Calls For Work

We regularly hear from individual artists and non-profit organizations inquiring about calls for work and other artistic opportunities.  This is a collection of those opportunities and their deadlines. NOTE:  If you have specific questions regarding calls for work outside of Arts Services Inc., please directly contact the organization requesting the artistic work. If you have an art submission deadline, please submit your information to Nicole Murray, Communications Manager ([email protected]) and we would be glad to add it to our listing.

The Art of Montaque is a multimedia platform dedicated to showcasing artists through its gallery, monthly magazine, arts review, and arts magazine. The organization also creates opportunities for artists through calls for projects and targeted events to promote and celebrate the arts and artists.

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Twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ASI will be sharing what the region’s artists are working on while stuck at home. This effort is not only meant to uplift everyone’s spirits but also to create a way for artists to find fiscal support for their work during these challenging and uncertain times. If you’re interested in being featured, please complete the below Google form. Please note that while slots are limited, we will try our best to feature as many artists as possible. Artists of any discipline can apply.

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Jeremy Rowe, a lifelong Buffalo resident, has an idea for a film project presenting public opinion and you are invited to be in it!
In between calling plays, coaching basketball full time throughout the Buffalo community, Jeremy Rowe often converses with Buffalo, NY residents about the mayoral race. He came to the conclusion that much of the city’s population is divided in threes! One third is firmly behind Mayor Byron Brown, happy with how the current mayor has represented the city. One third is all for primary winner India Walton, yearning for the changes that Walton promises. There is also
another third, made up of individuals that either do not like either candidate, or don’t really seem to care because they don’t see Buffalo being helped by either candidate. At this point, Rowe contacted his family member and filmmaker Korey Green (The Forgotten City 2006, The Romans 2014,The Blackness Project 2018). He pitched the idea of interviewing Buffalo residents on how they feel about the upcoming mayoral race Brown vs Walton. Green simply said “Okay, let’s do it!” From this idea we present: “3 Buffalos” This film project will be an interactive documentary that focuses on views from the 3 different perspectives: supporters of Brown, supporters of Walton, and the undecided.

The ONE-TIME open filming date is September 17, 2021, 1pm-5pm, at the Buffalo Green Room, 2495 Main Street, Suite 460, Buffalo, NY 14214.
If you would like to be interviewed to share your story or voice your opinion, please email [email protected] to schedule an interview timeslot on Sept 17th! If you cannot make this date, just email us that you’re interested and we will send you a questionnaire to fill out. You can self-record your interview and send it to us (5 minute maximum).

Deadline: September 27, 2021
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Buffalo Art Wall is an online collection of contemporary artists from Western New York. They are currently accepting submissions to be included on their website.

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Buffalo Latino Village is looking to establish a Latino art gallery and is in search of images to exhibit. Images contributed or donated will be:

  • Displayed on their online website with headshot and bio
  • Listed with places where the work is currently exhibited
  • Linked to where people can purchase your work
  • Published (one time per year)

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Buffalo Obscura is in the planning stages for future in person events for 2021 as soon as it is safe to host them again. They welcome artists working in all aspects of the visual and performing arts to get involved. They keep submissions on file and review all of them when planning an event. Their shows are one-night-only pop up events in obscure locations in and around Buffalo.

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Buffalo Theatre Workshop is accepting original scripts of all lengths on an ongoing basis. These should be works in progress that are intended for production. For more information, email [email protected]

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The Carnegie Art Center is accepting proposals for exhibitions for its 2021-22 calendar. In addition, proposals are considered year-round for artistic workshops, concerts, DIY events, and other educational opportunities.

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Creative Mornings Buffalo is looking for artists to open their Friday morning presentations with a performance, display, or quick take from the local arts community. Email them with the subject line “CMbuf: I’d like to perform!”

El Museo has an ongoing call for artists interested in exhibition and other opportunities. The organization’s primary focus is visual art (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, etc.), but design, new media, and nontraditional practices are also welcome. Artists of color, underserved artists, and emerging artists are strongly encouraged.

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The Gallery of Walking Art is a new clothing company seeking artists to submit work that will be produced on a limited run series of clothing, including on t-shirts and sweatshirts. Artists will receive compensation for every item sold.

