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Artist Opportunities #336

Painting by Art League instructor Joey Mánlapaz.
Painting by Art League instructor Joey Mánlapaz.

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.


Deadline: September 17. The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC announces a call to artists for their annual juried art exhibition.

Hillyer Art Space

Deadline: September 19. Hillyer Art Space (Northwest DC) is currently accepting proposals for their 2017/2018 exhibition calendar. Hillyer accepts proposals for solo exhibitions once a year. Each accepted artist is given a room in the three room gallery space to present their work.

Contemporary fiber art

September 25. Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) explores the future of contemporary textile art in Material as Medium. Artists are asked to submit work using traditional materials in a new context, or unconventional materials in a more traditional form. This exhibition is open to national and international artists working in all media.

Torpedo Factory residency

Deadline: October 2. The Torpedo Factory Post-Graduate Residency is a competitive program that provides meaningful support to recent, promising MFA graduates for three months at a time in partnership with accredited MFA programs. Submissions are open for both graduates in the DC region and nationwide, provided they submit proof of their permanent residence in the area and/or commitment of contributing to the ongoing future of the DC/Maryland/Virginia arts scene.

Video art

Deadline: October 16. The Art League in Alexandria, VA invites video artists, filmmakers, animators, performance artists, and media artists to submit silent, video-based art for the third annual Art on Tap event taking place Friday, November 4. It is free to enter.

Fellowships for Virginia artists

Deadline: November 4. In summer 2016, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is accepting applications for 2017–2018 fellowships. Professional artists, graduate and undergraduate art students, graduate art history students, and college-bound high school seniors may apply.

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


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.

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.

Smithsonian Craft Show

Late deadline: September 19. The Smithsonian Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts and design held annually in Washington, DC. Three jurors who are experts in the field and newly selected each year choose 120 artists from a large pool of applicants.


Deadline: September 22. 100 Teapots VIII at Baltimore Clayworks is open to ceramic artists who reside in the United States. Work must have been completed in the past two years.

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.


Deadline: September 30. The 26th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition celebrates La Vie en Bleu, or “life in blue,” and welcomes entries of original artwork in all mediums that take inspiration from the theme of blue, including in nature, color theory, emotion, and more. All media are eligible.

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.

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.

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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