The Best Opportunities for Artists in August 2021

Katie Carey | July 28, 2021

Every month our team sets out to find the best competitions, workshops, residencies, and artist grants going on—all with deadlines coming up this month. August’s list includes a month-long residency in the beautiful city of Athens, Greece, a ceramics internship that comes with a $400/week stipend, and a grant intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

We continue to work to make it easier for you to find opportunities and new open calls for artists so that you can spend less time searching and more time making art. 

Tusen Tak 

“Tusen Takk” means “thousand thanks” in Norwegian and is often used to convey appreciation for something received, like a wonderful dinner or a helping hand. It’s with this same sense of gratitude and grace that the founders of the Tusen Takk Foundation wanted to express: thankfulness to artists, writers, and composers for the transcendent truth and intangible joy they give back to the world in their work.

Excellence is the sole criterion by which artists are offered a Tusen Takk residency. We welcome and encourage applicants of all backgrounds. We believe that artists of all races, color, gender, age, religions, sexual orientations, national origins, or abilities can benefit from having a time and a place to create work. Our aim is to continually improve Tusen Takk to be a safe, supportive environment for achieving this objective. 

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

DATES: 3-8 weeks between June 2022 and December 2023

FEE: $25 non-refundable 

WHO: U.S. artists 21 years or older in photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, creative writing, composers


Hidden Turtle Residency 

Tortuga Escondida Residency Center in Akumal, Mexico exists at an intersection of a unique region on the planet during volatile times that leave us all impacted. Environmental concerns, social disparity, incredibly, profoundly, prolifically beautiful nature world of jungle, reef, rare and endangered species all are in the mix. The intersection of art and science lies in the practice of observation, of seeing, in asking questions, designing the experiment, creating variations on a theme. We are at an intersection of the secluded jungle yet 15 minutes away from services, restaurants, and the Caribbean Sea.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

DATES: 3 weeks: September 6-27, 2021

WHO: International interdisciplinary artists.

2022 Fellowship Artist Residencies 

Franconia Sculpture Park (FSP) operates a 50-acre outdoor museum, an artist-in-residence program, robust public programming, and expansive educational initiatives. FSP is a cultural anchor to the Twin Cities with a national reach into contemporary art communities and over 180,000 annual visitors. Franconia provides a communal residency experience where up to nine selected artists live on-site at our 4500 sq. ft. farmhouse. Our facility includes nine private bedrooms, 2.5 shared bathrooms, two kitchens, and common spaces for building lasting connections amongst peers. We provide food, laundry facilities, utilities, and WIFI for artist use.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

DATES: Spring, Summer, Fall programs 2022

WHO: International artists 21 and older working in sculpture, land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, socially engaged art, multidisciplinary art, installation, or performance.


Athena Standards Residency-In-Studio Program 

The Athena Standards Residency is a month-long studio artist residency program in the bustling metropolis of Athens, Greece. The In-Studio Residency program provides the artist with an open format studio in an expansive, repurposed commercial building and shared housing with another residency artist in proximity to the studio. Artists work closely with Curator and Art Historian Elizabeth Plessa, and have the opportunity to participate in weekly workshops in ceramics, sculpture, and weaving. Studio Manager Orestis Karalis is available to offer guidance and assistance, on everything from procuring art supplies, to recommendations on museums and beach excursions. 

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

WHO: International artists in ceramics, sculpture, or weaving.


Playa Residency

For more than 10 years, PLAYA has been honored to support the work of artists and scientists through supported residencies. Today, as a center for the intersection of art and science, we are looking forward to the next decade of our residency program. PLAYA’s residency program is focused on supporting residents who are developing projects at the nexus of art and science.   

PLAYA’s residencies are open to the global community of scientists, naturalists, biologists, musicians, designers, sustainability leaders, social practice artists, musicians, visual artists, writers, performing artists, and collaborations and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or other forms of creative work. PLAYA welcomes a range of applicants – from emerging scientists and artists to those with an established history of accomplishment.

PLAYA offers 26 and 12-day residencies and, new in 2022, five-day residencies at no cost from Jan – March, and October – December. 

