artist grants and artist opportunities 2019

April is a big month for artist opportunities.

We combed through hundreds of listings to find the best opportunities with deadlines coming up in April, so you don't have to do the digging! 

We found a great number of residencies, grants, and competitions for artists. Get ready to find the next opportunity that could bring you funding, time or help your career reach the next level in our April art opportunity guide below (sorted by those deadlines coming up first).

You don't know if you don't apply!

Residencies, grants & opportunities for artists this month

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program

Each year up to 12 artists are selected for residencies in the Pottery and/or Foundry areas of the Kohler Arts Center. No experience with clay or cast metal is required, just an interest in pursuing a new body of work and being open to new ideas. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, round-trip transportation, and a modest weekly stipend.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: Arts/Industry residencies are three months in length and divided into three seasonal cohorts:  Spring cohort (January–April), Summer cohort (May–August), Fall cohort (September–December)

LOCATION: Sheboygan, WI

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Application materials must include: 20 images of the artist’s work, a résumé/CV (3 pages maximum), a written project proposal (250 words or less), images supporting project proposal (3 images maximum), contact information for 4 professional references. Learn more here.


Wooster Green Sculpture Project

The Wooster Green Steering Committee is seeking to commission a work of public art for the newly developed community space situated in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. The committee will seek qualified artisans to propose a sculpture incorporating the theme of education, teaching and learning.

WHO: Public artists worldwide

DATES: February 18, 2019 - June 21, 2020

LOCATION: Bowling Green, Ohio

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: The budget for this project is $45,000. The budget includes all costs associated with the project including but not limited to: artist’s design fee, travel, materials, public presentation(s), documentation, transportation, permits, installation of the work and other contingencies. Learn more here.


4th Annual Artist's Choice Art Competition

For this competition from Fusion Art, artists are invited to submit their best art and photography in any subject matter and any media for an online exhibition. The artwork can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction.

WHO: 2D and 3D artists worldwide

DATES: April 2019


DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: All competitions include awards in three categories - "Traditional" Art, "Digital & Photography" and 3-Dimensional Art (if the gallery receives 3D entries). Best in Show and 2nd through 5th Place awards will be given. The Best in Show winners will receive a cash prize and be invited to Fusion Art's 4th Annual Group Show in Palm Springs. Learn more here.


Small Works 2019

A juried exhibition of small works hosted by Trestle Gallery. Pieces may be no bigger than 12″ on longest side – we accept framed and unframed works of all media. If a work is framed, the frame can be a maximum of 2″ larger than the piece itself, making the max dimension 14″.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: June 20 - July 14, 2019

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: You may submit up to 3 works for consideration. Images must be in JPEG format, 1000 pixels on longest side. CV and Statement must be submitted in PDF form. Learn more here.


Liberty, Missouri Sculpture Program

The City of Liberty Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the 2019 Public Art Sculpture Program. This annual sculpture program will include nine original, three-dimensional works of art to be displayed for a one-year period at pre-selected sites within Liberty’s historic downtown that yield high visibility with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  

WHO: Open to all sculpture artists regardless of location at least 18 years of age.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

EXHIBITION DATES: September 2019 - September 2020


FINE PRINT: All work entered must be freestanding and resilient to variant temperatures and outdoor elements as it will be displayed outdoors for long-term public display. Selected artists will each receive a $2,000 honorarium as well as public recognition and an opportunity for sales. Learn more here.


Impressive: All Media – Call for Art

Las Laguna Gallery is seeking impressive works in this all media* call for art. Works in Acrylic, Airbrush, Assemblage, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Painting, Pastel, Photography (Traditional and Digital), and Watercolor, will be considered.

WHO: Artists worldwide, professional and amateur

DATES: May 2 - 31, 2019

LOCATION: Laguna Beach, CA

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: *They have already selected the sculpture for this exhibition, no further sculptural works will be accepted. Learn more here.


Open Call: noun./ verb./ ad·jec·tive./

This is an open call for art that uses language as a medium and tool. Language should be considered beyond just a visual element. Artists should consider language in its broadest definition and more than simply a system of communication.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: April 26 - May 19, 2019

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Art in all mediums is accepted. Email submissions and questions to Learn more here.


