Calls for Artists

About the Jurors:


About Jill Harvey: A Framingham native, Harvey has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master's degree in public affairs from Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. While pursuing her master's degree at Brown, Harvey focused on U.S. public policy and assisted in advancing the program's diversity and inclusion initiatives by researching best practices, creating cultural competency activities and developing diversity programming and training. Prior to pursuing her master's degree, Harvey worked in the Autism Spectrum Center at the Boston Children's Hospital and as a youth leader at the Brookline Teen Center where she ran a weekly art night for kids exploring mediums ad materials, while discovering different artists and their methods. In her personal time, she enjoys making art of all kinds including drawing and painting.


About Liz Shepherd: Liz Shepherd is an artist living and working in Jamaica Plain, MA. Liz produces small print editions as well as large-scale sculptural installations. Frequent themes are the difficulties inherent in being part of an American family, illness and loss, and immigration. Recent solo shows have also been at Georgetown College, Georgetown KY, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, at the Scuola Di Graphica in Venice, Italy and at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. Her work is the permanent collection at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Edinburgh (Scotland) College of Art, Syracuse University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Hanoi (Vietnam) Contemporary Art Center and numerous private collections.

Call to Artists: Created Equal Exhibition

Deadline to Submit: Saturday, August 1, 2020 

Presented by the Arlington Center for the Arts in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Arlington


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment and the successes of the Suffrage movement, the Arlington Center for the Arts seeks submissions for its upcoming exhibition Created Equal In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Arlington, the ACA presents Created Equal to showcase artwork that exemplifies the mosaic of voices that contribute to our society and the equal weight all voices carry.


This exhibit honors the Suffrage movement and the passing of the 19th Amendment, but it is not limited to this historic moment. It serves as a reminder that these rights are hard won and need to be protected and not taken for granted. The Suffrage fighters give us inspiration, courage and hope to move forward and face the struggles we see in our community, our country, and our world today.


The ACA seeks artwork in all forms and mediums that address concepts of fundamental rights and freedoms in our society. This includes, but is not limited to women’s rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, veteran’s rights, disability rights, freedom of speech, voter rights, criminal justice reform, and environmental protection.

This subject and dialogue are as important now as they have ever been and we welcome the opportunity to provide a platform of inclusion and equity to all artists. We are committed to presenting this exhibition opportunity as a way to amplify voices of those most marginalized by societal oppression, racism, and discrimination of any kind. We have also decided to waive all submission fees for this exhibit.


The Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome Jill Harvey, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator for the Town of Arlington and Boston-area artist Liz Shepherd as our jurors for this exhibition.

Additional Programming:

  • Our Opening Reception on October 8th will feature Juror Awards presented to up to three (3) exhibiting artists, as well as a Voter Registration table available for all visitors who would like to register before the October 14 deadline.

  • An exhibition in the ACA Hallway Gallery will feature a collection of prints of political cartoons created by artist and suffragette Blanche Ames. These cartoons, created between 1915 and 1920, depict a variety of political statements related to the suffrage movement and at the time, were published in Women’s Journal. This exhibit will be on view for the duration of Created Equal.



  • Deadline to Submit: August 1, 2020

  • Notifications to Artists: August 15, 2020

  • Art Drop off: September 18 & 19, 2020

  • Exhibit Dates: September 25 - November 6, 2020

  • Reception: October 8, 2020, 6:30-8pm

  • Exhibition Talk: TBD

  • Artwork Pick Up: November 7 & 9, 2020


  • This opportunity is free to submit

  • Artists must be over 18

  • Each artist may submit up to three pieces

  • All media accepted

  • Work must not have been shown in the ACA gallery within the last three years

  • 2D work must be no wider than 48” and all 3D work should be no larger than 12” wide/deep

  • Accepted work must be wired and ready to hang or install



  • The deadline to submit to this opportunity has passed. Please email with any questions. 

Public Health Disclaimer: The Arlington Center for the Arts acknowledges and is regularly responding to the phased reopening of our society and the recommendations made by the CDC, the State of Massachusetts, and the Town of Arlington regarding social distancing and public gatherings. As we approach the timeline set forth for installation, opening of the exhibition and its subsequent public events, we will regularly monitor safety measures necessary for such events and will communicate with participants in the event modifications need to be made to the timeline or format of the exhibit. Plans are in place for virtual experiences of both the exhibition and its planned events if necessary.

Call to Artists: REAL! 

A Juried Exhibit Curated by Gwen Chasan & Dan Cianfarini

This opportunity has been postponed until early 2021. Please check back soon for details on deadlines and show-related dates! 

The Arlington Center for the Arts seeks submissions for its upcoming exhibition REAL! This exhibit focuses on the beauty and appeal of artistic realism, where the subject matter of the work is presented without artifice, accepting and portraying the subject matter as seen, finding beauty and interest in the everyday world. Historically, highly representational art has fallen in and out of favor and popularity, but it has enjoyed a continuous following of those who find pleasure, value and meaning in seeing what is.

REAL! Exhibition Juror: Phil Young, New England Painter and Educator

About Our Juror: 

Phil Young is an accomplished painter and respected art educator based in Arlington. He has long been intrigued by landscape and seascape forms which, along with a strong emphasis on color relationships, are the basis for his abstract work. He explores the richness and vibrancy of color, the way new paint overlaps existing color and creates exciting new color relationships. Phil has exhibited widely in the region, at Galatea Gallery, SOWA, the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Cambridge Art Association, Arlington Center for the Arts, the Attleboro Arts Museum (“8 Visions”, 2016), and most recently in a two-person show at the Concord Art Association. As an art teacher and head of Burlington HS Art Department, Phil taught and encouraged a wide range of young artists. He received a B.S. in Art Education from SUNY Buffalo and an M.S. in Studio Art (painting) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

About Our Co-Curators:

Gwen Chasan is an Arlington based artist who creates watercolor and acrylic paintings inspired by the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Gwen worked in technology and management for more than 40 years and began her painting career in 2010. Her work has been included in juried exhibitions locally and regionally. She paints in her Arlington studio and teaches workshops in Massachusetts.


Dan Cianfarini is a watercolor painter who focuses primarily on representational landscapes, often including an architectural or other man-made element to suggest the passage of time. Since beginning to paint about twenty years ago, he has studied painting and drawing with several instructors in the greater Boston area and abroad and has participated in several solo shows as well as numerous group shows. His work can be seen at

Image Credits:

Yacht Club Perfect Day by Marjorie Glick

Phyllis by Jeremy Angier

1928 Remington by Emily Passman

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