Members’ Open

In the 1970’s, the PAAM membership voted to present “open” exhibitions, allowing any and all members to exhibit their work in PAAM’s galleries throughout the year.

Members’ Open Exhibitions represent an eclectic and extensive body of work displayed in salon style – that is, works that are stacked and tend to blanket the walls, versus the minimalist presentation most often seen in contemporary art galleries and museums. This practice was begun in Paris, France in the 19th century, where work was hung floor to ceiling and great paintings rubbed shoulders with the work of new and evolving artists.

PAAM mounts upwards of 5 members’ open and juried exhibitions annually in which participants display their work alongside some of America’s most noteworthy artists. These exhibitions represent the work of PAAM’s contemporary artist-members, many of whom live on Cape Cod either full-time or for part of the year. While the work varies greatly in media and approach, each artist-member joins a long roster of distinguished artists who have studied, taught, and exhibited at PAAM over the past 100 years. There is no submission fee for members’ exhibitions, but membership must be up to date.

Artist Guidelines


Drop-Off Day is Tuesday, March 5 from 12-4pm. There is no theme for this exhibition. The dimensions of the frame (or piece itself, if unframed) must not exceed 24″ in any direction, and artwork must be dry and equipped with a hanging device upon arrival.

Membership must be valid through May, 2024–anyone can join or renew online here or at Drop-Off.

You can submit your Artwork Receipt in advance online here, or at an Artwork Receipt station at PAAM on Drop-Off Day.

If you can’t make it on Drop-Off Day, you’re welcome to drop off the prior week when the Museum is open: Friday-Sunday from 12-5pm. Due to the quick installation turn-over we cannot accommodate late submissions, so consider March 5 your absolute deadline.


Shipped works must arrive by Tuesday, March 5. Please either submit the online Artwork Receipt or include a printed copy.


Pick-Up Day for Tuesday, May 7 from 12-4pm.


We are happy to ship your piece back to you, please fill out the Return Shipping Form to begin the process. We use USPS, and charge a $15 handling fee in addition to the cost of shipping, which includes insurance determined by the price you list for your piece. PAAM cannot ascertain the shipping costs prior to packaging and weighing the artwork for return. 

Alternatively, you can send us a prepaid label from your preferred shipper (FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.) and a check for the $15 handling fee, or simply send us a blank check that we will fill out when we have determined your shipping charges. With any questions about shipping, please contact Lesley:

Artwork Receipt



  • The Fine Print

    • One work per artist may be submitted per exhibition. • All exhibited artwork is covered by the Museum’s Exhibition Insurance Policy. PAAM is not responsible for loss or damage to work left beyond the pickup date. • Unsold works are the artist’s responsibility to retrieve or arrange to be shipped. • Work left beyond 90 days of the pickup date becomes property of PAAM. • No work may be withdrawn from the exhibition prior to the closing date, except if sold in the Small Works exhibition. • Artist payments are sent within 30 business days, or 6 weeks.
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