Home / Blog / Artist Opportunities #354

Artist Opportunities #354

Painting by Art League instructor Sara Linda Poly.

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.

Instagram contest

Deadline: none listed. For the #NotASwamp Instagram contest by FotoWeekDC, tag @FotoWeekDC and hashtag your Washington moments #NotASwamp #FotoDC to create a great visual resource library of the nation’s capital in this moment in history.

TFAC visiting artists

Deadline: January 27. The Visiting Artist Program at the Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA) is intended as a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists, and to expose visitors to a new group of artists and projects. Applicants may apply for a 1, 2, 3, or 4-month summer residency, June through September.

Wearable art

Deadline: January 28. The Time Machine is an exhibition held in conjunction with the annual “Wearable Arts Festival” in March 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Illinois Residency

Deadline: January 30. The Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists (Springfield, IL) offers long-term residencies that provide living and studio space and community through which to reflect and engage one’s work. We accept applications from emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all media, and especially those who emphasize community engagement, social practice, or socially-engaged works.

Photography grant

Deadline: January 31. The Alexia Foundation offers a professional Alexia Grant to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

DC Fellowship

Deadline: March 3. The 10th annual open call for the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship (Washington, DC) is now open. Hamiltonian Artists encourages all interested artists who have not had prior gallery representation to apply for this competitive, two-year fellowship program.

Art Speaks on the Bay

Deadline: March 16 (early bird February 16). Art Speaks on the Bay is a juried art show at the Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews, VA. There is a courier service offered for accepted artwork.


Deadline: March 20. VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a six month Studio Fellowship at VisArts at Rockville.

Illinois art festival

Deadline: March 30. The West End Arts Festival in La Grange, IL is a juried fine art festival taking place September 9–10, 2017.

Small prints

Deadline: April 10. Artists from all 50 states and Canada are eligible to submit up to 3 original prints for the National Small Prints Show at Creede Arts Council (CO).

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

Public art request for portfolios

Deadline: January 17. The DC Department of General Services has issued a Request for Qualifications in which interested artists will submit portfolios for review, followed by site-specific proposals for public art at the Marie Reed Community Learning Center. Find the details in this PDF.

Art on Paper

Deadline: January 17. MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 40th annual Art on Paper competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work created on or of paper without the artist’s use of software — includes but is not limited to, collage, artist book, origami, printmaking, painting, sculpture, analog photography, and more — will be considered by the juror.

Landscape photography

Deadline: January 25. All artist renditions on the Landscapes theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for the Landscapes 2017 exhibit at the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO). The juror is Lisa Volpe, associate curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

TFAA annual jury

Deadline: January 27. The annual jury is the process by which artists can join the Torpedo Factory Artists Association’s thriving network of professional artists in Alexandria, VA. All artists working in fine arts and fine crafts are eligible.

Multiple Exposures Gallery

Deadline: January 28. Multiple Exposures Gallery (MEG), a cooperative fine art photography gallery located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, currently has two membership openings — one permanent membership and one limited term membership through January 31, 2018 — for which we are issuing an open call. Information sessions will be held at MEG on Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 22, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for photographers interested in learning more about the gallery and our selection process.

Drawings & prints

Deadline: January 29. For the 28th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition at Gormley Gallery (Baltimore, MD), drawings and prints (not including photography) in any medium are eligible.

Prince George’s County artists

Deadline: January 30. The Prince George’s County Traffic Box Art Wrap project is announcing a Call for Artists. Hyattsville CDC seeks five designs for reproduction on vinyl wraps to cover 11 traffic boxes, at pre-determined sites within Prince George’s County.

Photography competition

Deadline: January 30. Photoworks Gallery (Glen Echo, MD) announces a Call for Entries for United/Divided, the upcoming public exhibition of photography in 2017.