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021 

DATES: 5, 12, and 26-day residencies from January-March and October-December, 2022

FEE: $15 non-refundable

WHO: International artists and scientists whose work promotes dialogue and positive change in the environment and the world. 18 years or older working in installation, multimedia, visual art, writing, music, performance, or science research.


Art-In-Ed Workspace Residency 

The Art-in-Education (AIE) Workspace Residency is for artists interested in working with local school students while creating their own work in Women’s Studio Workshop (WSW’s) supportive and immersive environment. This is an opportunity for artists with a range of teaching experience, from seasoned teachers and professors to those with minimal experience and an interest in gaining skills and knowledge.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021 

DATES: 4-5 weeks Fall 2021 or Spring 2022

WHO: Resident artists must be able to teach intaglio, silkscreen, or hand papermaking, and are welcome to complete their personal work in any of WSW’s studios. Artists in ​​intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, darkroom photography or ceramics accepted.


The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency

The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency is an open submission six-month live-in residency that enables the production of a new body of work and a rare opportunity for an early-career artist to exhibit within an internationally renowned institution. The residency is open to artists who have undertaken a period of self-directed, peer-led, or postgraduate study between October 2020 and October 2021. 

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021 

DATES: October 2021- April 2022

WHO: UK or EU residents in all mediums — more criteria details on the website. 

Warehouse421 Homebound Residency: Digital Communities

The Warehouse421 Homebound Residency program seeks to support creative practitioners from within the region in producing new works and exploring the digital forms of community engagement within their practices while working remotely. This six-month program offers its residents curatorial support and a production budget of up to AED 20,000 to be employed for any equipment or material required for the completion and realization of their projects.

As much of the world’s social and communal spaces continue to migrate into the digital realm, this past year has served to highlight the untapped potentials of the ever-expanding forms of community engagement.

DEADLINE: August 7, 2021

DATES: October 2021- April 2022

WHO: Artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia regions in all disciplines — including, without limitation to, Visual Arts & Curation, Design & Technology, Theatre & Performance, Literary Arts, Culinary Arts, and Music.


Baupalast Residency

Speak Art is looking for artistic research projects that will be carried out during the residency period in or with the neighborhood of the Kreuzberg City Hall Block.

The call for proposals is aimed at Berlin-based artists whose work deals with lived urban space in a cooperative, interdisciplinary, experimental, and site-specific way.

Offer: free use of a working studio, the workshops, and networks of BAUPALAST + stipend (1000€ brutto) + material cost supplement (500€ brutto).

DEADLINE: August 8, 2021

DATES: September 6- October 4, 2021


WHO: Interdisciplinary Berlin-based artists

Fountainhead Residency

This residency is dedicated to artists who were born outside of the United States and now live and work within its borders.  At the core of Fountainhead’s mission is the belief that artists and their work can shift hearts and minds toward a more hopeful and equitable future. With that in mind, we initiated this thematic residency around the topic of immigration, generously sponsored by the Shepard Broad Foundation. 

DEADLINE: August 13, 2021

DATES: Oct 2-31, 2021

WHO: Artists in all mediums born outside the U.S., but living and working in the states for a minimum of 2 years and 23 years of age and older.


McColl Center Educators and Parents Artist-in-Residence Program

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space committed to putting artists first with 360 degrees of support, including artist studios, modern equipment and tools, and exhibition spaces. Here at this one-of-a-kind historic place, built from the ashes of a former church that burned down in the 1980s, the artist’s need for expression, advancement, experimentation, and growth is fulfilled.

McColl Center’s summer 2022 artist-in-residence program is offered to educators and parents who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in McColl Center residencies because of responsibilities during school or university terms. This residency will support your practice, giving you the opportunity to bring your family with you, utilize our facilities, and access equipment in our artist labs.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2021

DATES: May 16- August 9, 2022 (12 weeks)

FEE: $35 nonrefundable

WHO: International artist 21 and older in sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, digital art, book arts, architecture, design, ceramic, media arts, interdisciplinary and public practice. 


Bemis Center Artist-in-Residency

The Bemis residency is a process-based experience–residents have the ability to research, experiment, and explore free from expectations. Bemis residents enjoy generous-sized, private live/work studios and have 24-hour access to extensive installation and production spaces; the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, a 9,000 square foot industrial workshop used for large-scale sculpture fabrication; and a Sound Studio for rehearsing and recording.

