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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.)

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General Art Opportunities

  • 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

  • The Kimball Art Center is accepting proposals for exhibition. The Exhibitions Committee meets quarterly to discuss proposals submitted for single artists, group shows, and curated exhibitions.  Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: July 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Local Colors of Utah presents the 2015 Sugarhouse Plein Air Competition. A Painting exhibition and sale will be held at the gallery September 16-18th with an awards reception on Friday, September 18th. Added 6/5/2015
    DEADLINE: September 11-14
    COMPLETION & EXHIBITION
  • Art Access Gallery is welcoming exhibition proposals from emerging and established artists, artists with and without disabilities, and artists representing other underserved communities. Art Access exhibits Utah artists and asks that artwork intended for exhibit is new and has not been shown at other venues. Work in any medium is accepted. Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: July 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Eccles Community Art Center is hosting the 41st Annual Statewide Competition. The competition is open to all artists who presently reside in the state of Utah.  Original works in any medium including paintings, prints, monoprints, drawings, graphics, pottery, sculptures, and textiles are eligible. Work must have been completed within the past two years and not have been previously exhibited in a juried exhibit sponsored by the Eccles Community Art Center. Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: July 31, 2015
    COMPETITION
  • The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue. Both galleries participate in the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and host public receptions on Gallery Stroll evenings. Proposals for exhibitions in January-July of 2016 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2015. Added 6/26/2015
    DEADLINE: September 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • October 2015 has been designated as National Arts and Humanities Month.  Utah Humanities is pleased to offer a limited number of $500 Quick Grants for projects that incorporate both the humanities and the arts. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: August 14, 2015
    FUNDING
  • The Tradition continues with a call for entries to Utah Images 2015, an exhibit of Utah artists, ages 55+. The exhibit is presented by Equitable Life and Casualty Insurance Company in honor of the company’s 80th anniversary, and will be held at the historic Salt Lake City and County Building. Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: October 2, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • 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
  • The Green Loft is located at 2834 S. Highland Drive. It is an art deco building that houses offices for a co-op for sustainable living.  It also serves as an art gallery. Kristina Lenzi is the art curator for the Green Loft.  Applications are reviewed on a 6 month basis in November and May, but may be submitted at any time.  Artists interested in applying for a show at Green Loft may submit applications to Kristina Lenzi at art@gogreenloft.com.  Please submit 10-20 examples of 2-D work, a short artist bio and an artist resume. Added 5/29/2015
    DEADLINE: Rolling
    EXHIBITION

National & International

  • The 11th annual Art Kudos competition, sponsored by Artshow.com, is an international juried online competition that serves to recognize and honor excellence in the visual arts.  Judge: Charles Long. Added 4/6/15
    DEADLINE: June 30, 2015
    COMPETITION
  • NorthStar Watermedia Society (NSWS) invites watermedia artists age 18 and over to enter our first National Exhibition. The Exhibition opens September 8 at Hopkins Center for the Arts which is a state-of-the-art facility with prime exhibition space, and is recognized in the metropolitan St. Paul/Minneapolis area for its schedule of rotating art installations. Juror: Jack Richeson. Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: July 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • American Craft Today: Glass, is a juried exhibition at The Bascom showcasing art glass produced by America’s most skilled and visionary craftspeople.  Any type of glass art is eligible as long as the primary medium is glass. Juror:  Melissa George Post. Added 5/27/15
    DEADLINE: July 3, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Calls are open to all local, domestic, national and international professional and amateur artists for the Linus Galleries show, Physique. All art mediums will be considered in this call for submissions, from photography, wall sculpture, fabric, and mixed media; all paintings and drawings including, oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, etc. Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: July 11, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) in partnership with LuminArté Gallery presents the 4th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art. This juried art exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older from around the world. All art submitted should be based on or inspired by Islamic art and design, Islamic literature, Islamic architecture and Islamic cultures, current social issues and presented in a positive light.  Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: July 15, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Spokane Watercolor Society invites all local, regional, national and international artists to enter this 63 year tradition in watermedia excellence! Juror: Bev Jozwiak. Added 5/27/15
    DEADLINE: July 15, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • In 1981 Tom Lawson wrote Last Exit: Painting, an essay putting painters on the defensive, directly holding each artist accountable for using paint as a medium. On the brink of that essay’s 35th anniversary the Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) Miami, is hosting a show based on the same principle. The show, Last Exit: Painting, will kick off BAC’s 30th season and artists are invited to submit artworks addressing painting and its current relevance. Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: August 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • I Breathe With You is an international exhibition open to the general public at the Augusta Savage Gallery in the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The exhibit establishes the artist as an ally to people and communities that suffer social injustices and other atrocities. Accepted forms are:  2D art:  works on paper or unstretched canvas. No framed works. Performance art – video submissions only (youtube links only; maximum time: 8 minutes). Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: August 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Las Lagunas Gallery has a call to artists, we are looking for illustrations and artwork designed to be tattoos. Works can be a single image, or presented as a tattoo flash page. Works in pencil, pen, or digital media; as well as painting or photography that embraces the tattoo feel or culture. Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: August 2, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Verum Ultimum Gallery is thrilled to invite artists to explore “Abstract Catalyst” , and enter work that is any interpretation of the call. This call emphasizes the process with a focus on the individual style of the art maker.  The gallery, in Portland Oregon, welcomes all mediums. Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: August 10, 2015

