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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.
CALL FOR VISUAL AND LITERARY ARTISTS: Catonsville Courthouse & Salisbury Animal Health Lab Public Art Commissions webinar, Maryland
Friday, May 7th, 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 25, 6:30 p.m.
Visual and literary artists, please join MSAC’s Public Art Program staff to learn about new state-funded public artwork commissions for the Catonsville District Courthouse and Salisbury Animal Health Lab. This webinar will give background on both projects, go over details about how to apply, and field questions from the audience. To register, click here.
CALL TO PERFORMING ARTISTS: Rising Star Performing Arts Competition, Howard County, Maryland
DEADLINE: Thursday, May 13, 5pm
LIVE VIRUTAL AUDITIONS: Monday, June 7, 2021
FINALISTS NOTIFIED: June 15, 2021
LIVE PERFORMANCE: Saturday, October 2, 2021
AWARD: $5000 to winner
HCAC is calling all performing artists between the ages of 18-35 who (past or present) live, work, perform, or receive training in Howard County to audition for the Rising Star Performing Arts Competition! Up to ten performing artists/small ensembles working in a variety of disciplines will be selected as finalists. Each finalist will perform their piece at the Arts Council’s annual Celebration of the Arts gala.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour, Arlington, Virginia
DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 11:59 pm
Visual artists with studios in Arlington County, VA, are invited to apply online for the Fourth Annual Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST) taking place Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26. The tour will be in-person this year, with safety guidelines in place. All media are welcome and registration is $30. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early!
CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Art-ConTEXT, online
DEADLINE: Friday, May 7, 2021, 2:00AM
Notification of acceptance and online gallery opening: Friday, June 4, 2021
AWARDS: All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at www.art-fluent.com First Place: $500, Second Place: $200, Third Place $100
Art Fluent offers opportunities to artists worldwide through juried exhibitions throughout the year. As steadfast supporters of the arts, our aim is to connect art lovers directly with artists and vice versa. A portion of the proceeds from the entry fees are donated to organizations committed to the arts and supporting artists. Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, ConTEXT.
ConTEXT-The use of text and language elevates a work of art where it becomes a visual code. A layer of mystery is added, and as humans, we begin to decode what we see to translate it into our minds. The boundless perspectives of text probe ideas and concepts, and a new layer of visual storytelling takes place. Whether your work is filled with a dissertation or has just one single character. Show us what ConTEXT means through your perspective.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Site Specific public artworks following the principles of Biophilic Design, City of Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm EST
The WMATA Art in Transit Program is working with the City of Alexandria to solicit qualifications from accomplished Artists/Artist Teams to create site-specific public artworks following the principles of Biophilic Design for the North and South pavilions of the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. The selected artworks will be the first in a US Transit system to introduce biophilic elements and provide credit towards LEED Transit accreditation of a Metrorail station. The Artists/Artist Teams are asked to consider metal screens with a high level of transparency that are to be attached on the exterior of the pavilions façades’ glazed panels.
CALL TO FILMAKERS/VIDEOGRAPHERS: Reel Art, South Yarmouth, MA
DEADLINE: Friday, May 14, 2021, 5:00pm
Exhibit runs from June 9-July 17, 2021
Submissions due by Friday, May 14, 2021
Notification of acceptance by Friday, May 28, 2021
Open House on Saturday, June 12 from 2-5pm
$20 for first entry/$5 for each additional entry, you may enter up to 6 total. Payment is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance.
This call is open to artists worldwide, both amateur and professional. Open to all genres of filmmaking, there is no specific theme. Must be in English or with accompanying subtitles and not to exceed 15 minutes in length. Work that is copied or done under the guidance of an instructor is not eligible.
Notification will be done by email. If for any reason you do not receive your notification by the notification date, please check the filters in your email account.
Media must be in MOV, MP4, WMV, 3GP, AVI, ASF, MPG, M2T, MKV, or M2TS format using Café guidelines. The resolution minimum 640 x 480, maximum resolution 1920 x 1080. Aspect ratio 4:3 or 16:9. The maximum file size is 100mb.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Permanent Public Art, Southside Community Center Skate Park, Richmond, VA
DEADLINE: Monday, May 17th, 2021
HONORARIUM FOR DRAFT PROPOSAL: $2,000
TOTAL BUDGET: $200,000
Richmond’s Public Art Commission is commissioning a permanent public art installation at the Southside Community Center Skate Park currently under construction. The skatepark, located at 6255 Old Warwick Road North, Chesterfield, VA, is being conceived as a regional (and potentially national) skatepark destination. Artists from across the United States and its territories are invited to submit their qualifications for consideration. Three to four artists will receive an honorarium of $2,000 each to submit a formal proposal for the project.
CALL TO ARTISTS: $3,500 Artist Grants, National
DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 11:59pm
The Hopper Prize is accepting entries for Spring 2021 artist grants. For this open call, we have increased grants to $3,500. We are offering 2 artist grants in the amount of $3,500 and 4 artist grants in the amount of $1,000. This is an international open call. All media is eligible. Grant submissions will be juried by Selby Nimrod, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center and María Elena Ortiz, Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. In addition to grants, 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure is available via our online Journal as well as our Instagram feed, currently reaching an audience over 56k.
CALL TO ARTISTS: 11th Annual Workhouse Clay International 2021, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
DEADLINE: May 24, 2021
ENTRY FEE: $30.
An “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks, The Workhouse Arts Center is excited to continue promoting and exhibiting the best of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the US and abroad.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Uplifting Art for Elevator Doors 2021, South Yarmouth, MA
DEADLINE: Friday, May 28, 2021
NOTIFICATION: by June 11, 2021
INSTALLATION: June 2021
AWARDS: Each artist will receive a $250 stipend.
