Artist Calls

Explore current opportunities for artist calls below:


Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild – Deadline May 12, 2017 • 2017 marks the 48th year of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s annual November event.  Artists present a striking variety of glass, ceramics, wood, both wearable and decorative fibers, metal, leather, basketry, printmaking, photography and 2-D and 3-D mixed media, as well as one-of-a-kind handmade furniture and jewelry.

New River Art Biennial 2017– Deadline April 25, 2017  Floyd Center for the Arts, located in Floyd, VA, invites visual media artists within 150 miles of Floyd to submit artwork for exhibition in the New River Art Biennial 2017.

All Media Juried Exhibition – Artwork delivery: May 26–28  Mattawoman Creek Art Center (Marbury, MD) invites artists to enter the 23rd annual All Media Juried Exhibition, to be held June 9–July 9, 2017. Juror: Bobbi Pratte.

ART OF ENGAGEMENT – A National Juried Exhibition – Deadline June 12, 2017  Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC is seeking entries for “ART OF ENGAGEMENT,” scheduled for August 4 – 24, 2017. Artwork entries should reflect present-day issues and concerns. Be part of a national conversation about important issues using the universal language of art. Be bold, stand up, and speak out! Be an artist and an activist.

39th Annual Bethany Beach (DE) Arts Festival – Deadline: April 28, 2017  The festival will take place on Saturday, September 9. The one-day show will feature more than 100 artists.

2017 Annual Exhibition – Deadline May 6, 2017 • The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild invites entries to the 2017 Annual Exhibition, to be held at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, VA. The juror this year is Steve Fleming, former instructor at The Art League.

Wearable Art – Deadline: May 15, 2017 The ManneqART Competition (Laurel, MD) covers three distinct “sections” of wearable art design: Sculpture, Hair, and Makeup. An artist’s award pool of over $10,000 has been allocated for this year’s competition.

LINE – A National Juried Exhibition – Deadline April 25, 2017  Open to all mediums, sizes & concepts that relate to, or include, a line. Imagine … a chorus line, signing on the dotted line, horizon lines, jump ropes, a police line up, waiting in TSA lines, cross-hatching, long and winding roads, zip lines, crossing the picket line, lines in the sand, tally marks … where and how do you draw the line? Line will be on display at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, Massachusetts from June 15 – July 15, 2017. Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded.

 This show seeks hand-pulled prints and book arts that explore traditional and/or innovative approaches to color in printmaking.  Juror’s awards.


CSA Alexandria – Deadline: April 30, 2017 • The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts invites artists and artist teams residing and/or working in Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia to submit proposals for participation in a Community Supported Art initiative. Six artists/artist teams will be selected to participate. Each artist will be required to create 50 pieces of original art for the program. All visual arts mediums will be considered, including, but not limited to, ceramics, textiles, photography, printing/letterpress, metal work, carved/turned wood, glass, paper arts, painting, etc. All artwork must be original, handcrafted by the artist. Each selected artist or artist team will receive an honorarium in the amount of $2,000 to create fifty (50) original pieces of art. Each piece must be identical or similar in quality and design. 


Paperworks 2017 – Deadline April 30, 2017 • Paperworks 2017 is a national competition juried by Akili Tommasino, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  Artists must live in the United States.  Winners will have up to six pieces included in a one month exhibition at the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington, NY from August 2-27, 2017.  Accepted media include works made of, on, or about paper: cut paper, folded paper, woven paper, glued paper, drawings, paintings, photographs, pastels, prints, bound books, collage, paper sculptures, mixed media, video, and installations


Plates, Platters, and Nothing Else Matters – Deadline May 1, 2017 • The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce a call to artists for our “Plates, Platters, and Nothing Else Matters” exhibition. “Plates, Platters, and Nothing Else Matters” is a National Juried Competition of ceramic works that are ready to be wall hung. First place will be awarded $1,000.

HALCYON ARTS LAB: BECOME A HALCYON FELLOW, WASHINGTON, DC DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017•  The Halcyon Arts Lab application is now open for artists of any discipline. During the 9-month program, fellows will have access to individual studios on campus to concentrate on independent learning and creative practice, residential accommodation (for non-DC residents), mentorship, a materials scholarship for living expenses and materials, professional development services, and a curriculum of classes and discussions on everything from contract negotiations to social justice issues. Halcyon Arts Lab will accept six national or international fellows and two DC-based artists.

Speaking of Fibers 2017!- Deadline May 5 • Speaking of Fibers 2017!, An Altered Environment- Speaking of Fibers! 2017 is a Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) members’ biennial; juried exhibit, exploring fiber forms and materials.The 2017 exhibit theme is “An Altered Environment”.

Works on Paper 2017- Deadline May 5  • Works on Paper 2017- the 19th Annual National Juried Competition and Exhibition at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Works on Paper can include but is not limited to Drawing, Painting on Paper, hand pulled Prints, Photographic Prints, Digital Works on Paper, and Paper constructions that can be wall hung.

Inaugural photography – Deadline May 23, 2017 Gallery OonH seeks a broad range of submissions from all levels of photographers for “Who’s Looking Back,” a comprehensive look at the impact of the 2017 Inaugural from January 19-21 and beyond.

Art of Engagement – Deadline: June 12, 2017 Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC is seeking entries for “Art of Engagement,” a National Juried Show scheduled for August 4–24, 2017. Artwork entries should reflect present-day issues and concerns. Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center.

Small Works: Prints – Deadline June 3, 2017  • For the 20th Annual Washington Printmakers’ National Small Works Competition and Exhibition, eligible entries are hand-pulled prints, screen prints, digital prints, photographs, and three-dimensional work with print components.

Mentors/Volunteers Needed!

DCFYI (DC Family and Youth Initiative) is actively looking for volunteers and mentors to work with older teens in the foster care system and help guide them into adult life. If you are interested check out: , or email me Alanna Hays (Mary Lynch’s granddaughter) at: