Call for Art:  
Forever Young Picture Book Art Exhibition

The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites artists to submit original work to our upcoming “Forever Young” Picture Book Art Exhibition.

Picture books introduce children to a love of art. Steven Withrow of Illustrating Picture books notes... "Today’s picture book [artists] are some of the world’s most innovative visual artists, pushing boundaries with their use of both traditional and digital tools and techniques." And we agree. This juried exhibition will showcase a broad array of styles and mediums including both published and non-published work and will reach a broad audience including young and old alike. 

Picture book art may be submitted in the following categories: Published, Self Published, or Seeking Publication. Traditional and digitally produced artwork submissions are permissible. Work that is conceptual only is also permitted in the “Seeking Publication” category (for example kid friendly illustration that is in idea phase).
Exhibiting artists will have the opportunity to show their work in the Exhibition as well as include inventory of their work, prints and/or books, in our Picture Book Pop-up Shop. Additionally, select artists will have the opportunity to join us on Thursday afternoons this summer to promote their work through book readings, signings and sales at the Mosesian Center for the Arts tent at the Watertown Farmers Market on the lawn in front of the center.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: June 19, 2017
Jury Selection Notification: June 27, 2017
Show Opens: July 13, 2017
Public Opening Reception:  TBD
Show Closes: September 8, 2017
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.

Guest Jurors:

Nick Patton - Picturebooking Podcast
Nick Patton loves stories. In addition to the role of dad, husband and son Nick is an artist, illustrator and creator of the beloved "Picturebooking" Podcast. What started out of frustration as an author and illustrator pursuing the goal of becoming published (achieved in 2013!) has become a thoughtful podcast that enables thousands of listeners to connect with authors and illustrators in a meaningful way. Nick notes “These people are so amazing! They are generous and giving and real. Their creativity is contagious… their stories deserve the spotlight.” Featured authors and illustrators include Zachariah OHora, Greg Pizzoli, Josh Funk, Elise Parsley and many, many more.
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Mela Bolinao - MB Artists
Mela Bolinao has a B.A. degree in Art History with a concentration in Visual Arts from Barnard College. She is the owner and main agent of MB Artists. MB Artists represents illustrators whose work is primarily intended for the juvenile market in books, editorial publications, licensed merchandise, advertising, toys, game boards or other applications. The agency currently represents over 60 children's book illustrators in the United States, Columbia, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, Singapore, Bulgaria, France, Canada, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, and Italy.
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Artists regardless of location are welcome to apply, including international artists. Local artists will be provided drop off time and date details upon acceptance. Non-local selected artists work must be received at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472 c/o exhibitions by July 7, 2017. Non-local artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from the 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 drop-off, installation, de-installation and pick-up.

Submission Fee:

$10 per image submission. Limit 10 image submissions per artist. Artwork must be submitted online at:

Commission Structure:

Artists receive 60% commission and the Mosesian Center for the Arts receives 40% for art sold during the exhibition. The Artist reserves all copyrights and reproduction rights on the artwork in the exhibition. Mosesian Center for the Arts may duplicate and reproduce images of work for purposes of public relations and exhibition announcements directly related to the exhibition.

About the Mosesian Center for the Arts:

Located in just six miles from Downtown Boston, The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts is a vibrant multi-disciplinary community arts venue located in Watertown, Massachusetts. This 30,000 sq. ft. former US Army arsenal is home to the 380-seat Main Stage Theater, a 100-seat Black Box theater, Exhibition Galleries, 2 Rehearsal Halls, Education Classrooms, and Resident Artist Studios. Offerings include visual and performing arts productions, classes, and workshops for all ages, literary/art discussions, and world-class theatrical and musical performances. The Center is home to the award-winning WCT - Watertown Children’s Theatre as well as New Repertory Theatre, Professional Theatre Company in residence. The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.