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Artist Opportunities #314

Pendant by instructor Gretchen Raber.
Pendant by instructor Gretchen Raber.

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.

Art about underground immigration

Deadline: April 8. The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities invites all self-identified women artists to submit artwork for possible inclusion in Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, a group exhibition that will be on view from January to April 2017 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries-Douglass Library, Rutgers University.

Paint Out Lynchburg

Deadline: April 25 (early bird discount through April 11). The Lynchburg Art Club welcomes you to the first annual Paint Out Lynchburg. Beautiful architecture, flower gardens, and a lively downtown by the James River characterize this historic city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. The event is open to all artists, including beginners. Cash prizes total $1,500.


Deadline: May 3. The Maryland Federation of Art invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter Off the Wall, a sculpture only exhibition. All free standing 3D artwork in any media are eligible for entry.

Online exhibit

Deadline: May 3. The Maryland Federation of Art invites artists around the world to enter original 2D and 3D artwork in Watering Holes, an international online-only exhibition. Works selected will be displayed in MFA’s online gallery from June 1 to July 15, 2016.

Fiber art

Deadline: May 12. The Maryland Federation of Art invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 4th biennial Fiber Options: Material Explorations competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D artwork created with fiber is eligible.

Nature art

Deadline: May 31. The Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, MD is holding the first Appalachian Nature Art Competition & Exhibition. This competition is national and open to all artists using traditional media (no photography or digital arts please). The juror for this prestigious competition is Paul Rhymer, a nationally known wildlife artist.

Outdoor sculpture

Deadline: July 1. Art in Place (Charlottesville, VA) is seeking submissions for the Outdoor Sculpture Competition 2016/2017, with sculptures to remain in place for 11 months at selected locations around the city. Each artist selected will receive a $1,500 honorarium.


Deadline: August 18. The Athenaeum Invitational in Alexandria, VA is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, or Maryland.

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


Deadline: March 30. VisArts in Rockville, MD invites artists working in all media to apply for 2017 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery and Common Ground Gallery.


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.

Artful Living

Deadline: April 1. In association with Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, Our Daily Bread presents “Artful Living,” an art exhibition and community event. Proceeds from event benefit ODB’s families and the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival Scholarships Fund. No fee to enter.

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.

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 theTrawick 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.

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.

Workhouse Arts Center

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

Sensory art

Deadline: April 12. For “Making Sense” at McLean Project for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic artists are invited to submit work exploring the senses or the experience of sensory perception. Juror: Nora Atkinson.

Art League exhibits

Deadlines: April 15, May 6, June 1. The Art League has three exhibits coming up that will be juried by online entry only. Artists do not need to be Art League members to enter “Tabletop.” To see all current online entry opportunities, visit theartleague.submittable.com.

  • May Open Exhibit: open to current Art League members. Artists can enter any work made within the last 10 years. Juror: Lisa Golightly.
  • Tabletop: open to all artists. “Tabletop” is an exhibit of ceramics and other functional art forms designed for food, drink, and the table. Jurors: McKenzie Smith (ceramics) and Kate Lydon (other functional art forms).
  • Not a Box: open to current Art League members. An exhibit of installation art. Juror: Alex Paik.


Deadline: April 15. The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society seeks entries for a juried art exhibition at the Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art in Millersburg, PA.

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.

Solo opportunity

Deadline: May 2. Sweetwater Center for the Arts invites emerging and established artists who reside within 200 miles of Pittsburgh to submit artwork for an opportunity to have an eight-week solo exhibition in our gallery.

Botanical art

Deadline: May 12. Smithtown Township Arts Council seeks entries for juried fine art exhibition “Of A Botanical Nature” at the Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, NY.  A call for original artwork that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of flora in a realistic or representational style.


Deadline: May 21. The 19th Annual Washington Printmakers’ National Small Works Exhibition features selected prints by artists from across the nation. Hand-pulled prints, digitally printed images, or photographs completed in the past two years are eligible.

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 isMay 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.

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.

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.

Art League solo exhibits

Deadline: September 23. Entry is now open for 2018 solo artist exhibits at The Art League. Entry is open to all Art League members.

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.

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.

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