Artist Opportunities

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The North Carolina Arts Council is pleased to share all current opportunities for artists that have been submitted to us. This list is updated on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Please contact the organization listed if you have any questions.

If you would like us to include your artists opportunity please submit it here. If you would like to subscribe to our Artist Opportunities or ArtMatters Newsletter, please sign up here.

Artist working and living in North Carolina are encouraged to take a look at our Regional Artist Project Grant programs for more listings of opportunities offered every fiscal year.

Our opportunities list is divided into the following categories: Craft, Film, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary, Organizations, Performing Arts, Professional Development, Public Arts, Residencies, Stores, Sales & Shows, and Visual Arts. Click on the DEADLINE heading to sort the opportunities by due date.

Category Organization Deadline
Craft ClaymakersDurham

Apply to be a new exhibitor at Claymakers; rolling application.
Craft Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ emergency relief assistance includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment. Protector Online - The Artist’s Guides to Emergencies
Craft Northern Clay CenterMinneapolis, MN

Northern Clay Center continually solicits guest curators and exhibition opportunities for the Emily Galusha Gallery.
Film Lumbee Film FestivalWilmington

The 2nd annual Lumbee Film Festival takes place May 2019 in Pembroke, NC. The festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Film North Carolina Museum of HistoryRaleigh, NC

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is officially accepting entries for the fifth annual Longleaf Film Festival. Cash and non-cash awards.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Film Surfalorous Film FestivalNags Head

Accepting submissions for the 8th annual Surfalorus Film Festival. The Festival takes place September 19-21, 2019 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This three-day celebration showcases the year's best surf films, supporting the work of award winning veterans to first-time filmmakers. Surfalorus is presented by Cucalorus and the Dare County Arts Council.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Film The Fledgling Fund

Grant support, outreach, and engagement for social issues documentary film and other storytelling projects. Rolling deadline.
Film Working FilmsWilmington

Apply for an Impact Kickstart. This award recognizes films by underrepresented artists whose documentaries hold the potential to make an impact for social or environmental justice.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Literary Arts American Journal of Poetry

Seeking poetry submissions for online poetry journal. Publication.
Literary Arts Bull City PressDurham, NC

The literary journal Inch is looking for flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts CRAFT

Seeking flash fiction and original short fiction for their online publication. Payment. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Darkhouse Books

Call for Submissions A Murder of Crows—cozy to cozy-noir crime stories, set in any time, from dinosaurs to the present, using the collective names of groups of animals which includes mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, and insects.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Literary Arts Doris Betts Fiction Prize North Carolina

The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina. The winner receives $250 and publication in North Carolina Literary Review.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Literary Arts Franklin County Writers' GuildLouisburg

The Franklin County Writers’ Guild is hosting a new, one-time only fiction contest. Short stories or novel chapter not to exceed 3,000 words. Cash awards and publication.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Literary Arts Frontier Poetry

A new online poetry journal seeking new poets. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Gibson House PressChicago, Ill.

Gibson House Press seeks fiction manuscripts for their Fall 2019-Spring 2020 list.
Literary Arts LitMag

Seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for publication. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Southeastern College Art Conference

Seeking submissions of reviews of exhibitions on view within six months of submission date. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Sunspot Literary JournalHillsborough

Call for multi-genre submissions. Sunspot Literary Journal is a project dedicated to publishing the best new voices in fiction, poetry, and lyric essays. Words speak truth to those in power by drawing on the power of every human being.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Literary Arts Thomas Wolfe Fiction PrizeAsheville

Accepting submissions for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Submit an unpublished fiction manuscript - short story or self-contained novel excerpt - not to exceed 3,000 words. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Final judge: Jill McCorkle. Entry fee, cash awards, and publication.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Literary Arts University of GeorgiaAthens, GA

Accepting multi-genre submissions for The Georgia Review. Application fee, publication.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Literary Arts Urban StagesNew York, NY

