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Artist Opportunities Under the Microscope

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Black and white photograph of woman with microscope

Short Story Glimmer Train Press is now accepting entries for their Short Story Award for New Writers. The prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Poetry Entries are now being accepted for the New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan Award, a prize of $1,000 given annually. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Call for Artists The Salem Arts Festival invites artists to submit work to the 7th annual Salem Arts Festival, to take place June 5-7. Over 4,000 visitors came through the gallery last year. All mediums accepted. This exhibit is judged and juried for prizes by a jury comprised of a variety of individuals from the Salem arts community and beyond. Learn more.
Deadline: Drop Off Friday, May 29, 5 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, May 30, 9 am to 12 pm
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Call for Artists The Boston Arts Festival is currently accepting applications from artists interested in selling their work as part of the Boston Arts Festival. Artists working in any medium are welcome to apply. The festival is held over two days on September 5th and 6th in Columbus Waterfront Park and features a juried exhibition of work by emerging artists, art making demonstrations, live music, and craft and food vendors. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2015 (11:59pm)

Call for Artists Applications are now being accepted for the Dave Bown Projects 10th Semiannual Competition, open to all visual artists who are 18 years of age or older. All styles and mediums are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: June 6 2015 (11:59 pm)

Call for Interdisciplinary Projects Gallery 263 in Cambridge MA has a new series of 6-day long interdisciplinary intensives, called 263 Hybrids, open to Boston-area artists and collectives, all media and experience levels welcome. Applicants must be interested in curating and leading events. Artists will spend days 1-3 installing/rehearsing, and days 4-6 hosting the public. Hybrids may be… performance art, film, music, vocals, theater, dance, movement, audio/media, written/spoken/performed word, collaborative art, community practice, happenings, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, etc. Learn more.
Deadline:  June 7, 2015 (11:59pm)

Call for Art The Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) seeks submissions of art in all media for Islands on the Edge, A Fort Point Arts Community exhibition at Atlantic Wharf Gallery. Since their ancient formation by rising sea level, the Boston Harbor Islands have literally been on the edge of the continent, places where land meets sea. With the growth of Boston and its surrounding communities, the islands came to be unusual for their lack of inhabitants and development at the edge of a major metropolitan area. Figuratively, the Boston Harbor Islands have often been on the “edge of society:” places used to isolate people, institutions, and activities. The Fort Point Arts Community seeks submissions of artwork inspired by the Boston Harbor Islands and the concepts explored in the Boston Harbor Islands interpretive theme above. Guest juror: Elizabeth Devlin, independent curator, art consultant, and founder of FLUX.Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: June 7, 2015

Drawing The Boston Center for the Arts is now accepting entries for their 24th Annual BCA Drawing Show. Learn more.
Deadline: June 19, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition New New England at Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA. An un-themed, juried exhibition opportunity open to New England artists selected by Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA. Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. Online submissions only. All mediums are encouraged! See prospectus for 2-D and 3-D media size restrictions. Learn more.
Deadline: June 21, 2015  (11:59PM)

Call for Art The Cotuit Center for the Arts is seeking submissions for its upcoming openjuried exhibition Let Me Entertain You (June 27 through August 24, 2015) with an opening Reception Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 5-7pm. Learn more.
Deadline: Jurying drop-off is June 22, 2015, from 10am to 4pm.

Dancers, Choreographers The Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency Program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 season. Selected artists will be considered in residency throughout the year with a specific residency studio session that will last for four to five weeks. Learn more.
Deadline: June 29, 2015 (5 pm via email only)

Call to Artists The Duxbury Free Library is accepting proposals for durable, permanent outdoor sculpture and seating for their soon to be redesigned entry garden and reading area. Total Honorarium for 2 sculptures and 8 benches is $35,000. Learn more.
Deadline: July 31, 2015

Image credit: Photograph of woman with a microscope in the public domain.

