Looking for your next art opportunity, but don't want to deal with entry fees? 

As artists, we're constantly looking for the next opportunity to share our art. However, a lot of artist opportunities out there also require an entry or application fee. While we understand why this is, it can end up being really expensive (especially if you're applying for more than one opportunity)! 

With this in mind, the team at Artwork Archive got to work to find the best artist grants and opportunities that require NO ENTRY OR APPLICATION FEE.

Below, you'll find a list that includes international residencies, competitions, grants, awards, and more, all of which are free to apply! 

Now, pricey entry fees are no excuse! Find the perfect opportunity below, and be sure to check back frequently as we'll continue to add free opportunities throughout the year! 

Ready to find the next big opportunity for your art business? Check out this guide for artist opportunities (sorted by those deadlines coming up first), then read on to learn how to make sure you’re ready to hit “send” as you're applying!

GRANTS FOR ARTISTS

 

Anolic Family Awards

The Anolic Family Awards are given to Jewish artists with a wide array of talents and goals. The Naomi Anolic Early Career Jewish Visual Arts Award offers $1,000 towards the completion of a specific project to an active early career Jewish visual artist between the ages of 25 and 35. The 2022 cycle of this award with focus on the fine arts: painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media.

The Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts Award offers $1,500 towards the creation of a unique, one-of-a-kind, or limited edition, work of art in the field of Jewish book arts. All active, professional Jewish artists who have exhibited within the last five years are eligible to apply for this award

DEADLINE:  June 1, 2022

AWARD INFO: $1,500

FEE: free to apply 

WHO: International; fine arts: painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media.

 

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grant 

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) partners with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need who are practicing in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography.

DEADLINE:  June 7, 2022

AWARD INFO: $5,000

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: National (U.S.); Only artists working in visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts or choreography may 

 

The Dexter Jones Award 

Open to sculptors with an outstanding work of sculpture in bas-relief. The use of figurative or realist sculpture or sculpture that is inspired by nature, is of greatest interest.

Eligibility: Applicants must have been born between 1982 – 2003. Applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

DEADLINE: June 20, 2022

AWARD INFO: $5,000 

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: National (U.S.); Sculpture 

 

NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant

The NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant program will distribute cash grants of $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis to cover art related expenses. The grant will be open to visual, media, music, performing, literary, and multidisciplinary artists who live in New York State outside of the five boroughs of NYC. Applicants must identify as disabled and be 21 years of age or older.

DEADLINE: June 28, 2022

AWARD INFO: $1000.00

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: Regional (Artists living in New York State); visual, media, music, performing, literary, and multidisciplinary art

 

Illuminations Grant

Queer | Art’s Illuminations Grant for early-career Black trans women visual artists supports visual artists who are self-identified Black trans women and trans femmes. Winning artists will receive a $10,000 grant as well as additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2022

AWARD INFO: $10,000.00

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: National (U.S.); BLack trans women and trans femmes; Visual art 

 

The HMS Visiting Artists Fellowship

The HMS Visiting Artists Fellowship is a new initiative at Palm Beach State College made possible by a generous grant from the Helen M Salzberg family. The fellowship aims to provide support for contemporary visual artists in Palm Beach County and works collaboratively with the Studio Art Program at Palm Beach State College.
The HMS Visiting Artists Fellowship will provide an endowment of $6,000 to one selected artist per year and facilitate exhibition and mentoring opportunities for this Visiting Artist. Selected artists will be responsible for fulfilling the following obligations:
· Selected artists will agree to donate one work or a limited-edition original print to the HMS Fine Arts Study Art Collection.
· Selected artists must make a lecture presentation for a student group and/or a community engagement workshop on or off campus. Additional funds of $1,000 per event for the facilitation of either a lecture presentation and/or community engagement workshop will be provided.
· Selected artists will be expected to make themselves available for mentorship opportunities on or off campus with the HMS Student Arts Mentorship recipients totaling 50-100 hours.
· Selected artists must write a year-end fellowship summary of their activities for presentation to the HMS Visiting Artists Fellowship Committee.
· Selected artists will agree to participate in a Biennale at the HMS Fine Arts Gallery.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2022

FEE: Free 

AMOUNT: $6000

WHO: State (Florida)Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

 

