Call for Art: PLAY

Call for Art: PLAY

“A Sunny Day Sure Can Bring Out Every Sort” by Abbott Meader

The Harlow Art Center invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for ”PLAY”, a juried art show on view March 7-24, 2018 in the upstairs gallery at the Harlow’s new location, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Submissions will be juried by artist Abbott Meader as well as Harlow Art Center staff. PLAY will coincide with Young at Art, Harlow Art Center’s annual K-8 student art exhibition, which will be on view in the downstairs gallery March 7-24, 2018.

The deadline for email submissions is Monday, February 19, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Eligibility & Criteria: Artists are invited to submit work inspired by children’s art or childhood; and art that is whimsical, fantastical, joyful or humorous in spirit. Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the Harlow. Please note that return shipping will be actual cost plus $20 to cover staff time. Artists may submit to 4 pieces.

Media:  All media welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Diptychs and triptychs will be considered and judged as one entry.

New, Original Work Only: Work previously shown at the Harlow is not eligible. Only original or originally printed works will be admitted; reproductions such as photocopies and giclee prints are not acceptable. Works submitted should preferably have been created within the last five years.

Framing: All 2 dimensional entries, with the exception of oils and acrylics, must be framed with either glass or plexiglass. Unframed canvases are fine, as long as they are gallery wrapped with no staples visible. Frames and canvases must be wired and ready to hang (ie. with two eye screws and steel wire). Saw-tooth hangers , “clip” frames or unstable frames are not acceptable for installation.

Email Entry Guidelines:

  1. Enter by sending an email to with ”for PLAY from [artist’s name]” in the subject line.   
  2. Attach your JPEG images to the email. Each artist may submit up to 4 works of art. (You may submit more than one image for each 3D work if you feel it will help the jurors understand the work. For 2D work please submit one image only. Please name your jpg image files using the following format before attaching them: “Artist’s Last Name_Title.jpg
  3. Include the following information in the body of your email:

Artist name:

Mailing address:

Phone number:

Email address:

Tell us if you a member of the Harlow Art Center.*

(*You can join when you submit your entry to take advantage of the lower entry fee.)

For EACH of  your  four entries list the following information:

Title, Medium, Size (h x w, add depth if 3D), Year Created, Price** or Value if NFS (not for sale)

**The Harlow takes a 35% commission for pieces sold on behalf of current members, or 50% commission for non-members. Please price your work accordingly.

4. Pay the non-refundable entry fee of $30 for non-members and $15 for current members.  The fee is per artist (not per work of art entered) and entitles you to submit up to 4 works of art.  To pay online select the appropriate fee in the window below and click the “pay now” button.

Member or non-member?

You can use the Paypal link above or mail or deliver a check payable to Harlow Art Center to:
Harlow Art Center, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347


Monday February 19, 2018  at 11:59pm: DEADLINE for digital entry and payment of exhibition fee.
Friday, February 23, 2018: Email notification of work juried into the exhibition will be sent on or before this date.
Saturday, March 3, 2-6pm: Deliver artwork at the Harlow Gallery.
Friday, March 9, 5-7pm: Opening reception (potluck! please bring a dish or beverage to share)
March 7-24, 2018: On view Wednesday – Saturday 12-6pm

The Harlow Gallery is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of HallowellKennebec Savings BankThe Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.


Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard PressCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at LawScrummy Afters Candy ShoppeSlates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation.

Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Art.


Art pictured below by Abbott Meader

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