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Hiraeth House seeks artists who would like to exhibit their work during upcoming Allentown First Friday Gallery Walk events. For more information, please email Megan Leith at “[email protected]

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The galleries at the Jewish Community Centers provide a creative space for artists to showcase and sell their work. Opportunities are available for two-month exhibitions and each new exhibition includes an opportunity for an artist sponsored reception to kick off the exhibit, allowing JCC members and interested community arts patrons the opportunity to meet the artist and learn more about their artistic process and creative goals. The JCC will help to promote the exhibit through email blasts, social media, posting to online events calendars, and sending out a press release to all local media. Additionally, for some exhibiting artists, workshops, presentations to schools and synagogues, and interactive classes are included. JCC is currently seeking works on paper, photographs, paintings, and textiles; no 3-D work accepted at this time.

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The Lake Placid Film Festival is looking for short films for competition for their 2021 festival to be judged by an experienced panel of judges. They will select 10 “Finalists” from each of the 4 categories. The short films may be from 2 minutes to 15 minutes in length. Submitted films should have been completed on or after January 1, 2019. All submitters receive a complimentary pass to all festival seminars.

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Music is Art is seeking students who are highly proficient on an instrument or voice to highlight on WEBR AM 1440 radio. The goal is to give the best young student musicians an opportunity to perform and share their stories to a broad audience in a safe environment. Students must be in grades 7-12, and must be recommended by a school or private studio teacher. Teachers can nominate up to 4 students.

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The NYSDEA seeks your presentation proposals for our 2022 Annual Conference!
NYSDEA Virtual Conference 2022
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Location: Internet-based meeting platform
(1 hour 15 minute maximum length of presentation session)
We have heard a lot around the idea of “learning loss,” but how does Dance Education promote “learning gains?” How can we address this topic of interest in our teaching and learning? Share your ideas, methodology, and discoveries with Dance Educators by submitting your proposal for the 2022 NYSDEA Winter Conference!
All modalities, genres, techniques, and points of view are welcome and encouraged.
Learning Gains Through Dance Education:
• How can Dance Educators promote learning gains?
• How can Dance Educators showcase achievements and redefine success of student goals?
• How can Dance Educators utilize technology to support teaching and learning gains?
• How can Dance Educators maintain motivation while furthering their own professional growth to best serve their students?
• How can Dance Educators incorporate culturally responsive and anti-racist practices in their curriculum to support learning gains?
• How can Dance Educators include multiple modalities, genres, and techniques, to foster learning gains?

Deadline: October 1, 2021
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The NACC Gallery Committee is pleased to announce our Native Voices 2021. This Native American Arts Exhibition at the NACC will showcase the many talented Native American artists in our area. To allow the exhibition to represent a wide range of artistic mediums it will not be limited to a specific genre or medium, therefore, we will accept two-dimensional and three- dimensional works of art with a limit of 4 pieces per artist. This exhibition is open to any Native American artist who lives or works in New York State. Prizes will be awarded for Traditional, Contemporary, Avant Garde, and Viewer’s Choice categories.

Native Voices 2021 opens on Sunday October 17, 2021 and runs through November 26, 2021. Awards will be presented at noon on Sunday November 21, 2021 during the closing of our 2-day celebration weekend event, celebrating Native American Heritage Month. This art exhibition will work to support this immersive two-day celebration at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, being held on November 20 – November 21. This weekend will showcase the Native American culture with music, exhibits, dance, theater, films, a fashion show, panel discussion and keynote speakers.

Complete the entry application and submit to the email ([email protected]). Provide at least 1 photo sample of each art/work being submitted, and all completed information. All entries must be original to the submitting artist. Work must be professionally mounted and framed. The Gallery Director will review the work and notify you by email- by October 1 if you have been accepted into the show.

Deadline: September 26, 2021
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PROFILE: Eric is a musician. Eric’s Father, George, believes his son is a freeloader that sleeps all day, does nothing but watch soap operas, and needs to get a real job.

If interested, please email [email protected]. Email should include NAME, AGE, and a good time to contact you.

