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 to Artists, Tephra ICA Arts Festival 2023 — Reston, VA
Deadline: January 2 Now in its 32nd year, the Tephra ICA Arts Festival, formerly known as the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, has a long-standing reputation for presenting high quality, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind artwork in the dynamic, open-air setting of the Reston Town Center. The Festival attracts affluent patrons and knowledgeable collectors from the Washington, DC metropolitan region and beyond. Learn how to participate here.
Call for Exhibition Proposals, Watkins Nature Center — Upper Marlboro, MD
Deadline: January 15 Watkins Nature Center is seeking proposals from artists to present exhibitions for available dates in 2023 This call is open to all artists in the District/Maryland/Virginia Area who are 18 years of age or older. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, 25th International Krappy Kamera Competition, SoHo Photo Gallery — NY
Deadline: January 23 In the hands of any artist, great photographs can be made with basic equipment. To explore this talent, we are searching for extraordinary photographs made with lousy lenses. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Layers–Material and Meaning, Site:Brooklyn — Brooklyn, NY
Deadline: January 30 Layering is both an integral part of longstanding artistic practices, Site:Brooklyn is looking for works that continue this exploration of the relationship between layering and artmaking, knowing that layering both is central to the history of art while always remaining aware of, and engaged with, its future potential. We are looking for artists that work across, and within, all mediums. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Artist on the Rise Teen Juried Competition — Greenbelt, MD
Deadline: February 26 Montpelier Arts Center presents Artists on the Rise, an annual juried teen exhibition held in the galleries of Montpelier and designed to provide local teens with an opportunity to showcase their artistic accomplishments in a professional setting. Cash prizes will be awarded. For more information, click here.
Opening for a Part-time Quilting and Fiber Art Instructor, Motgomery College — Montgomery County, MD
Deadline: March 1 The Montgomery College, Community Arts Program, is currently accepting applications for possible openings as a part-time faculty member teaching quilting and fiber arts. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher who exhibits a high degree of professionalism, a strong commitment to our students, and demonstrates the ability to motivate and educate in an engaging manner. For more information, click here.
Re-runs: These were previously posted, but it’s not too late to enter!
Call for Art, WANDERLUST, Art Fluent — Online Exhibit
Deadline: December 30 Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, WANDERLUST. Traveling is a powerful way to open the heart, cleanse the mind and heal the soul. Art helps us to capture the culture and spirit we discover through these journeys and uncover the rich stories of lands far away from our own. It’s all about opening our eyes to the world and seeing each other in different ways. Wanderlust is calling. Let’s explore the unfamiliar. Show us WANDERLUST from your perspective. Learn more and enter 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.
Blog Submissions Wanted, Create! Magazine
Deadline: December 31 Create! Magazine welcomes blog submissions from artists, makers, designers and creative entrepreneurs. Please send your work to the form below to be featured. Published artists will be promoted through our website, as well as by extensive exposure through social media. Artists may be contacted for an exclusive interview or highlight in our bimonthly print issues. For more information, click here.
Integrity: Arts & Culture Association Grant
Deadline: December 31 Integrity: Arts & Culture Association (IACA) Mini-Grants generally average $250, and are intended to assist with such things as: artistic supplies, recordings, studio time, exhibits, performances, project related expenses, residences, etc. This is our way of planting seeds that we believe will continue to grow. We have many grant application cycles throughout the year. Given the pandemic, funding requests for remote programs and projects are most welcome. For more information and to apply, click here.
Puffin Foundation Annual Artist Grant
Deadline: December 31 The Puffin Foundation provides grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities, and to emerging artists with work addressing environmental, social justice, civil rights, and other contemporary issues. They are accepting new proposals in the genres of theater, video/film, and climate/environmental art. Average grants are approximately $1,250; the maximum grant size is $2,500. For more information, click here.
Open Call, Western Loudoun Art and Studio Tour — Western Loudoun County, VA
Deadline: January 1, 2023 The 2023 Western Loudoun Art and Studio Tour (WLAST) is the 16th anniversary of the Tour. Professional and emerging visual artists whose studios are in Western Loudoun County and meet specified criteria may apply as Studio Artists. Loudoun artists who do not have a Western Loudoun studio suitable for visitors may apply as Guest Artists. Learn more here.
Call for Entry, Breaking Ground: Art about the Earth, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center — Solomons, MD
Deadline: January 1, 2023 Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center invites emerging and established artists to submit original artworks to ‘Breaking Ground: Art about the Earth’. All media will be considered, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance, glass, fiber, digital, photography, installation, mixed media, and new genres. For more information click here.
Open Call, General Exhibit Applications, Howard County Arts Council — Ellicott City, MD
Deadline: January 1 The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 21,000 square feet of exhibit space. 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. For more infromation and to apply, click here.
Call for Entry, Claim to Fame, Gallery Underground — Arlington, VA
Deadline: January 2 We want to see the art you are most proud of! You’re invited to submit what you consider your best artwork to Claim to Fame. This call is open to all mediums, including any form of 2- or 3-D work. For more information, click here.
Call to Artists, Show Off! 5th Annual Exhibition, Virginia Beach Art Center — Virginia Beach, VA
Deadline: January 3 The Virginia Beach Art Center (VB-AC) presents a nation-wide showcase which gives artists an opportunity to submit their very best pieces without begin bound by a theme. Artists from Alabama to Wyoming and all US territories are invited to show off their personal best. For mor information, click here.
Call for Proposals, Solos 2023, Museum for Contemporary Art Arlington — Arlington, VA
Deadline: January 6 Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is currently accepting proposals for SOLOS 2023, a series of solo exhibitions by Mid-Atlantic artists. Contemporary artists living or working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to propose solo exhibitions or projects to take place in one of the Museum’s gallery spaces. For more information, click here.
