Outside Artist Calls

Explore current opportunities for artists below:

DC Arts Center: DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative (DC) – Deadline: October 15. The Curatorial Initiative reflects DCAC’s commitment to curatorial practice as an integral part of supporting emerging and under-recognized artists. Each year an apprentice curator is selected to gain experience in the process of planning and mounting an exhibition by working with an experienced mentor curator. The program results in two exhibitions each year: in the spring the mentor curator selects artists and plans the exhibition and accompanying catalog with the assistance of the apprentice; in the autumn, the roles are reversed and the apprentice plans and executes an exhibition with the assistance and advice of the mentor. By nurturing new curators DCAC hopes to bring fresh perspectives into our own programming while assisting a new generation of curators who will take the knowledge they gain into our arts community and beyond.

Sparkplug Artist Collective (DC) – Deadline: October 15. Sparkplug brings together artists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences in the DC area to foster their development collectively. In 2007 Sparkplug was launched as DCAC’s artists collective. Around ten members participate for two years, meeting on a monthly basis to critique each other’s work, discuss exhibitions around the area, visit each other’s studios, and meet with arts professionals such as curators, collectors and established artists.

Frame & Frequency IV Vol. 2 (MD) -Deadline: November 28. Frame & Frequency is an ongoing International Video and Sound Art Exchange program presented concurrently at VisArts In(Site) Project Gallery in Rockville, MD and at PLECTO Galeria in Medellín, Colombia, opening December 7, 2018. Video, sound art (up to 8 channels), film, and new media work will be accepted: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative, non-narrative, multimedia, virtual reality, augmented reality, net art, interactive media, etc.

Public Art for Colts Neck Road Underpass – Deadline: October 26 Public Art Reston, in partnership with Reston Association and Atlantic Realty Companies, seeks an artist or artist-led team to develop a site-specific artwork in a permanent medium to enhance the exterior and interior walls of the Colts Neck Road underpass in Reston, VA. The project will promote active use of the underpass that links residential areas, Hunters Woods Village Center, two schools, two senior facilities, and two community centers. The artist or artist team will actively engage with community stakeholders to develop the concept of the artwork and will give workshops to students.This project is an opportunity for infrastructure beautification, education, engagement, and inspiration.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC) – Deadline: November 1. The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. Recipients will be part of the premier residential fellowship program in American art—one that celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2020. The museum hosts a number of fellows each year through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), and also awards its own named fellowships to candidates from this general pool. Only one application is necessary. All candidates should apply to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP).

New River Art Juried Biennial 2010: Deadline:  March 1, 2019 the 15th New River Art Biennial Exhibition, which rotates between the towns of Floyd, Pulaski, and Blacksburg, Virginia. Sponsored by the Blacksburg Regional Art Association(BRAA) and hosted by the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech (VT), BRAA created this juried biennial in 1991 and remains the driving force behind the event.

Artist/Writers: Cover Art for Academic Medicine – Deadline: Rolling. Submit original works of art inspired by, but not necessarily representative of, an academic medicine experience from any perspective: caregiver, researcher, teacher, learner, or patient (for example, learning how to be a physician or scientist, caring for patients, exploring research questions, making a new discovery, being a research participant, teaching, or being cared for in a teaching hospital). The journal welcomes photography, sculpture, painting, textile work, and other visual media.

2019 Solo Exhibition – Target Gallery – Deadline: Sunday, November 25 Target Gallery invites artists to apply for an open call for proposals for a solo exhibition for the summer of 2019. The individual or group associated with the chosen proposal will receive an exhibition at Target Gallery from June 14 through August 4, 2019.

The Chelsea International Photography Competition (NY) – Deadline: October 9. The Chelsea International Photography Competition opens August 21, 2018With a fierce dedication to promoting the arts and discovering and exposing new talent, the CIPC will honor selected artists with an exhibition at Agora Gallery, providing invaluable exposure to promote career growth and boost recognition.

Signs of the Times National Juried Exhibition – Deadline: November 28 Gallery Clarendon in Arlington, VA seeks entries for a national juried art exhibition January 5 – 31, 2019. For this exhibition artists working in all media are called to submit works that interpret and express signs of the times – real or imagined, literal or figurative, positive or negative; art that addresses, questions, protests, or celebrates our changing world. Submissions can range from traditional to conceptual, both 2-d and 3-d work.

Athanaeum Gallery Solo or Group Show: Deadline: Rolling The Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia exhibits visual arts created solely by artists living or working in the region (DC, Maryland and Virginia) and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent art and unique experiences.  In addition to the shows curated by the Gallery Director, the Athenaeum Gallery invites artists and curators to submit show proposals.

Washington Printmakers Gallery – Deadline: ongoing. Washington Printmakers Gallery is seeking artist members specializing in printmaking, photography and book arts. An active cooperative for over 30 years, the gallery holds monthly solo and members’ group shows in its lovely space in upper Georgetown. Distant and shared memberships are available. If interested in applying for membership please email   washington.print1@gmail.com.

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.

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.

The BloomBars: imPRINT exhibition- Deadline: Rolling 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.

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.

Invitation to Exhibit at RRUUC Art Gallery- Rolling  RRUUC encourages local artists to exhibit their work in its art gallery, located in the Fellowship Room. Artists do not have to be members of the congregation.There is no fee to apply for a show, but RRUUC receives 20% of all sales.