The HMS Visiting Artists Fellowship

The HMS Visiting Artists Fellowship is a new initiative at Palm Beach State College made possible by a generous grant from the Helen M Salzberg family. The fellowship aims to provide support for contemporary visual artists in Palm Beach County and works collaboratively with the Studio Art Program at Palm Beach State College.
The HMS Visiting Artists Fellowship will provide an endowment of $6,000 to one selected artist per year and facilitate exhibition and mentoring opportunities for this Visiting Artist. Selected artists will be responsible for fulfilling the following obligations:
· Selected artists will agree to donate one work or a limited-edition original print to the HMS Fine Arts Study Art Collection.
· Selected artists must make a lecture presentation for a student group and/or a community engagement workshop on or off campus. Additional funds of $1,000 per event for the facilitation of either a lecture presentation and/or community engagement workshop will be provided.
· Selected artists will be expected to make themselves available for mentorship opportunities on or off campus with the HMS Student Arts Mentorship recipients totaling 50-100 hours.
· Selected artists must write a year-end fellowship summary of their activities for presentation to the HMS Visiting Artists Fellowship Committee.
· Selected artists will agree to participate in a Biennale at the HMS Fine Arts Gallery.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2022

FEE: Free 

AMOUNT: $6000

WHO: State (Florida); Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

 

ARTADIA AWARDS

The Artadia Awards provide financial support, exposure, and recognition to artists. The awards are unrestricted, allowing artists to use the funds in any way they choose. The Artadia Awards provide financial support, exposure, and recognition to artists. The awards are unrestricted, allowing artists to use the funds in any way they choose. Each year, an open-call application is made available in each of the six active partner cities (LA, Chicago, New York, Louisville, San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston). Supporting artists equitably is a critical part of the Artadia Award process: we consider the unique populations of each community and are proud to reflect our country’s diversity with an Awardee pool that is over 50 percent female and over 40 percent persons of color.

DEADLINE: The Artadia application is open for one month in each program city.

Louisville Application: May 15 – June 15, 2022; San Francisco Application: June 1 – July 1, 2022; Prospect New Orleans Application: July 1 – Aug 1, 2022; Atlanta Application: Sept 1 – Oct 1, 2022; Houston Application: Sept 15 – Oct 15, 2022

AWARD INFO: Three Awardees in each city to receive unrestricted funds of $10,000. Marciano Artadia Awardee receives unrestricted funds of $25,000. 

FEE: FREE

WHO: Applicants must be contemporary visual artists, making artwork for presentation in a contemporary art context: museum, galleries, arts non-profit, the public art realm, etc. Artadia does not fund filmmakers making films for distribution in cinematic venues, or those working in choreography presented outside of a contemporary art context. More requirements are listed.

 

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

 Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:

  •  Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding

  •  Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

 Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $3,000, and the average grant is now $1,700.

DEADLINE:  Ongoing Deadline 

WHO: Residing in U.S. or U.S. territories. Visual and performing artists.

AMOUNT: Up to $3,000

FEE: FREE

 

Awesome Foundation Grant

A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiatives and public or social practice art projects.

DEADLINE: Ongoing—monthly grants offered.

AMOUNT: $1000

FEE: FREE

WHO: Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike. All Mediums 

FINE PRINT: Grants not given for studio space or strictly salary or supplies. Needs to make the community more “awesome.” Think public works. More info here.

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest-standing foundations, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope, in that it is available to students and artists around the world.

DEADLINE: Ongoing

WHO: Young artists pursuing their studies or in the early or developmental stage of their career. 

AMOUNT: First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each, and subsequent grants are in the amount of CAD $18,000 each (maximum three grants).

FEE: FREE

FINE PRINT: The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art. Grants are intended to assist applicants in the study or practice of their art, and the costs associated therewith, such as tuition, studio rental, model fees, travel, and living expenses. Eligible courses of study or training include undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate studies and diploma programs from accredited institutions, recognized residencies, apprenticeships/internships, and studio training. Grants are not intended as work or project grants for more experienced or mature artists.

 Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply. Learn more here.

 

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide 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. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical needs. 

DEADLINE: Ongoing Deadline 

WHO: Artists who can demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or their work. Painters, printmakers, sculptors.

AMOUNT: The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.

FEE: FREE

FINE PRINT: The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. Learn more here.

 

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance – we would like to help.

DEADLINE: Ongoing

AMOUNT: $200

FEE: FREE

WHO: US-based BIPOC artists and administrators

 

leveler: peer to peer wealth distribution

Leveler is a tool for people with job security to help people whose work status has been impacted by COVID-19. The list includes freelancers, etc. in the arts, nightlife, production, hospitality, music, and other fields. Click the "receive" button if you're seeking assistance.