Artadia Awards

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 of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

WHO: U.S. visual artists who work in the program city (or its eligible counties) and who have resided there for at least two years.

FIELD: Any field.

AMOUNT: Ranges between $5000 to $20,000, plus ongoing assistance through the lifetime of your career.

DEADLINE: Applications dates for participating cities are as follows—New York: March 1 – April 1, Houston: April 15 – May 15

FINE PRINT: Students are not eligible. Award money can be used however the artist sees fit. Continued support is achieved through close collaborations with its host cities to create exhibition opportunities for artists, arrange studio visits with local as well as national curators, source residency programs, and make introductions in the field. Learn more here.


PAAM's The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural institution that is offering a grant to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need.

WHO: U.S. painters aged 45 years or older at the time of application. A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated. Applications must be submitted by an individual working artist or collaborators in an artist group; organizations cannot apply.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

AMOUNT: Awards include a cash grant, ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 and an exhibition at PAAM.

FINE PRINT: Not all painting techniques are accepted. Full grant information and the online application is available at

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Ebb & Flow: the Power of Water

Vital to Earth and all known forms of life, water holds awesome powers of creation, destruction, and transformation. This exhibit invites artists to submit works that explore the power, meaning, and majesty of water, from its chemical composition to its economic importance, to its terror and allure. All media welcome.

WHO: U.S. artists

DATES: May 24 - September 2, 2019

LOCATION: Solomons, MD

DEADLINE: April 2, 2019

FINE PRINT: Small to large-scale works; indoor and outdoor works to be included in the show. Cash awards to be presented. Learn more here.


Drawing and Pastel (Line and Shade) | NAWA

A national exhibition hosted by the National Association of Women Artists. All drawing and pastel artworks are eligible.

WHO: Women artists in the U.S., 18 and older

DATES: May 8 - 29, 2019


DEADLINE: April 2, 2019

FINE PRINT: Both NAWA members and nonmembers may apply. Three awards ($150, $100, $75) and two honorable mention certificates. Learn more here.


First Street Gallery: 2019 National Juried Exhibition

Since its inception in 1969, First Street Gallery has held juried exhibitions to provide emerging, mid-career and established talent with exposure to the New York City art community. In presenting their work, artists are afforded an opportunity to receive critical review and foster public understanding and appreciation of art.

WHO: Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 years old.

DEADLINE: April 2, 2019

DATES: June 20 – July 15, 2019


FEE: $35 for 1 to 3 works. $5 for each additional work, up to 6 works total.

FINE PRINT: Eligible works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints, photography, mixed media, and sculpture in any medium. No video, film, installation, giclées or similar reproductions. Learn more here.


2019 Stuart Artist-in-Residence at South Dakota State University

What: A 4-week artist-in-residence at South Dakota State University. The search committee is most interested in selecting an artist who is able to develop artwork independently while being willing to share his/her project conceptualization and visual progression with School of Design students, faculty, and the community during studio hours.

Who: Artists working in any discipline, including interdisciplinary approaches.

Application Deadline: April 2, 2019

Residency Dates: September 9 - October 4, 2019

Location: Brookings, South Dakota

Fee: $15 for 10 images

Fine Print: The selected artist will receive a $2,500 honorarium. Transportation, shipping, materials, supplies, meals and personal expenses are the responsibility of the artist. Learn more here.


Lux Center for the Arts: Artist in Residence

What: Lux Center for the Arts is looking for applicants for its 2019-2020 year-long residencies. All residents are offered exclusive representation in the sales gallery for the duration of their residency. Residents have priority for paid teaching opportunities including community art classes for youth and adults.

Who: Artists with an MFA or BFA in studio art. There are three positions available: two for ceramics, and one for painting, drawing, metals, fibers, or mixed media. Residents teach a variety of classes to all age levels, so experience teaching is preferred.

Application Deadline: April 4

Residency Dates: Beginning August 1, 2019

Location: Lincoln, NE

Fee: $15 application fee

Fine Print: While there is the $80 a month materials stipend, residents earn most of their money by teaching classes for the LUX and selling their work in their gallery. Residents willing to take on multiple teaching opportunities may not need a second job. Learn more here.


