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Artist Opportunities #258

Changes by weaving instructor Marilyn Harrington.
Changes by weaving instructor Marilyn Harrington.

Every Tuesday, we gather a variety of artist opportunities around the DC area. Find one below and enter today — good luck! Click here for recent opportunities posts, and submit your opportunity listing here.

“Sometimes I get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” — Ansel Adams

Chesapeake Bay Arts Show

Dates: May 15–16. Chesapeake Bay Waterfowl Arts Show: A Celebration of the Traditional Arts of the Bay is looking for quality artists! This show is located indoors at St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, MD. The fee is $85 per booth. To receive an application form, send an email including photos of your work to: More information will be posted here.

Share your failures

Deadline: March 9. For “Lower Moments” at Pleasant Plains Workshop in NW DC, you are encouraged to submit your most embarrassing artwork, art moment, curatorial disaster, embarrassing artist statement, or awkward art story! More about “Lower Moments” →

Truro Anglican Church

Receiving: March 18–19. As part of the City of Fairfax’s Spotlight on the Arts, Truro Anglican Church presents its 5th Spring Arts Festival Art Show. Work can be submitted in two categories: Adult and Youth. Work will be exhibited in the Truro Anglican Church Gallery and Undercroft from March 20 – May 22, 2015. Cash prizes will be awarded to each age category. More about the Spring Arts Festival →

Small Works on Paper

Deadline: April 20. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania invites all artists to participate in a juried exhibition of small works on paper in conjunction with The 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Works on paper (15″ x 11″ or smaller) in all traditional and experimental visual arts media, including photography, will be considered. More about the exhibit →

Re-runs: the announcements below have appeared here before, but it’s not too late to apply!

3-D art last chance!

Deadline: February 11, 4:00 pm. Artful Dimensions Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA invites artists to submit to their April show, “Dimensional Expressions.” All 3-D media are eligible. More about the exhibit →

2-D art last chance!

Deadline: February 12. Fresh Paint Magazine is looking for submissions from emerging and mid-career artists for our juried April 2015 Issue. Artists working in two dimensional fine art disciplines (except photography) are welcome to submit their work. Juror: Margaret Winslow. More about the magazine →

Bethesda Painting Awards last chance!

Deadline: February 13. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites eligible artists to enter the Bethesda Painting Awards. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC. More about the painting awards →

Lost & Found last chance!

Deadline: February 13. The Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables invites artists in the Washington, Virginia, Maryland area to participate in “Lost & Found,” a show featuring work created with found materials, or regarding items both lost and found. Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables is a gallery for self-taught and emerging artists however, this call is open to all artists working in all mediums (including photography) and preference will be given to self-taught artists. Read the call for artists →

Emulsion at East City Art last chance!

Deadline: February 15. This call for entry is open to all residents 18 years of age or over who reside or create art within 50 miles of East City Art’s headquarters located at 922 G Street SE. Artworks in all media are eligible; the theme is “Emulsion.” Download the prospectus (PDF) →

Emerging clay artists

Deadline: February 17. The May 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly will feature the works of emerging clay artists. US and international clay artists who have been actively pursuing a career in ceramics for less than ten years are encouraged to apply. Read the rules (PDF) →

Art about first responders

Deadline: February 20. “Visions of Courage, Impressions of Service” at Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center will express, through art, the values of the first responders and interpretations of police, fire and first responders from around the world. The exhibit coincides with the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax. Entries are limited to 2-D art. More about the exhibit →

Paint Annapolis

Deadline: February 22. Paint Annapolis is a five-day juried plein air painting competition held June 8-14, 2015, that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from around the world. Artists are juried in to participate, and a judge awards prizes at the competition. More about Paint Annapolis →

Public sculpture proposals

Deadline: February 27. The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) in Maryland is seeking up to 13 artists to participate in its Fourth Annual Juried Public Art Competition for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2015 – July 2016 . HCAC’s goal is to make art more accessible to the entire community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County. Read the Request for Proposals (PDF) →

Richmond Gallery seeking proposals

Deadline: March 1. 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA is currently accepting proposals for 2016 and 2017. National and international artists and curators are encouraged to submit proposals to exhibit work in all mediums (including but not limited to: video and film, new media, installation, sculpture, performance, painting and social practice). More about 1708 Gallery →

Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship

Deadline: March 2, 2015. The 8th annual open call to the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship is now open. Advancing the professional development of emerging visual artists, the two-year program serves as a steppingstone for the next generation of contemporary artists in Washington, DC. More about the Hamiltonian Fellowship →

Summer exhibit at Target Gallery

Deadline: March 9. This call is open to all artists from North America working in all visual media. The selected artist or group will receive a solo exhibition at the Target Gallery from July 25 – August 30, 2015, as well as a stipend and an exhibition catalog. A panel of independent arts professionals will review submissions and select the final proposal. Our jurors this year are John James Anderson, Amy Boone-McCreesh, and Alex Goldstein. More about exhibiting at Target Gallery →

Virginia artists

Deadline: March 13 (early bird February 16). The Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews, VA invites all adult Virginia artists to enter Art Speaks on the Bay 2015, a juried exhibit with $3,200 in prize money. More about “Art Speaks on the Bay” →

South Atlantic Juried Exhibit

Deadline: March 20. This exhibit will be at the Montpelier Center in Montpelier, VA. The South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition is open to all professional artists who reside in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. More about the exhibit →

2016 Solo Exhibits

Deadline: March 25. VisArts in Rockville, MD invites artists working in all media to apply for 2016 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery and Common Ground Gallery. More about exhibiting at VisArts →


Deadline: March 30. Gallery Underground in Crystal City is asking artists to explore the color red for an exhibit opening April 27, juried by watercolorist Frank Eber. More about “Red” →

Torpedo Factory loading dock mural

Deadline: March 31. This is an open call for artists to design and execute a mural to cover the exterior of the Torpedo Factory Art Center loading dock. More about the mural →

Philadelphia Craft Show

Deadline: April 1. The 39th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 12 to 15, 2015, with a Preview Party on November 11. The jury will accept 195 craft artists. More about the show →

Art @ the Park

Deadline: April 10 (early bird April 4). Art @ the Park 2015 is a regional festival (Mid-Atlantic Region) located in Annapolis MD in the magnificent setting of Quiet Waters Park. It features original art work from exhibitors throughout the region and includes musical performances, children’s activities, eclectic food, wine and beer. More about exhibiting at the festival →

Smithfield Arts Festival

Deadline: April 10. The Smithfield (Virginia) Fall Festival of the Arts is a juried outdoor fine art show featuring accomplished travelling artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. There will be live entertainment throughout the day on an adjacent stage. The show has openings for more than 80 artists in the first year, and room for expansion in the future. We welcome artists working in Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber/Leather, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Painting, Photography, Wood, and other media. Prizes include $1,000 for Best in Show, and $200 prizes for first place in each category. More about the festival →

Interactivity: Sight and Sound

Deadline: April 17. Sounds, music or voices seen as colors is referred to as synesthesia. Artists are invited to consider this concept and propose an exhibit of works that might connote or express it for an exhibit at Montgomery College. More about “Interactivity: Sight and Sound” →

Bethany Beach Boardwalk

Deadline: May 1. The 37th Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival will be held Saturday, September 12. Entry is open to artists 18 and over. More about the festival →

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