DEADLINE: Ongoing

AMOUNT: To be determined

FEE: FREE

WHO: Artists and other freelancers

FINE PRINT: Must provide context (what you feel comfortable sharing about your situation), payment method, and social media handle for verification. Sign up here.

RESIDENCIES FOR ARTISTS

 

ALL THAT WE ARE 2022 residency program​

All that we are offers creative space for self-directed residencies in an extraordinary house overlooking tidal waters. Artists from all disciplines come to all that we are to create and reflect on their work. The property is in a place of great beauty and within the driving of some of the remaining wilderness in the world. In the property, you feel close to the natural world and in a place of reflection, peace, and connection. The property has multiple creative spaces including a library, studios, and 5 acres of land. We are programming for the first half of 2022 – the border restrictions have been lifted and January to June is the best weather of the year in Tasmania. The hosts, Simon and Victoria, offer support when required but also know how to stay out of your way. They can offer specific coaching in reflective practice and leadership, particularly in community-engaged practice.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2022

DATES: Min 1 week and maximum 4 weeks; January 29–June 10, 2022

FEE: Free to apply

WHO: International; all disciplines/mediums 

 

ARTEMISTA Residency

ARTEMISTA is a non-profit Cultural Association that deals with Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Social Projects and Environmental Awareness Education, immersed in the northern Italian rural communities of the Po Valley and surrounding wine growing hills of “OltrePo. 

Through its residency programme, ARTEMISTA selects individuals or groups (up to 20 people) with creative and original proposals. Thanks to the physical characteristics of our workplace, we aim to offer different opportunities to Artists-in-Residency:

– research-based residencies
– production-based residencies
– interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial residencies

DEADLINE: June 2, 2022.

DATES: August 22nd – September 11 2022.  Artists can apply to be in residence for a minimum of 1 week and maximum of 3 weeks

FEE: Free to apply; see website for resident fees. 

WHERE: OltrePo Italy

WHO: International;  visual Arts, theatre, dance, performance, music, film, photography, literature and more.

 

2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence Program

A year long residency at The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA offering free studio space

The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA is proud to continue its Artist-in-Residence program for the 2022-2023 season. This season, The Umbrella Visual Arts and Arts and Environment Departments are amping up the calls to action on climate change through a series of exhibitions and programs. We are seeking an Artist-in-Residence whose work also expresses urgency and invites participation around climate action.

The Umbrella’s Artist-in-Residence program offers a year-long studio residency in a vibrant multidisciplinary art center with 50 artist studios, an independent ceramics classroom, makerspace, performance and gallery spaces in historic Concord, Massachusetts. Our Artists-in-Residence create new bodies of work for exhibition at the culmination of their residency and engage the greater Concord community in their practice throughout the year. Applicants may be in any stage of their career and may work in any medium including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, clay, textiles, digital media, film, mixed media, or public art. Interdisciplinary artists welcome! BIPOC and artists of all backgrounds and identities are encouraged to apply!

DEADLINE: June 5, 2022.

DATES: September 1, 2022 – August 15, 2023.

FEE: Free

WHERE: Concord MA

WHO: International; painting, sculpture, installation, photography, clay, textiles, digital media, film, mixed media, or public art.

 

The Old School Residency 

The Old School Residency is the first international artist residency program in Bulgaria. 

We offer a place for creative work and relax. A locus for individual artists or a small group of artists – up to 6 people – to ruminate, reflect and rejuvenate. Gorna Lipnitsa (www.gornalipnitsa.com/en/history), is a rural community, where the present and the past complement and contrast one another. Here, the spirit of Socialism is still alive, remnants of which can be found throughout the streets of the village. Upon visiting us, you will be enveloped by the bucolic scenery, crisp, clean air, silence, economical and fresh food, amiable community, and opportunity for true inspiration.

The Old school residency is a multidisciplinary residency program, we accept artists who create in the field of the visual arts (painting and drawing, wall painting, photography, installations, video, filmmaking, land art, etc.) and performance arts (music, dance, theatre).

DEADLINE: June 5, 2022.

DATES: Three residency sessions from July to September 2022

FEE: Free to apply; see website for resident fees. 

WHERE: Bulgaria

WHO: International; visual arts (painting and drawing, wall painting, photography, installations, video, filmmaking, land art, etc.) and performance arts (music, dance, theatre).

 

CREEKSIDE ARTS Residency

CREEKSIDE ARTS is an Artist-in-Residency Program that is a unique opportunity to reflect, create and explore in an inspiring setting among the Redwoods of Northern California. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate a project focus on what is dear to our community: Land, place, community, nature, climate, education, and social and political consciousness..

