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Black History Month (Online Art Competition) – Call For Artists

Black History Month (Online Art Competition) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Contemporary Art Gallery Online (CAGO) announces a call for artists to participate in the Black History Month, an international art competition and exhibition. Entries welcome from all 2D and 3D artists regardless of your experience or education in the art field.  Submit your best representational and non-representational art.

The Black History Month competition will be judged on three categories: painting / drawing, photography / digital art, and mixed media / 3D art. An online exhibition of all entrants will be held from March 1st, 2023, to March 28th, 2023.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 26 February 2023

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

Black History Month competition awards will be given for the top 5 to 8 works selected. Winners will be announced on March 15th, 2023. Prizes include memberships to Contemporary Art Gallery Online, extensive marketing, digital winner’s certificates, event collateral, and a Zoom interview for “In the Artist Studio Episodes.”

The artists’ work will be seen by approximately half a million people worldwide.  Contemporary Art Gallery Online actively promotes actively all their artists and has sold numerous works.

“Entered their Competitions and they are always super nice and professional.” – Dominik

“I entered two pieces of my artwork to their online competition… It’s not often you get considered. What counts is you were able to show your art to the world. Thank you” – Lora

“Always very professional.” – Tammy

About Contemporary Art Gallery Online

Contemporary Art Gallery Online was founded in 2001. They believe in the creativity of man, the beauty an artist can share with the world, and the ultimate need man has for the beauty of art.

Contemporary Art Gallery Online specializes in the contemporary art form. Contemporary art is defined as artistic work from the present era that uses the current practices and styles of its discipline. Although the words Modern Art and Contemporary Art are used interchangeably, they represent two distinctive moments on the art timeline. Modern Art encompasses the art from the Impressionists (around 1880) up until the 1970’s. Contemporary Art encompasses the art from the 1970’s to present.

Since its inception, CAGO has promoted and sold art on behalf of its member artists. They host a juried, monthly art competition with a different theme each month.

For more information, contact cago.offices@gmail.com.


Art And Earth Juried Art Exhibit (Martinsburg, WV) – Call For Artists

Art And Earth Juried Art Exhibit (Martinsburg, WV) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces a call for artists for the 13th Annual Art and Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday, April 5 to Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia. This is the 13th year of this annual exhibit, which has reached a national constituency since it’s beginning in 2010. It is the Berkeley Arts Council’s premier annual event.

The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’. Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 6 March 2023

The exhibit is open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any fine art or fine craft medium or technique, 2- or 3-dimensions, representational, abstract, or non-representational art form. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.

By reaching out nationally, the Berkeley Arts Council, based in Martinsburg, West Virginia, seeks to present high quality artwork to the citizens of Berkeley County and the surrounding region.

Awards: Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. Total prize fund up to $1,000.

About Berkeley Arts Council

The common element of successful arts communities is an independent umbrella organization that supports an organized, active, and broadly cooperative arts community. The Berkeley County Arts Council was formed in 2009 to provide unified communication, promotion, support, and advocacy for the arts community in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

A successful arts community provides a rich cultural life for all members of the community and supports a “creative economy” by attracting twenty-first century businesses and the educated work force that comes with them.

A successful arts community provides an environment that supports all kinds of businesses including artists and related businesses, attracts tourism and revenue, and provides income and jobs for artists and artisans.

For more information, contact bacexhibits@gmail.com.


Creative Climate Awards (New York, NY) – Call For Artists

Creative Climate Awards (New York, NY) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Human Impacts Institute announces an open call for the 2023 Creative Climate Awards, with the theme of Inspiring a Climate Renaissance.

The Human Impacts Institute’s Creative Climate Awards (CCA) are an annual series of events that showcase artists creating climate-inspired, public works. In an effort to inspire us to think more critically about our actions and their impacts, the Creative Climate Awards program uses the arts and creativity to share knowledge, broaden the climate conversation, educate, and incite action. The Creative Climate Awards are a month-long festival of virtual conversations, screenings, artist talks, and a citywide exhibit in New York City.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 27 February 2023

Submissions should address the following prompt: How does your work inspire innovation, collaboration and action for climate justice?

