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Artist Opportunities Patterns

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016



Grant Program The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP awards $1 million annually to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant. Learn more.
Deadline: October 28, 2016

Poets Entries are currently being accepted for the American Poetry Review’s Honickman First Book Prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review. The award is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Gabrielle Calvocoressi will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2016

Artist Residency I-Park, East Haddam, CT (U.S.), is hosting its sixth international, multi-disciplinary Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale. The three-week residency begins on Monday, May 15, 2017 and will culminate in a public exhibition on June 4, 2017. The residency will be devoted exclusively to the 10 – 12 artists/designers who will be invited to create new works for the exhibition. The term ‘site-responsive’ is construed broadly to encompass the various aspects of the project site: natural, built, social – and is also sensitive to the various dimensions of time. Artists/designers working in all creative disciplines, including Landscape/Garden/Ecological Design and Architecture, are encouraged to apply. A stipend of between $2,200 and $3,000 will be awarded to each artist or collaborating team, depending on their particular travel circumstances. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2016

Call for Artists Kingston Gallery seeks regionally-based artists to join its gallery membership either as member artists, associate member artists, or emerging artists. The gallery showcases a diverse range of contemporary art in a mutually supportive environment that encourages experimentation and growth. The gallery is governed and run by dues-paying, exhibiting artist members. Learn more.
Deadlines: November 15, 2016

Choreographers Applications for the 2017 BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship, made possible by the Aliad Fund at The Boston Foundation, are now available. This special program, enhanced and improved based on the experiences of former grantees, supports choreographers creating ensemble work and pays the dancers rehearsal stipends. Learn more.
Deadline: November 18, 2016 (5:00 pm)

Photographers The Cultural Center of Cape Cod invites photographers to submit images to their online competition, Set in Motion. All winners will be displayed in their online gallery at First Place $500, Second Place $200 and Third Place $100. The Cultural Center directors will jury. Learn more.
Deadline: January 20, 2017

Artist Opportunities Decision Time

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016


Early voting opportunities exist in Massachusetts this year. Learn more.

Call for Artists Seeking a group of artists in any discipline to participate in “Kino Creativo,” an eight-day field-based trip to Bahia de Kino, Mexico. Short classes about the history, culture, and ecology of the region will be given; the rest of the trip will provide time and space for artists to work on individual or collaborative projects. They’ll take daily trips to a variety of local areas including estuaries, islands, offshore, and into the Sonoran Desert. The program takes place at the Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies. Learn more.

Artist Fellowships National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts supports US-based Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. They are offering awards from $5,000 – $15,000. Learn more.
Deadline: October 13, 2016

Artist Residency Applications are being accepted by the Lighthouse Works in Fisher Island, NY. Their primary purpose is to provide artists with the space and time, free from material concerns, to do their best creative work. Their fellowship program accepts artists working in a wide range of disciplines, but are best able to accommodate visual artists, writers, and musicians. They offer $1750 in stipends, room, board and studio space. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2015

Artist Residency for Women with Dependent Child The Women’s Studio Workshop’s Parent Residency Grant in Rosendale, NY, is currently accepting applications. They are offering a four-week grant for a woman artist with a dependent child/children under the age of 15. The grant includes a $1000 stipend for child care, free housing and a travel stipend of $250 for one round trip for the artist/family. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2016

Local Cultural Council Grants Applications are being accepted for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s LCC grants. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016 (11:59 PM)

Massachusetts Artists Assets for Artists is accepting applications for its Matched Savings Program and fall Professional Development Workshops – learn more. If you are an artist living in Holyoke or Lawrence, take note: Assets for Artists is offering additional opportunities in these communities.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the 4th Annual LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards. Awards will include a digital gallery exhibition at the International Center of Photography Museum in New York City, $20,000 in grants, opportunities for exposure at over 50 international photography festivals, inclusion in the upcoming photobook, The Best of LensCulture Today: 150 Contemporary Photographers. Learn more.
Deadline: October 18, 2016

