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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 6/23/17)

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 Makers - Deadline June 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: WATER 2018
Deadline for Entries: June 28, 2017
Exhibition Dates: January 12 - February 17, 2018
Exhibition Location: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Inc., 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO
More information and application

Water is a prominent theme in the art of photography both visually and conceptually and across a multitude of photographic genres. We welcome images about water issues and images of water in all it’s many forms, e.g. fog, oceans, snow, drought, etc. All artist renditions on the water theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for the exhibition.

Call for Entries: Handled - Fall 2017 Regional Juried Exhibition
Deadline for Entries: July 16, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 7 – October 7, 2017
Exhibition Location: Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA
More information and application

Gallery 263 seeks art that’s been made by hands for an exhibition celebrating the unrefined, imperfect, and utterly human artworks of today. As digitization, mass production, and commercial manufacturing abound, we invite those artists who choose to embrace the tools they were born with to apply to this juried exhibition. Submit your handmade objects; imperfections, charm, and all.

Open to New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) + New York & New Jersey artists of all career stages. Open to all visual and performance media (2D, 3D, time based). While time-based media are accepted, they should directly relate to the theme in some way.

Call for Entries: Hot Buttons
Deadline for Entries: July 21, 2017
Exhibition Dates: August 2 - 27, 2017
Exhibition Location: Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Regional artists, you are invited to be a part of a fun, socially interactive show where we put your art on a 1 inch pinback button. The public will have to be ready to trade, barter, or beg to get the limited edition button they want at the Opening Night Reception.

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: 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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