The Best June Opportunities for Artists

Cassidy Cole | May 20, 2019 (Updated March 14, 2023)

Was growing your art business one of your new year's resolutions?

You're in luck. 

We are halfway through 2019, but there is still time to snag the artist opportunity that helps grow your art business and follow through on your goals. 

Whether you hope to beef up your CV with a juried show, relax and reset with an artist residency, or earn some extra income with a coveted artist grant, we've got you covered. We rounded up the best artist opportunities that you can (and should!) applying for this June. What's best? We spent the time combing through hundreds of listings, so you don't have to do the digging!

What we found were tons of opportunities for artists of all different nationalities and in all types of media—residencies, grants, competitions and more.

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

4th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

Fusion Art is pleased to announce it is now accepting entries for the 4th Annual Cityscapes international art competition. The theme includes any art which depict cities, towns, urban scenes and/or any related metropolitan subjects.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: June 5 - July 4, 2019


DEADLINE: June 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 in 2020. Learn more here.



The Foundry Art Centre is seeking submissions for “Architectonic”, an all-media exhibition highlighting works that are inspired by architecture or that incorporate architectural elements. Works may depict actual architectural forms, or may approach the theme less literally by incorporating grids or other structural lines.

WHO: Artists worldwide, 18 and older

DATES: July 26 - September 13, 2019

LOCATION: St. Charles, MO

DEADLINE: June 3, 2019

FINE PRINT: Three prizes will be awarded at the Opening Reception: two Juror’s Choice Awards of $200, and a Going Solo Award that offers the recipient a solo exhibition in one of our galleries. Learn more here.


Harlow Sculpture Town: Commission

Harlow Art Trust is currently inviting submissions from artists to add the latest work of art to Harlow Sculpture Town. Harlow is home to an eclectic mix of over 90 public sculptures by both world-famous and lesser known artists.

WHO: Public artists

LOCATION: Harlow, Essex, England

DEADLINE: June 3, 2019

FINE PRINT: The total budget for the selected sculpture is £36,400 inclusive of artist fee, materials, fabrication and installation on site. Shortlisted artists will be paid an honorarium fee of £500 for developing their proposals. Learn more here.



This is an opportunity to be the first artist or artist team to create a public art Gateway of a size and scale that has never before been done in the City of Lake Oswego! This project will produce a public art work to define the Northeastern gateway (entrance) into Lake Oswego. This artwork will be a marker of boundary as people cross from one place into another and shall invoke a sense of place and be associated with the identity of Lake Oswego.

WHO: Public artists


LOCATION: Portland, OR

DEADLINE: June 3, 2019

FINE PRINT: Total project budget is $275,000. Of that, about $156,750 is allotted to artist (or artist team). Though accessible mainly by vehicular traffic, there are also bike and walking paths adjacent to the proposed site. Learn more here.


TIFF Open Festival 2019 | Worlds

TIFF Open is an open competition of the TIFF Festival dedicated to photographers and creators using the medium of photography. As always, we are looking for an unconventional, original look, fresh and unique ideas for photographic projects. Although the competition itself has no imposed theme, projects and cycles that refer to this year’s Festival slogan: “worlds” are welcome.

WHO: Photographers worldwide

DATES: September 8 - 30, 2019

LOCATION: Wroclaw, Poland

DEADLINE: June 3, 2019

FINE PRINT: They invite students and graduates of art schools, amateurs, freelancers, as well as those who already have achievements on the Polish and world photography scene to participate in the TIFF Open. Learn more here.


“5 Dollars, 5 Entries, 5 Winners” Summer Special Art Competition

For this competition, all 2D and 3D artists (including photography & digital arts) from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s “5 Dollar, 5 Entries, 5 Winners” Summer Special online group art exhibition. Artists can enter up to 5 entries, for $5.00 and the gallery will choose 5 overall winning artists from those who entered.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: June 15 - August 14, 2019


DEADLINE: June 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: This is an “Open” (No Theme) art online competition and the gallery invites entries from artists (including photography & digital arts), regardless of where they reside, to apply to this competition by submitting their best representational and/or abstract art for this competition. Learn more here.


