The Best Opportunities for Artists in September 2021

Paige Simianer | August 24, 2021

While the state of the world continues to be uncertain, there's one thing you can always be sure about.

Each month Artwork Archive continues to gather the best artist opportunities for you.

No more wondering about where you can find residencies, upcoming exhibitions, or grants — we have you covered. This month, we rounded up some exciting artist opportunities including an electro-etching residency in the beautiful Canary Islands, an exhibition reflecting the concept of social justice, many individual artist grants, and much, much more —all with September deadlines.

Take a look through this list (most recent deadlines first). Your next opportunity is waiting!  


The Anxious Tomato- Fear in Technicolor 

Join the Anxious Tomato in a collaborative virtual art show. Fear in Technicolor explores the multifaceted world of fear in society through visual artistic expression and of course, COLOR. 

Conceptualize your best portrayal of fear in high-definition color and submit your work to the Anxious Tomato

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

DATES: October 2021 

FEE: $5

WHO: International, all mediums


Elemental: Earth, Fire, Water, Air 

Early chemists believed these were the elements of life and reality, and when surrounded by them, it’s not hard to see why. Pieces that involve any of the four elements in any way, by medium or subject, will be eligible for this online show. Entries are open to all original 2-D or 3-D artwork. MFA will display selected works in their online Curve Gallery from October 15 through November 30, 2021. Show Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

DEADLINE: September 2, 2021 

DATES: October 15- November 20, 2021

FEE: $35

WHO: Artists from any unembargoed country.  All original 2-D or 3-D artwork mediums are accepted.


19th “Solo Art Series” – Online Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 19th “Solo Art Series” Online Art Competition. This competition will result in an award of 4 monthly solo art exhibitions. In addition, the gallery will award the next 8 juried artists to be featured in the gallery’s Artist Showcase Section.

The gallery invites online submission of all 2D and 3D art (including photography) from artists around the world for possible selection for one of the Gallery’s monthly solo art exhibitions or into the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

The gallery encourages artists regardless of where they reside to submit their best abstract and/or representational art to this competition.

DEADLINE: September 5, 2021 

DATES: September 15, 2021 - January 14, 2022

FEE: $24

WHO: International artists. All original 2-D or 3-D artwork mediums are accepted. 


Open Call: The Macabre

.We're seeking entries for our October exhibition on the theme of 'Macabre'. Works can relate to the following themes: Life vs Death, Mortality, Inciting fear or horror, Gruesome or grotesque, Melancholy, The 'Freak' show, strange and uncanny.

DEADLINE: September 5, 2021 

DATES: October 15-November 13, 2021 

FEE: Free 

WHO: International artists in all mediums — more criteria details on the website. 

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2021

This is an annual show of small-scale works renowned for both its commitment to championing emerging artists and its unique curatorial approach. A panel of six prominent art world figures—two artists, two collectors, and two critics—select works of art for the yearly exhibition. 

DEADLINE: September 7, 2021

DATES: November 11-21, 2021 

FEE: £10 per work

WHO: UK Residents; All mediums and prints (including prints from i-pad drawings), photographs, and sculptures are acceptable.



Words are important. They carry weight to them. How have words inspired you with your artwork? For this group show the gallery is seeking original artwork that has incorporated a word, words, quote, poem or song lyrics into the piece.

DEADLINE: September 9, 2021 

DATES: September 30- October 30, 2021 

FEE: $20 for first entry 

WHO: National artists in all mediums — more criteria details on the website. 


Hi Ho Silver

Theme:“Hi Ho, Silver!” This iconic phrase opens our national exhibition. Calling all artists to explore the color "silver" in its many forms: stainless steel, pewter, gray, silver leaf, metal. And since the Lone Ranger character wore a mask and this show will hang around Halloween time, also eligible are paintings of masks, hand-crafted masks, or art featuring people, animals or characters wearing masks.

DEADLINE: September 10, 2021 

DATES: October 30- December 3, 2021 

FEE: $35 for first entry, $5 for each additional entry 

WHO: National, Accepted Mediums: Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture 

Image Credit: Art on 30th presents "Hi Ho Silver", a National exhibition calling all artist to explore the color "silver" in its many forms

Call for Art: Open Theme / All Media

For this Open Theme/All Media exhibition; artists are encouraged to submit their best representational and non-representational art.

DEADLINE: September 12, 2021 

DATES: October 7- 30, 2021 

FEE: $35 for up to 3 images 

WHO: International, Acceptable mediums include Acrylic, Airbrush, Charcoal, Collage, Color Pencil, Computer Art, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Arts, Garments, Glass Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Pastel, Pen and Ink, Photo Assemblage, Printmaking, Sculpture, Traditional Photography, Video, and Watercolor.


Femme Champions 

Addressing an important global issue: gender equality on this planet.  We are seeking artwork that honors and celebrates women and girls in the fields of Music/Dance, Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Science, Social Justice, and Sports.  Present art about female champions around the globe, young or old, known and unknown.  As long as you consider her a champion, bring it on, whether in the abstract or representational.  The exhibit will be open during the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child (October 11, 2021.)

DEADLINE: September 12, 2021 

DATES: October 1 – December 31, 2021

FEE: Free 

WHO: International: All Artists 18 years and older, Music/Dance, Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Science, Social Justice, and Sports



First Street Gallery announces a unique exhibition opportunity, “9 for 19,” opening January 5, 2022 held in our Chelsea Gallery located at 526 West 26th Street Suite 209, New York, NY 10001.

