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 Arts, Residencies, Stores, Sales & Shows, and Visual Arts. Click on the DEADLINE heading to sort the opportunities by due date.

Category Organization Deadlinesort descending
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.
Professional Development 1708 GalleryRichmond, VA

Accepting exhibition proposals for gallery space. Honorarium and non-cash awards.
Visual Arts GreenHillGreensboro, NC

Seeking North Carolina artists for potential opportunities.
Craft Northern Clay CenterMinneapolis, MN

Northern Clay Center continually solicits guest curators and exhibition opportunities for the Emily Galusha Gallery.
Professional Development Asheville Area Arts CouncilAsheville, NC

Offering one-on-one Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions for artist entrepreneurs.
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.
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
Professional Development Mayland Community College Small Business CenterSpruce Pine, NC

Offering business and marketing courses with some specifically for artists.
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.
Film The Fledgling Fund

Grant support, outreach, and engagement for social issues documentary film and other storytelling projects. Rolling deadline.
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.
Literary Arts American Journal of Poetry

Seeking poetry submissions for online poetry journal. Publication.
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.
Literary Arts CRAFT

Seeking flash fiction and original short fiction for their online publication. Payment. 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.
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.
Literary Arts Frontier Poetry

A new online poetry journal seeking new poets. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Professional Development Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists

Offering professional development courses through their podcasts, Thriving Artist.
Literary Arts LitMag

Seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for publication. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Professional Development The University of British ColumbiaVancouver, BC (Canada)

Offering online courses and certificate program in cultural planning and development. Fees.
Craft ClaymakersDurham

Apply to be a new exhibitor at Claymakers; rolling application.
Literary Arts Bull City PressDurham, NC

The literary journal Inch is looking for flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Rolling deadline.
Public Art Urban ArtMemphis, TN

The free Artist Registry is for artists, designers, and architects interested in pursuing public art projects.
Literary Arts Gibson House PressChicago, Ill.

Gibson House Press seeks fiction manuscripts for their Fall 2019-Spring 2020 list.
Literary Arts Urban StagesNew York, NY

Seeking entries for the Emerging Playwright Award. Cash award. Rolling deadline.
Residencies The Skopelos Foundation for the ArtsGreece

Seeking applications for 2018 residencies. Rolling deadlines.
Multidisciplinary Artrooms FairRome, Italy

Call for artists; Artrooms Fair is the first international contemporary art fair offering free exhibition spaces to independent artists, innovating the way artists and buyers meet.



Dec 21 2018
Literary Arts Southeastern College Art Conference

Seeking submissions of reviews of exhibitions on view within six months of submission date. 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.
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.
Residencies Women’s Studio WorkshopRosendale, NY

Offering various residencies and internships in printmaking, book arts, ceramics, and photography.
Multidisciplinary Roots Artist Registry

Roots Artist Registry is an online registry and directory of visual, performing, and literary artists. Listing fee.
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.
Multidisciplinary The Schuykill CenterPhiladelphia, PA

The Schuylkill Center’s environmental art department accepts submissions of environmentally themed visual artwork. Entry free. Rolling deadline.
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.
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
Organizations Downtown RaleighRaleigh, NC

Seeking applicants to showcase their work in a unique outdoor environment. Rolling deadline.
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.
Performing Arts ACT FESTIVAL Bilbao, Spain

ACT 2019 International Festival for Emerging Performing Artists is now open for submissions. Conditions, awards and participation form.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Visual Arts Greenville Museum of ArtGreenville

The Greenville Museum of Art (GMA) is hosting a juried exhibition of artworks related to landscapes of Greenville, Pitt County, or elsewhere in Eastern North Carolina. Artists may depict landscapes as their subject matter, respond in their work to changing landscapes they have encountered, and/or use their work to reflect upon or reimagine historic and contemporary landscapes of Eastern North Carolina—whether they are natural, architectural, ecological, symbolic, allegoric, cultural, social, political, or otherwise. Details.