Mediums: All 2D works, films (shorts and features), 3D works (sculptures and installations), and performances (dance, theater, music). Only completed pieces will be considered. Please, do not submit concept notes or requests for commissions.

Artists are responsible for costs of shipping works to and from NYC. Performers must be able to perform in NYC between April 16th and May 14th, 2023.

Selections announced: March 13th, 2023

Creative Climate Awards Artist Benefits

  • US$300 participation award
  • A month long exhibit in NYC
  • Work viewed by our mentors and partners
  • Potential to lead a virtual master class
  • Present your work through HII social media takeovers
  • Meet-and-greet curators, mentor, judge and artists events

The CCA provides an opportunity to creatively engage tens-of-thousands of people in climate action, while having your work seen by judges and mentors—some of the top artists, curators, art institutions, and international leaders in the world. Past participants include leaders from the Brooklyn Museum, MOCADA, Children’s Museum of NY, PBS, and All Arts/WNET.

About the Human Impacts Institute

Human Impacts Institute is an association which supports arts and culture to inspire action for a just and thriving world. Through exhibitions, salons, training, education, storytelling, and conversations, their missions are to highlight new voices of leadership, connect you to solutions in engaging ways, and welcome you to a diverse, creative community that is addressing the root causes of the climate crisis. The Institute works in city streets, schools, galleries, and museums, bringing people together to promote equitable solutions in positive and creative ways.

The first edition of the Creative Climate Awards was in 2012, and every year since, Human Impacts Institute has been organizing an open call to find and value innovative artists and new ways to experiment in inspiring positive human impacts. We are always looking for new partnerships to create a network of artists coming from different countries.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For more information, contact programs@humanimpactsinstitute.org.


Wild About Art At The Toledo Zoo (Ohio) – Call For Artists

Wild About Art At The Toledo Zoo (Ohio) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Toledo Zoo is seeking creative artists and skilled makers to take part in Wild About Art, a two-day art fair. This unique show, set in the wild beauty of a nationally renowned zoo, features local and regional artists with various mediums on display for thousands of zoo visitors. This event will include live entertainment, activities, and, of course, animals!

Mediums permitted: ceramics, drawing, painting, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal working, photography, printmaking/graphics, sculpture, textiles, and wood. Work does not have to be animal related.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter  by: 24 April 2023

Artists will set up around the zoo’s beautiful grounds and animals and be exposed to a diverse audience of animal and art lovers. Wild about Art will be promoted to a huge, loyal membership base of over 70,000 households and over 240,000 Facebook followers.

Zoo staff and volunteers assisting with the event are top notch and bend over backwards to make sure artists feel welcome and taken care of. Artist amenities include free parking and zoo admission, free electricity, an air-conditioned artist lounge with complimentary beverages and snacks, volunteer booth sitters available up to 15 minutes, volunteers on hand to assist with set up and tear down, 24-hour security, and an estimated over 10,000 zoo visitors for the weekend.

About The Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo has been around for more than a hundred years. It is home to more than 10,000 individual animals representing over 720 species. In an effort to save endangered wildlife, the zoo participates in more than 80 Species Survival Plans that ensure healthy, genetically diverse zoo populations. Travel around the world from the tropics to Greenland, ocean to sky, and desert to rainforest in one zoo visit. Animals take part in the art fair by creating their own works of art, which is a huge attendance driver for the event.

For more information, contact artfair@toledozoo.org.


ART 64 Live Painting Tournament (Wauwatosa, WI) – Call For Artists

ART 64 Live Painting Tournament (Wauwatosa, WI) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Discover Wauwatosa announces a call for artists for ART 64, a 2-day, bracket-style painting tournament with a grand prize of $20,000. ART 64 takes place in The Village of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, highlighting diverse, nationwide artists and local businesses.

