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Artists Opportunities

THIS PAGE:   The Rules   The Ops

Rules for submitting info to this page.

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.


The DallasArtsRevue New Work Show seeks art work of any medium for a curated on-line exhibition on the cover of the DallasArtsRevue, which is where all the details are. It's free. There's no subject or medium restrictions or entry fee. But I want to show the best art made this year in north central Texas. Yes, your work could be on the cover of the DallasArtsRevue, and all you gotta do is send me a JPEG. Show curated by DallasArtsRevue Editor & Publisher J R Compton. All the important information is on the cover of the DallasArtsRevue.


new Southwest Gallery in Dallas, TX is holding Oil Painters of America's 25th Anniversary National Juried Exhibition & Convention. Approximately 30 awards totaling $100,000 in cash & merchandise will be given including a $30,000 cash top award. The prospectus web address is: http://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com/events/exhibitions/2016/national/2016-OPA-National-Prospectus.pdf

The Exhibition page on the OPA website:  Both links have all the information for entering.



I hate it when folks send jpegs of text and when their weblinks don't mention what it is.


Four opportunities from The Fort Worth Community Arts Center:

2015 9 x 12 Works on Paper Show
Postmark Deadline: November 16, 2015

Shop Small Saturday
Sign up Deadline: November 16, 2015
Prospectus - $5 U.S. per piece mailed in 9 x 12 envelope.

TAC Small Works Show (ART7)
Deadline: November 12, 2015  $25 each

2016 FWCAC Biennial
Art Drop off: March 1 - 3, 2016 — All artwork delivered to the FWCAC over a 3-day period is displayed on a first-come, first-served basis.* [See FWCAC note in gray text below.] Art is hung salon-style. "The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is committed to free peach and freedom of artistic expression. The FWCAC reserves the right to decline works that may be patently offensive and that, taked (sic) as a whole, appeal to a prurient interest in sex and lack serious artistic value* and may thus be deemed to be "obscene" by a court of law."

There is no link to the "taked as a whole, appeal to a prurient interest in sex and lack serious artistic value*" asterisk on the FWCAC Biennial Prospectus online.


Honoroing Our Heroes, the Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition 2015 at the Latino Culture Center.

Win a 4-night/3.5-day $2,500 photo workshop
with Olympus Visionary Jay Dickman — National Georgraphic photog and Pulititzer-Prize-winner. Hoo haw!

October 3 - November 1, 2015; Opening Reception: October 3, 7-10 PM; Application Deadline: September 12, 2015. Apply at: 500x.slideroom.com; 500X Gallery, Texas' oldest, artist-run, cooperative galleries, hosts one of North Texas' most anticipated annual juried competitions. Expo 2015 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas. All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment). All work must be ready to hang.

About the juror: Erin Cluley is the owner and director of Erin Cluley Gallery, a contemporary art gallery presenting a provocative program of emerging and mid-career artists from Dallas and the United States. Cluley opened the 2000 square foot space in September 2014, joining a creative movement in the West Dallas/ Trinity Groves development at the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. For five years prior to opening her gallery, Cluley served as the Director of Exhibitions for Dallas Contemporary where she worked on the production of exhibitions by widely known, and often envelope-pushing, artists including Rob Pruitt, Juergen Teller, K8 Hardy, Erwin Wurm, Jennifer Rubell, Shepard Fairey, Inez & Vinoodh, Julian Schnabel, Richard Phillips and others. Cluley is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas where she received her BFA from Midwestern State University. She went on to receive her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

Artists may enter up to 3 images/videos (including details) for a total submission fee of $30. Delivery of work is the responsibility of the artist and must be delivered on the designated dates, unless special arrangements are made. Work can be delivered on September 26th or 27th between 2 PM and 5 PM. Artists will be notified via email Sunday, September 20th if the work has been accepted into the exhibition. If you do not receive an email, your work has not been accepted. Please do not try to contact anyone if you do not receive notice. If you have any questions, please email gallery500x@yahoo.com 500X Gallery | www.500x.org | 500 Exposition Avenue Dallas, Texas 75226 | 214-828-1111



