open calls for art

under the same flag

Entry to “Under the Same Flag” is open to all interpretations and portrayals of what America stands for and what unites us as a country. We are looking for artwork in ALL MEDIUMS that addresses concepts of personal identity, immigration, borders, national identity, heritage, minority’s rights, race, and other pressing contemporary issues. 

We want to celebrate the importance of diversity and America as a mosaic of the world’s cultures. We are a nation that has been built by individuals from all over the world and all walks of life, seeking refuge and a better life for themselves and their families. In doing so, we now live in the most unique nation on Earth.

Submission Deadline | February 28 at midnight

Artist Notification | All accepted artists will be announced on March 1

Drop-Off | March 19 and 20, 10am-6pm each day

*Late drop-offs will not be accepted, no exceptions.

Shipping Deadline | March 13

*Artists must provide a return shipping label with their artwork.

Pick-Up | April 28 and 29, 10am-6pm each day

Exhibition Dates | March 27 – April 27, 2020

Reception | April 9, 6-8pm

Awards will be announced on April 9 at 7pm | Best in Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, and 2 Honorable Mentions



This is a national call for art open to artists, 18 and over, living & working in the US. Non-local artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from ātac: downtown arts + music and are responsible for insuring their work while in transit. If shipping work, each artist must provide a pre-paid, UPS or FedEx return shipping label including insurance. Please pack your work in sturdy reusable packaging.

framingham's earth day festival: outdoor art

deadline: February 29, 2020

ātac: downtown arts + music and Framingham’s Earth Day Festival are looking for an artist to lead the community creation of an environmentally-themed public art piece! The creation of the artwork will take place at the festival with the help of the community. The finished piece will then be transported to ātac and be displayed on the grounds of ātac year-round.


This year will be the 10th anniversary of the Framingham Earth Day Festival, held on Saturday, April 25th from 11am-4pm. This non-profit, zero-waste environmental event is held on the Framingham Common at the corner of Edgell Rd and Route 9, near Framingham State University each year. The mission of the Framingham Earth Day Festival is to support Framingham on its journey towards sustainability and to make eco-friendly information and lifestyle choices more easily accessible to members of the community. The festival includes recycling opportunities, yoga, kids craft tables, local music and notable speakers on stage, vendors selling environmentally-friendly products and services, environmental groups with information tables, local food vendors, and more. 


This year we wish to communicate with the public about the environment through the emotional, physical connection that creating art can provide. A large, public-interactive artwork created during the festival would complement the other types of information provided to festival-goers during the event, and provide a personal experience that connects them to the event and their community. 


The artwork must:

  • Be environmentally-themed 

  • Use a majority of recycled, upcycled, repurposed and/or environmentally-friendly materials, found through donations, and/or through groups such as Freecycle or Buy Nothing Framingham, along with materials that ātac may be able to provide to repurpose. Minimum materials are purchased. 

  • Be able to be finished in one day

  • Allow for participation from individuals with varying creative skills, ages, and abilities

  • Be able to be transported from the festival to ātac at the end of the day

  • Be able to be displayed long-term outdoors

Artist will receive a $500 stipend and a negotiated budget for materials. 

Please submit your proposal to by February 29th. 

Proposal should include:

  • A drawing and a written description of finished work

  • A clear plan for community participation

  • Cost of materials, and explanation of how most materials are obtained and are environmentally friendly, upcycled, recycled, etc. 

  • Portfolio

  • Resume

The proposals will be reviewed and the selected proposal will be announced by March 7st so that the artist will have about two months to work on the project. We look forward to reviewing the proposals and having community art created during the festival! 

annual metrowest teachers art exhibit: call for art

This annual exhibit is an open call for artists who are also educators.

This exhibit will be on display in Gallery160, located at 160 Hollis St. Framingham, MA 01702, 2nd floor. The show will be on display from May 1, 2020 - May 30, 2020 & the opening reception is on May 7, 2020 from 6-8pm.

Submission deadline: April 14th at midnight