Call for Art The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA, is currently accepting entries for their juried small works show Off the Wall. This show is open to all 2D and 3D artists who work on a small scale. Work must be original and have been completed in the past three years. Learn more.
Deadline: October 28, 2016 (5:00 pm)

Of Note: Artists Under the Dome annual event on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016


Call for Cape Cod Artists The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will host its Annual Member Winter Art Exhibit January/February 2017 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The 2017 exhibit Personal Space will feature local artists interpretations of that theme. All Cape Cod established and emerging artists submit art for consideration and are selected by jury. Learn more.
Deadline: November 11, 2016 (midnight)

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Independent Film Festival. They are considering both feature-length and short subject in Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental. Learn more.
Deadline: November 28, 2016

Photographers The Cultural Center of Cape Cod has announced a call for photography for their exhibition Set in Motion. All winners will be displayed in their online gallery at Cash prizes awarded. Register with CaFE to enter.
Deadline: January 20, 2017 (11:59pm)

Call for Student Artists Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, is currently accepting applications to the fall cycle of their Student Artist Membership program. This program is designed to support the careers of emerging artists. Learn more.


Artist Opportunities Follow the Beat

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016


Call for Sculptors Lena Park Community Development Corporation in Dorchester, MA is seeking resumes and photos of work from sculptors who have completed large outdoor installations. The theme of their project is “21st century technology with a focus on steam (science, technology, engineering, art and math). The project site is in Mattapan, MA. The selected artist will use a team of local teens to create the concept and complete the work, which will take place in  2017/18. The selected artist will work with a landscape architect and a small committee of staff, board and residents, as well as the teens. Artist fee: maximum of $12,000 (exclusive of materials). Please contact Andrea Kaiser, Interim Executive Director at For further information call 617-533-8133 X 12. Learn more.

Dance Touring Grants The National Dance Project Touring Awards are currently accepting applications. NDP Touring Awards support U.S. tours of dance works by national and international artists with up to $35,000 in subsidy reserved for each project’s tour through NDP Presentation Grants. National and international choreographers and companies with a project premiering before June 1, 2017 and a planned U.S. tour during the NDP touring period of June 1, 2017-November 30, 2018 are eligible to apply. Learn more.
Deadline:  October 11, 2016

Photographers The Center for Fine Art Photography is currently accepting entries for their open themed Portfolio ShowCase 10. One artist will be selected to receive the $3,000 ShowCase Award and a solo exhibition at C4FAP. Ten photographers will be chosen to have their twelve-image portfolios published in the Center’s Portfolio ShowCase eBook. There will be an accompanying online exhibition with links to artist’s websites. In addition, two selected images from each artist will be exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography in the Portfolio ShowCase Group Exhibition. Learn more.
Deadline: November 16, 2016

Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library presents monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in their two exhibiting spaces, the Gallery and Main Hall. They are a state-of-the-art facility visited by more than 15,000 people weekly. The Library Art Committee meets twice each year to select shows for the following year. Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for the July-December 2017 time period. Learn more.
Deadline: December 9, 2016 (12 noon)

Artist Grants The Puffin Foundation provides grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.  Fine Arts and Video/Film must be the primary category of the project. The Fine Arts category includes a broad range of creative endeavors such as painting, drawing, weaving, crafts, collage and sculpture. Photograph and digital media projects should not be submitted since they will be considered in 2018. They will not consider Fine Arts/artwork proposals intended to supplement a theater or music work since those are disciplines they fund in even years. Proposals for radio based projects may be submitted under the Video/Film category. Projects in other disciplines will not be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Video and Film Sesame Studios YouTube Channel is looking for fresh creative talent to dazzle and delight preschoolers. Must be 18 years or older and be submitting original content. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Playwrights MultiStages, a multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre company located in New York City, is seeking original, unproduced, high quality full-length multidisciplinary plays by established and emerging writers for its eighth New Works Contest. The Contest Winner will receive a Workshop Staged Reading with professional actors or a Fully-Staged Production at a reputable theatre in New York City under an AEA approved code. The Finalists will receive a Staged Reading with professional actors in the New Works Festival. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of Sir Neville Marriner, founder of the orchestra at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Registering Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016


Today is National Voter Registration Day. Register to vote.

