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Bates Street Public Art Bench Project (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

Bates Street Public Art Bench Project (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The City of Keller, Texas, announces a call for artists for the 2024 Bates Street Public Art Bench Project.

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Enter by: 22 March 2024

The portion of Bates Street, where the public art bench will be installed, is a recently reconstructed festival street featuring string lighting, gateway structures, and food truck accommodations. The ideal bench will be useful, aesthetically pleasing, and contribute to the place-making goals of the improvements project. There is no theme for the art bench. The bench must be family-friendly and appropriate for public display. The City of Keller will provide a 4″x6″ plaque for each bench to include artwork title, artist name, and year of installation.

The Old Town Keller Improvements Project is aimed at upgrading the infrastructure in one of the oldest areas of the city. It includes amenities like landscaping, street lighting and public art. The city hopes to foster the development of Old Town Keller into an arts and entertainment district, with an eclectic blend of restaurants, shops, and services.

A stipend of $8000 will be paid, one-half upon acceptance and one-half following installation and acceptance.

About the City of Keller

The City of Keller Public Arts is a growing program in the community within and outside of the Keller area. It boasts 15 permanent sculptures, 11 sculptures that rotate 5 or 6 yearly for a 2-year period. Five gallery art shows take place in Keller Town Hall throughout the year, boasting a wide variety of genres. Concerts are part of the annual arts events, with an annual performance by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and smaller, intimate concerts at Town Hall or in the park.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com


Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Embracing Our Differences announces a call for artists for an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images created by local, national, and international artists.

The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.”

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Enter by: 1 July 2024

The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message.

The outdoor juried art exhibit will be on display January 19 through April 13, 2025, in two locations in Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Florida. There are approximately 320,650 visitors to the park every year. The exhibit will take place in two cities providing the artists with more exposure.

Awards are given for “Best-in-Show Adult,” “Best-in-Show Student,” and “People’s Choice” categories, with the last chosen by exhibit visitors to each location. Adult winners each receive $2,000; students receive $2,000 with $1,000 to be directed to the student and $1,000 to their school’s art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

About Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences is a nonprofit organization based in Southwest Florida along Florida’s Cultural Coast. They use the power of art and education to celebrate and promote individuality and common humanity. They accomplish this through an annual, large-scale, juried exhibition and a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs, and resources designed for teachers and students.

For more information, contact exhibit@embracingourdifferences.org


Unique By Nature: Juried Art Show (McKinney, TX) – Call For Artists

Unique By Nature: Juried Art Show (McKinney, TX) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), with Arts and Music Guild volunteers, announces a call for artists for the Unique By Nature juried art competition and exhibition.

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Enter by: 15 March 2024

One large scale artwork will be awarded a $6,000 Purchase Prize and become part of MPAC’s permanent, public art collection. The artwork must be 36″ on any dimension (not including the frame). No 3D artwork will be considered for the Purchase Prize. Based on received applications, 10 large scale pieces will be selected. The selected artwork will become a permanent part of the MPAC collection, which welcomes over 100k visitors annually.

Daisha Board of Daisha Board Gallery, Dallas, Texas, will identify the winning artwork in addition to judging the cash prize pieces.

About The McKinney Performing Arts Center

McKinney Performing Arts Center is considered the community arts center for McKinney, Texas. MPAC is home to two theater groups and hosts events, meetings, schools, concerts, city sessions, and church on the weekend. Since their Cultural District designation in 2018, the Center has added 12 public art pieces and continued to grow their collection. Visitors to Downtown McKinney not only get to shop, dine, and play, but also are exposed to great art and storytelling. The Center’s goal is to continue to provide a space for the community to share their experiences, culture, and ideas in the unique form of fine and performance art.  The location and activity in the building has been a wonderful catalysis to the booming economy within Downtown McKinney, Texas.

For more information, contact jbrunell@mckinneytexas.org


Milford Town Park Mural (Massachusetts) – Call For Artists

Milford Town Park Mural (Massachusetts) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Milford Cultural Council announces a call for artists to submit designs for the Milford Town Park Mural, to be included on the multipurpose training wall of a Fitness CourtⓇ this spring.  The mural wall will be 32′ L x 7′ H in size and printed digitally on high quality anti-graffiti laminated vinyl. The front side of the Fitness Court training wall will also feature four small zones of artwork (“windows”) framing the Fitness Court usage and reference information.

