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Check this page often for up-to-date calls for artists and other opportunities within the creative community.  (Updated 9/6/17)

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 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: Now through 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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