Artists Opportunities Play On

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


Visual Artists Grant The Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant Rhode Island was established in 1988 to encourage professional visual artists from New York and New England to address the issues of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Grants are intended to assist individual and collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered. A total of $3,000 in grants is awarded annually. Learn more.
Deadline: May 29, 2015

Poets The New England Poetry Club is accepting poems for its annual contests, which offer a range of monetary prizes. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Composers New Music Detroit has announced a call for scores. The winner will receive travel from a U.S. City and accommodation in Detroit and a performance of their work by New Music Detroit at the annual Strange Beautiful Music VIII marathon September 2015. There is no application fee for this call for scores, and only one work may be submitted per composer. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Of note: StageSource, a nonprofit theater service organization, is holding its annual conference on Sunday, June 7, beginning at 9 AM. This year’s theme is “Who Are We? How do we tell our stories differently?” The conference features a full day of conversations, workshops, panel discussions, and networking, including a keynote speech by Julie Burros, the new Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, along with a panel discussion featuring Burros along with Cambridge Arts Council Executive Director Jason Weeks and MCC’s own Annie Houston. The conference takes place at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston. Find full details and online registration.

Photographers The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its third annual toy camera festival. Images of any subject matter made with a “toy” camera – any low-end, low-tech, limited-control camera such as pinhole, Holga, Diana and other Lomo products, as well as Brownies and Anscos — will be accepted. Images made from Polaroid-type film backs attached to Holgas are also welcome. Images made from a DSLR or SLR with a pinhole or Holga lens will be accepted. For this exhibit, straight Polaroid-type images or images made with cell phones, disposable cameras or point-and-shoot cameras will not be accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2015

Watercolors The Rhode Island Watercolor Society announced its 120th Annual National Watermedia Competition and Exhibition. October 3 – October 29, 2015. Juror: Ted Nuttall. $4,000 in cash awards. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2015

Call for Art The Sixth Annual New England Collective Juried Exhibition at Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s SOWA Art and Design District. All media. Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum.  Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2015

Mid-career Visual Artist Grants The Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund Grants applications are now available for painting, sculpture, printmaking or mixed media to mid-career artists with financial need. Non-profit organizations wishing to show, commission or purchase work by mature artists living in New England may also apply. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted by Worcester State University’s Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery for an exhibition focusing on The Art of Science/The Science of Art. The juror is Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum. Learn more.
Deadline: August 28, 2015

Of note: Find or list creative live/work or work space in Massachusetts on ArtSake’s Creative Space Classifieds.

Artist Opportunities Set List

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Play it loud and fast!

Filmmakers The Bluestocking Film Series (Spring, 2015, Portland, ME) is seeking short films (30 minutes or shorter) that pass the Bechdel Test for Women in Movies (film must include 2 or more female characters with names who talk to each other about something other than a man). Learn more.
Deadline: May 22, 2015 (extended, via

Call for Artists The Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, invites artists to participate in the curated exhibition, HackCycle. HackCycle celebrates recycled art of the 21st century. Looking for submissions from individuals that employ experimentation and serendipity using today’s technological debris and/or innovative techniques as part of their creative process. Learn more.
Deadline: May 25, 2015

Call to Artists The Post Office Gallery in North Truro, MA, invites visual artists to participate in their Annual Juried Exhibits for 2015. Your interpretation of the theme(s) is requested. All media will be considered. You may submit up to three high resolution images of your work for each show. Learn more.
Deadline for Home exhibition: May 30, 2015
Deadline for Faces exhibition: June 15, 2015
Deadline for Doesn’t Belong exhibition: June 30, 2015
Deadline for Mixed Media exhibition: July 15, 2015

Artist Residencies The Headlands Center for the Arts in California is offering 4-10-week residencies. Open to artists working in all media (visual, literary, performance, film and video, audio, music, digital media, and interdisciplinary art), with the goal of providing a supportive working environment for experimentation, reflection, and growth. All residencies are fully sponsored, and some stipends of $500 per month are available (artists may apply for stipend when applying for residency; availability of stipends depends on funding and sponsorship secured each year). Offers both live-in and live-out residencies. Live-in artists are provided with a studio, shared housing, and 5 meals a week. Live-out artists are provided with a studio and dinner twice a week. Learn more.
Deadline: June 5, 2015

Call for Touchable Sculpture Entries are now being accepted for the juried sculpture exhibition Please Touch! at the Monmouth Museum, featuring wall and free standing sculpture that can be touched by visitors. This exhibition is intended to help visually-impaired people overcome the barrier they experience at most museums by allowing everyone to experience art by touching. Sighted people will also learn to experience art without relying on their eyesight in addition to a visual artistic experience. Learn more.
Deadline: June 5, 2015