Seeking entries for the Emerging Playwright Award. Cash award. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Volney Road Review Youngstown, OH

Accepting submissions for literary review.
Friday, February 1, 2019
Multidisciplinary Its Liquid GroupVenice, Italy

ITSLIQUID GROUP, in collaboration with Venice Events, is pleased to announce the open call for ANIMA MUNDI – ITSLIQUID International Art Festival.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Multidisciplinary Peripheral ARTeriesNew York, NY

Peripheral ARTeries is inviting entries for the competition to find the most interesting emerging worldwide artists in various fine arts disciplines. The contest, on its 10th edition, comes under the sign of collaborative networking and will once again explore and show current trends and tendencies in Contemporary Art. This opportunity is open to all proposed forms of art and media that causes people to reflect on the larger community and a kind of art capable of challenging the viewers’ traditional perspective on art itself. Peripheral ARTeries aims to give the impetus and opportunity to artists to work between the boundaries of Contemporary Art.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Multidisciplinary Raleigh Film and Art FestivalRaleigh

Accepting film and art submissions for the 2019 Raleigh Film and Art Festival. The Raleigh Film & Art Festival is a creative explosion and a wonderful exploration of art, music and film. This all-day event includes amazing parties showcasing painters, tattoo artists, filmmakers, jewelry makers, fashion designers, jazz, blues, R&B, neo-soul, spoken word, and panels/seminars.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Multidisciplinary Roots Artist Registry

Roots Artist Registry is an online registry and directory of visual, performing, and literary artists. Listing fee.
Multidisciplinary She FestivalColumbia, SC

Celebrating Women in the Arts, the She Festival is now accepting applications. Calling all womankind; painters, dancers, musicians, poets, performers and more, regardless of experience or education in any art field.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Multidisciplinary The Schuykill CenterPhiladelphia, PA

The Schuylkill Center’s environmental art department accepts submissions of environmentally themed visual artwork. Entry free. Rolling deadline.
Multidisciplinary Town of Cary

Now accepting applications for exhibitions in early 2019 into 2020.
Friday, February 1, 2019
Organizations Downtown RaleighRaleigh, NC

Seeking applicants to showcase their work in a unique outdoor environment. Rolling deadline.
Organizations NYFANew York, NY

Emerging organizations can apply for fiscal sponsorship through NYFA. Fees. Dealines on June 30, September 30, December 31, and March 31
Performing Arts NC Dance FestivalGreensboro

Accepting submissions for the NC Dance Festival.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Professional Development 1708 GalleryRichmond, VA

Accepting exhibition proposals for gallery space. Honorarium and non-cash awards.
Professional Development Asheville Area Arts CouncilAsheville, NC

Offering one-on-one Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions for artist entrepreneurs.
Professional Development Capacity Interactive

A digital marketing consulting firm for the arts that offers free webinars throughout the year and hosts an annual Digital Marketing Boot Camp for the Arts Conference.
Professional Development Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists

Offering professional development courses through their podcasts, Thriving Artist.
Professional Development Creative Capital

Designed for artists of all disciplines and at all career stages, webinars are taught by successful artists and arts professionals who share practical tips and tools, case studies and as well as personal examples. Fees.
Professional Development CucalorousWilmington

Accepting application for the The Works-in-Progress lab; program supports social justice documentaries by African American filmmakers. Filmmakers explore audience engagement strategies through workshops, consultations, and screenings.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Professional Development Mayland Community College Small Business CenterSpruce Pine, NC

Offering business and marketing courses with some specifically for artists.
Professional Development New England Foundation for the Arts Boston, Mass.

National Dance Project Grant provide funds to approximately 20 artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring that work to their communities.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Professional Development New England Foundation for the Arts Boston, Mass.