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Enter by: 12 January 2024

Artwork can be created in any medium; however, it must be submitted digitally. Artwork should promote positive, light-hearted imagery and represent local or regional values unique to the area. The goal is to share fun, vibrant, innovative artwork that tells the story of wellness and fitness in the community.

In addition to having the artwork available in Milford Town Park for years to come, the winning artist will receive a $5,000 grant after the Fitness Court is installed. Plus, the two side panels of the training wall will feature the selected artist’s headshot, logo, and a short bio/description of the work.

The winning artist will be joining a network of over 30 artists across the country who have participated in the public art aspect of the National Fitness Campaign. All winning artists are featured on the campaign website.

The 2024 Town Park Fitness Court mural project adds a new phase to the MCC’s ongoing Art in the Parks initiative, conducted in partnership with the Milford Parks Department and Highway Department.

About Milford Cultural Council

As a local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Milford Cultural Council seeks to promote excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Milford residents, thereby contributing to the vitality of the community and economy. The council is particularly interested in continuing to create public art as a means of enriching community spaces with color and beauty, creating spots for interaction and conversation, and helping bring all residents together.

For more information, contact culturalcouncil@townofmilford.com


Art Speaks Juried Exhibition (Virginia Artists) – Call For Artists

Art Speaks Juried Exhibition (Virginia Artists) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Bay School Community Arts Center announces a call for artists for Art Speaks, a juried exhibition for Virginia artists. This statewide show brings the best of Virginia’s contemporary artists to a small-town gallery in Mathews, on the Chesapeake Bay, showcasing two- and three-dimensional artwork.

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Apply by: 1 March 2024

Gallery show dates are April 27 – May 27, 2024.

Joe Gyurcsak will be this year’s juror and judge.

In its 11th year, the Art Speaks Juried Exhibition has a strong reputation across the state. Since 2013, 501 Virginia artists have applied, and 337 have been accepted, to an Art Speaks show. Each year, between 80 and 95 works are selected from 60 to 80 artists. There are separate first, second, and third place awards for 2D and 3D work, along with twelve other awards, totaling $6,350. Generally, three times as many 2D artists apply as 3D artists, providing high opportunities for those few 3D artists to win awards.

A full color exhibition catalogue is published before the show opens. It is mailed to 125 galleries around Virginia, as well as widely distributed in Mathews and the surrounding area. The exhibition is available to view and purchase on the Bay School Community Arts Center website for a year from the day of show opening. An active social media presence markets the exhibition and participating artists throughout the month-long exhibition. Many artists who have shown in Art Speaks continue to show their work in the Art Speaks Gallery and other area galleries, and have found teaching opportunities.

About The Bay School Community Arts Center

The Bay School Community Arts Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn, experience, and appreciate the arts.
Through excellence and diversity in classes, exhibits, lectures, and performances, the Bay School is a gathering place for all. To complete this mission, the Center:

  • Sponsors or conducts educational workshops, training, conferences, programs, and demonstrations of techniques employed in visual arts.
  • Provides creative opportunities for adults and children.
  • Supports and encourages economic development of Mathews County in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Fosters an appreciation of the arts, and encourages people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity.
  • Provides a resource for lifelong learning.
  • Supports local artists’ artistic endeavors by offering gallery space.
  • Aims to become a regional arts center and community asset, supporting all aspects of the arts, including music and theater, and to contribute to the revitalization of Mathews Courthouse.

Wendy Wells founded the Bay School in 1997 as the Mathews County School of Country Arts. Wendy was passionate about her vision to have a community arts center in Mathews, a small rural town on the Middle Peninsula.

“Conceived in her fertile brain and nurtured more than 8 years by her remarkable creativity, the Bay School is the embodiment of Wendy Wells’ vision. To say that she started it from scratch is to overestimate its starting point… Ms. Wells’ legacy is a vibrant organization that impacts the lives of hundreds of people throughout Mathews and neighboring communities with the uplifting touch of creativity and beauty.” – Rosalyn White (Board Chairman ‘03-’05)

For more information, contact artspeaks@bayschool-arts.com


The Boomer Art Prize (London, England) – Call For Artists

The Boomer Art Prize (London, England) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Boomer Gallery announces an invitation to creators across all visual arts disciplines: The Boomer Art Prize. The gallery welcomes wholeheartedly passionate artists from both local and international backgrounds to submit their artwork. The gallery welcomes all artists, whether emerging or established, to share their unique voices and visions. The gallery’s quest is to discover diverse creativity from all corners of the world.

