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Artist Opportunities #425

David Carter Butterfly drawing
Butterfly by David Carter, drawing


On Tuesdays, we gather a variety of artist opportunities around the DC area and beyond. Find one below and submit today — good luck! Click here for recent opportunities posts, and submit your opportunity listing here.


10th Annual Nude: Exploring the Uncovered Human Form in Current Art – OH

Deadline: June 11. Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH announces a call to artists for an international competitive exhibit, August 17–September 14. Up to $2500 in awards. This year, Manifest is happy to celebrate a decade of exploring the nude in contemporary art, and renew our invitation to artists to submit works in any media, of any style or genre (abstract, conceptual, highly realistic, etc.), and of any size, for this exhibit exploring the uncovered human form. $40 entry fee. For more information, visit: http://www.manifestgallery.org/nude/index.html

Textuality: Exploring Works Which Incorporate Text or Letter Forms – OH

Deadline: June 13. Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH announces a call to artists for an upcoming art exhibition, August 17 – September 14. Up to $2500 in awards. This project is intended to feature and explore works which incorporate text or letter forms. These may be in ways that are quite straightforward, or which are abstract, fragmented, or in other ways surprising or significantly processed away from recognition. We are eager to see just how artists make work in any media or genre (painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, video, and non-traditional art, etc.) using text or letter forms as a significant element. $40 entry fee. For more information, visit: http://www.manifestgallery.org/textuality/index.html  

Call for 2019 Site-Specific Artist Installations at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site – PA

Deadline: June 13. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2019 season of site-specific artist installations. We’re again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project. The deadline for proposals is June 13. For guidelines and to apply, visit http://www.easternstate.org/art. www.easternstate.org.

National Open Visual Arts Show 2018 – GA

Deadline: June 15. The National Open Visual Arts Show (NOVAS) is a competition and gallery exhibit that showcases a wide variety of high-quality art from around the country, bringing a national perspective to our community, located just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. Founded in 1986 to promote the arts in Douglas County, GA, the Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County (CAC) is a multi-disciplinary arts non-profit organization and gallery that showcases visual arts in the Roberts-Mozley House, a National Historic Registry house built in 1901. The six show large rooms and foyer allow for plentiful exhibit space in a unique & cozy environment. All media two-dimensional and three-dimensional are eligible. Every artist who submits an application to NOVAS is guaranteed to have at least one of their works on display and available for sale during the September exhibit. Artists may submit up to three artworks. This year’s jury panel welcomes Savannah College of Art & Design professors Matthew Maloney, Alessandro Imperato, and Tila Studio owner Tiffany Latrice. The judges will select the artwork for the exhibit and determine the award recipients. Apply online at www.artsdouglas.org/novas2018callentries/


Deadline: June 24. ATLANTIC GALLERY 2018  JURIED EXHIBITION WHO. ARE. YOU? (Re)Presentation and Challenge July 17 – August 4, 2018. Juror: Karen Kettering Dimit, Curator and Artist. Prize: A Solo Exhibition in September at Atlantic Gallery (in New York City’s Chelsea Art District). CALL DESCRIPTION: A juried Group Show with Grand Prize: a Solo Show at Atlantic Gallery in NYC’s Chelsea art district. Entrants are invited to question how they wish to represent themselves. Realistically? Symbolically? With — or obliquely through — intimate or talismanic objects? Conspicuously by absence? Or …? Works may be two- or three-dimensional. Juror is NY-based Curator and Artist. To submit please visit: http://atlanticgallery.org/juried-show/

Strange Figurations – NY

Deadline: June 30. Strange Figurations is an international, thematic group exhibition curated and hosted by the Limner Gallery. The exhibition is open to all interpretations of the concept, Strange Figurations, which would include surreal, visionary and generally all out of the ordinary figurative art. The show is open to all media, techniques and styles from realist to expressionistic. 72″ maximum dimension. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, September 6 – 30. Information, email and postal and mail entry forms at: http://www.slowart.com/prospectus/strange.htm

$1000 Working Artist Purchase Award – NJ

Deadline: June 30. We offer a small art purchase award to help serious artists keep working. Our award is open worldwide to all visual artists, including but not limited to those working in traditional styles, ie., painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, glass, installation, or with digital/new media, photography, and film/video. See our complete submissions guidelines at: http://www.workingartist.org/submission-guidelines.html Also look out for our Spring Quarter Photography Award Deadline: July 17, 2018.

