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National Call For Entries: Figuratively Speaking
Deadline: 10/11/2016 | Location: Virginia
Washington DC-area Gallery Underground (Named in "Best Of" issue of Washingtonian Magazine) announces “Figuratively Speaking,” a national juried art competition. All-media artists, sculptors, and photographers are invited to create visual works that interpret the theme “Figuratively Speaking” in two different ways: by depicting human forms, faces and features in representational or abstract works (portraiture, sculpture and all subject matter including people); or works which depict a broader interpretation of the theme, such as figurative language and figures of speech. Juried by John Morrell, Chair, Dept. of Art, Georgetown University. $500 in prizes. Deadline 10/11/16. Show runs 11/28-12/30/16. For full prospectus and entry visit:
Exhibition Opportunities
A Sight for Sore Eyes
Deadline: 09/30/2016 | Location: International
The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. is inviting all women artists to enter the exhibition entitled "A Sight for Sore Eyes". ...a remembrance of someone you are happy to see or something pleasing or refreshing to the eye. It is up to you to interpret your sight for sore eyes! Open to all NAWA members $35 for first 1-2 images and non members $45 for first 1-2 images. NO PHYSICAL ENTRY. One artist will be selected as the award winner and will have their own gallery page (10 images, bio/artist statement and link to their website) on Deadline for entry is September 30, 2016 You may download an application at or double click on this link or copy and paste in your browser:
Deadline: 10/20/2016 | Location: National
The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. and Violence Transformed is hosting an exhibition entitled, SHELTER. One of the asic needs, with food and love, SHELTER is a major concern for all living beings. It is open to the artists' interpretation. Exhibition and Reception to be held at the Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030. Application deadline: October 20, 2016 Reception: Thursday, December 1, 10`6, 6-89pm Entry process is on You may also download application at You may double click on this link or copy and paste in your browser:
Open Call for Mexican Artists
Deadline: 08/26/2016 | Location: International
Méxtasis is an open call for Mexican artists to present their work in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York during Bushwick Open Studios. The project aims to present a new perspective on Mexican contemporary art, one that goes beyond cultural stereotypes and offers a new platform of visibility and cultural awareness for a country that is so present in debates surrounding politics and immigration but not enough discussed in relation to art and creativity. The open call is open to artists of Mexican nationality regardless of their age or country of residence. Open call deadline: August 26, 2016 Selection announcement: August 29, 2016 Exhibition (during Bushwick Open Studios): September 30 – October 2, 2016 Full open call and additional information: ________________________________________ Application Instructions / Public Contact Information Please apply directly through website. For additional information please inquire to [email protected]
Looking for Artists
Deadline: 12/31/2016 | Location: Colorado
CORE New Art Space is looking for artist members. Visit for application procedure and more information. CORE is celebrating its 35th year in business and is currently located in Denver's Historic Santa Fe Arts District. There are no application fees to apply for membership.
Deadline: 03/31/2017 | Location: Colorado
Morgan Community College's CACE Gallery of Fine Art in Fort Morgan, CO, is seeking artists for solo exhibitions for the 2017-18 academic year. Registration is ongoing, but we review applications for said year in April 2017. Artists not selected for the upcoming year remain in our artists registry for future consideration. As a non-profit gallery, we offer our artists 90 percent of sale proceeds. Please visit our website for more information and to apply online. We do not accept applications through post. Contact: Rachel Kellum |  970-542-3203 |[email protected]
Fairs and Festivals Galleries/Nonprofit Spaces
Miniature Art 2016
Deadline: 09/30/2016 | Location: Pennsylvania
The Council for the Arts of Chambersburg will present "Miniature Art 2016" from November 4, 2016 – January 6, 2017, with a deadline for entries of September 30.  Artists may submit up to 4 works, each with an image size no greater than 4" by 6", not to exceed 24 square inches; framed pieces should not exceed 48 square inches (all works must be framed).   Original work only will be accepted - no copies - in any fine art media (no crafts, jewelry, photography, laser prints or computer-generated artwork).  Sculpture is encouraged, and should not exceed 5" in any dimension or 125 cubic inches.  Miniature Art 2016 will be juried and judged by Cristin Cash of St. Mary’s College of Maryland; awards will be offered as follows: Best of Show ($300) and 3 Merit Awards ($100 each).  A 35% commission will be charged on all sales.  The entry fee (for 1-4 works) is $25; an additional $15 will be charged for return shipping and insurance on works not hand delivered.  For entry form call 717-264-6883, email [email protected]   or download from
Call for Juried Members
Deadline: 12/31/2016 | Location: District Of Colombia
The Foundry Gallery is seeking a few established and emerging artists in the greater Washington DC area.  If interested in applying for membership, send up to five images (jpg attachments, please), bio, and artist's statement to [email protected] The gallery holds monthly solo and group shows at its cool new space near the 9:30 Club in DC's vibrant North-of-Shaw neighborhood.
