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RED: An Open Juried Exhibit

  • Oct 22 — Nov 26, 2023

One word. So many interpretations.

October 22 - November 26
Opening Reception Sunday, October 22

Submission drop-off October 16, 2023

One word. So many interpretations. The color red has historically been associated with sacrifice, danger, and courage. In many cultures, red has a range of symbolic meanings, including life, health, vigor, war, courage, passion, sexuality, anger, love, and religious fervor. It is the archetypal color, the first color humans mastered, fabricated, reproduced, and broke down into different shades, first in painting, then in dyeing. Red is particularly meaningful and moving where found in nature. Trees, bushes, flowers, animals. What about those common expressions: in the red, red-letter day, red herring, red tape, red as a beet. What does red stimulate in you? We can’t wait to catch you red handed with a dazzling piece of artwork!

Check out this short history of the color red for some additional inspiration!

  • Up to THREE works per artist may be submitted
  • No size limitation, 2D and 3D work accepted
  • $10 per piece for CCftA members / $15 per piece for non-members.


  • Creativity and Originality - Work that breaks from the ordinary, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.
  • Craftsmanship and Technical Skill - Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.
  • Emergence of a Personal Vision or Voice - Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.
  • Interpretation and Clarity of Theme (when applicable) - How well does the artist represent it? Will the theme be understood by viewers?
  • Presentation and Overall Impression - The style of presentation should be in accordance with the style of the art piece and the theme of the competition. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Overall, does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?

Cotuit Center for the Arts reserves the right not to select and/or display anything it views as unsuitable.


1. All work must arrive gallery ready.

2. All artwork must be either priced for sale or marked ‘NFS’ (Not For Sale)

3. Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the exhibit

DELIVERY OF SUBMISSIONS: Work should be hand delivered​ to Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA and unpacked by artist or artist’s agent on the advertised drop-off day. Any other arrangements must be made in advance with the Exhibitions Specialist, Michelle Law (

SALES, COMMISSIONS AND DELIVERY:​ ​CCftA will retain a 40% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price. No changes will be allowed. Sold works will remain until the end of the exhibition.

RETRIEVAL: ​ All unsold artwork must be removed on the Monday after the close of the exhibit between 10am and 4pm, or by special arrangement with Michelle Law. Any work not removed during this specified time may be subject to a storage fee.

USE OF IMAGES: ​Any image submitted may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this show. This use may include publication in any publications, printed materials, advertisements, or electronic media. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.

CONTACT/QUESTIONS​: ​Please direct all questions to Michelle Law, Exhibitions Specialist​, (