Artist Opportunities #488

Artist Opportunities #488

"Color is Great!" by Kay Walsh

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.



Field Projects Open Call – NY

Deadline: December 14   Emerging and mid-career artists are invited to submit their work for consideration in our January 2020 exhibition. All submissions will be considered for the summer exhibition and the accompanying online exhibition. Learn more at http://www.fieldprojectsgallery.com/open-call/


Spring/Break Art Show Accepting Curatorial Applications – NY

Deadline: December 15   Spring/Break Art Show is accepting submissions by curators until December 15, 2019 for the upcoming 2020 New York City and Los Angeles exhibitions. Learn more at http://www.springbreakartshow.com/2020-application/.


Joe’s Movement Emporium Seeks Interior Mural Artist – MD

Deadline: December 15   On behalf of the Mount Rainier Library and partners, Joe’s Movement Emporium is searching for an experienced mural artist extraordinaire! Newly renovated and soon to re-open, this special community library is in need of vibrant and inspiring interior wall paintings that represent the unique and creative community of Mount Rainer and the Gateway Arts District.  Visit https://www.eastcityart.com/calls-for-entry/joes-movement-emporium-seeks-interior-mural-artist/ to learn more.


The Corcoran School of Art and Design Seeks New Director – DC

Deadline: December 15   The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design invites applications for a full time, tenure track or tenured appointment as Director to begin as early as Fall 2020. The appointment will be made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, commensurate with experience. For more information, visit https://www.eastcityart.com/calls-for-entry/corcoran-school-of-the-arts-and-design-seeks-new-director/.


Japan Day Art Contest – NY                                             

Deadline: December 20   Japan Day is inviting all visual artists to submit their work to Japan Day Art Contest to select our official 2020 artist. We are accepting submissions that incorporate all of the three themes of New York, Japan, and Central Park. The chosen artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2020, and will be used for collateral materials including poster, program, flyer, and T-shirts. Several artists will receive honorable mentions. Learn more at http://www.japandaynyc.org/artcontest2020.


Lois & Richard England Gallery at Iona Call to Artists – DC

Deadline: December 20   In honor of Iona’s expansion to Wards 7 and 8 (more details below), and building bridges with communities East of the River, the Lois & Richard England Gallery at Iona is seeking professional artists who live or work in Wards 7 and 8 (East of the Anacostia River) of Washington, DC to exhibit their two-dimensional works of art, including paintings and/or mixed-media compositions. Any style will be considered, including small 3D work. Please, no photographs, digital, or computer-generated works. Visit https://www.iona.org/artists-call-for-spring-2020/ to learn more.


“Chaos & Calm: Envisioning Order,” Upstream Gallery Juried Photography Show 2020 Open Call – NY

Deadline: December 29   Photographers are invited to submit work from their own practice that speaks to randomness and unpredictability or the creation of order from chaos for our annual juried exhibit of photographically based work. For more information, visit https://upstreamgallery.submittable.com/submit.


Solo Exhibition Call for Entry, Untitled Space Gallery in Tribeca – NY

Deadline: December 30   The Untitled Space is looking for an artist with an exceptional body of work that has not been previously exhibited for this unique opportunity. The exhibit will be curated by gallery director Indira Cesarine who will work directly with the artist to select final artwork for exhibition as well as promote it via print and online media. Artists who submit may also be considered for future opportunities with The Untitled Space gallery such as international art fairs, group shows, and online exclusives. For further information, visit http://untitled-space.com/artist-opportunities/.


2020 International Summer Program – NY

Deadline: January 1   Since 1992, The Watermill Center has hosted the International Summer Program, uniting over 80 artists from more than 25 countries for a five-week creative intensive. The Summer Program provides a unique opportunity to work with established professionals in the international arts world; to forge an international community of artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplines; and to investigate what it means to be a “global artist.” For more information, visit https://www.watermillcenter.org/summer/#about.


Straight Through the Wall 2020 Call for Artists – NY

Deadline: January 1   Straight Through The Wall, a guerrilla arts collective that projects video art onto walls throughout NYC, is seeking artists working in video, experimental film, performance and animation for their 2020 program. For details, visit http://sttw.nyc/open-call/.


