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Human Elements (Online Art Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Human Elements (Online Art Exhibition) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Southern Tier Center for Emerging Artists (STCEA) announces a call for artists for an online art exhibition, Human Elements: The Portrait Show.

In this exhibit, celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of the human form, from candid captures to self-portraits and nudes. Call on the power of portraiture as a medium for self-expression, storytelling, and reflection. Delve deep into the exploration of not only physical features but also the profound emotions, cultural backgrounds, and individual experiences that define us.


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Enter by: 15 January 2024

All subjects, styles, and mediums are welcome in the Human Elements exhibition. A Best in Show (cash prize) and Awards of Distinction will be awarded to the works of highest artistic merit based on technical skill, creativity, innovation, and adherence to theme. An Artists’ Choice and People’s Choice award will be selected based on popular vote.

STCEA provides a safe space for you to build creative confidence. Have your work evaluated through a competitive juried show process that is welcoming to art students, new and emerging artists, and seasoned artists alike. Having your work displayed in an international juried show is a great way to boost your artistic presence, increase sales, and build your exhibition portfolio for future show opportunities, gallery representation, or entrance to MFA programs – or just for fun and personal growth. Online exhibits are good for the environment and your pocketbook – you save shipping fees and artwork preparation costs as your work is professionally displayed in an online gallery with shareable links for your website and social media feeds. Plus, direct viewers to your online shop, where you’ll keep 100% of the proceeds for any artwork sold.

About Southern Tier Center for Emerging Artists

Southern Tier Center for Emerging Artists believes in art that does good and makes the world a better place. STCEA donates a portion of the proceeds from every exhibition to support local and national non-profits doing good work in the communities they serve. Needs addressed through the contributions from STCEA exhibits include food security and basic living needs, racial equity, environment and natural resources, substance abuse and mental health services, animal rights and care, refugee resettlement, music education, affordable housing, and health and human services.

For more information, contact southerntierartists@gmail.com


Self Portraits In Focus (Online Photography Competition) – Call For Artists

Self Portraits In Focus (Online Photography Competition) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Decagon Gallery announces a call for artists for the Self Portraits In Focus art competition, seeking captivating and thought-provoking photographs that explore the theme of self-portraits. This call for entry is open to photographers worldwide over the age of 18, both amateur and professional, who are passionate about self-portraiture.

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Enter by: 10 January 2024

Self-portraits are a powerful means of self-expression, allowing artists to delve into their own identities, emotions, and experiences. Through this themed competition, Decagon Gallery encourages photographers to explore the multifaceted nature of self-portraiture, capturing their unique perspectives, narratives, and inner worlds.

Self Portraits In Focus Artist Benefits

The chosen self-portraits will be showcased in a dedicated online exhibition on Decagon Gallery’s website, providing a platform for photographers to share their work with a wider audience. Additionally, selected artists will receive recognition through social media channels and promotional materials. A short video of the exhibit will be posted to YouTube. An exhibition catalogue will be made available for sale.

  • ​A cash award of $300 and one copy of the exhibition catalogue will be given to the First Place entry. The photographer will be offered a free gallery in the featured section of Decagon Gallery’s website.
  • The Second Place entry will be given one copy of the exhibition catalogue and promotion on social media.
  • The Third Place entry will be promoted on social media.

About Decagon Gallery

Decagon Gallery is an online art gallery based in Brooklyn, New York, that offers artists curated platforms to showcase their work and connect with art enthusiasts worldwide. The gallery maintains a robust online presence through its website and social media. It promotes through email marketing, social media, and collaborations with other art organizations.

For more information, contact director@decagongallery.com


Source Of Light Art Exhibition (Dover, NH) – Call For Artists

Source Of Light Art Exhibition (Dover, NH) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Aplomb Gallery announces a call for artists for Source Of Light, a gallery and virtual reality show to be held November 11 – December 31, 2023.

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Enter by: 1 September 2023

Submit up to 5 portrait based or figurative works that related to the theme “Source of Light” literally or abstractly.

