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Artist Opportunities #334

Anticipation by Art League tapestry instructor Tea Okropiridze
Anticipation by Art League tapestry instructor Tea Okropiridze

On Tuesdays, 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.

Paint Great Falls

Deadline: Open until spaces are filled. Artists are invited to register online to participate in the second annual Paint Great Falls: Plein Air Competition in Great Falls, VA.


Deadline: September 1. The Maryland Federation of Art invited all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 5th annual all-painting competition, Strokes of Genius. Juror: Joey P. Mánlapaz.

Portrait competition

Deadline: September 6. Artists 18 years or older residing in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Delaware are invited to enter the 8th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition. No photography, computer art, or reproductions. Judge: Jordan Xu.

Op-Ed at The Art League

Deadline: September 12. Online entry only. For Op-Ed, Art League members are invited to express their views about current cultural, political, or personal events – whatever you feel passionately about. Artists are encouraged to create statement pieces that will evoke a response. Juror: David Bellard, photographer.


Deadline: September 13. #Migration61, at all six Busboys and Poets locations in the DC area, is open to all media except freestanding sculpture. Artwork does NOT have to be created in the aesthetic style of Jacob Lawrence. The topic or content of the work, though, must reflect the theme of migration/emigration/immigration.

Young at Art

Artwork drop-off: October 4. Young at Art at Durant Arts Center is open to all DC-area residents ages 55 and older. All media are accepted and cash prizes will be awarded.

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

Exhibit proposals

Deadline: August 31. The Arts Club of Washington (DC) continues its support for the visual arts with the Call for Entries for the 2017–2018 gallery season. Exhibitions are scheduled monthly from September 2017 through May 2018.

Fall art show

Deadline: September 1. The 45th Annual Fall Foliage Art Show (Waynesboro, VA) is seeking fine artists and artisans for the annual two day outdoor juried fine art exhibition.

Digital Fabrication Residency

Deadline: September 1. Digital Fabrication Residency program residents learn and gain hands-on experience with laser cutting, CNC routing, FDM 3D printing, digital embroidery, 2D plotting and 3D scanning. Applications for the 3 Day Onsite Residency Program in Easton, MD must include a project proposal that outlines what the resident plans to work on while onsite.

Maryland artists

Deadline: September 2. Artists, 18 years or older, residing in Maryland or within a 100-mile radius of Ellicott City, Maryland are invited to apply for Art Maryland 2016, a biennial juried exhibit.

Small photo works

Deadline: September 4. Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC) celebrates Fotoweek DC with FORMAT, a small works show featuring photo-based art. All work must be under 10″ in any one directions (inclusive of frame). This exhibition will be juried by DC-based photographer and curator, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah.

Exhibit proposals

Deadline: September 4. The Carver Center Gallery (Towson, MD) is now accepting exhibition proposals for the 2016-2017 school year. We are looking for a wide variety of solo or group exhibitions representing work from MFA graduates, emerging, and mid-career artists.


Deadline: September 6. F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2016 (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a bridge between artists and the community.  F.E.A.S.T. is a public meal designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community. F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2016 will take place on September 25th on the Rooftop at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland, 11:30 to 3:00 PM.

The nude figure

Deadline: September 9. The Nude Figure at Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA is juried by Paul DuSold and Scott Noel. Open to all artists working in painting, drawing and sculpture.

DC-area artists

Deadline: September 15. The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund was established in 2001 in accordance with the will of the late Virginia Bader to provide grants to visual artists who have reached the age of 40, reside within 150 miles of Washington, D.C., and whose ability to concentrate on their art would be enhanced by receiving a grant.

Virginia residencies

Deadline: September 15. Applications are now open for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Public sculpture

Deadline: September 23. The Riverdale Park (MD) Public Art Initiative is announcing a Call for Artists. The initiative seeks five sculptures of various styles and sizes to display for a one year-long placement, at pre-determined, publicly-accessible sites within the Town of Riverdale Park. The stipend is $2,000 per selected work.

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 exhibiting artist 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).

Contemporary craft

Deadline: September 30. The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2017 Call for Entries for the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media.

Maryland residency

Deadline: September 30. VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four month residency at VisArts at Rockville, MD.

Small works

Deadline: September 30. The Council for the Arts (Chambersburg, PA) presents “Miniature Art 2016.” 2-D artwork must have an image size no greater than 4″ by 6″, and sculpture should not exceed 5″ in any direction. No crafts, jewelry, photography, laser prints or computer-generated artwork.

Photography about homelessness

Deadline: October 1. For Picture This, organized by Flashlight Baltimore, entries can depict the homeless experience from around the country, however the Baltimore region is preferred. Entries must be original photography.


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.

Fotoweek 2016

Deadline: October 7. There are three categories, and a chance to win cash prizes & have your photographs featured in the FotoWeekCentral gallery at the National Geographic Museum during this fall’s FotoWeekDC festival.

Figure & figurative

Deadline: October 11. Gallery Underground announces “Figuratively Speaking,” a national juried art competition. All-media artists, sculptors, and photographers are invited to create visual works that interpret the theme “Figuratively Speaking” in two different ways: by depicting human forms, faces and features in representational or abstract works (portraiture, sculpture and all subject matter including people); or works which depict a broader interpretation of the theme, such as figurative language and figures of speech.

Awards for career development

Deadline: October 15. The 2016 S&R Foundation Washington Award application is now open! Every year the S&R Foundation awards four $5,000 prizes to emerging artists working in a broad range of disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, music, dance, dramatic arts, film, digital, and interdisciplinary arts.

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