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.
“A Hug Or Something Like It” Call For Miniature Art
Deadline: March 28 Artist Amy Wike is collecting miniature visual interpretations of hugs from DC-area artists to send as care packages. She will sell reproductions of the submitted artwork as Hug Packets, consisting of a set of five randomly selected ‘hugs’ for $20, and will also handle logistics and delivery. Profits will be split evenly among the contributing artists. For more information click here.
Maryland State Arts Council Arts & Entertainment Districts Assistance Grants
Deadline: April 1 The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) encourages and invests in the advancement of the arts for all Marylanders. Its grants and programs support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens and promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities. This program supports organizational development for Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts. Eligible activities must begin or take place prior to July 1, 2020. Click here for more information.
Request For Qualifications: Langley Park Traffic Box Art Wraps
Deadline: April 13 This call is open to all artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers who currently live or work within the State of Maryland. Submitted designs must be original artwork and can be created in any medium, so long as it can be represented in, and is submitted as, a high-resolution digital image without loss of integrity or quality. Learn more here.
Social Distancing Artist Residency
Deadline: April 30 As the COVID-19 pandemic develops over the next few months, we are facing substantial effects on our social lives. As social gatherings and events are being cancelled, and public spaces are closing, we may find ourselves in solitude more than ever over the coming months. With that in mind, Brooklyn-based artist Patricia Kalidonis, whose own artwork centers around social connections, solitude, loneliness, and familial bonds, is seeking artists who are interested in collaborating on an evolving, artist-driven idea titled Social Distancing Artist Residency. Click here for more information.
University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center Call For Proposals – Maryland
Deadline: May 1 Qualifications are requested from local artists interested in proposing artwork for the interior of a large-scale healthcare facility: University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center. Due to the number of locations planned throughout the facility, there is opportunity for a variety of wall-mounted media at various budgets levels. Learn more here.
2020 Visiting Curator Exhibition Call For Entries – Philadelphia
Deadline: May 4 The Center for Emerging Visual Artists invites you to submit images of your artwork for review by our guest curator, Naima J Keith, of LACMA in Los Angeles, CA. Of the applicants, 10 to 25 artists will be asked to present a digital portfolio of approximately ten images. One to three of those artists will be selected for an exhibition in CFEVA’s Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery. Artists within a 150 mile radius of Philadelphia may apply. For more information click here.
Juliet Art Museum Regional MFA Juried Exhibition – Charleston, West, Virginia
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 accross the region. Artists are encouraged to apply with the MFA thesis work. Work selected will be on display in the Juliet Art Museum from August 8th– November 29th, 2020. For more information click here.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
Arlington Arts Center Seeks Instructors – Arlington, VA
Arlington Arts Center is looking for instructors for their upcoming art classes. This is a contracted position starting at $32/hour for instructors with a BA/BFA and $35/hour for instructors with an MA/MFA. They are looking for art instructors interested in teaching onsite at AAC and/or offsite classes in partnership with local elementary schools. For more information click here.
2020 Annual Digital Student Slide Show For Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Deadline: March 29 Educators, this annual conference component showcases the creativity, skill and hard work of students studying metalsmithing and jewelry in institutions across North America. It will be shown as a digital presentation in one or more parts at the 2020 SNAG Conference in Philadelphia, “Grit to Gold: Future Fifty.” SNAG is seeking powerful and inspirational images of the work of your students. For more information click here.
The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant
Deadline: April 1 The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition. Click here to apply.
Women’s Studio Workshop Residency – Rosendale, NY
Deadline: April 1 The Studio Workspace Residency is an opportunity for artists to create new work and fully immerse themselves in WSW’s supportive environment. We invite applications from artists at any stage of their careers. This residency gives artists the gift of time, an uninterrupted period to live and work away from the stresses of daily life. Artists may choose to work in any one or more of our studios: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screen printing, darkroom photography, or ceramics. Learn more 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.
