Real or Imagined

A National Juried Exhibition

In-gallery exhibition: June 16th–July 15th, 2021


View a recording of the Real or Imagined Virtual Artist’s Talk held on Friday, June 18th: (Recording begins with the work of each exhibiting artist).


Read The Sun Chronicle’s preview of Real or Imagined:


In January 2021, the Attleboro Arts Museum posted an online national call-for-artists requesting artwork that reflected the undeniable or dabbled in the hypothetical.  After coping with months of hardship and confusion activated by health, social and political issues, U.S. artists had ample fuel to explore and respond to the organization’s Real or Imagined theme.  And that they did. 

416 artists from Alaska to Florida digitally submitted 756 works of art for guest juror Clare Bell, Senior Director of Exhibitions at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to review.  After careful consideration, 95 works were selected are on view in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery from June 16th – July 15th, 2021.

“This year’s exhibition theme surfaced dreams, fears, struggles, comfort zones and points of curiosity.  The experiences and restrictions of 2020/2021 have deeply impacted the visual arts community nationwide,” comments Mim Brooks Fawcett, the museum’s Executive Director and Chief Curator and author of the exhibition’s theme for this year.  The museum has been mounting an annual exhibition of national work inspired by a range of unique concepts for nearly 15 years.   


Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Real or Imagined Juror’s Award recipients: Peter Campbell, Natasha Dikavera, Ashley Goodwyn, Jennifer Lee Hallsey, Eric Katzman and Sizhu Li. See their award-winning pieces below and hear from each artist:

Persistence of Myth by Peter Campbell; oil on canvas plus attachment.
Hear from artist Peter Campbell:
Here Was a Bee by Natasha Dikareva; stoneware, stains, glazes, glass.
Hear from artist Natasha Dikareva:
Phone book by Ashley Goodwyn; found objects.
Hear from artist Ashley Goodwyn:
Something old, new, borrowed, blue by Jennifer Lee Hallsey; silver of unknown content, sterling silver, 18k gold.
Hear from artist Jennifer Lee Hallsey:
Untitled by Eric Katzman; acrylic, graphite, charcoal, oilstick on canvas.
Hear from artist Eric Katzman:
Moonment by Sizhu Li; aluminum sheet, wood, Arduino motor, fans.
Hear from artist Sizhu Li:



Clare Bell is the Senior Director of Exhibitions at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  Before her career at the Guggenheim, she has served as Exhibition Manager and Researcher for the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Director of Exhibitions at PaceWildenstein and the Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of the City of New York.  Ms. Bell is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU’s Graduate Program in Museum Studies. 




Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations.

The need for connectivity has taken on a new meaning lately. After our dark days we’re all thirsty for engagement and a sense of belonging. The Attleboro Arts Museum invites all U.S. artists to respond to the concept of connectivity. Think …

  • Community
  • Technology systems, networks; the grid
  • Pen pals
  • Emotional bonds
  • Velcro
  • Electrical currents
  • Dating apps
  • Salt & pepper
  • The lost art of shaking hands
  • 23 and Me
  • Loneliness, isolation, social distancing
  • Other

We welcome collaborations, diptychs, triptychs.


Prospectus released: January 2022.

Deadline for submissions on Cafe ( April 2022

Exhibition: June/July 2022

Attention Exhibiting Artists:

In-person Pick-up of Exhibited Work
July 16th, 17th or 20th from 10am – 3pm. Kindly bring back all of your packing material so that you can safely remove your work from the AAM. Work left beyond July 20th at 3pm EST will be charged $5 per day per piece, payable at late pickup. There are no exceptions. Note: A representative can pick up your work for you – simply share name of the representative in advance of the pick-up.  Please call 508-222-2644 x10.

Return of Work–Shipped by the Museum
All work will be packed and shipped by July 22nd. You must enclose pre-paid shipping labels for the return of your work (that also covers the shipping vendor’s pick-up fee) 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.

All dates, specifications and fees are non-negotiable. 


All dates, specifications & fees are non-negotiable. Questions: 508.222.2644 x13

Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703


Top image: Rabbit in Cornfield (detail) by Lynne Breitfeller.

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