Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, invites visual & performing artists to be a part of its 34th year!  In 2015, the festival’s “Dive In!” theme encourages projects both literally and/or conceptually using water as a creative element.  The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is accepting applications for the Artists’ Market, Artscape Gallery Network, “Ebb & Flow,” “Lazy River,” LOL @ Artscape, Sound Off Live!, opera, theatre, dance, classical music, and more.  Applications are available at  The deadlines for submission and application fees vary.  Artscape takes place July 17 through July 19, 2015 along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.  Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.


Alternative Gallery Fair

In partnership with Open Space Baltimore, applications are being accepted for the Alternative Gallery Fair.  The pop-up fair is composed of artist run galleries and exhibition spaces displaying artwork, installations and performances by the artists they represent.  Emerging and innovative small, DIY, artist run and cooperatively managed art and exhibition venues from Baltimore and beyond are encouraged to apply.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 16 at noon.


Art Car Show & CARavan/Parade

Artscape and the American Visionary Art Museum host the annual Art Car Show & CARavan/Parade.  Commissions are available for the creation of new cars, bikes and other wheeled vehicles.  In keeping with the 2015 theme of water, entries with a sea creature, oceanic, ship-based or otherwise water-based theme will be prioritized in the selection of work.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 20.

Artists’ Market

The Artists’ Market highlights visual artists who create and execute original, professional quality work.  Submission categories include mixed media, clay, drawing/graphics/printmaking, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography/digital art, wearable art/fashion, wood and other.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31.


Artist’s Market Emerging Artist Program

The Emerging Artist Program provides an Artists’ Market space to a local up-and-coming artist at no cost.  Selected artists will be paired with mentors – established artists working in the same medium who will be available as a resource.  A limited number of scholarships are available for this competitive program.  Applicants must complete Artists’ Market application by Tuesday, March 31.


Arts Organizations

Nonprofit organizations that support the visual or performing arts in Baltimore and the surrounding region can apply for exhibition space at the festival.  Groups have the opportunity to reach thousands of festival-goers; therefore, they are encouraged to use the exhibit space as a marketing and promotional tool.  Eligible nonprofits include arts-related cultural institutions, cultural resources and educational institutions.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31.


Artscape Gallery Network

Supported by M&T Bank, the Artscape Gallery Network is an expansion of the Sondheim Artscape Prize.  The program features artists and art galleries throughout Baltimore City and County in an effort to raise the visibility of and attract more visitors to the region’s thriving arts community.  A highly-visible, multi-media marketing campaign accompanies the program.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 10.


“Ebb & Flow” Indoor Exhibition

Hosted in MICA’s Pinkard Gallery, “Ebb & Flow” is an indoor exhibition which includes artwork whose subject matter touches on this year’s Artscape theme, water.  Artists are encouraged to think broadly, both literally and abstractly in their interpretation of this theme.  Applications will be accepted that include already existing work and proposals for new work.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30.


Food & Beverage

As part of the festival’s refocused food & beverage program, Artscape has five designated dining areas: The Art of Food Café, Baltimore BBQ, Food Truck Rally, Art of the Bay Café and Chesapeake Vendors.  In keeping with the theme of water, vendors with menus offering seafood are especially sought after.  The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 15.


Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”)

“The Fred” awards $1,000 to a high school student artist living in Baltimore City as well as a stipend to produce a solo exhibition, with mentorship from BOPA staff, to be on display at the 34th annual Artscape.  Applicants must be rising seniors at the time of application submission.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 31.



Gamescape showcases videogames and the creative people who make them.  Developers and designers are invited to promote their work through demos and panels.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 3.


GBCA’s Culture Tent

For the second year, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) hosts the Culture Tent at Artscape.  The tent is a place to experience and learn about the amazing breadth of arts & culture taking place in the Baltimore region.  GBCA member organizations interested in participating should contact Elena Kostakis at


“Harbor High Port (of Call) & Other Phenomenades”

“Harbor High Port (of Call) & Other Phenomenades” is a collection of sculptures, pop-up kiosks and participatory art installations exhibited during Artscape 2015.  Approximately ten installations and ten sculptures are featured along the Charles Street Bridge corridor.  In keeping with the water theme celebrated throughout this year’s festival, all installations reference Baltimore’s iconic Inner Harbor waterfront as if it were relocated via an imagined high tide to Charles Street.  Artists are encouraged to use any reference points from the harbor’s past, present and future.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 16.



