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Artist Opportunities #311

Lotus With Fabric by Art League instructor Bobbi Pratte.
Lotus With Fabric by Art League instructor Bobbi Pratte.

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.

Bower Center

Deadlines: April 6. The Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, VA has two exhibits with the same deadline.

Trawick Prize

Deadline: April 8. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites eligible artists to enter the Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC. All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted.

Graffiti artists

Deadline: April 22. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in partnership with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with youth interested in graffiti art (ages 14-18) by introducing and refining each student’s artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting.

Creative reuse

Deadline: May 31. The inaugural Re:NEW Festival seeks submissions from artists and performers across the U.S. that explore the themes of creative reuse, transformation, and sustainability in thoughtful, engaging, and diverse ways. Maximum project budget: $3,000. Apply early! Deadline is May 31, but entries will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early application is encouraged.

Young artists with disabilities

Deadline: June 1. (Re)Invention: Art + Innovation + Disability + Design is a juried exhibition of emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, that aims to showcase artwork created at the intersection of technology, innovation, and disability.

Public sculpture

Deadline: July 1. Four locations around the City of Fredericksburg, VA have been selected for the display of public sculpture from October, 2016 to September, 2017. Liability insurance provided. Stipend of $2000.  Artist responsible for delivery and removal.

Open call

Deadline: ongoing. The Craddock-Terry Gallery at Riverviews Artspace accepts submissions from 2D, 3D, performance, and video artists on a continual basis. The Craddock-Terry is a 2,500 square foot; street-level contemporary exhibition space in Lynchburg, Virginia’s revitalized downtown.

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

Workhouse Arts Center

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

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 forSurrealism at Del Ray Artisans.

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.


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.

Touchstone fellowship

Deadline: March 31. The Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists (2016-2018) provides an emerging artist (who has not been represented by a commercial gallery in at least 10 years) with a two-year membership at Touchstone Gallery in downtown D.C. This guarantees a solo exhibition as well as participation in gallery group shows, mentorship, and a presence on our website.

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.

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.

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.

Installation exhibit

Deadline: June 1. “Not a Box” is open to all Art League members. Artists are invited to transform a space in the gallery. Collaborations and multimedia works are encouraged.

Art about animals

Deadline: June 3. Smithtown Township Arts Council (NY) invites submissions for its upcoming juried fine art exhibition: “Animals in Art – Our Partners on the Planet” at the Mills Pond Gallery. Juror/Judge Tim Newton. Artists are encouraged to share their artistic vision of animals, both domestic and wild.

Oil painters

Deadline: ongoing. If you are a high-level oil painter, interested in using your oil-painting skills to animate on a film, and available for training and employment between January and August of 2016, send in your portfolio! Loving Vincent will be the first fully painted feature film.

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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