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

December 2021

Artists Respond, Round 2
March 1 – September 30, 2022

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021

The Artists Respond grant program provides direct funding to Connecticut artists to pursue community-based projects that use the arts to respond to social issues, current events, and community needs.

Connecticut artists may apply for a grant of either $2,500 or $5,000 to support artist fees and other and project related expenses.

Projects must occur in Connecticut and be artist-centered initiatives that use the arts to inspire, empower, educate, and transform our Connecticut communities.

The Artists Respond program aims to invest in a wide range of community-based projects from large audience events to small group activities. All activities must be ready to pivot, if necessary, to comply with the ever-changing social distancing measures implemented at the local, state and federal level as a result of COVID-19.

New Beginning
January 3 – 30, 2022
Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY
Deadline: December 3, 2021

Sometimes we all need a fresh start; a chance to change our personal circumstances and our world, to begin again.  It is a search for optimism in a tough time. Upstream Gallery invites artists to submit small works interpreting the concept of New Beginning  for a national juried exhibit to be held at Upstream Gallery. All media welcome, with a size limit of 20 inches in any direction, including frame or base.

Entry Fee: $45.00 for a minimum of 3 pieces; $4.00 additional for each entry thereafter up to a maximum of 8 pieces ($65).  All pieces must be for sale. The gallery will retain a commission of 30% on all sales.

Call For Entry – Printmaking 2022
January 7 – February 28, 2022
The Art Center Gallery, Dover, NH

Application Deadline: December 5, 2021

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 such as Intaglio, lithography, serigraphs and more, the techniques are age-old but the result is so new. We are looking for your most current work produced in the last year

Juried by artist Sally Dion, a printmaker for over 30 years who works with nontraditional materials and resident artist at the Art Center in Dover, exhibits nationally and teaches workshops across New England.

Entry Fee: Free for Art Center members, $25/entry for nonmembers

PORTALS: International Juried Photography Call for Entry
The New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA)

DEADLINE: December 5, 2021 (Midnight Pacific Time)

“She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” sang the Beatles

“Lookin’ Out My Backdoor” sang Creedence Clearwater Revival

 Doors and windows and arches and frames and tunnels are so much a part of our lives. There are so many ways to think about them. We can look at them, or through them.  We can poke our hand out the window to test the weather, or just see a wonderful scene a little differently when framed by an arch or array of tree limbs in a park.

 For this call your images can focus on the “portal” itself like a closed door or a wonderful windowsill, or the view through the portal to the other side. Does it frame the main subject of the photograph or does it add another dimension, such as the distortions of old glass or reflections in windowpanes.

Once again, we invite you to be creative and have fun in the process. 

As with all calls, all 2D photographic art is accepted.


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.

10th Annual Photography Exhibit
January 8 – 29, 2022
Arts Center East, Vernon, CT

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Each year, Arts Center East dedicates an exhibit to the art of photography. 2022 marks the 10th year of our annual photography exhibit! Open to photographers ages 18 and older who work in digital and film photography. All subjects are welcome, whether nature photography, architecture, close-ups of small details, portraits, etc. This exhibit is to showcase the unique ways photographers view and capture the world around us.

OPEN CALL for 2022 Exhibition Proposals
The Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

Special Virtual Exhibition Opportunity for All Submitting Artists! 

Submissions Considered For:

  • Exhibition curated by Kristina Newman-Scott to take place March 6 – April 24, 2022
  • Solo exhibitions curated by ECOCA
  • Digital Grace, a rotating online exhibition platform, as well as other online programming and exhibitions
  • Thematic group exhibitions
  • Project space for video, installation, and experimental works
  • Perspectives Gallery @ Whitney Center, Hamden, CT (curated by Debbie Hesse)
  • Other off-site and online opportunities
  • Special interviews and social media features
  • Optional Collision Room proposal — learn about the Collision Room here!
    Please note you must be able to commit to spending 25 hours a month on-site.

