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.
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Boardwalk Art Show (VA)
Deadline: January 31 (late fee period). The Boardwalk Art Show (June 13-16, 2019) is one of the oldest and best outdoor fine art shows on the East Coast, and this year will mark our 64th year! The show is consistently ranked in Sunshine Artist Magazine as a top 50 best fine art show. With an average attendance each year of more than 225,000, this four-day festival attracts collectors and artists from across the nation. The show runs along the Virginia Beach boardwalk overlooking the sandy beach and Atlantic Ocean. For more information visit the MOCA Boardwalk Art Show website.
Call to Artists DC Public Library Request for Public Art – MLK Library (DC)
Deadline: February 1. The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) Public Art Program is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) from individual artists, designers or art/design teams to create a two-dimensional artwork. The work will be a vinyl decal design applied to the interior glass walls of the main entrance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library, at 901 G St. NW, in conjunction with a major modernization project to be completed in 2020. The artwork for this space should be a creative visual interpretation of Dr. King’s legacy as it connects to the Library, and which reflects multiple perspectives from D.C. communities. The selected artist will be required to create two public engagement programs at neighborhood libraries that inform some aspect of the design and/or creative process. To learn more and apply, visit the DC library info page.
34th Annual Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (NY)
Deadline: March 12. This year’s Chelsea International Fine Art Competition awards offer participating artists a wide range of opportunities and prizes specifically chosen to promote the selected artists and enhance their careers. The 34th competition is proving to be one of the biggest yet and an opportunity artists should not miss. For more information, visit the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition website.
Delaplaine Arts Center (MD)
Deadline: March 25. The Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 South Carroll St, in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland, announces the 2019 National Juried Exhibit. All media are eligible, including but not limited to: painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, drawing and sculpture. To learn more and apply, visit the Delaplaine website.
Del Ray Art on the Avenue (VA)
Deadline: April 1, rolling. Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts and music festival organized by the Del Ray Community Partnership, and hosted by the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. The show welcomes applications from all craft artists, and is known for high quality artwork in a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Art on the Avenue is a juried show and all work must be original, handmade, created and exhibited by the approved artist. For more information about the show, and application materials, visit the Art on the Avenue information packet.
Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6x6x2019 – The International Small Art Phenomenon (NY)
Deadline: April 14. What brings together artists from all over the world of all different skill levels? There’s no entry fee so get creative and send RoCo your artworks by April 14 or postmarked April 13. Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists. For more information, visit the RoCo website.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
Fairfax, VA Artists: Apply to the ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Grant (VA)
Deadline: January 9. Artists working in all disciplines and residing in Fairfax County are eligible to apply for these $5000 grants. This grant and workshop is geared toward experienced artists from all arts disciplines. Workshop participants will become familiar with the application process, grant writing best practices, and ARTSFAIRFAX’s online application system. To learn more and apply to the opportunity and learn more about the grant writing workshop, visit the ARTSFAIRFAX website.
Enter the 13th Annual Exposed DC Photo Contest! (DC)
Deadline: January 9. The 2019 photo contest is officially open! Gather your best images showcasing life in the Washington, D.C. metro area for a chance to be part of our 13th annual Exposed DC photography show. Every year we enjoy seeing this city of ours come alive through your images of its people, places, art, music, sports, and everything in between. We can’t wait to celebrate another year of awesome local photography.
Cato Art show – Freedom: Art as the Messenger (DC)
Deadline: January 11. The Cato Institute, located in Washington D.C., is a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. For its inaugural exhibition, the Cato Institute welcomes artists working in any medium to address the concept of FREEDOM: ART AS THE MESSENGER. We are living in an era where people are finding their combative voice but having little conversation or dialogue. The goal of this exhibition is to provide a medium for that conversation. The exhibition invites all investigative points of view in all media; 2-D, 3-D, audio, and video. A full spectrum of interpretation is invited — whether personal, emotional, general, realistic or imagined, communal, or individual — addressing Freedom in all its manifestations through art. Learn more about this exhibit at the Cato website.
