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Call for Entries, 14th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition
Deadline: January 27 Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 14th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition. The gallery invites artists (including photography & digital art), regardless of where they reside, to apply to this competition by submitting their best botanical and/or floral art. Click here for details.
Call to Artists, Collector’s Night, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) — D.C.
Deadline: January 29 Collectors’ Night raises money for WPA’s artist-organized exhibitions, programs, and projects. Taking place each spring, this annual benefit sale includes more than one hundred artworks by artists living throughout the United States. Proceeds from the sale are split between the artists and WPA. Click here for details.
Call for Artists, 8th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition
Deadline: February 1 Fusion Art invites submissions for the 8th Annual Cityscapes art competition for an online exhibition during the month of February 2024. For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art depicting cityscapes. The theme includes any art which depict cities, towns, urban scenes and/or any related metropolitan subjects. Click here for details.
Call for Artists, Art After Duchamp, Washington Sculptors Group and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design — D.C.
Deadline: February 4 Artists are invited to submit existing or new sculptures and installations that are inspired by Duchamp’s readymades or his art and ideas in general. The exhibition is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists who are not already members may join WSG. Click here for details.
Call to Artists, 9th Annual Artist’s Choice Art Competition
Deadline: March 1 Fusion Art invites submissions for the 9th Annual Artist’s Choice art competition for an online exhibition during the month of March 2024. For this open (no theme) competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art and photography in any subject matter and any media. Click here for details.
Re-runs: These were previously posted, but it’s not too late to enter!
Call for Entry, Our American Soul, Gallery Underground — Arlington, VA
Deadline: January 18 Artists are asked to submit works depicting their interpretation of “Our American Soul”. What makes us American? What gives our country its ‘soul’? When the words are combined, does it evoke a person, a place, a feeling, or all the above? How does your artwork showcase the essence of “Our American Soul?” This call is open to all mediums, including any form of 2D or 3D work. Click here for details.
Call for Entry, Adkins Arboretum 2024 Juried Art Show — Ridgely, MD
Deadline: January 19 Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Md., is seeking submissions for its annual Juried Art Show, to exhibit in March and April 2024. The theme of the show—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore—celebrates the Arboretum’s mission of conservation. The show is open to original two- and three-dimensional fine arts in all mediums, including outdoor sculpture and installations. Click here for details.
Call to Artists, Torpedo Factory Art Center Loading Door Mural — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: January 22 The Alexandria Public Art Program is inviting artists/muralist to submit their qualifications to design and execute a mural on the exterior door of the Torpedo Factory Art Center loading dock. This call is open to all local and regional professional artists living and working in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington D.C. Click here for details.
Call for Entries, 2025 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition — D.C.
Deadline: January 26 The National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition celebrates excellence in the art of portraiture. The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Additional prizes in the amounts of $10,000 and $7,500 will be awarded to second- and third-place winners, respectively. Learn more here.
Harmony Hall Arts Center 2024 Job Opportunities for Artists — Fort Washington, MD
Deadline: January 26 Are you passionate about art and eager to inspire others with your creativity? We are currently seeking a dynamic and talented Art Instructor to join our team. If you possess the skills to teach and cultivate artistic abilities in students of all ages, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Click here for details.
Call for Entries, 14th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition
Deadline: January 27 The gallery invites artists (including photography & digital art), regardless of where they reside, to apply to this competition by submitting their best botanical and/or floral art. Botanical subjects will include flowers, herbs, fruit, leaves, plants and related botanical and floral subjects. Click here for details.
Call for Art, Zeke’s: Toons, Cartoons, & Comics — Baltimore
Deadline: January 27 Calling all cartoonists and graphic book artists, Zekes’ Coffee Shop and Maryland Art Place (MAP) are seeking artworks related to cartoons and comics for TOONES, an upcoming exhibition celebrating the joy of illustration. We’re seeking artists inspired by the nostalgia of Saturday spent watching your favorite show(s). Click here for details.
Call for Entries, Pets Art Competition
Deadline: January 30 Put your best paw forward in our pets themed art competition. Whether furry or feathered, we want to see artwork of your favorite animal friends. Click here for details.
Call for Entry, SlowArt | Neoteric Abstract XII — Hudson, NY
Call for Entries, Western Loudoun Art and Studio Tour — Loudoun County, VA
Deadline: January 31 Loudoun County, Virginia artists working in all visual media may apply to this juried event. Those selected will open their studios to the public for 2 or 3 days, presenting their work to visitors from the metropolitan region. Click here for details.
Call for Entries, Touchstone Gallery Growing Pains (Student Artists) — D.C.
Deadline: January 31 Growing Pains encourages student artists, ages 14 to 22, to submit work that explores ideas revolving around themes of growing up and experiencing childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. How much can a person transform throughout these years? How are we the same? How are we different? How do we metamorphose? Click here for details.
Call to Artists, Kolaj Institute Solo Residencies — New Orleans
Deadline: January 31 The mission of Kolaj Institute is to support artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, and disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. Kolaj Institute’s solo residencies in New Orleans are designed to provide artists, curators, and writers with dedicated time and space to work on a project. Click here for details.
