Artist Opportunities

Volis Simpson Wirlygig

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 Art, Residencies, Stores, Sales & Shows, and Visual Arts. Click on the DEADLINE heading to sort the opportunities by due date.
Opportunities provided by the NC Public Art Network will be designated by an asterisk (*) in the Public Art category.

Category Organization Deadline
Craft Apprenticeship with Brooks Design GroupOak Ridge

Apprentice with an internationally experienced designer for a hands-on, 8 week course in bag design and samplemaking. A chance to learn one-on-one from a retired leather craftsman with a history of designing for premium brands such as Coach, Shinola, and hartmann Luggage.


Monday, June 1, 2020
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.

WebsiteStudio 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 Bull City International Film Festival and Screenplay CompetitionDurham

The Bull City International Film Festival is open internationally to all filmmakers and screenwriters who understand that film is much more than expensive equipment and sets with impractical budgets. We are seeking films and scripts with character driven plots. Insightful stories relying on human expression more than special effects.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Film CucalorusWilmington

Cucalorus Film is open for submissions! We’re looking for original works, world premieres, secret videos, and amazing love bombs!!! Creative crowd surfing encouraged.

Film Impact Kickstart call for submissions

For a documentary film to make a difference, a solid strategy for audience engagement and strong partnerships are key. Filmmakers often lack time to do this work themselves or the expertise and the funds to pay for it. Emerging artists, creators of color, and other underrepresented filmmakers can face the biggest hurdles, despite the potential of their projects. Working Films’ response to this challenge is Impact Kickstart, a program offering in-kind strategy development to underrepresented documentary makers with feature films in progress that hold great promise to catalyze action to address critical social and environmental issues.

Friday, February 7, 2020
Film Race Flicks accepting submissions

Working Films is teaming up with Race Forward to present Race Flicks, a micro-film festival and track of Facing Race: A National Conference, being held in Raleigh, NC November 12 - 14, 2020. Race Flicks focuses on showcasing the best films focused on racial justice and the strategies for using them to resource activists, organizers, nonprofits, and other leaders. The 2020 program will have a special focus on stories about the U.S. South told by makers who live in the region.

Friday, February 21, 2020
Film Sixth Annual Longleaf Film FestivalRaleigh, NC

Longleaf Film Festival, a program of the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh, is officially accepting entries for the sixth annual Longleaf Film Festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, 2020. For 2020, Longleaf Film Festival is thrilled to announce its partnership with Come Hear North Carolina, which is Presenting Sponsor for this year’s event. @ComeHearNC—a yearlong initiative between the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council—celebrates the rich legacy of North Carolinians’ groundbreaking contributions to American music while also recognizing the contemporary artists who continue this tradition of making innovative music.

To be eligible for selection in Longleaf 2020, filmmakers and/or films must have a North Carolina connection and/or be one of Longleaf’s former Official Selection filmmakers. Submission information is available at

Longleaf Film FestivalNC Museum of HistoryCome Hear North Carolina@ComeHearNC
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Film The Fledgling Fund

Grant support, outreach, and engagement for social issues documentary film and other storytelling projects. Rolling deadline.
Grants / Fellowships Jazz Road Tours Grant Applications

South Arts is now accepting applications for Jazz Road Tours, a national program offering grants of up to $15,000 to support tours by emerging and mid-career jazz artists. Artists can apply for funds to build tours that include three to six sites, with an emphasis on reaching rural, isolated, and underserved communities in combination with dates at more traditional venues. These awards will support tours taking place between August 15, 2020 and August 14, 2021. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Grants / Fellowships Materials-Based Research GrantAsheville

The Materials-Based Research Grant encourages mutually-beneficial collaboration between craft and the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Sunday, March 1, 2020
Literary Arts Baldwin at Home: A Call to Writers

For a new blog series celebrating the life of James Baldwin in Saint-Paul de Vence, we are soliciting submissions of articles, book excerpts and personal essays that address the elder Baldwin, from the years 1970 to 1987.
Literary Arts American Journal of Poetry

Seeking poetry submissions for online poetry journal. Publication.
Literary Arts Bear Review accepting work

Bear Review is a biannual journal of poetry, art and micro prose based in Kansas City. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Turnaround time is fast. All published writing is automatically considered for an annual editor's prize which includes an honorarium and interview. The first editor's prize will be judged this fall and will consider work from this issue and the fall issue. Submit up to five original, previously unpublished poems or micro prose pieces (fiction or nonfiction, 500 words or fewer). Rolling deadline.

Literary Arts Black Mountain Press "Her Words"Asheville

“Her Words” is a collection of poetry and short-stories for, by, and about women. The collection provides a feminine touch on the literary world and gives women the opportunity to receive recognition for who they are and for the words they have written. Send your two best pieces for publication consideration to our new quarterly literary magazine, "HerWords. Selected writers of each issue will receive two copies as payment.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Literary Arts Blue Ridge Motorcycling Magazine

Blue Ridge Motorcycling Magazine features personality profiles of interesting, attractive and successful riders in the Blue Ridge region, rides to interesting or historic places in the Blue Ridge, and business profiles/reviews of restaurants, breweries or wineries. Articles should be 1,200 to 2,500 words in length. Rolling deadline.

