Artist Opportunities #489

Artist Opportunities #489

"Ice Flower" by MIchaela Borghese

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.


Open Call: Race and Revolution Home/Land – NY

Deadline: December 21   Race and Revolution Home/Land, the fourth art exhibition in a series that confronts historical patterns of systemic racism in the United States, is putting out an open call to emerging artists of all media whose work relates to and engages in conversation with the themes related to the enduring impact of government-sanctioned family separation, bounty hunting, and detention for border crossing. For the open call, we would like to view completed works that address this topic and/or proposals for work related to the topic. For more information, visit


Beam Center Call for Proposals – NY

Deadline: January 6   Beam Projects are spectacular collaborations between visionary big thinkers and the Beam Community of youth and creative and technical experts. We’re 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 Beam Project Team comprised of Beam Staff and Beam Youth to site and fabricate your big idea. Learn more at


Call for Entry, Wassaic Project 2020 Summer Exhibition – NY

Deadline: January 8   Wassaic Project Open Call for our Summer Exhibition for artists of all mediums — 2D, sculpture, video, new media, performance, site-specific pieces, etc. Every May through October, Wassaic Project hosts the work of over 60 artists in our Summer Exhibition. If selected, your work would be showcased alongside a diverse range of pieces and performances in and around historic Maxon Mills. Learn more at



Deadline: January 9   BRIC ArtFP is an open call initiative led by BRIC’s Contemporary Art program, where local artists receive honorariums and production fees for exhibition of their work in the Project Room or Hallway spaces. Learn more at


Bricworkspace Residency – NY

Deadline: January 9   The BRICworkspace residency program provides emerging and mid-career artists the resources and support to make a significant commitment to their practice, as well as critical feedback and exposure of their work. For more information, visit


EFA Robert Blackburn Studio Immersion Project Fellowship – NY

Deadline: January 10   EFA Studio Immersion Project (SIP) is an intensive summer fellowship designed to introduce artists from multiple disciplines to printmaking. SIP invites artists seeking creative exploration through printmaking, regardless of expertise, to apply their creative knowledge and conceptual goals to the print medium. For details, visit


National Portrait Gallery Teen Portrait Competition – DC

Deadline: January 15   The National Portrait Gallery’s Teen Museum Council invites students to submit original portrait photographs to the Teen Portrait Competition—our answer to the museum’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition! Two grand-prize winners will have their photos displayed in the museum near “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today,” an exhibition featuring work by Outwin finalists ages 18 and over. For more information, visit


202o Applications for Experimental Projects Residency Programs – NY

Deadline: January 15   The IEA has two Experimental Project Residency Programs, one for Electronic Media / Film (Time-based) and one for Visual Art (Print-media). Both programs support an artist with a one or two week residency, an artist stipend, travel-support, lodging, technology access, materials and technical assistance. For more information, visit


Call for Artists: Viridiam Artists 30 Under 30 – NY

Deadline: January 20   Some artists are ready to reveal their creative genius before the age of 30. Why not give it a shot? For more information, visit


Call for Entry, Torrence Creek Tributary Public Art Opportunity – NC

Deadline: January 20   The Arts & Science Council is accepting qualifications from artists/artist teams for a public art opportunity at Torrence Creek Tributary #2, Huntersville, NC. The selected artist will work with the ASC, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Dewberry Design-Builders, Inc., and the local community to create an impactful artwork that responds to the parameters of the site and the themes identified by the project team. The design should transform the underpass into a dramatic and lively suburban experience through the use of interactive and animated colors or patterns of varying intensity throughout the tunnel. The artwork should encourage the use of the Torrence Creek Greenway by those who live, work and play and in area. For details, visit


Call for Artists, Takoma Park Arts – MD

Deadline: January 20   Artists are being sought for group exhibitions that will be held in 2020-21 at the Takoma Park Community Center as part of the City of Takoma Park’s Takoma Park Arts cultural series. Individual artists and artist groups are encouraged to apply. Applicants don’t need to be Takoma Park residents, and there is no fee to apply. Please click on the link for more details and share the news with your artist friends. The application form is available at


Call for Artists: AD Art Show 2020 – NY

Deadline: January 22   Launched at Sotheby’s New York in February 2018 and now in its third year, AD Art Show is a groundbreaking juried art exhibition featuring artworks by artists from around the world. The venue for 2020 is the Oculus at the World Trade Center. For more information, visit