9th Annual International Painting Annual: A Juried Publication of Works of Recent Contemporary Painting – OH

Deadline: June 30. A wide variety of approaches to painting are encouraged for submission, including a range of painting types, from the most academic to the most experimental, but all with some relevance to the artists’ honest understanding of the practice of “painting.” Works that challenge the common notion that painting must be made with ’paint’ are also welcome. The International Painting Annual is open to any artist submitting original works of art or design created within the past three plus years (2015–2018). Artists, designers, illustrators, and creative visual artists in ALL disciplines are encouraged to submit. Manifest is eager to receive works of painting in a wide range of applications. Awards and Cash Prizes: First, Second, and Third Place awards for works of painting will be decided by the jury committee. Each award winner will have a brief artist’s statement included in the publication. There will be three cash prizes of $1200, $500, and $300 for first, second, and third place winners. To view the full prospectus and to submit work: http://www.manifestgallery.org/inpa9/

PlySpace Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Program – Indiana

Deadline: July 1, 11:59 pm. PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program in Muncie, IN that is dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, performers, designers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices. Additionally, it serves as a platform for experimentation and provocation by catalyzing conversation and collaboration with various Muncie communities. PlySpace facilitates opportunities for residents to engage with the public through partnership and programming that is tailored to their area of interest. The residency is fully funded with a $500 stipend for travel. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 term, with flexible residency periods from 4-12 weeks beginning in mid-September. Interested applicants should visit www.plyspace.org to learn more about the application process, residency structure, and community collaboration requirements. Applications submitted before June 25 benefit from an early application fee of $25. Applications submitted between June 26 (12:00 am) and July 1 (11:59 pm) require a last-chance application fee of $40. Questions or comments about the program and application process can be directed to hello@plyspace.org.

Internships: The Art League’s Summer Art Camp

The Art League School’s Summer Art Camp is currently searching for interns for Summer 2018. Assistance is needed with class set ups, class coordination, in class-instructor assistance, and helping to evaluate the effectiveness of classes offered. Interns are trained and directly supervised by the camp coordinator. Interns will also have the opportunity to create and teach their own lessons towards the end of the summer. More information here.

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

The 37th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show 2019 — National Building Museum

Deadlines: May 23 – September 7. Late Deadlines: September 8 – September 21.

The Smithsonian Craft Show is a prestigious juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American craft in art and design held annually in Washington, DC. Three jurors who are experts in the field and newly selected each year choose 120 artists from a large pool of applicants. There is no quota for any category of Craft Art. Artists are selected on the basis of the originality, artistic conception, and quality of their work. The show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. Proceeds from the Show fund grants that benefit the Smithsonian’s education, outreach, research, and conservation programs.

However, accepted artists are encouraged to donate an item for the Show’s online auction, raffle, or other fundraising initiatives, the proceeds of which benefit the Smithsonian. ACCEPTABLE MEDIA CATEGORIES: Basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Washington Printmakers Gallery: National Small Works Competition & Exhibition

Deadline: June 7. National call for exhibit at Washington Printmakers Gallery (DC). Open to artists 18 years and older. Submit hand-pulled prints, screen prints, digital prints, photographs, and three-dimensional work with print components completed within the past two years. Image may be no larger than 100 square inches, with framed size of 256 square inches or less. 3D works are limited to 250 cubic inches. Juror: Susan Goldman.  Grand Prize: 2019 Solo Exhibition. Other prizes include art materials, gift certificates, and a $250 screenprint prize. For more information, visit the Washington Printmakers Gallery website.

Kaplan Gallery – NextGen 5.0 Open Call

Deadline: June 8, 11:59 pm. NextGen 5.0 is calling all DMV aspiring artists. VisArts welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to submit their application for NextGen 5.0, our fifth exhibition in our Kaplan Gallery from July 11 – August 19. NextGen 5.0 is an opportunity for aspiring artists with little to no experience exhibiting their work in a professional gallery. VisArts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. VisArts provides children, teens and adults with opportunities to express their creativity and enhance their awareness of the arts. Applicants should have little or no experience exhibiting in a professional gallery. Previous NextGen participants are ineligible. Previous NextGen applicants who were not selected may re-apply for this year’s exhibition. Online applications are due by June 8, 11:59 pm at visartscenter.org/call-for-entries.

Bill of Rights Project

Deadline: June 8. Open to all medium and persuasions. The Bill of Rights was created in response to the Constitution, “to prevent misconstruction and abuse of it’s powers.” According to the ACLU’s webpage, “The Constitution was remarkable, but deeply flawed. For one thing, it did not include a specific declaration—or bill—of individual rights. It specified what the government could do but did not say what it could not do. For another, it did not apply to everyone. The ‘consent of the governed’ meant propertied white men only.” In images and/or words, please react to OUR Bill of Rights. You can respond to a particular amendment or to the bill as a whole, or you can pose a question. Here are a few sites to get you started. The first exhibition of the completed piece will be in Bellows Falls VT, June 15 as part of The Arts of Resistance. Jeanette Staley is a VT artist working in collage and mixed media. Email: flyingcanvasstudio@gmail.com. Mail pieces to Jeanette Staley, 201 Church Ave., Bellows Falls, VT 05101

