Every artist needs a chance to take their work to the next level. 

An impressive exhibition to beef up your CV. 

A rejuvenating artist residency to clear up that creative block.

A coveted artist grant to earn some extra income.

What art opportunity will you find this month?

Take a look at our August opportunity guide for artists below (sorted by those deadlines coming up first).



4th Annual Waterscapes Art Competition

Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Waterscapes art competition for an online exhibition. For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists are encouraged to share their best work depicting Waterscapes. The theme includes any art or photography which depicts any type of body of water including the ocean, lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, rain, coastal living, etc. 

WHO: All artists

DATES: August 5 - September 4, 2019


DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: The artwork can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and all artists and photographers, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best representational and/or nonrepresentational waterscapes art and photography. Learn more here.


2019 Annual Juried Exhibition: The Peer Show

The Cleveland Print Room is seeking artists working in photographic-oriented media to apply to their 2019 Annual Juried Peer Show. The Cleveland Print Room is recognized as a dynamic center for education and experimentation in the photographic arts. CPR is Cleveland’s only dedicated photographic gallery, community darkroom, education center, and workspace. 

WHO: Artists from the U.S. and Canada

DATES: September 13 – October 25, 2019

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH 

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Registration is $25 for CPR Members and $30 for CPR non-members. The registration fee allows each artist to submit up to two pieces of original art in any photographic-oriented medium. Learn more here.


International Call, ArtMaze Magazine

Artists are invited to apply to be featured in the autumn edition of ArtMaze Magazine. ArtMaze Magazine is an independent artist-run and ad-free international print and online publication dedicated to showcasing and promoting experimental and progressive contemporary art, which reflects modern society and its environment, provokes conversation and action; fosters innovation and diversity of mediums which make today’s art scene so intriguing and versatile.

WHO: Artists worldwide

LOCATION: London, England

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Artists are welcome to submit works in any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textile, installation, mixed media, digital, film (only jpg + link to video) etc. All visual art mediums are welcome. Learn more here.


Santa Ana Veterans Village - Courtyard Art Project

An opportunity is open for artists to propose a work for permanent display at the Santa Ana Veterans Village (SAVV), a Permanent Supportive Housing development designed to provide critical shelter and services to homeless veterans navigating the transition off the streets. Artists, private collectors, galleries, and museums/non-profit institutions are invited to submit their qualifications, design concepts or existing artworks for consideration.

WHO: Public artists


DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Fee not to exceed $80,000. Fee is to include design, review by a structural engineer, fabrication and delivery to site, preparation of a maintenance plan, cost of artist’s travel to site to oversee its installation by Jamboree’s contracted professional art installation subcontractor. Learn more here.


Contested Spaces: Harnett Biennial of American Prints

Contested Spaces: 2019 Harnett Biennial of American Prints is the twelfth competitive national exhibition organized by the University of Richmond Museums. Submissions are encouraged by artists addressing the topic of “contested spaces” from both content and aesthetic perspectives. The theme provides an opportunity for artists to focus on their own understandings of “contested spaces” with a variety of interpretations, styles, and techniques.

WHO: U.S. printmakers

DATES: October 22 - December 6, 2019

LOCATION: Richmond, VA

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Eligible entries include prints on paper using, but not limited to, such media as intaglio, relief, planographic, stencil, monotype, and digital processes (no giclée reproductions are allowed). Photographs on paper are eligible. Prints must have been completed in the last two years. Learn more here.


About Face: The Art of the Portrait

The Art Guild invites all artists to submit artworks for consideration for “ABOUT FACE: The Art of The Portrait,” a Juried Competition and Exhibition. Portraits are time honored tradition throughout the ages – capturing the features of men, women and children of all ages.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: August 31 – September 29, 2019

LOCATION: Manhasset, NY

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: All references used in the creation of the submitted work must be the artist’s own, or copyright-released for use in this work. No “fan art.” High school students ages 14-18 years may enter in the student category. Learn more here.


Land, Sea, or Sky – Call for Art

For this call for entry Las Laguna Gallery is looking for outdoor scenery and geographical environments, including landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes and plein air art.