The show will highlight a select group of nine artists, who will have an exhibition area of approximately 12’ x 12’ of wall space (not necessarily contiguous). Artists with 3D work will be given the equivalent amount of floor space. Selected artists may, within reason, use their space in whatever manner they feel shows their work to its best advantage.

DEADLINE: September 14, 2021 

DATES: January 5, 2022 - January 26, 2022

FEE: $55 for 5 images 

WHO: International 


CraftForms 2021

Wayne Art Center welcomes submissions for our 26th International CraftForms Exhibition- A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Fine Craft.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2021 

DATES: December 3, 2021- January 29, 2022

FEE: $45

WHO: International artists. Accepted Mediums: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


"Above and Under the Surface" | Instruments of Memory Online Exhibition

Instruments of Memory (IoM) is excited to announce our first open call for archival and family photographs to be exhibited in an online exhibition called "Above and Under the Surface" in fall 2021. Photo collectors, photo lovers, and the general public are invited to submit digital images of their photographic objects that memorialize or help trace the history of the image, a moment worth remembering, or a historical occasion for our Online Exhibition & Catalog juried by the Rijksmuseum Photo Conservator, Rosina Herrera, and Art Historian, Claudia Pretelin. Selected participants will have their images included in the online exhibition, on social media, and in a catalog. Accepted participants will receive a catalog of the exhibition to be released in 2022. The catalog will be available for sale to support Instruments of Memory! We hope you’ll participate and share with your friends!

DEADLINE: September 15, 2021 

DATES: October 15, 2021- January 15, 2022 

WHO: International artists working in photography.


Art in Action

Art in Action is an art show/exhibition fundraiser for James Resource Network, a nonprofit located in Denver, CO. Our focus is attainable housing for single-parent families coupled with our supportive services; we currently serve 250 families in Metro Denver. We welcome donations from all levels of artists: professionals, novice and students...anyone that has a heart for single-parent families.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2021 

DATES: September 24- September 25, 2021 

WHO: US artists. Accepted mediums: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture



The Middletown Art Center seeks strong, well-crafted work in any medium that expresses ‘Light' through materials and content. Light can be visual, physical, metaphorical, and more. The exhibition seeks to present variations under a unifying theme, highlighting the many perspectives and interpretations of a single word. 

DEADLINE: September 17, 2021

DATES: September 24, 2021 - January 3, 2022

FEE: $40

WHO: National, Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Through the Lens of Social Justice- A Photography Exhibition 

The Gallery seeks photographic images reflecting concepts of social justice around current socio-political issues involving identity: race, gender, LGBTQ+, and immigration status; economic disparity, housing, and food insecurity, and inequities in healthcare, among other social justice topics. Analog and digital photographic processes are accepted for entry. 

DEADLINE: September 19, 2021 

DATES: November 10- December 10, 2021 

FEE: $30 for up to 3 images 

WHO: US artists working in photography.


Ice Cream Social 2021 Group Exhibition

Ice Cream Social is excited to present our inaugural exhibition that will open up the newly renovated art space to the public! The small-group exhibition will feature invited & open call artists, age 18+, based in the U.S. (video artists may be an exception). All mediums are welcome, but installation & sculpture work is recommended to be submitted only by artists who are able to install their piece in person. Some exceptions may be possible.

Though the show’s theme will be flexible and gently guided by the work that is submitted, we encourage artists to have in mind the newness of the space, and “birth” of an art program that will grow from this “seed” space. Show us the surprise, the strangeness, the pains, awe, fear, or glory of growth in all its forms. Show us origins and undiscovered territories, in your vision.

DEADLINE: September 20, 2021

FEE: $10

WHO: National, Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


Wassaic Project 2022 Summer Exhibition and Publication Open Call

The Wassaic Project is currently holding our annual Open Call for our 2022 Summer Exhibition and Publication for artists of all mediums, including 2D work, sculpture, video, new media, site-specific installation, performance, text, poems, essays, publication-specific work, etc. If selected, your work will be showcased alongside a diverse range of pieces and performances in and around historic Wassaic and Maxon Mills, as well as in a printed publication.

Artists interested in creating a site-specific installation for the 2022 Summer Exhibition are also eligible for an Exhibitions Fellowship to help realize their work. Up to five fellows will be offered a no-fee residency between either April 4 - 24, 2022 or May 2 - 15, 2022, and will be considered full participants in our residency program. Artists interested in making site-specific work for the exhibition should still apply regardless of whether or not they are interested in or able to be in residence in April or May.

DEADLINE: September 27, 2021 

DATES: May 21- September 18, 2022

FEE: $25

WHO: International artists of all mediums, including 2D work, sculpture, video, new media, site-specific installation, performance, text, poems, essays, publication-specific work, etc



Color in its simplest form attributes to the physicality of one’s identity and traits. This often defines who we are on the surface and gives us narratives to share with the world. Through these stories, artists are encouraged to share their perspectives on what “hue” means and what it evokes in this exploration of self. This 2022 group exhibition will seek to show works that exemplify the word “hue.” We invite artists to explore self, community, and culture through all mediums as we celebrate identity. We will be looking for works that embody a connection to the themes of identity and color.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2021 

FEE: Free 

WHO: US artists. Accepted mediums: Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture


TITANS Art Exhibition

The Tennessee Titans, in conjunction with The Fort Houston Artisan Support Project, call for artists of all media to submit up to (3) pieces each for a three-day art exhibition in December 2021. This event will take place in Nashville, TN, and feature artwork selected in addition to interactive installations and performances. Submissions of all types of media are highly encouraged.

