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Check this page often for up-to-date calls for artists and other opportunities within the creative community.  (Updated 1/19/18)

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.

Have a call to submit? Use our submission form!


Call for Entries: 33rd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
Submissions Accepted: February 6 - March 12, 2018
Exhibition Dates: Aug 14 - 25, 2018
Exhibition Location: Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY
More information and application

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an excellent opportunity to foster your talent and develop the résumé of a successful professional artist. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $70,000 in valuable prizes, the 2018 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an event not to be missed.

The competition is open to visual artists from around the world at any stage of their careers. Artists are invited to submit in any of the following mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. Art submitted to the competition will be reviewed by a panel of expert jurors, each representing a different field in the art world, ensuring a fair and balanced judgment process.


Call for Art: Red, White + Blue
Deadline for Submissions: January 26, 2018
Exhibition Dates: March 16-April 20, 2018
Exhibition Location: Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA
More information and application

The Brookline Arts Center invites artists of all media residing in the United States to submit work that explores the complexity of Red, White + Blue. From the charming to the challenging, we are looking for work that expresses nostalgia, national identity, political commentary and diverse interpretations of pride.


Call for Entries: 2018 Biennial Members Exhibition
Deadline for Submissions: January 28, 2018 at midnight
Exhibition Dates: April 14 – October 7, 2018
Exhibition Location: Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA
More information and application


The 2018 Biennial Members Exhibition celebrates the diversity of talents in the Museum’s membership base. This biennial exhibition is an important opportunity for young, mid-career, and veteran artists to exhibit their work to the Fuller Craft community. Artists both inside and outside of Massachusetts have participated in the past, showcasing stunning works of ceramics, glassware, furniture, textiles, basketry, woodturning, jewelry, and other craft-based media. For this particular exhibition, the museum grants eligibility for works of painting and photography as well. Video and internet-based works of art are the only media ineligible from consideration. In the past, the opening reception for this exhibition has been particularly successful at bringing together communities of artists that are vital to the Fuller Craft Museum mission. 


Call for Artists: Glass Ceiling: Limitless View
Deadline for Submissions: February 9, 2018
Exhibition Dates: March 30 - April 22, 2018
Exhibition Location: Gallery at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, NH
More information and application

Glass Ceiling: Limitless View seeks to present a carefully curated selection of contemporary artists’ reflections on the idea of the Glass Ceiling as well as the Limitless View your perspective may hold. Where and how has the idea of the Glass Ceiling affected you? What joys and sorrows do you relate to gender or to society’s notion of gender? Power? Potential? Limitless view?


Call for Entries: Looking for America
Deadline for Submissions: February 23, 2018
Exhibition Dates: March 1 - 25, 2018
Exhibition Location: Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Gallery Z is looking for your interpretations of AMERICA. What does America mean to you. What makes you proud, amazed or enraged? Do you find it in nature or history?  Is your America a memory or a vision for it’s future? Political or personal, we’re interested in what you see. If your piece has a short printable story, we’d like that too for possible display.


Call for Proposals: Curatorial Proposal Series
Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2018
Exhibition Dates: Sometime May - December 2018
Exhibition Location: Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA
More information and application

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.

Twice a year we review proposed exhibitions by committee for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons respectively, and select two exhibitions for each season.


Call for Artists: PaperTrails
Deadline for Submissions: March 10, 2018
Exhibition Dates: March 30 - April 28, 2018
Exhibition Location: Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation, 1754 E. 47th Street, Cleveland, OH
More information and application

The Morgan Conservatory’s sixth juried exhibition, Paper Trails is open to all artists living in the United States. All submitted work must be original and completed within the past three years.  

Only artwork consisting of at least 50% paper is eligible. Dimensions must not exceed 60 inches in any direction. Each artist is welcome to submit up to two entries.


Call for Artists: Flora Fauna
Deadline for Submissions: March 30, 2018
Exhibition Dates: July 2018
Exhibition Location: The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA
More information and application

The Sprinkler Factory in cooperation with Piya Samant announces a call for artists for Flora Fauna, a group art show for the month of July 2018!

All interested 2D and 3D visual artists please submit your interpretation of the theme “Flora Fauna”. Art may include flowers, herbs, leaves, plants, trees and animals in their natural habitat.


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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