National Theater Project Grants provide funds for creation and U.S. touring of artist-led, ensemble, devised projects. Grants are awarded to eight projects annually.
Monday, March 11, 2019
Professional Development North Carolina Arts CouncilRaleigh

Accepting applications for the 2019 Organization Grants. Grant opportunities include: Program Support, Arts in Education, Military and Veteran Healing Arts, Grassroots Arts Program, State Art Resources, Organizational Development, and Statewide Service Organizations.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Professional Development South ArtsAtlanta, GA

The application for the Literary Arts Touring Grants is now open.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Professional Development South ArtsAtlanta, GA

Accepting applications for the Performing Arts Touring Grants. Receive support to present Southern performing artists who reside outside of your state.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Professional Development South ArtsAtlanta, GA

Accepting applications for the Dance Touring Initiative for Southern Companies.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Professional Development Springboard for the Arts

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines.
Professional Development Sunny Art Prize 2019London, U.K.

One of the most inclusive and diverse open submission prizes in London, the Sunny Art Prize offers unique exposure for both emerging and established artists to an audience spanning two continents. Created around the Sunny Art Centre’s unparalleled links between London, Beijing, Guangzhou and Macau, the prize winners will not only enjoy a month-long residency in China, but also the opportunity to exhibit both in our central London gallery and in prestigious galleries in China. Cash prize, residency, exhibition of work, and non-cash prizes.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Professional Development The University of British ColumbiaVancouver, BC (Canada)

Offering online courses and certificate program in cultural planning and development. Fees.
Professional Development VAE RaleighRaleigh

Accepting applications for The Awesome Foundation Grants. The Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Awesome Foundation is a program of VAE Raleigh, with grants being funded with our amazing group of Trustees. Our chapter wants to fund creative ideas that are specific, public, and spark thought in a meaningful way for the Triangle community.
Public Art City of Raleigh ArtsRaleigh

The City of Raleigh is seeking an artist or artist team to develop site-specific public artwork as a part of a road improvement project on Oberlin Road. Project budget.
Monday, February 4, 2019
Public Art Midwest Sculpture Initiative

Ella Sharp Museum will host a solo exhibit featuring 3-5 sculptures, in which the artist will be paid a flat fee.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Public Art Midwest Sculpture InitiativeBlissfield, MI

Call for submissions for 14 outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Stipend.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Public Art Toe River Arts and Town of BurnsvilleBurnsville

The Toe River Arts with the Town of Burnsville desires to hire 3-4 artists to design images that can be adapted for laser cut fabrication for metal traffic signal pole wraps at 3-4 major gateway intersections on Scenic Highway 19E.  The public art opportunities at Burnsville’s three major gateways into downtown were identified in the Burnsville Public Art SmART Vision Plan created by artist Jack Mackie with the community.  The gateways into Burnsville are a part of the NC DOT road widening project along this major corridor.  Funding by the National Endowment of the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council have been secured for this project. 

NOTE: Previous experience producing CAD files or working with laser-cutting is not required to be eligible for this RFQ.  The Town of Burnsville and Toe River Arts welcomes submittals by artists of all mediums.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Public Art Urban ArtMemphis, TN

The free Artist Registry is for artists, designers, and architects interested in pursuing public art projects.
Residencies ALTOFEST 2019 Naples, Italy

Accepting applications for AltoFest 2019.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Residencies AzuleAsheville, NC

Azule has a residency program for performers, writers, architects, builders, musicians, and artists of all types. Fees. Quarterly deadlines on March 1, May 15, August 15, and November 1.
Residencies Brickscape Artist Residency & ExhibitionCharleston, WV

Brickscape is an artist residency and exhibition that celebrates the history & culture of Charleston, WV by inviting local and national artists to create immersive installation art in underutilized historical spaces. The residency takes place from May 5th to June 15th with the exhibition opening from June 15th to July 14th. Free housing and $700 stipend upon acceptance. Entry fee.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Residencies Carolina Performing ArtsChapel Hill

The Commons is a new initiative devoted to supporting performing artists and fostering local creative community and discourse in and around the Triangle. Supported by Carolina Performing Arts, this inaugural program offers a four-week residency, billing in a public festival at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, and critical feedback for the three selected locally-based artists whose applications most keenly demonstrate that their intended performance is pressing for this time, place, and community. The Commons is accepting applications for this residency.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Residencies Lower East Side PrintshopNew York, NY

