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.
Instructors Wanted at The Art League — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: Until filled The Art League is looking for skilled instructors in all visual arts disciplines. We’re particularly keen to recruit new hires for our sculpture, stained glass, and watercolor departments. Preferred applicants will have a personable and patient disposition, excellent communication skills, and the ability to teach their medium to groups of beginning, intermediate, and/or advanced level students. Class sizes range, depending on enrollment, from around 5 to 30 students. Experience teaching is helpful but not an absolute requirement. To apply, send a cover letter with statement of intent, resumé, and 6-10 tiffs or jpegs of current work to Ariane D’Souza via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Entries, 2021 Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition & Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition – Hagerstown, MD
Deadline: November 19 The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce a call for entries for the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition and the Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition. Both are open to artists living in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D. C. For more information, click here.
Call for Proposals, Maritime Center of Excellence, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association – New London, CT
Deadline: November 25 The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association (USCGAAA) has issued a request for qualifications from talented muralists and artists to create a large-scale art installation at the Maritime Center of Excellence (MCOE). The project seeks to develop artwork that will be prominently displayed in the MCOE, which is currently under construction along the waterfront of the Coast Guard Academy in New London. For more information and qualifications, contact Captain Robert McKenna at email@example.com.
Call for Entries, Laid Bare, Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University – Baltimore
Deadline: November 29 Apocalypse, by its original Greek definition, means a revelation. During recent societal upheavals—from the Covid-19 pandemic to the accelerating climate crisis, to increasing political division and violence, to a near coup— apocalyptic thinking has become pervasive, and at times ubiquitous. What new worlds will be revealed, as the world we once knew ceases to exist? What better world can we build from this one? Gormley Gallery invites submissions for an exhibition on the theme of apocalypse as revelation. For more information click here.
Call for Artists, Like Clockwork, Vestige Concept Gallery – Pittsburgh
Deadline: December 11 Like Clockwork seeks to showcase works of art that address the nature of time. From birth, our daily routines, anxieties on aging, death, rebirth, to creation and destruction, the forms of time give shape to human experience. We are accepting works from emerging, mid-career, and/or professional artists. Work should somehow relate to the theme of the show. For more information, click here.
Call for Entries, 33rd National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition – Baltimore
Deadline: January 14 Gormley Gallery invites entries for the annual National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition, juried this year by Joy Davis, Director and Curator of Waller Gallery in Baltimore. A minimum of $1,500 is available in purchase prize money. Drawings and prints (not photography) in any medium up to 60 inches high (with frame) are eligible with no limitations as to color, surface, or materials. To enter, click here.
Re-runs: These were previously posted, but it’s not too late to enter!
Call for Proposals, Public Art – La Plata, MD
Deadline: November 9 The Arts Workgroup of Keep La Plata Beautiful (KLPB) is dedicated to fostering community collaborations and partnerships between local artists and businesses in La Plata. We have begun a public art project as a way of demonstrating our commitment to urban renewal and growth in our neighborhoods. Any artist or group of artists interested in creating a two-dimensional painting or three-dimensional sculpture, or other art satisfying the guidelines may submit a proposal. Click here for more information.
Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
Field Residency, Chelsea: Winter Spring 2021-22 – New York
Deadline: November 13 Field Residency is an art studio in Chelsea, Manhattan’s Gallery District in New York City. We provide a 300 square ft, 12 ft ceiling studio space to accepted applicants for 6 weeks. International & US-based artists working in all mediums are eligible. Apply here.
Call for Entry, What A Relief: small relief sculptures , Washington Sculptors Group
Deadline: November 14 This small scale exhibition invites artists to rethink and expand upon the tradition of relief sculpture in contemporary terms. It is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group only, but artists who are not already members may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). For more information, click here.
Open Call, Three-Person Exhibit, Tiger Strikes Asteroid – Philadelphia
Deadline: November 15 Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia (TSA Philadelphia) is pleased to announce our Open Call 2022: Three-Person Exhibition, to run from January 8, 2022- February 12, 2022. We invite you to submit your work for an opportunity to be featured in a curated exhibition. Professional documentation and a modest stipend ($150 per artist) for shipping or other costs associated with the exhibition will be provided. Artists living outside of Philadelphia are welcome to apply but will be responsible for artwork shipping costs. For more information, click here.
Hooper Prize Grant for Artists
Deadline: November 16 The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Our aim is to advance artists’ careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. We accept submissions twice a year via an open call. We are offering 2 grants in the amount of $3,500 and 4 grants in the amount of $1,000. Grants will be awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators. Apply here.