Hyattsville Metro

Deadline: January 30. The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation in partnership with WMATA’s Art-In-Transit Program seek a muralist or muralist team to submit preliminary designs/sketches for the two wall sections of the pedestrian underpass at the West Hyattsville Metro Station. Artists are encouraged to propose aspirational, dynamic imagery that evokes excitement and change.

Exhibit proposals

Deadline: February 1. BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD) is now accepting proposals for solo, themed and group exhibitions to be presented in our gallery spaces. Visual artists, curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and arts organizations who are over the age of 18 and live or work in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals.

Laurel Art Guild

Deadline: February 1. Any artist over 18 years old who resides in MD, VA, DC, PA, WV, DE, or NJ is eligible to submit to the Laurel (MD) Art Guild’s 48th Annual Open Juried Exhibition.

Fiber art

Deadline: February 4. Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center (Paducah, KY) is an international competitive exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium.


Deadline: February 5. Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) invites national and international artists to submit work for Ephemera, an all-media exhibition that challenges the concept of timeless art by exploring ephemeral artwork. Ephemeral is defined as “fleeting, short-lived, momentary, or brief.”


Panel pickup: January 8–February 12. Target Gallery is raising money for its special exhibitions and programming with the 7th annual March150 special exhibition. The exhibition is not juried and open to all artists, with the only requirement being that works be created on the gallery provided 10″x 10″ wood panels. A $15 fee guarantees entry into the exhibition, a chance to win awards chosen by special judges, and one free ticket to the Art Party on Friday, March 24.

Art Hop Takoma

Deadline: February 21. Once again the Old Takoma Business Association is hosting community favorite Art Hop arts fest on April 29–30, 2017! Join us for this weekend of art where we match local artists with local businesses.  We invite a broad range of local artists working in a variety of media at all ranges of pricing, both new and emerging, to create an exciting mix of local art.

Matador Review

Deadline: February 28. The Matador Review, an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Art submissions for the Spring 2017 issue are now being accepted.

France residency

Deadline: February 28. The BAU Institute residency in Cassis, France supports the development of work in the Visual Arts (including photography, video and new media), Creative Writing, Dramatic Writing, Performance and Musical Composition.

Community Mural Project

Deadline: March 1. Greenhill Realty is now accepting artist submissions for the new community mural project Arts on Edsall. The project in West Alexandria, VA will transform the blank canvas of the Edsall Road side of the Greenhills Mayflower Building. Upon completion the artist(s) will receive a $10,000 award. Please email inquiries and submissions to art@greenhillcompanies.com.

Plein air competition

Deadline: March 8. The Bucks County (PA) Plein Air competition is open to all painters age 18 and older. All entrants will be juried, and the total number of participants will be limited to 50.

Harrisonburg juried exhibit

Deadline: March 15. All artists residing in the U.S. are invited to enter artwork completed after January 1, 2015 into the 14th annual VMRC Juried Art Exhibition (Harrisonburg, VA). No commission is charged on sales.

Target Gallery call for proposals

Deadline: March 19. 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. The individual or group associated with the chosen proposal will receive a solo exhibition at Target Gallery from July 8 – September 3, 2017. The artist(s) will also receive a $1,000 stipend.

Current and recent students

Deadline: March 22. Wet Paint at the Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, VA) is open to any artist who graduated with a Bachelor or Masters degree in 2014, 2015 or 2016, or any current student artist in a Bachelor or Masters program.

1st Stage

Deadline: ongoing. 1st Stage, a small, professional theater in the Tysons area, mounts art exhibits for each production, usually five to six times a year. If you are interested in being considered for a show, contact curator Deborah Conn at deborahconn@verizon.net.

Can't get enough?

Sign up for our weekly blog newsletter, subscribe to our RSS feed, or like us on Facebook for the latest Art League news.

Visit our homepage for more information about our classes, exhibits, and events in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Share this

Did you know?

You can support The Art League every time you shop through AmazonSmile!

Simply set The Art League as your chosen charity, and every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, a portion of your purchase will be donated to support our mission to share the experience of visual arts with the community.