Call for Art


Sharjah Art Foundation welcomes submissions for Vantage Point Sharjah 8 (VPS8), an annual initiative dedicated to the practice of photography. Both local and international photographers are invited to apply, and applicants are free to choose their own theme and artistic approach. The photographs selected for VPS8 will be presented in an upcoming exhibition at the Foundation’s Al Mureijah Art Spaces.
The application deadline is 16 May 2020 at 11:00 pm.

Please submit the application form and no more than six digital photographs in 300 dpi resolution. Applications with more than six images will not be considered.

Make sure to provide a short description of your work(s) in your application, including the concept or theme behind your work(s), the location and date of each photograph, and the medium used. You should also submit a brief biography with a one- or two-sentence overview of your photography practice; a list of previous solo or group exhibitions, residencies and awards (if any); and information about related educational and/or professional experience.

Materials can be submitted via email to


Please click here to download the application form.

Come out and vote for Up/Start Venure Competition

Meet the 5th annual cohort of ventures participating in the upcoming ‘Pop Up and Pitch’ exhibit, Round 1 of MICA’s UP/ Start Venture Competition next Friday, February 7
Why attend?

  • This is an exciting visual display of entrepreneurial artists and designers in Baltimore.
  • Attendees can cast a vote for their favorite venture (‘People’s Choice Award’) to win a $500 prize. 
  • Eight finalists will be announced that evening and advance to compete for a portion of $100k in startup funding. 
  • Attached is a list of the participating ventures. A great display of majors represented! 
  • If you attended either rounds last year, you know how much fun it is 🙂

The exhibit will be open on Friday, February 7, from 3-6:30 pm in MICA’s Brown Center (1301 Mt. Royal Ave). Please consider popping by to meet the entrepreneurs and cast your vote (voting closes at 5:45 pm with winners announced around 6:30 pm). More details here.
Special recognition to our Round 1 judges and all those who volunteered to join our mentor pool!

Special shout out to Deyane Moses ’19 Photography Alumn!

Local and national opportunities for artists

Jobs, residencies, and calls for entry…

Opportunities at Meow Wolf in New Mexico. Photo credit: Joel Deluxe

CALL FOR ARTISTS VENDORS: Valley Fest 2019, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE:  Saturday Aug. 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
EVENT: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Valley Fest is looking for artists to sell their creations at our large outdoor festival. Over 2,500 people attended last year. 

Valley Fest was conceived from area leaders who wish to foster the growing Four Mile Run Valley as an active arts and community hub. This area is rife with significant cultural and civic groups such as Theatre on the Run, Jane Franklin Dance and Arlington Cultural Affairs. Please help us celebrate this occasion on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Area musicians and performing artists will set the stage for entertainment, local artists will showcase their pieces and food trucks will offer tasty delights. A kid’s zone will keep the family busy and for the adults, beer will be in abundance.

Selected artists will be notified by Sept. 4, 2019 and may sell their artwork to the public. There is a $25.00 vendor fee required to take part in the event made payable after you are notified of selection. Vendors will be provided with a table, two chairs and a table cloth. Tents are not provided but you are welcome to bring one. 

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Cultural Affairs Program Coordinator, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Thursday, Aug. 8, 11:59 p.m. EST

Arlington Economic Development (AED) is seeking an experienced Program Coordinator to join their Cultural Affairs Division (CAD). CAD’s core mission is to foster a creative environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and community participation.

This employee is responsible for providing departmental administrative support, administering programs and organizing artist events, while providing excellent internal and external customer services for the CAD/Programming unit.

Please view the full listing for more information on specific duties and selection criteria for this position. 
Apply Now  

 CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2019 Athenaeum Invitational, Alexandria, VA

The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and West Virginia in the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, VA. It is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in VA, DC, MD or WV. A $1,500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, a $1,000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call, a $500 prize will be awarded based on core concept and game design and a viewers’ choice award of $500 will be determined by popular vote.

The theme of the 2019 Athenaeum Invitational is “Board: out of our minds!” The show will be held Sept. 12 – Nov. 10, 2019 with the opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 15. 

