Call For Artists- 2023 Temporary Exhibits

  • January 17, 2023

2023 Temporary Exhibits

Deadline for Applications: Please submit applications by February 10, 2023.
Exhibition Location: Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport, Maine 04856
Online Application:
No Entry Fee

About Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC)
Pen Bay Medical Center, a not-for-profit community health care system operating under the MaineHealth corporate umbrella, is dedicated to caring for the sick and injured and to improving the health and quality of life of the people of Maine’s coastal communities. As the region’s largest community hospital, PBMC serves the 40,000 residents of Knox County, as well as the nearly 80,000 residents of neighboring Waldo and Lincoln Counties. With a staff of more than 100 outstanding physicians and more than 1,500 healthcare professionals, PBMC provides a continuum of both routine and specialty patient-centered medical services.

About the Exhibition
The Coastal Healthcare Alliance Art Committee is currently accepting online applications from artists with connections to Maine and New England for an opportunity to display their art at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for a period of 12 weeks.
Artists must be 18 years old or over to apply for, and participate in, this exhibition. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. PBMC and MaineHealth employees and their family members may apply.
Artists with strong ties to Maine or the greater New England region will be prioritized, though national applicants will also be considered. Final selections will be based on artistic merit, originality, and adherence to the selection criteria outlined below.

Selection Criteria
The Coastal Healthcare Alliance and Pen Bay Medical Center are seeking works of art that reflect the Art Committee’s mission and vision statements:
Mission: Welcome our visitors with warmth and wonder with art that feels comforting and engaging, through the integration of art and artists that celebrate the diversity, history, and beauty of the region, to enhance the connection to each other and our community.
Vision: Celebrate the healing power of art.
Specifically, artworks should reflect the diversity, beauty, and history of the region, and offer enrichment and enjoyment to patients, visitors and care team members alike. Subject matter must be appropriate for public spaces and respectful towards all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In compliance with a health care environment, the following elements will not be accepted:

•Overt sexual content or graphic nudity.
•Political imagery or religious iconography.
•Violent, sorrowful, or disturbing themes or subjects, including images of weapons.

The exhibition will feature two-dimensional artwork including, but not limited to, paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, photography, etc.

All artworks consisting of glitter, wet paint, sharp objects, open flames, balloons, spray (perfumes, hairsprays, etc.), dangerous chemicals, weapons, pressurized containers, plants or animals (alive or dead), hazardous materials (explosive, flammable, or perishable), decaying materials (visible mold or insect infestation), or anything deemed harmful to a clinical setting will not be accepted.

Online Application Requirements
The online application is available HERE. Applicants should answer the following fields:
•First name
•Last name
•Zip code
•Preferred method of contact:
•Best contact number
•Contact number type
•Are you a student?
•If yes:
oDegree (BA, BFA, MA, MFA, Other)
•Email address
•Website link
•Instagram handle
•Brief artist statement (50-200 words, maximum)
oResume or CV in PDF format (optional but recommended)
oUp to 10 distinct artworks (full scale) attached in JPEG format (at least 1200 pixels wideand 72 ppi/dpi). Each JPEG should be titled as follows:LastName_FirstName_Title_Year_Medium_Dimensions (in inches)
oA list of submitted works that includes, the title, date, medium, and dimensions of eachwork.
oDescriptions of each work (150 words, maximum) are required.
•Verify that you have read and agree to the guidelines, terms, and conditions outlined in thisdocument.

PBMC Temporary Exhibition Guidelines, Terms, and Conditions
Carefully read sections I-VIII comprising the exhibition guidelines, terms, and conditions before submitting the online application.

I. Number and Quality of Artworks
• PBMC will only consider and two-dimensional artworks that:
o Reflect the Art Committee’s mission and vision statements and conform to the selection criteria.
o Contribute to a cohesive exhibition theme.
o Physically fit within the space constraints of the exhibition.
• PBMC and the Art Committee reserve the right to refuse and/or disqualify artworks that have been misrepresented through documentation or are not the same works originally submitted for selection via the online application form.