Grants and Fellowships
Sculpture Grants
Deadline: 10/03/2016 | Location: National
$10,000 Calls for Sculptors - Alex J. Ettl Grant - Unrestricted prize of $5,000. Awarded to a figurative or realist sculptor who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work. Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant - Unrestricted prize of $5,000. It is awarded annually to a sculptor, SPECIALIZING IN ANIMAL SCULPTURE, who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work. The grants are for a mature body of work; sculpture created in workshop or instructional settings should not be submitted.
Job Postings Juried Shows
Craft Forms 2016: International Juried Exhibition of Fine Craft
Deadline: 09/14/2016 | Location: International
Craft Forms 2016 is the 22nd Annual International Juried Exhibition of Fine Craft. Open to all professional artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood. 3D printing, and/or mixed media crafts. Juror: Stefano Catalani Director of Art, Craft & Design Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WI $8,000 + Awards For Online Application Visit Digital Entry Fee $45 Deadline: September 14, 2016
Juried Shows | Gallery Settings
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition
Deadline: 09/25/2016 | Location:
Mark Arts (formerly The Wichita Center for the Arts), November 18 – December 30, 2016. $2,750 in cash awards. Juror: Dean Mitchell. $30 for two entries; additional entries $5 each, 12 max. Apply online by Sept. 25:
Call for Submissions: F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way
Deadline: 10/07/2016 | Location: National
“F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way” revisits the critiques of women’s relational gender roles presented in the 1972 landmark feminist WomanHouse exhibition. At a time when rude and crude discourse seems to be increasingly the norm, this exhibition explores how self-identified women are choosing to express their discontent with prescribed and outdated binary gender roles. Submit works that address women's responses to sexist and discriminatory communication within the domestic sphere, work environment, and public realm. Categories accepted: sSculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book, video, performance art. Juror: Shannon Rose Riley, Associate Professor of Humanities & Department Chair of Humanities, San Jose State University. Eligibility: self-identified female artists residing in the United States. Venue Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Exhibition dates: December 17, 2016 – January 21, 2017. Complete prospectus and online submission:
5th Annual International Chicago Area Exhibition
Deadline: 01/01/2017 | Location: Illinois
Seeking art of all kinds to exhibit in a large, modern space from for an August/Sept show. Opening night: 8/19. (Estimated visitors during the show to be around 6,000+.) Thanks to event sponsorship, there is no fee to submit and no commission taken from work sold. This is a juried show open to submissions to all artists. For information on this and other current calls for artists & free artist lectures, visit our website. Each prospectus provides shots of the venue & samples of past accepted work for various fine art & artisan shows.
Highlands Art League and the 99s 6×6 art show and sale
Deadline: 03/17/2017 | Location: Florida
Donate your 6"x6" artworks to benefit International Organization of Women Pilots for women aviation scholarships and the Highlands Art League for grants and operating expenses. Deadline: March 17, 2017. Show date: April 14, 2017. Please go to for application and instructions.
