Small Group Shows


How to put together a Small Group Show.
And other answers about Small Group Shows at the Cambridge Art Association

Who can submit a proposal?

  • Any CAA Artist Member ($110 annual dues) in good standing. All members of group must be CAA Artist Members.
  • First priority is given to Artist Members. However, we encourage Associate Artists to consider submitting a Small Group application, as there are, on occasion, openings.

How often can I be involved a Small Group Show? Once every three years
How do I find other artists to show with? And will the CAA help me find collaborators?

  • We recommend visiting our artist webpage listing, reading our regular Artist of the Week feature on the blog, and attending networking events and receptions we host! Talk to other artists, visit their studios, and begin to shape the vision for your show!
  • And, yes, we are always here to help make those connections!

What should be included in the Small Group Show Proposal?

  • A statement of intention: what brought your group together? How does your theme tie your work together
  • An exhibition statement – what your show is focusing on – to be used in promoting the exhibit
  • Artist statements and CVs from each member of the group
  • Images representative of the work you plan to display
  • A $25 per artist fee, up to 5 artists. For groups with 6 or more artists, there is a flat fee of $150

Where/how do I submit my proposal?

  • All proposals should be submitted through the CAA website via JotForm.
  • Documents should be saved as Word documents (.doc or .docx) or PDFs.
  • All images should be saved as follows: ArtistName_title.jpeG

Proposal deadline for October 2016 – May 2018: March 15, 2016
Click here for SMALL GROUP SHOW Application


  • Fall 2016 (2)
    Winter/Spring 2017 (3)
    Fall 2017 (1 or 2)
  • Winter/Spring 2018 (3)

Who reviews the Small Group Show Proposals?

CAA Directors and staff.

What criteria are used in the review process?

  • The committee will review all submitted materials. Decisions will be based on the quality of the proposal, available exhibition slots and will consider some or all of the following:
  • An aspect of the exhibit is innovative;
  • The exhibit offers a new perspective or new insight on a topic; synthesizes and presents existing knowledge in a provocative way; includes innovative uses of media, materials, design elements; is particularly beautiful, exceptionally capable, profoundly memorable; evokes responses from viewers that are evidence of a transformative experience.

If/When our Proposal is accepted – what are the next steps?
Once your proposal is accepted, we will contact you with potential exhibition dates. Small Group Shows are scheduled up to 2 years in advance.

What is the cost in presenting a Small Group Show?
The simple answer is … it depends. Excluding materials and framing costs, a Small Group Exhibition generally costs each artist in the group $150 or less.

Proposal deadline for October 2016 – May 2018: March 15, 2016

Exhibition Cards
Small Group Shows will be included on our new tri-fold postcards, starting in Fall 2016. All exhibit collateral will be designed and produced by the CAA

Quantity 500 1,000 2,000
Printing Price $321 $408 $582
Mail service $125 $125 $125
Postage $92 $183 $366

If your group would like a stand-alone 5×7 inch postcard, we will design one for you, at a cost of $75 for design fees, plus printing and mailing fees (see below for current rates)

Exhibition Book/Binder
The point person in your group is responsible for collecting all artist statements and pricing info, and creating a 3-ring exhibition binder to be displayed in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit

All work must be dropped off in gallery by 11am on designated day
Installers: CAA Staff and interns


  • CAA undertakes publicity through our Blog, online press and social media outlets, as well as press releases sent to regional news outlets
  • CAA asks group members to augment our outreach by sending press releases, invitation, and show information to personal contacts on an agreed upon timeline

Public Programs
Public programs – an artist talk, a yoga session, an artist demonstration, a wine-tasting, a musical performance – can act to further enhance your proposal and your exhibit

Proposal deadline for October 2016 – May 2018: March 15, 2016 by 5pm
Click here for SMALL GROUP SHOW Application


  • Fall 2016 (1 or 2)
    Winter/Spring 2017 (3)
    Fall 2017 (1 or 2)
  • Winter/Spring 2018 (3)

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