DEADLINE: August 16, 2021

DATES: September 7- November 11, 2021

FEE: $40 non-refundable

WHO: International artists 21 years or older in all mediums: sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, digital art, book arts, architecture, design, and ceramics.


Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency

Until August 16, 2021, the Center will accept applications from New Orleans artists for residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in 2022. Six selected visual artists will receive private studio space at the Center for five months in either the Spring or Fall 2022 residency session. They will be in residence with a group of national artists and New Orleans artists who were previously selected for 2020 residencies that were deferred due to COVID-19. Artists-in-Residence also receives a $600 monthly stipend, meals, and opportunities to participate in professional development and community events.

DEADLINE: August 16, 2021

DATES: Spring/Summer session: March 14 - July 29, 2022; Fall/Winter session: September 6, 2022 - February 3, 2023


WHO:  Visual Artists based in New Orleans working in sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, digital art, book arts, architecture, design, or ceramics.


LIA Leipzig Residency

The Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg and LIA-Leipzig International Art Programme invites artists working across all disciplines but particularly in the digital realm (video, performance, media art, sound art) to apply for participation in an international artist in residence program (LIA) in Leipzig Germany. 

LIA offers 9 selected artists the opportunity for a 3-month long residency. An 80m² furnished studio to live and work in and a monthly fellowship of  800 €. The monthly fellowship grant has to be offset against receipts and is allocated as follows: 400 € - fixed monthly for food; 200 € fixed monthly for local travel and once-off for health & travel insurance; 200 € fixed monthly for material costs, one international return flight ticket at a maximum of 800 €. Within the residency, artists are required to participate in an etching workshop paid for by LIA. 

DEADLINE: August 23, 2021 

DATES: 3 Residency Periods: 1st February to 1st May 2022 (4 studios), 1st August to 31st October 2022 (2 studios), 1st November 2022 to 31st January 2023 (3 studios)


WHO: Artists need to live and work primarily in South Africa but need not be South African. Your overall practice should involve a digital technique such as sound, electronics, photography, film making, or new media. All disciplines considered, but particularly in the digital realm (video, performance, media art, sound art).


Keyholder Printmaking Studio Residency 

Lower East Side Printshop offers emerging artists FREE year-long studio residencies to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. The application deadline is September 1, 2021, for residencies that begin on October 1, 2021. Printmaking facilities are available for intaglio, relief, monotype, water-based screenprinting, digital processes, and other techniques that employ the tools at hand.

Keyholders work independently in the Printshop’s shared Artists’ Studio and have access to a vibrant community of peers. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; printmaking skills are not required, but some familiarity with the medium is recommended.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

DATES: Starting in October 2021

FEE: Free

WHO: National (U.S.) artists in all mediums but preferred printmaking experience. intaglio, relief, monotype, water-based screenprinting, digital processes, and other techniques


The Betty Bowen Award

​​Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the annual Betty Bowen Award honors Northwest artists for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The winner is awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $15,000, and a selection of their works is shown at the Seattle Art Museum in the spring of 2022. In addition, up to two Special Recognition Awards in the amount of $2,500 are often granted at the discretion of the Betty Bowen Committee.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021 


AMOUNT: $15,000 cash prize and selection of works shown at the Seattle art Museum in Spring 2022

WHO: Visual artists in all media working in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho in all mediums: Sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, digital art, book arts, architecture, design, ceramic


Leeway Foundation: Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides grants of up to $2,500 to fund art for social change projects by women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia.

The grant is project-based and open to artists and cultural producers working in any medium, including traditional and nontraditional as well as multimedia and experimental forms.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021


AMOUNT: up to $2,500 

WHO: Regional (Philadelphia area) artists at least 18 years old, Identify as a woman and/or trans* person in any medium, including traditional and nontraditional as well as multimedia and experimental forms.

The Halstead Grant for Jewelry Artists 

The Halstead Grant is an annual award for emerging silver jewelry artists. Applicants submit answers to 15 business questions in addition to their design portfolios. The experience is designed to help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers. The grand prize is a $7,500 cash grant plus other benefits. 

