See below for various calls for artists and employment opportunities in the D.C. area and sometimes beyond. Check this page often for updates.
If you have a question about an opportunity, please contact the administrator for each individual listing. If you have a call for artists or job opportunity you would like included in the next email, please complete this submission form.
Sign up to receive our Artist Opportunities alerts by email.
CALL TO ARTISTS: BUSBOYS AND POETS, DC, Maryland and Virginia area (DMV)
Busboys and Poets, a community gathering place, restaurant and cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers, is looking for visual art in all media to display at its seven locations in the DMV. Artists may submit up to 12 original works to be reviewed, ranging from but not limited to drawings, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, fiber, quilts, etc. Standing sculpture should be no larger than 24” in height.
THEMES: Art images reflecting equity and social justice, womanism, life in the DMV, COVID-19, community transformation, family, portraiture, whimsy, abstraction and life experiences within diverse cultures are encouraged for submission.
Artists selected will be notified by email at least two weeks in advance of installation.
CALL TO ARTISTS: “Hypotheses” at Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: Friday, July 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual arts to apply for the upcoming group exhibition “Hypotheses”. This exhibition is all about the process of intellectual experimentation and/or the exploration of new ideas and techniques in an artist’s practice.
The goal of this theme is to create a dialogue of work in conversation with each other about embarking outside one’s traditional boundaries of understanding. Whether it be based in cerebral or scientific research or experimenting with a new technique or conceptual idea, each work in the exhibition will embody this concept of questioning and discovery.
The juror for this opportunity is Sue Wrbican, DC-based artist and professor at George Mason University.
CALL TO ARTISTS: RFQ: “Certain Party or Parties Unknown” Temporary Public Art Exhibition, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Rockville, MD
DEADLINE: Monday, August 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is organizing a temporary multi-media public art exhibition that furthers community dialogue about racial justice, as the County’s Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission (The Commission) works to establish a memorial for African Americans who were lynched in Montgomery County.
The project is proposed to be located in the area of Courthouse Square in Rockville (approximately at Jefferson and Maryland Avenues), a location that is central to the story of racial justice in the County — in particular three lynchings that occurred in that area in the late 1800s.
The project is planned for presentation on the first weekend of November 2021. AHCMC is seeking artists from the region to prepare works that could be presented primarily through the media of projection (still, video, projection mapping) on public buildings in the area.
Artists are NOT required to have experience in projection media as they will be working with our Creative Consultant, Robin Bell of BellVisuals.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Theater Technician, Part-Time, Temporary
DEADLINE: Thursday, August 5, 11:59 p.m. EDT
The Cultural Affairs Division, within the Arlington Economic Development (AED) Department seeks a part-time, temporary Theater Technician to provide sound, lighting, and visual arts facility operations. This role will perform a variety of duties to ensure the smooth operation of weekly events within Arlington County and a range of visual and performing arts programs, including but not limited to music, dance, theater, and visual arts.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Hamiltonian Fellowship, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2021
The Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship serves as a steppingstone for visual artists who have an active practice and are seeking assistance in creating a sustainable professional art career. The fellowship program seeks to create a stimulating environment for continued artistic and professional growth.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Grant Manager, ArtsFairfax, Fairfax, VA
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
START DATE: September 1, 2021
BENEFITS: 100% major medical health benefits for employee, with the option to add family coverage at employee expense. Employees receive paid vacation, sick, holidays, jury duty, bereavement, and personal days per HR Policies Manual. We offer a retirement program for non-matched employee contribution.
Full time position: 40 hours per week (flexible schedule)
Work location: Remote and 2667 Prosperity Ave, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
This position is responsible for managing ArtsFairfax’s grant program for arts organizations and artists serving as a model steward of public funds through transparent and equitable practices. The Grants Manager will work to expand the reach of ArtsFairfax and make its grants accessible to a diverse arts community. The Grants Manager works with the Director of Grants and Services to develop new policies and initiatives and modify existing programs in response to community needs and to advance organizational goals.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Art-INTO THE WILD, Art Fluent, Boston, MA, online gallery
DEADLINE: Friday, September 24, 2021, 2:00 a.m.
Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, INTO THE WILD. $1,000 in cash prizes. All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at www.art-fluent.com
INTO THE WILD- Animals have fascinated artists for centuries, connecting human cultures across time. While we occupy the same earth we live in entirely different worlds, often colliding. The mystery of the animal kingdom’s instinct, strength, vulnerability, motion, and power will forever continue the keep us in awe. Show us IN TO THE WILD through your perspective.
CALL TO ARTISTS: James Renwick Alliance Emerging Artists Working in Metal, US
DEADLINE: Sunday, August 1, 2021
AWARD: $5,000 and more
JRACraft is seeking applications from emerging artists working in metal for our 2021 Chrysalis Award. The awardee will receive a $5,000 award, a trip to Washington, DC and the opportunity to make a presentation at a JRACraft event.
