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.

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.

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 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 Carnegie Art Center is seeking original 5″ x 7″ artworks for their annual fundraiser “Art Off the Wall.” Each artist can donate up to three (3) 5″ x 7″ artworks; all mediums accepted; no copies or reproductions; artwork should not be framed or mounted.

Deadline: Saturday, November 14, 2020
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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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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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Grassroots Gardens WNY and the Wilson Support Center are seeking artwork, poetry, and musical reflections on theme of “2020: My Grief.” Work will be shared at upcoming candlelight vigils in Buffalo and Niagara Falls on November 21.

Deadline: November 11, 2020
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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.

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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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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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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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The Rochester Contemporary Art Center has an open call for all artists, makers, crafters, creatives, inventors and out-of-the-box thinkers. They are seeking works that have been inspired by life in the last year to be part of this juried exhibition that will be hosted in February 2021. The goal of this exhibit is to explore, document, reflect, and celebrate the individual and collective experience of the last twelve months with a range of topics like the pandemic, racial injustice, national and local politics, climate crisis; AND responses of healing, activism, empathy, innovation, community building, and hopefulness for the future.

Deadline: December 19, 2020 by 5:00 pm
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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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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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