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

August 2020

Black & White
September 26 – October 24, 2020
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), Brooklyn, NY

Deadline: August 10

Open to all residents of the U.S. and its Territories 18 years of age or older, this is a juried exhibition for artists working in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, including film/video when part of an installation. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Limited edition prints must be numbered. Crafts, kit work, or reproductions (i.e. giclee) of original works in other media, unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered.

Entry Fee: $35 for 3 entries; $5 each additional image

Juror: Jenée-Daria Strand

Textures and Patterns (Online Exhibition)
August 2020
Contemporary Art Room Gallery

Deadline: August 11, 2020

The gallery invites artists and photographers to submit their best artworks related with the theme Textures & Patterns. A variety of interpretations can be submitted (representative, abstract, conceptional). This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art.

Entry Fee: $15 for two images. Artists may enter more than once; there are no limits to the number of images that an artist may submit

Go With the Flow 2020 (Online Exhibition)
August 25 – October 25, 2020
Watercolor Artists of Sacremento Horizons (WASH)

Deadline: August 13, 2020

Any water-based medium, either transparent or
opaque, is acceptable. These include:
transparent watercolor, tempera, casein,
gouache, watercolor inks and acrylic. Acrylic
paint should be clearly diluted and transparent.
Paintings done in a heavy or impasto manner
are not eligible. Mixed media may be used, but
water-based media must be predominant.

Neither membership in WASH nor residency in California are required to enter. Sales will be handled between the purchaser and SACRAMENTO FINE ARTS CENTER. SFAC receives 30% commission from members and 50% from nonmembers.

Entry Fees: $25 for first entry; additional $10 each for second and third entries; additional $4 for a fourth entry

Juror: Dale Laitinen

15th International ARC Salon (Online/In Person)

Art Renewal Center, Port Reading, NJ

Deadline: August 14, 2020

When talking about competitions and exhibitions dedicated to 21st Century Realism, The International ARC Salon is the largest in the world in terms of entries, and the most diverse in terms of categories and international participation. This makes the International ARC Salon Competition the most influential and far reaching competition for Contemporary Realism in the world, offering over $130,000 in cash awards and international recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries and museums, with live exhibitions and a strong online presence. The top award this year is $25,000 for Best in Show and over 140 awards and honorable mentions are being offered.

Works do NOT need to be available for sale. Works do NOT need to be available for the live exhibition to compete and win.

Wet Paint 2020 (Online Exhibition)
September 1 – September 31, 2020
Colors of Humanity Art Gallery

Deadline: August 15, 2020

The art that is created today is how this time period will be viewed tomorrow. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery wants to make a difference in the lives of artists as well as a positive change in the world. They will donate 10% of all entry fees from this exhibition to Habitat for Humanity.

This exhibition is open to all artists 18 and over, creating any subject matter as long as it is 2D and uses any type of paint.

Entry Fee: $20 for 1 or 2 pieces; artists may enter more than once

Juror: Janelle Cogan

Color in Quarantine (Online Exhibition)
September 11 – October 30, 2020
Pikes Peak Pastel Society

Deadline: August 15, 2020

All artists who reside in the US, and who create original fine art in soft (dry) pastel are invited to submit their artwork to this national juried pastel exhibition! There is no limit to the size of the painting but the artist must be willing to ship the painting safely and securely if it sells. No nudes, giclée prints, or digital artwork; no works created under supervision  workshop or class) are eligible.

Entry Fee: Members: $35 for up to 3 pieces. Nonmembers: $50 for up to 3 pieces.

Juror: Lorenzo Chavez

Shades of Red 2020 (Online Exhibition)
3-month online exhibition – dates not yet announced
Camelback Gallery

Deadline: August 16, 2020

Artwork must have the color red as a prominent color. Open to all artists 18 years and older.  All painting mediums allowed, including colored pencil & pen, digital paintings and/or mixed media, photography and sculpture. (no installation art or video). Artwork may be any subject matter including abstract work. Cash prize for Best in Show!

Entry Fee: $18

Abstract Avant Guard (Online/In Person)
In-Gallery Exhibit: August 21-September 13, 2020
Virtual Gallery Online: Launches August 25, 2020
Wickford Art Association, Wickford, RI

Receiving: August 18 & 19, 11am – 6pm

The best abstract and avant guard art in the region! Open to all artists working in all media. Prospectus, entry fees, prize information, etc can be found on WAA’s website.

