Artist Opportunities

See below for various calls for artists and employment opportunities in the D.C. area and sometimes beyond. Check this page often for updates.

If you have a question about an opportunity, please contact the administrator for each individual listing. If you have a call for artists or job opportunity you would like included in the next email, please complete this submission form.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Uncensored Banner Installation: An Art Installation Inspired by Clint Smith’s How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America at the Martin Luther King Memorial Jr. Library.
DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
NOTIFICATION:  Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Applications must be emailed as a single PDF to 

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CALLING ALL Entrepreneurs, Brands, Small Businesses, Collectors, Antique, Niche and Specialty Food Vendors: Forever Grateful Market, Long Bridge Aquatic & Fitness Center, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Thursday, August 11, 2022, 7:00 p.m. ET

Forever Grateful Market (333 Long Bridge Dr, Arlington, VA 22202) is the ultimate curated market, with a network of 100+ vendors, serving the DC, Maryland and Virginia communities. Our mission is to transform and elevate the marketplace experience by curating clean, cashless, organized artisan spaces for everyone to enjoy. Each market is also accompanied with a philanthropic initiative. We aim to empower a variety of entrepreneurs specializing in antiques, collectibles and niche foods, products or services. Diversity, inclusivity and culture make this marketplace a truly unique and fun experience!

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Fellowship Director, Hamiltonian Artists, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Hamiltonian Artists seeks a collaborative, ambitious professional to fill the role of Fellowship Director.
The Fellowship Director will work closely with the Executive Director to implement and continually develop the Hamiltonian Artists’ Fellowship Program. We believe that providing artists with information and resources on how to navigate the contemporary art industry creates confident artists who make well-informed decisions regarding their careers. In turn, these artists will positively impact our society and the economy through the longevity of their careers.

Hamiltonian Artists is at a pivotal moment in its history. The Fellowship Director will take an active role in envisioning what an artist fellowship in Washington, DC, can and should accomplish. Along with the Executive Director, the Fellowship Director, will be responsible for building strategic partnerships in our communities and creating professional development opportunities for the Fellows through exhibitions, public programs, arts-business events, excursions, studio visits, and informal mentorship opportunities.


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CALL TO ARTISTS: 2022 Fall Salon at Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: Sunday, August 21, 2022, 11:59PM
EXHIBITION DATES: November 12 – December 11, 2022

The Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes back Target Gallery’s fall art sale this year to support affordable art buying for art lovers and collectors. For this special exhibition, we will have up to 100 original artworks for sale in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, by artists local to the greater DC metropolitan region. Each piece will be priced no more than $500.

There is no theme to this exhibition, instead the Torpedo Factory Art Center will have 3 guest jurors who will curate the selection based aesthetic quality. The goal for this exhibition is to encourage art buyers to support local art. 70% of sales proceeds go directly to the artists while the rest will go to support exhibitions and programs at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Artwork will be displayed salon style in the gallery, to give the feeling of an art fair and allow for more work to be displayed in the space.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Creating Connections: An Acquisition & Print Replication Project, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
DEADLINE: Saturday, August 27, 2022

As an extension of MAP’s annual IMPRINT Project, MAP is working with CyberWire to offer a unique opportunity to female and female-identifying visual artists of the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Collectively, MAP and the CyberWire wish to acquire and possibly commission, time permitting, plus license the image of a work of art. The image of that artwork will be reproduced in a limited edition and presented to the guests of CyberWire’s 9th Annual Women in Cyber Security reception on October 20, 2022.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Color and Shape, UPWARD gallery, Global
DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 5:59 p.m. ET
no entry fee

UPWARD Gallery invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online competition and exhibit, Color and Shape.
Many artists believe that color is as important in telling a story as the subject they paint. Geometric and irregular shapes — objects made by humans or passions to come from nature? The interplay of color and shape defines the underlying emotion of an artwork.
But how is color and shape used to create in your art?

Acceptable mediums include all traditional art media (e.g., oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, gouache, egg tempera, pen and ink; drawing media such as graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, scratch board, markers, metal point), digital painting, arts and crafts (beadwork, pottery, embroidery, floristry, batik, stained glass, two-dimensional collage and fabric art as well, etc.). All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at

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CALL TO ARTISTS: 2023 Solo Exhibition at Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: Sunday, September 18, 2022, 11:59PM
EXHIBITION DATES: April 22 – July 16, 2023

Torpedo Factory Art Center invites artists living in the DC-metropolitan region of the United States (for the purposes of this opportunity: this includes artists living permanently in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia) to submit a proposal for a solo exhibition in Target Gallery, the Art Center’s contemporary exhibition space.