Portico Gallery and Studios Call: Pride LGBTQ Exhibition – Brentwood, MD
Deadline: April 5 Portico Gallery will host an exhibition by artists who self-identify as LGBTQ, but the artwork does not need to be explicitly LGBTQ-focused. All artistic perspectives are welcome. Learn more here.
Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Call For Muralists – Bethesda, MD
Deadline: April 6 The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with Montgomery County, Maryland, announces a new public art mural project at the Montgomery County’s Public Park Garage located at 8216 Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda, MD. Artists are invited to submit proposals that are transportation-themed including, but not limited to artwork depicting cars, bicycles, walking, public transportation and more. Learn more here.
Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship – DC
Deadline: April 8 At the intersection of art and social change, this five-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to expand their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields. For more information click here.
Biblio Spectaculum Call For Entries – Clifton Springs, NY
Deadline: April 11 Main Street Arts seeks entries for a national juried exhibition of artist books and text-based visual works. Submissions must be visual in nature. Written text passages must be part of an artist book, painting, photograph, drawing, print, collage, sculpture, or other visual art form. Submissions may be text art, concrete/visual poetry, any of the afore mentioned disciplines, or a combination thereof. Submissions may or may not contain text or type. For more information click here.
Filmmakers, Video, and Projection Artists Call For Concepts – Alexandria, VA
Deadline: April 17 The Alexandria Film Festival and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra are partnering to produce “Homegrown: American Stories in Music and Film,” a unique blend of orchestral music and original film. Both organizations will commission five new films to be screened “live to picture” with American orchestral pieces performed by the symphony at its November 7 and 8 concerts, and then screened during the 14th annual film festival November 12–15. For more information click here.
Call For Graffiti and Aerosol Muralists – DC
Deadline: April 17 The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW), seeks graffiti and aerosol mural artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals as part of the MuralsDC program. Selected artists will be expected to engage designated youth (ages 14-18) to help them understand the art of aerosol graffiti mural painting and provide youth with opportunities to assist in activities such as site preparation and mural outlining. This is an International Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams (selection preference will be given to artists that are residents of the District of Columbia). Click here to learn more.
The Harpo Foundation Grants For Visual Artists
Deadline: April 17 The Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. To apply click here.
Doylestown Art Festival Call for Submissions – Doylestown, PA
Deadline: April 24 In its 29th year, the Doylestown Arts Festival, September 12th-13th, is a vibrant scene of art and creativity that attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Submissions are reviewed by a volunteer jury of artists, curators, and local residents.To learn more and apply, click here.
Target Gallery Call For Artists
Deadline: April 26 Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to apply to Mythos, an all- media group exhibition that presents work by artists who illustrate contemporary interpretations of mythology, folklore, and legends. This exhibition takes the symbolism and allegory of mythology and recontextualizes them in terms of current perspectives. For more information click here.
The Beacon Celebration of the Arts 2020
Deadline: April 30 The Beacon invites new and veteran artists over age 50 to submit works in our online art competition “Celebration of the Arts.” Categories include painting, drawing, sculpture/carving, ceramics,/pottery, mixed media/textile, stained glass/jewelry, and film and digital photography. Learn more 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, email@example.com.
The New Project Studio – Ongoing Opportunity (VA)
Ongoing. Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator space that offers a short-term location to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects rotate on a regular basis. For more information, clickhere.
Public Arts Grants & Opportunities (VA)
Deadline: ongoing. Montgomery College, Rockville and Germantown Art Department is seeking proposals for its Artist-in-Residence Program, encouraging proposals that cultivate collaborative work between artists and students.
Looking for artists: Foundry Gallery (DC)
Deadline: ongoing. Foundry Gallery is seeking a few artists in the greater Washington, DC area. If interested in applying for membership please send up to five images (jpg attachments) and an email letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The oldest cooperative in Washington, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows at its beautiful space north of Shaw near the 9:30 Club.
Looking for artists: Printmakers (DC)
Deadline: ongoing. Washington Printmakers Gallery is seeking artist members specializing in printmaking, photography and book arts. An active cooperative for over 30 years, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows in its lovely space in upper Georgetown. Distant and shared memberships are available. If interested in applying for membership please email email@example.com.