North Texas Makers Artists & Designers Exchange announces their holiday show, The Cowtown Indie Bazaar scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2015, 11am to 5pm at the Roundup Inn, Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Cowtown Indie Bazaar will feature handcrafted goods from indie makers from all across North Texas. Find handmade jewelry, home goods, children's items, unique clothing, accessories, bath & body products, original artwork, eco-friendly items and more. Family friendly, free to attend, indoors and climate controlled. Paid parking. First 40 attendees will receive a complimentary swag bag filled with handmade items. The event will include photo ops with Santa, photo booth, and cash bar. Vendor applications accepted through September 30, 2015. Website: http://www.cowtownindiebazaar.com/p/be-vendor.html



new Fort Worth Public Art wants to hear from you! Where would you put an iconic work of art? What kind of art would you like to see on Montgomery Street? The Fort Worth Art Commission is developing the Public Art Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan, which will be presented to City Council in September. Give us your input on proposed new projects and allocations. Give us your input! For more information, and to see a complete list of new projects and allocations, please go to the Fort Worth Public Art website: www.fwpublicart.org Fort Worth Public Ar, 1300 Gendy Stree, Fort Worth, Texas 76107   817.298.3040, www.fwpublicart.org, talkto@fwpublicart.org


new The call for entries for the 2016 Hunting Art Prize will open on Monday, August. 3. Details of the opportunity are included below; thanks for your consideration. Call for Entries – 2016 Hunting Art Prize The Hunting Art Prize announces the call for entries for its 2016 competition, giving artists in Texas an opportunity to vie for a $50,000 prize. The competition, which is celebrating its 36th anniversary, is open to artists who are legal residents of Texas and at least 18 years of age or older by August 1, 2015. Artists can participate by completing the electronic sign up form available at and uploading one digital image of their artwork. A single two-dimensional piece that complies with the terms and conditions may be submitted for the prize. The digital file must be in JPEG format – no less than 1 MB and no greater than 2 MB in size. Artwork must be uploaded at the time the artist signs up for the competition. All entries must be submitted no later than midnight on Monday, November 30, 2015.   For questions, email info@huntingartprize.com. For further details on submission criteria, terms, and conditions, visit www.huntingartprize.com. Hunting PLC, which sponsors the annual competition for painting and drawing, is an international oil services company providing support solutions to the world's largest oil and gas concerns. Established in 1874, it is a fully listed public company, traded on the London Stock Exchange. For further information, visit www.hunting.plc.uk.

Gray text indicates the Editor feels this could be scam:

new I guess this goes here. "Aves (scientific word for birds) And The World" invited me, and since I'm not interested, because it just doesn't make enough sense, I'm inviting you all to this "opportunity," if that's what it is. I almost just chucked the whole thing, and maybe I should have. The email letter I got says:

"My name is Dominique Simmons and I am working on a documentary film / art exhibit and I am looking for artists, photographers, musicians, writers, singers, and dancers to be a part of it. For the documentary you along with several other artists will be filmed touring the Audubon Center in Dallas. The date of that tour will be on August the 9th from 4-8pm. After that tour you will create artwork that has inspired you from that trip. During your process of creating your artwork, we would like to film your creative process for the art. Rather if you're creating your art outside, in the studio, or at home we would like to follow your process of creating your art. Moreover, during the spring we will have an exhibit and during the exhibit you can sell your artwork that you have created inspired from the tour. I will be sending the date for the exhibit to all artists within the upcoming months. Moreover, I would love to have you apart of this project. Does this sound like something that you would like to be a part of?"

Their odd use of "apart," instead of "a part" leads me to believe these persons are either amateurs, foreign or ignorant. English does not seem to be their first language, and their language is odd, and it does not say what they may think it says.

There doesn't seem to be a website to explain all this to me or you. But surely, if it were a world-wide organization, it would have one, don't you think?

No website but there's a phone number for mor information, (904) 601-2837 or Avesandtheworld@gmail.com.


"Hello! I'm producing a documentary on creativity in art: sculpting, painting, music, etc. I would like to interview any willing artists. Contact me anytime to discuss. Thanks!

Caleb Coleman | UptrendProductions.com
(972) 861-2815 | Dallas, TX


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

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


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.

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.

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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