Washington Project for the Arts Call to Artists: Submit Work for Collectors’ Night 2020 – DC

Deadline: January 3   Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is inviting artwork submissions for its annual Auction Gala, now called “Collectors’ Night.” All submissions will be reviewed by the WPA staff and selected artists will be invited to participate with between one and five artworks. They split sales proceeds 50-50 with the artists and there is no fee to submit your work. For details, visit https://www.eastcityart.com/calls-for-entry/washington-project-for-the-arts-call-to-artists-submit-work-for-collectors-night-2020/.


Dog Days of Winter – AKC Museum of the Dog Member Artist Showcase – NY

Deadline: January 3   This February, the AKC Museum of the Dog will be hosting a Members Only pop-up exhibition showcasing the artistic talent within our community. Anyone currently enrolled in a membership program is encouraged to submit their canine-centric art for consideration—this includes all membership levels and types. For details, visit https://museumofthedog.org/events-and-education/calendar/dog-days-of-winter.


Washington Project for the Arts Call to Artists: Submit Work for Collectors’ Night 2020 – DC

Deadline: January 3   Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is inviting artwork submissions for its annual Auction Gala, now called “Collectors’ Night.” All submissions will be reviewed by the WPA staff and selected artists will be invited to participate with between one and five artworks. They split sales proceeds 50-50 with the artists and there is no fee to submit your work. For details, visit https://www.eastcityart.com/calls-for-entry/washington-project-for-the-arts-call-to-artists-submit-work-for-collectors-night-2020/.


Operator for the Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial & Cultural Center RFEI – NY

Deadline: January 6   New York City Economic Development Corporation, in connection with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, is seeking proposals from parties interested in conceptualizing and operating a cultural center and outdoor memorial honoring the lives and contributions of freed and enslaved Africans in East Harlem. The public memorial will be located outdoors at the location of the historical burial ground and the cultural education center will be housed in an adjacent building. Learn more at https://edc.nyc/operator-harlem-african-burial-ground-memorial-cultural-center-rfei.


Raleigh Fine Arts Society 2020 North Carolina Annual Artists Exhibition – NC

Deadline: January 8   This North Carolina Artists Exhibition promotes North Carolina art and artists in the state’s largest all-media juried exhibition. Prizes totaling $6,000 are awarded. For more information, visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals.php?reset=1&apply=yes.


Center for Jewish History Fellowship Program – NY  

Deadline: January 10   Fellowship awards at the Center for Jewish History support cutting-edge research in the rich collections of the center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. More than 150 humanities scholars at various stages of their careers and research projects have taken up residence at the Center and profited from opportunities to share their work with leading scholars in their fields. For more information, visit https://www.cjh.org/research/fellowships-at-the-center.


U.S. Department of the Treasury Picture Engraver Apprentice (Banknote) – DC

Deadline: January 10   This position is located in the Engraving Section, Office of Engraving. The incumbent of this position serves in a ten year apprentice in training for the position of Picture Engraver (Bank Note). To apply, visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/553113500.

Residency 108 Spring Session – NY

Deadline: January 13   Residency 108 invites emerging and established artists, writers and thinkers of all disciplines to immerse themselves in their creative practice. We particularly welcome those who work with nature, ecology and the installation of temporary outdoor land-art works. The residency is free apart from the cost of travel and material expenses which must be assumed by the individual. For details, visit https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/3a4caa39-a5cb-41d5-904c-a9759e712d18.


New Waves 2020 – VA

Deadline: January 13   New Waves 2020, The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual, juried exhibition, features work in various media by Virginia artists. New Waves promotes emerging artists by inviting them to display their work in a museum exhibition. For more information, visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals.php?reset=1&apply=yes.


Call for Artists: Human Condition | exploring the body as subject – VA

Deadline: January 13 This exhibition will be a visual exploration of the human condition, asking artists to capture what is it that makes a person. From the classic nude, to abstract and impressionist treatments, to pieces that touch on the basic concept of humanity— a wide variety of interpretations will be included.  Beside exploring the physical form, artists are asked to consider how a person’s personality, emotions, preferences, prejudices, and experiences can be visually represented. Learn more here: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals.php?reset=1&apply=yes.


