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, Works in Progress Wanted and Hamiltonian Artists — D.C.
Deadline: August 25 Artists living and working in the DC Metropolitan area, we want to see your works in progress! Selected artists will be invited and paid to participate in a group exhibition of sketches, studies, and other WIPs. The opening will take place on September 30 as part of DC Art All Night and Hamiltonian Artists’ studio unveiling event. For more information, click here.
Call to Artists, City of Alexandria Mobile Art Lab Artist Residencies — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: September 1 The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is seeking six artists to each develop and execute two public workshops through the Mobile Art Lab. These site-specific workshops are opportunities to collaborate with the Office of the Arts to engage the public in various settings throughout Alexandria in new ways. For more information, click here.
Call for Proposals, The Stamp Gallery Artist-in-Residence Exhibition — College Park, MD
Deadline: September 17 The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking proposals for one artist-in-residence exhibition project which will develop in the Gallery over the course of five weeks beginning in March 2024. The AiR program is designed to give the University of Maryland community, as well as the Capital Region Arts community, opportunities to engage with art in-process, experience artwork that is dynamic in nature, and interact with arts professionals. For more information, click here.
Call for Artists, SPECTRAL Performance Art Festival — D.C.
Deadline: September 18 The SPECTRAL Performance Art Festival is seeking performance artists for a full 2-day lineup on October 21st and 22nd 2023 at Rhizome DC. As we navigate a world devoid of meaning, how can we meet that void and give shape to emptiness? SPECTRAL seeks performances that blur the boundaries between the spiritual and the mundane, embracing the ether. For more information, click here.
Call to Artists, 2023 Falls Church Arts “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Festival — Falls Church, VA
Deadline: September 22 The Falls Church Plein Air Festival returns for 2023. Artists paint outdoors in Falls Church City September 15-29, 2023. The Plein Air Festival and Quick Draw Event is on Saturday, September 30 (rain date October 14). For more information and to enter, click here.
Re-runs: These were previously posted, but it’s not too late to enter!
Call for Entry, Fleeting Moments, Athenaeum Gallery — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: August 22 The show will feature photographs that capture candid moments, revelatory interpretations, and brilliant reflections of the mundane—work commonly referred to as “street photography.” For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Athenaeum Solo or Group Show: 2022-2023 — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: August 25 Artists who live or work in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia may submit a proposal for a solo show. A group of artists who live or work in the area may submit a proposal for a group show. A curator, living or working anywhere, may submit a proposal for a show featuring works by artists living or working in this area. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Influence, HMVC Gallery — New York
Deadline: August 28 Throughout history artists have been inspired by their experiences, the environment around them, their culture, politics, and imagination. In September we celebrate our 1 year anniversary and in our group show ”Influence” we want to showcase artworks depicting things that have influenced you and your art. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, The Art League October Open Exhibit — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: September 1 Open exhibits at The Art League are not limited by media, process, scale or content. Member artists may enter current work made within the last five years. Approximately 100 artworks are selected based on the juror’s preferences and aesthetic taste. For more information, click here. For more information on becoming an exhibiting artist, click here.
Call for Entry, October 2023 Open Exhibit, the Art League — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: September 1 Open exhibits at The Art League are not limited by media, process, scale or content. Artists may enter current work made within the last five years. Approximately 100 artworks are selected based on the juror’s preferences and aesthetic taste. For more information, click here. If you are not an exhibiting member of The Art League but are interested in submitting work, visit our website for more information and how to join.
Call to Artists, Public Art Opportunity, Montpelier Arts Center — Laurel, MD
Deadline: September 4 The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division (ACHD) of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation invites individual artists and artist teams to submit applications for exterior sculptural artwork to be installed on a temporary basis at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. ACHD is seeking existing sculptural works that fit the criteria described in this solicitation, rather than design and fabrication of new work. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, 37TH Annual Sculpture Celebration — Lenoir, NC
Deadline: September 6 Caldwell Arts Council invites you to join emerging and established sculptors to compete for a total of $11,000 in cash awards. Sculptors in any medium can enter up to 3 works, and registration includes free admission to the Sculptor Reception & Dinner. Early registration discounts apply. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, 25TH Annual Pastel 100 Art Competition
Call for Entry, 2023 Manhattan Graphics Center National Print Exhibition — New York
Deadline: September 9 Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC) is pleased to announce its 2023 National Print Exhibition, a juried competition and exhibition devoted to fine art prints. For more information, click here.
Call for Artists, Still Something Singing, Sculpture Exhibit at Kreeger Museum — D.C.
