Archive for the ‘call to artists’ Category

Fake It Til You Make It Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Fiction Leapfrog Press is currently accepting entries for their Fiction Award. A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Sara Pritchard and the editors will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Brookline Arts Center exhibition Gravity (June 17-July 15, 2016. Pulling from our everyday conflicts to expanding our understanding of the universe, the word brings to mind weight and weightlessness, the laws of physics and the complexities of the human experience. They are looking for work that explores the connection between these extremes. Juror: Katherine French, Gallery Director, Catamount Arts. Up to six pieces of original artwork can be submitted. Learn more.
Deadline: May 14, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call to Artists ArcWorks in Peabody, MA, invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit Spring Fling. Artists may submit artwork in a variety of two– and three– dimensional media for the juror’s consideration. ArcWorks’ juried exhibits are un-themed, and artists may submit artwork of any subject matter. Learn more.
Deadline:  online submission due May 13, 2016; hand-delivered submission due May 18, 2016, 1pm – 6pm

Jazz Artists The guidelines and online application for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program are now available. The application deadline is May 27, 2016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: May 27, 2016

Professional Development MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is seeking applicants for the third round of their North Adams Project, an initiative to support artists committed to building their creative future in North Adams. The NA Project offers financial incentives and special programming for selected artists who relocate to North Adams by the end of 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2016

Call to Artists Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA) invites artists to submit to their summer show, an exhibition of work by artists living and creating at the intersection of LGBTQIA issues and culturally defined notions of “disability”. This is a show about empowerment, community, representation and visibility. Work is not required to address any particular theme, but must be submitted by artists who personally identify, or feel they have been defined by society, as a part of this minority demographic. All mediums included. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Painting Residency Award The Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, is currently accepting applications for the Chiaro Award, an artist residency and cash prize for an accomplished mid-career painter. Residencies of six to eight weeks include dedicated use of a private studio, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and an award of $15,000. The Chiaro Awardee will become part of the dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ programs, sharing in peer-to-peer creative exchange while developing his or her individual artistic practice. Learn more.
Deadline: June 3, 2016

Call to Artists Bromfield Gallery in Boston, MA,  is currently accepting submissions for their exhibition Heat. Open to all media, all interpretations: heat as it relates to climate, politics, and sex, as well as slang for a gun or police. Juried by a committee of Bromfield Gallery artists. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2016 (12 noon)

Of Note: The new Mass arts festivals listings calendar:

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Untethered Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Female Playwrights Athena Project produces its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This series will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April, 2017, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating the voices of female artists. Four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and workshop level production during the Festival. Playwright must be female and may only submit one full-length script. The play must not ever have had a fully mounted production. Prior workshop presentations are permissible but the script must be a new version since the time of the workshop. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Of Note: Catalyst Conversations and Cambridge Creativity Commons present How to Make Your Mind Move at Lesley University College of Art and Design | 1801 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3-5pm, Lunder Arts Center, Lower Level Commons. Choreographers/dancers Peter DiMuro and Jody Weber and scientist/dancer Terina-Jasmine Alladin from the Science Club for Girls will demonstrate how the movement of our bodies can help us understand the world around us. Free event. Learn more and RSVP.

Poets The Poetry Foundation is accepting entries for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. residents or citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Call for Art Nave Gallery in Somerville is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Residual FormLearn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Call to Artists  Greater Boston Area artists ages 18+ are invited to create 2D art in response to a special piano performance and discussion of Mussorgsky’s piano work, Pictures at an Exhibition. Submissions will be judged by a three-member panel and chosen pieces displayed at a November 5 multi-media event at Jenkins Auditorium in Malden. Artwork will also be displayed until mid-January at the gallery at MATV, Malden’s Media Center. Learn more to register for May 7 workshop.

