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: Two Day Pop-Up Holiday Market in National Landing, National Landing Business Improvement District, 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
EVENT DATES: Friday, December 17 (5pm - 10pm) and Saturday, December 18 (Noon - 5pm)
The two-day holiday market is located at the pergola at 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.
Sponsored by JBG SMITH and National Landing Business Improvement District, this market is a curatorial partnership between DCBB Productions and Bun'd Up. The mission is to provide an eclectic marketplace for holiday shoppers with talented local merchants selling a variety of items ranging from art, jewelry, vintage clothing and furniture, body products + amazing food.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director of Public Information, Arts Fairfax, Fairfax, VA
DEADLINE: open until filled
SALARY:  $70k - $80k relative to experience and benefits

The Director of Public Information, a senior leadership position, is responsible for meeting organizational priorities and strategies for ArtsFairfax’s public information services and for executing the organization’s strategic plan. This will include all communications, public relations, website, digital media and collateral to consistently articulate ArtsFairfax’s mission, strengthen brand awareness and provide timely information to key constituencies. The Director is expected to represent ArtsFairfax positively to all constituencies: the general public, arts & cultural community, county and elected officials, and media.  The position also oversees arts information collection and utilization. The position manages a full-time Digital Media and Outreach Manager.  Additional full and/or part-time positions are projected in the next year.

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CALL FOR PUBLIC ART: St. Mary's College of Maryland New Academic Building & Auditorium, Maryland State Arts Council, Historic St. Mary's County, MD
DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 20, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

This Request for Qualifications seeks to identify a qualified individual artist or artist team who will be commissioned to develop a new site-specific and responsive work of public art for the New Academic Building & Auditorium Project at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The selected artist or team will be tasked with designing, fabricating, and installing an artwork that functions as a public landmark and entry point while responding to the unique setting, history, and relationship to the environment present throughout St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus. Up to four qualified semi-finalists will be selected from the respondents to this RFQ. Selected semi-finalists will be provided stipends to develop site-specific concept proposals for artwork.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Public Art: Bowie State University New MLK Jr. Communication Arts & Humanities Bldg., Maryland State Arts Council, Bowie, MD
DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

Bowie State University, a member institution of the University System of Maryland, is building the new Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts & Humanities building (CAH). This building is being designed by Perkins and Will and is expected to open in Fall 2024.
Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, managed by the Maryland State Arts Council’s Public Art Across Maryland program, artists (or artist teams) will be invited to develop concept proposals for a new and original public artwork to be featured prominently at the new building.

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CALL TO ARTISTS AND EDUCATORS: Program Director of Community Arts MFA Program, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
DEADLINE: open until filled

Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) invites applications for a full-time faculty position to serve as program director of the Community Arts MFA program at a private art and design college nationally known for the high quality of its graduate programs, its dedication to student learning and teaching excellence, and its distinction in fine art and design at national and international levels. The program director is a faculty position with administrative responsibilities on a multi-year renewable contract at this non-tenure institution, which begins August 2022.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Outdoor Mural in Downtown Wheaton Maryland, The Art and Walkability Project with our partner One Montgomery Green, Wheaton, Maryland
DEADLINE: Monday, January 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
COMPLETION OF PROJECT: September 18, 2022

Paint a wonderful landmark mural in a highly visible location in Downtown Wheaton. Create your own theme informed by the many cultures of the neighborhood. The mural will be on a 2000 square foot wall at the corner of busy Georgia and Price Avenues. Artists must live or work in Maryland to be eligible since this project is funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council. Artists are asked to submit examples of their work via Three of them will be selected by a panel to receive $1000 each to prepare design concepts. Sign up to receive details about the criteria for selection and projected budget by going to:

DEADLINE: Friday, February 11, 2022, 2:00AM
PRIZES:  $1200 or more
Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, HUMANITY.
All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at
HUMANITY-Throughout humanity, there are times when it feels like we are at a crossroads where ethical questions take center stage. And lately, we have been faced with addressing cultural, social, political, and economic inequalities like never before. This tipping point represents our touchstone for the worth of human life, dignity, and freedom for all. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly- show us HUMANITY through your perspective.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Made in Arlington holiday market at George Mason University Arlington campus, Van Metre Hall, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
DATES OF EVENT: November 30 – December 2 and December 7 – 9, 4-7 p.m.

Six days of shopping fun are available to Made in Arlington artisans in the Van Metre Hall lobby. You must be a Made in Arlington vendor to apply. 

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CALL TO ARTISTS: The Crossing Clarendon outdoor holiday market, The Crossing Clarendon, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
DATES OF EVENT: December 4: 10-4pm

Made in Arlington and other vendors are invited to apply to this outdoor holiday market. Registration required. No fees.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Creative Alliance, Executive Director, Baltimore, Maryland
DEADLINE: open until filled

Reporting to the board, the Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer and organizational innovator for the Creative Alliance. This visionary and dynamic community leader will be a bridge builder, active listener, skilled collaborator, and champion for the critical role of the arts in a vibrant, forward-thinking, and intersectional community. The Executive Director will partner with the board in ensuring governance models that engage a diversity of people and perspectives. This individual will develop, motivate, and lead an experienced team in external relations, fund development, marketing, strategic planning, artistic planning, and educational programming, as well as provide overall operational, financial, and administrative oversight.