Entry Fees: $35 – $40

Any Shape or Form: Annual Juried Photography Show
February 3 – February 27, 2022
Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY

Deadline for Entries: Thursday, December 30, 2021

Any Shape or Form asks us to open our minds to embracing all shapes and forms as we celebrate uniqueness. This theme can be explored in all forms of photography whether documentary, nature, abstract or conceptual; it can manifest as a subject or be defined by a composition. Our juror, Dave Shelley, will be looking for creativity in both literal and symbolic interpretations of this theme.

Guest Juror:  Our guest juror DAVE SHELLEY is a co-founder of Photoville–a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography for all.

Entry Fees: $45.00 for a minimum of 3 pieces; $4.00 additional for each entry thereafter up to a maximum of 8 pieces ($65).  All pieces must be for sale. The gallery will retain a commission of 30% on all sales.

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:

SAY SOMETHING: Tactile Voices in Clay
April 30 – June 11, 2022
Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville, NY

Deadline for Entry: January 5, 2022

Handcrafted objects play an intimate role in our everyday lives as they engage the body directly in the simple act of use. Why not also engage the mind of the user with your own take on the world? As we go about the process of nourishing, pleasing or honoring our bodies, the containers we use have the ability to contribute, augment and tantalize how we experience our existence. The intimate space between our pots and the person using them is ours to engage.

Saratoga Clay Art Center’s national juried exhibition, SAY SOMETHING, curated by Philadelphia potter and artist Kevin Snipes, seeks tactile voices in clay. That is, utilitarian works that not only function well in our daily lives, but also use decoration, narrative imagery, words, and/or form to give the works a glimpse into the passionate mind of the maker. Whether quietly stated, in your face, or smoke and mirrors, the works in this exhibition will give an inclusive look at diverse voices in the activation of utilitarian clay. Freedom of speech is respected, but hate speech is not acceptable.

Entry Fee: $30

2022 I-Park Residency Program
June – October, 2022
East Haddam, CT

Application Deadline: January 17, 2022

Multi-disciplinary 4-week sessions consist of between 6 and 7 artists, all of whom arrive and depart at the same time, ensuring a deeply shared experience. Residents are provided a private bedroom in a fully renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, and chef-prepared dinners five nights a week.

Shared amenities include a communal kitchen, Common Area for group gatherings, library, 25 art/nature trails, wireless internet, a wood-fired sauna out by the pond, floating living room and a workshop outfitted with tools, materials and equipment.

The residency is self-directed and non-judgmental. You decide what you’re going to work on and when. I-Park’s resourceful staff is devoted to providing each artist with a fulfilling, productive and comfortable residency experience. We welcome ambitious installation projects on the I-Park grounds, and there is a small budget for materials, equipment and labor for approved projects.
Assuming the Covid-19 landscape permits, each residency will conclude with an Open Studios event, in which members of the public are invited to meet the artists, experience their works and explore the I-Park grounds.
Supported Disciplines:
Music Composition/Sound Art
Visual Arts
Moving Image/New Media
Creative Writing
Landscape/Garden/Ecological Design
Entry Fees: $35
April 7 – 30, 2022
Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
This exhibition is exclusively for the abstract artist and will represent a full range of abstraction, from the geometric to the lyrical, from the precise to the raw. Entry is open to all artists working in any media.
Entry Fee: $35

February 2022

April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023
Cambridge, MA
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
In recognition of the talented artists inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery, and as part of our Artist-in-Residence program, the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (FOMAC) is awarding a small number of grants in 2022 to support artist projects. The grant must result in a deliverable product, program, or event that is created for and unique to Mount Auburn Cemetery. Planning grants will also be considered for larger projects to be completed in 2023, and funded projects may be scaled up. For questions, please contact Jenny Gilbert at

New Haven Paint and Clay Club’s 121st Annual Juried Exhibition
May 8 – 29, 2022
Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

Submission Window: February 14 – March 20, 2022

All accepted works will be displayed in-person at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art and online on the New Haven Paint and Clay Club’s website. The juror of selection and awards will be Cat Balco, a renowned exhibiting artist and Professor of Drawing and Painting at University of Hartford Art School.