CALL TO ARTISTS: OPEN CALL: Let the Record Show, DENT Creative Reuse Center and Art Laboratory, WInston Salem, North Carolina (Forsyth Co Public Library)
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday, September 1-30, 2021
VENUE: Forsyth County Public Library (downtown WS)
DROP OFF DATES: to be announced
Calling all Artists! (And everybody is an artist in our book!)
YOU are invited to create a work for the exhibition: LET THE RECORD SHOW
(another community art program by DENT Creative Reuse Center and Art Laboratory)
-You must (re)use vinyl records or album covers, some combination, or as subject matter
(any medium that you’re comfortable using). You can manipulate the materials in any way that you want: bend it, shape it, collage, sew, draw, paint, glue, even make your own (see Mingering Mike). Hint: RUN WITH IT!
-YOU”LL NEED TO REGISTER by sending your name and contact info to our email address: email@example.com. Use ‘Record Show’ in the subject heading. DO IT TODAY!
-All works ‘should’ be wall mountable and no larger than 24 x 24 inches. GOT ANOTHER IDEA? Run it past us.
Our partners in this effort include: the Forsyth Co. Public Library, Monstercade, LoLo, Delurk Gallery, the Ramkat, Underdog Records, and MiXXer makerspace
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director of Education, Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: open until filled
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a nonprofit membership organization located in Washington, D.C., has an immediate opening for a Curator of Education within our Museum. The DAR Museum is an American history and decorative arts museum that uses the American home as a lens through which the nation’s history and its people can be better understood.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Interactive Sculpture Sought for Healing Ceremonies, The Dr. Robert L. A. Keeley Healing Arts Program at Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA
DEADLINE: Friday, August 13, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
The Dr. Robert L. A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, an initiative of Carilion Clinic Foundation in Roanoke, VA, invites artists to submit a proposal for a portable sculpture/vessel to be utilized as a focus for ceremonies of healing in various healthcare and community settings. The sculpture must be interactive, durable, and one-of-a-kind. The chosen work will be of a scale and material suitable for easy transport to locations throughout Carilion Clinic’s service region and for temporary use during events, which may occur in outdoor settings. This invitation to submit is extended to artists 18 years or older with a connection to the state of Virginia.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Art-ABSTRACTED, Art Fluent, Boston, MA
DEADLINE: Friday, August 20, 2021, 2:00am
Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, ABSTRACTED. Cash prizes. All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at www.art-fluent.com
ABSTRACTED- The abstract process is a dance, where the development of a piece becomes interactive and intuitive. Shape, color, form, gesture, and imagination take center stage to create artwork essentially free from visual reality. With a solid compositional structure, abstract artwork exists entirely on an idea, feeling, or quality. Leaving the viewer with the challenge to understand truth and reality. Show us ABSTRACTED through your perspective.
CALL TO ARTISTS: In Color- Call for Art, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA
DEADLINE: Friday, August 27, 2021, 5:00pm
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: by Friday, September 3, 2021
RECEPTION: Friday, September 24 from 5-7pm
ENTRY FEE: $20 for first entry/$5 for each additional entry, you may enter up to 20 total. Payment is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance.
AWARD: $250 for Director’s Choice
How an artist approaches color is intuitive and exclusive to their work. Personal insight becomes inherent as artists have a sense of give and take using color to elicit a connection. We seek work where the interplay with color is the central focus. Whether the artwork is riddled with vibrant color or if it’s just one color that stands out and makes the piece, color is the subject for this call. Show us In Color from your perspective.
CALL TO ARTISTS: $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers, Innovate Grant, International + Online
DEADLINE: Thursday, September 16, 2021
AWARD: (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.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Big Ink, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, Maryland
DEADLINE: Saturday, October 9, 2021
BIG INK is hosting a weekend of monumental woodblock printing at Pyramid Atlantic in October and is already starting to take submissions! Artists who are interested in carving a woodblock of at least 24×36 inches are encouraged to participate. You can find more info at bigink.org.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Arlington Economic Development’s ReLaunch: ReVitalize program, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: December 31, 2021, or when all of the funding has been awarded, whichever comes first.
