Knock Knock: Opportunities for Artists

This week’s collection of opportunities for exhibition, residencies, papers, proposals and grants.


25th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition 
McNeese State University
(Lake Charles, LA)

McNeese State University is now accepting applications for its 25th Annual National Works on Paper Exhibition. Works may be any medium on or of paper, including photography, book works, and cast paper


Deadline: February 14, 2012
More Info HERE

Plaza Art
The Fashion Center Business Improvement District
(New York, NY)

The Fashion Center Business Improvement District is maintains the pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 35th Street and 41st Street. They are currently accepting proposals for public art on the plazas during the Summer of 2012.

Deadline: February 24, 2012
More Info HERE

Urban Art
(New York, NY)

DOT’s Urban Art initiatives rely on partnerships with community organizations and the creativity of artists to present site-responsive artwork. Art is integral to DOT goal of world class streets. Artists help to transform the landscape from ordinary to extraordinary with temporary, unexpected interventions – colorful murals, dynamic light projections, thought-provoking sculptures. The DOT is now accepting proposals for both pARTners and Barrier Beautification.

Deadline: February 24, 2012 and March 9, 2012, respectively
More Info HERE

Eco Art: Call for Site Specific Outdoor and Gallery Works
Greene County Council on the Arts

Curator/Eco-Artist/Activist Christy Rupp, is seeking proposals for outdoor and indoor projects for the Eco Art Exhibit, “Whale Oil to Whole Foods,” at the GCCA Catskill Gallery and at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Center and Model Forest. Of interest are ecological issues from the region’s past and future, as well as the industrial legacy of the Hudson River, or any other topics that examine our kinship to the planet: earthworks, installations, art/activist projects, performances, tree hugging, broadcast soundworks inspired by science, technology, fungal, Pollanesque, lichen covered, problem solving, compostable, geological, edible, photosynthetic, experimental, waterborn, rooted in the forest, alive or formerly alive. Stipends are available for outdoor, site specific works and interior exhibit expenses. Submit one page description (max) with examples of past work and budget if requesting a stipend to

Deadline: February 27, 2012
More Info HERE

Represent Brooklyn
The Rising Arts Gallery
(Brooklyn, NY)

The Rising Arts Gallery is accepting submissions for its next “Represent Brooklyn,” art exhibition. The exhibition features selected painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media art by artists who work and live in Brooklyn, and whose artwork is inspired by Brooklyn.

Deadline: March 9, 2012
More Info HERE

Apply for a Session
(New York, NY)

Recess is now accepting applications for its signature program, “Session.” Applications will be used to fill residencies beginning September 2012 for SoHo, Manhattan and summer 2012 (exact time TBD) for Red Hook, Brooklyn.
  Recess facilitates every-day interactions between artists and audiences in order to promote the productive space of the working artist as a site of valuable visual and intellectual interactions.

Deadline: March 14, 2012
More Info HERE

The Plastic Propaganda Poster Project
Westminster College Department of Environmental Studies
(Salt Lake City, UT)

“The Plastic Propaganda Poster Project” is seeking artist responses, in print form, to the environmental impact of plastic on our planet, its effect on our health and possible solutions to avoiding plastic consumption.   This exhibition will open at Westminster College in Salt Lake City on March 27.    Posters can be any size and must be in printed form (photo, digital, traditional print forms).    Digital images of posters, to be posted online, must be received by Wednesday March 14, please email to, (no larger than 1 MB).  Physical posters must be received by Wednesday March 21 and sent to: Laura S. Wilson 327 10th Ave. Salt Lake City, UT, 84103. For more information, please contact: Laura Sharp Wilson.

Deadline: March 14, 2012

Catagenesis: Site Specific Installations at Globe Dye Works
Philadelphia Sculptors
(Philadelphia, PA)

Philadelphia Sculptors is sponsoring “Catagenesis,” a major exhibition of installations and multi-media works at Globe Dye Works, a former manufacturing facility in Philadelphia that bleached and dyed textiles from 1865 – 2005. Scheduled for September 9 – October 21, 2012, “Catagenesis” refers to the concept that breakdown, instead of being an end, becomes a beginning as it progresses to reorganization, and then ideally, renewal. Artists become the catalysts for repurposing, and ultimately transforming, a former industrial structure into a place of growth and creativity. They are seeking submissions from artists that respond to the historic context of the site or to its physical condition.  Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $750.

Deadline: March 15, 2012
More Info HERE

WAH Center Spring Fling
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
(Brooklyn, NY)

The WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center) is now accepting submissions for Spring Fling, an international juried exhibition. Spring is a time of planting for the future when nature erupts with joyous living presence. In the spirit of celebration, our open call provides an opportunity for outstanding artists to showcase work to new audiences in Williamsburg — the heart of Brooklyn’s art community.

