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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 10/6/17)

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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Call for Submissions: Architecture Captured - 16th Venice Architecture Biennial
Deadline for applications: Round 1 due October 10, 2017. Round 2 due November 10, 2017
Exhibition Dates: April 15 - June 20, 2018
Exhibition Location:  Arte Ponte HQ, Venice, Italy
More information and application

Any photography using any method, with the theme of "Architecture". Only one work will be selected from each photographer. Sizes are fixed. Photographers may submit the following sizes: 11 x 14 inches, 16 x 20 inches, 24 x 36 inches

Call for Art: Sanctuary
Deadline for applications: November 5, 2017 (11:59pm)
Exhibition Dates: February 15 – March 17, 2018
Exhibition Location: Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA
More information and application

Sanctuary is a place, a feeling, where harmony, beauty, and stillness are shielded and allowed to flourish. A sanctuary can lift us up and make us feel big.  Or, it can shrink us down and show us humility in the face of infinity. We find sanctuary in the presence of awesomeness. It posts up in supportive communities and makes itself known when the impossible becomes reality.

Gallery 263 seeks artwork that explores, depicts, criticizes, or creates safe havens and sacred spaces. This is a national call open to all US residents. All media are  accepted. See below for size restrictions and further details.

Call for Artists: Expo 37
Deadline for submissions: November 11, 2017
Exhibition Dates: The month of March 2018
Exhibition Location: b.j. spoke gallery, 299 Main St, Huntington, NY
More information and application

All fine arts media are acceptable: watercolor, drawing, pastel, painting, sculpture, mixed media, installation art, photography, video, digital art, etchings, monotype, monoprint, silk screen, lithography, collagraph, fiber art, etc.  No crafts, please.

Call for Artists: Commemorations: An outdoor art installation
Deadline for applications: November 15, 2017 (midnight)
Exhibition Dates: May 20 – October 8, 2018
Exhibition Location: Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA
More information and application

What is the purpose of public commemoration? We invite artists to submit designs for outdoor art that pays tribute to a hero, a role model, a fellow human being, or a moment in time whose story will be a focus of dialogue for our visitors. We are looking for work that brings light and clarity to public discussion of how we commemorate our history and the purpose of public commemoration.

Call for Artists: Festival of Wreaths
Deadline for submissions:  November 17, 2017
Exhibition Date: Saturday November 25, 2017 from 2-6pm
Exhibition Location: Edson Hall behind St. Anne's Church, Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

We will provide you with a holiday wreath to sponsor and decorate in any theme of your choosing. Suggested themes may include: your business, hobby, or whatever you may like! The wreaths will then be displayed (along with your company/organization info) at Edson Hall during the City of Lights event in downtown Lowell. At the close of the event, each wreath will then be given to the lucky winner whose raffle ticket was drawn.

 Call for Art: Gray Area
 Deadline for Applications: November 22, 2017
 Exhibition Dates: January 31-February 25, 2018
 Exhibition Location: Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43, Boston, MA
 More information and application 

We are looking for artists whose work is relevant to our current contemporary world in its lack of clarity or abundance of ambiguity. The subject is open to interpretation, and can address the title conceptually or formally. All media will be considered.


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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