Outside Exhibition Opportunities

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 the month in which they open, but application deadlines are highlighted in bold.

Listings will update as MMoA staff members hear about new information!

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


March 2020

March 6 – April 17, 2020
Lyme Art Association
Receiving: February 29 and March 1


April 2020

FIBER 2020
April 4 – May 15, 2020
Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT
Deadline: February 7, 2020

This exhibition seeks to present the best of contemporary fiber art. Submissions are invited that reflect the breadth of functional or non-functional works that use fiber and/or fiber art techniques in traditional or innovative ways. Works made from natural or high tech materials that reference fiber and that blur the lines between art, architecture and craft are welcome.

Juror: Beth C. McLaughlin, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA

Arts of Tolland 17th Annual Open Juried Art Show
April 5 – April 26, 2020
Tolland, CT
Deadline: Receiving is March 22 & 23, 2020

Open to all artists 16 years old and older. Artwork to be hand-delivered to the Arts Center of Tolland, 22 Tolland Green, Tolland CT. Original artwork only; no reproductions, no crafts, no photography, no sculpture, no digital art. Works should be wired and ready to hang. No tooth-hooks will be allowed. Works previously exhibited in any Arts of Tolland Juried Show are not eligible.

Juror: Art Scholz

Juried Exhibition – “SMALL IS THE NEW BIG”
April 9 – May 7, 2020
Rene Soto Gallery, Norwalk, CT
Deadline: March 16, 2020

A small piece of work can be more impactful than a large one. Open to artists living in the United States. Original art in any two-dimensional or three-dimensional media no larger than 14 inches by 16 inches including frame, created in the last 2 years and not exhibited previously at Rene Soto Gallery, including: painting, fiber art, mixed-media, photography, drawing, printmaking, pastels, and 3D bas-relief artwork created to be hung on a wall is eligible. Sculpture is accepted only if the artist supplies their own stand or the work is free standing.

Juror: Benjamin Casiano

April 23 – June 7, 2020
West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT
Pre-registration Deadline: April 2, 2020 (later applications will be accepted, but be charged a $20 late fee)

This exhibition is open to artists working in all mediums in CT, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Hand Drawn: A Juried Exhibition of Drawings
April 25 – May 29, 2020
Mills Pond Gallery, St. James, NY
Deadline: March 24, 2020

Drawing in any medium, including but not limited to: graphite, pen, charcoal, ink wash, pastel, chalk, conte, colored pencils, and digital media. All subjects, styles and genres are encouraged, i.e. fine art, illustration, design, conceptual, realism, digital, expressive, abstract etc. All drawings must be original. Prints, watercolors, photos and scanned digital photography manipulated by an app will not be considered.

Juror: Thomas Germano, Full Professor of Art and Art History at Farmingdale State College

Academic Artists Association’s 70th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism
April 26 – May 17, 2020
Arts Center East, Vernon, CT
Deadline: March 7, 2020

Open to all living U.S. artists. Two entries allowed, no more than one per artist will be accepted. Original representational art welcome in the categories of Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Graphics, Pastels and Sculpture. No Photographs, Giclees or Digital Prints allowed.

Juror: Peter Seltzer

May 2020

May 1 – 24, 2020
Florence Griswold Museum
Deadline: April 1, 2020 (online submissions only)

What Does SANCTUARY look like to you?

The exhibition “Nothing More American:” Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community features Matthew Leifheit’s photographs of a family that took sanctuary from deportation inside the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. His images of these immigrants appear with portraits of refugee families resettled in Old Lyme. Fleeing devastated countries, they found sanctuary in Connecticut, where they are building new lives.

We invite amateur photographers to take the theme of “sanctuary” as their inspiration for a pop-up juried exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum. The dictionary defines sanctuary as a “consecrated place,” such as a space of worship, and as “a place of refuge and protection.” What do you consider your sanctuary? Point your lenses at the places that represent sanctuary to you.

Participants may submit up to three digital photographs on the theme of “sanctuary.”