“Suburbs” Exhibition

A group exhibition from LoosenArt with the theme “Suburbs.” Outskirts and marginal areas of urban contexts are the places within which the authors who will take part in the next exhibition have focused their work. We will consider works that can offer a vision of modern urban peripheral realities, in which both environmental and social aspects will emerge.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: September 2019

LOCATION: Rome, Italy

DEADLINE: June 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: Artists are invited to submit 1 to 3 artworks addressing the theme. Learn more here.

Unique Abstractions

True abstract art not only utilizes flexibility and freedom; it also employs bold uses of color, line, pattern, form, process and composition.​ For this Call for Entry Las Laguna Gallery is seeking unique abstract works in a variety of mediums.​

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: July 4 - 26, 2019

LOCATION: Laguna Beach, CA

DEADLINE: June 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: Entry Fee: $35 (up to 3 images). Learn more here.


“Rite of Passage” Exhibition

Artists of all ages are invited to demonstrate their interpretation of the theme “Rite of Passage” through 2D or 3D works including but not limited to painting, sculpture, collage or any form of artistic expression inspired by the title.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: June 15 – July 27, 2019


DEADLINE: June 8, 2019

FINE PRINT: This is a non-juried show. There is an entry fee of $20, with a limit of two entries per artist. Learn more here.


“Homage” Exhibition

Art JuXtapose presents the thematic exhibition: Homage. Homage refers to an act of showing respect or tribute towards someone or something in public. In the context of art, the term refers to a painting, movie or another work of art where the artist adopts the content or features of another artist or work as a mark of respect. No matter how far into our artistic journeys we are it is important to reflect upon those we have inspired, and those who’ve inspired us.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: July 1 - 31, 2019

LOCATION: Rosendale, NY

DEADLINE: June 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: All media and interpretations of the theme “Homage” will be reviewed and considered. All forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, etc. are eligible. Learn more here.


23rd Annual No Dead Artists Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery proudly hosts an annual call for artists for the 23rd Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS: International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The exhibition was created in 1995 to give a voice to emerging artists. The exhibition’s name is derived from the old adage that artists never achieve success until they are dead. NO DEAD ARTISTS turns that notion on its head and gives emerging artists their first break in the art world.

WHO: Emerging artists worldwide

DATES: September 2019

LOCATION: New Orleans, LA

DEADLINE: June 17, 2019

FINE PRINT: All mediums are accepted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, design, glass, metalwork, photography, video, performance, mixed media and installation art. Each application must be accompanied by an entry fee of $35. Learn more here.


Transformations: Figures of Our Other Selves

This exhibit by Mills Pond Gallery explores the artist’s take on what persona or alter ego is present in their artwork. Transform into something you would like to present as a public image of yourself.  It could be a self-portrait that transforms you into who, what, or how you would like the public to see you, or whatever your alter ego may be.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: August 17 - September 14, 2019


DEADLINE: June 18, 2019

FINE PRINT: Artwork may include; drawing and/or painting in any 2D mediums, traditional or digital work. Examples of visual artist alter egos: Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Frida Kahlo. Learn more here.


Lab.13 Art Contest

Lab.13 art contest, is a call for submissions open to all kind of artists. Works allowed in the art competition are: drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, mix media and video. A great opportunity for the artists, which can win a cash prize, have the opportunity to exhibit the artworks in Rome and much more.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: September 2019

LOCATION: Rome, Italy

DEADLINE: June 20, 2019

FINE PRINT: Prizes: 5000,00€. The following types of works are admitted: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed media, Digital, Video, Graphics, Net art, other (all visual works that can be reproduced through a picture are allowed). Learn more here.



The New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) invites photographers to submit images under the theme “Dusk to Dawn” using any photographic process (print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, color etc.).

WHO: Photographers worldwide

DATES: September 24 - October 6, 2019


DEADLINE: June 23, 2019

FINE PRINT: Winners will receive a total of $3,000 in cash awards, be featured in the NYC4PA Online Gallery and Award Winners Catalog. Learn more here.


The 29th BEST of AMERICA Exhibit 2019

Celebrating its 29th “Best of America” National Juried Exhibition, the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters 18 years of age or older from all across North America to apply to their exhibit.

