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Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2021: NORMAL 

Deadline: October 29, 2020

Art in Odd Places (AiOP): NORMAL, curated by Furusho von Puttkammer, invites proposals for its sixteenth annual public art and performance festival taking place from Avenue C to the Hudson River along 14th st in Manhattan, NY. AiOP welcomes innovative multi and interdisciplinary hybrid projects including installation, sculpture, and performance which can be presented in the public realm. We encourage projects that explore & expose the American Mythos, and that actively engage the public.

Call for applications: An Art Inside Out Residency in Kungsbacka Municipality and Halmstad Municipality (Sweden) 2021

Deadline: October 29, 2020

Art Inside Out is inviting four artists to a 12-week residency in 2021. Art Inside Out is offering a residency with the theme “Other choreographies, new spaces”, based on the concept of critical tourism. We are all tourists. Our desire to escape daily life and reality leads us to seek out unfamiliar places and situations. Issues such as threats to the climate, immigration and the pandemic, are now affecting the way we move and travel. New contexts and overlooked stories and details create other relationships, and other choreographies and spaces. Can a new kind of attention make way for changes within ourselves and our view of a place? The residence’s theme is inspired by the book and the project “Tourists Like Us. Submissions from Swedish and international artists in all art fields are welcome. The residency holds a special interest in microhistory, a study of the overlooked detail where the starting point can be a place, an event, a group of people or an individual. The residency schedule is as follows: research (June 28–July 11 2021), production & presentation (August 30–November 7 2021).

Gutierrez Memorial Fund’s Legacy Grant

Deadline: October 30, 2020

Our annual project-based arts grant calls for proposals from arts organizations and individual artists who are residents of Maryland and whose programs or projects serve Maryland communities. Special consideration is given to projects that build skills, engage community and transform our built environment.


Deadline: October 31, 2020

Apexart is accepting exhibition proposals for its NYC Open Call from October 1-31, 2020. The four winning proposals will become apexart exhibitions presented at apexart’s NYC space as part of its 2021-22 exhibition season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level or location, are invited to submit a proposal online. Proposals should describe focused, idea-driven, original group exhibitions. No accompanying biographical information, CVs, links, or images will be accepted. Submissions cannot exceed 500 words and must be submitted in English. Jurors rate proposals based on the idea and concept. See examples at Rather than convene a small panel to review hundreds of ideas, apexart’s crowd-sourced voting system involves hundreds of international jurors to review proposals. The jury composed of 400+ individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds—including students at over a dozen international universities—will assess the submissions. Proposals are juried anonymously and randomized to ensure that each submission receives the same consideration. apexart staff does not influence or affect the results of the jury in any way. The four highest-ranked proposals each receive an exhibition budget of up to $10,000 and complete staff support. Working with the apexart team, curators will realize their original ideas into apexart exhibitions. Exhibition curators are expected, encouraged and challenged to work within the funding provided to transform their winning proposals into small, focused, noteworthy exhibitions.

Maryland State Arts Council – County Arts Development (CAD) Grant: Call for Panelists

Deadline: November 1, 5pm

MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects County Arts Development (CAD) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in arts agencies of all disciplines in all of Maryland’s diverse communities. Panelists must be Maryland residents. Selected CAD panelists serve a six-month term, which may be renewed in the future. Panelists receive compensation of $450-500 for their services, based on the number of assignments.

What does a panelist do?

  • Attend one in-person or virtual training session in January 2021.
  • Review and evaluate 8 applications on MSAC’s online grants management system SmartSimple from February – March 2021.
  • Schedule and implement in-depth conversations with 1 or 2 assigned agencies.
  • Attend one panel meeting held in Spring 2021.

Panelists must have access to a computer with an internet connection to complete reviews. Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system SmartSimple. Click the Apply Here button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple. Under Funding Opportunities, select “Public Call.” Select “Panelist” from the dropdown options and click “Save Draft” to populate the application. Select “County Arts Development” as the Grant Program. Questions? Contact Dana Parsons ( for assistance.

