Up and coming exhibitions, studio space for rent, solo shows, residencies, grants – there’s so many ways for artists to get their work out there for the world to see. Check out opportunities MFA has hunted down for you to do just that. New opportunities coming every month.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

ALLARD PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION – COURAGE, LEADERSHIP, CORRUPTION

Deadline: May 1, 2021

Medium: Photography

Entries should reflect themes of courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability, the rule of law, and of human rights and/or anti-corruption generally. Also particularly welcome entries that depict corruption and human rights violations in the developed world. No Entry Fee. 

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

MERGE – NATION’S BEST EMERGING ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES

Deadline: May 5, 2021

Medium: All

The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program amplifies the voices of visual artists with disabilities through career development and professional empowerment. This call invites artists to consider the intersections and combinations of their creative process and disability identity. In art, the juxtaposition of ideas can blur distinctions or reveal something new. This year’s theme, Merge, explores uniting paths and asks what we can learn when it all comes together. The competition seeks excellent work from emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. No Entry Fee. 

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

MARYLAND FEDERATION OF ART – FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Deadline: May 6, 2021

Medium: All

From farm to table, fields and gardens, land and sea – food sustains our bodies as art sustains our souls. And, in safer times, we gather at meals to celebrate; when times are tough, we work as a community to feed our neighbors. Artwork reflecting the creation, preparation, consumption, or communal aspect of food will be eligible for this online exhibition. This all media MFA exhibition will display the juror’s selections in their Online Sales Gallery from June 15th – July 31, 2021. Awards total $500. Entry Fee.

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

VIRGINIA BEACH ART CENTER – H20 MID-ATLANTIC 2021

Deadline: May 7, 2021

Medium: All

The Virginia Beach Art Center presents a showcase of water-related artwork from the Mid-Atlantic states.  Artists from South Carolina to Pennsylvania are invited to show explore our relationship to water through visual media. From a single drop to mighty oceans, from rising mists to stormy skies, water is all around us – and up to 78% of our bodies! The exhibition is juried by Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph. D., and features an award package of $2000! Entry Fee. 

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

B.J. SPOKE GALLERY – PAPERWORKS 2021

Deadline: May 16, 2021

Medium: Works made on or with paper, including videos about paper

Competition and online exhibition for artists who use paper as a primary medium, substrate for their painting, drawing etc., or the subject of a video. Entry fee covers 6 images and/or 2 videos. No size restrictions. Small cash awards. Juror Sewon Kang, Archivist, Easton Foundation, NY. Formerly with the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Entry Fee. 

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

KAISER GALLERY – THE WEIGHT OF TIME

Deadline: May 21, 2021

Medium: All

An exhibition that explores the social and economic effects from government quarantine orders, as a direct result, of the novel virus COVID-19. We invite artists to submit their introspective works that examine the solitude of quarantining during the global pandemic and the shutdown’s lasting effects on vulnerable populations. The global pandemic and the shutdowns that followed created new challenges for various people in different ways and further exposed broken government infrastructures. No Entry Fee.

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS’ FUTURE ANCESTORS

Deadline: May 21, 2021

Medium: Clay

What kind of future ancestor do you hope to be? What might our future ancestors need from us? What might they be like? How do our future ancestors connect to our past ancestors and to us? The coronavirus pandemic, the continued movements for Black Lives and social justice, and climate change encourage us to stop, envision the future we want, and take action. I am looking for sculptural work that goes deeper than a slogan, that instead challenges us to link our past, present and future, works in metaphor, and reveals connections with other living beings. 

Aisha Harrison, artist and arts educator, uses sculpture and body as a site for exploration of the lived experiences of racism, ancestral (human and non-human) learning and connection, and the blend of histories held within her body. Her work blends realistic bodies with elements that are physical manifestations of the intangible. 

Learn more HERE and apply HERE.

PITTSBURGH WATERCOLOR SOCIETY – AQUEOUS OPEN 2021

Deadline: August 8, 2021

Medium: Watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, and egg tempura

The PWS Aqueous Open 2021 Annual Exhibition is open to all to all artists 18 or older working primarily with water-based media on a paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are permitted) and unvarnished. No canvas or panels. Due to the uncertainties regarding COVID restricts moving forward, we will once again be presenting this exhibit online through our website. Awards total over $5,000. Entry Fee.

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

FIBER ART NOW – YARN/ROPE/STRING

Deadline: September 24, 2021

Medium: Fiber art

This exhibition deals with work of or with the above medium and will be juried by Maria-Elisa Heg, Curatorial Fellow at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and Micala Sidore, Author of ‘The Art is the Cloth: How to Look At and Understand Tapestries.’ Jurors Award totals $300. Selected works will appear in Fiber Art Now magazine. Entry Fee.

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

THE ASIAN CONTEMPORARY – FINE ART COMPETITION

Deadline: May 4, 2022

Medium: Painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print

With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $55,000 in valuable prizes, this fine-art competition is open to visual artists from Asia at any stage of their careers. Painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print are all the accepted mediums. On display December 3-12, 2022. Entry Fee. 

To learn more and to apply, click HERE.

GRANTS

BALTIMORE OFFICE OF PROMOTION & THE ARTS (BOPA) THE COMMUNITY ARTS GRANT AWARDS

Deadline: April 23, 2021

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that applications for the 2021 Community Arts Grant are now available. The Community Arts Grant awards funding of up to $16,000 to Baltimore City artists and neighborhoods who work together to creatively re-imagine and enliven public spaces through new exterior wall mural art projects. The artist-neighborhood collaborative projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space. 

Working together, artists and community groups design and propose an exterior wall mural art concept for their community. Artists and communities are encouraged to submit exciting art design concepts that represent the distinct character and quality of a local community, with consideration to local cultural heritage and diversity. Projects must employ community engagement in the creative process and must be openly accessible, free of charge. Applications will be evaluated by an independent panel of arts, culture, community and development stakeholders. If selected, prize winning communities work with support from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to realize their project concept.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

THE HOPPER PRIZE

Deadline: May 18, 2021

The Hopper Prize is accepting entries for Spring 2021 artist grants. For this open call, we have increased grants to $3,500. We are offering artist grants in the amount of $3,500 (2 available) and $1,000 (4 available). This is an international open call. All media is eligible. Grant submissions will be juried by Selby Nimrod, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center and María Elena Ortiz, Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami. 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 55k.

Click HERE to learn more and submit an application. 

FIBER ART NETWORK – PUBLIC INSTALLATION GRANT

Deadline: June 5, 2021

This grant supports the creation of temporary and permanent fiber art installations. Funds may be used towards materials, artist stipend, installation costs or educational programming for the work. Existing installations are not eligible unless being reinstalled in a new site at least 25 miles from the current location. Artist must provide documentation of agreement for work to be installed in a public space or an institution accessible to the public when applying independently of an institution. Institutions must partner with a Fiber Art Network Member to apply. Work must be installed within one year of receiving the award. Award totals $300. No Entry Fee.

Click HERE to learn more and submit an application. 

THE CREATIVITY GRANT PROGRAM STATE OF MARYLAND

Deadline: Rolling

The purpose of the Creativity Grant Program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. For more information regarding eligibility and funding timelines, please review the Creativity Grants Guidelines.

For more information about the program, and to apply visit the Creativity Grant Program State of Maryland website.

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