In search of an artist grant or opportunity? We have you covered.

Each month, Artwork Archive goes out to find the best artist residencies, grants, and calls-for-entry for artists around the world. 

These opportunities can help keep your art business running—whether it’s an emergency grant, an open call, or even a residency down the road. To save you time searching, take a look at some of the opportunities for artists we’ve found with deadlines coming up in the month of June.

And, don't forget to download the Complete Guide to 2021 Artist Opportunities and save a copy of all the best opportunities this year to your desktop. 

Ready to find the next big opportunity for your art business? Check out our June guide for artists (sorted by those deadlines coming up first):

2022 AIRIE Residency 

Preservation of our natural environment and the fight against climate change will only be successful if there is racial equity in the movement. Historically, Black, Indigenous, People of Color and other marginalized voices have been devalued and suppressed in environmental conversations. AIRIE believes artists have the communicative ability to lead society to a more inclusive and just future. Over the course of the 2022 season, AIRIE is investigating the question, how we can make the outdoors a space of belonging? We ask you, the artist, to engage with this theme and the natural world through your artistic practice as we build new paths forward.

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Location: Miami, FL

Application fee: $10

Fine Print: Artists from any discipline should apply if their practice would benefit from:

Up to a month-long artist residency in the Everglades National Park (in fully furnished and air-conditioned accommodations); Financial support through a $4000 fellowship grant; Connection to scientists, researcher, and practitioners working in the Everglades; Opportunities to connect with other AIRIE 2022 Fellows; Public engagement opportunities through AIRIE and Everglades National Park programming, including the annual AIRIE Environment + Art Summit.


2021 21C Artadia Award

21c Museum Hotels, a multi-venue contemporary art museum and award-winning hospitality company, and Artadia are thrilled to be partnering for the inaugural 21c Artadia Award which will grant one Louisville artist $10,000 in unrestricted funds.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

WHO: Contemporary visual artists living and working within the eligible Louisville Metro area counties. Learn more here

HOW MUCH: $10,000

LOCATION: Louisville, Kentucky


The Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities

The program will distribute $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to launch The Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities. The program will distribute unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. The program is open to visual, media, music, performing, and literary artists who live in New York City (five boroughs).

DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

WHO: Applicants must identify as having a disability and need to be actively creating in visual, media, music, performing, or literary arts. Learn more here.

HOW MUCH: $1000


The Evolution Grant

Submission Deadline: June 25, 2021

Event Dates: August 6, 2021

Entry Fee: $35.00

Award Info: $1000.00

Who: International artists in  Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Innovate Grant

The Innovate Grant was created out of the frustration of applying to grants with time-consuming requirements. Lengthy applications take valuable time and energy away from making new work. Countless hours are sacrificed in either writing artist statements, crafting project proposals, and getting letters of recommendation. Innovate Grant believes that time is one of the most valuable components to fostering creativity and innovation. Their aim is to provide the time you need to be fully immersed in your ideas and in creating your work. The grant process is simple, enabling you to spend more time on your important journey of creation, inspiration, and innovation. Two (2) $550.00 grants are distributed in each quarter, one to a Visual Artist and one to a Photographer.

Submission Deadline: June 10, 2021

Entry Fee: $25 USD

Award Info: Two grants will be awarded to two winners- one Visual Artist and one Photographer. Winners will be featured on Innovate Grant’s website and will receive a one time unrestricted $550.00 grant. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit.

Who: International Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older working in Photography, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Film/Video, Mixed Media, Installation, New Media


Artist Relief

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists across the United States facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and work with the COVID-10 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, to better identify and address the needs of artists. We define “dire financial emergencies” as the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, childcare, and food.

Deadline: June 23, 2021

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: $5,000 grants will be available and distributed over four months to allow time for internal processing as well as communication to research as many artists as possible, especially to those who may not have immediate access to technology or other resources to complete an application quickly. 

Eligibility: Practicing artists living in all 50 states, Tribal nations, and territories including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands working in Craft, Design, Film, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts, Writing. Must be 18 years or older and have generally lived and worked in the U.S. for the last two years. See more here. 


