Trio of Portraits by Local Artists
This Is Us: Regional Portraiture Today - Call for Artists

In conjunction with the exhibition The Outwin: American Portraiture Today (on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from October 3, 2020 – April 4, 2021), the Springfield Museums invite submissions of original portraits by local* artists of all ages. Please only submit portraits that have been created within the last two years. We are especially interested in works that complement the themes explored in The Outwin: American Portraiture Today:  identity, human connection, and responses to the current political and social environment. Only one submission per artist will be accepted.



To celebrate the vibrant and diverse creative minds of the region, portraits in any media are welcome, as long as the dimensions do not exceed six feet in any direction for two-dimensional works, and three feet in any direction for three-dimensional works. Maximum weight of sculptural work should not exceed 50 lbs.  For relief work, maximum weight should not exceed 25 lbs. Artworks in new media such as video, installation, and performance art are also welcome; however, water or other liquids, perishable items, and animals are not permitted to be included in any work. Artists are encouraged to use their own art supplies, or can pick up a 16 x 20 inch canvas in the Welcome Center during the Museums’ open hours. One canvas will be available to each person, free of charge.


Portraits will be displayed in the Community Gallery at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. While images of all portraits submitted with the completed release form by April 18, 2021, will be displayed on monitors in the Community Gallery, select portraits will be displayed physically. Approximately twenty outstanding works, drawn from the submissions received by October 3, 2020, will be selected by a jury and displayed from October 24, 2020–January 10, 2021 (a period of 11 weeks). An additional selection of approximately twenty outstanding works drawn from the submissions received by January 17, 2021 will be displayed from February 6–May 2, 2021 (a period of 12 weeks). Images of submissions received after January 17, 2021 will be displayed on a monitor, but will not have the opportunity to be displayed physically within the Gallery.


By submitting work to this exhibition, artists understand that an image of their work will be displayed on a monitor at the Museums. Artists also understand that, if selected by jury, the Museum may request to display the physical work. The artist’s submission serves as permission to display the work and agreement to transport it to, and retrieve it from, the Springfield Museums within two weeks of its installation and deinstallation. Should the work be selected for display in the Museum’s galleries, the Museum will contact the artist to arrange drop off and pick up of the work. The Museum will be responsible for installation of the work and will provide labels.

While artists always maintain copyright of their work, as a condition of entry to the call for portraits, artists shall grant to the Springfield Museums the irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right to use and reproduce all submitted works within the exhibition and for public programs, publicity, any and all promotional print materials, and electronic distribution on websites and social media platforms maintained by the Springfield Museums through May 2, 2021.

*Artists residing in the Connecticut River Valley and Hartford County, CT.

Images from left to right:
Portrait of the Artist, Sonya Clark, 2019, Screen print with ink by Burns Maxey (born 1975) of Easthampton, Massachusetts. Collection of Maggie Nowinski.
If I can come out here, I can come out anywhere, 2018, Archival ink jet print by Bill Hughes (born 1943) of Montgomery, Massachusetts. Collection of the artist.
Kyle, 2020, Oil on canvas by Debra Dunphy (born 1961) of Northampton, Massachusetts. Collection of the artist.