Tryst Gallery: MCO Exhibition (MD)
Deadline: January 13. TRYST Gallery is accepting submissions for the “MCO” Exhibition! The next show in the Airport Code Series is MCO! Tryst Gallery features names, not themes. Submit your best work. Some people like to create works inspired by the name of our show and some people choose not to. Entries are made online through Submittable. A submittable account is free and easy to create. Submissions are limited to three items per Artist. Submit work of any theme or style. For more information, and specifications for this call, visit the Tryst Gallery website.
Street Scenes: International Juried Shows (MD)
Deadline: January 15. Show us what resonates with you in towns and cities, large and small; people, shops, traffic – anything at all that evokes a distinctive sense of a place. Streets, lanes and country roads tell the stories of communities. Who and what we see there defines a place in our memories. Entries are open internationally for MFA’s (Maryland Federation of Art) online only exhibition. Following exhibition guidelines, any 2D or 3D work is eligible for entry. Visit the MFA’s website to learn more and apply.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA): 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize
Deadline: January 15. The prestigious competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. The Sondheim Artscape Prize also provides regional artists the opportunity to exhibit their works at the Walters Art Museum. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The application and more information can be found at the BOPA website.
Women Celebrating Creativity (NY)
Deadline: January 15, 2019, midnight EDT. National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA) announces a call to artists for an online art exhibition, February 1 – May 29, 2019. One award winner will be selected and featured on the www.nawaonlinegallery.org website with her own page. Open to all NAWA members and nonmembers. This exhibition is for women artists celebrating their individual talent. All fine art mediums are acceptable (painting, sculpture, works on paper, collage, mixed media, encaustic and photographs). All works must be for sale. All works must be original – no reproductions or giclee prints. Do not photograph your work in frames. For more information, visit the Women Celebrating Creativity show website and the show submit site.
Downeast National Juried Sculpture Exhibition (NC)
Deadline: January 19. The Downeast National Juried Sculpture Exhibition is located in Pitt County, North Carolina. The Exhibition has two components: a month long indoor exhibition and a year long outdoor exhibition. The Downeast Outdoor Sculpture exhibition is a joint exhibition among Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, ECU Students Activities Board, City of Greenville, Town of Winterville, Town of Farmville, Wahl-Coates School of the Arts, and the Greenville Museum of Art. Visit the Emerge Gallery website for more information.
Theodore Carter: Night of 1,000 Fridas (DC)
Deadline: January 25. D.C. artists participating in the global Night of 1,000 Fridas project are eligible for cash rewards of up to $250. To qualify, artists must create original artworks inspired by Frida Kahlo and place them in public view in Washington, D.C. on January 25, 2019. Works of art must include the “1KFridas” hashtag. This is a worldwide event, but only artwork displayed in D.C. is eligible for the cash prize. Entries will be judged by a panel formed by the project’s organizer, Theodore Carter, and judged based on impact on the public, the number of Fridas submitted, originality of the concept, and overall execution. 1st Prize: $250, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize: $150. All entries will help celebrate Frida Kahlo and enhance the project. To learn more and to participate, go to The 1,000 Fridas webpage.
Call for Content: Appalachian Futures (WV)
Deadline: January 31. WVU Libraries is developing an interdisciplinary exhibit for 2019-20 themed around Appalachian Futures. Content is sought from scholars, artists and practitioners from a range of fields to integrate into a curated exhibition that will be interpreted, designed, and installed next spring/summer, and potentially travel throughout the state. This collaborative, multidisciplinary exhibit and programming will address the dominant contemporary narratives about Appalachia in a new way— how the people of Appalachia have worked and will work to rewrite their own narrative and transcend limiting definitions of what it means to be Appalachian. The exhibit will use scholarship and creations to tell stories about the broader ideas and relationships amongst the various Appalachian identities, past present and into the future. More information, visit the WVU Appalachian Future’s website.