Take a dip in the sea of exploration!  Kidscape invites Artscape’s youngest attendees and their families to let their imaginations flow with workshops, arts & crafts, hands-on experiences and live performances on the “Splashin’ Stage.”  Organizations and institutions interested in bringing water-themed ideas should contact Pooja Sampathi  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 16.


Large-Scale Outdoor Performance/Interactive Artwork Anchors

Artscape 2015 includes approximately three large-scale outdoor performance and/or interactive artwork anchors.  Artists and artist collaborative groups working in both the visual and performing arts are encouraged to apply.  Projects should incorporate this year’s theme of water.  Proposals that both literally and/or conceptually include the theme of water are encouraged.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30.


“Lazy River” Outdoor Exhibition

“Lazy River” consists of approximately 8-12 sculptures, installations and various rotating live performances.  Together, these aspects create a visually implied “lazy river” in an ode to this pillar of summertime nostalgia and family fun, as well as to the visual look of summer theme parks worldwide.  Festival-goers are able to experience these sculptures and installations as individual sights along the river’s edge, around the river-bend, through choppy, piranha‐infested waters, smooth sailing, and everything in between.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 2.


LOL @ Artscape

LOL@Artscape is Artscape’s funniest event!  The two-night performance highlights the area’s best up-and-coming comedic talents.  Selected comics will be expected to perform sets between 10 and 15 minutes.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 10.


In the Neighborhood

Artscape accepts applications from business and organizations in the Bolton Hill, Midtown and Station North Arts & Entertainment districts that offer a unique experience for festival goers during the week of Artscape, July 13-19.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31.


Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre, Opera, Classical Music, etc)

Artscape hosts a full schedule of dance, theatre, street theatre, pop-up performances, opera, classical and folk music as well as other creative performances.  Performers and performance groups should engage and entertain a broad spectrum of Artscape festival-goers while also developing new audiences.  Special attention is given to performances which incorporate the 2015 theme of water.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30.


Sound Off Live!

On Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10, local bands compete for one of Artscape’s limited time slots.  Sound Off Live! is held at Metro Gallery, 1700 North Charles Street.  All music genres are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 17 by 4pm.


Attracting more than 350,000 festival-goers annually, Artscape features a full schedule of performing arts including live concerts from national, regional and local acts on multiple outdoor stages; professional dance troupes and a wide variety of opera, theater, street theatre and classical music performances.  Additionally, the festival showcases visual artists from the Baltimore region and beyond through an artists’ market, outdoor & indoor exhibitions, film screenings, prize programs and more.  Admission is free.

For more information on Artscape, call 410-752-8632 or visit


DEADLINE: February 15, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST

Read the Full Prospectus HERE
Apply via Submittable HERE

Exhibition stills from EMULSION 2013.
Gallery OonH images–Top image, street level; middle image, upper level; bottom image, outdoor courtyard. Photos by Greg Staley for East City Art.

EMULSION: The Second Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show

$1,250 First Place Prize
$750 Second Place Prize
$500 Third Place Prize
Two People’s Choice Awards

An entry fee of $38.50 paid to East City Art Media LLC

This call for entry is open to all residents 18 years of age or over who reside or create art within 50 miles of East City Art’s headquarters located at 922 G Street SE, Washington, DC. Click on Map below for a block-by-block view

Gallery O on H located at 1354 H Street NE in the heart of the Atlas Entertainment District

Opening Reception Sat. March 21 | Closing Reception: Sat. March 28
Exhibition on view March 21-28, 2015 with weeklong programing

Gallery Owner Adah Rose Bitterbaum.


Submissions must be received by Monday, February 20, 2015. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the seventh annual Bethesda Painting Awards. Up to nine finalists will be selected to display their work in an exhibition during the month of June at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, and the top four winners will receive $14,000 in prize monies. Best in Show will be awarded $10,000; Second Place will be honored with $2,000 and Third Place will receive $1,000. Additionally, a “Young Artist” whose birthday is after February 20, 1985 may be awarded $1,000. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D paintings including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimensions should not exceed 60 inches in width or 84 inches in height. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibit. Each artist must submit 5 images, application and a non-refundable fee of $25. Digital entries will be accepted on DC in JPG, GIF or PNG format. For a complete application, please visit, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 or call 301-215-6660 x117.


Field Projects is pleased to announce our 2015 Winter Open Call curated by Olivia Smith, Director of Exhibition A. Emerging and mid-career artists are invited to submit their work for consideration in our March 2015 exhibition. All of the submissions we receive will be considered not only for Show #25, but also for future exhibitions at Field Projects and a coinciding online exhibition to Show #25.

