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Artist Opportunities #233

Pierced Copper Bowl - Michael Brehl
Pierced copper bowl by Art League instructor Michael Brehl.

Below: this week’s batch of exhibits, competitions, events and more to try for. You can click here for past opportunities posts. Good luck!

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London


Deadline: August 21. The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter Strokes of Genius: National Juried Painting Competition, which is open to original works created through any painting medium. More about Strokes of Genius →

Paint the Town

Deadline: August 22. Montgomery Art Association’s Labor Day weekend Paint the Town Art Show 2014 is a judged art exhibit at the Kensington Armory. This art event includes a 3-day art exhibit and sale (August 30 – September 1) and a Plein Air painting contest open to both adults and children on Saturday, August 30. Artists must be aged 18 and older. One work must be based on a subject within the 20895 zip code of Kensington (abstract interpretations OK). Read more on the Montgomery Art Association website →

Fall Foliage

Deadline: September 1 (late entry September 15). The 43rd Annual Fall Foliage Art Show in downtown Waynesboro, Virginia- October 11 and 12, 2014. Each October this outdoor fine art exhibit fills the streets of this picturesque Blue Ridge town. We traditionally bring in 20,000 visitors and sell nearly a quarter million dollars of art over the weekend. More about the Fall Foliage Art Show →

Small Artwork

Deadline: September 10. The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 12th Small Wonders competition. 2-D work may not exceed 11” in any one dimension including outer edge of frame. 3-D work may not exceed 7” in any one dimension. More about Small Wonders →

Re-runs: there’s still time to make the deadlines for these opportunities:

Post-Photography & Mixed-Media

Deadline: August 18. Target Gallery explores the future of photography with the exhibition “Post-Photography: Beyond the Print.” Submissions are open to all-media artwork that involves an innovative approach to the photographic medium, including, but not limited to, photo-manipulation, stop-motion video, mixed media collage, artist books, photographic sculpture, alternative process photography and GIF art. More about the exhibit →

Art in City Hall ’14–’15

Deadline: August 22. Online entry only. This installment of Art in City Hall has no theme. Entry is open to members of The Art League, Del Ray Artisans, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, Empowered Women International, and Convergence Art Center. Artists can also join one of these organizations (except for the TFAA, which has juried membership). More about Art in City Hall →

Art Maryland 2014

Deadline: August 31. Entry to this juried exhibit, sponsored by the Howard County Arts Council, is open to visual artists 18 years or older who live in Maryland or within a 100-mile radius of Ellicott City, MD. The juror for the exhibit, which runs from October 31–December 12, is Julia Marciari-Alexander, the new Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum. More about this exhibit →

Photography competition 1

Deadline: September 1. Instant DC is launching an open call for photography by D.C.-area photographers starting now through September 1, 2014. We are partnering with the Washington School of Photography, which is graciously hosting a free opening night celebration October 3, and showcasing the exhibition for an entire month. Read the call for photographers →

Inter-Generational Artist Residency

Deadline: September 5. The Barrie School and Winter Growth, an adult day and assisted living facility, are teaming up with The Art Gallery of University of Maryland to offer this exciting teaching artist opportunity. This Artist in Residence position is ideal for someone committed to engaging the community in an experiential art installation project. Applicants should have an interest in educating learners of all age levels, community outreach, and generational diversity. More about the residency →

Prince George’s Sampler

Deadline: September 6. The county’s annual juried exhibit is open to all artists and curators who are 18 years of age or older who live, work, study, or have a studio in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Juror: Myrtis Bedolla. Download the PDF prospectus →

Photography competition 2

Deadline: September 12. The Delaplaine Art Center, located in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland, announces the 2014 National Juried Photography Exhibit. All photographs, black and white, color, non-silver, computer-manipulated are eligible. More about the exhibit (PDF) →

Videos at the Institute for Women and Art

Deadline: September 12. The Institute for Women and Art seeks entries for the Momentum: Women/Art/Technology online festival of video works called MTV: Momentum Technology Videos. Submissions are through Vimeo. More about the project →

Smithsonian Craft Show 2015

Deadline: September 14. Applications are now open for the 33rd annual Smithsonian Craft Show, taking place in April 2015. More about the Smithsonian Craft Show →

Alexandria Animals Pet Photo Calendar Contest

Deadline: September 15. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s (AWLA) annual fundraiser is a great way to support the AWLA while getting a chance to show off your animal companions! Entries and voting takes place from July 15 to Sept. 15. Prizes are awarded based on fundraising totals. More about the contest →

National Small Works Show

Deadline: September 22. The first national juried exhibition at Main Street Arts (Clifton Springs, NY) will be an exhibition of small works (12″ or less in any direction). Open to artists working in all media excluding film/sound and installation art. This exhibition is open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. More about the exhibit →


Receiving: September 28 & 29. Entry to “Metamorphosis” at Del Ray Artisans is open to members and nonmembers. The juror is Elizabeth Ann Coleman, curator emeritus at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Download the PDF prospectus →

Hillyer Open Call

Deadline: September 28. Hillyer Art Space in Northwest DC is accepting the 2015/16 exhibition season. Hillyer presents monthly exhibitions and each accepted artist is given a room in the three-room gallery space to present their work. More info here →


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