The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! gladly accepts exhibition proposals from artists or an artist’s representative.  If you would like to propose an exhibition, please view our upcoming exhibition page for a sense of our programming and mission.

NBAM/AW! does not permit the display of work seen locally (greater New Bedford area) in the past two years. Following a review by the NBAM/AW! Exhibition Committee, notifications about the status of each proposal are sent to the applicant.


Artworks exhibited in any of the main galleries are typically on view for two to four months depending on the agreement made between the artist and the Museum.

Shows are generally booked a minimum of one year in advance.


Receptions are free to the public and scheduled by the Museum. Artists will work with the Museum to schedule exhibition-related programs such as artist talks, panel discussions, etc. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided by the Museum for all opening receptions and some exhibition-related events.


Artworks in the main galleries are not for sale. If there is a prospective buyer, the Museum will put the client in contact with the artist.


The Museum will provide a knowledgeable staff member to help with the art installation. Alterations to the galleries are limited but changes to the exhibition space may be considered upon request and must be approved in advance. The Museum reserves the right to decline changes to galleries and specific installation requests.

The Museum will provide vinyl lettering for the title, artist/curator(s) name(s) and exhibition text. Pedestals are also available for applicants.

 All mediums of art are accepted, including video and installation art. Installation artists must submit a sketch of their installation with their proposal (please consider the NSF of the galleries). Video artists note, the Museum has limited tech capability. Video artists are encouraged to submit a tech needs list to the Museum with their application.


The Skylight Gallery (1624 NSF) consists of five alcoves and a large center space illuminated by a massive skylight.  Typically host collections, retrospective exhibitions, and group shows.

The Heritage Gallery (534 NSF) can house small group exhibitions (2-4 artists) as well as solo exhibitions.  Heritage Gallery is the Museum’s most traditional looking space and includes doors that can be closed for light or sound management.

Fiber Optic Center New Media Gallery (162 NSF) is dedicated primarily to new media works such as video, sound, and digital-based art.


PDFs or Word documents (please use JPG’s for images of artworks)

  1. An image list including title, year, medium and size of each work Artist Resume or CV (one per participating artist) Artist Bio (one per participating artist) Artist Statement (one per participating artist)
  2. Artist Resume or CV (one per participating artist)Artist Bio (one per participating artist) Artist Statement (one per participating artist)
  3. Artist Bio (one per participating artist) Artist Statement (one per participating artist)
  4. Artist Statement (one per participating artist)
  5. Image files: 5 representative JPG’s of artworks.

Youtube and Vimeo links accepted for video works

File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
File Resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 2 MB maximum

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The Museum no longer accepts applications sent through the mail. Please do not send CDs, DVDs or any print material to our mailing address. 

Questions? Please contact Jamie Uretsky, Curator:  [email protected]