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Artists Opportunities

THIS PAGE:   The Rules   The Ops

Rules for submitting info to this page is below.

This page includes all our art ops. There is no mailing list.

Dallas-area Ops First   

Ops beyond Dallas are listed below in a vaguely qualitative order. Most recent ops are at the top of each section. Iffy ops are noted by not bolding their titles. But they're all kinda iffy.

new Professional artists across Texas are invited to enter A Year on the Plaza Art Competition by Thursday, Aug. 25 at 3:00 p.m. Presented by The Catholic Foundation, the competition is accepting original work, searching for a piece of art to adorn a 28-foot-long by 9-foot-high public art wall in the Dallas Arts District for one year. Submissions must measure 28 inches by 9 and 2/3 inches, and the winning work will be digitally enlarged to cover the wall. The winning artist receives a $2,500 stipend and honorable mentions receive $250 each. Submissions must be appropriate for the location of the Plaza on the Cathedral grounds but do not require a religious theme. There are no entry fees. The Request for Proposal is available at catholicfoundation.com. Once the winning piece is selected by a panel, it will be unveiled during a public dedication ceremony in October 2016.


Audubon Boxes Needing to be Painted

new Cedar Ridge Preserve, managed by Audubon Dallas (audubondallas.org), is looking for an artist!  CRP uses transportation containers (CONEX boxes) for secure storage - two currently, with a third to be added. The "industrial" appearance clashes terribly with the natural surroundings, and we would like to decorate them for a better effect, possibly a background hinting of blue sky/green grass, with representations of plants, flowers, animals, trees found on the preserve.

Volunteer labor is available for bulk work with emuneration: signature credit on the work, thanks and praises from many, daily visibility of the work by the public (200,000 visitors last year), and a modest honorarium. Timeline: complete by end of summer (flexible). If you are interested, please contact Wood Cantrell, Manager, (972) 709-7784, or management.crp@gmail.com


new Hot and Sweaty: The Open Show - Drop Off: June 4th and 5th, 2-5pm. Entry fee- $10 per work; limit 6 entries per artist; Payment due at time of drop off. Works cannot be longer than 48" on any side. 500X staff will be on hand to assist in placing and hanging work. All work must have adequate hanging hardware, wire and/or D-rings. Works that are not fit for display will not be accepted. Pedestals are available first-come first-serve basis. All media is accepted, however, video/sound/electronic works must have all equipment provided by the artist. 500X will take a 40% commission on all sales. All participating artist must sign the contract stipulating the full terms of exhibition in gallery. Exhibition dates: June 11th - June 26th  Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11th, 7-10 pm  Pick up: June 26th 5-7pm; June 27th 6-8pm   Works not picked up by June 29th will be discarded   No phone number, email address or website address was included in this opportunity…


White Rock Lake Photo Contest — organized by The White Rock Lake Conservancy is hosting the 6th Annual Photo Contest open to all photographers of any age. Submit photos of White Rock Lake online or by mail before September 2, 2016. Cash prizes are given to the top three winners in each of three categories: Pro, Amateur, Youth. 2017 photo calendars, including many submitted photos, will be for sale in October. Photo contest rules and submittal info here, where there is no guiding information about what size images to attempt to upload. You just have to keep trying with smaller image files till they accept one. Neither do they list the names of their judges, whom, by watching this thing over the years, apparently do not have much experience judging photography. They decidedly do not like some sorts of photography, but there are no guidelines. You just take your chances. At least entry is free. Deadline September 2 2016


2016 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Artshow.com is accepting entries for its 12th annual Art Kudos Online Competition. $4,500 in cash awards. Selected artists will appear in a year-long online exhibit at www.artkudos.com beginning August 15th. This year's awards judge is David Dodge Lewis, the Barger-Barclay Professor of Fine Arts at Hampden-Sydney College. Open to all artists 18 or older. All media, except video/film, wearable art. $35 for 3 images. Deadline is June 30, 2016. For more information


11th Annual TAC Juried Membership Exhibit  Texas Artists Coalition is pleased to invite members to submit artwork for the 11th Annual TAC Juried Membership Exhibit. Entry deadline is Deadline: June 20, 2016: 12 AM (midnight). Exhibit is August 6 - 29, 2016. Reception is August 6; 6 - 9pm. Over $1500 in awards. Current TAC members may submit up to 3 artworks; No size or media restrictions on artwork. Fee: $15. Non-members may join at the time of entry. Juror is Clint Willhour curator of the Galveston Arts Center, known for the multi-disciplinary focus of his taste.

