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Artists Opportunities

THIS PAGE:   The Rules   The Ops

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

The Rules


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.


Obviously a Class Act - Photograph Copyright 2014 by J R Compton.com   All Rights Reserved.

Obviously a Class Act

Opportunity? I got an email, apparently in earnest, from Yael Vangruber of Clique Gallery Boutique (at 3511 Oak Lawn, above) who wanted me to list his "Opportunity To Artists," although he didn't mention the DallasArtsRevue Art Opportunity Page ("Ops") — that would link to a page they call "Find Your Fit - Call For Artists."

To wit: "Our uniqueness forms our identity. Just as a tulip bulb holds the specific elements of each tulip, there is the seed of this identity within each of us that holds all our potential. As that identity unfolds, we become what is within us. / While our life is unfolding, we travel through many experiences. Those experiences allow us to become more nearly to who we are or to drift farther from the core of who we could be. / Welcome to Clique Gallery - Boutique Artist Representation / Artists may submit their art images/attachments by email to: email address withheld charging "a monthly fee of $150 per month (minimum 6 month contract) for unlimited artworks. (Including advertising with Clique Gallery - Botique that will put you in more than 100,000 homes at Park Cities, Highland Park & Preston Hollow areas)."

So you pay them at least $900, and they'll … what? … represent your work in some ads sent to nice neighborhoods? Place your art in rich people's homes? Invite folks from upper class neighborhoods to see your work in their gallery? No hint what Clique's contract's big print may giveth or the little print taketh away.

Most professional galleries won't charge you to show your work if both parties decide to do that, although they will take 40-60% of the sales price, depending upon your contract or agreement. And if they offer a discount to buyers, they may take it out of your half, with or without asking — that's where contracts may come in handy. Many gallery artists do not even sign a contract, because they trust the gallery. But there are some that you probably should not trust.


Dallas-area Ops First   

Ops beyond Dallas are listed below. 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.


500X EXPO 2014-Call for Entry

Dallas Texas Submission Deadline: 9/15/2014 This year's juror is Alison Hearst, the Assistant Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She was the assistant curator of the exhibition México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990 and conducted an interview with Melanie Smith for the catalogue. Hearst also contributed an essay about abstraction in the 1980s to the catalogue for the upcoming exhibition at the Modern, Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. She recently organized a solo project at the Modern with artist Fred Tomaselli and is working on upcoming projects with Jules de Balincourt and Mario García Torres. Hearst has a bachelor of fine arts degree in art history from the University of North Texas and a master's degree in art history from Texas Christian University.

The 500X EXPO is a juried exhibition open to any artist within Texas.

All work must be ready to hang. Work must be dropped off on Saturday, September 27th or Sunday, September 28th between 2 PM and 5 PM. Special arrangements can be made.
The show will run from October 4 - October 26. The opening reception will be on October 4, 7 - 10 PM. To submit to 500X EXPO 2014 please visit 500x.slideroom.com.

Learn more...


"Off Center" 2014 TASA (Texas Association of Schools of Art) Annual Conference
October 23-25, 2014
At the Omni Hotel and El Centro College in downtown Dallas
Info and REgistration:

DEADLINE and COST: September 12th (additional cost after this date)
Art Professionals $200
Art Students - $25 (banquet extra)

EXHIBITION: One Foot Members Exhibition and One Foot Student Exhibition
Student Scholarships and Portfolio Review Opportunities (entry deadline October 10th)

El Centro College is pleased to host this year's annual TASA (Texas Association of Schools of Art) Conference, to take place jointly at the school's downtown Dallas campus and the Omni Hotel, this October 23-25, 2014. Building on the idea of "de-centering" emphasized in this year's Whitney Biennial, the conference theme of "Off Center" aims to explore the evolving dynamics and relevance of Texas as a contemporary art destination away from the prevalent East Coast / West Coast dynamic.

Highlights include a Thursday evening (10/23) scholarship fundraiser party at the Omni Hotel featuring Trenton Doyle Hancock, a Friday (10/24) lunchtime lecture by Margaret Meehan, a Friday afternoon (10/24) media panel, a Friday evening (10/24) "Off Center" panel discussion, Saturday morning (10/25) workshops, and the Saturday evening (10/25) keynote presentation with Texas artist and musician Terry Allen.