Exhibition Proposals Artspace Maynard invites artists in all media (except video) to submit proposals for one month solo or group exhibitions for the 2016-2017 season. The proposed exhibit should be based on a unifying concept that is social, historical, philosophical, cultural, political or other. Preference will be given to New England artists. Learn more.
Deadline: May 18, 2016

Dancers/Choreograpers The Boston Center for the Arts’ artist-led series Martha’s Artist Salon is a community conversation, created to give Boston area dancers and choreographers an avenue to share knowledge about contemporary dance as it is practiced and presented around the world. Each session is led by a host who offers a short presentation identifying an idea or exemplar that they feel is important to understanding why dance looks like it does today. They are looking for hosts for their fall season. Send a proposal listing: what or who you would like to present; an outline of your presentation; why this topic is critical to the understanding of contemporary dance; which session date(s) you would like to host. Martha’s Artist Salons take place at Boston Center for the Arts on Mondays or Tuesdays between 5:30 and 8 pm. Presentations typically run from 6:00-7:00 with mingling time before and after. They are currently looking for Fall hosts on Monday September 12, Monday October 24 and Tuesday November 29, 2016. Submit your proposal to
Deadline: Tuesday May 31, 2016 (5:00pm)

Call for Artists Entries are currently being accepted for Black Box 3.0 – an international arts and technology based in Seattle. The festival presents new work and ideas that explore how technology is transforming the arts, culture, and public life. Festival Dates: September 21 – October 2, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2016 (5PM PST)

Plein Art Painting The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is hosting its second annual en Plein Air Painting Festival and Competition from September 17-24. The festival has a registration fee of $40. One “ready to hang” painting may be submitted for judging in the competition, which will award a $1,000 Best in Show prize. Learn more.
Deadline: September 22, 2016

Image credit: Illustration of Sophie Blanchard, the first professional female aeronaut in history. From the Smithsonian Libraries Collection. In public domain.

Artist Opportunities Roadtrip

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016


C’mon, hop in. There’s always room for another artist.

Environmental Art Proposals Appearances: Provincetown Green Arts Festival is now accepting proposals for their annual event. Submission is free. Learn more.
Deadline Extended: April 9, 2016

Women Poets Finishing Line Press is offering a prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in perfect-bound print edition. Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Residencies for Writers and Poets Cirenaica is an artist residency in rural Fall Creek, Wisconsin where writers and poets can devote uninterrupted time to their work in a picturesque environment and work closely with prominent Midwest writers. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Call for Temporary Public Art Proposals Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) seeks proposals for two temporary public art projects and two participatory projects in conjunction with Fort Point Spring Open Studios. The works of art will engage the public, highlight the Fort Point neighborhood and its creative community and promote Open Studios. Four Awards Available: One $7,500 award and one $5000 award for temporary public art installations (sites are described on the full RFP) and two $750 awards for participatory public art projects to be produced on Saturday and Sunday of Open Studios Weekend, June 18 and 19, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2016 (midnight)

Artist and Ecologist Residency Program The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, OR) provides artists, writers, musicians, architects and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary. Up to six residents at a time, usually from different disciplines and stages in their careers, live and work on campus for up to 3 1/2 months free of charge. Learn more.
Deadline: April 18, 2016

Call to Artists The Chelsea Art Walk (Chelsea, MA) is currently accepting entries for their annual event. All mediums considered. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Call to Artists The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking the work of young, emerging artists from the Greater Boston area for its upcoming summer exhibition, Framework. All media is accepted, 2D and 3D. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Development Funds for Digital Series Independent Television Service (ITVS) has issued the Digital Open Call, which provides “up to $30,000 in R&D funding to develop and pilot digital series concepts on any subject, and from any viewpoint, for public media’s digital platforms.” Learn more.
Deadline: May 2, 2016 at 5pm PST

Playwriting Award The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman by The American Playwriting Foundation, is the largest annual cash prize ($45,000) 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 are relentlessly truthful. Learn more.
Deadline: May 2, 2016

Artist Project Proposals  Urbano in Jamaica Plain, is calling for artists of all disciplines to develop proposals that combine a place-based education approach and a participatory public intervention. Their theme “The Commons/The Other” offers a unique opportunity to utilize the common spaces and places in Egleston and Jackson Squares as social laboratories where notions of representation, identity and social interaction are explored through art. Projects may range from (but are not limited to) large-scale public art interventions and performances, to nomadic sculptures and audiovisuals. Learn more.
Deadline: May 9, 2016 (11:59pm EST)

Drawing Prize The 2016 Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is now accepting entries for applicants who are creating 2D drawings with either traditional methods, or more experimental contemporary approaches and materials, excepting digitally created or enhanced art. Drawing media that are encouraged include, but are not limited to, chalk, charcoal, color pencil, Conté, graphite, marker, metal-point, pastel, and pen & ink. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of actress Jayne Mansfield and two dogs sitting in the front seat of a convertible car. In public domain.

The Relativity of Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016


The original string theory revealed.

