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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 Challenge America grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to undeserved 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 Humanities Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities. The films are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States. The NEH invites a wide range of approaches to international topics and themes, such as an examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion, literature, or history, viewed through an international lens; an exploration of a topic that transcends a single nation-state; a biography of a foreign leader, writer, artist, or historical figure; or an exploration of the history and culture(s) of a specific region, country, or community outside of the United States.
    Deadline: June 10, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grants fund creative place-making 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

  • Salt Lake City Police Department is holding an art contest and scholarship program based on anti-drug themed artwork for high school-aged students. Added 3/5/2015
    DEADLINE: March 26, 2015
    COMPETITION
  • 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 30, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Kimball Art Center  The Exhibitions Committee meets quarterly to discuss proposals submitted for single artists, group shows, and curated exhibitions. Added 3/5/15
    DEADLINE: April 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Utility Box Art Program We are seeking any 2-D medium that can be scanned (drawing, painting, etc.) that illustrates or illuminates your personal, or your community’s, relationship with the environment.  We are working with the South Salt Lake (SSL) Community and the SSL Urban Livability Department’s Utility Box Art Program to help promote and build awareness of the local SSL arts community and to help foster a sense of inquiry about place. Added 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: April 3, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The City Library hosts art exhibitions at all of our locations to expose residents to new art forms and ideas, to foster creativity and inspire curiosity, and to provide exhibition opportunities for the artistic community. Added 3/5/15
    DEADLINE: April 10, 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: April 15, 2015
    RESIDENCY
  • Craft Lake City 2015 DIY Festival has opened their applications. Craft Lake City’s 7th Annual DIY Festival is a two-day event held at the Gallivan Center on Friday, August 7, 2015 from 5pm-10pm and Saturday, August 8, 2015 from Noon-10pm in downtown, Salt Lake City. The festival was formed as a way to showcase local DIY (do it yourself) culture. Added 3/5/15
    DEADLINE: May 4, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Bountiful Davis Art Center has a call for entries to the 2015 Annual Statewide Competition.  Original work only, completed within the last two years and never before exhibited at the Bountiful Davis Art Center. Juror: Derek Dyer, Executive Director of the Utah Arts Alliance. posted 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: May 8, 2015
    COMPETITION
  • The Projects Gallery at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is an initiative to promote local artist’s as they engage the contemporary art world locally and nationally. Only artists working in Utah are invited to propose an exhibition for the Projects Gallery, which may range from site-specific installations to artist-curated shows. posted 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: Rolling
    EXHIBITION

National & International

  • The Wyoming Watercolor Society announces a call to artists for a national juried art exhibition, June 1-30, 2015 at the Sagebrush Community Art Center in Sheridan, Wyoming. Open to all artists 18 years of age and older working in water soluble media on paper, or YUPO, and unvarnished. Added 3/5/15
    DEADLINE: April 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  •  The International Photography Annual 4, Manifest’s annual international publication of contemporary photography’s goal  is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant photographic art on an ongoing annual basis. INPHA is open to a very broad range of lens-based and photographic submissions. Added 3/5/15
    DEADLINE: April 1, 2015
    COMPETITION
  • The Thompson Gallery is seeking works of art that examine the genres of utopia and dystopia with regard to the human conflict or dilemma within societal structure- Nowhere Everywhere. 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of “Utopia” by Sir Thomas More. All media considered. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE:  April 4, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Waterloo Arts Fest  invites members and non-members to submit artwork for the 2015 Waterloo Arts Juried and Members Exhibition.  Added 2/18/2015|
    DEADLINE:  April 5, 2015
    COMPETITION
  • Greg Moon Art  is accepting entries for the After Dark IV show celebrating darkness and the varied reactions emblematic to this subject matter. Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, glass, fiber arts, and assemblage. Giclees will only be accepted in the media of photography. Jurors: Greg Escalante, Joe Buffalo Nickels, and Greg Moon. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE:  April 15, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art announces a call to artists for Metro Montage XV, a juried art exhibition, July 11- September 6, 2015. Juror: Robmat Butler. All media accepted. posted 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: April 30, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Boston Printmakers  present the 2015 North American Print Biennial. The exhibit has long been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in printmaking.  Juror- Willie Cole. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE:  May 5, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The San Diego Watercolor Society seeks entries for the 35th International Exhibition, a juried art exhibition. Open to national and international artists. Entries must be original work in water-soluble media on paper, paper-based board, or synthetic paper and must have been painted in the last two years. Added 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: May 8, 2015
    COMPETITION
  • Alexandria Museum of Art  has a call to artists working in any medium for the 28th September Competition, a juried exhibition. All works must be original and must have been completed in the last two years (2013 or later).  AMoA encourages artists working in video and other experimental media to submit entries for judging. posted 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: May 29, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering an individual photographer’s fellowship grant. The grant is for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. At this time, only US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents over the age of 21 who reside in the US are eligible to apply. This grant is not currently open to students in a degree-seeking program, or US citizens living abroad. Added 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: May 29, 2015
    FELLOWSHIP
  • The Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 is now open for entries. The prize is a major event for established and emerging artists, now in its eighth year, and is awarded by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine. Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting & Drawing; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance. posted 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: August 31, 2015
    COMPETITION
  • 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 EXHIBITIONThe Elizabeth Greenshield Foundationoffers grants for artists at least 18 years of age, in the early or developmental stage of their career and work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking. Added 3/20/15
    DEADLINE: Rolling
    FUNDING

Residencies & Professional Development

  • 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
  • The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program in Visual Arts provides time and space for artists, curators, and arts professionals to create, research, experiment with and develop production techniques, and cultivate new directions in their work. Program dates are Sept 14, 2015 – October 23, 2015. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE: April 22, 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

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