Call for Work by Emerging Boston Artists: What’s Next? Fall 2020

The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 12, midnight.

Submit to our call for artists

Now accepting submissions for Emerson Contemporary’s annual, emerging artists exhibition curated by Emerson College undergraduate students to be exhibited at the Media Art Gallery, 25 Avery Street, Boston, MA, November 11 to December 11, 2020.

**Please note there are no fees required to submit work for consideration or to participate.

What’s Next? 2020 aims to present a snapshot of the emerging visual art culture through the work of emerging artists based in Greater Boston. This exhibition will be produced by Emerson College students in the context of the Curating Contemporary Art seminar under the direction of the Distinguished Curator-in-Residence Dr. Leonie Bradbury. Students will select the pieces to be displayed and be responsible for all aspects of the exhibition production.


Emerson Contemporary is looking for socially and critically engaged projects and works of art to be considered for a four-week emerging artist exhibition. 

We are particularly interested in moving image art, performance art and art using emergent technologies including but not limited to Installations (Interactive and non-interactive), Projections, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Environments, Robotics, Multimedia Performance, Digitally Generated Objects (i.e., 3D Printing), Single Channel Video and Animation, Experimental Documentary.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Artists are welcome to submit up to 3 works of art for consideration. Proposal could include photos, written descriptions, sketches, web links, and/or video. Works must be exhibit ready. Gallery will not provide framing, but does have an extensive equipment inventory available for use including high resolution projectors, iPads, monitors etc.
  2. Submission Criteria: This exhibition opportunity is for Emerging Artists (age 21+) which we define as artists who have not yet exhibited in professional venues and/or have less than three years of exhibition experience. Artists can be a current student in a Boston area BFA or MFA program or similar program. Must live in the Greater Boston area and be able to drop off and pick up the selected works to the gallery. Gallery is not able to pay for shipping.