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Call to Artists – Voting Sticker Design

Deadline: June 8 at 5:00 pm. The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts invites artists and artist teams that live and/or work and/or attend school within the City of Alexandria, Virginia to submit their qualifications for the City’s first Voting Sticker Design. One artist will be selected to design the City’s official 2018 “I Voted” and “Future Voter” stickers. Artists are encouraged to use a variety of media, such as photography, painting, collage, digital imagery, etc. to develop their designs. To develop the designs, artists are encouraged to consider the spirit of Alexandria, the importance of democracy, as well as ensure non-partisanship. The City will be responsible for the printing of the stickers and distribution of the stickers for the November 2018 elections in the City of Alexandria. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Exhibit: Juxtaposed

Deadline: June 10. Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) invites artists working in all visual media to submit to Juxtaposed, a group exhibition focusing on the contradictory or conflicting. Whether it be through the use of mixed media or the themes represented, the work itself should be at odds with two or more juxtaposing concepts.

Call for 2019 Site-Specific Artist Installations at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site – PA

Deadline: June 13. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2019 season of site-specific artist installations. We’re again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project.

Exhibit: Athenaeum Invitational

Deadline: July 13. Artists who live or work in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia may enter the 2018 Athenaeum Invitational (Alexandria, VA). The theme is “Cabinet of Curiosities.”

MFA Circle Gallery “American Landscapes” – Maryland

Deadline June 14. Introducing American Landscapes: Scenes from the Americas. MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter its 18th annual American Landscapes competition. Following entry guidelines, any original 2-D or 3-D work depicting a landscape from one of the Americas* will be considered (*North America, Hawaii, Central America, Caribbean & South America). The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA’s Circle Gallery from August 23 through September 22, 2018. Exhibition Chair: Mike McSorley (and The Art League’s June Solo Artist). To apply, click here.

Allied Artists of America 105th Annual Exhibition

Deadline: June 15. At the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY. Open to all artists 18 years and older. Original artwork in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, graphic, mixed media, and sculpture accepted. Over $25,000 in cash awards. Exhibit on view August 30-September 16, 2018. More information here.

Exhibit: Tabletop wares @ The Art League

Deadline: June 15. Tabletop: Exploring Food and Function will showcase the artistry of various functional wares associated with the table. Mediums that will be accepted include ceramic, metal, fiber, wood, and glass. All works must be functional. Open to all artists; Art League members receive discounted entry.

Art Enables: 12th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway Exhibition

Deadline: July 22. OAIB is an annual exhibition that showcases self-taught artists from across the nation together in Art Enables’ two gallery spaces in September and October 2018. Work should be made by an artist(s) who identifies as a self-taught, folk, or outsider artist. For more information and to submit, visit the OAIB website.

The Torpedo Factory – Art of Armistice

Deadline: July 22, 11:59 pm. Exhibition Dates: October 27 – December 2. Reception Date: Friday, November 16, 7:00–9:00 pm. Gallery Talk at 8:00 pm. Juror: Spencer Dormitzer, DC-based artist and curator. The Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) invites artists working in all visual media to submit artwork to the Art of Armistice, a group exhibition that explores the after effects of war. The exhibition will focus on the physical, mental, and cultural effects of war on the world through the perspective of both civilians and veterans alike. This exhibition will be paired with different public programs in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the ground breaking of the former munitions plant that the Torpedo Factory Art Center now calls home. For more information and to submit, visit torpedofactory.org/artopps.

MFA Circle Gallery “Stormy Weather” – Maryland

Deadline: July 24. Stormy weather—from onset to aftermath and all in between—is the theme of MFA’s (Maryland Federation of Art) 3rd annual exhibition. MFA invites all 2-and 3-D artists to submit any original 2-D artwork depicting the sounds, colors, impact, anticipation, and more, of stormy weather. The selected artworks may be viewed on MFA’s online Curve Gallery from August 15 through September 30, 2018.

Show Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

MFA Circle Gallery “50 Forever” – Maryland

Exhibit dates: July 25 – August 16. Please enter your artwork for each exhibition online here.  In celebration of our 50th year at Circle Gallery, MFA is hosting two Fifty Forever Exhibitions! Fifty Forever @ Circle Gallery – MFA current Members – Entry fees are $10 for one entry for this all-hang, all-media exhibition. Artworks must be no larger than 20″ x 20″ x 20″, including frame. MFA former members may rejoin and exhibit for $80 during the entry process ($70 for a one-year membership and $10 for the entry fee). Entry fees are non-refundable. Fifty Forever Online Exhibition – Entry fees are $5 for one entry. Open to all current and former MFA Members. Artworks must be no larger than 72″x 72″x 72″, including frame.  If your work is larger, please contact MFA. There will be a closing reception for all artists at Circle Gallery on August 16 during Annapolis Artwalk.

