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Call for Artists, 11th Annual Drawing Discourse Exhibition – NC
Deadline: November 29 As part of an ongoing commitment to promote drawing practices in the visual arts, the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville) invites artists to submit entries to a Juried International Exhibition of contemporary drawing. UNC Asheville seeks to examine drawing as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists. Such an exhibition will demonstrate the continued significance of drawing through both conventional and innovative methods. Accepted work will be exhibited in the Holden Gallery on the campus of Warren Wilson College (while the UNC Asheville Tucker Cooke Gallery is under renovation) from January 17, 2020 through February 21, 2020; $2000 in cash prizes, as chosen in person by the juror. For more information, visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals.php?reset=1&apply=yes.
International Krappy Kamera Competition 2020 – NY
Deadline: December 9 Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to announce the 22nd International Krappy Kamera Competition. They are searching for extraordinary photographs made with lousy lenses, e.g., the Holga, Diana, Ansco, and pinhole cameras. All selected photographs will be exhibited from February 16 to March 7, 2020. Visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7133 for more information.
Upstream Gallery Small Works Show 2020 Call for Artists – NY
Deadline: December 1 Artists are invited to submit small works interpreting the concept of Renewal for a national juried exhibit to be held at Upstream Gallery, a well-known, beautiful venue only 20 minutes from Manhattan in Hastings on Hudson NY. The exhibit will hang from January 2nd to January 26th, 2020. Artists’ reception will be on January 5th, 2020. Eligible work: Entries in all media are welcome including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, photography, digital and sculpture. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/u9oy28c.
Call for Artists Greater Reston Arts Center – VA
Deadline: January 5 Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is now accepting artist applications for the 29th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, May 15–17, 2020. The Festival has a long-standing reputation for showcasing high-quality hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind artwork in a dynamic outdoor setting that draws affluent and knowledgeable clientele. This competitive, juried event is consistently rated as one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country, both for the high-quality of the artwork presented and for our exceptional artist hospitality. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/vfcn93p.
Beam Center Call for Proposals – NY
Deadline: January 6 Beam Center seeks proposals for ambitious collaborations between youth and creative big thinkers. They are looking for proposals for the 2020 NYC Beam Project, a collaborative public artwork project for display in Brooklyn. As the winning designer you and/or your team will work with the project team comprised of Beam staff and Beam youth to site and fabricate your big idea. Projects coming from creative individuals and teams, including but not limited to artists, designers, architects, builders, engineers, musicians, fabricators and technologists who have a connection with Brooklyn. Learn more at https://beamcenter.org/nycbeamprojectproposal.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Call for Artists – MD
Deadline: January 8 She: an Expression of Womanhood focuses on the theme of women in art, as creators, innovators, consumers, and subject matter. In an era of multiplying female voices, world-wide political movements, and fluid gender roles and identities, this exhibit invites artists to dive into the vast and often contentious conversation about the meaning of she. Works that delve into human rights and agency, gender roles and relationships, and cultural events like the #metoo movement, are also welcome. The goal is to create a rich exploration of womanhood that celebrates and embraces different voices, experiences, and interpretations. All media welcome; small to large scale works; indoor and outdoor works; cash awards will be presented. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/vzu2ewn.
Plus Magazine Publication Opportunity for Artists – NY
Deadline: January 10 Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply for this open call. Plus Magazine is looking for artists who are willing to create new works starting from January through March 31. Selected artists will be awarded an opportunity to showcase their new works in our second issue of Plus Magazine, which will be expanded not only in the U.S. market but also in Europe and Asia. Learn more information at https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/05390190-baeb-44ff-b523-5da25aeeeec3.
Dear Diary—Open Call for Artists – NY
Deadline: November 25 LIC Arts Open invites artists who document, report and journal to participate in Dear Diary. Diaries are fascinating objects that usually contain secrets, private thoughts and we invite artists of all disciplines and mediums to participate in our show which will be on show at LIC Arts Open’s Gallery ONE. We accept all disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and multi-media however video equipment is not provided and if your project requires technology please state so on the application. We are really interested in showing the work of artists from outside of LIC, Queens & NYC but all work must be hand-delivered in person (i.e. either yourself or someone dropping off in your place). Nevertheless, if you live in another city but can drop off and pick up the work at the specified dates and times then please feel free to apply. For more information, visit https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/c74598ce-a7f6-4888-a030-4b9794daa124.
