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Artist Opportunities #386

Painting by Art League sumi-é instructor Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz

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.

Portrait art

Deadline: September 6. Artists 18 years or older residing in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Delaware are invited to submit original 2D or 3D portrait art for ArtSpace Herndon’s 9th annual Expressions Portrait Competition.

Functional art

Deadline: September 15. “Tabletop” at The Art League (Alexandria, VA) will showcase the artistry of various functional wares associated with the table: acceptable media include ceramic, metal, fiber, wood, and glass. All works must be functional. For this exhibit, artists do not need to be members to submit.

Solo exhibits @ The Art League

Deadline: September 23. The Art League (Alexandria, VA) seeks artists who have a strong, cohesive, and exciting body of work expressing an aesthetic concept for our prestigious solo artist exhibitions. Artists must be members to submit. Exhibit applications are reviewed two years ahead of time, so jurying takes place now for exhibits in 2019.

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

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 We invite all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art.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 editors@matadorreview.com with “Submission: Name, Title” in the subject line (for example, “Submission: Jane Smith, 5 Poems”). More information here.

DC exhibit proposals

Extended deadline: September 1. 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.

All painting

Deadline: September 5. Strokes of Genius is Maryland Federation of Art’s 6th annual all-painting competition. Original 2-D work created through any painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines, will considered.


Deadline: September 6. Artists 18 years or older residing in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Delaware are invited to submit original 2D or 3D portrait art for the 9th annual Expressions Portrait Competition at ArtSpace Herndon.

DC residency

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.

Poster contest

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.

Torpedo Factory residency

Deadline: September 10. The Torpedo Factory Post-Graduation Residency (Alexandria, VA) is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and 3-6 month term solo studio space. This residency is open to recently-graduated students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s art degree from an accredited university.

Charles County, MD

Late deadline: September 10. For Express Charles County in Art at Mattawoman Creek Art Center, artists are invited to submit artwork portraying Charles County, MD. Each entry must have been created in 2017. Open to all artists 18 and older.

Photography competition

Deadline: September 13. The Chelsea International Photography Competition is organized by Agora Gallery in New York City. This competition provides a great opportunity for the exposure of work by amateur as well as professional photographers alike.

Artists aged 40+

Deadline: September 15. Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grants for Artists 2017: To be eligible for consideration for an award, you must be a visual artist, work in any medium except film, video, and performance, be 40 years of age or older, and live within 150 miles of Washington, DC.

Outdoor functional art

Deadline: September 15. Dance Place (Washington, DC) is seeking design submissions for artistic picnic tables, seating and/or bistro sets that will serve as seating for the 8th St Arts Park.


Deadline: September 16. The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC is holding its annual exhibit this fall. Artists do not need to be members to submit.

Shino ware

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.

Target Gallery: unfinished works

Deadline: September 24. Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, invites national and international artists working in all-media to apply to Interlude: Unfinished Works. This exhibition gives the spotlight to the artistic process. Curator Betsy Johnson of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the juror.

Contemporary craft

Deadline: September 29. The Greater Denton (Texas) Arts Council proudly presents the 31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition.

Public art: Prince George’s

Deadline: September 29. The Hyattsville (MD) Community Development Corporation is accepting artist proposals for the design and fabrication of two sculpturally-devised bus shelters for placement on Rhode Island Avenue in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts & Entertainment District.

Foundry Gallery

Deadline: September 30. Foundry Gallery is seeking a few established or emerging artists in the greater WashingtonDC area. The oldest cooperative in Washington, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows.

Washington Award

Deadline: October 5. S&R Foundation invites emerging artists including musicians, dancers, and visual artists to apply for the 2018 Washington Award.  Winners receive $5,000 and the opportunity to showcase their work during the Washington Award Ceremony in the spring of 2018.

King Street mural in Leesburg

Deadline: October 6. The Leesburg (VA) Commission on Public Art is seeking submissions for murals to be painted on each side of the King Street bridge that crosses over Town Branch in Leesburg.

Virginia fellowships

Deadline: November 3. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline.

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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