ENTRY FEE: $20 for first entry/$5 for each additional entry.
You may enter up to 20 images. Payment is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance.
Three images will be selected, one for each elevator door in the Cultural Center’s Education Wing. The images, provided as high-resolution digital files, will be reproduced on material to be affixed to the elevator doors for one year.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston Town Center
DEADLINE: Sunday, May 30, $60 application fee
EVENT DATES: Friday – Sunday September 10 – 12, 2021
$5,000 in cash awards will be distributed
Now in its 30th year, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival has a long-standing reputation for showcasing high quality, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind artwork in the dynamic, open-air setting of the Reston Town Center. It attracts affluent patrons and knowledgeable collectors from the Washington, DC metropolitan region and beyond. The elevated profile of the Festival reaches new audiences, area businesses, and partners with cultural institutions to provide a content-rich, arts-focused experience. The Festival has received acclaim from many media outlets including The Washington Post. This year, the beloved, open-air event will implement new health and safety adaptations for the care and consideration all.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Keeley Healing Arts Sculpture, Roanoke, VA
DEADLINE: Monday, May 31, 2021, 5 PM
The Carilion Clinic Foundation 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
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Directors & Staff, Summer Art Camp for Children, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Monday, May 31, 2021
Opportunities for temporary summer employment with the Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation include work as Camp Directors, Assistant Directors, and support staff (counselors) in camp programs throughout the County. Creative Arts Camp Counselors are needed to provide camp programs for children and teens ages 5-16. Several positions are available and hours vary.
Staff must commit from June 21 – August 13 (core camp dates). Training and planning beginning mid to late May through June, which includes a combination of independent and self-paced online courses with virtual and in-person trainings during weekday evenings and a few Saturdays. All camp staff will be trained to follow current guidance (county specific protocols) related to Covid19 safety.
Staff will be responsible for planning and leading a variety of art experiences for campers ages 5-8, 8-11, or 12-16, depending on the camp.
CALL TO ARTISTS: $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers, Online
DEADLINE: Thursday, June 10, 2021, 11:59pm EST
Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 Cycle. 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.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Open Call: 2022 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Dance, New York, NY
DEADLINE: Friday, June 11, 2021, 5PM
The Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant artistic directors, choreographers, and performers who demonstrate outstanding early achievement in dance. Three prizes of $50,000 will be given to young immigrant dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors whose work demonstrates a significant contribution to dance and movement arts in the United States. Applications will be accepted through June 11, 2021, at 5:00 pm ET.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Art – LUMIÈRE, online
DEADLINE: Friday, June 11, 2021, 2:00am
Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, LUMIÈRE. JPEG’s due by June 11, 2021 at midnight (MST). Cash prizes. All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at www.art-fluent.com
LUMIÈRE-The presence of light in a work of art can bring a piece to life. Light surrounds us, defines our world, and is part of everything we see. We respond to it emotionally and try to understand it in a metaphorical and spiritual sense. One whisper of light can determine the strength and spirit of a piece. Art is all about the light; whether it is dark, bright or dull, natural or artificial, the light is the magic. Light is the component of transforming the image from ordinary to extraordinary. For this exhibition, show us LUMIÈRE through your perspective.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Artists: Print Issue n°03 – VAST Art Magazine, Online
DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 11:59PM
VAST ART MAGAZINE is excited to announce the international open call for ISSUE N°03. See your work in print and published along side new, emerging, and established practices from around the world.
Thirty (30) artists will be selected and profiled in full color print spread showcasing their work, artist biography, and artist statement. Featured artists will receive a complimentary print issue along with an online feature and digital download for their archives.
VAST ART MAGAZINE is a new international visual art print and online publication dedicated to showcasing the expansive practice of artists and photographers from around the world, far and wide.
FEATURED ARTISTS FROM ISSUE N°02:
Alexander Wtges (Panamá) Alissa Polan (Brooklyn, New York) Amy Usdin (Mendota Heights, Minnesota) Andrew Orloski (Fresno, California) Angelika J. Trojnarski (Düsseldorf, Germany) Anya Kotler (Hoboken, New Jersey) Azadeh Elmizadeh (Toronto, Canada) Cameron Scott (United Kingdom), Please visit the website to explore all featured artists.
CALL TO ARTISTS: The Evolution Grant, online
DEADLINE: Friday, June 25, 2021, 2:00am
Art Fluent’s grant cycle is now open to individual artists through an international open call. The Evolution Grant will provide unrestricted funding to an individual artist with recognized artistic excellence in fine art media and a demonstrated commitment to their art.
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: Guest Gallery Curator, Notre Dame of Baltimore, Maryland
DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore is seeking a Guest Curator for a one-year, part-time appointment. The Guest Curator will work with the Gallery Director and report to the Chair of the Art Department. In addition to assisting the Director in planning and implementing the gallery’s schedule of exhibitions, the Guest Curator will curate an exhibition for the University gallery. The Guest Curator will also work with the Gallery Director to gain knowledge of grant administration, curatorial practice, and arts management. The Gallery Director will support the successful candidate to: curate an exhibition; write curatorial statements for brochures, press releases, publicity material and social media, as well as prepare didactic test for exhibitions; present a curator’s talk and organize artists’ talks, assist with handling and installing art; develop special programming; and work with student gallery assistants. There may also be an opportunity for the Guest Curator to teach a course in the Art Department in their area of expertise.
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.
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
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.