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Artist Opportunities #399

This painting is by Art League instructor John Murray.

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.


Deadline: December 3. Gallery 263 (Cambridge, MA) seeks artwork that explores, depicts, criticizes, or creates safe havens and sacred spaces. This is a national call open to all US residents. All media are accepted.

Southern painting

Deadline: December 31. New American Paintings — a museum-quality, soft-cover art periodical, published bimonthly — is now accepting entries from: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV. Competition winners retain all rights to their images and pay nothing to appear in New American Paintings.


Greek island residency

Deadline: ongoing. The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts offers residencies for two weeks to two months for ceramists, mixed media artists, painters, printmakers and sculptors from March through December.

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

Photo contest

Deadline: November 30. What does an award-winning photograph look like? It can range from an captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. The Smithsonian’s 15th Annual Photo Contest is now open for submissions.

Artwork donations: What feminism looks like

Deadline: November 30. Curated by ArtWatch members Erin Devine and Shante Bullock, What feminism looks like takes intersectional feminism as its theme, and seeks works that express the empowerment of women to effect social change. Artists must commit to fully donating the proceeds of the sale to Planned Parenthood and the DC Arts Center.

Matador Review

Deadline: November 30. Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art.

Text objects

Deadline: November 30. Container, a publisher of text objects and artist’s books, invites submissions during its fall Open Container reading period. Submit poetry, fiction and nonfiction plus a pitch for transforming it into a text object.

Salon competition

Extended deadline: December 1. The International ARC (Art Renewal Center) Salon offers over $100,000 in cash awards.

George Mason murals

Deadline: December 3. George Mason University’s inaugural Contemporary Mural Arts Festival will begin in April 2018 with up to seven murals on its Fairfax, VA campus. University regulations will not allow painting directly on building surfaces, so the project will feature alternative mural methods including painting on suspended mesh fabric, projection, computer-activated light, digitally-printed wrap, banners, etc.

Emerging DMV artists

Deadline: December 3. Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) invites regional emerging artists to submit work for a new group exhibition. This exhibition will feature up to 5 regional emerging artists — spotlighting new talent and the up-and-coming artistic innovators of the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.

Artists in Action

Deadline: December 8. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Solomons, MD) seeks artists working in any media to submit proposals to set up a working studio space in the Main Gallery for 1-2 week periods.

Solo show in DC

Deadline: December 10. The Spotlight Art Series@Touchstone is an opportunity for area artists to have a solo exhibition at the Touchstone Gallery. Successful applicants will enjoy a front window 90 sq. ft. wall exhibition space in our street level gallery located in downtown Washington, DC at 901 New York Avenue NW.

Northern Virginia Festival

Deadline: December 10. 27th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival: Every spring the Greater Reston Arts Center invites over 200 artists to showcase their best, original, contemporary fine art and craft in this competitive, juried outdoor event.

Big Fun Art

Deadline: December 11. For Big Fun Art at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Solomons, MD), take a break from the news of global doom and gloom and celebrate Big Fun Art! Inspired by the likes of Yayoi Kusama. All media welcome; small to large-scale works; indoor and outdoor works accepted.

January Open Exhibit @ The Art League

Deadline: December 15. The January Open Exhibit will be juried by online entry. Open exhibits at The Art League are not limited by theme, medium, process, or content. Artist must be a current exhibiting artist member of The Art League gallery to enter.

Printmaking residency NYC

Deadline: December 20. The Julio Valdez Project Space Artist-in-Residence program is a collaborative, six-month residency program open to U.S. and international artists of all artistic backgrounds and career levels to create new complete body of work through exploration of non-toxic contemporary printmaking.

Video art

Deadline: January 1, 2018. Videos not in excess of 15 minutes are requested for inclusion in Frame & Frequency IV, an international video art exchange, presented as a series of screenings and exhibitions held concurrently at VisArts in Rockville, MD, just outside Washington D.C. and in Medellín, Colombia.

Howard County exhibits

Deadline: January 1, 2018. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group for exhibits at Howard County Arts Council. Proposals from curators and organizations are also welcome.

Shifting Perspectives on Trauma

Deadline: January 1, 2018. For this exhibit by the Perception Project, volunteer artists will receive a written story based upon the experience of a trauma survivor (muse) and use it as inspiration to create an artwork meant to empower and inject positivity to the muse. Artwork is donated to the muse after the end of the exhibition. Acceptable mediums are canvas, wood panels, paper, digital prints, and photography.

Book-based art objects

Deadline: January 5, 2018. Current Books is a new Current Art Fair event featuring independent artists’ book makers, zine makers, and small independent publishers of artist monographs and other book-based art objects. Artists’ book makers, zine makers, and independent publishers of art books and artist monographs are eligible to apply. All applicants must be based in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, or North Carolina.

Public sculpture

Deadline: February 1, 2018. Friends of Leesburg Public Arts is renewing its sculpture on loan program: ArtsPARKs 2018 at Raflo Park in Leesburg VA. For more information, see the Artist Opportunities page and click on “button.”


Deadline: February 1, 2018. BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD) is now accepting proposals for solo, themed and group exhibitions to be presented in our gallery spaces in 2019.

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