The Halstead Grant started in 2006 and has helped many talented jewelry artists gain a foothold in this challenging field. Past winners agree that receiving the award was a turning point early in their careers when they were wavering on whether or not the jewelry studio was the right place for them. Being singled out by the grant program affirmed their choices and gave them a push to make their business dreams a reality. We hear that the money helps a little bit too!

WHO: US professional jewelry designers

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

AMOUNT: $7,500 grand prize 


George Blunden Public Art Prize

For the first time, Stonewater is launching its own public art prize to give talented artists from all over the country – both established and emerging – who are producing ground-breaking and innovative artworks the chance to deliver a series of pieces that can sit proudly on its development schemes.

Having spent more time exploring our local surroundings throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the importance of having beautiful sights and engaging areas nearby has never been greater. Another really compelling reason why Stonewater is inviting artists of all disciplines to play their part in building community spirit and inspiring residents at new affordable housing developments across England.

DEADLINE: August 6, 2021 


AMOUNT: The winning artist will be commissioned to create public art for five of Stonewater’s developments and awarded the prize of £75,00

WHO: Artists working in public art in the UK who are 18 years or older 


City Artist Corps Grant 

City Artist Corps Grants is part of City Artist Corps, a new $25 million recovery initiative designed to help artists who were both hard hit by the pandemic and who may have been left out of other local and federal funding opportunities.

City Artist Corps Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to over 3000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer beginning July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply. 

DATES: September 3- October 31, 2021

AMOUNT: one-time $5,000 grants to over 3000 artists

WHO: NYC- based artists in any medium A


2021 ISC Innovator Award: Call to Artists and Art

The ISC Innovator Award was established to recognize the creative innovation of individuals, organizations, or collectives who develop new ideas and work to improve and/or expand the field of contemporary sculpture. The recipient of this award demonstrates a commitment to their community and affects social change through their work.

DEADLINE: August 12, 2021 


AMOUNT: $1,000 cash prize 

WHO: International artists in sculpture or any material or medium 


Ruby Artist Grants

The Rubys were established in 2013 to provide project-based support for individual artists. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful support to individual artists to allow for the creation of new work. The Rubys supports the notion of risk-taking (in practice, content, process, and/or outcome) and equally values artistic integrity, strong ideas, feasibility, and communal meaning. The program is open to artists at any stage of their career and favors projects that have significant creative work left to accomplish.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2021 


AMOUNT: Up to $15,000  

WHO: Regional (Baltimore City/County), at least 21 years old in the Visual arts, Performing Arts, Media Arts, Literary Arts 


Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award

From a free open call across the UK, we are seeking to discover 10 outstanding artists whose work demonstrates a strong and original voice and is of exceptional artistic quality.  We’re looking for artists who represent the UK’s richly diverse population and embody the experiences of their community. Artists who create bold, unique pieces of art that reveal their own perspectives and experiences and who represent unique viewpoints and will help start new conversations in the UK art scene.

In 2021 we are interested to understand Where do we go from here? Is there to be a 'new normal?

DEADLINE: August 31, 2021 


AMOUNT: First place: £10,000 cash prize, second place: £5,000 cash prize 

WHO: U.K artists 18 years or older in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewelry; Digital Arts including moving image, performance video, technological arts; and Fine Art including  painting, printmaking, photography, installation, sculpture


5th Annual Skies Art Competition

Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Skies art competition for an online exhibition during the month of August 2021.

For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art and photography depicting the sky. The sky is everything that lies above the surface of the Earth, including the atmosphere and outer space.

The artwork can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and all artists, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best representational and/or abstract art and photography.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

DATES: August 5, 2021 - September 4, 2021

FEE: $20 for 1 image / $35 for up to 5 images

Award Info: Cash prizes and an invitation to Fusion Art's Annual Group Show in Palm Springs in 2022 for Best in Show winners.

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


International Art Competition: “Artist’s Choice”

Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 2nd “Artist's Choice” Online Art Competition for the month of August 2021. This is an open subject competition. Artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work.

DEADLINE: August 5, 2021

DATES: August 14, 2021

FEE: $15 for 2 images of artwork

AMOUNT: All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate, First, second and third place will be largely displayed with an article about the artist and their work. 

