Every week, 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.
Eligible Artist Application
Deadline: May 5. Join the community of artists at Torpedo Factory Art Center! Through this process, accepted artists can sublease studios and take advantage of other opportunities, including applying for available studios to lease. For a full description of the requirements and opportunity details please download the guidelines below or review the online application. For more information, check the Torpedo Factory website.
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.
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 working 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!
Sightlines, 2019-2021: Call for Entries (IN)
Deadline: May 12. The South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) is seeking large-scale 2D and 3D artwork for long-term display in Sightlines, a collaborative project between SBMA and Century Center. The two year exhibition will highlight the work of six new artists. Indoor and outdoor sites for the work are available and will be considered for accepted work. Artist submission review and selection will be done by representatives from SBMA and Century Center. There is a $10 entry fee to apply. $1000 stipend for each selected artist. A modest printed piece will also be produced. For full details and to apply securely online, please visit the SBMA website.
FJORD Gallery 6th Annual Open Call (PA)
Deadline: May 19. FJORD Gallery is pleased to announce our 2019 Open Call! Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration in this group exhibition, to run July 6 – August 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by approximately two weeks after the submission deadline. Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply. The exhibition will be curated by Fjord members; there is no specified theme. Artists outside of Philadelphia are encouraged to apply, but will be responsible for shipping or delivering their work to and from the gallery. Please visit Fjord Gallery website to see our previous juried exhibitions, and to apply.
Times Square Arts Call for Submissions (NY)
Deadline: June 30. Times Square Arts invites you to submit original moving-image artwork to Midnight Moment, the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition synchronized on electronic billboards and Newspaper Kiosks throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Visit the Times Square Arts website for more information, and to apply.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
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.
Fiber Arts National Juried Exhibition (VA)
Deadline: May 1. Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, VA seeks entries for a juried fiber arts exhibition, July 9 – August 17, 2019. 1st Place: $500, 2nd: $300, 3rd: $150, Award of Merit $75. (min of 3). Juror: Jill Jensen. Work for this exhibition is limited to fiber art. Natural or synthetic fibrous materials employed in a variety of methods. Techniques may include, but not limited to: quilting, knitting, knotting, embroidery, thread painting, collage, weaving, spinning, crocheting, macrame, and incorporating paper into designs. Work may be fine art, wearable, decorative, or utilitarian. Maximum dimension: 48″ in any direction – may be 3-D. Pedestals are available. $30 for up to 3 works. More info., visit the Bower 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.
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.
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, [email protected].
The New Project Studio – Ongoing Opportunity (VA)
Ongoing. Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator space that offers a short-term location to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects rotate on a regular basis. For more information, 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 protected]. The oldest cooperative in Washington, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows at its beautiful space north of Shaw near the 9:30 Club.
Looking for artists: Printmakers (DC)
Deadline: ongoing. Washington Printmakers Gallery is seeking artist members specializing in printmaking, photography and book arts. An active cooperative for over 30 years, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows in its lovely space in upper Georgetown. Distant and shared memberships are available. If interested in applying for membership please email [email protected].
Looking for artists: Multiple Exposures Gallery (VA)