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 contact Cynthia Connolly, Special Projects Curator, Arlington Cultural Affairs.
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Arlington Arts is pro-actively looking out for resources to assist arts organizations, arts administrators and individual artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The information below is to keep our artistic community updated on current resources available to assist you through the pandemic. Updates will be provided as new resources become available.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: PLAZA ART- Fairfax, VA
DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Openings for Sales Associate and Key Holder and other positions throughout the US
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Public Art Project, WMATA Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020
WMATA and Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners (JLREP) are soliciting qualifications from accomplished artists or artist teams to create a site-specific public artwork for the new WMATA Regional Headquarters Facility at 2395 Mill Road, Alexandria VA. The building entry facade and lobby spaces have been identified as possible locations for the Artwork in order to create the best experience for WMATA employees, visitors and members of the public.
This Artwork selection will follow a two-phase process referred to as Phase 1 and Phase 2.
CALL FOR ARTS EDUCATORS: Maryland State Arts Council FY 21 Arts in Education Grant and Teaching Artist Roster open.
DEADLINE: open all year
CALL TO ARTISTS: Let’s Face It– The Museum of Craft and Design- San Francisco, CA
DEADLINE: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Artists, designers, and creatives of all types and ages have been passionately responding to the current need to cover our faces. The Museum of Craft and Design is launching Let’s Face It, a nationwide craft and design mask competition and community gallery. From the practical to the avant-garde, we are curious to see what you are creating share it with the world.
Juried by Marcel Wilson, the Founder and Design Director of Bionic, and JoAnn Edwards, the Museum of Craft and Design’s Co-founder and Executive Director, the winning design will receive $500, the runner-up will receive $250 and third place will receive $100. Additional non-monetary awards will be given for Best in Show, Best Student Design, and Most Unique Design.
All ages are welcomed to enter and participation is free. Participants under 18 years old will be entered into the Let’s Face It: Young Designers Competition and one winning design from this category will win an MCD MakeArt Gift Basket.
All entries will be displayed on MCD’s website in a community gallery beginning Friday, June 12, 2020. Additionally, for each design entered, the Museum of Craft and Design will donate a new mask to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Here/Not Here on-line and print exhibition -within 150 miles of Salisbury, MD
DEADLINE: Monday, June 1, 2020
Salisbury University Art Galleries’ latest exhibition HERE/NOT HERE calls on artists to capture, explore, and depict those unscrubbed and often unseen places. We are looking for artwork that tells the stories not often told about the landscape and architecture that have shaped this place we call here.
In observance of the guide lines currently in place for COVID-19, we will be hosting HERE/NOT HERE as an online and in-print exhibition. Selected artwork will be on display on-line and be featured in a full-color exhibition catalog. All included artists will receive a copy of the catalog. For those selected artists who are able to send artwork we will have a physical exhibition on campus when and if we are able to re-open to the public. As we know more about re-opening we will keep all applicants informed.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Sculpture NOW 2020, McLean, VA
DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 11:59 P.M. EST
EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday September 17- Saturday, November 14, 2020
JUROR: Nancy Sausser
Sculpture NOW 2020 is a non-thematic exhibition of new works, finished within the last two years. Three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, wall-hung and ceiling-hung sculpture, and installations as well as multimedia and performance-based works are welcome. Basic technical support will be provided by MPA. The artist must provide any video and sound equipment. The art may be finished or in the form of a proposal. We highly recommend that artists visit the space if they wish to submit installations, site-specific work, or a proposal.
Rooney Prize: an honorarium of $500 will be given to an artist/artist team selected by the juror whose work reflects the best qualities for the overall WSG Sculpture NOW 2020 show.
CALL TO ARTISTS: multidisciplinary, collaborative performance – Washington, DC area
DEADLINE: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 11:59 EDT
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday and Saturday September 25 & 26, 2020
darlingdance and Washington Project for the Arts seek six female-identifying artists to participate in KUVV, a multidisciplinary, collaborative performance exploring the relationship between home and embodied familial lineage.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Coordinate, Art in Transit, WMATA, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Metro is hiring a highly motivated Project Coordinator for its Art in Transit Program to assist with the planning, implementation, and completion of multi-disciplinary arts projects.
The Art in Transit Program integrates visual and performing arts throughout the Metro system to enhance the experience of public transit riders and continues to successfully create environments where customers and the public can enjoy the arts as a regular part of their daily lives. The Project Coordinator will actively engage with artists, arts professionals, architects, engineers, and may represent the Authority when interacting with community representatives, and jurisdictional arts councils to develop projects and performances that reflect and celebrate the spirit and vitality of communities served by Metro.
