visual arts

Visual Arts @ ātac is home to many programs/galleries which support artists and offers MertroWest residents opportunities to engage with the arts. Our three galleries (Gallery160, Stage Gallery, and Morton Street Gallery) are expertly curated with a rotation of group and solo exhibitions. In addition to meetups, artist talks, and exhibition opportunities, we offer an artist level membership to support artists in their craft, business, and community connections. 

Please note that our galleries are temporarily closed as we take precautions with COVID-19. Please see our executive director's statement here.



Gallery160 is ātac’s largest exhibition space, consisting of three rooms on the second floor of the firehouse. The Annual Open Arts Juried Exhibition, the MetroWest Teacher’s Exhibition, and the Fountain Street Arts Alumni Exhibition are shown here. The gallery is open during feature shows and is visited by more than 4,000 guests and performers throughout our program season. 


To be considered for an exhibition in one of our four galleries, please review our submission guidelines here.


Stage Gallery is located in the performance hall of the firehouse. Most often used for solo shows and seen by all of our event guests, Stage Gallery offers artists a high traffic space to exhibit their work.  


To be considered for an exhibition in one of our four galleries, please review our submission guidelines here.


The Morton Street Gallery, located in Downtown Framingham at 81 Morton Street, is made possible through a partnership with Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing where patrons enjoy craft beer and fine art all in the same place! It’s a small but mighty space where we typically exhibit a single artist. Stop by Exhibit ‘A’ during open hours to see our current exhibition. 


To be considered for an exhibition in one of our four galleries, please review our submission guidelines here.


Rhythmicity: Poetry Workshop
Rhythmicity: Poetry Open Mic
Process: Stephanie Stigliano

members artists

Member artists receive benefits such as listing in our Artist Directory, use of meeting space, low-cost rentals, half-price on market tables, and inclusion in our Members’ Exhibition. Membership supports artists in their craft, business, and community connections while supporting ātac’s mission of creating community through the arts.

open calls

gallery submissions

ātac: downtown arts + music  curates three art galleries focusing on emerging and professional artists in the Metrowest Area and we are always seeking new artwork to exhibit. There is no fee to apply for any of the Galleries.

Before filling out this form please review the Rules and Guidelines to make sure your work will be eligible:

**Not all submissions will be chosen to exhibit with ātac. Exhibits are chosen on a juried basis. You will be notified of acceptance via email. Please do not call about your submission. Although we can’t respond to every request, we appreciate your interest and will be in touch if we feel that your show would be a good fit for our galleries.

Interested in submitting you work? Please fill out/submit our form below and you'll hear from us soon!

Process submissions

Process is a series of talks with artists and performers.


They have 20-30 minutes to speak to whichever part of their process they choose, with equal time for audience questions and comments.  Artists may present on old or new works, thoughts on a concept, an experience, or anything related to the art-making process.

These talks dig deeper into the practice of art-making. What is learned when things don’t work out? How do we know when something is completed? Who is the work for? What is a first exhibition like? What is the last show of a long tour like?  What does it feel like to diverge from a long-explored aesthetic? What is a favorite aspect of craft? Exploring the answers to questions like this and more can bring us further into our own creative process and connect us more deeply to the works we already love. 

The series will be pretended virtually on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. 
Pay What You’re Able. $5 Suggested


Want to be a part of the Process? Fill out this form!

Liminal submissions

Thank you for your interest in Liminal, ātac’s Gallery160 Installation Series!


Typically we are unable to feature installation work in our galleries, however, the Covid-19 health crisis, gives us the opportunity to utilize our gallery space differently. We are seeking proposals for large scale instillations for our Gallery160, a second floor, fully ADA accessible two-room gallery space. See below for the illustrated floor plan.

Installations will take place during our 2020-21 season (September-June) and have up to two weeks to install, one week for viewing through virtual tours, and one week to dismantle. The construction and deconstruction process will be documented and visible to our patrons via webcam, photos, and short interviews with the artist. Once the installation is complete, we will provide virtual tours to ticketholders which will be recorded for later viewing as well. 

Liminal is part installation work and part performance, so think about the construction, tour, and deconstruction as part of your overall project. We’re looking to provide a multi-layered, engaging visual arts experience for our community. 

Please fill out our form below and send your proposal to with “Liminal Proposal” as your subject line.


The proposal must include:

  • Artist Statement

  • Project Goals and Objectives

  • Timeline

  • Images or Link to Your Portfolio 

  • Materials Used 

  • Project Budget

  • Funding Sources

  • Resume and References 

You can find a layout of the Gallery160 here, indicating the usable space. Your design must include ADA accessible walkways. Artists and assistants must follow all health and safety guidelines outlined by the state, CDC, and ātac at the time of installation. 

There is no fee to apply for any of the Galleries, although you must be a member. Please let us know if the cost of membership would be prohibitive. Not all submissions will be chosen. You will be notified of acceptance via email.

The submission deadline for September-January entries is August 1, 2020.

Thank you so much for your interest! We look forward to reviewing your proposal. 

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