May 7 – 30, 2020
Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
Deadline: February 29, 2020

A group thematic exhibition presented by SlowArt Productions, focusing on art inspired by the natural world. All art forms relating to, or gaining inspiration from the world of nature are eligible, such as landscapes, skyscapes, flowers, vegetables, fruits, and animals. The human figure is permitted only as part of the natural environment. All artist interpretations of the natural world from the realist to the abstract and conceptual will be reviewed and considered.

Juror: Limner Gallery Director

 – June 21, 
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
Final Application Deadline: March 2, 2020

An open call to all Glass Artists of all glass techniques – blown glass, kiln working, glass casting, flame, neon, stained glass, glass painting and glass etching.

Juror: Michael Endo, Curator for Bullseye Projects (Bullseye Glass Company)

May 9 – June 21, 2020
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
Final Application Deadline: March 2, 2020

The broad theme of Wide Open 11 encompasses all the possibilities of knowledge and freedom and love ‐ wide open spaces…arms wide open…eyes wide open ‐ but as with all things, there is the inevitable opposite ‐ wide open to attack…corruption…failure. What kind of fantasy is this? What does it really indicate? This juried show looks to explore the idea of “wide open” in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche.

Open to all residents of the U.S. and its Territories 18 years of age or older, working in all traditional and non‐traditional 2D and 3D media, *including film/video only when part of an Installation.

Juror: Paulina Pobocha, Associate Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Connecticut Sea Grant Award Opportunity for Artists
Deadline: 4:30pm on May 11, 2020

The Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts has joined with the Connecticut Sea Grant to enhance their Arts Support Awards Program. All artistic disciplines are eligible, including visual, performing, literature, composition, film, etc. One or more awards will be made to an artist or group of artists through this competitive funding program. The maximum amount of any award is $1,000. 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 who live in Connecticut, of whose work is related to Connecticut’s coastal and marine environments or Long Island Sound. Note that awardees selected to receive DECD funds must be CT residents.

ART AT IVES: Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show
May 16 & 17, 2020
Ives Concert Park, Danbury, CT
Deadline: April 3, 2020

Featuring a great variety of high quality original works and offers a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category, this 5th annual show will be a featured component in the Water Lantern Festival which drew approximately 4,000 patrons in 2019.  Great food & music, art demonstrations and children’s events will also be included. The Ives is proud to work together creatively with many artists and community stakeholders such as the WCSU Art Department, Cultural Alliance of Western CT and  Brookfield Craft Center to develop this show, envisioning and inspiring cultural enrichment for the entire family.

May 16 – June 19, 2020
Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, NY
Deadline: March 24, 2020

A national juried exhibition of artist books and text-based visual works. Submissions must be visual in nature. Written text passages must be part of an artist book, painting, photograph, drawing, print, collage, sculpture, or other visual art form. Submissions may be text art, concrete/visual poetry, any of the above mentioned disciplines, or a combination thereof. Submissions may or may not contain text or type. This exhibition is open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age.

Juror: Scott McCarney

The 47th Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival
May 30 & May 31, 2020
Westport, CT
Deadline: February 8, 2020

This will be the 47th year for this prestigious annual event, thousands of patrons eagerly look forward to visiting from surrounding Fairfield and Westchester counties and further. This show is nationally considered one of the best for quality and recently ranked #34  of the top 200 in the country. High end sales and great artist hospitality make this a very desirable weekend opportunity for fine artists.

June 2020

Month of June
Newport, RI
Deadline: February 15, 2020

The Newport Art Museum announces a call to artists for its residency program in June 2020. $500 Honorarium, $200 Travel Stipend, $250 Meals/food shopping, $500 Materials/Supplies/Equipment (any purchased equipment will remain with the Museum). The Newport residency strives to create a community of artists that reflects a rich mix of artistic styles and ethnic, social and human diversity. The Newport Art Museum actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or ancestry.

Artist Status: Mid-Career and Established Artists.
Collaboration: May apply as a team (2 people maximum).
Geography: Open to US artists.

