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Dates: May 19 – June 30, 2023

The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites artists to submit work inspired by movement / dance and sound / music. Dance is a form of storytelling. As the dancers move through space, the story unfolds. The story is told through the movements and the music. Sometimes the story is personal, and sometimes it embodies a culture. MCA seeks work that explores the connections between music, dance, and the visual arts. How does movement and sound translate into visual art? How are movement and sound depicted in visual arts?

Mosesian Arts is accepting artworks of all media including video and sound pieces that address connections between dance, music, and the visual arts. Cultures around the world often combine effortlessly the visual in the form of costumes, masks, head adornments, with music and dance. Or artists are inspired in a more direct way by movement and music. Examples range from Matisse’s Jazz series to photographs and drawings of dancers to more abstract representations of sound and movement. The work can be inspired by sound / music and movement / dance. It can be representational or more ephemeral or conceptual in nature.

About Mosesian Arts: The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts venue in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot center, located within a former U.S. Army arsenal, houses a 339-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, exhibition galleries, classrooms, and rehearsal studios. Mosesian Arts is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders the Charles River and Brighton, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs and Metro West. Programs include professional theater and musical performances, gallery exhibitions, literary and art discussions, and performing and visual arts classes and workshops for all ages.

Important Dates: Submission Deadline: April 3, 2023 Announcing Selected Artists: April 10, 2023 Drop off Dates: Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM / Tuesday, May 9, 10:30 AM–4:00 PM *Shipped work must be received no later than May 11, 2023 Exhibition Opens: May 19 Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 5:30–7:30 PM Benefit Fundraiser: May 24 Exhibition Closes: June 30, 2022 Artwork Pick Up: Saturday, July 1, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM and Thursday, July 6, 10:30 AM–4:00 PM 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.

Eligibility: All artists regardless of location are welcome to apply, including international artists. Local artists may drop their work off on Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM and May 9, 10:30 AM–4:00 PM. Non-local artists work must be received at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472 c/o Exhibitions by May 11, 2023. Non-local artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from 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 dropoff, installation, deinstallation, and pickup.

Additional guidelines:

  • Participants may only submit original work that has been completed within the last five years.

  • Any work accepted for exhibition may not be removed or exchanged during the duration of the exhibit.

  • Work must be framed and ready to hang with wires and screws. Saw tooth hangers and sandwich frames may not be used.

  • Works on paper and smearable mediums such as charcoal and pastels must be protected under glass or acrylic.

  • For framed artwork larger than 24” on the longest side, glass may not be used. Instead, artists must use Plexiglas or comparable acrylic glass.

  • Mats must be white, off white, gray, or other neutral tones. Frames should be neutral colors (white, black, silver, gold, wood).

  • Unframed stretched canvases must have the sides painted or otherwise finished to be integral to the work and must be dry.

Submission Fee: $10 per submission. Limit 5 submissions per artist. Artwork must be submitted online here at:


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