Literary Arts Boulevard accepting submissions

Boulevard strives to publish only the finest in fiction and nonfiction (up to 8,000 words) and poetry (up to 200 lines). While we frequently publish writers with previous credits, we are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard. Paying market.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Literary Arts Bull City PressDurham, NC

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

Literary Arts Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Call for Artists

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is looking for original artwork for its 15th annual event, Sept. 10-12, 2020, in Burnsville, NC. The artwork will serve as the image/logo for the festival in all promotional materials. Artists of all ages may create and submit a high-resolution photograph of a painting, drawing, photograph, collage, sculpture or computer-generated original piece. The art must be attention grabbing and fit this year's theme: Connections — stories of family, community, history and the land.

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Literary Arts CRAFT

Seeking flash fiction and original short fiction for their online publication. Payment. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts CWC Poetry ContestCharlotte

Poetry contest open to all CWC members and to non-member residents of the North and South Carolina. Contest is for poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded. Sponsored by the Charlotte Writers' Club.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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 Hamline Lit

Hamline Lit Link intends to connect current and past students within, or interested in, the realm of the English major. We are constantly looking for submissions of various types of writing. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Hermit Feathers Press accepting poetry manuscripts

Hermit Feathers Press accepts full-length poetry manuscripts on an ongoing basis. Manuscripts should be introduced via query. Rolling deadline.

Literary Arts Linden Avenue Literary Journal accepting submissions

Linden Avenue Literary Journal publishes poetry, short fiction,and creative non-fiction which highlights the intersection between art and everyday life. Please be sure to include your social media information, website,  and a brief biography with your submission. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts LitMag

Seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for publication. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Lleju Productions accepting submissions

We are currently accepting micro and low budget projects that will be developed solely by LLeju Productions and Films. We do not finance the projects of other companies, nor do we accept animation, biography, or period pieces. LLeju Productions and Films believe that there are many talented individuals who are creating quality material that would be suitable for the production of motion pictures. Therefore, we strive to have an open and inclusive submission policy that does not require you to obtain an agent or a manager. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Name Change: Stories of Transformation and Identity

Writers Amabel Kylee Síorghlas and Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke are creating and publishing an anthology: Name Change: Stories of Identity & Transformation. We seek original creative nonfiction essays, poems, and B&W Images/Art about the decision to change one's given name—first, middle, or last name (or all three)—as well as the outcome of implementing the change, especially the social, societal, and identity shifts related to that decision. We seek diverse voices to share poignant stories of choosing a new name in order to better suit personality or life purpose, to fully inhabit gender or sexual identity, to assimilate into a new culture, as a rite of passage and personal growth, for spiritual purposes, for activist reasons, or for love and marriage, and the list goes on. The reasons for choosing a new name are vast and deep, wrought with intense introspection, leading to significant personal transformation.

Friday, January 31, 2020
Literary Arts Southeastern College Art Conference

Seeking submissions of reviews of exhibitions on view within six months of submission date. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Teach. Write. Submissions

Teach. Write. is a biannual online publication of the blog Hey, Mrs. Winkler: Musings and Mutterings About Higher Education in the South. Teach. Write. was created to provide a place for composition teachers to submit their work; however, submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry are open to all.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Literary Arts The Centifictionist accepting submissions

The Centifictionist is an online literary magazine that publishes powerful, compelling, and memorable international microfiction in 100 words or less. The Centifictionist publishes two online issues per year, a Spring/Summer issue and a Fall/Winter issue. All issues of The Centifictionist will include thirty pieces of microfiction in each issue, with each individual piece being 100 words or less. Rolling deadline.

Literary Arts The Dark Sire accepting submissions

The Dark Sire, a quarterly literary magazine available in digital and print formats, is accepting on-going submissions of short fiction, poetry, and art in the genres of gothic, horror, fantasy, and psychological. Special interest is in darker tones and themes of the representated genres, as well as in abstract art. LGBTQ+ and international works welcome. All submissions must be in English. Short Fiction: up to 5,000 words. Poetry: up to 2 pages in length. Rolling deadline.

Literary Arts Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Submit up to 3,000 words of an unpublished fiction manuscript - short story or self-contained novel excerpt. The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Final judge: Randall Kenan. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Literary Arts Tin Can Literary Review

Haunted Waters Press now seeking submissions for consideration in Tin Can Literary Review—our upcoming fiction anthology celebrating the works of new, emerging, and seasoned authors. We seek stories told in as little as 500 words and as many as 12,000. Contributors to be paid $250 per published story. 