Solo Shows at the Locust Grove Estate 2020-2021 – NY

Deadline: January 14   The Locust Grove Estate is partnering with Barrett Art Center to announce four Solo Show opportunities in 2020-2021. Each 10-12 week show presents artists with the opportunity to present a solo show of 20-30 artworks in the Transverse Gallery in the Visitor Center at Locust Grove, a National Historic Landmark museum, education center, and nature preserve which attracts over 90,000 visitors each year, with a strong record of solo show artwork sales. For more information, visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7280.


Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency Summer 2020 – NY

Deadline: February 1   The Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency program by Collar Works is designed to provide emerging and established artists an immersive, supportive, productive and communal atmosphere for art making and dialogue on a bucolic 77-acre farm in Washington County. The summer residency is offered for 5 weeks, with 2 and 4 week residencies for individual artists and 1 week residencies for families. Learn more at http://collarworks.org/calls-for-entries.


Art in the Parks: Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award – NY

Deadline: February 2   The Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award is granted to one emerging New York City-based artist who submits the most compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture in a New York City park. The grantee receives an award of $10,000 to create their proposed artwork. For details, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/art-and-antiquities/clare-weiss-award.


Call for Artists for the Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative – MD

Deadline: February 3   The Hyattsville CDC is announcing a call for artists for the Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative. The Initiative seeks five sculptures of various styles and sizes to display for a one year-long placement, at pre-determined, publicly-accessible sites within the Town of Riverdale Park. As part of the town’s plan to create an engaging, publicly accessible outdoor sculpture gallery across its many neighborhoods, we seek site-appropriate sculptural work fitting of each chosen location. For details, visit https://hycdc.org/riverdale-park-public-art-initiative-call-for-artists-2k-honorarium-deadline-2-3-2020/.


Call for Artists & Photographers – Winter Innovate Grants – US & International

Deadline: February 11   Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for Winter 2019. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply https://innovateartistgrants.org.


11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition–Cumberland 2020 – MD

Deadline: February 28   With $10,000 in prize money, this annual juried exhibition and art competition is sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, a non-profit organization established in 1975 to support and cultivate the arts in Allegany County, Maryland. The event is now in its 11th year. For more information, visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=6752.


Wintertude Rustic Retreat & Self-Directed Residency, The Millay Colony for the Arts – NY

Deadline: March 15   Introducing Wintertude, a retreat and self-directed paying residency (no jury process) for those needing or wanting time and space in an inspirational setting. Stays range from four days to four weeks, includes private bedroom and private studio, shared living and kitchen space (fully equipped, meals not included), bedding and linens, washer/dryer, WiFi, desktop computer and printer. The Millay Colony is in the upper Hudson Valley nestled in the Berkshire foothills. For details, visit https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/eee45798-adfe-4c17-b3fe-c50d7a639e0a.


Gloucester Arts Festival Call for Entry – VA

Deadline: April 3   The Gloucester Arts Festival committee is pleased to announce an open call for an exhibition that will be the focal point of their 2020 arts festival. The theme is water, both in nature and in human experience (e.g., industrial settings, conservation efforts, community life, spiritual dimensions, etc.). Artists will be juried into the show with digital images of original 2D or 3D work completed in the last two years. For details, visit https://gloucesterartsfestival.com/call-for-entry/.




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

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.

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. For more information, visit https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/kul/art/21689613.html.


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.


31st National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition – Baltimore

Deadline: January 15   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 [email protected].


Howard County Arts Council Call for Art Auction Submissions – MD

Deadline: January 20   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/.



Ongoing: These opportunities have rolling deadlines.

Solo or Group Shows in Athenaeum Gallery – VA

The Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia exhibits visual arts created solely by artists living or working in the region (DC, Maryland and Virginia) and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent art and unique experiences.  In addition to the shows curated by the Gallery Director, the Athenaeum Gallery invites artists and curators to submit show proposals. For more information, visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=6876.


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 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.

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].






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