Call to Artists and Artisans for the 39th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

This wreath is made of blue and black surgical masks, silver bubble wrap food delivery packaging, glue, and recycled cardboard backing cut into flowers and arranged into a wreath.

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This juried exhibition features innovative interpretations of the traditional holiday symbol in all varieties of materials and subjects. We are inviting artists to help us celebrate the holiday season by crafting a whimsical, handmade wreath using innovative, unusual objects. To submit your wreath for consideration, please send a proposal according to the guidelines below. Due to space constraints, not all applications can be selected. Entrants will be notified no later than Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, about wreath selections. Send your entry soon!

Submission Deadline

No later than Sunday, October 31, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered.

Exhibition Dates

December 1, 2021 – January 6, 2022

Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is unclear whether the exhibition will be held in person or virtually. Though we will do our best to notify artists of any changes to the exhibition plan as soon as possible, selected artists should be prepared to drop their wreaths off in person on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, or Monday, November 29, 2021, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If the exhibition is held virtually, artists will need to submit high resolution, horizontal images by Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Wreaths exhibited in or proposed for past Arsenal Gallery shows will not be considered. For selected artists, final images of the completed wreath should be photographed against a plain white background in good lighting.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following by email to

  • Sketch or photograph of your design (wreath does not need to be complete)
  • Brief written description, including exact dimensions and media/materials.
  • Name, phone number, and email address.

Please note: Unlike years past, we will not be able to accept submissions via postal mail. For alternate accommodations, please email us at

Image: Penelope Coe, Mask Up, 2020, blue and black surgical masks found on the sidewalk and Williamsburg Bridge bike path; silver bubble wrap food delivery packaging found in neighborhood trash; glue; stiffener; recycled cardboard backing

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