Artist Opportunities #437

Artist Opportunities #437

Artwork by Saaraliisa Ylitalo


On Tuesdays, we gather a variety of artist opportunities from the DC area and beyond. Find one below and apply today — good luck!  Click here for recent opportunities posts, and submit your opportunity listing 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. 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– September 7, 2020, before traveling to other cities in the US. Previous competitions have received more than 3,000 entries.


Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District: The Triangle Towers Mural (MD)

Deadline: September 1. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently seeking proposals for a large scale mural to be added to the Norfolk Avenue facade of the Triangle Towers apartment building in Bethesda, MD. The wall designated for the public mural is approximately 70 feet wide and 100 feet tall. Artists must be 18+ and be residents of Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia to apply. Artists must also have prior experience with the design and installation of large-scale murals, and are asked to submit a detailed, site-specific proposal for the Triangle Towers Mural. To learn more, visit www.bethesda.org.

Photographers: Enter “One Gun Gone: Thoughts and Prayers are Not Enough” – A Juried International
 Photography Exhibition at The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts (RI)

Deadline: September 4. Open to any photo based media. “One Gun Gone: Thoughts and Prayers are Not Enough” is a juried international photography exhibition addressing the impact of gun violence and is the third show in an exhibition series designed to provide opportunities to support positive change in the community. This exhibition is produced by Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts in partnership with “One Gun Gone.” Entered photographs should address or relate to gun violence. The entry fee for the first three images is $45 ($10 per additional image). To apply, visit The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts.

Art Vendors Needed: “Arts in the Alley” Festival – Friends of Leesburg Public Arts (VA)

Deadline: September 10. Friends of Leesburg Public Arts is seeking vendors for its 2nd annual “Arts in the Alley” festival located in downtown Leesburg. The fair will be held on September 22 from 10:00 am6:00 pm. Only original artwork is accepted. For more information and to apply see: The Friends of Leesburg Public Arts website.

City of Takoma Park Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Art Wrap Project (MD)

Deadline: September 12. The City of Takoma Park invites artists to design a mural to be used as vinyl wraps for two electric vehicle charging stations as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to promote public art. Both charging stations are owned by the City of Takoma Park and are located on public property or in the public right-of-way. Applicants do not need to be residents of Takoma Park. For more information and to apply, visit the City of Takoma Park website. 

Travel the World with AFAR & United

Deadline: September 18. Apply for the first-ever AFAR Travel Photography Awards, which highlight the diverse and creative ways in which photographers are celebrating the world. Since its launch in 2009, AFAR has been recognized for its vibrant and authentic travel photography. Winners will receive international exposure, publication in AFAR, cash awards, free business class air, and more. Choose from: the photo series category, the five photo series category, or a single photo category. To apply and learn more, visit the Lens Culture website.

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

Woven Tale Press Photography Competition (NY)

Submissions open July 15–September 15. Open to film, digital, Polaroid, photo collage, any photographic form. Can include mixed media, as long as the origin of the work is photographic. Cash prizes, first place award, one-week stay in expanded 1909 charming cape in the legendary Hamptons, NY, destination to artists from around the world; home to the Pollock-Krasner House, Parrish Art Museum, contemporary art galleries;  accommodations for two; one block to NYC train, Atlantic ocean beach,and town; full amenities; flexible bookings. More information here.

6th Annual International Juried 2018 FL3TCH3R Exhibit (TN)

Extended Deadline: August 23 – 31. In 2018, the international FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art will enter its sixth year of sustaining the legacy of East Tennessee State University Art & Design student, Fletcher Dyer, who passed away in 2009.  Artists should submit entries online or consult the prospectus. The extended deadline, with an additional fee, is August 31, 2018. All artists must submit entries at the 2018 FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT site.

Washington, DC Residents —Apply Jackson Art Center Lease in Honor of Lisa Neher (DC)

Deadline: August 31. A free, one-year lease is available at DC’s Jackson Art Center in honor of long-time artist member Lisa Neher (19552017). Lisa Neher (19552017) was a long-time artist member and vital force in the Jackson Art Center (JAC). In Lisa’s memory, starting in 2018, a rent-free studio will be awarded for one year to a local developing artist who has a demonstrated professional body of work within their respective discipline and wishes to advance to the next level. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, a Washington, DC resident (Current JAC members, commercial artists, and full-time students may not apply.) For more information and to apply for this opportunity here. Send a 1-2 page artist’s statement, resume, references, and samples of your artwork to Jackson Art Center artist Erika Cleveland.

The Limner Gallery — A Show of Heads (NY)

Deadline: August 31. “A SHOW OF HEADS” is an international, thematic group exhibition curated and hosted by the Limner Gallery October 18 – November 10, 2018. The exhibition is based on the portrayal and interpretation of the human head and is open for entry to all artists working in any media. Artists may submit portraiture, partial, composite or multiple interpretations of the head. Entry is online via email, instructions are posted at the Slow Art/ Limner Website.