Lower East Side Printshop, NYC, invites emerging artists to a free, year-long, studio residency.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Residencies STARworks Clay StudioStar, NC

The STARworks Clay Studio is accepting applications for residency positions of one to six months duration.  The residency allows artists the opportunity to expand studio practices, and experiment with a stipend of STARworks manufactured local clay and work with visiting artists and the opportunity to become connected with nearby Seagrove, NC potters.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Residencies The BascomHighlands, NC

Emerging artists are invited to apply for The Bascom’s Residency and Internship Programs with focuses on ceramics, education, community, and 2D and 3D artists.
Residencies The Skopelos Foundation for the ArtsGreece

Seeking applications for 2018 residencies. Rolling deadlines.
Residencies Vermont Studio CenterJohnson, VT

Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artists Fund exists to assist visual artists and writers displaced due to natural disasters, climate change, or political turmoil or threat by providing residencies in a safe and supportive community of creative peers. Rolling deadline.
Residencies Weymouth Center for the Arts and HumanitiesSouthern Pines, NC

Seeking entries for their Writers-in-Residence program for N.C. natives, current residents, or those with significant ties to the state. Rolling deadlines.
Residencies Women’s Studio WorkshopRosendale, NY

Offering various residencies and internships in printmaking, book arts, ceramics, and photography.
Stores, Sales & Shows Art4aPurposeMorganton

Accepting submissions for the 2019 Community Strong Talent Show; show celebrates all of arts including: visual, performing, culinary, and creative writing. Event will take place June 11, 2019. Cash awards.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Stores, Sales & Shows ArtsplosureRaleigh

Each fall, Artsplosure issues a “call for artists” interested in exhibiting and selling at its namesake festival held each year on the third weekend in May. All work displayed or offered for sale must be the artist’s own creation. Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival will be on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 2019.
Friday, February 1, 2019
Stores, Sales & Shows Craven Arts Council & GalleryNew Bern

Craven Arts Council and Gallery is seeking potters for their 2019 Eastern Carolina Pottery Festival in historic New Bern, North Carolina. Each potter receives a 10x10 booth space for $125 and retains all sales.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Stores, Sales & Shows Durham Arts CouncilDurham

The Durham Arts Council’s annual Call for Artists is now open. Visual artists are invited to apply for an exhibit in our Allenton or Semans Galleries for a 6-8 week period. Exhibition opportunities are also available at the Durham Convention Center for 6 month periods.  The fee to apply is $15; applications are due no later than January 31, 2019 for a chance at an exhibit between July 2019-July 2020.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Stores, Sales & Shows Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the ArtsJacksonville

The Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts invites artists to submit works to our 2019 Spring Competitive Show. This year's theme is Fables, Folklore, and Fairy Tales. All entrants will be able to submit up to 3 family-friendly pieces inspired by a fable, folklore, and/or fairy tale of their choice. Entry fee and cash awards.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Stores, Sales & Shows Startup Art Fair LLCSan Francisco, CA

stARTup SF runs April 26-28, 2019 at the Hotel Del Sol and takes place at the same time as SF Art Market SF gallery fair at nearby Fort Mason. Participating artists will have a fantastic opportunity to expose new work to a myriad of collectors, curators, gallery owners, and art consultants who will be coming to the city for a weekend of contemporary art. stARTup’s mission is to provide a marketplace for artists to present and sell work on their own terms. All sales proceeds belong 100% to the artists.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Visual Arts 34th Chelsea International Fine Art CompetitionChelsea, NY

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an ideal way to gain valuable exposure for your artwork and exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $70,000 in valuable prizes, the 2019 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an event not to be missed.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Visual Arts Artfully Reimagined

ReimagineIt Grants are unconditional, non-matching awards made directly to individual artists to help launch or support careers in the inspiring world of repurposed art. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts Caldwell Arts CouncilLenoir

