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Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial 2020 Call for Entry – Loretto, PA
Deadline: January 22 Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will host a Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial 2020, an exhibition from April 17 through June 6, 2020. Cash awards will include a top prize of $2,000 for Best of Show, together with a $1,500 First Place, a $1,000 Second Place awards and a $500 Third Place Award. A reception will be held at the Loretto Museum with awards announced that evening. An exhibition catalogue will also be published. For more information click here.
New York Center for Photographic Art Water Theme Call for Entry – NYC
Deadline: January 26 Water, all around us, is an essential part of our lives. How do you capture water in a photograph? The New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) invites photographers world-wide to submit images using any photographic process (print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, color etc.). Winners will receive a total of $3,000 in cash awards, be featured in the NYC4PA Online Gallery and Award Winners Catalog. The Grand Prize winning image will be posted on the NYC4PA home page. Cash prize winning and Juror Selection images will be featured in a New York Gallery Exhibition at Jadite Galleries in April 2020. Click here for more information.
Contemporary Art Gallery Online 8th Annual All Painting/Drawing Art Competition & Exhibition
Deadline: January 26 Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all 2D and 3D artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of all entrants will be held online from January 29th, 2020 to February 26th, 2020. Artists should submit their best representational and non-representational art. This competition will be judged on Painting & Drawing Art. Awards will be given for the top 5 to 8 works selected, (this will depend on the number of submissions). Winners will be announced on February 17th, 2020. Learn more here.
10th Annual Cityscapes Online Art Competition
Deadline: January 27 The gallery invites entries from artists (including photography & digital art) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best representational or abstract art and photography. The “CityScapes” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of cityscape art. Cityscape subjects would include cities, towns, urban scenes and any related metropolitan subjects for this art competition. For more information, click here.
Salem Art Works 2020 Call For Artists-In-Residence Applications – Salem, NY
Deadline: January 31 Artists of all ages, backgrounds, and career stages–working in nearly any mode or medium imaginable–are encouraged to apply for residencies at Salem Art Works (SAW). SAW offers a limited number of subsidized Artist-in-Residence programs. These residencies—Young Artists and Studio Artists—offer a work-exchange while our Fellows receive a fully subsidized residency with no work-exchange. Learn more here.
HARP Open Call for Submissions – NYC
Deadline: February 2 HERE is thrilled to announce the opening of the annual application period for the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). One of the most robust residency programs of this nature in the country and serving as a national model, HARP provides a commission, development support, career planning, and a full production to hybrid artists, all within a collaborative environment of peers working across disparate art forms – including theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual art, and new media. HARP provides significant long-term support, as well as $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in space, equipment and services over 2-3 years to tailor each residency to each artist’s individual needs. Through significant investment of time and resources, dynamic work within a strong community is created. For more information, click here.
Wide Open 11 Call for Artists, National Juried Show – NYC
Deadline: Early Bird, February 4; Final, March 2 This juried exhibition if for artists working in all traditional and non-traditional 2-D and 3-D media, including film and video only when it is a part of an installation. All artwork must be original in concept, design, and execution. Limited edition prints/photographs will be accepted; open to residents of the U.S. and its territories, 18 years of age and up. For more information click here.
Summer 2020 Byrdcliffe Residency – Woodstock, NY
Deadline: February 15 Byrdcliffe annually welcomes over 80 visual artists, writers, weavers, composers, and creators of exceptional talent in groups of 15-20 per month. The main criterion for acceptance to Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is artistic excellence or a demonstrated commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Emerging as well as established artists, writers, musicians, and craftspeople in nearly all media are invited to apply. We offer ceramic kilns, weaving looms, and a minimal darkroom. Click here for more information.
Amos Eno Gallery Call For Artists Members – NYC
Deadline: February 27 Amos Eno Gallery is accepting applications for membership. Our gallery has been a fixture in the NY art scene since 1974 when it opened in Soho and has moved with changing arts neighborhoods over the years to land at our current space at 56 Bogart St in Brooklyn, NY. Members benefit from solo shows every other year, group exhibitions and a heavily trafficked arts building. Artists working in all varieties of media, at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.
42nd Annual ArtExpo New York Call For Artists – NYC
Deadline: March 1 A wide array of media is on display at Artexpo New York, including paintings, photography, sculpture, glassworks, and more. Jumpstart your career in the new decade by applying to show your work at the world’s longest-running art far. For more information, click here.
Painting, Drawing, Motion/Anamatics/Design Residency – Utica, NY
Deadline: March 2 The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Artists in Residence (AIR) program is an education-based residency which allows two emerging artists from different disciplines to live and work on the MWPAI and PrattMWP College of Art & Design campus in Utica, NY for one academic year. It is designed for emerging artists or recent visual arts MFA graduates interested in art education in community arts and college curriculums while receiving support to develop a vibrant, self-directed studio practice. Programming includes presenting a lecture to PrattMWP students and the public, teaching community arts education classes, holding a public open studio event, and designing and implementing accessible community projects at the Museum of Art. Artists receive financial support, housing, meals, studio, and two-person exhibition in the museum’s PrattMWP Gallery. Learn more here.
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University Documentary Essay Prize in Photography – Durham, NC
Deadline: March 1 All entries must have one thing in common: evidence that they were created with reliance on documentary methods and immersive fieldwork. We are interested in work that directs its gaze outward, that curiously engages with the world, and that is, as former CDS director Tom Rankin describes, “derived from an in-depth understanding of place, history, and the current situation, in concert with a personal relationship to the proposed work. The winner of the competition receives $3,000 and features in Center for Documentary Studies’ digital publications. The winner’s work is also placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University. Learn more here.
Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat – PA
Deadline: March 10 Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat is accepting applications for residencies between May 15 & September 30 from visual artists in all media, writers, composers and instrumentalists. Two years of professional experience are required. Learn more here.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
Fashion Week Call For Artists – NY
Deadline: January 15 Six Summit Gallery curates “Art Hearts Fashion!” during New York Fashion Week. They are looking for artists to submit works for exhibition. For more information, click here.
ChaNorth Summer 2020 Artist-In-Residence Program – NY
Deadline: January 15 ChaNorth accepts applications in all creative fields, including visual art. Each month-long session has five to seven artists which ChaNorth curates with the aim of creating small, dynamic, diverse, interactive groups. National and international artists are welcome to apply. For more information, click here.
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, click here.
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, click here.
Greenpoint Gallery Open Call – NY
Deadline: January 16 Greenpoint Gallery is now accepting submissions for its first Open Salon Show of the 2020 Season. For more information, click here.
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, click here.
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, click here.
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 here.
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, click here.
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, click here.
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, click here.
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 here.
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, click here.
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, click here.
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, click here.
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, click here.
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 here 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 here.
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 Dcdadaart@gmail.com.
Long Island City Artists, Inc. Call for Artists – NY
Deadline: February 10 An exhibition inspired by the centennial celebration for woman’s suffrage is open to artists of all genders and countries that support equal rights and wish to express their activism through any medium including video, film, sculpture, virtual reality, painting, photography, performance art, dance etc. These works should serve as a reflection of the past and a reminder for all the work that is still upon us to create a world with equal rights for all. For more information, click here.
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, click here.
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 here.
Sharpe-Walentas Studio Artist-In-Residency Program 2020-2021 – NY
Deadline: February 15 The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free, private studios to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies with the mission to provide working studio space and community for artists. The program is open to professional visual artists, 21 years or older who are US citizens, permanent residents, or visa holders. For more information, click here.
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 here.
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, click here.
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 here.
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, click here.
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, click here.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.