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Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition
Providence Art Club
11 Thomas Street
Providence, RI 02903

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Rhode Island
Event Dates: 5/9/20 - 5/29/20
Entry Deadline: 3/13/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition): $35.00

Providence Art Club
National Open Juried Exhibition 2020

Juried by Matthew Hargraves, PhD
Chief Curator, Yale Center for British Art

$6,000 in prizes
Best in Show Prize of $1,000!

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 opportunity. Each year, the Art Club welcomes non-member artists from across the country to submit work for an open exhibition. This year's show will celebrate the best in contemporary art by makers from throughout the United States regardless of theme, style, or media. 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. In 2019 the Art Club was recognized as one of the top three galleries in Rhode Island by the Providence Journal, and received a coveted Best of Rhode Island Award for Best Art Gallery in Providence. Entering our 140th year, we look forward to sharing the best in current visual arts from throughout the country with our unique audience.

Fourteen Prizes totaling $6,000 in awards
Best in Show Prize of $1,000

Open to any artist living and working throughout the United States, its territories, protectorates, and provinces.

  • Friday, March 13: Application Deadline
  • Friday, April 10: Accepted Artists Notified via Direct Email
  • Friday, April 17: Accepted Artists' Biographical Material and Hi-Res Jpeg Due
  • Monday, April 13 - Wednesday, May 6: Accepted Work Received at the Gallery (weekdays 12-4pm, weekends 2-4pm). Shipped works must be accompanied by a paid return mail label.
  • Exhibition Dates: May 9 - May 29, 2020
  • Saturday, May 16: Reception and Awards Ceremony (4-6pm)
  • Friday, May 29: Exhibition Closes
  • Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 5 (12-4pm daily): Removal of Work, Arrangement of Shipping. Works must be picked up, or shipping must be arranged, by June 5.
About our Exhibition Juror:
Matthew Hargraves PhD
Chief Curator, Yale Center for British Art

Matthew Hargraves PhD, is a curator, art historian, and educator who specializes in the history of British art, and in particular the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. He is the author of a variety of publications, including Candidates for Fame: The Society of Artists of Great Britain (2006); Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (2007); Varieties of Romantic Experience: British, Danish, Dutch, French, and German Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp (2010); and A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany (2014). He has worked at the Yale Center for British Art since 2005.

At the Center, Dr. Hargraves has organized exhibitions including Varieties of Romantic Experience, an exhibition of more than 200 northern European drawings of the Romantic period from the outstanding collection of the late Professor Charles Ryskamp, Director Emeritus of The Morgan Library & Museum and Frick Collection in New York, in 2010. This exhibition treated British drawings as part of the international phenomenon that was Romanticism to show the cosmopolitanism of draftsmanship during the period. He also curated Connections, an exhibition of treasures from the Center’s collections, in 2011, which celebrated the launch of the collections online, a project he oversaw as Head of the Department of Collections Information and Access.

In collaboration with Scott Wilcox, Deputy Director for Collections, Dr. Hargraves led a team of curators in the complete reinstallation of the Center’s galleries completed in 2016. Entitled Britain in the World, it features more than 500 objects from across the Center’s collections, and galleries puts British art in a global context, tracing the relationship between art and Britain’s imperial ambitions from the sixteenth century to the present. Emphasizing the range and depth of British art, the reinstallation reveals how the story of art in Britain was shaped by artists from across the globe, and how it was constantly being reinvented in response to Britain’s changing fortunes.

In addition to his work at the Yale Center for British Art, Dr. Hargraves also lectures in the Department of History of Art at Yale, home to the oldest dedicated Art Department at any university in the United States.

Dr. Hargraves earned his BA from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, and both his MA in 2000 and PhD in 2003 from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, all in the history of art. We are thrilled to welcome a curator, art historian, and educator of his caliber to the Providence Art Club!

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 

Educators' Bonus:
Throughout 2020, the Art Club's 140th Anniversary Year, we are exploring the role education has played throughout the Club's History. As a bonus, visual art educators who are accepted to the show will pay a member commission of 25% should their work sell.

Accepted artists will be e-mailed directly on April 10 and will also receive a phone call notification from the gallery. Names of artists who will also be listed on the Art Club's social media channels, and later, on the Club's website.

Accepted submissions should be delivered to the Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street, Providence, RI 02903 from Monday, April 13 - Wednesday, May 6 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. Works delivered late will not be included in the exhibition.

Shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist. A paid return mail label, including insurance (please ask your carrier to determine this amount), must accompany work. We suggest air float style boxes, or similar packaging for ease of unwrapping and rewrapping. Please do not use loose packing peanuts in shipping. If artwork cannot be repacked in original materials, the artist must supply additional packaging. 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 Monday, June 1 and Friday, June 5. Works left at the Club after this date may become subject to a storage fee at the discretion of the Gallery Manager.

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. Artists are encouraged to provide insurance riders for their work if it is of high retail value.

Photography / Publicity:
The Providence Art Club reserves the right to photograph work for publicity. By entering your work in the Providence Art Club National Open 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 artwork if you need a digital image of the piece you plan on submitting. There is a $25 fee for this service. If you would like gallery assistance with applying, you must make an appointment no later than Friday, March 6. It is unlikely gallery staff will be able to assist with applications after this date.
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