Real or Imagined

A National Juried Exhibition

Attleboro Arts Museum – 2021

Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations.

In-gallery exhibition on view from June 16th–July 15th, 2021

Deadline for submissions is Fri, April 23rd at 11:59pm (MST). Submit Your Artwork Now. (Having tech trouble submitting your art? Contact cafe@westaf.org directly.)

Real or imagined?  One might wonder these days. 

Call for Artists

Spotlight the authentic or explore the unreal.  Consider depicting a representational still life or a surrealist scene, capture the phenomenon of phantom pain or visually share a ghost story. Real or Imagined can tackle the World Wrestling Foundation, true love, historical fiction, Santa Claus, the Emperor’s new clothes, 2020’s excruciating twists and turns … Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded. 

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Entry Guidelines: Each artist may submit a minimum of one piece but up to two different pieces overall. If you do submit two pieces, the images need to represent two different works of art.


All mediums and  interpretations of Real or Imagined from US 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:  Artists can submit 2D, 3D, installation, audio or video work. If selected, all technology for video or audio pieces must be supplied by the artist. Name each submitted file with the title of the art and artist’s last name (ex: ToothFairy_Smith.jpg).

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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).  All fees are non-refundable.

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Submission Deadline:

  • Friday, April 23rd  at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (MT)
  • All entries must be submitting through CaFÉ – SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK NOW. 
  • Having tech trouble submitting your art? Contact cafe@westaf.org directly.
  • 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 Wednesday, May 19th at 7 PM, MT. Additionally, all accepted works will be listed by title on www.attleboroartsmuseum.org.  All artists are expected to check the in-box of the email address that they provide with their submission(s) 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 5th, from 10 AM – 3 PM, EST.  We’re closed Sundays & Mondays, and Saturday, May 29th. We cannot accept your artwork before May 20th or after June 5th. 

Accepted work can be either hand-delivered or shipped to the AAM. Installations that require assembly by the artist must be scheduled in advance of delivery.  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 will not be accepted. 

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). When acceptances are released in May 2021 artists will be able to download a Real or Imagined Loan Agreement and Delivery Checklist from this website to submit with their 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 (available in May 2021). Send to: Attleboro Arts Museum, Real or Imagined, 86 Park St., 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 website Exhibitions & Events/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.

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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 20th at 3 PM EST, will not be insured.

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In-person Pick-up of Exhibited Work: July 16th, 17th & 20th; 10 AM – 3 PM, EST. Work left past July 20th at 3 PM, EST will be charged $5 per day per piece at late pickup. There are no exeptions.

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

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

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Submit Your Artwork Now. Having tech trouble submitting your art? Contact cafe@westaf.org directly.

Image: Suspended Beauty by Robin Wessman, oil.

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