WHO: U.S. oil and acrylic painters

DATES: September 27 - October 27, 2019

LOCATION: Park City, Utah

DEADLINE: June 23, 2019

FINE PRINT: Thirty cash and sponsor recognitions and awards will be given totaling over $25,000 including the Best of Show $5000 in cash. The annual 2019 NOAPS membership of $50 is required and it may be obtained when entering the exhibit. Learn more here.


The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

The competition offers artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, the Latin American diaspora and foreign artists living in Latin America the unique opportunity to present their art to an international audience in the famous art district of Chelsea, in New York City.

WHO: Artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, the Latin American diaspora

DATES: December 10 - 20, 2019


DEADLINE: June 25, 2019

FINE PRINT: Artists are invited to submit in any of the following mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. Learn more here.


Moments: A Contemporary Collective

Moments will be an online contemporary and fine art collection focusing on the concept of time. Theme can be interpreted as the artist sees fit, including but not limited to: the passing of time, effects of time, past life, personal/societal/natural epochs, single moments, memories, etc.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: July 1 - 31, 2019


DEADLINE: June 27, 2019

FINE PRINT: If a genre, medium or material you specialize in is not listed in the prospectus, please email [email protected] to provide specifics about your work. Learn more here.


Sunny Art Prize 2019

One of the most inclusive and diverse open submission prizes in London, the Sunny Art Prize offers unique exposure for both emerging and established artists to an audience spanning two continents. Created around the Sunny Art Centre’s unparalleled links between London, Beijing, Guangzhou and Macau, the prize winners will not only enjoy a month-long residency in China, but also the opportunity to exhibit both in our central London gallery and in prestigious galleries in China. A £6,000 total cash prize will be split between the first three winning artists.

WHO: Artists worldwide

EXHIBITION DATES: October 1 - 31,  2019

LOCATION: London, England

DEADLINE: June 30, 2019

FINE PRINT: Submissions may include sculpture, painting, drawing, original print, photography, ceramic, mixed media, installation, video art and/or moving image, digital art (including physical work which is computer generated, e.g. digital prints). Learn more here.


West of Center: Art that Pushes Boundaries

The Northville Art House presents this open juried exhibition to showcase contemporary artworks and artists that push the boundaries of art imagery, practices, and theory. Artists are encouraged to explore and employ new techniques, technologies, and media to create compelling two- and three-dimensional artworks.

WHO: All artists, 18 and older

DATES: September 6 – 28, 2019

LOCATION: Northville, MI

DEADLINE: June 30, 2019

FINE PRINT: Boundaries to consider include those set by traditional techniques, materials, concepts, art history, genre, subject matter, personal, societal etc. Significant consideration will be given to artworks that defy expectation, may provoke strong responses, or challenge social norms. 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 current program city of Chicago (or its eligible counties) and who have resided there for at least two years.

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

DEADLINE: June 1, 2019

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.


Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers

Innovate Grant awards two $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.

WHO: Visual artists and photographers worldwide

AMOUNT: $550 each quarter

DEADLINE: June 18, 2019

FINE PRINT: They've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and their application reflects that. Learn more here.


Integrity: Arts & Culture Association Grants

Integrity: Arts & Culture (IACA) sponsors mini-grants for artists focusing on creative endeavors, believing the arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities and our nation. Grants are intended to assist with such things as art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project-related expenses, etc.

WHO: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident, 18 years of age or older. High school or college undergraduate students may not apply. Graduate students may apply, but we do not fund tuition or student projects.

FIELD: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

AMOUNT: Grants generally average $250

DEADLINE: June 19, 2019

FINE PRINT: Within 30 days of the close of the project, IACA requires 1-2 paragraphs describing how their support benefited you. Learn more here.


ACS Studio Prize 2019

The Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) is offering one student or recent graduate £6,000 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in a UK city of your choice. The Studio Prize was established by ACS in 2017 to help artists with the costs of rising studio rents. It recognises the need for studio space and financial stability for emerging artists at the pivotal stage of beginning their careers.

WHO: UK art students and recent graduates

AMOUNT: £6,000 for a UK artist studio

DEADLINE: June 30, 2019

FINE PRINT: The Prize is open to all final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Fine Art and other creative courses. Artists who have graduated from such a course within the past four years are also invited to apply. Learn more here.


Iceland Last Minute Call!