Call for Artists: Lucille Byard Memorial Sculpture – MD

Deadline: January 31   Adventist HealthCare System of Maryland announces Call for Artists for exterior artwork for the new White Oak Medical Center. The selected sculpture will serve as a memorial to Lucille Byard, an African-American woman who was denied healthcare services in 1943, and whose legacy shapes the health system’s mission and values today. For details, visit


Call for Artists for Mother Cabrini Memorial – NY

Deadline: January 31   Mother Cabrini founded dozens of institutions that served the less fortunate, including educational organizations and programs to support her fellow Italian-Americans who immigrated to the United StatesThe Mother Cabrini Memorial Commission has begun its search for artists who will design and execute the Memorial honoring the legacy of Mother Cabrini, that will be placed in Battery Park City’s South Cove in direct view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For more information, visit


Call for Women Artists – PA

Deadline: February 2   Create! Magazine is pleased to announce an international open call for women artists. We are passionate about highlighting work by contemporary female (identifying as female) creatives and are dedicating the spring 2020 edition to this group. For details, visit


Call for Entry, Craft in Contemporary Art, Site: Brooklyn Gallery – NY

Deadline: February 3   The marriage of craft and art-making is one of humanity’s earliest moments. What is the place, and future of craft in contemporary art? Site:Brooklyn is looking to answer this question, with works that range across all styles and mediums. For more information, visit


Open Call, Site: Brooklyn Gallery – NY

Deadline: February 4   We understand gesture and motion in the broadest sense of the word; works that capture movement, energy, activity, and develop an active relationship to the world. While the term gestural was first used to describe the painting style of certain abstract expressionists, Site:Brooklyn is looking for works that take this history not as an endpoint, but as a point of departure, considering the subject in pluralistic and open-ended manner. All mediums are welcome. Visit for more information.


Zeiss Photography Award 2020

Deadline: February 4   For the 2020 ZEISS Photography Award photographers are asked to respond to the theme Seeing Beyond – Discoveries. Epiphanies, inventions and transformations from the known to the unknown, we want to see something new. Submissions exploring the landscape, humans, science, political or economic changes, or even something more conceptual, are all welcome. Learn more at


Call for Entry, D.C. Dada – DC

Deadline: February 9   In the political capital of the free world, we find ourselves in the highest rate of absurdity per capita. DC dada want to embrace the absurdity while fighting the harm it causes. They are looking for those interested in politically themed visual art made to sell in a weekend long Pi day celebration. Interested? Send a proposal by email along with images of your art or practice to [email protected].


The Center for Emerging Artist – Philadelphia

Deadline: February 15   The Visual Artist Fellowship is designed to help artists in the Philadelphia Region reach new levels in their career. Artists will be asked to demonstrate a vision for the next stage of their professional or artistic practice and a clear plan for CFEVA’s proposed role in reaching it. For details, visit


Call for Artists: 16th Annual Bethesda Painting Award – MD

Deadline: February 21   Nearly 300 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. submit work to this annual competition created to exclusively honor regional painters. The best-in-show winner will be awarded $10,000, second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000. For more information, visit


Call for Entry, Prince Street Gallery – NY

Deadline: March 22   Open to artists 18+ living in the USA. Original paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media only. No giclees, digital prints, videos or photographs will be accepted. For more information, visit


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

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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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].
















Can't get enough?

Sign up for our weekly blog newsletter, subscribe to our RSS feed, or like us on Facebook for the latest Art League news. Visit our homepage for more information about our classes, exhibits, and events in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Share this
Welcome to Artful Weekend -our listing of area art exhibits and events- This weekend: 2024 Student/Faculty Show at the League; David Driskell & Friends at…
Every week we gather a variety of artist opportunities from the DC area and beyond. Find one below and apply today — good luck! Click…
Welcome to Artful Weekend -our listing of area art exhibits and events- This weekend: Patrons’ Show 2024 Fundraiser at the League; Two Blue Cities by…
Every week we gather a variety of artist opportunities from the DC area and beyond. Find one below and apply today — good luck! Click…
Welcome to Artful Weekend -our listing of area art exhibits and events- This weekend: Patrons’ Show 2024 Exhibit at the League; Back.Forward at Montpelier Arts…
Every week we gather a variety of artist opportunities from the DC area and beyond. Find one below and apply today — good luck! Click…

Did you know?

You can support The Art League every time you shop through AmazonSmile!

Simply set The Art League as your chosen charity, and every time you shop at, a portion of your purchase will be donated to support our mission to share the experience of visual arts with the community.