Work submitted should reflect an intersection of Art, Football and Nashville. Team colors, logos, photography and the stadium are all encouraged as inspiration but not mandatory. We want to proudly celebrate your artistic license in the work. Take chances and push the work. That’s where the magic happens. While a literal approach is not necessary, it must be apparent that your work is Titans themed or related.

When submitting via email, please title your subject line ‘Titans Artwork Submission’. Your submission should consist of images of your finished piece(s), personal contact information, and a short statement about your work.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2021

WHO: US residents. Artists of all mediums, including 2D work, sculpture, video, new media, site-specific installation, performance, text, poems, essays, publication-specific work, etc



6th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Animal Kingdom art competition for an online exhibition during the month of September 2021.

For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art and photography depicting animals, both domestic and wild. The artwork can include any animals that live on land, in the sea, or in the air. All artists, regardless of location or experience, are invited to submit their best representational and/or abstract art and photography.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021

DATES: September 5- October 4, 2021 

FEE: $20 for 1 image/ $35 for up to 5 images 

WHO: International 2D and 3D artists.



A juried exhibition of 2D and 3D art. 

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

DATES: September 30- October 31, 2021 

FEE: $35

WHO: Illinois residents working in 2D and 3D mediums.


Stroke of Genius- Painting Competition

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter this 10th annual all-painting competition. All original 2-D work created through any painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines will be considered. The selected works will be on display at MFA’s Circle Gallery from October 29 to November 27, 2021.

DEADLINE: September 2, 2021 

DATES: October 29- November 27, 2021 

FEE: $40 

WHO: North America, Painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.)


Icon- Open Call Competition 

​​ What makes an icon? How do we make ourselves and our work are known? While most of the time artists are focusing just on the actual work we should not forget how important is the artist itself. If we take Pablo Picasso as an example one can realise how much he was working on his own image and how this impacted his famous legacy. The purpose of this exhibition is to connect artists with a wider audience and to lay the path for what can be a successful career. This Exhibition Will Take Place At Our Newly Opened Space In Tower Bridge LONDON. The new space is located in Tower bridge, one of the most iconic places in the world and the most visited place in the whole UK

DEADLINE: September 4, 2021

DATES: September 10- September 16, 2021 

FEE: Free 

WHO: International artists. Accepted mediums: painting | sculpture | photography | digital art | Installation | video | prints | textile | illustrations | etc


Image credit: Contemporary Art Gallery Online. Contemporary Art Gallery Online Announces an International Call for Artists to Participate in the 9th Annual 2021 “ALL Figurative/Portrait” Art Competition & Exhibition


Contemporary Art Gallery Online Announces an International Call for Artists to Participate in the 9th Annual 2021 “ALL Figurative/Portrait” Art Competition & Exhibition

Contemporary Art Gallery Online has opened the “ALL Figurative/Portrait” Art Competition and Exhibition. Entries are accepted from August 9th, 2021, to September 5th, 2021. Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all 2D and 3D artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. An exhibition of all entrants will be held online from September 8th to October 5th, 2021. Artists should submit their best representational and non-representational art. This competition will be judged within three categories: Paintings/Drawings, Photography/Digital Art, and Mixed Media/3-Dimensional Art. Competition Results posted: September 20th, 2021.

DEADLINE: September 5, 2021

DATES: September 8- October 5, 2021 

FEE: $15 for up to three images, $25 for up to five, and $35 for up to eight. 

WHO: International 2D and 3D artists.


ROSL Photography Competition 2021

The Royal Over-Seas League is pleased to announce that the 2021 theme of the ROSL Photography Competition is ‘International Friendship’.

To capture contemporary culture in the Commonwealth all images submitted must be taken in the past year (from 7 September 2020), relate to the chosen theme, and have a link to current countries of the Commonwealth. This competition is open to photographers 18+ and is FREE to enter!

The ROSL Photography Competition has two categories and applicants may submit up to 5 images across both categories to be judged individually:

DEADLINE: September 6, 2021 

WHO: International artists working in photography.


Through the Lens Photography Competition 

 THROUGH THE LENS is is an ONLINE photography exhibition open to all artists over the age of 18. You are invited to submit 3 to 10 digital images.  Only online entries with digitally uploaded images to CaFE will be accepted. Digital entries must be RECEIVED via the CaFE application by Wednesday, September 8, 2021, before 10:59 pm Pacific Time Zone. Notification of acceptance will be by email and an online list of accepted artwork entries on the MSA website.

 The show will be presented in two forms – an online presentation in the MSA “Virtual Gallery” which will include the price, and the contact information of the artist.  In addition, a video version showing all works in the show will be available and will remain available to view after the show closes.

DEADLINE: September 8, 2021 

DATES: September 26- November 26, 2021

FEE: $35: (3 entries, Non-MSA members), $30: (3 entries, MSA members)

WHO: International artists working in photography 


Black and White Competition 

 Open to all artists 18 years and older.  All painting mediums allowed including pencil, charcoal, mixed media, photography, digital painting, collage, and sculpture. Artwork may be any subject matter with the colors black, white, and/or shade of grey.

For our competitions, your work does not have to be for sale!  We promote your work and if there are any inquiries about your work we refer the client to you, we do not take any commission.

