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.
Call for Entry, Washington Sculptors Group’s 2022 Annual Member’s Image Show — D.C.
Deadline: September 8 Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies will again be hosting the Annual Members’ Image Show on October 1, 7–9 p.m. For more information, click here. To become a member of WSG, click here.
Call for Entries, The Magic of Glass, National Capital Art Glass Guild — Bethesda, MD
Deadline: September 9 This show celebrates the United Nations’ declaration of 2022 as the International Year of Glass. All styles of glasswork are accepted, with the exception of jewelry, which is not accepted in this show. All members are invited to apply or you may join the Guild (www.ncagg.org) prior to applying. The show will run from Friday, November 11 through Saturday, December 3. For more information, click here.
Call for Sculpture, Proposals, South County Police Station — Fairfax, VA
Deadline: September 15 The Workhouse Arts Center has been selected by Fairfax County to facilitate the proposal, creation, and installation of a commissioned sculpture at the new South County Police Station and Animal Shelter. The southern part of Fairfax County, Virginia, has a growing need for police and animal shelter services, and is currently constructing a multi-use facility that will house the South County Police Station, an animal shelter, and a community room. The anticipated substantial completion date is Spring 2023. For more information, Click here.
Call for Suspended Installation Proposals, South County Police Station — Fairfax, VA
Deadline: September 15 The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, has been asked by Fairfax County to facilitate the proposal, creation, and installation of a commissioned suspended installation at the new South County Police Station and Animal Shelter. The southern part of Fairfax County, Virginia, has a growing need for police and animal shelter services, and is currently constructing a multi-use facility that will house the South County Police Station, an animal shelter, and a community room. The anticipated substantial completion date is Spring 2023. For more information, Click here.
Call for Photography/Painting Proposals, South County Police Station — Fairfax, VA
Deadline: September 15 The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, has been asked by Fairfax County to facilitate the proposal, creation, and installation of commissioned, two-dimensional photographs and/or visual art at the new South County Police Station and Animal Shelter. The southern part of Fairfax County, Virginia, has a growing need for police and animal shelter services, and is currently constructing a multi-use facility that will house the South County Police Station, an animal shelter, and a community room. The anticipated substantial completion date is Spring 2023. For more information, click here.
Call for Artists, Oglebay Institute Holiday Art Show & Sale — Wheeling, WV
Deadline: September 19 Oglebay Institute’s annual Holiday Art Show & Sale is an extraordinary holiday shopping event featuring fine art and crafts from the region’s most talented artists. The exclusive six-week show provides an outstanding opportunity for selected artists to sell to thousands of enthusiastic shoppers in TWO ideal locations – the historic Stifel Fine Arts Center, located on the highly traveled National Road in Wheeling, and the Schrader Environmental Education Center, located in the world-class Oglebay Park. For more information, click here.
Washington Printmakers Gallery Fellowship Opportunity — D.C.
Deadline: September 30 The Washington Print Foundation is pleased to offer a one-year Associate Fellowship at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. Artists who practice traditional and non-traditional printmaking and photography are encouraged to consider applying for this fellowship. Photographers, digital printmakers, 3-D printmakers, book artists, artists mixing methods such as sculpture, painting, and drawing with photography and printmaking are also welcome to apply. For more information, click here.
Re-runs: These were previously posted, but it’s not too late to enter!
Call for Entries, Parallax – Women’s Photography Exhibition — Baltimore
Deadline: September 9 Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore invites submissions to Parallax – Women’s Photography Exhibition, a national competitive exhibition juried by Liz Faust. Photographs in any process are eligible, with no limitation as to size or materials. Each artist may submit up to five works online only. This juried exhibition is open to U.S.-based women artists of all levels (professional, emerging, and students 18 years and over). Learn more here.
Call to Artists, Femmes Ensemble, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
Deadline: September 9 We are excited to announce our national juried art show, Femmes Ensemble. Today more than ever women need to work together for their rights. It is in these challenging times that we organize, we care for each other, and we make art. Women of all backgrounds, ages, stages of career, and cultures are invited to participate in this exhibit that benefits Planned Parenthood. For more information, click here.
Costa Rica’s Hotel Belmar Artist Residency — Monteverde, Costa Rica
Deadline: September 10 Hotel Belmar, a leading eco-focused boutique hotel located in the cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica, is launching an open call for its Artist Residency Program. The program brings established and emerging artists to the hotel to discover the wonders of the cloud forest and create art inspired by nature. For more information, click here.