The Project Coordinator, under the supervision of the Art in Transit manager, will work to build meaningful partnerships with community organizations and peer institutions locally and nationally, and will play a key role in managing the Authority’s collection. The ideal candidate has a keen knowledge of, and interest in, the arts, is knowledgeable of the principles and practices of project management, is skilled at collaborating with peers, senior staff and outside stakeholders, and is able to communicate the mission of the program with diverse audiences.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FROM ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS: Creative Forces and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Arts in Health Program – Artist Vetting Process
DEADLINE: Monday, May 18, 2020, 4 p.m. EDT
PROJECT TIME PERIOD: JUNE 1- OCTOBER 31, 2020, project completed by December 31 2020
The intent of work to be completed under this request for proposals is to develop tools and guidelines for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Arts in Health (AIH) program to vet artists from different backgrounds who are interested in contributing to community and clinical Arts in Health programming at WRNMMC. The artists may be artists paid for their services or volunteers. The development of a vetting process will allow AIH staff to quickly determine what services interested artists are eligible to offer and what requirements artists will need to complete. Establishing protocols for artist requirements will also ensure that AIH programming is offered in safe and ethical ways for both artists and patients. Additionally, the contractor will be asked to aggregate findings from research across various arts in health and creative arts therapies fields that can inform the development of a vetting process and the creation of vetting tools.
CALL TO ARTISTS: IN MY HEAD, IN MY BODY, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: Sunday, June 7 • 11:59 pm EST
EXHIBITION DATES: October 31 – December 13, 2020
RECEPTION: November 13, 2020
JUROR: Shanti Norris, chief curator for the Integrated Arts and Healing program at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute and co-founder of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
In this all – media group exhibition, the artwork delves into the human psyche to explore themes surrounding mental health and its relationship to your physical heath. This exhibition will challenge common misconceptions the topic as well as allow space for the selected artists to express their experiences, struggles, and triumphs through their work.
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: FY21 Public Art Building Communities Grant, WDC
DEADLINE: Friday, July 17, 2020, 4:00 pm EST
NOTIFICATION: Friday, August 14, 2020
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) invites submissions for its fiscal year 2021 Public Art Building Communities (PABC) grant program from eligible individuals and nonprofit organizations, including registered DC Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and designated DC Main Streets organizations.
The PABC grant program awards project funding to support individual artists and nonprofit organizations in their effort to design, fabricate and install new temporary or permanent works of public art that connect artists and artworks to the community.
Award amounts vary:
- Individuals may request up to $50,000
- Nonprofit Organizations may request up to $125,000
- Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) may request up to $250,000
CALL TO PHOTOGRAPHERS: SEEN: 20 Years of Baltimore Music Photography, Glen Echo, MD
DEADLINE: Saturday, July 18, 5:00 p.m.
NOTIFICATION: Week of Aug. 3, 2020
SEEN: 20 Years of Baltimore Music Photography will highlight photography, as well as video, show posters and ephemera that relates to the past 20 years of Baltimore music history. The show will feature local musicians and creators from all musical genres and backgrounds (from local bands that broke big like Future Islands and Beach House, to fallen artists like K-Swift and Lor Scoota, to genre definers like Scottie B and DJ Class).
The goal is to present a comprehensive and culturally inclusive overview of Baltimore’s vibrant music scenes from the year 2000 through 2020 by showcasing as many different genres, cultures, and forms of representation as possible. SEEN is curated by local photographers J.M. Giordano, Josh Sisk with a panel comprised of members of the Baltimore music community.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Athenaeum, Moments in Time- A Very Weird Time, Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: Friday, August 14, 2020
EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday, September 10 – October 18, 2020
AWARD: Five $500 award gift winners will be selected by an independent art expert
Artists are invited to submit works that represent the full gamut of how the global Coronavirus pandemic and its associated ‘social distancing’ has affected them. Fear, uncertainty, anger and doubt are certainly typical responses but we are also interested in evidence of the creative benefits of solitude and reflection and the time to process them.
We plan to assemble an exhibition that both chronicles this particular moment in time and surprises viewers with unique and unexpected perspectives.
Works for inclusion in the Athenaeum Invitational will be selected from an open call by Athenaeum Gallery Director, Twig Murray. Works will be chosen that show aesthetic excellence, mastery of media, creativity and thoughtfulness.
Artists who live or work in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia may submit work. Artists who do not live or work in Virginia, West Virginia Maryland, or the District of Columbia are not eligible.
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 FOR EXHIBITORS: American University Museum Project Space, Washington, DC
The American University Museum Project Space, launched in Summer 2019, is dedicated to working with academics and nontraditional curators to create exhibitions addressing special topics of interest across the university and the greater Washington, D.C. community. Project Space exhibitions are held three times per year and include a published e-book catalog.
Projects are not restricted to art! Are you doing a research project on an unknown composer? Perhaps you want to display sheet music and play recordings. Are you an entomologist? We think insects are beautiful. Always in the library? Let’s feature some famous children’s book illustrators.
American University cannot wait to see what you come up with! Exhibitions should highlight educational themes to engage the university community.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Library Exhibitions Call, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: None Listed
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.
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.