DEADLINE: September 12, 2021 

FEE: $18 for two images 

WHO: International (18 years and older) artists. All mediums allowed including pencil, charcoal, mixed media, photography, digital painting, collage, and sculpture


Beam Projects Open Call 2022

Each year, Beam seeks proposals for large-scale artworks that will be brought to life collaboratively by the designer, Beam Staff, and youth staff and participants. Our 2022 season features three projects: Beam Project New Hampshire (NH), Beam Project Governors Island (GI), and Beam Project NYC (to be on view in the Bronx).

Beam is looking for proposals from creative individuals and teams, including but not limited to Artists, Designers, Architects, Builders, Engineers, Musicians, Fabricators & Technologists. We encourage the submission of visionary, never-before-realized ideas that culminate in unique, ambitious, and spectacular artworks in a public space. Current Beam Projects include A Universe, to be built at Beam Camp this summer and Constellation, to be built at Beam Camp City this summer. Past Beam Projects have included Beacon (2020-2021), Iceberg (2019), and Time Tomb (2018). More projects can be seen on our website.

DEADLINE: September 12, 2021


WHO: International, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Sculpture


Pastel 100- The Best of Pastel Competition

 Work must be at least 80% soft pastel; no oil pastel. Nupastels and other “harder” pastels are considered soft pastels. All works must be original. “Original” means that the work must be from the hand of a single artist; pieces that originate from a workshop or a class under the direction of a teacher are not eligible. For works based on reference photographs, eligibility requires that the artist must have taken the photographs or have obtained written permission from the photographer to create the work and to enter it in the Contest. Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible

DEADLINE: September 14, 2021 

FEE: $35 

WHO: Artists who are legal residents of the United States and Canada and 18 years or older, work must be at least 80% soft pastel; no oil pastel



11th Annual "SeaScapes" Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the gallery’s 11th Annual “SeaScapes” Online Juried Art Competition for the month of September 2021.

The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photography and digital arts) from around the world to make online submissions for possible inclusion in the Gallery’s October 2021 online group art exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts), regardless of where they reside, to apply to this competition by submitting their best interpretation of the “SeaScapes” theme. Artists are invited to submit their best representational or abstract art.

The “Seascape” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of seascape art. Seascape subjects would include scenes of coastal living, any ocean activities, seaside vistas, and any related seashore subjects.

DEADLINE: September 26, 2021

FEE: $14 for 1 to 2 entries/ $24 for 3-5 entries. 

WHO: International artists of all mediums, including 2D work, sculpture, digital art, photography, etc. 


Martha Vineyard’s Drawing Prize

 The theme for 2021 is ‘Questions’. How you interpret this theme is entirely up to you, and when you start thinking of the complexities of our lives, there's a lot to work with. Your drawing could be about:

  •  Questions you have seen others ask about their circumstances

  •  Questions about something you experienced

  •  An action, sight, or happening, that created questions

  •  Questions you are asking of people, of events, etc.

  •  Questions you could ask about history, science, something you've read, etc.

  •  Questions you have had since childhood

 We look forward to seeing how you take this theme and make it yours!

DEADLINE: September 27, 2021 

FEE: $10 

WHO: Residents of the U.S. or Canada who are 18 years or older. Drawing mediums: Graphite, charcoal, Conté, silverpoint, pen & ink, colored pencil, chalk, or other suitable drawing media, on paper or board.


7th Annual Leaves & Petals Art Competition

 Fusion Art invites submissions for the 7th Annual Leaves & Petals art competition for an online exhibition during the month of October 2021.

 For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best art depicting flowers, leaves, herbs, plants, shrubs, bushes, hedges and other botanical or floral subjects. All artists, regardless of location or experience, are invited to submit their best representational and/or abstract art and photography.

 Cash prizes and an invitation to Fusion Art's Annual Group Show in Palm Springs in 2022 for Best in Show winners.

 Winners and finalists are provided with extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2021

FEE: $20

WHO: International 2D and 3D artists.


2022 Miami University Young Painters Competition

 Young Painters, U.S. residents, ages 25 – 35 as of competition entry are invited to participate in an annual juried competition for the 2022 $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Entrants should have achieved a significant degree of success as emerging artists of noteworthy talent. The winner becomes part of the Miami University Painters of the 21st Century Collection.

DEADLINE: October 1st, 2021 

FEE: $25 

WHO: U.S. residents ages 25-35. Painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.)


Sankofa Fund for Cultural Preservation

 The concept of “Sankofa” is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa. Sankofa is expressed in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.” Literally translated, this means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.”

 Acknowledging that our heritage, legacies, ancestors, mentors, and communities are bedrock of who we are and contribute to our creativity, the grants are intended to support work that is centered around what each community values as important. These practices involve many aesthetic forms, value systems, and languages. The Sankofa Fund is designed for the continuity and transmission of the collective values of your community.

DEADLINE: September 11, 2021 

DATES: November 1, 2021- October 30, 2022

AMOUNT: Up to $15,000 

WHO: San Francisco-based, 18 years or older, projects that support cultural practices rooted in a specific community with an identifiable lineage or collective history (more details on website).


