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Calls for Artists

In the Shaira Ali Gallery

Members Show: New Perspectives


IMPORTANT UPDATE - Due to some facility improvement projects being conducted by the Town, we have made the decision to postpone the 2024 Member's Show until Fall 2024. This postponement ensures our gallery space will be accessible to artists and visitors for the duration of the exhibit, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The call for this exhibit is now closed and will reopen later this summer. Artists who have already submitted to this exhibition will have their submission carried over to when we reopen the call.

Any questions? Please feel free to email Delia Tharnish, Education and Programs Director at or call 781-648-6220. 

New Perspectives is a show for experimental and dynamic works of art that manipulate how we perceive our world. Strike imagination with saturation and help us facilitate community with color. New Perspectives is a members' show for all mediums, both 2D and 3D, that explore inventive viewpoints in expressive or unique ways. Whether you play with foreshortening, juxtapose perspectives, dabble in the surreal, or have a new narrative to share with our community, this is the show for you!


Do you want to participate but you are not a member yet? Now is the perfect time! Explore our membership packages and join ACA as a member today!


Members are welcome to submit up to three pieces of art for this exhibition. Please complete this form and send any questions to Delia Tharnish, Education and Programs Director at or at 781-648-6220.

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Submission Guidelines

  • All submitting artists must be an active ACA Member (all membership levels are eligible) 

  • Artists may enter up to three pieces

  • Artwork must be smaller than 24” x 24” (including frame)

  • Framed artwork must be delivered wired and ready to hang, no gallery clips or sawtooth hangers. Any work unframed or framed without a wire-back for hanging will be turned away.

  • Plinths are available for 3D work, please bring any additional props needed

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

  • All media 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.

Visit our Offsite Exhibits Page for more information. Any questions should be sent via email to ACA's Operations Director, Pam Shanley, at

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