II. Length and Dates of Exhibition
• Selected artworks will be on display at the Pen Bay Medical Center for a period of 12 weeks.
• Artists cannot remove their artwork from display until after the exhibition closes.
• PBMC reserves the right to withdraw selected artworks from the exhibition at any time.

III. Framing, Hanging, and Installation
• All frames must be approved by PBMC for the specific exhibition spaces.
• The Art Committee will only accept two-dimensional pieces. Well-made frames of metal or plastic or art printed with dye sublimation on metal are preferred. In some cases, wood frames may be considered for temporary exhibit installations, but they are not preferred as hospital cleaning products may strip wood finishes.
• Simple white, black, and neutral colors are preferred for both matting and frames.
• All artworks must arrive securely wired and ready for hanging.
• Plastic, glass, and Plexiglass are all acceptable, effective, and recommended covers for artwork protection while on display.
• Artworks that are unstable, unusually fragile, or do not meet the installation requirements may be disqualified.
• We cannot guarantee that artwork will not be exposed to sunlight so artworks should have UV protection if fading is a concern.

IV. Delivery and Return of Artwork
• The Art Committee will notify accepted artists about the specific dates and deadlines for delivery and removal of their artwork when they receive their acceptance notification.
• Accepted artists are responsible for shipping or delivering their artwork to and from PBMC. Accepted artwork must be delivered and picked up by hand or shipped to PBMC in one delivery.
o PBMC recommends that artwork be delivered in wooden crates or other protective packaging whenever possible to ensure proper protection of the work while in transit.
• The artist is expected to adhere to delivery instructions regarding place, date, and time.
• If unable to make the delivery or pickup due to an emergency, the artist is requested to make arrangements with another authorized individual to represent the artist and handle the delivery/pickup. If this is not possible, the artist should notify the Art Committee immediately to discuss the situation and make a mutually agreeable plan.
• PBMC cannot be held responsible for the security of artwork that is not picked up at the end of the exhibition.
• Artwork that is not picked up will be moved to a secure storage area and the artist will be billed for associated storage fees.

V. Insurance and Liability
• While the Coastal Healthcare Alliance, Pen Bay Medical Center, and Art Committee will take reasonable care and precaution in handling and displaying artwork (specifically from the date of delivery to PBMC through the date of pickup by the artist), they are unable and will not assume responsibility for any loss, including but not limited to theft, damage, vandalism, etc.
• The Art Committee recommends that artists insure their artwork privately for adequate protection in all potential situations and declare the correct value when shipping their artwork.

VI. Usage of Images for Promotion
• PBMC requests the right to use images provided by the artist of the submitted work for promotional and display purposes of the Exhibition only. The artist will be credited by name in every possible case. PBMC and Art Committee will notify the artist of any promotional usage of their work.
• The artist must notify PBMC and the Art Committee in writing prior to the exhibition if they do not wish their artwork to appear in print or publications for this exhibition.

VII. Title and Copyright
• The artist warrants and represents that he/she/they created the work of art and possess unencumbered title and full copyright to each and all works of art consigned to PBMC under this agreement. This agreement does not transfer any rights of title or copyright to PBMC.
• Plagiarism and copyright infringement will not be tolerated. Submitted artwork must be the original work of the artist named on the online application form.

VIII. Sale of Artwork
• PBMC cannot partake in the sales of artworks. Any inquiries should be directed to the artist for sales. Sold artworks must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.
• PBMC will mount wall labels for each artwork detailing the artist’s name, city/state currently residing, artwork title, date, medium, dimensions, brief description (if necessary), and contact information for inquires. PBMC asks that artists legibly write the on the verso (backside) of the work.
For questions regarding this call, including application guidelines and exhibition procedures, please email



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Melinda Ferrazza

3 Glen Cove Drive
Suite 2
Rockport  ME  04856