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.
ART247 Gallery is seeking submissions of black and white photography for an exhibition in 2020. To work only in black and white is a challenge for the artist; it forces them to express their thoughts and ideas without the use of the colors, which are so fundamental to our view of the world. Only black, white, and shades of gray can be used to express their vision. Texture, rhythm, and movement take on greater meaning as we are forced to perceive without the benefit of the color that normally enhances our everyday life.
Deadline: December 18, 2019
ART Habens is celebrating ten years of successful activity by launching a special edition that will explore new trends and tendencies in contemporary art. This special biennial edition will include features on both art and artists, and will highlight notable new exhibitions and events around the world. The competition is open to all artists, both national and international; each applicant may submit a maximum of three works or projects made in any technique.
Deadline: December 13, 2019
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is seeking submissions to be considered for solo exhibitions at The Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery. Two solo exhibitions occurring in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will be awarded through a competitive, juried process. Each award includes: solo exhibition; mentorship with an established artist; $500 stipend to help offset production fees; and promotion, marketing, and opening reception events. This is an open call for emerging artists in New York State and Pennsylvania. Priority is given to local artists.
Deadline: January 17, 2020
On behalf of 1702 Pine, LLC, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI) invites Western New York-based visual artists working in two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums to submit proposals for an outdoor public art project located at 1702 Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, New York. The mural will appear on the building’s west-facing façade facing 17th Street.
Deadline: December 6, 2019; 5 PM
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.
Buffalo Art Wall is an online collection of contemporary artists from Western New York. They are currently accepting submissions to be included on its 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.
The Carnegie Art Center is currently seeking submission of visual art for its annual fundraiser, Art off the Wall. Hundreds of 5 x 7 sized original pieces of artwork will be exhibited on the main gallery wall in the Carnegie Art Center, where guests will be able to purchase them for $20. Each piece is donated by award-winning local artists committed to supporting the programing within the Buffalo Niagara arts community.
Deadline: November 20, 2019
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.
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.
Maker Faire Rochester is seeking commercial and artistic makers to inspire, encourage, and educate the young makers (school groups in grades 3 through 8) who will be in attendance at the festival on November 22 and 23, 2019. Makers will present a project, workshop, demo, or performance.
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.
The NCCC Film & Animation Festival is an annual event held each spring on the college’s Sanborn campus. The event brings together filmmakers and animation artists from all over WNY and beyond. Topping the event is an international film competition in which awards are given to filmmakers in a variety of categories. A $200 prize is awarded to the best films in the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, Horror, and Experimental.
Deadline: April 1, 2020
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.
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.
The first Reinstein Woods Artisan Market will take place on August 10 at Reinstein Woods (93 Honorine Drive) in Depew.
The Sculpture Center, an exhibition space in University Circle, Cleveland, is seeking applicants for its 2021 Revealed Emerging Artist Series (formerly Window to Sculpture or W2S). Founded in 1989, The Sculpture Center fosters and promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors during the first ten years of their profession.
Deadline: January 6, 2020
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.
This juried exhibit of work focuses on fiber art, including but not limited to weaving, crochet, knitting, quilting, felting, embroidery, tapestry, tatting, and more. Work will be displayed at the Harold L. Olmsted Gallery at Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo Street, Springville from January 15 to March 7, 2020. The opening reception’s date is to be determined.
Deadline: December 7, 2019
Springville Center for the Arts is seeking work for its annual holiday sale. While work may be winter-themed, wintery or holiday subject matter is not required.
Drop-off days: November 23 and 25, 2019 from 10 to 5 or by appointment
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.
Variety Pack is a new literary journal based out of the Buffalo that aims to showcase a variety of voices from around the globe. The editors are currently seeking submissions for their first issue.
Deadline: December 13, 2019
The newly opened Vivid Buffalo Creative Center is currently seeking artists to show in their gallery space.
The Book Arts’ Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace is a vendor market just in the nick of time for this upcoming gift-giving season. A collection of 40+ artists and makers take over both floors of the Book Arts Center, showcasing unique, quality handmade goods from housewares, knitwear, and jewelry to hand-printed greeting cards and posters. This year’s Last Minute Panic Sale will take place on Friday, December 13 from 4-8pm and Saturday, December 14 from 11am-5pm at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St at E. Mohawk in Downtown Buffalo.