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The Art League 51st Patrons’ Show Donations (VA)
Deadline: February 4. Each year, the Patrons’ Show Fundraiser helps The Art League meet its mission: by supporting the artist, we enrich the community. We are dependent on the generosity of our artist community to make this event — our largest fundraiser — a success this year! For each piece of art donated (valued at $225 or more), we sell one $225 ticket to the Patrons’ Show. Why donate? Thousands of dollars in prize money is available for artists:
- $5,000: Clemente Best in Show for Contemporary Realism*
- $3,500: Clemente Faculty Award (Art League faculty are eligible)*
- $3,000: Collector Award (first artwork chosen in the drawing)
- $3,000: Collector Award (second artwork chosen in the drawing)
- $3,000: Collector Award (third artwork chosen in the drawing)
- $2,000: The Patrons’ Show Brenda Kollman Award for Best in Show for 3D Artwork*
- $1,000: TFAA Artist Award (TFAA artists are eligible)*
- $400: Van Landingham Award*
- $250: Geri Gordon Award (first choice raffle award)
Learn more about donations and required qualifications by visiting The Art League website.
The Art League Student/Faculty Show 2019 (VA)
Deadline: February 18. Please deliver your artwork to The Art League Gallery, in Room 21 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Drop-off will be Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18, from 10:30 am-1:30 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm ONLY. Please bring a completed entry form, which is available online, at the School Office, and the Art League Gallery. about submissions: Eligible work only includes work created in a class at The Art League within the last year. All eligible work submitted to this show will be accepted; judging is only for awards. Smaller works are preferred due to limited wall space. To learn more and apply, visit the Art League Website.
Torpedo Factory March150 Special Exhibition and Art Sale (VA)
Deadline: Friday, Mar 1—Tuesday, March 5. March150, Target Gallery’s annual special exhibition and art sale, returns with all proceeds going to support new exhibitions and programs at Target Gallery. Open to all! (provided the artwork submitted meets the guidelines). A $15 fee guarantees entry into the exhibition. Artist is guaranteed one free ticket to the Art Party on Friday, March 29 and a chance to win awards chosen by special judges upon the return of completed artwork(s).Participation fees for artists are $15. To learn more and pick up your panel, visit the Torpedo Factory website.
Project “Cerrado Ecoarte” Art Residency (Brazil)
Deadline: January 18-February 20. The registration for the artistic residence “Cerrado Ecoarte 2019” are open. Artists from anywhere in the world who work in any artistic medium can apply. The residency program is part of a master’s research for the multimedia artist TKuri and is linked to the Graduate Program in Visual Arts at the University of Brasilia under the supervision of Christus Nóbrega. The purpose of this residence is to provide an immersive experience in the Cerrado, a unique biome because of its diversity and of strategic importance for the conservation of important Brazilian rivers. The selected artists will be housed for 10 days in the Botanical Garden of Brasilia (JBB), during the month of July. Meanwhile, they will participate in workshops, lectures and discussions on topics related to ecology, environmental conservation, alternative nutrition, phytotherapy, biodiversity and cultural history of the cerrado, among others. For more information, and to apply, visit the Cerrado Ecoarte 2019 website.
Artists in Middleburg “Old Man Winter” Artist Call (VA)
Deadline: February 1. Winter is here! During the winter season there is beauty and inspiration wherever we look. From bare, leafless, tall trees, to the delicate falling snowflakes, to the roar of the fire, and the furry coat of the fox, the splendor of the season surrounds us. It is a time reflect, renew, and recharge. Submit to Artists in Middleburg’s newest exhibit, “Old Man Winter.” To learn more, and to apply, visit The Artists in Middleburg’s website.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
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.
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.
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 & Beyond Online Magazine
Deadline: March 1. Art & Beyond is promotional services for artists in form of both Online and Print Edition Magazine with 108,500+ readers as of today. If you are on the mission to bring your art to a next level and be seeing by thousands of art professionals now is a time to make it happened. To find out more, and apply, visit the Art & Beyond publication site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baltimore Watercolor Society’s Mid-Atlantic Exhibition at the BlackRock Center for the Arts
Deadline: March 30. Call for entries: The Baltimore Watercolor Society’s Mid-Atlantic Exhibition at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD, June 8 – July 13, 2019. Open to all watermedia artists in the Mid-Atlantic states and DC. Juror: David Lobenberg. Entry online or by CD. First place $1200. For a prospectus and more information visit the Baltimore Watercolor Society.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for artists: Multiple Exposures Gallery (VA)
www.sulfurstudios.org/function for more information and application instructions. Email email@example.com with any questions.