Opportunities and Calls for Artists

Art Installer and Preparator – part time position

Artisphere – Arlington, Virginia

Metro accessible

Deadline: Friday, November 21, 2014

Artisphere seeks an experienced and capable technical assistant providing art installation services. This will ensure the smooth operation of the visual arts areas of Artisphere. Artisphere, Arlington’s cultural center, offers a wide range of visual and performing arts programs, including music, dance, visual arts and theater. The 62,000 sq foot campus includes a ballroom, three performance venues, three visual arts galleries, an Artist in Residence studio, Wi-Fi town hall, and is located in the heart of Rosslyn, a major transit hub for bus and metro rail.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Partner with both in-house and outside curators for preparation and planning of exhibition installation. Installation and de-installation of a variety of works of art, in all media, for up to 25 exhibits per year.
  • Maintain inventory and storage of works of art on display.
  • Maintain inventory of exhibition installation supplies and tools.
  • Participate in and/or manage process for drop off/ pick up of art work for all exhibitions including juried exhibitions, special exhibitions, and site-specific installations.
  • Complete condition reports on all works of art received and shipped.
  • Train volunteers and interns in gallery procedures.
  • Maintain the appearance of exhibition space including dusting, sweeping, cleaning of plexi, paint touch-up, as well as care and cleaning of miscellaneous exhibition furniture.
  • Assist in maintaining ongoing exhibitions with works of art that may require daily examination, repair and maintenance. As needed, consult with curator and artist on most appropriate method of maintenance.
  • Collect, organize and present data for price sheets and labels for exhibition.
  • Assist with the installation/deinstallation of stationary and new-media based donor/sponsor initiatives.
  • Work directly with operations to schedule staff and volunteers to assist in installation and de-installation of exhibitions.

The employee must have the following:

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to read floor plans specifications and diagrams.
  • Familiarity with the use of power tools.
  • Skills in patching and painting walls.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

The employee must understand proper handling of fine artwork of a variety of mediums, including digital media and the installation of video/electrical equipment.

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Museum Curator – Photography

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is seeking applications for a full-time permanent curator of photography who will be responsible for overseeing the museum’s collection of 7,000+ photographs. The photography curator will be expected to develop and implement groundbreaking exhibition projects, nurture relationships with collectors, donors, and dealers that lead to acquisitions by gift and purchase, and publish significant research in the field of American photography. An M.A. in Art History or related field is desirable, and a Ph.D. is preferred. Experience organizing significant exhibitions and writing substantial catalogues or essays is essential. Applications must be submitted through USAJobs. The Smithsonian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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DEADLINE: November 7, 2014  LOCATION: Northern Virginia

The Fisher Art Gallery at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NOVA Community College Alexandria Campus is now accepting proposals for the 2015 exhibition season. Artists must reside in the Northern Virginia/Maryland/District of Columbia Metropolitan area. For consideration, complete and return the submission form with your proposal. FOR FULL DETAILS, INFORMATION, AND TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM, PLEASE VISIT THE LINK BELOW.

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Georgetown GLOW Winter Public Art Exhibition Call for Artists and Request for Proposals

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) invites artists to submit proposals for new, site-inspired public art work to be installed in Georgetown as part of the Georgetown GLOW Winter Public Art Exhibition, an outdoor display of public art and light installations on view from Friday, December 12, 2014 – Sunday, December 14, 2014.

The Georgetown GLOW Winter Public Art Exhibition is open to artists working in all mediums, including performance, video, sound, and 2-D work. While there are no specific geographic limitations, preference will be given to local and regional artists. We are seeking proposals for work that creatively incorporates light; explores concepts of space and place; inspires public interaction; and utilizes and responds to specific sites within Georgetown. The exhibition aims to highlight the historic Georgetown neighborhood through innovative public art works.

The installations will be lit nightly from 6 pm to 10 pm on the evenings of December 12, 13 and 14.


In December of 2013, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Alliance Francaise D.C., hosted Fete des Lumieres Georgetown, an exhibition of public installations by four international artists. Inspired by one of Europe’s most celebrated festivals, the Fete des Lumieres or Festival of Lights, held annually in Lyon, France since 1852, FDLG 2013 was the first time that any of the Lyon installations had been exhibited in the United States. Sponsors included Art Soiree Productions, SPAIN arts & culture, The JBG Companies, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and EDF (Electricite de France). Building on the success of last year’s event, we will revisit the theme of light with the Georgetown GLOW Winter Public Art Exhibition.


The Georgetown BID will select up to 4 artists. The BID will provide an artist fee of $2000 to each selected artist. This fee will include all costs associated with materials and physical execution of the installation. Georgetown BID will provide electricity needs and overnight security for each project if and when on public property.

Exhibition Timeline:

Proposal deadline- EXTENDED TO Friday, November 7, 2014

Installation process- December 10 -11

Exhibition on view- December 12, 13, 14

De-installation- December 15-16

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Ideas Competition

DEADLINE: November 21, 2014 by 5pm EST

Art in Public Places, (a Medfield Foundation Inc. initiative) is launching an Ideas Competition to re-purpose massive water pump components from the 1890s that once powered a now abandoned mental hospital, into sculpture or functional items like seating or bike racks, way-finding and signage. One winning entry will receive $1,000.

Selection Criteria:

  • innovation and originality of ideas
  • potential for implementation
  • creative choice and re-use of materials
  • safety and feasibility
  • artist qualifications and professionalism
  • appropriateness to site(s)
  • maintenance requirements

To Apply email a one-page narrative proposal and one-page of images, sketches, or visual description, with no name or identifying information in PDF format. Label your files LastName_Idea or Visual. Include a resume/CV (jury review only) to JeanMineo@aol.com before 5 pm EST on Nov. 21, 2014. You are required to use some of the components on the inventory sheet, but you are not limited to these. Artists may submit more than one idea, but each idea should be a separate application.

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Figure It Out! DC National Portrait Gallery

Deadline: November 30, 2014, Washington, DC

From August 1, 2014 at www.Portraitcompetition.si.edu

Outwin Boochever portrait competition. Figurative artists working in all media are exploring portraiture. The National Portrait Gallery invites artists all over America to investigate the contemporary art of the portrait for the third Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, to be held in 2014. The competition and resulting exhibition will celebrate excellence and innovation, with a strong focus on the variety of portrait media used by artists today. The National Portrait Gallery welcomes single figures, groups, or self-portraits, created in any visual arts medium. The competition is named for Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920–2005), a former Portrait Gallery volunteer whose generous gift has endowed this program. Entries are only accepted electronically, through Café.org/WESTAF, accessed via the National Portrait Gallery’s web site, portraitcompetition.si.edu, from September 1 until November 30, 2011. Entry to the competition — and submission of JPEG images — is be available online through Café.org/WESTAF for a nonrefundable registration fee of $35. Artists who wished to submit time-based media (video, film, digital or web-based work) find instructions for entry on the competition web site. Artists have the option to submit a statement about their work, their particular entry, and/or the circumstances of the creation of the portrait. Dimensions and medium information are also requested.

The first round of jurying will be done online through Café.org/WESTAF. Judges will identify the semifinalists, whose works will be transported to Washington, D.C., at the Portrait Gallery’s expense. The final selection of winners and other exhibitors will be made from those original semifinalist portraits. All works transported to Washington, whether chosen for the exhibition or not, will be returned to the artists at the Portrait Gallery’s expense. The public will have an opportunity to vote for its favorite work among the finalists through the People’s Choice Award.

Please read the detailed rules for this year’s competition if you would like further information.

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