WHO: All artists

DATES: September 5 - 27, 2019

LOCATION: Laguna Beach, CA

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older in the disciplines. Sorry no jewelry, sculpture, or video at this time. Learn more here.


“Highways & Byways” Quarterly Art Competition

Fusion Art invites submissions for its 11th Quarterly Art Competition - Highways & Byways. For this competition, both 2D & 3D artists are invited to submit their best artwork depicting the open roads. From highways to country roads to booming Main streets, share with us your best art and photography in any media. For this competition, the road should be one of the main subjects of the picture.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: August 15 - November 14, 2019


DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: Winners and finalists are provided with extensive worldwide publicity and promotion. Learn more here.


10th Annual Art Comes Alive

ADC Fine Art proudly sponsors Art Comes Alive (ACA), an international, juried fine-art competition and exhibit that awards the best emerging and professional artists. Known as the “Academy Awards for Art,” ACA is embarking on its 10th year of helping artists get their work in front of art-industry professionals such as interior designers, art galleries, private art collectors, and corporate collections. Each year the art competition gets bigger and better, and this year over $300,000 in awards will be given to artists through gallery contracts, purchase awards, publishing contracts, and more!

WHO: Artists working in all mediums

DATES: October 5 - December 6, 2019

LOCATION: Cincinnati, OH

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: Although they urge you to attend the exciting opening night awards ceremony on October 5th, it’s not mandatory. You do not have to be present to win, you will be notified by email if you are an award recipient. Learn more here.


Significant, Interactive Artwork for New Urban Park

Boise City invites public artists to apply for an opportunity to join a project team to collaborate with and lead on the design and fabrication of public artwork(s) to be integrated into a new urban park in the Westside District of Downtown Boise. 

WHO: Public artists

ARTIST BUDGET: $150,000 – $200,000


DEADLINE: August 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: Up to three artists may be selected from this Request for Qualifications as finalists who will be invited to enter an interview process. Finalist artists will be interviewed by the project’s stakeholder group and selection committee and the selected artist(s) will be asked to join the project team to develop design options for a unique work or works of art to be integrated into the park. Learn more here.


Bold Expressions 2019

“We need to be visionary to be bold,” said Angela Hunt. Bold Expressions 2019, a juried exhibition hosted by Northern California Arts, Inc., is open to all fine art in 2D and 3D mediums.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: October 1 – 27, 2019

LOCATION: Carmichael, CA

DEADLINE: August 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: Notification of Jury Results of accepted art work will be sent by August 26. Artist whose artwork is accepted will then submit their original artwork for final judging per show calendar. Artwork which differs from images submitted will NOT be shown. Learn more here.


Bare Men: The Group Show

"Bare Men: The Group Show" will showcase photography which celebrates all expressions of the male nude - the sensuality, strength, vulnerability and sexuality. Nudes can be academic nudes, figure studies or bodyscapes, self portraits, fashion or glamour nudes, erotic nudes, editorial portraits, urban & outdoor/nature, conceptual, humorous and/or dance & movement photography.

WHO: Photographers

DATES: October 1 - 7, 2019


DEADLINE: August 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: Works do not have to feature a single body/model. Work must depict men/models age 21 and over. Photographers at any stage of their career can submit. POC and LGBTQ photographers are encouraged to submit their work. The show is also open to amateurs as long as your work is presented professionally. Learn more here.


Unique Medium

Art JuXtapose presents the thematic exhibition: Unique Medium. This theme incorporates artwork that is inspired by a Unique Medium. Choose newspaper, plastic, corrugated cardboard, metal, etc. and incorporated it into your own style. Stick to ONE unique medium and let it shine in your work.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: September 1 - 30, 2019

LOCATION: Rosendale, NY

DEADLINE: August 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: The fee is $30 for four pieces, additional pieces $5 each. Learn more here.


West Windsor Arts’ STEAM Series: Math and Art 

This is the fourth and final exhibit in a series of STEAM – previous juried shows explored the relationships of each discipline of the acronym (Science, Technology, Engineering, and now Math) with art. Despite being thought of as originating from opposite hemispheres of the human brain, mathematics and art have long been intertwined and enjoy a strong creative relationship. As such, we invite artists to submit pieces that showcase how they incorporate math and mathematical concepts, as subjects or behind the scenes, into their work.