Of Note: Crafts, Dramatic Writing, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellowships. The 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Program deadline is approaching. The Artist Fellowships are grants for individual artists in recognition of artistic excellence. Fellowship awards are currently $12,000. Finalist awards are $1,000. Applications are now being accepted in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

Writers Entries are currently being accepted for the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes. Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. The creative writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Writing Fellowships The American Academy in Berlin is accepting applications for their Berlin Prize Fellowships of which up to five residential fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the American Academy in Berlin. Fellows receive a $5,000 monthly stipend, lodging, partial board, and round-trip airfare. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Call for Art Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, is currently accepting entries for their exhibition boXed. This call seeks work of all subject matter presented in a box or container. The enclosure may be open or closed and/or in some cases interactive. Assemblage is encouraged; however, all 2D and 3D media as well as video will be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: October 8, 2016

Boston Visual Artists Five artists who have lived, worked, taught, and exhibited in Boston for decades have organized a get-together to celebrate Boston’s visual artists. When the Globe recently announced it was cutting arts coverage, there was a big response and we wondered what they could do. They decided to start with an event for artists to meet more artists in order to broaden and strengthen their community. Artists for Humanity, in South Boston, will host the event, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston is sponsoring. Join them at Artist to Artist on Sunday, October 9, 3-5pm. Meet Greater Boston’s visual artists, ones you know and ones you don’t know. They’ll have light refreshments, a free raffle with gifts, sign up sheets for future events like studio visits, get-togethers over wine or coffee, arts advocacy, and gallery tours. Groups that work their behalf, like MASSCreative, Medicine Wheel Productions, and Artmorpheus will be handing out information. Sign up right away to reserve a place as space is limited. You can also go to Artist to Artist on Eventbrite.

Call for Art The Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, NY, has annouced a call for art for their 2017 juried exhibition. The juror is Priscilla Vail Caldwell. Two-dimensional media only, including painting, drawing, printmaking, pastel and mixed Media. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Playwrights Applications for the Huntington Playwriting Fellows 2017-2019 Cohort program are now being sought. Huntington Playwriting Fellows are awarded two-year residencies during which they receive a modest honorarium from the theatre, participate in a writers’ collective with the artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, and are eligible for readings and support through the Breaking Ground Reading Series and the Summer Workshop. Learn more.
Deadline: October 27, 2016 (11:59PM)

Call for Nominations The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) seeks nominations for the 2017 Commonwealth Awards, the state’s highest honor in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.
Deadline: October 28, 2016 (noon)

Historic Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016


Of Note: The National Museum of African American History & Culture has opened in Washington DC.

Poets Entries are now being accepted for the New Criterion’s Poetry Prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine’s Press. The prize is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Erica Dawson, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 60 pages with a $25 entry fee byVisit the website for complete guidelines. Learn more.
Deadline:  September 30, 2016

Artist Business Grants MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is seeking Boston-based applicants for its Matched Savings Program, which supports creative entrepreneurs with a matching grant and artist-focused business and financial training. Eligible applicants must have a home or studio address in the City of Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Poets, Fiction Writers Entries are currently being accepted for the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes. Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Short Fiction Entries are now being accepted for the University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards. Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

MCC Artist Fellowships The Massachusetts Cultural Council is currently accepting Artist Fellowship applications for Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged grants for Massachusetts artists in recognition of artistic excellence. Fellowship awards are currently $12,000. Finalist awards are $1,000. Learn more.
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

STARS Residencies The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s STARS Residencies Program (Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) provides grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Learn more.
Application opens October 6, 2016 at 4pm

