The Best Opportunities for Artists in July 2021

Katie Carey | June 24, 2021 (Updated August 3, 2021)

Every month, Artwork Archive compiles a list of the best opportunities for artists. 

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

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

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


Interchange Artist Grant Guidelines

Interchange is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Interchange is designed to strengthen communities and individual artists within our region by supporting artist-led projects focused on social impact. 

Interchange grants will be awarded to sixteen artists with an active socially-engaged creative practice in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region through

Submission Deadline: July 5th, 2021

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: $20,000 in direct project support, professional development retreats with Interchange grantees, mentoring

EligibilityArtists with an active socially-engaged creative practice. Residents in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas). U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status. Are at least 18 years old at the time of application. Can confirm you are able to attend two grantee retreats: virtually in October 2021 and in Kansas City, MO in July 2022.



Black Arts Future Fund Cycle VI 

Black Art Futures Fund provides general operating support for U.S. small and community-based Black-led and Black-benefitting arts and culture organizations, whose annual budgets are $500k or below. Organizations can be independent 501c3 organizations or entities with a fiscal sponsor in place for more than one calendar year.

This cycle honors organizations founded in or before 2011 through the Shay Wafer Legacy Awards.

Beyond this core eligibility, the Cycle VI Shay Wafer Legacy Awards recognize Black arts organizations that have been in operation for more than ten years. We want to celebrate these groups, who have survived and thrived despite a disinvested and underfunded field, while honoring the contributions of Shay Wafer—a mentor for a generation of Black cultural workers and who models a generous definition of cultural caretaking.

Submission Deadline: July 5th, 2021

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: The projected minimum grant award will be $5,000, based on how much is in the BAFF fund at the end of the funding cycle.

Eligibility: Legacy Black arts organizations, defined as organizations founded in or before 2011. Your org must also meet BAFF’s core eligibility requirements (Black-led, US-based, with annual budgets below $500k). 


Public Art Mural Grant

This Public Art Mural Grant is a four-week residency in which an artist will create an original work for WSW’s mural wall. The mural space at Women’s Studio Workshop faces the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (WVRT), which is an active outdoor public trail used primarily for walking, running, and cycling. We estimate that approximately 3,000-5,000 WVRT users pass by our facilities on a monthly basis, many coming onto our campus to view the current mural or inquire about the organization. The mural space is 10′ x 23.5′ and overlooks our new, ADA-accessible patio and community gathering area. In 2021 and beyond, we hope to build new programs that will bring people together here and connect them with the art and artists at WSW.

Submission Deadline: July 6, 2021

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, $500 for materials, $250 for travel, and free on-campus housing.

Eligibility: Artist must be present to begin production by August 16, 2021. The summer 2021 mural artist will be included and featured in the annual UPSTATE ART WEEKEND tour.  They will be part of the collaborative exhibition Rooted: Art & Land with the Dorsky Gallery, the Cronin Gallery and the Wallkill Valley Land Trust.  There will be an opening on August 28th and publicity for the event independent of Women’s Studio Workshop’s marketing initiatives.


Grants for Individual Artists of all Disciplines for Creative Endeavors

Integrity: Arts & Culture Association (IACA) Mini-Grants generally average $250, and are intended to assist with such things as: artistic supplies, recordings, studio time, exhibits, performances, project-related expenses, residences, etc. This is our way of planting seeds that we believe will continue to grow. Given the pandemic, funding requests for remote programs and projects are most welcome.

Submission Deadline: July 8, 2021

Entry Fee: $10.00

Award Info: $250 per awardee

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


City Artist Corps Grants

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.

Submission Deadline: 2nd application cycle deadline: July 20th, 2021. 3rd App cycle opens July 27th, 2021

Event Dates: Cycle 2: Engagements from August 20th to October 31st, 2021, Cycle 3: Engagements from September 3 to October 31st, 2021

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: One-time $5,000 grant will be awarded to over 3,000 artists 

Eligibility: Applicants must be current residents of New York City (5 boroughs) and have maintained residency since January 2020. Applicants must be 21 years or older on or before June 8, 202. See website for additional requirements. All mediums welcome. 

Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant 

The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives unrestricted cash awards to individual artists for the continuation of their work. Grantees are selected by a panel of judges consisting of artists and art professionals, many of whom are previous recipients of an RHCF grant. 

The foundation gives annual awards of $1500 to individual artists living and working in the United States in support of a visual art or fine craft project.

An independent jury of artists and art professionals will judge the submissions and make its recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors for final approval. In 2021, six (6) awards will be made. 

Submission Deadline: July 31st, 2021

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: 6 artists will receive $1500 cash awards

Eligibility: Individual artists in the U.S.  in Visual or fine art. Film, video, performance art, and music submissions are not accepted.


Spectrum Art Award 

The Spectrum Art Award is a unique celebration of the creative excellence of autistic artists - providing a vital bridge between the art world and these artists.

The Award was established in 2017 to create a platform and a professional network for autistic artists to enable them to access opportunities that might otherwise be closed or difficult to access.  

Autism creates challenges but also a unique perspective on the world. The Award recognizes this; providing a public platform for creative individuals on the spectrum to articulate and define their life experiences - and an opportunity for them to reach their full potential

Submission Deadline: July 31st, 2021

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: five finalists will each win a cash award of £5,000 and an opportunity to have their work exhibited and advanced in its most suitable form. All five will also receive invaluable professional mentoring, curatorial and PR support

Eligibility: All UK autistic artists over the age of 18 working in ceramic, painting, drawing, animation, sculpture, web-based, digital, video, performance, publication, textile, proposal, print, collage and photograph



6th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Cityscapes art competition for an online exhibition during the month of July 2021.

For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art depicting cityscapes. The theme includes any art which depicts cities, towns, urban scenes and/or any related metropolitan subjects. 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.

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021

Event Dates: July 5th, 2021- August 4 2021

Entry 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

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


Beauty of Nature 

Nature is all around us; even where the concrete jungles are dominating, they are dominating in nature – below the sun and the sky. For this exhibition, we are having a call for artists who will show how beautiful nature is, never mind where that beauty is being found – in your balcony where you grow yellow tomatoes, or in never-ending fields of wheat, the Everest Mountain, or the sky reflection in the rain puddle.

Selected artists will be represented at the ‘Beauty of Nature’ virtual art exhibition, will be featured, marketed and promoted extensively through the gallery's website, as well as Bougie Art Gallery Magazine.

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021

Entry Fee: $25.00 (CAD)

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


(Self) Love  

Gallery 1202 is soliciting submissions for its last group show of the 2021 summer, (Self)LOVE. The show will be held from August 7-September 17, 2021. 

The theme for this show centers around the importance of self-care, self-awareness, and mental health during not only the pandemic, but also the political upheaval of 2020 and beyond. Artists, in particular, carried heavy burdens in acting upon their beliefs by using their work to reach out and deliver their messages, and also in the massive uptick in visual consumption during the pandemic, especially for BIPOC artists. This call seeks submissions that represent, embody, or otherwise realize self-care lessons learned during the last 18 months, and the importance of self-preservation in times of unrest in whatever form that presented itself to the artist. All mediums are welcome.

Submission Deadline: July 3rd 2021

Event Dates: August 7-September 17, 2021 (The opening reception will be August 7th from 5-8 PM.)

Entry Fee: $25 for 3 images, $5 per additional image.

Award Info: One artist from the show will be awarded a solo show at the gallery in 2022. Each participant will receive a batch of postcards to send out, and the entire exhibition will be recorded in 3D by Artland.

Eligibility: All artists are welcome, regional, national and international. All mediums are welcome. Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture, etc. 


2nd Annual Still Life Art Competition 

For this art competition, 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are encouraged to submit their best work depicting an arrangement of everyday inanimate objects. The still life works can be traditional or contemporary in nature, with the content exhibiting everyday objects which are natural (e.g., food, flowers, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or which are manufactured (e.g., bottles, glasses, pottery, books, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc.).