Call for Art The Nave Annex Gallery in Somerville is accepting entries for their show Embroidered Truths Woven Tales. submit work which explores ways to use fiber arts – embroidery, weaving, beading, felting, knitting, applique, photographic exposure of fabric, sewn 2-D and 3-D sculptural forms – to carry the hint of a story or hammer away at a truth. The content may be poetic or political, deceptive or revealing, history or myth, seductive or surreal. Open to salvaged, repurposed, recycled and natural materials, as well as traditional media. Proposals for site-responsive installation work welcome. Curated by Susan Berstler and Cecily Miller. Learn more.
Deadline: March 30, 2016

Boston Artists of Color The CreateWell Fund will invest in artists of color in the greater Boston community who demonstrate financial need. They will provide project- and goal-based, fiscal support to two to four individuals who accomplish both of the following: creating a new original art project honoring one’s authentic artistry; achieving a realistic wellness goal tending to a critical aspect of one’s well-being. Awards for two to four select individuals who demonstrate financial need with grants up to $6000 to not only complete an original work of art but to also care for one’s well-being while doing so. Learn more.
Deadline: April 4, 2016

Writer-in-Residence Applications are currently being accepted for the Writer-in-Residence Program at the Boston Public Library. Selected writer receives a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square. The writer must work a minimum of 19 hours per week at the BPL during the nine-month residency (September through May). 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 19, 2016

Call for Art Unbound Visual Arts, a local non-profit art organization that enriches the community with educational and inspiring exhibitions and programs, is accepting 2 and 3 dimensional art for consideration for the curated exhibition, Freedom, which is a universal value, a human aspiration and an achievement to be treasured. Learn more.
Deadline: May 2, 2016

Sculptors The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, VT, invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest 2016, (September 10 – October 23). The theme for this year’s outdoor exhibition is “Forecast Now,” guest curated by artist Taylor Apostol. “Forecast Now” encourages artists to respond to current experiences of weather. Investigations may explore any aspect of weather or weather systems (for example: precipitation, wind, drought, heat, cold, flooding, erosion, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.) or they may address the politics revolving around the critical issues of climate change and environmental sustainability. Artists and artist teams are invited to submit proposals for sculpture, installation, video or performance to be exhibited on the historic grounds of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, Vermont. Proposals should include: a one-page project description, sketches, photos or other visual representations of proposed project; artist’s resume; up to 10 images of previous works (emphasis on site-specific); artist statement (optional). Mail proposals to “SculptFest 2016” The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777 (materials will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage) or email to (each image must be in jpeg format, under 1MB, text documents in pdf format, videos may use website/Youtube/Vimeo links).
Deadline: June 24th, 2016

Solvent-Free Printmaking Residency Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a subsidized fellowship for a 2-week residency in their printmaking studio to one printmaker who demonstrates artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the intention of future achievement in the field of solvent-free printmaking. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of Albert Einstein holding a marionette puppet of Albert Einstein. In public domain

Catty Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

To be administered in small doses.

Call to Artists The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking members work for their annual Members’ Show exhibition. All artwork must be original work executed by the artist within the last three years. All media is accepted, 2D and 3D. Learn more.
Deadline: March 25, 2016

Theater and Dance Proposals Outside the Box is extending their local open call deadline for theater and dance proposals including a piece already in your repertoire or a new performance you’d like to premiere. Seeking pieces which can be performed outside on the grass or on a simple raised platform. These are designed to be pop-up pieces to envelop the audience in a festival atmosphere between the venues. There are both paid and unpaid opportunities during the 4 day festival. Learn more.
March 30, 2016

Poems, Short Stories Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes awarded on publication. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2016

New England Filmmakers Art New England magazine is accepting submissions for Frame to Fame II, chronicling regional independent filmmakers as they navigate the film festival circuit. Art New England will follow filmmakers throughout their process beginning with submitting their work (completed in 2015 or 2016) to various independent film festivals. It will then report on the filmmakers’ experiences as they attend festivals over the course of the 2016–2017 season. Art New England’s film critic Ethan Gilsdorf will conduct interviews with each participant, to be included in a serialized feature over the course of three to four issues of Art New England in print and online. The series concludes with a celebratory showcase in Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Request for Proposals The Dance Complex is hosting its second FESTIVAL OF US, YOU, WE, & THEM (June 24 – 26, 2016) and is looking for submissions of art to be shared, shown off and experienced. This combination open house, faculty & choreographers’ showcase, arts gallery and celebration, is a 3-day festival emphasizing the inclusive, humanizing nature of dance and the arts, and will take place within The Dance Complex historic building and outside on its sidewalk dance patio. Examples of submissions could include but are not limited to: theater, music or dance performances of all kinds (pop-up or formal) poetry reading, open rehearsal to share your creative process, open dance class, art-making demonstrations of all kinds, installations, film, facilitated dance/art dialogue. Learn more
Deadline: April 4, 2016

