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Latest update Tuesday, 22-Apr-2014 19:14:42 PDT

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.

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.

When you ignore all the rules, The Editor will rewrite your copy or just delete it.


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.


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 names.

New American Paintings runs regional juried painting competitions each year and publishes the winners of each one. Once a year, we hold a Western competition, which is open to all artists living and working in the following states: AZ, CO, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, TX, UT, and WY.Juror: Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

The 2014 Western competition is currently under way (deadline Deadline: 4.30.14 (Midnight EST) April 30.

Alexa Kinne, Communications Manager, The Open Studios Press  617.778.5265 x26

New American Paintings is a museum-quality, soft-cover art periodical, published bimonthly by The Open Studios Press. Each 184 page volume is a regional exhibition-in-print, selling for $20 at 1,500 bookstores, museum shops and art supply stores nationwide. The books have become periodical resources for collectors and art world professionals.

Competition winners retain all rights to their images and pay nothing to appear in New American Paintings.
The competition's 40 winners will appear in the Oct/Nov 2014 edition of New American Paintings.
All styles and media are welcome, as long as the work is singular and two-dimensional.

To Enter, visit http://www.newamericanpaintings.net. For more details, visit http://www.newamericanpaintings.com/competitions.html
Questions? Call 617.778.5265


The Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas will host Tibetan monks creating a sand mandala in their museum from April 18th to 27th. As a part of activities that week they are offering another community sand mandala that anyone can take part in and try. For this activity we are asking for a design that retains the general characteristics of a mandala, yet includes elements that uniquely represent Dallas, our museum, and our community.

The size of the design itself can vary (i.e. the physical submission doesn't have to be the same size as an actual mandala). But it should be legibly recognizable, since we'll be reproducing it on a larger scale for the activity.

Submissions should be submitted digitally to thowell@crowcollection.org or by mail (mailing address below) by April 17.

Trevor Howell
Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora St. Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75201

Should artists need reference to the style of mandala produced by the monks to view as a model refer to http://www.mysticalartsoftibet.org/Mandala.htm#top (however, the submission need not be as incredibly intricate and detailed). The winner will receive advertisement at the event, mention on our website and social media as well as in our print publications, and a $150 gift certificate to our Lotus Shop.


27th annual Northern National Art Competition
7/22 – 9/12/2014
Deadline: May 10

Contact: Katy Ralph kralph@nicoletcollege.edu or 715-365-4556

This juried national competition is open to artists who are 18 or older and are living in the United States. Work may be in any medium, but it must be original, recently completed and designed to hang on a wall. There is no theme. We are looking for a varied exhibit of contemporary American art. Entry deadline is May 10. Fee is $30 for 2 images. Prize money totals more than $8,500 and includes three $1,000 Awards of Excellence. No commission taken on any sales. Exhibit opens with a reception at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wis. on July 22 and closes September 12, 2014. This year's judge is Linda Benedict-Jones from Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh. More info and prospectus available here:


Learn 2 Live Green: Join us Sturday April 12, for the Learn 2 Live Green event at The Shops at Legacy, Angelika Theatre to display your environmentally-themed art. Art Artwork must reflect an environmental theme through subject matter or the use of recycled, reused or sustainable materials. Guests will be invited to vote on their favorite piece and the top three winners will receive cash awards and recognition on the L2LG website. Visit Learn2LiveGreen.com to learn more about this event.

Learn to Live Green at The Shops at Legacy. soon

Art News DFW lists many local art competitions and shows.


Then everybody else …


Call for Entries: 10th Annual Getty Images Photography Grants  The deadline for entries is May 15, 2014, with more information and the work of previous winners available on the Getty Images site. Winners of the 2013 grants are at the first link.


The Franklin Furnace Fund  2014-15, NYC. Call for applications. Deadline April 01 2014: online application has link to application guidelines.


2014 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Artshow.com is accepting entries for its 10th 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. The awards judge is Graeme Reid, Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Open to all artists 18 or older. All media, except video/film, wearable art. $35 for 3 images. Deadline is June 30, 2014. Entry form and more information at http://www.artkudos.com/callforentries.html

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.

Beyond Dallas



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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