NXTHVN 2021-2022 Studio and Curatorial Fellowships

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Each June, NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and eight New Haven high school students to its annual Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. Through a proprietary curriculum that focuses on mentorship, professional development, and skills training, members of the cohort cultivate their individual practices within a collaborative, community-driven context. Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. Through active participation in NXTHVN’s year-long programs, early-career artists and curators make the personal strides and interpersonal connections that advance their careers.

Rome Prize

Deadline: November 1, 2020

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Thirty fellowships, which are either five or eleven months in length, include a stipend, room and board, and individual work space at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus in Rome.
Fellowships are awarded in the following disciplines:

  • Ancient studies
  • Architecture
  • Design: includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields
  • Historic preservation and conservation
  • Landscape architecture: includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography
  • Literature: includes fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry
  • Medieval studies
  • Modern Italian studies
  • Musical composition
  • Renaissance and early modern studies
  • Visual arts: includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film and video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual-arts fields
SAAM Fellowship Opportunities in American Art 2021–2022

Deadline: November 1, 2020

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 the oldest, largest, and 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 (SIFP)

Sonic Acts Home-Based Residency
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Sonic Acts invites you to apply for the OVEREXPOSED residency programme. Starting in December 2020, this environmental residency is part of a four-year research programme on the materiality of pollution and systemic and political issues related to the contamination of our environment. As we are currently unable to host residents physically, this call invites three international artists and researchers to take part in a home-based residency. The residency is an opportunity for artists and researchers to expand their practice and develop new ideas and methodologies while being supported financially in their work over a period of one month. Residents are expected to develop their artistic practice around the core questions underlying the Sonic Acts OVEREXPOSED programme, investigating pollution as a global thread that affects everything living and non-living on the planet. With this residency programme, Sonic Acts wishes to create awareness about pollution in our local surroundings and its interconnectedness on a planetary scale; stimulate thought and imagination about necessary steps, both locally and globally; and of course, mobilise direct action. We consider artistic research as an exploration of the connections between aesthetics, historical materiality and politics. The OVEREXPOSED residency programme is intended for artists and researchers active in the fields of environmental, blue, animal and energy humanities, discard studies, disaster studies, waste colonialism, health care studies, postcolonial studies, geopolitics, media and experimental arts, etc. There is no age limit for applicants. Sonic Acts particularly welcomes and encourages applications from disabled, queer, non-binary and POC artists and researchers. We also encourage applicants younger than 35 years old. Each resident receives a total fee of €2.000 for the residency, including production costs during the residency. Cost for presentation in the context of a Sonic Acts programme will be borne by Sonic Acts.
Dreaming of Equality – University of the Pacific

Deadline: November 10th, 2020

2020 has been a year of intersecting crises. While the novel coronavirus began its sweep through the US it was clear that its danger would be unequally felt; destruction surged through vulnerable populations and communities with systemic disadvantages. Black Lives Matter protests against injustice have stimulated broader calls for equality and reform of systems based on racist policies. Artists have been front and center in these protests calling out police brutality, harsh immigration raids, and climate devastation as well as threats to LGTBQ+, indigenous peoples, and reproductive rights. It’s been busy. We invite you to contribute to a juried virtual exhibition at the Reynolds Gallery that addresses the various currents, undercurrents and discourses stimulated by this extraordinary moment in time. The exhibition will be displayed virtually using the Art Steps platform where it will be freely accessible. It will be featured on our gallery website as well as the university website. We will promote it through social media channels and engage audiences both local as well as national.

Submit to The attachment size is limited to 12MB. Digital images should be labeled: artist last name, title of work. They must be accompanied by a word document or pdf with artist’s full name, address, and contact information. The document must also list the title, medium, date, and dimensions of each art work submitted. Entries are open to all living artists. Each artist may enter up to 5 pieces of artwork that have been completed in the last year. Entries must be original in concept, composition, and execution. The exhibition will be juried by the university curator, art faculty, and student curators. The Reynolds Gallery is a premier space located in the Jeannette Powell Art Center, on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. It hosts artists and scholars in a series of exhibitions, lectures, and workshops to link our students and region to Pacific’s curricular programs. The Reynolds Gallery provides professional development opportunities for students through classes, under-graduate research and internships. For further questions, please contact Professor Marie Lee at

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2021

Deadline: November 10, 2020

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2021 (TAAF2021) is an international animation film festival organized by the Association of Japanese Animations and TAAF Executive Committee, and co-hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. TAAF2021 will take place in Tokyo in March 2021. No Entry Fee.

Maryland Art Place Under $500

Deadline: November 13, 2020

Have your work noticed and purchased by local buyers & collectors, just in time for the holidays! Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking artists for “UNDER $500”, our upcoming winter benefit exhibition. Artworks will be exhibited at MAP Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, 2020, for a first-come-first-serve, ticketed, a two-day event that will promote the sale of artwork by artists in the Maryland region. Artwork will then be featured ONLINE – for a virtual sale running Tuesday, December 15 – Saturday, December 19. The exhibition will include approximately 1-3 works by each artist (scale dependent – in the case of smaller works more than 3 pieces may be accepted). Each individual piece will retail for $500 or less. Participating artists will receive one free ticket to the event. Selected artists will be issued an UNDER $500 profile form to fill out inquiring anecdotal information to help better engage patrons with the artists and their work. Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split 50/50 between Maryland Art Place and the artist.
Climate. Sound. Change. Climate Emergency Open Call – British Music Collection

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Across the world, front-line communities are battling the effects of climate change and raising awareness of the global emergency we face. In recent years, an international wave of sustained and direct action has added to the public awareness of the greatest issue of our time, leading to a number of national and local governments declaring a Climate Emergency. This crisis and its current impact is being felt disproportionately by those already disadvantaged. We cannot consider the climate emergency without considering the other systems of oppression in the world. At Sound and Music, and particularly on the British Music Collection, we feel it is important to create space for composers whose work engages with and seeks to address current social issues.

As a living archive we want to present and curate works that encourage audiences to reflect and to have more insight into how composers, musicians and artists are responding to these issues creatively and within their everyday lives. Today we’re announcing Climate. Sound. Change.: 3 x £500 grants for artists working with sound and music to create new works that respond to the climate emergency with a minimum of one of those grants reserved for a young person aged 16-21.* The opportunity is intentionally open, and you can continue to keep it broad or focus on specific areas or issues of interest, which might include (but are not limited to):
  • Mass production
  • Pollution
  • Disability
  • Access to water
  • Global warming
  • Indigenous rights
  • Racial justice
  • Class discrimination
  • Environmental refugees and displacement
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Specific regional issues
These works can be created either alone (solo) or with collaborators of your choice (this could be another composer / musician / visual artist / filmmaker/ animator/ writer etc.)
The Fleur and Charles Bresler Artist Residency

Deadline: November 15, 2020

In honor of VisArts patrons, Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four month residency at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland.  This residency 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. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a monthly stipend of $500. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger Rockville community as well. The residency offers the gift of time and space to three artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. Each year the current Bresler Resident Artists present their work in a solo project exhibitions at VisArts. The current call is for artists or collaborative artist teams whose primary residency practice is Social/Community Practice with projects centering on environmental, social, racial, and economic justice. Artists must be prepared to use online platforms in place of face to face community gatherings due to pandemic safety concerns. Please be sure to include ideas for online engagement in your project description.

Women’s Studio Workshop Artist’s Book Residency Grant

Deadline: November 15, 2020

The Artist’s Book Grant is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to produce a limited edition book work. Working intensively in our studios, artists print and bind their own books, and are encouraged to create an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50. The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance. The contract stipulates that 20% of the edition goes to WSW’s archive, exhibition, and display copies; 20% of the edition goes to the artist; and 60% of the edition goes to general sales. WSW has developed a series of archive and exhibition opportunities for our artists’ books, and artists can collaborate with WSW on marketing for a 50% commission fee.

Women’s Studio Workshop Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book Residency Grant

Deadline: November 15, 2020

The Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant is a residency awarded to two artists to create a new artist’s book and teach young people in WSW’s studios.

