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 Nicole Murray, Communications Manager ([email protected]) and we would be glad to add it to our listing.

Alleyway Theatre will hold open auditions July 5 & 6, 2021. Please prepare a 60-90 second memorized contemporary monologue. If you sing, please also prepare a short contemporary musical theatre song and bring sheet music, accompanist provided. Arrive early for your timeslot and bring a hardcopy headshot/resume.

Union and non-union roles are available in both the current and upcoming seasons for actors of all types and ages. This is for mainstage, cabaret, and new play development readings/workshops.

Deadline: July 6, 2021
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The Anne Frank Project’s thirteenth annual social justice festival supports the theme for the 150th Anniversary of SUNY Buffalo State: “Believe. Inspire. Achieve.” These three words symbolize the storyline of our students’ journey through college, and the people and experiences that strengthen them. The workshops, artwork, and speakers at AFP 2021 will focus this storyline through the lens of social justice: Who or what pushes us toward excellence amidst the multiple odds and obstacles against us? This year’s festival seeks multidisciplinary workshops and artworks that define and expose the Belief and Inspiration required to Achieve an improved world.

Deadline: July 1, 2021

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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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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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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 Opera Unlimited is looking for a male (teenager) or ingenue to perform the role of “Little Bat” in a September 2021 production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. The individual must be a good character actor as well as singer. The range is lyric tenor (with high A and B). This is a paid role with a professional opera company. This production will be collaboration with WNED (PBS).

Please contact:
Tim Kennedy
Artistic Director
Buffalo Opera Unlimited
(716) 882-1692

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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Buffalo’s Own is looking for artists and artisans for a one-day exhibition. The event, located at 653 Clinton Street, will be on Sunday August 8th from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM. Buffalo’s Own is a concept built on the premise of creating opportunities for artist from Buffalo, New York to advance their careers in larger art markets.

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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 Erie County Fair welcomes public participation as most competitions have no residency requirement. Only the Fair’s “Home Wine,” “Home Brew” and “Conservation” categories are restricted to residents of New York State. Children as young as 5 years of age are encouraged to take part in Junior Creative Arts submissions that include Lego building block sculptures, handmade jewelry and doll making.

Deadline: July 16, 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 on the hunt for some one-act plays to be performed LIVE this October! We’re looking for 10-minute plays that can be done on stage that have a loose Halloween theme to them! In the past, we have done plays that range from bone-chilling thrillers to outrageously silly, so the choice is yours! Just make sure it’s a little spooky…

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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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Lewiston Council on the Arts once again takes the Chalk YOUR Walk Competition online! This year, we’re opening up the competition to ANYONE in New York State and you can compete from the comfort of your driveway, parking lot, path, or park! This year’s theme is Imagine, Explore & Create! Nature, music, animals, hobbies, books, sports…. anything can be the inspiration for YOUR mural.

Deadline: August 1, 2021

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Want to be part of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? Join us June 26th to audition. Must be 16 years old to audition. To register for an audition time, please email us at [email protected]

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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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RHP is Thrilled to announce live, in person auditions For:
YES VIRGINIA THERE IS A SANTA CLAUSE
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Auditions for both shows will take place on
Monday and Tuesday, July 19 & 20.
At THE MEETING HOUSE
Village Of Williamsville
5658 Main Street, Williamsville, New York. 14221
6.00pm until 10pm Both Days
Reservations are required.
You may Audition for Both Shows (Only one audition slot needed)
Please Email “[email protected]” to request a reservation.

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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 Winter Show: November 1, 2021
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Audition notice for high school and college students. Springville Center for the Arts is now casting for the musical, Something Rotten!

Performance Dates: Friday, August 6th, Saturday, August 7th, & Sunday, August 8th

For audition and show information, email [email protected]

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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The Western New York Artist’s Group invites artists to submit work for their 30th Annual Juried Regional Artists Exhibition. The purpose of this exhibition is to offer artists from the Western New York area the opportunity to exhibit and sell work they consider to be their finest effort as this exhibition will exemplify the excellence in visual art found in Western New York. There is no theme for this exhibition.

30th Annual Juried Regional Artists Exhibition 2021 Calendar:

  • Saturday, October 2 Deliver entries to the WNYAG Gallery from 11am to 1pm.
  • Tuesday, October 5 Pick-up work(s) that were not accepted from 11am to 5pm.
  • Friday, October 8 Exhibit will open to the public
  • Friday, November 12 Exhibition closes at 5pm.
  • Saturday, November 13 Pick-up works from 11am to 1pm.

Deadline: October 2, 2021
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Western New York Book Arts Center invites regional artists working in all book arts-related disciplines to submit innovative and thoughtful artworks to be displayed in their main gallery. Book Arts will provide promotional materials and support for the exhibition, and offers a $400 stipend at the culmination of the exhibition.

Fall Exhibition Deadline: June 1, 2021
Winter Exhibition Deadline: August 1, 2021
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Women’s Studio Workshop seeks applicants for our Public Art Mural Grant, a four-week residency in which an artist will create an original work for WSW’s mural wall. The summer 2021 mural artist will be featured in the annual UPSTATE ART WEEKEND tour August 27-29th as part of the collaborative exhibition Rooted: Art & Land with the Dorsky Gallery, the Cronin Gallery and the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, $500 for materials, $250 for travel, and free on-campus housing. Artist must be present to begin production by August 16, 2021.

Deadline: July 6, 2021
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Last updated June 22, 2021