The subjects of the art can range from a single object to a complex arrangement of objects. The work can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and all artists, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best representational or abstract art and photography.

Submission Deadline: July 5th, 2021

Event Dates: July 15, 2021 - September 14, 2021 

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

Award Info: Best in Show winners will be invited to Fusion Art’s Annual Group Show in Palm Springs in 2022

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


Request for Qualifications: Public Art Mural Frankfort, KY

The Franklin County Arts Council is seeking a qualified mural artist or artist team to create and install a publicly viewable mural on the East facing wall of Broadway Clay Building located at 223 W. Broadway in historic downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. There is no specific theme for this mural; however, the design should fit the location. Interactive murals that allow the public to engage with the work and present photo opportunities are of particular interest, as are those using trompe l'oeil techniques.

The all-inclusive budget for the mural is up to $20,000, depending on the size and complexity of the work. Artist/artist teams must be able to install the mural between Aug 25 – Oct 15, 2021. Artist/artist teams are invited to submit their qualifications for consideration. All submissions must be made by the July 9, 2021 deadline via the CaFÉ website.

Submission Deadline: July 9th, 2021

Event Dates: Artist/artist teams must be able to install the mural between Aug 25 – Oct 15, 2021.

Eligibility: International artists in drawing or painting

Location: Frankfort, KY


Royal Society of Marine Artists 

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of Marine Artists at their Annual Exhibition 2021.

The RSMA seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment, including harbors and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife - in short anything that involves tidal water.

Submission Deadline: July 9th 

Event Dates: 09/30/2021- 10/10/2021

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

Eligibility: Any artist over 18 may submit. Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU or elsewhere are welcome to submit work. Oil, acrylic, watercolor, original prints of any media, mixed media, drawings, pastels, or sculpture. *visit website for more information on international entrants



13th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 13th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition. Artist Spotlight highlights individual artists who have an overall body of work to showcase.

From this competition, Fusion Art will select up to 12 winning artists - four traditional artists, four digital & photography artists and four 3-dimensional artists (if the gallery has received 3-dimensional entries) for individual month-long solo art exhibitions on the Fusion Art website starting in April 1, 2021.

The Artist Spotlight competition is an open competition. There is no theme and any subject matter and any media are acceptable. Both 2D and 3D artists from around the world are encouraged to submit their best work for consideration. The gallery will promote the winning artists, worldwide, on the website, through its marketing and publicity channels and the winners will be invited to the gallery’s Annual Group Show in Palm Springs.

Submission Deadline: July 10, 2021

Event Dates: August 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021

Entry Fee: $35

Award Info: Winning artists receive one-month solo art exhibitions on the Fusion Art Website.

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



Textures, Forms, Patterns, or Shapes 

This exhibition is an open theme and all local, national, and international artists are encouraged to apply. Submissions for this show can be representational or abstract using any textures, patterns, shapes of forms.

Note: All artists who submit to this show will be accepted and have at least one of their submitted works posted on our website. A select number of artists will be selected to send their work to our gallery for our in-person exhibition at our brick and mortar gallery in Laguna Beach, California.

Submission Deadline: July 11th, 2021

Event Dates: August 3rd-26th 2021

Entry Fee: $35 for up to 3 images

Eligibility: local, national, and international artists welcome in: Acrylic, Airbrush, Ceramics, 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, or Watercolor


“All Botanical” Art Competition and Exhibition 

Contemporary Art Gallery Online has opened the “ALL Abstraction” Art Competition and Exhibition. Entries are accepted from June 14th, 2021, to July 11th, 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 July 14th to August 10h, 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: July 26th, 2021.

