Worcester State’s Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery seeks artist entries for The Glow Show

October 10, 2023
By: Andrea Binnick

Artists have through January 5 to submit work that will ultimately transform the gallery into a luminous space.

Worcester State University’s Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery has announced an open call for artists to submit entries for The Glow Show, a juried exhibition showcasing light as a source, visual effect, or subject. Emerging and established artists alike from throughout the region are encouraged to submit work for consideration by January 5, 2024 for an exciting show that will transform the gallery as it opens the show on January 25, 2024. 

The Glow Show is sponsored by Artifakt Supply Company of Worcester, with artist Ryan Gardell serving as the exhibition’s juror.

“Our new call for art is an opportunity for regional artists to consider the possibilities that come from work that focuses on light,” said Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery Director and Art Professor Stacey Parker, who noted that examples include blacklight reactive work, self-illuminated work, paintings about light, and transparent works—to name just a few options. “This innovative exhibition marks a first-of-its-kind show for us as we plan to transform the space into a luminous area. We can’t wait to see regional artists’ Glow Show works and share this very cool and unusual art show experience with our community.”

All shows at the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery are free and open to the public. The Glow Show is slated to run through February 24, 2024 during gallery hours or by appointment.

As part of the open call, the gallery will accept submissions through email at gallery@worcester.edu. Artists are invited to submit up to three original, display-ready works of art. Additional submission details and specifications are available at wsuvpagallery.com. Email notifications of acceptance will be made on January 10, 2024, and artists will deliver accepted work to the gallery on January 13 and 14, Parker said.

The Visual and Performing Arts Department’s Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery offers five main exhibits interspersed with shorter term events throughout the year. The gallery invites artists at 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. Today’s open call announcement comes on the heels of the department’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 gallery@worcester.edu or 508-929-8651, or visit the gallery online at wsuvpagallery.com.

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