The Caldwell Arts Council is accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for possible exhibitions in 2020 at our Caldwell Arts Council gallery.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Visual Arts Cary Gallery of ArtistsCary

The Eleventh Annual Small Treasures Juried Exhibit features small works of art by North Carolina artists.  The Cary Gallery of Artists holds this show each year as a showcase for local artists, with an accomplished North Carolina artist jurying the show each year.
Friday, March 8, 2019
Visual Arts Durham Art GuildDurham

Art@Work is a newer DAG program designed to connect local artists to local businesses. The primary goal being to sell (or lease) local art to local businesses to be displayed in their corporate offices and private or public buildings. Membership fee and non-cash awards.
Visual Arts Durham County LibraryDurham

Calling all artists (photographers, quilters, sculptors, new media and digital artists, etc.). Have your work exhibited at Durham County Library.
Visual Arts Emerge Gallery & Art CenterGreenville

The Downeast National Juried Sculpture Exhibition is located in Pitt County, North Carolina. The Exhibition has two components: a month long indoor exhibition and a year long outdoor exhibition. The Downeast Outdoor Sculpture exhibition is a joint exhibition among Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, ECU Students Activities Board, City of Greenville, Town of Winterville, Town of Farmville, Wahl-Coates School of the Arts, and the Greenville Museum of Art. Entry fee, cash awards.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Visual Arts GreenHillGreensboro, NC

Seeking North Carolina artists for potential opportunities.
Visual Arts Hillsborough Arts CouncilHillsborough

Accepting submissions for the annual juried show, "Art in the Heart".
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Visual Arts Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the ArtsJacksonville

The Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts invites African American artists to enter up to three family-friendly works of art in any medium to be shown during our annual African American Heritage Show. We are asking for original works reflecting both contemporary and historical views of African American culture from the artists’ own perspectives and/or lived experiences. There is no entry fee for this show.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Visual Arts Joan Mitchell Foundation

Provides emergency support to artists working in painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community.
Visual Arts Maria V. Howard Art CenterRocky Mount

The Maria V. Howard Arts Center’s National Juried Art show is an annual event going 62 years strong. With four cash awards offered and an additional $1,500 acquisition awarded to first place, competition brings a wide array of exciting original talents and pieces from all over the country.
Friday, February 22, 2019
Visual Arts Midwest Sculpture InitiativeBlissfield, MI

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative is proud to be organizing 15 outdoor sculpture exhibits for 2019-20. Call for Entries for 2019-20, it is the biggest yet, with exciting venues to exhibit your work!!
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Visual Arts Murze International

Call for artists. Entry fee, publication, and cash awards.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Visual Arts Murze International

Call for submissions; international photography show. Entry fee, publication.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Visual Arts Perkins+WillDurham

Call for emerging and professional artists to display their work; artists should be residents of Durham County and have a connection to the community. Details.

Friday, February 15, 2019
Visual Arts PMS ArtworkLos Angeles, Calif.

Acceptings submissions for exhibition based on the theme "Abstract". Cash and non-cash awards.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Visual Arts Springfield Art MuseumSpringfield, MO

Watercolor USA 2019 58th Annual Juried Exhibition accepting submissions for watermedia.  Cash award.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Visual Arts STARworks Clay StudioStar, NC

The STARworks Clay Studio is accepting applications for residency positions of one to six months duration.  The residency allows artists the opportunity to expand studio practices, and experiment with a stipend of STARworks manufactured local clay and work with visiting artists and the opportunity to become connected with nearby Seagrove, NC potters. Two deadlines: February 8, 2019 + September 30, 2019.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Visual Arts Sunspot Literary JournalHillsborough

Sunspot Literary Journal needs a logo that can be used on the digital and print editions as well as the website. Submit your best idea for a logo that fits with our mission: Hearing Every Voice, Changing the World Through Words.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Visual Arts The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Provides interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.