Real or Imagined

A National Juried Exhibition

Attleboro Arts Museum – 2021

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

Notification with juror’s decision will be posted by Wednesday, May 19th, 2021. Real or Imagined Juror: Clare Bell, Senior Director of Exhibitions at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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. 


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  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.



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 and Mondays – and one Saturday, May 29th, for Memorial Day weekend. There are no exceptions.

Accepted work can be either hand-delivered or shipped to the Attleboro Arts Museum. Curbside delivery/pick-up can be arranged.  Please call 508-222-2644 x10 in advance.

You can arrange to send a representative to deliver and/or pick up your artwork for you. The Attleboro Arts Museum is not responsible for making these arrangements for exhibiting artists. 

Regarding installations that require assembly by the artist: Artists must first deliver their work and then return to install after all work has been placed by the curator. Call 508-222-2644 x11 to schedule. 

Download a REAL OR IMAGINED Loan Agreement form to submit with your accepted artwork. 


Download a REAL OR IMAGINED Loan Agreement and REAL OR IMAGINED Delivery Checklist. Complete these forms and include in the package with your accepted artwork. 


Please mark the TOP of your artwork so that our installers can be sure of the proper orientation. 

Artists are responsible for all payments associated with the shipping of their work to and from the Attleboro Arts Museum. 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 artwork on the outside of your package
5) A completed REAL OR IMAGINED Loan Agreement and REAL OR IMAGINED Delivery Checklist 

Send to: Attleboro Arts Museum, REAL OR IMAGINED, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA, 02703. All fees are non-refundable. Checks payable to Attleboro Arts Museum.

All accepted wall-hung 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 “Events” page and view “Framing Guidelines” for details. We highly recommend neutral frames and white or off-white mats.

All technology required to run audio/video works must be supplied by the artist.

Any pieces that do not match the juror’s decision, or are not the piece that was accepted, will not be installed, and will be returned COD.
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.
The Attleboro Arts Museum 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.
In-person Pick-up of Exhibited Work
July 16th, 17th or 20th from 10am – 3pm. 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.

Curbside delivery/pick-up can be arranged.  Please call 508-222-2644 x10 in advance.

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. 
In-Gallery Exhibition
REAL OR IMAGINED will be on view in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery from June 16th to July 15th, 2021. Masked visitors are required to comply with current health and safety protocols when entering – and throughout their stay at – the Attleboro Arts Museum.

Selections from the exhibition along with images of the six Juror’s Award winners will appear on this web site shortly after the show opens to the public. 

An announcement of the Museum’s 2022 National Juried Exhibition theme will also be posted on the Museum’s website shortly after the exhibition opens to the public. 



The format of a REAL OR IMAGINED reception is TBD. It is likely that a virtual event will be conducted on Zoom.  Thank you for your patience as we monitor all health and safety regulations and determine the best option. 

If you have any questions email


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

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


Image: Suspended Beauty by Robin Wessman, oil.

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