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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 & 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’ Research: Art Works funding opportunity supports research for projects that investigate the power and/or impact of the arts on individuals and communities. The NEA anticipates awarding up to 20 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. A guidelines seminar for potential applicants is scheduled for September 3 at 1:00 p.m. MDT. Register in advance.
    Deadline: October 21, 2014
  • 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 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 will be accepted beginning July 7 and are due on September 1, 2014. Added 5/14/2014
    Deadline: September 1, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Pioneer Theatre Company’s Loge Gallery is hosting an Open Call to provide an opportunity for local artists to share their recent artwork with the theatre community. The juried exhibit, titled “Fresh Paint,” will be on display during Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, running September 12 through September 27, 2014. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: September 6, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The City Library is accepting original artwork from Salt Lake area youth (up to age 19) for the 2014 Rose Park Día de los Muertos Festival, which will take place Nov. 1 at the Day-Riverside Branch. Entries should be original artwork, created via either physical or digital media, which reflects the spirit of the Día le los Muertos holiday. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: September 15, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The 2014 Statewide Annual Juried Competition: Painting & Sculpture will be from November 21, 2014 – January 9, 2015, with entries due on October 22 and 23at the Rio Gallery. Visual arts juried exhibitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing opportunities to all artists across the state of Utah to be recognized for excellence in this annual juried exhibition. Six $500 Juror’s Awards will be selected. For information on nationally esteemed jurors and online registration, visit the link above. NEW: Installation work is now included as part of the sculpture category. Added 5/14/2014
    Deadline: September 22 – October 21, 2014; online registration open
    Entry drop-off October 22/23
    EXHIBITION/COMPETITION
  • Art Access is holding a call for artwork for a veterans’ art exhibit. Only original artwork from Utahns who are veterans of the U.S. military will be considered. For guidelines, visit website. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: October 2, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Southern Utah University’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and the Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center invite you to submit work to “Wild Perspectives: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act,” a juried exhibition of 2D artwork focusing on Southern Utah’s wilderness areas. Added 6/25/2014
    Deadline: October 3, 2014
    EXHIBITION

