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: Words on Fire Poetry and Performance Festival, Washington DC
DEADLINE: Friday, September 30, 2022
WORKSHOP DATES: Fall 2022-Winter 2023
COMPENSATION: $100 per workshop
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is looking for DMV teaching artists with backgrounds in theater, poetry, and related disciplines to conduct workshops for students and prepare them for the Words on Fire festival.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Studio Two Three 2022 Winter Art Market, Richmond, VA
DEADLINE: October 29, 2022
NOTIFICATION: Tuesday, November 1, 2021.
DATES OF MARKET: Saturday, November 26th - Saturday, December 24th, daily 11-5pm.
Accepted artists will deliver their work to Studio Two Three on Sunday, November 20th.
Studio Two Three handles all market set up, staffing, sales tax collection & payment, and credit card processing. Studio Two Three pays all artists by check less a 20% commission to cover market expenses.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: The Hopper Prize, Dover, DE
DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 11:59PM EST
PRIZES: up to $3,500.

We are offering $3,500 and $1,000 grants to artists around the world. For this international open call, we will be providing six grants totaling $11,000 USD. Two artists will each receive $3,500 and four artists will each receive $1,000. All media is eligible. Grant submissions will be juried by Simone Krug, Curator, Aspen Art Museum and Rachel Reese Waldrop, Director & Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Chattanooga. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. In addition to grants, 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure is available via our online journal as well as our Instagram feed, currently reaching an audience over 69k.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Seeing RED, Art Fluent, ONLINE
DEADLINE: Friday, November 18, 2022, 2:00 a.m.
PRIZES: over $1200.
Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, Seeing RED. All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at www.art-fluent.com.

Behold the power of red. After black and white, red is the first color that humans perceive. It’s the color babies see before any other and the first that those suffering from a brain injury start seeing again. One of the boldest colors in the spectrum, red stands out in artwork and grabs our attention more than any other color can.
Red, the color of our blood, vitality, and life force, it vastly communicates love, lust, heat, anger, majesty, passion, and power. And all at the same time warning us of danger, fear, rage, and aggression. All those red flags. Red has so much to say! Show us Seeing RED from your perspective.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Bresler Four Month Residency, Visarts, Rockville, MD
DEADLINE: Sunday, November 20, 2022, midnight, EDT
STIPEND: $500 month

In honor of patrons Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four-month residency at our studios in Rockville, Maryland.

· The Bresler Residency provides three dynamic individual artists or collaborative artist teams the gift of time, space, and financial support, along with a unique opportunity to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment.

· The Bresler Residency encourages interaction, dialogue, experimentation, and exploration with the VisArts artist community and the local community.

· Bresler Residents present their work in solo exhibitions at VisArts.

· VisArts provides studio space free of charge.

· VisArts provides a $500 monthly stipend.

· The Bresler Residency can’t provide artist housing. Please contact Frank McCauley at fmccauley@visartscenter.org for Bresler Residency housing resources.

 

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Emerging Curator Program, 2023, Visarts, Rockville, MD
DEADLINE: Friday, November 25, 2022, midnight, EDT
VisArts invites applications from emerging curators to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition at VisArts in the Kaplan Gallery in the fall of 2023.

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program offers a unique opportunity for an emerging curator or artist with an interest in exhibition making or curating to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition and to assist in the presentation of the mentor’s exhibition. In an effort to develop expanded education programming/enhanced visitor experiences, the 2023 Emerging Curator and the Mentoring Curator will also focus on developing tools to support public programming that promotes social interaction, creative exchange and audience engagement.

VisArts will provide the Emerging Curator with budget of $10,000 to cover exhibition costs and curatorial fee. Additional funding and staff support for printing, promotions, and execution of exhibition programming is available. The program is one year and will begin in January 2023. 

International applicants must be eligible to work in the United States, VisArts is unable to provide or assist with visas.

The selection panel includes the VisArts Gallery Director & Curator, Artist Advisory Council and the 2023 Mentoring Curator.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Wanderlust, Art Fluent, ONLINE
DEADLINE: Friday, December 30, 2022, 2:00 a.m. EDT
PRIZES: over $1200.

All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at www.art-fluent.com.
Traveling is a powerful way to open the heart, cleanse the mind and heal the soul. Art helps us to capture the culture and spirit we discover through these journeys and uncover the rich stories of lands far away from our own. It’s all about opening our eyes to the world and seeing each other in different ways. Wanderlust is calling. Let’s explore the unfamiliar. Show us WANDERLUST from your perspective.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Folklife Apprenticeship, Maryland
DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Maryland State Arts Council is now accepting applications for a special cycle of the Folklife Apprenticeship made available through Arts Relief funding. Folklife Apprenticeships are $5,000 each and support traditional arts education through the teaching of skills from a master artist to an apprentice artist. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between September 1, 2022, and February 28, 2023. During this six-month period, applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified on a monthly basis. Apprenticeships will be awarded until funding is depleted. Begin an application using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple.

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CALL TO PHOTOGRAPHERS: Leica Women Foto Project,  US, UK, Mexico and Canada
NOTIFICATION: March 8, 2023
PRIZES: Four winners will receive $10,000 and a Leica SL2-S set
Since its inception in 2019, the Leica Women Foto Project continues to serve as a platform to cultivate a diverse and inclusive community through photography. Its mission is to encourage photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of a woman’s point of view on the way we see and engage with our world. Las Fotos Project, ConnectHer Film Festival and has co-created the Leica Women Foto Project Grant with the International Leica Society.

Applicants are requested to submit a single photo essay made with any make or model camera that bears witness to humanity as expressed through the female perspective.

Leica Women Foto Project Award recipients will be determined by a panel of notable judges based on quality of photography, sophistication of project and a dedication to the medium of photography.

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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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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 www.art-fluent.com.

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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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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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

 

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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MURALS

 

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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BULLETIN BOARDS

 

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 caitlin@mdartplace.org
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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EXHIBITIONS

 

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)
DEADLINE: Rolling

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 TO ARTISTS: Creativity Grants for Projects, Maryland State Arts Council, MD
DEADLINE: Rolling
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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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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WRITERS AND POETS

 

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 info@1455litarts.org

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

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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JOB OPPORTUNITY: PLAZA ART- Fairfax, VA
DEADLINE: open until filled

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

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ARTIST SUPPLY EXCHANGE: UPCYCLE REUSE ARTIST MATERIAL SHOP, Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: none

Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314 | 703-861-8705
Free Parking
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.