Aaron Siskind Foundation - Individual Photographer's Fellowship

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is a 501(c)(3) set up by preeminent photographer Aaron Siskin’s estate, which he had asked to become a resource for contemporary photographers. The award was established to support and encourage contemporary artists working in the photographic field.

WHO: Any US artist over 21 years of age

FIELD: Work must be based on the idea of still-based photography, but can include digital imagery, installations, documentary projects, and photo-generated print media.

AMOUNT: Up to $10,000

DEADLINE: Application Open March 1st through Friday, May 31st, 2019.

FINE PRINT: Varied amounts of grants gifted up to $10,000. Students not Eligible. Doctoral candidates considered on a case-by-case basis. Check out the FAQ here.


Inspired: Contemporary Responses to a Legacy of Courage

June 28 – July 1, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising that served as a catalyst for the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States and around the world. To recognize and commemorate this historic moment, Susquehanna Art Museum is partnering with the LGBT Center of Central PA and Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections to open the LGBTQ+ history project collection to artists and creators. Artists are tasked with creating original works of art inspired by the items in the collection.

WHO: All artists

DATES: May 10, 2019 - August 18, 2019

LOCATION: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

DEADLINE: April 4, 2019

FINE PRINT: Works selected for this exhibition should provide a contemporary reflection on a pivotal moment in American LGBTQ+ history. Submissions may consider the history of the LGBTQ+ community, the continued search for equity and inclusion both nationally and globally, social justice for marginalized groups, or other expressions of creativity inspired by the collection. Learn more here.


Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship

At the intersection of art and social change, this nine-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to expand their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: September 9, 2019 - June 26, 2020

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

DEADLINE: April 4, 2019

FINE PRINT: The program accepts six national and international fellows as well as two Washington, DC-based artists in each cohort. Learn more here.


89th Annual Juried Open Exhibition

A juried exhibition of original art hosted by the National Art League for artists working in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, including sculpture.

WHO: All artists, 18 and older

DATES: May 6 - June 1, 2019

LOCATION: Douglaston, NY

DEADLINE: April 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: Photography, film, video, computer art, reproductions (such as giclee, prints) are not acceptable unless used as part of a mixed media artwork or collage. Installation art or performance art are not accepted. No crafts (such as jewelry) or kit work. Learn more here.

Artist grants and artist opportunities for visual artists

Call for Solo Exhibition 2020

VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2020 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Common Ground Gallery, and Concourse Gallery. Exhibitions in each of the galleries explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career artists.

WHO: Artists worldwide


LOCATION: Rockville, MD

DEADLINE: April 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: Applicants who have participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to apply. $15 application fee required. Learn more here.


International Photography Competition

An exhibition hosted by the International Photography Museum. This year’s categories include: People/Portraits, Places/Landscape/Drone, Nature/Science/Animals, Documentation/Social and Political Photojournalism, Still Life, Abstract Photography and Conceptual Photography.

WHO: Photographers worldwide

DATES: June 1 - July 23, 2019


DEADLINE: April 6, 2019

FINE PRINT: Each category will have first, second and third place winners. First-place winners will receive $100-cash prizes. Learn more here.


NOAPS 2019 Spring International Online Exhibition

The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters from all across North America and International Artists to apply to our exhibit honoring the best in oil and acrylic painting. NOAPS has been showcasing the talents of oil and acrylic painters since 1991.

WHO: Oil and acrylic painters worldwide

DATES: May 16, 2019 - May 15, 2020


DEADLINE: April 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: This is an international juried online competition open to ALL artists 18 years of age and older working in Oil and Acrylic medium. Both members and non-members of NOAPS may apply. Learn more here.



The landscape is one of the most pervasive sources of inspiration for artists. As long as cameras have been around, the landscape has been an integral part of their history. Specto Art Gallery wants to see your exploration of landscape, or whatever scape, you want to share with us. Open to straight landscape photography, created landscapes, abstracted, composite worlds, etc.

WHO: Photographers worldwide

LOCATION: Bridgewater, VA

DEADLINE: April 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: Anything we can print on our printers or display digitally will be considered! Specto prints, mats, and frames all works exhibited, at no additional cost to you! This means no worry about the exorbitant cost of shipping! Learn more here.


The Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists

The Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.

WHOUnder-recognized US visual artists over the age of 21.

FIELD: Any field.

AMOUNT: Awards are made of up to $10,000.

DEADLINE: The 2019 grant cycle will open in February 2019 with a deadline in April 2019.

FINE PRINT: Students are not eligible. $15 application fee is required. You will need to submit an artist resume, artist statement, and work samples on the online application. Detailed FAQ here.


19th Annual National Small Print Show

The 19th Annual Small Print Show is a unique, juried art show of matted hand-pulled prints. Artists are eligible to submit up to 3 original prints to exhibit and sell. Cash awards will be given for Best in Show, 2nd and 3rd Place, with 2 Honorable Mentions.

WHO: Printmakers from the U.S. and Canada

DATES: May 25 - June 23, 2019


DEADLINE: April 8, 2019

FINE PRINT: Entry fee $40 for 3 pieces. Prints are judged, and up to 100 are selected for display and sales. Learn more here.


VisArts Studio Fellowship

VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a six-month Studio Fellowship. The Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: June 7 - December 2, 2019 -or- December 6, 2019 - June 3, 2020

LOCATION: Rockville, MD

DEADLINE: April 12, 2019

FINE PRINT: Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a $500.00 per month stipend. The VisArts Studio Fellows will present their work in solo exhibitions at the end of their respective fellowships. Learn more here.


The Edge Effect: International Open Juried Exhibition

The Edge Effect describes an ecological phenomenon in the border area between disparate habitats, such as a meadow and a forest, which results in exponentially greater biodiversity. The Katonah Museum of Art recognizes that a museum creates a similar environment where works from artists with diverse backgrounds and locations are brought together to foster dialogue and spark creativity. Just as a border area is teeming with life, an exhibition can be a fertile place of ideas and images. This exhibition will solicit submissions in all media, of all subject matter, and from artists throughout the world.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: June 30 – September 22, 2019


DEADLINE: April 12, 2019

FINE PRINT: Artists may submit up to six works in any media. The fee for each work submitted is: Katonah Museum Artists’ Association (KMAA) members $25, non-members $35. Learn more here.


“Mixed Greens” Mixed Media Juried Exhibition

GREEN: The word can be an adjective, a verb, and a noun. But what does GREEN mean to the Arts Center East? Green is associated with the free pleasures of nature with its vibrant flora and fauna. It is a positive Earth-friendly stance connected to our environment. We use it to describe youthfulness, innocence, and naiveté. Green can be a sickly complexion or the flourishing growth of the Spring season. Green is associated with luck in the Irish shamrock. It conjures images of money and materialistic wealth and negative feelings such as envy and jealousy. Or at its most basic form, green is simply the color located between blue and yellow on the color spectrum. What does GREEN mean to you? Show us with your art!

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: April 20 - May 12, 2019


DEADLINE: April 13, 2019

FINE PRINT: Open to artists 18 years of age and older. Entries can be most media incorporating the theme of GREEN: collage, photography, sculpture, painting, textiles, etc. (no video). Learn more here.

Artist grants and artist opportunities for visual artists

Brookline Arts Center’s Artist(s) Residency

The Brookline Arts Center is seeking proposals for an eight-week artist residency in their historic firehouse turned art center. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 stipend, studio space, and gallery space to be used for art-making.

WHO: All artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply.

DEADLINE: April 14, 2019

RESIDENCY DATES: July 26-September 20, 2019

LOCATION: Brookline, MA

FEE: $35

FINE PRINT: Other benefits include a formal critique at the midpoint and end of the residency, use of equipment, machines and tools (with proper instruction), and opportunities to take classes with the faculty and administrative staff support. Learn more here.


PlatteForum Artist Residency

PlatteForum is an award-winning and innovative art, youth-development, and artist-in-residence program that teams under-resourced youth with professional artists. Youth work side by side with resident artists to collaboratively plan, produce, and exhibit a body of work in an environment in which artistic excellence is highly valued.

