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Call for Art


You: Artists depict themselves

October 7 - November 19, 2019
Important Info for artists:
11/29 - 11/30/19: Art Pick Up. Hours: Friday, 11/29, 4 - 7pm, and Saturday, 11/30, 10am - 1pm

The Big Tent: HCA Members Show

December 12 - January 9, 2020
Online artwork submission
Deadline: Thursday, November 28, 11:59pm

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

(NOT A MEMBER? No problem! You can join now, by going to our Membership page.)

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

Framed work must be wired for hanging.  

All entries should be original artwork, not shown previously at HCA, created by an HCA member of any age. 

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

Submission Fee: $10

Online artwork submission
Deadline: Thursday, November 28, 11:59pm
Notifications about accepted work: December 1, 5pm

Artwork Drop off: 
Friday, December 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

End-of-show Artwork Pickup: 
Friday, 1/10/2020, 4 - 7pm, and Saturday, 1/11, 10am - 1pm

To join the show, submit images of your work here.

If you have trouble submitting your work, you are welcome to call Kris Waldman, Director at 508.489.4409.

Festival of Wreaths

November 27 - December 8, 2019 
Artists and craftspeople are invited to submit handmade wreaths to adorn the Lotvin Family Gallery during the holidays at HCA, which will include Hopkinton's town-wide Holiday Stroll and the Shopping for a Cause Holiday Boutique. The wreaths will be available to visitors during the exhibit period through a silent auction. Proceeds of the sales will benefit the artist and HCA, 50/50. 

Wreath drop off: Friday, Nov 15, 4 - 7pm, and Saturday, Nov 16, 10am - 1pm.

Shopping for a Cause Holiday Boutique
Co-hosted with the Real Housewives of Hopkinton

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2 PM – 6 PM

The Delbridge Family Performance Space will be set up for this festive event. Wine and appetizers will be offered to visitors.
This is a juried show that will include artists, craftspeople and small businesses.

Click here to find out more and apply to be a vendor. 

If selected, the vendor fee is $50. Vendors are responsible for bringing a table, setup and breakdown, and accepting payments from shoppers. Many vendors find that using Square, to enable credit card purchases, greatly improves sales.

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. Until the November 1 deadline, they have listed information about the 2020 Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists.

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.

A GUIDE : How to Price your Artwork

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.