EXHIBITION

  • Miami Photo Salon is an International Photography Festival that takes place during Art Basel week every year. The goal of this project is to create a salon-style event for photographers to showcase and exhibit work to huge international audiences. The contest is open to all photographers age 18 or older. Work must be original and created on or after January 1, 2010. Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: August 15, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Augusta Savage Gallery has a call for submissions for A Change Is Gonna Come, an exhibition open to the general public featuring digitally projected handwritten words. Celebrating the beauty of the human hand on the page, we welcome your poems, letters, stories, essays, fiction, science fiction, memoir, monologues, dialogues, or other forms exploring the need for social change. Borrowing from iconic singer/songwriter Sam Cooke’s 1965 hit by the same title.  Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: August 15, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Flora and Fauna might be the scientific words for “plants and animals occurring in a particular region or time,” but for this show, we want to celebrate ALL the plants and animals of all regions and times.  This month we’re inviting artists from around the world to show us the best of the plants and animals that inspire you. Orange County Creatives Gallery is located in Laguna Beach, a premier art community and bustling tourist destination. Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: August 15, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Niza Knoll Gallery in Denver, Colorado, is pleased to invite regional artists who incorporate encaustic in their art making, to submit their work for a juried exhibit:  Wax Stories. Artwork may be 2-D or 3-D, and must have been completed I the last three years.  Juror: Collin Parson. Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: August 19, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art and Kent State University Museum Present Focus: Fiber  2016, A National Contemporary Fiber Art Show. The exhibit is open to all artists who live in the U.S.A. All work must be either fiber in content or executed in a fiber technique. Juror: Jane Sauer. Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: August 30, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • 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 EXHIBITION The Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation offers 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

  • Zion National Park is now accepting applications for the 2016 Artist-in-Residence program. Four artists will be selected for two spring and two fall residency slots. Artist selections will be made and announced in October. All visual (painters, photographers, sculptures, etc.), performing (drama, dance, music, composition, etc.) and literary artists are welcome to apply. Added 5/29/15
    Deadline: July 17, 2015
    RESIDENCY
  • The Bakehouse Art Complex Studio Residency program is a jury-­‐selected artist residency program offering affordable studios to professional emerging and mid­‐career artists. The Bakehouse Art Complex is currently seeking artists who are committed to their work and interested in being part of dynamic, collaborative and creative community of over 65 working professional artists in Miami Florida. Added 5/29/15
    DEADLINE: August 1, 2015
    RESIDENCY
  • Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Added 6/26/15
    DEADLINE: August 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
  • Centrum’s residency 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. Added 4/24/15
    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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