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.
In February of 2020, the Castellani Art Museum (CAM) of Niagara University will present 20/20 Vision: Women Artists in Western New York. This exhibition, on view from February 16 to August 16, 2020 will be the first comprehensive regional art exhibition to focus on women artists living in Western New York. This non-juried exhibition is open to all artists currently residing in the Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties. Submissions must be informed or inspired by the experience of current women artists in these areas.
Deadline: August 31, 2019
Learn more: castellaniartmuseum.org
The Alexia Foundation will begin accepting applications for its 2019 photography competition on September 4, 2019. The deadline for Professional and Student Grants is Sept. 30. The winner of the The Alexia Professional Grant will receive $20,000 to produce his or her proposed story. The first place winner of The Alexia Student Grant will receive a cash grant of $1,000 to produce the proposed story and funding for a semester at Syracuse University. The First Place grant is equivalent to a semester-long fellowship or residency at Syracuse University, including three classes where the winner will work on projects and further develop skills with the support of a world-class faculty. Up to four Award of Excellence winners will receive $500 each to produce a proposed body of work and $1500 to be applied toward tuition at Syracuse University or tuition for one of the following workshops: a MediaStorm One-Day Masterclass, a Momenta Photo Workshop, or The Kalish Workshop, which is provided by The Gilka Grant.
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Learn more: alexiafoundation.org
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.
Learn more: buffaloartwall.org
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.
Learn more: buffaloartsstudio.org
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.
Learn more: niagaracc.suny.edu
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.
Learn more: elmuseobuffalo.org
The Hilbert College Media Camp is a five-day summer camp that allows students (ages 12-18) to get hands-on experience in the media world. Professional, award-winning media faculty helps students dive into the field by doing interviews, creating photographs and videos, and meeting reporters from newspapers and TV.
Learn more: hilbert.edu
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.
Learn more: jccbuffalo.org
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.
Created by filmmakers, MicroMania Film Festival is seeking submissions of films up to 5 minutes in length. Selected films will be screened during the festival on November 16, 2019 at Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Center. Awards include Best Micro-Narrative, Best Micro-Documentary, Best Micro-Animated Short, Best Micro-Experimental Short, and Audience Choice.
Deadline: July 31, 2019 (early submissions); October 6, 2019 (final submissions)
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.
Learn more: MUSEjar
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.
Learn more: postindustrial.com
The first Reinstein Woods Artisan Market will take place on August 10 at Reinstein Woods (93 Honorine Drive) in Depew.
Learn more: Reinstein Woods
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).
Learn more: uhartsgroup.com
The newly opened Vivid Buffalo Creative Center is currently seeking artists to show in their gallery space.
WNY artists are invited to submit two- or three-dimensional works to be on display at the West Falls Center for the Arts season opening fundraiser on September 14, 2019. The theme is “Be part of the art: it’s in your nature.” In addition to the community showcase, artists can choose to be considered for a separate juried competition with the prize of a catered opening and cash bar. Drop off dates include September 5, 6, or 7.