Submission Deadline: July 11th, 2021

Event Dates: July 14th, 2021- August 10th, 2021

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

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

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


Garment District Public ARTery Mural

The Garment District Alliance (GDA) is seeking artists interested in submitting their preliminary concepts, qualifications and examples of their previous work to be considered for a large-scale temporary wall mural on a publicly accessible exterior wall of the Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal (PAMBT) in Manhattan’s Garment District. As New York City re-opens and welcomes back its workforce and visitors, GDA, in cooperation with PAMBT, is proposing to create a more inviting entry into the City along 40th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Our goal is to make our public realm welcoming and visually appealing with positive image-driven messaging. 

To enhance the neighborhood environment, to increase community access to art, and to provide a positive first impression through compelling and uplifting imagery, the GDA is seeking to commission the installation of a mural on the PAMBT. The selected mural design will be installed in Fall 2021. The selected artist will be responsible for designing the mural imagery and working with the GDA and the PAMBT in developing and executing an installation plan.

Submission Deadline: July 12, 2021

Event Dates: September 13, 2021 - August 31, 2022

Award Info: $20,000.00

Eligibility: Regional artists in drawing or painting


Water- International Juried Art Competition 

​​The theme of this international juried art competition is WATER. Intimately familiar to us all, we emerge from the womb clinging to it, and spend a lifetime wading through it at every turn. Even life forms that don’t need oxygen for their survival absolutely need water, such is its preciousness. The visual representation of water, in any of its myriad forms, is acceptable for this contest. Artists are free to apply their own interpretation in representing the overall theme. Representational and abstract ideas based broadly on this theme, in any media, will be considered. 

Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2021

Event Dates: Winner notification starts July 31st

Entry Fee: $10 per artwork- maximum of 5 pieces

Award Info: Up to $550 in cash prizes will be given out to 8 – 14 winning artists. Winning artworks from all artists will be displayed on Art Show International's gallery walls. Winners who do not qualify for cash prizes will still receive widespread global recognition through extensive promotion via social media, monthly newsletters, and in the news media.

Eligibility: All artists from around the world in 2D and 3D works, painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, graphic, mixed media, as well as experimental and installation works.


Art Explosion

The 3rd annual Great Northern Art Explosion is an open, international public art contest & exhibition held in downtown Grayling, MI, August 28 - September 11. Artists will exhibit in a centralized space to the public for a chance to win awards and sell their art.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2021

Event Dates: August 28, 2021 - September 11, 2021

Entry Fee: $40

Award Info: $10,000+ in awards

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


2nd Annual Inland Northwest Open Pastel Exhibition

This is the second year for this pastel competition and exhibition in Postfalls ID. We will be accepting 80 works of art in the medium of "pastel" Pastel mediums include oil pastel, soft-medium-hard dry pastel on any surface. Does not include encaustic paintings.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2021

Event Dates: September 10, 2021 - October 3, 2021

Entry Fee: $25

Award Info: 1st prize $400, 2nd prize $250 and 3rd prize $150; best of show TBA

Eligibility: National artists in any and all pastel artists. More eligibility information on website medium within the last two years 


Call for Entry: "Reimagining the Real"

Emery Community Arts Center, in partnership with The New Commons Project, invites artists to submit their work for consideration in our upcoming thematic exhibition, "Reimagining the Real." This exhibition will feature artworks that engage the legacy of realism in the 21st century, continuing, complicating, or contesting this tradition. We welcome artwork submissions of all media. 

Accounts of western art history often emphasize the political significance of realism’s commitment to depicting “ordinary life” in a “naturalistic” way. Historical realism thus reflects a certain consensus around the meanings of nature, the ordinary, and the real. How do we imagine the real and its politics today? What does traditional realism still have to offer? Who determines which realities count as real? Whose perspective is reflected in the depiction of “ordinary life”? How is our perception of nature and of others limited (or expanded) by aesthetic convention? How might realities of abstract, non-visual or non-static experience enrich our understanding of realism or the real?

