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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

  •  Mod a-go-go is hosting a landscape themed, group art show, with an open call to artists. Inspired by the natural beauty of the world around us, artists frequently refer to their surroundings, in referencing subjects for their art. Added 1/8/16
    DEADLINE: February 15, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Downtown SLC Presents and Salt Lake City are seeking artists to design, build and install pop-up parks for Main Street. Artists will build up from an 8’ x 20’ platform (provided) incorporating landscaping and seating along with elements of art, playfulness and fun. The Downtown Garden Stroll will run from April 1 to May 8 leading up to the flowers that bloom on Main Street and Mothers Day. A floral/garden theme is required for the platforms. Added 1/29/16
    DEADLINE: February 17, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Center For Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) is seeking creative proposals that explore the land and waterscape of the north arm of the Great Salt Lake, known as Gunnison Bay, an exceptional, extreme, and largely unexplored place. The construction of a filled-in railroad causeway in the late 1950s cut the original lake in half, creating a new, anthropogenic entity, more isolated and saline, that has evolved into a landscape of desiccation that resembles another planet, or this one in some past or future time. The Gunnison Bay Research Program participants are encouraged to consider the use of the Great Salt Lake Exploratory Platform. Added 1/29/16
    DEADLINE: March 1, 2016
    FUNDING
  • The 40th annual Utah Arts Festival is scheduled for June 23 – 26, 2016 at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. More than 150 visual artists from across the country are juried in to participate in our Artists Marketplace. The Utah Arts Festival is the largest outdoor multi-disciplined event held in Utah. Having garnered numerous awards internationally, nationally and locally, the Festival remains one of the premiere events that kick off the summer in Utah each June. Added 1/15/16.
    DEADLINE: March 3, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Springville Museum of Art continues the tradition and invites all artists in Utah to participate in the 92nd Annual Spring Salon. This exhibition is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art. Entries accepted during the one month submission dates. Added 1/8/16
    DEADLINE: March 1 – April 2, 2016
    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. Please submit your portfolio within the two weeks prior to the deadline. The City Library accepts portfolios by physical and electronic application.  Added 1/8/16
    DEADLINE: March 27 – April 10, 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