This residency is for visual artists from all around the world who want to be inspired by Icelandic nature and culture, work on their art and develop their projects.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: One to two months, starting August 1

LOCATION: Grundarfjordur, Iceland

DEADLINE: June 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Residency includes a private apartment with a studio space, fully equipped kitchen & bathroom. 
Basic equipment is also available in the studio, however artists are responsible for bringing their own materials as there is no shop with art supplies in the area. It's possible to ship your art supplies via mail before arriving. One month: 700 EUR – additional 350 EUR for second artist/partner.


Winter Residency at the Wassaic Project

The Wassaic Residency Program has been created to cultivate and support community for emerging and professional contemporary artists. Housed in a historic re-purposed livestock auction barn and nearby house, the Residency Program offers 12 participating artists the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community and offers artists studio space. The Wassaic Project seeks a group of artists working in a diverse range of media who want to produce, explore, challenge, and expand on their current art making practices, while participating in a grass roots, community-based arts organization.

WHO: Artists, Playwriters/Screenwriters, Writers, Poets, Filmmakers,... everyone is encouraged to apply.

DATES: Between one month and six months. Family residents can apply for 1-8 weeks. Starting 12/2/2019

LOCATION: Wassaic, New York

DEADLINE: June 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: There is no art supply store in town, so plan ahead material wise. While our print shop closes for the winter, residents have 24-hour access to their studios, our wood shop, and our ceramics studio. $600 per month. $900 for family residents. Based on need as self-reported in your application, up to $300 monthly provided in financial support.


Winter Residency in Fish Factory, The Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður

The Creative Centre is an ongoing collaborative and community project. We want to regenerate and sustain our small village by making it into a desirable place to settle – a place where you can enjoy culture and the influx of new ideas and creative people. We run an all year around Art Residency. The projects aim is to demonstrate the possibility of strengthening small, remote communities with creative initiatives and to be a source of inspiration for others alike.

FIELD: Visual Art, New Media, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Dance,  Performing Arts, Land Art, Textile Art, Music, Literature, Crafts, Sustainable Design,  Engineering & Photography.

DURATION: Between 1 and 6 months

LOCATION: Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland

DEADLINE: June 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: We speak: English, Icelandic and German. We offer a shared studio space (95 m2) for 6 Artists and one private studio (18.5 m2). The Centre has a fully equipped wood & metal workshops, ceramic workshop, kitchen, small library, sewing workshop and a Concert hall. Learn more here.


Joya: AiR summer residencies

Joya: arte + ecología / AiR is an "off-grid" interdisciplinary residency rooted in the crossroads of art, ecology and sustainable living practice. It is located in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra María - Los Vélez, in the north of the province of Almería, Andalucía. Joya: AiR offers abundant time and space for residents to make, think, explore and learn from their surroundings.

FIELD: Visual art, writing, music, dance, curatorial and film

DATES: August 1 - October 31, 2019

LOCATION: Alcaide, Spain

DEADLINE: June 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Residents have access to  studio space and 20 hectares of land. Accommodation (private room with attached bathroom) and meals are included, as is collection and return to the nearest public transport system. Learn more here.


Printmaking Residency: Summer & Fall 2019

The Printmaking Residency is a self-directed production residency that offers the unique opportunity to produce work on-site at Arquetopia and at the Museo Taller Erasto Cortés (Erasto Cortés Printmaking Museum). The techniques offered are intaglio, linoleum, woodcut, polyester plate, silkscreen and the unique opportunity of working with a specific lithography stone from Mexico.

WHO: Printmakers worldwide

DURATION: Flexible sessions of 4 to 12 weeks

LOCATION: Puebla, Mexico

DEADLINE: June 2, 2019

FINE PRINT: This residency is for experienced printmakers only. No instruction is provided. Maximum dimensions of the lithography printing press are 27 X 19 inches and of the etching press are 24 X 45 inches. Learn more here.


2020 AIR Taipei Open Call

Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Taipei is operated by the Taipei ∣ Treasure Hill Artist Village. The program aligns with international artist-in-residence sites, provides artists from both Taiwan and abroad with residence opportunities and forms an open platform that also acts as a web of solid, international connections, drawing in diverse communities in various disciplines to exchange and broaden each other’s perspectives.

