Outside Artist Calls

Explore current opportunities for artists below:

Photoworks Gallery Call for Entries for United/Divided 2 – Deadline : Friday, April 13, 2018 Photoworks Gallery announces a call for entries for United/Divided 2, a public exhibition of photography. As an art institution showcasing photographers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Photoworks Gallery is in a unique position to initiate a visual dialog that explores the connections and divisions that currently exist in our nation and in our nation’s capital.

Fall SOLOS 2018, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA – Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2018 – The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) Fall SOLOS exhibitions program supports the work of emerging contemporary artists in the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year, AAC accepts proposals from artists for solo exhibitions to take place in one of AAC’s seven separate gallery spaces or outside on the grounds. Proposals are accepted through an open call and selected by a jury of curators, artists and arts professionals.

Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists (2018–2020), Washington, DC – Deadline: Monday, March 19, 2018, 11:59 p.m. – The Fellowship provides a two-year artist membership in Touchstone Gallery in downtown D.C. This guarantees a solo exhibition at the end of two year, participation in monthly gallery group shows and a presence on the gallery website.

ARTINA 2018 INTROSPECTIVE, Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD – Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2018 (11:59 p.m.) – Organized by the Washington Sculptors’ Group and the Sandy Spring Museum, INTROSPECTIVE aims to explore through sculpture our thoughts, feelings, psychological processes or other human acts of self-reflection as they relate to the landscape. Existing and site-specific proposed sculptures may be submitted for consideration. Interactive outdoor works that create a dialogue between art and nature, site-specific, time-based or ephemeral work to engage visitors, or create experiences with nature through the arts are encouraged.

Artists or Artist Teams for Public Art Project, Fairfax, VA – Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018 – The Arts Council of Fairfax County, on behalf of Dewberry, is accepting qualifications from artists or artist teams for a public art project in Fairfax, VA. The selected artist/team will design, fabricate and install a permanent work of art at 8401 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA at Dewberry’s Fairfax Headquarters in spring 2019. Budget: 1,000,000

Open Call 2019 – Deadline: May 15. Goodwin House Alexandria (GHA) is currently seeking DMV area artists interested in showing their work during the 2019 calendar year.  Shows run for approximately six weeks. Display space for 3-D work is limited unless it is able to be hung.  All mediums are encouraged.

Residency: Maryland – Deadline: ongoing Montgomery College, Rockville and Germantown Art Department is seeking proposals for its Artist-in-Residence Program, encouraging proposals that cultivate collaborative work between artists and students.

Glow in the dark – Deadline: April 29. The Target Gallery invites national and international artists to apply for Illuminate, a special glow-in-the-dark exhibition that is focused on the relationship between art and light. The lights will be turned off in the gallery, turning the viewer’s attention to the illuminated artwork whether it be through the lighting of video, light installation/sculpture, or use of black light mediums.

Park Road Underpass Art Project, Rockville, MD – Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018 – The City of Rockville, in collaboration with WMATA’s Art in Transit Program and CSXT, is seeking an artist to create a site-specific artwork to beautify the underpass at Park Road. The project encompasses the concrete walls on each side of the underpass. Each wall is composed of two sections, one owned by WMATA and the other by CSXT.

Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence with $10,000 Stipend – Deadline: Saturday, April 7, 2018 – The Howard County Arts Council is excited about the new collaboration with Howard Hughes Corporation to establish the Merriweather District Artist in Residence Program (MD AIR), in Columbia, MD. Up to three artists will receive a $10,000 stipend, studio space and living space to create new work in our community from June 1 – July 31, 2018.

Foundry Gallery – Deadline: ongoing. Foundry Gallery is seeking a few artists in the greater Washington, DC area. If interested in applying for membership please send up to five images (jpg attachments) and an email letter to: membership@foundrygallery.org. The oldest cooperative in Washington, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows at its beautiful space north of Shaw near the 9:30 Club.