Apply to be a part of a professionally run group show at an artist-run gallery based in the Seacoast New Hampshire region. The exhibit on display in-person and an expanded version of the exhibition will be inside virtual reality at ArtGate International. Artist talks will be held and may be attended from anywhere in the world. Artist talks are recorded and become a nice addition to your portfolio and CV. There is an option to apply exclusively for the virtual reality exhibition and rotating digital frame for a lower application fee.

About the Juror: Danielle Festa has been working as a conceptual realist since graduating with a BFA concentrating in painting from UMASS Amherst in 2007. She has curated exhibitions in Boston, Somerville, MA; Dover, NH; and in virtual reality. Danielle is a member of NHAA, The Women’s Caucus of the Arts, and was the Director of the first Friday Dover Art Walk from 2017-2020. She owns and operates Aplomb Contemporary Portrait Gallery where she exhibits group shows, solo shows, and presents her own commissioned tribute oil portraits.

Artists will retain 70% from sales in person and via ArtGate while Aplomb Gallery retains a 30% commission. While artists are responsible for shipping work, Aplomb Gallery will absorb initial sale transaction fees and arrange shipment for any work sold in the gallery.

About Aplomb Gallery

Aplomb is a contemporary portrait gallery and creative space in downtown Dover, New Hampshire. While there are many landscape or abstract galleries on the Seacoast, Aplomb focuses on contemporary portraiture. With a niche of figurative work, the gallery showcases a wide variety of styles.

For more information, contact danielle@aplombgallery.com.


All Figurative / Portrait (Online Art Competition) – Call For Artists

All Figurative / Portrait (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 Figurative / Portrait 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 theme is considered to be any art which depicts either actual rendering of a person’s face or figure or the depiction of a figure, form, and/or face.

The All Figurative / Portrait 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 September 14th,2022 to October 11th, 2022.

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Enter by: 11 September 2022

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.

All Figurative / Portrait awards will be given for the top 5 to 8 works selected. Winners will be announced on September 28th, 2022. Prizes include memberships to Contemporary Art Gallery Online, extensive marketing, winner’s certificates, inclusion in the Annual Anthology Publication,  and event collateral. The artists’ work will be seen by approximately a half million people worldwide.

“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.


Portraits (Laguna Beach, CA) – Call For Artists

Portraits (Laguna Beach, CA) – Call For Artists

Las Laguna Gallery announces a call for artists for Portraits 2020. Open to all mediums, levels of experience, and locations. The human face is an endlessly fascinating subject. A portrait is painting, drawing, photograph, or an artist representation of a person with a particular focus on the face.

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Deadline: 11 Oct 2020

Submission Fee: $35 (non-refundable) for up to 3 images

For this art call, Las Laguna Gallery is looking for paintings, drawings, or photographs that capture personality, character, expression, spirit, or mood. What story will you convey with your portrait? How will you engage the viewer with your subject? What colors, composition, or lighting will you use to communicate a story? Will your portrait speak and engage the viewer? Will your viewer be drawn into your work?

The main focus should be on the face. Your portrait can be a friend, family member, stranger, or yourself. The work must be able to be hung on a wall to be considered. Sizes up to 4 feet are acceptable. No work that requires special installation or instructions will be accepted.

  • Artist Notification: October 16, 2020
  • Art Delivery Date: October 29 to November 3, 2020
  • Show Date: November 5 to November 28, 2020
  • Artist Gallery Split: 65% Artist, 35% Gallery

Portraits Artist Benefits

All artists who submit to this show will be accepted and have at least one of their submitted works posted on the Las Laguna Gallery website. A select number of artists will send their work into the gallery for the in person exhibition at our brick and mortar gallery located in Laguna Beach, CA. The gallery is open to the public. Clients and guests are invited to visit as long as they have proper PPE.

About Las Laguna Gallery

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 situated 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 live music in the fire-side theatre Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, contact laslagunagallery@gmail.com.