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.

Online Competitions
Please visit our online gallery  to view our previous call to photographers, APERTURES , SET IN MOTIONABSTRACTIONSELEMENTS|WATERAMPLIFY and


The Cultural Center of Cape Cod invites artists worldwide to submit images to our online photography competition, FAUNA.
Deadline is Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11:59pm (MST)

All winners will be displayed in our online gallery at
First Place $500, Second Place $200, Third Place $100. The Cultural Center directors will jury.

Wildlife photography aims to capture a one-of-a-kind look at the wonders of the animal kingdom. Embrace the wilderness with animal as the subject in their most powerful, raw, vulnerable, and natural form. Show us FAUNA through your perspective, any all all methods of capture and process are welcome.

For a full prospectus, click here.

Entry for FAUNA is done through Cafe, a web-based service that allows artists to upload images and organize their artwork for submissions to galleries. To apply, you must leave our website and to to the Cafe website at where you can create a FREE artist account. You will add your details and upload your images to Cafe and then you can submit your work to FAUNA.


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

Flight 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.




May 1 – August 1, 2018

Bass River Press now seeks manuscripts for its fourth annual publication. This year’s judge is Cleopatra Mathis. Mathis received her BA from Southwest Texas State and her MFA from Columbia University. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including White Sea (Sarabande Books, 2005), Book of Dog (Sarabande books, 2012), and What to Tip the Boatman? (Sheep Meadow Press, 2001), which won the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poems. Mathis has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the New Jersey State Arts Council; the Robert Frost Resident Poet Award, the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares journal, two Pushcart Prizes, and the May Sarton Award. She is the Frederick Sessions Beebe Professor of English at Dartmouth College, where she directs the creative writing program.

Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your collection. Click here for guidelines.

Note: In the fall of 2018, Bass River Press will also release an international call for artwork to determine the cover design of the publication. The winning cover art will be selected by the poet chosen for publication, and the artist will receive a cash prize of $200 along with 2 copies of the collection upon release. Specific guidelines for cover art submissions will be released at a later date.


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.