FIELD: Visual art, performance art, music, architecture, literature, curatorial and cultural research, arts administration and interdisciplinary arts

DURATION: 8-12 weeks with a minimum 4-week stay

LOCATION: Taipei, Taiwan

DEADLINE: June 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: Expectations towards the artist are as follows. Obligatory: artist talk and open studio. Optional: Exhibition, performance, workshop or any kinds of presentation. Learn more here.


Belgrade Art Studio Residency

Belgrade Art Studio Residency is a non-profit international art program designed to bring talented artists, creative practitioners, researchers and writers from around the world to experience a unique cultural environment dedicated to art. Selected artists are invited to live and work in specially designed studio for a period up to 6 months. By bringing the creators of art in a unique setting the Program aims to situate art at the very heart of historical Belgrade.

WHO: Artists, writers, curators, creative practitioners, researchers, scholars, thinkers, photographers

DURATION: 2 weeks up to 3 months

LOCATION: Belgrade, Serbia

DEADLINE: June 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: Each resident is responsible for their own funding, though Belgrade Art Studio can help with this process. Every participant can bring along one family member or partner that will pay 50% of the price as well as a pet, free of charge. We offer one fellowship per year to artists and creatives of outstanding talent. A fellowship covers the full cost of Belgrade Art Studio residency for a week. Learn more here.


CRETA Rome Artist Residencies

C.R.E.T.A. Rome offers self-funded residencies to international ceramicists, visual artists, and writers for periods of 4 or 5 weeks. The residency includes a semi-private equipped studio, housing in the historical center of Rome, and technical assistance in procuring materials for your work, firings, etc., advice on museums, galleries and sites in Rome and beyond.

WHO: Artists worldwide working in ceramics, visual arts, writing

DATES: Fall 2019 residencies (5 weeks): September 11 - October 15, October 16 - November 19, November 20 - December 17

LOCATION: Rome, Italy

DEADLINE: June 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: Accommodation are a 1-bedroom house with a garden and a private studio. Spouses/companions and/or children are also welcome for a supplemental fee. Each resident will have an opportunity to exhibit the work produced during the residency period in a final group show. Learn more here.


Spaetsommer Artist Residency: Germany

This self-directed artist residency is located directly on the tranquil Havel River in rural Germany . The space is located approximately 50 miles from Berlin and offers the artist an abundance of natural beauty to stimulate the plein air painting experience.

WHO: International artists must be 21 years old to participate and eligible to travel to and stay in Germany for the period of the residency.

DURATION: 2 weeks to 1 month from September 15 to October 31

LOCATION: Havelland County, Germany

DEADLINE: June 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: The cost of a self-funded residency with space galore costs €350 per week and includes a private room and shared bath with use of the kitchen and other common area facilities. Food and beverages are extra. Monthly rates available upon request. Learn more here.


White Cube Residency - New Mexico

Each year Annex:art offers its White Cube Residency in San Fidel, New Mexico. This short-term, sponsored residency program is being offered in cooperation with Gallery 66, located in the historic Acoma Curio Shop. The artist will be required to complete a project which can be achieved in the confines of the allotted white cube. The cube is a functional part of the interior of Gallery 66. The basic requirement for this residency is to utilize the 8'x 8' structure as both the work space to create the work and the exhibition space to present it upon completion.

WHO: The program is open to creative individuals working in any genre, including visual art, music and literature.

DURATION: 2 to 4 weeks

LOCATION: San Fidel, New Mexico

DEADLINE: June 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: Artists must be 21 years old to participate and eligible to travel to and stay in the United States for the period of his/her residency. Priority is given to self-taught and emerging artists. Learn more here.


Silence Awareness Existence - Residency in Finland, Winter 2019-20

Silence Awareness Existence is a residency program for artists, researchers and creative professionals, wanting to retreat into silence in nature. The program brings together a group of artists attuned to the theme to share a focused and mindful residency in the middle of the Nordic winter.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: One month periods in December 2, 2019 - March 31, 2020

LOCATION: Hämeenkyrö, Finland

DEADLINE: June 27, 2019

FINE PRINT: In order to support mindfulness and maintain a focused working & living environment, the program includes silent days, daily meditation sessions and an introduction to meditation course by visiting teacher. To further minimize distractions, internet is only available in a designated room. Learn more here.


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