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This Is America – Call For Artists

This Is America – Call For Artists

Gallery Underground in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, invites artists working in all media to submit artwork to This Is America, a national juried exhibition. What is America to you? A beautiful, colorful landscape? Sweeping vista? Small town life? Or perhaps an artistic statement on the political or cultural climate?

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Deadline: 20 Oct 2017

Submit works depicting what you love – or don’t love – about America today. Works should be a reflection upon or expression about some aspect of America and how you see it. $35 for up to two works, submitted online, open to artists living/working in the United States. Cash awards. The show is juried by Marsha Staiger, artist and Golden instructor with 30 years teaching experience. Her works are in private and corporate collections worldwide. Show runs November 27-December 29, 2017. Opening Reception Friday, December 1, 2017.

This Is America Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will be eligible for $500 in cash awards. The show will be promoted to extensive marketing and press contacts as well as on social media. A postcard promoting the show will be distributed locally and made available to all accepted artists. Opening reception will be at a First Friday event. First Friday openings at Gallery Underground feature food, drink, and music. They attract over 100 people every month. Sales of art will be promoted, with 70% of purchase price paid to artist.

About Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, is the premier art exhibition space for Arlington Artists Alliance members who are accepted into the gallery by jury. The artwork shown at Gallery Underground changes each month. An opening reception is held on the first Friday of every month. The gallery features juried solo and group shows in the Focus Gallery and members’ work in the Main Gallery. Media includes paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, drawings, sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, and jewelry.

The Arlington Artists Alliance is a vital, energetic, creative force for visual art in Arlington County, VA, a creative collaborative of 140 artists working in Arlington. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) arts organization, established in 2000 to serve and support visual arts in Arlington County. It provides professional development activities for local artists and serves the community through exhibits, instruction, mentoring, and outreach projects. Gallery Underground was voted “Best Art Gallery” in 2015 by the readers of Arlington Magazine.

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Arts In The Alley – Call For Artists

Arts In The Alley – Call For Artists

Friends of Leesburg Public Arts announces a call for artists for Arts In the Alley. This is an inaugural event in Historic Downtown Leesburg, VA for one day only – July 29th 2017 -10am to 6pm.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Jun 2017

The location is in the alley behind the main businesses in the downtown. It wraps around the Town’s main parking garage onto Mervin Jackson Park and Town Green. It is being planned as a street fair with 82 visual art spaces, craft demonstrations, two performing stages, roaming performance areas, and a poetry slam. The event is not juried; however, Friends of Leesburg Public Arts reserves the rights to deny any act or vendor deemed inappropriate to our venue. Several booth areas sizes are available. Some are covered and others can accommodate a 10×10 tent.

Arts In The Alley is a unique opportunity for regional artists to display and sell their artwork in a family friendly, downtown Leesburg, VA location. There is no commission on sales from vendors. A brochure will be printed listing all registered artists and other acts.

About Friends of Leesburg Public Arts

Friends of Leesburg Public Arts is a 501(c)3 dedicated to the funding and promotion of public arts of all types in the Town of Leesburg, VA. They sponsor an annual Fine Arts Festival, Art sPARKs temporary sculpture walk, murals, Pop-up Art Shows, and other arts related events.

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Pressing On – Contemporary Printmaking – Call For Artists

Pressing On – Contemporary Printmaking – Call For Artists

Richmond Art Center announces a call for artists for Pressing On – Contemporary Printmaking Juried Exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 10 Apr 2017

The Richmond Art Center presents important and highly regarded exhibitions. This focus on current printmaking practices is a very timely issue.  Pressing On offers the opportunity to see the most contemporary explorations in contemporary printmaking. In a time when things happen with the push of a button, the hands-on mixing of materials and process is still magical. Much work in immediate response to the political and social issues confronting us today is coming out of studios and seeking attention. Richmond Art Center invites the current trends in printmaking, private view, personal voice, and public position, as artists keep Pressing On.

Karin Breuer, juror, is Curator in Charge of the Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In a career spanning decades, Karin Breuer has mounted exhibitions ranging from the scholarly depths of Japanese woodblock prints and their influence on Western art to the archives of local art presses. Other exhibitions include the flowering of California printmaking and the idiosyncratic, humor-infused screen prints of Ed Ruscha.

This is an opportunity to be exhibited in a select group. This places the artist’s work in a seriously considered context and venue.  This promises to be an engaging and relevant exhibition. There are prizes to be awarded amounting to $1,000.

About the Richmond Art Center

The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay. They deliver exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of the community. They do this through hands-on learning, well-equipped studios, traveling Art in the Community programs, and contemporary exhibitions in the galleries.

Every year, the Center serves thousands of students through classes and programs taught by professional artists. Programs are onsite and throughout Richmond. The four galleries allow them to mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jay DeFeo, Wanxin Zhang, Hung Liu, Ed Rossbach, and Peter Voulkos have been showcased at the Center.

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936 when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond. She had a suitcase packed with art supplies and was eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything the Center does continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: that within every person lives an artist.

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Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition – Call For Artists

The City of Roanoke, VA seeks up to nine artists to exhibit in the fourth AIR: (Art in Roanoke), a Roanoke outdoor temporary sculpture exhibition running May 16, 2017 through November 15, 2018.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 6 Feb 2017

All artwork will be sited in Elmwood Park, a pocket of nature and vibrant urban space, in downtown Roanoke. The theme of the show is City in Motion. In addition to finished pieces, proposed work will be considered. Works submitted must be of a scale and material suitable for outdoor display. All proposed works should be designed to withstand an outdoor, high traffic, unmonitored environment. They should require little or no maintenance for the duration of the show. They must be original and suitable for family viewing. The works must be constructed so that they can be securely anchored.

There is no entry fee. Artists chosen to participate in the Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition will receive a stipend of up to $4,000 per selected artwork. In addition, one artist will receive a $1,000 Peoples Choice Award. An identification plaque will be provided for each work. The Roanoke Arts Commission will also produce publicity materials and will promote the exhibition with local media. Sale of installed works will be encouraged. Sale arrangements will be handled between the buyer and the artist. It is understood that work will remain on display for the entire exhibit.

In the past, the City of Roanoke has purchased four works from the three previous AIR exhibitions.

Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition

About the City of Roanoke

Roanoke was born out of transportation and continues to be on the move. Downtown revitalization led to a renaissance over the last 25 years, and downtown living has increased to over 2,000 residents. With the recently announced expansion of the VA Tech Medical School and Research Institute and several craft breweries moving to the area, the City of Roanoke is on the move and the art in Elmwood should reflect that motion.

Since purchased by the city in 1910, Elmwood Park has been a gathering place where people enjoy concerts, the outdoors, or spend quiet time. Today it is well known as Roanoke’s premiere festival park with more than fifty annual events. It is also the home of the city’s main library. Improvements in 2013 included a new amphitheater and stage, interactive fountains, an arbor, terraces off the back of the library, and the Art Walk. An interactive playground with a Peter Pan theme is in the park.

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Slide Show Juried Exhibition – Call for Artists

Glass Wheel Studio announces a call for artists for the Slide Show Juried Exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 5 Sept 2016

Interested artists will be mailed 36, randomly selected, 2 x 2 slides from a 10,000 slide collection covering the entire history of Western art. Artwork will be juried by a small panel of museum, gallery, and educational program directors into The Slide Show exhibition to be held at Glass Wheel Studio in Norfolk, VA and on view January 21-February 26, 2017.

Artists will be selected on the basis of originality, understanding of the particular nature and history of the 2 x 2 slide, and on technical feasibility. Artists working in glass are particularly encouraged to apply.

Cash prizes will be awarded.

Glass Wheel Studio is a contemporary art facility located in the heart of The NEON, Norfolk’s Arts District. The recently renovated 8,500-square-foot space features two rotating galleries and affordable artist studios. Through stimulating exhibitions and an active Studio Artist Program, Glass Wheel Studio cultivates a deep appreciation for contemporary art in glass and beyond. It serves as an incubator for extraordinary ideas and aims to encourage artists across all disciplines to pursue and elevate their craft. Glass Wheel is free and open to the public.

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Slide Show Juried Exhibition


Figuratively Speaking – Call for Artists

Gallery Underground announces a call for artists for Figuratively Speaking, a national juried art competition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 11 Oct 2016

Media artists, sculptors, and photographers are invited to create visual works that interpret the theme Figuratively Speaking in two different ways, 1) by depicting human forms, faces, and features in representational or abstract works (portraiture, sculpture, and all subject matter including people), or 2) works which depict a broader interpretation of the theme such as figurative language and figures of speech.

Juried by John Morrell.

$500 in cash awards. Show will be up for one month in busy Washington DC area gallery.

Figuratively Speaking

Gallery Underground is the Arlington Artists Alliance juried member gallery, was chosen by Arlington Magazine voters as Best Art Gallery 2015, and was featured in Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazines Best of Arlington features.

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Line Upon Line – Call for Artists

Falls Church Arts announces a call for artists for Line Upon Line.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 25 May 2016

Line Upon Line is an all-media, juried show open to all artists. This show celebrates Line – whatever form it may take. Line upon line, idea upon idea, and medium upon medium, the works selected for this show will be judged on composition, overall design, artistic skill, and creativity.

Artists selected will have exposure in a popular location, ArtSpace Falls Church, where 1,000’s of people visit for visual arts and entertainment. The gallery handles all sales and 20% of each sale is for FCA funding show costs. Entry fee is $35 for non-members, $25 for members, and show is up from June 9 through July 11, 2016.  First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded by a judge.

Falls Church Arts, established in 2003 as a nonprofit, has been expanding and in 2017 will be opening another space for exhibits and full-time studio arts classes. The new location is currently under construction on the main street of Route 7/W Broad St. Our expansion is allowing us to represent all artists in all mediums and offer demonstrations, pop-up classes, and art history as well as art appreciation lectures and events for the entire community. We are looking to expand our artist community.

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Line Upon Line


2016 Open Exhibition – Call for Artists

Topedo Factory Art Center announces a call for artists for the Target Gallery 2016 Open Exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 2 May 2016

This is an open call for proposals for an exhibition in the summer of 2016. This call is open to all artists from North America working in all visual media. Proposals for exhibitions by both individuals and groups will be considered. Our jurors this year are Phil Hutinet and Victoria Milko.

The individual or group associated with the chosen proposal will receive a solo exhibition at the Target Gallery from July 23 – August 28, 2016. The artist(s) will also receive a stipend and an exhibition catalog.

The Target Gallery, national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, is located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The gallery’s schedule of exhibitions invites artists to participate in shows that have far reaching themes. The themes often focus on current trends in the art world. The exhibitions challenge our perspectives and stir dialogues with our viewers.

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2016 Open Exhibition


Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo – Call for Artists

Sponsorships Unlimited announces a call for artists for the Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Apr 2016

This is a surf art show. Artists who create surf art from any medium are invited to apply. Artwork must have a connection with surfing, the ocean, sea life/seascape, shells, dolphins, fish, lighthouses, and so forth.

This art show takes place Memorial Day weekend at the Virginia Beach, VA Oceanfront. There will be foot traffic with tourists and hotel owners have been known to purchase artwork to decorate their lobby and common areas. Virginia Beach residents attend whom enter their kids in the surfing contest.

All artists display on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk with the Atlantic Ocean as your back drop. There is a student art show on the beach that is produced in conjunction with the City of Virginia Beach Public Schools as partners in education.

Presented by Sponsorships Unlimited.

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Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo


1708 Gallery – Call for Artists

1708 Gallery invites artists and curators to submit proposals for the 2017 and 2018 exhibition seasons. Students with an anticipated graduation date of May 2016 are eligible to apply for exhibitions in 2017. Graduates in May 2017 are eligible for exhibitions in 2018.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 May 2016

Application fee: $20

1708 Gallery strongly encourages proposals for developing projects and bodies of work. In addition to proposals for exhibitions in the 1708 Gallery space, public works and other non-gallery based projects will be considered.

Selected proposals will be given an exhibition period of approximately six weeks, a $1000 honorarium, and shipping, travel, installation, and exhibition support.

1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunity and space for experimentation, freedom, and artistic growth while promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. We also support artists’ professional development through creation and facilitation of public or educational programming. interaction with collectors, and engagement with diverse audiences.

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1708 Gallery


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