Brooklyn Waterfront Makers Market – NY
Deadline: November 25 Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition is seeking artists and makers of handmade giftable objects to exhibit in our holiday market Dec 14/15 The market will be held in the grand hall of the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. Workshops,live jazz and an art auction benefitting bwac will make this an artist market not to miss. For details, visit https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/aabe3b69-883b-4ce1-8311-58a99cc6a3d1.
School of Visual Arts Practice Summer 2020 Artist-in-Residence – NY
Deadline: November 25 MFA Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) invites emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines to apply for the Art Practice Artist-in-Residence program. One artist will be selected to be the Artist-in-Residence for the duration of the Art Practice program’s summer semester. The residency period will be June 12 – July 31, 2020. The Artist-in-Residence will receive a studio, access to the facilities, including the metal shop, wood shop, digital sculpture center, digital editing lab, fibers lab, ceramics lab and nature and technology lab, and a $5,000 stipend. Additionally, the Artist-in-Residence will give a public artist talk on Tuesday, July 14th (date to be confirmed). They are expected to engage with the SVA Art Practice community, participate in weekly group critiques, and develop a project with first-year MFA candidates in the program, which will culminate in a public presentation (exhibition, screening, performance, book launch, etc.) during open studios on July 29th. Visit https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/18667765-c710-4baf-8c3b-11648aa543bc for details.
Call for Artists: Lowe House Gallery Exhibit – MD
Deadline: November 30 The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) has been invited to exhibit artwork at the Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, Maryland. Original 2-D and 3-D work created through any media and following entry guidelines are eligible for entry. Exhibiting artists must be either MFA Members or Anne Arundel County residents. The selected works will be on exhibit at the Lowe House of Delegates Building (6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401) from January 16 – April 13, while the legislature is in session. For more information, visit https://www.baltimoreculture.org/blog/2019/11/12/call-artists-lowe-house-gallery-exhibition#.XdPy3DJKj-Y.
En Foco Photography Fellowship 2020 – NY
Deadline: December 2
The 5th Annual En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. The Photography Fellowship Program will award 10 Fellowships at $1,000 per; include Fellows in a 2020 Group Exhibition; feature the Fellows in the 2020 Nueva Luz publication printed and online editions; and provide professional development and networking opportunities. En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in support of photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to cultural equity and access. Previous Fellows have had access to many opportunities beyond the fellowship as a result of this award. For more information, visit https://enfoco.submittable.com/submit
Call for Artists Submissions: Create! Magazine International Winter 2020 Edition
Deadline: December 2 Artists are welcome to submit work in any medium, style, or theme to issue #19, which will launch by February 2020 and will be available in international shop locations. For more information, visit https://createmagazine.com/callforart.
Interdisciplinary Fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – NY
Deadline: December 6 The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas. With the arrival last summer of Max Hollein, director of The Met, there is a new opportunity to focus on developing narrative related to the collections that is entirely multi-centric. His vision for The Met is about the intersections of collection areas and cultural overlap, stressing connectivity of cultures fostering multiple narratives and viewpoints. This is at the center of the creation of this unique interdisciplinary fellowship opportunity. This new fellowship falls within the Museum’s within the Museum’s History of Art and Visual Culture Fellowship program. The fellowship will encourage projects that move between the departments of the museum and may result in work that goes beyond the traditional boundaries. The Met is looking for a creative, talented and innovative individual for this one-year fellowship. The fellow will work with one or more supervisors and mentors across department areas, and will have the opportunity to work closely with other members of the professional staff and as part of the larger community of fellows at The Met. The museum’s collection, libraries, archives, programs and other resources should be seen as a jumping off point for projects that find their principal focus in areas that include, but are not limited to Anthropology, Dance, Film Studies, Literary Studies, and Musicology. Learn more at https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/053c501b-c816-49c8-825b-80fdd053166a.
Urban Glass Winter 20/20 Scholarships – NY
Deadline: December 8 UrbanGlass offers scholarships to support merit and need based access to our classes. No glass experience is required to apply for a scholarship. For more information visit https://urbanglass.org/studio/detail/scholarships.
Claytopian New York Open Call for Ceramics Artists – NY
Deadline: December 21 Claytopian New York invites sculptors to apply who use the universal language of ceramics to express the idealized universe of their artistic vision and diversity. Visions that include references to the spectrum of history, traditions, world culture, gender, social and political issues and notions of beauty- life in an idealized metropolis. Learn more at https://licartists.formstack.com/forms/submission_form_claytopian_ny.
