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 [email protected] and we would be glad to add it to our listing.

This mural is to be created on the large 20’ x 60’ plaster wall in our grand lobby. In front of it will be a ticketing and concession counter, possibly with shelving and/or digital screens mounted on the wall. There is some protruding ductwork on the wall, and the surface of the wall may be all (or partially) exposed unpainted plaster at the time of the artists’ installation. The installation will be guaranteed no longer than five years. In addition to making the lobby feel like a community space, the mural will serve as a recognizable instagrammable location and create a space where all are welcome in this building where history and future collide. A commission of $6,000 will be awarded to the chosen artist to create and install their work. This amount must include artist fee, labor, materials, and installation. Some scaffolding is available.

Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon)
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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 [email protected]

BJ Spoke Gallery is seeking proposals from artists who use paper as their primary medium for their PAPERWORKS 2021 exhibition. Accepted media are works made on paper, of paper, or about paper: cut paper, folded paper, woven paper, glued paper, drawings, paintings, pastels, printmaking, photographs, paper sculpture, 3D, bound books, collage, mixed media, video, and installation. Selected artists will have up to six pieces included in a one month, online exhibition on – bjspokegallery.org and promoted on b.j spoke gallery’s social media accounts in August 2021. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artists.

Deadline: May 16, 2021
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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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The Buffalo Arts Commission is seeking proposals from artists, architects, and designers for public artwork to create a work of public art that would contribute to the view shed of Days Park, an adjacent space designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. All types of artwork will be considered including landscape art. The goal of this public artwork is to create a photo-worthy destination point representative of the Allentown – Days Park and Wadsworth location. Total budget of $100,000 must include the purchase, planning, design, fabrication and installation for the public art. The distribution of the amount will be determined by the type of art and the cost of the work submitted.

Deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 am
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The Buffalo Arts Commission is seeking proposals from artists, architects, and designers for public artwork to create a remembrance of Broderick Park’s Underground Railroad heritage that is cognizant of its natural setting, environment and historical relevance for cultures past and present. Multiple artworks that meet these criteria are admissible but must show aesthetic and harmonious intent. Artist collaborations are welcomed.

Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:00 am
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Find your audience at Western New York’s premiere cinematic event – the 15th Annual Buffalo International Film Festival October 7-11, 2021!

Every fall BIFF screens over 100 features and short films from around the world, combining festival favorites with unique discoveries from local, regional, domestic and international makers. Now in its 15th year, the festival features films, episodic content, performances, panels, art installations, and special programs including Racial Justice in View! With a commitment to inclusion and amplifying diverse voices in narrative, documentary and experimental film; BIFF encourages works that push the boundaries of genre and form.

BIFF is currently accepting submissions for their 2021 festival:
Early Bird Deadline – April 15, 2021
Regular Deadline – May 15, 2021
Late Deadline – June 15, 2021
Extended Deadline – July 10, 2021

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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 Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College announces a call for entries for Art In Craft Media 2021. Presented by the Sylvia L. Rosen Endowment for Fine Art in Craft Media, the juried biennial exhibition celebrates and explores the contemporary work of fine artists of the region working with glass, fiber, wood, clay, and metal. Works in glass, fiber, wood, clay, and metal which have been completed in the past two years will be considered. To be eligible, artists must be current or past residents of Western New York state (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, and Monroe Counties). The exhibition will be on view Friday, July 12, 2021 – Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm
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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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The Carnegie Art Center presents a monthly Makers Market that will take place outside on their lawn every second Saturday of the month starting in May and going into September 2021. This monthly event will feature up to 35 vendors selling handcrafted, vintage items or food/drink on their lawn space.

Price to participate as a vendor:
$50 per event for Non-members
$40 per event for Members of the Carnegie Art Center

Submissions for the Makers Market will be accepted until the spots are filled.

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Creative Mornings Buffalo is looking for artists to open their Friday morning presentations with a performance, display, or quick take from the local arts community.

Email them with the subject line “CMbuf: I’d like to perform!”

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 Elmwood Ave Festival of the Arts is seeking artists, craftspeople, musicians, dancers, puppeteers, food vendors, non-profit organizations, and volunteers for its 2021 festival tentatively scheduled for August 28-29, 2021. They have decided to begin the preliminary planning for the event as the end of August is a long way off and they don’t know if the State of New York will let us have the event or if we will deem it safe for our artists, staff and volunteers at that point. They are not collecting booth fees until they are very confident the festival will take place. If the festival has to be cancelled, artists will have the option to carry over their application fee and application to 2022 or to get a refund. Anyone who applied for 2020 and did not request an application fee refund has had their application rolled over to 2021 and does not need to reapply.

Deadline: June 1, 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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Green Buffalo Productions is hosting a weekly 48-hour writing challenge. Each writing challenge requires the playwright to follow a specific prompt and must be written within 48 hours. The winning play will be showcased in a LIVE READING that streams from our Facebook page. 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.

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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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The Lake Placid Film Festival is looking for short films for competition for their 2021 festival to be judged by an experienced panel of judges. They will select 10 “Finalists” from each of the 4 categories. The short films may be from 2 minutes to 15 minutes in length. Submitted films should have been completed on or after January 1, 2019. All submitters receive a complimentary pass to all festival seminars.

