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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 11/18/16)

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 Submissions: Animalia, with Juror Arlette Kayafas
Deadline for Entries: December 14, 2016
Exhibition Dates: April 7 - May 13, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Inc., 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO
More information and application

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC CALL FOR ENTRIES. Wild, Worshiped, Caged, Cuddled, Feared, Intelligent, Fabled, Family, Demonized, Eaten, Loved, Endangered, Hunted, Protected, Sentient. It’s complicated. All capture types and photographic processes are eligible for natural selection.

Call for Art: Iteration - Winter 2017 National Exhibition
Deadline for Submissions: Sunday December 18, 2016
Exhibition Dates: February 9 – March 11, 2017
Exhibition Location: Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA
More information and application

Pattern and repetitive process go hand-in-hand. An entire practice may be made of similar gestures; each mark, movement or sound informing the next. Maps and systems are connected by similar shapes and textures; patterned artworks are created through a meditative, repeated process. Each individual cell, used repetitively—iterated—can can be just as fascinating as the sum. Seeking work of all 2D, 3D and time-based media that employs pattern through an iterative process. Open to US residents. See more information link for size restrictions and further details.

Call for Artists: Lowell Art & Maker Festival
Deadline for Submissions: Early bird deadline is December 31, 2016; regular deadline is May 1, 2017
Show Dates: September 16-17, 2017
Show Location: Market Street, downtown Lowell, MA
More information and application

The Lowell Art & Makers Festival is a brand new 2-day festival happening in downtown Lowell, MA on September 16 & 17, 2017. Over 60 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 Art: UP/ROOTED
Deadline for Submissions: Friday January 27, 2017
Exhibition Dates: March 17-April 21, 2017
Exhibition Location: Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA
More information and application

The Brookline Arts Center invites artists who reside in the United States to submit work that explores origin, displacement and the influence of the past on the future. How do we connect with where we come from if we are no longer there? How does our sense of place relate to our culture and identity? We are looking for work that raises questions and draws influence from heritage, culture and familial traditions, and explores how we come to terms with being up/rooted. All media welcome!

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.

Ongoing Calls

Call for Art and Artists
Location: The Hearing Room, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA

Contact: Caelin at or call 314-305-4978 

The Hearing Room at 119 Chelmsford Street needs art! First, we would like to fill up the walls and window displays with original art for sale. We are also looking for a group of artists to decorate the wall facing highway 110 (this would not be a paying gig, just for fun and exposure) and have space for you to run classes/workshops if you would like.

Please contact Caelin via email or phone, or stop by 119 Chelmsford Street Tues-Sat from 12 to (at least) 9:00 PM. 

Call to the Community: Lowell Flag Project

We are looking for local artists, designers, businesses and anyone else who loves Lowell to collaborate on designs and ideas for a better flag for the city of Lowell. Pick up your pencil, crayon or computer and send us your best ideas!

A great flag should adhere to five basic rules:  Be so simple it can be drawn from memory; Use meaningful symbolism; Use 2-3 basic colors; Use no lettering or seals and Be distinctive. For more details and what each of these rules mean, watch this TED Talk from Roman Mars and Lowell Flag project advisor Ted Kaye.

You don’t need to live in Lowell to participate, but input and ideas from residents will definitely be given special consideration. We are not currently affiliated with the City of Lowell, though welcome their ideas and hope to be in the future!

For more information, email

Call to the Community: Local Film Project by Jonathan Stevens

Poet, artist, and local historian Jonathan Stevens seeks to meet and network with anyone interested in local history and artists of all mediums (especially filmmakers) to discuss the making of a feature film about Lowell. Stevens is currently in his 3rd year of historical research and preparation for the project, which includes capturing nearly 7,000 photographs of present-day Lowell. His vision is for the project to be a collaboration of various social and cultural enclaves in the City that will foster pride and community involvement from both native Lowellians and new residents. For more information, please contact Jonathan Stevens at or visit his Facebook page

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