WHO: International artist 18 years or older working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage, or installation art) video and sound art not accepted. 


Contemporary Art Gallery Online Announces an International Call for Artists to Participate in the 9th Annual 2021 “ALL Water/Seascape” Art Competition & Exhibition

Contemporary Art Gallery Online has opened the “ALL Water/Seascape” Art Competition and Exhibition. Entries are accepted from July 12th, 2021, to August 8th, 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 August 11th to September 7th, 2021. Artists should submit their best representational and non-representational art. This competition will be judged within three categories: Paintings/Drawings, Photography/Digital Art, and Mixed Media/3-Dimensional Art. Competition Results posted: August 23rd, 2021.

DEADLINE: August 8, 2021

DATES: August 11, 2021 - September 7, 2021

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.

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


5th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the gallery’s 5th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Online Juried Art Competition for the month of August 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 September 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 interpretation of the “Patterns, Textures & Forms” theme. Artists are invited to submit their best representational or abstract art.

DEADLINE: August 27, 2021

DATES: September 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021

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

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


6th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Animal Kindgom art competition for an online exhibition during the month of September 2021.

For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art best art and photography depicting animals, both domestic and wild. The artwork can include any animals that live on land, in the sea or in the air. All artists, regardless of location or experience, are invited to submit their best representational and/or abstract art and photography.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021

DATES: September 5, 2021 - October 4, 2021

FEE: $20 for 1 image / $35 for up to 5 images

AMOUNT: Cash prizes and an invitation to Fusion Art's Annual Group Show in Palm Springs in 2022 for Best in Show winners.

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



Abandoned: Time and Place

Abandoned: Time and Place is an open call for photography that explores the theme of vacant, uninhabitable, or otherwise abandoned spaces. By capturing images of these spaces, we are able to see the ephemeral nature of each environment and preserve them, often moments before these spaces are forgotten, condemned, demolished, or otherwise lost to time. What do these vacant structures say about us as we leave them to decay during a spike in our world's unhoused population? What is the meaning of shelter, and what-or whom-are we abandoning during these unprecedented times?

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

DATES: September 10, 2021 - November 12, 2021

FEE: $25 USD

WHO: International working in photography


Wave Hill Sunroom Project Sunroom 

The Sunroom Project Space is a venue for New York-area emerging artists to develop a site-specific project as a solo exhibition at Wave Hill. The two exhibition spaces for 2022 are the windowed Sunroom and Sun Porch in Glyndor Gallery. We are seeking artist projects that engage with the site, Wave Hill’s history, other aspects of the grounds, or surrounding communities.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021


AMOUNT: Four artists will be selected for solo exhibitions indoors. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $2000, exhibition support, and professional development.

WHO: Emerging artists with a record of achievement and potential, for whom this opportunity might contribute to professional advancement. Read more information on eligibility requirements on the website. Projects in any media will be considered.


Zao Tang Pop-up gallery on Asian arts and feminism

For 2 weeks in October 2021, we will be hosting our pop-up gallery in Islington, ‘ZAO TANG: Pop up Gallery On Asian Arts and Feminism.’ The gallery will become a space for social exchange and creative discourse, charged with the theme ‘What does it mean to be an Asian woman?’. The curation of artworks will present a connective strength that speaks about the identity of Asian feminism, provide assurance to vulnerable members of Asian communities of London, support under-represented Asian creatives, and invite all members of the local community to join in and celebrate cultural diversity. 

DEADLINE: August 2, 2021 

DATES: Oct 6 - Oct 16


WHO: International artists of all ages and all disciplines


Call to Artists: "Metamorphosis" Encaustic and Cold Wax Exhibit

International Encaustic Artists is pleased to partner with Tubac Center of the Arts to present “Metamorphosis”, a national juried exhibit of artworks created with encaustic, hot, or cold wax paints, in 2D and 3D.

DEADLINE: Aug 2, 2021

DATES: Oct 1 - Nov 14, 2021

FEE: $35

AMOUNT: Six awards totaling $1200 will be given

WHO: US artists working in encaustic, hot, or cold wax paints


Chiaroscuro: a Virtual Exhibition 

SCORE (Southern California Open Regional Exhibitions) invites artists to enter our Chiaroscuro virtual exhibit. Show us what you feel is your best art depicting the contrast between light and dark. All mediums except video accepted.

