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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 4/27/17)

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 Workshops - EXTENDED! Deadline April 30, 2017 at 5pm
Call for Public Art - EXTENDED! Deadline April 30, 2017 at 5pm

Call for Makers - 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: Clipper City Rail Trail Mural Project
Deadline for Proposals: May 1, 2017
Mural Location: Along Phase II of the Clipper City Rail Trail (Newburyport, MA)
More information and application

The City of Newburyport, in collaboration with the Newburyport Art Association (NAA), is inviting artists and design professionals to submit proposals for a public art mural project.  The mural initiative is funded by a Recreational Trails Grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the murals will be permanently installed on solid board fencing along Phase II of the Clipper City Rail Trail.  The project will enhance the trail corridor, contribute to the distinct character of the area, and help bring art to people’s everyday lives.

Call for Artists: Blocks and Storage Container Art Projects
Deadline for Submissions: May 16, 2017
Deadline for Completion of Work: June 30, 2017
More information and application

Lowell’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office (CASE) is seeking qualified artist(s) or a team of artists to create artworks on safety barriers and a storage container.

Call for Artists: FRESH! Annual Summer show JANKOSSEN GEOFORMS
Deadline for Submissions: May 18, 2017
Exhibition Dates: July 6 - August 19, 2017
Exhibition Location: ArtePonte, 529 W 20th Street, New York, NY
More information and application

Celebrating abstract art that is based on the use of geometric forms, sometimes seen as a non-illusionistic space and combined into non-objective (non-representational) compositions, the exhibition Geoforms explores the genre of contemporary non-objective abstraction, created using a variety of mediums.

Artists specialized within the Abstract Geometric genre, working in any material, using any technique (paper, sculpture, painting, photography) are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Mixed media work will be taken especially into consideration.

Call for Painters: Spring Fling
Event Dates: May 19 & 20, 2017
Event Location: Various locations in and around downtown Lowell

The City of Lowell invites local artists to come paint "en plein air" during Doors Open Lowell and Marketplace events happening on May 19 and 20, 2017. The presence of working artists does much to enhance these events and the environment in downtown Lowell.  Artists do not need to register to participate - just show up, set up your easel, and start painting. Stay for an hour, or several! Recommended areas for painting include: Merrimack, Palmer, Shattuck, Market, Lucy Larcom Park.

Made in Lowell's Marketplace will be in Lucy Larcom Park on Friday evening from 5-9pm. Doors Open Lowell takes place in various locations around the city on Friday night from 5-9pm, and Saturday from 10am-4pm. Visit for more information on locations and dates/times.

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 Applications: Brookline Arts Center Artist Marketplace
Deadline for Applications: June 2, 2017
Event Dates: November 17-19, 2017

Event Location: Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA
More information and application

We are pleased to present our annual Artist Marketplace November 17-19, 2017. Part of our tradition has been to offer opportunities for artists to sell their work and to promote buying local. This year, we are seeking clothing, jewelry, pottery, original prints and note cards, fabulous soaps, glass, home goods, toys and more! 

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: 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: 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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