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.
Even during difficult times, creativity persists. Throughout this period of social distancing, we will begin our listing with opportunities that uniquely address the coronavirus pandemic—be they calls for art that specifically speaks to it, or virtual exhibits that are cropping up as a result of it. Some have definitive deadlines and others are more flexible, so be sure to check guidelines carefully. We encourage you to share these and other opportunities with your creative circle.
Opportunities in Response to COVID-19
ArtsPark Gallery-V Quarantine Dreams – Lexington Park, MD
Deadline: June 26 Art During Quarantine: During the current pandemic artists have been left without galleries, without our working artist community and often without inspiration. Many of us are simply trying to shelter in place and take care of ourselves and our families. However, some of us have used this time to get busy in our homes and studios and create new work. This new online opportunity invites all who have been creating work to show it off. And if you need inspiration, perhaps this new exhibit will provide it. So go ahead, show us what you’ve been up to. Click here to apply.
Athenaeum Call For Entries for A Very Weird Time
Deadline: August 14 Artists are invited to submit works that represent the full gamut of how the global coronavirus pandemic and its associated social distancing has affected them. Fear, uncertainty, anger and doubt are certainly typical responses but we are also interested in evidence of the creative benefits of solitude and reflection and the time to process them. For more information click here.
Las Laguna Gallery
Deadline: September 31 In response to COVID-19, Las Laguna Gallery has launched its first online exhibition of art in all media, “A Light in the Darkness.” All submissions will be accepted and posted in an online gallery. Click here to learn more.
COVID-19 Artist Residency Project
Deadline: January 1, 2021 COVID-19 Artist Residency Project is an In-Place Residency that was launched in May 2020 to help creatives reframe their time during the Pandemic as an opportunity for self-exploration. The non-competitive residency is free to apply. All creative disciplines welcome. Learn more here.
Call for Submissions: Queer Art Workers Reflect on Pride Amid COVID-19
Cognizant of the need to stay connected and elevate queer voices amid a climate of uncertainty, Hyperallergic is commemorating Pride Month by featuring one queer art worker per day on our website and asking them to reflect on what this time means to them. This series is meant to build on last year’s Queer Artists in Their Own Words. We encourage queer artists, curators, arts educators, filmmakers, programmers, conservators, and administrators from across the art world to join us. Click here to learn more.
A View From the Easel Call For Submissions
Temporarily, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Hyperallergic is asking artists to share their experiences of their studios during times of quarantine for their “View From the Easel” section. For more information click here.
Artists Against an #Infodemic Call For Artists
The visual media organizations CatchLight, Dysturb, and The Everyday Projects are seeking submissions for visual art and storytelling that addresses key public health messages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Formats can include: photography, video, cartoons/comics, graphic design, paintings, drawings, memes, and more. We will work with the selected artists to package the material for distribution on social media and for display in public spaces as murals and/or projections. For more information click here.
The Corona Portrait Project Call For Submissions
For tens of thousands of artists around the world, in a matter of weeks the novel coronavirus has caused the loss of exhibitions, projects, side gigs, and left much uncertainty behind. As we sit isolated at home and consider our fears and hopes for the future, this project is a challenge to confront ourselves by creating a self-portrait. A new artist will be featured weekly. For more information, click here.
Downtown Baltimore Partnership Call For Artists – Baltimore
The #ArtOfBaltimore campaign was launched to help support local artists and spark positive energy as we adjust to the economic and cultural impact of the COVID-19 virus. Selected works by local artists will appear on digital signage throughout Downtown Baltimore, and artist will receive a licensing fee and additional promotion of their work on DPOB social media channels. For more information click here.
Insider Art Fair Call For Submissions
In response to our extraordinary circumstances, the Willow Street Gallery is seeking artwork from local artists to showcase on our digital platforms for an online exhibition titled “Insider Art Fair.” This exhibition allows us at the WSG to continue our mission to provide a platform for local and emerging artists, and make meaningful connections while the community remains indoors and isolated. Click here to learn more.
Social Distance Gallery For Thesis Exhibitions
Social Distance Gallery is posting BFA and MFA thesis exhibitions that are canceled or limited in access due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital exhibitions will be hosted on Instagram at @socialdistancegallery. Click here for submission instructions.