Field Projects is an NYC-based project space located in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery district. As an artist run space, we are committed to opening the field of exhibition opportunities to other working artists. Whether you have submitted to Field Projects before or it’s your first time, we would love to see your work! Check out our last Open Call exhibition Show #21 winners and Top Ten runners up!

About the Curator: OLIVIA SMITH

Olivia Anne Smith is an artist, writer, and the Director of Exhibition A, where she has worked in collaboration with over one hundred artists to produce and distribute new limited edition art. Born in Dallas, Smith received a BFA in Studio Art, Art History, and English from SMU Meadows School of the Arts in 2011 and completed residencies at Les Subsistances in Lyon, France and Ubud, Indonesia. After concluding an internship at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, she moved to New York City in 2012. Her interest in conceptual and socially-engaged art led her to stints at Artists Space and Creative Time, in addition to her role as curatorial assistant for a new Center for Art & Urbanism in Dallas. Smith lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan.

Eligibility & Terms

Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply.

All artwork submitted must be ready to hang or install, completed work.

Artists living outside NYC are also welcome to apply, however you will be responsible for artwork shipping costs.

Artists working in new media, film, or video- you may be required to use your own equipment for exhibitions.

Artists may submit up to 5 works

Artist collectives are welcome to submit, please choose one artist representative to be our point of contact for your application.

Submission Fee



Friday, February 20th, 2015, 11:59 PM !!

About Show #25

Selected artists will be notified the first week of March.

All artwork must arrive at Field Projects by Saturday, March 14th

Show #25 opens on Thursday, March 19th and will run through Saturday, April 25th.

All artwork will be for sale at the gallery during the exhibition.

How to Apply

Please pay the submission fee via the link below. Next submit all of the following documents listed below by email to

Please follow the directions below to ensure that you portfolio is properly uploaded by email.

Title the email subject line with your name ONLY.

Cut-and-Paste your payment confirmation number and a brief bio or description of the work into the body of the email

Cut-and-Paste a corresponding CV and List of Works: Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions, and any unusual installation specifications into the body of the email

Attach 5 JPEG images of your work or video links (see specifications below) to the email.

Image Specifications

-600 pixels on the longest side for horizontal images

-450 pixels on the shortest side for vertical images

-Video: please supply an image attachment, description and a video URL per video.

-Image format: JPEG, RGB, 150dpi

-Rename each image with your first and last name and title or the work (example:






Submit 5 images of your work for $25. Only one submission per artist please.
We can’t wait to see your work!


Field Projects




The Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR) invites you to participate in Visions of Home, an exhibition and art placement project presented in conjunction with the Arts Management Program at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University (GMU).

Visions of Home will feature original artwork that embodies the idea of “home”. The artwork will be placed within nonprofit organizations that provide affordable housing to underserved communities throughout Northern Virginia. The artwork, selected by the participating nonprofits, will be considered a donation to the agencies for permanent display.


what type of artwork is considered appropriate for visions of home ?

Original 2-D and 3-D media, with the exception of video and installation will be considered.

Wall hung artwork must not exceed 36″ in height or width or extend more than 6″ in depth from the wall.

3-D work must not exceed 5′ in height x 2′ in width or depth.

Work should be framed (if needed) and have all necessary wiring and hardware attached.

Fragile work that might incur damage in shipping or while on display should be framed.

Insure artwork when shipping.

If there is a question regarding whether an artwork is appropriate for submission, the decision will be made by ACCR.

what is the art connection in the capital region?

ACCR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that enriches lives by expanding access to original works of visual art within underserved communities throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Our mission is primarily achieved through the facilitation of an innovative art donation and placement program that brings together artists and collectors willing to donate their artwork with qualifying nonprofit community service or public equivalent agencies that have no funding for art purchases. The types of organizations with which ACCR partners, serve their clients directly and include: homeless and emergency shelters, children’s centers, mental health facilities, and low-income senior housing agencies, amongst several others.

By bringing art to more members of our community, we are contributing to the creation of nurturing environments and providing individuals, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to experience the beauty, inspiration, and hope that art enables. In addition to enlivening the public spaces within an agency, donated artwork serves to integrate and engage community members and helps to foster positive associations between the agency providing vital social services and the individuals accessing those services.

Sometimes, just one small painting or piece of sculpture can make a difference. This simple concept has guided ACCR in its programming, and together with the contributions of our artists and partnering agencies, has had a tremendous impact on the underserved members of our community that we have been able to support.

where in the agencies will the donated artwork be displayed?

