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 Initiative, please directly contact the organization requesting the artistic work.
If you have an art submission deadline, please submit your information to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Arty Rock ‘n Roll Party, which will take place this year on November 27 in downtown Buffalo, is looking for submissions from painters, sculptors, visual artists, videographers (videos up to 10 min long), and poets, dancers, theatrical performers, and musicians. This is an all-ages show; burlesque will not be considered. Theme is Thanksgiving and/or rock ‘n roll. Email a link to your work with a sentence or two explaining how your art fits within the rock ‘n roll Thanksgiving theme to email@example.com.
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.
Silo City is partnering with Beau Fleuve Music & Arts this spring and summer to launch the new art gallery space and music series “ARTS x BEATS.” Beau Fleuve is continuing its First Friday monthly series, which kicked off in 2019 and leads up to its annual summer festival. The new gallery space will be hosted at Duende, a two-story restaurant, bar, and event space located on the grounds of historic Silo City. The series will highlight various art shows every month that feature emerging and established artists and are accompanied by music performances by local and national recording artists.
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.
Buffalo Arts Studio is currently accepting submissions for its 2020-21 exhibition calendar. This exhibition series will reflect the belief that artists and curators can effect change through purposeful collaborations that balance community need with artistic insight. This series of exhibitions will be curated with the intent to not only display powerful visual statements, but to also spur dialogue between varied audiences and to open doors to social, economic, environmental, and representational justice. Together, these programs will realize the Buffalo Arts Studio mission to provide exposure for visual artists while creating community cultural connections through exhibitions, public art, and educational programs.
Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) champions regional, national, and international films that push the limits of independent cinema – presenting quality films from around the world to WNY residents and visitors. BIFF is committed to amplifying diverse voices and exhibiting cutting-edge programming in narrative, documentary and experimental film. A proud supporter of local filmmaking and the arts, BIFF also offers workshops, seminars, industry panel discussions, fiscal sponsorship, and professional development opportunities, as well as an Offscreen series of art, music, and performance. BIFF is now accepting submissions for its 2020 festival.
Deadlines: May 1, 2020 (early); May 25, 2020 (regular); June 20, 2020 (late); July 10, 2020 (extended)
Buffalo Shorts is now reviewing submissions of films up to 15 minutes in length to be included in its new streaming channel. All genres are welcome, including music videos and trailers. Films have the chance of being featured at Buffalo Rising, and films under five minutes have the chance to qualify to compete in MicroMania Film Festival 2020.
Deadlines: June 1, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buffalo’s Own is currently accepting submissions for its next exhibition. For more information, email at BuffalosOwn716@gmail.com.
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.
The Carnegie Art Center is currently seeking applications from artists and craftspeople interested in participating in Carnegie Art Festival: A Virtual Art Experience. The festival is an alternative to in-person art festivals this summer, and will on view to the public from July 1 to August 1, 2020.
Deadline: May 30, 2020
Niagara County Community College’s Dolce Valvo Art Center is looking for artists of all mediums to exhibit their work. The gallery’s mission is to provide a community space for students to view professional artist’s work and foster continued enthusiasm for the arts. The gallery aims to do this by providing exhibit times for community arts organizations, professional artists, and our students. Exhibitions last about one month.
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.
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.
Green Buffalo Productions is seeking feature-length plays for Green Buffalo Productions’ 2021 season. Submissions must be unpublished/unproduced with simple set requirements. Experimental and progressive work is preferred. Plays featuring women or gender-neutral characters are preferred. Co-written submissions are welcome. Send submissions to email@example.com with a PDF of work and a short author bio.
Deadline: September 30, 2020
Green Buffalo Productions is seeking one-act plays with a Halloween theme. Submissions must be no more than 10 pages in length and must be unpublished/unproduced with simple set requirements. Experimental and progressive work is preferred. Plays featuring women or gender-neutral characters are preferred. Co-written submissions are welcome. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with a PDF of work and a short author bio.
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Green Buffalo Productions and Madwoman in the Attic are seeking monologues, poems, visual art, choreography, and short plays that focus on oppression related gender, race, class, education, and more to be built into performances. The producers are imagining the performances as a more inclusive, more experimental Vagina Monologues. Send submissions to email@example.com with a PDF of work and a short author bio.