Monday, December 17, 2018
Public Art Salisbury Sculpture ShowSalisbury

The Salisbury Public Art Committee announces a Call for Entries for the 2019 Salisbury Sculpture Show. Sculptors are invited to submit up to three outdoor pieces for consideration.  Selected pieces will be carefully sited to enhance the sculpture's visibility and ease of access.  Cost for entry $30. Artists receives 25% commission on works sold. Entry fee and stipend.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Visual Arts VAE RaleighRaleigh

In partnership with Rex Heart and Vascular, VAE is producing one of our annual exhibits; SCOPE. The purpose of SCOPE: the southern landscape is to exhibit the widest range of “landscape” works possible in and alongside Rex’s Heart and Vascular’s extensive collection of local and regional artists. The South is a hub of creativity and Raleigh has adopted a vision to become the Southern Capital for Arts and Culture. To do our part, VAE and REX will exhibit landscape works by artists across the regional south, or works created in or inspired by the southern landscape. Entry fee and cash awards.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Literary Arts Sunspot Literary JournalHillsborough

Sunspot Literary Journal is launching in 2019. Submissions are open for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid forms. Words speak truth to those in power by drawing on the power of every human being. Sunspot, intent on being a force for change, hears every voice. Write a new world with your words. Now accepting Fiction Without Boundaries: Flash fiction, poetry, shorts of every length, literary works and genre stories. Essays That Expand: Lyric essays. Thoughts that blind. If it’s unique, Sunspot wants it. Poetry: Any number of pages, even epic poems and stories-in-verse.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Literary Arts The Black Mountain PressAsheville, NC

Seeking poetry submissions, short story and digital artwork submissions for publication in The Halcyone literary review. Entry fee, cash awards, non-cash awards, and publication.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Literary Arts Boulevard Magazine

For writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction with a nationally distributed press. We accept works up to 8,000 words. Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard. Cash award and publication.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Craft Contemporary CraftPittsburg, PA

Call to Emerging CRAFT artists. Entry fee, Cash awards, Opportunity for an organization to promote your work through social medial and store representation.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Multidisciplinary The Awesome Foundation, Raleigh-Durham ChapterRaleigh-Durham, NC

Seeking grant submissions; applicants must submit project proposals designated for the Triangle area. Cash awards.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Visual Arts UGallerySan Francisco, CA

Accepting applications for online gallery.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Visual Arts Reciprocal Art MagazineCharlotte

Reciprocal art magazine is an online art publication created to showcase the work of talented and driven individuals, focusing particularly on emerging-mid career visual artists. Requirements: 3-5 high resolution (300 dpi or higher) images of your work; image information for each piece, including title, medium, year the piece was made, and dimensions​; CV/resume and artist statement. Email submissions to . Publication.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Literary Arts University of Chapel Hill - Carolina QuarterlyChapel Hill

Accepting submissions for The Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize. This prize honors the best in short prose by African-American writers in North Carolina. Cash award and publication.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Visual Arts VAE Raleigh

VAE is seeking submissions that consider knowledge: how we gain it, how we use it, and the systems that create it. No Citation Needed will be on exhibit at the National Humanities Center from January 15 - July 15, 2019. Participants are encouraged to submit entries that consider learning, education, and the transfer of knowledge. How do you learn? Where do you learn? How do you learn outside of formal education settings? How did you acquire the life skills you use in your everyday life? This exhibition is meant to build environment of knowledge and promote the humanities.Entry fee.
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Visual Arts Raleigh Fine Arts SocietyRaleigh

Acceptins submissions for multi-media juried exhibition.The exhibition is scheduled for March 10- June 16, 2019 and will take place at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Raleigh. Entry fee, cash awards, and non-cash awards.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Visual Arts Art Room GalleryOnline

Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Animals” Online Art Competition for the month of December 2018. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. Through this call artists and photographers are invited to present their best artworks related to the world of animals. A variety of interpretations of Animals theme can be submitted (representative, abstract, conceptional). All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art. Application fee and non-cash awards.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Visual Arts Raleigh Fine Arts SocietyRaleigh

Seeking submissions for the annual all media North Carolina Artists Exhibition.Entry fee, Cash awards, Catalog, Student Recognition.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Public Art Arts & Science CouncilCharlotte