The Audrey Flack Short-Term Fellowship
Deadline: February 1, 2024 One fellowship will be awarded annually in support of a one-month (thirty-day) residency. For more information, click here.
Call for Entry, March 2024 Open Exhibit, The Art League — Alexandria, VA
Deadline: February 1 For our annual Landscape Exhibit we invited member artists to submit works that capture a sense of place, be they pastoral scenes, urban vistas, or maritime views—in a variety of mediums. 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 for Entries, Fusion Art’s 8th Annual Cityscapes Online Art Competition
Deadline: February 1 For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art depicting cities, towns, urban scenes and/or any related metropolitan subjects. Click here for details.
Call for Entry, Falls Church Arts: Images Fine Art Photography — Falls Church, VA
Deadline: February 4 Photographers are invited to submit their best work. for the exhibition Images, on view Saturday, March 2–Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Falls Church Gallery on the organization’s website. Click here for details.
Applications Now Open for The Red House Artist Residency — Bath County, VA
Deadline: February 5 The Red House Artist Residency is intended to support emerging or established women artists and writers with an approximately two-week artist residency. Emerging and established women artists, including plein air and landscape painters, botanical artists, nature artists and crafters, fiber and textile artists, nature journalers, printmakers, poets, and writers (among others) are invited to apply. Click here to learn more.
Harmony Hall Arts Center Main Gallery Open Call For Solo and Group Exhibitions — Brentwood, MD
Deadline: February 9 Harmony Hall Arts Center’s (HHAC) Main Gallery is now accepting solo and group visual art exhibition proposals for the 2024 – 2025 season. Harmony Hall Arts Center’s season runs September – July. This call for entry is open to all Visual Artists living or working in the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. Click here for details.
Call for Entries, VisArts NextGen 11.0 — Rockville, MD
Deadline: February 16 VisArts welcomes artists ages 17–27 in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to submit their application for NextGen 11.0. The exhibit will be presented in the Kaplan Gallery from March 22 – May 12, 2024. NextGen 11.0 is a unique opportunity for aspiring artists who have little or no exhibition experience to show their work in a professional gallery and participate in related programming, including: an opening reception and artist talks, conversations with other emerging artists, critiques with local curators and arts administrators – who work with young artists, and additional professional development opportunities. Click here for details.
Brentwood Arts Exchange: Open Call for Exhibition Proposals 2024-2026 — Brentwood, MD
Deadline: February 17 Brentwood Arts Exchange is seeking proposals from artists and curators to present exhibitions for available dates: September 2024 – August 2026. Solo and group exhibitions are welcome. Click here for details.
2024 Capital Art Book Fair Exhibitor Application — D.C.
Deadline: February 19 The 2024 Capital Art Book Fair is April 6 – 7 2024 at Eastern Market’s North Hall is Capitol Hill. Click here for details. Click here for details.
Call for Entries, 16th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival — Wayne, PA
Deadline: February 20 The Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival, one of the longest-running and most popular outdoor painting events in the country, offers artists the unique opportunity to showcase over 300 works created during the festival in three spacious, light-filled, and state-of-the-art exhibition galleries. Click here for details.
Call for Entries, 2024 Bethesda Painting Awards — Bethesda, MD
Deadline: February 27 The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is excited to announce the 20th annual Bethesda Painting Awards. This competition invites local D.C./Maryland/Virginia artists to submit their work and be awarded $14,000 in prizes to four selected winners. Click here for details.
Call for Entries, 11th Annual Art Speaks Juried Exhibition 2024 — Mathews, VA
Deadline: March 1, 2024 This statewide show brings the best of Virginia’s contemporary artists to our small-town gallery on the Chesapeake Bay. We showcase two- and three-dimensional artwork from all Virginia artists. Awards total $6,350, with separate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for 2-D and 3-D works. Click here for details.
Call for Public Art Installation, Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Committee — Takoma Park, MD
Deadline: March 3 The Arts and Humanities Committee is pleased to announce this call for entries for a site-specific sculptural installation as part of the City of Takoma Park’s ongoing efforts to further the creation of public art to build community, enhance public spaces, and celebrate the arts. The City is seeking proposals that reflect a “welcome” or “crossroads” theme for a permanent sculptural installation outside the Takoma Park Recreation Center. Click here for details.
Call for Submissions, WINTER * NEW $1,800.00 Innovate Grants for Art + Photo
Deadline: March 21 Innovate Grant awards (2) $1,800.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. Submissions are being accepted for Winter 2024 grants. Click here for details.
Call for Submissions, Foundry Gallery: Helena Foundation Young Artist Grant — D.C.
Deadline: March 29 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 D.C. area artists interested in gallery membership and the opportunity to learn how a co-operative gallery works. Click here for details.
Call to Artists, Calloway Fine Art & Consulting Second Interiors Exhibit — D.C.
Deadline: April 1, 2024 We are seeking artwork representing or inspired by interiors. Artwork must be 2D – painting, drawing, or mixed media (no photography). 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.
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].