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Artist Opportunities #315

By Art League instructor Mike Francis.
By Art League instructor Mike Francis.

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.

Chelsea open call

Deadline: April 9. Emerging and mid-career artists are invited to submit their work for consideration in the May 2016 exhibition, Show #31, at Field Projects (Chelsea, NYC). All submissions will be considered by our Guest Curator Jesse David Penridge (Director, James Cohan Gallery, NY) for Show #31 and the accompanying online show.

Exhibit proposals

Deadline: April 30. The Spartanburg (SC) Art Museum is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2017 and 2018. We are interested in all types of work that address contemporary issues and concerns, use traditional materials in unusual ways, and elevate our visitors’ experience to new levels of participation and engagement.

Publicly juried exhibit

Deadline: May 1. Projekt30 (Baltimore, MD) is taking submissions for our June 2016 exhibition. This exhibition will follow the “publicly juried” format we pioneered in 2003. All artwork submitted will be presented online prior to the exhibition so that visitors of Projekt30 can select which artists will be included in the exhibition. Visitors have the option of contacting any participating artist with feedback or opportunities. Unlike other juried exhibitions, all participants receive exposure.

Anacostia residency

Deadline: May 1. Anacostia Arts Center seeks proposals for unique arts projects to inhabit one of its 500 sq ft galleries for an artist residency program called IMMERSION. This project is aimed at Individual artists (or groups of artists) who enjoy the challenge of creating site-specific installations and who need time and space to create and share their work.

Texas open exhibit

Deadline: May 1. The Visual Arts Alliance (Houston, TX) seeks entries for a juried exhibition at the BLUEorange Gallery, June 7 – July 2. More than $2,500 in cash will be awarded. Juror: Dan Allison. Open to all artists over 18 years old. $60, up to 4 entries.


Deadline: June 1. MPAartfest is a one-day juried fine art and craft show and sale featuring the work of more than 50 local and regional visual artists in McLean. $30 application fee, $350 participation fee if accepted.

Cultural viruses

Deadline: June 12. For “Dank Memes” at Non-Fiction Gallery (Savannah, GA), artists are invited to dig deep and decode the cultural viruses that live in you: show us your dank memes. $25 for 4 images.

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

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.

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.

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

  • 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 artforms designed for food, drink, and the table. Jurors: McKenzie Smith (ceramics) and Kate Lydon (other functional art forms). $3,600 in awards.
  • 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 1

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.

Public sculpture 2

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.


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.

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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