Amplifier’s Global Open Call For Art
In response to COVID-19, Amplifier is launching an emergency campaign with top art curators and public-health advisors from around the world. They are looking for public health and safety messages that can help flatten the curve through education, and symbols that help promote mental health, well-being, and social change work during these stressful times. Click here for more information.
Brentwood Arts Exchange Call For Entry – Brentwood, MD
Deadline: June 24 The Brentwood Arts Exchange is seeking submissions from artists who work in video or digital animation for Going Dark: A Video Group Exhibition. Themes, concepts and video duration can vary. Selected videos will be displayed in the Main Gallery via projectors or television monitors, and may be shared via digital platforms during the exhibition. For more information click here.
The Art of Activism Poster Making Workshop with Guerilla Girl Aphra Behn
Deadline: June 25 Address issues affecting you within your community, in the nation, or across the globe in this four-hour poster-making workshop with Aphra Behn and Guerrilla Girls On Tour. The workshop begins with a discussion of the intersection of activism and art. Participants engage in sharing ideas about what makes a good piece of protest art, while the Girls share the evolution and philosophy behind some of their most famous posters and street theater actions. To apply, click here.
Call For Artists: New Photography Exhibition Inspired by Stacey Evans and David Hockney
Deadline: June 30 During the past few months of the current COVID-19 crisis, many of us have been forced to self quarantine in our own homes. Are you viewing your surroundings in different ways? For this exhibition, we invite you to create your own version of Hockey’s 40 Snaps of My House. For more information click here.
Open Call For Art, Culture of Contamination – Queens, NY
Deadline: July 1 The notion of contamination permeates many aspects of life; while contamination literally describes a biological impurity, it also metaphorically embodies the relentless threshold of “otherness.” SciArt initiative is accepting submissions that address this theme for an exhibit at the The New York Hall of Science. For more information click here.
University of Maryland Stamp Gallery, Not Your Model Minority Call for Entries – College Park, MD
Deadline: July 3 The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland seeks artwork related to Asian American experiences of the impact of COVID-19, the Model Minority Myth, and inter-ethnic and interracial solidarity. This summer, Stamp Gallery will be exhibiting an online curated experience tentatively titled Not Your Model Minority in an attempt to capture the turning point for the Asian American Pacific Islanders community in the United States. Works that promote discussion about AAPI history, presence in media, and responses to race-based violence are encouraged. Learn more here.
New Jersey Dept. of Health 2D Art Purchase – Trenton, NJ
Deadline: July 7 The state of New Jersey is seeking to purchase completed two-dimensional artwork for display in their newly constructed Department of Health Building in Trenton building. This call is open only to New Jersey artists who are permanent residents of Mercer County, or maintain a permanent art studio address in Mercer County. Click here for more information.
NJ Women Vote Digital Exhibition
Deadline: July 12 The New Jersey Historical Commission is accepting letters of interest for the commissioning of digital content for its NJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100 Digital Project, part of New Jersey’s initiative to commemorate the centennial of the passage of the19th Amendment and American women achieving the right to vote. The vision of NJ Women Vote is to mark the centennial of women’s suffrage while acknowledging its inequities and the challenges New Jersey women of all backgrounds have faced and continue to confront from 1920 to the present day. This digital project seeks to engage artists and humanities scholars to create digital content that addresses the theme of voting and suffrage, particularly related to New Jersey. Individual artists or humanities scholars may apply, and teams of scholars and artists are encouraged to apply together. Priority will be given to proposals where artists and scholars partner to create the work. Click here to apply.
Outside Forces: Outsider Art Inside the Beltway 2020
Deadline: July 15 Art Enables, Washington, D.C.’s only non-profit art gallery and employment program dedicated to creating opportunities for adult visual artists with disabilities, is excited to announce our 14th annual exhibition highlighting the work of self-taught artists. Please note: this exhibition is not limited to artists with disabilities. If you identify as a self-taught or outsider artist, we’d love to see your work! Due to social distancing efforts, this year’s exhibition will take place solely online. Artists will not be required to provide physical work. Learn more here.
