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ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include various funding sources, exhibitions, and residencies and professional development. Click on the menu items above for your interest area.

(Please review these opportunities thoroughly. They are listed here as a service, but they are not administered by Utah Arts & Museums.)

For Public Art Opportunities, please click here.

General Art Opportunities

  • The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works supports arts projects that are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, are distinctive offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions and have the potential to be shared and/or emulated or are likely to lead to other advances in the field. Within Art Works this year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the NEA in 2015 and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) in 2016, both agencies are working to encourage projects that engage communities with and relate the arts to our national parks, called “Imagine Your Parks.”
    Deadlines: February 19, 2015; July 23, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership.
    Deadline: March 3, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships for Prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) provide $25,000 to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Competition is extremely rigorous.
    Deadline: March 11, 2015 
  • The South Jordan City Public Art and Cultural Development Board (PACDB) invites individual or group artists to submit a proposal explaining how you would create a display for South Jordan City’s annual holiday candy sculptures on Towne Center (a.k.a. candy windows displays). The Art Board will determine funding allocated for each art piece to pay for the cost of materials for a completed piece. Each art piece will receive a $500 honorarium for its associated artist(s).
    Deadline: March 15, 2015
  • The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States in Islamabad, Pakistan, is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards to support people-to-people activities between the people of the United States and Pakistan, specifically in the area of visual and performing arts (filmmaking, photography, theatre, comedy, music, or other performing and visual arts). The objective is to engage in substantive dialogue about issues related to civic engagement, freedom of expression and social justice.
    Deadline: March 16, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.
    Deadline: April 16, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grants fund creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. The NEA has posted case studies of more than 60 funded projects and lessons learned on Exploring Our Town.
    Deadline: December, 2015
  • Utah Humanities grants are designed to support projects and programs that directly involve the humanities and that engage a community for the purpose of improving it.
    Deadline: Ongoing
  • Presenters can bring international artists to their stages through CenterStage, an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ensembles from selected countries tour the U.S. to engage Americans in cultural diplomacy as a way to create opportunities for greater understanding.
    Deadline: Ongoing

Visual Arts

Local | National & International | Residencies & Professional Development | Rolling Deadlines

Local

  • Springville Museum of Art opens their online entry form to all Utah artists, working in any media. The 91st Annual Spring Salon is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art. 2/10/2015
    Deadline: March 23, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • CUAC offers an annual juried exhibition called Utah Ties for artists who are living in Utah, living outside of Utah, but are from Utah, or who have spent time as students or professionally in Utah. There will be awards totaling $1,000 given to juror’s selections in the show.The purpose of the show is to help Utah artists gain exposure in Utah and also to the outside art community by being exposed to a juror who operates a commercial gallery outside of Utah. 2/10/2015
    Deadline: March 6, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Finch Lane Gallery, located in in Reservoir Park, is a contemporary gallery managed by the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Utah artists interested in presenting their newest work are encouraged to apply. Funds to support this public gallery are provided, in part, by Salt Lake City Corporation. There is no entry fee to apply. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 20, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Taft-Nicholson Center Artist-in-Residence Program (University of Utah) offers dedicated artists a supportive and transformational environment to further their creative development. In a remote setting dedicated to the historical integrity of the land and the preservation of natural habitat and wildlife, artists can experience unencumbered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and development of their work. Added 2/2/2015
    Deadline: March 30, 2015
    RESIDENCY

National & International

  • Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the FANTASTIC FIBERS 2015 international juried exhibition. One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging, innovative & colorful international exhibits, FANTASTIC FIBERS seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: February 21, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • CORE New Art Space invites all photographers working in a non-traditional process to submit artwork for the upcoming juried exhibition, “Rendered: Alternative Processes in Photography”.  This exhibition runs in conjunction with the Month of Photography, a celebration of hundreds photographic exhibitions and events in Denver, Colorado and other national and international locations. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: February 22, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  •  The Center for Fine Art Photography has an international call for entries for a themed photography show- Landscapes.  They welcome all artist interpretations on this theme. All capture types and photographic processes are welcome. Juror Chantel Paul from MOPA San Diego.  Added 2/4/2015
    Deadline: February 27, 2015
    EXHIBITION

