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Wild About Art (Toledo, OH) – Call For Artists

Wild About Art (Toledo, OH) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Toledo Zoo is seeking creative artists and skilled makers to take part in Wild About Art, their 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: 25 Apr 2022

Artists will be set up around the beautiful Toledo Zoo 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. Staff and volunteers assisting with the event are top notch. They bend over backwards to make sure artists feel welcome and taken care of. Artist amenities include:

  • free parking, zoo admission, and electricity
  • 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
  • estimated over 10,000 visitors for the weekend

About 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, they participate 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 – a huge attendance driver for the event.

For more information, contact artfair@toledozoo.org.


Put A Bird On It Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

Put A Bird On It Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] LibertyTown Arts Workshop announces a call for artists for Put A Bird On It, a national juried exhibition. This show is all about the flying, waddling ancestors of dinosaurs and all their glory. Send your finest work. Just make sure it is about, or contains, a bird. Any kind will do. All mediums welcome.

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Enter by: 18 Feb 2022

Ok. We give up. We love birds too. We love them on a boat, we love them near a moat, we love them near and far, but we do not like their poop on our car. – LibertyTown Arts Workshop

Application Fees

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

Work accepted into the 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, 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.


  • 2/20: Notifications sent via Submittable Only
  • 2/28: Accepted work due at LibertyTown by 8PM
  • 3/4: Opening reception, virtual tour at 1pm, and show opens at 5pm.
  • 3/27: Show closes, unsold work may be picked up/will be shipped back

Put A Bird On It Exhibition Awards

  • 1st Place: $300
  • 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. 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.

You will be notified via Submittable if your work is accepted. Please make sure your email address is correct when you sign up and that you check the site on or around the notification date. Accepted work must arrive at LibertyTown by the stated due date. 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 the largest art center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. They are located in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg, which provides a lot of foot traffic from visitors to the area and is conveniently located halfway between Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia. LiberyTown has a full educational visual art class program and pottery studio where participants can work and take classes. They house and represent close to 80 local artists in almost all mediums.

LibertyTown holds monthly gallery shows. Juried shows offer cash prizes for applicants in the top three positions. LibertyTown promotes gallery shows through local media, on their website, and social media. They are open to the public Mondays through Saturdays at 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays at 10 am – 6 pm.

For more information, contact info@LibertyTownArts.com.


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

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

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Keller Public Arts Board announces a call for artists for the Bates Street Public Art Benches, selecting up to 12 artists for the design and installation of unique outdoor benches located along Bates Street in the city’s Old Town Keller district. The goal of the project is to add seating that is both functional and artistically interesting. The Board seeks designs that are original alternatives to traditional public street benches that complement the overarching goals of the city’s Old Town Keller Improvements Project.

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Enter by: 18 Feb 2022

The imagination of the artist is the guide. There is not a theme for the benches. Selected artists will have their sculpted bench, with recognition, installed at the Bates Street Park and festival street. The chosen artists will receive $8,000 per bench to include design, fabrication, and installation of the bench. Selected artists shall receive one-half of the honorarium upon execution of the contract and one-half upon delivery and installation of the work. The artists bench will be listed along with all other permanent sculpture in the Keller Public Arts permanent collection on the website.

About Keller Public Arts

Keller Public Arts (KPA) is a growing arts program within the City of Keller, Texas. Throughout its history, KPA has acquired 15 permanent sculptures and 11 sculptures, half of which rotate out every 2 years through a call for art. The program boasts 5 gallery art shows in the Town Hall yearly, displaying a wide variety of art in multiple genres. The big event of the KPA is the annual Keller Art Walk in November. Artists, musicians, and dancers come together for a fall festival celebrating the arts.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com.