Deadline: May 30, 2020
Open to any tax-exempt organization in New York State, Humanities New York’s Reading & Discussion Programs bring together community members for a series of thematically-linked, text-based conversations about important ideas. Sixteen themes are available for spring 2020: Votes for Women!, Place and Story, The Vietnam War, Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Audre Lorde, American Politics and Community Today, Reaching for the American Dream: Pulitzer-Winning Novels, James Baldwin’s America, In Cold Blood: True Crime, An American Genre, The Serious Side of Food, Our World Remade: World War I, Serving: Standing Down, Growing & Aging, Lincoln on the Civil War, Making Sense of the Civil War, Muslim Journeys, and Serving.
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.
Liminal Space Ensemble (LSE) is a new Buffalo-based music collective that aims to engage the community through the presentation of recitals, educational programs, and social events that are accessible to diverse audiences. LSE is currently seeking professional musicians interested in playing a variety of professional performances throughout Western New York for its 2020 season. LSE is specifically looking for oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, and piano players. For more information, contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LiveNF Makers Market is a celebration of creativity featuring 60+ artisan vendors, live music, food, and free pop-up events for kids every year in Niagara Falls, New York.
MicroMania Film Festival is seeking submissions of films and animations of less than five minutes in length to be included in its streaming channels (30K+ subscribers). Selected films will also have the opportunity to compete for awards and prizes for its festival from July 18 to 25.
Deadline: June 1, 2020
MUSEjar is seeking work from Western New York artists for its 2018-19 exhibition calendar. During the winter months when MUSEjar is forced to close the garage door of its open-air shop, the shop “makes lemonade out of lemons” by installing a gallery wall.
Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve is currently planning its 2020 community arts programming to be enjoyed outdoors at the park. The organization is seeking performing artists and performing arts groups—focusing on dance, poetry, music, theater, or other disciplines—working on themes of nature, climate, the ancient past, science, and/or environment.
Post-Industrial Productions is seeking 2-4-minute stories, spoken word pieces, poems, or monologues (roughly 500 word limit) that can be performed by local actors for an audience on a virtual platform. These stories should address the COVID-19 crisis, and the difficulties the pandemic has created for communities, families, and individuals.
Postindustrial welcomes pitches for narrative nonfiction, journalism, and essays, as well as submissions of photography projects and audio. Postindustrial is the Texas Monthly for the Rust Belt — a place where major feats of investigative and narrative journalism can live alongside lighthearted prodding of politicians and profiles of people building new businesses.
Project 308 Gallery, a commercial gallery space that serves as a place to experience art, music, and community events, is currently seeking artists for its 2020 programming. The gallery highlights a new emerging artist every month, and also hosts concerts, fundraisers, private events, and more.
To stay artistically active during this time of quarantine, Queen City Fine Arts is coordinating a weekly call for art with a different theme each week. This is open to everyone. Interested artists can submit images of work digitally, along with details such as title, material, size, and links to more informations/art, via the Queen City Fine Arts Facebook or by email: email@example.com.
Springville Center for the Arts is currently accepting proposals for exhibits in the Harold L. Olmsted Gallery for the 2020 calendar year. Artists accepted for exhibition will be notified to schedule a meeting with the Gallery Committee and staff for exhibition details. Proposals are selected based on artistic merit and the physical constraints of the gallery, not sale-ability. The proposal reviewers will consider solo and group shows.
Tart seeks to capture this unique moment by launching a weekly newsletter where creative work created during the COVID-19 pandemic will be featured. Its hope is that this digital space will be a creative and emotional resource for creative communities during this undefined time of “social distancing.”
Ujima Company, Inc. is calling for submissions of art that you find healing during this chaotic time. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
The ARTpartnering Program of the University Heights Arts Association exhibits art in the public spaces of local businesses and nonprofits. Artists are sought to showcase and sell their art as part of individual or group exhibitions at the following locations: Amy’s Place Restaurant (Buffalo); Kloss, Stenger and LoTempio, (Clarence); Buffalo’s Best Grill (Orchard Park); Independent Living of Genesee (Batavia); and Independent Living of Buffalo (Buffalo).
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.
The newly opened Vivid Buffalo Creative Center is currently seeking artists to show in their gallery space.
Books Arts is seeking submissions for its annual members’ exhibition from current, renewing, and new members the organization, of all skill levels, ages, and abilities. Members may submit up to three artworks of any artistic medium. This year, the exhibition will held virtually. There is no fee to enter.
Western New York Independent Living and other community agencies are gearing up for the 30th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. This momentous occasion will take place on Sunday, July 20, 2020. Festival organizers are looking for artists who would like to perform at this celebration, specifically actors, spoken word artists, musicians, and dancers.