WHO: All artists 18 and older

DATES: September 9 – November 1, 2019

LOCATION: Princeton Junction, NJ

DEADLINE: August 11, 2019

FINE PRINT: Giclee or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless the original is a photograph/print. Submission fee is $25 for a maximum of 3 artworks. Learn more here.


RED 2019

Fifteen artists will be selected for an online group exhibit, “Red 2019 ” at Gallery25N. Curators are looking for artwork that reflects an artist’s interpretation of a subject or theme enhanced through the use of the color red. One artist’s work will be selected to receive the “Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant” of $300. 

WHO: Artists worldwide

OPENING DATE: August 31, 2019


DEADLINE: August 12, 2019

FINE PRINT: This competition is open to all artists/photographers 18 years of age or older. Submissions for consideration can be expressed in any of the following aspects: representational, expressionism, surrealism, or abstraction. Learn more here.


The Annual International Representational Exhibition

The Annual International Representational Exhibition, AIRE, is a juried exhibition of representational and semi-representational original paintings, hand-pulled prints and drawings. Artists can submit works in any subject matter. 

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: September 30 – October 18, 2019

LOCATION: Vancouver, Canada

DEADLINE: August 14, 2019

FINE PRINT: Work must retain semblance to reality while maintaining the subjective interpretation of the artist. Over $3000 in prizes. Learn more here.


Visual Art Inspired By Music

SquidInk Gallery asks artists to create artworks inspired by music, with a focus on surrealism and abstraction. This is an open medium show, including sculpture and photography.

WHO: Artists worldwide



DEADLINE: August 20, 2019

FINE PRINT: Make mention of your song or composition choice(s) in your descriptions, to give credit to our inspirational artists and musicians. Abstract artists, they will be looking for artwork that communicates rhythm and melody using visual cues. Concrete artists, they will be looking for narratives and symbolism. Learn more here.


Terra & Tide

Terra & Tide will be a contemporary and fine art online exhibition that exemplifies nature. All artworks must represent the theme of nature, including but not limited to landscapes, seascapes, flora, fauna, abstraction, photo realism, realism, fantasy/mythology, representational or non-representational natural themes, animals, and still life.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: September 1 - 30, 2019


DEADLINE: August 29, 2019

FINE PRINT: There is a $10 (USD) non-refundable/non-transferable fee, for up to six images. Learn more here.


Roselle Park Arts Festival

Join over 100 artists, performers, interactive activities and food for a day Celebration of Arts. The Roselle Park Arts Festival is located within the ​New York City metropolitan area and walking distance from New Jersey transit. 

WHO: All artists

DATES: September 28, 2019

LOCATION: Roselle Park, NJ

DEADLINE: August 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: The festival attracts approximately 3000 attendees from the surrounding area and over $1500 in cash awards. Learn more here.


Captured – Photography Call for Art

Las Laguna Gallery is seeking photographers working in a variety of mediums. Photography provides many things; proof that something happened, the ability to capture a moment or memories, or as a means of communication. Is your work innovative and interesting? Will your submission be artistic or awe-inspiring? They are looking for works that excite and inspire, that show your ingenuity, talent, heart, and perception.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: October 1 -30, 2019

LOCATION: Laguna Beach, CA

DEADLINE: August 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: All types of photography mediums including iPhone, Cellphone, Polaroid, digital prints on any medium will be considered. Learn more here.


A Show of Heads

SlowArt Productions presents the annual group thematic exhibition, A Show of Heads, held at the Limner Gallery. Open to all artists working in any media, this exhibition will include all interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual. 

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: October 17 - November 9, 2019


DEADLINE: August 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: All visions of the head, including partial and multiple heads, will be reviewed and considered. All forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, digital and installation art, video, etc. are eligible. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Learn more here.