The Artist Residency Project, School of Visual Arts — New York
Deadline: September 10 This residency program is designed for fine artists working across discipline, medium, and platform. Through online platforms, it aims to deliver a robust, global residency experience. Working with SVA’s distinguished faculty, participants will develop their practice without the limitations of location or the necessity for travel. The goal of The Artist Residency Project is to create an inclusive online space where artists can thrive, nurture their practice and build an active, engaged community. For more information, click here.
Call for Artists, ‘Scapes, Falls Church Arts Gallery — Falls Church, VA
Deadline: September 11 Artists are invited to contemplate the ‘Scapes that inhabit their world, inner or outer, real or imagined, representational or abstract, macro- or microscopic. For more information, click here.
Call for Entries, 2022 International Alternative Processes. SoHo Photo Gallery — New York
Deadline: September 12 Soho Photo Gallery, New York’s longest running cooperative gallery, is excited to announce our 18th International Alternative Processes Competition. For more information, click here.
Call for Entries, Artists Magazine Over 60 Art Competition
Deadline: September 12 The Artists Magazine Over 60 Art Competition honors work from outstanding artists over the age of 60. Whether you’ve been making art for decades or came to it later in life, don’t miss this opportunity to earn recognition for your creative efforts. Enter today for your chance to win cash prizes and publication in a special issue of Artists Magazine. Learn mere here.
Calls for Entry, Portraits by the People, Anacostia Community Museum — DC
Deadline: September 15 In celebration of the 55th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, the museum is asking residents of Washington, D.C., to submit images of themselves and their communities to a new initiative, Portraits by the People. Select portrait submissions will be shown on the museum’s social media sites and as building projections during the museum’s 55th anniversary celebrations Sept. 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Submit portraits here.
Call for Artists, Fanciful Picnic Tables at Sandy Spring Museum — Sandy Spring, MD
Deadline: September 15 Serving as a gathering place for the community, Sandy Spring Museum is installing a series of picnic groves with fanciful picnic tables, most of which will be designed by Maryland artists. We are seeking proposals from artists who would like to be selected to design and build a table. Anyone living within Maryland can apply, including amateur and professional artists, as individuals or as a group. For more information, click here.
Toward Equity in Publishing Professional Writing Development Program — DC
Deadline: September 15 Toward Equity in Publishing is a new initiative designed to remediate the inequitable conditions that precede and impede publication in the field of American art history. This professional development program is being launched by the peer-reviewed journal American Art, which is co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and University of Chicago Press. It is open to applications from unpublished graduate students, untenured faculty, junior museum staff, and independent scholars who are producing research on American art history and related visual culture topics. To learn more and apply, click here.
International Human Rights Art Festival Logo Contest
Deadline: September 15 The International Human Rights Art Festival, evolving from our original one-week performance festival into an international movement, having worked with creators from 86 countries and 37 US States, is changing our name to the International Human Rights Art Movement! And we need a new logo — so we have initiated a logo design contest, with cash prizes and permanent advertising for your work on our website! For more information, click here.
Innovative Grants for Artists + Photographers
Deadline: September 15 Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer. In addition, (4) honorable mentions (2 in art and 2 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Apply for the Summer 2022 Cycle here.
Hillyer Call for Exhibition Proposals: 2023-2024
Deadline: September 16 Hillyer is accepting proposals for exhibitions to take place between January and December 2023. Through this competitive selection process, accepted artists are awarded a month-long exhibition in one of our three gallery spaces. To learn more, click here.
2023 Open Call for a Solo Exhibition at Target Gallery — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: September 18 Torpedo Factory Art Center invites artists living in the DC-metropolitan region to submit a proposal for a solo exhibition in Target Gallery, the Art Center’s contemporary exhibition space. The artist with the chosen proposal will receive an exhibition in Target Gallery from April 22 – July 16, 2023. The artist will receive a $3,000 stipend for the opportunity to cover artists expenses. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Into the Void a National Juried Exhibition — Fredericksburg, VA
Deadline: September 23 Put your Trypophobia aside and show us your perforated perfections, dotty dazzlements and round openings! Into the Void is a show about holes and voids. The holes can be in things, they can be dots, or even openings. Show us what comes to your mind when you think of A VOID. For more information, click here.