The Arts & Science Council is accepting qualifications from artists for a public art opportunity at the upcoming City of Charlotte Fire Station 43.  The selected artist will work with the ASC, staff from the City of Charlotte’s Engineering and Property Management Department, Boomerang Design, CFD representatives, and local communities to create artwork that is complementary to the architecture and design of the building, and reflective of the history, commitment and service of the Charlotte Fire Department. Project Budget.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Residencies Arteles Creative CenterHämeenkyrö, Finland

Back to Basics residency program gives artists the opportunity to clear their mind, get back to focus and (re)discover the very basis of their creative practice and being. Stop the information overflow, go offline and get back to focus in a supportive, natural environment in the middle of the Northern summer.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Stores, Sales & Shows Community Arts CenterDanville, KY

The Danville Art Festival takes place June 8 & 9 on the idyllic grounds of Centre College during the Great American Brass Band Festival, an event which attracts over 23,000 visitors annually. The Danville Art Festival’s focus is on presenting the work of fine artists in an exclusive opportunity. A variety of media is welcome, but artists will only be able to present two types of media per booth.The Danville Art Festival will be juried by a panel of jurors to ensure the work is high quality and that the event is well-rounded and not too weighted toward one medium or style of work. $125 booth fee required for accepted artists to participate.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Visual Arts Greenville Museum of ArtGreenville

The annual Fine Arts Ball is the Greenville Museum of Art’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The museum is soliciting original artworks for the live and silent auctions for this prestigious event. Artists are welcome to either consign their artwork or donate it. To coincide with these auctions, the GMA is also excited to acknowledge the artists who support the art community of Greenville and Pitt County by having a special exhibition in the Museum’s Commons Gallery prior to the event. Details. 


Friday, January 11, 2019
Visual Arts Greenville Center for Creative ArtsGreenville, SC

Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites established and emerging artists (ages 18+) to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2020/2021 exhibition calendar.  The GCCA Main Gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, national, and international artists from all disciplines in 6 – 8 shows per year.  All mediums will be considered for exhibition. Entry Fee.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Multidisciplinary Its Liquid GroupVenice, Italy

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with VENICE EVENTS, is selecting all interesting photos, paintings, video art works, installations/sculptures and performance art works to include in the next event THE BODY LANGUAGE – ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition 2019 that will be held in Venice during the period of Venice Carnival 2019.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Professional Development University of VirginiaCharlottesville, VA

The Environmental Resilience Institute at the Unviersity of Virginia seeks artists to participate in Coasts in Crises: Art and Conservation in the Aftermath of Hurricanes. Event will being artists from coastal areas affected by hurricanes in 2017 and 2018. Invited artists will present their work made in the aftermath of the storms, and will have a public dialogue about the role of the arts in hurrican resilience. Application required, honorarium, and exhibition of work. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Literary Arts North Carolina Writers' NetworkWinston-Salem

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone. Final judge: Madge McKeithen. Cash awards and publication.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Professional Development South ArtsAtlanta, GA

Accepting applications for the 2019 Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowship.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Residencies University of South CarolinaColumbia, SC

The School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina invites visual artists to submit applications for the spring session of the 2019 Artist Residency Program which is intended to address themes of environment and ecology. Honorarium.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Visual Arts GreenHill Greensboro

Accepting submissions for outstanding emerging artists from North Carolina for the juried exhibition Constant/Change (July 26 – September 8, 2019). Exhibition of work.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Literary Arts North Carolina Writers' NetworkWinston-Salem

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Cash Awards and Publication.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Professional Development South ArtsAtlanta, GA

Accepting applications for the Dance Touring Initiative for Southern Companies.
Friday, January 18, 2019
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
Performing Arts NC Dance FestivalGreensboro

Accepting submissions for the NC Dance Festival.
Tuesday, January 22, 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
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
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 Town of Cary

Now accepting applications for exhibitions in early 2019 into 2020.
Friday, February 1, 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
Literary Arts Volney Road Review Youngstown, OH

Accepting submissions for literary review.
Friday, February 1, 2019
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
Public Art Midwest Sculpture InitiativeBlissfield, MI

Call for submissions for 14 outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Stipend.
Thursday, February 28, 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
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
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
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

The application for the Literary Arts Touring Grants is now open.
Wednesday, May 1, 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 University of GeorgiaAthens, GA

Accepting multi-genre submissions for The Georgia Review. Application fee, publication.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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