists, coming to a screen near you! The Eighteenth Annual College Show is a juried, online exhibition open to undergraduate college students in any major. This year, prize winners will be exhibited in-person at ArtsWorcester after the online exhibition goes live. The deadline to submit is Sunday, January 2, 2022 at midnight. Notifications will be made by January 18, 2022.

The College Show has no theme. Bring us your favorite piece from your art class or your personal artistic practice, or show off your latest artistic experiment. You do not need to be an art student or be enrolled in an art class to submit.

Students may submit a maximum of three pieces for consideration, and must complete a separate form for each piece. Please return to the original link to make additional submissions.

This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the juror will consider all eligible submissions and select certain artworks to be shown online. This year's juror is Jessica Roscio, Director and Curator, Danforth Art Museum. Jessica Roscio joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011, was appointed Curator in 2015, and became the Director in 2020.  Selected exhibitions include The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, Dressed, Family Circle, Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary.  Prior to the Danforth, Roscio held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, and has been a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England.  Roscio has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

Cash prizes will be awarded and announced online on Saturday, February 5. Prize winners will be exhibited in-person at ArtsWorcester from February 17 to March 27, 2022.*

*Prize winners will be contacted following the prize announcement to determine their artworks’ eligibility for exhibition. Exhibited prize-winning artworks must be framed as appropriate, and artists must drop off their work at ArtsWorcester.

Submit here.

Email alice@artsworcester.org with all questions related to submitting to the college show.

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.

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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.

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