The artist with the chosen proposal will receive an exhibition in Target Gallery, from April 22 – July 16, 2023. The artist will receive a $3,000 stipend for the opportunity to cover artists expenses. The selected artist will be responsible for the execution of the installation of the exhibition, an exhibition statement between 200 – 500 words, the presentation of an artist talk on Friday, May 12 and taking part in programing on June 9. Artist will be required to visit the gallery and meet with staff prior to installation. Additional opportunities will be made available to participate in public programs.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director of the Cody Gallery, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Open until filled

The Director of the Cody Gallery provides management, leadership, and oversight of the operations, exhibitions, and other activities at Marymount’s Cody Gallery.  Under the leadership of the gallery director, Marymount’s mission and vision will be supported by curating a diverse representation of art, as a venue to promote contemporary discussions, and supporting Arlington community partnerships. The gallery director reports to the Director of the School of Design + Art and will work closely with the Development/Advancement Office at Marymount. This is a 12-month position.


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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Executive Director Search, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Washington, DC
DEADLINE: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET

The Executive Director of WPA is a thought leader among alternative art spaces. The Executive Director shepherds the organization’s artist-organized projects, dialogue and
advocacy so that artists can live, work and flourish; is committed to the vision for WPA and directs the organization’s programming in line with that vision; identifies and secures funding from traditional sources as well as creates and manages earned revenue streams; leads staff and daily operations through thoughtful action; and sustains the organization as
a leader in contemporary art for the Washington region and beyond.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: 2022-23 Fall + Winter Studio Access Residency, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA
DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 7:59 p.m.

The Studio Access Residency program is a 6-month studio access program designed to support emerging and established visual artists as they develop new ideas and foster artistic exploration by providing free access to VisArts' 17 communal studios.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Art-MOOD, Art Fluent, ONLINE
DEADLINE: Friday, October 14, 2022, 2:00 a.m.
PRIZES: up to $1200.

Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, MOOD.  All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at

The power of art is healing. This theory rests upon the fact that art connects with emotion. It's an energy. The mood in a piece can connect the viewer in a deeply profound way. An atmosphere has the ability to deliver a certain mental state- sadness, boredom, happiness, fear, surprise, anger, pride, desire, anxiety...and so on. What emotional value does your work convey? Show us MOOD from your perspective.


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CALL TO ARTISTS - PUBLIC ART: Towson University, College of Health Professions, Townson, MD
DEADLINE:  Monday, August 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET

Artists may apply for one or both of the following projects:
Two-dimensional or low-relief artwork for the building interior ($190,000)
Three-dimensional, sculptural or landscape-based artwork created for the building exterior ($355,000)

Maryland State Art Council (MSAC)  is working with the University System of Maryland on the artist selection process for public art commissions in two Capital Improvement Projects. The calls are open to all US-based artists. The online application only requires a resume, letter of interest, and background images. No proposals are accepted at this stage. The Artist Selection Committee will select three semi-finalists for each project at each University to develop artwork proposals. Semi-finalists will be offered a stipend of $2,500 each for their time and travel.


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CALL TO ARTISTS: “Tell Me Your Secret…” a National Juried Exhibition, LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Fredericksburg, VA
DEADLINE: Friday, August 19, 2022, 10 p.m.

Secrets are everywhere. They can be harmless, like a secret meadow in a forest, or made with good intentions as not to hurt feelings, or worst of all, deceitful and devastating. There is no end to what a secret can be, and humans have always had them. Can you keep a secret? Or is the best part telling?

In this exhibition we want to see secrets. Visually interpret your secret, a secret place, or your ideas about secrecy and let us see them, we promise we won’t tell!! All mediums welcome!


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CALL TO ARTISTS: In Practice 2023, Sculpture Center, Long Island, NY
DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST

Artists who have not yet had an institutional exhibition in New York City are invited to submit proposals for solo presentations in a designated gallery space at Sculpture Center. Artists are also invited to propose off-site projects, publishing initiatives, performances, and nontraditional formats which will be considered based on feasibility.

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WORKSHOP: Day of the Dead Photography Workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico with Chris Suspect
DEADLINE: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

Join acclaimed photographer Chris Suspect for Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico, Oct 28 - Nov 4 and take your street and documentary photography to the next level.

During the course of the workshop, Chris will identify your natural photographic inclinations and then encourage you to go outside your comfort zone by making more challenging or complex images that build upon your personal style. The end goal is to come home with a strong portfolio of work that is consistent with your personal vision.

Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico, but Oaxaca has by far the most unique and magical traditions, completely transforming itself an artistic wonderland. It is common to see faces painted with decorative skulls, floral garlands enlacing every lamp post, colors splashed on every wall and displays of remembrance scattered through the city. There are parades, parties, performances and graveyard celebrations all over the place. The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca is like nothing you have ever experienced before!

