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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

  • 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 Covey Center for the Arts is inviting interested artists to submit artwork of all mediums for the purpose of exhibiting in their three galleries at The Annual Art Showcase. The showcase will open with a reception in the Eccles Gallery and Awards Ceremony in the Main Performance Hall at the Covey Center for the Arts. Added 4/15/16
    DEADLINE: May 6, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • ACE invites you to apply today for consideration to showcase your work at the Wasatch Art Soiree in Alta, Utah. The event will showcase artists and chefs in a beautiful mountain setting.  Participants will gain increased exposure in an engaging, food and art focused atmosphere. Added 3/4/16.
    DEADLINE: May 8, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • Applications are being accepted for The Urban Arts Festival, organized by the non-profit Utah Arts Alliance. The festival is the largest FREE community art event in Utah, and is scheduled for September 17th and 18th  at the Gallivan Center. Added 4/1/16
    DEADLINE: May 13, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake announces the 3rd Annual Alfred Lambourne Prize.  The prize is an annual recognition and celebration of regional creativity inspired by our inland sea.  FRIENDS invites creative work inspired by the Lake in the forms of visual arts, literary arts, sound and movement. Added 4/29/16
    DEADLINE: May 15, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • The Academy Center Art Show & Sale will be held annually in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure, now in its 25th annual running, and the Heritage Arts Festival, in historic downtown Brigham City. Added 3/25/16
    DEADLINE: TBD
    EXHIBITION
  • The Eccles Community Art Center Plein Air Competition is open to all regional artists.  Original works painted between May 20 through June 1, 2016 are eligible. Photographs are not eligible. Participating artists will provide their own surfaces which must be stamped before beginning the work. Registration and stamping may be accomplished May 20 through 27, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.mAdded 2/26/16
    DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • The Art Access gallery committee will meet in late July to select exhibitions for the 2017 calendar year. Art Access accepts exhibits that have a strong theme and a cohesive presentation, and have particular interested in themes that address our commitment to telling the stories of all of us, especially those from disenfranchised populations.
    DEADLINE: May 2 – July 1, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Kimball Art Center is accepting submissions for single artists, group shows, and curated exhibitions. Added 4/1/16
    DEADLINE: July 1, 2016
    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
  • Adobe has 12 locations for displaying art inside the company building located at 3900 Adobe Way in Lehi UT and they are looking for artwork. Jeremy Macdonald, the Site Manager, invites local artists (residence in UT) to submit art pieces for display. The artist will always own the art, but please allow your art to be on display for at least 3 months. Added 12/11/15
    DEADLINE: Rolling
    EXHIBITION

National & International

  • New American Paintings sponsor six juried competitions per year. The forty winners of each competition receive a four-page, full-color spread in New American Paintings. Five of the annual competitions focus on geographic regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Pacific Coast). Currently accepting for the WEST region including Utah.
    DEADLINE: April 30, 2016
  • Paperworks 2016 is a national competition at the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington, NY.  Winners will have up to six pieces included in a one month exhibition. Juror: Heidi Hirschl, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Added 2/26/16
    DEADLINE: April 30, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • Trees are a reflection of time, strength, survival, beauty, and life. Location 1980 Gallery, in Costa Mesa, is looking for works of art that capture the amazingly vibrant life force inherent within trees. All artwork related to trees will be reviewed and considered for “Trees of Life” exhibition. Added 4/15/16
    DEADLINE: May 9, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Drawing Never Dies will survey the range of drawing taking place today. Approaches may span from minimal to maximal, meticulous to messy, monumental to miniature. From commonplace and traditional materials such as graphite and pens on paper, to drawing on the surface of the earth, to artists working with technology such as 3d pen drawings in space or forms intended for experience on the screen; we are interested in a broad/expansive survey of drawing now. Jurors:  Daisy McGowan & Donald Fodness. Added 3/25/16
    DEADLINE: May 14, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is a celebration of drawing as a critical element in contemporary art making and as an art form with powerful expressive possibilities. The prize was designed to provide a venue through which emerging artists can share, on a national stage, both their unique visions and their drawing skills. Designed for applicants who are creating 2D drawings with either traditional methods, or more experimental contemporary approaches and materials (except digitally created or enhanced art).  Added 3/4/16.