  • Foothills Art Center (FAC) is pleased to announce the official call to artists for our 2016 Mountain Standard Clay.  Included in this exhibition will be artists who hail from the Mountain Standard Time Zone states. FAC’s goal is to showcase clay in a way that goes well beyond functional objects and into the realm of fine art with this exhibition. Juror: Peter Held. Added 1/22/16
    DEADLINE: February 9, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Indiana University East invites artists to submit work for its 2nd national themed juried exhibition. This year’s theme is Art + Science,” and we are accepting submissions for 2-D, 3-D, and video work that address this theme. Juror: Lily Simonson. Added 1/22/16
    DEADLINE: February 12, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Since 1987, the SEGD Global Design Awards have set the standard of excellence for environmental graphic design and experiential graphic design, honoring design work that connects people to place by providing direction, content, and compelling experiences in public spaces. Submissions are being accepted for the 2016 awards. Added 12/4/15
    DEADLINE: February 14, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • Flight/Vuelo is an exhibit of art at the Tubac Center of Arts, celebrating the beauty and spirit of birds and birding.  Southern Arizona is a mecca for bird watching and has some of the best birding sites in the world. People come from all over the world to see many rare species in the region, with confirmed sightings of more than 200 species of birds. Artists are urged to enter work that is innovative in concept and approach, whether representational or abstract.  All mediums are accepted. Added 1/22/16
    DEADLINE: February 14, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Drawing Lines Across Mediums is an exhibition, at the Site:Brooklyn gallery, of drawings that reflect the ambitious, innovative and contemporary in drawing today. They are seeking work that engages all forms of drawing on interconnected levels. This may involve the innovative use of materials and concepts while combining traditional and nontraditional methods of drawing in an imaginative and compelling way. Juror: Olga Valle Tetkowski. Added 1/8/16
    DEADLINE: February 15, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Idaho State University Department of Art, in partnership with NFS/EPSCoR MILES, is excited to announce an open call for contemporary art exploring Water Ecology. Juror: Basia Irland. Added 11/20/15
    DEADLINE: February 19, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Every December, LACMA has the distinct pleasure of releasing a new call for artist proposals for the Art + Technology Lab. The purpose of the Art + Technology Lab is to nurture new work with financial and in-kind support for projects that engage emerging technology and contribute to public dialogue about technology and culture. Added 1/8/16
    DEADLINE: February 24, 2016
    FUNDING
  • Hosted bi-annually at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, the Oso Bay Biennial XIX International Juried Show brings together the best and brightest in visual communication. In it’s 19th year, the Oso Bay Biennial juried exhibition will feature multiple categories. Professional and student categories are available for entry. Juror: James Victore. Added 2/5/16
    DEADLINE: March 1, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • Verum Ultimum Art Gallery is thrilled to invite artists to explore, “The Pull of the Print” and enter work that is any interpretation of the call. Artists and viewers have been drawn to printmaking’s powerful “pull” for centuries. All modes of printmaking are welcome; from traditional processes to creative choices that push the medium into new realms (this may include all 2d, 3d mixed media works). Added 2/5/16
    DEADLINE: March 1, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Submissions are open to artists for the UMPQUA Valley Arts Association juried exhibition, Photography Now!.  Eligible to all artists using photography as a medium. Juror: Laura Valenti. Added 1/8/16
    DEADLINE: March 4, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  •  Dab Art is seeking artists to join their roster. Selected artists will become official Dab Art artists, and will receive all the benefits of being a gallery artist. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following: 2 small group exhibitions, eligibility for solo exhibition, free entry for all Dab Art calls, representation at various art fairs, consultation and portfolio assistance, marketing and promotional assistance in selected publications and year round secondary market sales. Added 2/5/16
    DEADLINE: March 4, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Las Laguna Gallery is seeking abstract works in a variety of mediums for the show- Artistic Independence. If you consider your art to be Abstract Expressionism or Neo-Expressionism please submit. The work must be able to be hung on a wall to be considered. Sorry new jewelry or sculpture for this exhibition. Added 11/20/15
    DEADLINE: March 12, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Art Gallery of St Albert (AGSA), a contemporary public art gallery, is seeking submissions from artists working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2017 calendar year. Artworks selected for exhibition must provide vision, inspiration and education for residents of St Albert and surrounding communities. They must also reflect originality and a diversity of styles and mediums. Added 1/8/16
    DEADLINE: March 12, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Historic Oakwood Cemetery is focusing on the changing style of interment with a juried competition devoted to the art of Cremation Urns, entitled Urn Art & Garden Faire. An urn is a container that is used to hold the ashes of someone who has been cremated. Added 12/11/15  Urn Competition Call for Artists 2016
     DEADLINE: March 14, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • The Emerald Art Center, in Springfield Oregon, announces their 11th annual Emerald Spring Exhibition 2016, a fine art painting competition. This exhibition was conceived to recognize and reward excellence in fine art from all over the United States. Juror: Barbara Jaenicke. Added 1/15/16.
    DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • As part of an ongoing commitment to promote the visual arts, Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery (EWCG) invites artists to submit entries to its 2nd Annual Art and Flowers juried competition. This is a celebration of eye-catching original 2D floral artworks as practiced and defined by today’s visual artists. Added 2/5/16
    DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • Blue Marble refers to the spectacular color image of planet Earth taken with NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.  The theme for this exhibition at The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA,) welcomes artists who delve into subjects, themes, and motifs that have to do with our planet.  Contemporary original 2D and 3D work in any media, including paintings, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture, and fine craft produced within the last two years is appropriate. Added 10/2/15
    DEADLINE: March 19, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • BigPicture, presented by the California Academy of Sciences, encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to the Natural World Photography Competition, which will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. Added 1/8/16
    DEADLINE: March 31, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • The 24th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) International Exhibition is accepting submissions. Open to living artists 18 years or older, regardless of geographic location. Artists may submit a digital image of one or two different works, but only one piece per artist may appear in the exhibition. Media must be 100% colored pencil. Use of any other media (watercolor, acrylic, oil, ink, etc.) or artist prepared surface disqualifies entry. Added 1/22/16
    DEADLINE: March 31, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • The Ringholz Foundation was built to recognize the needs of artists of all ages to be supported in their art pursuits, and announces the application opening for the 2016 visual arts grant. An independent, public charity founded by the love of art and the heart of giving back. Added 1/22/16
    DEADLINE: April 1, 2016
    FUNDING
  • ON PAPER presents its 2nd printmaking contest to promote the art of printmaking, as well as the connection between printmakers around the world. Each artist can submit one piece of work on a paper. The work must have been made using any traditional printmaking techniques, including screenprinting, lithography, etching, collagraph, monotipe, electro-etching, photopolymer… However, digital prints are not accepted. Added 1/29/16
    DEADLINE: April 1, 2016
    COMPETITION
  • WCA-CO announces its 2016 national juried show in Denver, with the theme State of Unions. Union, separation, harmony, broken promises; this theme may be about relationships of people, nations, objects, politics, science. Explore this theme broadly in any media including paint, collage, photography, clay, sculpture, print and/or drawing. No video or performance art will be accepted. Added 1/22/16
    DEADLINE: April 15, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • 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: May 15, 2016
    EXHIBITION
  • 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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

  • Signal Fire announces a call to artists of all disciplines, as well as activists, curators and researchers for Unwalking the West, our eighth year of retreats and residencies on public lands of the American West. Our 2016 theme is shaped by historic land journeys that informed the cultural and political geography of the contemporary West. Signal Fire trips bring small groups of creative people to a wide range of wild places to inspire and inform their work.  Added 1/15/16.
    DEADLINE: February 29, 2016
    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. Added 8/28/15
    DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
    RESIDENCY
  • The Joint Corning/Kohler residency program is open to emerging and established artists. Training in ceramics or metal sculpture is not required, but artists must have experience working with glass, and be capable of quickly mastering the industrial technologies. Artists-in-residence spend one month at The Corning Museum Studio and two–six months in Kohler Co.’s Foundry or Pottery.  Added 12/4/15
    DEADLINE: April 1, 2016
    RESIDENCY
  • The VCCA 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. All of this, far from the distractions and disruptions of everyday life in quiet, spacious, light filled studios. VCCA exists to support the creative work of the world’s best artists. Residential fellowships at the Mt. San Angelo facility in Virginia are the core of our program. Added 1/29/16
    DEADLINE: May 15, 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

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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