This workshop is for all levels but a basic understanding of how to operate your camera is expected.

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DEADLINE: Friday, September 9, 2022, 2:00 a.m.
PRIZES: over $1200.

Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, UNITY.  All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at

The state of being united. Unity can show us a world through a different lens. Artists use it to visually tie together certain elements (color, line, shape, texture) within their composition. It gives us a feeling of cohesion where it connects these principles and helps us make sense of the work as complete - helping to deliver an understanding of harmony and balance. A piece would not be finished without it; how does your work communicate unity? Show us UNITY from your perspective.

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CALL TO ARTISTS:  $550.00 Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers, Innovate Grant, International Online
DEADLINE: Friday, September 16, 2022, 3 a.m. EST

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (4) honorable mentions (2 in art and 2 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant's commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit.


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CALL TO ARTISTS:  “Into the Void” a National Juried Exhibition, LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Fredericksburg, VA
DEADLINE: Friday, September 23, 2022, 10 p.m.

Put your Trypophobia aside and show us your perforated perfections, dotty dazzlements and round openings! “Into the Void” is a show about holes and voids. The holes can be in things, they can be dots, or even openings. Show us what comes to your mind when you think of A VOID. All mediums welcome!

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: President & CEO- Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Arts Consulting Group, Norfolk, VA
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

The President & CEO will generate and execute strategies and operating plans, ensure fiscal resiliency from both earned and contribute revenues, and articulate the VSO’s mission, vision, and values to a wide array of stakeholders. They will be responsible for the implementation of policies and key strategies as set by the board of directors in collaboration with the artistic and management teams. As a highly visible and public figure, they will bolster education and community engagement programs to ensure strong participation in the VSO’s numerous activities throughout the region. Demonstrating a deep knowledge of and ability to implement evolving business models, they will exemplify a forward-thinking vision that integrates innovative programming with positive artistic, educational, and social impacts. They will develop meaningful and authentic relationships with subscribers, individual and corporate donors, foundations, educational institutions, government agencies, convention and visitor bureaus, and civic organizations, among others. Mutually beneficial partnerships with these individuals and organizations will be important to the future success of the VSO.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: City Hall Curator, Contract Position, City of Baltimore, MD
DEADLINE: open until filled
SALARY: Maximum $34. an hour and no more than 1500 hours per fiscal year

The City Hall Curator is responsible for managing all aspects of public art displayed in City Hall. This includes the curation and promotion of two gallery spaces reserved for rotating contemporary exhibitions and the management of a permanent collection of fine art, decorative art, and historic furniture owned by the City of Baltimore and displayed throughout the building. The Curator is also tasked with maintaining the historical and architectural integrity of City Hall and giving tours by appointment.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Creativity Grants for Projects, Maryland State Arts Council, MD
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,000-$3,500

Creativity Grants for Projects offered by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) are intended to support specific arts projects, events, or programs, however, they are available for independent artists as well as organizations. Each application should focus on a proposal for one specific project or program.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Artistic Director, Choral Arts, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: open until filled

Reporting to the Board of Directors, and co-leading the organization with the Executive Director, the Artistic Director will serve as the principal conductor for Choral Arts. This individual will determine and execute a strategic artistic vision that will guide, advise, and mobilize the organization as it creates choral experiences that move people to find shared purpose, discover shared passion, and connect with the music within themselves. As the primary external ambassador for Choral Arts both on and off the podium, the Artistic Director will inspire singers to new heights of musical excellence, energize donors to invest in the chorus, and engage new audiences, organizational partnerships, and board members. The Artistic Director will establish and build partnerships with arts organizations and actively participate in fundraising activities. This individual will passionately articulate both the benefits and needs of the organization, engaging in candid conversations with audiences, chorus members, and stakeholders. The Artistic Director will amplify the talents of others and demonstrate passion for the art form through the joyful presentation of music in all its forms. This individual will also drive audience expansion, building a deep understanding of the region in order to maximize Choral Arts’ impact on the broader community. The Artistic Director will also maintain organizational focus on the value of recruitment and expansion of Choral Arts.

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Ongoing Opportunity Resources



PUBLIC ART AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Americans for the Arts maintains both a Public Art and Job Opportunities webpage.

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PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNTIES: CODAworx, a global leader in commissioned artwork, manages a database of RFP’s for public art.
DEADLINE: ongoing

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Murals at Mason, Fairfax, VA
DEADLINE: various

Murals at Mason is seeking artists in DC, MD, and VA to submit mural proposals for multiple sites inside the Manassas Regional Airport and other sites in Fairfax County.

