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Artist Opportunities #309

Jesse Turnbull - M’aidez
A still from M’aidez, a stop-motion animated short by Art League instructor Jesse Turnbull.

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.

Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA has four upcoming deadlines:

Art for an asteroid

Deadline: March 22. (Free to enter; no prizes or sales.) Share with NASA — and with the universe — a creative work that will ride aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on its journey to the asteroid Bennu.

Insect art

Deadline: March 23. For Swarm: Invasion of the Insects at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland, artists are invited to submit works inspired by insects — creatures that represent 90% of animal life on Earth.

2-D art: Flora or Fauna

Deadline: March 31. Still life with roses, fields of hay, owls in a tree and humans being human— these are just a few from thousands of possibilities for artistic exploration in the Maryland Federation of Art’s themed Flora and Fauna exhibition. Any original fine art 2-D artwork depicting the broad range of animal and plant life are the possibilities for juror consideration. Entries are open to all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.

Sittable art

Deadline: April 1. Each year, the Old Takoma Business Association commissions artists to create imaginative outdoor sculptural seats made from a portion of recycled materials for the reCYCLE Public Art Project. Artists are paid $100-$500 per seat depending on complexity.

Touchable art

Deadline: April 11. Please Touch, an all-media exhibition at Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, invites national and international artists to submit interactive works. Visitors will be encouraged to touch and engage with the artwork, so all work must be safe to touch. The juror is Virginia-based artist and curator, Cynthia Connolly.

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

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.

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.

Military personnel

Deadline: February 27. “The Art of Freedom: Peace, War, and Everything in Between” will showcase artwork by veterans and the military community using the creative process to promote healing, and provide insight into artistic expression as a tool for understanding the transition from military to civilian life.

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.

Photography competition

Deadline: February 29. The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce the call for entries into the Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, to be held at the Saville and Schwab Galleries in downtown Cumberland, Maryland through the entire month of April 2016.

Brooklyn residency

Deadline: February 29. Wayfarers in Brooklyn, NY is now accepting applications for their Summer Artist in Residency Program. The program awards one artist the opportunity to develop a body of work in the supportive environment of Wayfarers, where ten other working artists have studios.

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.

Public art

Deadline: March 4. The Howard County Arts Council is seeking up to 12 artists to participate in itsFifth Annual Juried Public Art Competition for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2016-July 2017. HCAC’s goal is to make art more accessible to the entire community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County.

Solo shows

Deadline: March 7. Arlington Arts Center is accepting submissions for their 2016–17 Solo Exhibitions. Artists who produce cutting-edge contemporary art in any and all media, and who live or work in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, or Pennsylvania may submit exhibition proposals.

Regional juried exhibit

Deadline: March 11. The South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition is open to all professional artists who reside in Maryland, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Artists are invited to submit up to three works completed within the last two years and not previously shown at The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education. All artwork must be for sale.

BlackRock Center for the Arts

Deadline extended: March 14. BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD) is currently accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions to be presented from January 2017 through December 2017. Visual artists, independent curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and arts organizations who live or work in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, or West Virginia are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals.

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.

City of Fairfax

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

Surreal photography

Deadline: March 19. Artists are invited to submit original, two-dimensional photographic images for Surrealism at Del Ray Artisans.


Deadline: March 31. StoriesToArt empowers art lovers to select exclusive pieces of art or commission art, music or poetry inspired by their own – or a loved one’s – stories and memories.

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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