Figurative Art Now

To celebrate the Federation of British Artists’ 60th anniversary, artists based in the UK have the opportunity to exhibit in a new online exhibition: Figurative Art Now. All entries will be considered by an eminent panel of judges including artists, curators and gallerists. Selected artists will show their work with the Mall Galleries and win prizes including £5,000 in cash, a solo exhibition, and mentorship. 

Deadline: June 1

Entry Fee: £10 - £15


2021 Summerlin Festival of Arts

Summerlin Festival of Arts is celebrating its 26th year in 2021. Located on a grassy park-like area, The Lawn, in beautiful Downtown Summerlin, this established outdoor art festival features fine art and crafts. The celebration's focus is to support fine artists and artisans. The two-day event draws serious art buyers - all ages, including families from the Las Vegas area and out-of-towners. Art enthusiasts enjoy fine arts and crafts in the inviting and festive atmosphere in Downtown Summerlin, a walkable open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Parking for both artists and patrons is convenient to the site. The art festival hours are 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Saturday (October 9) and Sunday (October 10). The event is free and open to the public.

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Event Dates: October 9, 2021 - October 10, 2021

Entry Fee: $25 jury fee

Type: Exhibition

Eligibility: National

Categories: Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Carbondale Clay National XV: The Narrative Figure

Carbondale Clay National is a national exhibition of ceramic art held annually at the Carbondale Clay Center Gallery in Carbondale, CO. Each year CCC’s selected juror(s) develop a theme for the exhibition, invite a handful of contemporary ceramic artists who emulate the theme, and choose about 25-30 works (scale-dependent) from the jury pool.

2021 Guest Jurors: Kyle & Kelly Phelps

2021 Invited Artists: Roberto Lugo, Mac Star McCusker, & Keith Smith

Open to all types of ceramics/ceramics materials: utilitarian pots or sculptural ceramics. Submission should be at least 50% clay. All work must have been completed within the last two years, must be original, and must be for sale. The artist must own the sole copyright to art. Substitutions of accepted works will not be allowed. All delivered work must match the juried image exactly

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Event Dates: September 4, 2021 - September 25, 2021

Entry Fee: $30

Award Info: Jurors' Choice $500, Staff Selection $250, People's Choice $100

Who: International artists working in Craft/Traditional Arts, Sculpture


Publication + Exhibition Opportunity for Emerging Artists in Volume 14

Apply to have your work considered to be published in Volume 14 by Friend of the Artist and for an online exhibition through ArtiStellar. To live up to our mission of '"elevating emerging artists", we will ship this volume to over 50 galleries and art institutions. Accepted artists will also have a written statement about their works by an arts writer and have a 4-page spread of their work.

We are fortunate to have some fantastic jurors. Volume 14 will be guest juried by Adele Smejkal, Angeliki Kim Jonsson, Nina Blumberg, Federica Fiumelli, and Sofia Carreira-Wham.

Deadline: June 6, 2021

Entry Fee: 25

Type: Exhibition

Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

$550.00 Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers

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. For more information and to apply visit

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

Deadline: June 10, 2021

Entry Fee: $25

Award Info: Innovate Grant awards two $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer.

Who: International artists working in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Call for Art-LUMIÈRE

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 from your perspective.

Deadline: June 11, 2021

Event Dates: July 9, 2021

Entry Fee: 20.00

Award Info: $800.00

Who: International artists in Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture



Design and Build Summer 2021 Internship

Collaboratively create artworks for a professional art exhibition this summer at The Museum of Outdoor Arts’ indoor gallery. MOA is seeking up to 8 interns for the summer of 2021 (August 2 -September 24) to work under the direction of our Design and Build Fellow Artist, Tiffany Matheson. Participants will have an opportunity to collaboratively create a body of work for MOA’s main indoor gallery. The 2021 project includes creating a temporary multi-media-based exhibition at the MOA indoor gallery under the theme of “fantasy.” MOA will host a reception opening on September 24th and the exhibition will be on public view through the remainder of 2021.