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Enter by: 25 September 2023

For a nominal fee of only £35, submit three of your artworks to The Boomer Art Prize. Each additional artwork beyond the initial three adds a cost of just £10.

Artists of any country, age, and background can apply. Submit works that have been previously exhibited or published. There are no thematic limitations. 2D works should not exceed 230×230 cm. 3D artwork (sculptures, installations) should not be bigger than 230 cm high and 150 cm wide on any side. Apply with a minimum of 3 works and a maximum of 5.

Important Dates

  • The 50 preselected artists will be listed on the Boomer Gallery website on October 10, 2023
  • The jury will meet and select the 20 winners of the competition on October 20, 2023
  • The final results will be available on the Boomer Gallery website on October 22, 2023

The gallery does not contact each artist applicant individually regarding the open call results. Check the gallery’s website on October 22, 2023, to see the results. The 50 preselected artists will be contacted individually.


  • Anthony Fawcett: Esteemed art critic and historian known for his extensive collaborations with globally-renowned artists. His illustrious career boasts of interactions with icons such as Man Ray, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Andy Warhol, and his guidance in the “Anthony Fawcett Archive” project with the Tate Gallery.
  • Tabish Khan: An art critic specializing in London’s art scene, Tabish is the visual arts editor for Londonist. He regularly contributes to Culture Whisper and writes for FAD’s “What’s Wrong With Art?” series. His dedication to supporting artists is displayed in his trustee roles at ArtCan and City & Guilds London Art School.
  • Constantin Cosmin: An internationally acclaimed visual artist and co-founder of Boomer Gallery. As an editor at Boomer Magazine and a featured artist on Artsy, Constantin offers a unique perspective to the panel, drawing from his extensive firsthand experience in the art world.

The Boomer Art Prize Artist Benefits

Successful applicants will receive £10,000 in cash awards and exhibition opportunities in an iconic gallery space near Tower Bridge, London.

  • 1st place – £5,000 and a solo show
  • 2nd place – £3,000 and inclusion in two group shows
  • 3rd place – £2,000 and inclusion in one group shows
  • 4th to 20th place winners – included in one of the group shows

Cash awards will be paid to the winners within 48 hours after validating the votes. All 20 winners will be contacted individually regarding exhibition dates, delivery, and other details. The solo show is planned for January 2024, but the exact dates will be mutually agreed upon between the gallery and the winner of the 1st place. The group show is scheduled for November 2023. All winners will be contacted individually at least three weeks in advance. Should any of the winners wish to attend the show in person but face visa restrictions, the gallery will provide a letter of recommendation. This letter will be stamped and signed by both the gallery and the three esteemed judges of this grand competition.

About Boomer Gallery

Boomer Gallery is a unique platform for artists around the world, standing out for its diverse showcase of talent and remarkable curation led by art critic and historian Anthony Fawcett. The gallery transcends cultural boundaries, bringing to light emerging artistic gems and providing them a global stage.

The gallery is committed to promoting artistic expression in all its forms and facilitating the growth and recognition of artists. They do more than just host exhibitions, they catalyze artists’ journeys and create a ripple effect of creativity and innovation in the global art community – a unique blend of support, exposure, and reward.

For more information, contact email@boomergallery.net.


Regional Exhibition (Elmira, NY) – Call For Artists

Regional Exhibition (Elmira, NY) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, New York, announces a call for artists for their 77th Regional Exhibition. Artists must be 18 or older and live in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Ontario, Canada.

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Enter by: 31 May 2023

Work over five years old or shown before in any Arnot Art Museum exhibition is not eligible. There is a maximum of two entries per artist.

The 77th Regional Exhibition offers $10,000 in cash awards to be distributed among the juror selections. Artists whose works are selected for the exhibition receive 2 complimentary ceremony tickets for the Gala Reception and Awards Ceremony to be held on 15 September 2023.

About Arnot Art Museum

The Arnot Art Museum was founded with the bequest by Matthias H. Arnot of his collection, home, and an endowment in 1910. In 1913, the Arnot Art Gallery opened in the renovated Greek Revival home built by John Arnot, Sr. Since then it has grown to become one of the leading cultural institutions in the region.