Videos, Animations, Computer Generated Work Proposals for the next round of Art on the Marquee are currently being accepted. Looking for work 30 second videos, animations or computer generated work, that use the entire Marquee in creative ways. Please submit a storyboard, statement, work samples, and CV to The call is limited to artists who live anywhere in the state of Massachusetts. Learn more.
Deadline: October 16th, 2016 (midnight)

Boston Choreographers The Boston Foundation and The Aliad Fund have announced Next Steps for Boston Dance, a new grant program that provides multi-layered support for Boston-area choreographers creating original work in any genre. Offers 250 hours of rehearsal space; 6-10 consultations with experts in chosen areas of need/interest; $5,000 in implementation funds for the artist to take a “next step” in his/her work or career; a series of cohort meetings to connect choreographers, build relationships, and allow for co-learning. A minimum of three grants will be awarded in this pilot round/first year of Next Steps. Learn more.
Deadline: Oct 24, 2016 at 5pm

Ten-minute Plays Submissions of ten-minute plays by New England playwrights are now being accepted for the Boston Theater Marathon XIX to be held May 14, 2017, at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2016

Writing Conference Scholarships If you’re interested in attending Muse and the Marketplace, GrubStreet’s national conference for writers, in Boston Spring 2017 but could use financial support, GrubStreet is offering numerous $250 scholarships for attendees. Learn more.
Deadline: November 21, 2016

Image credit: Circa 1940s: “Miss America.” (Joe Schwartz). From the photography collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

All Eyes on Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

yoko eyes
“Art is my life and my life is art.” Yoko Ono

Call to Collaborate with Yoko Ono Yoko Ono has announced a call to women for her upcoming participatory exhibition Arising. Women are invited to send a testament of harm done to them for being a woman. Write your testament in your own language,  in your own words, and write however openly you wish. You may sign your first name if you wish, but do not give your full name. Send a photograph of your eyes. The testaments of harm and photographs of eyes will be exhibited in her installation Arising, October 7, 2016 – February 5, 2016 at the Reykjavik Art Museum. Arising is an ongoing project and it will always be possible to add testaments. Bring your testaments and photographs of your eyes in person, send them by mail to Arising, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík or send them by email to

Painters Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston is hosting their first annual Plein Air Paint Out on Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2016. The three-day Paint Out invites professional, amateur, and student plein air painters to capture iconic Boston scenes of architecture, markets, crowds, and street performers. Painters are encouraged to use any painting medium over the three days. A final show, group draw, prizes, and two-week exhibition, will offer artists many opportunities to exhibit their work to thousands of daily visitors to the marketplace. Learn more.
Registration: September 16, 2016 from 10am-2pm, September 17, 2016 from 10am-12pm

Free Public Art Workshops UMass Arts Extension Service is offering an Introduction to the Public Art Process workshop. Open to artists of all mediums interested in creating public art projects, participants will receive a broad overview of the unique issues, skills needed, and steps required to create a competitive public art project application at the local and national level. This workshop will include an interactive exercise, information sheets, artist meet-and-greet, and Q & A. Workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required by contacting AES at or 413-545-2360. Learn more for schedule of workshops.

Political Cartoons Entries are now being accepted by the South Arkansas Arts Center. To enter, draw an editorial or political cartoon about any current event or political campaign issue of local or national interest. Judging will be based on originality; clear expression of a point of view; and visual presentation using one or more of the tools of a political cartoonist, such as humor, irony, caricature, symbolism, metaphor, sarcasm, and exaggeration. Learn more and then apply.
Deadline: September 25, 2016