Wundor Illustration Contest 2018 (International)

Deadline: August 31. The winner of the Wundor illustration contest will receive three paid commissions for Wundor book covers in 2019, subject to negotiation of fair and professional fees for each cover that are mutually acceptable to both parties. The contest is open internationally. May be a new and or up-and-coming artist or someone who is established. The winner and two runners up will have their work published and published on the Wundor website and on our social media accounts. The prize is open to anyone in the world who is 16 years of age or older. Entrance fee is £10 for one image. £15 for three images. There is no limit to the number of entries that illustrators may make. The competition is open to work created using any medium, digital or physical, and with any tools. Artwork should be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format. Entries will be judged onscreen. Learn more about Wundor and the illustration contest.

Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency Program—Emerging Artists (NY)

Deadline: September 1. Lower East Side Printshop, NYC, offers emerging artists free year-long studio residencies to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Participation is limited and competitive. Applications are evaluated by a panel of seasoned artists, curators, and art professionals based on the quality of submitted artwork. Artists currently without a studio space are encouraged to apply. The Keyholder Residency includes: 24/7 one-year access to a shared studio with printmaking facilities, a $1,000 stipend, a free printmaking class at the Printshop, free career development workshops and salons, group exhibition opportunities, and consultation hours with Printshop printers. Apply to this residency at the Printshop website.

Shakespearemachine (IN)

Deadline: September 1. Artlink Contemporary Gallery, in collaboration with Shakespearemachine, is pleased to present an exhibition inspired by Shakespeare, from contemporary interpretations to classical renderings. This is a juried exhibition. Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to enter this exhibition. Artwork must have been created within the last two years and not have been previously exhibited at Artlink. Artwork must be original, reproductions will not be accepted. For more details visit the Artlink website.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grant Program

Deadline: September 7. Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the USArtists International program supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange, and enhancing the creative and professional development of US-based artists. To that end, grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals, and/or for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the U.S. To apply, visit the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation RFP website.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center – Seasonal Art Installations (VA)

Deadline: September 7. The Torpedo Factory Art Center invites artists and artist teams residing in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, to submit proposals for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s temporary art installations to activate the building’s main spaces during the fall. The exhibit will be juried by Elsabé Dixon, and will take place October 5th–November 26. Artwork is encouraged but not limited to involve themes related to fall/autumn, folklore (such as Dia de los Muertos or All Hallow’s Eve), or Alexandria’s naval history. These themes will correspond to different programming that will be happening in the Art Center for the duration of the exhibition. To learn more and apply, visit the Torpedo Factory website.

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.

Call for Solo & Group Exhibition Proposals (OH)

Deadline: September 7. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, a community art center in Hamilton, Ohio,  is accepting proposals in all visual art media for solo and group exhibitions for the 2019-2020 schedule.  We also offer group shows of existing guilds or alliances and to individuals willing to be selected into a curated group show.  A completed Online Submission Form that includes file uploads of 150-word Artist Statement, 150-word Presentation Statement, CV, 10 artwork JPEGS with corresponding Image List and $25 non-refundable fee are required for gallery proposals. Get full requirements and submit your proposal online at the Fitton Center website.

Enter RITUALISMS at the Target Gallery (VA)

Deadline: September 9. Exhibition Dates: January 19–March 3, 2019. Juror: Katy Scarlett, independent curator. The Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to submit to RITUALISMS, a group exhibition that explores how rituals are an intrinsic part of the human experience. Whether it be through personal rituals, such as daily habits or quirks, or through a larger cultural context, such as religious or cultural ceremonies, the work in this exhibition will address the universality of rituals and how they foster connection or isolation.

The Center for Contemporary Art 2018 International Juried Exhibition (NJ)

Deadline: September 16. The Center for Contemporary Art’s annual International Juried Exhibition celebrates contemporary art by both established and emerging artists. The Center for Contemporary Art (“The Center”) is a vibrant regional non-profit art center with studio art classes, a summer art camp, rotating exhibitions and community outreach programs. Juror Midori Yoshimoto, Ph.D., will select work for inclusion in the exhibit and for three cash prizes. The Center’s Exhibitions Committee will review the body of work of each artists selected and choose one for a solo exhibit in 2019. Please check out The Center’s website for more details.

Crafty Bastards Craft Festival 2018 (DC)

Deadline: September 14. The Craft Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held at the Capitol Riverfront in southeast DC from October-October 28. The outdoor fair will be held under its signature tents this year in Lot A at The Yards Park (near the Nationals Baseball Stadium in Washington, DC) Artists wanting to participate in this year’s festival can submit an application via the Craft Bastards Craft Festival website.

Superfine DC –  The Art Fair (DC)

Deadline: September 19. The District’s First (and only) Accessible, Dynamic, Hyper-Curated, Contemporary Art Fair. When you apply to Superfine! DC you are not just entering an art fair but joining a movement, one whose primary objective is to advance sustainability in the art market. Our strategy is designed to equip you with the tools to sell and create new collectors in each and every market. Superfine! is a hyper-curated, contemporary art fair. Superfine! requires a $40 non-refundable application fee along with all application. The fair will run October 31– November 4.To learn more and to apply, visit the Superfine DC website.

