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 info@asiwny.org and we would be glad to add it to our listing.

Casting for Alleyway Theatre productions is ongoing and all are encouraged to attend. Equity and non-equity contracts are available. As Alleyway begins a new season of leadership, incoming Artistic Director Chris J Handley would like to welcome everyone, old friends and new, to audition to be a part of the very exciting new 20-21 season.

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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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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 artyrockparty@yahoo.com.

Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) in Jamestown has extended the deadline for submissions to its 2020 Nature Photography Contest to Monday, Aug. 31. A $200 cash prize will be awarded to winners in both the Youth (ages 8 to 18, or still in high school) and Adult (ages 18 or older, or out of high school) divisions in three categories:

  • Wildlife Portraits: Any wild animal. No photos of animals in captivity, such as pets, zoos, or rehab animals
  • Macro Abstracts: Anything that is natural/wild such as flowers, insects, leaves, water droplets, eyes/feathers of animals, close-up textures in nature, etc.
  • Habitats and Landscapes: Places that any wild animals live in and/or waterfalls, sunsets, mountains, etc.

Deadline: August 31, 2020
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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 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.

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Buffalo Blue Blouse’s first project is a fundraiser for Deyanna Davis. When we say Black Lives Matter, we mean Black lives in Buffalo. HER LIFE MATTERS! The secondary goal of the event is to PROMOTE BLACK ARTISTS. Send us everything you’ve got! Actors, Musicians, Dancers, Visual Artists, Poets, Designers, Queens, and everything in between! On August 1st, we’ll be flooding the Allen/Elmwood block with RADICAL BLACK ART!

With the support of local businesses and public parks we’ll hold a COVID safe open-air walk through display of all Black art and performance. We want you to be a part of it!

You’re NB and want to help? We have jobs for you! Assistant stage managers and volunteers needed! Message us or email buffaloblueblouse@gmail.com.

Deadline: July 27, 2020
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The Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) and Squeaky Wheel invite submissions for the Youth Micro Blocks showcase to highlight the creative power and talent in youth-produced film and media. The groups are seeking new and creative film and media work from students nationwide. All young filmmakers under 18 can submit any moving image works 10 minutes or shorter in duration. A series of virtual micro-block screenings with live filmmaker talks proceeding the screenings during the BIFF festival. Submissions will be judged by a panel of young makers from Squeaky Wheel’s advance-track youth media program Saturday Cafe.

Deadlines: August 20, 2020
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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 buffalotheatreworkshop@gmail.com.

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The Burchfield Penney Art Center is working on a video installation that highlights masked faces. Textile artist Jozef Bajus is leading the call for photos of artists wearing and/or making masks for others.

Deadline: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Email photo submissions to bpacexhibitions@buffalostate.edu.

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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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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Green Buffalo Productions is hosting a weekly 48-hour writing challenge. Email greenbuffaloproductions@gmail.com to sign up for writing prompts and/or to be a reader for its weekly live stream. Writing prompts are released on Fridays at 9 PM.

Deadline: September 30, 2020
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Hallwalls accepts submissions for art in any media by artists from anywhere in the world. They have a preference toward new work, with an emphasis on installation, sculpture, and new media—none of which precludes submissions of paintings, drawings, or photography, et al. Artists may propose specific works or provide work samples representing current/pending projects.

Deadline: August 31
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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.

Deadlines: June and December every year.
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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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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 liminalspaceensemble@gmail.com.

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By November 2020, 7 million youth will be eligible first time voters. Open Buffalo is looking for some talented young artists to design a poster for their POWER OF THE YOUTH campaign, which encourages young people to register and vote. Grand prize is $500 cash with other awards available. This call is open to all youth in the Buffalo region ages 16-25. Must be an original piece showing the power of youth voting or encouraging young people to vote.

Deadline: August 28, 2020
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Painted Love, an art and wellness studio located in Tonawanda, is seeking vendors for its shows every Saturday throughout the summer. The cost per vendor is $20 to rent a six foot table, with a limit of seven vendors. All art and craft products must be original.

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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.

Contact: elizabeth@penndixie.org
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What would a city without work look like? Recently, with innovations in artificial intelligence, low-cost networked sensors, and robotics, combined with prolonged economic stagnation for large swaths of the population, there has been increasing interest in policies such as universal basic income as a means of ensuring the economic welfare of all people. The Post-Work City invites artists to submit art and design projects that imagine what cities could be like in a world where we no longer had to work in order to sustain ourselves. Let your imagination wander and create a piece of art: it can be a painting, an illustration, a website, an AR effect, or an essay.

Deadline: August 30, 2020
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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.

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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: anneliese@queencityfinearts.com.

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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.

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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.”

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Ujima Company, Inc. is calling for submissions of art that you find healing during this chaotic time. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Unique Theatre Company is currently planning this year’s production and will be holding auditions on August 6 from 6-8 PM. The company is seeking directors, Costume designers, make-up artists, actors, set workers, and more. Auditions and interviews will be held on the second floor of 545 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo. Elevator available. RSVP welcome but not necessary.

Date: August 6, 2020
Learn more: (716) 243-8889 or uniquetheatrecompany@gmail.com

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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