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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 4/19/18)

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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$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: Origins
Deadline for Submissions: April 21, 2018
Exhibition Dates: April 26 - May 20, 2018
Exhibition Location: Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

As we wrestled with the thorny issues of migration, immigration and national displacement one common thread unites us, we all came from somewhere else. Do you have a story of your family’s Journey to America that you would like to share? Gallery Z wants to present your story in this visual, literary and performing arts exhibition. All media, 2D/3D & written or performed stories.

Call for Art: Paper Cut
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Exhibition Dates: July 14 - August 25, 2018
Exhibition Location: Musa Collective, 119 Braintree Street, Studio 312, Boston MA (Allston neighborhood)
More information and application

Artists are invited to submit 2D work on paper, addressing any theme, in any medium including but not limited to graphite, ink, gouache, printmaking, and collage. MAX 24 inches in any direction, unframed.

Call for Artists: Art in the Courtyard 2018
Application Deadline: May 26, 2018
Event Dates: July 28-29, 2018
Event Location: The courtyard at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, Market St, 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 Artists: Winter/Spring 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program
Application Deadline: June 6, 2018
Residency Session: January 7–April 30, 2019
Residency Location: McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
More information and application

McColl Center annually awards residencies to approximately eighteen artists. Regional, national, and international artists are selected through a combination of open applications, invitations, and solicited nominations. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists working in architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, design, music, theatre, social practice, community organizing, urban agriculture, culinary arts, or interdisciplinary practices. The residency program provides a space for creative inquiry and exploration among a dynamic group of artists, thinkers, and practitioners.


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