Furniture Artists Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship award of $25,000  given annually to support a talented young-in-career furniture artist in succeeding on their journey as a craftsperson. A successful applicant will be a contemporary and functional artist living and working in the Northeast committed to growing as a maker and establishing a career in furniture. This year, the 2015 Fellow will join previous recipients of this prestigious award in a special exhibition at the Society of Arts and Crafts. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2015

Photographers The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins Colorado is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Title: Still Life 2015. The juror is Del Zogg. Learn more.
Deadline: June 24, 2015 (midnight MST)

Call to Artists ArcWorks in Peabody, MA, invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to their juried exhibit Dog Days of Summer. Artists may submit 2D and 3D media. Learn more.
Deadline: June 27, 2015

Dance Residency The Boston Center for the Arts is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 season of the Dance Residency at the BCA. Selected artists will be considered in residency throughout the year with a specific residency studio session that will last for four to five weeks. For more information contact Andrea Blesso Albuquerque, Senior Program Manager, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02116, P: 617.456.1132
Deadline: June 29, 2015 (5 pm)

Playwrights The American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman, is a $45,000 annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. They are looking for plays that are challenging, that exhibit fearlessness, that are not mainstream,  that exude passion, and that are relentlessly truthful. They encourage submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color. Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2015

Image credit: Roadie Wearing “No Backstage Passes” tank top. Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS, ca. 1970s.

Major League Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015


Let’s play hardball.

Poets The American Poetry Review is currently accepting entries for their Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. The prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review will be given annually for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Poets The Academy of American Poets is currently accepting entries for their Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. The prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. Marie Howe, A. Van Jordan, and Donald Revell will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Emerging Writers Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest offers three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Short Stories Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is currently accepting entries. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Art on Paper The Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA, seeks work for Printed, Painted, Folded or Torn, a juried exhibition of New England Artists that explores the possibilities and pushes the limits of the use of paper in works of art. Artists working in New England are eligible with work produced within the past 4 years,that has not been shown in Gloucester and will be delivered in person. Application Fee $35/3. Juror: Katherine French, Director Emerita at Danforth Art, Framingham, MA. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2015

Call for Artists The A.I.R. Gallery  is currently accepting entries from self-identified women artists residing outside the New York City area to apply for their National Artists Program. Learn more.
Deadline: June 26, 2015 (11:59PM)

Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship One fellowship is awarded annually by the Harpo Foundation to an emerging visual artist over 25, who demonstrates strong artistic ability and promise, as well as an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute that includes a room with private bath; a well-lit studio space; and a $500 travel stipend. Learn more.
Deadline: July 5, 2015

Call for Artists The Northampton Arts Council invites submissions for their 2015 Biennial Exhibition, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 2 through October 30 2015. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art show with free entry open to artists from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. The theme, Motion-Emotion, can be interpreted freely, and all two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered. The Arts Council encourages submissions of large three-dimensional and performance weather-tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2015

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Image credit: Photograph of 19th century baseball player. From the public domain review.

Illuminating Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

She really lights up a room.

Of note: Filmmakers Collaborative is hosting Working with Composers Workshop at Arts at the Armory in Somerville. Composers Roger and Ellen Bruno will talk about the process of creating a score, the choices they make and why, and will demonstrate various ways music can be used to enhance a scene. Non-member fee is $20. Learn more.
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Call for Art and Performance Projects FIGMENT Boston (Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26) welcomes works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, site-specific pieces, social experiments, and anything else you can dream of.  They invite any project that inspires visitors to participate and interact with art. Learn more. Questions, contact

Call for Artists The juried indoor markets in Haverhill’s Riverfront Cultural District are seeking artists with high quality original work in a variety of media. Market dates for summer are as follows: May 16, June 27, July 25, Aug 22, Sept 26. For more information, contact

