Call to artists

CALL DEADLINE: Monday, October 23rd, 2023

SHOW DATES: November 4th – 12th

ARTISTS RECEPTION: Sunday, November 12th, 3 pm – 5pm

WHERE: Artworks Gallery 69 Main St., Ware, MA
Regular gallery hours are 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun.


Art is a powerful force for expression and healing, and many of our service members, veterans, and their family members channel their experiences of service into their art. Our Shaped by Service Art Show, hosted by Workshop13 at their Artworks Gallery the week of Veterans Day, celebrates the influence military service has on expressive outlets and the healing power these outlets contain. In 2023, we will also showcase the stories of our artists as they sit down under our HFS Storytelling Project to explain how their art and service have intersected. Artists can indicate their interest in participating in the storytelling component on the registration form.



  1. All service members, veterans, and immediate family members who would like to submit their artwork to the show may do so free of charge. Artwork submitted by service members, veterans, and immediate family members do not have to undergo the jury process.

  2. Anyone who does NOT identify as a service member, veteran, or family member who would like to submit their art work may do so for a $25 per piece charge. Art work submitted by non-military-connected individuals must relate to the military service theme. Artwork by non-military-connected artists will be juried based on images submitted to [email protected] upon entry.

  3. Open to all 2-D and 3-D mediums. At this time, we are unable to accept electronic media and do not accept AI generated work.

  4. Artwork must fit through a standard height, 36′ wide door, and if over 30′ wide, must come provided with suitable display stands.


Complete the entry form above and submit pictures of artwork to [email protected]

PLEASE!!! Check the spelling and the price of each piece before submitting your work! We have no way to edit your entry information, and this data is directly used to populate our Online Show. HomeFront Strong will receive a 10% donation for all work sold. Please price your work accordingly!

– 2-D work must be framed and securely wired across for hanging.

– Work must be hand-delivered to ArtWorks Gallery on specified dates.


HomeFront Strong will receive a 10% donation on all work sold.  Art need not be for sale, but it is encouraged.

Artists retain all copyrights to submitted images and represented artwork.  By entering the competition, artists selected to exhibit grant HomeFront Strong and Workshop13 the rights to use the selected image(s) on social media, the website, and printed materials for promotional purposes as well as the online show posted on the HomeFront Strong website.

HomeFront Strong and Workshop13 will not be held responsible for the loss or damage of any artwork and recommends all artists carry insurance sufficient to cover the full replacement value of their artwork. By submitting to this exhibition, each artist will be deemed to have concurred with this agreement.


Entry Deadline: October 23, 2023 by midnight

Notification of Results: October 27th, 2023

Hand Deliver Entries: Sunday, October 29th | 1 to 3 pm
Monday, October 30th | 1 to 3 pm

Show Dates and Times: Saturday, November 4th to Sunday, November 12th
Saturdays & Sundays | 1 to 5 pm

Closing Reception: Sunday, November 12th | 3 to 5 pm

Pick-up artwork: Sunday, November 12th | 4 to 5 pm

Shaped by Service Art Show & HFS Storytelling is sponsored by:


Meet Donny

HFS COO and artist Donald Longley is the owner of Hercworx Studios, and will be a juror for pieces submitted for Shaped by Service.