An Open Call for Rhode Island Area Portuguese Artists

Arte Corajosa Celebrating Azorean Creativity:
Courageous Art

Deadline for entry:  11:59 pm PT March 18, 2018
Juror’s Selection – by April 15, 2018
Drop off – 3rd and 4th of June
Opening Reception – Friday June 15, 6:30 – 8:30

Entry is online through our portal at:

Accepted Media:  2-D and 3-D media of all kinds.  No Video or site-specific installations.

Entry Fee:
$20 = Four 2-D entries.
$20 = Four 3-D entries with two alternate views of each.
$55 = If you would like to become a member:  $35 for yearly dues plus $20 for four entries.

Exhibition Dates:  June 15th – August 26, 2018

Juror:  Nancy Whipple Grinnell

Artist Reception:  Friday – June 15, 6:30 – 8:30

The Bristol Art Museum is providing the East Bay and greater Rhode Island community with the opportunity to experience traditional, contemporary and historical Portuguese culture through the presentation of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and educational workshops.

Juror:  Nancy Whipple Grinnell is Curator Emerita at the Newport Art Museum, where she served for 18 years. During that time she produced over 200 exhibitions, expanded the permanent collection by 800 works, oversaw accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, established endowments for conservation and acquisitions and organized the Archives dating back to 1912. She also wrote a biography of the Museum’s founder, Carrying the Torch: Maud Howe Elliott and the American Renaissance, and authored numerous Museum catalogues and brochures.

Grinnell’s curatorial strength is in her ability to see quality in diversity. Her curatorial work at the Newport Art Museum was always distinctive, adventurous and fresh bringing the museum admiration and respect. Nancy is known for finding and promoting artists creating quality work whether they are well known or not.

Entering Your Images:
•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.
•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:
•    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

•    Artwork must be created by an artist of Portuguese Heritage.
•    The Artist should reside in Rhode Island and South East New England.
•    All work must be original, no commercial work considered.
•    All work must be hand delivered, no artwork accepted if shipped.
•    All work must be properly framed and ready for display.
•    No saw tooth hangers.
•    2-D work may be no larger than 48”x 60”.
•    3-D work should weigh no more than 50lbs.
•    The artist must be 18 years of age or older.

Entry and Selection Process:
•    All entries are submitted online.
•    Up to 4 submissions per artist.
•    The juror determines final selections.
•    Work received must be accurately represented by images submitted online.
•    All work will be juried using the online images submitted by artists.
•    All work must be original.
•    The submitting artist must be at least 18 years old.
•    All work must arrive ready to install including any special instructions for installing.
•    Artwork can weigh no more than 50 pounds and must fit through an average door.

•    BAM retains a 20% members commission on all sales of artwork.
•    30% non-members.

•    Drop off of artwork – Sunday June 3 – noon – 3 pm & Monday June 4 – noon-3pm
•    Juror’s Selection – by April 13, 2018
•    Artists will be notified of accepted works by email.
•    At the conclusion of the exhibit work must be picked up on August 28th and 29th – Noon – 3 pm.



REGARDING JURY NOTIFICATIONS:  Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from  To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders’ list.

On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from ConstantContact, that will state the same.

1.      Go to and log in using your email address and password.

2.      Right above where you just logged in, click “Your Artist Profile.”  You are now in Your account!

3.      Click the show name and you will see your first image.  The jury results will be under the thumbnail view.

4.      As you will see, it will say either “This Image has been Accepted or Declined in to the show.”  Under that sentence, you can click “Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter.”  The letter will then be displayed below.

5.      If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image.

6.      While you are in your account on, click “Personal Info” and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up-to-date.


NOTE:  Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety.  Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow.



How to look at or edit your entries.

How to pay, if you didn’t pay when you entered.

How to see if you’ve already paid, or how to get a receipt.

How to Update your Personal Info (name, address, email address, password).

How to REPLACE an Entry.

Also, if you’d like to write to us to get help, CLICK HERE:

Interested in creating Public Art @PVDFest?

The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT) is commissioning a total of four temporary public art installations for PVDFest 2018. The deadline to submit qualifications is December 18th 2017 at 5:00pm. Eight finalists will be invited to submit full proposals and four artists will be commissioned for $2500 works.

Our RFQ is open to individual artists, artist teams, and nonprofit organizations. Preference will be given to artists, practitioners, and scholars who live or have a business/studio address in Providence, RI.

Selected works will be installed prior to the start of PVDFest 2018 and remain installed for up to one week after the festival concludes.

Please go to  PublicArt@PVDFest  for more details. And remember, this is a highly competitive process, so bring your A game!

We look forward to reviewing your submissions on December 18th!


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

For the 2018 season

This call for submissions is open to all artists living in New England and neighboring states who are able to hand deliver their work to Hope, Hospice & Palliative Care RI. Students are ineligible. No application fee. The HHPCRI Gallery Wall offers a professional hanging system with dedicated lighting. High visibility area for visitors and staff. Large works encouraged. 16 x 20” min. frame size. $250 HONORARIUM FOR EACH EXHIBITING ARTIST SELECTED



The Bristol Art Museum is seeking a part-time, temporary project manager to oversee an arts/cultural grant. The grant supports a community wide celebration of Portuguese and Azorean arts and culture anchored in the Museum with a focus on the East Bay community. Position is grant funded. The ideal candidate will have:

Ø Experience (3-5 years) as a project manager, preferably with a project related to art;

Ø Strong team management skills;

Ø Previous experience in event management and community outreach;

Ø Proven ability to manage and track expenses and complete all grant reporting;

Ø Well-developed communication skills;

Ø Highly organized and flexible. Please submit resume and a brief cover letter stating availability to attention Jane Lavender by November 24, 2017.

Call for Artwork- Winter’s Eve at East Greenwich Library

Winter’s Eve

7th Annual Juried Art Exhibit

DECEMBER 4, 2017 – December 29, 2017

Friends of the East Greenwich Free Library invite artists to submit work for their Winter’s Eve show, reception, and fundraiser. Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces for consideration, a maximum of two pieces may be selected for hanging. No theme required, maximum size of 40″ in any direction, no sculpture. For more information, and to submit, visit Submission deadline: November 11.


Island Moving Company presents the seventh Open for Dancing Festival September 20-24, 2017. Choreographers this year are Mary Scott, of Seattle; Thom Dancy of St. Louis, MO and Teresa Fellion from New York. They will be working with other artists and members of the community to create work for our most imaginative and joyous festival.

In a process that participants have called life-changing, ordinary people collaborate with accomplished choreographers and artists to make memorable performances. They create a community with their fellow company members and the artists. In the long days of developing the piece, they discover physical reserves within themselves and intimate affinities within the landscape they work. Audience members at the free performances commonly see familiar landscapes in a new way. O4D has happened on beaches,

wharves, in parks, on private lawns, and in historic venues.

Festival Locations:

  • Ballard Park Quarry Meadow
  • Greenvale Vineyards Manor House
  • Fort Adams Redoubt

For More Information or to Sign Up to Participate,

Rhode Island Public Artists – Get On This Contact List

The RI State Council On the Arts maintains a list of every Rhode Island public artist who has ever worked with us, applied to one of our Requests For Qualifications  or even simply contacted us for information.

If you’d like us to add your name to that list, please email Please put Public Art List in the subject line. Thanks!