National & International

  • Chicago is proud to announce the addition of the Drawing Show artist open calls to its October 17 – 19 art, craft and visual culture fair. Previous only a NY and Miami exhibit, the Tomorrow Stars and Drawing Show sections will be presented at the fair as special exhibitions of work, showcasing the newest and best of work in their respective categories. The Drawing Show premiered at Verge Art Fair Miami Basel and has proudly continued its commitment to mounting a section devoted exclusively to drawing as a medium that overlaps all disciplines. Now the Drawing Show comes to Multiples, Chicago. Added 6/9/2014
    Deadline: Various: July 15, August 15, September 7 (see website)
    EXHIBITION
  • Islamic Art Revival Series presents an international juried exhibition of contemporary Islamic art. We are passionate about Islamic art as a translator and connector across generations and cultures. Founded in 2011 by a cross-cultural coalition of business and nonprofit leaders, students and small business owners, the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) includes a diverse group of women and men. $30 entry fee. Dallas, TX. Added 6/25/2014
    Deadline: August 22, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The Firehouse Art Gallery (Longmont, CO) is currently accepting exhibition proposals for 2015 in any medium, including film and music. Artists must include an artist statement, bio, and proposal. Up to 6 images may be submitted for a fee of $30. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: August 25, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Local Cloth Inc. and the Haywood Community College Creative Arts Program (NC) invite fiber and textile artists to join their celebration of American Craft Week 2014 by entering EXCITE, which recognizes the Appalachian region’s tradition and continuing leadership in weaving and contemporary textile art education. The theme is contemporary fiber work inspired by or reflective of the design ideals set forth by Anni Albers at Black Mountain College, where she formed and taught the weaving program. Added 2/19/2014
    Deadline: August 26, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • EN EM Art Space (Sacramento, CA) is currently accepting submissions from contemporary artists seeking gallery representation. We will consider talented artists at every stage of their careers, and acceptance is granted on the basis of a portfolio review by the directors as well as gallery advisors. Representation includes participation in solo and group exhibitions and online representation on gallery website, magazine listings, press releases, postcards, art marketing, targeted client presentations, museum submissions, online announcements, and more. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 1, 2014
    REPRESENTATION
  • “City Scapes: The City as I See It” will be a juried group exhibition at The Gallery at the Watershed showcasing 2-dimensional work on the theme of cityscapes. Eugene, OR. Added 7/23/2014
    Deadline: September 1, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The Dayton Visual Arts Center, OH, is now accepting proposals for exhibitions to fill the 2015-2017 exhibition seasons. Added 7/23/2014
    Deadline: September 1, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Hack the Bells is the world’s first remix competition for carillon. This project is an exploration in sound, vision, and performance that asks artists and new media visionaries to use the bells as they see fit – to hack the bells. This project encourages artists, musicians, performers, and other visionaries to use the Campanile and/or the openly licensed Campanile audio and images from our library in their creative work. $700 Commission. Added 7/15/2014
    Deadline: September 1, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Each year, the Community Arts Center in Danville, KY hosts “Horizon: Contemporary Landscape,” an exhibit designed to test the limits of what we think of when we hear the word “landscape,” blurring the lines between the traditional and experimental. While many artists portray classic landscape paintings, others delve into more abstract realms, submitting everything from collage and photography to mixed media and cast metal sculpture. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: September 2, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The 28th Annual “Materials: Hard & Soft” National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition is based in Denton, Texas. This competition attracts hundreds of entries from all over the country in all craft media, from clay to fiber, glass to metal, paper to wood. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: September 5, 2014
    EXHIBITION/COMPETITION
  • The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program by the National Endowment for the Humanities awards relatively small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.  $5,000-$60,000 grants. Added 7/15/2014
    Deadline: September 11, 2014
    FUNDING
  • Dacia Gallery in NY, NY invites emerging and established artists to submit artwork for an opportunity to participate in our upcoming Fall 2014 Group Exhibition. We are looking for a diverse body of artwork in all media and styles; this will be a mixed group show of all recent artwork created by contemporary artists, exhibiting what they are working on today. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: September 18, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video is a juried international group exhibition of approximately 25 photographs and videos organized by the Los Angeles-based Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and the Farhang Foundation to showcase living artists whose works explore themes related to Iranian culture. The exhibition is an opportunity to facilitate the identification and development of emerging and mid-career photographers and media artists. Added 8/4/2014
    Deadline: September 21, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, has recently opened its 16th Annual Pastel 100 Painting Competition for entries. This international annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners. $5,000 grand prize.
    Deadline: September 22, 2014
    COMPETITION
  • iDEAS 14 is an international exhibition of innovative digital art, design, and new media. The exhibition coincides with the 12th annual International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAA) conference, to be held on the campus of Utah Valley University (UVU), near Provo, UT, from November 5-7. Digital art and design works may be submitted in a variety of media, such as interactive pieces, animation, games, video, printed imagery, virtual spaces, sound, sculpture and hybrid media. Added 8/4/2014
    Deadline: September 26, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The 4th annual Fine Art Craft Hilton Head (SC) exhibition seeks 3D fine art craft entries that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with few restrictions. Up to 75 works will be chosen by an esteemed jury based upon artistic excellence, innovation and originality. Cash prizes in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded by judge and gallery owner Wally Smith. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Naples Botanical Garden, NYC, in conjunction with the National Sculpture Society (NSS), is proud to present an exhibition of animal sculpture titled “All Creatures Great and Small.” The juried exhibition will feature works of sculpture in permanent media throughout the garden and in the new visitor center during Naples’ high season. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum’s (AJF) Artist Award for an emerging jewelry artist is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist and to advance the career of a promising artist. The award consists of an unrestricted cash award of $7,500. Added 8/4/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
    COMPETITION/FUNDING
  • The sixth annual juried exhibition sponsored by Ice Cube Gallery, a contemporary artist-run gallery located in the River North Arts District of Denver, CO, has an open theme, and artists of every medium are encouraged to enter. Juror: Lauren Wright, curator and artistic director for the Biennial of the Americas, former curator at Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: November 1, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The 9th edition of Arte Laguna Prize is open for artists’ submissions in painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual and digital art. The contest features the awarding of cash prizes, the organization of a major collective exhibition in Venice, a number of personal exhibitions in art galleries worldwide, collaborations with companies, art residencies and the publication of an official catalogue. Its aim is to promote the artists and their careers by offering a range of opportunities for a total amount of €180,000. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: November 6, 2014
    EXHIBITION/AWARD
  • 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

  • Instituto Volusiano is an independent cultural center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, founded in 2012, run by artists,​focused in artist residence, exhibitions, courses in creative technology, arts and performance. In our Artist Residence Program, we provide time for reflection, research, presentation and production, encouraging collaborations and intercultural interdisciplinary dialogues for the development of new working methods. Here, we emphasize the importance of exchange of information and multiplicity immersion in another culture. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: September 1, 2014
    RESIDENCY
  • The Artist-in-Residence program at Denali National Park and Preserve began in 2002 and offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their work amidst the park’s natural splendors. Selection is made on the basis of required entry materials, vision, new and innovative ways of responding to the park, and recognized accomplishment as demonstrated in those materials. Added 5/22/2014
    Deadline: September 1, 2014
    RESIDENCY
  • The Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, WY offers a peaceful place to work and achieve personal artistic goals in an unfettered environment. The program provides a resource of time and space for artists to create their best work. Jentel supports artists and writers who are hardworking and serious about their intent, who have proven themselves by publication or solo exhibition or who may not necessarily be well known and who show the ability to articulate a personal vision. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: September 15, 2014
    RESIDENCY
  • Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY) offers a competitive professional development opportunity for writers, visual and performing artists, musicians and composers from all backgrounds and levels of experience the unique opportunity of time and space to create. Added 8/4/2014
    Deadline: September 15, 2014
    RESIDENCY
  • The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country, where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. We now offer four live/work spaces. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 28, 2014
    RESIDENCY
  • ArtCenter/South Florida’s Studio Residency Program is ideal for artists who are committed to experimentation and innovation, seeking artistic and professional development, and are interested in being a part of and contributing to a dynamic community of local, national and international artists and creative thinkers. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
    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
  • 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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