Challenge America Fast Track Grants: National Endowment for the Arts – Deadline: Thursday, April 12, 2018
The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from small and midsize organizations to its Challenge America Fast-Track grants program. Through the program, grants of $10,000 will be awarded to projects designed to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

Artina 2018 Introspective, Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD – Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2018 Organized by the Washington Sculptors’ Group and the Sandy Spring Museum, INTROSPECTIVE aims to explore through sculpture our thoughts, feelings, psychological processes or other human acts of self-reflection as they relate to the landscape.

TECH BREAK – Deadline: March 28. The PhotoPhore, proud partner of ADAF 2018, opens its call for artists TECH BREAK. We are searching for video-art works, short movies, digital and animation films, to include in our official selection for the 14th Athens Digital Arts Festival – ADAF 2018. The screening will be part of the festival programmed from May 2018 in Athens, Greece.

Exhibit proposals – Deadline: April 14 Brentwood Arts Exchange is seeking proposals from artists and curators to present exhibitions for available dates November 2018–November 2020. Solo and group exhibitions are welcome.

Art @ the Park- Deadline: April 7 Art festival in Annapolis, MD that features original art work from exhibitors throughout the region and includes musical performances, other activities, eclectic food, wine and beer.

New Photography: National Juried Exhibition Photographic artists of all walks are invited to submit their latest works to a national juried show at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. The exhibition aims to highlight the current state of photography across a broad spectrum.

VisArts fellowship – Deadline: March 20. VisArts (Rockville, MD) invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a six month Studio Fellowship at VisArts at Rockville. The Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment.

Wanderlust – Deadline: April 5. artlessBastard in De Pere, Wisconsin is calling for 2D & 3D works of art, in all mediums – except performance art or film – for their May 2018 Wanderlust Show. Themes of work may include anything related to the journey of leaving home.

Gloucester (Virginia) Arts Festival – Deadline: April 6 Accepting submissions for their 2018 Juried Show.  This show is a unique opportunity for artists across the mid-Atlantic to curate their own exhibit and earn a share of more than $5,000 in prize money.

Delusional Art Competition, Jonathan Levine Gallery – Deadline: Sunday, May 20, 2018 Jonathan LeVine Projects is holding their second “Delusional Art Competition”. Submissions from around the world are welcomed in all 2-D and 3-D mediums (excluding photography, video and performance art). We encourage artists from all backgrounds and styles to submit work. Up to 40 finalists will be selected for inclusion in a summer group show from Aug. 1 – 25, 2018.


Superfine Art Fair – Deadline: rolling admission through September 2018. Applications are now open for Superfine!’s first fair in DC, coming this Halloween to Union Market. Galleries, artist collectives, and solo artists can apply for space.

The BloomBars: imPRINT exhibition- Deadline: Rolling (First evaluation Apply by Dec 19) Curators Robert Bettmann and John Chambers will select the artists for the exhibition. Selected artists will write an article about their work. Through the exhibition, and connected article publication, BloomBars and Day Eight will promote the work of the included artists. At the end of the BloomBars exhibition period, on May 5, the artwork included in the exhibition is to be made available for rental to the public for a period of four months at a cost of $10 dollars. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and for best consideration applications are due by December 19th.

Artists 50 and over – The Beacon is holding a regional competition for people over 50 who have picked up a new artistic endeavor: painting/drawing, 3D art, photography, or poetry. The competition opens in April 2018. For details, download the PDF flyer.

Vendor Openings for Artists: Courthouse Art on the Plaza, Arlington, VA – Deadline: None • Vornado/Charles E. Smith companies are seeking local artists and specialty food vendors for their weekly Thursday event between 11:00 a.m. –  2:00 p.m. in Arlington in the plaza area of 2200 N. Courthouse Road near the Court House metro. These events will run through September. At least five artists are featured weekly and we have the capacity for up to ten participants. The artists sell, display and in some cases produce their art on site.