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Target Gallery “Habitat”
Deadline: April 28. Exhibition Juror: Ellyn Weiss, DC-based artist and curator. Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to submit to Habitats. In this group exhibition, Habitats will explore the relationship between humans and nature creating a dialogue on the impact that we make on the earth and our environments. Exhibition Dates: August 9 – September 22. Opening Reception: Friday, August 9. For more information, check the Torpedo Factory website.
2019 Biennale National Juried Exhibition (SC)
Deadline: March 22. Art League of Hilton Head invites you to enter the 2019 Biennale, its 26th National Juried Exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This state of the art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility. The 2019 Biennale judge is internationally known, award winning artist Alan Flattmann of New Orleans. His book The Art of Pastel Painting is widely considered the definitive guide to pastel. Categories include oil, acrylic, watermedia, mixed media, pastel, photography, drawing, and three -dimensional art. All work must be original and completed within the last three years. All exhibited artwork will be for sale, with 60% of the sale going to the artist. The Biennale has historically had very positive sales results. To enter visit the Biennale website.
Contemporary South 2019 Call-For-Art (NC)
Deadline: April 6. VAE’s Contemporary South (CoSo) exhibit showcases what the South is currently thinking, discussing, and making work about. In one of our most popular annual calls VAE is looking for entries of recent art made by artists currently working in the following 11 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Contemporary South 2019 will be curated and juried by Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Telfair in Savannah, Georgia. This call is open to all media and the words “contemporary” or “south” do not refer to any particular aesthetic or subject matter. To apply, and learn more, visit the VAE website.
Call for Artists: ‘UN/Sustainable’ – Stamp Gallery Exhibition (MD)
Deadline: April 1. In recent years there has been a resurgence of concern about sustainability as the world confronts and reacts to the ramifications of decisions, past and present. The impending environmental realities of the future give birth to revolutionary conversation and oftentimes protest. Artists sit at the forefront of these movements, using their stories to open the eyes of viewers and reflect upon their own relationships to the physical world. A lack of concern for the earth, and more widely the cultures and peoples that so heavily rely on nature, reflects larger structures of power at play and forces questions about our collective priorities. UN/Sustainable will examine these priorities through contemporary works that critically interact in bold and creative ways with the artist’s experience of the physical world and its future. The exhibition will feature a range of media and will seek to include art that asks: what is the role of sustainability in the art world? What is an artist’s responsibility to the environment in art creation? In documentation? In protest? Can art play a role in sustaining the earth or is it merely reflection on the issues? How do culture and larger power structures affect environmental action and opinion? Are our ways of existing sustainable? For information, visit the UN/Sustainable website.
In Pursuit: A Virginia College & University Student Art Exhibition (VA)
Deadline: March 10. d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, April 11 – May 2, 2019. 1st Place: $300, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100. This exhibition is open to all Virginia art students currently enrolled in the art program at their college or university. Work needs to have been produced within the last two years. All styles and aesthetics are considered. Work may be no longer/larger than 48 inches in its longest dimension. The d’Art Center is a public non-profit art center open to everyone; as such, the content of submissions should be appropriate for all viewers. $15 for up to 3 works. For more information, visit the d’Art Center website.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts: Call for Solo Exhibition (PA)
Deadline: May 1. Sweetwater invites emerging and established artists who reside within 200 miles of Pittsburgh, PA to submit artwork for an opportunity to have a 5-week solo exhibition at Sweetwater. Open to artist working in all 2D and 3D media, film/video not accepted. Submit 10 images of artwork created within the last 3 years, an artist statement, image list and CV. Selected artist will receive a $200 stipend and will be asked to present an artist talk during the duration of the exhibition at Sweetwater. For more information, visit the Sweetwater center website.
Foundry Gallery – Regional Juried Group Show (DC)
Deadline: June 1. Foundry Gallery is welcoming submissions to a group show in August 2019 at its industrial-style space in Washington D.C. Open to painting, drawing and photography by artists 18 and up in Washington, Maryland or Virginia. Apply with up to 5 images through SmarterEntry, $40 fee. Exhibition dates: July 31 – September 1, 2019. Promotion and reception by gallery. To learn more and apply, visit the Foundry Gallery website.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
Taubman Museum of Art – Exhibitors wanted for 2019 Sidewalk Show Sale (VA)
Deadline: March 8. 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.
Artist Residency: Visual Arts Department at Montgomery College (MD)
Deadline: March 15. The Visual Arts Department at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, is pleased to announce the following opportunities for emerging and established artists. Their exhibitions spaces and Artist in Residence studio are all located in the beautiful Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, located just outside of DC at 930 King Street, Silver Spring MD. Both applications are submitted via JotForm links available on the department website. Artist in Residence Program: A semester-long program including personal studio space, opportunity to interact and collaborate with students, and honorarium. Applicants can specify Fall or Spring semester. Access to department art facilities can be arranged. To apply to the Artist in Residence Program visit the Montgomery College website.