We provide an inspiring natural setting among the coastal redwoods of Northern California for individuals as well as collaborative artistic work and expression. We welcome artists from a broad range of creative disciplines. We provide a unique opportunity to reflect, create and explore away from the hectic demands and constraints of daily life.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2022.

DATES: 3 weeks October 1–23, 2022

FEE: Free to apply; see website for resident fees. 

WHERE: Humboldt County, Northern California, USA

WHO: International; visual artists, ceramic artists, performing arts artists, writers, and composers. Workshops, performances

 

La Macina di San Cresci Residency

Live and work in the shadow of the oldest church in all of Chianti, built in the 10th century, painstakingly restored by two lifelong art lovers skilled in design and architecture.

At La Macina, artists can find whatever sort of process they need; we have a thriving and close-knit community made up of visiting artists and local friends, but there is plenty of peace and quiet for those who seek relaxation and escape. Residents can take classes in fresco, watercolor, Florentine artisanal upholstery, paper decoration, and more. Artists will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas on outings to local sites with cultural and historical significance. We are happy to arrange other activities, like Italian language lessons and cooking classes.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2022.

DATES: minimum of 1 week from July 1–December 31, 2022

FEE: Free to apply; see website for resident fees. 

WHERE: Chianti, Italy

WHO: International; drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, design and architecture.

 

BROTA Residency

BROTA invites artists from all over the world to create in dialogue with the cosmopolitan and dynamic city of Buenos Aires in Argentina. BROTA residency dedicates particular attention to projects exploring the interplay of nature and urban environment, within the Anthropocene the current geological epoch of extensive human modification of ecological and geological processes. The word combines the root “anthropo”, meaning “human” with the root “-cene”, the standard suffix for “epoch” in geologic time.

“BROTA” means -sprout- which is one of our residency objectives: see emerge, develop and thrive artist’s work and projects that can be part of this unique and enriching experience. The selection of the artists will be based on the artistic quality of their work, their motivation and their potential to make the most of the opportunity offered by the residency. The open call is all year round and English, Spanish and French language is spoken.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2022.

DATES: one to three months residency period until December 31, 2022

FEE: Free to apply; see website for resident fees. 

WHERE: Buenos Aires, Argentina

WHO: International; Visual artists all mediums

 

L’AiR Arts residency

L’AiR Arts residency program grounds its commitment to the contemporary arts from a historical perspective. Located in Montparnasse, known as a historic hub for international artists during the 20th century Ecole de Paris period, our residency program is dedicated to the historical legacy of this prolific period of intercultural and artistic exchange.

​In 2021, L’AiR Arts has initiated a cultural heritage project of preserving and restoring the last atelier of the prominent artist's community of Cité Falguière. Following the extensive research and restoration program, the Atelier is scheduled to reopen in 2022 as an International Arts Research Residency – keeping its original purpose and the name, Atelier 11. A new emblematic home for L’AiR Arts, the Atelier 11 residency will welcome local and international professionals for solo and duo projects, that will run parallel to international group programs, partner residencies, and events open to a broader community.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2022 

DATES: Two weeks to 2 months; October 1– August 1, 2022 

WHERE: Paris, France 

FEE: Free to apply

WHO: International; Drawing, Photography, Multidisciplinary, Writing, Visual Art 

 

Seto Ceramics and Glass Art​ Exchange Program

This program supports ceramic and glass artists from all over the world in order to exchange ideas with local artists, which will bring new different perspectives to Seto City with more than 1000 years of ceramic history. This program also intends to encourage Seto citizens to encounter different forms of artistic expression through the art and cultural activities. We welcome the artists who have a strong desire to build new rapport with Seto citizens and interact with Japanese artist through creating new artworks together.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2022 

DATES: 45-60 days, from October to December 2022

WHERE: Seto, Japan

FEE: free to apply, see website for resident fees

WHO: International; Ceramic Artists

 

Bascom Education Fellowship 

The Bascom offers disciplined artists and educators opportunities to take on significant responsibilities that further themselves as art professionals. Benefits include housing, studio access, teaching opportunities, the potential for exhibition, and more. The Education Fellowship is a 2 – 3 month summer position (flexible dates upon approval) under the supervision of the Director of Education and Outreach. First and foremost, the Education Fellow is Lead Instructor for youth summer art programs at The Bascom during our busy summer season (June – August). The instructor also designs self-guided museum activities for the public and supports other public programs with youth and adults.