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Arlington Arts Center’s resident artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive environment that encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop their practice in a community with other artists and alongside AAC’s critically acclaimed exhibitions and extensive educational programs. All studios have excellent sunlight, work sinks and high ceilings with 24-hour access, 365 days a year. Facilities include a shared lounge area, kitchen and bathroom. 
Contemporary visual artists working in all media are welcome to apply. The program is not designed for commercial artists. After an initial review by current resident artists and staff, AAC staff will conduct interviews with a final short list of candidates. Selection criteria will include artistic merit, potential for community engagement and diversity of media and artistic representation. 
The following studios will be available in late 2019 and early 2020: 
Private Studio (Available Dec. 1, 2019)Approximately 304 sq. ft.Available for two-year lease, with potential to renew up to twice upon approval (total potential term of up to six years) Studio rent: $380.62 per month (plus $30 utilities per month)Artists must pay security deposit of one month’s rent. No interest accrues on the depositPrivate Studio (Available Jan. 1, 2020)Approximately 304 sq. ft.Available for two-year lease, with potential to renew up to twice upon approval (total potential term of up to six years)Studio rent: $380.62 per month (plus $30 utilities per month)Artists must pay security deposit of one month’s rent. No interest accrues on the depositSpace in shared studio, with one other artist (Available Feb. 1, 2020)Approximately 300 sq. ft.Available for two-year lease, with potential to renew up to twice upon approval (total potential term of up to six years)Studio rent: $312 per month (plus $30 utilities per month)Artists must pay security deposit of one month’s rent. No interest accrues on the depositSelected artists will be notified by Nov. 1, 2019.
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 JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Various arts-related positions, MEOW WOLF, Santa Fe, NM and Las Vegas, NV
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Meow Wolf is an arts collective and production company that creates and operates immersive, interactive multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastical realms of storytelling.

Founded in 2008 by a small group of artists, writers, musicians and makers looking to create an egalitarian space for artistic expression, Meow Wolf’s first exhibits were created in warehouses on shoestring budgets. Since then, Meow Wolf has created 25 exhibits all over the United States and worked with hundreds of artists. The ethos of the company is often described as radically inclusive, where people are given the space to be expressive, creative and effective. Unlike a traditional corporate setting, this produces an environment where no job is too low for anyone and no ambition too high.

Meow Wolf is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference or physical or mental disability.

Principals only. Recruiters, please do NOT contact Meow Wolf about this post. Only finalists will be contacted.

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ARTIST IN RESIDENCY: Live/Work Studio Space for Artists and Writers, Lake Chapala, Mexico

The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located on Lake Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico, where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from Guadalajara International Airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources; museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay!

This program offers four live/work spaces for 1 – 6 months. To apply, just check out the website for descriptions and pictures of the spaces and available dates. This is a perfect opportunity to finish a manuscript, prepare for a show, collect your thoughts, or plan your next body of work. Read some of the interviews with creatives who have come to Chapala for a personal residency.

The goal of this program is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing affordable live/work spaces in a beautiful and culturally rich area, the sponsor hopes that residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.

National and international visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to plan a personal residency. Two of the live/work spaces can accommodate couples or two-person collaborative teams.
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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Library Exhibitions Call, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: None Listed

The Arlington Public Library is committed to displaying works of art and craft created by and/or of interest to the Arlington community. We exhibit solo and group shows of local artists submitted through the online application process.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project Artist Roster Application, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: None Listed
The Humanities Project is Arlington County’s artist-in-education program that sponsors performances, workshops and residencies for students in Arlington County’s public schools and provides professional development opportunities for teachers.
If you have a program, workshop and/or performance that you feel would benefit the students and/or teachers in Arlington, the Humanities Project encourages you to apply.
Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications will be reviewed in the spring of each year. If you have any questions, please contact the Humanities Coordinator at (703) 228-6299.
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Durant Arts Center
1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 861-8705
Free Parking 
Metro: King Street-Old Town
Creative reuse is the process of taking used or recyclable materials and turning them into works of art, home decoration or other useful objects. At UpCycle, we rethink our notion of waste, collecting cast-offs from our community to serve as creative art materials. We collect, organize and prep items for use in a variety of creative capacities.
Visit our reuse shop for all of your creative needs! Our inventory is affordable, dynamic and always changing. Materials memberships are available on a daily (fill a bag for a flat fee) or annual basis (unlimited access to our materials for a period of one year).
Stop in to see what’s in store for you today.

