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.





The Cultural Center invites all artists to submit work that focuses on forests. All media are acceptable AS LONG AS THEY HANG ON A WALL! NO WOOD SCULPTURES, CARVINGS, TURNINGS, OR OTHER STAND-ALONE WORK, PLEASE. Subject matter should focus on forests. Trees at any stage of their lives. Driftwood. And life among the trees, as long as the woods themselves are the dominant subject. As always, we are looking for work that is exciting, inspiring, memorable. The exhibit will be juried by our staff. Artists whose work will not be included in the show will be notified by Wednesday, August 28.

All works must be ready for hanging. No work larger than 36″ (or so) on the longest side. No clip frames or sawtooth hangers, please. All work must be original by the artist. Please, no work previously shown at the Center. The Center will produce labels for the artwork and provide refreshments at the reception, manage promotions, and process sales.

Show runs from August 28-September 11, 2019
Reception on Friday, August 30, from 5-7pm
Drop-off Date: Monday, August 26, between 9am and 5pm or earlier by arrangement.
Pick-Up of Unsold Work: Thursday, September 12.

Entry fee is $15 for the first piece, $10 for each additional piece. Entry fees will NOT be returned if work is not juried into the show. The Center will receive a 30% commission on sales. The artist, 70%.

Entry for this exhibit is by crop-off. No on-line submissions.



Artists worldwide are invited to submit work that depicts the open road. In tandem with Art on Two Wheels-a retrospective exhibition of classic Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the main building of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, THE OPEN ROAD will continue the celebration using the road as our muse. This exhibit will be hung in the Owl Hall and Connector Hallway in the Education Wing. All media will be considered but film.

Show runs from September 18-December 15, 2019
JEPGs due by Friday, August 23
Notification of acceptance by Friday, August 30
Reception on Friday, October 11 2019 from 5-7pm

Cash prize for Best in Show $500

$20 for first entry/$5 for each additional entry.
You may enter up to 20 images. Payment is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance.

Entry is done through Smarter Entry a web-based service that allows artists to upload images of their artwork for submissions to exhibits. To apply for a call, you must leave our website and go to the Smarter Entry website at where you can create a FREE artist account. You will add your details and upload your images to Smarter Entry where your work will be submitted to THE OPEN ROAD.

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UPLIFTING ART is closed for submissions, stop by the Cultural Center to see the winners on our elevator doors. We hold a call to artists once a year, so keep your eyes open next spring for our 2020 call.



Infinity by Christine O’Dell Ferguson, A Night Out, Boston Theater District by William Sargent, and Really? by Jory Mason





Tiger Uprising by David Brewster, DTLA #1 by Richard Greene, and Fields of Glory by Jamie Craddock Johnson





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





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




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.

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.



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.

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.