DEADLINE: Ongoing deadline

WHERE: Highlands, North Carolina 

FEE: Free to apply

WHO: National; Art Education
 

COMPETITIONS FOR ARTISTS

 

Emotions 2022 (Exhibition and Publication)

Emotions 2022 encourages artists to provide artworks that display human feelings and emotions. The selected artworks will be published in The Book of Art publication and showcased in an online international group exhibition by Gallerium, June 15 - July 15, 2022. Eckman listed the basic six types of human emotions as: Happiness, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger, Surprise. As emotions are the keystone to experiencing art, we invite you to express your artistic world of human emotions and feelings. This dual opportunity is open to all artists; working in any art medium worldwide. 

DEADLINE: June 2, 2022

DATES: June 15 - July 15, 2022

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: International; all mediums

 

ARTZEPT – Zepter International Design Award

Zepter International is pleased to announce 18th design competition ARTZEPT for 2021 entitled LIGHT & OPTIMISM, for the conceptual solution and making of a sculptural shape with light effects intended for the exterior – a garden, which creates a modern and sculptural illuminated design. A selection of the sculptural forms will be on display outside the new, soon-to-be-opened Zepter Art House. The contestants are expected to propose a visual solution for illuminated sculptures, for a maximum height of 3,5 m, technically feasible in a wide range of modern, durable and weather-proof materials.

It is required that the entries are done as 3D creations presented in one of the customary ways such as a drawing, photography, photomontage, a digital simulation or similar, accompanied by a suitable text description. 

DEADLINE: June 15, 2022

AWARD INFO1st place: €10,000

FEE: FREE

WHO: International; Sculpture

 

Key Colours International Competition 2022

 Clavis Publishing and the city of Hasselt launch the 14th edition of Key Colours, the two-yearly international contest for illustrators of children’s books. Only a children’s book, intended for children from 2 to 7 years old, can qualify for the award. A professional jury will judge the artistic, literary, and child-oriented qualities of the works.

The text must be sent in the original language. If the original language is not the Dutch, French, English, or German language, a translation in one of those four languages should be added.

A children’s story must be told and illustrated in exactly 24 pages.

DEADLINE: July 21, 2022

AWARD INFOwinner receives 7,500 € and the winning work will be published by Clavis Publishing.

FEE: FREE

WHO: International; Illustrators

 

 

Embracing Our Differences – 2023 Exhibit

Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, students are asked to submit their interpretation of the theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.”

Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art or creative writing submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences juried competition.

Your art must be HORIZONTAL in orientation. Click here to download templates for creating Embracing Our Differences artwork in the proper dimensions.

DEADLINE: October 5, 2022

AWARD INFOA total of $3,000 will be presented in the form of three separate awards – $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult”, “Best-in-Show Student” and the “People’s Choice”.

FEE: FREE

WHO: International; Any discipline

OPEN CALLS FOR ARTISTS

 

Mural Exhibit: "Identity"

Allez! is looking for 7-14 artists (or art teams!) to create smaller mural works which exemplify the theme: "Identity". This show will have a single word “theme” to give the artists a jumping off point, but still keep the show cohesive. Artists are invited to create on smaller quarter or half panels (see our Layout options below), so that we can feature as many as 14 artists on the wall, and is a great option for artists just starting out in the mural arts. The exhibit will run the second Friday of March through the end of June 2023.

DEADLINE: May 27, 2022

DATES: March 10, 2023 - July 12, 2023

FEE: free to apply

WHO: International; Public Art, Mural

 

I, Art

The Arnatt Gallery at the University of Calgary invites all artists working in or with digital media of any sort to this exhibition. Any work on the subject of personal identity or transformation in an age of computers is welcome to apply.

The exhibition will be held at the Arnatt Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, between June 6-10.

DEADLINE: May 29, 2022

DATES: June 6–10th, 2022

FEE: free to apply

WHO: International; 2D digital media forms

 

"Through the Mask: Conversations about Culture and Covid"

Statement of Purpose:

In collaboration with PA Sharp, the McCarl Gallery at Saint Vincent College Exhibition highlights responses to the pandemic and conversations about loneliness, the culture and history of masking, and the impact of Covid on the creative community and our communities at large.

Exhibition Prospectus:

This project will look carefully at many of the ways masks have been used in the past and will explore the meanings attached to them. It will also explore the use of masks in the current pandemic and how we can use the symbol of masking to look at the relationships between power, culture, and social justice. Art that does not involve masking, yet considers the impact of the pandemic will also be considered and is encouraged.