Monday, August 31, 2020
Literary Arts Urban StagesNew York, NY

Seeking entries for the Emerging Playwright Award. Cash award. Rolling deadline.
Multidisciplinary Art Room Gallery Online Art Competition

Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 3rd “Open” Online Art Competition for the month of January 2020. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. There is no theme in this competition. All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art. All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate.


Monday, February 10, 2020
Multidisciplinary De Aqui y De Alla Request for ProposalsRaleigh

VAE is requesting proposals from artists and creatives who have artwork, programming, exhibition ideas, and event ideas that compliment one of our major 2020 projects: De aqui y de alla (of here and there) which highlights the creative contributions of Latinx artists.

Monday, February 10, 2020
Multidisciplinary Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors. Rolling deadline.
Multidisciplinary Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program

This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Rolling deadline.
Multidisciplinary Innovate GrantWilmington, DE

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for Winter 2019. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Multidisciplinary Midwest Sculpture Initiative call for entriesBlissfield, MI

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative is proud to be organizing a total of 15 outdoor sculpture exhibits for the 2020-2021 exhibition year. The “Spring Series” will host 10 exhibits, with the “Fall Series” hosting 5. Both the Ella Sharp Museum and the City of Port Huron have moved their exhibits to the “Fall Series” and will feature solo exhibits. The Call for Entries for the Fall Series will be released July of 2020. Attached you will find the Midwest Sculpture Initiative's Call for Entries for the 2020-2021 “Spring Series”. All exhibits offer a stipend of $850 per sculpture.

Friday, February 28, 2020
Multidisciplinary Rooted in Rights Blog Idea Submissions

The Rooted in Rights Blog is a platform dedicated to amplifying the authentic perspectives of disabled writers. We invite you to pitch us, because your words have power, and we want to help you share them. Please read the details before submitting your pitch using the form at the bottom of the page. Rolling deadline.
Multidisciplinary Roots Artist Registry

Roots Artist Registry is an online registry and directory of visual, performing, and literary artists. Listing fee.
Multidisciplinary The Art of Monteque: IlluminationLos Angeles, CA

llumination is a three day event celebrating the arts, life and community with music, visual arts, dance, poetry, and performances bringing together the community and the arts in celebration of life, unity and equality.For artist who would like to participate there are still openings for visual artists, poets and photographers. artists who would like to participate there is a $40.00 submission fee and we ask artists who have been selected to participate to donate a piece of artwork.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Multidisciplinary The Awesome Foundation grants

Awesome Disability is a chapter of the Awesome Foundation, a global micro-granting community. How it works - Every month, people with awesome ideas submit a grant application. The winner is given $1000, no strings attached. Submit your application by July 15 to be considered for November's grant. Ongoing, rolling deadline.
Multidisciplinary The Lab/The Cube Request for Exhibition ProposalsRaleigh

VAE is requesting exhibition proposals for two of our most competitive exhibition programs. The Lab and Cube galleries offer exhibit opportunities to solo artists, artist teams, and curators creating experimental, installation-based, and collaborative works.

Monday, May 18, 2020
Multidisciplinary The Schuykill CenterPhiladelphia, PA

The Schuylkill Center’s environmental art department accepts submissions of environmentally themed visual artwork. Entry free. Rolling deadline.
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 5-Minute Plays

Cone Man Running Productions is announcing open submissions for the fifth iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform at Cone Man Running’s space at Spring Street Studios in Houston, Texas. The show will run from May 28-June 13, 2019. We are asking for 5-minute plays/monologues!

Friday, January 31, 2020
Performing Arts International 10-Minute Plays

Call for 10-minute comic play by female and female identifying playwrights. Between twelve and fifteen 10-minute plays are selected by an international jury and presented as readings in New York on April 6, 2020. The best three to five plays receive a semi-staged presentation during the Opening Night of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY on April 27, 2020. Languages admitted: Italian, English, Spanish, Turkish, French, Portuguese, Polish and Greek.

Monday, February 10, 2020
Professional Development 1708 GalleryRichmond, VA

Accepting exhibition proposals for gallery space. Honorarium and non-cash awards.
Professional Development 2020 Filmed in NC FundWilmington

The Filmed in NC Fund supports emerging and established artists with a proven record for producing singular and original work, exhibiting potential for meaningful community impact and generating substantial economic activity in North Carolina. Projects at various stages of production (existing and new projects) are eligible to apply. The program supports narrative, documentary, and experimental films. The program prioritizes funding for female, African American, and Latinx filmmakers. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Professional Development 33rd Annual NC Potters ConferenceSeagrove

33rd Annual NC Potters Conference hosted by the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC Dates: March 5-8th, 2020. The NC Potters conference is centered around two-days of demonstrating artists in addition to multiple speakers to instill this year’s theme, which is The Similarities in our Differences.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Professional Development Allied Media Project

Resource: Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world. Serving a network of media makers, artists, educators, and technologists working for social justice, AMP holds an annual conference and supports individual artists by offering fiscal sponsorship and financial management.