Zebrastraat: New Technological Art Award 2022 

 During the last few years, Zebrastraat Ghent has developed into a stimulating knowledge centre with a strong interest in art. Every two years the New Technological Art Award (NTAA) is organised, a contest that tries to fill in a gap in the mainstream art world, by paying attention to the technological developments that drive our global culture. NTAA selects and presents creations in which the culture-forming role of technology occupies a central place. Low or high tech, intuitive or experimental, the creations always draw our attention to actual innovative trends. The exhibition of achievements of the selected winners is a compass that orients you to the relevant temporal and resilient use of technology in the artistic sector.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

FEE: Free 

AMOUNT: €5,000

WHO: International artists who create contemporary artistic creations and traditional media that use contemporary and new technologies. More details on website.


Grants for Individual Artists of all Disciplines for Creative Endeavors

Integrity: Arts & Culture Association (IACA) Mini-Grants generally average $250, and are intended to assist with such things as artistic supplies, recordings, studio time, exhibits, performances, project-related expenses, residences, etc. This is our way of planting seeds that we believe will continue to grow. Given the pandemic, funding requests for remote programs and projects are most welcome.

DEADLINE: September 10, 2021

FEE: $10

WHO: US artists in all disciplines.

AMOUNT: $250


2nd Annual Color Sense Awards

 Color communicates ideas, passions, and identities. Colors are assigned meaning by political groups, social movements, societal notions around race and gender, pride symbols, and more. How are you using color? Works may be personal in nature or touch on universal themes. This call for art is focused on artwork that employs the intentional incorporation of color as a means to augment the artist’s message. Open to all media except moving images (i.e. video, gifs, movies). 

 Collect is a curated online gallery. Artists often get discovered by submitting work to an art call during the year. Many of the artists featured in CollexArt have received a Purchase Award, an Artist Profile Page Award, or a Sponsored Artist Website. Selected artists are often invited to exhibit on the site and sell their work through the CollexArt online art store. 

DEADLINE- September 6, 2021 

DATES: Artist Notification: September 14, 2021

FEE: $35 for up to 6 images and $2 for each additional image up to 10 in total 

WHO: International artists in all media except moving images (i.e. video, gifs, movies).

AMOUNT: up to $2,000


Artist Trusts’ GAP Awards

 For the 2021 GAP Awards, we have re-envisioned GAP as Grants for Artists’ Progress. Grants for Artists’ Progress are unrestricted hybrid merit-and-need-based grants of $1,500 for BIPOC artists working in all disciplines across Washington State. Funding will be evenly distributed across five Washington State regions: West, Puget Sound, North Central, South Central, and East.

DEADLINE: September 7, 2021 

DATES: November 22:Notification of award status.

AMOUNT:  $1500

WHO: Washington artists 18 years or older. Artist must identify as BIPOC (Alaskan Native, Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander or Hawaiian, Black/African/African-American, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Native American or Indigenous, or South Asian), all disciplines

Artist Support Grant 

 The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. 

DEADLINE: September 9, 2021 

DATES: Funding period: December 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022

WHO: Artists living in North Caroline at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.  Visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms.


Manhattan Art Grants

 Since 1983, LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants have supported Manhattan-based artists, arts groups, and community-focused organizations in sharing rich arts activities with the public. These projects have been integral to the cultural vibrancy and arts-driven resiliency of Manhattan. In 2022 the arts will remain essential to the health and livelihoods of our neighborhoods, once again bringing communities together across the borough for collective re-imagining, cultural preservation, and energizing celebration. In this spirit, the 2022 Manhattan Arts Grants are designed to support Manhattan artists and organizations in accessing public funds for presentations that respond to the current needs of our local communities and amplify the cultural breadth and identity of our city.

DEADLINE: September 14, 2021

WHO: Must reside in the borough of Manhattan, NYC. All disciplines that create presentations that respond to the current needs of our local communities and amplify the cultural breadth and identity of our city.

AMOUNT: Up to $9,000 


Innovate Artist Grant 

 Summer 2021 Open for Submissions — Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit

 Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

DEADLINE: September 16, 2021 

FEE: $25

WHO: International artists working in visual arts, including photography.

AMOUNT:  $550.00



Surel’s Residency 

 Surel’s Place believes that artists should be supported at a level commensurate to the value they add to their individual and collective lives.  We aim to give you the time, shelter, and professional support your work deserves.  In exchange, we ask you to offer art experiences to our community.  Boise values artists and their work, and as a resident, you will be valued and appreciated for the energy, ideas, and dedication that you bring to our city.

 The program is open to professional visual, literary, and performance artists:  painters, writers, musicians, architects, filmmakers, and choreographers… any artist who needs a place to focus.  However, because of the property’s limitations and proximity to neighbors, this is not a place that can accommodate loud or terribly messy processes, such as welding, drumming, or blacksmithing.

 We favor artists whose work is technically advanced, unique, attractive (need not be pretty!), and conceptually valuable.  Work that is predominantly conceptual, that must be explained in order to attract a viewer, may not be met with as much enthusiasm by our jurists.  In addition, because we ask our residents to interact with the public through one workshop and one final event, we welcome artists who desire to connect with an audience in these ways.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

DATES: January-May 2022

WHO: Artists 25 years or older. Visual, literary, and performance artists:  painters, writers, musicians, architects, filmmakers, and choreographers.


UCROSS Visual Art Residency For Native American Visual Artists

 The Ucross Residency Program is open to visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, and performance artists, as well as collaborative teams. Applicants must exhibit professional standing in their field; both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply. 

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

DATES: February to early June 2022

FEE: Free 

WHO: Artists must be an enrolled member of a state-recognized or federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, Native Community, Political Entity, or Alaskan Native Village. Visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, and performance artists, as well as collaborative teams.


