Artist Opportunities #470

Artist Opportunities #470

Lily Study by Art League Instructor, Kurt Schwarz

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.


Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 40th Annual Juried Exhibition (PA)

Deadline: May 15. The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, August 31 to October 26, 2019 at the Lancaster Art Museum in Lancaster, PA. Awards: $14,000 anticipated (1st-$1500, 2nd-$1200, 3rd-$1000, 4th-$700, JKeystone-$500, President’s-$400, plus other cash & merchandise awards). Juror of Selection – John Salminen; Juror of Awards – Matthew Bird. Original work completed after May 2016, your own source material, done on paper; prints, copies, classwork, computer generated work is not eligible; work must not have been shown in any other juried show or PWS member show; work must be matted and framed under Plexiglas; two entries acceptable but only one may be selected. Members: $25 for 1/2 entries; Non-Members: $40 for 1/2 entries. For more info., visit the PAWCS website

440 Gallery’s Annual Theme Show – Light (NY)

Deadline: May 17. 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, June 26 – July 26, 2019. Curator’s Choice Award. Jurors: Lauren Hirshfield and Kat Ryals, Co-Directors of Paradice Palase in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 years old. All 2-D work must be suitably framed, wired and ready for hanging. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass. Canvases must be wired for hanging. All 3-D work must be able to hang securely on the wall, sit on a shelf, pedestal or the floor. Size limit for this exhibition is 40 x 40 inches. $40 for 1 – 3 works, $5 for each additional work up to 6 works total. For additional information, visit the 440 Gallery’s website.

Sheets: A National Exhibition of Paper Arts (VA)

Deadline: May 19. The d’Art Center in Norfolk, VA announces a call to artists for an upcoming exhibition, June 15 – July 13, 2019. Awards for 1st: $500, 2nd: $300, 3rd: $150. Juror: Clay McGlamory. Sheets is a national juried exhibition that features paper arts. This exhibition is open to all 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine paper crafts that may also incorporate any additional medium, as long as the finished piece is composed of at least 60% in paper elements (this may include, but is not limited to book arts, collage, sculpture, assemblage, and 2D mixed media). Paintings, drawings, and prints simply composed on paper are not considered unless the paper has a unique handmade component. Open to all artists living in the United States. $35 for up to 3 works. More info., visit the d’art Center website.

Sunrise, Sunset: Landscapes from Dawn to Dusk (VA)

Deadline: May 24. Landscapes are a fundamental part of art with an entire genre dedicated to the subject. Submit your artwork of landscapes from peaceful sunrises, slow and lazy afternoons, to gentle evenings. For more information, visit the Artists in Middleburg website.

1708 Exhibition Proposal (VA)

Deadline: May 24. 1708 Gallery welcomes all artists to submit exhibition proposals for the year 2020-2021. 1708 Gallery strongly encourages proposals for new or developing projects and bodies of work. In addition to proposals for exhibitions in 1708’s gallery space, public works and other non-gallery based projects will be considered. If you are currently a student, you must have graduated by the exhibition year. Exhibition periods are approximately six weeks. 1708 provides a $1000 honorarium, plus shipping, travel, installation and other exhibition support. For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the 1708 Gallery website.

Upstream Gallery PaperWorks 2019-Theme & Variation (NY)

Deadline: May 24. Upstream Gallery in Hastings on Hudson, NY announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, June 27 – July 28, 2019. Jurors: Antonio Alvarez, Nancy Egol Nikkal & Rachel Weatherford Whitlow. Seeking work that is on paper or primarily paper based. 2D or 3D. More info., visit the Upstream Gallery Website. 

Crossing Boundaries: Dayton Society of Artists (OH)

Deadline: May 31. Crossing Boundaries celebrates the connections and discoveries that are made when we step outside of ourselves and broaden our understanding of the other. Different backgrounds, religions, cultures, abilities, and locations can divide, but in the end, we are all bound by the same humanity. Crossing Boundaries will correspond with the DSA’s hosting of an artist-in-residence from Monrovia, Liberia, Dayton’s sister city. All proceeds from applications to the show will go towards sustaining the residency program and providing art supplies to Monrovian artists. Artists and curators are invited to submit their work for consideration. For more information or to apply, visit the Dayton Society of Artists webpage. /

Strange Figurations (NY)

Deadline: June 30. Strange Figurations is an international, thematic group exhibition curated and hosted by the Limner Gallery. The exhibition is open to all interpretations of the concept, Strange Figurations, which would include surreal, visionary and generally all out of the ordinary figurative art. The show is open to all media, techniques and styles from realist to expressionistic. 72″ maximum dimension. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, September 5 – 28, 2019. Information, email and postal mail entry forms at the Slow Art website. 

Nude: Exploring the Uncovered Human Form in Current Art – OH

Deadline: June 9. The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit works that in some way represent the uncovered human form for consideration in Manifest’s eleventh annual Nude, an international competitive exhibit, August 16 – September 13, 2019. Through all the permutations art has experienced across history, work of the body persists. We use the human nude to master skill, understand ourselves, and push social and psychological buttons for the sake of expression (sensual, delicate, political, aggressive, and so on). Artists are invited to submit works in any media, of any style or genre (abstract, conceptual, realistic, etc.), and of any size. $40 fee. More info., visit the Manifest Gallery website.

Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!

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.

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). 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.

Tabletop: Exploring Food & Function  (VA)

Deadline: May 15. 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!

Art on the Tap Mini Exhibit at The Art League (VA)

Deadline: May 15. This year we are featuring a small selection of artwork created by Art League Exhibiting Artist Members as the inspiration for artistic beer & appetizer pairings for Art on Tap. The pairings will compete for the coveted title of ‘Art on Tap’ champion. Click here to submit.

30th Annual Juried Competition Call for Artists (SC)

Deadline: May 17. The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. To learn more and apply, visit the York County Arts 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.

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.


Deadline: June 7. Frame & Frequency is an ongoing International Video Art Screening Series presented by VisArts that highlights artists whose new media, experimental film, and video works explore contemporary visual culture, and presents an intimate panorama of the variety and breadth of video art in artistic practice today. To learn more and apply, visit the Frame & Frequency submittable.

Public Sculpture Project (VA)

Deadline: June 7. Six sites in the City of Fredericksburg, VA have been selected for the display of large-scale outdoor sculpture from October, 2019 to September, 2020.  Liability insurance provided. Stipend of $2000. Artist responsible for delivery and removal. Submit info on existing or proposed work by June 7. To apply, visit the City of Fredericksburg 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

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.

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.

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)

Ongoing. The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts provides grants for nonprofit arts organizations as well as individual artists. See all current opportunities and online applications here.

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 for more information.

Residency: Maryland

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) for more information and application instructions. Email [email protected] with any questions.


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