Professional Development Archival Storytelling Strategy for Artists Online Workshop

This workshop will help you leverage the full value of your creative content by creating a strategy to reimagine it for new audiences. Do you have archival content that you want to interpret, contextualize, and give new meaning to through a book, video, live performance, or other format? In this interactive workshop, Grammy Award-nominated producer and archival storyteller Jocelyn Arem uses a dynamic style to teach participants how to engage archival content with their own unique creative perspectives. Participants receive a hands-on practicum in creating an archival storytelling project plan that will help them improve their creative presence.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Professional Development Art Law for Artists Online Workshop

In this three-part online workshop series, Benjamin Kerr of Kerr Law Firm will explore the most common law questions artists should know. Kerr will discuss basic principles and provide an overview of contract law, negotiations, business entity formation, and fundamental terms and enforcement with an emphasis on practical applications for artists in the real world. The workshop is appropriate for individual artists working in any genre and at any point in their careers.

Topics include:

  • Copyright & Copyright Registration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
  • Contracts
  • Business Entity Formation
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Professional Development Art Table

Resource: Founded in 1980, Art Table is a national non-profit organization of over 1,200 women who are leaders in the visual arts. Members expand their circle of colleagues, gain special access to art world events, and grow through professional development and mentorship opportunities. Awards recognize innovative women leaders across the country and identify emerging leaders in the field.

Professional Development Arts + Public Life

Resource: Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, builds creative connections on Chicago's South Side through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events.

Professional Development Arts Matter Workshop SeriesResearch Triangle Park

Triangle Community Foundation has partnered with ARTS Action Research to bring a series of workshops to the Triangle designed specifically to help nonprofit arts organizations with planning, resource development, knowledge building, and assessment to further their artistic missions.
Professional Development Asheville Area Arts CouncilAsheville, NC

Offering one-on-one Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions for artist entrepreneurs.
Professional Development Building Community for a Sustainable Creative Life Online Workshop

In this four-part online workshop series on building a sustainable career and creative life, artist Sharon Louden will focus on leveraging artists’ inherent creativity, thinking outside the box about creating opportunities, and building relationships. Louden will review relevant information and examples of artists building communities that help empower those willing to put in the work to turn generosity into opportunities.

Content will include:

  • Honing communication skills
  • Methodologies to follow when a new opportunity is identified
  • Approaching arts professionals without a referral
  • Best practices for building a community of artists
  • Meeting the needs and wants of artists
Monday, March 16, 2020
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 Craft Your Commerce: 2020 Spring Workshop SeriesAsheville

The theme for the 2020 Spring Workshop Series is “Financials & Operations for Makers”. Though some may view the topic of financials and operations as “serious business,” these workshops are designed to be accessible, informative and engaging for artists and makers, even at the earliest stages of business development.

The CYC Spring Workshop Series will feature the following:

1. A networking event to kick off the series
2. 3 separate workshops on preparing for the upcoming tax season, positioning your business to scale and how to work with buyers
3. The series will then conclude with Alpine for Makers, an intensive 5-week course for existing businesses facilitated within a cohort learning environment

Professional Development Creative Capital

Resource: Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. Its venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices.

Professional Development Financial Literacy for Artists Online Workshop

Empower yourself to make good financial decisions in 2020!

Designed and led by Creative Capital Awardee Amy Smith, a working artist with expertise in bookkeeping, budgeting, tax preparation, and financial management, this workshop is designed to better your money management skills and raise your financial literacy. Smith will provide an overview of essentials including terms, current economic conditions, valuing time, negotiating pay, expense tracking and taxes, budgeting, saving/retirement, credit, and debt management. She will also discuss alternative forms of financial management, including systems for resource sharing, collective thinking, and financial self-determination.

The workshop is appropriate for individual artists working in any genre and at any point in their careers.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Professional Development Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors. Rolling deadline.

Professional Development Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program

This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Rolling deadline.

Professional Development Grantwriting for Artists Online Workshop Series

This workshop, led by filmmaker Tracie Holder, is open to artists working across all disciplines who have a project in development and are ready to start the grant application process. Over four weeks, you will gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities and develop a solid road map to begin the process. We’ll review the specific components of a proposal, how to convey ideas visually, and strike a balance between the big broad brushstroke ideas and small details that make your project come alive on the page. We’ll also cover the most common mistakes made when writing grant fundraising proposals and how to avoid them. A central goal of the workshop is to gain an understanding of how to incorporate fundraising and proposal writing into your artistic practice so that it becomes an organic step in moving your current and future projects forward.

Monday, February 10, 2020
Professional Development Knight Foundation

Resource: Knight Foundation works with partners who create or present art that engages, educates and delights residents in ways that reflect the rich diversity and identity of each community. The foundation endeavors to make art integral to communities by funding anchor institutions seeking wider audiences and by supporting grassroots initiatives of individual artists and organizations.