WHO: Artists working in all genres. Applications from established professional artists, emerging artists, and graduate students are welcome. Local, national, and international artists are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE: April 14, 2019

DATES: 6 to 8 weeks in duration


FINE PRINT: Resident artists dedicate 4 to 6 hours each week (plus planning time as necessary) to work with a small group of underserved youth in intensive workshops that build upon the ideas and forms of the creative resident. In collaboration with PlatteForum staff, the Artist in Residence will concept, organize and facilitate a series of youth workshops. Applicants must be able to speak and understand English. Learn more here.


Artist Grant

Founded in 2017, Artist Grant is a new venture that aims to support and fund artists. To that end, this charitable organization funds the efforts of artists to continue their important work and contributions to society, providing a modest competitive grant of $500 to one artist every quarter.

WHO: Visual artists 18 and older from anywhere in the world

FIELD: Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, stills of video/film, sculpture (of any type of material), ceramics, mixed/multiple media, installation, and other new or alternative media.

AMOUNT: $500 each grant cycle

DEADLINE: There are three grant cycle deadline left this year—April 15, July 15, and October 15.

FINE PRINT: There is an application fee of $25 USD that helps defray the costs of administering this grant so that they may continue to support and fund artists' important work. You can learn more here.


ViewPoint Gallery 2019 International Photography Competition

Announcing ViewPoint Gallery’s seventh international juried call for submissions. This is an opportunity to exhibit your work for one month at ViewPoint Gallery. The competition is open to all subject matter. 12 winning images will be selected from the digital entries.

WHO: Photographers worldwide

DATES: Starting June of 2019

LOCATION: Halifax, Canada

DEADLINE: April 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: Each winning image will be exhibited for one month between June 2019 and May 2020 with the month to be chosen by ViewPoint Gallery.  Winning entrants agree to give ViewPoint Gallery permission to print and exhibit the work and to use the submitted images in publicity and media promotion. Learn more here.


Trestle Gallery Artist Residencies

Trestle Gallery has two residency opportunities, our Trestle Artist Residency and Visiting Artist Residency. The Trestle Artist Residency is aimed at helping artists find a foothold in the art world while they develop a new body of work as a Trestle Art Space Member. The Visiting Artist Residency at Trestle Gallery allows artists to explore their practice and share their artistic experience with the Trestle Gallery and Art Space community with a free private studio membership for six months.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: July 1 – December 31, 2019

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

DEADLINE: April 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: No housing provided. Applicants are required to submit 4-8 work sample and have at least one professional reference. Learn more about each residency here.


Summer Public Art/ Community Arts Residency

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center welcomes artists to submit proposals for their annual summer residency program in the community arts. Proposals must show a strong commitment to community engagement in the design and execution of the project. Most artists run their project through Annmarie’s creative reuse center, called the artLAB, where artists are encouraged to incorporate recycled or repurposed materials into their project.

WHO: Visual, musical, and literary artists worldwide

DATES: Mid-June through mid-August 2019

LOCATION: Solomons, MD

DEADLINE: April 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: Artists will also have access to the galleries, a private studio space, the clay studio, the 30-acre sculpture garden, the waterfront area, etc. Residencies are meant to focus on community art projects; those that merge arts and the environment are particularly desirable. Learn more here.


AIMAE: Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition 2019

For professional artists, the rising cost of shipping restricts one’s participation in international exhibitions, exposure and competitions. The Federation of Canadian Artists has made an exhibition that significantly reduces these costs. We present an entire show of artwork delivered in envelopes. This is our international exhibition with low shipping costs, and $2000 in cash prizes!

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: May 27 – June 16, 2019

LOCATION: Vancouver, Canada

DEADLINE: April 17, 2019

FINE PRINT: All subject matter is welcome in relation to the theme of “Home.” Learn more here.


“Thinking Outside the Box” Juried Show

The Dutch Art Gallery is seeking 2D paintings and drawings for a juried show. Unconventional, novel, and inventive are words that come to mind when we hear the phrase “think outside the box.” We invite you to push your boundaries and break away from the expected and mundane.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: May 18 – July 6, 2019


DEADLINE: April 19, 2019

FINE PRINT: This theme has a wide interpretation, but in case you need some ideas, they suggest exploring an unusual or distorted perspective. Employ symbolism in a new way. Use optical illusions or a unique application of paint. Learn more here.