Please also attach your resume and head shot.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the director Christine at (716) 228-9645

Posted: August 30, 2021
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The project is located at the eastern gateway to downtown Rochester, NY between East Avenue and Broad Street, on the west side of Union Street on Site 3 of the Inner Loop East Redevelopment Project.

The artwork will be located in the building passthrough. Artists are encouraged to think expansively about the space, engaging with the wall, ceiling, and ground area. This public artwork is intended to be an iconic work that represents, welcomes, or supports the LGBTQ+ community in some way. The resulting commission should be bold, eye-catching, and thoughtful. The installation should be engaging day and night. Artists or teams may propose a painted mural – however, we especially encourage projects that use sculptural and permanently durable materials – and engage the walking/seating area in front of the wall. See drawings for more detail.

Deadline: October 31, 2021
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45th Annual Roycroft Summer Festival, hosted by the Roycrofters-at-Large Association, will be held on June 26 & 27, 2021 at the Healthy Zone Ice Rink in East Aurora NY. The show features a variety of juried artisans in a wide-range of mediums. The show is 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Work that is chosen for their shows must represent quality craftsmanship in craft and fine arts. Additional show applications and video on the show itself, are available on the website The Roycrofters-At-Large Association continues to promote and educate the Renaissance of the Arts & Crafts Movements.

Deadline for Winter Show: November 1, 2021
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Starring Buffalo is forming a community chorus of volunteer singers for its production of Rent, to perform alongside Broadway and Buffalo’s best actors.

Performances: Friday 11/19/2021 7:30PM; Saturday 11/20/2021 2:00PM and 7:30PM

Ages: 9th grade through 99 (and beyond!)

Audition requirements:

  • Record excerpt of “Seasons of Love” using cellphone
  • When recording, sing the voice part you prefer when the parts split
  • Accompaniment tracks and music available

Notifications to choir members will be made by Sunday, 10/3/2021

Deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm
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The Bridge Art Gallery of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Office of Mental Health Promotion is currently holding an open call for art for its upcoming show, “Life is a Journey,” that reflect this theme. Only 2D media less than one-inch thick will be considered. Locked frames are provided in two sizes: 18″ x 20″ and 20″ x 24″. Artists must mat artwork to fit the designated frame size and orientation. As a part of the Department of Psychiatry, the Office of Mental Health Promotion aims to provide a new space for local artists to display their artwork while at the same time creating a lovely and therapeutic environment for patients, families, and employees of Strong Mental Health and Wellness.

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Wild Roof Journals is seeking submissions for their upcoming issues. They accept submissions of visual art (painting, drawing, photography, digital), writing (poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, essay), or hybrid forms. General submission guidelines:

  • 1-8 visual art pieces – keep file size under 10mb; we will ask for higher resolution images if needed for publication; .jpeg file type preferred
  • 1-6 poems (submit multiple poems in a single file)
  • 1-3 pieces of short fiction (approx. 1,000-3,000 words) or flash fiction (under 1,000 words)
  • 1-3 pieces of creative non-fiction/essay (total length approx. 3,000 words max.)

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw pieces from consideration if they are accepted elsewhere. If applicants have a previously published piece that they feel deserves attention (and they have retained the rights), please acknowledge the previous publication. If your work is accepted, you must agree to give Wild Roof Journal online publishing and archival rights; following publication, all rights revert back to the author/artist. You must credit Wild Roof Journal if the work is published elsewhere in the future.

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The Western New York Artist’s Group invites artists to submit work for their 30th Annual Juried Regional Artists Exhibition. The purpose of this exhibition is to offer artists from the Western New York area the opportunity to exhibit and sell work they consider to be their finest effort as this exhibition will exemplify the excellence in visual art found in Western New York. There is no theme for this exhibition. 30th Annual Juried Regional Artists Exhibition 2021 Calendar:

  • Saturday, October 2 Deliver entries to the WNYAG Gallery from 11am to 1pm.
  • Tuesday, October 5 Pick-up work(s) that were not accepted from 11am to 5pm.
  • Friday, October 8 Exhibit will open to the public
  • Friday, November 12 Exhibition closes at 5pm.
  • Saturday, November 13 Pick-up works from 11am to 1pm.

Deadline: October 2, 2021
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Last updated September 16, 2021