The World Illustration Awards 2019 are now open for entries! (USA)
Deadline: January 31. The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with USA-based Directory of Illustration, announces that the World Illustration Awards 2019 are now open for entries. Following our most successful year ever in 2018, we are delighted to announce an array of brand-new prizes for 2019 offering more chances than ever for winning illustrators to gain recognition and opportunities for career growth. Illustrators, commissioners, agents and tutors are invited to submit work made in the 2018 calendar year to the eight categories of the Awards: Advertising, Books sponsored by NoBrow, Children’s Books sponsored by Walker Books, Design, Editorial, Experimental, Research and Site Specific, representing the major areas in which illustration is made for today. Prizes include agent representation, portfolio promotion and business support. All Winning and Highly Commended projects will be included in a UK-wide touring exhibition. More information and the submission form can be found on the AOI website.
76th Regional Exhibition Call for Entries (NY)
Deadline: February 6. The Arnot Art Museum announces a call for artists for their 76th Regional Exhibition. Artists must be 18 or older and live in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Work over five years old or shown before in any Arnot Art Museum exhibition is not eligible. There is a maximum of two entries per artist. The Arnot Art Museum is a landmark in downtown Elmira, housed in the 1833 neo-classical mansion of John Arnot, Sr. His son, Matthias H. Arnot, added a Picture Gallery in the 1880’s. To learn more about the exhibit, and apply, visit the Arnot Art Museum website.
Call for Exhibition Proposals (PA)
Deadline: February 28. The Olin Art Gallery on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, is now accepting exhibition proposals in any medium for the 2019-20 academic year. Proposals may include solo or group exhibitions. Submissions must include: 10-20 digital images (jpg-format), contact information, artist statements for all participating artists, an image list (including title, media, size, and date completed for each work), and a resume or CV. Proposals will be accepted via email only (email should be no larger than 10m – ZIP file, Mac compatible, preferred). There is NO entry fee. The application must be received by February 28, 2019. For more information, visit the Olin Art Gallery website.
Art Speaks Juried Exhibition: Call for Artists (VA)
Deadline: March 1. Art Speaks presents the Seventh Annual Juried Exhibition, to be eligible for prizes totaling $5,000 (including $1,500 for Best in Show) artists must be a resident of Virginia, and 18+ years. Artists may submit up to three entries. Entry fees: $25 before February 1, $35 after February 1, $20 for students. Pick-up and drop-off of juried-in artwork from designated locations around the state. To apply and learn more, visit the Bayschool Arts 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 40th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition 2019 (VA)
Deadline: March 2. Paintings in watercolor and other watermedia including water soluble ink on paper or Yupo. No canvas, digital, computer generated or Gicleé art. If other media are used, water based media must dominate the piece. Collage elements will be accepted if the adhered paper pieces are painted in watermedia by the artist. No computer generated, digital or printed clippings will be allowed. All paintings must have been completed on or after January 1, 2015 and not have been painted under supervision. Paintings may not infringe upon another’s copyright. If photo references are used, they must be the artist’s own photographs. Paintings accepted for previous VWS jurored exhibitions are ineligible. To apply, visit the Virginia Watercolor Society’s website.
Taubman Museum of Art – Exhibitors wanted for 2019 Sidewalk Show Sale (VA)
Deadline: March 8, 2019. This annual benefit infuses downtown Roanoke with energy, excitement, and creativity, attracting 10,000 shoppers over the weekend! Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit in this premier destination for fine art shopping, scheduled for June 1-2, 2018. Submission categories include: original paintings, prints, watercolors, etchings, mixed media, photography, fine craft and sculpture. To learn more and apply, visit the Taubman Museum of Art website.
Gallery Underground’s next National Juried Show: RISK (VA)
Deadline: March 22. Gallery Underground invites artists working in all media to submit works depicting or representing risk. These can take the form of either literal depictions of taking risks, or more figurative demonstrations of the artist’s personal risk-taking in their subject matter, medium or technique. For this exhibition, artists will submit a paragraph explaining how their submitted works represent the theme; these paragraphs will be displayed next to each accepted piece. Juried by Sandy Maudlin. $500 in cash prizes awarded. For full prospectus and to enter visit the Gallery Underground website.
Arlington Arts Center’s 2018 Regional Biennial Now Accepting Applications (VA)
Deadline: March 25. Arlington Arts Center is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a new regional biennial, which will take place for the first time in the fall of 2019. Featuring work by artists from across the Mid-Atlantic, the exhibition will explore current material and conceptual trends with a focus on work that addresses the concerns of he present moment whether political, cultural, personal, economic, artistic, or all of the above. Submit an application at the Arlington Arts Center website.
