Collage of artworks: canvas by artist Pops Peterson, “Freedom from Shame,” portrays a sports hero, a hockey player with left arm ending at the elbow, in his moment of glory. After winning big at a hockey match, a teammate pours champagne over his head in celebration; color illustration of a creature in a bathtub wearing a snorkeling mask; colorful marker painting of woman; black and white photo of woman with violin. Text: MOD. Call for Art. "Breaking Barriers." 2017. Deadline: August 1, 2017.

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is now accepting submissions for our 2017 Call for Art and juried art exhibition. We are calling on talented Massachusetts residents of all abilities to submit their original artwork.

Selected entries will be displayed at a public exhibition at the Massachusetts State House in late 2017 and in an online gallery.

A central purpose in holding this exhibition is to showcase the talent of our Commonwealth residents and to present works to the public that will raise awareness of and challenge the barriers and stigma that persons with disabilities may encounter. Artists who enter the Call for Art will have an opportunity to gain statewide exposure and recognition in addition to experiencing the process of entering their work for consideration for display in a juried art show.

Part of our inspiration for this exhibition relates to a piece of artwork currently displayed in MOD created by Maurice “Pops” Peterson, Artist in Residence of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).  His work, “Freedom from Shame,” shown here in the collage, artistically captures our theme of “Breaking Barriers” through its depiction of an athlete with a disability in a moment of victory and celebration.


Pops Peterson, Artist in Residence, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination;
Marian Brown, Founding Executive Director, Arts Connect International;
David D’Arcangelo, Director, Massachusetts Office on Disability;
Dan Serig, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Massachusetts College of Art & Design;
Charles J. Washburn, Vice President & COO, VSA Massachusetts

Read the juror biographies: WORD docx format of Juror Bios
; PDF pdf format of Juror Bios

The Call for Art is open to all Massachusetts residents ages 18 and over. Out-of-state students of Massachusetts colleges and universities are eligible. Submissions must be original two-dimensional works of visual art; photography is welcome.

Submissions will be accepted starting through August 1, 2017. Each entry will be reviewed by the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and jury. Selected entries will be displayed at an exhibition and published in our photo gallery or homepage, social media channels, and Massachusetts Office on Disability publications.

Entries will be accepted through an online submission form. You will be required to upload a photo of your original work. 

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: In order for your work to be displayed in the exhibition, you will be required to send the original piece to the Massachusetts Office on Disability at a later date to be determined. You will be responsible for getting the original work to the Massachusetts Office on Disability at 1 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108. You may ship your work to us or drop it off during office hours. We are not able to pick up your art work. Your work must be framed and wired Original works must be two-dimensional and not exceed 36” in any direction. Please do not send any physical works to MOD unless you are contacted and asked to do so.

Each online submission should be:

• A static image file
• Either .jpg, .png, or .tif format
• At least 900 pixels wide
• No more than 25 MB

Massachusetts Office on Disability reserves the right to crop or alter your images if needed and to modify these rules at its discretion. Any individuals in the photos must have given proper release to the photographer. Please avoid inclusion of any copyrighted, trademarked, or branded logos in images. MOD reserves the right to post all submissions to the homepage and any social media channels, MOD printed and electronic materials, as well as display selected photos in the MOD offices in Boston or other state buildings/offices.

Click Here To Submit Your Artwork!

To request reasonable accommodation(s), please contact Evan Bjorklund, MOD’s ADA Coordinator at 617-727-7440 x27324 or by email at