Call if you have any questions


Texas Art Shows - call for artists page on Facebook


Trinity Arts Guild in Bedford holds an annual competition for DFW area artists. Awards: $3,800.00 in cash and merchandise prizes. Click here for prospectus and payment. Entry fees - Nonmembers: $45 for up to 3 entries (more possible) Email entries and photo attachments. Show will be at the TAG Gallery, Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway, Bedford, TX 76021. Show Chairperson is Katie Hopkins. apparently no deadline…


500X Project Space Rentals

500X Gallery is now accepting proposals for project space rentals! $200.00 for one month. Openings will correspond with shows in the main gallery spaces. Submit 20 images and a proposed statement outlining what you would do in the space. You can drop off proposals at the gallery on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 or mail to 500X Gallery 500 Exposition Avenue Dallas, TX 75226 214-828-1111


Beyond Dallas


EASL (Emergency Artist's Support League) offers more financial assistance than ever before to qualifying North Texas visual artists and arts professionals. If you know a visual artist who might qualify, please pass along this information. EASL Grant Application. Tattoo artists need not apply.

The Rules

Send us Art Opportunities

Send text in the body of an email.

Any Opportunity for which artists in Dallas, Texas, USA are eligible is acceptable. Only local, Dallas or Dallas-area organizations get the benefit of the editor's doubts. Snail mail is ignored. Send ops to Editor J R Compton at the email address near the top of the Contact page using "OPs" as the subject. Ops without deadlines will be deleted at inopportune moments. If you send the same opportunity more than once, we will assume you are spamming and won't run your opportunities.

Send it least a month before deadline, preferably much longer. Give artists plenty of time to make their best art.

TEXT IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS will be deleted, making text around it look stupid. Do not abbreviate. Spell everything out. If your opportunity does not include an email address or a URL, and a deadline, it will NOT be included.

Instead of going on for pages and pages, just give us a web address where it goes on and on.

Do not enclose documents, because I won't use them. Say what you need to say, then stop.

List the exact URL of the page on your site that describes this opportunity, not the home page. Enter URLs in full http://www.etc format. Readers shouldn't have to search all over your site to find the info they need. Email us the shortest possible version. The rest of your info should be on your web page. If you ignore this simple rule, I will not link your link.

When you ignore all the rules, The Editor will just delete whatever you send.



The Editor is suspicious of organizations or individuals seeking art donations for altruistic causes not listed. Beware of scammers and grandiose promises, like rich patrons will see your work and pay you big money and give you shows. Know better. Red text warns. Pink type announces dates & deadlines. Editor's comments are in gray.

Listing here in no way implies DallasArtsRevue.com or its publisher J R Compton or anybody else supports or recommends any of these "opportunities," if they even are opportunities. DallasArtsRevue believes that all online competitions should be free for artists, but most aren't.

Scams, which some of these may well be, are listed/explained at the bottom of this page.
Re-title also has a page of Fraud Alerts.

Other Art Opportunities Pages online

Most complete Dallas-area calendar of art ops I've ever seen is Art News DFW's


Art Deadlines List

Art Alliance Austin


City of Phoenix

City of Las Vegas

College Art Association

I Shot It

Monday News



The Photo Review Competition 

Current Photo Contests

E-mail lists for future opportunities

Email Bath House Cultural Center to receive Gallery Calls for Entries for group shows.

The Fort Worth Public Art Registry provides art and design professionals, such as studio artists, designers, architects, and landscape architects, an opportunity to express their interest in working on public art projects in Fort Worth by allowing them to submit contact information and images, which serves as a resource for artist selection. The Artist Registry consists of: artist resumes, letters of interests, community and public art experience information, images of past work, and image information sheets. PDF with registry form and instructions


Art Scams

If you get emails from South America or Nigeria or Irving, Texas promising to send you a "certified cashier cheque" (or other wording) for your art or your boat or your Sousaphone, pay attention. It is very possibly — if not likely — they are attempting to scam you.

The classic format involves them sending you a check for more than you agreed to charge. You are expected to go to a bank, cash the (probably bogus) check and send the difference back to the thieves who are preying on your desire to sell art, boat, Sousaphone.

I (the editor) know it's a scam, because many DallasArtsRevue artists have been targeted.

That said, many people see something on the internet and assume it is for sale, even if no price is mentioned. They flail about attempting to buy it or multiples of it (warning! warning!).

There are legitimate buyers of art out there, and they may contact you, and you may do business with them. But pay attention. Google the phrasing they use, and you'll find pages warning about scams. I googed "certified cashier cheque" and found More internet scams, Wedding Photographer, Musical Instrument Sales and Fraud Attempts on your Classified Advertisements on the first two pages of results.


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