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Artist Opportunities #360

Painting by Art League sumi-é instructor Betzi Robinson.

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.

Artomatic 2017

Deadline: First come, first served. Artomatic 2017 will be held March 24–May 6. Artomatic is not juried; participation is based on a first-come basis and no one needs to see your art in advance. It’s open to all artists 18 and older. (For an idea of what Artomatic is like, read our review of Artomatic 2015 or this installation guide.)

Alper Initiative

Deadline: March 1. During the summer of 2017, the Alper Initiative will present a group show curated by Megan Rook-Koepsel, featuring artists that have submitted their work to the Initiative’s online database. Open to all Washington, DC-area artists.

Arlington Arts Center

Deadline: March 13.  Each year, Arlington Arts Center selects approximately 14 artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region for solo exhibitions in AAC’s seven separate gallery spaces or outside on the grounds. Proposals that specifically consider AAC’s space, layout, and surrounding environs are encouraged. Artists who produce cutting-edge contemporary art in any and all media, and who live or work in VA, DC, MD, WV, DE, or PA may submit exhibition proposals.

Foundry Gallery

Deadline: March 15. Foundry Gallery (Washington, DC) is welcoming proposals for a juried solo exhibition for the month of August 2017. The solo exhibition gallery features 65 feet of running wall space with significant street-front exposure. This exhibition call is open to all artists 18 years or older residing in the United States.

SC exhibit

Deadline: March 17. The Art League of Hilton Head (SC) invites you to enter the 2017 Biennale, its 25th National Juried Exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $7000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

Philadelphia craft show

Deadline: April 1. The 41st Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 9 to 12, 2017, with a Preview Party on November 8. The jury will accept 195 craft artists.

Trawick Prize

Deadline: April 7. The 15th Annual Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards will award $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC. All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted.

Small works: prints

Deadline: June 3. For the 20th Annual Washington Printmakers’ National Small Works Competition and Exhibition, eligible entries are hand-pulled prints, screen prints, digital prints, photographs, and three-dimensional work with print components.

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

Creative Entrepreneurship Series

Events: February 15–March 22. Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts will present its acclaimed Creative Entrepreneurship Series at VisArts at Rockville (MD). Each session is free for WALA members or $20 for non-members.

LA residency

Deadline: February 28. The LA Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

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.

3-D art

Deadline: February 28. Artful Dimensions Gallery, an all 3-D, non-profit art gallery in Fredericksburg, VA has a call for 3-D artists for its annual juried show.

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

DC Fellowship

Deadline: March 1. 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.

Singapore festival

Deadline: March 3. M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is calling for artist proposals for the 2018 Festival, which will be curated around the theme “Let’s Walk.” The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media created and presented by Singaporeans and international artists.

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.

Heritage crafts

Deadline: March 10. The 73rd Annual Waterford Fair, a juried crafts exhibition with demonstrations and retail sales, will be held in the National Historic Landmark village of Waterford, Virginia, October 6–8, 2017.

Solo exhibits: Philadelphia

Deadline: March 10. Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA features six professional artist exhibitions per year in all media and all subject matter.

Poster contest

Deadline: March 13. Taking inspiration from the prints and posters in Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque and the artist’s style, the Phillips Collection (Washington, DC) invites you to create a poster with a modern-day spin.

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.

Fairfax crafts

Deadline: March 16. The City of Fairfax (VA) is holding its annual Fall Festival and Holiday Craft Show in 2017. All work must be original, handcrafted art and craft items produced by the vendor (US based artists only).

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.

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.


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

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.


Deadline: March 26. Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) invites national and international artists to apply for Glitch, an exhibition that explores new technological and interactive mediums in art. This exhibition will examine the intersection of contemporary and digital art; highlighting emerging new media in art such as digital, website, glitch / gif, and video art.

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.

Solo show proposals

Deadline: March 31. VisArts (Rockville, MD) invites artists working in all media to apply for 2018 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery and Common Ground Gallery.

Public Art in Falls Church

Deadline: March 31. The Arts Council of Fairfax County is accepting proposals from artists or artist teams for a temporary public art engagement project in Falls Church, VA.  The selected artist/team will design, fabricate, and install a temporary work. The $15,000 artist fee includes design, materials, fabrication, insurance, travel, packing, shipping, installation, de-installation, display and maintenance.

Colored pencil works

Deadline: March 31. The Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition is exclusively for works done in 100% colored pencil. This year’s exhibition is in North Bethesda, MD.

Artful Living

Deadline: March 31. In association with Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) presents “Artful Living,” a juried art exhibition and community event. Proceeds from event benefit our families and the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival Scholarships Fund.

Performance art

Deadline: April 1. The Franklin Furnace Fund awards grants annually to emerging artists to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York.

Art on Vacation

Deadline: April 3. For “Escape: Art on Vacation” at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Solomons, MD), artists should submit artwork that embodies the spirit of adventure, the love of travel, and the artistic inspiration found abroad. All media welcome; small to large-scale installations; new media encouraged; indoor and outdoor works accepted; cash awards.

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).

Freedom juried show

Deadline: April 16. Project:Free is a call to artists to explore what it means to live in a free world or to have freedom of speech and expression. Organized by SIPMA Contemporary, the venue is the Printmaking Center of NJ. There are no limitations on size or media as long as it fits through an 84” door.

Bethany Beach

Deadline: April 28. The 39th Annual Bethany Beach (DE) Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, September 9. The one-day show will feature more than 100 artists.

MD craft show

Deadline: May 7. The Academy Art Museum Craft Show (Easton, MD) is an indoor, juried craft show featuring approximately 65 artists from across the United States.

Wearable art

Deadline: May 15. The ManneqART Competition (Laurel, MD) covers three distinct “sections” of wearable art design: Sculpture, Hair, and Makeup. An artist’s award pool of over $10,000 USD has been allocated for this year’s ManneqART competition.

Panama residency

Deadline: May 29. Continuing our year-long focus on Black Speculative Art, the Creative Currents Artist Collaborative Summer Artist Residency allows literary, visual, performance, dance and music artists two weeks in conversation with their creative muse and each other as we explore the Black Speculative Arts amongst the backdrop of historic Portobelo, Panama.


Deadline: July 21. The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. It 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 an open call for submissions.

FEAST proposals

Deadline: August 1. F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017 (Rockville, MD) calls for proposals that help envision and frame the future. What voices, stories, platforms, food, services, or experiences are currently missing or hidden?

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

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