In keeping with its guiding principals and practices, the Cultural Center invites submissions  from  both emerging and established artists and from those with special needs and challenges.

With the exception of its Annual Members’ Exhibition in January, the exhibits it hosts are open to all.

The Center typically issues three or four calls for art submissions each year (though it hosts approximately 80 other exhibits through rentals and invitationals). Open calls are  usually based on a theme of wide appeal. Most are juried by the directors. Submission fees, which help to defray expenses, are very reasonable. In some cases, they are waived.





Calliope Poetry and Bass River Press seek poems for an anthology exploring the history, heritage, culture and environment of Cape Cod and the Islands. This anthology, From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands through Poetry, will highlight its spirit and all aspects of life here, including specific landmarks, industries, and people. Poems must capture what is unique about the Cape and Islands, either in the title, an epigraph, or the body of the poem. Please send 5 of your best poems in a Word document to by June 30, 2019.

In the subject line of the email, please put Poetry Anthology Submission. In the body of the email, list the title of each poem and, if it was previously published, note where it appeared and when. Please format the document so that each page is numbered and your name and email address appear on every page. Also, include a brief bio of 50 words or fewer.

Publication date of From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry will be in the Summer of 2020 to coincide with the commemoration of the Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown.


Judith Brandon of Ohio won the 2018-19 cover art competition for Bay Windows by Leo Thibault. Thank you to all who submitted work for consideration.

Bass River Press is no longer accepting submissions of artwork for the cover of its 2019 publication. The winning cover artist received a cash prize of $200 along with 2 copies of the collection upon release.

Please visit our online gallery  to view our previous call to photographers, APERTURES , SET IN MOTIONABSTRACTIONSELEMENTS|WATERAMPLIFY and THE GOLDEN HOURSBLACK & WHITE, FAUNA,  APERTURES 2018 and WANDERLUST.


The Cultural Center of Cape Cod invites artists worldwide each spring to submit images for our UPLIFTING ART elevator door competition. Three images will be selected, one for each elevator door in the Cultural Center’s Education Wing. The images, provided as high resolution digital files, will be reproduced on material to be affixed to the elevator doors for one year. Our next call for entries will be announced Spring 2019.






Untitled, Katrin in Ashville Alleys
by Christopher BrownBunny on Trampoline by Lisa Graf and Descent by Jackie Reeves






by Kelly Ferguson, Dalia 2 by Asako Iwasawa and Towering Phragmites by Ed Chesnovitch


Poetry Competition
After ten years, in order to strengthen the focus on WOMR’s Outermost Poetry Competition (in honor of our dear friend Joe Gouveia) and on our efforts to publish poetry collections through Bass River Press, we have decided to end our annual poetry competition. Thank you to the thousands of poets from across the nation who participated in our competition.


To submit a proposal to exhibit, perform, or teach at the Cultural Center, please scroll down.


The Cultural Center hosts upwards of 80 exhibits each year. Some feature submissions to local or national exhibits initiated by the Center. Most are hosted by individuals or groups of artists who rent one or more of the four available galleries. Occasionally, the Center will agree to an “invitational” exhibit by an artist or group. The Center makes every effort to schedule exhibits so that opening receptions for all participants align. To learn more about the galleries, please visit our Events and Exhibits page.

If you are interested in showing your work in one of our galleries, please send an email to Executive Director Robert Nash at with the following information: preferred month/year, preferred gallery space (if known), number of weeks, artist(s) involved, medium, theme (if any), and contact information including a phone number and street address. Please also include a brief bio for each artist, a website (if one exists), and one or more jpegs of work that represents what you plan to exhibit. Mr. Nash will contact you for further information.

If you would prefer, you may click here to fill out a Gallery Proposal form.

The Cultural Center supports both emerging and established literary and performing artists with a wide variety of concerts, plus plays, readings, films, and other events. If you would like to perform or present at the Cultural Center, please send an email to Executive Director Robert Nash at with the following information: type of performance/presentation, preferred dates, links to websites with examples of your work, a brief bio (or a link to one), and contact information including a phone number and street address. Mr. Nash will contact you for further information.

If you would prefer, click here to fill out a Event Proposal form.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod offers a wide range of classes and workshops for all levels of art. Each class is presented by an artist who has extensive knowledge and skills in the subject he/she presents. All classes are limited to a certain number of attendees to maximize their learning experience… and yours. We offer instruction in visual art, culinary art, literary art, music and movement for people of all ages and abilities. If you are interested in teaching at the Cultural Center, click here to fill out an Instructor Proposal form.