Calls for Artists

 

Current Listings

1. Members’ Exhibition 2021

An important Attleboro Arts Museum member benefit is the opportunity to annually exhibit original artwork in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery. In the spirit of our tagline – Arts for Everyone – all member work that meets the exhibition guidelines is accepted into this exhibition. 

Exhibition Dates: December 11th, 2021 – January 28th, 2022

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ATTENTION EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Pick-Up Dates: January 29th, February 1st & 2nd, 10am-4pm. Work left after February 2nd will be charged $5 per day, per piece. Late fee payable at time of late pick-up. It is the exhibiting artist’s responsibility to make note of the pick-up dates. No exceptions, thank you for your cooperation.

Learn more about the Member’s Exhibition  – currently on view in-gallery through January 28th, 2022.

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2. Two Flower Show Calls for Artists

  1. Exhibition of Nature-themed Artwork
  2. Flowers in Fashion: Animal Attraction Mask Designs

The Show Must Go On! The Flower Show, suspended for the past two years, returns to the Attleboro Arts Museum for its 24th celebration of spring. Although health and safety measures will reshape some of our customary attractions, the 2022 Flower Show will bloom and delight!

(Image: Amidst the Dogwood (detail) By Barbara Johansen Newman)

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Exhibition of Nature-themed Artwork

Delivery of art:  Thurs., Mar. 3, Fri., Mar. 4, or Sat., Mar. 5 from 10am – 4pm

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The Flower Show is one of the Museum’s most popular events.  Its nature-themed art exhibition meanders throughout the Museum.

  • Open to all original visual expressions of the natural world: floral, landscape, underwater, weather, ecosystems, wildlife, extinct species, insects, etc.  All mediums can be submitted.
  • Each artist can submit up to 2 nature-themed pieces. Works that are not nature-theme will not be accepted.  
  • NEW! ALL guideline-compliant submissions will be accepted in 2022 and installed on both levels of the Museum.
  • Fees: One submission: $20 for Museum members; $25 for non-members. Two submissions: $30 for mem; $35 for non-mem.  All fees are non-refundable.
  • Only work that has not been previously shown at the Attleboro Arts Museum, at any time, will be accepted.
  • 2D & 3D work must weigh under 100 lbs. 
  • Wall-mounted work must be no larger than 30” x 30” (including the entire frame), securely framed or gallery wrapped, and ready to hang with a firm wire hanging system.
  • Diptychs and triptychs can be no larger than 30” x 30” in their entirety – including space between the components.

  • 3D work cannot have a footprint larger than 24” x 24”.
  • No wet paint.
  • An online Loan Agreement must be submitted before delivering your art. Download a guide to filling out the Loan Agreement. (Note: The Loan Agreement needs to be filled out in one sitting – so reviewing the guide in advance is advised).   
  • Access the online Loan Agreement here.
  • A printed ID Form must also be completed and attached to each piece. Download the ID Form here. If needed, printed ID forms can be picked up before March 3rd at the Attleboro Arts Museum.
  • Work can be for sale. Museum commission: members – 30%; non-members – 40%. Work that is submitted for the nature-themed exhibition is subject to commission unless it is marked NFS (Not for Sale) at the time of delivery. 
    • If a work that is on view at the Museum sells elsewhere during the time of the exhibition it is subject to the aforementioned commission.  There are no exceptions to this policy so please submit art that can only be purchased at the Museum while the natured-themed exhibition is on view.     
  • People’s Choice Cash Awards: “1st Place” ($150); “2nd Place” ($100); “3rd Place” ($75) will be virtually announced on the Museum’s website and social media after the Show concludes. 

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Nature-themed Art Exhibition Key Dates                                                                                                                   

  • Delivery of art:  Thurs., Mar. 3, Fri., Mar. 4, or Sat., Mar. 5 from 10am – 4pm.  Remember to fill out the online Loan Agreement in advance and bring a printed ID Form for each submitted work.
  • Exhibition: (Reservations for timed-entry are required. The reservation system will go live during January 2022)
    • Thursday, Friday, Saturday time slots: 9:30am – 11:00am; 11:15am – 12:45pm; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; 2:45pm – 4:15pm.
    • Sunday time slots: 11:15am – 12:45pm; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; 2:45pm – 4:15pm.
  • Pick up of exhibited work: Tues., March 29 – Sat., April 2 from 10am-4pm.  After April 2nd at 4pm, a late fee of $5 per day, per piece will be charged–payable at late pick-up.