MFA Circle Gallery “Beacon Celebration of the Arts” – Maryland

Deadline: June 29. The Beacon Newspapers is pleased to present the “Celebration of the Arts” – a year-long program, in partnership with the Maryland Federation of Art – designed to entice individuals 50 and over throughout the MD/DC/VA region to try a new artistic endeavor, and then to enter their best work in a regional competition in one or more of these four categories:

  1. Painting and drawing: Any one-dimensional work on any flat surface in pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, oil paint or other paint or dye
  2. 3D/mixed media artwork: any handmade, two- or three-dimensional sculpture, pottery, frieze, woven or fabric art, found object art, mosaic, jewelry, glass art or painting containing multi-dimensional objects
  3. Photography: any images taken with film or digitally, whether manipulated by computer program or not
  4. Poetry: a poem of no more than two pages in length in any style

To apply click here.

Apply to New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fiscal Sponsorship

Deadline(s): June 30, September 30, December 31, and March 31. Application for NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship is free and open to all artists with a U.S. Tax Identification Number, regardless of location. Artists who live in the U.S. but work overseas are welcome to apply. NYFA also accepts out-of-cycle reviews; please email sponsorship@nyfa.org for details. To learn more about the scholarship, click here.

New prize for women painters

Deadline: September 28. The recently announced Bennett Prize will spotlight women artists who paint in the figurative realist style, and who have not yet reached full professional recognition – both new artists and those who have painted for many years.

2019 Post Graduation Residency Program

Deadline: October 7. Jurors: Nicole Dowd, program director of Halcyon Arts Lab and Leslie Holt, DC-based artist and co-director of Red Dirt Studios. The Torpedo Factory Post-Grad Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and three-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. The program is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, and a chance to define their independent work process outside of the academic context. Submissions are open for both art school students in the region and nationwide, provided nationwide artists submit proof of their permanent residence in the area and/or commitment of contributing to the ongoing future of the DC/Maryland/Virginia arts scene. Please read and review Guidelines before applying.

Exhibit at Hotel Indigo

Artists works will displayed in the hotel’s gallery (220 S Union St, Old Town Alexandria) for a six-month period. Two-dimensional, framed works only. Artists will install the work using the hotel’s mounting hardware. Labels will be provided by the hotel. All sales handled by artist, no commission. Preference for local or locally influenced selections but not required. The space measures approximately 7’10” by 8’3.″ If interested, contact Kate Ellis, General Manager, kate.ellis@ihg.com.

The New Project Studio- Ongoing Opportunity

Ongoing. Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator space that offers a short-term location to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects rotate on a regular basis. For more information, click here. 

Public Arts Grants & Opportunities

Ongoing. The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts provides grants for nonprofit arts organizations as well as individual artists. See all current opportunities and online applications here.

NYC volunteer opportunity

Introduce NYC school children to the world of art by giving tours at The MET Museum. Volunteer in this year-round program. Visit us at awnyc.org, contact us at http://awnyc.org/contact-us/ or find us on Facebook at artworksnyc.

Artists 50 and over

The Beacon is holding a regional competition for people over 50 who have picked up a new artistic endeavor: painting/drawing, 3D art, photography, or poetry. The competition opened in April 2018. For details, download the PDF flyer.

Superfine art fair

Deadline: rolling admission through September 2018. Applications are now open for Superfine!’s first fair in DC, coming this Halloween to Union Market. Galleries, artist collectives, and solo artists can apply for space.

Residency: Maryland

Deadline: ongoing. Montgomery College, Rockville and Germantown Art Department is seeking proposals for its Artist-in-Residence Program, encouraging proposals that cultivate collaborative work between artists and students.

Looking for artists: Foundry Gallery

Deadline: ongoing. Foundry Gallery is seeking a few artists in the greater Washington, DC area. If interested in applying for membership please send up to five images (jpg attachments) and an email letter to: membership@foundrygallery.org. The oldest cooperative in Washington, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows at its beautiful space north of Shaw near the 9:30 Club.

Looking for artists: Printmakers

Deadline: ongoing. Washington Printmakers Gallery is seeking artist members specializing in printmaking, photography and book arts. An active cooperative for over 30 years, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows in its lovely space in upper Georgetown. Distant and shared memberships are available. If interested in applying for membership please email washington.print1@gmail.com.

Looking for artists: Multiple Exposures Gallery

Multiple Exposures Gallery, (MEG), a cooperative fine art photography gallery located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA is issuing an open call to all local photographers interested in gallery membership. For more information, please contact Membership Chair, Colleen Henderson: colleen@colleenhenderson.com

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