Call for 2022 Bresler Resident Artists, VisArts — Rockville, MD
Deadline: November 19 In honor of VisArts patrons, Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four month residency at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland. This residency provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. The current call is for artists or collaborative artist teams whose primary practice is sound, new media and/or photography centering on environmental, social, racial, and economic justice. Artists must be prepared to use online platforms in place of face to face community gatherings due to pandemic safety concerns. For more information. click here.
Call for Student Artwork, The Stamp Gallery – College Park, MD
Deadline: November 19 The Stamp Student Union Gallery announces a call for student artwork for the Second Biennial Student Juried Exhibition to be held during the Winter Session. Artwork will be displayed on the walls in front of the windows of our gallery during the winter session; all forms of media, including 2-D, 3-D and digital, are accepted. The Juried Winter Show acts as a reflection of the varied artistic interests of the University of Maryland campus community. Proposals are open to all currently enrolled University of Maryland students. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Maryland Art Place UNDER $500 Exhibit — Baltimore
Deadline: November 20 Have your work noticed and purchased by local buyers & collectors, just in time for the holidays! Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking artists for UNDER $500, our upcoming, winter benefit exhibition/affordable art sale. On Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 2021 this two-day event will promote the sale of artwork by artists in the Maryland region. The virtual exhibition and sale event will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 10am – Wednesday, December 15 at 10pm. Artwork featured virtually will include featured artists in addition to artists presented in the gallery. For more information, click here.
Call for Artists, Make Me Happy, Falls Church Arts Gallery – Falls Church, VA
Deadline: November 21 Artworks in all media that elicit joy, bring a smile, and lift the spirit is the main prerequisite for this in-person and online exhibit. For more information, click here.
Boynes Emerging Artist Award
Deadline: November 22 The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an online art competition with a reward of cash, marketing, promotion, and art supplies. We accept all 2D and 3D artworks such as paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, etc. on any support such as canvas, wood, digital, etc. For more information, click here.
AMWA Seeks Art for Immediate Purchase – DC
Deadline: November 24 Washington DC-based nonprofit Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, representing urban, local drinking water systems in the U.S. is seeking approximately twenty (20) pieces of wall art for its office suite. Scenes from urban environments, such as water towers or rivers or lakes with cityscapes; urban nature trails or parks; cityscapes; etc. are welcome. Media includes oil, acrylic, paster, or watercolor. The call is open to any artist 18+ living within the DMV. Learn more here.
Smithsonian Magazine 19th Annual Photo Contest
Deadline: November 30 To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2019. There are 6 categories: Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images, and Mobile. Learn how to enter here.
Call for Entry, Anacostia Portraits – DC
Deadline: November 30 Anacostia Portraits is a participatory arts project using a historic photographic process to create a visual archive celebrating the people who make up the Anacostia region of the District of Columbia. In this revival of the 19th century tintype, individuals with a connection to the community are invited to portrait sessions with photographer Elena Volkova at the Anacostia Arts Center. Each sitting produces two portraits, one for the participant and one for a final installation. For more information, click here.
2021/2022 National Arts Club Fellowship – New York
Deadline: December 1 The Artist Fellowship provides a select number of artists, working in any one of the disciplines reflected in the NAC’s arts committees, a 18-month Artist Fellowship at the Club, situated in Gramercy Park, New York. Artist Fellows will be provided with complimentary Club participation, providing access to the historic clubhouse, public programs and discounted private overnight rooms. The Artist Fellowship provides opportunities for the recipient to be featured in Club programming and presentations. Learn more here.
Call for Artists, Hill Center Galleries – DC
Deadline: December 1 Hill Center Galleries is currently welcoming artists residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to submit entries for its Regional Juried Art Exhibition. Three cash prizes and five Honorable Mention awards will be made. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Mozaik Future Art Awards
Deadline: December 1 The Future Art Awards is an annual open call to all U.S. artists of all creative expressions and backgrounds, designed to give critical financial support, exhibition exposure, and literary coverage to 50 artists through a blind review of their art by a jury of their peers. This year’s theme is Ecosystem X—an arts-based reimagining of life on planet Earth. We’re offering $5,000 awards to ten selected artists, in addition to a $5,000 student scholarship/stipend to a winning student artist. All artists will showcase their work in a curated virtual exhibition opening free to the public in early 2022. There is no cost to submit. Learn more here.
Call for Artists + Photographers $550.00 Innovate Grants
Keyholder Residency Spring/Summer 2022, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center — Hyattsville, MD
Deadline: December 18 Pyramid Atlantic Art Center’s Keyholder Residency is a competitive opportunity for emerging to mid-career artists who want to have unlimited access to the studios in exchange for working 4 hours a week for Pyramid Atlantic. The residency is awarded to artists who hope to gain more knowledge and improve their skills in the printmaking, papermaking, or book arts studios. Two artists are selected twice a year by the Pyramid Atlantic artistic staff. Keyholders work in a productive community atmosphere alongside other artists and are expected to abide by all studio policies. Learn more here.
