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. 
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 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.

Call for entries: Community Engaged Photography Residency – Rochester, NY

Flower City Arts Center seeks photography residency candidates…


The Photography residency program at Flower City Arts Center prides itself on bridging art and education through community engagement. Residency periods range from 6 weeks to 12 months and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There are multiple positions available throughout the year.

  • 24-7 access to facilities and equipment
  • Black and white darkrooms include basic chemistry — any additional materials artist is solely responsible for supplying
  • Residency can be process and/or project oriented
  • Unique or combined uses of materials — film, alternative/historic process and/or digital
  • Project ideas such as working with under-served (refugees, persons of color, deaf, etc.), leading a documentary project with other photographers, addressing a social issue

Residency Framework

  • Residents will create a cohesive body of work in an exhibit at the end of residency period
  • Residents have the option to participate in center-wide classes on a space available basis (responsible for materials fee, class fee is waived)
  • This is not a paid position
  • Artists are responsible for their own housing
  • Basic studio supplies are provided
  • Residents receive access to all of the facilities and technical expertise available through our staff and teaching faculty


  • Community engagement with production of new work
  • 6 weeks up to 12 months time commitment
  • Commitment to teach/share work primarily on Saturdays and/or weeknights for 10-15 hours per week
  • Desire to teach required (teaching experience a plus)


Megan Charland
Photography Program Manager

“Elsewhere” seeks interns/resident artists

“Elsewhere” now accepting applications for artist residencies & internships…



Internships at Elsewhere offer a creative and professional opportunity to work within a dynamic alternative arts organization run by a small artist/curatorial-team. Elsewhere interns assist curators and directors with organizational, artistic, and community based projects that advance the living museum. Interns support the curatorial team in areas of artistic production, museum programs, education, communication, and nonprofit administration.

We welcome applications from dedicated, helpful visionaries interested in supporting Elsewhere’s staff and artists to build a more collaborative, creative world. This internship is good for post undergraduate age applicants with a dedication to creative culture and arts administration. There is a long history of exceptional interns who have left their mark at Elsewhere. Each season we strive to create a dynamic ensemble that helps run the museum, deliver programs, connect with audiences, and participate in the experience of living at Elsewhere.  Through an internship we hope to provide you with an understanding of the workings of an experimental alternative non-profit arts organization and pick up skills that might leverage you for a life in the arts. Interns participate in a collaborative work environment, learn from fellow creatives, and acquire access to an international network of Elsewhere alumni. Elsewhere interns have gone on to work at other small and large arts institutions, design agencies, and non-profit community organizations.

There are 3 Internship sessions during the Winter, Summer and Fall. Each session is 3-4 months. Interns commit to 20-32 hrs per week. A limited number of housing spots are available for interns who wish to live on-site. Onsite interns must contribute 32 hours a week in order to receive free housing. Access to the food co-op which provides a locally sourced, fully stocked vegetarian pantry, equipped kitchen, and prepared dinners 5 days is available for $50/ week.



Pioneer Winter, A Love To Last 13 Hours, 2016, 13 hour performance with recordings.


Residencies invite artists working across media, fields, disciplines, and administrations to create projects that activate Elsewhere’s ‘living’ museum. Residents live and work within the museum for 2-4 weeks creating site-specific, responsive work that explores the museum environment, surplus inventories, cultural histories, social systems, neighborhood communities, and past artworks.

Residents have access to the enormous collection of past projects, textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac, and general thrift for transformation. A curatorial team stewards the creative process and collection use, provides critical feedback, supports artist events, and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s national artist network.

Makers and organizers with an interest in participation, performance, reuse, public practice, social engagement, intersectional critique, urban intervention, and experimental living are an excellent fit for this program. Artists working across media (sound, video, installation, performance, conceptual art, painting, social engagement) and fields (researchers, curators, scholars, activists, designers, writers, musicians, puppeteers, gardeners, homesteaders, system-thinkers, game-makers) are encouraged to apply.

Residencies host six artists for any given session. Residencies have a program + living fee. A small number of fellowships are available for curated residency sessions. At times, Elsewhere utilizes a nomination process and recommendations from leaders in our field in an effort to broaden and strengthen our application pool. Collectives and collaborative groups are welcome to apply.

Artists new to our organization are encouraged to review all tabs on this page and peruse our website to acquire deep knowledge about Elsewhere and what we offer.

Applications for 2017/18 seasons are due Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:59pm EST.


MASS MoCA is accepting applications for residencies

2017 MASS MoCA Spring/Summer residency program seeks applicants…

Opportunity is Calling!

The Studios at MASS MoCA residency program, now in its second year, is currently accepting applications for residency sessions between March 31 and October 5, 2017.


Apply Now! Deadline is January 10, 2017

We welcome residents at all career stages, including many fantastic recent graduates of MFA programs. Please share this opportunity with your top students, and feel free to apply on your own behalf!

Why is the spring/summer 2017 residency season so special?

Well, there truly is no better time to be in the Berkshires than the spring and summer.

But more than that, MASS MoCA is opening a vast amount of new gallery space in May 2017; our 120,000 square foot “Building 6” will be the home of major installations by James Turrell, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, and Laurie Anderson, to go along with the always incredible array of changing and long-term exhibitions including (for spring/summer 2017) Nick Cave,  Steffani Jemison, Elizabeth King, Tanja Hollander, Sol Lewitt, and Anselm Kiefer, as well as performing arts events including Wilco’s spectacular Solid Sound Festival in June.

Our artists-in-residence receive private studio space on MASS MoCA’s campus (with 24/7 access), newly renovated housing right across the street from the museum, one group meal per day, 24/7  use of Makers’ Mill (a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace located a short walk from the Studios), and free access to MASS MoCA’s galleries, along with one-on-one coaching through our Assets for Artists professional development program, which may be particularly useful to some of your most promising recent grad students who are embarking on their careers.

There’s no fee to apply. There IS a residency fee to attend, but significant financial aid is available for strong applicants.

Visit massmoca.org/studios for application details.