Call for Art The Springfield Central Cultural District is currently accepting applications for Peep This: Art in Springfield Storefronts. This opportunity allows artists to showcase work in vacant storefronts. This project is designed to reactivate vacant store windows by filling them with artwork and art installations in order to brighten the downtown area, increase foot traffic, and showcase local artists. They seek proposals from visual artists to submit existing works, or proposals for temporary installations to fill empty storefronts. Questions, contact Katy Moonan at or 413-588-2013. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Photographers The Yeiser Art Center is now accepting submissions for its annual international juried photo exhibition Art Through the Lens formerly known as Paducah Photo. This year’s juror is Sarah Sudhoff, executive director at the Houston Center for Photography. Artists may submit up to 4 photographic images. $2,000 in cash awards will be given. All photo-based imagery created through photographic processes is eligible including non-lens made images. Exhibition dates: June 20 – August 1, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Artist Residency Artists in all media are invited to apply for the 2015 White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) Artist-in-Residence program, a collaboration between the WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The program highlights the ways in which the arts can be used to explore and interpret the forest environment and forest-related ideas and issues. Learn more.
Deadline Extended: May 1, 2015

Of note: How To Be an Artist and a Parent? is a discussion series put together by Tim Devin and Greg Cook. The events are geared towards creative folks (artists/musicians/you-name-it) who have kids, and are trying to figure out how to juggle it all. Two free events are upcoming: the first will be at the Malden Public Library at 36 Salem Street on Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm and the second will be at 2pm on Saturday May 30th at the Somerville Public Library Main Branch at 79 Highland Ave. Learn more.

Call for Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library presents monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in our two exhibiting spaces, the Gallery and Main Hall. The Library Art Committee meets twice each year to select shows for the following year. Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for the January-June 2016 time period. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015 (12 noon)

Dancers, Choreographers The New England Foundation for the Arts invites the greater Boston Dance Community to learn more about programs and services that they offer. The information session is Monday May 18, 2015, from 9 am-12 noon. This event is free, however space is limited. Learn more and register.

Public Art in Boston The Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture announced a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to create a permanent public art installation inclusive of landscape improvements on the grounds of the historic Mather School in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Artists, designers or teams comprised of an artist and a landscape architect are invited to forward qualifications for this exciting public art and improvement project. The permanent project will be located at the Church Street entrance of the building. Learn more.
Deadline: May 22, 2015 (11:59pm EST)

Call for Artists Entries are now being accepted for the 8th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, New York’s largest independent exhibition. Seeking independent artists worldwide working in all disciplines. Each awarded an exhibition room or large outdoor space in the historic and beautifully dilapidated buildings of Colonels Row. The lines between artwork and its environment are blurred across the lawns and landmark houses of bucolic Governors Island. Founded by 4heads, a group of New York artists, GIAF champions a new art fair model that puts the artists first. Once selected by the 4heads jury, your exhibition space is free. The entire massive event is free to the general public. And as an emerging or established artist, you are free to present your work, your way, at this acclaimed independent art fair in New York City.  Learn more.
Deadline: June 1st, 2015

Writers Residency Program Applications are now being accepted for the Write A House writer’s residency program. The Detroit writers and urban activists who founded the organization in 2012 did so with this goal: To use vocational training to renovate longtime vacant homes and then give away these homes to published, low- or moderate-income writers. Applicants must be willing to engage with the literary community of Detroit. Applicants must be 18 years old or older and U.S. citizens (or permanent resident with a green card) to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: June 5, 2015

Call for Artists The Sixth Annual New England Collective Juried Exhibition at Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s SOWA Thayer Street Art District. All media. Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett, Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum. Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2015

Visual Artists, Writers, and Music/Song Composers Residency The Willapa Bay AiR in Oysterville, WA, has announced their call for applications.  Submissions accepted May 15- July 31, 2015 for month-long, 2016 residencies (March through September). Learn more. Questions, contact
Deadline: July 31, 2015

Craft Artists Applications are now being accepted for the Artisans of WMass Fall Craft Show to take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Yankee Candle Co. Healthworks Building in South Deerfield. They are seeking a variety of artists and fine crafters in every genre.  Learn more. Questions, contact Jan Bajgier at
Deadline: August 1, 2015

Image credit: Martha Pierre as Candlelight, 1920. From weird vintage. Image in public domain.

Critical Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Actress and sculptor Frances Rich tries to impress her toughest critic.

Of note: 11th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, April 25-26, 2015.