Our Art-in-Education program (AIE) is a model for arts education and operates in conjunction with the Kingston City School District. AIE provides a high-quality arts experience by bringing students to a professional artist’s workspace and giving them concentrated time to learn printmaking, papermaking, and book arts. Generally, the resident dedicates their first month to producing a limited edition artist’s book, which is hand-printed and bound in the studio. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance. (You can read more about the artist’s book aspect here.) During the second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in WSW’s studios, teaching one to two days/week for three to four weeks, and visiting the students twice in school. Studio space and equipment is reserved for students during program hours, but artists may work at any time outside of AIE. This grant includes a stipend of $350/week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions.

Wassaic Project 2021 Summer Exhibition and Publication Open Call

Deadline: November 16, 2020

The Wassaic Project is currently holding our annual Open Call for our 2021 Summer Exhibition and publication for artists of all mediums — including 2D, sculpture, video, new media, site-specific installation, performance, text, poems, essays, publication-specific work. If selected, your work will be showcased alongside a diverse range of pieces and performances in and around historic Maxon Mills, as well as in a printed publication. Ideally, the Wassaic Project’s 2021 Summer Exhibition will be free and open to the public every weekend from May 22 through September 18, 2021. If it is not safe to host a physical exhibition due to COVID-19, the work in the show will still appear online and in print. Artists interested in creating a site-specific installation for the 2021 Summer Exhibition are also eligible for an Exhibitions Fellowship to help realize their work. Up to five fellows will be offered a no-fee residency between either April 12–26, 2021 or May 3–31, 2021, and will be considered full participants in our residency program. Artists interested in making site-specific work for the exhibition should still apply regardless of whether or not they are interested in or able to be in residence in April or May. The Wassaic Project cultivates and supports community for emerging and professional contemporary artists, writers and other creatives. Housed in historic, landmark buildings, the residency program offers 10 artists each month the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community. The Wassaic Project seeks artists working in a diverse range of media who want to produce, explore, challenge, and expand on their current art-making practices, while participating in a community-based arts organization. $20 entry fee.
Women@MIT Spring 2021 Fellowship

Deadline: November 16, 2020

MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections (DDC) is seeking applicants for its Women@MIT Spring Fellowship. We invite scholars, activists, artists, musicians, and writers who are engaged in the expansion and expression of knowledge to help inform the understanding of women in MIT’s history and the history of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We are particularly interested in those who will apply the interdisciplinary lenses and methodologies of women’s studies, gender studies, and/or race and ethnic studies.  Fellows will work remotely with the Women@MIT project archivist and other staff within the MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections. Successful candidates must be willing to engage in virtual archival research and collaborations with other MIT Libraries colleagues in a remote environment. The fellowship is supported by a stipend of $5,000 and resourcing to carry out the project. Scholars, activists, artists, musicians, and/or writers will focus on the creation and sharing of knowledge and history present in the Women@MIT collections in informative and engaging ways within the scope of the interdisciplinary fields of women’s studies, gender studies and ethnic studies. Participants will help inform the narrative of women’s history at MIT and contribute to the greater understanding of the history of women at the Institute and in STEM.

A few examples of possible projects (this list is by no means exhaustive!):

  • Educational initiatives
  • Documentary films
  • Create a performance, such as an opera or play
  • Produce a podcast series
  • Create a comic book series
  • Create and illustrate a short form tv series
  • Write poetry or a fictional autobiography
  • Develop a video game
Hopper Prize Invites Applications From Visual Artists

Deadline: November 17, 2020 

The Hopper Prize was established to increase recognition of the work of visual artists. To that end, the prize seeks to advance the careers of visual artists by providing unrestricted financial support in the form of grants to individual artists. The program is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers, views the field of visual arts in its broadest and most inclusive sense, and makes awards available to artists engaged in artistic practice spanning all methods of production. Applications are encouraged from painters, photographers, sculptors, digital artists, performance artists, experimental genres, filmmakers, and printmakers. Unrestricted grants of $1,000 will be awarded to ten artists (five in the spring, five in the fall). In addition to the grant recipients, Hopper curators select a short list of sixty artists annually (thirty in spring and thirty in fall) to have their work archived alongside grant winners. These elevated portfolio presentations function as a growing resource for curators, gallery owners, collectors, and arts enthusiasts. $40 entry fee.
Public Art Calls for two Maryland HBCU Campuses

