Artist Competitions and Exhibition Opportunities

Various competitions with an open call for artists of any medium or genre, gathered from various sources. Let’s spread the word about the art community and be actively engaged with the public. Setting people’s imaginations free is our job as artists!


St. Louis Artists-

3 Calls for Entries

The Art of Technology

The Art of Technology is an all-media, all-content, juried exhibition open to artists across the United States. For this exhibition the St. Louis Artists’ Guild seeks artists whose work is made using digital means, whether that be photoshop, illustrator, etc. to create the final piece.

Deadline for entries Nov 5 2021  

Notification of Jury Results Nov 13 2021  

Show date on Dec 1 2021 thru Dec 31 2021

Enter HERE (Item 1)
Ann Metzger Memorial National Biennial Exhibition

The Ann Metzger Memorial National Biennial Exhibition is an all-media, all-content, juried exhibition open to artists across the United States. Ann Metzger was a long-time member of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and per her bequest established a prize fund for cash awards to honor contemporary artists. For this exhibition, we search for and bring together great contemporary artwork from around the nation.

Deadline for entries Oct 9 2021  

Notification of Jury Results Oct 23 2021  

Show date Nov 19 2021 thru Jan 8 2022

Enter HERE (Item 2)
Collectors Choice XXI

Collectors Choice is a beloved annual event for local artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts. Each year artists from around the St. Louis region and United States donate artwork to Collectors Choice.

Funds are raised through ticket sales to the Selection Party, a night of suspense, chance, and the luck of the draw as names of CC ticket-holders are randomly selected. When your name is called, you choose one of the available pieces of artwork! With the purchase of one ticket, the ticket holder and a guest may attend and acquire one piece of original artwork (valued at $250 or more). Tickets are limited to the number of artworks available. All proceeds support the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s mission and programs.

Deadline for entrie Nov 6 2021  

Show date Nov 6 2021 thru Nov 6 2021

Enter HERE (Item 3)

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

Drama: Story-Telling in Art

Deadline for entries Dec 30 2021  

Notification of Jury Results Jan 9 2022  

Show date Feb 5 2022 thru Mar 19 2022

DRAMA: Story-Telling in Art — An open call for art from OCCCA
We don’t like drama in our personal lives — but we demand it from art. Narrative is king again after a long period of critical banishment. Telling stories is what artists do now. Art has become melodramatic, competing for attention in a media-saturated society. Personal, political, and social issues are often approached through storytelling, as documentary or confession. Down through the centuries, the stories told in art have sustained humanity’s spirit. The exhibition will discover parallels between worlds we live in — and worlds we can only imagine.
Juror: Ziying Duan, is a curator and writer based in Santa Ana, California. Currently, she is Assistant Curator and Curatorial Administrator at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Enter HERE

Sacramento Fine Arts Center

Magnum Opus 2022

Deadline for entries Dec 30 2021  

Notification of Jury Results  Jan 14 2022  

Show date Feb 1 2022 thru Feb 26 2022

“Magnum Opus 2021”, Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s Annual Open Show, February 1- 26, 2022. 5330-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608. A juried art show of fine art showing original art, sculpture, photography, painting, all mediums.

Enter HERE (Item 1)

The Art Center Highland Park

Deadline for entries Oct 22 2021  

Notification of Jury Results Oct 27 2021  

Show date Nov 19 2021 thru Dec 30 2021

The Thin Line

It was first noted by Aristotle in his infamous quote, ‘There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.’ In 1959, Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor stated, ‘There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.’

The Art Center Highland Park is addressing the link between ‘madness’ and ‘genius’ in the context of art. From Van Gogh, to Virginia Woolf, and in recent years Kusama and Robin Williams, the line between what we call lucidity and insanity is so often visible, but yet, it can be both celebrated and feared.
Art enables all of us to communicate on a deeper level. Images represent the emotions that are often unspeakable or unknowable. Artists who struggle with mental illness have the unique ability to use creativity as an outlet and integrate their ‘described racing thoughts’ into a visual language. The result is work that is both unique to the individual and expansive into a symbolic universal truth. The work can tether us to reality and it can take us on a journey that travels beyond time and space. More importantly, artists with mental illness can find that the creative process is healing, enabling them to reclaim rather than recoil.
TAC is searching for artists whose work explores their relationship to mental illness, and whose work represents the struggle between strength and surrender, in order to illustrate the moment when darkness turns into light.

Enter HERE (Item 1)

ShockBoxx Gallery

Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: California
Fee: $25.00 (Entry Fee)
Entry Deadline: 10/7/21

Pop Culture & Trashy

This is a Call for work of ALL MEDIUMS and of artists from ALL LOCATIONS. The theme for this show is open to your interpretation. Have fun with it!

Cutting edge Hermosa Beach gallery is looking for the best working artists to feature in an upcoming group exhibition at ShockBoxx Gallery in early November of 2021. The top artist submissions will win a Cash Prize and Award Certificate, as well as receiving Featured Wall Space in the exhibition. Submit only the work that you like best.

Artworks will be judged based on creativity, originality, quality of work, composition, and overall artistic ability.

Competition will also be featured on ARTSY.