The featured presenters at this year's conference include:

Terry Allen, visual artist and musician based in Santa Fe, represented in Dallas by Holly Johnson Gallery (Saturday evening keynote speaker)
Trenton Doyle Hancock, visual artist from Paris, TX, based in Houston (Thursday evening student scholarship fundraiser)
Margaret Meehan, visual artist based in Dallas and represented by Conduit Gallery (Friday noon Paul Hanna Lecture)

Distinguished speakers and panelists during the conference include:
Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director Dallas Contemporary
Lee Escobedo, publisher THRWD Magazine
Diego Leclery, NYC, 2014 Whitney Biennial artist
Gini Mascorro, Music Coordinator KXT Radio
Michael Mazurek, co-founder Dallas Biennial
Sabina Ott, Chicago artist and Terrain artspace curator
Ryder Richards, Dallas artist, writer, curator, collective member
Ariel Saldivar, Associate Director Goss-Michael Foundation
Peter Simek, writer D Magazine Front Row
Pedro Veléz, Chicago, 2014 Whitney Biennial artist
Ken Villalovos, publisher A+C Magazine

Keynote speaker and Texas art/music legend Terry Allen has worked since 1966 in a wide variety of media including musical and theatrical performances, sculpture, painting, drawing and video, and installation. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Art Fellowships, and has participated in many exhibitions internationally, including Documenta and the San Paolo, Paris, Sydney and Whitney Biennales.

A one-day art show, the One Foot Exhibition, is open to both Texas-based arts professionals and students. This year's exhibition will be jurored by Heyd Fontenot, director of the UT Dallas' CentralTrak artist residency program. Two student scholarships will be offered, a $500 undergraduate scholarship, and a $1000 graduate scholarship, along with the opportunity for a portfolio review with Mr. Fontenot.

Conference sponsors include: Cedar Valley College, Eastfield College, Richland College, Tarrant County College – Trinity Campus, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

To view the conference itinerary and for registration information, go to http://tasatexas.blogspot.com

For more information, please contact Randall Garrett at 214-860-2115 or Omar Hernandez at 214-860-2343.



2014 White Rock Lake Photo ContestDeadline October 1 2014

The White Rock Lake Conservancy is looking for striking images of activities and events around White Rock Lake, wildlife, architecture/structures. These images may show portraits of wildlife in their natural habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people at the lake. Let your creativity shine! Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Limit two photo entries per contestant.


Art in the Metroplex

$35.00 USD

Art in the Metroplex is back!  After a brief hiatus, TCU has handed over the reins of the Art in the Metroplex exhibit to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, so this decades-long tradition of a multi-county show will continue on. 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 2014 Art in the Metroplex Exhibition. Exhibition is October 3 - 30, 2014 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.  Juror is Sara-Jayne Parsons. Awards TBA.  Deadline August 25, 2014.

Artists may submit up to three artworks in JPG format, preferably 1 to 2MB file size. Only 3D work may include a detail or second view. Video may be AVI, MOV, MPG or MP4.Works must be original, and have been completed in the last two years. Students 18 and older are welcome to submit work, but it must have been created without supervision. No work previously exhibited in Art in the Metroplex competition may be entered. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, and mixed media qualify for entry.

Artists may submit up to three pieces.  Non-refundable fee is $35.  Submission is a 3-part process; make sure to enter a current and correct email to receive all instructions.

Juror Sara-Jayne Parsons is currently the Exhibitions Curator at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, UK, where for six years she has produced a contemporary exhibition programme featuring the work of a diverse group of artists in various media, including artist residencies and publications. She will be the new Director of The Galleries at TCU starting Fall 2014, lending a link to the former home of Art in the Metroplex.

Parsons has worked directly with many artists to develop and produce new, commissioned works.  As well as writing for contemporary art magazines such as Source and Art Monthly Australia, Sara-Jayne has published essays in various exhibition catalogues such as Soft Estate: Edward Chell (2013), 3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night (2013), I Exist (in some way) (2013), Is Britain Great? 3: The Caravan Gallery (2011), and Jyll Bradley: Airports for the lights, shadows and particles, (2011).

Sara-Jayne received an MA in Art History from the University of North Texas (1996) and was previously Assistant Director at the UNT Art Galleries. She is currently completing a PhD in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. 


Elaine Taylor
Gallery Manager
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth Texas 76107

This document represents a contract between the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and the person(s) named on this document. Acceptance of this contract is a specific acceptance of the terms listed. Objects exhibited in the FWCAC will be given great care. Unless the artist wishes to provide his/her own insurance coverage, the FWCAC will insure all exhibitions under its existing insurance policy, which covers up to $500,000, against all risks of physical loss or damage while on the premises during the period of the exhibition. If the exhibitor(s) wish to provide his/her own insurance, such actions constitute the release of the FWCAC from any liability in connection with the exhibition. Coverage is not authorized past the breakdown date and artwork may not be stored at the FWCAC unless prior arrangements have been made. The FWCAC allows visitors to photograph works of art. Additionally, this work may be reproduced in publications and for publicity purposes in connection with its exhibition. Artists are required to contribute 25% from work sold in the exhibition. By submitting your artwork, you are agreeing to the terms above.