Artist Residencies:

Gil Artist Residency Month Long Residencies in 2020

An Art Space for research, production, engagements and exhibitions in the Gilfélag Society. They aim to stimulate creativity through interaction with the local environment, artists and cultural institutions, and seek to foster relations between participants and the local community.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DURATION: One to two months

LOCATION: Akureyri, North Iceland

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: They offer artists in residence the possibility to live in the studio: single bright studio which is provided with wifi, two work desks, shelves, closet, double bed and a sofa bed for guests. The artists are expected to give a presentation and/or exhibit their work at our gallery Deiglan. Generally the last weekend of each month is allocated for the artist in residence. Learn more here.


AIR 3331 Open Call

AIR 3331 Open Call welcomes creatives from diverse backgrounds to research, produce and exhibit at 3331 Arts Chiyoda―injecting an international perspective right into the heart of Tokyo's art scene engaging with local community and expe- riencing traditional cultures.

WHO: Artists who work in a diverse range of genres, including visual and media art, design, performing arts, music and architecture

DATES: 1 - 3 months between September 2, 2019 – May 31, 2020

LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan

DEADLINE: August 2, 2019

FINE PRINT: AIR 3331 is a self-funded residency. Applicants (individuals or organizations) must cover the costs of facilities, travel and living expenses, as well as production costs. 3331 cannot provide grants or scholarships. Japanese is not a requirement. However, a conversational level of English will help. Learn more here.


FUNDED 3-month Ceramic Artist-in-Residence Program

CeramAiR is a 3-month funded artist-in-residence program that provides ceramic artists the ability to work in a supportive community environment of like-minded individuals, to share their expertise and vision, to inspire excellence and create work at the highest level in a nurturing and creative environment.

WHO: Ceramic artists

DATES: January 2 - April 6, 2020 (flexible)


DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: The CeramAiR program covers the cost of accommodation and usage of the shared studio at the Vernon Community Art Centre (VCAC). The selected artist is responsible for purchasing their clay from VCAC. Learn more here.


NOW•FRIENDS Artist Residency, Kenya

NOW open studio in partnership with House of Friends, Kenya presents an artist residency opportunity in Nairobi, Kenya; Africa starting in 2020. While in residency, artists can take the opportunity to work with community members to work on a collaborative project; such as an artist book, or visit other artists working in Kenya to better understand a new perspective. Artists are encouraged to work with materials sourced in their surroundings to expand their ideas of media.

WHO: All artists

DATES: June 2020

LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya

DEADLINE: August 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: Individuals stay as guests for a two week residency, lodging accommodations will be at HOF base of operations located in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. Includes: Transport to and from airport in Kenya, three basic meals per day, studio space, immersion and networking with local artists, etc. Learn more here.


Sculpture Studio Practicum

Studio Practicum programs provide an opportunity for participants to expand and enhance their technical skills in mediums supported by Banff Centre’s Visual Arts production facilities. This program offers practical experience in the areas of tool maintenance and safety, woodworking with hand tools and heavy equipment (table saw, band saw, planer, jointer, miter saw), metal working and metal casting (bronze and aluminum), and training in sculpture studio operation for support of artistic practice.

WHO: Sculptors

DATES: January 5 - December 12, 2020

LOCATION: Banff, Alberta, Canada

DEADLINE: August 14, 2019

FINE PRINT: This program is suited for recent graduates of studio-based programs with an emphasis on sculpture. The programs offer experience within a professional organization for those seeking careers as studio technicians, production assistants, or those in pursuit of graduate studies. Learn more here.


Printmaking Studio Practicum

Studio Practicum programs provide an opportunity for participants to expand and enhance their technical skills in mediums supported by Banff Centre’s Visual Arts production facilities. This program offers practical experience in screen printing, intaglio, lithography, typography, digital printing and software, fibre, papermaking, and new technology. Participants receive training in both printmaking and papermaking studio operation in support of their artistic practice.

WHO: Printmakers worldwide

DATES: January 5 - December 12, 2020

LOCATION: Banff, Alberta, Canada

DEADLINE: August 14, 2019

FINE PRINT: This program is suited for recent graduates of studio-based programs with an emphasis on printmaking. Applicants must exhibit foundational skills in printmaking through their portfolio submissions and express interest in papermaking and related techniques. Learn more here.


