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:

Click here for the 2024 Group Show Schedule

Click here for Group Show Exhibit Requirements.

(June 2024): Skate / Surf” Exhibit
Explore skate & surf culture, drawing inspiration from the people, language, fashion, and lifestyle. Artists may submit up to two pieces, 32×40″ max outside frame dimensions. All media, 2D & 3D.
Entry dates: Sat Jun 1 & Mon Jun 3 (by appointment) Click here to reserve your timeslot.
Exhibit dates: June 7-29, 2024
Awards: Prizes awarded for first place: $175, second place: $125, third place: $100, and 3 honorable mentions. All award winners will be invited to participate in our year-end “Best of 2024” exhibit (Dec 2024).
Exhibit Judge: Kathleen Hayes
Fee: $10 per piece for members, $20 per piece for non-members. Entry fees are non-refundable. Click here to join or renew!

(July 2024): Beverly Bassford Memorial Juried Show
Esteemed annual exhibit with special “Best in Show” award. Artists may submit up to two pieces for consideration, artist’s choice of theme, 36×48″ max outside frame dimensions. All media, 2D & 3D.
Online entry deadline: Monday June 3, 4pm EST. Click here to enter.
*Artists will be notified of acceptance by email.
Exhibit dates: July 5-Aug 15, 2024.
Awards: Prizes awarded for Best in Show: $200, first place: $175, second place: $125, third place: $100, and 3 honorable mentions. All award winners will be invited to participate in our year-end “Best of 2024” exhibit (Dec 2024).
Exhibit Juror: Jinchul Kim
Fee: $10 per piece for members, $20 per piece for non-members. Entry fees are non-refundable. Click here to join or renew!

(June 2024): “Arts Day Artisan Marketplace”
Arts Day is an annual spring fundraising event for the Arts Center. The event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean Pines on June 2nd from 12pm-4pm. Arts Day in the Pines will feature an Artisan Marketplace, a Kids’ Zone complete with bounce houses and  kids art  activities, “Art League’s Got Talent” performances, raffles, dancing, food, drink, and more. Are you an artisan? Apply for our Artisan Marketplace today!
Application Deadline: Mon. April 22nd, 4pm
Artisans notified by: Thursday, April 25, 2024
Application Fee: $25
ONCE ACCEPTED: Artisan Vendor Fee due by: Friday, May 6, 2024 ($40 members, $50 non-members)
Click here to apply!

Ideas for upcoming group show themes? Share your input here.

Appointment Links:

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

Sun-Mon Apr 28-29: Drop-off of artwork selected for May’s juried photo show, pick-up from April’s exhibit.

Sat June 1 & Mon June 3: Drop-off artwork for June’s “Surf/Skate” exhibit, pick-up from May’s photo show.

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.

mayshow3Winner Gerilyn Gaskill with Beverly Bassford daughtersStudio E 1 Spotlight Gallery

Group Shows:

For upcoming shows and drop-off/pick-up dates see the2024 Group Show Schedule.

Click here for the Exhibit Entry Form.

Click here for the Exhibit Requirements.

Exhibit Applications:

Submit a proposal for a solo show to hang in the main gallery. Please click here to submit online.

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

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

Apply to be the featured artisan for the month in the gift shop area. Please click here to apply online.

Submit a proposal the new Staircase Gallery. Please click here to submit online.

Apply for a year-long space in Studios A-D as a resident studio artist. Please click here to apply online.

Gift Shop:

Art League members may put work for sale in our retail area. Each artist is allowed to submit up to 4 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. For more information, contact Kacie Neeb at kacie@artleagueofoceancity.org or call 410-524-9433.

New Artists: please click here to submit an application to sell your artwork in the Gift Shop.

Returning Artists: please click here for our revised Gift Shop requirements.

Artwork must be picked up/ dropped off by appointment – please click here to reserve your timeslot.