Calls for Artists

Call to Artists: Nurture/Nature

On View: February 6 - March 31, 2020

The Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to present the inaugural exhibit in Focus, our biannual photography series in partnership with Century 21 Adams. This exhibition series will feature work by photographers who often bear witness to many of the issues and discussions common in our society; in ways that are thoughtful, unfiltered, and accessible. 


The 2020 Focus Exhibition is titled Nurture/Nature.  The theme invites artists, and in turn audiences, to explore their individual relationship with nature, as well as our collective impact on the natural world.  This exhibition seeks photographs which investigate how human and natural evolution may influence each other and as well as the human responsibility to others, the future, and nature itself.

Nurture/Nature Exhibition Juror: Laura McPhee, Photographer & MassArt Professor 

About Our Juror: 

Laura McPhee was born in Manhattan and grew up in central New Jersey. She earned her BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She lives in Brookline, MA. She is noted for her stunning large-scale landscapes and portraits of the people who live and work in them.  She is currently working in the desert west of the United States where she is chronicling visual stories about time, both geologic and human. A serpentine river cuts deep incisions in the land over ages. A gold mine on the edge of the Black Rock Desert has the earth slashed open and its ruddy interior revealed.  A still-life found at the edge of an alkali flat reveals intricate details of daily life—a tiny plastic toy among shards of glass and rust, a penny, machine parts, and desert varnished tin cans.  All contemplate the unintended consequences of humanity’s attempts to control and manage nature and how we use the earth and to what ends.   A meditation on our material lives and on climate change, the images depict our paradoxical approaches as we at once protect, alter, and extract from the land.

Important Dates:

Deadline to Submit: Monday, December 16, 2019

Artists notifications: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Artwork Drop-Off: Thu & Fri, 1/23 -1/24

Exhibition Opens: February 6, 2020

Opening Reception: February 27, 2020, 7-9pm

Exhibition Closes: March 31, 2020

Eligibility and Submission Requirements:

  • There is a $30 submission fee

  • Artists must be over 18

  • Each artist may submit up to three pieces

  • All work must be in the medium of photography. This call is open to all digital and film photographers. 

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

  • All accepted work must be wired and ready to hang

  • No size requirement

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