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Call for Art

The Big Tent: HCA Members Show (In-Person and Online)
February 5—March 18, 2021
Online Reception: February 5, 6–7pm
Online artwork entry deadline: Monday, January 18, 11:59am

Artists will be notified of which of their submissions will be accepted into the show by 5 pm on Friday, January 22.

DROP OFF DATES/TIMES for selected work: Friday, January 29 from 3 pm–6 pm & Saturday January 30 from 10 am–1 pm

Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) seeks artwork for our yearly Member's show.

Artist Members young and old (we have student and senior memberships!) are invited to submit online applications containing 1 or 2 works of art no larger than 30" wide. All media are welcome, including painting, drawing, photography, and prints - and wall-hung sculpture if it does not protrude more than 10 inches, and the widest dimension is 30".

All work must be wired for hanging, and all entries should be original artwork, not shown previously at HCA, and may be created by an HCA member of any age. 

One or two artworks will be chosen for this exhibition, depending on space considerations.

Submission Fee: $0 for members.  Simply use code MEMBER when you get to the payment section.

NOT A MEMBER? Not a problem! Now is a great time to join the HCA family. For a LIMITED TIME ONLY: Sign up or renew now for an 18 month membership! (For current members, 18 months will be added even if you upgrade your membership!) Ends December 31, 2020!

NEW BENEFITS for all Members: 10% off ESL performances and discounts at local businesses. And for members beginning at the Family/Grandparent level: Free or discounted admission to over 1,000 arts/cultural institutions throughout the US. including The Danforth Art MuseumdeCordova Sculpture Park and MuseumHarvard Art Museums, and Discovery Museum. Plus, in addition to 5% off classes, there is now a 5% discount off ESL Theater children's production fees.
> Find out more on our Membership page.

Enter Your Work Here

For those participating in the Arts in Bloom show, artwork pick up is Friday, January 29, 3-6pm and Saturday, January 30, 10am-1pm.

Exhibit Opportunities

At HCA, there are several opportunities for artists to show work: Fresh Perspectives (open to all HCA students); The Big Tent (open to all members), and  juried shows, such as Spring Ahead: Arts in Bloom (open to adult artists). Juried exhibits are curated by guest jurors who select pieces from submissions received during our open Calls for Art. Recent jurors have included Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Attleboro Museum, Katherine French (Director Emerita of Danforth Art, now Gallery Director of Catamount Arts), Jane Young (Chase Young Gallery, Boston), Arthur Dion (Gallery NAGA, Boston), Zola Solamente (Arden Gallery, Boston), and Photographer Chehalis Hegner.

More Resources for Artists

Artsake, Artscope and Art New England  regularly list Calls for Art. Also check out The Art List,  a great listing of additional opportunities.

The Arts and Business Council is a wonderful resource for artists.  Artsy Shark has hundreds of articles and resources about the business of being an artist.

For artists looking for ideas, tips, and inspiration, see the Painterskeys, a blog about art and life. Written by painter Robert Glenn and published by his artist daughter Sara Glenn, it also includes great tips to jumpstart your work like this one, about creating magic.

Additional info

Members of all ages have an opportunity to exhibit in The Big Tent, our annual members show, and they receive a reduced entry fee for all HCA Art Shows. To purchase a membership, click here.

Information about how to propose a group exhibition in the Lotvin Family Gallery can be found here.


INSPIRATION: Did you know that Getty Museum now has an online library containing over 300 publications that you can download for FREE? Go to Getty Publications Virtual Library.


VIDEO HOW TO: Frame Your Own Artwork.


SHIPPING artwork: U.S.Art is a very good, professional art shipping company.  (They are not inexpensive.) 
If the work is a sturdy piece in a wooden box, a common carrier, i.e., a trucking company, can do it.
If it's a small sturdy piece that can be very well packaged, Fed Ex, UPS, and the post office are possibilities. (Rule of thumb for UPS: can the piece in its package survive being dropped four feet onto hard floor?)


For information about the HCA gallery or upcoming exhibits, please call or call Kris Waldman, Co Director, at 508.589.4409 or email kris@hopartscenter.org.

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