Professional Development Locust Projects

Resource: Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.

Professional Development Loveland CreatorSpace

Resource: The Loveland CreatorSpace is a non-profit, members-funded and -operated, cooperative “makerspace” for engineers, artists, musicians and tinkerers of all kinds. Like a traditional “hackerspace”, the primary
objective of LCS is to provide a community-driven work shop that offers its members access to tools, machinery and classes to help promote creative engineering in Loveland and Northern Colorado.

Professional Development Mayland Community College Small Business CenterSpruce Pine, NC

Offering business and marketing courses with some specifically for artists.
Professional Development National Art Strategies

Resource: National Arts Strategies (NAS) supports individuals, organizations, and the field to help realize the full potential of creatives in a time when that potential is most needed as a means of self-expression, to promote equity, inclusion and help support a more civil society. NAS develops market-leading education services for individuals who play a variety of roles in the arts and culture ecosystem: artists, cultural entrepreneurs, board members, staff members and executives.

Professional Development Patreon

Resource: Patreon is a membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or patrons. Popular among YouTube videographers, web comic artists, writers, podcasters, musicians, and other categories of creators who post regularly online, it allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or patrons, on a recurring basis or per work of art.

Professional Development Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grant

As we advance Southern vitality through the arts, South Arts offers a limited number of Professional Development and Artistic Planning grants to nonprofit performing, visual, media/film, multidisciplinary and literary arts presenting organizations in our nine-state region with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding up to $1,000 is available to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters/programmers/curators, strengthen program design, and increase organizational capacity. For the purposes of these guidelines, “presenters” are defined as organizations that present or host guest artists for engagements in their communities. These grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. A dollar-for-dollar cash match is a requirement. Rolling deadline.

Professional Development Rhizome Microgrant Program

The microgrant program awards $500–$1,500 to proposals with a compelling vision for net art, which considers political radicalization and the internet. Rolling deadline.

Professional Development School of Making Thinking

Resource: The School of Making Thinking is an artist-thinker residency program, experimental college, and nomadic investigation into collaborative practice. Its mission is to create a unique environment where participants are able to create original work that challenges disciplinary conventions of art-making and thinking.

Professional Development South Arts Express Grants

South Arts’ new Express Grant program is an opportunity for presenting arts organizations in rural Southern communities (with populations of 50,000 or below) to receive fee support to present Southern guest performing or literary artists from outside of the presenter’s state. These quick turnaround grants offer more flexibility for programming that may not fit within South Arts’ annual grantmaking schedule. Touring support is awarded to theater, music, opera, musical theater, dance, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. The maximum request is 50% of the artist fee, up to $2,000. These grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis; so early submission is encouraged. A dollar-for-dollar cash match is a requirement. Rolling deadline.
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 Sustainable Arts Foundation

Resource: The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families whose mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.

Professional Development Teaching Artist Training: Planning Inclusive ResidenciesDurham

Arts Access is partnering with the Durham Arts Council we pilot the Durham Arts Inclusion Project (DAIP). The goal of DAIP is to increase participation by children with disabilities in the full range of cultural arts activities in Durham County, specifically through teaching artist residencies. Training focuses on planning and implementing inclusive residencies and residencies specifically designed for students with disabilities.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Professional Development The Creative Capital Award

The Creative Capital Award is designed to assist artists who are working at the vanguard of their fields, or who have ideas to propel their artistic practices forward. Each selected project receives up to $100,000 in total support: $50,000 in direct funding allocated at key intervals in project development, combined with $50,000 of deep mentorship and advisory services. The application opens on an annual basis every February. There is an online info session on February 12, 2020 from 7-8:30pm. 

DetailsOnline Info Session
Saturday, February 29, 2020
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.
Professional Development WAGE

Resource: Working Artists and the Greater Economy is a New York-based activist organization whose mission is to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract their labor, and to introduce mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy.

Professional Development Women in Photography

Resource: Women in Photography (WIP)is an innovative website that showcases the work of women artists. It focuses on exhibiting work outside of the traditional model of the commercial art world, allowing it to reach a global audience and to provide opportunities at no cost. In 2009 WIP launched the Grant & Mentor Program which awards funds and materials to support women artists.

Professional Development Writers and Books

Resource: Writers & Books is a literary center in Rochester, N.Y. that fosters and promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities. Programs include: writing classes and workshops; outreach programs; readings and talks by visiting and regional writers; residency programs at our rural retreat center; an annual Regional Playwriting Competition; internships; and other programs.

Public Art Facade for Downtown Affordable HousingDurham

DHIC, Inc. and Self-Help, in collaboration with the City of Durham and Downtown Durham, Inc., seek artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, and install permanent, public artwork on the facade of Willard Street Apartments, a new, affordable housing community. The total budget is not to exceed $30,000.

