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, Marketing and 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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Our Main Gallery lives in our accessible street-level space, alongside our artist gift shop and class space.  As part of our mission to advance the preservation & understanding of the book arts, we seek to support & nourish the creative community in our region by showcasing innovative and thoughtful artworks in our gallery.

We invite regional artists working in all book arts-related disciplines to submit, including emerging and established artists. We especially encourage indigenous, people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ2+ people to apply. Artists must be 18 years of age.

Book Arts will provide promotional materials and support for the exhibition, and offers a $400 stipend at the culmination of the exhibition. Artwork is welcome to be priced for sale, with Book Arts retaining a 30% commission. Additionally, we supply hand-crafted show pamphlets (printed on one of our mid-century Vandercooks), as well as photo documentation of the exhibition. Currently, to maintain accessibility to our galleries during COVID and beyond, exhibitions will live in both our physical space and digitally, with online viewing capabilities. 

  • Submissions should reflect work with an emphasis or focus in the book arts. This includes, but is not limited to, papermaking, artists books and book binding, printmaking, and letterpress. Please see our Curatorial Statement above.
  • Artists must be at least 18 years of age, and reside in New York State.
  • Artists will be asked to deliver a workshop, artist talk, or demonstration that accompanies their exhibition (to be held on a date after the opening).
  • Artists who have had a solo exhibition at Book Arts within the past three years (2019-2021) are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: Rolling
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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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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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Hey El Museo friends and family! We’ve missed you over the past few months. Please join us in wrapping up this very strange year with our 6th annual members’ exhibition.

One artwork per member; two if renewing! All media welcome. Artworks will be installed in the order received.

Artwork drop-off:
Sat Dec 4, 12–4pm
Thu Dec 9, 2–6pm
Fri Dec 10, 2–6pm
and by appointment (email [email protected])

Memberships are pay-what-you-can through December 10. You can join or renew online, or in-person when you drop off your work.

Questions? Please contact Bryan Lee at [email protected]

Deadline: December 10, 2021
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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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31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN
Deadline: Wednesday, December 15th, 11:59pm EST
Requirements:
*Must be an audio play, which means little to no stage directions. Sound and music cues okay.
*The plays should be between 8min-15min long.
*All plays must have a loose Spooky/Halloween feel to them.
*All writers must be from the WNY area.
*All writers will receive a small stipend for their work.
*If you submitted for the 2021 Spooky One Act Play Festival and have already heard from us, no need to reapply.
*Each playwright may submit up to 10 plays! (It’s the most Google Forms would allow) Please submit all of your plays in one form!

Deadline: December 15, 2021
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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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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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Senator Sean Ryan, in partnership with a steering committee of community stakeholders, is excited to announce a call for proposals for a sculpture in honor of Shirley Chisholm. The selected public artwork will be sited on the grounds of Forest Lawn Cemetery, Ms. Chisholm’s final resting place. This proposed public initiative will demonstrate Shirley Chisholm’s incredible legacy to the entire Western New York community and beyond. The statue will help to convey who Ms. Chisholm was and what she meant; both to Buffalo and to the entire country. The statue will capture her legacy, her impact on our community, and her demonstration that women – particularly Black women – are capable of anything; even (and especially) if it has never been done before.

Requirements
● Materials can either be Barre grey granite, bronze, or a combination of both. Barre grey
granite may be polished, unpolished, thermal finished, or a combination.
● Memorial size is not to exceed 7’ total height from the level of the earth by 10’ total width,
left to right, including the base.
● Statue should be figurative and vertical in orientation.
● The selected site is 6 feet from the sidewalk in front of Birchwood Mausoleum.
● Statue will have a granite base on a concrete foundation.

The Competition
Artists are not required to be producers of sculpture material and may work in conjunction with a producer to be identified by the committee upon selection. The competition will be held in two phases: Artists will be expected to submit qualifications, sketches, and a selection of images of their past artistic activities in Phase I. Semifinalists will be selected to present in Phase II. Once a final artist is selected, they will be required to present their concept to the public with the support of the steering committee.