Are you seeking opportunities to strengthen your business? Apply now for assistance with strategic planning, marketing, digital presence, financial management, sourcing capital and more.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia
DEADLINE: open until filled
Three full time positions are available: Lucy Burns Museum Director, Facility Manager, Events Manager
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
The Director will be responsible for the overall implementation of the mission and day-to-day operations of the Corcoran School. The Director works closely with University faculty and personal, and with external partners including community stakeholders, alumni, and funders, to shape the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations of the School. They support the mission and vision of the Corcoran School as well as its integration within the Columbia College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University, the Washington, D.C. community, and the art and design fields at large.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director of Programming, Forger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
The Director of Programming will design, develop, and implement the Folger’s programming. This includes building new opportunities for the discovery, exploration, and interpretation of Shakespeare’s works and creating connections to the diversity of human experience. Sitting at the intersection of exhibitions, education, and performance, the Director Programming will ensure that the Folger is a welcoming and inclusive space. They will build audiences and foster artistic and community relationships that support the mission and elevate the visibility of the organization across a variety of platforms. They will be intellectually curious and eager to engage in dialogue with stakeholders, partners, audiences, scholars, and visitors. This individual will ensure all programming is integrated and effective whether it occurs online, in the building, or in the gardens. Reporting to the Director of the Folger, the Director of Programming will supervise a team of 14 to 20 full-time staff members, including four direct reports—Associate Artistic Producer, Administrative Assistant, Poetry and Consort Program Managers, and Events Publicity and Marketing Manager.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Senior Development and Program Associate (Part Time) – Aspen Artisan Alliance, The Aspen Institute – Aspen Global Innovators, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
The Aspen Global Innovators (AGI) is seeking a part time Senior Development and Program Associate to lead the Artisan Alliance program. This is a one-year position that could be extended dependent on successful fundraising. We are looking for an expert fundraiser and strategic thinker who can refresh and lead the Artisan Alliance. The successful candidate has experience working with small and medium businesses in the developing world, and an interest or experience in the artisan sector and women’s development. The Artisan Alliance, founded in 2012, is a program of Aspen Global Innovators Group with a mission of supporting artisan businesses to provide jobs, preserve cultures, and lead economic growth that respects the uniqueness of people and place. With over 200 members in more than 70 countries, the Artisan Alliance provides financing, technical assistance, advocacy, and business support to artisan enterprises. A key element of the role is to identify and secure funding to operationalize the new strategic plan of the Alliance, and to build on programmatic opportunities.
Other Opportunity Resources
PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNTIES: CODAworx, a global leader in commissioned artwork, manages a database of RFP’s for public art.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Workhorse Arts Center exhibition opportunities
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Career listings from leading arts institutions around the country as collected by ArtTable, a professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts.
DEADLINE: open until filled
EAST CITY ART, a virtually based platform supporting visual arts in the DC area, has an extensive listing of arts opportunities in the area.
ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin, updated weekly and maintained by Maryland Art Place, includes regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities, grants, fellowships, residencies and information on available studio spaces in the area. To post your call for entry, email Caitlin Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS; ARTIST ROSTER FOR WALL PROJECTS, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD
The Artist Roster for Wall Projects (Roster) connects pre-qualified local artists residing in the Greater Washington area to commissions for wall projects in Montgomery County. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks muralists, as well as artists who work in mosaic, tile, low-relief and other installation media suitable for temporary or permanent installation on exterior walls for the Roster. Montgomery County-based ALAANA Artists (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) are encouraged to apply.
CALL TO YOUNG ARTISTS: Snag It!, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, Maryland
CALLING ALL CREATIVE YOUNG ADULTS AGES 17-22: if you live, work, or study in Prince George’s County, then we have an opportunity just for you. Our Snag It! program lets you take any of our workshops for FREE! Get access to creative and enriching opportunities and open yourself up to new artistic experiences. First-come-first-served, so get your name on the list!
CALL TO ARTISTS: Marfa Open, Marfa, Texas
Marfa Open Art Festival and Marfa Open AiR are open to everyone. There are no hard and fast requirements for your project and we’re not concerned with what stage of your career you are in. Marfa Open is about innovation and fostering the creativity of all types of artists making all types of art.
If you’d like to be involved with Marfa Open, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to host a workshop or have an idea for an event at Marfa Open House, we’d love to hear about that, too.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Library Exhibitions Call, Arlington, VA
The Arlington Public Library is committed to displaying works of art and craft created by and/or of interest to the Arlington community. We exhibit solo and group shows of local artists submitted through the online application process.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project Artist Roster Application, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: None Listed
The Humanities Project is Arlington County’s artist-in-education program that sponsors performances, workshops and residencies for students in Arlington County’s public schools and provides professional development opportunities for teachers.
If you have a program, workshop and/or performance that you feel would benefit the students and/or teachers in Arlington, the Humanities Project encourages you to apply.
Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications will be reviewed in the spring of each year. If you have any questions, please contact the Humanities Coordinator at 703-228-6299.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: PLAZA ART- Fairfax, VA
DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Openings for Sales Associate and Key Holder and other positions throughout the US
UPCYCLE REUSE ARTIST MATERIAL SHOP, Alexandria, VA
Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314 | 703-861-8705
Metro: King Street-Old Town
Creative reuse is the process of taking used or recyclable materials and turning them into works of art, home decoration or other useful objects. At UpCycle, we rethink our notion of waste, collecting cast-offs from our community to serve as creative art materials. We collect, organize and prep items for use in a variety of creative capacities.
Visit our reuse shop for all of your creative needs! Our inventory is affordable, dynamic and always changing. Materials memberships are available on a daily (fill a bag for a flat fee) or annual basis (unlimited access to our materials for a period of one year).
Stop in to see what’s in store for you today.