In four rounds, 64 artists are paired to go head-to-head and given 60 minutes to create a work of art on a predetermined theme on canvas. Members of the public, both in-person and virtually, are invited to watch the paintings come to life and vote for their favorite artists to advance online.


Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 10 March 2023

The 2022 ART 64 event drew thousands of attendees.

All accepted participants will receive money for participating: First round competitors receive a total of $100, second round competitors receive a total of $200, third round competitors receive a total of $400, and final round competitors receive a total of $800 for their participation. The sole winner of ART 64 receives $20,000 in total.

Discover Wauwatosa will auction all artwork online through OneCause’s mobile bidding auction platform. If sold, artists receive 70% of sale, 20% commission goes to the Wauwatosa Parks Improvement Fund and will be used to contribute to park system improvements adding to visitors’ experience and enjoyment of our parks and green spaces, and 10% used toward funding the following year’s ART 64 program.

“We are excited to bring a wide range of artists to Wauwatosa to compete in this one-of-a-kind event. It is an opportunity to showcase their unique talents and allow residents and visitors to experience art and our vibrant community in a completely unique way,” says Melissa Weiss, Deputy City Administrator for the City of Wauwatosa.

About Discover Wauwatosa

Discover Wauwatosa hosts ART 64. Wauwatosa is located immediately west of Milwaukee, and is a part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It is named after the Potawatomi Chief Wauwataesie and the Potawatomi word for firefly. Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is a growing arts destination. Check out the Magic Murals while you’re in town, a seven-part mural art installation that can be seen along the North Avenue corridor in the North Mural Arts District, also known as “NoMAD.”

For more information, contact art64tosa@newaukee.com.


Climate Changing (Online Art Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Climate Changing (Online Art Exhibition) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Las Laguna Art Gallery announces a call for artists for Climate Changing. For this online exhibition the gallery is seeking works that explore subjects related to climate change.

Works for this show can explore the various solutions or problems with the current issues of climate. Ideally, the works convey an idea that climate action is urgent and attainable. The goal of this exhibition is to engage, encourage, and inspire individuals and businesses to act.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 15 January 2023

All artists who submit to this show will be accepted and have at least one of their submitted works posted and promoted on our website and to our client list.

About Las Laguna Art Gallery

Las Laguna Art Gallery is a contemporary and fine art gallery that features art from a diverse group of artists, representing a variety of mediums. They are dedicated to the exploration and engagement of contemporary and fine art visual culture through unique collaborations between artists, students, and the community. They make it a point to curate artwork that is interesting and engaging to the art collector, lover, and novice. Unlike most art galleries located in Laguna Beach, the gallery accepts work from artists outside of Laguna Beach. Since 2013, Las Laguna Gallery has held open calls for art, calls for entry, and calls for art opportunities for artists to promote and sell their art in a gallery. Each month they have a themed exhibition and works are promoted in the gallery, online, and to an extensive client list.

Quickly becoming one of the premier contemporary and fine art galleries in Laguna Beach, California; Las Laguna Gallery is dedicated to the exploration and engagement of contemporary and fine art visual culture – regionally, nationally, and internationally; through unique collaborations between artists, students, and the community.

Las Laguna Gallery is located on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Village. Laguna Village is an artist alcove on the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This location is a must stop location with artist galleries and jewelry shops. The location features a restaurant, bar, and there is live music in the fire-side theater Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is one of only three locations in Laguna Beach that offers an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. It is a desired destination for art, live music, and food.

With more than 100 art galleries and artist studios to explore, you’ll come to understand why Laguna Beach is a beloved “art colony.” In fact, the area was discovered by artists. In the late 1800s, visitors were making an annual pilgrimage through the canyons to camp at Laguna Beach each summer. By 1903, painters like Norman St Clair were visiting from San Francisco, attracted to the landscape and light only found on the coast of Laguna. Like tourists of any era, St Clair returned home with glowing reports and landscape paintings that led his artist friends to follow him south. It wasn’t long before plein air (painting outdoors) artists like William Wendt and Frank Cuprien moved to Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach is now a world class art destination with multiple art events held throughout the year.