Propose an exhibition at UMW Galleries (VA)
Deadline: April 1. The UMW Galleries accept proposals from professional artists and curators for solo and group exhibitions for each of our gallery spaces (Ridderhof Martin Gallery and duPont Gallery). Proposals should be submitted via the UMW Galleries submittable form. Deadlines: Proposals are accepted year round, but are collected for review on November 1 and April 1. Any applications received after the deadline will automatically be considered for the following deadline. Notification will be given via email within a year of submission. Include the following attachments in your submission: A description of the proposed exhibition. An artist’s statement or curatorial statement. Artist/ curator current resume or CV. Three to five images that are indicative of the work to be exhibited.
Sunny Art Center International Art Prize (UK)
Deadline: June 30, 2019. The Sunny Art Prize is an international art competition hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art award is a global platform, giving an opportunity to emerging and established artists to showcase their talents to a wider audience. We aim to display artistic and cultural diversity to the international art scenes of London, Beijing, Guangzhou and Macau. Sunny Art Award will promote an exchange in creativity between Western and Eastern cultures. We are looking for a variety of submissions which can range from two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings and photographs, to three-dimensional sculptures, and ceramics. To learn more and apply, visit the Sunny Art Center website.
The Creativity Grant Program State of Maryland (MD)
Deadline: Rolling. The purpose of the Creativity Grant Program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. For more information regarding eligibility and funding timelines, please review the Creativity Grants Guidelines. For more information about the program, and to apply visit the Creativity Grant Program State of Maryland website.
Artist/Writers: Cover Art for Academic Medicine
Deadline: Rolling. Submit original works of art inspired by, but not necessarily representative of, an academic medicine experience from any perspective: caregiver, researcher, teacher, learner, or patient (for example, learning how to be a physician or scientist, caring for patients, exploring research questions, making a new discovery, being a research participant, teaching, or being cared for in a teaching hospital). The journal welcomes photography, sculpture, painting, textile work, and other visual media. Images may be cropped or resized to fit into the allotted cover space. Artists must also submit a related Cover Art essay as a narrative companion to the artwork, to explain the connection between the work and the “academic medicine experience.” The related narrative should be 250 to 600 words and is subject to editing. To apply for this opportunity, and to learn more, visit the Academic Medicine website.
Artist/Writers: Medicine and the Arts (MATA) Opportunity
Deadline: Rolling. This column is the journal’s longest-running feature. It is published on two facing pages. The left-hand page features an excerpt from literature, a poem, a photograph, etc. Literature excerpts generally run no more than 700 words and may include a very brief introduction as needed. The right-hand page presents an original commentary of about 900 words that explores the relevance of the artwork to the teaching, learning, and/or practice of medicine. Since submissions cannot be fully accepted for publication until Academic Medicine acquires permission to reprint literary excerpts or artworks (which often takes many months), authors should include all relevant information about the piece they are explicating (publisher, museum, dates, etc.) to enable staff editors to find and contact the copyright holder. Submissions undergo review and editing. To apply for this opportunity, and to learn more, visit the Academic Medicine website.
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 theAwesome 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.
Peripheral ARTeries – Biennial Contemporary Art Publication
Deadline: Rolling. Peripheral ARTeries is looking for artists to be featured in the new special Biennial Edition of their art publication, that comes to its 10th edition. This opportunity is great for both established and early career artists who need a boost to their artist portfolio. The 10th edition will once again explore and show current trends and tendencies in Contemporary Art: Peripheral ARTeries cultivates a spirit of openness through a unique collaborative and participatory approach.Each artist may submit a maximum of three works or projects made in any technique: painting, drawing, video art, experimental cinema, fine art photography, experimental media, mixed media, installations, public art, performance. The call is open to all proposed kind of art and media capable of challenging the viewers’ traditional perspective on art itself. To submit, visit the Peripheral ARTeries website.
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@example.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, clickhere.
Public Arts Grants & Opportunities (VA)
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Looking for artists: Multiple Exposures Gallery (VA)
www.sulfurstudios.org/function for more information and application instructions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.