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The Art League Illustration Special Exhibit (VA)
Deadline: August 15. The Illustration Special Exhibit, juried by illustrator Will Varner, will be featured in September alongside the Zeitgeist exhibit. Illustration is a broad term for visual storytelling. It can be executed in any media, and serves a variety of purposes. As our culture has become more visually oriented, the job of the illustrator has never been more important. From images in storybooks, to online media, to newspapers, illustrators help us process information about the world and activate our imaginations. Participating artists are encouraged to submit works of illustration with no categorical restrictions. For more information, visit The Art League website.
The Art League Zeitgeist Exhibit (VA)
Deadline: August 15. zeit·geist /ˈtsītˌɡīst,ˈzītˌɡīst /, noun: The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. This exhibit, juried by Zoey Frank, explores the concept of artists throughout history capturing the spirit of their time in a variety of visual ways, acting as bellwethers for the current cultural climate. Similarly, these artists serve as historians by preserving the pathos of eras gone by. Artists submitting to this exhibit are encouraged to submit work that captures what they view as the “spirit of the times” be it current or past. To learn more and apply, visit The Art League website.
The Torpedo Factory: My Queer Valentine (VA)
Deadline: September 15. Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to apply to My Queer Valentine (Juror: Andy Johnson, director of Gallery 102), an exhibition that will explore love and relationships through LGBTQ+ artists perspectives. The themes and subject of artwork in this exhibition should explore non-heteronormative and non-binary relationships. The tone of the exhibition is playful, fun, and cheeky, so we encourage artists to apply with their perspectives on love (romantic or asexual) with this in mind. To celebrate this exhibition, Target Gallery will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day reception and event in partnership with local LGBTQ+ organizations. Exhibition Dates: January 25, 2020 – March 8, 2020. For more information, visit the Torpedo Factory website.
Crafty Bastards 2019 Call for Artisans and Creatives (DC)
Deadline: August 2. Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of unique goods from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. As D.C.’s premier alternative newsweekly, the Washington City Paper promotes underground art and strives to connect the voice and vision of independent artists with our readers. The festival creates an experience where consumers can discover unconventional, hard-to-find arts and crafts, designer goods, and meet the artists/makers/creatives. Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will take place outdoors on Buzzard Point near Audi Field in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th, 2019, 10 AM – 5 PM both days. We are on the lookout for artisans, creatives, designers, and small business owners pushing the boundaries of design and creativity. We will review independent designers & makers with ethically sourced or lightly manufactured goods that fit into our aesthetic and overall mission. This includes fair traders and independent designers who may outsource the production of their goods. Please be as descriptive about your product and process in your application as possible. There is a $25 application fee that applies to all vendors. If you do not submit your fee, your application will not be considered. For more information, and to apply, view this call.
6th Annual Juried Show: In the Moment (NY)
Deadline: August 21. The Spencertown Academy Arts Center in Spencertown, New York announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, October 5-27, 2019. 1st place, 2nd place, honorable mentions. Juror: Katherine Carter. Any media except photography or fine crafts. No reproductions or giclée will be considered. Members $35. Non-Members $45. This fee covers submission of up to 4 pieces. More info., visit the Spencertown Academy Gallery.
3rd Annual National Juried Exhibition – WI
Deadline: August 30. Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art (Wausau, WI) seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, October 8 – December 28, 2019. Best of Show Cash Award and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award of Excellence. Juror: John Dalton. All mediums, two and three dimensional. Must be at least 18 years old living in the US. $75 entry fee. For more info., visit the WMOCA website.
A Show of Heads (NY)
Deadline: August 31. SlowArt Productions announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, October 17 – November 9, 2019 at Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY. Exhibition and promotion awards. Juror: Limner Gallery Director. Open to all work that includes and/or is based on the portrayal and interpretation of the human head. $35 entry fee. Visit the SlowArt website to learn more and apply.
