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Check this page often for up-to-date calls for artists and other opportunities within the creative community.  (Updated 8/14/17)

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.

Have a call to submit? Use our submission form!



Call for Entries: Monuments, Memorials and Memories: Images of the Lowell Cemetery
Deadline for Entries: August 18, 2017
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: Art in Motion
Deadline for Entries: August 21, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 6 - October 1, 2017
Exhibition Location: Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

“Motion” Mixed Media, 2D & 3D works that move or appear to; optical illusion, kinetic or motor driven, spring loaded, gear powered, steam punk and mobiles.


Call for Entries: Honoring Our Veterans
Deadline for Entries: September 1, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 30 - November 11, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Art work will be inspired by Veteran related subjects such as art by Veterans, art of Veterans, military images, Veteran’s activities after service, and Veteran programs. This is an international call for artists, open to all. Categories include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, works on paper, fabric, ceramics, mosaics, and photography.


Call for Entries: Catalyst: craft + social change
Deadline for Submissions: September 1, 2017
Exhibition Dates: November 18, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Exhibition Location: Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA
More information and application

Catalyst aims to bring together examples of contemporary, handmade objects from traditional fiber art mediums such as embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting and weaving that speak to causes such as healthcare, homelessness, politics, the environment, feminism, civil rights and more. The exhibition does not aim to endorse any particular ideologies or views, but to examine the creative ways in which craft and activism collide and the strength in their reaction.


Call for Proposals: Curatorial Proposal Series
Deadline for Submissions: September 17, 2017

Exhibition Location: GALLERY 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA

Through our Curatorial Proposal Series (CPS) artists and groups of artists 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. The CPS is Gallery 263’s main exhibition program, amounting to four shows annually, and is the only way to be considered for a proposed group or solo exhibition.

Only New England artists are eligible for consideration: MA, NH, CT, RI, VT, ME for solo proposals. For group proposals, at least 50% of participating artists must be from within New England.


Call for Artists: Cambridge Art Association's BLUE  Biennial
Submission period: August 28 - September 21, 2017
Exhibition Dates: November 8 - December 20, 2017
Exhibition Locations: University Place Gallery, 124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA & Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell St. Cambridge MA
More information and application

For more than a decade, the Cambridge Art Association has hosted a fall exhibit, open to artists from across the Northeastern United States, centered around a single color. Both the success of the exhibit series, and the challenge to participating artists, lies in channeling the varied meanings of a color like BLUE. BLUE is more than a color.

Open to artists age 18 and older living and working in the northeastern, United States open to all media. All mediums accepted: 2D, 3D and video work. Artwork must have been created within the past five years.


Call for Entries: Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition
Deadline for Submissions: September 29, 2017
Exhibition Dates: February 3 - May 5, 2018
Exhibition Location: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX
More information and application

The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. 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 (2015-2017) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. 


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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