DEADLINE: May 30, 2022

DATES: November 9, 2022 - February 3, 2023

AWARD INFO: $200 Best of Show

FEE: Free to apply

WHO: International; Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting

 

Art in the Park Sculpture Walk

Rock Falls Tourism is hosting its 5th Annual Art in the Park Sculpture Walk. Our beautiful RB&W Park that sits on the Rock River is home to 10 sculptures. Two of the sculptures are permanent. We are looking for 8 new sculptures that are changed out every September. The submissions are judged and voted on by the Rock Falls Tourism Committee in June. The selected pieces will receive a stipend of $1,000.00 and will be placed in the RB&W Park on September 2, 2022 and remain there for 1 year. The Art in the Park Sculpture Walk event where we introduce the new sculptures to the park will take place on Saturday, September 3rd. You will receive a free hotel room stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (right next to the park) and invite you to stay for the event so that we can introduce you and the public can meet you. We also have an outdoor art gallery the day of the event as well and are welcome to bring other smaller art pieces to showcase and/or sell. Just give us a call (815 622-1106) and will be happy to send out the submission forms to you. We look forward to hearing from you.

DEADLINE:  June 1, 2022

FEE: Free to apply

WHO: National (U.S.); Sculpture, Public Art 

 

Emotions 2022 (Exhibition and Publication)

Emotions 2022 encourages artists to provide artworks that display human feelings and emotions. The selected artworks will be published in The Book of Art publication and showcased in an online international group exhibition by Gallerium, June 15 - July 15, 2022. Eckman listed the basic six types of human emotions as: Happiness, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger, Surprise. As emotions are the keystone to experiencing art, we invite you to express your artistic world of human emotions and feelings. This dual opportunity is open to all artists; working in any art medium worldwide. 

DEADLINE: June 2, 2022

DATES: June 15 - July 15, 2022

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: International; all mediums 

 

Data + Art Festival

The Data + Art Festival is a one-day event to celebrate data as a medium in art, recognize the importance of art in industry, and break down the barriers of collaboration between data practitioners and artists of all backgrounds.

We are calling on artists to submit their artwork for our festival. In addition, a panel of data scientists and artists alike will determine winners for a cash prize in our two submission categories. Deadline for submissions is June 3, 2022. Pieces will be chosen based on how much they relate to our theme of Digital Wellbeing, along with originality, concept, and technical craft. For the cash prize, up to three works will be chosen for each category, with the first-place prize being $1000. Artists will be notified by June 10, 2022 on invitation, and the prize winners will be announced at the festival. Chosen artists are encouraged to attend in-person to present their work in whatever capacity they can, but not required.

DEADLINE:  June 3, 2022

DATES: June 23, 2022 - June 23, 2022

AWARD INFO: Cash Prize $1000 1st Place , $500 2nd Place

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: National (U.S.); Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

 

Kingdom Animalia - 2022 (Mammals, Birds, Fish, Insects, Reptiles, Pets)

Exhibizone is pleased to invite you to submit your brilliant art of animals of the world. Mammals, Birds, Fish, Insects, Reptiles, and Pets are members of the Kingdom Animalia and are welcome to take a stand in Kingdom Animalia international online group exhibition. Win Cash Prizes and Exhibit your Art, July 1-31, 2022. Both representational and abstract artists in any media are welcome. Submitting to this artist call is free of charge, and a small selection fee applies to selected artists only. 

DEADLINE:  June 12, 2022

DATES: July 1-31, 2022

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: International; all medium 

 

CALL FOR EXHIBITS 2022/23 - Gifts of Art at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan

The Gifts of Art Program is seeking submissions for solo and group art exhibits for the September 2022 to August 2023 exhibition year. One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in the nation, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan. Our nine 2-D and 3-D galleries throughout the medical center are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day and display over 30 exhibits a year.

Gifts of Art’s rotating gallery program is intended to support the healing process by calming nerves, lifting spirits, engaging minds and thereby reducing the stress and anxiety often associated with healthcare settings. With large patient, staff and visitor populations that are diverse in every way imaginable, we strive to be inclusive and honor this diversity by mounting exhibits that reflect today's world.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2022

DATES: September 2022 to August 2023 

FEE: No fee

WHO: National (U.S.); Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

 

International 3D Symposium

The World Youth & Culture Foundation seeks 10 student artists for a symposium and exhibition at the Haitai Sculpture Studio near Seoul, South Korea. Participating artists receive $3,000 Scholarship, airfare, accommodation, meals, materials and so on. Juror: Tae-Guen Yang. The International 3D Symposium is an event in which selected students from art colleges over the world can stay and create sculpture together during the symposium to share their know-how in production while experiencing and sharing the culture! Eligibility: Currently attending undergraduate/graduate students majoring in fine art especially 3D arts (sculpture) / Must be able to travel overseas by her/himself. 

