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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 2/10/17)

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.


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

Call for Artists - Deadline May 1, 2017 at 5pm
Call for Performers - Deadline March 31, 2017 at 5pm 

Call for Workshops - Deadline April 1, 2017 at 5pm
Call for Public Art - Deadline April 1, 2017 at 5pm

Call for Makers - Early Bird Deadline: March 31, 2016 at 5PM; Final Deadline: May 30, 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 Artists: PLAY
Deadline for Entries: Sunday February 12, 2017
Exhibition Dates: March 2 - April 30, 2017
Exhibition Location: Dedham Community Theater, 580 High Street, Dedham, MA
More information and application

A PLAY is theatre and drama. Children at PLAY when they pretend. We all cheer for those who PLAY sports. Artists PLAY with color and line to create compositions that PLAY with your eye. Come PLAY with us as we celebrate the Parish Players upcoming adaptation of "Once Upon a Mattress".

Call for Entries: BLACK & WHITE 2017
Deadline for Entries: February 28, 2017
Exhibition Dates: July 7 - August 19, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Inc., 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO
More information and application

All Black & White images are eligible for submission. All genres, subjects, capture types and photographic processes both historic and modern are eligible for selection by the juror.

Call for Entries: Saints, Sluts, and Sirens
Deadline for Entries: March 1, 2017
Exhibition Dates: November 7 - December 2, 2017
Exhibition Location: UnchARTed, 103 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

The various archetypes of the feminine have long been a rich and varied subject in art. Marilyn Monroe, Mother Teresa, the Virgin Mary, Cleopatra, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bonnie Parker…..the list goes on and on throughout history. These archetypes have played an enormous role in how we perceive (conscious or unconscious) and characterize the feminine of today. The exhibit’s proposed goal is to bring these archetypes (the mother, slut, saint, victim, seductress, goddess, etc……) into the public eye in an informative, powerful, and creative manner.

Call for Entries: It's About Time
Deadline for Entries: Shipped by March 3, hand-delivered on March 5 or 6
Exhibition Dates: March 10 - April 23, 2017
Exhibition Location: ALL Gallery, 307 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

We cherish time, we dread time, time flies, and time drags. We measure time with clocks, bells, alarms, beeps and by milestones in our lives. We tell time mechanically, digitally and biologically. “It’s About Time” is open to active ALL members, as well as non-member artists working in 2D, 3D, video or digital mediums. Submitted work must have “Time” as its theme.

Call for Panels: 27th International Sculpture Conference
Deadline for submissions: March 13, 2017
Conference Dates: October 25-28, 2017
Conference Location: Kansas City, MO
More information and application

The International Sculpture Center is seeking a diverse and comprehensive program, covering topics relevant to sculpture today. This conference will feature the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE show, ARTSlams and mentor sessions, engaging panel discussions, evening parties, hands-on workshops, keynote address, open studios and gallery hops, optional art and culture trips, public art tours and visits to nearby sculpture sites, and more. Click above to see call for panel topics.

Call for Entries: Lowell: A Homecoming
Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2017
Exhibition Dates: April 10 – April 24, 2017 (approx.)
Exhibition Location: UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

The prestigious James McNeill Whistler Distinguished Art Award was established in 2010 to recognize an individual or organization who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, innovation, and the promotion of the visual arts both locally and internationally. The Whistler House Museum of Art invites you to showcase your artwork in conjunction with this event, which will take place at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center on Wednesday, April 19. Submitted work will be considered to hang as a special exhibition at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center for a two week period.

The city of Lowell has a fascinating history and a bright future. We seek works in all mediums that showcase the city of Lowell and all it has to offer. Members may recall that the WHMA hosted a Lowell-themed exhibition, Lowell As We See It, two years ago. While we will consider pieces from that exhibition, new works are encouraged.

Call for Entries: Contemporary Visions of Greece’s Golden Age
Deadline for Entries: March 17, 2017
Exhibition Dates: April 22 - June 8, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Art work accepted will be inspired by artistic ideals and achievements of the classical (500-323 BC) and Hellenistic (323-146 BC) periods in Greek history as an imaginative springboard for a contemporary twist on Greek sculpture, low and high relief, painting, pottery, frescoes, mosaics, and architecture. Consider the definition of beauty in human terms, with an emphasis on harmony, balance, order and moderation, vitality of life, clarity, and depictions of everyday life as well as mythology.

Call for Entries: Center Forward
Deadline for Entries: March 29, 2017
Exhibition Dates: August 25 - September 30, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Inc., 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO
More information and application

Center Forward is our 8th annual open themed call for entry, exhibition and awards open to all subject matter. We are looking for the best in contemporary photography. All capture types, genres, installations and photographic processes either historic or modern are eligible to submit.

Call for Entries: Time will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience
Deadline for Entries: April 12, 2017
Exhibition Dates: June 30 – August 13, 2017
Exhibition Location: Coburn Gallery at Ashland University, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH
More information and application

This will be a national juried exhibition of works open to artists at least 50 years of age residing in the United States. Works in any media accepted. All work must be original art conceived and executed solely by the artist within the last two years.

Call for Applications: Art in the Courtyard: Fine and Functional Art
Deadline for Applications: May 26, 2017
Event Dates: July 29-30, 2017
Event Location: Courtyard outside the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Celebrating the largest free Folk Festival in the country, the Lowell Folk Festival, in collaboration with the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, is pleased to announce the annual Art in the Courtyard, an art and fine craft component of the Lowell Folk Festival. This exciting collaboration will provide an opportunity for visitors to view and purchase some of the finest art and craft works being produced. The Lowell Folk Festival enjoys over 100,000 visitors over the weekend.

Call for Entries: Little Black Dress
Deadline for Entries: June 15, 2017
Exhibition Dates: August 5 - September 16, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Quilters show us your threads! Celebrate the fashion and imagination of the iconic little black dress. Your entry could be where you wore your little black dress, where you would like to wear your little black dress, what adventures await wearing your little black dress or what fabulous fabrics your favorite little black dress was made of!

Call for Entries: Monuments, Memorials and Memories: Images of the Lowell Cemetery
Deadline for Entries: Submissions accepted between July 18 and August 18, 2017 only.
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: Breaking Barriers
Deadline for Entries: Accepted on a rolling basis through August 1, 2017
More information and application

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is calling on talented Massachusetts residents of all abilities to submit an original work which captures the theme of “Breaking Barriers.”  The barriers persons with disabilities sometimes encounter are not only physical, but also societal. Selected entries will be displayed at a public exhibition in late 2017 (date to be determined) and in an online gallery. 

The Call for Art is open to all Massachusetts residents ages 18 and over. Out-of-state students of Massachusetts colleges and universities are eligible.  Submissions must be original two-dimensional works of visual art depicting the theme of “Breaking Barriers.”

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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