DEADLINE: Aug 4, 2021

DATES: Sep 1-30, 2021

FEE: First entry $35 Artist may add up to 5 additional entries at $5 each

AWARD: Best of Show $800; 1st Place $400; 2nd Place $300

WHO: International artists in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture, Video not accepted

Icons Group Exhibition 

For this exhibition, Las Laguna Art Gallery is asking artists to explore the notion of cultural and pop icons. A cultural icon is an object made by a human being that is identified by members of a culture as representative of that culture or a physical thing such as the national tree, flower, or pastime.

DEADLINE: August 8, 2021

DATES: Sept. 2-30, 2021

FEE: $35 for up to 3 images

AMOUNT: Commission: 65% Artist, 35% Gallery

WHO: US artists in Acrylic, Airbrush, Charcoal, Collage, Color Pencil, Computer Art, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Arts, Glass Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Pastel, Pen and Ink, Photo Assemblage, Printmaking, Sculpture, Traditional Photography, Video, and Watercolor.


Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open 2021 

Aqueous Open is the PWS annual International exhibit open to all artists working in water-based media, member or not. Pittsburgh Watercolor Society invites you to enter our PWS Aqueous Open 2021 International Juried Exhibit to be held online via the PWS Website. After much consideration as to the current situation and near future, and based on the success of last year's Online Aqueous Open, we have made the decision to once again take this year's Aqueous Open to a Virtual Exhibit through our website.  This year's Aqueous Open Juror of Selection and Awards will be the acclaimed Artist, Instructor, and Juror, Carla O'Connor

DEADLINE: August 8, 2021

DATES: Oct 1- Nov 30, 2021

FEE: $45

WHO: International artists in watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempura. No pastels, classwork, digital images, any form of print or reproductions. No more than 10% collage or water-based inks, no alcohol inks or other inks.


Viridian Artists presents: The 31st Annual International Juried Exhibition

Juror: Susan Harris: Independent Curator

Susan Harris is an independent curator and writer of contemporary art in New York City. She is on the Executive Boards of Art Critics Association of America (AICA-US), Printed Matter, and The Brooklyn Rail for which she is a contributing editor.

DEADLINE: August 11, 2021

DATES: September 7, 2021 - October 2, 2021

FEE: $45

AMOUNT: Up to $300

WHO: International artists working in photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture


Tricksters & Transformation

We invite submissions for a juried exhibition: “Tricksters & Transformation.”

Textiles have the universally demonstrated capacity for holding meaning, establishing connections, and creating healing. As we emerge, on many levels, from the darkness into the light of awareness of isolation and injustice we have an opportunity and obligation to examine the status quo. This exhibition will allow the artist to step into the now and make work that opens doors within themselves, thereby acting as a portal to a collective resurgence into a renewed relationship with the world. This awakening inspires transformation.

There is a deep potential for the artist to act as trickster, agent of change, or boundary crosser. After the pandemic and the social upheaval of the past eighteen months, the artist has gained renewed agency for creating more enlightened definitions of meaning and new ways of seeing.

The pandemic can be a portal, serving as a provocation to transformation.

DEADLINE: August 14, 2021

DATES: September 4, 2021 - September 26, 2021

FEE: $25 members; $35 non-members

WHO: LA artists working in Craft/Traditional Arts


Click! Photography Festival Outdoor Exhibition 

The Click! Photography Festival wants to know how photography helped you survive 2020–2021. For many, the camera served as a tool of therapeutic intervention during the pandemic. Whether via a cell phone, DSLR, or 4X5, a camera helped rebalance and care for your emotional, spiritual, artistic, and mental needs. The process of creating a photographic image soothed our souls. Click! wants to exhibit and share the images that you created for your own well-being in an outdoor exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2021

DATES: October 1-31, 2021

FEE: $45

WHO: International artists in photography


Open Call: Studio Image Project + Publication

We want to see your studio! Friend of The Artist is proud to announce an open call for a brand new book concept dedicated to showing the spaces where it all happens, the artist’s studio. The book will show the spaces where artists of all mediums and geographical locations create their work. We aim to present the diversity and beauty in spaces where an artist works through this book.

