Competitions & Contests

2024 Stride For Stride

Entry Dates 2024-03-05T23:30:00+00:00 - 2024-01-22T13:01:00+00:00 7 Days Left


"Stride for Stride" Art and stories celebrating the quiet heroes of the Boston Marathon since this year is the 100th time the marathon has started in Hopkinton.March 26 - April 18, 2024We are excited to announce a special call for art. Do you have an inspiring story about the Boston Marathon? Have you captured it in a photograph, painting, poem, or sculpture?We’ve seen the stories. The beloved dog, Spencer, sat on the sidelines year after year, greeting the runners with a flag in his mouth. The man who ran the course backward to raise awareness for Epilepsy in honor of his son. The Hoyts showed the fierce love and bond between a father and son. And they go on and on and on. We’ve seen the best of the human spirit and watched them all over the years, the heroes among us.Memories of Heartbreak Hill“I grew up a few houses away from Commonwealth Ave at the start of Heartbreak Hill. The Boston Marathon was a part of my childhood. All the neighborhood kids and I used to hand out water and orange slices to the runners and cheer them on to keep going. As a young child, I was intrigued by those who would trickle by, hobbling along as it started to get dark long after most of the pack had crossed the finish line. I wanted to know more about why they were pushing themselves so hard.It has evolved over the last 50 years since I sat on the grassy medium of Commonwealth Avenue with my friends, and now I find myself working in thecommunity that hosts the start of this infamous course. But the kid in me still wants to know the stories. We’ve celebrated the history of the Boston Globe’s coverage. We’ve celebrated the first woman (Bobbi Gibb) to run the marathon, and now it's time to tell all the other stories from the everyday runners who all have a story to tell. We are listening.” Sarah Alexander, Gallery Director and Curator."Stride by Stride" is a competitive juried show for all artists. Selected juries will choose the artwork to be exhibited and select six outstanding works for awards. These artworks will be honored during the reception on April 12, 2024. The six winning artists will receive cash prizes totaling over $1,000.Specifications:
Up to three artworks not shown at HCA may be submitted. All 2D media, including photos, fiber art, and digital art, may be entered. The work must be wired for hanging. The maximum height and width for framed wall-hung work is 40 inches. Click here for more information.
3D work may be entered if it is free-standing (does not require a pedestal), can be hungon the wall, and does not protrude more than 10 inches. No sawtooth hangers, sandwich frames, giclee prints, copies, derivatives, or electronic reproductions will be accepted.Important Dates:03/05: Call Deadline 03/08: Announcement of selected artworksArt Drop off: Art accepted into the show to be received by mail* or drop off Friday 03/22, 3-6pm, and/or Saturday 3/23, 10am-1pm03/26: Exhibition Opens04/12: Opening Reception04/18: Exhibit EndsArt Pick Up: Friday 04/19, 3 - 6pm, and Saturday 04/20, 10am - 1pm *Non-local selected artists' work must be received at the HCA, 98 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 c/o exhibitions by March 22, 2024. Non-local artists are responsible for shipping costs to and from the HCA and insure their work while in transit. If shipping work, each artist must provide a pre-paid UPS or FedEx return shipping label, including insurance. Please pack your work in sturdy, reusable packaging. The HCA carries appropriate insurance to cover all artwork in the show for the duration of the exhibition, including the time frame of drop-off, installation, de-installation, and pick-up.Eligibility: Artists of all ages are welcome to apply.SUBMISSION FEE: THERE IS NO SUBMISSION TO APPLY. SIMPLY USE THE CODE "FREESTRIDE" when you get to the payment section by clicking on "Enter Promo code". DO NOT FILL THE CARD DETAILS. Then click on "Submit Payment Charge".

Accessibility: The HCA gallery spaces are fully accessible, and we strive to make the exhibition submission process accessible to all artists. We encourage anyone to enter our open-call exhibitions. If you need any additional information or accommodations to enter, please call Art Director Sarah Alexander at 508.589.4409.Commission Structure: Artists receive 70% commission, and the HCA receives 30% for art sold during the exhibition. The HCA may duplicate and reproduce images of work for purposes of public relations and exhibition announcements directly related to the exhibition.About the HCA: Serving individuals of all ages, cultures, and artistic abilities across the MetroWest region, the HCA develops artistic skills, offers outstanding artistic performances and exhibitions, and enables visitors to experience art in all forms. Under one roof, we celebrate art through classes and events in visual art, theater, music, dance, ceramics, writing, and film. In 2015 we opened our expanded art center, with a new exhibition space, a 200-seat performance space, and newly renovated classrooms. The Delbridge Family Performance Space and the Lotvin Family Gallery annually present dozens of productions and exhibitions by students and adults, amateurs and professionals. Created in 2011, HCA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts center, fosters and celebrates the creative spirit in everyone.To submit images of your work, please REGISTER or LOGIN by clicking on the button to the right, above.Click below for a quick tutorial about how to use this site. If you have trouble with it, you are welcome to contact Marion Buricatu at