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Artists Opportunities

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

Dallas-area Ops First   

I'm in too much a hurry to parse and separate all these ops from TAC (email) right now, but here they are:

Art in the Metroplex deadline is creeping up on you! See below for more details:

2016 Art in the Metroplex
Deadline: August 22, 2016
The Arts Center welcomes submissions from artists in the DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas - Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Hill, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufmann, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties for the 2016 Art in the Metroplex Exhibition. Exhibition is October 7 - 29, 2016 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Juror is Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Independent Curator, formerly curator at the Blanton Museum of Art, UT-Austin. Over $3000 in awards. $35/3.


Two Indoor Mural Projects for new Kroger stores in north Fort Worth

The Arts Council of Fort Worth, in partnership with Kroger Company, invites professional artists to submit qualifications for two indoor mural projects for new Kroger stores in north Fort Worth. The new stores, located at 1653 Basswood Boulevard and 4750 West Bailey Boswell Road will open to the public in early Spring, 2017.

Prominently displayed in interior public gathering areas as part of the Kroger Company's commitment to involving artists in beautifying new stores in Fort Worth, the murals are expected to celebrate the spirit of community and the unique identity of the neighborhood and its surroundings. The murals will measure approximately 18' wide by 5' high and be fabricated on portable panels of a durable material that can be attached directly to the wall

Artists are asked to submit their qualifications via Callforentry.org (applicants must start by creating a free account). Professional artists, who live in North Texas, with the ability to design and fabricate a large scale mural are encouraged to apply. Out of the submissions, six artists will be selected as finalists to prepare and present a design proposal to be considered by the selection panel.

This call is limited to artists who live in North Texas.
Deadline to apply: September 9, 2016

Questions? Please contact us at kathleen@artscouncilfw.org or 817.298.3040. More information is also available at artsfortworth.org.

Call for Exhibition Proposals

College of Lake County
Deadline: August 14, 2016
The Robert T. Wright Gallery accepts individual and group exhibition proposals on a year round basis. Priority deadline for the 2016-17 academic year is June 6th 2016. Proposals are considered for the following academic year and beyond. Applicant's materials will be returned if a SASE is provided. Applicants must provide the following:
* A cover letter
* A CD or flash drive with 10-20 titled images. Include on the CD in Word.doc or Word.docx format the following:
A list of the CD images that includes artist's name, title, year work made, medium and dimensions (H x W only)
* A brief statement regarding your work
* An artist's resume that includes an exhibition record
Please send your proposal to: Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art, CommArts office, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL 60030


FotoTexas: People, Places & Culture

Deadline: August 15, 2016
We are pleased to announce a new themed call for entry, FotoTexas: People, Places & Culture, as well as support programming in collaboration with the Richland College Photography Department in Dallas, Texas. This call will be juried by Dan Burkholder, fine art photographer, author and educator based in Palenville, New York. FotoTexas seeks work produced in Texas and wishes to celebrate the rich history, culture, people, icons and landscape of the state that TPS proudly calls home. Awards. Entry fee is $30 for 5 images, plus $6 for each additional image. Photographers may enter up to 10 images. Please don't forget to include your membership fee, if also joining TPS at the time of entry.
FotoTexas: People, Places & Culture is open to artists of all levels internationally. All photographic based work is encouraged including digital, silver and alternative processes. You do not need to be a member of the Texas Photographic Society to enter this competition. However, you may join TPS and enter this show at the same time (read more about TPS member benefits). Works exhibited previously in a TPS show are not eligible, and all entries must be submitted digitally.


