Call Detail
On the Surface
Entry Deadline: 4/14/20
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Fee for Museum Non-Member - "On the Surface"): $25.00
Entry Fee (Fee for Museum Member - "On the Surface"): $18.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 2
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 2
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 2
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 2
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Massachusetts

Call for Artists: On the Surface
A National Juried Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum - Attleboro, MA

Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations of On the Surface.

Explore outward appearance, chipping paint, highly polished keepsakes, the curb appeal of your home, tattoos, reactions to poison ivy, lunar landscapes, iPhone wallpaper, shadows, crashing waves, the perfect family, fine textiles ... recently we've been receiving remarkable works dedicated to the COVID-19 crisis.

Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded.

Online Exhibition: June 18th–July 16th, 2020



The deadline for all submissions to On the Surface, our annual national juried exhibition, is April 14th.  It’s been a pleasure to see interpretations of this theme from all over the United States. The online submission process has allowed us to continue with accepting art to be considered for this show.

On the Surface will still be juried, selections will be made, and six artists will still receive juror’s awards as planned. However, in light of the current health concerns, the exhibition of accepted works will switch to an online format. 

It is clear that shipping artwork from throughout the US or driving art to the Museum during May/June will be a challenge and may put individuals at risk.  Therefore, all accepted works will appear online and, when possible, we’ll be working with exhibiting artists to add video remarks to the online show.  


Entry Guidelines:
Each artist may submit up to two different entries. All mediums and interpretations of On the Surface from US artists will be juried. There is no size limit for 2D, however all entries (both 2D & 3D) cannot weigh over 100 lbs each. Work must not have been previously exhibited at the Attleboro Arts Museum (AAM).

Specifications: Each artist may apply with a maximum of two different submissions, and can upload one file per submission. Artists can submit 2D, 3D, installation, audio or video work. Each file must be named with the title of the art and the artist’s last name (example: Pothole_Jones.jpg).

Entry fees:

  • $18 covers payment for up to two pieces for Attleboro Arts Museum members
  • $25 covers up to two pieces for non-members
  • You can join as a member when you pay for your submission(s)  
  • All fees are non-refundable

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, April 14th at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (MT). Entries that are emailed will not be accepted.

Notification of Decision: All artists will receive notification of the juror’s decision sent to the email address that they have provided by Wednesday, May 13th at 7 PM, MT. Additionally, all accepted works will be posted on  All artists are expected to check the in-box of the email that they provided and/or the Museum’s website listing for notification of the juror’s decision. Please no inquiries.


Sales: All art sales are subject to the Attleboro Arts Museum’s commission of 30% for Museum members, 40% for non-members. Work does not need to be for sale, but prices will be listed as part of the online exhibition.


All dates, specifications & fees are non-negotiable.