Craft Mentor Program The Society of Arts and Crafts’ Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for participation in premiere craft shows via CraftBoston Holiday – a juried show of 175 exhibitors selling fine craft at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center. Three to four artists will be selected to participate in the Mentor Program. These artists will attend a series of training meetings, working with each other, artist mentors, and show management to design a shared, subsided booth at CraftBoston Holiday. Learn more.
Deadline: April 4, 2016

Artist Residency Bright Door offers a ten-day residency in the Lowcountry of Beaufort, SC, one of the many Sea Islands along the South Carolina coastline, this five-room 1,000 sq. ft. cottage in a racially diverse neighborhood is set within a residential community known as Pigeon Point Founded with the purpose of encouraging the development of creative ideas and projects, the residency allows for private use of the cottage and is geared towards those with the maturity and desire to explore the community and the environment independently. The ten days are intended for retreat, research, and the drafting of creative projects. Artists and researchers particularly interested in environmental studies, plein air painting, landscape art, drawing, composing, writing, research of Gullah culture, The Civil War, Slavery, Reconstruction are great fits for this residency, as are leaders in all fields looking for inspiration in their work. However, the residency is not restricted to those areas, so all are welcome to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling basis

Call for Artists and Makers  Somerville’s 2016 Makeathon happening May 8 in Union Square will be hosted by Creative Living Works at Washington Street gallery in Union during ArtWeek Boston. Similar to the hackathon concept, artists, crafters, photographers, performers, designers + creatives of any discipline are invited to register. Teams of 2-5 members will have four hours to collaborate on making a work of art that combines each of their skills and relates to the theme (a surprise until day of). Once complete, each team will present at the reception where guests will vote on their favorite. Learn more.

Call for Artists The Boston Children’s Hospital, a Harvard University institution, has released a new Request for Qualifications for three new Environmental / Experiential Graphics opportunities in Boston and Waltham, Massachusetts: a new wayfinding system; donor recognition plaques and walls; elevator lobby art – experiential graphics. The RFQ is a coordinated effort with Boston Children’s wayfinding, donor recognition, and art planning teams. They are seeking design teams, artists, etc. for three distinct opportunities within the planned expansion. Open to experienced creative firms, environmental designers, public artists, graphics & media professionals residing in the United States. Creative use of materials, incorporation of technology, especially interactive elements a plus. Previous work in healthcare is desired.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Call for Artists Entries are now being accepted for the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) international small art exhibition 6x6x2016 (show runs from June 4 – July 17, 2016). Learn more.
Deadline: April 17 (postmarked by April 16)

Exhibition Proposals ArtsWorcester is inviting artists to submit proposals for solo and group exhibitions for their 2016-2017 gallery season and corporate art program. Also seeking performance art for their galleries. Proposals are evaluated first by a panel of art experts, and then by an ad hoc committee. As part of this year’s call for exhibits, they seek submissions specific to the Present Tense Prize, awarded to an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution. The Present Tense Prize winner will receive an award of $1,000 and a solo exhibit on one floor of the Aurora Gallery, and will give an artist talk.  Learn more.
Deadline: April 24, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the ArtWorcester members exhibition Terra Firma. They seek artwork that engages with the natural environment. While traditional approaches to landscape are welcome, they encourage works that move beyond notions of idealized landscape and the pastoral. This exhibition will take place on the lower level of the Aurora Gallery (Camilo Ramirez’s solo exhibit of photographs, The Gulf, will run simultaneously on the upper level). N.B. In addition to our usual guidelines, works in this exhibit must not exceed 3 feet (36 inches) in any direction. Learn more.
Deadline: April 27, 2016

Image credit: Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil: Worth Its Weight in Gold. Advertising card, c. 1890 (photographed by WeirdVintage at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago).