Submission Deadline: July 18, 2021

Event Dates: September 2, 2021 - October 21, 2021

Type: Exhibition

Eligibility: National

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


Call for Artists & Vendors at Number Thirty Eight 

RiNo Showcase has partnered with Number Thirty-Eight this summer for our September 5th Music & Arts Festival! The event will feature over 50 local visual artists & creatives, and some of Denver's best local musicians! Creatives of all kinds are encouraged to apply. 

Submission Deadline: July 23rd, 2021

Event Dates: September 5th, 2021

Entry Fee: Free 

Award Info: Artists keep 100% of their profit from each event

Eligibility: Creatives of all kinds encouraged to apply. Submit at least 3 photos of your work, artist statement, social media/website links to be considered


Chasing the Bluebird- Online Exhibition 

Applications are now open for our online exhibition “Chasing the Bluebird”. The Bluebird has a strong and positive symbolism in the spiritual world. It symbolizes the essence of life and beauty, joy, fulfillment, prosperity, and good luck. The blue color is a symbol of peace, honesty, and contentment. We are looking for artworks themed around hope, renewal, and a sign of an end to some struggle.  Artworks that are inspired by the Bluebird – in a literal or abstract way. From hazy dreams to quest for higher realities, from symbol of good cheer to a reminder to enjoy and appreciate nature’s beauty. Imagery that lifts our spirits. Artworks that remind us to open our eyes and appreciate the world around us.

Submission Deadline: July 25th, 2021, 11:59 EST 

Event Dates: August 12- September 12, 2021

Entry Fee: $20 non-refundable application fee

Eligibility: 18 years and older on all all art mediums (except video) 


11th Annual "Open" (No Theme) Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the gallery’s 11th Annual “Open” (No Theme) Online Juried Art Competition for the month of July 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 August 2021 online group art exhibition.

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

There is No Theme for this Current Art Competition so any subject matter and any media are acceptable.

Submission Deadline: July 27, 2021

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

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

Award Info: Winners receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.

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


The Annual UK Coloured Pencil Society 20th Anniversary Open International Exhibition 

The UKCPS was founded in 2001 and granted charitable status in 2019 to promote colored pencil as a fine art medium and to support and educate artists about colored pencil.  The society is now proud to celebrate its 20th successful year with its largest-ever annual open exhibition at the prestigious Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf gallery.

Colored pencil is gaining in popularity with all artists due to its versatility and ease of use. Recent improvements in their manufacture mean there is now a huge choice of pencils, including completely lightfast ranges, enabling artists to create artwork that can stand alongside more established media. Colored pencil has recently seen success at the 7th Sky Portrait Artist of the Year contest with the win by artist Curtis Holder.

The UKCPS is excited to invite entries from all artists, whether you are already a lover of the medium or whether you are making a new adventure into the art of the colored pencil.

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021

Event Dates: 14th to 24th October 2021

Entry Fee: UKCPS Members: 1st entry free, additional entries - £15 each. Non-members: £25 per entry

Award Info: Best Picture Award £1,000; Runner Up £500 and Colored Pencil Society of America Award for Excellence (CPSA) $500.

Eligibility: All living artists aged 18 or over. Artworks must be at least 50% dry colored pencil.



SchUM Artist in Residence

SchUM stands for an association of the three German cities of Speyer, Worms, and Mainz, which was unique for the whole of Ashkenaz, the impact of which is still evident today. The call for applications is open to professional artists from around the world working in the following areas: visual and media art, architecture, design, music, and literature.

Residency: 4 to 6 weeks between October 2021 and February 2022 (start date is in 2021), in one of the three ShUM cities.

Benefits: rent-free, furnished apartment, studio/workroom, travel expenses up to € 1,000, allowance of € 250 per residency week and contribution to other expenses (materials or services) of up to € 1,000.

Organization: Goethe-Institute 

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021

Eligibility: International artists in Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Painting 


Neon Museum Artists in Residence 

The Neon Museum National Artist Residency (AIR) is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the museum collection. The selected artist, working in the fields of digital, performance or visual arts, will have the opportunity to develop a project inspired by The Neon Museum collection. Engagement with the community is an important residency component through a workshop or specific engagement project. A virtual artist talk is scheduled at the beginning of the residency and a studio open house at the residency conclusion.