The mission of the Arnot Art Museum is to preserve the original collection of Matthias H. Arnot and, with a primary focus on representational art, to collect and exhibit works of art possessing the highest quality, merit, enduring worth, and interest for the purpose of:

  • promoting an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts;
  • providing inspiration, enjoyment and enlightenment to the largest possible audience;
  • enhancing the culture of our region; and
  • nurturing a local, regional and national role based on our collection.

For more information, contact programs@arnotartmuseum.org.


Marks Of Distinction (National Juried Pastel Show) – Call For Artists

Marks Of Distinction (National Juried Pastel Show) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Central Mass Pastel Society invites artists working in soft pastel to enter the 2022 Marks of Distinction National Juried Show. The show will take place September 1 – 28, 2022, at Fivesparks, Harvard, Massachusetts. The show will be judged in person by pastel expert and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, painting curator Katie Hanson. Selection jurors are Liz Balkwill and Natasha Isenhour. Awards totaling over $5,000 will be presented at a public reception on September 10, 4-6pm.

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Enter by: 20 Jun 2022

Marks of Distinction offers a great opportunity to get your work in front of museum curator and expert in pastel. 1st prize is $1200, 2nd prize $750, and 3rd prize $500, plus additional cash and materials awards. The gallery, Fivesparks, is in the affluent, educated Metro-West area of Boston that is a historic location popular with weekenders from throughout New England. It will be staffed for sales throughout the show and actively promoted to gallery owners and art lovers in the region. The show and sale will be online.

About Central Mass Pastel Society

Central Mass Pastel Society, a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, was founded in 2019 to foster interest and education in the vibrant medium of so pastel, create and uphold standards for soft pastel artwork, and develop innovations in pastel society operation and programming. Members include some of the best working pastel artists nationally and internationally as well as enthusiasts and artists just starting their pastel journey.

For more information, contact info@cmpastels.org.


North Benton Street Mural (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

North Benton Street Mural (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Woodstock, Illinois, seeks artists’ proposals for the North Benton Street Mural as part of an outdoor dining and entertainment area in its historic downtown district. The commissioning of a new mural in the historic district is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to give residents and visitors opportunities to engage with the arts.

The mural will be attached to the exterior, west-facing facade of a privately owned building at 220 North Benton Street. The proposed mural site is located on a street adjacent to the historic Woodstock Square and within the historic district. During summer months, the street is closed to vehicular traffic. It is used as an outdoor dining and entertainment space by several nearby restaurants. The site has high visibility and a significant amount of pedestrian traffic.

Residents and visitors come to the historic Woodstock Square to attend performances at the Woodstock Opera House and private music and movie venues, as well as numerous special events throughout the year. The award-winning Woodstock Farmers Market, locally owned shops, and popular bars and restaurants attract people to the Woodstock Square in large numbers.

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Enter by: 25 Feb 2022


  • Finalists selected: By March 4, 2022
  • Design submissions: By March 25, 2022
  • Mural agreement available: By April 15, 2022
  • Project completed: By July 15, 2022

There is no submission fee. Artists may submit more than one proposed concept. Designs must be the artist’s own work and must not violate any copyright restrictions. Any artist with previous mural design and installation experience is eligible to submit a proposal. All correspondence and contracts are part of the public record. By submitting materials you are (1) consenting to the release of those materials by the City in response to requests under the Public Records Act and (2) agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless the City for release of such information.

Artists shall submit the following for consideration:

  • Artist Application
  • Resume
  • Link to portfolio
  • One to two paragraph narrative describing design concept, including substrate
  • Reference

City staff will review applications for completeness and eligibility. The City Council will determine final project award and contract terms. Designs may also be subject to review by the City’s Historic Preservation Commission and the City’s Arts Commission. After review by an art advisory group, finalists will be selected and notified to submit a full-color design for consideration. A $500 design fee will be paid to those artists not chosen as the finalist.

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Artistic excellence, vibrancy, and originality of the artist
  • Appropriateness of the design for its site in Woodstock’s entertainment district
  • Documented experience of the artist in completing similar projects

The mural will be mounted to the west-facing brick façade of a historic building. The space available for the mural is approximately 30 feet by 12 feet. Permission from the building owner has been secured. It is clean and in good condition for an installation. The wall abuts the sidewalk; there are no obstructions. The City will work with the selected artist to accommodate requests for access to power and water as well as overnight storage of materials. The mural should be installed to withstand weather and other site conditions for a term to be agreed upon by the selected artist and the City in the mural agreement. The mural is subject to removal by the City at any time during or after the agreed upon period.