Deadline: June 13, 2021

Dates: August 2, 2021 - September 24, 2021

Award Info: Paid Art Internship

Who: Colorado artists working in craft/traditional arts, photography, drawing, film/video/new media, mixed-media/multi-discipline, painting, sculpture


Contemporary Art Gallery Online Announces an International Call for Artists to Participate in the 8th Annual 2021 “ALL Abstraction” Art Competition & Exhibition

Contemporary Art Gallery Online has opened the “ALL Abstraction” Art Competition and Exhibition. Entries are accepted from May 17th, 2021 to June 13th, 2021. Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all 2D and 3D artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. An exhibition of all entrants will be held online from June 16th to July 13h, 2021. Artists should submit their best representational and non-representational art.

Deadline: June 13, 2021

Event Dates: June 16, 2021 - July 13, 2021

Entry Fee: $15 for up to three images, $25 for up to five images, and $35 for up to eight. Funds in US Dollars.

Award Info: Prizes include Memberships to Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Extensive Marketing, Winner’s Certificates, Inclusion in the Annual Anthology Publication, Event Collateral, and much more.

WhoInternational artists working in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

Known as the UK’s most important open exhibition for drawing, the TBW Drawing Prize gives artists the opportunity to show their work to a prestigious panel of selectors, an exhibit on a national tour of the UK, and win £27,000 in cash prizes.

Who: Drawing practitioners (artists, designers, architects, engineers) from around the world.

Amount: Up to £10,000 in cash

Fine Print: The Selectors for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 are Sheela Gowda, Artist, Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Galleries Scotland, and Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London. The Working Drawing Award will be selected by Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee, Charles O. Job, Designer & Architect, and Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival.

Applicants may submit up to three drawings in total. Entry fees are listed below.

Standard Entry: 1 drawing = £20; 2 drawings = £30; 3 drawings = £40

Student Entry: 1 drawing = £15; 2 drawings = £20; 3 drawings = £25

Deadline: 15 June


Americas 2021: All Media Call For Entries

Works in any medium, traditional or experimental, including photographs, qualify. Work must have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in an Americas 2000 exhibition. Entries will be judged from high-resolution electronic images. Cash and purchase awards.

Organization: Northwest Arts Center

Deadline: June 15, 2021

Event Dates: August 13, 2021 - September 25, 2021

Entry Fee: 2 entires $30; add. entries $5 each, max of 5 entries

Award Info: Cash & Purchase Awards: five Merit Awards, Best of Show. BoS winner earns a solo exhibition and an invitation to the Best of the Best exhibit.

Who: International artists in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


3rd Annual “5 Dollars, 5 Entries, 5 Winners” – Summer Special Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the gallery’s 3rd Annual “5 Dollars, 5 Entries, 5 Winners” Summer Special Online art Competition. The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists, age 18+ (including photographers & digital artists) from around the world to make online submissions for possible inclusion in the Gallery’s “5 Dollar, 5 Entries, 5 Winners” Summer Special online group art exhibition.

Deadline: June 15, 2021

Event Dates: July 5, 2021 - September 5, 2021

Entry Fee: $5

Award Info: Winners receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.

Who: International artists in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Print Issue n°03 - Open Call - VAST Art Magazine

Deadline: June 16, 2021

Entry Fee: 35

Award Info: Thirty (30) artists will be selected and profiled in full-color print spread showcasing their work, artist biography, and artist statement.

Who: International artists in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture



IncuArts invites artists to submit work for Past/ Present/ Future- an exhibition exploring how time, experience, and history impact us. Who writes history? Are we simply repeating ourselves? How does the past impact the present and future? Whose narrative is being told? What future are you fighting for? What is your story? Has your story been ignored by the collective mainstream?

Artists exploring ideas related to personal narrative, history, cultural issues, environmental issues, inclusion v exclusion, and social activism are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: June 21, 2021

Event Dates: July 1, 2021 - August 14, 2021

Who: International artists in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


11th Annual "Landscapes" Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the gallery’s 11th Annual “Landscapes” Online Juried Art Competition for the month of June 2021. The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photography and digital arts) from around the world to make online submissions for possible inclusion in the Gallery’s July 2021 online group art exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best abstract or representational art.

