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.
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
The Allegany Arts Association will award $50 and $25 as well as publication in the autumn issue of Allegany Arts Association Art News to two essayists.
Deadline: November 11, 2019
The EXPO 39 juried competition and exhibition is accepting submissions from artists living in the United States. The juror of the show will be Lina Kavaliunas, the curatorial assistant of the Museum of Modern Art. All fine arts media are acceptable. The chosen artists will have from one to eight works exhibited at the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington, NY.
Deadline: November 15, 2019
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 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.
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
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.
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: October 6, 2019
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
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is seeking fashion submissions for its annual Wearable Art Runway Show. This year, the theme is “Out of This World,” with categories including “To Infinity & Beyond,” “Let There Be Light,” “Inspired by the Space Race,” “Celestial Bodies,” and “Alien Encounters.”
Deadline: October 14, 2019
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
Road Less Traveled Productions is now accepting submissions to its second 10-Minute Play Festival, “May the Fourth Be With You,” an evening of staged readings on Monday, May 4, 2020. In honor of the date, RLTP encourages creative imaginings around the Star Wars Universe and accompanying themes; however, short plays around any theme or topic are welcome to be submitted. Submissions must be original work by a regional playwright (Western New York and the surrounding area), no longer than 10 minutes in length, and should not have had previous readings or productions.
Deadline: October 1, 2019
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 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.
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.
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.