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Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition: America Now
Providence Art Club
c/o Gallery Manager Michael Rose
11 Thomas Street
Providence, RI 02903

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Rhode Island
Entry Deadline: 4/13/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition: America Now): $35.00

Call for Entries:
The Providence Art Club invites artists from throughout the United States to submit their recent work for an exciting open juried exhibition America, Now. Each year, the Art Club welcomes artists from across the country to submit work for an annual open exhibition. This year’s show will celebrate the best in contemporary art by makers working in all media from throughout the United States and will be juried by Elliot Bostwick Davis, PhD, Chair of the Art of the Americas Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Founded in 1880, the Providence Art Club is one of the oldest arts organizations in the nation and the first such Club to be co-founded by women and men. As an institution steeped in and dedicated to the celebration of art unique to the American experience, the Art Club community is excited to welcome the most talented American artists working today to exhibit their best work and continue sharing the story of American art. Please visit to apply to this exhibition.

Awards: Thirteen (13) prizes totaling $5,000 in awards. Best in Show Prize of $1,000.

Eligibility: Open to artists living and working in the United States.


Friday, April 13, 2018:  Application Deadline

Monday, May 21, 2018:  Accepted Artists Listed at

Friday, June 1, 2018: Biographical Material Due

Monday, June 4 – Friday June 21, 2018: Work Received at the Gallery

Saturday, June 23, 2018:  Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony (4-6pm)

Friday, July 20, 2018: Exhibition Closes

Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10, 2018: Removal of Work, Arrangement of Shipping

Exhibition Juror:
Elliot Bostwick Davis, PhD
John Moors Cabot Chair Art of the Americas Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dr. Elliot Bostwick Davis is the John Moors Cabot Chair of the Art of the Americas Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Since 2001 she has been responsible for the MFA’s extensive Art of the Americas collection of approximately 15,000 works, including one of the world’s preeminent assemblages of American paintings, decorative arts and sculpture. Dr. Davis led the curatorial team that created the award-winning Art of the Americas Wing, designed by Foster and Partners, which opened in November 2010.
Prior to joining the MFA, Dr. Davis was responsible for American, British, and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its Department of Drawings and Prints from 1992–1999. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, where she served as chair of the Curatorial Committee and a trustee of the New York Academy of Art. She completed 14 years of service as a trustee of the Groton School in Massachusetts, served as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators and is currently a counselor for the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, a trustee of the North Bennet Street School in Boston and a trustee of Mass Humanities.
Dr. Davis received her MA, MPhil, and PhD in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. She also studied studio art and printmaking at the Arts Students League of New York. Before attending Columbia, Dr. Davis earned a Masters of Art from New York University and is a cum laude graduate of the Department of Art History and Archaeology from Princeton University.

The Providence Art Club is thrilled to welcome Dr. Davis to select and judge work for this important national exhibition.

Entry Fee: $35 ($25 for PAC Members, for Coupon Code, please call Michael Rose)

*Note: This Entry fee is for up to two images or two pieces of work. You are only required to submit one image with your entry, but you may submit up to two. For Example, you may submit two different works and upload two images (1 image per work) or you may submit one work and upload two different images of that single piece.

Rules and Regulations:
Entries must be original artworks completed within the last four years. All works in the exhibition must be for sale (no “price on request” allowed). Works not properly prepared will not be installed. Hanging apparatus must be secured to the artwork. Three-dimensional works may not be heavier than 100 lbs. The Providence Art Club reserves the right to reject works that are deemed unstable, that differ from the submitted digital image and or description of work, or that are not professionally presented. Please contact Gallery Manager Michael Rose with questions about preparation.

Sales Commission: 25% for PAC members; 40% for non-members

Accepted artists will be e-mailed directly on May 7, 2018 and will also receive a phone call notification from the gallery. Names of artists who will be featured in America, Now will also be listed at, after 12pm on Monday, May 7, 2018.


Accepted submissions should be delivered to the Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street, Providence, RI 02903 from Monday, June 4 – Friday June 21, 2018 between 12 – 4pm on weekdays and 2 – 4pm on weekends in the Dodge House Gallery. Shipped works should be addressed to the attention of Gallery Manager Michael Rose.

Shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist. A check for return shipping or a paid return mail label, including insurance (please ask your carrier to determine this amount), must accompany work. Checks should be made out to “Providence Art Club”. If artwork cannot be repacked in original materials, additional packaging must be supplied by the artist. If packing materials and shipping payment are not included, the work will not be installed or returned.

All exhibited work must be picked up (or return shipping arrangements made) between August 6 - 10, 2018.

Please note, the Art Club will be closed for its annual two week summer break July 21 - August 5, 2018.

The Providence Art Club carries a blanket policy covering fire, theft, and breakage. The insurance value is considered 2/3 of the sale price, but no more than $250.

Photography / Publicity:
The Providence Art Club reserves the right to photograph work for publicity. By entering your work in the Providence Art Club All Media Juried Exhibition, you agree to the use of your name, likeness, certain personal information and artwork in any publicity material developed for the exhibition.

Please submit at least one digital image to the CaFE website ( to apply to this exhibition. You may submit a maximum of two digital images.

For Providence Art Club Members:
If you would like assistance applying to this exhibition please email Michael Rose, Gallery Manager at as soon as possible. The gallery staff is also available to photograph artists’ work if you need a digital image of the piece you plan on submitting. There is a $25 fee for this service.

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