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Check this page often for up-to-date calls for artists and other opportunities within the creative community.  (Updated 6/14/18)

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.

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$1000 Working Artist Photography Award - Applications due on the 15th of every month.

Call for Art: PLACE(HOLDER)
Application Deadline: June 17, 2018
Exhibition Dates: August 16 - September 12, 2018
Exhibition Location: Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
More information and application

City life may not be the first image that comes to mind when you imagine the New England landscape, but the region is sprinkled with historically rich and diverse cities both large and small. Whether you are in the bustling metro areas of Boston, nestled in the sleepy mountains of Vermont, or sit on the rocky coasts of Maine, you are always accompanied by a familiar charm. However, our states are still home to cities that have fallen into disrepair where vibrant mill industries once flourished, suffer from underfunded social programs, and a growing disparity among the folks that call the same place “home” is becoming more visible.

This regionally juried exhibition at Gallery 263 asks our community of New England: “How do each of us fit into this puzzle, and what is our relationship to our cities as artists?” All Interpretations and analysis’ of life in New England cities are encouraged.


Call for Submissions: Norwood Public Art Guitar Project
Application Deadline: Rolling reviews until July 1, 2018
Exhibition Dates: First Week of September 2018 – Second Week of November 2018
Exhibition Location: Town of Norwood, MA
More information and application

Music Drives Us is proud to launch GuitARTS – our inaugural public art project to promote the arts and importance of music education in the Town of Norwood and throughout New England!

We have 10 electric 5-foot fiberglass guitars and 5 acoustic 4½-foot fiberglass guitars that will be displayed prominently in various public and participating private spaces throughout Norwood. Before these are ready to be displayed, we are seeking local artists who are interested in publicizing their artistic style through beautifying and painting these guitars.

Following the guitars’ public display, Music Drives Us will put the guitars up for auction. Music Drives Us will use the proceeds collected from the sale of the guitars to support music education programs throughout the six states of New England, including donating a portion of the proceeds to the Norwood Schools Fine Arts Department to support its Music Program.


Call for Entries: Hot Buttons 2
Application Deadline: July 1, 2018
Exhibition Dates: August 1 - 26, 2018
Exhibition Location: The Loading Dock Gallery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

What gets your dander up? What really pisses you off? What gasoline ignites your spark plug? What makes you really angry? Is it social media, the environment, the political environment, the price of gas, lobster, your diet??? What pushes your Hot Button?

Activism is in the air! Fifty artists will be chosen to create wearable and collectable “Hot Button” designs for this fun interactive show at the Loading Dock Gallery. Show the world what makes you angry by designing a wearable and collectable “Hot Button”.


Call for Entries: Wonder
Application Deadline: July 1, 2018
Exhibition Dates: October 5, 2018 - March 31, 2019
Exhibition Location: Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
More information and application

Wonder can be a moment, it’s a feeling, a curiosity, an experiment or a discovery. It can also be the wonder of the natural world, fascinating cities, capricious animals and intriguing people around us. It is often what inspires us to take a photograph and save the moment.

This is an projection and online exhibition. The Center will also produce an exhibition catalog featuring the selected artists. Emerging to established artists are encouraged to submit. All types of photographic processes and subjects are eligible for selection.


Call for Entries: Variations in Scale
Application Deadline: July 28, 2018
Exhibition Dates: August 10 - September 23, 2018
Exhibition Location: Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

The size and scale of art works informs the content of the work and influences its viewing. By exhibiting LARGE scale 2D works and SMALL scale 3D works, this show will challenge the viewer's perspective.


Call for Entries: 2018 Lowell Cemetery Art Exhibition
Application Dates: August 13 - 24, 2018
Exhibition Date: September 29, 2018
Exhibition Location: Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

All artists, 18 years and older, are invited to submit works. Original works, no larger than 18″ X 24″ and completed within the previous 12 months, are eligible. Works are limited to those on paper and canvas, e.g., sketches, paintings, photographs, etc. Three-dimensional objects and works containing audio and/or visual elements are not eligible. Themes/subjects must focus on the Lowell Cemetery’s history, monuments, landscape, etc. Artists are welcomed to work on-site and capture changing light and weather in the Cemetery, provided they call or check-in with the office in advance.


Call for Entries: Journeys
Application Deadline: September 8, 2018
Exhibition Dates: September 28 - November 11, 2018
Exhibition Location: ALL Gallery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Works that explore Journeys: real and imagined, physical and spiritual, how we move through our world, the paths we choose, and the means we use to reach our destinations.


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