Juror: Joan Hall

EAT! (Online Exhibition)
August 28 – September 28, 2020
J Mane Gallery, Voorhees, NJ

Deadline: August 21, 2020

Food is essential to our survival. It is also one of the great pleasures in life. It’s no surprise then that fruit, vegetables, meat, and drink have been common motifs in painting and sculpture from the Roman-era until today.

For this competition, artists were encouraged to share their artistic vision and interpretation of food and eating.  The artwork varied from realism to surrealism to abstraction. All artists over the age of 18, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best inspired work.

Entry fee: $20 for up to 5 images.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition
September 20 – October 18, 2020
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT

Deadline: August 23, 2020

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition will be shown both live at the Guild and online! Eligible media includes all types of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, book art, collage, and assemblage. Artists must be older than 16, all artwork must be for sale, and works cannot exceed 64in x 64in. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Entry Fees: Members: $20 for first entry and $10 for each additional piece up to 5.
Non-members: $30 for first entry and $10 for each additional piece up to 5.

Juror: Cybele Maylone, Executive Director, Aldrich Museum

Hygienic Art Galleries 2021
79 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320

Deadline: August 23, 2020

Submissions are open for 2021 exhibition proposals! Applicants will be contacted after the the curatorial committee reviews all submissions.

To be considered you will need:

  •  Artist statement
  •  Artist resume, which will include show history
  •  Show concept
  •  Portfolio of representative works (jpegs Digital Submissions please) 8-10 representative images
  •  Contact information

Artists of all experience levels are considered. Artists are encouraged to work in groups to develop show concepts. Show concepts include artwork, participating artists and show name. When applying with a group show please include information representing each artist: resume, statement and representative works. Solo art shows will be considered, but for a better chance to being accepting please consider forming a group conceptual show.

WATERS: International Online Art Competition
August 2020
Contemporary Art Room Gallery

Deadline: August 24, 2020

Artists and photographers from around the world are invited to submit their best artworks related with the theme of “Waters” (seascapes, oceans, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, streams, ponds). A variety of interpretations can be submitted (representative, abstract, conceptional). All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art.

Entry Fee: $15 for 2 images of artwork. Artists may enter more than once, there is no limit to the number of images that an artist can submit.

Picturing History: Historic Barns of Connecticut
October 2020
Art League of New Britain, CT

Deadline: August 24, 2020

Preservation Connecticut (formerly the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation) is proud to present a juried photography show, “Picturing History: Historic Barns of Connecticut.”

Continuing their commitment to Connecticut’s barns, Preservation Connecticut welcomes serious amateur and student photographers ages 8 years old and up to submit works featuring the interior or exterior of barns (any condition) in the following categories: color, black & white, detail, and smart phone images.

Entry Fee: $25 per entry, with no limit on entries

36th Annual Juried Collage Exhibit (Online)
November 2 – December 31, 2020
National Collage Society, Hudson, OH

Deadline: August 28, 2020

This exhibition is open to all collage artists creating original 2D or 3D mixed media glued collage artwork.

Entry Fees: $50 for two works. For current members, $15.

September 30 – October 14
Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, Wethersfield, CT

Deadline: August 30, 2020

Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of new artwork in the form of a landscape, portraiture or still life for a juried fine art competition using the theme “A Sense of Place.”

$5,000 of prizes will be awarded.
Entry Fee: $35 + membership.

Artists who submit artwork are asked to sit for 2 hours during the length of the show.

The Moth Art Prize 2020
Deadline: August 31, 2020

The Moth Art Prize is awarded annually by The Moth magazine to a body of figurative or representational artwork. It is open to anyone (over 16) from anywhere in the world. The Prize consists of €1,000 plus a two-week stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland.

The prize is judged by the publishers of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan, alongside their colleague Helen Sharp. They are looking for two-dimensional portraiture, figurative, or other representational work of any size – work that ‘takes courage’ and is in tune with the aesthetic of The Moth, contemporary but timeless.

Entry Fee:  €20 per portfolio of 5-10 2D artworks

A Show of Heads (Online Exhibition)
November 1 – 30, 2020
Limner Gallery/SlowArt Magazine

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Open to all artists working in any media, A Show of Heads will include all interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual. All visions of the head, including partial and multiple heads, will be reviewed and considered.

