Published on July 2, 2018

Open Call to Artists for "125 Years of Preserving MA"

DCR 125th Anniversary logo

Blue Hills Trailside Museum is accepting submissions for its upcoming exhibit, DCR: 125 Years of Preserving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, showing September 8–November 28, 2018.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation stewards one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds.  The core mission of the DCR is to protect, promote, and enhance the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the well-being of all.

Trailside and the DCR Blue Hills Reservation are hosting an art exhibit to celebrate this special 125th anniversary.  Artists are asked to submit works that depict the natural, historical and recreational resources of the Blue Hills Reservation. Submission deadline is August 6, 2018.

Application Procedure

Submission deadline is August 6, 2018.

Most mediums are acceptable. The criteria for choosing artists’ submissions will include:

  • Treatment of the subject matter
  • Its relevance to nature, history and recreation in the DCR Blue Hills Reservation
  • Command of their individual craft
  • The ability to engage the viewer

Artists are invited to submit images of up to five pieces of artwork by email (for screening purposes only). All submissions must include: artist's name, artist's contact information, dimensions of framed work, title of piece, medium used.

Artists selected for this exhibit will be contacted via email no later than August 12. 

Additional Information

If selected for this exhibit, all artwork needs to be framed appropriately and ready to hang (detailed information available upon request) and will include a $20 participation fee.  In addition, 20% of all sales will be donated to support Blue Hills Trailside Museum. 

The show will run from September 8–November 28, 2018. A formal reception will be determined pending our participating artists’ availabilies.

Exhibit will be held at:

Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum 
1904 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA  02186


Inquiries may be directed to Liz Bastable, Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator, by email or by calling 617-333-0690 x5223.