Raleigh Arts Festival (North Carolina) – Call For Artists

Raleigh Arts Festival (North Carolina) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Artsplosure announces a call for artists for the Raleigh Arts Festival, one of the most original and longest running arts festivals in North Carolina. Held annually on the third weekend of May in beautiful downtown Raleigh, the festival is a 2-day event and features an art market comprised of approximately 175 juried visual artists from across the United States showcasing works in ceramics, glass, fiber art, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, and wood.

The festival presents national and regional entertainment on two stages, provides arts-based activities for children, and presents large-scale temporary art installations each year.

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Enter by: 7 Feb 2022

A three judge panel will award six cash prizes, totaling $3,500! All artists exhibit their work alongside each other throughout Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Booth sitters, free parking, and artist hospitality is provided. The art market artists receive recognition on the festival website and social media accounts. There are over 20,000 followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The Raleigh Arts Festival attracts over 75,000 attendees from across the region.

About Artsplosure

Artsplosure, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has presented scores of outdoor programs and large-scale festivals featuring thousands of established and emerging visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists in numerous traditional and non-traditional indoor venues and outdoor settings for over forty years. They strive to produce quality events that make the creativity of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public. All in an effort to enrich the community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

For more information, contact hannah@artsplosure.org.


Juried Art Exhibition (Valparaiso, IN) – Call For Artists

Juried Art Exhibition (Valparaiso, IN) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Art Barn School of Art announces a call for artists for the 28th annual Juried Art Exhibition. They are proud to continue the longstanding tradition of their late founder, Jan Sullivan. The purpose of the exhibition is to promote the creation and recognition of original, quality 2-dimensional and ceramic art.

The Art Barn is accepting 2-dimensional media including, but not limited to, drawing, fiber, mixed media, painting, pastels, photography and/or printmaking. Additionally, they will accept ceramics works which may be 2 or 3-dimensional and functional or non-functional (only single pieces, no sets).

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Enter by: 28 Feb 2022

Entry fees: 2 entries for $35, plus $5 for one additional entry

The exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age and up and living in the United States. All entries must be of original design and personal execution. The exhibition attracts entries from aspiring and established artists from Northwest Indiana, Chicago suburbs, and Southwest Michigan. The entry process is entirely online.


Artist James Swanson will bring an expert eye to this year’s artwork selection process. As juror, he will help Art Barn ensure the highest standards and integrity. He will select 85 pieces for the exhibition.

The 2022 Juror, James Swanson, originally from Beloit, WI, sought to be a forest ranger but found (in his words) he “was better at painting trees than identifying them.” He received his BFA from The Columbus College of Art and Design where he studied illustration and later worked as an art director for ad agencies in Chicago, IL. He created and illustrated posters, ads, books, magazine covers, and animations. Clients included Budweiser, Bud Light, ESPN, US Tennis Open, The USA Olympic Volleyball Team, The Belmont Stakes, McDonalds, Kraft, and Soap Box Derby. Swanson discovered his passion for Plein Air painting (painting outdoors) while painting with friends.

James Swanson is represented in galleries around the United States. He is a Signature Artist member of The National Oil & Acrylic Society, The American Impressionists Society, and The Oil Painters of America. He has received numerous Best of Show Awards and the Quinquagenary Grand Prize in Painting at the 73rd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum, which was later purchased by the Art Museum for their collection.

In 2014, Swanson began “Dog Day Month” challenges to celebrate the life of his golden retriever, Atticus. He paints an oil painting a day for one month using images sent to him by social media followers. Purchase proceeds are then donated to Paws Chicago.

James Swanson regularly teaches classes and workshops. He has reached international audiences online through Zoom. April 22 – 23, 2022 Art Barn School of Art will host a 2-day in-person workshop “K-9 Portraits with James Swanson.”

“I have worked in many mediums over my career and appreciate all kinds of artwork. During my review of submissions I’ll be looking for strong ideas, design and composition, as well as excellence in draftsmanship, use of color and technique.” – James Swanson

Juried Art Exhibition Artist Benefits

The exhibition opens April 2 and will run through May 19, 2022. An opening reception is scheduled for April 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Art Barn provides numerous purchase and merit awards totaling $4,000.

