Calls for Artists

How to Submit:

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: MEMBERS SHOW: YOU + ME

An annual celebration of our artistic membership at the Arlington Center for the Arts!

After a year that has divided and disconnected many people, we remain humbly grateful for the community in which we serve. Arlington Center for the Arts is seeking artwork in all forms and mediums that address concepts of connectivity and togetherness for our 2021 ACA Members Show: You + Me


This exhibit honors the diversity of experience and expression, seeking pieces that speak to the various ways we can experience togetherness now and envision future possibilities. These concepts include, but are not limited to community, family, love, ecology, friendship and their struggles and triumphs.  Subjects can be realistic or abstract, human or environmental, calculated or experimental.



- Open to all ACA members in good standing, over the age of 18. Artists who are interested in becoming a member of ACA or renewing their membership may do so here.

- Artists must have a valid membership by the submission deadline.

- Eligible artists can exhibit up to three (3) pieces in this exhibition. 

- All works will be reviewed in advance and artists will be notified if we are unable to accommodate any submitted works prior to drop-off. 

- Only works that are submitted through our online form will be accepted into this exhibition. 


Important Dates:

Deadline to Register: January 20, 2021

Communication with Submitted Artists: February 3, 2021

Art Drop Off: February 24, 2021

Members Show: You + Me Opens: March 11, 2021

Members Show: You + Me Opening Reception: March 25, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Members Show: You + Me Closes: June 5, 2021


Requirements for Artwork:

- We will accept up to three (3) pieces of artwork per eligible member. 

- Framed artwork must be delivered wired and ready to hang, no gallery clips

- Limited pedestals 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

Call to Artists: REAL! 

A Juried Exhibit Curated by Gwen Chasan & Dan Cianfarini

This opportunity has been postponed until 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

  • facebook
  • YouTube Black Round
  • Blogger Black Round
  • Instagram Black Round
  • Twitter Round
  • flickr

Arlington Center for the Arts | 20 Academy St | Arlington, MA 02476 | (781) 648-6220 |

© 2014 Arlington Center for the Arts.