KeyHolder Residencies

 The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long, starting on April 1st and October 1st each year, and they take place in the shared Artists’ Studio, including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom.

 Keyholders work independently, in a productive atmosphere alongside other contemporary artists. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; print-making skills are not required, but some familiarity with the medium is recommended. Basic instruction in printmaking techniques is available for new Keyholders. Technical assistance is not included in the program but is available at an additional cost.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

DATES: Beginning October 2021

WHO: International artists in printmaking.


Arts Unchained Virtual Residency is announcing another virtual residency for creative individuals of any background and/or mediums! Our main purpose at is to find new ways for artists to thrive without having to struggle for survival, by fostering a radically empathetic community of artists and art lovers. This residency is dedicated to the ‘democratization of the arts’, where together with other participants, mentors and team members, the residents will strive to create, imagine and work towards projects that can bring the society closer to the democratization of the arts

 The current artistic landscape operates with the guidance of a select few. All too often we find an environment of exclusivity and elitism even in those institutions and organizations that seemingly function as ‘progressive’. With this year’s’s residency we hope to create a space open to all, that will challenge the current state of the art world and dare to propose new methods of thinking, writing, exhibiting, creating, living, etc. With this call, we call for the diversification and democratization of the contemporary art world and art market so we can all experience an equal and inclusive artistic system!

 The residency will include weekly lectures from 4 guest speakers, private sessions with a guest mentor, and workshops, where you will tackle various problems related to the topic and your project. There will also be time to bond and connect to the other participants during the weekly side activities. The main focus will be on developing a personal project that is related to the topic of the democratization of the arts and building a tangible report/article together with the other participants.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2021 

DATES: Month of October 2021 

WHO: International artists of any background and/or mediums


ArtHouse Jersey Artist Residency 

 Calling Portuguese, Polish and Romanian artists with experience of socially engaged practice for an unforgettable paid residency on the Island of Jersey. Large numbers of Poles, Portuguese, and Romanians call Jersey home and ArtHouse Jersey is offering an opportunity for one artist from each country to learn about, research, and explore the lived experience of their compatriots, creating a piece of work that celebrates the contribution each community makes to the Island.

 The chosen Polish, Portuguese and Romanian artists will travel to Jersey and spend six weeks living and working in the Island from 17 January – 25 February 2022 staying in accommodation at ArtHouse Jersey’s headquarters on the beautiful north coast of the Island.

DEADLINE: September 3, 2021 

DATES: January 17- February 25, 2022

WHO: Artists must identify as being from Poland, Romania, and Portugal and be 18 years or older. All disciplines that represent socially engaged practice accepted.

Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2021

 Designregio Kortrijk is looking for 3 highly motivated and recently graduated designer-makers or creative artists to join in a regional residency program in Kortrijk, Belgium. The Designers in Residence Kortrijk program is a 3-month full-time working residency from October 2021 to January 2022.

 Designregio Kortrijk provides for the selected Designers in Residence Kortrijk: accommodation, monthly fee (400€/month), usage of Budalab Open Makerspac, experts in several domains and support of Designregio Kortrijk, one-time travel expenses.

DEADLINE: September 3, 2021 

DATES: October 2021- January 2022

WHO: Only open to designers who have graduated within the last 3 years (diploma is requested). Other eligibility info on website. 


Vashon Artist Residency

 Vashon Artist Residency offers artists space and time to create, ponder, imagine and live in a community of artists on spectacular Vashon Island in the midst of Puget Sound/the Salish Sea in Washington state. We offer self-directed residency sessions to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, musicians, and performing artists. The Residency provides lodging and workspace on a sliding scale fee structure to three residents at a time for one month-long session all year round. Applications are reviewed by a rotating panel of alumni evaluators. Invitation to Vashon Artist Residency is based on artistic merit, ability to be self-directed, and feasibility of residency goals. In addition, the selection panel will consider how well applicants align with our mission and vision. Applicants will be notified 30 to 45 days after the deadline of their status.

DEADLINE: September 9, 2021

DATES: 3 ½ week sessions from January-December, 2022

WHO: International artists in all mediums. Established artists, writers, scholars, musicians, and performing artists welcomed.


Experimental Weaving Residency Call for Entries 

 Part of the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Unstable Design Lab is hosting its second experimental weaving residency with the goal of developing new techniques and open-source resources that can co-evolve fiber arts and engineering practice. The chosen resident will work with the Unstable Design Lab, as well as researchers from the University of Colorado, to create a series of samples inspired by challenges currently faced by engineering researchers. For example, shape weaving techniques for creating form-fitting and/or compression garments for counter-pressure spacesuits, integration of power harvesting diodes, compostable or easily reusable textile structures for zero-waste manufacturing, or structures that dynamically fold and unfold to support mechanical structures or soft robotics (to name a few, but not all, possible spaces for experimentation). Applicants should be open-minded, curious, and above all deeply knowledgeable about woven structures and their behaviors. No knowledge of computer science, electronics, or engineering is required for participation. 

DEADLINE: September 15, 2021

DATES: 12 weeks between January 15 -May 15, 2022

WHO: International weaving artists.


Künstlerhaus Lauenburg 4-month Residency 

 The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg was founded in 1986 and is an international scholarship institution of the State of Schleswig-Holstein for contemporary visual art, literature, and composition. It offers up-and-coming talents from all over the world the opportunity to realize new projects in an undisturbed work environment and to present them publicly to an interested audience.