Click here for details and RFQ.
Friday, January 31, 2020
Public Art Higgins GreenwayCary

The Town of Cary desires to integrate public art into the Phase III new segment of Higgins Greenway that extends from Union Street to Kildaire Farm Road and incorporates the historic Hillcrest Cemetery built in 1840. This RFQ announces a call to artists to focus attention along the Higgins Greenway of the historic cemetery by transforming the visual experience while honoring this cemetery in Cary’s history. The following opportunities include gates and entry features at entry and exit segments of the cemetery, seating, and special paving treatment of the greenway. The initial budget is $46,400. 

Click here for details and RFQ.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Public Art Midwest Sculpture Initiative's Spring SeriesMichigan

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative is organizing a total of ­­­­­15 outdoor sculpture exhibits for the 2020-2021 exhibition year. The “Spring Series” will host 11 exhibits, each offering a stipend of $850 per sculpture. All exhibits begin approximately May 1st, 2020 and conclude April 15th, 2021.

Click here for details and RFQ.
Friday, February 28, 2020
Public Art Rosen Outdoor Sculpture CompetitionBoone

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC is accepting submissions for the juried 34th annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition 2020-2021 which is part of its annual summer arts celebration, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Ten sculptures will be selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place.

Friday, February 28, 2020
Residencies ACRE ResidencyChicago, IL

ACRE 2020 Summer Residency Applications Open Now Through March 7

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Residencies Black Mountain Press writer/artist in residence programAsheville

The Black Mountain Press is pleased to announce its new writer/artist in residence program. The residence takes place in our previous location which was a converted child care center. There is plenty of room to stretch out in this house with large fenced yard, minutes away from hiking trails, trout streams, & biking trails!
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Residencies Brickscape ResidencyCharleston, WV

Brickscape is a five-week residency program that culminates in a public exhibition. Artists are selected each year to create temporary, site-specific installation art in a vacant historical space in downtown Charleston, WV, with a different location chosen each year. At the end of the residency, the space will open to the public and the completed installation art will be on display as part of a two-week, city-wide festival.


Saturday, February 29, 2020
Residencies BRICLab Performance ResidencyBrooklyn, NY

This is a commissioning and residency development program for New York City-based performing artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance. The program supports artists with stipends, mentoring, and space to develop works-in-progress.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Residencies Farm Studio India ResidencySirohi, Rajasthan

Farm Studio International Artist Residency’s aim is to provide a rural, community-based open platform where creativity can unfold. Residents stay and create in a unique atmosphere and an entirely new environment where they can develop their artwork free from accustomed distractions. Relationships form between the artists coming from different geographical locations and varied social, religious and cultural backgrounds. Here, collaborations and experimentation are encouraged.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Residencies McColl Artist in Residency, Fall 2020Charlotte

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. We invite artists to take risks in their processes and explore their ideas within the context of Charlotte. Fall 2020 Artist-in-residence (in partnership with UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture) Residency Dates: September 8 – December 8, 2020 (13 weeks) Application Deadline: January 30, 2020 Application Fee: $35 nonrefundable


Thursday, January 30, 2020
Residencies NOW Open Studio ResidencyNairobi, Kenya

NOW open studio in partnership with House of Friends, Kenya presents an artist residency opportunity in Nairobi, Kenya; Africa launched in 2019.

Sunday, March 15, 2020
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 Crows Nest Artist ResidenciesMarshall

The Crow's Nest artist farm is located on 40 acres of beautiful pasture and woodlands nestled in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains. The private artist residency space is located in a renovated loom house and fiber arts studio. And is complete with it's own kitchenette, composting toilet bathroom, propane wall heater, upstairs bedroom, and a spectacular view.

Friday, January 1, 2021
Residencies The Skopelos Foundation for the ArtsGreece

Seeking applications for 2018 residencies. Rolling deadlines.
Residencies Universal Access Artist ResidencyRaleigh

In 2020, Artspace will select one artist who identifies as having a disability to participate in a 4-6 week residency. Resident artists receive 24-hour access to a private, rent-free studio. The Residency concludes with a one-month solo exhibition at Artspace. Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs will work with the resident to plan and execute the exhibition.

Friday, February 14, 2020
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 Art Therapy Institute 2nd Friday ArtWalk: call for artistsCarrboro

The Art Therapy Institute hosts 2nd Friday ArtWalks monthly! Throughout the year, we showcase our clinical programs, individual clients and community-based artists. Artists from marginalized backgrounds are especially encouraged. We welcome submissions from any and all artists. Current priority is to secure artists for August and September 2019! Rolling deadline for submission.

Stores, Sales & Shows stARTup Art FairSan Francisco, CA

stARTup Art Fair San Francisco is the contemporary art fair designed for artists, by artists. stARTup runs April 24-26, 2020 at the hip and retro Hotel del Sol. Taking place concurrently with the SF Art Market gallery fair, exhibitors will be able to expose their work to myriad collectors, curators, and consultants who will be in SF for a weekend of contemporary art. stARTup artists sell work on their own terms and keep 100% of the proceeds. There are application and exhibitor fees. 