Entry Fee: $35 for 1-4 entries; $5 for each additional entry above four.

September 2020

6th Annual Figures & Faces Art Competition (Online Exhibition)
September 5 – October 4, 2020
Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA

Deadline: September 1, 2020

“You would hardly believe how difficult it is to place a figure alone on a canvas, and to concentrate all the interest on this single and unique figure and still keep it living and real.” ~Edouard Manet

For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art depicting the human form – both figures & faces. All artists, regardless of location or experience, are invited to submit their best representational and/or abstract art and photography. There  is no size restriction, and artwork does not need to be for sale.

Entry Fees: $20 for one image, $35 for up to 5 images

Fact VS Fiction
December 3, 2020–January 9, 2021*
Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

*Please note that the exhibition dates have shifted and are subject to further change.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Historically, photographs and video have been considered “documented evidence,” when in fact, all media can be elaborately staged, embellished, or altered to create a new fiction. How do artists enlist artistic license and engage with conceptual, mysterious, or sublime possibilities to deviate from or alter reality? Alternatively, how do artists utilize media long considered to be subjective, such as painting and sculpture, to search for the truth?

Gallery 263 invites artists to submit work that considers truth and fabrication to Fact vs. Fiction—a national show juried by Sam Adams, the Koch Curatorial Fellow at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Any 2D, 3D, and time-based work will be considered.

Entry Fee: $25 for 1-3 submissions, $40 for 4-6.

2020 North American Open Juried Exhibition
November 1 – December 5, 2020
New England Watercolor Society, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA

Deadline: September 1, 2020

The New England Watercolor Society has extended their submission deadline! Accepted artists will be posted on September 15. This exhibition is open to any artist age 18 and older residing in North America working in aqua media: ie, watercolor, acrylic, casein, egg tempera, gouache and inks, on unvarnished paper or synthetic paper such as Yupo. Up to three paintings may be submitted, but no more than one per artist will be accepted.

Entry Fees: $30 for one entry, $35 for two, $40 for three.

Juror: Paul Jackson, AWS, NWS, MWC.

3rd Annual Women Artists Art Competition (Online Exhibition)
September 15 – December 14, 2020
Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA

Deadline: September 5, 2020

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules.   That is what invention is about.” ~Helen Frankenthaler

Fusion Art is once again celebrating women artists with its 15th quarterly online art competition. For the 3rd Annual Women Artists art competition, the gallery invites both 2D and 3D submissions from women artists, only, regardless of their location or their experience or education in the art field.

Historically women artists have not received the respect and recognition that their talent deserves. Fusion Art wants to honor the greatness and talent of women artists. This is an international open competition so any subject matter and any media is acceptable. The work can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and all women artists, over the age of 18, are encouraged to submit their best 2D and 3D representational and non-representational art and photography. There are no size restrictions, and artwork does not need to be for sale.

Entry Fees: $20 for one image, $35 for up to 5 images

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (Online Exhibition)
New York Center for Photographic Art, New York, NY

Deadline: September 9, 2020

Vivian Maier, an unknown, left behind a treasure of images she took while walking outside on time off. Cartier-Bresson, Frank, Meyerowitz, Arbus, Evans, the list of accomplished street photographers goes on. Their work captured a special essence of life, not posed, not set up but there in the streets, yards, avenues, porches… we pass every day. Images as compelling surround us as we walk or ride in the streets of our lives. The challenge for this contest is to shoot those street images that set them apart from snapshots. Again – opportunities abound. Take your camera or phone outside with you and capture the odd juxtaposition of a passerby and a window decoration, a special look, a special split second moment of communication, a scene that conveys a message or feeling

The New York Center for Photographic Arts (NYC4PA) invites photographers from around the world to submit images using any photographic process (print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, etc.) for consideration to be included in this online exhibition. Winners will receive $4,000 in cash awards, be featured in the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the STREET PHOTOGRAPHY catalog. The Grand Prize winning image will be posted on the NYC4PA home page.

Juror: Michael Itkoff

Entry Fees: $35 for the first three images. Additional images may be submitted for $10 each. There is no limit to the number of images submitted.

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.