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.

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May 31, 2024 1 day left

ArtPrize 2024: Global Art Celebration in Grand Rapids
Competition

ArtPrize 2024: Global Art Celebration in Grand Rapids
  • Organization: ArtPrize
  • Submission Deadline: May 31, 2024
  • Event Dates: September 13, 2024 - September 28, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $65
  • Award Info: professional development workshops, access to ArtPrize hospitality spaces, and special events.
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of submitting an art entry (“Entry”). Current ArtPrize
employees and their immediate families are not eligible to submit an Entry. Immediate family
members include relatives living at the same address as an employee of ArtPrize.
Participation in the Event as an Artist is void where prohibited by law. All federal, state, and
local laws and regulations apply. ArtPrize is intended for viewing in the State of Michigan only
and will be construed and evaluated according to Michigan law.

May 31, 2024 1 day left

City Square Sculpture
Public Art & Proposals

  • Organization: Joliet Arts Commission
  • Submission Deadline: May 31, 2024
  • Award Info: $200,000
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Sculpture
  • Location: Joliet, Illinois
Description
Eligibility Info

Open internationally to sculpture artists

June 12, 2024 13 days left

Call for Entry - Seeing Each Other: Portraits in Time and Place
Exhibition

  • Organization: Northern Illinois University Art Museum
  • Submission Deadline: June 12, 2024
  • Event Dates: August 27, 2024 - October 19, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $35
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: DeKalb, Illinois 60115, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

The NIU Art Museum is currently accepting submissions in all media. This call is open to all artists in the United States 18 years of age or older.

June 15, 2024 16 days left

CALL FOR ENTRIES - SIGNS OF RURAL LIFE
Exhibition

  • Submission Deadline: June 15, 2024
  • Event Dates: July 12, 2024 - August 18, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $30 non-refundable entry fee required
  • Award Info: First Place - $250 . Second Place - $175 . Third Place - $125 · People's Choice - $75
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Wayne, NE 68787, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to artists of all career levels from emerging to professional, 18 years of age or older.

June 15, 2024 16 days left

CALL FOR EXHIBITS 2024/25
Exhibition

CALL FOR EXHIBITS 2024/25
  • Organization: Gifts of Art - Michigan Medicine
  • Submission Deadline: June 15, 2024
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI 48109, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all U.S.-based artists

June 17, 2024 18 days left

Publication and Gallery Exhibition - Open to all mediums and subjects
Competition

Publication and Gallery Exhibition - Open to all mediums and subjects
  • Organization: Overt Space
  • Submission Deadline: June 17, 2024
  • Event Dates: July 26, 2024 - September 8, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Award Info: $500-$1,000 in cash prizes
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting
  • Location: STOUGHTON, Wisconsin 53589, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all U.S. based artists.

June 17, 2024 18 days left

Call for Artists - Small Works: 46th Harper College National Juried Exhibition
Exhibition

Call for Artists - Small Works: 46th Harper College National Juried Exhibition
  • Organization: Harper College
  • Submission Deadline: June 17, 2024
  • Event Dates: September 3, 2024 - October 10, 2024
  • Entry Fee: 30 for 3 entries
  • Award Info: Purchase Awards & Accepted artists may be selected for a solo show at Harper College.
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Palatine, IL 60067, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

All artists age 18 and over living in the United States are eligible.

June 24, 2024 25 days left

Public Art Water Treatment Plant
Public Art & Proposals

  • Submission Deadline: June 24, 2024
  • Award Info: Up to four finalists will be selected by the Public Art Review Committee to create a concept proposal and will receive $1,500 as a concept stipend. Total project budget is $150,000.
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Sculpture
  • Location: Northfield, Minnesota 55057, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Candidates must be professional artists, as stated in your resume, and eligible to work in the United States. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or physical ability. Artists are NOT eligible if they are immediate family or business partners of the Public Art Review Committee or program staff.

July 31, 2024 62 days left

2025 Tim Murphy Art Gallery Call for Artists
Exhibition

2025 Tim Murphy Art Gallery Call for Artists
  • Organization: Merriam Parks & Recreation
  • Submission Deadline: July 31, 2024
  • Event Dates: January 1, 2025 - November 29, 2025
  • Award Info: Exhibition
  • Eligibility: Local
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: 6040 Slater St., Kansas 66202, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all artists.

August 1, 2024 63 days left

2025 Fall Artist-in-Residence Open Call September 10- November 12
Residency

  • Organization: Bemis Center for contemporary arts
  • Submission Deadline: August 1, 2024
  • Event Dates: September 10, 2025 - November 12, 2025
  • Entry Fee: $40
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: omaha, NE 68102, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open internationally to all artists

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