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.
Photography at Del Ray
Deadline: August 26. For Captured Beauty, Del Ray Artisans and Union 206 Studio are seeking fine art photography that showcases artists’ visions of beauty.
Deadline: September 8. Picturing Freedom is a nationwide poster contest to focus attention on the global and local crime of human trafficking and modern slavery.
Deadline: September 29. The Greater Denton (Texas) Arts Council proudly presents the 31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
Monthly exhibit opportunities
The Art League’s (Alexandria, VA) new exhibit year runs July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. All artists are welcome to join and enter monthly juried exhibits. For more information about joining as an exhibiting artist member, visit our website.
Event: July 10. Join Leila Fitzpatrick and Nadine Gabai-Botero at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for an in-depth workshop to crafting an effective case for funding.
Black and white
Deadline: July 10. Specto Art Space, a new gallery coming to the Harrisonburg, VA area later this year, is seeking applicants for its September international juried show “Black & White: 2017.” Media accepted: photography, digital art, graphic design.
Deadline: July 13. For their third juried exhibition, the Washington, DC Leica store asks U.S. Leica photographers to submit photos captured between sundown and sunrise and show ways in which capturing the absence of sunlight is equally as compelling as capturing the presence of it.
Hyattsville Arts Festival
Deadline: July 14. The 10th Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival is operated by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC). “Arts & Ales” spans 3 city streets, will welcome an anticipated 5,000 visitors, and features over 100 artists and artisans in 5 media categories, alongside a music stage, food vendors, sponsors, community groups, and now for the second year, 20+ craft brewers. Our goal is to exhibit a range of high-quality, multi-dimensional, visual works from across our region. We feature local Gateway Arts District artists and Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance artists, but welcome submissions from all Applicants.
Deadline: July 14. To mark 100 years of service, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area is commissioning one local artist (or team of artists) for an original design to be painted on a canvas which will be displayed at their headquarters on Georgia Ave NW.
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.
Maryland artist awards
Deadline: July 21. Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence.
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.
Deadline: July 25. The Will’s Creek Exhibition is a national juried exhibition of contemporary American art hosted by the Allegany Arts Council at its professional Saville and Schwab galleries in Cumberland, Maryland. This year’s theme is Being Sentient/Sentient Being. Traditional media, as well as installation, video, kinetic, sound, and performance art, are eligible.
DC exhibit proposals
Deadline: July 31. The Arts Club of Washington continues its support for the visual arts with the Call for Entries for the 2018–2019 gallery season. Exhibitions are scheduled monthly from September 2018 through May 2019. Two-dimensional works in all media, styles, and techniques are acceptable.
Deadline: August 1. Compelling Images from Virginia Photographers celebrates professional, original photography with varied aesthetics from around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Open to all artists living in Virginia, this exhibition is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
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.
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?
Deadline: August 14. The National Juried Art Show at Larkin Arts (Harrisonburg, VA) is a national juried visual art competition and exhibition that is open to any artist who is a resident of the United States and is over the age of 18, working in two-dimensional media.
Deadline: August 15. The District Clay Gallery (Washington, DC) will hold its first Annual Beer Drinking Vessels Invitational from September 29 to October 25. Ceramic artists are invited to apply to the invitational by sending up to four photos.
Artist trading cards
Deadline: August 15. Artist trading cards are small, baseball-card sized works of art that can be traded with other artists as a way to get creative, connect with other artists, make contacts, and collect great art! This on-going by-mail exchange is hosted by Jennifer Hines. There are three deadlines per year.
Maryland exhibit proposals
Deadline: August 15. The Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College (Bel Air, MD) invites artists, artist groups and curators working in any medium or format to apply for our 2018-2020 exhibition seasons. There is no application fee or commission on sold work.
Deadline: August 15. Central Virginia Justice Initiative is accepting entries for the People Are Not Products benefit exhibition which will be held at Verizon Gallery in the The Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, NOVA. Artists must be residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia. Artwork relating directly or indirectly to human trafficking (slavery in the form of labor or sex trafficking) is encouraged. Please do not submit work that is sexually graphic in nature.
Alternative Art and Literature Magazine
Deadline: August 31. The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly. We invite all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. All work must be electronically submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Submission: Name, Title” in the subject line (for example, “Submission: Jane Smith, 5 Poems”). More information here.
Deadline: September 6. The CHAW Gallery Residency (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC) offers six weeks of time and space to an artist or team of artists each year to experiment and realize new work. In 2018, CHAW will host the Gallery Resident Artist or Artist Team from March 1 through April 14.
Deadline: September 22. The District Clay Gallery (Washington, DC) will hold its 2017 Shino Splendor Exhibition from October 29 to November 26. This exhibition celebrates one of the most exciting and historic ceramic glazes in all its amazing variation and beauty.
Deadline: Ongoing. ArtSpace Herndon (Herndon, VA) invites submissions for solo shows and thematic group shows from artists 18 years and older.