Paint It! Ellicott City 2019 Juried Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibition

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists to take part in the juried portion of Paint It! 2019, an annual event that brings artists and spectators interested in the plein air tradition to Historic Ellicott City. Paint It! culminates in an exhibit of juried artists’ work in our gallery, which features an opening reception and juror’s award presentation.

WHO: Plein air artists worldwide, 18 or older

DATES: June 27 - July 1, 2019

LOCATION: Ellicott City, MD

DEADLINE: April 19, 2019

FINE PRINT: A popular feature of the event is the Quick Draw competition – open to both juried and Open Paint artists – in which artists take a plein air painting from start to finish in just two hours. A pop-up exhibit and sale of work completed during the Quick Draw is fun for spectators and artists alike. Learn more here.


Threaded: A Fine Art Fiber Collective

Threaded is an in-depth look at contemporary craft, textile art and fiber art as unique fine art or installation art. Each entry must include fiber somewhere within the piece.

WHO: Fiber artists worldwide

DATES: May 1 - 31, 2019


DEADLINE: April 26, 2019

FINE PRINT: Eligible media include, but are not limited to: embroidery, weaving, crochet, macrame, tapestry, quilting, heliographic (sun printing), unique fabric dye/printing, fabric collage, installation, felt designs/sculpture, fiber/textile wall hangings or sculpture, and any mixed media 2D and 3D design where fiber/textile is incorporated. There is a $10 (USD) non-refundable/non-transferable fee, for up to six (6) images. Learn more here.


RePurposed: Adaptive Reuse of Materials to Art

“Repurposed” is a juried exhibition focused on the adaptive reuse of materials to create new art. Participating artists are asked to create an original piece of artwork that utilizes some sort of found object, or unusual recycled medium as the base for the piece.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: July 5 - 27, 2019

LOCATION: Williamsport, PA

DEADLINE: April 27, 2019

FINE PRINT: Open to artists working in any medium except performance art. There is no age restriction (under 18 year old applicants will need a parent or guardian’s consent and signature on the back of the entry form to apply). Learn more here.



Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to submit to Habitats. In this group exhibition, Habitats will explore the relationship between humans and nature creating a dialogue on the impact that we make on the earth and our environments.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: August 9 – September 22, 2019

LOCATION: Alexandria, VA

DEADLINE: April 28, 2019

FINE PRINT: A non-refundable $35 entry fee includes submission for 3 pieces of artwork—each work may include one image along with only one detail image per work. Learn more here.


Artist Residency at Main Street Arts

Main Street Arts is accepting applications for our residency program! We offer access to galleries, museums, and art communities in nearby Rochester and Syracuse while providing quiet time and space to focus on your artistic practice.

WHO: Emerging and established artists

DATES: A one-month or two-month residency in July, August or September 2019

LOCATION: Clifton Springs, NY

DEADLINE: April 30, 2019

FINE PRINT: Cost for Studio Only: $200 for 1 month or $350 for 2 months; Cost for Studio and Housing: $400 for 1 month or $700 for 2 months. Artists in residence have 24-hour access to a large studio on our second floor. Facilities include 200 sq. ft. studio spaces, an electric kiln, potters wheel, etching press, and more. Learn more here.


National Parks Arts Foundation Residencies—HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK 2019

The National Park Arts Foundation started their Artist-in-Residence program in 2006 to provide opportunities to artists to live and work in National parks to create a body of work. Programs are specifically tailored to the artist’s project and the selected park. Residencies are one month and can accommodate artists from multiple disciplines such as sculpture, ceramics, dance, theatre, textiles, writers, new media, printmaking, and film.

WHO: Visual artists

FIELD: Sculpture, ceramics, dance, theatre, performing arts, music, literature, new media, animation, printmaking, film-making, ethnographic art.

DATES: Check website for individual residency dates

LOCATION: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Big Island, HI)

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: $2000 stipend offered to accepted artists. Application fee required. Learn more about each residency here.


Top Artist Opportunity Sites

You can check out new opportunities as they are published by bookmarking these websites:

Artwork Archive | Call for Entry

Free to artists, 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!

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!


Ready to apply?

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.

Get started with a free trial of Artwork Archive, and see how easy it is to stay on top of opportunities for your art business.