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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 1/18/17)

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 Performers - Deadline March 31, 2017 at 5pm
Call for Artists - Deadline May 1, 2017 at 5pm
Call for Workshops - Deadline April 1, 2017 at 5pm
Call for Public Art - Deadline April 1, 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 Art: Artists, Spoken Word Practitioners, Musicians
Deadline for Submissions: Rolling
Exhibition Dates: Saturdays & Sundays from Dec 17 through Feb 19
Exhibition Location: Millworks Gallery at Appleton Mills, Lowell, MA
For more information, contact LOA Market Coordinator Cheryl Guerino of CREATEa ARTS - contact or 978-856-5137

The LOA Market is accepting applications for its inaugural season which starts on Saturday December 17th, 2016.  Accepting Applications for: Jewelry, Pottery, Home Décor (Including furniture), Seasonal Art, Sculpture, Original Design Clothing, Pet Gifts, Musical Acts, Spoken Word. RESTRICTED ITEMS: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Food Products, Soaps, Candles. No resales or commercially produced items
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints to be sold exclusively by the Sponsoring Artists)

Call for Photographic Entries: Landscapes 2017
Deadline for Submissions: January 25, 2017
Exhibition Dates: May 19 – July 15, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Inc., 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO
More information and application

All artist renditions on the Landscapes theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for selection by the juror.

Call for Art: UP/ROOTED
Deadline for Submissions: January 27, 2017
Exhibition Dates: March 17 - April 21, 2017
Exhibition Location: Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA
More information and application

The Brookline Arts Center invites artists who reside in the United States to submit work that explores origin, displacement and the influence of the past on the future. How do we connect with where we come from if we are no longer there? How does our sense of place relate to our culture and identity? We are looking for work that raises questions and draws influence from heritage, culture and familial traditions, and explores how we come to terms with being up/rooted. All media welcome!

Call for Proposals: Public Art for Lowell Justice Center
Deadline for Proposals: January 30, 2017
More information and application (Addendum 1 | Addendum 2)

The new Lowell Justice Center, sited in the historic Hamilton Canal District of downtown Lowell, will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Superior, District, Probate & Family, Juvenile, and Housing Courts of
Middlesex County. Recognizing the robust arts community in Lowell, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Trial Court, and FAA have identified several opportunities for local artists to provide their artistic vision to compliment and enrich the public spaces within the new courthouse.

Deadline for Entries: January 31, 2017
Exhibition Dates: February 10 - 28, 2017
Exhibition Location: Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Vanice, Italy
More information and application

LIQUID ROOMS – THE LABYRINTH is an invitation for artists to analyze their inner path, searching for their own identity, as artists and as human being. In the myths of different world cultures the labirinth represents an itinerary to overtake a complex situation and to discover a way out, a target to reach to express themselves. Artists, architects, photographers, video makers and performers are invited to submit their works and project.

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 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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