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Check this page often for up-to-date calls for artists and other opportunities within the creative community.  (Updated 9/13/18)

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!


Massachusetts Cultural Council Blog - Calls for Artists - Updated weekly
Art New England Classifieds - Calls for Artists and Calls for Entries
Artshow.com Calls for Artists - Northeast
Art Rabbit - Artist Opportunities

$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 Proposals: Exhibition Proposal Series
Application Deadline: September 16, 2018
Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 9, 2019
Exhibition Location: Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
More information and application

Through our Exhibition Proposal Series (formally Curatorial Proposal Series) artists and curators 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. This series is Gallery 263’s main exhibition program, amounting to three shows annually, and is the only way to be considered for a proposed group or solo exhibition.


Call for Entries: In the Spirit of Lowell
Application Deadline: September 22, 2018
Exhibition Dates: September 27 - October 7, 2018
Exhibition Location: Gallery Z, Lowell, MA
More information and application

As Lowellians we appreciate all that is Lowell; the history the buildings and people and in celebration of native artist, Jack Kerouac, Gallery Z invites local artist to exhibit their multimedia 2-D work that speaks to the spirit of Lowell & Jack.


Call for Entries: 32nd Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition
Application Deadline: September 30, 2018
Exhibition Dates: February 1 - May 4, 2019
Exhibition Location: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX
More information and application

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. Local, national, and international artists are encouraged to apply. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2016-2018) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.


Call for Artists: Fall Juried Members Exhibition 2018
Application Deadline: October 25, 2018
Exhibition Dates: November 17, 2018 - January 26, 2019
Exhibition Location: Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Works in any subject or medium will be considered for this exhibition including paintings, drawings, sculpture, fiber art, quilts, and photography. All artists must be current with their dues in order to participate. Non-member artists may include the $40 annual membership fee with the entry form and pay a reduced entry fee of $15 ($55 total). Member's Entry Fee: $30


Call for Artists: US Mint Artistic Infusion Program
Application Deadline: October 29, 2018
More information and application

Established in 2003, the Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) serves to enrich and invigorate the design of United States coins and medals by developing a pool of outside artists in graphic design, sculpture, engraving, drawing, painting, and other visual arts. These artists work closely with the United States Mint’s staff, including Sculptor-Engravers, to create and submit new designs for selected coin and medal programs throughout the year. Interested artists are invited to submit applications for consideration.

The Mint is especially interested in artists who will bring innovative perspectives and utilize symbolism in their work to clearly and evocatively convey subjects and themes. From portraits and landscapes to depictions of notable achievements in American history, coin and medal designs require rendering a range of subjects and themes on a small space.


Call for Entries: Fiberlicious
Application Deadline: January 9, 2019
Exhibition Dates: February 27 - March 31, 2019
Exhibition Location: Loading Dock Gallery, Lowell, MA
More information and application

Fiberlicious is a juried exhibition of fiber / textile art exploring materials and concepts that are so attractive to your senses, they are fiberlicious! Do you use fiber techniques or incorporate fiber into your work? We welcome submissions from any media as long as it is inspired by, related to or created from fiber / textiles. We encourage: the unique and unusual, 2-D or 3-D, video or digitally-generated, wearable, installation, mobile or static. Open to artists 18 years of age and older, living in the New England Region.

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