  • The Center for Fine Art Photography has an international call for entries for a themed photography show- Landscapes.  They welcome all artist interpretations on this theme. All capture types and photographic processes are welcome. Juror Chantel Paul from MOPA San Diego.  Added 2/4/2015
    Deadline: February 27, 2015
    EXHIBITION

  • Arc Gallery  in San Francisco is holding a call for artists for a juried exhibition called “Fusion”. All art must be original, categories accepted: sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. Juror is Olivia Ongpin of Luna Rienne Gallery. Added 2/10/2015
    Deadline: February 22, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Western Visions, Jackson, WY, creates a venue for visitors and collectors to engage the finest emerging and established artists whose works deal with humanity’s relationship with nature, and identifies, in a nationally recognized exhibition and fundraising event, artists who have the caliber to become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Call for entries for The Parkside National Small Print Exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery located in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. This exhibition has shown the finest examples of small format, original prints created by artists working throughout the United States for over two decades. ​Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Celebrating its sixtieth anniversary with an international exhibition of art that references and/or uses fiber, fiber techniques and fiber technologies in innovative ways, the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild, Velocity of Textiles, seeks work that reflects the forward trajectory of textiles within the twenty first century intersection of conceptual innovation, new and old techniques and materials, coupled with traditional attention to craftsmanship. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) will host the Third Annual Santa Fe Plein Air Festival in the land of enchantment. Forty-nine (49) artists will be selected to participate in a seven day event from Saturday, June 6 through Friday, June 12 around Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, seeks visually compelling exhibitions that provide a unique and robust visual arts experience. Artists and curators are encouraged to submit proposals and portfolios for consideration of solo and group exhibitions in our art galleries. Artists should be prepared to present engaging, educational programs such as lectures or gallery talks, school programs, demonstrations or other special presentations that relate to, augment and/or interpret the exhibition. Added 8/20/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    EXHIBITION
  • The Peoria Art Guild is currently accepting artist submission and exhibition proposals. Established in 1878, the Peoria Art Guild is a contemporary art gallery based in Peoria, Illinois. For over five decades it has provided guidance and exposure to up and coming artists as well as nationally known works of art. $35 entry up to 15 images. Added 5/31/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    SOLO EXHIBITION

Residencies & Professional Development

  • The Bullseye Projects artist-in-residence program offers artists the opportunity to develop their work in kilnformed glass. Our well-equipped studios in California, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon provide artists with chance to explore new avenues of research and the freedom to experiment using a wide variety of techniques. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
    RESIDENCY
  • SOMA Summer is a unique eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians, conducted in English in Mexico City. SOMA Summer introduces participants to the dynamic art scene of Mexico City through visits to museums, openings, and artists’ studios. Designed to promote intense creative work and open dialogue, the program is built around a series of seminars and workshops led by renowned Mexican and international artists. Participants meet weekly for individual critiques with a variety of artists and curators. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: March 2, 2015
    RESIDENCY
  • The Banff Centre Blueprint for Happiness is a residency for artists engaged in exploring creative practice outside of the gallery and in the public realm. In this space, artists interact with architects and architecture, designers, engineers, fabricators, planners, community members and with each other. The intention of this residency is to workshop ideas, designs, and prototypes for public art projects to be installed at other locations, not on The Banff Centre campus.  Added 2/10/2015
    Deadline: March 4, 2015
    RESIDENCY
  • The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency provides artists from around the world seven weeks of uninterrupted time and space in the inspiring desert environment surrounding Joshua Tree National Park.  It’s an opportunity for painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and musicians to have a full block of time to focus on their work without the distractions of day to day schedules, jobs or family.  The residency bestows each artist with a place to live, a full studio to work in and a stipend to offset travel costs. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 15, 2015
    RESIDENCY
  • The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI) world-renowned residency program offers long-term residency opportunities for artists of all disciplines in the industrial setting of Kohler Co.’s Pottery and Foundry. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: April 1, 2015
    RESIDENCY
  • International open call for Piramidon Artist Residency in Barcelona. Piramidón has a total of 16 studios; 14 of them are for artists-in-residence without necessarily pre-defined time, who live and work in Barcelona. The other 2 are for non-residents performing temporary stays from 3 to 6 months.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY

