Mar 22, 2022Arts & Culture

A Rocky Neck Art Colony open juried exhibition

Juror: Katherine French

Important Dates

Exhibition Dates: June 30- August 7, 2022

Opening Reception: July 9, 4-6pm


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Submissions Open : Tuesday, March 27, 2022, 9 AM 

Submissions Deadline: Monday, May 23, 2022, 9 AM

Cultural Center Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12-4pm

Online location:

The Call

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) invites artists to submit work for inclusion in H2O:A Deep Dive, an open juried exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and online at

Water / Ice / Steam — The 3 states of matter exhibited by H2O, each easily observable in our daily lives. It is in every living cell on earth, acting as the necessary transport for all vital functions. From a wider vantage point we observe the solid ice of winter yielding to the green of spring, evaporation from summer’s heat returning as rainstorms and cold fall frosts. As the water flows, so follows life, its primacy reflected throughout the world’s arts, religions, mythologies, sciences, and economies.

With our exhibit “H2O: A Deep Dive”, The Rocky Neck Art Colony looks to explore how we know water through an artistic lens. We ask artists to probe the subject of water and engage viewers to think about and appreciate the importance of it in our world. While seascapes and other water views are welcome, we encourage artists to explore the theme from EVERY angle. We welcome works of all mediums.

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”- Loren Eiseley.

About the juror

Submissions will be reviewed and selected by juror, Katherine French.

Katherine French has served as director of art galleries at Boston University, the Montserrat College of Art, and Catamount Arts and retired as Director Emerita from the Danforth Museum of Art.  Now an independent curator, she has organized exhibitions for the Vermont Arts Council, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Ogunquit Museum of Art, and numerous other organizations.  A recipient of awards for curatorial excellence from the New England chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, she was also named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the Boston Art Awards


  • Work shown in the past year at another Cape Ann venue will not be considered
  • Work must be original creations of the artist
  • Work must be ready to hang; gold frames are discouraged
  • See image requirements below
  • All work is for sale. Work sold as a result of the RNAC galleries posting requires the artist to make arrangements with the buyer to have the piece delivered. The buyer will be responsible for covering the costs of that delivery as coordinated by the artist. 

Entry Fee

  • $35 for up to 3 entries; RNAC members $25 for up to 3 entries. $10 per additional entry
  • To become a member go to http:/
  • Please make sure you have a credit card or a payPal account to make your payment when applying. You must submit the member’s discount password when you register or you will need to pay the full $35. 

Open for submissions: March 27, 2022  9:00 AM/ET

Submission Deadline: Monday, May 23, 2022  9:00 AM/ET

Notification: Selected artists will be contacted by email and announced on the RNAC website (

Images used for online submissions

  • Submit good quality photos of submitted work in JPEG format
  • Images will be at least 300dpi, sized no greater than 2MB, with 1200 pixels max for the longer dimension. 
  • Each image must be labeled with the following information: Last name, first initial, title, medium.jpg. Example: Smith J. Sunset acrylic.jpg
  • No special characters allowed. e.g.!@#$%&*+(){}[]|\ Your image will not be accepted if used.

Size of Art Work:

  • Submitted 2-D work may not exceed 60” H x 48” W, including frame. Exception: There is space for one large work up to 60” H x 70” W.


All work must be for sale. There is a 40% commission on the sale of non-member work or a 25% commission on RNAC member work. NOTE: to qualify for the member commission, you must be a member when you ENTER THE SHOW.  To join, go to


Viewers love to “go behind the scenes” with the artists. We welcome any studio visit videos or recorded talks about your works. See examples here:

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About the Rocky Neck Art Colony

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is one of the oldest working art colonies in the country and has been luring artists to its picturesque shores for more than 150 years. As a 501-c3 nonprofit organization, RNAC is dedicated to nurturing excellence in the arts and celebrating the artistic history and culture of Rocky Neck in Gloucester MA.