DEADLINE: June 17, 2022.

DATES: September 10 & 11, 2022

AWARD INFO:  Over $3,000 in cash awards

FEE: Free to apply 

WHO: International; undergraduate/graduate students majoring in fine art especially 3D arts (sculpture)

 

SculptFest22 

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest22. 

The theme for this year’s outdoor exhibition is Games, guest curated by sculptor Evan Morse.

Games are usually a form of recreation, a means to play and enjoy oneself. They are often social activities, a way to make new friends and spend time with old ones. They can provoke competition, pitting individuals or teams against each other. Some games involve varying degrees of chance, real or metaphorical rolls of the dice, and some games are entirely skill-based, testing creative and mathematical thinking, such as chess. While some games are entirely mental, others are highly physical. The Olympic Games are an opportunity for athletes to prove themselves at the highest level, and those who are masters at any game can parlay those achievements to real world success.

DEADLINE: June 22, 2022

DATES: September 10 – October 23

FEE: Free

WHO: International; sculptors, installation artists, sound artists, video artists, web-based artists, performance based visual artists, multimedia

 

 

Call for Entry & Submissions

ANARCHA is a print magazine. Do you have content that shocks, offends, or offers a unique perspective on the theme of performance?

The theme of the first edition is performance. Explore the concept of performance. Consider the relationship between performance and belief, work, power, roles, gender, ritual, art, relationships & sex. Is it more genuine to perform or to avoid performance? How does performance limit, liberate or anonymize experiences? How does performance uphold our beliefs? How do we perform love? What lifts us out of the ordinary? What is performed and what comes naturally? Is performance always intentional?

DEADLINE: November 30, 2022

FEE: FREE

WHO: International; Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

Smack Mellon Solo Exhibition Proposals

Smack Mellon welcomes proposals from emerging and under-recognized mid-career artists. Proposals will be considered for both Gallery One (the larger front space) and Gallery Two (the smaller back space). For Gallery One we encourage site-specific projects and installations that respond to the unusual architecture of the space. Only artists who do not have commercial gallery representation in New York City will be considered.

DEADLINE: December 2, 2022

FEE: FREE

WHO: Local (New York); All medium

 

Art Now Management

Art Now Management provides artists and arts organizations with branding, marketing, and career assistance. How do you advance yourself and your work in this market? Consultant with over 25 years in the Contemporary Art Market, an MBA in Marketing from New York University, a former gallery owner, a degree in Art History from Columbia University, and a graduate of MoMA. Experienced professional business writer for grants, exhibition proposals, and all other related documents. Need help with sales and gallery placement strategies? Expert guidance. Strategic, pragmatic, and helpful. Have questions? Speak with an expert. Email or call for a free initial consultation. Helping artists achieve their goals since 2004!

DEADLINE:  December 8, 2022

FEE: FREE

WHO: International; Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

 

The Working Artist: Free Stuff to Help Artists

You'll receive important resources to build your career, including:

• The 10 Steps to Working as an Artist

• How to Sell Art eBook

• 22 Ways Artists Make Money from Creativity (2022 report)

• The Working Artist’s Guide to Public Art

• How to Connect with Art World Decision-Makers (video training)

• And much more

DEADLINE: December 31, 2022

FEE: FREE

WHO: International; All Mediums

 

Open Call for Submissions: 

The Woven Tale Press, a fine art online and print magazine, is seeking to feature artists and their work in all mediums, from painting to mixed media, fiber, installation, and the experimental. Go to thewoventalepress.net for more information. No submission fee.

DEADLINE:  December 31, 2022

FEE: Free

WHO: International; all mediums, from painting to mixed media, fiber, installation, and the experimental

 

City of Santa Clarita Open Call for Art 

Interested in exhibiting your artwork for one of our many exhibit locations throughout the City of Santa Clarita? Please fill out our online application to be considered. This call is open year-round and spaces are juried by committee. 

DEADLINE: Ongoing Deadline. 

FEE: Free to apply

WHO: Regional (Santa Clarita); All mediums

 

Price Sculpture Forest 

There are many opportunities to exhibit your art at Price Sculpture Forest. We encourage your participation. The park will provide you with excellent public exposure in a beautiful setting. We offer early phase participants 100% of your sales proceeds with no commission, to encourage the inclusion of your best work and to support you as an artist. We are also offering early participants the opportunity to personally choose the best locations within the park where you would best like to present your sculpture to the public.  Marketing of you and your work will be provided

DEADLINE: Ongoing Deadline. 