Rolling Deadlines

  • Publicly launched in 2005, Art in Generals New Commissions Program centers on developing and exhibiting new and challenging projects by artists who are interested in creating new work. We commission visual artists to create new projects in any medium or form.
    Deadline: Rolling
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • Creative Time strives to commission, produce and present the most important, ground-breaking, challenging and exceptional art of our times; art that infiltrates the public realm and engages millions of people in New York City and across the globe. We are guided by a passionate belief in the power of art to create inspiring personal experiences as well as foster social progress.
    Deadline: Rolling
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation‘s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time. The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time.
    Deadline: Rolling
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • The Vermont Studio Center accepts 40 visual artists each month in painting, sculpture, new and mixed media, drawing, printmaking, and photography. The Center conducts the largest fine arts and writing residency program in the U.S. The programs are highly selective and include a broad variety of media, cultures and ages. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • The Penland School Resident Artist Program seeks to enrich the total educational experience at Penland by providing a stimulating, supportive environment for artists at transitional points in their careers. Penland resident artists are full-time, self-supporting craftspeople who live and work at the school for three years. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • The Headlands Center for the Arts hosts an internationally recognized Artist in Residence Program, interdisciplinary public programs, and subsidized studio rentals for Bay Area artists of all disciplines. Through these programs, Headlands offers opportunities for artist research, dialogue and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY 
  • Robert Rauschenberg’s twenty-acre estate on Captiva Island, Florida, is pleased to announce it will be transformed into a creative center that welcomes artists of all disciplines from around the world to live, work, and create. The selection process for the Rauschenberg Residency, Fall 2013 – Summer 2014, will be by nomination only. Check website for additional details. Added 3/27/2013
    Deadline: TBD
    RESIDENCY
  • The Banff Centre’s Visual Arts residencies focus on professional development, research, and training opportunities in media and visual arts. The programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, media arts, film, and video, as well as curatorial and critical studies. Residencies are for professional artists with an exhibition record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
    Deadline: Various dependent on residency
    RESIDENCY
  • 18th Street Arts Center’s (Los Angeles) residency program helps to build and to strengthen the creative community by working with local, national and international artists and curators. There are three types of residencies, including long-term; mid-term; and a visiting artist program that hosts international and national artists and curators from between 1 to 3 months. 18th Street Arts Center’s mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Added 10/31/2012
    Deadline: Rolling (1yr-18mo advance)
    RESIDENCY
  • Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP. Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $4,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • Centrum Creative Residencies program offers a special collaborative residency package, designed to facilitate groups of artists collaborating on one or more new works. Groups of working artists find the facilities ideally suited to the kind of effort and focused energy that is needed to create a great collaborative piece or body of work.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • The Macina di San Cresci is a member of RES ARTIS, the International Association of Residential Arts Centre, established in the Netherlands in 1993. It is the largest existing network of artist residency programs, numbering over 200 members drawn from more than 40 countries. Location: Tuscany, Italy.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • Spread Art’s Residency Program invites local, regional, national and international artists to develop and present work in collaboration with the creative communities of Detroit. Below is a general overview of the program (all residencies are ultimately tailored to the individual artist’s needs and interests) and a list of 2014 artists in residence.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • School of Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarships are available for both the two- and three-week Summer Institute sessions. To apply for a merit scholarship, please submit a portfolio with 6–10 pieces in the SlideRoom online portfolio site and email your registration packet materials. Labeled photographs and film slides are also acceptable. Art work may be in any medium, regardless of class choice. Please note: a portfolio and indication on the Financial Aid / Merit Scholarship application form that you are applying for merit are required.
    Deadline: Check Website
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Visual Arts Questions?

Felicia Baca
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