 The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg regularly grants 4 residency grants in the fields of composition, literature, and visual arts every year and awards a scholarship in the visual arts upon invitation to an artist. Artists can apply for the 4 residency grants without the restriction of age or place of residence.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2021

DATES: 4 months from mid-May 2022 to mid-September 2022.

FEE: € 0.00

WHO: International artists of all mediums: contemporary visual art, literature, and composition.


La Chispa International Residency 

 Our program is flexible for individuals who work and research within our transversal lines of work: Art for social transformation, Peace and conflict resolution, and Country-city relationship and agroecology. We are a diverse community of artists, educators, and activists, and we are excited for this opportunity for cultural exchange and thoughtful creation.

 We will accept one to four artist-in-residence to join our community each month. Although we do not put specific requirements for cultural exchange, we are looking for people interested in participating in our community during their residency. This could be different for each individual, but in general terms it can include activities such as collaborating in our garden, sharing meals, or presenting the progress of the project with the immediate community or with the general public. La Chispa is part of multiple platforms in the city, and our artists-in-residence will have access to a wide network of individuals and organizations linked to our work areas.

 Our headquarters are located in the historic center of the city of Medellín, Colombia. The property is a site of cultural and heritage interest due to its architecture that also includes a large urban garden, indoor and outdoor spaces, a professional ballroom, and rooms for work, contemplation, and creation.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2021

DATES: October-November, 2021 and February-May, 2022.

WHO: International artists working in all mediums using art for social transformation or peace and conflict resolution.


Residency at the Non-Toxic Electro-etching workshop in the Canary Islands

An opportunity to take part in recent experiences in the process of electro-etching carried out by the artist and specialist Alfonso Crujera. The residency workshop is located in the vicinity of the biosphere reserve of the island of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain). With excellent views to the Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by a quiet, natural environment, ideal for reflection and creation

DEADLINE: September 25, 2021

WHO: International artists in printmaking and visual art.


Fort Union National Monument Artist in Residence Program

 A Non-Profit Foundation offering Artist in Residence Programs, Museum In-Loan Programs, and Workshops inspired by our National Parks, National Monuments, World Heritage Sites, and other parks.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2021

DATES: April 2022, October 2022

WHO: International visual artists, writers, musicians, or performance artists.


Inverness Festival of the Arts

The 2021 Inverness Festival of the Arts, a fine art show, is returning downtown this year to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary! The Festival of the Arts is the longest-running juried art festival in Citrus County, FL. Since 1971, it has been a beacon of fine arts in the area and today the festival brings thousands to downtown Inverness. This two-day festival is a signature event for the city and brings fine artists to historic downtown for visitors to explore and shop. We invite you to attend this year's art festival, which is free and open to the public.

DEADLINE: September 3, 2021 

DATES: November 20-21, 2021 

FEE: $25

WHO: International artists in photography, drawing, mixed-media/multi-discipline, painting, or sculpture.


Call for Entries - 25th Japan Media Arts Festival

 The Japan Media Arts Festival is seeking diverse works that carve out a path for a new era. Award-winning works selected from among the entries will be widely exhibited both within Japan and abroad through various projects and events organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs with the aim of developing and promoting the creation of media arts. 

 To be eligible for entry, works must satisfy all of the following conditions: works for spherical surfaces or domes, video works, or application programs capable of real-time video creation that can be projected onto a screen.

DEADLINE: September 3, 2021 

FEE: Free 

WHO: Works for spherical surfaces or domes, Video works, more information on website


Open Call for Proposals- Diversity in the Arts

Diversity enriches us and helps us grow. This is especially important in the arts. In true diversity, perspectives that deviate from the social norm are also heard and included equally. But that doesn’t happen by itself. We see diversity as a precondition for sustainable cohesion, a driver of innovation, and necessary for broad social support for the arts. This is why this latest call under “A Fair New Idea?!” is in search of ideas and proposals that can strengthen diversity within our arts field.

DEADLINE: September 10, 2021 

FEE: Free 

WHO: International artists. We do not support purely artistic projects. The aim is to strengthen the arts field in its pursuit of diversity.


Virtual Holiday Market 

NWAA is excited to offer the Virtual Holiday Market once again. This online marketplace will run on the NWAA website from Nov 18th until Dec 5th. It will be open for web sales through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday for optimum exposure. 

DEADLINE: September 19, 2021 

DATES: November 18- December 5, 2021 

FEE: $25 application fee/ various booth fees. 

WHO: International, All mediums accepted 


Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival

The 47th Annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou is a premier outdoor event.  This juried show attracts artists from across the U.S.  It offers artists the opportunity to exhibit in a waterfront, oak-shaded park in the center of Tarpon Springs. The city was named Best Historic Small Town for 2018 by USA Today. Some 18,000 loyal patrons flock to the show every year to interact with and buy from exhibitors, sample craft beer and good food, and enjoy live entertainment. Awards total $19,000

DEADLINE: September 19, 2021

DATES: March 12-13, 2022

FEE: $30 

WHO: US-based artists. All art mediums accepted.