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CALL TO ART EDUCATORS: Arts In Action Arts Education grants, Baltimore, MD
DEADLINE: Friday, December 3, 2021

If you're a local teaching artist or nonprofit organization with an arts education focus, this grant opportunity is for you! Arts In Action Arts Education grants are designed to support arts education projects, classes, and workshops that take place in-school, after school, or in local community settings for the spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic school year. Grants range from $1,000–$5,000. For full details and a link to the application, click below. 

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CALL TO ARTISTS: TRUE BLUE, Art Fluent, online
DEADLINE: Friday, December 3, 2021, 2:00am

Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, TRUE BLUE.
JPEGs due by Friday, December 3, 2021 at midnight (MST). Over $1,000 in cash prizes. All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at Visit for a full prospectus.

TRUE BLUE- The color blue is the most universally appealing color on the spectrum. It can represent trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, and sensitivity. But it can also convey fragility, depression, impersonality, and even coldness. There was a time when the pigment blue was the rarest and most precious shade of all. Some artists even went into debt just to use the color! With so many intriguing shades of blue to work and so many meanings and representations, show us TRUE BLUE through your perspective.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: DESIGNArlington Awards, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Monday, December 6, 2021, 5p.m.

Established in 2009, DESIGNArlington seeks to highlight excellence and diversity in Arlington’s built environment. Winning residents, property owners, developers, architects or other members of the design community will be recognized in December 2021.

Eligible projects must have been completed since 2015 and may fall into any number of categories:

  • Residential (single- and multi-family)
  • Commercial
  • Institutional/Civic
  • Historic Preservation/Building Rehabilitation
  • Public Art
  • Open Space (plazas/parks/streetscapes)
  • Sustainable Design
  • Biophilic Design

An independent jury of architecture, urban design, historic preservation, public art and landscape design professionals will review all nominations and select several winners. Winners will be announced in December 2021. Examples of previous winners include Marymount University, Ballston Quarter, Alice West Fleet Elementary School, Rosslyn Streetscape, several single-family homes, and more.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Two Public Art Commissions, Bowie State and St Mary’s College, MD
DEADLINE: December 8, 2021, 3p.m.

The Maryland State Arts Council, alongside our partners at Bowie State University and St. Mary’s College of Maryland welcome applications for two new public art commission opportunities on Maryland campuses. 

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CALL TO ARTISTS + PHOTOGRAPHERS: $550. Innovate Grants, US & International
DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 15, 2021, 3am EST

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Arlington Economic Development’s ReLaunch: ReVitalize program, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: December 31, 2021, or when all of the funding has been awarded, whichever comes first.

Are you seeking opportunities to strengthen your business? Apply now for assistance with strategic planning, marketing, digital presence, financial management, sourcing capital and more.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: National Juried Exhibition, Changing Perspectives, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
Monday, January 3, 2022, 5p.m.
EXHIBITION DATES: February 1-25, 2022

$35 entry fee, up to 2 entries, $500 cash prizes Juried by: Scott Hutchison For full prospectus and to enter: Changing Perspectives

Artists are invited to submit works to Changing Perspectives in which they may interpret the theme in several ways:  literal interpretations such as works representing unusual, off-kilter or innovative perspective as seen by the viewer; pieces in which artists change their own standard use of perspective in their work; or figurative interpretations where artists step out of their comfort zones and change the aesthetics of their typical artistic methods or subjects. Entrants will be asked to submit a paragraph indicating how their work fits the theme.

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WORK EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITY: Screen Printing Associate, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, MD
DEADLINE: Monday, January 3, 2022

Pyramid's Screenprinting Associates are crucial to keeping the studio and darkroom thriving, relevant, and dynamic. This work-exchange associate position offers a unique opportunity to engage with PAAC’s creative community, and work alongside professionals in a sharing/collaborative environment.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Art-FIGURES, Art Fluent, Boston, MA
DEADLINE: Friday, January 7, 2022, 2:00 a.m.
PRIZES: $1,000 +

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

FIGURES- The figure can offer us insight into the range and complexity of our human emotions. The construction of identity, whether, at our most beautiful and strong or in our most raw form with scars exposed help shape how we see ourselves. The figure expresses beliefs, tells stories, and is used to explore what it is to be human. Show us FIGURES through your perspective.

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CALL FOR WRITERS: 17th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, Baltimore, MD
DEADLINE: Friday, January 14, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.

TheBaltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)is accepting entries for the 17th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competitiona project of the Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.

All screenwriters are encouraged to apply!  Screenplays may be submitted in both the feature and short categories, and scripts must be set in or able to be filmed in Baltimore.

Submitted scripts receive coverage from students in the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University screenwriting programs and by local screenwriters and producers. The final screenplays are judged by industry professionals in film and television, including producers and writers working on projects for HBO and other studios. The top entries in each category will win cash prizes and are scheduled to be announced during the2022 Maryland Film Festival in April 2022.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Exhibition Proposals, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, MD
DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 2, 2022
NOTIFICATION: Friday, April 15, 2022

Pyramid is currently interested in proposals for exhibitions to run between July 2022 to June 2023. While the call is open to all media, Pyramid is particularly interested in exhibitions that tie to one of its core art forms: printmaking, papermaking, and book arts.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia
DEADLINE: open until filled

Three full time positions are available.

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Other Opportunity Resources

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

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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: 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: Workhorse Arts Center exhibition opportunities
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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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

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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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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 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 FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project Artist Roster Application, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: None Listed

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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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.