All submissions will be featured on our website in The Studio Image Project.

What we’re looking for:

Great, high-quality photos of your studio place. How it’s pictured is up to you. The studio can be empty, or full of work. However you picture your studio, please the focus of the book will be on the studio itself though we welcome work, finished or not, to be included.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2021

FEE: $20

WHO: Artists working in  craft/traditional Arts, photography, drawing, film/video/new media, mixed-media/multi-discipline, painting, sculpture


Call for Artists: The Other Art Fair Dallas (October 2021)

Applications are now open for the Fall edition of The Other Art Fair Dallas a leading fair for emerging and independent artists. The fair will take place from October 21-24, 2021 at Dallas Market Hall. Each applicant is carefully considered by our selection committee, with the judges taking time to look at the submitted works, CV, and artist statement.

DEADLINE: August 16, 2021

DATES: October 21, 2021 - October 24, 2021

FEE: Application is free and acceptance is nonbonding. Participation fees start at $1,680 + tax

WHO: US artists working in photography, drawing, mixed-media/multi-discipline, painting or sculpture


Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition

Artists are invited to submit work that depicts wildlife subjects and evokes the spirit of the natural world for exhibition alongside members of the Society of Wildlife Artists at their 58th Annual Exhibition, The Natural Eye 2021.

DEADLINE: August 20, 2021

DATES: October 14- 24, 2021 

FEE: £20 per work (or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under).

AMOUNT: Awards available. Visit website for more details

WHO: International artists working in all mediums and 18 or over.


The Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women Billboard Arts Exhibition

SaveArtSpace has partnered with Take Heart You Are Not Alone and curator David F. Martin to assemble a visual framework that will draw awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Our goal is to use artwork to capture the attention of the public in order to provide them with contact information for much-needed community resources available to victims and survivors.

Take Heart You Are Not Alone is seeking artists to create artwork that communicates the issues faced by victims and survivors of domestic violence. Artwork that can illustrate the impact domestic violence has on individuals, families, and communities including LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Indigenous, and immigrant communities. It is our desire that the artwork can also provide hope and healing to victims and survivors.

We feel that art can provide a means to explore community responses and showcase how people help address and hopefully prevent domestic violence in their families and neighborhoods. This critical support provides survivors a path to navigating their healing journeys.

Artists of all ages and talent levels are invited to submit their artwork between July 12 and August 23, 2021. We particularly encourage and welcome submissions from artists who are themselves victims or survivors of domestic violence and/or are members of the LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Indigenous and immigrant communities. This is your opportunity to have your artwork on ad space in the greater Seattle, WA area.

DEADLINE: August 23, 2021

DATES: October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021

FEE: $10, but fee can be waived

WHO: International artists in photography, drawing, mixed-media/multi-discipline, or painting




Laundromat Project Create Change Fellowship 

The Create Change Fellowship program is for artists and cultural producers who are interested in developing and deepening a collaborative, community-based, and socially engaged creative practice. The Fellowship is philosophically grounded in peer-learning around art-making, power analysis, and community building.

Fellowship is a six-month incubator that gives participants the tools to develop, workshop, and generate project ideas incorporating The LP’s values and community-based methodology. The program requires a significant time commitment as Fellows will design community-engaged programs within The LP’s storefront in Bed-Stuy. The program offers a $500 honorarium and a production budget for programming.

WHO: Artists working in any art form and based in NYC at least 21 years of age. 

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021 

DATES: January 2022- June 2022 


Ceramics Internship 

 You’ll work directly with the Ceramics Studio Manager, preparing for our annual Chili Bowl fundraiser. During this mid-winter event, WSW warms up our local community by presenting over 1000 handmade bowls, mugs, and tumblers for sale. You’ll work on a production scale, creating between 300 and 600 vessels, depending on the studio’s need. After the event is over, you may also teach one of our month-long spring ceramics courses.

All internships include a private room in WSW’s on-campus Anne Atwood House and a stipend of $400/month. Interns work 40 hours/week, generally Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00, but the schedule may change to accommodate the Workshop’s programming. Interns have access to the studios for their own work outside of regular working hours and with respect to studio programming. The internship session culminates in a group exhibition of work created during the term.

