Additional Exhibition Opportunities for MMoA Artists

Mystic Museum of Art is far from the only regional venue to exhibit the work of contemporary artists – visit this page often to learn about additional exhibition opportunities in the surrounding areas.

Exhibitions are organized by submission deadline.

Listings will update as MMoA staff members hear about new information! If you come across an opportunity that we’ve overlooked, please contact Exhibitions Manager Amelia Onorato.

For opportunities on a national (rather than regional) scale, the following websites are wonderful resources:

  • SIDE ARTS is an online portal for artists seeking exhibition opportunities. Artists may subscribe to receive email updates
  • Professional Artist Magazine: often updates with links to exhibition opportunities both with and without fees

September 2020

ART FESTIVAL AND EXHIBITION: Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival and Spectrum Gallery Group Show

Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival
October 10 & 11
Madison, CT

Spectrum Gallery Group Show
September 25 – November 8
Centerbrook, CT

Madison, CT and Centerbrook, CT

Deadline: September 21, 2020

Artists MUST participate in the Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival to be considered for the Spectrum Gallery Group Show.

Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery announce a Call for Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters for the 2020 Madison Town Green Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival. Open to visual artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood, stone and clay.

Consult prospectus for entry fees and details.

ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM – Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Funding Period:
February 15, 2021 – February 14, 2022 

Deadline: September 22, 2020

The Artist Fellowship program provides funding and recognition to support the creation of new works of art. Potential uses of Artist Fellowship funding includes, but is not limited to:

  • set aside time to work / self-compensation
  • purchase supplies, equipment, etc.
  • hire/employ others to support your work
  • pursue opportunities/projects that further artistic development
  • attend conferences, residencies, workshops, etc.
  • studio improvements, rental of work space

All artistic media welcome! Applicants must be over 18, and a full-time resident of CT at time of application and when the award is granted.

Three grants will be awarded, and the process is highly competitive. Artists are encouraged to apply ONLY when they have created a substantial body of RECENT work that can be presented professionally.

Martha’s Vineyard Drawing Prize 2020
Finalists’ work will be displayed online for a minimum of one year, including bio and links to websites/social media
Edgartown, MA

Deadline: September 27, 2020

Artist Elizabeth R. Whelan invites you to enter the Martha’s Vineyard Drawing Prize, a competition established to encourage the pursuit of excellence in drawing. Entries may be created using graphite, charcoal, Conté, silverpoint, pen & ink, or other suitable drawing media including colored pencils and chalk.

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Fortitude’.

Fortitude can allude to:

  • Courage or bravery
  • Strength of character
  • Endurance (physical objects, buildings, as well as people, can fit this description)
  • Resilient, determined
  • And so on.

This will be an online-only competition, juried by a gallery director, a collector, and an artist from the Martha’s Vineyard arts community.

Each artist may submit up to 3 works. Categories of drawing can include academic, realistic, contemporary, fantasy, historic, etc. Drawings must have been created in the past 2 years.

Prizes and awards will be announced Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Entry Fee: $10

2-month timeslots between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021 (randomly assigned)
Camelback Gallery

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Open to all artists 18 years and older.  Artists may enter more than once. Visual art mediums allowed are painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital art, fiber art & collage. All subject matter allowed.  The artwork must be a cohesive body of work with the same distinct style, consistency and theme.  The artist must have at least 6 cohesive pieces for the solo exhibition, however, artist may present up to 10 for Jury. 

Entry Fee: $45, non-refundable

Lead Juror: Howard Hartman, CEO of Bitcoin Gallery and Artchain.Info

September 30 – November 1
14 Railroad Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891

Deadline: TBA

Opening Reception: October 2, 5 – 8pm

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly will be mounting their juried Regional Exhibit this fall! Details will be added to their website as things develop.

October 2020

Juried Fine Art Exhibition: Habitat
January 5 – February 6, 2021
6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard, MA

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Habitats are often seen as places of familiarity, shelter, protection, and sustenance, yet they are rarely static. As they shift over time, they may bring more or less comfort. If a habitat vanishes altogether, it may come to exist only in our memories. 6 Bridges Gallery invites artists to 2D and 3D works that speak to the theme of HABITAT for their fifth annual juried exhibition.

All media is eligible except for video. 2D art must be wired and ready to hang (no sawtooth hangers). Small pedestals will be provided for 3D pieces. Artists must provide any other special equipment to display work. Maximum size is 40″ in any direction. Work must be recent (within 5 years). All work must be for sale; gallery retains 40% commission on work that is sold.

Entry Fees: $15 for one image, $25 for two images, $35 for three images.

