Call for Artists

Bad Art Show! Salon des Refusés!

October 7th through November 15th

Opening Reception October 7th, 6 – 8pm

Portsmouth Arts Guild Gallery, 2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth

In Person Intake:

Tuesday, October 4th, 3 – 5pm

Wednesday, October 5th, 6 – 8pm


Portsmouth Arts Guild Gallery

2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth

 What is Bad Art?

Bring us your failures. Show something that’s not quite right, looking for a critique. Or purposely experiment, try a new medium, use the wrong hand, paint or draw without looking.  In fact, there is a near by museum that shows Bad Art: Check it out for inspiration! You may surprise yourself!  Loosen up and be prepared to laugh.

Show Dates:  October 7th – November 15th at the Portsmouth Arts Guild Gallery.


All artwork on this page is from the MOBA!  Top painting: “Blue Tango”, Anonymous, Painting on the right: “See Battle”, Viv Joynt, Painting on the Left: “Swamp Picnic, Ted Crate Jr.  

Member and Non Member artists may submit up to three works. This is a Non-Juried Show so all works submitted will be accepted.

Entry fees:  Guild Members – $15.00 for the first entry and $5.00 each additional. Non-Members, $20.00 for the first, $10.00 for the second and $5.00 for the third.   

You can pay at Intake or pay in advance with the link below.

Email photos of your artwork in jpeg format, no larger than 5MB to  Please include the title, dimensions, medium and selling price.

This show will be archived on the Guild’s YouTube Channel.

2-D works MUST be wired for hanging – NO saw tooth hangers.

Submitted works MUST NOT have been previously exhibited at the Portsmouth Arts Guild.

All work must be for sale.  Guild commission is 25 percent.

Sponsored by 

Jerry’s Artarama Providence

Bank Newport

GMI Architects

Prudence Island Quilters


2022 Exhibition Schedule



Opening Reception

Rhode Island Sights
Virtual Show
Intake January 7th – 12th
Email Intake
Virtual Show Only
Members Showcase
Virtual Show
Intake February 4th – 9th
Email Intake
Opening February 11th
Challenge Showcase
Virtual Show
Intake March  2nd – 9th
Email Intake

Opening March 11th
Quilters Showcase
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Intake March 29th
Opening April 3rd
Emerging Artists Show
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Intake April 19th 3-6 PM & April 20th 6-8 PM
Opening Sunday April 24th 2-4 PM
Imagine Color:  Juried Show
Common Fence Point
Intake Tuesday May 10th 3 – 6 PM and Wednesday May 11th 6- 8PM
Opening Reception Friday May 13th 6 – 8 PM
Sea, Land and Sky 
Common Fence Point
Intake June 7th and 8th
Opening June 10th
Faces and Figures
Common Fence Point
Intake July 5th and 6th
Opening July 8th
All Photography 
Common Fence Point
Intake August 9th and 10th
Opening August 12th
Inspired by Great Artists 
Common Fence Point
Intake September 6th and 7th
Opening September 9th
Salon des Refuses
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Intake October 4th and 5th
Opening October 7th
Holiday Showcase
Common Fence Point
Intake November 15th and 16th
Opening November 18th