Open Call for Exhibition Proposals, Second Street Gallery – Charlottesville, VA
Deadline: January 3, 2022 Second Street Gallery is now accepting proposals for solo/group exhibitions for Season 49 (2022-2023). The gallery welcomes proposals for consideration in works of all media – drawings, prints, photography, paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, sound, performance, and interdisciplinary projects. Exhibition proposals must represent living artists, who may be of both emerging and established reputations. For more information, click here.
Studio Internship Summer 2022, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center — Hyattsville, MD
Deadline: February 18, 2022 Pyramid Atlantic offers internship opportunities for enthusiastic, engaged, and serious-minded college or post-college artists. Our interns assist resident artists, renters, artistic staff, with printmaking, papermaking, and book arts projects, and in outreach education programs. In addition to hands-on experience with artistic projects, interns gain an understanding of the day-to-day operation of a non-profit art center and gallery. For the Summer 2022 season, Pyramid will accept two interns for this program. Click here to apply.
Call for Artists, The Delaware Contemporary’s Artist Registry – Wilmington, DE
Deadline: August 1, 2022 The Delaware Contemporary’s Artist Registry promotes working artists of our region through exhibitions, residencies, and commissioned projects. The Artist Registry is available to artists within a 250 mile radius of Wilmington, DE and will be the tool by which The Delaware Contemporary will collect, review and select artists for juried and curated exhibitions and projects. By submitting an application for the Artist’s Registry, The Delaware Contemporary will have access to an artist portfolio for the 2021 – 2022 season. During each season, artist portfolios will be regularly reviewed for upcoming opportunities including exhibitions, programs, and special events, as well as selected to be highlighted on the museum’s social media platforms. Learn more here.
Ongoing: These opportunities have rolling deadlines.
Call for Art, Links Bridge Vineyards—Thurmont, MD
Links Bridge Vineyards, a small artisan style winery located just outside of Frederick, Maryland, is looking to feature the artwork of various artists on the walls of their tasting barn for two weeks at a time. To learn more, call Joan Cartier 301-602-5733 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pyramid Atlantic Workshop Proposals – Hyattsville, MD
Pyramid Atlantic offers year-round workshops in printmaking, papermaking, book arts, and hybrids thereof. We offer multi-week, daytime, evening, and weekend intensives for adults in our fully equipped studios. As part of a robust and diverse schedule of offerings, we welcome unsolicited workshop proposals, and hope that you will consider applying! Workshop proposal reviews are ongoing, but for best consideration, submit class proposals by the following dates: 1/15 for Summer Workshops; 4/1 for Fall Workshops; 7/1 for Winter Workshops; 10/1 for Spring Workshops. Questions? Email Gretchen, Artistic Director, email@example.com
Call For Stories About Women in the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council
2020 has been dedicated to the Year of the Woman in Maryland. Do you have an inspiring story about vital contributions of women-identifying people who are artists, arts administrators, or cultural workers? Perhaps an exhibition, performance or project featuring women? Share it with the Maryland State Arts Council for potential use in marketing and communications! Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include “Year of the Woman” in the subject line. Satff will contact senders whose stories are selected for inclusion in future newsletters, eblasts, or social media postings. Learn more about Maryland’s year of the Woman here.
Call For Artists, Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets is looking for submissions from Maryland and Virginia artists as it expands to new locations in both areas. Submissions can include drawings, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, fiber, quilts, etc. Art images reflecting life in the city, family, portraits, whimsy, abstraction, social uplift and life experiences within diverse cultures are encouraged for submission. For more information, click here.
Alterwork Studios Online Residency
This residency was designed to give emerging contemporary artists an online platform to create new work and explore their practice. Over the course of four weeks, artists will be encouraged to experiment and explore their concepts and move their work forward in the contemporary art world. Learn more here.
Accepting Artwork for Curatorial Review by AIWA
The Alper Initiative for Washington Art features five exhibitions per year in the newly constructed first floor space in the American University Museum. We accept submissions, on a rolling basis, from Washington artists of all ages and backgrounds, and working in diverse media. The museum’s Director and Curator, Jack Rasmussen, will select curators who will review these submissions for potential use in Alper Initiative exhibitions. For more information click here.
Call For Entry Hamilton Arts Collective Guest Artist Exhibition – Baltimore, MD
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, click here.
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, click here.
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.