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Artist Opportunities #368

Back Study by Art League instructor Thanasi Papapostolou.

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.

NC craft market

Deadline: May 12. 2017 marks the 48th year of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s annual craft market. Emerging and career craft artists are encouraged to apply.

VA art festival

Deadline: May 15. The 13th annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival returns to Newport News, VA in October 2017.

VisArts juried exhibit

Deadline: June 1. VisArts (Rockville, MD) welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to submit their application for NextGen 4.0, the fourth juried exhibition in their Kaplan Gallery. NextGen 4.0 is an opportunity for aspiring artists with little to no experience exhibiting their work in a professional gallery.

Nebraska residency

Deadline: June 1. One residency is available in painting, drawing, metals, fibers, or mixed media at LUX Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts center in Lincoln, NE. Artists with an MFA or BFA in studio art are eligible.

Wearable hat art

Deadline: August 1. The Wearable Hat Show at Artists & Makers Studios (Rockville, MD) will be curated by Steven Krensky and a mystery juror. Artists in the metro area are invited to make a statement through the art of the hat. It must be functional, but need not be comfortable.

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

First Sunday: Annapolis

Deadline: First come, first served. Applications are now open for vendors for the 2017 season of the First Sunday Arts Festivals in Annapolis, MD.

Leesburg fair

Deadline: First come, first served. The First Annual Arts in the Alley Street Fair will be held one day only July 29, 2017 in Leesburg, VA.

Floyd, VA

Deadline: April 25. Floyd Center for the Arts, located in beautiful, rural Floyd, VA, invites visual media artists within 150 miles of Floyd to submit artwork for exhibition in the New River Art Biennial 2017.

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.


Deadline: April 29. “Spectrum” at Cade Art Gallery (Arnold, MD) seeks hand-pulled prints and book arts that explore traditional or innovative approaches to color in printmaking.

Alexandria CSA

Deadline: April 30. The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts invites artists and artist teams residing and/or working in Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia to submit proposals for participation in a Community Supported Art initiative. Each selected artist or artist team will be paid $2,000 to create fifty (50) original pieces of art.

ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon (VA) has three calls for entry currently open:

  • Deadline April 30: ArtisanWorks ’17
  • Deadline June 6: Herndon Town Calendar Photo Competition
  • Rolling deadline: Solo and group exhibits

Young artists with disabilities

Deadline: May 3. “Electrify!” is a juried competition and exhibition featuring artwork by artists with disabilities, ages 16–25, showcasing artwork that excites our senses, awakens our curiosity, and electrifies our very being.

DC fellowship

Deadline: May 4. The Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship (Washington, DC) is a nine-month program established to provide emerging artists with time and space to explore new ideas and ambitious projects in an environment of independent learning, study, and collaboration. Halcyon Arts Lab accepts six national or international fellows and two DC-resident fellows in each year of the program.

Watercolor juried exhibit

Deadline: May 6. The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild invites entries to the 2017 Annual Exhibition, to be held at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, VA. The juror this year is Steve Fleming, former instructor at The Art League.

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.

All-media exhibit

Deadline: May 8. The Open Regional Juried Art Exhibition at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (Washington, DC) is open only to artists residing in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Original hanging work created in any medium will be considered.

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 has been allocated for this year’s ManneqART competition.

Baltimore craft show

Deadline: May 15. The 2nd annual Baltimore Fine Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American and international crafts and design.

Art sale

Deadline: May 18. Applications are now available for art sale booths at the June 11 Mt. Vernon Spring Art-Fest at Sacramento Center (Alexandria, VA).

Paint out

Event: May 20. Mattawoman Creek Art Center invites artists including photographers to a paint out at Historic Smallwood State Park in Charles County, MD. Register with Barbara Stepura at stanbarbstep@yahoo.com. Meet at the art center in the morning and paint anywhere at the park. Bring a bag lunch and meet back at the art center at noon for a break and an informal critique, if desired.

Inaugural photography

Deadline: May 23. Gallery OonH seeks a broad range of submissions from all levels of photographers for “Who’s Looking Back,” a comprehensive look at the impact of the 2017 Inaugural from January 19-21 and beyond.

All media

Artwork delivery: May 26–28. Mattawoman Creek Art Center (Marbury, MD) invites artists to enter the 23rd annual All Media Juried Exhibition, to be held June 9–July 9, 2017. Juror: Bobbi Pratte.

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.

Matador Review

Deadline: May 31. 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 Summer 2017 issue are now being 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.

Art of Engagement

Deadline: June 12. Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC is seeking entries for “Art of Engagement,” a National Juried Show scheduled for August 4–24, 2017. Artwork entries should reflect present-day issues and concerns. Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center.

Studio space: Rockville

Deadline: June 16. VisArts invites applications from local and national artists for studio space at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland. The Studio Artist Program provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to experiment, create new work, evolve an existing body of work or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Lease period: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018.


Deadline: July 21. Art selected for “Glow” at the Athenaeum (Alexandria, VA) will convey a sense of lightness or hope emanating from something dark.  Entries may be literal, figural, allegorical, or abstract. Artists who live or work in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia may enter.


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?

Show proposals

Deadline: Ongoing. ArtSpace Herndon (Herndon, VA) invites submissions for solo shows and thematic group shows from artists 18 years and older.

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