Soho Photo Gallery: 2020 International Portfolio Competition – NY
Deadline: January 10 Located in lower Manhattan, Soho Photo, New York City’s longest-running photography gallery is awarding solo shows to three winning photographers. The panel of jurors will make their initial selections based on digital submissions. Final selections will be based on prints. For more information, visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7100.
Call for Artists at Barrett Art Center – NY
Deadline: January 13 Barrett Art Center invites artists to submit work that explores mankind’s impact on the environment and our relationship with the earth. Artists are likewise invited to submit works that stimulate conversation about our evolving ideas about the landscape, the landscape tradition, and climate change in contemporary culture. Drawing, painting (all mediums), pastel, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fiber, mixed-media, new media, and installation works are eligible. For more information, visit https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/e9228982-504b-4658-8750-3580d4d8a957.
Howard County Arts Council Call for Art Auction Submissions – MD
Deadline: January 20, 2020 The Art Auction exhibit is part of our biggest fundraiser to support the arts, the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County. This high-profile exhibit shines a spotlight on Howard County’s diverse and talented visual artists. Artists working in all styles and media are invited to apply, including painters, sculptors, ceramicists, fiber artists, jewelers and photographers. This exhibit is a stunning showcase for the work of both juried and invited artists. For details, visit https://www.hocoarts.org/explore/opportunities-artists-arts-groups/exhibit-opportunities-apply/specific-exhibits/art-auction/.
Sculptor and Visual Artist Residency for 2020, Gilbertsville Expressive Movement, Inc. – NY
Deadline: February 13 Residencies for visual artists and for sculptors are available for the 2020 season. Both visual artists and sculptors receive 24/7 access to studios; all materials and supplies are paid for; co-ed housing with private bedroom and shared bath and living space; and a $1500 monthly living allowance. The visual artist residency is for 1 month. The sculptor residency is for 3 months – June – September. G.E.M. Gallery & Sculpture Park is located in the bucolic Butternut Valley of upstate New York and in the historic village of Gilbertsville – close to Cooperstown and Oneonta. Learn more at https://www.g-e-m.org/.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
2020 Socrates Sculpture Park Annual Fellowship Call for Proposals – NY
Deadline: November 25 In light of recent debates about monuments, Socrates Sculpture Park (SSP) asks artists to propose prototypes for new monuments for New York City for presentation beginning in the fall of 2020. Titled “Call and Response: Making Monuments Now,” this open call will be the major component of SSP’s year-long engagement with recent discourse on the current state and future of monuments in the United States. It is a thematic adaption of The Socrates Annual Fellowship and exhibition, and incorporates an extended selection process and production timeline as well as inclusion in an exhibition publication. Fellowship recipients will receive a $5,000 production grant to support their project a $1,000 honorarium and four-months of seven-days-a-week access to the resources and fabrication facilities of the Park’s outdoor artist studio. For more information, visit https://socratessculpturepark.org/opencalls/the-2020-socrates-annual-fellowship/.
The Moon Gallery Call for Submissions
Deadline: November 25 The Moon Gallery at Berry College welcomes up to three submissions to be considered for inclusion in Calamity, a juried exhibition with work that references the history and legacy of the Holocaust. Artists working with drawing, ceramics, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, or mixed media are encouraged to apply with work that reflects on how the Holocaust is remembered 70+ years later; responds to the current era of ignorance and denial of the Holocaust; confronts the rise of antisemitism; or counters manifestations of hate and intolerance by providing solace to the suffering. There is no fee to enter. Additional information and a link to submit work can be found here: https://www.berry.edu/juriedexhibition Contact Brad Adams with questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
11th Annual International Drawing Discourse Exhibition – NC
Deadline: December 1 The University of North Carolina Asheville announces a call to artists, age 18 and up, for a juried art exhibition, January 17 – February 21, 2020, at the Holden Gallery at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. $2,000 in awards. In an effort to support the breadth in contemporary drawing, the exhibit is open to any traditional or experimental drawing media welcoming both two or three-dimensional works, video, and/or installation. For more information visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7143; contact email@example.com; or call 828-252-6845.
