call for art | Inside Voices: A Members' Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum

Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes, n.d., gelatin silver print, 15.75" x 19.75", 2016.103. Image courtesy of the Fitchburg Art Museum.

call for art

Inside Voices: A Members' Exhibition 

in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum


Registration Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021

Work Drop-Off: Wednesday, March 3 - Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12-5pm (NOTE: There are no Sunday drop-offs for this show)
Exhibition Dates: March 18 – May 2, 2021


Register your work here.

At a moment when we’re all being asked to stay inside, interior spaces have become heightened reflective zones. Inside Voices prompts artists to consider a wide range of interiors, including domestic environments, psychological subjectivity, bodies, architecture, and sculptural containment. These spaces reveal symbolic weight, mental and emotional states, fantasy worlds, gender roles, and personal memories. We invite you to turn inward and explore these interior spaces for their potential energy and revelatory power.
For this ninth Call and Response collaboration between ArtsWorcester and the Fitchburg Art Museum, artists must respond not only to the theme, but directly to one (or more) of ten artworks on loan from the Museum. At the time of registration artists will be required to name the FAM artwork(s) that inspired their piece. Explore the loan here.
The Fitchburg Art Museum’s curatorial staff will select ten works from Inside Voices to be exhibited at FAM with the selected works from the Museum’s collection.
All artist members are eligible to register one artwork for this exhibition.
We thank our friends and partners at the Fitchburg Art Museum for sharing their collection so generously with our artists.
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We have updated our registration requirements. Please read this list thoroughly and take note of the updates below. Due to the number of works we receive for this show, any work that does not meet these requirements cannot be accepted.
- Current ArtsWorcester membership is required to submit.
- Each artist may register one work of art for this exhibition.
- All work must respond directly to one or more artwork(s) on loan from FAM. Artists must indicate the FAM artwork(s) that inspired their piece on the registration form.
- All work must be original, created within the last five years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.
- Two-dimensional artworks must not exceed 36” in any direction, including frame.
- Three-dimensional artworks are limited to 90” in height and 36” at the widest point
- Artworks suspended from the ceiling are limited to 25 pounds
- Works must be exhibition ready with framing and wire as appropriate. Alternative hanging methods (suspended from the ceiling, installed with magnets, etc.) must be tested prior to registration to ensure successful installation, and required hardware must be provided.
- All artwork registrations must include one high-quality image that will be shown in the online exhibition
- Artists receive sixty percent of each sale made through our galleries
Please contact Alice Dillon, Assistant Director with any questions at or (508) 755-5142. After registration you will be directed to a confirmation page and receive a confirmation email from ArtsWorcester. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder first before contacting the gallery to ensure receipt of your submission.


Registration Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021


Register your work here.


///// Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes, n.d., gelatin silver print, 15.75" x 19.75", 2016.103. Image courtesy of the Fitchburg Art Museum.

call for proposals

Material Needs Grants 2021-2022

available to artists in Worcester County

Submission Deadline: January 24, 2021 at midnight


Submit your proposal today.

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 local artists between $500 and $1,500. We generally exhibit the new work in the following exhibition season (awards made in early spring of 2021 will go towards the works shown in the 2022-2023 exhibition season).*

When is the deadline? Midnight on Sunday, January 24, 2021. Submissions received after this date and time will not be considered.

What expenses could be covered by a Material Needs Grant? These grants are restricted to expenses incurred for the supplies, material, and equipment (purchased or rented) needed to make new art. Proposals for any and all kinds of visual art, including performance art, are welcome.

What expenses are not covered? Examples of expenses not covered would be studio rental, framing, publicity and promotional costs, reception expenses, insurance or transport of artwork.

How are proposals evaluated? Proposals are considered for their novelty, innovation, potential impact (on the viewer, on your career, and on other artists in the area), and feasibility. Can you do it? And can you do it in one calendar year?

Who is eligible? You must have been a member of ArtsWorcester for one calendar year prior to applying for a Material Needs Grant, and you must reside in Worcester County. We regret that members residing outside of Worcester County are not eligible. If you have previously received a Material Needs Grant, you must wait three years from the previous application date before applying again.

How do I submit? All submissions must be made online through this Submittable form. Email and hard copy proposals will not be considered.

When will I find out if I have received a grant? By mid-February, 2021.

And then I just make the art? Yes--and awardees receiving grants made in 2021 should expect to have works completed with their funds exhibited in the fall of 2022.*

Download our guidelines and application checklist.


Submit your proposal today.

You will receive a confirmation email once your submission has been made. If you do not see this email, please contact the gallery to confirm receipt of your submission: or (508) 755-5142


*Exhibition dates subject to change



///// Grant winner José Criollo welds his sculpture, The Hunter (wood, metal, paper, and foam, 4' x 2' x 2.5', 2020, NFS). His work, along with that of the 2019-2020 cohort of Material Needs artists, is on view online in Material Needs 2020.

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:

More Artist Business Skills Workshops are on the way! Sign up for our email list to receive the latest news.


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.

2020 Call for Exhibition Proposals for Solo and Group Shows

This year's submission period is closed. Sign up for our email list to receive our latest artist opportunities.


ArtsWorcester invites proposals for solo, group, and member-curated shows for our 2020-2021 gallery season and corporate art program. Proposals are evaluated by a panel of seven volunteers, all with extensive experience as curators, educators, collectors, and/or artists. All proposals are viewed anonymously. 

Exhibitions may be placed in our galleries in the Printers Building, our partner spaces at the Davis Art Gallery or the Hanover Theatre, or in our corporate art program. Multiple exhibitions may be produced in the same gallery space (for example, two solo exhibitions simultaneously in the West Gallery).

New and traditional media, fine craft, and site-specific installations are all welcome. Proposals should be specific regarding presentation and installation plans. During installations of selected exhibitions, artists have the opportunity to work with and learn from our exhibit designer. All installations take place during the work week during normal business hours.

Current ArtsWorcester membership is required for all artists at the time of submission.

Please review the submission guidelines for solo & group shows here.

Learn more about our exhibition venues.

Meet this year's Exhibitions Panel.


After submitting your proposal you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email please contact the gallery to confirm receipt: or (508) 755-5142.

ArtsWorcester exhibitions are sustained in part by the generous support of the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation.


Above image: Kat O'Connor: This Fluid Report of Motion, summer 2019