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Artist Opportunities #284

Tireswing by Art League instructor Andy Yoder.
Tireswing by Art League instructor Andy Yoder.

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

Japan Media Arts Festival

Deadline: September 9. The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games. Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent and commercial creators across the globe. Works completed or released between September 3, 2014 and September 9, 2015 are eligible for entry in the four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. More about the Japan Media Arts Festival →

Call for proposals

Deadline: September 14. FEAST at VisArts 2015 will take place September 27 on the Rooftop at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland, 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m. Patrons will give a $30 donation for which they receive a delicious brunch of local food and a ballot. Diners listen to and review a series of project proposals and converse with the artists and thinkers behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the event, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of the event ticket money. More about this event →

Arlington artists

Deadline: September 28. The Waverly Hills Civic Association is hosting a Woodstock Park Festival in Arlington on Saturday, September 12, and is looking for to host artists who either live or work in Arlington to sell their products. The entrance fee is $20, and sales go directly to the artist. Interested artists should email by September 28. More information about the festival is at

Theme: “Public”

Deadline: October 5. The Multiple eXposure Project will be curating “Outside the White Cube”, an alternative, traveling, curatorial project which aims to feature image-based works across different disciplines and media by emerging artists from the Philippines and elsewhere. We are inviting local and international artists whose works discuss the notion of the “PUBLIC” and its complexities. Artists working in a variety of media and disciplines are invited to participate and submit their works. We are seeking image submissions such as photographic series, video arts, short films, video mapping, recorded public performances, digital manipulation, animation, digital arts, new media arts, and others. Needless to say, any medium that can be projected to the screen will be accepted. Read the call for artists →

Re-runs: These opportunities were previously posted in this space, but it’s not too late to apply!

Sense of place

Deadline: August 14. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center invites artists to enter its exhibit, “Finding Our Place: The Geography of Art.” What informs your work? A physical location or a virtual world ? Do you know “where you are?” All media welcome; small to large-scale installations; new media encouraged; indoor and outdoor works accepted; cash awards. More about “Finding Our Place” →

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

Deadline: August 15. The Mattawoman Creek Art Center, located at Smallwood State Park in Charles County, Maryland, is seeking artists of all media to exhibit their art in individual shows. The Mattawoman Creek Gallery is spacious, light filled, and overlooks the Mattawoman Creek.More about this opportunity →

Bicycling theme

Deadline: August 15. The 2015 UCI World Road Cycling Championships will be held in Richmond, VA in September 2015 and this art show is in conjunction with the city’s numerous events surrounding the races. More about the exhibit →

Implicit Bias

Deadline: August 15. This is a multi-site exhibition at The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and at Busboys and Poets Restaurant locations in Washington, DC. “Implicit Bias – Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self” is an exhibition that seeks to explore the unconscious racial bias that affects our decisions, choices, friends and beliefs about others. More about this exhibit →

Art Challenge

Deadline: August 15. The Liquitex, Winsor & Newton, and Michael’s Art Challenge is seeking submissions from new, emerging and professional artists for their first-ever fine art competition. The winning artist will be selected to display their work in a gallery show at The Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park, New Jersey. More about the competition →

Emerging craft artists

Deadline: August 19. This program will recruit approximately 15 emerging craft artists from the DC Metro Area and charter a small bus that will tour two locations, each focusing on a different aspect of making, marketing, and selling fine crafts. After a day of seeing and learning, participants will have two months to create new works. Then on November 2, 2015, the program will culminate by featuring the new works by excursion artists in a Front Window Feature at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. More about this program →

Artist Materials Market

Date: August 22. Artists from the greater metropolitan area are invited to sell and swap their gently used art supplies, tools, materials and ephemera for sale or trade during the 3rd Art Materials Market. There are approximately 20 tables available for purchase at $25. Visual artists from all media are encourage to participate. All spaces must be reserved in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information and sign-up is here.