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: Artist Roster for Wall Projects, Montgomery County, MD 
DEADLINE: rolling

The Artist Roster for Wall Projects (Roster) connects pre-qualified local artists residing in the Greater Washington area to commissions for wall projects in Montgomery County. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks muralists, as well as artists who work in mosaic, tile, low-relief and other installation media suitable for temporary or permanent installation on exterior walls for the Roster. Montgomery County-based ALAANA Artists (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) are encouraged to apply.

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ARTIST OPPPORTUNITIES: Creative Placemaking Communities maintains a job board

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EAST CITY ART, a virtually based platform supporting visual arts in the DC area, has an extensive listing of arts opportunities in the area.

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ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin, updated weekly and maintained by Maryland Art Place, includes regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities, grants, fellowships, residencies and information on available studio spaces in the area. To post your call for entry, email Caitlin Gill at
DEADLINE: rolling

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Career listings from leading arts institutions around the country as collected by ArtTable, a professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts.
DEADLINE: open until filled

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Gallery Underground reviewing new member applications, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Gallery Underground is currently accepting applications for new gallery members. We have openings for 2 and 3D work. We are located in the Crystal City shops near the new Amazon headquarters. Gallery Underground is an Arlington Artists Alliance gallery promoting the works of established and emerging regional artists. There is no fee to apply.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Busboys and Poets, DC, Maryland and Virginia area (DMV)

Busboys and Poets, a community gathering place, restaurant and cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers, is looking for visual art in all media to display at its seven locations in the DMV. Artists may submit up to 12 original works to be reviewed, ranging from but not limited to drawings, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, fiber, quilts, etc. Standing sculpture should be no larger than 24” in height.

THEMES: Art images reflecting equity and social justice, womanism, life in the DMV, COVID-19, community transformation, family, portraiture, whimsy, abstraction and life experiences within diverse cultures are encouraged for submission.

Artists selected will be notified by email at least two weeks in advance of installation.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Marfa Open, Marfa, Texas
DEADLINE: rolling

Marfa Open Art Festival and Marfa Open AiR are open to everyone. There are no hard and fast requirements for your project and we’re not concerned with what stage of your career you are in. Marfa Open is about innovation and fostering the creativity of all types of artists making all types of art.

If you’d like to be involved with Marfa Open, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to host a workshop or have an idea for an event at Marfa Open House, we’d love to hear about that, too.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Workhorse Arts Center exhibition opportunities
DEADLINE: rolling

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Library Exhibitions Call, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: rolling

The Arlington Public Library is committed to displaying works of art and craft created by and/or of interest to the Arlington community. We exhibit solo and group shows of local artists submitted through the online application process.

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CALL TO ARTISTS AND WRITERS: Contributors for digital publication Movable Type, 1455 Literary Arts, USA
DEADLINE: rolling

1455 is always looking for fresh, original contributions to its bi-monthly digital publication Movable Type. Originally conceived as a magazine "by writers for writers" 1455 has greatly expanded its scope and seeks to celebrate storytelling of all types. In 2022, the goal is a more diverse, inclusive multimedia experience; as such, we welcome poetry, flash fiction, essays, memoir, illustrations, visual art, comics, and recorded video of music or dance (interviews and artist statements are also considered). Having already showcased best-selling authors, academics, and creatives, the goal is to further establish Movable Type as a provocative forum for meaningful engagement with art.

Each issue of Movable Type revolves around a theme, and 1455 welcomes submissions year-round. Each issue will be accompanied by a live (virtual) reading, featuring the contributors. Please see the themes for 2022 and send your original work (poetry, fiction, essays, memoir, visual art, photography, etc.) to

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project Artist Roster Application, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: rolling

The Humanities Project is Arlington County’s artist-in-education program that sponsors performances, workshops and residencies for students in Arlington County’s public schools and provides professional development opportunities for teachers.

If you have a program, workshop and/or performance that you feel would benefit the students and/or teachers in Arlington, the Humanities Project encourages you to apply.

Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications will be reviewed in the spring of each year. If you have any questions, please contact the Humanities Coordinator at 703-228-6299.


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DEADLINE: open until filled

Openings for Sales Associate and Key Holder and other positions throughout the US

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Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314 | 703-861-8705
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Metro: King Street-Old Town

Creative reuse is the process of taking used or recyclable materials and turning them into works of art, home decoration or other useful objects. At UpCycle, we rethink our notion of waste, collecting cast-offs from our community to serve as creative art materials. We collect, organize and prep items for use in a variety of creative capacities.

Visit our reuse shop for all of your creative needs! Our inventory is affordable, dynamic and always changing. Materials memberships are available on a daily (fill a bag for a flat fee) or annual basis (unlimited access to our materials for a period of one year).

Stop in to see what’s in store for you today.