Montgomery College: Apply for Open Gallery Themed Exhibition Series, Self (MD)
Deadline: March 15. Four exhibitions will be scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year. For the upcoming season, we are seeking artists who explore contemporary ideas of Self Portraiture; engaging with the self through representational or conceptual means. Learn more about this opportunity at the Montgomery College website.
Gallery Underground – 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.
de/composition: a National Juried Exhibition (NY)
Deadline: March 25. Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, NY seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, May 25 – June 28, 2019. $1,000 in cash awards. Best in Show receives $500. Juror: Margot Muto, head of exhibitions at Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. This is a national exhibition with a focus on things decomposing, being in a state of decay, deconstructed, or paired down. Both the conceptual side as well as technical/ compositional side of the theme will be encouraged. Open to artists working in all media who are U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. $30 for up to 3 submissions, $35 for 4 to 6 submissions. For additional info (PDF)., visit the Main Street Arts 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.
Art Enables “Limitation:Liberation” Open Call (DC)
Deadline: March 31. Art Enables presents “Limitation:LIberation” Open Call for artists. Open to artists living in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. Work should be made within the last 5 years by an artist who lives or works in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia and work should consist of a limited cool palette or limited warm palette. Cool colors are defined as Red-Violet, Violet, Blue-Violet, Blue, Blue-Green, and Green. Warm colors are defined as Red, Red-Orange, Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow, and Yellow-Green. Including Black and/or White is at the discretion of the artist. For more information, visit the Art Enables website and this call.
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.
The LUX Center for the Arts: 2019-2020 Residencies (NE)
Deadline: April 4. The LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska is currently accepting applications for 2019-2020 year long residencies in all media. A strong desire to teach is required. Artists with more than one area of expertise and an MFA are preferred. This residency can be extended an additional year if both the LUX and the artist agree. All residents receive free studio space (shared or private depending on medium and space available) and 24-hour access and use of equipment in the studio area to which they applied. Ceramics residents have access to regularly stocked clay and glaze materials and use of kilns in exchange for studio maintenance duties. All residents can buy materials from the LUX at cost.Residents have priority for paid, on-site teaching opportunities including community art classes for youth and adults. Residents with an MFA or BFA in painting, ceramics, or metalsmithing have the opportunity to teach college art classes for Doane College-Lincoln campus, held at the LUX. To apply, visit https://www.luxcenter.org/AIR.
Contemporary South 2019 Call-For-Art (NC)
Deadline: April 6. VAE’s Contemporary South (CoSo) exhibit showcases what the South is currently thinking, discussing, and making work about. In one of our most popular annual calls VAE is looking for entries of recent art made by artists currently working in the following 11 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Contemporary South 2019 will be curated and juried by Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Telfair in Savannah, Georgia. This call is open to all media and the words “contemporary” or “south” do not refer to any particular aesthetic or subject matter. For more information: visit the VA Raleigh website.
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.
Call for Entry: Regional Juried Solo Show (DC)
Deadline: April 15. Foundry Gallery is welcoming applications for a guest solo exhibit at its industrial-style space in Washington DC. Open to painting, drawing and photography by artists 18 and up in Washington, Maryland or Virginia. Apply with up to 10 images through SmarterEntry, $45 fee. Application deadline April 15. Exhibition dates: July 3 to 28, 2019. Promotion and reception by gallery. To learn more, and apply, visit the Foundry Gallery website.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts: Call for Solo Exhibition (PA)
Deadline: May 1. Sweetwater invites emerging and established artists who reside within 200 miles of Pittsburgh, PA to submit artwork for an opportunity to have a 5-week solo exhibition at Sweetwater. Open to artist working in all 2D and 3D media, film/video not accepted. Submit 10 images of artwork created within the last 3 years, an artist statement, image list and CV. Selected artist will receive a $200 stipend and will be asked to present an artist talk during the duration of the exhibition at Sweetwater. For more information, visit the Sweetwater Art Center 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.
King Street Gallery Call for Entry (MD)
Deadline: November 25. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center has a number of spaces available for mounting exhibitions that support the academic mission of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. This open call is for our King Street Gallery, the largest exhibition space in the Cafritz Arts Center. This light filled, 1050 square foot gallery is in the main atrium of the building. Its prominent location, open design, and extremely high ceilings (30 feet+) make it a great venue for major exhibitions. While much of this gallery space is visible from the main lobby of the building, and through the windows that front onto the street, it does maintain gallery hours and is locked after hours. The gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Exhibitions are generally scheduled a year in advance to complement the academic calendar. Exhibitions in the King Street Gallery are 4-5 weeks long, and emphasize two person or small group shows. Single artist applications may be paired with a complimentary artist or artists to better utilize the space. Curated proposals are encouraged. Learn more about this opportunity at the Montgomery College 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.