Artist Opportunities Downpour

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Call to Artists The city of Pittsfield is looking for artists for the Pittsfield Paintbox Program which is intended to bring paintings to the streets’ utility boxes (load centers). Artists will transform the typically drab electrical boxes, increasing the vibrancy of the artful streetscape. Participating Paintbox artists may receive a $400 stipend ($150 supply stipend upon acceptance of their designs + $250 stipend upon completion of their boxes). Learn more.

Call for Boston Poets  The Mayor’s Poetry Program is accepting submissions to display selected poems on the walls of City Hall. Poets who live or work in Boston are invited to send in their work in order to help celebrate the city through poetry and to remind people what a culturally exciting city Boston is. Learn more.
Deadline: March 18, 2016

Call for Artists, Musicians, Performers The Somerville Arts Council and Greg Cook, the fellow behind last year’s “Pity Party,” are looking for your help for the “Tiny Tall Ships Festival” in Union Square on the afternoon of May 14 (rain date May 15). The festival is a celebration of everything tiny and nautical. Seeking artists to make small ships, sea monsters, mermaids, icebergs, submarines, whales and other floating sculptures to float in lots of kiddie pools and/or race in a temporary lagoon; bands and DJs to play nautical/pirate/mermaid tunes; crafters who make things on these themes who would like to sell their crafts. Learn more.
Deadline: March 19, 2016

Call to Artists The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park, invites artists to enter their national juried exhibition, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. Artists are encouraged to submit works that represent a broad view of interpretations to include environmental, ecological, cultural, historical, and political ideas. The jurors will consider a range of work from traditional representation to experimental in concept. Exhibition on display May 7 – June 10, 2016. $500 Prize for Best in Show. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Arts, Crafts, & Talent in Somerville The Somerville Arts Council is accepting applications for artists, crafters, and talent to participate in 2016 ArtBeat: Roots. ArtBeat is one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, craft vendors, food, and fun activities. There are separate calls for regional craft and fine art vendors as well as talent (musicians, performance artists, dancers, visual artists, storytellers, and more) to participate in the July 15-16 festival, themed “Roots.” Learn more.
Deadline for Craft/Art Vendors: April 1, 2016
Deadline for Talent: April 6, 2016

Call to Artists Entries are now being accepted for DownStreet Art 2016. Entry is open to all artists working in any media living or working within 20 miles of North Adams, MA. This year, there are 3 opportunities for artists, 1) call for exhibitions, 2) DownStreet Art Projects, 3) Creative Business Incubator. Learn More.
Deadline April 15, 2016

Residencies for Writers and Poets Cirenaica is an artist residency nestled on 43 acres of hills, farmland, and forest in the quaint village of Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Cirenaica (translated from a Uruguayan fisherman language meaning “siren of the sea”) is the perfect getaway for working artists, a picturesque retreat that offers the splendor of small town life, while preserving the solitude necessary for pursuing one’s craft. Writers and poets can spend time working closely with writers including Wisconsin poet laureate Kimberly Blaeser, former Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland, Nickolas Butler, Erika Janik, John Hildebrand, and B.J. Hollars. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Call to LGBT New England Artists Alternative Art Space in partnership with Boston Pride invites LGBT New England Artists to submit work for a juried show, with the aim to address the 2016 Boston Pride theme, Solidarity Through Pride. All 2D media to be considered with a finished/framed size no larger than 20” at the largest dimension. No video or sculpture. Learn more.
Deadline: April 25, 2016 (12:00 pm)

Call for Artists The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport is currently accepting proposals from emerging and established artists for its upcoming exhibition season. Artists will be selected by blind review for 12 one-person monthly exhibits from October 2016 – September 2017. Only 2D wall-hung artwork is eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Guest Artist Program The 2016/2017 Guest Artist Program in Natick offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to further develop their work, to establish professional contacts and standards, and to work within a supportive community of like-minded individuals. An independent jury of established working artists who work in the Natick Center Cultural District chooses finalists on the basis of artistic merit. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Call for Artists The Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State University is seeking visual imagery in all media for the Latinx exhibit that is celebrating the Hispanic/Latin Heritage Month. The exhibit is from September 1, 2016-October 14, 2016. Seeking visual art and decorative arts that highlight the Hispanic/Latin culture. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Public Art Funding The Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund supports projects in Allston/Brighton that enhance the public realm and for which public sources of financing may be unavailable or inadequate. Projects may include improvements in public parks and open space, neighborhood beautification, streetscape improvements, public safety projects, and public art, including functional art such as benches or bike racks. Two categories of grants have been defined: small (under $50,000) and large (over $50,000). Learn more.
Deadline: May 2, 2016

Image credit: Buster Keaton walking in the rain holding an umbrella. In public domain.