About Art Barn School of Art

Art Barn School of Art is dedicated to fostering a love of art in its unique 69-acre environment in Porter County, Indiana. The Art Barn offers a full range of art education classes for children and adults and is a venue for performing arts and weddings. In September, Art Barn hosts its annual outdoor Art Blitz which engages visitors in art-making, demonstrations, live music, and food.

Art Barn School of Art is a non-profit organization with all proceeds generated from this exhibition, aside from awards, in support Art Barn’s educational programs and exhibitions.

For more information, contact info@artbarnschool.org.


Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition (Boone, NC) – Call For Artists

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition (Boone, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts announces a call for artists for the 36th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. This nationally recognized juried competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for Appalachian State University and its annual summer arts celebration, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus.

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Enter by: 25 Feb 2022

The Rosen Award winners are announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk in July, a highlight of the summer festival season. This year’s competition juror is Elizabeth Brim. Brim is a blacksmith and teacher, living in western North Carolina. She’s best known for feminine imagery in her ironwork. A native of Columbus, Georgia, she graduated with an MFA in printmaking before studying and working with a variety of materials at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition Prizes

Cash prizes are awarded for first ($3,500), second ($2,500), and third place ($1,500). All artists whose works are installed will receive a $1500 honorarium to offset round trip transportation, lodging, and incidental expenses. The finalist sculptures remain on campus for a year and are accessible to faculty, students, and staff as well as the general community. Sales are encouraged as the program has a history of sales to private and corporate collections. All sales are subject to 40% commission.

“We normally walk through the world filtering out so much information and in so doing we trade wonder for efficiency. When a piece of art is put in your way and you stop to notice it, notice the things that move you, the choices the artist made, the parts of nature or industry that are evoked, then you start noticing more in general. Noticing begets noticing, begets wonder and awe, because those things are always out there in the world, but sometimes we need something to call to us and to pull us out of the everyday fog. All the artists on the art walk succeed in doing this in different ways.” – Ian Henderson, past juror

About Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The Turchin Center engages visitors from the university, community, nation, and beyond in unique and meaningful experiences with the visual arts. They offer a wide array of dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach, and collection programs. These programs support the university’s teaching mission, inspire lifelong engagement with the visual arts, and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them. The center is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of arts supporters, while presenting exhibition and education programming that fosters dialog about important issues facing today’s world, including social, racial, and economic justice.

For more information, contact reesjonesld@appstate.edu.


Spring Art Show (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

Spring Art Show (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Wilmington Art Association (WAA) announces a call for artists for their 40th annual juried Spring Art Show and Sale featuring new works from Wilmington and surrounding area artists.  The works selected for the show will include oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, photography, and a section of 3-D art.

During the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the 2022 Art Show and Sale will be held April 2nd through April 10th at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center (CAC), 120 S Second Street, from 10am-5pm, with extended hours of 5-7pm Friday, April 8th.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 12 Feb 2022

Open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists may submit original two-dimensional (2-D) work and three-dimensional (3-D) work. The show is limited to works created from 2020 to the present.

$35 for WAA members current as of registration date. $45 for non-members.

Last year, the Spring Show was the only live event at the Azalea Festival because of Covid. WAA had a successful event and posted record sales for this show.

Spring Art Show Awards

  • First Place: $1000
  • Second Place: $750
  • Third Place: $500
  • Honorable Mentions
  • Memorial Awards
  • Donor Awards
  • People’s Choice Award

This will be my fourth year participating in this show. I have sold several paintings and met new collectors as I worked the floor for the organization. Also the opportunity to sell bin work has made the show even more attractive to potential buys. – David Meffert, Plein Air Painter

About Wilmington Art Association

The Wilmington Art Association is an all-volunteer organization founded 51 years ago. It is dedicated to supporting arts and artists in the area through outreach efforts and scholarships. The Wilmington Art Association is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation as defined in the IRS Code. The WAA educates members and the public in visual arts, provides community support through school arts funding and scholarship assistance to deserving college students, and facilitates exposure for emerging and professional artists.