Deadline: March 17, 2012
More Info HERE

2nd Annual Great Hudson River Exhibition
Mill Street Loft Arts
(Beacon, NY)

“The 2nd Annual Great Hudson River Exhibition” is an exhibition focusing on Hudson River themed work at Mill Street Loft Arts at Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY. Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography and MM.  Exhibition Dates: Saturday, May 12th – Saturday, June 24th, 2012.  Juror: Asher Miller, Research Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

Deadline: April 1, 2012
More Info HERE

Public Art Opportunity
(Westchester, NY)

ArtsWestchester, in collaboration with Mount Vernon Public Library, seeks to commission a free-standing, site-specific exterior work to enhance the children’s room entrance to the Mount Vernon Public Library. The project must integrate well with the location and be constructed of weather-resistant materials.  This opportunity is open to visual artists, ages 18 and older, who reside in or maintain a studio in the lower Hudson Valley (New York City, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties).

Deadline: April 6, 2012
More Info HERE

Scripts and Systems
Lexington Art League
(Lexington, KY)

The Lexington Art League is seeking submissions for “Scripts and Systems,”  an exhibition about many of our daily and most menial tasks that have been reduced to orderly algorithms – a discrete set of steps, rules, or calculations followed in specific order to accomplish a task.  Works in all media are eligible.

Deadline: April 13, 2012
More Info HERE

Sculpture Exhibition Opportunity
The Sinclair Galleries at Coe College
(Cedar Rapids, IA)

The Sinclair Galleries at Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) invites proposals in the area of 3-D/Sculpture for the 2012–2013 exhibition season for the following dates: October 26–November 18, 2012. The Sinclair Galleries has two identical spaces with over 1,000 square feet of space each, ten-foot ceilings and, polished concrete floors.  E-mail proposals, résumé, artist statement, and 10–20 images to

Deadline: April 15, 2012

Step Up 2012
Real Arts Ways
(Hartford, CT)

Step Up is Real Art Ways’ annual call for Emerging Artists in New England, New York and New Jersey. Step Up provides emerging artists an exhibition and publication opportunity at a critical moment in their careers. Emerging artists living and working in New England, New York or New Jersey who are no more than three years removed from a full-time educational program, or artists with less than five years exhibition experience are eligible to apply to this open call. Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: April 27, 2012
More Info HERE


Emerging Curators Program
Smack Mellon
(Brooklyn, NY)

Proposals are accepted annually from Emerging Curators for the Emerging Artists Summer Show. The Emerging Artists Summer Show will be curated by a selected Emerging Curator and will be made up of Emerging Artists. An Emerging Artist is considered to be an artist without commercial representation who has been working as an artist for less than 10 years and who may not have had previous opportunities to show at a gallery or non-profit space. An Emerging Curator is defined as an independent curator who is beginning their career as a curator. Proposal must show history of at least 3 examples of prior curatorial projects successfully presented to a public audience.

Deadline: February 15, 2012
More Info HERE

Unsolicited Proposal Program
(New York, NY)

apexart’s Unsolicited Proposal program is accepting exhibition proposals. From January 17 – February 17, apexart will accept 500-word, idea-based exhibition proposals online for consideration by an international group of more than 100 individuals composed of artists, curators, writers, professionals, and people from other fields.

Deadline: February 17, 2012
More Info HERE


Artist Residencies
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
(Snowmass Village, CO)

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center is seeking applications for residencies the following areas: ceramics, photography & digital media, painting & drawing, sculpture, woodworking & furniture design, and printmaking. As part of the program, resident artists have access to all of the Anderson Ranch studios and support staff and are encouraged to experiment with cross-disciplinary work.

Deadline: February 14, 2012
More Info HERE

Snug Harbor Artist Studio Program
(Staten Island, NY)

The Snug Harbor Artist Studio Program is now accepting application. Snug Harbor Artist Studio Program offers emerging artists a supportive environment to explore their creative development for two months. Artists are provided a studio space on the ground floor of a two-story, nineteenth-century cottage. The unique opportunity is situated within 83 parkland acres of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in the borough of Staten Island.

Deadline: February 29, 2012
More Info HERE

LESP Keyholder Residency 2012
Lower East Side Print Shop
(New York, NY)

Lower East Side Printshop, New York, offers free year-long studio residencies for emerging artists. The Keyholder Residency includes free 24/7 access to a large shared studio with printmaking facilities, $1,000 stipend, storage space and basic supplies, exhibition opportunities, educational programming, and support services. Artists from all disciplines are eligible: printmaking skills are recommended but not required, and basic instruction in printmaking is available at no cost.

Deadline: March 1, 2012
More Info HERE

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residencies 
(Saratoga, WY)

Brush Creek Ranch is accepting applications for time and space to create new work in the extraordinary beauty of the rural West.
Selected recipients will receive room with private bath, most meals and exclusive studio. This is a low-tech residency.
Residents are responsible for all necessary supplies, and travel to and from Laramie Regional Airport or ranch.

Deadline: March 15, 2012
More Info HERE


Grants in Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts
Creative Capital
(New York, NY)

Creative Capital is now accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts.  Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects.  Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support for their project and advisory services valued at more than $40,000.

Deadline: March 1, 2012
More Info HERE

Franklin Furnace Fund
Franklin Furnace
(New York, NY)

Franklin Furnace is now accepting application for grants to emerging artists that will allow them to produce major works in New York. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, artists supported by funding from Jerome Foundation must live in the five boroughs of New York. Full-time students are ineligible. Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. Every year the panel changes, as do the definitions of “emerging artist,” “performance art” and “variable media art.”

Deadline: April 1, 2012
More Info HERE


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