Deadline: November 24, 2020 – 3pm

The Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Public Art Initiative is proud to announce two open Calls for Artists for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy & Health Professions, and the Coppin State University College of Business. The projects are the first Maryland Public Art Initiative public artworks on Maryland HBCU campuses. Both Calls to Artists are open to any artist or artist team living in the United States. Artists with a connection to HBCUs and/or residents of Maryland are especially encouraged to apply.
Antenna Open Calls

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Antenna is excited to announce its annual open call for creator driven projects taking place in 2021. You can apply for the opportunity to exhibit at Antenna Gallery, have a book published by Antenna’s Paper Machine, or have a month long residency at the Paper Machine publishing center. All opportunities provide creators with both financial and logistical support! Visit for full details and guidelines on all applications!
Parse Seco Artist in Residence

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Founded in 2016, Parse Seco is an experimental creative space and art residency located in the heart of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. Parse Seco provides a unique platform for underrepresented artists, musicians, and creators to present immersive experiences for the community in an intimate setting. Parse Seco invites underrepresented emerging artists from all over the world to experience this immersive residency experience. By providing emerging artists with gallery and work space, housing, curatorial and entrepreneurial training as well as the opportunity to work within a strong artist community, the residency aims to advance the artistic ambitions and opportunities of artists in residence. The program aims to guide and mentor those who may not view artistic expression or artistic professions as obtainable due to their race, sexual orientation, subject matter, or income class. Throughout the tenure of the program, not only will the students receive guidance and support from working community artists and art leaders, but these efforts will be reciprocated through scheduled volunteer workshops and classes with at risk youth and local youth from underrepresented communities.

Soul place – Video Project Online

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Ocram dance movement is looking for video projects whose focus is reliving the proper soul place. Ocram dance movement is looking for video projects whose focus is reliving the proper soul place. To apply, please send your video link (vimeo, mode download on – quality minimum 720p) max duration of 6 minutes and a very short synopsis. Send all this material by 30.11. 2020 to specifying the participant’s name and surname and place of residence. Ten works will be pre-selected and then they will be projected during the festival //evergreen 2021 (Catania, January 2021) and watched by an international jury composed by choreographers, operators and journalists.

Tile Wall Public Art Project

Deadline: November 30, 2020 

The City of Santa Clarita (City) is seeking an art work for its Public Art program. Artist(s) are invited to submit portfolios of past work for consideration. Up to five (5) artists will be invited to submit site specific proposals for a tile mural art work (Art Work) to be permanently located at the Canyon Country Community Center courtyard. The City intends to select one artist to design and fabricate an Art Work. The location for the public art piece will serve as a backdrop for weddings, events, banquets, and gatherings. The all-inclusive budget for this project is $25,000 in total.
Sanford Underground Research Facility Artist-in-Residence

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Applicants are invited to apply for the 2021 Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program in Lead, South Dakota. The Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program was implemented in 2019 and is a partnership between SURF and Black Hills State University. The program is coordinated by Gina Gibson, BHSU professor of graphic communication and Sanford Lab’s 2019 artist in residence. The Purpose of the SURF AiR program is to invite artists to create work inspired by the Sanford Underground Research Facility set in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. SURF’s unique location and history make it an ideal place for creative work. SURF is the deepest underground laboratory in the United States, reaching a mile below the surface. It houses experiments in physics, biology, geology and engineering. This site is also the home of the former Homestake Gold Mine. Artist-in-residence programs are used as a tool to create awareness and encourage interdisciplinary work. This residency is modeled after various programs offered by government, science and industry including the National Park Service, Nokia Bell Labs, CERN, and Fermilab.

Coveted – Call for Submissions

Deadline: December 11, 2020

An exhibition dedicated to relationships, love, and desires not readily represented in mainstream culture. Coveted seeks to represent the perspectives of those that are not easily accessible in mainstream culture, while representations of the male gaze can be found in abundance. We invite women, non-binary people, and marginalized members of all racial and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to share their perspective of the world, especially when exploring relationships, love and desires. Laura Mulvey, scholar and filmmaker introduced the term “the male gaze” in her 1975 essay. The male gaze represents the perspective of a heterosexual male viewer, along with the perspective of the heterosexual male character and the heterosexual male creator of the film. The male gaze also primarily depicts women as sexual objects for the sole pleasure of the male viewer.

