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Real or Imagined
Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street
Attleboro, MA, 02703

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Massachusetts
Entry Deadline: 4/23/21
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Fee for Museum Non-Member - "Real or Imagined"): $25.00
Entry Fee (Fee for Museum Member - "Real or Imagined"): $18.00
Admin (Annual Artist Membership, Note: other membership categories are available): $35.00

Call for Artists: Real or Imagined
A National Juried Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum - Attleboro, MA

Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations of Real or Imagined.

In-gallery exhibition on view: June 16th–July 15th, 2021.  Selections from the exhibition will be presented online.

Reception details are TBD and will be based on health and satety guidelines during June/July 2021.

Spotlight the authentic or explore the unreal.  Consider depicting a representational still life or a surrealist scene, capture the phenomenon of phantom pain or visually share a ghost story. Real or Imagined can tackle the World Wrestling Foundation, true love, historical fiction, Santa Claus, the Emperor’s new clothes, 2020's excruciating twists and turns … 

Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded.

Entry Guidelines: Each artist may submit a minimum of one piece but up to two different pieces overall. If you do submit two pieces, the images need to represent two different works of art.

All mediums and  interpretations of Real or Imagined from US artists will be juried. There is no size limitation per entry, however all submissions (both 2D & 3D) cannot weigh over 100 pounds each. Work must not have been previously exhibited at the Attleboro Arts Museum (AAM).


Specifications:  Artists can submit 2D, 3D, installation, audio or video work. If selected, all technology for video or audio pieces must be supplied by the artist. Name each submitted file with the title of the art and artist’s last name (ex: ToothFairy_Smith.jpg).


Entry fees (All fees are non-refundable): 

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


Submission Deadline:

  • Friday, April 23rd, 2021 at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (MT)
  • All entries must be submitting through this siteEntries that are emailed or hand-delivered 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 19th, 2021 at 7 PM, MT.

Additionally, all accepted works will be listed by title on  All artists are expected to check the in-box of the email address that they provide with their submission(s) and/or the Museum’s website listing for notification of the juror’s decision. Please no inquiries.



Delivery of All Accepted Work: To properly record and install all accepted pieces, all work (and detailed hanging instructions, if applicable) must be delivered to the AAM between May 20th and June 5th, 2021, from 10 AM – 3 PM, EST.  We’re closed Sundays & Mondays, and Saturday, May 29th, 2021. We cannot accept your artwork before May 20th or after June 5th, 2021. 

Accepted work can be either hand-delivered or shipped to the AAM. Installations that require assembly by the artist must be scheduled in advance of delivery.  You can arrange to send a representative to deliver and/or pick up your artwork for you. The AAM is not responsible for making these arrangements for exhibiting artists.  Once artwork is delivered it cannot, for any reason, leave the gallery until the exhibition concludes. Wet paint will not be accepted. 

Mark all accepted artwork with the artist’s name, address, city/state/zip, phone, email, title of piece, dimensions (w x h x d), weight (no more than 100 lbs) and sale price (if applicable).

When acceptances are released in May 2021 artists will be able to download a Real or Imagined Loan Agreement and Delivery Checklist from to submit with their accepted artwork.  

Artists are responsible for all fees associated with the shipping of their work. FedEx is the AAM’s preferred shipping vendor. All shipped work must include: 1) $10 handling fee – per piece, 2) Pre-paid return shipping label that includes payment of shipping vendor’s pick-up fee, 4) A photo of your art taped to the outside of package, 5) A completed Loan Agreement & Delivery Checklist (available in May 2021 on Send to: Attleboro Arts Museum, Real or Imagined, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA, 02703. Fees are non-refundable. Checks payable to Attleboro Arts Museum.


Presentation: All accepted work must be framed, gallery-wrapped or finished on the edges and ready to hang at delivery with a sturdy wire hanging system. See the Museum’s website Exhibitions & Events/Framing Guidelines for details. We recommend neutral frames and white or off-white mats. Any pieces that do not match the juror’s decision, or are not the piece that was accepted, will not be installed and be returned COD.


Sales: All art sales are subject to the Museum’s commission of 30% for Museum members, 40% for non-members. Work does not need to be for sale.


Insurance: The AAM will insure all work from the date of arrival at the Museum through the stated pick-up dates. The maximum insurance amount covers up to an artist’s value of $2000, with a $500 deductible payable by the artist. The Museum is not responsible for loss or damage in shipping, or for insuring art during shipping. Art left beyond the final pick-up date of July 20th, 2021 at 3 PM EST, will not be insured.


In-person Pick-up of Exhibited Work: July 16th, 17th & 20th, 2021; 10 AM – 3 PM, EST. Work left past July 20th at 3 PM, EST will be charged $5 per day per piece at late pickup. There are no exeptions.


Return of Work–Shipped by the Museum: All work will be packed and shipped by July 22nd, 2021. You must enclose pre-paid shipping labels for the return of your work (the shipping vendor’s pick-up fee must be pre-paid as part of the return shipping label) and a $10 handling fee per piece. Checks payable to Attleboro Arts Museum

If you are within driving distance we would appreciate an in-person pick-up.


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