Call for Artists, 2022 Scenes in the City Plein Air Festival — Falls Church, VA
Deadline: September 24. Falls Church Arts will hold its 12th annual Scenes in the City Plein Air Festival September 9-24. Artists will paint outdoors in Falls Church City, VA, from September 9 through 23. The Plein Air Festival competition and a Quick Draw event will be held on Saturday, September 24. For more information, click here.
Call for Artists, Carroll Gallery & Birke Gallery 2023 Season — Huntington, WV
Deadline: October 1 Marshall University’s School of Art & Design is seeking submissions from emerging to professional artists for solo and group shows in the Fall Semester of 2023. We have two galleries of varying sizes: The Carroll Gallery and the Birke Art Gallery located in Huntington WV. All visual arts media are eligible for consideration. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, PRIMARY COLORS International Juried Photography Competition
Deadline: October 9. Red, Yellow, and Blue are the three basic paint colors an artist needs to create a world of color, yet each stands out on its own as an important visual element. This competition is about images in which one of these colors is a critical component. The New York Center for Photographic Arts (NYC4PA) invites photographers world-wide to submit images using any photographic process (print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, etc.). Learn more here.
Call for Submissions, Power of Home Digital Art Contest
Deadline: October 15 Virginia Housing is celebrating its 50th anniversary by sponsoring a Power of Home digital art contest. The contest is open to all Virginians and will award a total of $20,000 to multiple winners across three categories – school-age students, adult amateurs and adult professionals. For more information, click here.
Craft Research Fund Project Grant
Deadline: October 21 The Project Grant is one of three categories that make up the Craft Research Fund, a visionary program dedicated to supporting scholarly craft research in the United States. Since 2005 the Center annually grants $95,000 to academic researchers, independent scholars, curators, and graduate students writing, revising, and reclaiming the history of craft. Grants up to $15,000 are awarded to support projects that encourage, expand, and support scholarly craft research in the United States. For more information, click here.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas Call for Trans, Non-binary, and Gender-diverse Artist — DC
Deadline: October 31 OAS Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) of the OAS Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs (SHA), announces an open call to artists of the region to submit works addressing gender identity and expression, in order to stage an exhibition at the AMA. This program aims to strengthen and increase the visibility of the social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights of trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse people in OAS Member States. Winning entry will receive a prize of US $5,000. Winning artwork will be accessioned into the permanent collection of the OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas. For more information, click here.
Keyholder Residency, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center— Hyattsville, MD
Deadline: November 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. To learn more and apply, click here.
Tour de Force Microgrants
Foundry Gallery Emerging Artist Membership Grant — DC
Deadline: December 31 One of Washington’s premier contemporary galleries, Foundry’s mission is to promote the work of young emerging and accomplished regional artists. We are seeking artists interested in gallery membership and the opportunity to learn how a co-operative gallery works. For more information and to apply, click here.
Call for Artists, Artsfairfax Sponsored Temporary Art Installations at Tysons Corner — Fairfax, VA
Deadline: December 31 From now through the end of the calendar year, Macerich and ArtsFairfax invite artists, artists teams, and arts organizations based in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church to activate select retail storefronts and open spaces in the shopping center with visual art. The goals for this initiative are to create unique and interactive art environments, echo Tysons Corner Center as a contemporary and creative destination, and most importantly, to showcase the talents of local artists and arts organizations. For more information, click 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 protected].
Ongoing: These opportunities have rolling deadlines.
Call for Artists, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council
Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) is featuring county artists at its newest art space Arts’tination at National Harbor, the premier arts and entertainment destination in our regions Located at 162 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD. Arts’tination is dedicated to supporting local artists and curating immersive creative experiences. PGAHC is recruiting artists to show and sell their work and/or to conduct arts related workshops for the public. Artists should submit work samples and inquires to [email protected]. For more information please visit https://www.pgahc.org/artstination.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants
These monthly grants range from $500–$3,000, with the average amount being $1,700. Visual and performing artists whose work is of a contemporary, experimental nature and who have a US Tax ID Number can apply. For more information, click here.
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 [email protected].
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 protected]
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 [email protected], 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 protected].
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: [email protected]. 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 protected].
Summer Art Camp Interns Wanted at The Art League — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: Until Filled The Art League has internships available during the summer. This is a great opportunity for high school graduates or college students to meet their collegiate internship requirements, or provide a valuable experience and references. Interns for those who work more than 200 hours will be given a stipend. They may also be approved to teach paid sessions towards the end of the summer if they meet the appropriate criteria. To learn more and to apply, contact Keeley Rae Prestwhich at [email protected].