The RAA&M National 2020 Art Show
December 5 – 31, 2020
Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA

Deadline: October 1, 2020

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, The Rockport Art Association & Museum invites artists from across the country to enter this exhibit celebrating the arts nationally! In case of a Covid-19 outbreak, the RAA&M National 2020 exhibition will become a virtual exhibition.  Artists whose work has been accepted will be notified if the show is to be live or virtual at the time of their artwork being accepted into the show. Submissions are limited to 3 artworks per artist in the following media: drawing, mixed media, collage, photography, painting, digital art and sculpture. Maximum size is 40 x 60 inches, including the frame. All works on paper must be matted, framed, and covered with glass or Plexiglas. Frames must be in good condition. Entries must be dry, properly prepared for exhibition, and properly wired for hanging. The wire and eye screws must not show when the artwork is hung. Entries must be original.

Entry Fees: $35 for RAA&M members and $45 for non-members.

Jurors: Cindy House for the category of Traditional art, and Professor Bruce Herman, Gordon College, in the category of Contemporary art

37th Annual AppleFest
October 17 – 18 2020
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area of Princeton, MA

Deadline: October 3, 2020

AppleFest is a juried craft fair – all items must be 70% hand crafted by you! This is Wachusett Mountain’s most popular fall festival celebration, and includes over 100 craft exhibitors, a farmers’ market, kids entertainment, and peak fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. Attendees can also enjoy live music, Apple Pie Baking and Eating Contests, as well as additional family entertainment.

Entry Fees: $100-$300

Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Grant
Awarded in June 2021
National Sculpture Society, New York, NY

Deadline: October 5, 2020

The Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Grant is a prize of $5,000 sponsored by the National Sculpture Society.

It is awarded annually to a sculptor who has demonstrated outstanding ability as a sculptor and who has created a body of work inspired by nature which includes works of sculpture in bas-relief and in the round. The Bleifeld Grant is for a mature body of work; sculpture created in workshop or instructional settings should not be submitted.

Art of the Pastel: International Web Show
November 8 –
The Pastel Society of Southeast Texas

Deadline: October 11, 2020

The Pastel Society of Southeast Texas (PSST) is proud to host the 2020 Art of the Pastel online international web show! This show is an online-only exhibit and will be published on the Online Juried Shows, PSST IAPS Society Page, and the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas websites (PSST).

This Exhibition is for soft pastels only, no oil pastels will be accepted. Artists do not have to be a member of PSST to enter.

Entry Fees: A total of 5 entries is allowed per artist. Members: $30 for first two images; $10 each for additional three. Nonmembers: $40 for first two images; $10 each for additional three

Juror: Kim Lordier

November 2020

Call for Exhibition Proposals at Gallery 263
January 14 – February 13, 2021
Cambridge, MA

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Artists and curators of all experience levels have the opportunity to collaborate with Gallery 263 staff to organize and present polished, self-curated exhibitions in our 700 sq/ft storefront gallery. All media types and career levels welcome.

2021-2022 Studio and Curatorial Fellowships
June 2021 – May 2022
NXTHVN in New Haven, CT

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Each June, NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and eight New Haven high school students to its annual Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. Through a proprietary curriculum that focuses on mentorship, professional development, and skills training, members of the cohort cultivate their individual practices within a collaborative, community-driven context. Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. A generous stipend is disbursed quarterly throughout the Fellowship year.

Applicants must be 21 years old by the start of the Fellowship and can not be enrolled in an academic program or other residency during the Fellowship year. Applicants are not required to hold an art degree or to have received any formal training. Studio Fellows are required to reside in New Haven for the duration of their Fellowship. Applicants may be based in the US or internationally, although at this time NXTHVN does not cover travel or relocation costs. NXTHVN encourages and welcomes applicants of all backgrounds to apply for the Fellowships. We do not discriminate based on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in our admission policies.

Entry Fee: $35 application fee.

Printmaking at the Edge
January 4 – February 28, 2021
The Art Center, Dover, NH

Deadline: November 15, 2020

The Award-Winning Art Center in Dover, New Hampshire announces a Call for Entry to a juried art competition and exhibition featuring Printmaking… traditional techniques with a contemporary twist. Intaglio, lithography, serigraphs, and more – the techniques are age old but the result is so new. If you like to experiment with your prints and want to exhibit your exciting results this is your show.

Entry Fee: $20 for two pieces

Juror: Sally Dion

May 2021

Art Competition to Benefit the Marginal Way Preservation Fund
June 27th, 2021
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME

Deadline: May 16, 2021

The Marginal Way Preservation Fund invites artists to submit work inspired by a love of the ocean in any of the following mediums: painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. Work must have been created within the last three years. Five finalists will be selected, and their works will be displayed at a Gala event held at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art on June 27th, 2021. In addition to recognition at the Gala and a combined total of $10,000 in prizes, finalists will also be awarded one-night’s stay for the evening of the Gala in a 1-bedroom room for 2 at either the Anchorage by the Sea or the The Beachmere lnn in Ogunquit, ME.

Jurors: Don Demers, Kenn Backhaus, Gail Spaien, and Chris Caraviello.