Cosmic Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016


Find your star power.

Call to Artists  Applications are now being accepted for the Arts at Haborfest at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston (Saturday July 2nd, 11 am to 5 pm). The event is for local artists to exhibit and sell their artwork underneath the trellis in the park, and for Plein Air painters to paint during the event and have a Wet Paint Sale at the end of the day. Space is limited to 20 artists exhibiting under the trellis plus 20 Plein Air Painters painting through the park. Preference will be given to artists who have some nautical themed work. They will supply a tent structure, booth sitters to watch your equipment while you park and to give restroom breaks. Plein Air Painters can choose their location in the vicinity of Christopher Columbus Park– from the Harbor to Faneuil Hall, North End to Aquarium. Booth Fee: $150 to exhibit and sell your artwork underneath the trellis, $50 for Plein Air Painters. All proceeds for the wet paint sales will remain the artist’s. Painters must bring their own easels, chairs, whatever you need. If Plein Air Painters wish to bring & sell additional artwork beyond the Wet Paint painting, they may opt to pay the $150 booth fee the others are paying rather than the $50 entrance fee. To apply email the following: your name, address, medium, a paragraph about yourself and/or your artwork, three jps of the work you plan to bring to the event. Accepted artists will be sent an invoice from Square to pay their booth fee. At that point you may opt to mail a check if you prefer; mailing address will be supplied at that time.
Deadline: Juried on a rolling basis as the applications are received.

Short Stories Entries are now being accepted for the Nelligan prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review for a short story. Gish Jen will judge. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be at least 10 pages (or 2500 words) but no more than 50 pages (12,500 words). All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced. Learn more.
Deadline: March 14, 2016

Artist Residency Gallery 263 in Cambridge is is offering their 700-square foot space to artists of all media and experience levels for 7 weeks in the Summer of 2016. This is a non-live-in, shared residency opportunity, and will be awarded to up to four solo artists or one collective of artists. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call to Artists Entries are now being accepted for the group exhibition SEXTET at the Limner Gallery from June 23 – July 23, 2016. Six artists will be presented in this exhibition, with each exhibiting three or more works. Entry is open to all artists working in any media. Learn more.
Deadline April 30, 2016.

Call to Artists Entries are now being accepted by 6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard, MA for a juried exhibit titled: Bridges, juried by Shana Dumont Garr, a Boston-based arts writer, curator, and educator. Artists may submit work that reflects the theme of bridges, taken in the broadest sense. Bridges connote links, connections, and bonds—both physical and emotional—between people and things. Learn more.
Deadline: May 13, 2016

Project Proposals The inaugural Re:NEW Festival seeks submissions from artists and performers across the U.S. that explore the themes of creative reuse, transformation, and sustainability in thoughtful, engaging, and diverse ways. The festival takes place in Pittsburgh September 9 – October 9, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of astronaut Chris Hadfield. Credit: Chris Hadfield/YouTube.

Primary Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Primary Colors

Vote today.

Boston Area Poets Boston’s Department of Arts and Culture will display selected poems on the walls of city hall. Poets who reside or work in Boston are invited to send in work to help celebrate the city through poetry and to remind people of what a culturally exciting city Boston is to live and work in. Learn more.
Deadline: March 11, 2016

Public Space New Urban Mechanics, the Boston Art Commission, and the City’s Streets cabinet are seeking project ideas that explore the interplay of analog and digital in the city’s streetscape. Learn more.
Deadline: April 3, 2016 (11:59 PM EST)

Art Festival The Boston Arts Festival 2016 (Saturday, September 10, 11 am to 6pm) will occur at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park along Boston Harbor between the North End and Long Wharf. The Boston Arts Festival will showcase 75 fine artists and artisans, and also include a performing arts stage with a variety of live music throughout the day. Learn more.
Deadline: April 10, 2016

Artist Residency Applications are now being accepted for the The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. The MacDowell Colony facilitates a balance between focused work and interdisciplinary interaction among composers, writers, architects, film and video artists, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists and visual artists. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Artist Residency Applications are currently being accepted for the National Parks Arts Foundation’s Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii artist residency. This Residency features: housing inside the Park on the Island of Maui, free use of the Wilderness Cabins in the park, and a venue for the artist’s public presentation. Learn more.
Deadline: April 20, 2016


