Guide to the Best Artist Grants and Opportunities in the Western 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 Western 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 West.

Remember, you can now save the important deadlines for your favorite opportunities right in your Artwork Archive account.

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We will be updating this list throughout the year, so make sure to bookmark the page, check back often, and let us know if there is an opportunity that should be listed!


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

April 26, 2024 2 days left

SDWS Plein Air Exhibition 2024
Exhibition

SDWS Plein Air Exhibition 2024
  • Organization: The San Diego Watercolor Society
  • Submission Deadline: April 26, 2024
  • Event Dates: July 3, 2024 - July 31, 2024
  • Entry Fee: Members $25, non-Members $40
  • Award Info: $1000, $500, $300 and $200 for Peoples Choice
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting
  • Location: San Diego, CA 92106
Description
Eligibility Info

Open internationally to plein air painters

April 27, 2024 3 days left

Projecting L.A. 2024
Other

  • Submission Deadline: April 27, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $20
  • Eligibility: Local
  • Categories: Photography
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to photographers in LA county

May 1, 2024 7 days left

Sculptural Screen Wall and Campus Entry Sculpture - Public Works Campus in Bend, Oregon
Public Art & Proposals

  • Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Award Info: The project budget is $300,000.
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Sculpture
  • Location: Bend , Oregon
Description
Eligibility Info

This is a national Call to Artists and Artists may reside anywhere in the United States.

May 3, 2024 9 days left

The Fireline Fellowship
Grants & Fellowships

  • Submission Deadline: May 3, 2024
  • Award Info: Fellowship
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Corvallis, OR 97331, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all U.S. based artists.

May 5, 2024 11 days left

City of Loveland-LFRA Fire Station 7 and 10
Public Art & Proposals

  • Submission Deadline: May 5, 2024
  • Award Info: Public artwork with a budget of $99,400 total.
  • Eligibility: Local
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Sculpture
  • Location: Loveland, CO, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

The project is open to any professional artist residing within a 150-mile radius of Loveland, Colorado.

May 6, 2024 12 days left

SDWS 44th International Exhibition
Exhibition

SDWS 44th International Exhibition
  • Organization: San Diego Watercolor Society
  • Submission Deadline: May 6, 2024
  • Event Dates: September 29, 2024 - October 31, 2024
  • Entry Fee: Members $45 non-Members $55
  • Award Info: $20,000 in Cash and Merchandise, $5,000 First Prize
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting
  • Location: San Diego, California, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all artists 18 years and older. Watercolor, acrylic and gouache mediums on paper, synthetic paper, wrapped canvas, or cradled wood panel are eligible.

May 7, 2024 13 days left

Sacramento County Department of Airports Request for Qualifications and Experience
Public Art & Proposals

Sacramento County Department of Airports Request for Qualifications and Experience
  • Submission Deadline: May 7, 2024
  • Event Dates: September 1, 2024 - December 31, 2026
  • Award Info: $500,000 to $1,750,000
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Sacramento, CA 95837, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all artists and artist teams within the U.S.

May 17, 2024 23 days left

2024 International Miniature Show
Competition

2024 International Miniature Show
  • Organization: Parklane Gallery
  • Submission Deadline: May 17, 2024
  • Event Dates: July 3, 2024 - August 3, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $15 for first piece / $5 for each additional piece up to 7 pieces max
  • Award Info: Best In Show $500, First Place $300, Second Place $200, plus multiple Honorable Mentions
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Kirkland, WA 98033, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all artists. Please see website for further details.

May 25, 2024 31 days left

Electric Plaid
Competition

  • Organization: Red Room Art Gallery
  • Submission Deadline: May 25, 2024
  • Event Dates: June 6, 2024 - June 29, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Award Info: $500 for the winner, honorable mentions may still be selected for display.
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Laguna Beach, California 92561, United States
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to all artists within the U.S.

May 28, 2024 34 days left

PROUD+ 2024
Competition

PROUD+ 2024
  • Organization: The Studio Door
  • Submission Deadline: May 28, 2024
  • Event Dates: July 2, 2024 - August 3, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $35 per initial entry and $5 for per additional media. (3 max)
  • Award Info: 3 works will receive a Juror's Award certificate and a check for $100
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: San Diego, California
Description
Eligibility Info

Open to U.S. based artists in all mediums except Film/Video/New Media

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