Guide to the Best Artist Grants and Opportunities in the Midwestern U.S.

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The Artwork Archive team set out to find the best art opportunities, artist grants, and calls for entry for visual artists in the Midwestern United States.

Below you will find a list of the top artist residencies, international open calls, artist grants, exhibition opportunities and art competitions that we believe will benefit artists, specifically in the Midwest.

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Guide to the Best Artist Grants and Opportunities in the Midwestern U.S.

April 22, 2024 Ends today

Textures - Juried Exhibition
Competition

Textures - Juried Exhibition
  • Organization: Overt Space Gallery
  • Submission Deadline: April 22, 2024
  • Event Dates: June 7, 2024 - July 21, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Award Info: $500-$1,000 in cash prizes
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting
  • Location: STOUGHTON, Wisconsin 53589, United States
Description

April 25, 2024 3 days left

Capture
Exhibition

Capture
  • Organization: Chicago Fine Art Salon
  • Submission Deadline: April 25, 2024
  • Event Dates: May 3, 2024 - June 7, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $29 - March, $34 - April, $11-online only
  • Award Info: Curators choice
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Photography
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois 60622, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all artists.

May 1, 2024 9 days left

Lillstreet Art Center Artist in Residence
Residency

  • Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $20
  • Award Info: All Artists-in-Residents have opportunities to teach within their departments.
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Chicago, IL 60640, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all artists, but the program is not able to sponsor visas.

May 1, 2024 9 days left

Call for Entries 2024-2025 Pittsburg State University
Exhibition

Call for Entries 2024-2025 Pittsburg State University
  • Organization: Pittsburg State University
  • Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Event Dates: August 12, 2024 - May 16, 2025
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Pittsburg, KS 66762, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to u.s. based artists.

May 1, 2024 9 days left

Cleveland Arts Prize
Grants & Fellowships

  • Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Award Info: Monetary awards
  • Eligibility: State
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Cleveland , OH, United States
  • Online Only: Yes
Description
Eligibility Info

Applicants must currently or have previously lived or worked in Northeast Ohio. Only living artists can apply or be nominated for a discipline prize.

May 1, 2024 9 days left

City of Wichita Redbud Trail - Woodlawn Ave. to Webb Rd.
Public Art & Proposals

  • Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Award Info: Artwork to be integrated or installed as part of the next 3.5 miles of Redbud Trail improvements.
  • Eligibility: State
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Sculpture
  • Location: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Professional artists and artist teams with a demonstrated history of completing durable, permanent, outdoor public art projects will be considered. Based on the project character and the budget, the range of calls is limited to artists with residency in Kansas.

May 5, 2024 13 days left

53rd & 55th St. Viaduct Revitalization
Public Art & Proposals

  • Submission Deadline: May 5, 2024
  • Award Info: Each selected artist will be provided a set stipend of $3,000 per panel for the use of their artwork. Selected artworks will be reproduced on vinyl on the existing panels by third party printing and installation company, Moss Inc (Moss).
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting
  • Location: Chicago, IL 60615, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

The selection will be restricted to artists who work in 2D formats in order to keep the reproduction on vinyl as true to the original as possible. This includes - but is not limited to - painters, muralists, photographers, digital painters and graphic artists. Artists with a connection to Hyde Park are encouraged to apply.

May 6, 2024 14 days left

Nature & Fibers - City of Frisco, TX
Exhibition

  • Submission Deadline: May 6, 2024
  • Event Dates: June 5, 2024 - August 3, 2024
  • Entry Fee: There is no application fee, however if selected for the exhibition, a $30 entry fee is due by check or credit card prior to load-in, along with a signed gallery guidelines document and artwork loan agreement available upon acceptance.
  • Award Info: Exhibition at The Frisco Discovery Center June 5 - August 3.
  • Eligibility: Regional
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Frisco, TX 75034, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

This open call for art is open to artists in Texas who are ages 18 & up. Only entries that meet the exhibition requirements will be considered for the exhibition.

May 10, 2024 18 days left

2024 Salon Show of Traditional Oils
Exhibition

2024 Salon Show of Traditional Oils
  • Organization: Oil Painters of America
  • Submission Deadline: May 10, 2024
  • Event Dates: July 25, 2024 - August 16, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $35
  • Award Info: $12,000 in cash & merchandise with $4,000 best in show
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Painting
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN 46208, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all U.S. based artists who are 2024 OPA members.

May 13, 2024 21 days left

Sculpture at the Kavanagh - St. Charles, IL
Exhibition

  • Submission Deadline: May 13, 2024
  • Event Dates: June 27, 2024 - August 7, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $35.00
  • Eligibility: Regional
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Sculpture
  • Location: Fox River Valley, Illinois
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to any 3-D work in any sculpture or craft medium to artists in these states: llinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. ​

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