The Cup, The Mug 2018 (NY)

Deadline: September 24. Main Street Arts is now accepting submissions to our 3rd annual The Cup, The Mug exhibition. This national juried exhibition is open to all U.S. artists working in ceramics, glass, wood, or metal. Submissions must be cups, mugs, or other drinking vessels. 2018 Jurors: Ceramic artists Jenny Mendes and Melissa Weiss. For more information and to submit, visit the Main Street Art Gallery website.

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.

32nd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition (TX)

Deadline: September 30. The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 32nd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Approximately 70 works will be selected by juror Janet McCall, Executive Director of the Contemporary Craft, for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

The Torpedo Factory – Target Gallery: 2019 Emerging Artists (VA)

Deadline: September 30. Target Gallery presents its annual exhibition featuring the work of three to four regional emerging artists. This exhibition spotlights new talent and the up-and-coming artistic innovators of the DC metropolitan area. Artists should have no more than five years of experience as a professional exhibiting artist, live within DC, Maryland, or Virginia, and have never had an solo exhibition in a professional gallery space (excluding BFA/MFA exhibitions). Each artist will receive a $500 stipend. To learn more (view prospectus) and apply, visit the Torpedo Factory website.

Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) Gallery Call for Entries (MD)

Deadline: October 1. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for exhibit space. 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. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations. Detailed entry guidelines available here, the next deadline for submission is October 1.

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.

Small Works 2018 (NY)

Deadline: October 8. Main Street Arts is now accepting submissions to our 5th annual Small Works exhibition. This national juried exhibition of small artwork (12 inches or smaller in any direction) is open to artists working in all media excluding video/sound and installation art. For more information and to submit, visit the Main Street Art Gallery website.

Function: An exhibition of Contemporary Craft (GA)

Deadline: October 15. The Gallery at Sulfur Studios invites artists working in traditional craft media (ceramic, fibers, glass, metals, paper, and/or wood) to submit work to their fall juried exhibition, “Function”. Artists are encouraged to push the boundaries of what “functional” means, and work that is conceptual or satirical will be considered alongside more traditional craft forms. Visit www.sulfurstudios.org/function for more information and application instructions. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Blue Mountain Gallery 7th Biannual Juried Exhibition Winter 2019 (NY)

Deadline: October 15. Blue Mountain Gallery, in the Chelsea District of New York City, invites emerging, mid-career, and established artist to submit work for it’s 7th Biannual Juried Exhibition. Open to all artists 18+ of age, living in the USA. Two-dimensional media accepted: original oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, prints, drawings, and mixed media. The fee is $40 for one to three works, $5 for each additional work, up to six works total. Additional submission requirements on the Winter 2019 Juried Exhibition site, and prospectus here.

Call for Writing Submissions: Beyond Beautiful (MD)

Deadline: November 1. Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking writing submissions, love letters of all types, on behalf of “The One Thousand Love Letters Project” and the exhibition “Beyond Beautiful, created and curated by artist Peter Bruun. This exhibition is slated to open January 17, 2019 at Maryland Art Place, with a partner site for the exhibition located at Area 405.

Beyond Beautiful focuses on eight topics –information and guidelines here. Peter Bruun, both curator and artist, will use these love letters to create 1,000 artistic responses to be displayed in the exhibition at MAP and Area 405. To date, Bruun has created over 600 drawings using excerpts from participant’s letters to contribute to “The One Thousand Love Letters Project.” Letters do not need to be submitted based on the listed topics and can be submitted digitally or physically.

Women Artists Call — Pen and Brush Solo Exhibit (NY)

Deadline: December 31. Long-established contemporary art gallery and nonprofit seeking talented professional female artists for various opportunities. These opportunities include, but are in no way limited to: a solo exhibition in our ground floor space on 22nd street, group exhibition opportunities, inclusion in exhibition catalogues written by art historians and curators, and opportunities to expose work to influential curators. All work submitted must be contemporary art, submitted work must be complete, to be considered work must meet standards of quality, every work in a submission must be for sale. Artists must meet professional standards of composition and presentation of their work. To apply and learn more about this opportunity, visit the Pen and Brush website.

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)


The Awesome Foundation Accepting Applications for Art Projects

Deadline: Open. The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is a worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of “awesomeness in the universe.” Established in 2009, the foundation distributes $1,000 grants on a monthly basis to projects and their creators. The money is pooled from ten or more self-organizing “micro-trustees.” The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest. Apply on the Awesome Foundation website.

Call for Artists: Maryland Art Place Seeks Proposals for Rotating Exhibition Partnership with Baltimore’s Hotel Indigo (MD)

Deadline: rolling. Maryland Art Place (MAP), in partnership with Hotel Indigo is pleased to announce an open ‘Call to Artists’. As an extension of MAP’s annual IMPACT public art partnership projects, MAP is working with Hotel Indigo to offer rotating exhibitions in Hotel indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. This opportunity is available to visual artists living or working in Maryland. Maryland Art Place will curate four exhibitions a year based on submissions entered through a rolling basis. Guidelines and information here.

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, [email protected].

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.

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: [email protected]. 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 [email protected].

Looking for artists: Multiple Exposures Gallery (VA)

www.sulfurstudios.org/function for more information and application instructions. Email [email protected] with any questions.

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