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.
Puffin Cultural Forum Call For Art – Teaneck, NJ
Deadline: February 11 Puffin Cultural Forum present Conversations 2020, a group exhibition that focuses on the social and political issues that is reverberating in our communities at large. We are looking for submissions of timely art that speak on issues of economic discrimination, inequities in the criminal justice system, environmental racism, health care racism, political disenfranchisement, sexism, and voter repression. The exhibition will be on view at the Puffin Cultural Forum and several events will be planned to support the exhibition including music concerts, film screenings, and speaker events. For more information click here.
Contemporary Art Gallery Online Call For Women Artists
Deadline: February 23 Women 2D and 3D artists, regardless of experience or education, are invited to enter this international competition. Submissions will be judged within three categories; Paintings/Drawings, Photography/Digital Art and Mixed Media and 3 dimensional Work. Awards will be given for the top 6 to 8 works selected in each category. For more information click here.
Hospice Cup Competition – Annapolis, MD
Deadline: March 2 Hospice Cup, Inc., an organization founded to help local and regional hospices raise funds for patient programs, in collaboration with Maryland Federation of Art holds this annual competition for artwork to serve as the backdrop for their yearly poster. Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces and the winning work will be chosen by those in attendance at the Preview Party, as well as the board of the Hospice Cup. The winning piece is considered a donation to Hospice Cup and will be reproduced on posters, t-shirts and other collateral material promoting the event. For more information click here.
Application for 2020-2021 Ivyside Juried Art Competition – Altoona, PA
Deadline: March 2 Up to six artists are awarded annually with a solo gallery exhibition in one of two gallery spaces (each approximately 13’ x 25’) at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona. Open to all visual artists in all media. Entries must have been completed within the last two years. Artists creating original works of art in any media are encouraged to apply. For more information click here.
Capital Art League Open Call, Perspectives Exhibit — DC
Deadline: March 9 People see the world differently based on experiences and perceptions. Viewpoints are influenced by people, places, emotions, and thoughts. Capital Hill Art League invites DMV artists 18 years and older to share their artistic and unique “perspective” for this juried show. Learn more here.
TRANSITional Art Project Atlantic City – Atlantic City, NJ
Deadline: March 9 New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts are pleased to present the TRANSITional Art Project Atlantic City. This exciting opportunity is open for proposals from visual artists who live or work in the 8 southern NJ Counties, are current residents, and have a connection to Atlantic City. Qualified artists are encouraged to submit a proposal for a temporary art project in an Atlantic City New Jersey Transit space- in either the Rail Terminal or the Bus Depot. Learn more here.
Maryland Federation of Art Open Call For ?Binary¿Nonbinary?
Deadline: March 12 Some things are binary: black and white, sea and sky, night and day. Somethings aren’t binary: gray, horizons, twilight. Show us work that explores, in any media and all subjects that live in either the binary or nonbinary spheres.” Entries are open to all original 2-D or 3-D artwork. MFA will display selected works in their online Curve Gallery from April 15 through May 31, 2020. Learn more here.
Growing Up Queer In The South Call For Submissions – Wilmington, NC
Deadline: March 20 Growing Up Queer in the South, juried by Stacey Kirby and conceived by Parks Busby, is an exhibition featuring artwork about the unique experience of growing up queer in the American South. The exhibition, which features artwork in multiple mediums from artists currently and formerly living in the South, aims to share experiences, draw connections, and create conversations. Click here for more information.
University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center Call For Public Art Submissions – Cheverly, MD
Deadline: April 3 Qualifications are requested from local artists interested in proposing artwork for the interior of a largescale healthcare facility: University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center. Due to the number of locations planned througout the facility, there is opportunity for a variety of wall-mounted media at various budgets levels. For more information click here.
VisArts Call For Solo Exhibitions 2021 – Rockville, MD
Deadline: April 5 VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2021 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Common Ground Gallery, and Concourse Gallery. Exhibitions in each of the galleries explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career artists. Exhibits reflect a wide range of media and experimental approaches that offer the viewer unexpected interactions with art. Learn more here.
Call For Artists for Paint It! Ellicott City 2020 – Ellicott City, MD
Deadline: April 12 The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists to take part in the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2020. The annual plein air paint-out will be held June 25-29 in picturesque and historic Ellicott City, and will culminate in a gallery exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts. For more information click here.
Juliet Art Museum Regional MFA Juried Exhibition
Deadline: May 4 The Juliet Art Museum invites all MFA student artists graduating from schools in the Appalachian Region (spanning southern New York to Northern Alabama and Georgia) to enter the Juliet Art Museum MFA Exhibition. This exhibit serves as an opportunity for emerging artists throughout Appalachia, highlighting the incredible work coming out of MFA programs across the region. Click here for more information.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
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.
Exhibit at Hotel Indigo Downtown Baltimore — Baltimore, MD
The Maryland Art Place (MAP) is working with Hotel Indigo in downtown Baltimore to offer rotating exhibitions in the hotel’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats restaurant. This opportunity is open to visual artists living or working in Maryland. ’s public art partnership projects (MAP), in partnership with Hotel Indigo, is pleased to announce an open call to artists. MAP will curate four exhibitions a year based on submissions entered through a rolling basis. Click here to learn more.
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 the Peripheral 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)
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: 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.