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Check this page often for up-to-date calls for artists and other opportunities within the creative community.  (Updated 8/16/18)

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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Massachusetts Cultural Council Blog - Calls for Artists - Updated weekly
Art New England Classifieds - Calls for Artists and Calls for Entries
Artshow.com Calls for Artists - Northeast
Art Rabbit - Artist Opportunities

$1000 Working Artist Award - Applications due at the end of every month.
$1000 Working Artist Photography Award - Applications due on the 15th of every month.

Call for Entries: 2018 Lowell Cemetery Art Exhibition
Application Dates: Now thru August 24, 2018
Exhibition Date: September 29, 2018
Exhibition Location: Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

All artists, 18 years and older, are invited to submit works. 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 Artists: Leo Roy (Market Street) Garage Entryway Art Piece
Application Deadline: September 5, 2018
More information and application

Lowell’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office (CASE), in partnership with Lowell’s Parking Office and the Cultural Organization of Lowell, is seeking a qualified artist or a team of artists to create an art piece on the concrete floor at the entry to the Leo Roy Garage on Market Street.

Project goal is to create a “welcome path” using art to engage visitors, residents and commuters and to provide opportunities for local artists.  Unique approaches such as 3D effects are encouraged.

CASE/Parking Office/COOL are seeking to have an art piece, approximately 4’ by 20’, painted on the ground level entry/exit of the garage. Stipend provided.


Call for Entries: Journeys
Application Deadline: September 8, 2018
Exhibition Dates: September 28 - November 11, 2018
Exhibition Location: ALL Gallery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Works that explore Journeys: real and imagined, physical and spiritual, how we move through our world, the paths we choose, and the means we use to reach our destinations.


Call for Entries: Visual Language
Application Deadline: September 12, 2018
Exhibition Dates: October 3 - 28, 2018
Exhibition Location: Loading Dock Gallery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Visual language is a lexis of elements such as imagery, colors, words, symbols, shapes and textures. Artists use this language to communicate ideas, theories, or pictorial descriptions of visages and scenes. An artist's vocabulary is a means of expression just as a writer's is through a vocabulary of words, sentences, and paragraphs. Whether traditional, impressionist, modernist, cubist, or abstract, all modes of style and medium reflect the personal voice of the artist.


Call for Proposals: Exhibition Proposal Series
Application Deadline: September 16, 2018
Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 9, 2019
Exhibition Location: Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
More information and application

Through our Exhibition Proposal Series (formally Curatorial Proposal Series) artists and curators of all experience levels have the opportunity to collaborate with Gallery 263 staff to organize and present polished, self-curated exhibitions in our 700 sq/ft storefront gallery. This series is Gallery 263’s main exhibition program, amounting to three shows annually, and is the only way to be considered for a proposed group or solo exhibition.


Call for Entries: In the Spirit of Lowell
Application Deadline: September 22, 2018
Exhibition Dates: September 27 - October 7, 2018
Exhibition Location: Gallery Z, Lowell, MA
More information and application

As Lowellians we appreciate all that is Lowell; the history the buildings and people and in celebration of native artist, Jack Kerouac, Gallery Z invites local artist to exhibit their multimedia 2-D work that speaks to the spirit of Lowell & Jack.


Call for Entries: 32nd Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition
Application Deadline: September 30, 2018
Exhibition Dates: February 1 - May 4, 2019
Exhibition Location: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 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. Local, national, and international artists are encouraged to apply. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2016-2018) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.


Call for Entries: Fiberlicious
Application Deadline: January 9, 2019
Exhibition Dates: February 27 - March 31, 2019
Exhibition Location: Loading Dock Gallery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Fiberlicious is a juried exhibition of fiber / textile art exploring materials and concepts that are so attractive to your senses, they are fiberlicious! Do you use fiber techniques or incorporate fiber into your work? We welcome submissions from any media as long as it is inspired by, related to or created from fiber / textiles. We encourage: the unique and unusual, 2-D or 3-D, video or digitally-generated, wearable, installation, mobile or static. Open to artists 18 years of age and older, living in the New England Region.

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