Luminarium Dance Cultural Community Outreach Project

Call to Historic/Cultural Organizations Each season, Luminarium Dance Company of Boston ventures to a new town in Massachusetts to couple with an historical and/or cultural organization for its annual Cultural Community Outreach Project—highlighting the organization through a customized, grant-funded project that integrates dance and the arts with the venue at hand. Past projects took place at key landmarks including: Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (Concord, 2012); New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, 2013); Arlington Reservoir Water Tower (Arlington, 2014, and Gold Star Award winning event); Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, 2015); Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (Sudbury, 2016). The company has created everything from visual art to choreographic work focused on the organization’s importance as a local landmark within the context of the town, and each project culminates with a live performance held at the institution. Each year, Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra has chosen the venue, but for its 2017 season, Luminarium is turning to you – Massachusetts’ important cultural organizations – to put your name forward as this year’s chosen venue! Learn more and apply.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Film and Video CCTV will host a juried screening of film/video work at MIT’s Bartos Theater on 10/26 that addresses the theme of horror. They are looking for all types of short films and video projects in any category of horror for their Second Annual HorrorFest – International Film Festival. Running time must be under 20 minutes. Submission is free. The screening will be free and open to the public. Learn more.
Deadline: October 11, 2016

Local Cultural Council Grants The MCC’s Local Cultural Council Program applications are now available. Applicants may apply to the LCC Program for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. The Massachusetts Cultural Council‘s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually.  Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Greater Boston Playwrights The Huntington Theatre Company is accepting applications for the Huntington Playwriting Fellows Program. The program provides a framework for an in-depth two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. Meetings will be held bi-weekly. Submit a recent, completed full-length play. To be eligible, writers must be live at least nine months of the year in the Greater Boston area. Learn more.
Deadline: October 27, 2016

People Powered Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016


Voting in the Massachusetts State Primary is this Thursday, September 8, 2016. Find your polling place.

Call to Artists Inviting Greater Boston Area artists (and cartoonists) ages 18+ to participate in a multimedia event and exhibition. The call to create 2D art inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and its intent – to give tribute to a friend. Submissions will be judged by a three-member panel and chosen pieces displayed at a November 5 multi-media event. Artwork will also be on display until mid-January at the gallery at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, and published in an artbook. Questions, call 781-480-3214 or maldencreates@gmail.comLearn more.
Deadline: September 10, 2016

Artist, Writer Residency Applications are currently being accepted for the 100W Corsicana Residency in Corsicana, TX. 100W is currently offering two fully funded, six-week residencies are available for one artist and one writer between January – May, and October – December, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Interdisciplinary Fellowships  The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, is offering two new interdisciplinary fellows, one with an emphasis in Performing Arts and one with an emphasis in Visual Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: September 16, 2016

Artist Residency The Space and Time Artist Residency at Guttenberg Arts in NJ, provides artists with three months shared studio access to Bulls Ferry Studios, an artistic stipend of $1200, public artist talk or workshop and publicity in print and web based media. Learn more.
Deadline: September 18, 2016

Business Program for Artists The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is accepting applications for its 2017 Business Accelerator Program from Sept. 1 – 30. Twenty applicants will receive free tuition for the fund’s year-long Business Accelerator workshop course, 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. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Call for Boston Artists, Musicians The Double You Collective is currently accepting entries from queer and trans Boston-area artists & musicians for an exhibition of work addressing rebirth. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2016

Call for Dioramas Entries are being accepted for a diorama exhibition at the Somerville Arts Council’s Inside Out Gallery. Giddy about Gorey? Batty for Burton? Passionate about Poe? Give us a glimpse into a delicate macabre world of your own machinations with a delightfully dark diorama. Dimensions can range: height: 10-15”, width: 12-20”, depth: 9-12”. Dioramas should have at least 4 walls, and either be open in the back, or have an opening in the back or top to allow light in. It is preferred that works be ready to hang with hooks or wire. Otherwise, specify if chosen if hanging hooks may be attached to the upper corners of your diorama box during the drop off dates. The exhibit will run mid-October through mid-November. Submissions or questions should be sent to Judith Klausner at, subject line “Mysterious Boxes Submission”. Submissions should include 2-4 JPEGs of the available diorama piece(s) you would like submit (1200 pixel in length), dimensions- height, width, depth & weight for every image. Include the following: artist name & contact info (phone & e-mail), title of the piece, description of medium, complete accurate dimensions (length, width, depth, & approximate weight).
Deadline: October 5, 2016