Call for Entries: Everyday Objects (NJ)
Deadline: September 1. Everyday Objects: Every day we are surrounded by objects that we have relationships with – physical relationships, psychological relationships, sensory relationships. These objects carry a history and a set of meanings that we sometimes share collectively and other times are extremely personal to our individual experiences. Found-object artists investigate these relationships; exploring the inherent beauty in objects and how these objects can have meaning shared by the collective memory of our culture/society. The formal history of found-object art can be traced back to the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 1910s-1940s, characterized by the reuse of commercial imagery and appropriation of cultural iconography of the Pop artists, and used more recently by such artists as Carl Andre, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, and Willie Cole. For “Everyday Objects,” Studio Montclair is looking for artwork that celebrates the found object. Preference will be given to works that incorporate actual everyday objects into collage, sculpture, or industrial design. In a more limited number, drawings, paintings and other mediums will be considered for inclusion in this exhibit. For more information and where to enter, go to the Studio Montclair website.
LDG Eleventh Annual National Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition (PA)
Deadline: September 2. The Lore Degenstein Gallery in Selinsgrove, PA announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, October 26 – December 9, 2019. $7,700 in awards: First $3000, Second $1500, Third $1140, Fourth $900, Fifth $660, Honorable Mention 1 & 2 $250. Juror: Alberto Jorge Carol. Submissions are being accepted for this national, juried visual artcompetition and exhibition, open to two-dimensional figurative artists (referencing the human figure in some way), who are over the age of 18, working in painting, drawing, or printmaking. $25 entry fee. For more information, go to the susqu.edu website.
Strokes of Genius 2019 (MD)
Deadline: September 5. The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) seeks entries for its 9th annual all-painting competition, held November 1-27 at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland. $1,000 in awards. Juror: Raoul Middleman, The Maryland Institute College of Art. Open to all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. All original 2-D work created through any painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines, will be considered. $40 for one or two entries and $5 each for up to four additional entries. View this opportunity and apply here.
Arlington Arts Center Call for Residency (VA)
Deadline: September 9. Arlington Arts Center’s resident artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive environment that encourages interaction, dialogue, and exploration. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop their practice in a community with other artists and alongside AAC’s critically acclaimed exhibitions and extensive educational programs.As members of AAC’s community, resident artists also contribute to the organization’s broader mission of connecting the public to contemporary art and artists. Resident artists are also required to supervise the gallery for four hours each month, attend 4-6 resident/ staff meetings per year, participate in AAC’s annual fundraising event, and to engage in other community outreach activities. Contemporary visual artists working in all media are welcome to apply. If you applied to the studio residency program within the past year and want to be considered for this opportunity, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Include My Residency Application in 2019 Review” in the subject line. If you’re new to applying, visit the Arlington Art Center website.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
The 2019 Athenaeum Invitational: Board: Out of Our Minds! (VA)
Deadline: August 1. From a purely aesthetic perspective, artists can submit work that relates in any way to board games which might explore a real or imagined board game, an environment where board games are being played, or people playing board games. Have fun with the very concept of a game. While this is an open call for an art exhibition, entries that demonstrate creative brilliance through the core concept and game design are encouraged – as long as the end result can be hung on a wall with picture hooks and communicates the general idea or a particular aspect of the game with no more than a 750 word description. Artists who live or work in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia may enter. For more information, visit the Athenaeum site.
SCWS Annual National Exhibition (SC)
Deadline: August 4. The SC Watermedia Society announces a call to artists for a national juried art exhibition, November 2 – December 20, 2019 at University Place in Florence, SC. Juror: Ryan Fox. All entries must be executed in watermedia, such as watercolor, acrylic, gouache, etc. Collage is acceptable, however, the painting must be primarily composed of a painted surface. (No oils or water soluble oils accepted). Work may be produced on any surface that will allow framing (required) unless work is created on a canvas with finished edges (or gallery wrapped). Entries must have been completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in a SCWS show. All persons entering must adhere to the guidelines in the prospectus. SCWS accepts online entries only. Entry fee for Members: $0, Students: $20, Non-Members: $50, $20 for additional entry. Only one entry will be considered for the show. For more information,visit the SCWS website.
