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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 9/19/16)

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 Entries: Exposed 2016: Open Juried Photography Show
Deadline for Submissions: September 25-26, 2016 (drop-off jurying)
Exhibition Dates: September 30 to November 13, 2016
Exhibition Location: ALL Gallery, 307 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

The Arts League of Lowell is issuing a call for photography. Anything goes! Everyone welcome! Push your boundaries. Bring something to light.

Call for Entries: 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition
Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2016
Exhibition Dates: February 4 – May 6, 2017
Exhibition Location: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory Street, Denton, TX
More information and application

Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable. Entries must be the complete work of the submitting artist. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2014-2016) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Each artist is limited to three (3) entries. There is a $40 (USD) non-refundable fee, for up to three (3) entries.

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.

Ongoing Calls

Call for Art and Artists
Location: The Hearing Room, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA

Contact: Caelin at or call 314-305-4978 

The Hearing Room at 119 Chelmsford Street needs art! First, we would like to fill up the walls and window displays with original art for sale. We are also looking for a group of artists to decorate the wall facing highway 110 (this would not be a paying gig, just for fun and exposure) and have space for you to run classes/workshops if you would like.

Please contact Caelin via email or phone, or stop by 119 Chelmsford Street Tues-Sat from 12 to (at least) 9:00 PM.

Call to the Community: Lowell Flag Project

We are looking for local artists, designers, businesses and anyone else who loves Lowell to collaborate on designs and ideas for a better flag for the city of Lowell. Pick up your pencil, crayon or computer and send us your best ideas!

A great flag should adhere to five basic rules:  Be so simple it can be drawn from memory; Use meaningful symbolism; Use 2-3 basic colors; Use no lettering or seals and Be distinctive. For more details and what each of these rules mean, watch this TED Talk from Roman Mars and Lowell Flag project advisor Ted Kaye.

You don’t need to live in Lowell to participate, but input and ideas from residents will definitely be given special consideration. We are not currently affiliated with the City of Lowell, though welcome their ideas and hope to be in the future!

For more information, email

Call to the Community: Local Film Project by Jonathan Stevens

Poet, artist, and local historian Jonathan Stevens seeks to meet and network with anyone interested in local history and artists of all mediums (especially filmmakers) to discuss the making of a feature film about Lowell. Stevens is currently in his 3rd year of historical research and preparation for the project, which includes capturing nearly 7,000 photographs of present-day Lowell. His vision is for the project to be a collaboration of various social and cultural enclaves in the City that will foster pride and community involvement from both native Lowellians and new residents. For more information, please contact Jonathan Stevens at or visit his Facebook page

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