Twisting Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


Fiction The Glimmer Train Press is currently accepting entries for their Short Story Award for New Writers. A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times a year 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: February 29, 2016

Call for Artists Entries are now being accepted for re: Development, a Fort Point Arts Community Exhibition at the Gallery at Atlantic WharfWorks in Boston. The show is designed to have artists to reconsider their definitions of development in order to unveil the true potential of private and shared public spaces. All media will be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: March 4, 2016

Public Art The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is currently calling artists to submit proposals for a public art to be placed at the rooftop park at 500 Pine Street, SF. Project budget is $145,000. Open to international artists. Learn more.
Deadline: March 14, 2016

Visual Artist Residency The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico provides studio based visual artists with the opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a whole year. In residence grants are offered to all professional visual artists 21 years of age or older, involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and other fine art media. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2016

Exhibition Proposals NURTUREart in Brooklyn, NY, is currently accepting proposals from emerging artists and curators for their 2016/17 exhibition season. Emerging artists wishing to present new ideas and projects in the context of a gallery space and emerging independent curators committed to developing their professional practice are invited to submit exhibition proposals. Learn more.
Deadline: March 25, 2016 (midnight)

Playwrights The Department of Theatre at The College at Brockport – State University of New York has announced a call for its tenth biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays. Each script must have a running time of seven to fourteen minutes. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016 (midnight EST)

Image credit: Album cover photograph of Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker song The Twist.

Artist Opportunities Knuckleball

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Dreams renewed on April 4, 2016 (opening day)!

Of Note: The New England Foundation for the Art’s online directory CreativeGround, allows artists of all disciplines to create free profiles.

Summer Studio/Exhibition Residency Room 83 Spring in Watertown, MA is accepting proposals for their July/August 2016 summer studio/exhibition residency. The space includes 750sf storefront studio/gallery, a/c, parking and T accessible. Sliding scale rental. Submit a proposal describing your project or need, website link and 5 images. Candidates will be asked for an interview and references.

Choreographers aMaSSiT, a choreographic development course at The Dance Complex, was introduced in Fall of 2013. The focus continues to be on skills-building for dance-makers- either those early in their choreographic ventures or for those wishing to refresh earlier choreographic studies. Learn more.
Deadline: February 22, 2016

Short Plays, Musicals The Midtown International Theatre Festival Short Subjects in New York is seeking short plays and musicals. Learn more.
Deadline: February 22, 2015

Call For Self-Portraits  JanKossen, a contemporary art gallery in NY, is now accepting entries for their second annual juried group show FRESH! 2016: 50 Faces, examining contemporary portraiture. The gallery invites artists to demonstrate their artistic approach in the presentation of self-portraits to be exhibited from July 7-August 13, 2016. All visual media accepted. Learn more.
Deadline(s): March 17, 2016

Classical, Contemporary Composers Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, offers support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters and festivals for commissioning American composers to create new chamber works. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2016 (11:59 PM E.S.T)

Call for Art In recognition of its 175th Anniversary, the Lowell Cemetery invites entries for the Monuments, Memorials and Memories: Images of the Lowell Cemetery Art Exhibition, to be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Lowell Cemetery, Lawrence Street, Lowell, MA, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. The Lowell Cemetery, founded in 1841, is one of the first garden-styled cemeteries in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more.
Deadline: May 20, 2016

Call for Art The Post Office Gallery in North Truro on Cape Cod invites all visual artists to submit to any of their four annual summer themed, juried exhibits. Selections will be based on artistic and creative quality and space allotment. No entry fee. Retail price assumes a typical 50% gallery commission. All medium considered. Up to three high quality jpeg submissions may be made for each event. Include your name, the title, medium and dimensions of each work in the body of the e-mail to Learn more. Deadline for All Aboard, May 20, 2016 (Opening: June 26); deadline for Rhythm and Blues, June 10, 2016 (Opening: July 17); deadline for Broken, July 1, 2016 (Opening: August 7); deadline for Outta’ Sight, July 22, 2016 (Opening August 28)

Image credit:  Drawing of athletes trying to hit a baseball. Animated by rotating in steps of 1/13 rotation (according to Muybridge’s instructions) at a frame rate of 10/sec. In public domain.