Side Arts | About Call For Artists Promotion Service

About Side Arts

Recruit from more top-tier artists than any network 

Promote calls for artists to top-tier visual artists worldwide such as painters, photographers, sculptors, crafters, and makers of all kinds. Calls for artists include:

  • Requests for proposals – Percent for art / Creative placemaking / Public art
  • Exhibitions – Artwork shows featuring selected artists
  • Competitions – Awards for themed art contests
  • Vendor events – Art fairs and craft shows
  • Residencies – Remote live-in spaces for creating art
30,000+ MEMBERS
2,200+ Facebook fans
1,100+ Instagram followers
2,500+ X followers
Gallerists, buyers, agents, curators, non-profits, businesses, local governments, and promoters use Side Arts to recruit qualified visual artists worldwide.


Call for Artists Promotions

Recruit visual artists in your area and worldwide

Recruit from more top-tier artists than any network. Promote calls for artists including requests for proposals, exhibition opportunities, and vendor events to established and emerging visual artists worldwide.

Your promotion will receive the highest quality promotion that meets the rigorous standards of the creative arts, public relations, and content marketing industries. Clients give Side Arts a 9/10 star rating for attracting qualified, high-quality participants successfully.

Promotion Benefits:

  • Professional copywriting review of each listing ensuring best results
  • Promoted on Side Arts, Facebook, and X
  • New listings emailed to artist members
  • Active until deadline or, if ongoing, until one year from the publish date
  • Long-term marketing and SEO benefits

Attract qualified visual artists. Side Arts delivers trusted exhibition, vendor event, competition, requests for proposal, residency, and grant calls for artists to visual artists who meet your criteria. Gallerists, buyers, agents, non-profits, businesses, local governments, and promoters use Side Arts extend the reach of their calls for artists and exhibition announcements to real, qualified artists – we do not use bots or lists.


Our Story


Side Arts’ public relations platform helps visual artists and crafter communities worldwide. It is based out of Philadelphia, PA.

Starting in 2006, Side Arts Founder, Todd Hestand, started a neighborhood club of visual artists with regular meetings, BBQ’s, and Friday night karaoke. A common challenge was the need to find trusted opportunities to exhibit and sell creative works. Each person spent much time online, often duplicating the research of friends and colleagues.

Side Arts was developed as a way for the group to share quality opportunities. Other non-local visual artists discovered the service and requested to join. As the number of members grew, businesses, non-profits, and promoters began to express interest in posting opportunities directly to the site to extend their reach.

Side Arts relaunched in 2011 to focus on delivering trusted, high-quality requests for proposals, exhibitions, and vendor events from businesses and organizations around the world as well as recruit top-level visual artists. Today, over 200 new artist members join monthly and listings represent opportunities from over 50 countries.

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Todd Hestand
Todd Hestand, Founder, Side Arts, is an artist, entrepreneur, and business adviser. He has over fifteen years experience providing executive-level recruitment services for organizations in the creative economy, public arts programs, and Fortune 1000 companies. His previous experience includes individual consulting, teaching courses, and developing programs for entrepreneurially-minded artists.

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Mario Brondo
"Thank you, Side Arts! ♥ This is a great service to provide for artists!"
Off the Hook Arts
"Any artists looking for a chance to break through, check out Side Arts!"
"Thank you for the service you provide creatives!"