Outside Artist Calls

Explore current opportunities for artists below:

 

Downtown BID Call Box Project Request for Proposals – Deadline: July 8, 2018 The Downtown BID is seeking multi medium visual artists that can include but are not limited to Fine Artists, Street Artists, Graffiti Artists, Metal Workers, and Graphic Artists to design, submit and fabricate original designs to be installed on individual call boxes located in the Downtown area of the District of Columbia. Selected artists not currently residing in the District of Columbia will be required to have a District artist as a project assistant on the instillation.

There are 27 call boxes located downtown. The BID is seeking designs for 9 call boxes in 8 locations.

1708 Gallery’s InLight Richmond Call for Proposals (VA) – Deadline: June 30. 1708 Gallery invites national and international artists working in all media and disciplines to submit proposals for the 11th annual InLight Richmond. Proposals for InLight 2018 should involve, be inspired by, investigate, or interpret themes of light, from light as medium to light as concept. InLight 2018 will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight AND on Saturday, November 17, 2018,7:00-10:00 pm, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. InLight is a public exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks—videos and projections, multi-media and interactive projects, sculptures, installations, performances.

2019 S&R Foundation Washington Award (DC) – Deadline: August 3. The S&R Foundation Washington Award recognizes talented emerging artists working in visual arts, music, and dance. This year we are excited to announce the amount of the Washington Award will be increased to a cash prize of $10,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who will receive an additional $5,000. Additionally: Award winners become part of the S&R Foundation network of artists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs. Award winners will be invited to the Washington Award Ceremony in Washington DC in Spring 2019.

Exhibit: Art Elevated (NY) – Deadline: June 30. Artists from around the world are invited to submit images of their works to be considered for Art Elevated, a public art initiative launched by the Garment District Alliance in partnership with Orangenius, a technology platform for the arts community. 90 Finalists will have their art work displayed on banners throughout the Garment District in the heart of midtown Manhattan, creating a fantastic aerial art gallery that will remain on view from September 3 to October 30, 2018. Open to any type of visual artist, working in any medium, context or geographical location.

 

39th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition – Deadline: June 26, 2018 Virginia Watercolor Society member artists are invited to apply for entry in the 39th Annual Exhibition. The 2018 exhibition will be held September 7 through October 7 at Olin Hall Galleries on the campus of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Internationally known artist and workshop teacher Kathleen Conover AWS D.F., NWS is the juror for this exhibit.

2018 National Juried Exhibition at Larkin Arts – Deadline: August 15 This is a national juried visual art competition and exhibition that is open to any two dimensional artist who is a resident of the United States and is over the age of 18, working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and mixed media works up to a maximum depth of 5 inches; as well as other traditional or non-traditional two-dimensional media, excluding film.

4th Annual Hand Pulled Prints: The Current Practice in Printmaking (NY) – Deadline: August 7. This is an open call to artists for an exhibition at Site:Brooklyn. This exhibition will reflect the ambitious, innovative and contemporary in printmaking today. Highlighting traditional printmaking processes in any combination of serigraphy, letterpress, collagraphy, etching, woodcut, lithography, linocut, drypoint, mezzotint, monoprint, and solar plates. Digital and photographic elements may be used only as a supporting element.

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (DC) – Deadline: September 3. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is accepting submissions to its fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Established in 2006, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invites artists (18 and over) living and working in the United States to submit one portrait for consideration. Selected artworks are featured in a museum exhibition and some artists are awarded prizes. This year, the competition will focus on broadening the definition of portraiture while highlighting the genre’s relevance in contemporary art and culture. The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Additional cash prizes will be awarded. Submissions from each finalist will form The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today exhibition, which will be displayed at the Portrait Gallery from November 2,, 2019, through September 7, 2020, before traveling to other cities in the United States. Previous competitions have received more than 3,000 entries.

 
Strange Figurations – Deadline: June 30, 2018.SlowArt Productions presents the thematic exhibition: Strange Figurations. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery from September 6 – 30, 2018. This exhibition is open to all interpretations of the concept, Strange Figurations. Included are all forms of surreal, visionary and extraordinary figurative art. All interpretations of the theme “Strange Figurations” will be reviewed and considered.

Art of Armistice – Deadline: July 22. Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to submit artwork to the Art of Armistice, a group exhibition that explores the after effects of war. This exhibition will focus on the physical, mental, and cultural effects war has on the world through the perspective of both civilians and veterans alike. This exhibition will be paired with different public programs in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the ground breaking of the former munitions plant that the Torpedo Factory Art Center now calls home.

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2019 National Portrait Gallery – Deadline: September 3, 2018 The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery invites artists to submit one portrait in any media for consideration in the fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. This year, the focus is on broadening the definition of portraiture and highlighting the genre’s relevance in contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter, but they may also be representative of indirect encounters. For example, judges will consider portraits that employ existing imagery or archival research as a means of responding to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time. The competition is named for Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920 – 2005), a former Portrait Gallery volunteer whose generous gift endowed the program.

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.

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 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.