Art Machines 2: Call for Submissions – School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Art Machines 2 will bring together academics, artists, and professionals in the field of computational media art in a four-day symposium on the topic of machine learning and art, reflecting on its conditions of existence, range, futures and social significance. They are looking for submissions in the following four formats: research papers, scholarly abstracts, artistic project abstracts, and art projects for exhibition.

2021 Baker Artist Awards

Deadline: December 21, 2020

Submissions for the 2021 Baker Artist Awards are now open!

Artists have until 5:00pm on December 21, 2020 to create or update their portfolios to be considered for a 2021 award! We have made some major changes to the 2021 awards in order to better respond to the COVID-19 crisis. In order to respond to the needs of artists who have been severely impacted by COVID 19, the entire awards process for the 2021 season has been reconfigured. The $90,000 pool of funding usually reaches six artists annually. This year it will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 to 36 artists.

WVU Art in the Libraries: Food Justice in Appalachia Exhibition

Deadline: December 31, 2020

WVU Libraries in partnership with the WVU Food Justice Lab and the WVU Center for Resilient Communities calls for creative, scholarly, community or other work in media from writing to photography to recipes to art and notes, around the multitude of issues surrounding food justice in Appalachia, to be curated into an online and print exhibition for the 2021-22 academic year. Who can submit? This call is open to anyone who eats. We invite community members, food system workers, artists, practitioners, students and scholars to submit art, photography, videography, creative or other writing, recipes highlighting their relationship to food, the foodways that shape their identities, or their understanding of the food system at different scales. We are especially interested in pieces that highlight concepts of food justice, food sovereignty and community food security.

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency 2021

Deadline: January 10, 2021

Artists selected for this program are at all stages of their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and non-fiction writing, interdisciplinary, social practice and architecture. JTHAR fosters creativity through opportunities for exploring, experimenting, quiet reflection, engagement and cross-cultural exchange with the vibrant local artist community. We establish spaces where inspiration happens on a daily basis, so artists can do the work of innovating, changing the cultural landscape and generating a fresh look at the way we connect to each other and to the world.

SPARK IV: A New World?   

Deadline: January 21, 2021

UMBC and Towson are excited to present a fourth installment of the collaborative SPARK exhibition in partnership with PNC Bank and Maryland Art Place (MAP).  Full-time faculty artists from UMBC and Towson art departments are invited to submit existing and proposed artworks and installation concepts for the next SPARK exhibition, SPARK IV: A New World? to be held in MAP’s main gallery space from April 29 through June 26, 2021. Submissions are also welcome from undergraduate and graduate students in Visual Arts.

Call for Entries: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022

Deadline: January 29, 2021

The National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition celebrates excellence in the art of portraiture. It is the realization of Virginia Outwin Boochever’s gift to the Smithsonian and the nation, a testament to the transformative power of one individual to make an impact. Every three years, artists living and working in the United States are invited by the museum to submit one of their recent portraits to a panel of experts. The selected artworks reflect the compelling and diverse approaches contemporary artists are using to tell the American story through portraiture. Artists are invited to submit portraits in any media for consideration in the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. As with past editions, the competition seeks to broaden the definition of portraiture and highlight the genre’s relevance in society and contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter or draw upon existing imagery or archival research in response to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time. $50 entry fee.

Athenaeum Gallery

Deadline: August 25, 2021

The Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia exhibits visual arts created solely by artists living or working in the region 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. Artists who live or work in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia may submit a proposal for a solo show.  A group of artists who live or work in the area may submit a proposal for a group show.  A curator, living or working anywhere, may submit a proposal for a show featuring works by artists living or working in this area.

Kaiser Gallery – Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: rolling

Kaiser Gallery is accepting submissions for potential solo exhibitions, group exhibition proposals, as well as, inclusion for themed group exhibitions. Submissions and acceptances are on a rolling basis with accepted artists being notified well in advance of an exhibition opportunity. Only artists that are accepted will be notified. Please note that submitting work does not guarantee a solo exhibition or inclusion in an exhibition. Submissions that meet the guidelines stated below will be kept on file for two years. Submissions are reviewed quarterly. Please keep in mind exhibitions are planned 12 months in advance. There are no submission deadlines unless otherwise noted.
Submissions are reviewed quarterly and will be accepted on a rolling basis and kept on file for future reference.