The 2021 residency program will span six weeks from Monday, October 25 through Sunday, December 5, 2021. The first two weeks will be conducted virtually and the final four weeks completed on location in Las Vegas.

Submission Deadline: July 11th, 2021

Event Dates: October 25th 2021- December 5th, 2021

Eligibility: U.S. based artists over the age of 18 working in Digital, Performance, and Visual Art


A to Z Wineworks Artist in Residence 

The A to Z Artist in Residence program is a fifteen-month immersion in the natural cycle of a vintage from grapes to glass. The Artist in Residence will first work the 2021 vintage harvest as a paid intern, working alongside our seasonal harvest crew and year-round winemaking and production staff. Following the conclusion of harvest, the Artist in Residence will receive support from A to Z and access to staff and properties for a year of artistic reflection and creation. During the residency’s second harvest, time is split between winery harvest and artistic work. The residency concludes with a public showcase of some of the year’s work through a gallery showing, lecture, reading, or performance.

Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2021

Event Dates: August 2021- November 2022

Entry Fee: Free

Type: Residency 

Eligibility: artists, writers, and poets across all mediums and disciplines. 

Categories: All mediums welcome. Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture, etc. 


Botanical Artist in Residence Program 

In 2022, the Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) will host the third iteration of our Botanical Artist-in-Residence program. This program supports exemplary botanical artists working nationally and internationally who can create beautiful and scientifically accurate depictions of plant species. Residents selected for this award will reside at Oak Spring when spring is underway and the gardens and landscape are in bloom. This residency provides botanical artists time and space to work on their own projects, utilizing materials from our formal garden or the broader 700-acre landscape, and to visit our rare book library that includes many exquisite examples of historical botanical art. 

Residents are housed in nicely appointed homes where they will have a private bedroom and bathroom and share a living room and kitchen. Botanical artists will also have a dedicated studio space in close proximity to their accommodation. 

Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2021

Event Dates: 2-4 weeks in the period of Sunday, March 27, 2022 - Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: This award includes a $1,000 individual grant and an offer to purchase one final work on paper for $1,000 that will be accessioned into the OSGF Florilegium, and a 2 – 4 week residence at OSGF.

Eligibility: Botanical artists with an established track record and a well-developed body of work.  Only artists working from direct observation of plant specimens to create scientifically accurate depictions should apply. Aritsts working in watercolor, pencil, pen & ink, colored pencil, mixed media, oil, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, original prints (i.e. aquatints, etchings, etc.). Not accepted: three-dimensional artwork including botanical sculptures, reproductions, photography, or digitally generated artwork will be considered.


Tusen Takk 

Tusen Takk’s residencies are geared for artists to explore new ideas or expand current work. We look for ideas and work that will affirm and enrich the human spirit, giving form to chaos and perception to beauty.

Tusen Takk was designed to host one resident, or two in collaboration, for residencies between three and eight weeks. The single most important qualification for artists invited to Tusen Takk is that they have created a body of work that exemplifies excellence and has (or could) significantly contribute(d) to their artistic field. 

While in residence, artists are encouraged to engage with the local arts community; this could take the shape of a small-scale workshop or studio visit, or a public artist’s talk, exhibition, or performance, either virtually or in collaboration with one of the Foundation’s partner organizations.

Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2021

Event Dates: 3-8 weeks between June 2022 and December 2023

Entry Fee: $25 Non-refundable application fee 

Award Info: An honorarium of $625/week to help cover residency-related costs including travel, shipping, materials, and day-to-day living expenses. Housing in the Guesthouse outfitted with two bedrooms, one full bath, two half-baths, and a living room/dining room/full kitchen area.

Eligibility: Emerging and Established visual artists 21 and older (see more specific qualifications on website).  Artists working in photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, as well as creative writers and composers will be considered.


