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Calls for Artists & Opportunities


Check this page often for up-to-date calls for artists and other opportunities within the creative community.  (Updated 10/10/16)

Please note: The following calls for work were submitted to COOL and are being shared with the Community.  Placement on this page does not constitute a recommendation from COOL.  We recognize that artists are frequently asked to donate their work, or pay fees to enter shows. We also recognize that the business of selling art is not always a financially lucrative one for either the artist or the gallery, and that artists, like everyone else, want to give to causes that are important to them.  We encourage you as an artist to make your own decisions about where to put your time, energy and art.


Have a call to submit? Use our submission form!

Call for Entries: The Annual Brush Gallery Members' Exhibition with
The New England Sculptors Association (NESA)
Deadline for Entries: October 22, 2016 at 4pm
Exhibition Dates: November 12 - December 23, 2016
Exhibition Location: The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Artists who are up-to-date members of the Brush Art Gallery & Studios OR the New England Sculptors Association are eligible to submit entries for this call. All media is accepted. Work must be no larger than 72" high and 48" wide. Sculpture may not be heavier than 30 pounds.

Call for Entries: 2017 - 2018 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Deadline for Entries: October 24, 2016
Exhibition Dates: April 6, 2017 to April 6, 2018
Exhibition Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
More information and application

The City of Cape Girardeau Public Art Committee is now accepting submissions from qualified sculptors to participate in the 2017 - 2018 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Now in its fourth year, the location of the exhibition will be along the Broadway Corridor, a nine-block span in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Several locations along the Broadway Corridor in Downtown Cape Girardeau have been selected for public sculpture and yield high visibility with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. All work entered must be freestanding and “suitable” for long-term outdoor public display within the space provided. The durability of the work and safety of the public will be a consideration for selection.

Call for Entries: THEME | Singular/Signature
Deadline for Entries: October 26, 2016
Exhibition Dates: March 3 – April 1, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Inc., 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524
More information and application

Singular/Signature: A single image has the power to tell stories, impact the viewer, and change the way we see. Often, a signature image comes to define an artist/photographer or a body of work. Show us your most impactful images. All artist renditions on the theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible to submit.

Call for Submissions: $1000.00 Working Artist Purchase Award
Deadline for Submissions: The end of every month!
More information and application

We offer a small monthly art purchase award to help serious artists keep working. Our award is open worldwide to all visual artists, including but not limited to those working in traditional styles, ie., painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, glass, or with digital/new media, installation, photography and film/video. Sorry no performance, dance or music at this time. Send us your website and pay our small review fee.

Call for Submissions: $1000.00 Working Artist Photography Award
Deadline for Submissions: Approximately the 15th of every month
More information and application

The Working Artist Photography Award is available to all domestic and international photographers and photo-based artists working in all traditional and non-traditional photography formats, genres and styles. Work accepted for review includes but is not limited to film, digital photography, digitally manipulated photography, glitch, straight and abstract photography, landscape, still life, fashion, documentary, street, black and white, color, and all methods concerning the finished photographic print.  Submission fee is $25.

Ongoing Calls

Call for Art and Artists
Location: The Hearing Room, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA

Contact: Caelin at or call 314-305-4978 

The Hearing Room at 119 Chelmsford Street needs art! First, we would like to fill up the walls and window displays with original art for sale. We are also looking for a group of artists to decorate the wall facing highway 110 (this would not be a paying gig, just for fun and exposure) and have space for you to run classes/workshops if you would like.

Please contact Caelin via email or phone, or stop by 119 Chelmsford Street Tues-Sat from 12 to (at least) 9:00 PM.

Call to the Community: Lowell Flag Project

We are looking for local artists, designers, businesses and anyone else who loves Lowell to collaborate on designs and ideas for a better flag for the city of Lowell. Pick up your pencil, crayon or computer and send us your best ideas!

A great flag should adhere to five basic rules:  Be so simple it can be drawn from memory; Use meaningful symbolism; Use 2-3 basic colors; Use no lettering or seals and Be distinctive. For more details and what each of these rules mean, watch this TED Talk from Roman Mars and Lowell Flag project advisor Ted Kaye.

You don’t need to live in Lowell to participate, but input and ideas from residents will definitely be given special consideration. We are not currently affiliated with the City of Lowell, though welcome their ideas and hope to be in the future!

For more information, email

Call to the Community: Local Film Project by Jonathan Stevens

Poet, artist, and local historian Jonathan Stevens seeks to meet and network with anyone interested in local history and artists of all mediums (especially filmmakers) to discuss the making of a feature film about Lowell. Stevens is currently in his 3rd year of historical research and preparation for the project, which includes capturing nearly 7,000 photographs of present-day Lowell. His vision is for the project to be a collaboration of various social and cultural enclaves in the City that will foster pride and community involvement from both native Lowellians and new residents. For more information, please contact Jonathan Stevens at or visit his Facebook page

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