    DEADLINE: May 15, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The St. Tammany Art Association (STAA), in Covington LA., will present its 51st National Juried Artists Exhibition, an annual competition of contemporary art. Open to artists ages 18 and up across the United States, the St. Tammany Art Association’s summer show is one of the most diverse in the Southeast. Accepted artwork is original visual art completed within the past two years. Juror: Mark Biletnikoff. Added 4/1/16
    DEADLINE: May 15, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia (RMNW) exhibition, in its 43rd year, is presented by Foothills Art Center (FAC) in Golden, Colorado.  RMNW attracts entrants and jurors from throughout the United States, and is regarded as one of the top watermedia exhibitions in the country. Juror: Katherine Chang Liu. Added 1/15/16
    DEADLINE: May 24, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Washington Art Association is accepting submissions for The Thing of It Is, an annual juried show. Works submitted must be original paintings in any medium. Juror: Eric Aho. Added 3/11/16
    DEADLINE: May 25, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University is preparing for the 2017 exhibition calendar. The jury will award solo, duo, and small group exhibits based on applications. This call is open to fine and craft-based artists in all mediums except film/video and performance art. Added 4/20/16
    DEADLINE: May 26, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Axis Gallery is pleased to open submissions for the 11th National Juried Exhibition. All artists working in contemporary original 2D and 3D work in any media are encouraged to apply. Juror: Gregory Volk. Added 2/5/16
    DEADLINE: May 29, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants for artists working in photography and photo-based art. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field. Added 4/29/16
    DEADLINE: May 30, 2016
    FUNDING
  • Photography captures the sentiment of a moment, reflecting the actual world in a picture. The Alfred Fried Photography Award aims to present human efforts to live together in peace and the quest for beauty and goodness in our lives. The award goes to those photographs that best express the idea that our future can only be peaceful coexistence. Added 3/4/16.
    DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • Firmly Rooted is a juried exhibition addressing our ongoing, symbiotic relationship with plants. This is an open call to artists in the USA for works in any medium.  Artists are encouraged but not limited to submit work that address some aspect of our connection with the plant world.–topics such as consumption, environmental reclamation, invasive species, extinction, healing and medicine, stories and myth. Artists are also encouraged to submit work that adheres to their personal aesthetic and formal styles of botanical representation. Juror: Stuart Horodner. Added 3/25/16
    DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Kennedy Center’s office of VSA & Accessibility, with generous support from Volkswagen Group of America, announce this year’s Emerging Young Artist program theme: (Re)Invention: Art + Innovation + Disability + Design. This is a juried exhibition of emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, that aims to showcase artwork created at the intersection of technology, innovation, and disability. Added 4/1/16
    DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • The Alexandria Museum of Art is accepting submissions for their juried exhibition 29th September.  All artists over the age of 18, working in any medium, are invited to submit. Juror: Francis Pavy. Added 3/25/16
    DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Whiteaker Printmakers, a community printmaking studio in Eugene, Oregon, is hosting Pressing Matters 2016, a juried exhibition at the Emerald Arts Center in Springfield, Oregon. All print artists may submit one original print in any traditional printmaking technique. Entries must be original prints, hand-pulled; no digital or photographic prints. Juror: Karen Kunc. Added 4/8/16
    DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Eclectic: A National Open Media Exhibition celebrates professional quality, original artworks in a variety of media and aesthetics. This exhibition is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Juror: Leigh Anne Chambers. Added 4/29/16
    DEADLINE: June 3, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Las Laguna Gallery invites you to participate in an Open Theme Exhibition. The work must be able to be hung on a wall to be considered. Added 2/19/16
    DEADLINE: June 6, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • This is an open call to artists for an exhibition at Site:Brooklyn entitled: A Point of View: Contemporary Photography. This exhibition will explore the current ideas, subjects and processes in contemporary photography. Juror: Mitra Abbaspour. Added 4/20/16
    DEADLINE: June 7, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is pleased to announce a new annual series with The Evocative Garden, an international juried and invitational exhibition exploring natural and cultivated worlds at the Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR. Juror/Curator: Gail M. Brown. Added 4/8/16
    DEADLINE: June 15, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California announces its 44th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. Any artwork on or of paper, including but not limited to: collage, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, watercolor, sculpture. Juror: Laddie John Dill. Added 4/8/16
    DEADLINE: June 17, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Luxembourg Art Prize is an annual international competition aiming to discover talents, amateur or professional, regardless of age and nationality. The Prize aims to accelerate the careers of unknown artists by providing them with professional art gallery space, first as part of a group exhibition showcasing the nominees for the Prize and then as a solo exhibition for the winner. Added 3/4/16.
