Artist Opportunities #316

Artist Opportunities #316

Watercolor by Art League instructor Deborah Ellis.
Watercolor by Art League instructor Deborah Ellis.

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.

Annapolis festival

Deadline: April 16 (late deadline April 22). Art @ the Park is a regional festival (Mid-Atlantic Region) located in Annapolis MD in the magnificent setting of Quiet Waters Park. It features original art work from exhibitors throughout the region and includes musical performances, children’s activities, eclectic food, wine and beer. Artists must submit four jpegs of finished work and one image of a booth view.

Lake Cook public art

Deadline: April 17. The City of Alexandria, Virginia invites artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications to be considered for a public art project as part of the Lake Cook Stormwater Retrofit Project. Artists must have experience with comparable projects.

Free artist statement workshop

April 23: Writing coach David Hazard will present Presenting & Selling Your Work: Writing a Powerful Artist Statement, a three-hour workshop, in The Art League Gallery. Space is limited to Art League members only; please RSVP at the link above.

Bethany Beach

Deadline: May 1. Applications for the Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival are now open. Join over 100 skilled artisans against the beautiful backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bethany Beach boardwalk.

Target Gallery

Deadline: May 2. Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA has issued an open call for proposals for an exhibition in the summer of 2016. This call is open to all artists from North America working in all visual media. Proposals for exhibitions by both individuals and groups will be considered. Our jurors this year are Phil Hutinet and Victoria Milko.

Request for proposals

Deadline: May 4. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified contractors to perform VSA programs that provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities.

Be My Medici

Deadline: May 15. This is an open call to visual artists wishing to participate in the Be My Medici online patronage platform launching later this year. Selected artists will be able to create an artist profile on the platform and have the chance to acquire a number of monthly subscribers to support their practice who, in exchange for their patronage, will receive a monthly letter or postcard-sized original by the artist in the mail. At no point will we charge artists any kind of fees.

Artists 17–27

Deadline: May 31. VisArts welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, Virginia, area to submit their application for review for Gen-Y 3.0, our third exhibition by young emerging artists in our Kaplan Gallery from July 22 – August 28, 2016.

Nebraska residency

Deadline: June 1. The LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska is currently accepting applications for artists-in-residence.  Four positions are available, two in ceramics and two in other media: metals, fibers, painting, drawing, or mixed media.

Harrisonburg juried exhibit

Deadline: August 1. National Juried Art Show at Larkin Arts in Harrisonburg, VA: This is a national juried visual art competition and exhibition that is open to any artist, who is a resident of the United States and is over the age of 18, working in two-dimensional media. Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography or other traditional or non-traditional two-dimensional media, excluding film, are welcome.

Restaurant residency

Deadline: ongoing. The Artist-in-Residence program at Palette 22 showcases and promotes the original work of VA- based and regional artists inside and beyond the restaurant.

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

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 members

Deadlines: April 15, June 1. The Art League has two exhibits coming up that will be juried by online entry only. 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Workhouse Arts Center

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

Functional art

Deadline: May 6. “Tabletop” at The Art League (Alexandria, VA) 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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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