Artist Business Skills Workshops

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:

Erik GehringSaturday, December 12, 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Organizing and Preparing Images for Submission

with Erik Gehring

In this workshop Erik will discuss how to streamline your workflow as you prepare images of your artwork for submission to exhibitions, so that you are putting your best foot forward and maximizing your success rate. Topics will include a discussion of file types, how to organize your catalog, strategies for applying to calls, image resolution and size, and the resizing of images using various programs. A Q&A session will follow Erik's presentation.

Register for this workshop here.

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.

The Seventeenth Annual College Show

Call for Art

Submission deadline: Friday, December 11, 2020

Submit your work online here.

The Seventeenth Annual College Show is a juried, online exhibition open to Worcester-area college students in any major. The deadline to submit is December 11, 2020 at midnight. Notifications will be made by January 4, 2021.

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

This year's juror is Aprile Gallant, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Smith College Museum of Art.

Cash prizes will be awarded and announced when the exhibition goes on view.



/// Students must be enrolled full-time in one of the following Worcester-area colleges or universities holding an institutional membership in ArtsWorcester: Anna Maria, Assumption, Becker, Clark, Holy Cross, MCPHS, QCC, WSU.

/// If you are enrolled full-time in any other college or university, including those outside of Worcester, and have an artist membership, you are also eligible to submit. An annual membership for artists under 30 is $25.

/// All artwork must be original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited at ArtsWorcester.

/// Works may be any in any size or media, and depict any theme.

/// All submissions must include a quality image or video file. If your artwork is accepted, this is the file that will be shown in the online exhibition.

/// Submissions of three-dimensional artworks may include one alternate view image.


Represent your college with your best work!

Submit your work online here.


Any questions? Contact us at 508.755.5142 or


Students enrolled in the following institutions are eligible to participate. They may also become members for free, after e-mailing

Anna Maria College

Assumption University

Becker College

Clark University

College of the Holy Cross

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services

Quinsigamond Community College

Worcester State University


Submit your work online here.


Membership is $25 for students enrolled in any other college or university.


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Above images: Dana Mendes (Assumption College, '20), Self Portrait: Dana, charcoal on paper, 55" x 47"; Tayla Cormier (Clark University, '20), Dema, graphite and charcoal pencil, 42" x 40". Both are Exhibition Prize winners of the 16th Annual College Show.

call to participate

The Artists Yearbook Project

it's been a strange year

Registration Deadline: January 1, 2021

Artist members:

While apart for so much of it, we are experiencing the historic year of 2020 together. ArtsWorcester seeks to create a collaborative artefact of this moment, and this community.

Take your place in the 2020 Artist Yearbook. In the medium of your choice, create a figurative self-portrait that depicts your face, in the same format as a yearbook photograph. This project is a collection of representational self-depictions, not interpretations of an emotion or state of mind. We seek an uploaded photograph of your completed self-portrait, not the artwork itself.

This project is not a gallery exhibition. It will begin as an electronic publication, and your participation will determine what happens next. The Artist Yearbook is free and open to all ArtsWorcester members, and is not juried.

Please submit a photograph of your self-portrait that meets the following specifications:
- jpg, jpeg, or png files only
- no larger than 3MB
- image should be no larger than 300 dpi
- image should be 3:4 aspect ratio, with a portrait/vertical orientation

Because we want to create a historic record, we also ask that you include your primary artwork medium (in no more than 22 characters) on the submission form. This need not be the medium in which your self-portrait is made. This is a pilot, and we’ll be figuring out its potential future as we go along.


Let’s make a souvenir of a time we will never forget. Register your self-portrait here.



Above images: Alice Dillon, Self Portrait, embroidery thread on fabric, 12" diameter, 2020; Allie Heimos, I Saw It In a Magazine, mixed media on board, 10" x 10", 2020

2020 Call for Exhibition Proposals for Solo and Group Shows

This year's submission period is closed.


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