Painters Entries are now being accepted for the Washington Art Association’s national juried exhibition the Art of Painting. The juror is painter William Bailey. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2014

Call for Proposals The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta is seeking creative and innovative proposals for public art projects to exhibit in downtown Atlanta during the month of October 2015. It welcomes local, regional, national and international submissions for projects that consider the city of Atlanta as a muse. Artists working in a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Call for Entries Art in Odd Places, located in Orlando, FL, is hosting an open call for artists, performers, and creative types to partake in its first annual Public Art and Performance festival from September 17–20, 2015. All submissions must have a component of their work that features this year’s theme: tone. This event will take place along Magnolia Avenue, and artists must submit work that will engage with the community, architectural landmarks, and neighborhoods. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Art Writers Grant The Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, issued directly to twenty individual authors a year. The program was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Learn more.
Deadline: May 21, 2015

Filmmakers The Kopkind/Center for Independent Documentaries Film Retreat Seminars is accepting applications. The retreat takes place at Treefrog Farm in Guilford, VT on July 12-19, 2015. Selected participants will bring 20 minutes of finished or in-progress work to share for brainstorming, problem solving, and deep discussion. The seminars are organized by Susi Walsh, Executive Director of CID and John Scagliotti, Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. Learn more.
Deadline: June 2, 2015

Call to Artists The Massachusetts Audubon’s Moose Hill Gallery is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Insects: Miniature Marvels, July- September 2015. Any medium is acceptable. Artists are invited to submit up to 5 photographic prints only (minimum size 8” x 10” up to 11” x 14”, not matted or framed) of your work for judging purposes only. Total Entry fee is $15. If selected for a show, all artwork needs to be framed appropriately and ready to hang (detailed information available upon request). Submissions may be dropped off at the Visitor Center or mailed to Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA 02067. Contact with any questions.
Deadline: June 30, 2015

Emerging Writers Fellowship Buzzfeed is offering a four-month program, starting January 2016, that will provide mentorship and experience to promising future writers. During this fellowship, writers will be involved in pitching, reporting, and writing while also participating in workshops and panel discussions with various editors in the industry. This fellowship hopes to help writers succeed as future freelancers and staff at media organizations. The work that is produced by the fellows will be published by Buzzfeed. The fellows will also receive a $12,000 stipend and will work with the senior editorial staff out of the New York office. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2015

Image credit: Black and white photograph of the actress and sculptor Frances Rich with her cat. From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Image in the public domain.

Artist Opportunities Blues

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


Of note: East Boston Open Studios, April 25-26, 2015

Creative Space Have a creative space you’d like to list for sale or rental? Looking for a creative work or live/work space to buy/rent? Check out the ArtSake Creative Space Classifieds.

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: April 30, 2015

Documentary Filmmakers The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, the longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States, is currently accepting submissions in English or have English subtitles or voiceover narration. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015

Call to Artists The Nave Gallery Annex (Somerville, MA) invites artists to participate in the exhibition, Survey Without Surveillance. Curated by Arlinda Shtuni. Learn more.
Deadline: May 3, 2015

Underrepresented Voices Duende, the online literary journal of the BFA in Writing program at Goddard College, is open for submissions. Duende welcomes submissions of prose, poetry, hybrid writing, visual art, and collaborations. The journal especially encourages submissions by underrepresented voices, including writers and artists who are LGBT, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Greater Haverhill Arts Association’s annual open art exhibition (September 12, 10AM-4PM) on Bradford Common (Bradford, MA), rain or shine. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Image credit: From Chicago Blues Guide. Photograph of Mississippi Blues Band, 1982. J.H. Davis, Jr. Mississippi Blues Band is hand written on the van.

