Gallery seeks artist entries for juried Pride exhibit this fall

June 26, 2023
By: Andrea Binnick

Worcester State University’s Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery has announced an open call for artists to submit entries for “Open Doors,” a juried Pride show that is scheduled to open on September 7, 2023 and run through October 14, 2023. The Gallery will accept submissions for consideration from emerging and established artists alike through 5 p.m. on August 18, 2023.

“The subject matter and medium can be anything that reflects pride in the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Gallery Director Stacey Parker, Worcester State Professor of Fine Art and Interdisciplinary Studies. “We particularly want to see artworks that encompass what it means to be both ‘loud’ and ‘proud’ and look forward to viewing submissions by artists who think big, bright, beautiful, bold in colors, textures, and more. VPA and the Gallery are honored to showcase what pride looks like through artists’ individual perspectives with such a meaningful fall show.” 

As part of the open call, the Gallery will accept submissions through emailing Original work made within the last five years will be considered, and artists are invited to submit up to three works of art. Additional submission details and specifications are available at Email notifications of acceptance will be made on August 24, 2023, and artists will deliver accepted work to the gallery on August 26 and 27, 2023, Parker said.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, non-binary and other related community artists that support the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to present meaningful, contemporary works that underscore identity, lifestyle and diversification. Worcester State Alum and Artist Shannon McGinty and Artist David Wesley-White will serve as the show’s jurors. 

Worcester State Visual and Performing Arts Department’s (VPA) Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery offers five main exhibits interspersed with shorter term events throughout the year. The gallery invites artists in all stages of their careers along with our faculty and students to exhibit works that explore the established, edgy, and innovative ideas in the artistic world. The gallery’s mission is to contribute to the cultural offerings of the region by exhibiting work of vitality and interest in the contemporary art world. The open call announcement comes on the heels of VPA’s offering of a new art major, a 45-credit program of study combining hands-on studio work with art history and theory courses. 

For more information regarding upcoming exhibitions and art offerings, contact the Gallery at or 508-929-8651.


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