Calls for Artists


Call to Artists: REAL! 

A Juried Exhibition Curated by Gwen Chasan & Dan Cianfarini

The Arlington Center for the Arts seeks submissions for its upcoming exhibition REAL! This exhibition 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

Online Submission Deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021

Submissions due at ACA for jurying: Monday, October 4, 9am-7pm & Tuesday, October 5, 9am-1pm,
Artist Notifications: Wednesday, October 6 by 9PM EST

Pick Up of Unaccepted Artwork: Thursday, October 7, 9:15am-7pm and Friday, October 8, 9-12pm 

Exhibition Dates: October 21, 2021 - January 14, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 6-7:30pm

           AWARDS: There will be prizes awarded to artists selected by the Juror and Curators and presented at the Opening Reception. Awards include the Juror Award, the Curators’ Award, and the Play Time Award, sponsored by Play Time Arts & Crafts.
Panel Discussion w/ the REAL! Juror, Curators, and selected Artists & ACA Annual Meeting Celebration: Friday, December 3, 6-8pm


  • SUBMISSION FEE: ACA Members: $30 for up to 3 works; Non-Members: $40 for up to 3 works

  • Artists must be over 18

  • Media accepted include Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media, and Sculpture.

  • 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.

  • Submitted work must be wired and ready to hang or install.


  • Jurying will be conducted in person, so all submissions must be brought to the Arlington Center for the Arts on one of the dates listed above.

  • All submitting artists need to complete the REAL! Online Submission Form by September 24.

  • Complete your submission payment here.


Image Credits:

Yacht Club Perfect Day by Marjorie Glick

Phyllis by Jeremy Angier

1928 Remington by Emily Passman

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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 artist who creates watercolor and acrylic paintings inspired by the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Her work bridges realism and expressionism as she is drawn to expressing the inner world and emotions evoked by what we see around us. Gwen loves to experiment with new materials and approaches to making marks and images. Gwen has studied drawing and painting with artists in the Boston area and in Italy and Greece. Her work has been included in solo and juried exhibitions locally and regionally. She paints in her Arlington studio and teaches workshops in Massachusetts. Her work can be viewed at and on Instagram @gwen_chasan_art.


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

Offsite Exhibit Program


Interested in exhibiting your work at local businesses and venues around Arlington, MA? The Arlington Center for the Arts has well-established relationships with many local business owners and cultural partners who are looking to display locally-made artwork in their public spaces. The ACA Offsite Exhibit Program is an artist bank that the ACA manages and presents to our local partners annually, and arranges exhibitions of selected artists work in these spaces for 3-6 months at a time.


How It Works:

  • Our exhibits team reviews the submissions on a rolling basis as requests are made from the community for local art.

  • Artists who are selected from this bank will be contacted by our Operations Manager, Pam Shanley who will review the opportunity for exhibition, and if accepted by the artist, will coordinate the artwork selection, installation, publicity, and reception for each artist.

  • Submitting to the Offsite Exhibit Program does not guarantee an exhibition opportunity.

  • Once an artist submits their work to the form, they are added permanently to the bank, but they are invited to reach out to ACA staff after a period of one (1) year if they have updates to their portfolio and have not yet been selected. 

  • Opportunities for exhibition range from a few pieces of art by one artist, to a large-scale exhibition featuring multiple artists. 


How to Submit:

  • Please complete the form below and be prepared to provide between 5-10 images of your work.

  • Preference will be given to local artists.

  • Exhibit opportunities are available for a range of large (10’ and under) medium (48” and under) and small (12” and under) sizes, and price points. All types of 2-D work is acceptable (painting, printmaking, photography, drawings, etc) as well as 3-D work that can be installed on a wall (fiber art, ceramics, etc).

  • Unfortunately we cannot accommodate free-standing 3-D work at this time.

  • All exhibited work will need to be ready-to-hang (wired, no saw hooks) prior to installation.

  • The ACA takes a 30% commission and Artists will receive a 70% commission on all artwork sold during their placement.


Any questions should be sent via email to Pam Shanley at