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 email@example.com.
Call for Entry, Capricious Photo Award 2021 – NYC
Deadline: December 1 The Capricious Award provides one photographer with the resources and editorial support to bring a body of work to fruition. Each year the award is juried by photographers, critics and curators, with the intent to select a photographer whose work is both distinct in point of view and boldly relevant to the unfolding issues of our time. The recipient will be awarded with resources, valued at $25,000, geared towards the production of a limited-edition book. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, True Blue Online Exhibit
Deadline: December 3 The color blue is the most universally appealing color on the spectrum. It can represent trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, and sensitivity. But it can also convey fragility, depression, impersonality, and even coldness. There was a time when the pigment blue was the rarest and most precious shade of all. Some artists even went into debt just to use the color! With so many intriguing shades of blue and so many meanings and representations, show us True Blue through your perspective. Learn more here.
Open Call, Mattress Factory 2021 Residency – Pittsburgh, PA
Deadline: December 10 The Mattress Factory is pleased to announce our new International Open Call for artist residencies and solo exhibitions. During their residency, artists are free to explore wherever their process leads them. The Mattress Factory will support each artist’s process from development through production and installation to exhibition. Solo exhibitions resulting from residencies will be scheduled from Spring 2023 onwards. Learn more here.
2022 Open Call for Solo Exhibition, Target Gallery – Alexandria, VA
Deadline: January 2 Target Gallery invites regional artists living in the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia to apply for an open call for proposals for a solo exhibition for the summer of 2022. The individual with the chosen proposal will receive an exhibition at Target Gallery from April 23 – July 17, 2022, as well as a virtual online catalog. The artist will also receive a $2000 stipend as well as $100 for an artist talk and additional programming throughout the exhibition. For more information, click here.
New Photography III: National Juried Exhibition – Easton, MD
Deadline: January 5 The Academy Museum’s acclaimed national juried photography exhibition returns in its third year with artist, publisher and editor Kris Graves as juror. The open call invites photographers at any stage of their career to submit a cohesive body of work comprising of five images, made between 2019 and 2021. The exhibition seeks to showcase the most compelling and relevant work made by photographers all over the US. For more information, click here.
Call for Proposals, Spring Solos 2022, McLean Project for the Arts – McLean, VA
Deadline: January 7 McLean Project for the Arts is seeking solo exhibition proposals for the Spring of 2022. Contemporary living artists working in the Mid-Atlantic Region are invited to submit exhibition or project proposals to be on display in the Emerson and Atrium Galleries. The dates for the exhibitions will be from April 14 – June 11, 2022. For more information, Click here.
Re-runs: These were previously posted, but it’s not too late to enter!
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.
Request for Qualifications, Brightview Innovation Center Public Art — Herndon, VA
Deadline: November 30 Brightview Innovation Center in Herndon, Virginia is requesting proposals for public art for three areas within its complex. Artists and artist teams can demonstrate qualifications for 1, 2, or all 3 of the art locations. Learn more here.
Call for Entries, SlowArt Productions Emerging Artists 2022 – Hudson, NY
Deadline: November 30 SlowArt Productions presents Emerging Artists 2022, the 30th annual competition for exhibition, promotion and $500 cash award. Open to all artists working in any media. This event is devoted to the discovery, introduction, and promotion of Emerging Artists. The exhibition will be held March 3 – 26, 2022, at the Limner Gallery. Click here for more information.
Call for Art, Create! Magazine
Deadline: November 30 Create! Magazine is pleased to announce a new juried call for entries for the Create! Magazine Winter Print Issue 2021-2022. We are proud to present our incredible guest curator for this issue, Daniel Raphael Gallery, a Contemporary Art Gallery based in Marylebone, London with a focus on emerging artists. All are welcome. Our calls for entry are open to all artists from every country unless we have a special edition that highlights a specific topic or interest. All styles and media are welcome. There are no educational requirements to apply to the open calls. Learn more 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.
Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency by Collar Works – Granville, NY
Deadline: December 1 Collar Works is seeking artists to participate in the 2022 Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency program for individuals and parent artists. The Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency (EMAR) program by Collar Works is designed to provide a diverse group of 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. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, High Contrast International Juried Exhibition – Poughkeepsie, New York
Deadline: December 10 High Contrast invites artworks that make stark contrasts visible and/or draw our attention to radical difference in the world around us. “High contrast” can exist in an artwork’s juxtaposition of strong black and white elements or vivid, bright objects cast against deep, dark shadows. The term might refer to oppositional differences in subject matter, i.e. big/small, curvilinear/angular, rough/polished. In our lives, we also encounter examples of “high contrast” in social and economic disparities, political polarization, or even in the plastic bag or garbage we see sitting in an otherwise pristine natural landscape. Learn more 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 Artists + Photographers $550.00 Innovate Grants
Call for Artists + Photographers, Innovate Grants
Deadline: December 14 Innovate Grant distributes two $550.00 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer. The Fall 2021 cycle is currently open. Apply here.
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.
Call for Entry, New Photography III: National Juried Exhibition – Easton, MD
Deadline: January 2 The Academy Art Museum’s open call invites photographers at any stage of their career to submit a cohesive body of work comprising of five images, made between 2019 and 2021. The exhibition seeks to showcase the most compelling and relevant work made by photographers all over the US. The juror will select between 13 – 15 artists for the exhibition. Click here for more information.
Call for Art, Adorned: Inspired by Fabric and Fashion, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center – Salmons, MD
Deadline: January 2 Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center invites emerging and established artists to submit original artworks to the juried exhibition ‘Adorned: Inspired by Fabric and Fashion’. This is a national juried exhibition. All media and performance welcome; small to large-scale works; cash awards. For more information, click 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.
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.
Call for Entry, Wharton Esherick Museum 28th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition – Malvern, PA
Deadline: February 4 As the Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2022, we’re reflecting on how we’ve shared and interpreted Esherick’s remarkable self-portrait for thousands of people over half a century. In turn, we invite you to share innovative works of art, craft, and design that represent a self-portrait; wood must be part of your entry, but it doesn’t have to be the only material used. For more information, click here.
The Chelsea International Photography Competition – NYC
Deadline: February 15 The Competition is an ideal way to exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $55,000 in valuable prizes, it is open to photographers from around the world at any stage of their careers. To learn more and enter, 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.