Call for Art

Artists and creative community members are encouraged to submit proposals of site-specific artwork for the 2019 Art on the Trails outdoor exhibition, Marking Territory. The exhibition will be installed in the Beals Preserve, Southborough, Massachusetts from June 12 – September 22, 2019.  Learn more about juror Shana Dumont Garr

Theme: Marking Territory

Marking Territory explores the idea that both animals and humans have ways of creating boundaries in their environment in an attempt at creating a safe place. Mark making in art refers to the different lines, patterns, and textures we create ​in a piece of art.   We invite artists to consider how one might mark the environment in a non-permanent way, as their own expression of boundaries. 

Guidelines for Submissions

  • Artists may submit existing work or a proposal for site-specific work.
  • Multiple entries are welcome and encouraged.
  • Artists are encouraged to visit Beals Preserve on their own prior to submitting OR request a private tour by emailing 
  • You may identify a location for your work if you choose. The final siting of the work is at the discretion of the juror.  View a map of Beals Preserve.
  • Please indicate if work requires support or suspension in the landscape and your proposed method for achieving this.
  • All work will be considered based on quality of materials and ability to implement proposed work.
  • This is a Leave No Trace exhibit; from installation to dismantling, nature must be left intact and all materials brought to the site must be removed at the end of the show.
  • Work does not need to be for sale, however, SOLF requests a 25% donation on any works sold in the exhibit.
  • By submitting a proposal, artists acknowledge Southborough Open Land Foundation assumes no liability for artwork on the property during the exhibition.
  • The selected artists will be notified by May 10, 2019 via email.
  • The art submission period has closed for 2019.
  • Please contact Catherine Weber, if you have questions.