Cal for Artists, 11th Street Bridge Park & National Children’s Center Mural — D.C.
Deadline: January 6 Artists or Artist Teams are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered to participate in the installation of a mural at the NCC Baby Bloomers Farm. This artwork is supported by a generous grant from the Darryl Chappell Foundation. For more information, click here.
Open Call, Love Hurts, Girls Who Paint Gallery — Kensington, MD
Deadline: January 11 This exhibition invites artists of all backgrounds to submit work that speaks to you and that you feel best expresses the theme. Artwork will be judged based on originality, quality of work, interpretation of theme, creativity, and overall artistic ability. For more information, click here.
Call for Entries, Earth & Fire, Stifel Fine Arts Center — Wheeling, WV
Deadline: January 14, 2023 Stifel Fine Arts Center of Oglebay Institute will be hosting a national exhibition of ceramic art in February and March 2023. This is the first of an annual exhibition and will be a focal point of Ceramics Take Over Wheeling, a citywide event that will celebrate ceramic artists and clay enthusiasts alike. Click here for more information.
Call for Entry, Being Seen, The Artists Gallery — Frederick, MD
Deadline: January 14 Being Seen is an exhibit for all artists 18+ years of age who are eager to share their work with viewers. Artistic expression for this exhibit has no limits in terms of style, inspiration, or media. Our goal is to exhibit engaging, masterfully executed, perplexing or uniquely beautiful works. The subject, or lack of subject is totally up to you. Being Seen is about allowing your work to be seen in a quality gallery setting and regional arts destination. For more information, click here.
Folger Institute Artistic Research Fellowship
Deadline: January 15, 2023 Folger Institute Artistic Research Fellowships are open to artists working in all media whose work would benefit from significant primary research. This includes, but is not limited to, visual artists, writers, dramaturgs, playwrights, performers, filmmakers, and composers. Artistic fellowships may be conducted either as a virtual fellowship for one month or as a residential fellowship at the Folger for one, two, or three months. Learn more here.
Torpedo Factory Art Center 2023 Post-Graduation Residency Opportunity
Deadline: January 15 The Torpedo Factory Art Center Post-Graduation Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and a three-month term solo studio space in the nation’s longest continually operated community of publicly accessible artists’ studios in a converted industrial space. This residency is open to recently graduated art students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the visual arts from an accredited university. For more information, click here.
Call for Entries, Endangered Animals Public Art Project — D.C.
Deadline: January 17 In partnership with Cleveland Park Main Street (CPMS) and Woodley Park Main Street (WPMS), Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is pleased to open interest form submissions to local artists to be part of the Endangered Animals Art Project, an extension of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project. The Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (Alphabet Animals) is a community-focused public art project that promotes livability, walkability, and delight in the Southeast Quadrant of Washington, D.C. learn more here.
Call for Entry, Play: 31st Annual Strathmore Exhibition — Rockville, MD
Deadline: January 21 Play is a pathway to connection, innovation, and renewal. We use play to sustain our creativity, build relationships, and cultivate a love of life. Strathmore welcomes artists to submit original artwork for Play: The 31st Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition. Artwork may be of any style and medium, although Strathmore is not able to accommodate performance art at this time. Artists from within the DMV region and beyond are encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Blue, King Street Gallery at Montgomery College — Silver Spring, MD
Deadline: January 22 The King Street Gallery in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Montgomery College is calling for artists to explore, expand, define, engage, meditate on, interrogate, and converse with the color blue. Proposals for solo or group exhibitions are invited. For more information, click here.
2023 – 2024 Artist in Residence Program, Montgomery College — Silver Spring, MD
Deadline: January 22 The Artist In Residence (AIR) program provides artists with studio space for up to one semester in duration. Studios provided are highly visible and placed in an interactive academic setting. Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 – 2024 season. Learn more and apply here.
Kite Prize for Contemporary Art Award
Deadline: January 23 The Kite Prize for Contemporary Art Award, an international visual art award, was established to recognize innovative visual artists and creatives who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their work. The award is juried by Amie Potsic Art Advisory, LLC choosing a winning artist based on artistic excellence, creative accomplishment, and cultural significance. Learn more and apply here.
Open Call, Clay Bash 2023, A Triennial Ceramics Juried Exhibition — Clinton, NJ
Deadline: February 1 Hunterdon Art Museum invites applications to our first triennial juried exhibition of ceramics. The form and content of your work will be up to you, the artist/maker. We are seeking lively and interesting interpretations of clay as material and idea. Your work may or may not fall within the traditional terms of description as “functional” or “sculptural”. For more information, click here.
Call for Entries, 9th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition — Cumberland, MD
Deadline: February 10 This 9th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE), sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, will meld the region’s rich concentration of photographic artists with an influx of national photographers in a juried competition offering $6,500 in cash prizes. For more information, click here.
Call to Artists, Folklife Apprenticeship, Maryland
Deadline: February 28, 2023 Maryland State Arts Council is now accepting applications for a special cycle of the Folklife Apprenticeship made available through Arts Relief funding. Folklife Apprenticeships are $5,000 each and support traditional arts education through the teaching of skills from a master artist to an apprentice artist. Applicants who are eligible for Folklife Apprenticeships are traditional artists who have resided in Maryland for at least six months. 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.
NEW! Studio Sundays Submissions, Create! Magazine
Every month Create! Magazine! picks several winning images of artists’ studio spaces and features them on their website and social media along with artists’ work and story. Submit a quality image of your workspace, studio or kitchen table where you make work for a chance to be featured. For more information and to submit, click here.
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].