call for art | Dodge and Burn, a juried members' exhibition

call for art

Dodge and Burn

a juried members' exhibition


Submission Deadline: December 2, 2021

Notifications: by December 16, 2021

Drop off period: January 6 - January 9, 2021

Exhibition run: January 20 - February 27, 2022

Juried by: Beth Kantrowitz, independent curator and art consultant, Co-Director of Drive-By Projects


"Dodging" and "burning" are the ways photographers in the darkroom either lighten or darken different areas of an image. This technique has since been modernized in digital editing software like Photoshop. The resulting effect is a heightened visual contrast.

For this juried exhibition, we’re looking for contrast within a single wall-hanging artwork. Contrast may be visual or thematic. Think light and dark, big and small, textured and smooth, etc.

This is a call for wall-hanging artwork. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, photography, digital, fine craft, and video. Artwork must not exceed 48” x 48”, including frame, and may not extend more than 12” from the wall.

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.

This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the juror will consider all eligible submissions and select certain artworks to be shown at ArtsWorcester. All Artist Members may submit up to two pieces for consideration. The contrast must be evident within a single work, not between your two submissions.

Please contact with any questions about the call or submission requirements.

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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 with all questions related to submitting to the college show.


get funding, make art

Material Needs Grants 2022-2023

deadline: Thursday, January 6, 2022


Submit your proposal here.

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, ArtsWorcester is able to distribute grants to local artists between $500 and $1,500. Artists who receive the Material Needs Grant in 2022 will exhibit their work in a group show in 2023.

All eligible proposals are reviewed by a committee of three individuals with experience in the arts. This year’s Material Needs Grants will be awarded by: Jennessa Burks, artist, educator, and activist; Eric Nichols, Assistant Professor, Worcester State University; and Toby Sisson, Associate Professor and Program Director of Studio Art, Clark University.

When is the deadline? Midnight on Thursday, January 6, 2022. 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 for the supplies, material, and equipment (purchased or rented) needed to make new art. Proposals for any and all kinds of visual art are welcome, including but not limited to painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, sculpture, new media, and performance art.

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. Any questions about what may or may not be covered by the grant can be sent to

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, 2022.

And then I just make the art? Yes--and awardees receiving grants made in 2022 should expect to have works completed with their funds exhibited in the fall of 2023.

Download our guidelines and application checklist.

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.

Good luck!

Submit your proposal here.


///// (images left to right) Lisa Foster, The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams, acrylic and quilting fabric on canvas; Eric Cruze, Monolith, cast glass; Jennifer Davis Carey, New Hat, enamel. Three of nine funded artists in the 2021-2022 Material Needs cohort.

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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