Council on Virginia Tech History Seeks Public Art for University’s Sesquicentennial – Blacksburg, VA
Deadline: August 31 The Council on Virginia Tech History has initiated a call for public art in preparation for the university’s sesquicentennial in 2022. The call, “Understanding Our Complicated Past and Reconnecting with Our Layered Histories: An International Ideas Competition,” seeks proposals for creative approaches to highlight how historically marginalized communities have shaped and will continue to shape Virginia Tech. The winning art pieces will be featured at the university’s oldest structures, Solitude and the Fraction Family House, which were part of the grounds of a former plantation owned by the Preston family. The Solitude House was occupied by the family, and the Fraction Family House is the only remaining structure for housing those enslaved by the Prestons. Proposals for all forms of art, from virtual to physical and everything in between, are highly encouraged. Learn more here.
Re-runs: These announcements have been posted here before, but it’s not too late to enter!
Hagerstown Cultural Trail Call For Artists: Photography – Hagerstown, MD
Deadline: June 26 The City of Hagerstown, in partnership with the Washington County Arts, is pleased to announce the second exhibition of Faces of Hagerstown, a signature public art feature of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail. Faces of Hagerstown is a large-scale outdoor photo mural gallery focusing on the human face and the truth of the Hagerstown experience. It will be located along the Hagerstown Cultural Trail in two prominent locations. For more information click here.
Call For Entries: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Deadline: June 30 The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are looking for funny wildlife images for awards in six different categories. For more information visit here.
Create! Magazine Call For Art by Larry Ossei-Mensah
Deadline: June 30 Create! Magazine is pleased to announce an international open call for the print issue #22, juried by noted curator and art critic Larry Ossei-Mensah. Have your work seen by our 170,000+ readers and followers around the world, including leading galleries, art fairs, collectors, curators, writers, art consultants, and more. $1 from each submission fee will go to the Artist Relief Fund. Learn more here.
Open Call For Live Artist Talk at Latitude Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
Deadline: June 30 As the impact of the city-wide art spaces and activities shutdown continues to grow, our artists need an alternative way to shine! Latitide Gallery is thrilled to announce that we are offering our IG platform to highlight and showcase artists and designers and to engage as many within the art community as possible. Click here to learn more.
Long Island Biennial – Huntington, NY
Deadline: June 30 The Heckscher Museum of Art is now accepting entries for the 2020 Long Island Biennial, a juried exhibition featuring works by visual artists from Suffolk and Nassau Counties. The Biennial reflects the area’s thriving art scene by featuring artists that represent a considerable number of communities throughout Long Island. The exhibition offers Long Island’s emerging and established artists the opportunity to gain broader public awareness of their work. For more information click here.
Exhibition Opportunity: The New Jersey Pinelands – Photography, Painting, Drawing & Prints – Loveladies, NJ
Deadline: July 1 To celebrate, capture and explore the unique beauty of the New Jersey Pinelands, a biosphere reserve, we invite artists to submit up to three high-res images of artwork that focus on the landscape of this area—vegetation, animal and bird life and habitats of its citizens. Click here for more information.
Howard County Arts Council Call For Exhibit Applications
Deadline: July 1 The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists. To have your work considered, click here.
Call for Entries: Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital – Malvern, PA
Deadline: July 6 This exhibit is open to artists with physical, cognitive, visual and hearing disabilities. Acceptable media includes painting (acrylic, oil, watercolor, gouache, tempera, etc.); drawing and fine printmaking (pencil, charcoal, crayon, pastel, ink, marker, woodblock, etching, silkscreen, etc.); photography (analog or digital); mixed media (2-dimensional: collage, mosaic, fiber art, etc.); sculpture; jewelry, fine crafts and functional art. Learn more here.
Foundry Gallery Artist’s Choice Open Juried Online Exhibit – DC
Deadline: July 8 This is a national juried competition open to all artists 18 and up. There are no size restrictions or themes. Categories to include all 2-D and 3-D work. All art will be for sale, and the gallery retains a 40% commission. For more information click here.
Washington Sculptors Group Call For Entry: Sculpture NOW 2020
Deadline: July 8 Sculpture NOW 2020 is a non-thematic exhibition of new works, finished within the last two years. Three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, wall-hung and ceiling-hung sculpture, and installations as well as multimedia and performance-based works are welcome. Basic technical support will be provided by MPA. The artist must provide any video and sound equipment. The art may be finished or in the form of a proposal. We highly recommend that artists visit the space if they wish to submit installations, site-specific work, or a proposal. Click here for more information.