Loghaven Artist Residency

Loghaven Artist Residency’s mission is to serve artists by providing them with a transformative residency experience and continued post-residency support. The residency is located on ninety acres of woodland in Knoxville, Tennessee. Artists live in five historic log cabins that have been both rehabilitated and modernized to create an ideal setting for reflection and work, and they have access to new, purpose-built studio space. All Loghaven Fellows are awarded stipends to support the creation of new work during the residency.

Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2021

Event Dates: Jan 10-21st, 2022; Feb 7-Apr 1, 2022; May 2-27, 2022; July 11-22, 2022; Sep 12-Nov 4, 2022; Jan 9-20, 2023

Entry Fee: $20 non-refundable application fee

Eligibility: U.S.-based practicing artists of all backgrounds and at any stage of their career are eligible to apply for a Loghaven residency. International artists and artists currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program are not eligible. Artists must be at least twenty-one years old and live more than two hours away from Knoxville. Artists working in  Visual Art, Music Composition, Dance, Interdisciplinary Work will be considered.

CALA Artist Residency 

This residency is open to Latinx-identified artists who have lived in Arizona for at least one year at the time of application. 

CALA organizes two residencies per year. Each residency cycle includes one regional, Arizona-based Latinx artist found through our yearly open call and one national Latinx artist by invitation only. The residency program aims to strengthen the cultural relevancy of U.S. Latinx art. A CALA residency includes an honorarium, materials stipend, and studio space. The resident will be housed in CALA's residency space in Central Phoenix. In addition, each resident has access to technical and administrative support from the CALA team.

The mission of CALA’s residency program is to provide Latinx artists with unparalleled resources and support that allow them to experiment with new ideas and take provocative risks. During their residency period, artists-in-residence are prompted to develop original, research-driven, innovative work. While in residence, artists are also encouraged to share and develop their ideas with the local community and are invited to be part of public programs and community engagements. An artist is in residence for a two-month period.

Submission Deadline: July 31st, 2021

Event Dates: Artist begins a residency in late August or early September 2021 and residencies last for two months 

Entry Fee: $5.00 USD

Award Info: Artists will be given an honorarium of $4,000 and a materials stipend of $4,000.

Eligibility: Latinx-identified artists currently living and working in Arizona.


Studio Workspace Residency

The Studio Workspace Residency is an opportunity for artists to create new work and fully immerse themselves in WSW’s supportive environment. We invite applications from artists at any stage of their careers. This residency gives artists the gift of time, an uninterrupted period to live and work away from the stresses of daily life. Artists may choose to work in any one or more of our studios: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, darkroom photography, or ceramics.

Submission Deadline: August 1st, 2021

Event Dates:  4-6 weeks between September 2021-April 2022

Entry Fee: Free

Award Info: All workspace residencies are fully subsidized! This means that while artists are still responsible for their own travel, materials, meals, and other personal incidentals while in residence, WSW provides housing and studio space at no cost.

Eligibility: International. Artists at any stage in their careers.




Vision X Live Conference 

The conference is designed to tap into the intellectual level of each top artist for us to learn their way of decision making in not only the arts but also the business for a higher probability of success. It is designed for both emerging artists and experienced professionals. The conference's main goal is to show artists how they can sharpen their skills from a wide variety of genres, from both digital and traditional artists. The conference also delivers the most wanted art business knowledge from gallery owners, successful professional artists, and art suppliers so the attendees may learn from their experience and grow rewarding careers as professional artists themselves. 

This July 16–18th, Vision X Live will hold a virtual conference. Attendance at the first conference is expected to exceed 5,000 participants. In addition, the conference is leveraging the participating artists’ 5 million+ social reach to create a widespread impression. It is free for the public to browse the exhibitor and sponsor virtual booths. There are two paid options, a Pro Pass and an upgraded VIP Pass, to enjoy the live interactive events. 

Event Dates: July 16-18, 2021

Entry Fee: Starting at $50

Type: Conference 

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


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.

Submission 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 

Award Info: $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

Eligibility: 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.


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?

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