Rhythmic Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Irish step dance taught by Kieran Jordan (2008 MCC Traditional Arts Fellow) to Emerald Rae Forman. (Cambridge, MA)

Of note: Miller Street Open Studios, Somerville, MA, April 10-12, 2015

Performing Artists, Visual Artists The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company invites artists from all disciplines to apply for Fair Verona, three open-air festivals that will transform some of Boston’s most cherished parks and local communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. They will highlight performances and displays, workshops in the visual and performing arts, and interactive outdoor activities, including, but not limited to: mask making, painting, drawing, drum circle, dancing, fight choreography, improvisation, theater games, and more. Artists should indicate whether or not they are applying for a slot on the mainstage or at an adjoining booth. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2015

Residency Opportunity The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on the Oregon Coast, is currently accepting applications for artist residencies. for visual artists, writers, musicians,  as well as naturalists, ecologists, and environmental scientists. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Of note: Berkshire Brown Bag: SpaceFinder Mass, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12-1pm, Central Station, 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield MA. FREE, Registration Recommended. Do you have unique space for rent, or under-utilized space in the off season? Would you like to increase the accessibility of your space to artists in Berkshire County and beyond? Join Fractured Atlas, a New York City non-profit technology company, and Berkshire Creative for a presentation about a new creative workspace directory called SpaceFinder Mass. Learn how creative businesses and other property owners can attract new renters through this free resource. Developed by Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder Mass is a project of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Poetry Entries are now being accepted from the University of Pittsburgh Press for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition. Winner receives a prize of $5,000 and publication for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (November 12-22, 2014, Philadelphia, PA) – Seeking films by, starring, and/or about Asian Americans in the following categories: Short (under 40 minutes), Narrative Feature (40 minutes or over), and Documentary Feature (40 minutes or over). Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Exhibition Proposals Montserrat College of Art’s Frame 301 Gallery is currently accepting proposal submissions for artists to exhibit their work in the downtown of Beverly, MA. Each month a regional, national and or international artist is selected to install his or her work in the space. Frame 301 is currently accepting written proposals from artist who will then come and install site-specific work into the space. Open to all artists: regional, national and international. The process for selecting artists for Frame 301 will reflect the artist’s creativity as well as the artist’s understanding of art in the community. Application Instructions: Artist must submit a written proposal that includes an outline of intent for the temporary install of original artwork. If selected to show, artist will be required to be present for install as well as de-install at Frame 301. Submit a CD with 8-10 images, proposal (limited to 500 characters), bio/resume, artist statement and an image list including title, medium, and dimensions of work. A brief description of each image is optional. All CDs must be labeled with the artist’s name. All image files must be labeled 1.Lastname_title_jpg. Once selected, artist will be contacted with a date and time to come and install in the company of the Montserrat Gallery staff. Send CD and other accompanying print material to: Montserrat Gallery ATT: Sara Santarsiero, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Deadline: Ongoing

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (October 8-18, 2015, Seattle, WA) – Narrative Feature, Documentary Features (longer than 40 minutes), and Short (under 40 minutes). Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship The Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years and older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist Fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a handsomely appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend. Learn more.
Deadline: July 5, 2015

Binding Together Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Eric Gottesman’s Banded Photographs (2007), C-print, 20 inches by 24 inches

The one well of support I find myself returning to again and again is my community of fellow artists. We are friends but an important part of our friendship is our desire to be entwined in each other’s practices. A kind of deep understanding over many years results from watching someone develop and change. –   Eric Gottesman (2009 MCC Photography Fellow), in ArtSake

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition Nowhere Everywhere at the Thompson Gallery at the Cambridge School of Weston. They are seeking works of art that examine the genres of utopia and dystopia with regard to the human conflict or dilemma within societal structures. There will be three exhibitions in the Nowhere Everywhere series—between 1 to 2 solo exhibitions and at least 1 group show. All media considered. Learn more.
Deadline: April 4, 2015

Call to Artists The Dedham Open studios invites artists to participate in their fifth annual open studios on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cost: $50 for Dedham Residents, $60 for non-Dedham residents. Learn more. Questions, contact
Deadline: April 8, 2015

Photography The Aperture Foundation is now accepting submissions for Black Mirror and it will be curated by Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine. The title borrows its name from the British television series Black Mirror, which imagines a dystopian near-future for the age of the smartphone. Black Mirror refers to the omnipresent screens through which our lives are mediated today, and the show depicts a society in which technology ominously defines and shapes our relationships and each facet of daily life. Learn more.
Deadline: April 8, 2015

Call for Art Viridian Artists in New York presents their 26th Annual International Juried Exhibition. This year’s juror is Lauren Hinkson, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum, NYC. Open to artists working in 2D and 3D media. Learn more.
Deadline: April 10, 2015