Call for Entry METALWORK 2020 – North Bethesda, MD
Deadline: July 9 METALWORK 2020 is the 19th Biennial Juried Exhibition of work by Washington Guild of Goldsmiths members. This exhibition will be on display in the second-floor Guldesky Gallery Suite of the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland from September 8th to October 31st, 2020. Artworks juried into METALWORK 2020 will exhibit alongside selected invited artists exhibiting as part of this year’s Exhibition Invitational showing non-jewelry works in metal. Learn more here.
Call For Panelists: Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award – Baltimore
Deadline: July 15 MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects IAA panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the current year’s discipline. Panelists must be Maryland residents. For more information click here.
Call to Artists: Paint It! Ellicott City 2020 – Ellicott City, Maryland
Deadline: July 23 Paint It! Ellicott City is an annual event that brings artists and spectators interested in the plein air tradition to Ellicott City. Both juried and open paint artists set up their easels around the historic district, enjoying a summer weekend as they capture the picturesque mill town and all its charms. The event culminates in an exhibit of juried artists’ work in our gallery, which features an opening reception and juror’s award presentation. For more information click here.
Call For Submissions: Outdoor Sculpture for Ramapo College of NJ Learning Commons – Mawwah, NJ
Deadline: August 3 Ramapo College of New Jersey is soliciting Expressions of Interest (“EOI”) from prospective artists to design, fabricate and install artwork for the Learning Commons at its Mahwah, New Jersey campus. The proposed artwork for the building is part of the New Jersey Arts Inclusion Program and is coordinated by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Ramapo College. Learn more here.
Sea of Change Mid-Atlantic 2020 Call For Submissions Extension Virginia Beach, VA
Deadline: August 3 There is beauty in all the waterways that surround us, but our climate is changing and perhaps our lives as well. The Virginia Beach Art Center invites artists from South Carolina to Pennsylvania to submit to our a showcase of all media artwork from the Mid-Atlantic that celebrates our present and warns of our future. For more information click here.
The Grand Exhibition, An Open Art Competition: Embodying Masonic Values – Philadelphia
Deadline: August 6 All artwork entries must display a visual interpretation of some aspect of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania, whether it be philosophical, historical, scientific, social, fraternal, charitable, architectural, etc. Selected artwork will be exhibited in the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. For more information click here.
Summer 2020 Surreal Photography Competition – Brooklyn, NY
Deadline: August 15 For the strange and unusual; visual intriguing; and mentally stimulating. Mobius Photo is an online platform dedicated to the curation of emerging and established photographers through competitions. Submissions are open for 3.5 month periods. Winners are announced 2 weeks after the closing date. Selected works live on the website for the following year. Click here to apply.
Call For Proposals: F.E.A.S.T. 2020 at VisArts – Rockville, MD
Deadline: August 30 F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) 2020 encourages artists, thinkers, and organizations to expand their everyday practice and create project proposals that address the theme of A More Than Human World. Imaginative, sustainable, and provocative projects that explore and make visible a more-than-human perspective are welcome! F.E.A.S.T. 2020 advocates for proposals that join art with social, cultural, political, economic, historic, and environmental dynamics. Imaginings, actions, performances, dance, theater, writing, visual art, walks, physical and virtual, analog or digital, and beyond. For more information click here.
Ongoing: These opportunities have rolling deadlines.
Call For Entry Hamilton Arts Collective Guest Artist Exhibition – Baltimore
The Hamilton Arts Collective (HAC) and the Hamilton Gallery seek applications from artists for month-long Guest Artist exhibitions at Hamilton Gallery located at 5502 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD. The selected guest artists will be invited to exhibit a selection of their current work in Gallery I of the Hamilton Gallery. The Guest Artist exhibition is featured in Hamilton Gallery communications and will be promoted by the HAC and Hamilton Gallery. This is an open call to artists residing within 60 miles of Baltimore City. Baltimore residents are encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more.
Howard County Arts Council Quarterly Call For Artists – Ellicott City, MD
The Howard County Arts Council gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. Proposals from curators and arts organizations are also welcome. Click here to learn more.
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)
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.