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Artist Opportunities #322

Healing cloth by Art League instructor Julie Booth.
Healing cloth by Art League instructor Julie Booth.

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.

Dave Bown Projects

Deadline: June 4. The 12th Semiannual Competition features three respected jurors and $10,000 in prizes. In addition, Dave Bown Projects will buy works of art from artists as submissions are received.


Deadline: June 30. Photo ’16 is a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. Sam Abell, a long-time National Geographic photographer, will be the juror. All photographers living in the U.S., 18 years or older, working in traditional, digital or alternative photographic processes are eligible to participate.

National juried exhibit

Deadline: July 1. The AI&G National Juried Exhibition in Salisbury, MD is long-held tradition featuring the best artwork by artists from across the country. The theme for 2016 is “Tradition & Innovation”. Open to all artists aged 18 or older and all media.

Mural project

Deadline: July 18. For the second “Paint the Town,” the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites artists to beautify the plaza at 3 Bethesda Metro Center. Applicants must be residents of DC, MD, or VA who are 18 years or older.

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

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.

Anacostia Heritage

Deadline: June 1. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc. invite artiststo submit multi- or interdisciplinary projects that combine the arts with the rich history and natural resources unique to the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. $500 stipend.

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.\

Baltimore Fine Craft Show

Deadline: June 5. The annual Baltimore Fine Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American & International crafts and design. Three jurors who are experts in the field and newly selected each year choose 150 artists from a large pool of applicants.

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.

Vermont fellowships

Deadline: June 15. Vermont Studio Center is thrilled to announce 54 fellowships available at our June 15th, 2016 deadline. Fellowships for Visual Artists include those specifically for east coast artists of color, female painters over 45, craft artists, and emerging artists, plus 25 fellowships open to all.

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).


Deadline: October 3. The Dexter Jones Award, an unrestricted prize of $5,000, is presented annually to a sculptor for an outstanding work of sculpture in bas-relief. Each competitor must be a United States sculptor between the ages of 18 and 39.

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.

Banff residency

Deadline: ongoing. Artists with a professional standing in their field and emerging artists of promising talent are encouraged to apply for Independent Residencies at the Leighton Artists’ Colony in Banff, Alberta.

Emergency grants

Deadline: Reviewed monthly. The Foundation for Contemporary Art’s Emergency Grants provide prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who: have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

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