Light City Baltimore

Deadline: August 31. Premiering in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival of its kind in the United States. All artists are welcome to create and perform works that delight and entertain, as well as challenge, provoke thought, and speak to the important issues of our time. Artists and artist collaborative groups working in all media and genres of both the visual and performing arts are encouraged to apply. Read the call for entry →

Scale theme

Deadline: August 31. Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA invites artists residing in MD, VA, and DC to interpret “scale.” With this show, artists have a unique opportunity to create two paintings in any medium, of two scales: one miniature measuring 8″×10″ or smaller and one medium size painting at 18″×24″. More about the exhibit →

Art Howard County 2015

Deadline: August 31. Applications are now being accepted for this biennial, juried exhibit. Visual artists 18 years of age and older who live, work, or study in Howard County, MD are eligible to apply. Juror: Paula L. Phillips, Community Arts Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art. More about Art Howard County 2015 →

Art League exhibit: Superstition & Belief

Deadline: September 4. This exhibit for Art League members is by online entry only. The juror is Joseph Cavalieri, stained glass artist. Find the prospectus and enter this exhibit at

If you need photographs of your artwork, The Art League is offering photos for $10 each on three upcoming days — sign up for photos here.

Portrait competition

Deadline: September 8. The 7th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition & Exhibit is open to artists 18 years or older residing in MD, VA, DC, WV, and DE. Up to 25 finalists will be selected to exhibit their work at ArtSpace Herndon by judge Judith Peck. Preference will be given to works adhering to the traditional definition of portraiture. Read the call for artists →

Small Wonders

Deadline: September 10. Small Wonders is currently open for entry. This exhibition is hosted by the Maryland Federation of Art and will be on display at Circle Gallery (18 State Circle, Annapolis MD) from November 27 – December 23, 2015. Any original 2-D artwork not exceeding 11″ and 3-D artwork not exceeding 7″ and following entry guidelines is eligible. Juror: Georgia Deal, Professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Awards total $1000. More information

Bader Fund: Artists over 40

Deadline: September 15. The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund was established in 2001 in accordance with the will of the late Virginia Bader to provide grants to visual artists who have reached the age of 40, reside within 150 miles of Washington, D.C., and whose ability to concentrate on their art would be enhanced by receiving a grant. More at →

Hillyer Art Space

Deadline: September 27. Hillyer Art Space in NW DC is now accepting proposals for solo exhibitions for our 2016/2017 exhibition season. Hillyer presents monthly exhibitions and each accepted artist is given a room in our three room gallery space to present their work. Read the call for artists →

Photography portfolios

Deadline: September 30. Fifteen photographers will be chosen to have their twelve-image portfolios published in the Center for Fine Art Photography’s Annual Portfolio ShowCase book. There will be an accompanying online exhibition with links to the artist’s websites. Select images will be exhibited in Fort Collins, CO at The Center for Fine Art Photography for the Portfolio ShowCase Exhibition. Read the call for artists →

Contemporary art

Deadline: September 30. The Women’s Caucus for Art, hosted by Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory with juror Elizabeth K. Garvey, announces a Call for Art: “Trending: Contemporary Art Now!” for January 23–February 28, 2016. “Trending” seeks works that are driving the direction of contemporary art. Read the call for entries →

Art League exhibit: Mini MAX

Deadline: October 2. These exhibits for Art League members are by online entry only. Work is restricted by size: under 48 square inches (MAX) or over 2,880 square inches (mini). Artists can enter up to three pieces in each exhibit; up to one may be accepted in each. Find the prospectus and enter these exhibits at

If you need photographs of your artwork, The Art League is offering photos for $10 each on three upcoming days — sign up for photos here.

Paint the Beach

Deadline: October 30. The 6th Annual Paint the Beach returns to Fort Myers Beach, Florida, November 2 to 8. Events include a plein air painting competition and a quick draw event. More about Paint the Beach →

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