Eligibility
This request for qualifications is open to all artists or artist teams working in New York State, with a preference for Western New York. Artists submitting qualifications should demonstrate a level of experience and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget. Preference
will be given to artists/artist teams who self-identify as Artists of Color.

Selection Committee
A committee representing community stakeholders will review all submissions for the competition
and make recommendations.

Purchase Awards/Honoraria
The competition will result in an award of up to $150,000 for artist fees, design, fabrication, and
installation of the artwork.

Deadline: December 1, 2021
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Springville Center for the Arts is currently accepting artist proposals for our 2022 exhibition schedule. Due to upcoming renovations, we are looking for flexibility in our schedule for both dates and locations.

Springville Center for the Arts was founded in 1998 with the aim to engage those from our community, region and beyond through exhibitions and other arts programs. The Harold L. Olmsted gallery, named after the late local architect and artist, is housed in a former church built in 1869. The Center has gone through a series of renovations to become the sanctum it is today. Our exhibitions, combined with a palette of visual arts workshops for every age group, provide important opportunities for artists and visitors alike.

As Art’s Cafe is a project of Springville Center for the Arts, its programs is an extension of SCA’s mission to engage our community in the arts. Art’s Cafe is a community-owned artisanal bakery and cafe, with a publicly accessible green roof and workshop space. This presents unique and wide exposure for artists, as the dining room features swaths of wall space available for future exhibits.

EXHIBITION LOCATIONS:

HAROLD L. OLMSTED GALLERY
Multi-arts center in an 1869 former church
37 N. Buffalo Street, Springville, NY

ART’S CAFE
Community-owned artisanal bakery and cafe
5 E. Main Street, Springville, NY

Full information on our website SpringvilleArts.org or by calling 716.592.9038

Posted: November 18, 2021
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The TDA is looking for a qualified and experienced individual or company to research, organize, and stage a major public event in September 2022. Curtain Up! is the signature event of the TDA and the WNY theatre community.

Traditionally the event encompasses three phases, a ticketed social event (cocktail party, a sit-down dinner either indoors or in a tent), followed by individually ticketed theatrical presentations at area theaters, then a street party on Main Street between Chippewa and Tupper. The street party has included in the past; food trucks, musical performances, street entertainers, etc.

As Covid-19 has prevented staging Curtain Up! for the past two years, the TDA is looking to reinvigorate the event and is open to new ideas and suggestions as to the scope and nature of the event for next year.

Individuals or companies should contact the TDA at the address below to express interest and to submit resumes, credentials, references, websites, and other supporting materials. A short list of potential candidates will be developed and interviews with TDA officers will be scheduled. The TDA of WNY is an EOE supporter and strongly recommends MBE and WBE applications

Deadline: December 15, 2021
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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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Wave Farm, Montez Press Radio, and The North American Shortwave Association are pleased to announce “Short Waves / Long Distance,” an open call for works exploring the sonics of the shortwave radio spectrum (2-30 mHz), and the experience of long distance listening. The call is in conjunction with the 35th Anniversary of the Winter Shortwave Listener’s Fest and Wave Farm’s 25th Anniversary, both of which will be celebrated in 2022.

Selected works will be:

  • Featured as part of a two-hour segment from 11pm-1am (EST, UTC -5) during David Goren’s Shortwave Shindig held during the SWL Fest’s Zoom Conference on Friday evening March 4, 2022
  • Broadcast live worldwide on shortwave via WRMI (Radio Miami International)
  • Broadcast live on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley
  • Streamed on Montez Press Radio, March 25, 2022, 2-4 p.m. (EST, UTC -5)
  • Archived online at wavefarm.org, and shortwaveology.net

Deadline: January 31, 2022
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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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Last updated December 6, 2021