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Calls for Artists

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Image Credit: Walden Pond #1 by Vicki Paret

About Our Curators

Marjorie Glick (she/her/hers) Marjorie Glick is known for her large scale vivid realism watercolors that are inspired by New England’s places of antiquity and by the beauty found in nature. She has exhibited at several regional museums and galleries including the DeCordova Museum, Berkshire Art Museum, Brockton Art Museum, Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, and the Forum Gallery in New York. Her work is in over 40 corporate and private collections including The Federal Reserve Bank, Fidelity Investments, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Tufts-New England Medical Center, all in Boston; Friends Hospital, in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (Artist’s Resource Trust Grant) and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is represented by The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and was a member of the faculty of the DeCordova Museum School, in Lincoln, MA from 1986-2012. She leads plein air workshops in Maine, France, and Tuscany. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and has studied independently with Wolf Kahn and George Nick. To learn more about Marjorie, visit her website. You can also read a feature on her work in American Watercolor Weekly.

Vicki Paret (she/her/hers) Vicki is a representational painter and a functional potter with a M.A.T. from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and ongoing education at the Harvard Ceramics Studio. She has been on the faculty at the Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Museum, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and spent many years teaching young people as Chair of the Art Department and teacher at Waring School in Beverly. Teaching at the ACA has included classes in drawing, ceramics, and painting with gouache. Vicki is represented by Galatea Fine Arts in SoWa. Learn more about Vicki on her website.

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Calling watercolor and gouache artists! Whether you paint en plein air, strive for realism, or construct worlds through narrative illustrations, we welcome all gouache and watercolor artists to showcase their work in our upcoming exhibition! We are looking for artists whose use of the medium invites unexpecting eyes. Do you employ fine lines or intense saturation? Does your application create drama or an illusive atmosphere? Perhaps the scale of your work allows you to explore new dimensions in your artistic journey. We want to see how you breathe life into watercolor and gouache!


Arlington Center for the Arts has a long history of celebrated watercolor and gouache artists, classes, and teachers that incubate both creativity and community. This exhibit not only calls upon the artists already participating at Arlington Center for the Arts, but also invites those working in the mediums of gouache and watercolor to join us. In honor of this, work in this show will be curated by none other than ACA's beloved teaching artists, Marjorie Glick and Vicki Paret.

Important Dates

Dates of Exhibit: February 1 - March 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2023 from 6-7:30 PM

Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 10, 2023

Drop-Off Art for Jurying: Tuesday, January 16, 2024 between 8:30 am - 6:30 PM at ACA
Selected Art Announced: Monday, January 22, 2024

Work Not Selected Pick-up: Tuesday, January 23 & Wednesday, January 24 between 9-6:30 PM
Pick up Work: Thursday, March 28, 2024 between 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Submission Guidelines

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  • There is a $30 submission fee for up to 3 pieces

  • Artists must be ages 16 and up.

  • Work submitted must use watercolor and/or gouache as the medium. No other mediums will be accepted.

  • Work must be ready to hang, installed, or displayed. 2D works must be on canvas or framed with  a wire in the back for hanging or it will not be accepted. Specific display needs must be specified and provided by the artist.

  • Site-specific proposals are welcome, but there is no guarantee we can accommodate. Please reach out to cat@acarts.org if you have any questions.

  • There are no size restrictions beyond the height of the gallery, which is 6 feet tall. There are limited opportunities for anything taller than 6 feet (see site-specific proposals).

  • Due to the small size of our operations, we are unable to accept international work at this time. This show will showcase artists from the Greater Boston Area, as we are a community art center and our organization’s mission is to build community through the arts.

  • Artwork shown at ACA in the past year will not be accepted.

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.

Offsite Exhibits

Any questions should be sent via email to Pam Shanley at pam@acarts.org

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