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Artist Opportunities #426

By Art League instructor Peter Ulrich
Cambridge in the Rain by Art League watercolor instructor Peter Ulrich.


On Tuesdays, we gather a variety of artist opportunities from 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.

4th Annual Hand Pulled Prints: The Current Practice in Printmaking (NY)

Deadline: August 7. This is an open call to artists for an exhibition at Site:Brooklyn. This exhibition will reflect the ambitious, innovative and contemporary in printmaking today. Highlighting traditional printmaking processes in any combination of serigraphy, letterpress, collagraphy, etching, woodcut, lithography, linocut, drypoint, mezzotint, monoprint, and solar plates. Digital and photographic elements may be used only as a supporting element. Learn more here.

Enter the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (DC)

Deadline: September 3. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is accepting submissions to its fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Established in 2006, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invites artists (18 and over) living and working in the United States to submit one portrait for consideration. Selected artworks are featured in a museum exhibition and some artists are awarded prizes. This year, the competition will focus on broadening the definition of portraiture while highlighting the genre’s relevance in contemporary art and culture. The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Additional cash prizes will be awarded. Submissions from each finalist will form The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today exhibition, which will be displayed at the Portrait Gallery from November 2,, 2019, through September 7, 2020, before traveling to other cities in the United States. Previous competitions have received more than 3,000 entries.

Spark Box Studio Dawson Residency Award and Bursary (Canada)

Deadline: March 1, 2019. This award is open to residents of North America. Spark Box Studio is accepting applications from emerging, mid-career, and established artists. One artist will receive a month-long residency at our studio in Prince Edward County, plus the $1,000 Dawson bursary. The selected applicant will be granted a semi-private studio space and be given access to the Spark Box Studio equipment and resources. As well, the winner will be provided with living accommodations for their month-long stay. We support a range of disciplines including; drawers, illustrators, painters, writers, printmakers, film makers, performance artists, multidisciplinary artists, curators, book makers, musicians and photographers (digital)

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

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. Learn more here.

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.

MFA Circle Gallery “American Landscapes” (MD)

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.

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. 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 here

Allied Artists of America 105th Annual Exhibition (NY)

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 (VA)

Deadline: June 15Tabletop: 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.


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/

Exhibit: MFA Circle Gallery “Beacon Celebration of the Arts” (MD)

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.

Exhibit: 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. More information here.

$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 here. 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. 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. Learn more here.

PlySpace Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Program (IN)

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. Questions or comments about the program and application process can be directed to hello@plyspace.org.

Exhibit: Athenaeum Invitational (VA)

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.”

Art Enables: 12th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway Exhibition (DC)

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 (VA)

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” (DC)

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.

Exhibit: MFA Circle Gallery “50 Forever” (MD)

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.

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

Deadlines: 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. 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. 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.

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 (VA)

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 (VA)

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 (VA)

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 (VA)

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 (NY)

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 for more information.

Superfine art fair (DC)

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 (DC)

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 (DC)

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 (VA)

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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