The “Landscapes” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of the natural world, outdoor scenery, geographical environments, scenic vistas, and related landscape subjects.

Deadline: June 26, 2021

Event Dates: July 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021

Entry Fee: $14.00 for 1 to 2 entries / $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries. Early entry and art student discounts.

Award Info: Winners receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.

Who: International artists in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Small Works: 43rd Harper College National Juried Exhibition

Small Works is a national juried show of artwork no more than 24” in its largest dimension (including frame). All media are eligible except jewelry, film/video. All entries are judged from digital files. One $30 nonrefundable fee entitles each artist to submit up to three entries. Purchase awards may be available for accepted work. Accepted artists may be selected for a solo show at Harper College. A color catalog will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Deadline: June 28, 2021

Event Dates: September 20, 2021 - October 28, 2021

Entry Fee: $30 for up to 3 entries

Award Info: Purchase Awards, the possibility of a solo exhibition at Harper College

Eligibility: US artists working in  Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Magic of the Ordinary

The Pop Art Movement challenged traditional fine art values and brought art based on popular culture and everyday items into the mainstream. Gallery Underground announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition seeking interpretation of the theme “Magic of the Ordinary.” It is typical of the ordinary and every day to be overlooked, as it can be seen as commonplace or dull. However, magic can be found in the ordinary when it is interpreted as art. Artists are invited to look beyond and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Deadline: June 28, 2021

Dates: August 2, 2021 - August 27, 2021

Entry Fee: $35.00 up to 2 works

Award Info: $500

Who: US artists working in Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Art with Heart & Hope

In 2019, Beyond My Battle launched this pop-up exhibition to share the work of artists living with illnesses, disabilities, and as caregivers. Now an annual event and show, Art with Heart & Hope celebrate those who channel complex feelings into expressive creations. Art with Heart & Hope combines the healing power of art with the equally powerful component of storytelling. Works are displayed alongside written statements from the artists who share the ways art helps them move beyond their personal battles with illness or disability. Please Note: Artists must either live with a chronic illness, rare disease, or disability – or be the caregiver (past or present) of someone with a chronic illness, rare disease, or disability. 

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Dates: October 28, 2021 - October 28, 2021

Eligibility: New York artists working in Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York 12866


The Canadian Women Artists Award

Open to emerging or early-career female artists in New York State, the $5,000 award is designed to provide financial support and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further their artistic goals. It is supported by funding granted to New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC)

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Award Info: Two $5,000 awards will be distributed

Who: Women identifying artists who are Canadian citizens and able to provide proof with legal documentation, between the ages of 25-40, current residents of New York state working in Craft/Sculpture, Interdisciplinary Work, Painting, Photography, Printmaking/Drawing. More eligibility information here.


Dogs Trust-A Dog’s Trail a Wild in Art Event

Dogs Trust, in partnership with Wild in Art and the world-famous Snoopy, is inviting people to explore the city of Cardiff through an exciting new art trail in Spring 2022. Over 50 giant Snoopy sculptures will adorn the city center, each adorning a unique design and together creating a safe, free, fun, and family-friendly trail. At the end of the trail, the Snoopys will be auctioned off to raise money for Dogs Trust, the new Cardiff rehoming center and the 14,00 dogs cared for each year in the UK. Each Snoopy sculpture needs to be transformed into a work of art and submissions are being accepted from the local and regional creative community. Designs are welcome from both emerging and established artists in any medium; traditional to new media, fine art, graffiti, illustration, or mosaic. 

Deadline: July 1st, 2021

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: Designs will be shortlisted before being presented to our sponsors. Those that are successfully chosen will then be commissioned and upon completion, each artist will receive a £900 commission fee, as well as the opportunity to showcase their work as part of the event. 

Who: Sculpture- fine art, graffiti, illustration, mosaic, etc. (non-exhaustive list)

Fine Print: Must be willing/able to travel to Cardiff, UK to complete and install sculptures



Columbia Law School's Artist-in-Residence Program

Recognizing the importance of the art and portraiture adorning the halls of its campus buildings, Columbia Law School's Artist-in-Residence Program provides opportunities for artists to share their work and engage with the Law School community. 

