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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 7/21/17)

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!

Lowell Art & Makers Festival
Show Dates: September 16-17, 2017
Show Location: Market Street, downtown Lowell, MA

Call for Artists REOPENED - Deadline July 31, 2017 at 5PM

The Lowell Art & Makers Festival is a brand new 2-day festival happening in downtown Lowell, MA on September 16 & 17, 2017. Over 50 artist tents will be combined with a maker festival, music, stage and street performers, interactive public art, and more. With a substantial creative community in the city, we intend to showcase local art and entertainment from Lowell and beyond.

Call for Entries: The Fabrication of Imagination 2017
Deadline for Entries: August 6&7 (see prospectus)
Exhibition Dates: August 11 - October 1, 2017
Exhibition Location: Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery, 307 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Fiber-based work (or work referencing fiber) having a third dimension, either wall-hung (relief) or selfstanding. Open to New England artists. Artists may enter 1 to 5 works.

Call for Entries: Places
Deadline for Entries: August 11, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 9 - December 22, 2017
Exhibition Location: Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover, MA
More information and application

Places is a juried art show supported by Andover Historical Society, Andover Cultural Council, Andover Artists Guild, Essex Art Center, Andover PK-12 Visual & Performing Arts Department, artists and community members.
The intent of Places is to encourage artworks inspired by Andover’s inspirational places. Artists find inspiration in many places: parks, open spaces, buildings, houses of worship, home, people, family, history, literature, music. Places encourages artists to think broadly about what in Andover inspires them. Students are encouraged to submit artwork.

Call for Entries: Monuments, Memorials and Memories: Images of the Lowell Cemetery
Deadline for Entries: August 18, 2017
Exhibition Date: September 23, 2017
Exhibition Location: Lowell Cemetery, 77 Knapp Ave, Lowell, MA
More information and application

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: Honoring Our Veterans
Deadline for Entries: September 1, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 30 - November 11, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Art work will be inspired by Veteran related subjects such as art by Veterans, art of Veterans, military images, Veteran’s activities after service, and Veteran programs. This is an international call for artists, open to all. Categories include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, works on paper, fabric, ceramics, mosaics, and photography.

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.

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