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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 3/20/17)

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 Performers - Deadline March 31, 2017 at 5pm 

Call for Workshops - Deadline April 1, 2017 at 5pm
Call for Public Art - Deadline April 1, 2017 at 5pm

Call for Makers - Early Bird Deadline: March 31, 2016 at 5PM; Final 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 Entries: America
Deadline for Entries: March 28, 2017
Jury Notification Date: March 31, 2017
Exhibition Dates: April/May 2017
Exhibition Location: Gallery 529, 529 King Street, Littleton, MA
More information and application

What is America to you? Is it the the beautiful vistas of the National Parks? The diverse population? When you think of America, what comes to mind? Let’s focus on the positive of what America means to us.

Call for Entries: Modern Masters: a look at hyper-realism
Deadline for Entries: March 28, 2017
Exhibition Dates: May 4 - June 3, 2017
Exhibition Location: Arte Ponte, 529W 20th Street, New York, NY
More information and application

This exhibition showcases classically trained artists who explore contemporary themes and topics but work using traditional methods and techniques. Exploring the genre of the old master painters, the show presents modern topics and subjects that are relevant today. A remix using traditional techniques with an unexpected and fresh contemporary twist. Open to: painting, drawing

Call for Entries: Center Forward
Deadline for Entries: March 29, 2017
Exhibition Dates: August 25 - September 30, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Inc., 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO
More information and application

Center Forward is our 8th annual open themed call for entry, exhibition and awards open to all subject matter. We are looking for the best in contemporary photography. All capture types, genres, installations and photographic processes either historic or modern are eligible to submit.

Call to Artists: Reclaimed
Deadline for Entries: March 31, 2017
Exhibition Dates: April 4 - July 17, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA
More information and application

The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites artists to submit two- and three-dimensional art created from reclaimed materials. This juried exhibition promotes recycling and resource conservation by encouraging the reuse of a variety of materials in new, different, and creative forms. It aims to educate the viewer about delaying and preventing the accumulation of solid waste through upcycling waste into art. Entries must incorporate at least 50 percent of repurposed, recycled, or reused materials. Use of non-recyclable fasteners such as glue, tape, nails, and screws as well as framing materials (when applicable) are permitted.

Call for Entries: #RESIST
Deadline for Entries: April 1, 2017
Exhibition Dates: April 27-May 27, 2017
Exhibition Location: Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA
More information and application

This call seeks work of all mediums that speaks to the current political climate in the United States and elsewhere.

Themes explored may include but are not limited to: Alt facts, Big Oil, Black Lives Matter, Borders, Coal mining, DAPL, Drinking water, Election fraud, Environment, Fake news, Fascism, Feminism, Gerrymandering, Homelessness, Immigration, LGBTQA, National security, President Agent Orange, Protest, Racism, Refugees, Religion, Sanctuary city, Science, Social media, The 1%, Twitter, Women’s bodies as “host”

In addition to the gallery space, we encourage proposals for interactive installations that utilize the gallery porch, front yard and/or fence in an interactive manner.

Call for Entries: Time will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience
Deadline for Entries: April 12, 2017
Exhibition Dates: June 30 – August 13, 2017
Exhibition Location: Coburn Gallery at Ashland University, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH
More information and application

This will be a national juried exhibition of works open to artists at least 50 years of age residing in the United States. Works in any media accepted. All work must be original art conceived and executed solely by the artist within the last two years.

Call for Applications: Artist Residency Program
Application Deadline: April 16, 2017 at 11:59pm
Residency Dates: June 12 – July 29, 2017
Residency Location: Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA
More information and application

Gallery 263 is currently accepting proposals for our 2017 Artist Residency Program. Since 2010, we have offered our 700-square foot space to artists of all media.  In a comfortable, collaborative environment, residents incubate ideas, fuel discussion, and produce new work, while giving the local community a stake in both the process and the product of art making. Residents benefit from full access to our space and amenities, two critique sessions, and a week-long exhibition to conclude their stay.

Call for Entries: Earth Mother
Deadline for Entries: April 17, 2017
Exhibition Dates: May 4 - 28, 2017
Exhibition Location: Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

In keeping with Earth Day 2017’s Campaign of Environmental & Climate Literacy and the “need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet”. 

Call for Entries: Photography as Response with Juror Christy Havranek
Deadline for Entries: April 26, 2017
Exhibition Dates: October 6 - November 11, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Center for Fine Art Photography, 400 North College Avenue | Fort Collins, CO
More information and application

Photographic art as response to environmental concerns, human rights, personal freedoms, religions, governments and the global human condition. Send us your photo-based work that fits the call. All genres, subjects, capture types and photographic processes both traditional and unique are eligible for selection by the juror. Let’s start some much needed conversations!

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 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: 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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