9th Annual National Juried Exhibition
Deadline: December 1 Marshall University’s School of Art & Design is pleased to invite artists working in any media to submit entries. Accepted works will be displayed in Marshall University’s Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery in the Visual Arts Center located in downtown Huntington, WV. For more details and to submit your work for consideration, click the link below and follow the directions. http://www.marshall.edu/art/vac/9th-annual-national-juried-exhibition/ E-mail any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marshal University School of Art & Design 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition – WV
Deadline: December 1 Marshall University’s School of Art & Design is pleased to invite artists working in any media to submit entries. Accepted works will be displayed in Marshall University’s Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery in the Visual Arts Center located in downtown Huntington, WV. For more details and to submit your work for consideration, click the link below and follow the directions. For more information visit http://www.marshall.edu/art/vac/9th-annual-national-juried-exhibition/; e-mail any questions to email@example.com.
National Exhibition of American Art – NY
Deadline: December 2 Submissions are now open for Pleiades Gallery’s first National Exhibition of American Art. The theme is “Altered States: A state of mind that deviates from what is thought to be a normal state of consciousness.” Artists often reinterpret reality in their art, using their own visions to create new possibilities. We are interested in seeing artist’s of the world, as interpreted in their own work. We are looking for a variety of styles and approaches from total abstraction or hyperrealist or anything in between. For more information visit http://pleiadesgallery.com/call-for-artists-2/.
Call for Social Practice Artists for Collaborative Public Project – MD
Deadline: December 2 The towns of Brentwood and North Brentwood are seeking an artist or team of artists to engage with the North Brentwood community and design a large-scale piece of art to support a community-designed placemaking and public history project. The sculpture will stand on the town lines and will speak to a divided past as well as a shared future for the two towns. Removing barriers, both physical and institutional, is at the core of this project. In that spirit, a non-established artist/team with maximum two years experience in the field of public art is sought. Acknowledging the rich experience of artists in both towns, public art experts are invited to the project as mentors. A budget of $10,000 includes up to $5,000 for artists’ fees and $5,000 for materials and expenses related to the design process. Design proposals to be submitted by April 1, 2020 for presentation to the public on April 4, 2020. Applicants should live in Washington DC Metropolitan Areas—Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia—and be over the age of 18. For more information, visit https://www.eastcityart.com/calls-for-entry/call-for-social-practice-artists-collaborative-public-art-design-incubation/.
Access and Opportunity, Diversity & Inclusion Call fro Entries – NJ
Deadline: December 2 Acts of injustice, bias, and disrespect, against groups and individuals, continue to play out across our nation. This juried exhibition will feature works that define what it means to be a good citizen in a global context, a person appreciative of all cultures and committed to fairness with respect and equality for all. By looking broadly at access and opportunity for all members of society regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, race, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation we can help everyone recognize, appreciate, and respect difference. The show will run in Monmouth University’s Pollak Gallery from January 21 – March 13, 2020 with an opening reception on February 8. For more information, visit https://www.monmouth.edu/mca/callforentries/. For more information, visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7010.
Goethe -Institut Call for Fellows
Deadline: December 8 Monument Lab in partnership with Goethe-Institut and Federal Agency for Civic Education invites applications for a 2020 cohort of Monument Lab Transnational Fellows. This fellowship recognizes individuals and collectives whose ongoing projects address long term inequities in monuments and engage new creative approaches to public art, history, and memory. The fellowship program is part of the joint project Shaping the Past, which engages the changing forms of collective remembrance and reckoning in public spaces within and across national borders. The multidisciplinary project fosters transnational exchange among curators, artists, activists, historians, and civic participants to discuss and imagine the next generation of monuments. There are two general categories of Monument Lab Fellows: civic practitioners and high school students. For more information, visit https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/kul/art/21689613.html.
31st National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition – Baltimore
Deadline: January 15, 2020 Gormley Gallery is now accepting entries for the 31st National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition, March 23 through April 24, 2020. A minimum of $1,500 in purchase prizes will be awarded. Original framed drawings and prints in any medium and up to 60 inches high are eligible with no limitations as to color, surface, or materials. A nonrefundable entry fee of $36.00 entitles artists to submit up to three entries online only (no mailed or emailed entries will be accepted). Submit online here: https://artndm.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/52095. For more information, visit ndm.edu/gormleygallery or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing: These opportunities have rolling deadlines.
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.
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 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)
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.
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.