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

November 2020

Visual AIDS’ Postcards from the Edge (online)
Virtual exhibition and fundraiser

Deadline: November 23, 2020

Visual AIDS is transitioning their beloved Postcards from the Edge benefit art sale to an online format in January 2021. Support Visual AIDS by creating a 4 x 6″ original artwork in any medium.

Postcards from the Edge is Visual AIDS’ most popular and successful annual benefit event. It is not only a highlight of the art world each year for artists and collectors, but also provides essential funding to help Visual AIDS carry out their mission and programming. Postcards from the Edge will transition to a virtual event this year, and the sale will be online in January 2021.

Your artwork submission will help Visual AIDS generating the necessary income to support their work using visual art for HIV/AIDS education and advocacy and supporting artists living with HIV.

The Postcards from the Edge benefit will include the sale of postcard-size (4×6″) works, each displayed and sold anonymously for $85. The artists name is only revealed to the buyer after their purchase.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based arts non-profit with a growing national and international reach. Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual arts projects, while assisting artists living with HIV and AIDS.

CAGO’s International 8th Annual “ALL Color” Art Competition & Exhibition (online)
Online exhibition December 3 – December 27, 2020
Contemporary Art Gallery Online (CAGO)

Deadline: November 29, 2020

Open to all artists working in any media, exploring the theme of “ALL Color”: a concentration on one color of a multitude of color within the work. The competition will be judged, and awards given, in Painting & Drawing, Photography & Digital Art, Mixed Media & 3-Dimensional art.

Entry Fee: $15 for 1 – 3 images, and $25 for all images up to 5


December 2020

January 30-March 14, 2021
Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead, MA

Deadline: December 1, 2020

For close to a century, the Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) has exhibited the works of artists from throughout New England in the six galleries of its historic 1728 mansion, located in the Old Town section of this scenic town of Marblehead, MA. This tradition continues in 2021 as MAA invites artists, members and non-members alike, to celebrate the diversity of art in this juried exhibition of 2D and 3D work. All mediums are welcome. Prizes will be awarded in Fine Art, Photography, and 3D categories.

This Call for Works assumes the Marblehead Arts Association galleries are open to the public during the planned exhibit dates.  If, as a result of Covid-19, the state of Massachusetts or the governing body of the MAA determine the MAA galleries will be closed, Variations will become a virtual exhibit. Artists will be notified, at the time of their acceptance, if the show is to be live or virtual.

Entry Fee: $35 for one piece; $10 for each additional entry with a total maximum of 3 entries

Future Voices 2020 (online)
Virtual exhibition opens December 10, 2020
Shoreline Art Alliance

Deadline: December 3, 2020

Future VOICES is Shoreline Arts Alliance’s newest opportunity for you to make your artistic voice heard! Works with topical themes, particularly those concerning social activism, are encouraged. Work from artists of all ages will be considered, although those under the age of 18 must have parental or guardian permission to submit.

Photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, illustration, poetry, creative writing/essays, dance/voice/theater/music, film, and animation are all welcome! All submissions must include a short (less than 300 word) artist statement.

Entry Fee:  $10 for students, $25 for members, $35 for non-members

Playing With Fire
March 13 – April 24, 2021
Sarasota Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville, NY

Deadline: December 4

Saratoga Clay Arts Center seeks submissions of functional and decorative works by clay artists who play with fire. These works are plucked from altered atmospheres – those changed by wood, smoke, salt, or the like.

Juried by Mark Shapiro.

Entry Fee: $35 per entry, maximum five entries

Less is More: Upstream Gallery Small Works 2021
January 7 – January 31, 2021
Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

Deadline: December 4, 2020

Throughout the months of isolation, many artists have found themselves working in temporary spaces, or with improvised media. Some artists have made breakthroughs due to these limitations. We invite artists to submit small works interpreting the concept of Less is More for a national juried exhibit to be held at Upstream Gallery, located only 20 minutes from Manhattan.

Open to all artists. Entries in all media are welcome including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, photography, digital and sculpture. The size limit is 20″ in any direction including the frame or base.

Entry Fee: Minimum entry of 3 pieces $45; each additional entry $5 up to a maximum of 6 pieces ($60)  The jury may select one, several, all, or none of your submissions.

Artist Relief Fund (Grant Opportunity)

Deadline: December 10, 2020

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:

  • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
  • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 21 years of age or older;
  • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
  • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
  • Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
  • Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.

Please note that the Artist Relief coalition partners will make final eligibility determinations as needed.

No entry fee

Innovate Grant (Grant Opportunity)

Deadline: December 10, 2020

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Artists must be aged 18 years and older to apply.

Entry Fee: $25

Imagination Is Your Freedom: Upstream Gallery Annual Juried Photography Show 2021
February 4th – February 28th, 2021
Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

“Logic will get you from A to B; imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

Upstream Gallery believes Albert Einstein’s quote expresses perfectly the optimism we long for in the face of isolation, limited travel, and postponed holidays.  Photographers are invited to ignite their imaginations and submit work interpreting this theme for this annual juried exhibit of photographically based work.

Entry Fee: Minimum entry of 3 pieces $45; each additional entry $5 up to a maximum of 6 pieces ($60)  The jury may select one, several, all, or none of your submissions.

May 2021

Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program (Grant)

Deadline: May 12, 2021

Connecticut Sea Grant, through its competitive funding program the Arts Support Awards Program, will award up to $1000 to an artist or group of artists. The winning submission will be selected on the basis of aesthetic quality, relevance to coastal and marine environments and Connecticut Sea Grant themes, as well as its potential impact on non-traditional “audiences”.

Eligibility: Artists or groups of artists who live in Connecticut, or whose work is related to Connecticut’s coastal and marine environments and/or Long Island Sound are eligible for funding consideration. All artistic disciplines are eligible. Previous recipients of Sea Grant Arts Awards are not eligible for 5 years.

No entry fee

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.