WHO: International artists in functional ceramics 

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021 

DATES: October 2021- March 2022



Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Fall 2021

The Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts has become one of the most iconic and well-known arts and craft shows in not just Arizona, but the Southwest! With 450+ artists coming together to showcase work of all types, styles, and budgets - it truly is amazing to see. Beautiful Fountain Park, with the world-famous Fountain, is the perfect backdrop for this highly-attended event. Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of the Fountain Festival this year!

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

DATES: November 12, 2021 - November 14, 2021

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


Sculptural Screening for Lift Stations – Phase 2

The Leesburg Center for the Arts is placing a Request for Qualifications for Public Art Sculptural Screening at 4 sites. The budget for this project is $28,000. The selected artist/artist team will be expected to visit the site prior to fabrication and work with the City of Leesburg on logistics and final installation. Three finalists will be shortlisted and compensated $350 for conceptual designs. Commissioned artwork should reflect themes preselected by the community and the values and mission of the Leesburg Center for the Arts and the City of Leesburg. Emerging artists are encouraged to apply and must show appropriateness of previous work to the scope of the project.

This is a commissioning of new work by the Leesburg Center for the Arts in partnership with the City of Leesburg. The goal of the project is to use the Public Art Screening to conceal the Lift Stations from view and provide aesthetically pleasing streetscape elements. The artwork should be unique, engaging for passersby, reflective of the themes preselected by the community, and not easily scaled. 

DEADLINE: August 6, 2021

AMOUNT: $28,000

TYPE: Public Art & Proposals

WHO: US artists in in Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Sculpture


McMillen Foundation Fellowships 

The Robert B. McMillen Foundation believes in the power of the arts to change lives, to make the world a better place, to build vibrant communities, and to build bridges of understanding. We believe in a just, equitable, and inclusive society and we feel that artists are the key to advancing these ideals.

The MAC Fellowship Program is designed to recognize and empower highly motivated emerging and mid-career artists looking to transition from undiscovered to established, self-sustaining professionals. Aside from artistic merit, artistic excellence, and providing funding to help ensure artists thrive, the Foundation’s Fellowship Program looks to deepen personal connections with individual artists for the purposes of sending out ripples into communities, cities, and our great state. We are looking for artists who push boundaries, provoke and compel, are change-makers, mentors, teachers, champions of issues of social justice, messengers, community builders, etc.

DEADLINE: August 11, 2021 


AMOUNT: $10,000 and $5,000 and emerging artist recognition 


Austin Veterans Art Festival (AVAFEST) 2021 

The 2021 festival will be more expansive than the 2018 and 2019 festivals in that it will be held almost exclusively online. Because of this, for the very first time, we hope that many more veterans, military personnel, and their families will be able to participate and experience what AVAFEST is truly all about.  As before AVAFEST 2021 is sponsored created and planned by the Veteran Suicide Prevention Channel (VSPChannel).

WHO: National (U.S.) Veterans

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

DATES:  October 16- November 14, 2021 



Art Show International’s Solo Exhibitions

Art Show International announces their 2021 Solo Exhibition Competition. All visual artists from around the world are invited to submit their 5 best artworks to win an invitation as a solo artist in our gallery. This will now be a regular feature at Art Show International. Each month, an exclusive offer will be extended to artists selected from among our highly talented artist pool. One Grand Prize Winner selected from among all artists participating in this Solo Competition during 2021 will receive a $1,000 cash award. Additional cash prizes will also be announced.

WHO:  International artists of all types of styles and mediums are welcome, including both 2D and 3D works, painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, graphic, mixed media, video, as well as experimental and installation works.

DEADLINE: The submission deadline for the solo exhibition will normally be the last day of each month. However, if enough entries are not received during a particular month, a rolling submission deadline may be set

ENTRY FEE: $35 non-refundable for 5 images 

AMOUNT: $1,000 in cash prizes will be given out to the Artist of the Year who will be selected from the all solo artists exhibiting their works during the year. Additional Second, Third, and Merit prizes will also be given out


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.


Ready to apply?

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

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

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

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

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


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