FEE: Free to apply

WHO: International; Sculpture 

 

Visual AIDS Artist+ Registry and Archive Project

Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. We embrace diversity and difference in our staff, leadership, artists and audiences

DEADLINE: Ongoing

FEE: Free

WHO: International; All mediums 

 

Here are a couple of great sites we recommend to find even more free opportunities!

Artwork Archive | Call for Entry

Free to peruse, we feature everything from dream residencies and life-changing grants, to fun festivals, art business workshops, and competitions for some extra cash. We make it easy to search, too! Filter by opportunity type, location, event dates, eligibility, and more to find exactly what your art practice needs to flourish.

CaFÉ

While you may know this site for its wide array of calls for shows, exhibitions, and residencies, this site also boasts a collection of grants and awards. Search through the listings at no cost which covers all the need-to-know details for applying, including entry deadline, fees, location eligibility, and more.

The Art Guide

Not sure if you want to apply through a third party, Art Guide is the free artist opportunity site for you. This call for entries website allows you to apply directly to the organization offering the grant. The list is updated daily so there'll always be a great new opportunity to pursue.

ArtOpportunities.org

Formerly Artist Opportunity Monthly, all you need to do is sign up with your email and they send you thoroughly screened opportunities every month, including grants. AOM prides itself on ensuring each opportunity is worthwhile. A more comprehensive monthly list is offered at $5 a year.

ArtDeadline.com

Another site you may have heard of is ArtDeadline.com. According to their website, it is “the largest and most respected source for artists seeking income and exhibition opportunities.” The site may cost you a subscription fee of $20 a year to view the majority of its opportunities, but you can still browse many grants listed for free on their homepage and the @ArtDeadline Twitter account.

Curator Space

CuratorSpace is a project management toolkit for curators, organizers, galleries, and artists. It is designed to take the hassle out of managing exhibitions, competitions, fairs, and a whole lot more. Plus, they are a great site for finding art opportunities worldwide!

Re-title.com

Re-title is a service for professional contemporary artists searching for opportunities, such as competitions, exhibitions, residencies, etc. A site for international contemporary art, this is another great site to find opportunities around the world! There’s even a map you can click on to search opportunities regionally and world clocks at the top of their site so you can submit applications on time!

Resartis.org

Res Artist is a Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies from around the globe. The network comprises more than 700 vetted members in over 85 countries. They aim to support and connect residencies, engage and advocate the importance of residencies in today’s society by providing artists with resources and upcoming residency information. 

Art Rabbit 

Art Rabbit compiles a selection of international open calls and opportunities for contemporary art-related competitions, prizes, exhibitions, awards, proposals, and grants for artists, writers, and curators. They publish a selection of open calls from a pool of submissions and editorial research. Only open calls believed to offer meaningful benefits to applicants at different stages of their careers are published.

Creative Capital 

Creative Capital is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to fund artists in the creation of groundbreaking new work in the visual arts, performing arts, literature, film, technology, and multidisciplinary practices, including socially-engaged work in all forms. Our pioneering model of grantmaking also provides thousands of artists with scaffolding and infrastructure support via professional development programs, networking opportunities, and educational resources.

Art Show 

Artshow.com attracts thousands of artists and art enthusiasts each day. They advertise worldwide juried shows, exhibitions, and competitions across any and all mediums. Artshow.com has been recognized in "Must-See Web Sites for Artists" by The Artist's Magazine and has received favorable mention in several other art publications, including American Artist, Southwest Art, Watercolor Magic, and The Pastel Journal, as well as The Wall Street Journal.

 

Ready to apply?

Applications can be extensive. After all, organizations need to ensure their funding will be in good hands. 

Be prepared to present yourself in the best light by having your information and images in an organized manner—and avoiding the last-minute stress of scrambling to find files.

Art inventory software like Artwork Archive can help you get ready to apply for grants and opportunities without the hassle. 

With Artwork Archive, you can manage jury-ready photos of your work and their inventory details, as well as generate professional documents like portfolio pages and inventory reports. If asked for a list of past exhibitions and competitions to validate your professional status, you can see your complete show history with the click of a button. Just think of the time you’ll save not having to remember or dig up all of this information!

You can even add application deadlines to the “My Schedule” feature and receive email reminders before it’s time to submit so you never miss out on these opportunities.