Calls for Artists

Illustration of two people seated on a bench facing each other with two trees in the background. Illustration by San Gonzalez

Image Credit: Community by San Gonzalez

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Members Show: Courageous Colors

Courageous Colors is a show for the bold, experimental, and vibrant works of art that illuminate our world. Strike imagination with saturation and help us facilitate community with color. Courageous Colors is ACA's annual Members' Show and is open to all mediums, both 2D and 3D, that explore hue, chroma, and value in expressive or inventive ways.  Whether your color enhances the energy of your subject, alters the message of your work, or illuminates possibilities, 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



Deadline to Submit: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Announce Selected Art: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Art Drop Off: Wednesday, September 28, 2022: 8am - 6pm

Exhibition Opens: Thursday, October 13, 2022

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 27, 2021, 6pm-7:30 pm

Exhibition Ends: Wednesday, January 11, 2022

Art Pick up: Thursday, January 12, 2022, 8am - 6pm



Eligibility and Requirements:


  • Artists must be a current member of ACA to participate in this exhibition

  • Eligible members can submit up to three pieces for consideration

  • Artwork must me 24” x 24” or smaller (including frame)

  • Framed artwork must be delivered wired and ready to hang, no gallery clips or sawtooth hangers

  • 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.


Any questions should be sent via email to Pam Shanley at

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