Sunday, February 9, 2020
Stores, Sales & Shows Third Annual Love Graham FestivalGraham

The Love Graham Festival celebrates life, growth, and art in the streets of downtown Graham. We'll be hosting art vendors and exhibitions alongside music, food trucks, and more! Apply to be a vendor!

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Visual Arts 311 Art Gallery showRaleigh

New gallery debuting in April 2020 is seeking both established and new artists for month-long shows. We will curate three to four artists who inspire us with their concept, technique, and expression.

Thursday, December 31, 2020
Visual Arts 311 Gallery "Abstracts Matter"Raleigh

"Abstracts Matter", a National Juried Art Show, is now open for on-line entries. This popular show will be on exhibit in Downtown Raleigh in March 2020. Both 2-D and 3-D art is eligible. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Visual Arts : Love Hurts Special Valentine's Day Exhibition and Juried Competition Hermosa Beach, CA

This call is open to ALL MEDIUMS and artists from ALL LOCATIONS centering around the theme of love, or more specifically "Love Hurts" for this Valentine's Day exhibition. Cutting edge Hermosa Beach gallery is looking for the best working artists to feature in an upcoming group exhibition at ShockBoxx Gallery opening on February 14th, 2020. The top artist submissions will win a Cash Prize and Award Certificate.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Visual Arts Annual Women's Club of Raleigh Art CompetitionRaleigh

The Women's Club of Raleigh will hold their annual Art Festival in January 2020. This year's theme is Life, Liberty and Happiness. This is a juried contest with prizes. Contact Martha Keravouri for more information and to arrange art drop off. 

Friday, January 24, 2020
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 Arts For The FutureSan Francisco, CA

Arts For The Future is inviting students from all over the world to use their talents, imagination, and creativity to create original artwork. Calling Student Artists Group 1 (Age 5 and under) Group 2 (Age 6-9) Group 3 (Age 10-13) Group 4 (Age 14-18) ​ Theme Art & Tech ​ Requirement Participants' artwork must be original.

Friday, May 15, 2020
Visual Arts Cary Gallery of Artists ExhibitionCary

Cary Gallery of Artists Twelfth Annual Small Treasures Juried Exhibition: Small Works of 2D and 3D Art by NC Artists

Sunday, March 1, 2020
Visual Arts COSO20 Call for ArtRaleigh

VAE’s Contemporary South (COSO) exhibit showcases what the regional south is currently thinking, discussing, and making work about. In one of our most popular annual calls, VAE is looking for entries of recent two-dimensional art made by artists currently working in the 11 southern states to be shown at Dock 1053.

Monday, April 6, 2020
Visual Arts Delaplaine Arts Center exhibitionFrederick, MD

The Delaplaine Arts Center introduces Graphic Era, a celebration of the graphic arts by digital design and illustration artists from around the U.S. The juried exhibition will feature a selection of artists who are using illustration to engage larger audiences via social, digital, and print media. Graphic Era introduces visitors to the digital arts and artists who have begun adapting this art form to a new generation and their interests.

Monday, February 17, 2020
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 Arts Council Annual Call for ArtistsDurham

The DAC 2020–2021 Annual Call for Artists is now open! The Durham Arts Council issues an annual call to 2-D visual artists to select work for exhibit in its Allenton and Semans Galleries. The DAC is also searching for artists who create large 2-D works to exhibit in the pre-function corridor of the Durham Convention Center in downtown Durham. Exhibits selected through this Call for Artists will take place between July 2020 and July 2021. Application fee is $15.

Friday, January 31, 2020
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 Durham County Public Library Call for ArtDurham County

The Art Committee reviews applications in early January, April, July and October of each year. You will receive notification on the status of your application by the 15th of the month following the review. The artist is responsible for the exhibit installation and de-installation. Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts Emotive Artworks National ExhibitClinton

This national exhibition aims to showcase the innovation of artists who create work they are passionate about, in a broad range of media and styles. Works which speak to the emotive nature of the visual arts, eliciting a rich internal experience for the viewer. The exhibition will be on display at the Inner Wisdom Emporium’s gallery space from Friday, March 6th through Sunday April 5th, 2020.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Visual Arts Garner Performing Arts CenterGarner

Are you interested in displaying your work at the GPAC? We are always interested in seeing new works and helping artist gain the exposure they deserve! Complete our free online application to get started. Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts GreenHillGreensboro, NC

Seeking North Carolina artists for potential opportunities. 

