Outside Artist Calls

Explore current opportunities for artists below:


CHAW Gallery Residency – Deadline: September 6 • The CHAW Gallery Residency (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC) offers six weeks of time and space to an artist or team of artists each year to experiment and realize new work. In 2018, CHAW will host the Gallery Resident Artist or Artist Team from March 1 through April 14.

Howard County exhibit proposals – Deadline: October 1 • Artists who wish to be considered for a future exhibit in the Howard County (MD) Arts Council galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. Proposals from curators and organizations are also welcome.

Politically Engaged Art – Deadline: August 22 • The 2017 5th Annual FL3TCH3R Exhibit (Johnson City, TN) is an international juried exhibit focused on socially and politically engaged art.

Tokyo International Photography Festival  – Deadline: Aug. 16, 2017  • The Tokyo International Photography Festival competition is open to photographers worldwide and over the age of 18. The theme is “Borders.”

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.

Interlude: Unfinished Works – Deadline: September 24, 2017 • Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, invites national and international artists working in all-media to apply to Interlude: Unfinished Works. This exhibition gives the spotlight to the artistic process. Curator Betsy Johnson of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the juror.

Interlude: Unfinished Works will include artwork left both intentionally and unintentionally unfinished, giving insight to the artist’s hand and methodology. The unresolved and open ended nature of the art gives the viewer new context of the themes and meanings of the works created.

Captured Beauty Photograph Exhibition – Deadline: August 26 • Del Ray Artisans and Union 206 Studio are seeking fine art photography that showcases artists’ visions of beauty.

VMFA Fellowship Program for Residents of Virginia – Deadline: Friday, Nov. 3 • VMFA offers $8,000 awards to professional artists, $6,000 awards to graduate students, and $4,000 awards to undergraduate students. Applicants may apply in the disciplines of Crafts, Drawing, Film/Video, Mixed Media, New/Emerging Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Art History (graduate students only). All applicants must be legal residents of Virginia and student applicants must be enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs. Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by distinguished jurors and awards are made based on artistic merit.

Picturing Freedom Photo Contest – Deadline: September 8 • Nationwide poster contest to focus attention on the global and local crime of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Contemporary craft – Deadline: September 29 • The Greater Denton (Texas) Arts Council proudly presents the 31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition.

Chelsea International Photography Competition Deadline: September 13 • Organized by Agora Gallery in New York City. This competition provides a great opportunity for the exposure of work by amateur as well as professional photographers alike.

National Juried Exhibition at Larkin Arts – Deadline: August 14, 2017 • This is a national juried visual art competition and exhibition that is open to any artist who is a resident of the United States and is over the age of 18, working in two-dimensional media. Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and mixed media works with a maximum depth of five inches; as well as other traditional or non-traditional two-dimensional media, excluding film, are welcome.


Maryland Exhibit Proposals- Deadline: August 15 • The Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College (Bel Air, MD) invites artists, artist groups and curators working in any medium or format to apply for our 2018-2020 exhibition seasons. There is no application fee or commission on sold work.

Virginia Photographers – Deadline: August 1 • Compelling Images from Virginia Photographers celebrates professional, original photography with varied aesthetics from around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Open to all artists living in Virginia, this exhibition is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

People Are Not Products – Deadline: August 15 • Central Virginia Justice Initiative is accepting entries for the People Are Not Products benefit exhibition which will be held at Verizon Gallery in the The Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, NOVA. Artists must be residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia. Artwork relating directly or indirectly to human trafficking (slavery in the form of labor or sex trafficking) is encouraged. Please do not submit work that is sexually graphic in nature.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017, Rockville, MD –  Deadline Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 • F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) at VisArts 2017 calls for proposals that help envision and frame the future. What voices, stories, platforms, food, services or experiences are currently missing or hidden? Projects that may receive funding represent a diverse cross section of contemporary artistic, social, design and scientific practices. Performances, community events, visual, sonic, tactile, documents, parades, maps, participatory actions, poetic data analysis, interviews, stories, etc. We encourage artists, thinkers and organizations to move outside their everyday practice and produce work that encourages situations where interaction and participation are essential.