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Artist Opportunities #402

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.

Site-specific work

Deadline: December 31. The DC Department of General Services is commissioning permanent site-specific work in two and three dimensions.

Exhibit proposals

Deadline: January 31. The Merion Hall Gallery at St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) hosts six professional artist exhibitions each school year.


Deadline: February 6, 2018. Illustrators in any country working in any medium or content can enter work created between January 2017 and February 2018 for the World Illustration Awards 2018.

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


Deadline: December 19 (for best consideration, applications continue on a rolling basis). The application is now live for BloomBars: imPRINT, a juried group exhibition curated by Robert Bettmann and John Chambers. The BloomBars: imPRINT exhibition will be on display April 12 to May 5, 2018 at the gallery at BloomBars in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.

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.

Philadelphia residency

Deadline: December 30. The Windgate ITE International Residency is an 8-week summer program for five artists; a student artist; photojournalist; and scholar who live and work together at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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.

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.


Deadline: January 9, 2018. For “There’s No Place Like Home,” the Maryland Federation of Art invites all 2-D and 3-D artists to submit works that illustrate what they describe as “home.” Juror: Liza Key Strelka is Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Works on paper

Deadline: January 16, 2018. Maryland Federation of Art invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 39th annual Art on Paper competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work created on or of paper, including collage, artist book, origami, printmaking, painting, sculpture, and more, will be considered.

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

Deadline: January 22, 2018. Phase I of the 2018 jury to join the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association is underway. Read more about the opportunities and benefits of membership on the jury page.

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.

Target Gallery solo shows

Deadline: February 4, 2018. This is an open call for proposals for an exhibition at Target Gallery(Alexandria, VA) in the summer of 2018. This call is open to emerging or mid-career artists from North America working in all visual media.

Plein air event

Deadline: February 15, 2018. The Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition, an annual juried exhibition and art competition, is sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council.

New Photography

Deadline: March 8, 2018. Photographic artists of all walks are invited to submit their latest works to a national juried show at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. The exhibition aims to highlight the current state of photography across a broad spectrum. Artists may submit all types of photographic works including digital, analog, alternative processes, etc.

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.

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