Cash Prizes to top three pieces selected by jury.

Jurors: To Be Announced.

Enter HERE

Littleton Museum

Own an Original: Together (again)

Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: Local
State: Colorado
Fee: $30.00 (Entry Fee)
Entry Deadline: 10/7/21

The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board proudly presents the 56th Annual Own an Original Arts Exhibition. Awarding over $1,800 in cash prizes! This exhibition is open to Colorado residents who are able to deliver their artwork in person to the Littleton Museum. Artwork cannot be shipped to Littleton Museum. This competition is open to any medium except photography, video, or audio.

Enter HERE

MVA Gallery (Modern Visual Arts)

Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Pennsylvania
Fee: $35.00 (Entry fee)
Entry Deadline: 10/8/21

 The MVA Gallery (Modern Visual Arts) invites artists and photographers of all levels (emerging to established) to submit original 2D artwork to this exhibition. 

National Call For Entries:          Which is preferable — living in a big city or a small town? The dispute continues and intensifies. A dual vision emerges with advocates on each side extolling the advantages and proclaiming the disadvantages. Can you create a visual narrative from these strongly-held beliefs — or images of city and town life in general? It can be a pictorial commentary, a recollection, a testimonial, a neutral impression, or a fantasy. Any style is welcome.

Enter HERE

Black Box Gallery

Focus: Trees and Water
Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: International
State: Oregon
Fee: $40.00 (Entry Fee)
Entry Deadline: 10/8/21

Theme: Trees and Water

Black Box Gallery is excited to announce a juried group photo show on Trees and Water. This exhibition will look to feature both subjects in a dynamic and diverse exhibition on contemporary photography. Trees and Water are both powerful and important subjects. Water can be an ocean, a river, a pool, a fountain, rain or mist or fog, lakes, snow and waves. And Trees can be great subjects of composition, giving the picture a strong foundation to play with the visual elements of space and time. This exhibit will look at both subjects and the powerful visual language of contemporary photographers who are exploring and documenting these exciting subjects. There is a lot of space here for magical and poetic pictures, explore your technique and ideas, the gallery looks forward to hosting a dynamic and exciting exhibition.

Enter HERE

Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)

Artists at Work

Call Type: Residencies
Eligibility: Regional
State: California
Entry Deadline: 10/18/21

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) has been designated as a Culture Hub by THE OFFICE performing arts + film as a part of their Artists At Work (AAW) initiative. THE OFFICE has partnered with the LA County Department of Arts and Culture to implement AAW in Los Angeles County. 

MOAH has developed two distinct residency opportunities for artists to consider: Civic Engagement Residency and Community Engagement Residency. For a period of one year, each participating Artist will receive a living wage salary of $36,205 (calculated using the MIT Living Wage Calculator for the region less medical expenses), plus healthcare benefits. Artists will be enrolled in THE OFFICE performing arts + film’s payroll and national healthcare plan. The Lancaster Museum of Art and History will provide studio space at its Cedar Center for the Arts campus to one or both artist upon request. 

Enter HERE

Japanese American National Museum

Artists At Work Addressing Anti-Asian Hate

Eligibility: Local
State: California
Entry Deadline: 10/18/21

The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum (NCPD@JANM) in collaboration with Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA) will implement an Artists at Work initiative developed by THE OFFICE performing arts + film in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Inspired by FDR’s Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) and its Federal Project Number One, THE OFFICE conceived AAW early in the COVID-19 pandemic, as artistic communities were ravaged, careers were halted, and dire financial struggles ensued. AAW addresses an urgent need to reimagine the culture sector and how we value artists’ role in society—a need that the pandemic has starkly revealed, and that will continue after the public health crisis abates. 

Enter HERE

Downtown Denver 16th St Mall

Call for Public Art Installation

Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 10/18/21

The selection panel members have set forth specific goals and parameters for this public art project with the hope of creating unique and inspiring works of art for the diverse communities that visit, work at, or near, and enjoy the 16th Street Mall. The panel is looking to commission artwork that will be beacons or gateways to the City of Denver and draw visitors to the Mall. Artworks should enhance the experience and engage multiple senses, harnessing tactile, light, and/or sound components to achieve these aims. Ground space on the Mall is limited and must remain open for public activity; therefore, works that utilize vertical, overhead, or other space-conserving strategies are encouraged. The selection panel is open to artwork in all media and materials suitable for outdoor display. However, the panel is not looking for two-dimensional artwork. Artists are asked to be mindful and respectful of the Mall’s functionality, programs, and users.

Enter HERE

Camera Obscura Art Lab

Studio Residency 2022

Call Type: Residencies
Eligibility: Regional
State: California
Entry Deadline: 10/18/21

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, a division of the City of Santa Monica, seeks proposals from artists and artisans living in Los Angeles County for a fourteen-week studio residency at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Palisades Park, Santa Monica.

The Studio Residency Program offers artists a glass-walled studio with a spectacular ocean view in an iconic midcentury park building overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, four blocks from the terminus of the Expo line. The City seeks artists whose work offers opportunities for inspiring the public through example and instruction. All disciplines and mediums will be considered.

Enter HERE
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