Visual Arts Hillsborough Arts Council Call for Gallery Exhibitors 2020Hillsborough

The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery’s mission is to empower local artists to forge productive cultural and socio-economic ties with their community through professional exhibit opportunities in HAC Gallery. We are a gallery founded on the principle that art is a vehicle for intellectual, cultural, and socio-economic growth and that it is the community’s responsibility to collectively support the arts. We provide a free space with no commercial pressure so that you can make your best work and actively engage with this community in the way you choose. Rolling deadline.

Visual Arts Il Varco Passepartout Photography PrizeRome, Italy

Il Varco srls creates and organizes the first edition of the Passepartout Photography Prize, a six-monthly online photography prize with cash prize, which will end with an annual exhibition of some of the finalists artists chosen by the art director. The date of the exhibition at 28 Piazza di Pietra gallery in Piazza di Pietra, Rome, in 2021 will be communicated later on the website and by updating the present call.Photographic works of all sizes are admitted.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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 Levin JCC 2nd Annual Art ShowDurham

The Levin JCC will be celebrating February being Jewish Disability Inclusion and Awareness Month (JDAIM) with its second annual art show featuring art by people from the disability community. Levin JCC is looking for kids, teens, and adults to submit art work of any media. Artists do not need to be Jewish or a JCC member, and all levels are art experience are welcome. Art work can either be on any theme by a person with a disability, or on the theme of disability by friends, family, allies, professionals, etc. 

Monday, January 27, 2020
Visual Arts MakeRoom Artist ResidencyMinneapolis, MN

Individuals or collaborating pairs of artists/makers/creators working in 2-D mediums, performance and words, who live and work outside of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota are welcome to apply for a no-cost, 10-day residency. Individual artists or pairs of collaborating artists will be chosen. 

Visual Arts Multifaith Action Society CalendarVancouver, BC

Each year, the Multifaith Action Society invites artists to submit works of art for publication in our upcoming Multifaith Calendar. The theme for our upcoming 2021 edition is: Living Legacies How to Submit Entries.Submit digital images (up to 5) in low resolution (jpg/72dpi).

Friday, January 31, 2020
Visual Arts NC Arts Therapy Institute call for artistsCarrboro

Each month, ATI hosts 2nd Friday ArtWalk artists! Throughout the year, we showcase our clinical programs, individual clients and community based artists. If you are interested in showing your work, apply to be an artist! Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts Plein Air Call for ArtRaleigh

Calling all plein air painters! The world is filled with captivating landscapes, people, and culture. We are calling on you to submit your awesome paintings to be exhibited at UNC REX Healthcare’s North Carolina Heart & Vascular Center. 

Monday, April 13, 2020
Visual Arts PRISMA Art PrizeRome, Italy

The cultural association Il Varco is glad to announce its 4TH PRISMA Art Prize, an exhibition entirely organized by artists for the artists. A painting competition with $2000+ in Cash Awards and many other prizes, which takes place seasonally and yearly in Rome. Bringing together the spirit of community and collaboration and the efforts of many young artists involved, it is meant to create a place for art and artists to grow and share their work in a friendly and competitive environment.

Friday, March 13, 2020
Visual Arts ShockBoxx Gallery: Go! FigureTarzana, CA

Go! Figure This is a call to all FIGURATIVE art, of all visual MEDIUMS and artists from ALL LOCATIONS. Cutting edge Hermosa Beach gallery is looking for the best working artists to feature in an upcoming group exhibition at ShockBoxx Gallery in early April of 2020. The top artist submissions will win a Cash Prize and Award Certificate, as well as receiving Featured Wall Space in the exhibition. This is a call centering around the Human Figure, so use this theme to submit your best figurative work.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Visual Arts Subversive Celebration: International Altered Card ExhibitionVermillion, SD

Challenge the social custom of giving boring store-bought greeting cards for every occasion. Artist Klaire A. Lockheart wants you to help celebrate her birthday by altering a standard greeting card into a work of art, which she will display at Gallery 110 at the University of South Dakota. All entries that follow the guidelines will be included in the show from March 4-27, 2020.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Visual Arts Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural ResourcesCary

Town of Cary is now accepting applications for exhibitions in late 2020-2021 solo and group art exhibition opportunities at six Town venues: Cary Arts Center, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary Senior Center, Herb Young Community Center, Bond Park Community Center, and Cary Town Hall.  Artists working in any medium are invited to submit an application.

Application deadlines are August 1st and February 1st.

Download an application:  Exhibition Application   

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Visual Arts Waterworks Visual Arts CenterSalisbury

Waterworks presents three rotating exhibitions in its galleries every year, and welcomes professional artists to submit their work for consideration. Submission deadlines are January 30 and September 30 of each year.
Visual Arts ZaPow Gallery Juried Open ShowAsheville

Juried open show: can be any illustrative, pop or narrative art that has been created in the last two years. Who can apply: illustrators and narrative artists living in the following counties: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Marion, Madison, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey. NO ENTRY FEE. Show dates: March 14th - April 12th. To apply, email two jpgs.

Saturday, February 1, 2020