Call to Artists The Arsenal Center for the Arts seeks the artwork from illustrators and comic artists who create work in a children/family friendly genre, for their summer 2015 exhibition More Than Words: A Children’s Illustration Exhibition. Original work is preferred but high-quality prints will be considered. Work can be hand drawn, painted, print, graphic, or digital – All work must be submitted electronically. Submit 5-10 images in JPEG format, no larger than 300dpi. Include name, address, phone number, and email address on corresponding numbered call sheet with title, medium, dimensions, edition (if applicable) and price of each piece. Please also include resume and artist statement. Send all application materials to Aneleise Ruggles at The submission fee is $20 and can be mailed to: Attention: Aneleise Ruggles, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Questions, contact Aneleise Ruggles, Exhibitions Coordinator (617-923-0100, ext. 8304 or
Deadline: May 1, 2015

One-Act Plays The Pend Oreille Players Association, a non-profit community theatre organization, is seeking original one-act plays to be produced at the Pend Oreille Playhouse Community Theatre in Newport, WA. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015

10 Minute Plays The Adobe Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is currently accepting submissions for their 8 x 10 Play Festival, July 16, 2015 through July 19, 2015, where eight never before seen works will be chosen and given full productions in our ninety-nine seat theatre. All submitted plays should deal with the theme LOVE, but the word LOVE must never be used in your dialogue. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015

Call to Visual Artists The Post Office Gallery in North Truro invites visual artists to participate in their exhibition WEATHER’D. All media will be considered. Submit up to three high resolution images. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Exhibition Proposals ArtSpace Gallery and Studios are calling for artists to submit their proposals for their upcoming 2015 – 1016 season. Located in the center of Maynard, ArtSpace houses 75 artists and their studios with a premium mid-sized gallery that exhibits shows from many talented artists both locally and from around New England on a monthly basis. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Call to Artists The West Parish Garden Cemetery and the Andover Historical Society have announced their following juried show: Passages (October 2015). 2-D, All Media, will be presented at the Andover Historical Society and 3-D installations will occur on the Cemetery Grounds. Learn more.
Deadline: 3-D installation proposals due May 15, 2015; 2-D, All Media due September 18, 2015

Of Note: SpaceFinder Mass is a free directory of arts venues and creative spaces across the state of Massachusetts. Find space for your next performance, special event, class, rehearsal, film shoot and more. A project of Fractured Atlas, The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Image credit: Eric Gottesman‘s Banded Photographs (2007), C-print, 20 inches by 24 inches

Artist Opportunities Kicking Out the Jams

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015


Short Stories A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story about families of all configurations. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2015

Writers and Playwrites Entries are now being accepted for the Arts & Letters $1,000 prize contest. Disciplines include Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. Winners are published in their Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 issue. The prize-winning one-act play is produced at the Georgia College campus (usually in March.) Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2015

American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Artists  The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is accepting applications for the 2015 NACF Artist Fellowship Program. Disciplines include dance, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts, and visual arts. Grants of $20,000 will be awarded in recognition of the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have had a significant impact on their discipline.  Learn more.
Deadline: April 6, 2015 (5 p.m. PST)

Outdoor Sculpture Proposals Art In the Orchard, third biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition in Easthampton, MA, is now accepting proposals. They are looking for large, durable outdoor sculpture which can be displayed on their 120 acre farm setting from August through Halloween. Honorariums total over $6000. Learn more. Questions, contact Jean-Pierre Pasche 413-529-9265 or
Deadline: April 20, 2015

Project Proposals  The J.M. Kaplan Fund is accepting proposals for the J.M.K. Innovation Prize. The Prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses, making a total award of up to $175,000. The Prize seeks to support inter-disciplinary innovation in the fields of cultural heritage, human rights, the built environment, and the natural environment. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Poetry The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence Program
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Children’s Writer-in-Residence program. The selected applicant will receive a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square. He or she must work a minimum of 19 hours per week at the BPL during the nine-month residency (September 2015 through May 2016). Projects eligible for this program are fiction, non-fiction, a script, or poetry, intended for children or young adults. Illustrations may be combined with any of these formats, but are not required. To be eligible, the applicant must be a US citizen and cannot have published more than three books to date. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Image credit: Black and white photograph of swing dancers. Photograph in public domain.