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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 [email protected]

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The MicroMania (channel) and MicroMania Film Fest 2021 are nonprofit projects created to support independent voices in film while celebrating the skill and artistry of films up to 5 minutes long (not including credits). Filmmakers are notified within a month of each of our channel deadlines (Early Fall, Winter, Spring, our regular deadline and shortly after our Late and Extended deadlines in June ). Each officially accepted films has the opportunity of joining our streaming MicroMania catalog. The top 10 highest rated films in each category, notified by July 15 2021, advance to compete for awards, prizes, and other opportunities during our MicroMania Film Fest 2021 event.

Deadlines: Spring – April 15, 2021
Regular – May 20, 2021
Late – June 10, 2021
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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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Peaceprints of WNY (PPWNY) invites artists in all appropriate mediums (2-dimensional and 3-dimensional) from throughout Western New York to submit proposals for an outdoor public mural project located on the Building at 335 Grider Street, Buffalo NY 14215 in Buffalo, NY.

The chosen work should:

  • The work must represent the values and mission of PPWNY and the organization’s
    vision for the future. It is our hope to have the mural tell a story through its image.
  • Focus on the Criminal Justice system in WNY, especially the hopes, dreams, struggles
    and triumphs of those affected and of the loved ones supporting them.
  • Provide a message of inspiration and hope because, “At Peaceprints of WNY, we believe
    that hope is not a way out but a way through.”
  • Have an expected lifespan of at least five years unprotected from the elements.
  • Include elements that are easily readable to the public.

Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm
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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: [email protected]
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Il Varco s.r.l.s organizes the 8th edition of PRISMA Art Prize, an art prize that takes place every three months online with a cash award, that will end with an annual group exhibition at the end of the fourth edition of the same year at Atelier Montez in Rome. They are looking for paintings, drawings, graphic art and engravings of any size and on any support. The call for entries is open to every artist without limitations of age, place and country of origin. The submission has a fee of € 25 and it allows the submission of up to three works.

Deadline: May 14, 2021
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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: [email protected]

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45th Annual Roycroft Summer Festival, hosted by the Roycrofters-at-Large Association, will be held on June 26 & 27, 2021 at the Healthy Zone Ice Rink in East Aurora NY. The show features a variety of juried artisans in a wide-range of mediums. The show is 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Work that is chosen for their shows must represent quality craftsmanship in craft and fine arts. Additional show applications and video on the show itself, are available on the website www.ralaweb.com.

The Roycrofters-At-Large Association continues to promote and educate the Renaissance of the Arts & Crafts Movements.

Deadline for Summer Show: March 10, 2021
Deadline for Winter Show: November 1, 2021
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SonmaxProductions is holding an open casting call for a pilot TV show. Actors and non-actors are eligible to submit. Musicians are strongly encouraged to submit. Tentative shooting dates and locations: July 25-August 8 in Buffalo, NY. Those interested should email their resume and headshot to [email protected] with the subject line Audition for Pilot.

Submission Deadline: April 22, 2021 at 10 pm
Audition Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
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Pilot TV Show Casting Call Notice from FB

Springville Center for the Arts is accepting artwork submissions for the juried Annual Downtown Springville Art Crawl, which will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 5:30-8:30 pm. This one-night art event places artwork in small businesses along Springville’s East Main Historic District and visitors stroll from location to location during the free event.

In addition to fine art work this year’s Crawl is looking for musicians and performers to play interspersed with the artwork, arts installation proposals, arts demonstrations and fine crafters looking to table in a sales area. A small “pop-up shop” marketplace will feature small business owners that do not yet have a storefront space. Community organizations interested in setting up a table to promote their activities are also sought.

To submit artwork, artists are asked to email images of their submissions and an entry form to [email protected] Five original pieces of any medium may be accepted. There is no restriction on size or age. If accepted by the jury, artists will be notified and work must be delivered ready to display by May 29. A submission form and details are available at Crawl.SpringvilleArts.org

Performers, community organizations and others interested in participating should call the Center at 716-592-9038 or email [email protected] The event will follow all current Covid-19 guidelines and is therefore subject to change.

The art jury this year includes Gerald Mead, Cindi O’Mara, and Richard Stamps. Gerald Mead is an independent curator, art collector and arts writer who teaches in the Art & Design Department at SUNY Buffalo State. A leading authority on Western New York art, he received his MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. As a former longtime curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, Mead organized over one hundred thirty exhibitions, some of which toured nationally.

Cindi O’Mara is a of native of Upstate New York who has studied at Sage College (Junior College of Albany) and at Nazareth College of Rochester. Her work has been presented in several juried and non-juried as well as spotlighted in numerous one-person exhibitions.

Richard Stamps has exhibited work at The NACC, The Annual National Art Competition, Art Dialogue Pelham Art Center, Erie Art Museum, New Mexico Photographer, among many other national competitions and exhibits. Stamps exhibited “Inside My Big Fat Head” in the then recently renovated Harold L. Olmsted Gallery inside Springville Center for the Arts in 2015.

Deadline: Saturday, May 1, 2021
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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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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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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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