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 2021

Artist Call for “Lifting Restrictions”
September 30 – November 11, 2021
Milford Art Center (MAC), Milford, CT

Deadline: September 10, 2021

‘Lifting Restrictions’ will be MAC’s first in-person exhibition since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Artists are invited to enter this open-themed exhibit with any type of recent two dimensional work, either representational or abstract.

Autumn Juried Show 2021
October 10 – November 6, 2021
Rowayton Arts Center, Rowayton, CT

Deadline: September 10, 2021

An online and in-gallery show open to members and non-members, working in all media.

Juror: Ellen Hackl Fagan

Loading Dock Gallery, Lowell, MA
Entry Deadline: September 14, 2021

The meaning of the word Mandala is circle. Circles have a powerful significance in many religions and traditions especially Hinduism and Buddhism. The mandala was used to form symbolic relationships between the spirit and the universe. It represents the cycle of occurrence, reoccurrence, and existence. The mandala is a space of creativity, a symbol of deeper connection with the self and the universe at large.
Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00

The Ridgefield Guild of Artist’s 2-1-2 Juried Exhibition
February 12 – February 27, 2022
Ridgefield, CT

Entry Deadline: September 18, 2021

This year the Ridgefield Guild will again offer a special opportunity for a small group show. Five artists, as selected by our juror, will share the entire downstairs gallery. Two artists will go in the front gallery, one in the middle, and two in the third…thus the 2-1-2 title of the exhibition. Open to all media.

Entry Fee: $75
Georgette Gouveia, Editor in Chief, WAG Magazine

All New England Open Juried Exhibition
October 18 – November 13, 2021
Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable, MA

Entry Deadline: September 19, 2021

Open to artists working in: Oil/Acrylic; Pastel Painting; Watermedia; Printmaking; Mixed Media;
Drawing; Fine Art Photography; Digital Art and Sculpture. No Crafts.

Entry Fees: $30 per piece for nonmembers; $25 per piece for members. Artists may submit up to five works for consideration.

Arts Annual Harvest
October 2 – 28, 2021
Gallery 51, Meriden, CT

Receiving: September 24 & 25, 2021

Gallery 53’s Annual Fall Art Show generally features an eclectic mix of subjects, media, and techniques from regional artists. Paintings, drawings, photographs, and digital compositions will be accepted.

Juror: Karen Israel

Into the Darkness: Dark Images for Fall
September 30 – October 30, 2021
Norwich Arts Center, Norwich, CT

Receiving: September 24 & 25, 2021

All media accepted, and up to three pieces may be submitted! Any questions may be submitted to show chairperson Sue Parish at

Entry Fees: NAC Members: $20 for first piece; $25 for two; $30 for three
Non-members: $25 for first piece; $ 30 for two; $35 for three

October 2021

Madison Green Autumn Arts Festival

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, Centerbook, CT

Entry Deadline: October 1, 2021

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 2021 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.

Fragments of Memory
October 21, 2021 – January 20, 2022
Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Receiving: October 14 & 16 (not 15)

This is a themed exhibition. The theme “Fragments of Memory” is tied to Toni Morrison’s classic novel Beloved, which is part of the October Big Read program at the Ferguson Library. This show is open to all Stamford Art Association members and non-members working in 2D (painting, mixed media, photography, drawing, printmaking).

Artist Call for “Still Life”
November 11 – 21, 2021
Milford Art Center’s Firehouse Gallery, Milford, CT

Deadline: October 15, 2021

The Milford Art Center (MAC) at the Firehouse Gallery hosts four themed exhibits every year: “Still Life” (fall), “Figurative” (winter), “Color” (spring), and “Landscape” (summer).

“Still Life” will be the first in-person exhibit at MAC’s Firehouse Gallery for 2021/2022. This juried exhibit welcomes artists to create and present their interpretation of a still life (*a close-up composition of subject/items created, found, or perceived by the artist) in 2 or 3-dimensions, as representational or abstract form, in multimedia, traditional 2-dimensional materials, or sculpture.

Edge of Abstraction (Online Exhibition)
Website live November 5, 2021
Cape Cod Art Center

Entry Deadline: October 24, 2021

Full prospectus is not yet posted.

Emerging Artists 2022
March 3 – 26, 2022
Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

Entry Deadline: October 31, 2021

SlowArt Productions presents Emerging Artists 2022, the 30th annual competition for exhibition, promotion, and $500 cash award. Open to all artists working in any media, devoted to the discovery, introduction, and promotion of Emerging Artists.

Entry Fee: $35

November 2021

June 2024
Washington, D.C.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is seeking artwork to be used as part of the PORTRAITS project; representing through visual art, music, and dance, the spectrum of sexual, gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural identities. Paintings, drawings, and photographs are welcome. The artworks may be a portrait, or a scene depicting an aspect of the human experience, including identity expression and historical references specific to the LGBTQ+ community. Selected artworks will be used as projections as part of a live performance, brought to life aurally by music, and visually by GMCW’s 17th Street Dance ensemble to be presented in June 2024. 

Compensation to the artist is $2,500 per piece. 

2021 Holiday Show – A Sale of Small Treasures
December 1 – 24, 2021
Norwich Arts Center, Norwich, CT

Receiving: November 26 & 27

All media accepted, including fine crafts such as hanging ornaments, jewelry, small matted prints, cards, and wearable accessories. Sold work may be replaced by artists free of charge.

Entry Fees: NAC Members: $20 for first entry; $25 for two; $30 for three; $35 for four+ (six entries total)
Non-members: $25 for first entry; $30 for two; $35 for three; $40 for four+

December 2021

Solo Exhibitions at the Newton Free Library
April 2022 – December 2022 slots available
Newton, MA

Deadline: December 10, 2021

The Newton Free Library mounts twenty-three exhibits per year, open to any New England region artists working in 2D (unfortunately they are unable to offer shows for free-standing sculptural pieces. Proposals are currently being accepted for April – December 2022 exhibit slots.

January 2022

Picturing History: Historic Landscapes of Connecticut

Preservation Connecticut (formerly the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation)
Hamden, CT 06517

In celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday in 2022, Preservation Connecticut is looking for photographs of Connecticut’s historic landscapes. What is an historic landscape? Historic landscapes are landscapes that have been shaped by human involvement: be it historical events, intentional planning, or everyday use.

Examples of historic landscapes include residential gardens and community parks; scenic highways; rural communities; institutional grounds; cemeteries; battlefields; and zoological gardens. They may contain water features such as ponds or fountains; circulation systems including roads, steps, and paths; buildings; or furnishings including benches, fences, lighting, and sculptures.

Please feel free to reach out to Preservation Connecticut with your questions and ideas at: