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Montpelier Art Center (Laurel, Maryland) – Call For Artists

Montpelier Art Center (Laurel, Maryland) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division (ACHD) of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation invites individual artists and artist teams to submit applications for exterior sculptural artwork to be installed on a temporary basis at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. ACHD is seeking existing sculptural works that fit the criteria described in this solicitation, rather than design and fabrication of new work.

The selected artwork will be placed on a concrete pad sited on a lawn area at the center of the circular driveway directly in front of the entry to the Art Center and grounds leading to Montpelier Mansion. Dimensions of the concrete pad measure is approximately 14 feet in diameter and 6 inches in height. Based on engineering specifications, the pad can support a variety of types and weights of sculpture.

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Apply by: 4 September 2023

This public art project seeks to enhance the outdoor environment of the Montpelier Arts Center and Mansion by:

  • Making a significant statement that relates to the sense of place associated with the site
  • Having a strong daytime and nighttime presence
  • Setting a standard of excellence for future public art projects planned for Prince George’s County
  • Capturing Prince George’s County’s historic and modern significance to the Greater Washington, D.C. region

The budget for the temporary art installation is $3,000 for the two-year exhibition period. Payment for the project will be made in two installments: with a deposit of $2,000 paid upon successful installation of the artwork and initiation of the project, and a final payment of $1,000 upon the successful deinstallation and completion of the project.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency established in 1927 that serves both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland by providing long-range planning, park acquisition/development, and administration of the Prince George’s County Recreation Program.

The Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation is a well-respected leader in the field with an unprecedented six national gold medals for excellence. It operates and maintains more than 27,000 acres of parkland throughout the county. With cooperation and input from diverse communities throughout Prince George’s County, the Department operates a comprehensive park and recreation system that offers programs and facilities designed to meet the needs and interests of patrons of all ages.

For more information, contact brittney.mcgowan@pgparks.com.

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Marlow Heights Community Center (Maryland) – Call For Artists

Marlow Heights Community Center (Maryland) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation invites artists (meaning both individual artists and artist teams) with interest and professional experience in creating public art and site-specific commissions, to submit qualifications for exterior public art features at the Marlow Heights Community Center.

The project includes two separate components:

  1. A free-standing sculptural element on the plaza which must fit within a 10’x10’ area and not to exceed 18’ in height. The selected artist for the sculptural element will design, fabricate, and install the art feature, which may be glass, metal, stone, concrete, wood, mixed media, or lighting suitable for a low-maintenance exterior application.
  2. A functional bench enhanced by mosaic elements. Individual artists or artist teams will be selected to develop a proposal for the mosaic application to the bench. The foundation for the bench will be fabricated and installed by the project’s construction contractors and thus require close coordination with the Design/Construction Team members.

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Apply by: 14 August 2023

While there is no specific requirement regarding theme or subject matter, the artworks for the Marlow Heights Community Center should have the potential for becoming landmark identifiers for the surrounding community, and be suitable for display at a family friendly facility.

Artists may submit qualifications for either or both projects; however, artist candidates will be potentially selected as a finalist to execute only one of the projects. The selected artist candidates will be invited to develop and present their proposal to the Marlow Heights Design/Construction Team and community stakeholders. A stipend of $2,000 will be paid for the development of artist project proposals.

  • Art Opportunity #1 – Free Standing Artwork. Budget: $150,000
  • Art Opportunity #2 – Mosaic Application to Bench. Budget: $80,000

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency established in 1927. It serves both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland by providing long-range planning, park acquisition/development, and administration of the Prince George’s County public recreation program.

The Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation is a well-respected leader in the field with an unprecedented six national gold medals for excellence. It operates and maintains more than 27,000 acres of parkland throughout the county, including land developed to provide parks, picnic areas, athletic fields, historic sites, community centers, and recreation facilities. In an effort to maintain the county’s natural beauty, a large percentage of the land has been left undeveloped to serve as buffers and to provide natural open spaces.

For more information, contact alec.simpson@pgparks.com.

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Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition (Knoxville, TN) – Call For Artists

Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition (Knoxville, TN) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Dogwood Arts announces a call for artists for the 2023 Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition, showcasing fine art of all kinds from emerging and established artists living and working within a 500 mile radius of Knoxville, Tennessee. Open to all artists 18 years and older. Work must have been completed in the last two years.

Categories are 2-D painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography, 3-D sculpture of all media (may submit two images), and site-specific installation. 4-D art, including video, performance and other time-based pieces are not eligible.

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Enter by: 10 July 2023

The juried exhibition takes place annually at the Emporium Center and Dogwood Arts Gallery in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. An independent juror with significant ties to local, regional, and national creative culture reviews each application, selects the participants, and awards over $2,000 to participating artists. ​

New This Year: Dogwood Arts is expanding the Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition to include additional space for installations in the Dogwood Arts Gallery (just down the street from the Emporium Center). This may include large-scale sculptural work and/or site-specific installations of any kind. There will be a materials stipend up to $700 (to be reimbursed with receipts) based on scale and level of involvement.

Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition Artist Benefits

Awards: Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be presented at the Opening Reception on August 4, 2023 at the Emporium from 5-8 pm. Best in Show $1,000, 2nd Place $500, Third Place $250, two $125 Honorable Mention awards, and a $100 Gift Certificate courtesy of ExpressFrame for custom framing. All awards are designated by the juror and are final. All artists accepted into the show are encouraged to attend the Awards Reception at the Emporium Art Center on August 4th.

The Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition is a heavily publicized and well-attended event in the heart of Downtown Knoxville. The exhibition will be on display for an entire month with every effort made by the organization to sell the artwork on display.

About Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts is one of the premier arts-related non-profit organizations in the region.  Dogwood Arts has a 67-year history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. With the financial support of corporate sponsors, grant funding, local government investment, and private donors, Dogwood Arts produces 20 year-round events and programs that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work, and play.

Dogwood Arts offers several opportunities for working artists throughout the year at events like Chalk Walk, the Dogwood Arts Festival, Maker Markets at Southern Skies Music Festival, the House & Garden Show, the Old City Market, and at Maker Exchange.

For more information, contact ecurran@dogwoodarts.com.

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Arts Affair Festival (Tifton, GA) – Call For Artists

Arts Affair Festival (Tifton, GA) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Tifton Council for the Arts (TCA) announces a call for artists for the Arts Affair Festival. Cash prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded. Artists who have not participated in the past are strongly encouraged to apply. No commissions on sales.

The Arts Affair Festival will include a community wide concert on Friday, November 3rd and an arts festival on Saturday, November 4th, 2023, in and around the grounds of the Syd Blackmarr Arts Center. The festival will feature an art exhibit, artist booths, children’s Arts Circus, local authors, food trucks, art demonstrations, live performances throughout the day, and a Sweet Taste of Tifton with a variety of baked good vendors.

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Register by: 15 July 2023

There are three ways for artists to participate:

  1. Art Exhibit and Competition Inside: Enter up to 3 pieces of artwork into the exhibit held inside The Syd Blackmarr Arts Center. Artwork will be entered into a competition where a qualified judge will select the most creative and skilled work. Prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded in various categories.
  2. Artist Market Booth Outside: Register for an outdoor (10 x 10) booth to sell artwork. No commission on sales. Artists must supply their own tent and set up. Not eligible for prizes.
  3. Do Both: Enter up to 3 pieces of artwork into the exhibit AND sell artwork in the Artist Market. Artists keep all proceeds from sales in the Exhibit and Artists Market.

The TCA has over 2,500 followers on Facebook. They partner with many local organizations to promote and participate in the event including Tifton Tourism, the Tifton-Tift County Public Library, YMCA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and Kiwanis. A section of the festival is devoted to kids in the Arts Circus, which brings out the entire family. There will be food trucks at the event Friday and Saturday.

About Tifton Council for the Arts

Tifton Council for the Arts is located in South Georgia, approximately 2.5 hours South of Atlanta on I-75. TCA is housed in The Syd Blackmarr Arts Center (The Syd), a 120-year-old architectural treasure that was originally the Methodist Church. The building was the first brick church built in the community. It brought a refined elegance at the turn of the century to the growing rural town.

Today “The Syd” is operated by the Tifton Council for the Arts Board of Directors and Volunteer Guild. It serves as a cultural anchor for downtown Tifton and provides regular arts, education, and cultural programming to people of all ages and interests.

For more information, contact jyost@tiftonarts.org.

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Art In The Arboretum (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

Art In The Arboretum (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Friends of the Arboretum announce a call for artists for the 28th annual Art in the Arboretum. The art festival will feature 75 artists booths in the beautiful gardens, education center, and greenhouse of the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington, North Carolina, on October 13th, 14th, and 15th.

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Register by: 21 August 2023

Art in the Arboretum will have several opportunities for artists to display their work this year which include traditional style 10′ x10′ tent spaces in the gardens, 5′ x 10′ under-awning spaces outside, and 6′ x 9′ interior booth spaces in the Education Center and Greenhouse. The festival is open to seasoned show veterans to first-timers inside.

Friends of the Arboretum can’t wait to share all the exciting changes that they have made to the 28th annual Art in the Arboretum Festival including new prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artwork; the new limited edition VIP ticket program for collectors; and advertising partners/sponsors.

There are over 1,800 Friends of the Arboretum members who have free admission to the event and another 2,000+ paying attendees each year.

About Friends of the Arboretum

The Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum (i.e. The Friends) was created as a non-profit, 501 c (3) fund raising organization in 1986. Since then, it has provided financial support to the New Hanover County Arboretum for the maintenance of its gardens and their improvement. Over the years, it has supported special projects like the creation of the Contemplation Garden, improvements to the Children’s Garden (which will be completed this year), and the educational programs of Extension.

The Friends’ major fundraiser each year is the Art in the Arboretum Show and Sale which helps assure the Arboretum’s continuing development and preservation.

For more information, contact bcarter.arboretum@gmail.com.

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Newton Free Library Art Exhibits (Massachusetts) – Call For Artists

Newton Free Library Art Exhibits (Massachusetts) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Newton Free Library announces a call for artists for the January – June 2024 Newton Free Library Art Exhibits. Artists must be from the New England region. The Library mounts twenty-three exhibits per year in two exhibit spaces (Gallery and Main Hall). As one of the busiest public library buildings in Massachusetts, the galleries are highly sought after and well-loved by library patrons.

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Enter by: 14 July 2023

Newton Free Library Art Exhibits Eligibility: Two dimensional works by New England region artists. Artists from a variety of ethnicities and life experiences are encouraged to apply.

Free-standing sculptural pieces not eligible.

A jury of professional artists meets twice each year to select shows for the following year.

Given that free gallery space is difficult to come by, it is a boon for artists that, if selected, they show fee-free. The library has a robust social media presence and will do an extensive amount of outreach to help promote artists’ work. Library patrons are keenly tuned into the gallery spaces – visiting and spending time appreciating the works shown. Many artists meet with success in selling their work. There is no commission for work sold. There is no fee to apply.

About the Newton Free Library

The Newton Free Library is a community center at the heart of cultural activity in Newton, Massachusetts, a city south west of Boston with a population of approximately 90,000. Many residents are highly-educated and the population includes more than one Nobel Prize winner.

Residents enjoy the art exhibits in the library’s galleries and eagerly await them each month. The highly-visible galleries are located just off the main entrance door. Visitors walk by the galleries as they come into the building. There is competition for exhibitions where many award-winning artists have been featured.

For more information, contact emeyers@minlib.net.

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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.

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Superfine Art Fair Savannah (Georgia) – Call For Artists

Superfine Art Fair Savannah (Georgia) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Superfine Art Fair announces a call for artists for the first Superfine Art Fair Savannah, to be held March 30 – April 2, 2023. Sell art and meet collectors in a modern, indoor, woman-owned venue in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District. No commission taken.

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Register by: 24 March 2023

Be spoiled by:

  • Personalized expert advice, insider tips, and continuous marketing support
  • In-fair sales and client connections (95% of our artists meet new collectors at each fair)
  • Real-world buyer responses that inform your art practice and business decisions
  • Long-lasting connections with fellow artists, arts professionals, and collectors alike

“Superfine has been a life-changing experience that accelerated my career and created so many new relationships with artists, collectors, curators, galleries and journalists that I still benefit from to this day.” – Sean Christopher Ward | Superfine SF, NY, DC

About Superfine Art Fair

Superfine combines the passion for producing and selling art with the passion of owning it. They use data and experience to target pre-qualified buyers with high purchase intent and high disposable income. Superfine provides expert assistance, gained from twenty fairs over seven years, with curating your price points and layouts for individual success. Webinars and in-fair seminars are taught to give you the best chance of success at the fair.

Superfine has spent the last eight years redefining the art fair model, connecting artists and collectors from around the world and teaching hand-picked artists how to sell their art at fairs in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Savannah.

For more information, contact info@superfine.world.

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Park Forest Art Fair (Illinois) – Call For Artists

Park Forest Art Fair (Illinois) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 67th Annual Park Forest Art Fair. The Fair is the second oldest, continuously juried fine art fair in the Chicagoland region. For several years, it has been voted one of the top Five Small Town Art Fairs in the country by the ArtFairCalendar annual survey of “Best Art Fairs in America.”

The fair features 80+ artists exhibiting painting, pastels, print-making, photography, glass, stone, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, and wood. Several of the artists have exhibited continuously for nearly three decades. Artists are welcome to demonstrate their artwork techniques during the fair.

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Apply by: 5 May 2023

This is an extraordinarily artist-friendly fair. The downtown street provides awnings under which new and emerging artists who have not yet invested in a tent can display their artworks. Volunteers can help unload and load vehicles, provide water all day on both days, and provide time for bathroom breaks. The Tall Grass Board of Directors serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, snacks at mid-day on Saturday, and a scrumptious dinner Saturday night along with an awards ceremony.

Prizes are awarded in the areas of 1-dimensional art, 2-dimensional art, and jewelry as well as two judges’ choice awards and a peoples’ choice award.

There is a music fest on Saturday hosted by the Village of Park Forest. It features latin, jazz, rock, and blues. Along the sidewalk in front of the Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery, the “Kids Art Alley” includes many art activities for young children such as painting, face-painting, and several craft projects. Food trucks and local food vendors are on site for lunch and snacks.

The Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery will be open during the fair and will feature the Annual Gallery Artists’ exhibit. The gallery and art fair are open to the public free of charge.

I want to thank you and all the wonderful volunteers for putting on the Tall Grass Art Fair! You all do such a beautiful job of creating an atmosphere of community. That, more than anything, brings me back each year! – Ellen Grenier Bevill

To all the wonderful people who worked so hard to put together such a great art fair; I have always thought that you, at Tall Grass, accommodate the vendors most thoughtfully. Tall Grass art fair is a wonderful experience for participating artists, art aficionados and the Park Forest community. – Sue Wade

The Park Forest Art Fair was simply amazing. I have never experienced an art fair such as this before. The attention and support given to the artists made one feel like royalty. I enjoyed the breakfast and was more than grateful for the spread that was laid before us for dinner. The award ceremony left me speechless. I have never experienced that level of appreciation for vendors at an Art Fair before. Wow!!! Is all I can say. I enjoy meeting the other artists. Their work floored me. The kind spirit of the artists and the staff was felt throughout the weekend. I am more than satisfied with my sales. – Tara McGee

About Tall Grass Arts Association

Tall Grass Arts Association promotes public education and appreciation of visual art through exhibitions, classes, and the Park Forest Art Fair. Since 1956, the association has served artists, children, and the south suburban communities of Chicago in some of the most ethnically diverse and artistically and economically underserved communities in Illinois.

Their mission statement, and thus major goal, is to promote public arts; to encourage artists; and to support high-quality visual arts programming through art school classes, exhibits, gallery, and mini gallery/gift shop sales; the annual Park Forest Art Fair; and special programs accessible to the general public of all ages. In recent years, the association has made great strides in developing and expanding its arts programming in an effort to reach out to artists, children, seniors, and the general public.

For more information, contact jmuchnik@sbcglobal.net.

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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.

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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.

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