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Flower in Fashion: Animal Attraction Mask Designs    

Delivery of masks: Tues., Mar. 22, 10am-4pm or Wed., Mar. 23, 10am-2pm

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Design and create an animal-inspired mask using live or dried floral and plant materials.  All interpretations that pay tribute to the remarkable beauty of the animal kingdom are welcome.

  • Open to all floral-minded artists, garden club members, horticultural students, gardeners, flower arrangers, etc. 
  • All masks must use a Museum-issued base and be handcrafted using predominantly natural, live, and or, dried materials that you provide. Please supply a list of the materials used in your mask. Note: The base is not “pandemic-era” face mask shape – it is the classic masquerade-style face covering (pictured right). 
  • One entry per individual, finished size must not exceed (14” high x 10” wide x 4” deep).
  • Masks may be wall-mounted or shelf-based. Wall-mounted masks must have a sturdy wire hanging system. 
  • There is no entry fee for this exhibition, however all submissions are required to be refreshed as needed for the duration of the show (4 days).
  • All mask designs will be showcased on the Flower Show’s lower level and will be judged for People’s Choice First, Second and Third Place Awards of Recognition.
  • Masks can be for sale. Museum commission: members-30%; non-members-40%.
  • Space is very limited. To participate, email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org or call 508-222-2644 x15 no later than Feb. 18th with your name and contact info. A staff member will coordinate with you regarding the pick up of your mask base and the completion of your mask entry forms and materials list. 

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Flowers in Fashion Key Dates

  • Delivery of masks: Tues., Mar. 22, 10am-4pm or Wed., Mar. 23, 10am-2pm
  • Exhibition: (Reservations for timed-entry are required. The reservation system will go live during January 2022)
    • Thursday, Friday, Saturday time slots: 9:30am – 11:00am; 11:15am – 12:45pm; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; 2:45pm – 4:15pm.
    • Sunday time slots: 11:15am – 12:45pm; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; 2:45pm – 4:15pm.
  • Pick up of masks: Tues., March 29 – Sat., April 2 from 10am-4pm. After April 2nd at 4pm, a late fee of $5 per day, per piece will be charged–payable at late pick-up.

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Artists submitting work for the nature-themed art exhibition can also submit for the Animal Attraction Mask call – and vice versa.

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The Flower Show is one of the Museum’s most critical fund-raisers. Therefore, our standard free admission policy is not in place for this event. All attendees, including nature-themed exhibit and mask design artists, are kindly asked to reserve a timed-entry ticket and pay the $3 event entry fee (and one-time online convenience fee of $1). Thank you for your cooperation and support.

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3. Connectivity

A National Juried Exhibition

Call for Artists: “Connectivity”– A National Juried Exhibition

In-gallery Exhibition: June 15th–July 13th, 2022*

In-person Opening Awards Reception: Saturday, June 18th, 2pm – 4pm*

The Attleboro Arts Museum invites all U.S. artists to consider: community; the grid; emotional bonds; detours; velcro; electrical currents; dating apps; 23andMe; social distancing; other.

  • Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations
  • We welcome collaborations, diptychs, triptychs
  • Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded

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Entry Guidelines

  • Click here to be directed to our submission site, to review the guidelines, and submit your art for consideration: www.callforentry.org.  

  • Deadline for submissions: Saturday, April 23rd at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (MT) via CaFÉ. 
  • Each artist may submit up to two different entries.
  • All mediums and  interpretations of Connectivity from U.S. artists will be juried.
  • There is no size limitation per entry, however all submissions (both 2D & 3D) cannot weigh over 100 lbs each.
  • Work must not have been previously exhibited at the Attleboro Arts Museum (AAM).

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Specifications

  • Each artist may apply with a maximum of two different submissions, uploading only one file per submission. To show the front & back of 3D art, submit one composite image that contains alternative views.
  • Name each submitted file with the title of the art and artist’s last name (ex: Handshake_Jones.jpg). Please avoid using “Untitled” to name your work.
  • Artists can submit 2D, 3D, installation, audio/video work. If selected, all tech, accessories and specialized hardware must be supplied (monitors, projectors, cables, etc.).

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Entry fees

  • $18 covers payment for up to two pieces for Museum members; $25 covers up to two pieces for non-members.
  • You can join as a member when you pay for your submission(s) or join now.  All fees are non-refundable.