Art World Horror Stories

Do you have an art world horror story? As an artist, have you — or your artwork — ever been hurt badly by the art world — Curators? Galleries? Dealers? Collectors? If so, please share it with us! If you have a real-life scary story about how you or your artwork has been hurt or damaged by the art world, we want to include it in our upcoming Halloween podcast episode  Art World Horror Stories!  So, for your convenience, please submit your story one of these three ways: Call and leave us a voicemail message: (833) 668-7325, email your story to us: [email protected], record your story here (must use a Google Chrome browser) :

DEADLINE: September 24, 2021

DATES: October 1-31, 2021

FEE: free

WHO: International



Stochastic Labs Summer Residency 

 Stochastic Labs awards fully sponsored residencies to exceptional engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world. Residencies are of variable length and include a private apartment at the mansion, co-working and/or dedicated workspace, shop access (laser cutter, 3D printer, etc), a $1k monthly stipend, and a budget for materials. Residents become part of Stochastic’s creative community, participating in weekly dinners and invitation events. Residents may apply as individuals or as teams. While applicants may be at any stage in their career, the selection is highly competitive.

DEADLINE: Ongoing Deadline

WHO: International, Engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs


Rauschenberg Emergency Grant

 The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is partnering with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to administer the Rauschenberg Emergency Grants, an emergency grant program that provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical or dental emergencies.  The grants are available to visual and media artists, and choreographers living anywhere in the United States or U.S. Territories.  This program was established in the tradition of the artist's Change, Inc., a non-profit foundation established in 1970 by Robert Rauschenberg to assist professional artists of all disciplines in need of emergency medical aid.

DEADLINE:  Ongoing Deadline 

AMOUNT:  Up to $5,000

WHO: Residing in U.S. or U.S. territories. Visual and Media artists.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

 Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:

  •  Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding

  •  Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

 Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad.

 Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $3,000, and the average grant is now $1,700.

DEADLINE:  Ongoing Deadline 

WHO: Residing in U.S. or U.S. territories. Visual and performing artists.

AMOUNT: Up to $3,000


The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical needs. 

DEADLINE: Ongoing Deadline 

WHO: Artists who can demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or their work. Painters, printmakers, sculptors.

AMOUNT: The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.

FINE PRINT: The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. Learn more here.


Art Show International’s Solo Exhibitions

Art Show International announces their 2021 Solo Exhibition Competition. All visual artists from around the world are invited to submit their 5 best artworks to win an invitation as a solo artist in our gallery. This will now be a regular feature at Art Show International. Each month, an exclusive offer will be extended to artists selected from among our highly talented artist pool. One Grand Prize Winner selected from among all artists participating in this Solo Competition during 2021 will receive a $1,000 cash award. Additional cash prizes will also be announced.

DEADLINE: The submission deadline for the solo exhibition will normally be the last day of each month. However, if enough entries are not received during a particular month, a rolling submission deadline may be set

ENTRY FEE: $35 non-refundable for 5 images 

WHO: International artists of all types of styles and mediums are welcome, including both 2D and 3D works, painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, graphic, mixed media, video, as well as experimental and installation works.

AMOUNT: $1,000 in cash prizes will be given out to the Artist of the Year who will be selected from all solo artists exhibiting their works during the year. Additional Second, Third, and Merit prizes will also be given out


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Established as part of Lee Krasner’s legacy, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant was set up to support and strengthen the creative lives of artists. A competitive grant for artists with extensive exhibition records, this grant has a long list of impressive alumni. Since its start in 1985, the foundation has granted over 65 million dollars in award money to artists in over 77 countries.


WHO: Mid-career professional artists with demonstrable financial need. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

AMOUNT: Awards range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on need and circumstance.

FINE PRINT: Commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, and computer artists are not eligible. Students not eligible. Requirements for consideration are the application form, a cover letter, a current resume including an exhibition record, and ten digital images of current work with a corresponding identification list. Detailed FAQ here.


Awesome Foundation Grant

A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiatives and public or social practice art projects.

DEADLINE: Ongoing—monthly grants offered.

WHO: Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike. All Mediums 

AMOUNT: $1000

FINE PRINT: Grants not given for studio space or strictly salary or supplies. Needs to make the community more “awesome.” Think public works. More info here.


The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest-standing foundations, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope, in that it is available to students and artists around the world.


WHO: Young artists pursuing their studies or in the early or developmental stage of their career. 

AMOUNT: First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each, and subsequent grants are in the amount of CAD $18,000 each (maximum three grants).

FINE PRINT: The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art. Grants are intended to assist applicants in the study or practice of their art, and the costs associated therewith, such as tuition, studio rental, model fees, travel, and living expenses. Eligible courses of study or training include undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate studies and diploma programs from accredited institutions, recognized residencies, apprenticeships/internships, and studio training. Grants are not intended as work or project grants for more experienced or mature artists.

 Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply. Learn more here.



Ready to apply?

Applications can be extensive. After all, organizations need to ensure their funding will be in good hands. 

Be prepared to present yourself in the best light by having your information and images in an organized manner—and avoiding the last-minute stress of scrambling to find files.

Art inventory software like Artwork Archive can help you get ready to apply for grants and opportunities without the hassle. 

With Artwork Archive, you can manage jury-ready photos of your work and their inventory details, as well as generate professional documents like portfolio pages and inventory reports. If asked for a list of past exhibitions and competitions to validate your professional status, you can see your complete show history with the click of a button. Just think of the time you’ll save not having to remember or dig up all of this information!

You can even add application deadlines to the “My Schedule” feature and receive email reminders before it’s time to submit so you never miss out on these opportunities.


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