42nd Annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival
June 6, 2020
Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA
Deadline: March 15, 2020

In addition to arts and crafts booths along Babcock Street, the festival will feature food trucks and dining. 80 juried exhibitors will be selected featuring exceptional work in 2-D and 3-D art, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, wearables, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, paper, photography, wood and mixed media.

June 8 – October 24, 2020
Studio 80, Old Lyme, CT
Deadline: May 1, 2020

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds’ annual exhibition, Summer Sculpture Showcase, has featured the selected sculptural works of over 80 acclaimed artists, hailing tremendous success, and providing artists with a unique opportunity to showcase their sculpture in a majestic environment specifically designed to nurture the creative arts. The exhibition has drawn over 6000 viewers to the 4.5-acre sculpture garden located on the Connecticut shoreline.

Up to four works may be submitted, and all sculptures must be suited for outdoor display.

June 17 – July 11, 2020
Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
Deadline: April 30, 2020

We are living in an age of global crisis – of catastrophic MELTDOWN, a crisis the proportions of which, sadly, needs no description.  Historically artists have foreseen, described and been inspired by crisis. The subject of this exhibition is every aspect of the MELTDOWN crisis, be it political, global, personal, environmental, financial, psychological, scientific and/or spiritual.

Entry is open to all artists over the age of 18, working in any media.

2020 National Juried Exhibition
June 18 – July 11, 2020
First Street Gallery, New York, NY
Deadline: March 31, 2020

Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 yrs. old, with the exception of artists currently represented by FIRST STREET GALLERY. Eligible works include ORIGINAL oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints, photography, mixed media, and sculpture in any medium. No video, film, installation, giclées or similar reproductions.

Juror: Andrew Arnot, president and owner of Tibor de Nagy Gallery

On the Surface – A National Juried Exhibition
June 18 – July 16, 2020
Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
Deadline: April 14, 2020

Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations of On the Surface.

Explore outward appearance, chipping paint, highly polished keepsakes, the curb appeal of your home, tattoos, reactions to poison ivy, lunar landscapes, iPhone wallpaper, shadows, crashing waves, the perfect family, fine textiles, etc.

Juror: Neal Walsh, Gallery Director at AS220 in Providence, RI

Norwalk Art Festival
June 27 – 28, 2020
Mathews Park, Norwalk, CT
Deadline: March 15, 2020; or until space is full

Open to 100 juried artists from local to national talent, exhibiting in a wide variety of media including photography, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, painting, mixed media, printmaking, fiber, metal sculpture and glass.

July 2020

60th Niantic Lions Club Outdoor Art/Craft Show
July 4 & 5, 2020

Town Hall Grounds, East Lyme, CT
Deadline: March 31, 2020

Paintings, sculptures, photographs, carvings, pottery, jewelry, and other handmade items are eligible for the jurying process. Each accepted artist is assigned a 10ft x 10ft space, but must must provide their own display racks, chairs, tables, easels, sun and/or rain covers. The food court will feature lobster rolls and the Lions’s famous kettlecorn.

July 7 – 25, 2020
New York, NY
Deadline: March 22, 2020

Original paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media only. No giclees, digital prints, videos or photographs will be accepted.

Juror: Susan Lichtman, Charles Bloom Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis University


July 9 – August 31, 2020
Groton, CT
Deadline: June 15, 2020

The Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art seeks proposals for temporary sculpture and/or light projection installations on the
grounds of the University of Connecticut, Avery Point campus located in Groton, CT with the goal of assembling a dynamic set
of artworks—some visible by day, some after nightfall—that will reinstate the presence of in-person art exhibitions during this unprecedented time of limited public activity.

Themes for proposals may include, but need not be limited to: marine life, maritime history and culture, the ecology and environment of Long Island Sound, and responses to our campus architecture and dramatic shoreline setting. Please use Google Streetview to scout potential locations for your proposed installation.

For more information, please click the link to download the Prospectus.

Juror: works will be selected by a committee convened by the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery

Contemporary Realism  – A Juried Fine Art Exhibition
July 11 – August 8, 2020
Mills Pond Gallery, St. James, NY
Deadline: April 25, 2020


Only oil paintings will be considered in this call for submissions. The subject matter is open and can range from portrait, landscapes, still life, etc. Paintings should be representational, ranging from impressionistic in style to highly rendered paintings.  Paintings will be juried on the basis of their artistic quality and skill level.

