Call to Artists: Perceptions of Self(ie)

The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites artists to submit original work to our upcoming Perceptions of Self(ie) Exhibition.
How has the digital age influenced how we capture images and likenesses of ourselves? Where do the similarities lie in how we depict ourselves through new media and how we present ourselves in our art? With this multi-media exhibition, we are looking to explore how artists and non-artists alike address identity through imagery. Perceptions of Self(ie) is an exhibition that examines what we commonly perceive as a self portrait and presents it through a modern lens with the inclusion of new media (digital “selfies”). Artists are invited to submit original self portraits in any "traditional" medium (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, etc) for this unique exhibition. Artists will also be asked to supply a "selfie" along with their submission. These selfies will be incorporated into the exhibit, along with many other images captured and submitted through social media.

Perceptions of Self(ie) leverages art and technology to address equity, diversity and inclusion through a community building public art exhibition. The project will challenge perceptions around art making accessibility in today’s digital age by utilizing the ubiquitous “selfie” in conjunction with the more traditional portraiture – both of which will be displayed side by side throughout the MCA galleries. The exhibition will take place in all three of our gallery spaces located throughout our 30,000sq ft facility and will extend through the community with the installation of large-scale posters and banners designed to feature the broad array of faces on view in the Perceptions of Self(ie) exhibition. The project also includes a series of free workshops along with our traditional call for art and encourages participants from surrounding communities and beyond to think about the art of the self portrait, and how they approach capturing themselves. This exhibit also seeks to provide an opportunity for anyone who may enter our physical spaces or encounters a community banner, to find a reflection of themselves in the portraits of others.

We invite artists to submit a maximum of 10 original two or three-dimensional works created within the past three years for consideration.

To request additional information please contact Aneleise Ruggles, Exhibitions Coordinator, at:


Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: December 3, 2018

Jury Selection Notification: December 10, 2018

Art Drop Off: January 12, 2019

Show Opens: January 24, 2019

Public Opening Reception:  January 31, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

Show Closes: March 29, 2019

Art Pick Up: March 30, 2019


Please note that the Mosesian Center for the Arts reserves the right to make minor adjustments to the exhibition timeline. Artists will be notified of final dates in their acceptance letters.


Artists regardless of location are welcome to apply, including international artists. Local artists will be provided drop off time and date details upon acceptance. Non-local selected artists work must be received at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472 c/o Exhibitions by November 8, 2018. Non-local artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from the MCA and are responsible for insuring their work while in transit. If shipping work, each artist must provide a pre-paid, UPS or FedEx return shipping label including insurance. Please pack your work in sturdy reusable packaging. The Mosesian Center for the Arts carries appropriate insurance to cover all artwork in the show for the duration of the exhibition, including the time frame of drop-off, installation, de-installation and pick-up.
Submission Fee:
$10 per submission. Limit 10 submissions per artist. Artwork must be submitted online here:
 Submit Art 


Commission Structure:
Artists receive 60% commission and the Mosesian Center for the Arts receives 40% for art sold during the exhibition. The Artist reserves all copyrights and reproduction rights on the artwork in the exhibition. Mosesian Center for the Arts may duplicate and reproduce images of work for purposes of public relations and exhibition announcements directly related to the exhibition.


This project is generously sponsored in part by:


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