Contrive: A National Exhibition of Photo Manipulation and Surreal Photography (VA)
Deadline: August 11. d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, September 14 – October 8. Awards for 1st: $500, 2nd: $300, 3rd: $150. Contrive is a national juried exhibition that features surreal photography and photo manipulation. Open to all photography that involves transforming or altering a photograph using either digital or physical methods, such as long or double exposures, compositing, or digital software as well as photography that is surreal in content. Throughout history, photographers have created their own worlds using darkroom tricks and optical illusions. Today we can create our own peculiar worlds using real-life objects/settings, editing programs, or both. This exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States and will be juried by Amanda Bradley, and curated by d’Art Center Staff. $35 for up to 3 works. More info., visit the d’Art Center in Norfolk website.
Call for Entry: Illustration Exhibit at The Art League Gallery (VA)
Deadline: August 15 (midnight). Illustration is a broad term for visual storytelling. It can be executed in any media, and serves a variety of purposes. As our culture has become more visually oriented the job of the illustrator has never been more important. From images in storybooks, to online media, to newspapers, illustrators help us process information about the world and activate our imaginations. Participating artists are encouraged to submit works of illustration with no categorical restrictions. Artists may enter any current work made within 5 years. Award: $500 for Best in Show. For more information and to apply, visit The Art League website.
LISTEN – Call for Black Female Artists (PA)
Deadline: August 19. Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, PA is seeking works created by Black female artists that explore ideas, experiences, triumphs and struggles specific to being a Black woman in America. LISTEN seeks to illuminate intersectionality, give voice to Black women, and encourage all to hear their realities. LISTEN is part of the 23rd Annual MAVUNO Festival of African American Art & Culture. Exhibition dates: September 19 – October 26, 2019. For details and to apply visit the Sweetwater Art Center website.
Art in Times of Anxiety, Juried Exhibition (NC)
Deadline: August 30. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke announces a call for entries for our 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition. All interpretations of this year’s theme, “Art in Times of Anxiety” are welcome in a variety of media, subjects, and approaches. Artists are invited to submit two-dimensional, three-dimensional, installation or digital media (including video based media). Composition, technique, style, expression, and craft will be considered in the selection process. All artists who are selected by this year’s juror will be displayed in the UNCP’s Art Department Gallery from Thursday, October 04 – Friday, November 01, 2019. Awards: $600 first prize, $200 second prize, and $100 third prize. Entry and Handling Fee: The processing fee for entry is $25.00 and allows for up to 3 entries per artist. For more information and a full prospectus visit the UNCP website.
Call for 2020 Smithsonian Craft and Design Show (DC)
Deadline: September 7. Each April, in Washington DC, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (SWC) welcomes 120 outstanding American craft artists and designers to participate in a five-day exhibition and sale – the renowned Smithsonian Craft+Design Show. Three expert jurors select up to 120 exhibitors from the total group of applicants, based on originality, artistic conception and quality of execution. The Show does not charge sales commissions. All proceeds from the Preview Night party, daily show admissions, and other fundraising efforts benefit the education, outreach and research programs of the Smithsonian. More information at the Smithsonian Craft Show website.
Annual Open Call for Proposals (DC)
Deadline: September 10, before 4 pm. IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is a program of International Arts & Artists, a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts. Hillyer is a contemporary art gallery in Washington, DC. We are committed to supporting artists at all stages of their careers. Selected artists are awarded the following: A month long exhibition in one Hillyer’s three gallery rooms; Artist honorarium; Inclusion in annual RISE exhibition; previewing selected artists for 2020/21 season; Ongoing support from Hillyer staff, including a studio visit and exhibition consultation with Hillyer’s Director, assistance with exhibition installation and deinstallation, review of exhibition materials (artist statement, bio, labels, etc), and marketing and promotion of exhibition; Accepted artists also benefit from our Artist Advisory Program, where our highly qualified Artist Advisory Committee works individually with each artist to help them prepare their exhibitions and establish themselves in the DC-arts community; opportunity to give artist talks, lead public programs and workshops, artist interviews featured on blog, in artist spotlight video; one-year International Arts & Artists membership. For more information, visit the IA&A Hillyer website.
