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.

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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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REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
 
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 alice@artsworcester.org 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.

Mags Munroe, I've Had Enough, digital inkjet print, 24” x 20”, 2018. Exhibited as part of the Eighteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial (2019).

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The Nineteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial

in partnership with the Worcester Art Museum

 

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, August 1, 2021*

 

Submit up to three works here.

Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited a range of the region’s best visual art. In June of 2021, the Nineteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial will open at ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA. Beth C. McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at Fuller Craft Museum, will serve as the juror.

The winner of the Sally Bishop Biennial Prize will receive a $1,000 cash award and a solo exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum during their 2021-22 season. This partnership, now in its third iteration, provides the winning artist with an important museum credential while placing their work in conversation with world-renowned artists in WAM’s collection. Previous winners of the Sally Bishop Prize include pen and ink artist James Dye (Exploring the Myths of James Dye) and painter Susan Swinand (Nature Imagined by Susan Swinand).

Beyond the Sally Bishop Prize, an additional $2,000 in cash awards will be given at the discretion of the juror. The first one hundred and fifty artists submitting work to the Biennial will receive a complimentary, one-year single membership to the Worcester Art Museum, courtesy of their Members Council.

The registration deadline is Friday, April 16, 2021, and all entries must be made online. Current ArtsWorcester membership is required to submit. A $15 fee applies to each work submitted, with a maximum of three works per artist. Fees must be paid online at the time of submission. If you would like financial assistance with Biennial fees through our Pay It Forward Fund, please contact alice@artsworcester.org.

There will be two rounds of jurying for the Nineteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial: one online and one in-person. Artists will be notified of the status of their artwork(s) in the first round by May 5 and must bring their artwork to ArtsWorcester by May 16, 2021. Artists will be notified of final decisions by May 19 and any artwork not accepted must be picked up by May 23, 2021. ArtsWorcester cannot accept or return work by shipment.
 
This exhibition is in partnership with:
 
 
 
Please read submission guidelines in full before submitting. Good luck!
 
 

Submit up to three works here.

 

* Dates may be subject to change.

 

 

///// Mags Munroe, I've Had Enough, digital inkjet print, 24” x 20”, 2018. Exhibited as part of the Eighteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial (2019).

2021 Call for Exhibition Proposals: Solo Shows

Submission Deadline: April 2, 2021
 
Notifications: By the end of June, 2021


Submit your proposal here.

 

ArtsWorcester invites proposals for solo shows for our 2021-2022 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.
 
Solo 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 exhibition designer. All installations take place during the work week during normal business hours.
 
As part of this year’s call for solo exhibitions, we seek proposals eligible for the Present Tense Prize, awarded to an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution. In addition to a solo exhibition, the Present Tense Prize winner receives an award of $1,000.
 
Artists interested in exhibiting as a group should contact the gallery for more information.
 
 
 

Workshop: What You Need To Know About Exhibition Proposals

Sunday, March 14, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Join us for a virtual workshop with Nancy Burns, Stoddard Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum—a long-time ArtsWorcester selection committee member, as well as Alice Dillon, ArtsWorcester Assistant Director, and Juliet Feibel, ArtsWorcester Executive Director.

Learn the process for applying, what successful proposals have in common, and about the selection committee looks for when reviewing submissions. Join your fellow artists and ask your questions! Pre-register here.

 
 
General Requirements and Information:
 
/// Current ArtsWorcester membership is required for all artists at the time of submission. There is no geographic restriction on membership, but artists (or their proxy) must deliver and pick up all artwork.
 
/// Artists must have exhibited in at least one members or juried exhibition at ArtsWorcester prior to submitting an exhibition proposal.
 
/// All submissions must be made electronically using this Submittable form. Hard-copy and email submissions will not be accepted.
 
/// Artists may submit one solo exhibition proposal.
 
/// Exhibited works must have been completed within the last five years and not previously shown at ArtsWorcester.
 
/// Proposals must be original, and must not have been submitted to any prior exhibition calls at ArtsWorcester.
 
/// Artists receiving solo exhibitions are required to give an artist talk or equivalent public programming online or in-person as public health permits.
 
/// Artists under final consideration for solo exhibitions may be asked to bring in examples of proposed works for in-person consideration.
 
/// Artists earn 60% on sales made through our galleries. Artists exhibiting through our corporate art program also receive loan fees for their artwork.
 
/// While on view through ArtsWorcester, all artwork is insured for its market value.
 
Submission Guidelines:
 
/// An exhibition proposal, not to exceed 175 words, that describes the scope of your proposed exhibition.
 
/// Answers, each not to exceed 100 words, to the following questions: How complete is your proposed exhibition? What one to three ideas, concepts, or experiences does this body of work/ exhibition communicate? What inspirations or traditions guided or influenced this body of work/ exhibition? How are the methods or techniques used important to this body of work/ exhibition? Does your proposal require any special installation needs?
 
/// A curriculum vitae or artist resumé. Click here for examples.
 
/// 5 images of works (each a maximum of 2 MB, or 300 dpi at 100% size; video and performance artists should include 5 thirty-second clips).
 
Artists seeking a solo exhibition may also include:
 
/// 2 additional detail images of two-dimensional work or
 
/// 3 additional alternate views of three-dimensional works

 

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

 

Submit your proposal here.

 

The Present Tense Prize is generously supported by Marlene and David Persky and the Artist Prize Fund.

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

 

///// Kat O'Connor: This Fluid Report of Motion, summer 2019.

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:

Sunday, March 14, 6:00 – 7:00 PM /// What You Need To Know About Exhibition Proposals

ArtsWorcester invites artist members to submit proposals for solo and group shows for our upcoming 2021-2022 season. Join us for a virtual workshop with Nancy Burns, Stoddard Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum—a long-time ArtsWorcester selection committee member, as well as Alice Dillon, ArtsWorcester Assistant Director, and Juliet Feibel, ArtsWorcester Executive Director. Learn the process for applying, what successful proposals have in common, and about the selection committee looks for when reviewing submissions. Join your fellow artists and ask your questions! Pre-register here.

 

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.