Deadline: September 10 The Washington Sculptors Group is excited to partner with The Kreeger Museum for an exhibition of outdoor work. Artists are invited to submit images of existing sculptures and installations to this call for works that reflect the role of art in our contemporary moment. Artists may also submit proposals for new site-specific installations. All work must be suitable for being outdoors for a period of several months without the need for maintenance. Works will be installed on the grounds of the museum. For more information, click here.
Call for Artists, The Alchemy of Metal: Repurpose and Re-use Exhibition at Falls Church Gallery — Falls Church, VA
Deadline: September 10 By re-using metals in art, the artist gives them a second life. For this exhibit, artists are invited to create artworks that include metal, possibly combining non-traditional materials, e.g., car parts, cast-off metals, building materials, household hand tools, and office supplies, with traditional media. Works submitted may be (2D or 3D) dimensional or enameled, painted, soldered, fused, or glued. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Color Theory, Site:Brooklyn — Brooklyn, NY
Deadline: September 12 Color has always possessed a dual nature, representing the heights of feeling and emotion while at the same time seen as a scientific, empirical phenomenon, arising from the physical world. Color, as an independent visual language, exploded in contemporary art, moving beyond the binary of spiritual truth and nature, and into the worlds of advertisement, repetition, and digital life more broadly. What is the role of color today? Site:Brooklyn is looking for artists whose work engages with this question. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, 2023 International Alternative Processes — New York
Call for Entry, Yellow Art Contest — Online
Call for Proposals, Huntersville Park Public Art Project — Norfolk, Virginia
Deadline: September 18 The City of Norfolk seeks to commission an artist to design and create exterior artwork for Huntersville Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Multiple pedestrian-scale artwork that tell the story of the neighborhood and encourage walkers to visually explore around the new recreational path around the grass practice football fields are imagined. For more information, click here.
Call for Proposals 2024, IA&A at Hillyer — D.C.
Deadline: September 22 Hillyer is accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions that take place between January and December of 2024. Through a competitive selection process, 25 to 30 artists and/or curators will be awarded a one month solo or group exhibition in one of Hillyer’s three gallery spaces. For more information, click here.
Call for Entries, 9th Annual Workhouse Glass National — Lorton, VA
Deadline: September 23 The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to announce a call for entry for its 9th Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition, juried by artist Kristina Logan. This is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks. For more information, click here.
Call for Proposals, IA&A at Hillyer — D.C.
Deadline: September 23 Hillyer is accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions that take place between January and December of 2024. Through a competitive selection process, 25 to 30 artists and/or curators will be awarded a one month solo or group exhibition in one of Hillyer’s three gallery spaces. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, 2023 Foundwork Artist Prize
Deadline: September 26 The honoree will receive an unrestricted $10,000 grant and studio visits with jurors who include esteemed curators, gallerists, and artists. The honoree and 3 shortlisted artists will also be featured in interviews for further public engagement. Open to artists anywhere in the world with limited exceptions. Any media is eligible. Learn more here.
Call for Entry, NCECA 2024 Juried Student Exhibition (NJSE) — Richmond, VA
Deadline: September 27 The 2024 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico. All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only when clay is the dominant material. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, Teapots X, Baltimore Clayworks — Baltimore
Deadline: September 29 From juror Mike Jabbur: “As I consider applications, I have no preference for a single style or approach. I hope to see examples that emphasize practical form and function, sculptural exploration that maintains functionality, and metaphorical teapots that may not function at all—the so-called “teapot as sculpture.” I welcome teapots made with any clay bodies, firing methods, and forming processes. My hope is an exhibition that represents the diverse range of teapots being made in contemporary ceramics.” For more information, click here.
Sparkplug 2024 Application — D.C.
Deadline: November 12 The Sparkplug Artists’ Collective is a one-year program that serves as a much-needed resource for artists seeking to establish, reignite, or sustain a professional art career. The collective provides a fertile environment for continued artistic and professional growth by providing mentorship, support, workshops, critiques, juries, art excursions, and coveted art exhibition opportunities in The DC Arts Center’s Main Gallery. Each year, through an application and interview process, artists from wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences are invited to join the collective. For more information, click here.
Call to Artists, Strathmore’s 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition: Prism: Connections in Color — North Bethesda, Maryland
Deadline: November 14 Strathmore welcomes artists to submit original artwork for Strathmore’s 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition: Prism: Connections in Color. Whether in combination or in reduction, this call asks artists to develop art that conveys or examines subject matter or meaning through color theory open to fluorescent, monochromatic, neutral, metallic, and everything in between or beyond. Artists from within the DMV region and beyond are encouraged to apply. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing: These opportunities have rolling deadlines.
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@example.com. 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 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.