For more information, contact bradleycarterwaa@gmail.com.


All Painting / Drawing (Online Art Competition) – Call For Artists

All Painting / Drawing (Online Art Competition) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Contemporary Art Gallery Online (CAGO) announces a call for artists to participate in the All Painting / Drawing competition and exhibition. Entries welcome from 2D artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. Submit your best representational and non-representational art.

The All Painting / Drawing competition will be judged on painting and drawing art. Mixed Media will be accepted as long as 75% of the work is painting. An exhibition of all entrants will be held online from February 2nd,2022 to March 1st, 2022.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 31 Jan 2022

All Painting / Drawing entry fee: $15 for up to three images, $25 for up to five images and $35 for up to eight. Funds in US Dollars.

Results posted: February 14th, 2022. Awards will be given for the top 5 to 8 works selected. Prizes include memberships to Contemporary Art Gallery Online, extensive marketing, winner’s certificates, inclusion in the annual anthology publication, and event collateral.

“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 created in 2001 to be the ultimate meeting place for the sharing of art. Their purpose is to create a platform whereby artists can display and ultimately sell their work. They encourage the exploration and discussion of art, as well as support those who create it.

Contemporary Art Gallery Online is a collector’s number 1 source for all original contemporary art. CAGOnline is proud to showcase Tomorrow’s Art Giants, Today. CAGOnline created CAGO Media to showcase talented artists. CAGO Media has two purposes. First is to share art business ideas, and second to introduce artists to the buying public. CAGO Media accomplishes both of these initiatives by producing radio and TV show programming. The Business of Art Show airs bi-monthly in 15-to-20-minute episodes. Hosted by Sharon Belle Hawkshawe, each episode discusses everything pertaining to the Business of Art. The What is Art Show is a monthly 30-minute episode with hosts Michael Harris (art collector) and Sharon Hawkshawe (acclaimed artist), who discuss current art movements and art shows. The hosts are joined occasionally by museum curators, gallery owners, art critics, and art insiders.

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 do 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.

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


Trees (Online Photography Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Trees (Online Photography Exhibition) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) announces a call for artists for Trees, an online photography exhibition.

  • Partridge in a pear tree
  • Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
  • I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree

There are references to trees in music, literature, and proverbs. Trees are an iconic visual as a standalone item, next to a house, in a children’s drawing, or in groups of every size from oases to huge forests.

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Enter by: 23 Jan 2022

Open to any photographers worldwide of any age, amateurs or professional.

In the forest and jungle, trees create entire environments. Standing alone on hillsides, they create lovely shadows. Trees can be tall and straight like a winter pine or bend in the wind. Limbs and branches create wonderful patterns against the sky. A tree will support a tire swing for a child on a hot day, provide sturdy posts to tie up the pet pup or hold a hammock off the ground, and support a backyard laundry line. In winter, snow covered trees create beautiful landscapes.

NYC4PA gives photographers worldwide an opportunity to participate in themed calls for photographers. Each call offered has a different theme and 50 images win. The prizes total $3000. There is a grand prize, 3 first prizes, 3 second prizes, 3 third prizes, 20 juror’s selections, and 20 honorable mentions. All 50 winners are posted in a gallery on the NYC4PA website and included in an exhibition gallery. A professional photographer, gallery owner, or photography teacher is the juror.

About New York Center for Photographic Art

The mission of the New York Center for Photographic Art is to provide exhibition opportunities in the vibrant New York City gallery world to photographers around the globe. NYC4PA offers international, themed, open call competitions juried by recognized experts in the field of photography. Prizes include cash awards, online gallery, catalog, and New York City gallery exhibits.

For more information, contact nyc4pa@gmail.com.


Tephra Fine Arts Festival (Reston, VA) – Call For Artists

Tephra Fine Arts Festival (Reston, VA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) announces a call for artists for the Tephra Fine Arts Festival 2022. Now in its 31st year, the Tephra Fine Arts Festival (formerly Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival) has a long-standing reputation for showcasing high quality, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind artwork in a dynamic outdoor setting.

Drawing upon a robust exhibitor and collector base coupled with Tephra ICA’s contemporary foundation, the Festival has become one of the region’s most anticipated events, attracting over 20,000 people annually to the unique, outdoor environment of Reston Town Center. The Festival is comprised of one-on-one experiences, performances, and special events that engage visitors with compelling artistic voices — leaving an exciting, thoughtful mark in the region.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 9 Jan 2022 [Extended]

The Festival is a three-day event opening on Friday, May 20, from 11am–6pm, providing first access to the Reston Town Center workforce and attracting an audience in search of world-class artwork for their offices, homes, and as gifts. Executive teams from corporate offices and serious artwork collectors purchase works from Festival artists to add value to their living and working spaces. Outreach to affluent patrons and knowledgeable collectors who recognize quality, original artwork is at the forefront of marketing efforts.

Tephra Fine Arts Festival Artist Benefits

Tephra ICA engages in an aggressive marketing and promotion campaign to better market, recognize, and celebrate Festival artists. They negotiate for well-placed advertising in prominent magazines and newspapers, arts-focused catalogs, and online Going Out Guides. Tephra ICA has a strong outreach campaign for social media, radio, and television, which includes both paid and trade advertising. The Festival audience has been described as “affluent, enthusiastic young to middle aged couples who are not too price sensitive.”

Festival Amenities

  • Prior day set-up and convenient load-in and load-out
  • Free parking Thursday through Sunday in on-site garages for passenger vehicles
  • Reduced hotel room rates for the Hyatt Regency Hotel on-site and Sheraton Reston off-site
  • 24/7 site security
  • Complimentary bottled water and portable snack options available daily
  • Ample artist support with modified booth-sitting options
  • Convenient and profitable selling hours for the Festival period (updated this year in response to artist feedback)
  • Complimentary tickets to the Festival Cocktail Hour for artists and a guest, including hors d’oeuvres and beverages
  • Electronic program with accompanying artwork images, artist booth numbers, and contact information
  • Year-round artist promotion on the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art website
  • $5,000 in cash awards


“We love to purchase artwork from the amazing artists at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. These works add vibrancy and interest to our home, while helping support the arts and artists who create them. Over the years we have collected over 20 pieces of art at this event and made many connections with artists we now call “friends.” It is one of the best venues for art in the Mid-Atlantic, and also a highly anticipated event for the community and the metropolitan Washington, DC, area.” – Local collectors Bob & Bonnie

“Absolutely I will apply again. It was a great show!” – 2021 artist (Glenwood, IA)

“Been doing shows for 37 years. This is a gem!” – 2019 artist (Omaha, Nebraska)

“We had a wonderful show in Reston, VA, and hope to be part of it this May.” – 2021 artist (Mokelumne Hill, CA)

“We were thrilled with the staff, venue, and customers.” – 2021 artist (Manakin – Sabot, VA)

“Your show is amazing, brings in a good crowd. and is so easy to do!” – 2019 artist (Ontario, Canada)

About Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art

Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art is committed to promoting innovative contemporary art and thinking. Leading with curiosity and care, they are a catalyst, generator, and advocate for visual and interdisciplinary arts. The Tephra Fine Arts Festival is hosted annually by Tephra ICA as its largest fundraiser. The primary goal of the Festival is to connect artists with patrons, and to promote the sharing and selling of the artists’ work (no commission is collected by Tephra ICA from artist sales).

For more information, contact hbarco@tephraica.org.


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