Juror: Max Ginsburg

5th Annual Stamford Art Festival
July 25 – 26, 2020

Harbor Point,  Stamford, CT
Deadline: March 2, 2020

Juried artisans specializing in painting, sculpture, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, printmaking, glass, ceramics, and art jewelry will share their unique talents at this premier event held  along the waterfront in Stamford, Connecticut. In addition to showing their work, the exhibiting artists will be available on site to share their creative process with patrons. There will demonstrations, hands-on art projects and plenty of complimentary art supplies available for inspired children and adults to enjoy throughout the weekend event provided by Jerry’s Artarama.


August 2020

SoNo Arts Festival
August 1 & 2, 2020
South Norwalk, CT
Deadline: February 25, 2020

The vibe is Fresh, Fun, Funky and Affordably Cool Art for everyone in every range.

63rd Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival
August 8 & 9, 2020
Historic Downtown Mystic, CT
Deadline: April 27, 2020

The oldest festival of its kind in the northeast region, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival draws more than 85,000 people from around New England and beyond during this two day event. As a juried art show, the Art Festival serves an audience of discerning art enthusiasts, as well as weekend visitors and residents from surrounding communities.The festival showcases over 230 artists, with more than two miles of arts and crafts including oils, watercolors, photographs, pastels, sculpture, woodwork, comics, acrylics, and more. The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival (MOAF) is free of charge to visitors, and features activities and artwork for all ages to enjoy, including a Children’s Art Park. Hosted by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

2020 Adirondack Plein Air Festival
August 17 – 22, 2020
Saranac Lake, NY
Deadline: April 1, 2020

Open to all plein air artists, 2020 marks the 12th anniversary of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival. Come spend a week in the rugged mountains that inspired the Hudson River School painters! Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks, the event is centered in the historic mountain village of Saranac Lake, New York, centrally located in the Adirondack Park.

There are 5 days of outdoor painting, a Nocturne Contest, a “Paint the Town” Silent Auction, a Special Preview Party, a Quick Draw Competition, and a huge Show & Sale. Artists will have a full choice of wild mountain, lake and river landscapes, rustic lodges and farms, and historic buildings in the villages. 50 artists will be selected to participate in the Festival, along with 10 alternates, in case of cancellations.

Juror: Richard Lindenberg

September 2020

Arts & Crafts on Bedford
September 12-13, 2020
Bedford Street, Stamford, CT
Deadline: June 28, 2020

Only handmade, one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods and products made by local and regional artists will be considered for exhibition.

October 2020

October 10 – 11, 2020
Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, CT
Application deadline: June 3, 2020

The Bruce Museum’s Outdoor Arts Festival’s purpose is to foster an appreciation of, and increase an interest in the fine arts. Their first standard is excellence of work to be exhibited. The festival is strictly juried from digital images. A maximum of 90 exhibitors is selected from the top entrants. They do not accept dealers, imports, or reproductions. Accepted are fine arts only, no crafts.

Categories: oils/acrylics on canvas, watermedia on paper, graphics and drawing, mixed media, sculpture, and photography.

November 2020

The F-Stops Here
November 9 – November 23, 2020
Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT
No deadline listed yet

All photographers from the region are invited to submit up to three works in color or black & white for consideration in this year’s juried photography exhibition at the Hygienic Galleries. Offered only once per year, this will be the eigth iteration of The f-Stops Here.

November 30 – December 28, 2020
Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT
Drop-off for accepted submissions: Sunday, November 18, Noon – 4pm

Calling all artisans & makers!

Hygienic’s annual holiday show, “Art=Gift” is back! This year’s show features handcrafted, affordable art (including, but not limited to: paintings, prints, photos, glass art, jewelry, hand-printed shirts, knitted garments, drawings, wood-turning, holiday cards and ornaments, etc) by local and regional artists! Showcasing special pieces with gift-giving in mind, all works are priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season.