The submission form is at https://fortworthcommunityartscenter.submittable.com/submit/27328


Professional artists across Texas are invited to enter A Year on the Plaza Art Competition by Thursday, Aug. 28 at 3:00 p.m

Formerly titled The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition, the new name reflects a fresh approach to the competition, now in its ninth year. A Year on the Plaza highlights the exceptional exhibition opportunity for the winning artist, and a new public showcase for all accepted submissions gives artists more exposure than in years past.

The original winning work will adorn a 28-foot-long by 9-foot-wide public art wall in the Dallas Arts District for one year – a photo is below. RFP (?) and more info available at http://www.catholicfoundation.com/learning/current-events/plaza-art-competition.asp.

The winning work will be unveiled during a public dedication ceremony in October 2014. The winning artist also receives a $2,500 stipend and honorable mentions receive $250 each.

The Editor: This used to be a prestigious competition, but the "winners" of the last few years have left much to be desired, and in one case, the selection board defied its own stated and mutually agreed-upon procedures to select an "artist" championed by one of the board members. The Editor is unsure whether to even list this competition anymore. They're nice enough people, but they obviously know little about art, the quality of which has seriously dwindled over the past few years. I don't even bother to go out of my way to see whatever is on the back of that building any more.


Apply for the CADD FUNd July 1 - September 1, 2014 — CADD members will be choosing projects that represent a diversity of approaches and mediums. We seek to fund a project from all disciplines including performances, publications, public projects, interactive pieces, and studio-based work.

For any CADD FUNd info.


Materials: Hard & Soft:
The Greater Denton Arts Council presents the National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, Materials: Hard & Soft. Based out of Denton, Texas and now in its 28th year, this competition attracts hundreds of entries from every state in the union. Ana M. Lopez, a Metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar, will jury this year's entries and award $5,000 in prize money. The deadline for entry is September 5, 2014 and will exhibit February 6 - April 2, 2015. Information and prospectus available online at www.dentonarts.com . For inquiries please
contact the GDAC at (940) 382-2787or email admin@dentonarts.com. Here is a direct link to the site


Día de los Muertos: The Eternal Melody
Entries Deadline: Saturday, September 13, 2014 (5 PM)

The Bath House Cultural Center will present the 28th Annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art exhibition, October 11-November 15, 2014. This show will feature local, regional, and international artists working in traditional and contemporary styles to celebrate, explore, and honor people, things and ideas that have "passed on."

The theme for this year's Dia de los Muertos show is MUSIC.

A recurring element in Day of the Dead art has always been Music. The musical themes chosen by many artists are often created in response to the celebratory nature of the Dia de los Muertos tradition. From the depiction of Day of the Dead characters dancing and playing musical instruments to the multitude of musicians performing live during the celebration and the recorded songs included in altarpieces, music is everywhere during this annual festivity.

To further explore this connection of the Day of the Dead celebration and the musical arts, artists are invited to submit entries for this show to illustrate this fascinating link.

To download an exhibition prospectus, please visit the Bath House Cultural Center's online media room at http://www.bathhousemedia.com.

Art News DFW lists many local art competitions and shows.


Beyond Dallas

La Macina di San Cresci Artist's Residency is organizing a collection of funds on the website GoFundMe in order to offer artists the opportunity to spend one month in residency at La Macina di San Cresci in Greve in Chianti, located in the famously beautiful region of Tuscany in Italy.

Link to the GoFundMe page

Artists must propose a project, which they will pursue during their time as a resident artist at La Macina. (Project particulars and themes are left to the discretion of the artist.)

application and forms may be downloaded as PDF at

For more information : info@chianticom.com


Pretty Everyday Things photo contest. Winner determined by popular vote, so who knows… Doesn't seem to be a deadline, but voting is February 5th till February 28, 2015.


new 40th Annual San Antonio Fiber Art Show
October 13, 2014
Open to all Texas artists working in a fiber medium, or employing fiber techniques. Juror: Barbara Schneider. Nov 21-Dec 17, 2014. Sponsored by the Fiber Artists of San Antonio.
For one fee ($30/$35), can enter up to four pieces. Cash awards.

FASA is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization


The Georgetown Art Center is currently taking exhibit proposals for the next 2 years (November 2014 - September 2016).


Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015

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.

Other Art Opportunities Pages online


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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