  • The selected artist must show proof of liability insurance prior to beginning mural installation. The City of Woodstock, Benton Street LLC, and any other parties participating in installation must be named as additional insured entities.
  • Proposed designs remain the property of the artist unless the design is selected by the City. The selected design and installed mural will be the property of the City of Woodstock. As such, no royalties or fees, beyond the initial artist’s fee, will be attached to its ongoing use by the City.
  • Any unapproved substitutions or deviations from the approved final design or proposed materials may result in termination of contract, removal of imagery, and non-payment of any amount due. City staff will monitor mural installation.

North Benton Street Mural Artist Benefits

The artist stipend is $12,000. This amount must cover the artist’s design fee, supplies and travel. The City of Woodstock will pay for the substrate and equipment necessary to complete the project onsite. One-third of the amount will be paid when the mural agreement is signed; one-third at the project mid-point; and one-third when the project is completed.

Woodstock prides itself as McHenry County’s epicenter of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and those who appreciate imaginative expressions in an area rich with visionaries. Located in a collar county, Woodstock is a commuter rail stop away from Chicago and acts as a uniquely urban city surrounded by rural amenities such as agri-tourism farms, designated scenic drives and conservation areas nestled within glacial topography.

Woodstock’s rich history and vibrant sense of community provide a far-reaching opportunity for interested artists to express themselves, spark conversation, and capture the essence of a modern place rooted in its rich past.

Interested artists will find that Woodstock’s far-reaching marketing and recognizable Real Woodstock brand, along with community support for the arts, is tailor-made to propel commissioned works to the forefront of national awareness. Coupled with City support through its newly formed Arts Commission, artists commissioned for inaugural exhibits will be featured prominently as the public arts program continues to gain momentum through well-curated 2-D and 3-D art installations.

About the City of Woodstock, Illinois

Woodstock is the arts and culture focal point of McHenry County, Illinois. The Historic Woodstock Square is home to the Woodstock Opera House, Stage Left Café, and numerous other arts and entertainment venues. In its most recent downtown development plan, the City identified the creation of public art in the Woodstock Square Historic District as a goal.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and named a Preserve America Community by the White House, Woodstock is a community unlike any other. The Historic Woodstock Square offers many shops and retail establishments in a unique and nostalgic atmosphere.

Throughout the year, Woodstock is host to many events, festivals, and fairs, from Fair Diddley Art Fair, to Summer Band Concerts, award-winning Farmer’s Market, to HarvestFest, and Groundhog Days–celebrating Woodstock’s starring role as Punxsutawney, PA in the 1992 Bill Murray classic movie Groundhog Day. The beautiful Gothic style Opera House serves as the cultural entertainment center of Woodstock, featuring plays, concerts, and performances throughout the year, including the Midwest Mozart Festival each summer.

For more information, contact kcoltrin@woodstockil.gov.


Kinetic Art (Elgin, Illinois) – Call For Artists

Kinetic Art (Elgin, Illinois) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces a call for artists to install a new piece of public kinetic art. The art call is open to artists of all levels, worldwide.

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Enter by: 4 Mar 2022

The ECAC will review and evaluate each kinetic art application based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, technical competence, narrative support, appropriate relationship to the function of the site, and long-term feasibility. These criteria may not apply to every application and do not represent the only means of evaluation.

The City of Elgin offers the following in the form of support for the selected artist:

  • Access to the installation site for artwork creation purposes
  • Support for the installation and de-installation (as necessary) of the work
  • Maintenance support as is feasible, reasonable, and adheres to the plan as proposed by the artist
  • Publicity support for the proposed artwork
  • Signage for the artwork
  • Unveiling event after or at the time of installation

The City of Elgin will not provide insurance for the artwork.

About the City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission

The City of Elgin’s Cultural Arts Commission embarked on a Public Art Plan in 2017. It has successfully installed several murals and sculptures since that time. Additional public art programs consist of wrapping utility boxes in original printed artwork, painting storm drains, creating a walking map, and developing a grant program for neighborhoods to acquire their own artwork. Beyond the public art initiatives sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission, several events and festivals are held each year to celebrate the various forms of art.

For more information, contact culturalarts@cityofelgin.org.


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