At a time when Boston area artists are struggling to stay in the city and maintain art careers amidst rising costs of living and workspace, Beacon Gallery is producing a one-night-only event to directly provide support to visual artists from sales of their work. Gallery Owner and Director, Christine O’Donnell, is hosting a juried exhibition of small works called “Art Dash” on December 14th where artists will receive 100% of the sales. All work will be priced at $100 each. This is a true pop-up event from 6-9pm with a preview during the day from 12-6pm; sales will begin promptly at 6pm. Gallery visitors will take work right off the walls and take it home on the spot! Art Dash, one night of original art

Jessica Burko, Artist, Independent Curator, Arts Marketer
Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries
Christine O’Donnell, Owner and Director, Beacon Gallery


Applications Open: May 1, 2019 at 9 am EST

Online Submission Deadline: July 31, 2019 by 11:00 pm EST
Reminder for preparation of accepted work:
• all work must be delivered ready-to-hang
• label on back with artist name and title of work

Notification: August 30, 2019 by email, 3 pm EST (subject to the judges having finished judging, notification date and time may change slightly - email will inform all artists if there is such a change)

In person delivery of work:
December 7-8, 2019, 12-5pm
December 11-12, 10-5pm

Preview: Saturday, December 14, 12-6pm
Event: Saturday, December 14, 6-9pm

Retrieve work:
Saturday, December 14, 9pm

Link for submissions:


Jessica Burko has been an exhibiting artist since 1985 and works with photography, encaustic, and found objects from her studio in Boston's SoWa arts district. In 2007 Burko founded the Boston Handmade artist collective and directed the organization until 2014. She also works as an independent curator with more than thirty exhibitions produced since 2000 including STITCH in 2018 at the New Art Center in Newton. Burko was the Carole Calo Gallery Director at Stonehill College from 2000-06 where she spearheaded a visiting artist lecture series and outdoor sculpture program. In addition to these endeavors, she supports artists in achieving their creative and professional goals through Arts Marketing lectures, workshops, and partnerships with organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Mass MoCAs Assets for Artists program. Jessica Burko holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Imaging Arts and Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator of Tufts University Art GalleriesDina Deitsch is Director and Chief Curator of the Tufts University Art Galleries, located in Medford and at the SMFA at Tufts in Boston. Prior to joining Tufts, she was the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Interim Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, a guest curator for the City of Cambridge’s Public Art Program, and held teaching positions in the MFA graduate programs at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. From 2008 - 2015 she was Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts where she spearheaded the PLATFORM series of site-specific commissions by emerging and mid-career artists and revamped the museum's annual showcase exhibitions into biennial formats. While there she organized one-person exhibitions with Laylah Ali, Martha Friedman, Jedediah Caesar, Alix Pearlstein, alongside numerous group exhibitions including Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art, PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher, Work Out: Sustainable Uses of Landscapes and Walden, revisited. 

Christine O’Donnell, the Owner and Gallery Manager of Beacon Gallery, opened Beacon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts after over a decade spent living and working in Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore. While living abroad, Christine honed her eye for art in museums and galleries and also befriended local artists. Christine has a master’s degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Christine and her team bring a fresh perspective and enthusiasm for the arts to the Greater Boston Area and beyond.