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Entry Deadline

  • Saturday, April 23rd at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (MT) via CaFÉ  – www.callforentry.org.  
  • Click HERE to review the guidelines and submit your art for consideration.
  • Entries that are emailed or hand-delivered will not be accepted.

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Notification of Decision

  • All artists will receive notification of the juror’s decision sent to the email address that they have provided by Thursday, May 19th at 7 PM, MT.
  • Additionally, all accepted works will be listed by title on this site. 
  • All artists are expected to check the in-box of the email address that they provided and/or the Museum’s website listing for notification of the juror’s decision. Please no inquiries.

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IF YOUR ARTWORK IS ACCEPTED

Delivery of All Accepted Work

  • To properly record and install all accepted pieces, all work (and detailed hanging instructions, if applicable) must be delivered between May 20th and June 4th, from 10 AM – 3 PM, EST.  We’re closed Sundays & Mondays, and Saturday, May 28th. We will not accept your artwork before May 20th or after June 4th. 
  • Accepted work can be either hand-delivered or shipped to the AAM.
  • You can arrange to send a representative to deliver and/or pick up your artwork for you. The AAM is not responsible for making these arrangements for exhibiting artists. 
  • Once artwork is delivered it cannot, for any reason, leave the gallery until the exhibition concludes.
  • Wet paint or unfinished work will not be accepted.
  • Installations that require complex assembly by the artist must be scheduled in advance of delivery. The accepted installation artwork must first be delivered to the Museum and then the assembly by the artist will be scheduled for a separate time. The artist is responsible for all travel, shipping, materials and labor.
  • Mark all accepted artwork with the artist’s name, address, city/state/zip, phone, email, title of piece, dimensions (w x h x d), weight (no more than 100 lbs) and sale price (if applicable).
  • Download a Connectivity Loan Agreement and Delivery Checklist (available online once acceptances have been announced) and submit with your accepted artwork.
  • Artists are responsible for all fees associated with the shipping of their work. FedEx is the AAM’s preferred shipping vendor.
  • All shipped work must include:
    • 1) $10 handling fee – per piece
    • 2) Pre-paid return shipping label
    • 3) Payment of shipping vendor’s pick-up fee
    • 4) A photo of your art taped to the outside of package
    • 5) A completed Loan Agreement & Delivery Checklist
  • Send to: Attleboro Arts Museum, Connectivity, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA, 02703.
  • Fees are non-refundable.
  • Checks payable to Attleboro Arts Museum.

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Presentation

  • All accepted work must be framed, gallery-wrapped or finished on the edges and ready to hang at delivery with a sturdy wire hanging system. See the Museum’s Framing Guidelines for details.
  • We recommend neutral frames and white or off-white mats.
  • Any pieces that do not match the juror’s decision, or are not the piece that was accepted, will not be installed and be returned COD.

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Sales

  • All art sales are subject to the Museum’s commission of 30% for Museum members, 40% for non-members. Work does not need to be for sale. 
  • To become a member: click here

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Insurance

  • The AAM will insure all work from the date of arrival at the Museum through the stated pick-up dates. The maximum insurance amount covers up to an artist’s value of $2000, with a $500 deductible payable by the artist.
  • The Museum is not responsible for loss or damage in shipping, or for insuring art during shipping.
  • Art left beyond the final pick-up date of July 16th at 3 PM EST, will not be insured.

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In-person Pick-up of Exhibited Work

  • In-person Pick-up takes place on July 14th, 15th & 16th; 10 AM – 3 PM, EST.
  • Work left past July 16th at 3 PM, EST will be charged $5 per day per piece at late pickup.

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Return of Work–Shipped by the Museum

  • All work will be packed and shipped by July 19th, 2022.
  • You must enclose pre-paid shipping labels for the return of your work(the shipping vendor’s pick-up fee must be pre-paid as part of the return shipping label) and a $10 handling fee per piece.
  • Checks payable to Attleboro Arts Museum.  If you are within driving distance we would appreciate an in-person pick-up.

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* Exhibition and reception formats are subject to change due to health and safety mandates.

Call for artists dates, specifications & fees are non-negotiable.

Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. Telephone: 508.222.2644 x13 (Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.  Summer hours, 10am – 4pm)

 

Connectivity Image: Ben Ryterband

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