Galleries and craft fairs are some of the best-known venues for artists to sell their work. But these days, so many other kinds of opportunities, like contests and residencies are available. Even craft beer brewers are hungry for new art to inspire their world (and boost their bottom lines). Check out these local and international resources for information about upcoming calls for art and for a broader idea of what types of opportunities exist for exhibitions and competitions.
Dansville ArtWorks is a busy Western New York gallery with ongoing calls for artists, workshops and exhibits. It also offers consignment opportunities in its carefully curated space.
Founded in 1930, The Print Club of Rochester has had a love affair with the fine art of printmaking and prints for more than 80 years, and maintains a healthy membership. It’s currently accepting entries from members for its 87th annual members’ exhibition. The club also offers workshops (membership not required) and often collaborates with local galleries. Keep an eye on the website throughout the year for more opportunities.
Rochester artist Susan Carmen-Duffy owns CREATE ART 4 GOOD, “the little tiny gallery with the great big heART!” Because its mission is to support unique and wonderful art and talented artists while paying it forward, a portion of each sale goes to a local charity. There is a new exhibition monthly, curated events and creative and socially conscious opportunities.
“The art world’s source for income and exhibition opportunities” has empowered international artists with information since 1994. Updated hourly, it allows you to view by category, medium, dates, location and much more. A few of the categories include calls for submission, competitions, festivals, grants, jobs, internships and residencies.
No need to wade through expired entry listings on this expansive database—it only lists opportunities with deadlines beginning on the day you search and beyond (even into 2020!). Sort alphabetically by event, gallery, state or deadline by clicking the down arrow at the top of each column. It’s a great resource for discovering new-to-you galleries and museums.
Part of the Art Fair Insiders family of websites, Calls for Art focuses on festivals and shows. Opportunities are listed by event date and include the deadline to apply and a link to the application. If you’re looking to expand your business outside Rochester, NY, this is a good resource.
Entry Thingy is a management tool used by artists to apply to shows, for show organizers to manage their received applications and for jurors to vote on show entries. You’ll geek out over this thingy’s efficiency. You can filter your search by month, region, state and type of show. It also offers podcasts and ways for you to manage your artwork.
Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots craft brewery in Ontario that aims to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the inspired talents of emerging artists and musicians. It was founded on two beliefs. First, that creativity fosters creativity. And second, that creativity yields delicious pints. The brewery features limited-edition works of art on its beer cans and labels, and works to make sure the liquid on the inside is as diverse and creative as the artists profiled on the outside. The brewery is always looking for original artwork in any media.
Artists Network hosts fine art competitions in acrylic, pastel, watercolor and ink. According to the website, winners may receive cash prizes as well as publication in the company’s magazines and books and exposure in its videos.