    DEADLINE: June 30, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • The Maui Arts & Cultural Center in partnership with the National Park Service invites artists to enter this national juried exhibition, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the National Parks of Hawai’i. Artists are encouraged to submit a broad view of interpretations to include environmental, ecological, cultural, and political ideas. The jurors will consider a broad range of work from traditional representation to experimental in concept. Added 1/15/16
    DEADLINE: June 30, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Dairy Arts Center (formerly The Dairy Center for the Arts) Boulder, Colorado, and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, invite artists to submit art related to cats and/or dogs for consideration for the 2016 gallery exhibition, RAINING CATS AND DOGS. The Dairy encourages artists who work in all visual art mediums to apply. Added 12/4/15
    DEADLINE: July 3, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The 11th Annual 2016 California Open is a juried exhibition celebrating contemporary and modern art created by emerging artists. The competition is hosted by Tag Gallery, and is open to all artists 18 years and older in the disciplines of Computer Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. Added 4/1/16
    DEADLINE: July 3, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society celebrates its 70th anniversary with the Aqueous Open 2016. The PWS Aqueous Open is open to all artists 18 or older working primarily with water-based media on an unvarnished paper surface. Added 4/29/16
    DEADLINE: July 11, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, American Art Today, is a prestigious exhibition at the Bascom Center for the Arts, in Highlands, NC., that features work of approximately 30 artists from across the nation.  This year’s subject, “What is American Art”. Juror: Dr. William U. Eiland. Added 4/1/16
    DEADLINE: July 31, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Revere Academy of Jewelry is accepting applications to their New Student Scholarship. The New Student Scholarship was established to provide an opportunity for new students to attend the Academy. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid scholarship from anywhere in the US to San Francisco for any regular 3-day class. Added 4/29/16
    DEADLINE: August 1, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • Las Laguna Gallery presents Lens-flare – A Photography Exhibition, and invites artists working in all photographic mediums to submit images to be considered for an exhibition. Added 4/8/16
    DEADLINE: August 14, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Dairy Arts Center (formerly The Dairy Center for the Arts), Boulder CO, invites artists and arts organizations from the United States and abroad to submit proposals for individual and artist-curated group exhibits in all visual art mediums to be considered for exhibition. Added 12/18/15
    DEADLINE: September 12, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2016 TVAA National Art Competition & Exhibit. Jurors: Andrea Karnes and Gabriel Ritter. Added 4/20/16
    DEADLINE: September 14, 2016
    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
    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

  • The VCCA is accepting applications for October to January residencies. The residency offers a chance to work privately, but in proximity to more than twenty other highly accomplished artists with fresh insights, new ideas and stimulating conversation. Added 4/29/16
    DEADLINE: May 15, 2016
    RESIDENCY
  • The School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is pleased to announce a number of Artist in Residence opportunities for artists/designers in a range of disciplines. Added 4/8/16
    DEADLINE: May 23, 2016
    RESIDENCY
  • The Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers visual, performing, and literary artists opportunities to promote a deeper appreciation of the natural, cultural, and historic resources of Joshua Tree National Park and the deserts of Southern California. Selected artists for the Artist-in-Residence program are invited to stay for three (3) weeks during either the spring or fall months.  The residency takes place at the Lost Horse Cabin, located inside Joshua Tree National Park. Added 4/1/16
    DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
    RESIDENCY
  • The Artist in Residence (AIR) program at Headlands Center for the Arts awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to eight weeks become part of a dynamic community of artists. Added 4/8/16
    DEADLINE: June 3, 2016
    RESIDENCY
  • Every winter from January through March, creative individuals and collaborative groups are awarded the gift of time and space at our beautiful Caldera Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon, for month-long residencies. Added 10/16/15
    DEADLINE: June 15, 2016
    RESIDENCY
  • The Artist-in-Residence program at Weir Farm National Historic Site selects artists to spend one month living and working at the park. To date, 150 artists from throughout the United States, as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, and India have participated in the Artist-in-Residence program. Visual artists of all media and styles can apply. Added 1/29/16
    DEADLINE: July 15, 2016
    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.  National and international visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to apply. Added 4/1/16
    DEADLINE: August 7, 2016
    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 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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