Barcelona/Spanish Winter Getaway

Mas Els Igols is a residency & artist retreat that we offer to artists that seek to work in tranquillity on a project or artwork. You will get a beautiful newly refurbished (2014) studio with high ceilings (>4 m.) in 250-year-old wine Estate ‘Mas Els Igols’. The estate is situated in la Berna (Torrelles de Foix) some 60 Kilometers from Barcelona city.

WHO: All artists

DATES: November 1, 2019 - February 2, 2020

LOCATION: La Berna, Spain

DEADLINE: August 26, 2019

FINE PRINT: All regular services of the residency include: the chance to participate in a group exhibition on the 14th of February, one month in a single suit private room, 20 m2 studio space surrounded by the vineyards of Barcelona, shared kitchen (max 6 people), weekly transfer to the train to go to Barcelona, etc. Single room= €625. Learn more here.


TAKT A.I.R Berlin Autumn Artist Residency

The residency is a 3-month program (shorter periods are possible upon request) comprising of weekly group critiques with their resident curator, regular artist talks, life drawing classes, artist studio visits, gallery visits and German language classes.  

WHO: All creatives, including visual arts, painting, sculpture, ceramics, performing arts, textile art, literature, new media, animation, printmaking, curatorial studies, arts administration, film making, architecture, design, dancers, musicians, playwrights and more

DATES: October 3 - December 23, 2019

LOCATION: Berlin, Germany

DEADLINE: August 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: The residency is primarily an English-speaking environment with all talks, critiques and activities conducted in English. All participating Takt residency artists take part in a quarterly group exhibition at the end of their stay (in March, June, September and December). Learn more here.


Fall 2020 Artists-in-Residence Open Call

For nearly four decades, Bemis Center’s core mission has been to provide artists from around the world dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work across conceptual, material, performative, and social practices. The independently driven atmosphere and communal environment encourage creative growth, experimentation, confrontation of challenges, and cultivation of new ideas.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: September 16 – November 13, 2020


DEADLINE: August 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: U.S.-based artists-in-residence receive a $1,000 USD monthly stipend and an additional $750 USD travel stipend. Due to the limitations of B2 visas (touring/visiting), international artists-in-residence are eligible to receive reimbursement of qualified expenses, such as airfare, ground transportation, and meals. Learn more here.


Darkroom Artist in Residence

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is proud to announce the open call for their Darkroom Residency for Winter 2019. This residency provides an opportunity for an artist to execute a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in the CHAW Darkroom and Photographic Facilities.

WHO: Photographers

DATES: November 2019 - March 2020

LOCATION: Washington, DC

DEADLINE: August 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: The residency offers three months of time and space to an artist or team of artists to experiment and realize new work and includes a $200 stipend for supplies not provided by the facilities. The residency culminates in an exhibition in the CHAW Main Floor Gallery in March 2020. Learn more here.


Artist Grants:

Betty Bowen Award

Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the annual Betty Bowen Award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The winner is awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $15,000, and a selection of his or her works is shown at the Seattle Art Museum in the spring of 2020. In addition, up to two Special Recognition Awards in the amount of $2,500 are often granted at the discretion of the Betty Bowen Committee.

WHO: U.S. artists in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho

AMOUNT: $15,000 or $2,500

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Selection is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria: the compelling nature of the artist’s ideas and contribution to the field, the quality and creativity of the work submitted for review, the artist’s commitment to developing their work, the impact the award will have on the artist and his/her career. Learn more here.


Artadia Award: San Francisco

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. In the past 18 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities. Awards are based on merit. The award money can be used however the artist sees fit.

WHO: All visual artists living and working in the current award city of San Francisco

AMOUNT: $10,000

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Artadia has active awards programs in the following cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. Awards are granted in participating cities on a rotating basis, so stay tuned for upcoming award cities. Learn more here.


Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the creation of the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, a $5,000 award for painters living in the United States and U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style. The award program will be administered by NYFA with funding provided by the Gu Family of the Recharge Foundation. The New Surrealist style is an extension of the Surrealist movement, where artists combine relatable imagery in uncanny and unexpected situations within their work.

WHO: U.S. artists

FIELD: Surrealism

AMOUNT: $5000

DEADLINE: August 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

FINE PRINT: Students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are eligible to apply for the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, however applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline. Learn more here.


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