Artist Opportunities #319

Artist Opportunities #319

This week's banner image is a painting by Art League instructor Rick Weaver.
This week’s banner image is a painting by Art League instructor Rick Weaver.

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.

Free public art workshop

Event: June 10. Art in Public Space is a workshop for artists who are interested in learning how to apply for public art commissions. The workshop is free, but registration is required.

Photo ’16

Deadline: June 30. U.S. artists ages 18 and older are invited to submit to Photo ’16, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. Juror: Sam Abell.

Howard County Arts Council

Deadline: July 1. Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. Artists ages 18 and older working in all media and styles, including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group.

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


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.

All on the Wall

Deadline: May 4; spaces may fill earlier. All on the Wall is Washington ArtWorks’ (Rockville, MD) May exhibition. All on the Wall allows any artist from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to hang their work on the walls. Your work is guaranteed to get in, provided that it is delivered on time and we have a way to display it. All media types are welcomed for this exhibition.

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.

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.

Maryland residency

Deadline: May 6. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (Riverdale, MD) is proud to announce a new residency program, In Shift. In mid-June, PAAC will be moving from one home to another. The objective of the In Shift Residency is to provide an opportunity for an artist, or group of artists, to activate and document cultural programming in PAAC for six months during the move, while providing them with full access to studios, equipment, and an artist community for their own work.

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.

Virginia residency

Deadline: May 15. The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is currently accepting applications forVCCA residencies. Artists, writers, and composers can apply.

Be My Medici

Deadline: May 15. This is an open call to visual artists wishing to participate in the Be My Medicionline 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.


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.

Northeast artists

Deadline: May 27. Art of the Northeast (Silvermine Arts Center, CT) is a competition/exhibition highlighting the diversity of work that is currently being created in the Northeast by emerging and established artists. The exhibition is a tightly curated show, where the curator/juror has, at their discretion, the ability to select a suite of three to five works by an individual artist. Open to all artists, 17 years of age and older, residing in CT, DE, MA, MD, DC,ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT.

Open call Richmond

Deadline: May 31. 1708 Gallery invites US-based and international artists, and curators, to submit proposals for the 2017 and 2018 exhibition seasons.

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.

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 acceptingapplications for artists-in-residence.  Four positions are available, two in ceramics and two in other media: metals, fibers, painting, drawing, or mixed media.

Art League members: Installation art

Deadline: June 1. “Not a Box” at The Art League is an exhibit of installation art, juried by Alex Paik. For more information, read our FAQ and the juror’s tips.


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.

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.


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.


Deadline: September 28. “Root to Bloom: Places Artists Call Home” at Principle Gallery (Alexandria, VA) will feature paintings representative of where the featured artists call “home.” Works must be paintings no more than 40 inches along the longest edge (measured unframed).

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.

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.

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