The artwork will be displayed in secure public areas of the agencies where its presence will enrich the lives of those who work in, and are served by, these organizations. Sites will be carefully selected and screened by ACCR. The number of organizations receiving artwork will be determined by the number of works donated. A permanent plaque, with information about the artist, artwork, and the project will be displayed alongside the work both during the exhibition and at the permanent installation site.

when will the donated artwork be displayed at george mason university?

The project will culminate in an exhibition in GMU’s Founders Gallery on their Arlington campus, March 19–April 16, 2015. A public reception is scheduled from 6:00–8:00 pm, Friday, April 1, 2015. Once the artwork is installed, representatives from participating nonprofits will have an opportunity to tour the exhibition and select artwork for their agencies. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the artwork will be moved to the agencies where it will remain on permanent display.

how do i submit artwork?

Visions of Home is a juried exhibition. ACCR will offer all artwork for placement in a participating organization, but placements cannot be guaranteed. If work is not placed in the Visions of Home exhibition, we request that work remain in the possession of ACCR for future placements. Arrangements to have work returned to the artist if not placed can also be made at the artist’s request.

To be considered for participation, you must complete the Artwork Submission Form and are invited to upload up to four images. Up to two works of art may be selected for inclusion, unless the artist specifies otherwise on the Artwork Submission Form.

Submissions must be received no later than February 20, 2015.

if selected, when should work be delivered?

Artwork must be received at GMU from March 9–March 12, 2015, and can either be shipped or dropped off. Details will be provided once work is selected for inclusion.

whom do i contact with questions?

Julie Ann Cavnor, Executive Director
or 202.536.2607


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting grant applications for the 2015 Creative Baltimore Fund.  The grant program provides nearly $250,000 in funding to local individual artists and established non-profit cultural organizations.  Applications and guidelines are available at  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  The Creative Baltimore Fund is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The Creative Baltimore Fund provides support to artists and organizations through two grants.  Individual artists are invited to apply for the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award which provides project support for programs promoting public access and encouraging the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in Baltimore City.  Additionally, theGeneral Operating Support grant provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.  Individual artists can receive up to $5,000 for project support; organizations can receive up to $10,000 for general operating support.  Grant awards will be announced in May 2015.


Grant Application Due:        Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Application Review Period:   Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17, 2015

Grant Awards Announced:    May 2015

Grant Period:                     Wednesday, July 1, 2015 through Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Creative Baltimore Fund is made possible through the support of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Council and helps art programs and projects come to fruition and continue to enhance the City of Baltimore.  The program is administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts which is the arts council for Baltimore City.  In addition, an independent panel reviews applications and selects grant recipients.

For more information on the Creative Baltimore Fund, call 410-752-8632 or visit


Request for Qualifications

City of Merriam, Kansas

Budget: $100,000

RFQ submission deadline: February 20, 2015

In 2015, the City of Merriam, Kansas, located in northeast Johnson County, is beginning a 5-year placemaking initiative that will enhance public spaces in downtown Merriam and its environs. As the inaugural project in this initiative, the City has dedicated $100,000 to commission an artist or artist team to design, produce and install compelling public art for a small downtown plaza (approximately 925 sq. ft.).

Selection process and timeline

Artists submitting to the RFQ are not being asked to develop a specific model or proposal at this time. Rather, RFQ submissions will be assessed on the quality and nature of the applicant’s past work; experience working on commissions that are placed in open and public areas; and experience collaborating with other professionals such as architects, engineers, fabricators and installation personnel. RFQ submissions will be evaluated by City of Merriam personnel, selected members of Merriam’s Public Art Initiative ad-hoc committee, and art consultant James Martin, who is facilitating all phases of the project.

A limited number of artists will be selected from the RFQ pool of applicants to develop and submit a formal proposal. A stipend of $1,200 will be paid to each artist invited to the proposal stage.

The selection timeline is subject to change, but is envisioned as follows:

  1. All RFQ submissions due by 11:59 PM February 20, 2015.
  2. Selected artists will be notified by February 28, 2015.
  3. RFP guidelines will be disseminated by March 6, 2015.
  4. All RFP submissions due by 11:59 PM April 17, 2015.
  5. Invited selected artists to visit site and present proposal at art selection committee meeting, end of April 2015
  6. Present recommended artist(s) for approval at early May 2015 City Council meeting.
  7. Notify winning artist(s) in mid-May, 2015.
  8. Finalize design and fabricate summer 2015 through early 2016.
  9. Install art project by March 1, 2016.
  10. Hold public dedication and reception in April 2016.

For more information, download detailed submission instructions at Questions should be directed to art consultant James Martin at