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Artist Opportunities #306

Painting by Art League instructor Patrick Kirwin.
Painting by Art League instructor Patrick Kirwin.

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.

Arts management & networking

Event: February 6. The Making Connections: Transforming Arts Leadership series at George Mason features arts leaders addressing contemporary topics in arts management. This Saturday’s event is Running an Artist-Centered Organization – What Artists Want You to Know.

Painting award

Deadline: February 19. 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.

National exhibition

Deadline: February 23. The Academy Center of the Arts (Lynchburg, VA) Annual National Juried Art Exhibition is open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older, working in the following disciplines; painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass, ceramics, wood, metal and mixed media. No photography accepted.

City of Fairfax

Deadline: March 17. The City of Fairfax has two events for artists later this year: the Fall Festival and the Holiday Craft Show.

Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!

Fiber arts

Deadline: February 8. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Dowell, MD invites artists to submit works that reflect the best of contemporary fiber and textile art for Threads: A Sampling of Fiber Art.

Plein air competition

Deadline: February 14. The 8th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air event, June 11, is a juried exhibition and art competition organized by the Allegany Arts Council. Artists have two hours to paint and compete for cash prizes.


Entry: Through February 15 (panels may run out earlier). Target Gallery (in the Torpedo Factory) is raising money for special exhibitions and programming with the 6th Annual Exhibition Fundraiser, March150! The exhibition includes 200+ pieces of original artwork on 10″ square panels created by local and regional artists.

Emulsion 2016

Deadline: February 15. The third annual Emulsion juried show at East City Art is open to all 18 and over within 50 miles of East City Art in SE DC.

Wearable art

Deadline: February 15. For “Any Portmanteau in a Storm” (Norfolk, VA), artists are invited to submit any wearable art created using unusual techniques or processes.

Food art

Deadline: February 16. This March, Capitol Hill Art League hosts its annual DC-metro area Open Call juried art exhibit based on the theme Appetite for Art. 2-D and 3-D work will be accepted.

Del Ray Artisans

  • Deadline: February 20. March Melee – An Art Bash at Del Ray Artisans is an opportunity to submit your best and brashest art — big or small.
  • Deadline: March 19. Artists are invited to submit original, two-dimensional photographic images for Surrealism at Del Ray Artisans.

Photography exhibit

Deadline: February 24. The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO has issued a call for artists for Night, juried by Sean Corcoran.

I Eat Therefore I Am

Deadline: February 29. “I Eat Therefore I Am” will be at Sipma Contemporary in Trenton, NJ. Artists are invited to express their take on food, body image, need, nourishment, obsession, and compulsion, anything that pertains to the human condition in question.

Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship

Deadline: March 1. The 9th annual open call for 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.

Road Trip

Deadline: March 15. Gallery Underground announces “Road Trip,” a national juried art competition. All-media artists, sculptors, and photographers are invited to create visual works that portray the subject of a road trip – literally, figuratively, and metaphorically.

Delaplaine juried exhibit

Deadline: March 15. The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD, announces a call for entry. All media are eligible. Artwork for exhibition must have been completed in last 2 years and not previously exhibited at the Delaplaine. More about the 2016 National Juried Exhibit →

Virginia artists

Deadline: March 16 (early bird February 16). Art Speaks on the Bay is held in Mathews, VA and is open to all Virginia artists age 18 and up.

Philadelphia craft show

Deadline: April 1. The 40th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 10 to 13, 2016, with a Preview Party on November 9. The jury will accept 195 craft artists.

Alper Initiative

Deadline: none. The Alper Initiative for Washington Art accepts general exhibition submissions from Washington area artists and curators of all ages, medium, and backgrounds.

Exhibit proposals: Richmond

Deadline: ongoing. Artspace in Richmond, VA has an exhibition season running from January to December. The Exhibition Committee reviews proposals throughout the year. Proposals may be submitted at any time. Proposers will be notified whether they have been placed on the exhibition calendar for the coming year.

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