Call For Entries

Each month one of the galleries at the Ocean City Center for the Arts features artwork by local and regional artists, many of whom are members of the Art League of Ocean City. This provides an opportunity for artists of all levels and mediums to show their work in a professional gallery. Cash prizes and ribbons are awarded by qualified judges and artists may choose to sell their works. The Art League of Ocean City is committed to featuring a broad spectrum of artists from diverse backgrounds (including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion) and encourage all to participate.

Please click here for the Exhibit Entry Form. You’re encouraged to fill out your entry form ahead of time but blank copies will be available as needed.

Current/Upcoming Calls for Entry:

(online June 2021): “Clayapalooza” online ceramics group show

In collaboration with the Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore, this online exhibition will showcase contemporary ceramic artists from across the region, including functional and non-functional work.  Up to two entries per artist. Artwork will be displayed online on our website and on a monitor at the OC Center for the Arts during the month of June.

Exhibit judge: David Smith
Online entry opens: Mon Apr 26 at
Deadline for online entry: Monday May 24, 4pm EST.
Online exhibit dates: June 4-26, 2o21

(June 2021): “Rare Earth” all media group show

This all-media group show seeks to highlight the impact humankind has had on our rare and beautiful Earth. Artwork should shine a light on the ecological problems that are occurring around us, the actions that we are taking to protect our planet, and why our environment is worth conserving and celebrating.

Up to two entries per artist, all media (2d & 3d). Artwork will hang in-person for the month of June.
Exhibit judge: Susan Holt
Enter in person: May 30-June 1, by appointment
Exhibit dates: June 4-26, 2021

(June 13, 12-8pm): Arts Day at Windmill Creek Winery

Sign up to be a vendor at Arts Day at Windmill Creek Winery! Open to all media (including paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fiber, woodwork, and more). Deadline for entry: June 6. Click here for more information and to sign up.

(July 2021): Beverly Bassford Memorial Juried Show

Beverly Bassford was a former Art League board member who was passionate about the need for a new facility for the nonprofit to call home. After she passed away in 1999, her family established a prize in her name, which grew into the Beverly Bassford Memorial Juried Show.

Up to two entries per artist, all media (2d & 3d). Selected artwork will hang in-person for the month of July.
Exhibit juror: Jess Cross
Online entry opens: Mon May 10 at
Deadline for online entry: Monday Jun 7, 4pm EST.
Exhibit dates: July 2-31, 2o21

Appointment Links:

Thank you for helping us stay safe and organized! Make your appointment to pickup from a current show or drop-off for an upcoming exhibit by clicking the link(s) below.

Pickup from “Up Close and Personal” and drop-off artwork for “Rare Earth” (May 30-June 1)

Because art appreciation is highly subjective, the ALOC makes every effort to select qualified judges from a variety of art professionals, working artists and gallery owners. All judges are expected to recognize quality works based on the artists’ understanding of the principles and elements of design and the ability to use their chosen media.

Click here for the 2021 Group Show Schedule

mayshow3Winner Gerilyn Gaskill with Beverly Bassford daughtersStudio E 1 Spotlight Gallery

Group Shows:

For upcoming shows and drop-off/pick-up dates see the 2021 Group Show Schedule

Click here for the Exhibit Entry Form.

Click here for the Exhibit Requirements.

Exhibit Applications:

Apply for a solo show to hang in the main gallery. Please click here for the Main Gallery Application.

Rent Studio E for the month as “artist in residence”. Please click here for the application.

Apply for a “mini show” in the Spotlight Gallery, located in the first floor classroom. Please click here for the application.

Apply to be the featured artisan for the month in the gift shop area. Please click here for the Members Artisan Showcase Application.

Gift Shop:

ALOC members may put work for sale in our retail area. Each artist is allowed to submit up to 6 pieces for sale. Items will be displayed on a “space available” basis. Items should be clearly marked with price and artist’s name. Inventory forms will be supplied to record items for sale. Acceptable mediums include: paintings (shrink-wrapped original and giclee prints), matted photography, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, wood, and metal. All items for sale must be hand made entirely by the artist. No manufactured items are allowed. Items accepted for sale are subject to approval and a 30% commission will be retained by the ALOC on all sales. Click on the link to view and download the  Submission of Art For Sale – Gift Shop form.
For questions regarding the gift shop, contact Kacie Neeb at or call 410-524-9433.