Artist Resources

Opportunities for artists in the Town of Barnstable and across the Cape.
If you have a call for art you'd like to share please contact Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa H. Chartrand at


Calls for Art


Mutual Muses is celebrated with a major reception and poetry reading, one of the most well-attended events held at the Cultural Center all year.   The exhibit is an extraordinarily powerful reflection of the Cape's cultural community and its impact on the character of the region, its quality of life, and its ability to educate, inspire, and inform.


Deadline for initial submissions: September 30, 2019 (postmark, for poets)

Notification of Acceptance: October 28, 2019

Exhibit opens: March 25, 2020

Reception and Poetry Reading: March 27, 2020, from 5-8pm

Exhibit closes: April 19, 2020

Mutual Muses is an annual exhibit that features the work of up to 50 visual artists (paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, glass, metal, and other media) and up to 50 poets from across Cape Cod.

The Process
Each of the "muses" submits a work to provide inspiration for another participant-the visual artists submit an image, the poets a poem-and also receives a piece that will inspire a new work. Several months later, the original "inspiration" works and the subsequent "response" works are exhibited side by side. Mutual Muses will therefore include two works by each participant. The pairings are completely random. Participants receive their "inspiration" pieces in person at a pot luck dinner or, if they cannot attend, by email or mail. The exhibit consumes all four galleries in the Cultural Center's main building.


For the first eleven years of Mutual Muses, artists and poets were included by invitation only. In 2020, the selection process will begin with an open call for submissions, followed by rigorous jurying to result in an exhibit of high-quality work by both established and emerging artists/poets.

Artists must submit through Smarter Entry, an online application and jurying system. (In extreme cases, an artist may be permitted to submit an image by email and payment by credit card or check. Contact Lauren Wolk at for permission.)

To register and submit through Smarter Entry, click here and look for the Cultural Center

Call for artists and craftspeople to exhibit at Sturgis Library

The Sturgis Library presents exhibits of the work of local artists in our Simpkins Room gallery and displays of interesting collections and work in our two display cases in the lobby. For more details and application:

Call for artists and craftspeople to teach at the Barnstable Senior Center

The Barnstable Senior Center is now open evenings, and is seeking teachers for Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. If you have an idea for a class, please call our activities coordinator, Susan Griffin, at 508-862-4761.

HyArts Shanties - 2020 Season

Selling opportunity for Artists and Artisans from Cape Cod are invited to participate.  Be a part of the artist community in two outdoor venue locations in the heart of the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, between Main Street & Hyannis Harbor. Applications are accepted (all juried) on a rolling basis, in order received until all spots are filled.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots filled.
There will be a first review and placements for applications received by November 1.
Applications continue to be received and applicants reviewed for all remaining spots, until filled.

2020 HyArts Shanty Season Application


HyArts Artist Shanties

Unique affordable studio and gallery space for local artists
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Guyer Barn

Community space for exhibitions, classes, workshops, meetings, performances
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Studio 46 Artist in Residence

Live/work studio on the HyArts Campus
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Old Selectmen's Building

Public art venue in a restored Victorian historic building
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Artwork on Loan

Opportunity for artists to display their work on the walls of the meeting rooms in Barnstable Town Hall.  For more information contact:


Sandy Neck Beach Artist Excursion

The Town of Barnstable, in partnership with the Cape Cod Art Association, offers day excursions for artists to Sandy Neck.
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Bridgewater State

Cape Cod Community College Center for Corporate and Professional Education

Business Support:

Business Barnstable

Coastal Community Capital Group

Community Development Partnership