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Art on the Rocks Mini Exhibit – The Art League (VA)
Deadline: April 15. This year we are featuring a small selection of artwork created by Art League Exhibiting Artist Members as the inspiration for artistic cocktail & appetizer pairings for Art on the Rocks. The pairings will compete for the coveted title of ‘Art on the Rocks’ champion. Event/Exhibit Date: Friday, May 3, 2019. Click to learn more and enter.
Target Gallery “Habitat” (VA)
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 Trawick Prize:Bethesda Contemporary Arts Awards
Deadline: April 8. The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition. $10,000 Best in Show prize. For more information, visit the Bethesda.org website.
Tabletop: Exploring Food & Function
Deadline: May 14. This exhibit showcases the artistry of functional wares associated with the table and food. The Art League is calling artists workign in ceramic, metal, fiber, wood, and glass to submit. All works must be functional. Ceramics prizes: $1,000 for Best in Show; Two, $400 Equal Merit Awards. Functional Art Forms: $1,000 for Best in Show; Two, $400 Equal Merit Awards. Juried by: Hitomi & Takuro Sibata of STARworks Clay. For more information, visit The Art League website!
So Fresh + So Clean Metalsmithing Exhibit
Deadline: June 8. Ethical Metalsmith Students (EM Students) is examining what it means to be an artist in the 21st century by curating the most innovative jewelry and metalsmithing work made within the past 2 years. Applicants will be considered for the Annual Emerging Artist Award. We understand a completely sustainable practice is an ever-evolving goal. However, the first step is becoming aware of the ways our work impacts environmental and human health. It adds an important layer to the creative decision making of artists.Through the lens of sustainability EM Students challenges you to investigate your studio, processes, methods, and personal goals. Tell us about it, ask questions, and then show us the work you are making! Emerging Artist Award: $1,000. Guest Juror’s Choice Award: $500. EM Student’s Choice Award: $250. To learn more and apply, visit EthicalMetalSmith.org.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
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.
Call For Art: Light vs. Dark – National Exhibition Juried – MA
Deadline: March 31. Gallery 263’s upcoming national juried exhibition Light vs. Dark invites artists working in any media to submit their interpretations of either subject. Light and dark may not only refer to artwork visually, but could also be depicted in the content of the work itself. Juried by Ruth Erickson, the Mannion Family Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. Open to all US residents. All visual and performance media (2D, 3D, time-based) will be considered. For more information, visit the Gallery 263 website.
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.
Art on the Avenue Call for Artists (VA)
Deadline: April 1 (preferred), 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. Applications mailed by April 1st have the best chance of being accepted into the show. However, we continue to accept applications after April 1st until all spaces have been filled. The fee for 2019 is $200 for applications postmarked before April 1st, $225 after April 1st. Acceptance is NOT guaranteed for returning artists. The number of artists in each category will be limited to ensure a balanced distribution of art forms. Once a category, such as jewelry, painting, photography, etc., reaches the limit, that category will be closed, and remaining artist applications put on a waiting list. For more information, and to apply, visit the Art on the Avenue application.
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.
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.
89th Annual Juried Open Exhibition (NY)
Deadline: April 5. The National Art League in Douglaston, NY announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, May 6 – June 1, 2019. Over $2,000 in Awards – First Place: $500. Juror: Mitchell Goldberg – Gallery Director at the Upstream Gallery, NY. Open to all artists 18 years of age or older, working in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, including sculpture. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Photography, film, video, computer art, reproductions (such as giclee, prints) are not acceptable unless part of a mixed media artwork or collage. Installation art or performance art are not accepted. No crafts (such as jewelry) or kit work. No artwork previously exhibited at NAL. Artwork must not exceed 48 inches in any dimension including frame. Sculpture must not exceed 30 inches in any dimension. $35 one entry, $10 second entry. Fees are non-refundable. More info., go to The National Art League 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. 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.
Biennial 30: Call for Entries (IN)
Deadline: April 14. The South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 30 will present a diverse look into contemporary artwork in the Midwest and is open to all artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The number of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. This year’s exhibition will be juried by Sarah Rose Sharp, a Detroit-based writer (Art in America, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, ArtSlant and others), activist, and multimedia artist. $1,500 in awards will be selected by the juror and $1,500 in purchase awards will be chosen by the South Bend Museum of Art’s Collections Committee. A color brochure detailing exhibiting artists will also be produced. There is a $15 entry fee to apply. For full details and to apply securely online, please visit the South Bend Museum of Art.
The US Mint Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Design Competition (Nationwide)
Deadline: April 15. The United States Mint invites artists from across the country to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Design Competition. Public Law 115-343 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue domed $5 gold coins, domed $1 silver coins, and domed half-dollar clad coins, in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Dedicated to the creator of the game, Dr. James Naismith, and located in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the game was first played, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is recognized on a global scale as the institution that records and shares the history of basketball, including its greatest players, coaches and contributors. The winning artist will receive $5,000 and have his or her initials included on the coins. Competition details and entry can be accessed on The United States Mint 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.
Sixth Annual Clifton, VA Plein Air Painting Festival and Competition (VA)
Deadline: May 15. Please accept our invitation to paint and compete, en plein air, in historic Clifton, VA on May 16-19, 2019. (rain or shine). We have a special setting that includes historic homes and a barn, beautiful gardens, gazebo in the park, winding lanes and a winding creek, lakeside home, a railroad crossing with caboose, and a donkey named “jackpot.” In Clifton, a small, one square mile town, you don’t have to go far to find a quaintness waiting to be painted and interpreted with your inspiration. Artists Registration Fee: $50, All proceeds to support AGC Arts Scholarship Program. For your endeavors, there are cash prizes: 1st Place – $200, 2nd Place – $150, 3rd Place – $100, Honorable Mention – $75. To learn more, visit the Art Guild of Clifton 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.
Sunny Art Center International Art Prize (UK)
Deadline: June 30. 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 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.
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.