National Parks Arts Foundation Artist Residencies

Various locations, deadlines, and application fees
The National Parks Arts Foundation, (with offices & staff in Santa Fe, NM and Hawaii) is a Non-Profit Foundation offering Artist in Residence Programs, Museum In-Loan Programs, and Workshops in conjunction with our National Parks. Most of our residencies are ALL MEDIA, ALL ARTISTS with the exception of our TWO residencies for Veterans at Gettysburg, (THE REMAINDER ARE ALL ARTS / MEDIA). We have run residencies in the past aimed for Native Arts Practitioners, and likely we will again.

NYC Percent for Art Directory

Deadline: rolling

The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program makes art accessible and visible throughout our city, one of the world’s cultural capitals. Public art serves as an expression of the community, as well as a landmark. These public sites provide an important venue for all New Yorkers and visitors to appreciate artwork outside the traditional museum or gallery setting. Percent for Art projects are site-specific and engage a variety of media-painting, mosaic, glass, textiles, sculpture, and works that are integrated into infrastructure, or architecture. The Program commissions artists of all races and backgrounds that reflect the diversity of New York City. These projects demonstrate how art that is integrated into its site enhances civic architecture and a wide range of public spaces.

Red Bull Arts Microgrant: Baltimore

Deadline: rolling

Direct-funding to artists is essential always, and is particularly critical at this moment. In response to the current socio-political climate, Red Bull Arts is expanding the Detroit Microgrant Program nationally. This initiative directly supports our community of artists through providing unrestricted aid. The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1000 grants each month to artists in 19 cities across the United States. Microgrant Program Award Details: On a monthly basis, a lump-sum $1,000 grant given to two artists based in Baltimore County or Baltimore City. Potential opportunity to share projects through Red Bull Arts social channels.

Stochastic Labs

Deadline: rolling

Stochastic Labs awards fully sponsored residencies to exceptional engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world. Residencies are of variable length and include a private apartment at the mansion, co-working and/or dedicated work space, shop access (laser cutter, 3D printer etc), a $1k monthly stipend and a budget for materials. Residents become part of Stochastic’s creative community, participating in weekly dinners and invitation events. Residents may apply as individuals or as teams. While applicants may be at any stage in their career, the selection is highly competitive.

Window 26 Call for submissions

Deadline: rolling

Window 26 is a small local projection experiment taking place the second weekend of every month in the front window of a Butcher’s Hill townhome in Baltimore. It’s a way of sharing art in a public space that’s intimate yet at a safe distance. Time-based media artists of all stripes are invited to submit work for this series of programmed nights of projection this fall and winter. Artists who do not work in time-based media, but have some interesting ideas of how to work with the site are also encouraged to submit ideas.

The Mellon Foundation: Monuments Project
No deadline given
Statues are not just bodies in bronze, and monuments are not just stone pillars. They instruct. They lift up the stories of those who are seen, dominate the stories of those who are unseen, and too often propagate menacingly incomplete accounts of our country’s past. Launched in October 2020, the Monuments Project, a five-year, quarter-billion-dollar commitment by the Mellon Foundation, will support efforts to recalibrate the assumed center of our national narratives to include those who have often been denied historical recognition. This work has taken on greater urgency at a moment of national reckoning with the power and influence of memorials and commemorative spaces. Mellon’s initiative will educate us about our shared collective past to shape a more just future. It will broaden our understanding of how we define commemorative spaces by including not only memorials, historical markers, public statuary, and permanent monuments but also storytelling spaces and ephemeral or temporary installations. The Monuments Project will transform the way our country’s histories are told in public spaces and ensure that future generations inherit a commemorative landscape that venerates and reflects the vast, rich complexity of the American story.
Grants made under the Monuments Project will fall under the following areas of activity:
  • Fund new monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces
  • Contextualize existing monuments or memorials through installations, research, and education
  • Relocate existing monuments or memorials