Leonine Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Exhibition Proposals The Brookline Arts Center accepts exhibition proposals on a rolling review. Their call for exhibition proposals encourages solo artists and groups of all levels to organize and present a professional exhibition with the guidance and support of their staff. The BAC’s gallery hosts three to four solo or group proposed exhibitions each calendar year. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling

Call for Trans Artists The Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance is an artist run, volunteer organization, is currently accepting entries for their tentatively titled  exhibition at Gallery 263 called TRANS/DRAW.  The exhibition is an opportunity to survey trans artists working in and around Boston on ways in which they incorporate drawing into their practice and their experience as transgender. Submitted work can manifest in a wide range of media from drawings on paper to live performances, however a coherent link to drawing must be made. The juror is Cobi Moules. Learn more.
Deadline: September 4, 2016 (midnight)

Call for Art Enrtries are now being accepted for the 17th Annual Frances N. Roddy Competition at the Concord Art Association (September 15 – October 20, 2016). The juror is Katherine French, Gallery Director for Catamount Arts. Learn more.
Deadline:  Drop off on September 7, 2016 from 10am – 7pm and September 8, 2016 from 10am – 4pm.

Emerging Writer Award Entries are now being accepted for the Key West Literary Seminar’s Emerging Writer Awards. Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each receive $500 and full tuition, airfare, and lodging to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and Workshop Program in January 2017 in Key West, Florida.
Learn more.
Deadline: September 12, 2016


#MassFestivals Do you have a Fall/Winter festival in Massachusetts? The grant application for the MCC Festivals Program is currently open and available. The Festivals Grant Program has been designed to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting and developing audiences. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Western MA Playwrights The Berkshire Playwrights Lab in association with Saint James Place invites playwrights to submit a short play for their first-ever Radius Playwrights Festival. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016 (5pm)

Artist Professional Development Grant The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston is now accepting applications for the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship. The program includes personalized goal setting, one-on-one coaching, skills-training seminars, a $1000 stipend for business-related purchases, and an opportunity to showcase work at a capstone event. Learn more.
Deadline: October 3, 2016

Emerging Artist Fellowship The Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists supports the careers of young artists through the experience of a solo exhibition and provides them with curatorial support, as well as expert counsel in marketing and business skills needed to fully leverage this opportunity. The Fellowship is open to artists working in 2D media other than photography who are under the age of 40 and have yet to have their first solo exhibition. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Image credit: Khmer lion by Yary Livan. Photograph by Maggie Holtzberg. Learn more about Yary’s life and work.

Set Sail for Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016


Of Note: MCC Artist Fellowship applications for Crafts, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, and Dramatic Writing are now available. Learn more.
Deadline: October 3, 2016

Solo Movement Work Mobius has announced a call for 1 minute solo movement pieces for an evening work performed at Mobius Gallery. The pieces will cycle over the length of the evening. Movement should be freely interpreted. The piece should be strictly one minute in length and should be a finished piece. Performance date: September 24th, 2016 8PM (Sept 23th Dress rehearsal). Email your submission information: name and contact info;  written proposal of your idea or a link to a video of your work/draft;  link to your website or any other images of past work (links to Vimeo videos preferred but youtube acceptable);  note: you are responsible for your own tech needs, props etc but there will be access to sound and 1 video projector.
Deadline: August 27 2016