For more information, contact laslagunagallery@gmail.com.


A.I.R. Studio Paducah (Kentucky Residency) – Call For Artists

A.I.R. Studio Paducah (Kentucky Residency) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] A.I.R. Studio Paducah, an artist-in-residence studio and efficiency apartment located in the Lower Town Arts District of Paducah, Kentucky, six blocks from the Ohio River, announces an ongoing call for artists. A.I.R. Studio welcomes self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of creative practices: visual artists, photographers, architects, writers, composers, and improvisational choreographers. Applicants are encouraged to have a clear objective for their residency. Stays usually range from two weeks to three months.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: Ongoing

For most of its existence, A.I.R. Studio Paducah residents have been visual and fiber artists, a few photographers, and a scattering of creatives in other disciplines. The application process has since expanded and opened up to writers, architects, composers, and improvisational choreographers. The program is currently attracting and enjoying an influx of writers to the program. Geographically, A.I.R. residents hail from all over the United States and Canada.

The residency affords the artist time and space for focused, independent work, the development of new ideas and experimentation. Visits to area cultural centers, galleries, and performance venues as well as short trips to regional arts facilities can open up a range of networking possibilities. A.I.R. features a storefront multi-purpose display space that can be used for exhibitions or presentations during the residency.

A.I.R. Studio Paducah conducts a competitive selection process. Applications are peer-reviewed on a basis of the quality of past work and the applicant’s potential to have a productive residency. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Collaborative pairs and couples are welcome.

About A.I.R. Studio Paducah

A.I.R. Studio Paducah, now in its 18th year as an artist residency program, is situated in the heart of the LowerTown Arts District, Paducah, Kentucky. Since 2004, creatives from around the country and abroad have passed through A.I.R. doors to make the most of the space and a stretch of undistracted time as envisioned by founder and artist Alonzo Davis.

Drawn to Paducah by the Artist Relocation Program, Davis initially considered LowerTown as the location for a personal studio/retreat. Inspired however by working retreat experiences in California, Costa Rica, Connecticut, Wyoming, Colorado, and Virginia, Davis decided instead to establish an artist residency program. Not only would visiting artists benefit, but also interact with a changing influx of creatives from outside which lends an additional dynamic to the evolving LowerTown community. An active residency program heightens arts district visibility in the world of artist’s communities nationally and internationally.

For more information, contact airstudiopaducah@gmail.com.


PleinAir Salon January Art Competition (Online) – Call For Artists

PleinAir Salon January Art Competition (Online) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] PleinAir Magazine announces a call for artists for their PleinAir Salon January Art Competition, held online and consisting of 19 categories. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition with 11 monthly cycles leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners is designed to stimulate artistic growth.

This is an online competition. No mailing your artwork for an exhibition. Enter paintings for the PleinAir Salon January Art Competition whether you have won another competition or not.


Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 31 January 2023

The Early Bird Discount ends January 15th at 11:59 pm. Enter before then to receive 25% off your entries. Just $29 for your first and $12 for each additional painting. The regular price is $38 for the first painting and $16 for each additional painting.

Each year, PleinAir Magazine awards a total of $33,000 for their monthly competitions.

The annual grand prize winner receives $15,000 and is featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine, the #1 representational art magazine at Barnes & Noble. They award $1,100 monthly to the top three winners and a People’s Choice Award for each competition. Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media.

Each of the 23 monthly winners will be automatically entered into the Annual Competition. PleinAir awards an additional $6,500 to the annual winners.  The annual awards are presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo each spring.

About PleinAir Magazine

PleinAir Magazine is for plein air artists, enthusiasts, and collectors showcasing a wide variety of plein air paintings, articles on the top plein air artists of today and past, and the latest information on events and shows. The PleinAir Salon Art Competition has been awarding cash prizes and promoting artists for 12 years.

For more information, contact pleinairsalon@streamlinepublishing.com.


Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (California) – Call For Artists

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (California) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR) announces a call for artists for the 2023 – 24 season. Established in 2007, JTHAR is an artist-centric nonprofit residency that awards an international community of artists the gifts of time and space amidst the extraordinary natural beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.

Click here for the application / registration

Apply by: 10 January 2023

Seven week residencies include scholarship funds, living accommodations, and studio space designed to accommodate a broad range of artistic activity and open studio events. Residents can be at any stage of their careers and work in all mediums, including drawing, painting, photography, film, video, installation, fiction and non fiction writing, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.

JTHAR provides living and studio space for artists to explore new work. The residency respects the critical role artists play in our society and aims to foster creativity, trust, courage, diversity, and acceptance by facilitating opportunities for exploring, experimenting, quiet reflection, engagement, and cross-cultural exchange with the vibrant local community. They establish space for inspiration to happen, so artists can do the work of innovating, changing the cultural landscape, and generating a fresh look at the way we connect to each other and to the world.

About Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency

As a 501c3 non-profit artist residency, JTHAR relies on public donations to fulfill their mission of providing artists with the time, facilities, and support essential to give their creativity form. In return, they provide unparalleled access to the creative processes of regional, national, and international artists. Donors are an integral part of the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency community. Their unwavering support means the world to us and worldwide network of artists we champion.

JTHAR is one of the only local residencies in the Mojave Desert that allows artists to present proposals for specific art projects. Artists are introduce to a larger artist community during their stay.

For more information, contact info@jthar.com.


All That I Adore National Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

All That I Adore National Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Libertytown Arts Workshop announces a call for artists for All That I Adore, a national juried exhibition.

Love, is love, is love. Love comes in many shapes and many sizes. We can love people and animals. We can love our hometowns or a great bar. We can love ourselves or our journeys. We can love in big ways and in small. This February, show LibertyTown Arts what you love and how your love manifests through your art. All mediums welcome.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 21 January 2023

All artists age 16 and older, working in any media, may apply to this show. Work previously exhibited in LibertyTown’s gallery is not eligible. Work must be original and not from kits.

Work accepted into the All That I Adore show must be for sale. Applications must be submitted electronically; no physical pieces will be accepted at the gallery for jurying. Work that will be displayed must be ready to show, with no unfired media, and no wet paint or other unfinished surfaces. LibertyTown will provide pedestals and shelving as needed. LibertyTown reserves the right to reject works accepted by the juror due to content, space constraints, or inability to properly install the work.

Non-refundable Application Fees:

  • 1st piece (Non-member): $25
  • 1st piece (Member): $15
  • Each additional piece: $ 5

Artists applying to this show grant LibertyTown Arts Workshop unlimited non-exclusive right to use images of accepted work to promote the exhibit and the gallery.


  • 1/21: Submissions due by 10PM Eastern Time
  • 1/23: Notifications sent via Submittable Only
  • 1/30: Accepted work due at LibertyTown by 8 PM
  • 2/3: Opening reception
  • 2/26: Show closes, unsold work may be picked up/will be shipped back

All That I Adore Awards

  • 1st Place: $400
  • 2nd Place: $200
  • 3rd Place: $100

LibertyTown keeps a commission of 40% on all show sales. Artists are responsible for any costs related to transporting accepted work to the gallery and transporting unsold work away at the end of the show.

About LibertyTown Arts Workshop

LibertyTown Arts Workshop is a 13,000 square foot art facility located in downtown, Fredericksburg, Virginia, located halfway between DC and Richmond and a tourist destination rich in history.

They are home to over 80 artists and feature a main gallery, working artists’ studios, and full spectrum of art classes offered to the public. Main gallery shows rotate monthly. This ensures that they are always presenting new items for local patrons to enjoy and experience. Artwork featured in shows are shown for viewing and sale on the LibertyTown website, Facebook, and Instagram.  LibertyTown participates in First Friday art receptions, which are well-attended events that happen monthly.

LibertyTown Arts are open seven days a week and evenings and get substantial visitors every day including local patrons and tourists visiting the city.

For more information, contact info@LibertyTownArts.com.


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