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.

The Allentown Art Festival has opened applications for their 2021 festival. The Allentown Art Festival takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo, New York during the second weekend in June. Each year, thousands of art patrons visit the festival to enjoy the charm and character of the Allentown neighborhood. Over 400 juried artists set up along the streets surrounded by beautiful, historic architecture. For dates, costs, and more details, visit the link below.

Deadline: January 29, 2021
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The Aquarium of Niagara is seeking an artist skilled in painting to execute a large abstract design for a new exhibit installation. The design is approximately 75” x 135” in size and will be projected onto the wall in order to be painted. Materials will be provided (with the exception of unique tools).

Please send any inquiries and/or your RFP to Alexandria Lang at [email protected]
Deadline: January 27, 2021

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]

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 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 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 City of Buffalo Arts Commission is seeking artist proposals for public artwork designed to create a visually pleasing addition to an operating and active fire station. The proposed artwork must be installed in or on the tower at the fire station located at Seneca Street and Southside Parkway. If the work of art is to hang from the inside of the tower, the load bearing capacity for the structure is 1000 lbs. Any artist, architect, or designer may submit proposals for consideration. Also welcomed are collaborative “team” submissions. Excluded from consideration are employees of the City of Buffalo.

Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:00 am
You must also notify them that you will be submitting a proposal by Friday, February 5.
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Creative Mornings Buffalo is looking for local creatives to speak as part of their birthday celebration event. Chosen speakers will be part of their Friday, March 13, 2021 event and invited to give a quick talk on the topic of RIPPLE as it relates to creativity. Chosen speakers will be announced on Friday, February 12th and will begin speaker coaching shortly thereafter.

Deadline: January 18, 2021
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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!”

Earth’s Daughters (ED) is seeking  submissions for their 50th anniversary issue. Their theme is STRING(S) – physical or virtual, the bonds that connect. Writers may submit a maximum of 3 poems or 500-word prose. ED is the oldest extant feminist arts periodical having been published continuously since 1971.

Deadline: March 31, 2021
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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. 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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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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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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Every year, the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA) hosts the most popular photo contest of the 501(c)(3) sector. The Annual Nonprofit Photo Contest celebrates the great work nonprofits are doing for their communities. This year’s theme: Nonprofit Strong. The prizes: Best of Show – $1000 first place; Standing Ovation – $500 second place; Spotlight – $100 each for 10 more nonprofits. Although only winners get cash prizes, other entrants may still be featured in their social posts.

Deadline: January 22, 2021
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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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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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The Sculpture Center invites early career artists of the greater Ohio region (including Buffalo, NY) whose practice includes sculpture, installation, mixed and expanded media, relational aesthetics, and performance to apply for inclusion in its annual Revealed Early Career Artist Series (formerly Window to Sculpture or W2S). Revealed awards artists in the first ten years of their career the opportunity to create work for a solo show.

This keystone program of The Sculpture Center, now in its fourteenth year, fosters and promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors during the first ten years of their profession. Four to six artists are selected annually by a diverse Exhibition Committee for one-person, full gallery exhibitions of new work in either the Main Gallery (1000 sq. ft.) or Euclid Avenue Gallery (750 sq. ft.). The 6-7 week-long exhibitions will be held January 2022 – January 2023.

Deadline: February 7, 2021
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Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Lipke Foundation announced today that the 2021 Kenny Awards program will be completely virtual and will spotlight student artistry with three award categories for individual students. To become eligible for a 2021 Kenny Award, individual students in grades 9-12 across WNY must submit an audition video to Shea’s in one or more of the following award categories: Outstanding Acting Performance, Outstanding Vocal Performance, or Outstanding Dance Performance.

Deadline: March 31, 2021
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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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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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