Call for Artists The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in Boston is hosting their 2nd Annual Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition. Artists that live or create in the City of Boston are welcome to apply. They are looking for fresh, original, contemporary work. The art will be displayed at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery during the month of October. The art submitted will be judged by a jury of Boston art professionals and peers. $5,000 in prizes will be awarded. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Grants for Artists, Writers with Children The Sustainable Arts Foundation is offering awards of up to $6000 to writers and artists with children. The money can be used for costs such as child care, workspaces, new equipment, research and travel. There are two funding rounds each year and typically a total of ten grants are made in each round: five Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards valued at $6000 each and five Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Awards valued at $2000. To be eligible, writers must have at least one child under the age of 18. Learn more.
Deadline: September 2, 2016

Photographers Entries are currently being accepted for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s APERTURES Photography Competition. Learn more.
Deadline: September 9, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Golden Thread gallery’s exhibition Simplicity, located in West Hartford, CT. the exhibit is from October 1 to December 31, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: September 13, 2016

Choreographers The New England Foundation for the Arts will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to New England choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Learn more.
Deadline September 26, 2016

Boston Area Artists The Dorchester Arts Collaborative is currently registering Boston area artists for their annual Dorchester Open Studios taking place Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23.  Seeking artists, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, craftspeople and designers to showcase and sell work. Group sites are available at First Parish Church Dorchester and the Erick Jean Center for the Arts for those artists without a private studio. Learn more.
Registration Deadline: September 28, 2016

Image credit: Excelsior-1897 sets sail for the Klondike from San Francisco. Photo by Sam C. Partridge. Library of the University of Washington via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

Showered with Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Leonid meteor shower over Niagara Falls, from BILDER-ATLAS DER STERNWELT (translation: Image Atlas of the Star World) by Edmund Weiss (Stuttgart, 1892). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Library.

Dancers The Boston Dance Alliance is holding its annual Open Call Audition on September Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m -5 p.m. at Brookline High School. Learn more to register.

Western MA Artists Vendors and Crafters that make handmade creations are sought for the Lenox, MA, Holiday Craft Connection, November 19, 2016 from 9 am – 3 pm at The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, Massachusetts (located behind NBT Bank). Free admission. For more information please call 413-243-2640 ~ 413-464-2659 or

Filmmakers Sundance Institute is is accepting applications of short and feature length films, episodic content, and virtual reality projects to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Learn more.
Deadline: varied deadlines in August and September, 2016

Artist Residency The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided. Visual artists work in one of three studios, two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet. Onsite letterpress studio also available. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016

Fellowships in the Creative Arts The Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowships awards fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University. The fellowships are given annually to artists in a variety of disciplines to allow them to pursue creative projects. Fellows are expected to reside in Boston during the fellowship period, which lasts from September through May. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Visual Artists Business Grant The Clark Hulings Fund Business Accelerator Grant is now accepting applications. The fund offers targeted financial assistance and business support to professional visual artists to help them boost their careers and succeed as managers of their art businesses. Applicants must detail exactly how the grant would help them undertake, improve, or expand a specific project. Grants vary, but total funding for one year will not exceed $10,000. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Call for Art The Billboard Creative is currently accepting submissions for the 2016 Los Angeles Exhibition. The Billboard Creative is an all-volunteer nonprofit that produces public art shows on billboards throughout Los Angeles. Imagine your art viewed on a massive scale, by tens of thousands of Angelenos on their daily commutes. Public art displayed in a quintessential Los Angeles medium. Learn more.
Deadline: October 2, 2016

Music Performers Do you believe in the power of free, live music to bring people together and invigorate community life? Does your town or city have an underused public space that would be ideal for outdoor concerts? Apply for a 2017 Levitt AMP Grant Award. Applications are now open. Learn more.
Deadline: October 10, 2016

Award for Female Writer A Room of Her Own Foundation is currently accepting applications for their Gift of Freedom Award. A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two remaining genres will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, an essay on financial status, an essay on the meaning of writing, an artist’s statement, a project plan, and a community benefit proposal. Learn more.
Deadline: November 2, 2016

Image: Leonid meteor shower over Niagara Falls, from BILDER-ATLAS DER STERNWELT (translation: Image Atlas of the Star World) by Edmund Weiss (Stuttgart, 1892). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Library.