Grand Prairie Arts Council 2016 Annual Juried Art Show & Sale

Deadline: August 22, 2016
Uptown Theater Lobby Art Gallery 120 East Main Street Grand Prairie, Texas
September 18 - October 15, 2016
Open to all artists age 18 and over. Entries must be original, unpublished and must not have been previously exhibited in a GPAC Exhibition. $3,000 in cash prizes available. All media will be considered including but not limited to 3-dimensional, photography, drawing-all media, computer graphics, etc. Mail images, entry form & $30 fee
Grand Prairie Arts Council
PO Box 531613
Grand Prairie, Texas 75053
Or mail entry form & $30 fee and Email images
Prospectus  PDF


M.G. Nelson Family Gallery Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: August 31, 2016
The Springfield Art Association requests exhibition proposals for the M. G. Nelson Family Gallery annual exhibition calendar.
We are requesting proposals from individual artists and groups in all media; however, we have limited resources for exhibition of video and computer-based works. Each exhibition will span approximately four weeks. All proposals will be juried and exhibitions will be awarded on merit of work. Individual artists may be paired with other artists for optimal gallery utilization.
Proposals will be accepted through August 31st. Artists will be notified of acceptance and potential exhibition dates by October 15th.


The Gallery at Penn College Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: August 31, 2016
The Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport, PA is accepting proposals for solo or small group exhibitions for the 2017-18 exhibition season. The 3,000 square foot gallery on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology is dedicated to promoting art appreciation through exhibitions of contemporary art.
All media will be considered. The gallery offers a shipping stipend, and an honorarium is offered to artists who deliver a gallery talk at the opening reception. Artists must have enough work to fill the full gallery space, and are encouraged to view the gallery floor plan before submitting.
Artists may apply either through a secure online entry system or via mail. There is no entry fee. Questions can be directed to Penny Lutz, Gallery Director at 570-320-2445

2016 Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA)

National entries due September 14, 2016
Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2016 TVAA National Art Competition & Exhibit, juried by Andrea Karnes, Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Gabriel Ritter, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. The competition is open to 2D artworks in any medium. 3D artworks are also acceptable with the provision that they be delivered and installed by the artist. The exhibition will be displayed at the Mesquite Arts Center in December 2016.
2016 TVAA National Website
Prizes totaling $4000 will be awarded to the best works in the national competition.
Fee: $35.00 (2016 TVAA National)


Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

Deadline: September 30, 2016
The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2017 Call for Entries for the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the United States, this year we are thrilled to be partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts to expand this national exhibition to now include international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by juror JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in amounts of $1000, $750, $500, and $250 will be awarded.
2017 EXHIBITION | February 4 - May 6, 2017 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

Greater Denton Arts Council Call for Artists

Deadline: Ongoing
The Greater Denton Arts Council welcomes proposals for exhibitions from local, national, and international artists and curators in the Meadows and Gough Galleries. More information


This is just a sampling. For more information, TAC members may access the art opportunities on the TAC website at the Members tab. Others may email to request an unedited list. as above, apparently.


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.

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

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


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 the entry is free. Deadline September 2 2016


Fort Worth

new Request for Temporary Public Art Project Proposals Deadline: September 6, 2016 More info at www.fwpublicart.org Apply online at Publicartist.org

The City of Fort Worth is embarking on an update of the original Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan, which sets forth a vision for public art in Fort Worth and makes recommendations of future projects and guidelines for artist selection and design review. Master Plan Update Consultants Barbara Goldstein and Jessica Cusick are seeking a diverse team of socially-engaged arts professionals to develop a project that will reach people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in Fort Worth in a lively and compelling way. Projects should actively reach the public and result in measurable information that can be used in the update of the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan.

Eligible projects should take place in various locations throughout Fort Worth over a six month period from October 2016 through February 2017. The Public Art Master Plan Update consultants and FWPA staff will work with the selected artist team to finalize locations and to create a framework for capturing information that can be incorporated into the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update. The budget for this project is $30,000.

This call is limited to North Texas Artists living in Tarrant County and surrounding counties. Part of the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update Deadline: September 6, 2016 Artist Team applicants must submit proposals and other submission materials on-line via www.publicartist.org. Start by creating a free account. 

Questions? Please contact us at talkto@fwpublicart.org. More information is also available at www.fwpublicart.org.

Fort Worth Public Art is a City of Fort Worth program advised by the Fort Worth Art Commission and managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth.  In this 15th Anniversary Year, the FWPA Collection includes over 100 commissioned, acquired and donated artworks located throughout the city.  In addition, over 60 public art projects are currently in progress. 

Fort Worth Public Art 1300 Gendy StreetFort Worth, Texas 76107 817.298.3040 www.fwpublicart.org talkto@fwpublicart.org


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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