The artist-in-residence will create at least one work that will be displayed at the Law School for a period to be determined (and, if appropriate, would be documented for archival purposes and/or added to the permanent collection). Work should draw inspiration, in the broadest sense possible, from Columbia Law School and/or the neighboring communities. The Artist-in-residence will participate in at least two programs (performances, lectures, panel discussions, etc.) during the residency period, and will have access to a small workspace, as well as to the historical and archival collections of Columbia University’s libraries.

Amount: The artist-in-residence will receive a grant of $15,000. In addition, the Law School will provide an allowance of up to $5,000 for the purchase of art materials and supplies related to work produced during the residency.  

Dates: September 1, 2021, and conclude on May 31, 2022.

Details: The artist-in-residence will have access to a small workspace on Columbia’s campus. It may be possible for the artist to work with/receive research support from students and other members of the Law School community. 

Deadline: June 15, 2021 


Stove Works Residency

This residency is designed for practicing visual artists, writers, and/or curators. Stove Works’ Artists Residency invites eight artists to live/work for one to three months at a time. This serves as an opportunity for artists to take advantage of the dedicated time, space, resources, and community that is offered by Stove Works. In addition to space and time, exhibition and educational programs are offered onsite to strengthen your art practice. Though not required, they are strongly encouraged. Each resident will have a private studio/bedroom and bathroom, shared kitchen, living space, and laundry, 24-access to facilities (metal shop, woodshop, print shop, common shop space, and a library). 

Deadline: June 15, 2021

Dates: February 2022- November 2022

Entry Fee: $20- June 1- June 7,  $30 -June 8-15

Who: Visual Artists, Writers, Curators 18 years and older working in Photography, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Film/Video, Mixed Media, Installation, New Media

Location: Chattanooga, TN


ACE Artist in Residence

The ACE Artist in Residence Program will provide an artist the opportunity to reflect, relax, and create in the inspiring mountains of Alta, Utah. The program is offered in partnership with the Alta Chamber and Visitors Bureau and supported by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. The goal is to provide a peaceful, inspiring setting for the selected artist. 

The program will provide the selected artist with 7 days of housing, breakfast & dinner. 7 days will be of the artist's choice during August 2021. A $1,000 stipend will be provided for supplies, food, travel, etc. 

Deadline: June 25, 2021

Dates: July 1, 2021- Artist Announced. August 2021- Artist in Residence *Any 7 consecutive nights in the month of August 2021. 

Who:  All creative artists nationwide working in Photography, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Film/Video, Mixed Media, Installation, New Media

Location: Alta, Utah


Ongoing grant deadlines


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Established as part of Lee Krasner’s legacy, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant was set up to support and strengthen the creative lives of artists. A competitive grant for artists with extensive exhibition records, this grant has a long list of impressive alumni. Since its start in 1985, the foundation has granted over 65 million dollars in award money to artists in over 77 countries.

WHO: Mid-career professional artists with demonstrable financial need.  Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

FIELD: Painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmaking.

AMOUNT: Awards range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on need and circumstance.


FINE PRINT: Commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, and computer artists are not eligible. Students not eligible. Requirements for consideration are the application form, a cover letter, a current resume including an exhibition record, and ten digital images of current work with a corresponding identification list. Detailed FAQ 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 need. 

WHO: Artist who can demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work

FIELD: Painting, sculpture or printmaking

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


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.


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.

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

FIELD: Any Field. Each chapter has their own requirements, most consider arts projects.

AMOUNT: $1000

DEADLINE: Ongoing—monthly grants offered.

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.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote the 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 or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

WHO: U.S. artists

FIELD: Visual and performing arts

AMOUNT: Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600


FINE PRINT: Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Artists should review all eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. Learn more 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.

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

FIELD: Painting, drawing, sculpture, or printmaking in the figurative/representational tradition.

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).


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.



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.


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.

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.

Another site you may have heard of is 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 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!

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. 


We will be updating this list throughout the year, so don’t forget to check back and let us know if you have an opportunity that should be considered!


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