2019 International Juried Ceramics Exhibition (NJ)
Deadline: September 15. The Center for Contemporary Art 2019 International Juried Ceramics Exhibition will be held November 8 – December 21. The exhibition will consist of three-dimensional ceramics work. Work across a variety of display solutions is also encouraged including video or film related to clay. Juror: Garth Johnson, the Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. Online entries are now being accepted through September 15th. Awards: Special Exhibitions Committee Award: Solo Exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Art. First Prize: $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. For more information and to enter visit the Center for Contemporary Art 2019 website
2019 International Juried Ceramics Exhibition (NJ)
Deadline: September 15. The Center for Contemporary Art 2019 International Juried Ceramics Exhibition will be held November 8 – December 21. The exhibition will consist of three-dimensional ceramics work. Work across a variety of display solutions is also encouraged including video or film related to clay. Juror: Garth Johnson, the Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. Online entries are now being accepted through September 15th. Awards: Special Exhibitions Committee Award: Solo Exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Art. First Prize: $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. For more information and to enter visit the Center for Contemporary Art website.
VA Raleigh: UNFINISHED BUSINESS (NC)
Deadline: September 16. UNFINISHED BUSINESS is a juried call for art open to any works in progress. We want to see what you’re working on, whether it’s just started, midway, or almost done. This exhibition will also serve as an opportunity to receive comments and critiques on your works before the finishing touches are applied. UNFINISHED BUSINESS is open to any living artist. A maximum of 2 works of any medium, per artist may be submitted. Two and three-dimensional entries will be accepted. Work must be original and completed in the last 2 years. No copies, mechanical reproductions, molds or kit work will be accepted. Visual Art Exchange reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements. Entries must be hand delivered to the gallery or mailed in a returnable container. Entry Fees: This call for art is FREE. For more information and to apply, visit, VA Raleigh’s website.
Dexter Jones Award: National Sculpture Society (NY)
Deadline: November 4. The Dexter Jones Award is an unrestricted prize of $5,000. It is presented annually to a sculptor for an outstanding work of sculpture in bas-relief. For more information, and to apply visit the National Sculpture 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.
Wall Art/Mural for Arlington Based Gym (VA)
Deadline/Timeline: Start in late August and completed by late September. Company has brand guide and some inspiration boards to start from. Walls would be painted directly and dimensions will be given upon request. Style and final product are open ended but the aim is to inspire gym goers who are primarily runners. Artists who live or work in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia can apply. Budget has not been determined. Send Curt Cimino, Curt@epion.co any questions or comments.”
Del Ray Artisans: High Note Art Exhibit (VA)
Deadline: rolling. Join the Del Ray Artisans for High Note, an art exhibit exploring the connection between music and the mind. Meet the curators and some of the artists at the opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 7-9pm. The exhibit runs September 6-29, 2019 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 12-6pm, First Thursdays (April-September) 12-9pm, Fridays 12-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public, and accessible. For more information, visit the Del Ray Artisans website.
Printmakers Inc. Call for New Member Portfolios (VA)
Deadline: Rolling. Rolling portfolio call for interested new members of Printmaker’s Inc: a non-profit dedicated to furthering the practice of Printmaking and residents of the Torpedo Factory for over forty years. Printmakers is looking for a new teammate for their shared studio. Members take turns working, share a commission on sales of 30%, and pay a small share of rent. The studio is equipped with three presses, storage space, inking tables, and multiple exhibit spaces for groups and solo exhibitions. If you are interested in having your work seen by the over 100,000 visitors annually, please drop off your artist statement, resume, and a portfolio with eight to 10 prints representative of a body of work at Studio 325 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 North Union, Alexandria, VA). For more information, view the Facebook post with this call.
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 thePeripheral 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.