No Entry Fee
Call for Small Art: 6X6NW
Deadline: 09/30/2016 | Location: International
The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for 6X6NW, an exhibition and fundraiser event featuring hundreds of small artworks. Each artwork must be 6”x 6” and artists may enter up to 10 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). There is no fee to enter. All entries will be exhibited during 6X6NW on October 8 and offered for sale to the public for $36 each. The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council will receive a 66% commission on any works sold and artists may elect to waive their 34% commission and contribute their work(s) as a full donation to benefit the Arts Council’s community arts programming and events. Interested in taking pART? Registration and participation is open to all — no art background is required! All you have to do is fill out the registration form (no artwork photos needed) and follow the simple instructions for submitting your work to the Arts Council. Plus, prizes will be awarded in several categories, including People's Choice, and participants will receive 6 free tickets to the event at Shoreline Community College on October 8 (a $60 value), 1 drink ticket (a $6 value), and recognition on the Art Council’s website. FULL PROSPECTUS: ENTRIES DUE: September 30 or Postmarked by September 29 6X6NW is a fundraiser to support Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council programming and will be held on Saturday, October 8 in the Lobby of the Student Union Building at Shoreline Community College – 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Bldg. 9000, Shoreline, WA 98133. Please note: Artworks will not be insured by the Arts Council or Shoreline Community College. The Arts Council reserves the right to not display any work for any reason. Photography of the artworks during the exhibition will be permitted. Commission checks will be issued within 30 days of the exhibition and sent to the address provided on the application. ### The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.
Non-juried Shows Online Services (Fee) Professional Development
Business Accelerator Program & Grants
Deadline: 09/30/2016 | Location: National
The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is accepting applications for its 2017 Business Accelerator Program until Sept. 30. Twenty applicants will receive free tuition for the fund’s year-long Business Accelerator workshop, which provides tailored training and expertise on the art industry. These artists will also get individualized feedback from the CHF Business Accelerator team. At the end of the course, up to ten participants will receive direct funding to cover targeted business expenses, as determined jointly by the artist and the CHF team. The team will also provide grant recipients with one-on-one support to ensure that the funding delivers the greatest possible impact on each artist’s business. For more information please visit: All applications must be submitted to CaFE:
Public Art/Percent-for-Art Publishing Opportunities
Open Call for Art and Photography Submissions
Deadline: 01/01/2017 | Location: International
87 Bedford is a young literary magazine, seeking sublime art and interesting photography to pair with our published short stories and poems, or to be published as stand-alone works. All mediums are welcome. We encourage you to take a look at the works featured on our homepage and our submission guidelines to see if we're the right fit for you. Compensation is a token rate, but we hope to increase payment to contributors in the near future.
Open Call for Art and Photography Submissions
Deadline: 01/01/2017 | Location: International
87 Bedford is a young literary magazine, seeking sublime art and interesting photography to pair with our published stories and poems, or to be published as stand-alone works. All mediums are welcome. We encourage you to take a look at the works featured on our homepage and our submission guidelines to see if we're the right fit for you. Compensation is a token rate, but we hope to increase our payment to contributors in the near future.
Phase 5 Cover Calls/Calls for Submissions
Deadline: 01/01/2017 | Location: North Carolina
Phase 5 Publishing is a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror. We need art for book covers and inclusion in anthologies. We pay royalties based on net sales, all artists get credit in the Bowker listings and books. We accept unpublished creators, no agents required. We currently have immediate need for three covers. Details for the cover calls, calls for submissions, and publishing with Phase 5 can be found at
OPEN Call For Residency Applications
Deadline: 10/31/2016 | Location: International
UPSTATE NY Open Call For Residency Applications Artists. Thinkers. Makers. Scientists. Architects. Dreamers. An interdisciplinary artist residency in rural upstate New York, Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose. It is what happens when worlds collide. ALN crosses boundaries – creating ideas and solutions bigger than any one person. A space to focus on creating, both individually and collectively, ALN facilitates an ongoing script through solo exhibitions, group performances, film creations, music collaborations and spontaneous conversations. To find out more, or to apply, please visit
Retail Show Workshops-Technique
Splash color workshop
Deadline: 10/21/2016 | Location: Washington
Splash Color Workshop Ming Franz, Instructor October 24-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) Tuition: $600 Material Fee: $35 Join Ming Franz (International Artist magazine’s recent Grand Prize winner) for a four-day Splash Color workshop, starting from ancient Black and White splash to Traditional splash, to marbling splash to crinkling splash to abstract splash and finish touches, splash on mulberry paper, Masa paper and watercolor paper using liquid watercolor, acrylic and Asian ink.