Opening Reception Tonight: Lindsay Bottos showing at Current Space

Sweet Sweat…

Current Space is proud to present Sweet Sweat, a solo exhibition by Lindsay Bottos. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday night, 7-10pm.


Opening Reception: July 6th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Duration: July 6th – 28th
Gallery Hours: Friday + Saturday, noon – 4pm


Sweet Sweat focuses on faded relationships; comparing images of past loved ones to my first home in the deep Florida south. Bittersweet nostalgia is the theme of this tender, yet melancholy series.

Sweet sweat
Deep muggy south
You romanticize it,
But do you know
What it means?

Alligator nightmares
They teach us patterns to run
In order to escape

An inherited punishment

An old lady grabs my shoulders
And tells me “I’m so happy you’ve made it out”
But ain’t it all sunshine all the time?

We tailgate the sunrise
Slurpie-stained blue mouths
Thick humidity in our chests

I lick sweet sweat from your fingers
Wish you would
Cover me in more of you
Spit contentment into my mouth

Have you ever felt
The heat kiss your neck?
The wind lick your ear?
Do you like to peel your
Sweaty thighs from
Vinyl seats?

Let’s drink from the eternal fountain
(Admission $12.99)
So we can stay young forever
And never change

I say I’ll drive across the country to meet you there
You say “that’s dumb, stop it”
But really I just wanted you
To tell me
You wanted me there

Lindsay Bottos is a photographer and writer who’s work focuses on issues surrounding intimacy and personal narratives. Her work has been featured in various galleries in the US and abroad, on network television, and most notoriously online.

Volunteer photo opportunity with Smithsonian

Smithsonian Folklife Festival seeks photography volunteers…

Established in 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them.

unnamedVolunteers are crucial to the success of the Festival. They assist stage managers, work with participants, support sustainability efforts, and much more. We are currently seeking volunteer photographers to help document the Festival.

Photographers get behind the scenes access to Festival participants and performances, and are responsible for photographing participants, visitors, performances, and other volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are trying to build a portfolio. Their work is archived at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and is used for media and promotional materials. Photo Volunteers must bring their own digital camera with them and should submit a portfolio of 8-15 images via a Dropbox link, a link to a personal website, or a photo sharing program such as Flickr (No Instagram or Tumblr sites please). They should also have some experience using an external flash. DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras are required. No point and shoots.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

This year’s Festival:

Armenia: Creating Home
Take a glimpse into Armenian Culture, greatly influenced by its surroundings, heritage, and ongoing exchange with its many diasporas around the world. Foodways presentations and artisan craft traditions tell the importance of economic and cultural sustainability in the face of change and how these practices create home – both in concept and form.

Catalonia: Tradition and Creativity from the Mediterranean 

Human towers. Giant puppets. Fire-breathing dragons. Behind the spectacular cultural expressions of Catalonia, resilient networks of people work together to ensure the vitality of their local cultures and their livelihoods. Join Catalan artists and musicians as they share their public life and expressions of Catalan identity with us. As they say in Catalan, “Fem pinya!” Let’s come together!

Volunteer Hours

10:30 AM – 6:30 PM (days)

6 PM – 9 PM (evenings)

GET INVOLVED: Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the Festival. They assist stage managers, work with participants, support sustainability efforts, and much more. To complete an application, please visit

If you have questions, contact Michelle Banks at or (202) 633-7488 or Emily Duncan at or (202) 633-6480.

Wilgus Gallery Opening Tonight

Callee McCosby’s exhibition opening reception tonight…



 MICA Photo and the Wilgus Gallery are pleased to announce the opening reception for Callee McCosby’s new body of work, “To Joseph, Love Jo”. The reception is tonight, Wednesday 4/11/18, from 8-9 p.m. The Wilgus Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Main Building at MICA, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217.
Image courtesy of Callee McCosby