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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.


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.


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


Dallas Zoo Public Art Project
Public Art Budget: $262,000
Submission Deadline: August 8, 2014

Site map of proposed artwork location at S. Marsalis Ave. and S.R.L. Thornton Fwy

The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from artists and/or artist teams to work with the Park and Recreation Department, and the Dallas Zoo to participate in the design, fabrication and installation of a work of public art near the entrance to the Dallas Zoo. The Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre zoo located 3 miles (5 km) south of downtown Dallas, Texas. Established in 1888, it is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas and it is home to over 2,000 animals representing 406 species.

A panel of arts professionals and community representatives will review qualified submissions in August. A small group of artists will be short-listed for the project and will be contracted to develop a site specific concept for artwork. Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $3000 to cover the costs of producing a site specific public art concept proposal for the Zoo. The stipend must cover all costs of site visits, site research, production of a site-specific public art concept, shipping of the maquette (where applicable) and travel to make a presentation of the proposal to a selection panel.

The short-listed artists will prepare a conceptual design proposal comprised of drawings, digital renderings or, where applicable, a maquette, for a site-specific work at the designated location that will be responsive to the following: Artwork should include visual references to the Zoo and Zoo wildlife. Artwork must support the Dallas Zoo's mission: "Inspiring Passion for Nature and Conserving Wildlife." This location will serve as a gateway to the Dallas Zoo and the artwork design should reflect this.

Artwork should welcome visitors to the Zoo. Artwork should serve as a "way-finding" element to alert visitors to the entrance to the Zoo. Artwork must complement the existing artwork at the site. The giraffe has served as the defining image of the Zoo for many years and will continue to a be prominent icon for the Dallas Zoo. Artwork must be highly visible in the landscape. Movement and interactive qualities can be considered. Due to the overall topography around the proposed location, land form elements are of interest.

Artwork must require little or no maintenancee free of safety hazards. The site for the artwork is near the entrance to the Zoo at the corner of South Marsalis and RL Thornton Freeway access road.

All artists are eligible to apply,with the following exceptions: Artists currently under contract with the City ofDallas Public Art Program, Employees of the City of Dallas, their spouses, members of the Public Art Committee or the Cultural Affairs Commission or their families, Consultants under contract for any phase of this project, Undergraduate students.

Demonstrated successful completion of public art or park project of similar size and scope Demonstrated ability to work with a design and construction team. Demonstrated ability to complete work on time and on budget. Project budget is $262,000. Ability to attend and/or participate in meetings with design teams, community members and others involved in the project. Participation can be by phone.

The size of the site is 150ft X 100ft. There are no height restrictions in this location. The Marsalis Ave. bridge leading to the site will also have enhancement elements that include images of giraffes. Existing landscaping will remain. This includes any existing trees or background screening material at the property line. The site is the high point of the portion of the Zoo campus adjacent to the Main Entry. Land forming and grade changes at the site will generally occur at the rear of the proposed art installation and adjacent to Opera Street. Site Assessment: Dallas Zoo has conducted a site assessment determining that no barriers exist underground at this location.

For more information about The Dallas Zoo visit www.dallaszoo.com

Application for any project advertised by the City of Dallas Public Art Program constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of the City of Dallas (including the Good Faith Effort and the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise goals of the City Dallas). The City of Dallas reserves the right to reject all submissions and to terminate the selection process without prior notice.

For more infomation about the City of Dallas Public Art Program: http://dallasculture.org/publicArt.asp

Please submit qualifications at https://www.callforentry.org/  Submissions will only be accepted via CaFE.  Submission deadline is August 8, 2014.


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 boardmembers. 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.


2014 13th Annual Wildlife & Domestic Animal Juried Art Competition. Aug. 31 - Sept. 25, 2014. Sponsored by the Irving Art Association at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving TX. Any animal species will be considered as acceptable subject matter for works, both wildlife and domestic. This national show is open to all legal residents of the U.S. in the contiguous 48 states, 18 and older. Juror is Anne L. Hines. Deadline for entry is July 29, 2014. Entry fee $35. Submission this year is online only. For questions, contact the Show Chair at iaaexhibits@gmail.com or info@irvingart.org


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


July – August 2014 Show
Submission Dates: June 20th 9am to 5pm and June 21st 10am to 3pm

This is a multi-artist juried show open to all artists...
Each artist must be present and involved during each step of our multi-step showing process personally. From submitting artwork to artwork pick-up, if an artist is unavailable or unwilling to participate in each step personally, we are unable to accept and show their artwork. - No Exceptions


Thank you,
Elsa Vasquez
OXIDE Gallery
115 Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76201


8th Annual Lone Star Film Festival seeks original films. Deadlines June 14, August 16 and 30

Art News DFW lists many local art competitions and shows.


Beyond Dallas


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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