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The Deadline Project: Temporary Pay Phone Art

Calling all Cleveland area visual artists*:
Cleveland City Council recently passed legislation authorizing all non-functioning pay phone boxes to be removed over the next two years. Many of these boxes have not hosted an active phone for years and are unequivocally eyesores. BUT, not so long ago pay phones were significant, useful parts of our lives and artists Allison Lukacsy-Love and Charley Frances feel its only appropriate to pay our respects before they disappear from Cleveland for good!

Want to participate in a super cool, temporary art project in/on a defunct pay phone box?
Email before November 1st if you'd like to participate!

*artists as defined by The Deadline Project can be anyone interested in picking up a paint brush, wheat paste, etc and making some art. This public / open to anyone call is literally open to anyone!

Call for Entries | 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival

Calling all filmmakers! The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival will be held April 04 - April 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. With our 42nd CIFF Call for Entries officially open, films made after June 1, 2016 are now being accepted for consideration. All entries must be submitted completely by December 15, 2017. 

Call for Artists | Temporary Art Exhibition, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

CLE is currently inviting artists and 501(c)3 art/cultural organizations to create site-specific, two-dimensional art design to be placed on the interior wall of Concourse B Ramp with the potential to expand the exhibit to the walls in the Concourse B waiting area. This opportunity is open to all established professional artists over the age of 18 and art/cultural organizations residing in Northeast Ohio. Deadline to submit is December 4, 2017, 4:00 pm.

Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate

Poets must be residents of Cleveland Heights, or have a significant relationship to the Cleveland Heights community, and commit to serve the full 24 month term of service if selected. Learn more here: PL Selection Process and Guidelines

  1. Any poet who meets the eligibility criteria and can commit to the term of service, may submit an application for consideration.  Applications may be submitted anytime between October 15 and the deadline of December 31.
  2. In the absence of sufficient quality applications, the Heights Writes Subcommittee of the Heights Arts board may reach out to local poets to solicit applications.

2017 Confucius Institute Art Performance Competition

The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University is seeking diverse, talented, exciting, and entertaining people to partake in their Annual Art Performance Competition from 1- 5pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
They are seeking: Singers, Dancers, Martial Artists, Musicians, Magicians, Acrobats and Other Performers to entertain them, and share your talent with an audience. There are cash prizes for Three First Place Winners !!!, Three Second Place Winners!!!, and Three Third Place Winners!!! Winners will also perform at The Confucius Institute’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration, held in February 2018. The Chinese New Year Celebration is the Confucius Institute’s biggest annual celebration, so winners will get the chance to perform in front of hundreds of people. First place winners will receive $200, second place winners will receive $150, and third place winners will receive $100 dollars. This contest is open to people of all ages, and to non- U.S. residents as well. The deadline to register is Monday, November 13, 2017.

W2S Call for artist

The Sculpture Center invites early career artists of our greater region whose practice includes sculpture, installation, mixed and expanded media, relational aesthetics, and performance to apply for inclusion in their annual W2S series (Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist series). Through W2S, begun in 1990, The Sculpture Center promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors and expanded media artists from its region during the first ten years of their profession. Four – six artists are selected annually by their Exhibition Committee for one-person, full gallery exhibitions of new work in either the Main (1000 sq. ft.) or Euclid Avenue (750 sq. ft.) Gallery with a group catalog (if funding is available). They encourage and fully support risk taking and new directions of creative by the artists selected for W2S

Call for Artists | Plein Air Peninsula 2017, Fall Colors

Seeking artists to participate in Peninsula Art Academy's Plein Air Peninsula 2017 Fall Colors exhibition. Artwork must be created and finished on site in the Village of Peninsula at one of our identified locations in the true plein air style. Styles may range from realism to abstract, and must be in keeping with the impromptu style of plein air. Artwork must be created during the competition which begins at 8am on Friday, October 13, 2017 and must be submitted to Peninsula Art Academy no later than 5:00pm on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Call for Art: BROKEN HEARTS 2018 Show

artlessBastard, a gallery in DePere, Wisconsin is calling for 2D & 3D works of art, in all mediums – except performance art or film – for their Broken Hearts 2018 Show. Themes of work may include abandoned love, found love, young love, timeless love, shattered hearts, love that hurts or love that heals, art that captures the relationships between people, places, or things, etc. From photography to mixed media to paintings to charcoal to blown glass to lithographic prints… all works ready for display on a gallery wall, pedestal or floor will be considered. There will be a special selection of student work also included in this exhibit. Please visit for more info or email

Monolith Visual Repository

This notice is a call for the inclusion of visual art within the Monolith Visual Art Repository. Specifically, the Repository will reside within the walls of Nucleus™ at the core of Monolith™.

The Monolith Visual Art Repository will digitally store the work and biographical information of contemporary visual artists. The purpose of the Monolith Visual Art Repository is to provide the artistic context of the epoch in which Monolith™ has been created. Serving as the epoch’s artistic pulse, frozen beyond time, transcending the ages, the Monolith Visual Art Repository will allow contemporary artists to reach future generations.

Call for Artists | Accessible Expressions Ohio 2018, Juried Exhibition

The AEO Call for Art is open to artists of any age, who are residents of Ohio and have a disability. *As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Applicants need not disclose their actual disability. Submissions must have a visual component. Deadline to submit is December 1, 2017.

Call for Artists | 2017 Writer in the Window | Appletree Books

For a second year, Appletree Books is inviting writers and artists of all ages, formats, and genres in the Greater Cleveland area to celebrate the imagination and determination of writers by writing in our store. Participants do not need to be professional writers or writing a novel to be a part of this project. Think of it as performance art, a way to gain a different perspective on the world, a break from routine, or a unique way to embed yourself in the workings of a bookstore. 

Call for Youth Artists | Mythical Creatures - Youth Art Contest | Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is seeking youth and student artist work for their Mythical Creatures public exhibition. From the powerful dragon to the soaring phoenix, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is challenging all Northeast Ohio students to grab their favorite art supply and use their creativity to create their own mythical creature. Deadline to submit is Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Open Call for "Cleveland's Smallest Gallery"

Introducing Phone Gallery - Cleveland's smallest gallery - annexed to the front of Russ' Auto Care in the Waterloo Arts District across the street from Waterloo 7 Studios and Praxis Fiber Workshop.
Originally conceived in 2013 by artist Ivana Medukic of 'Project Pop-Up Galleries' and architect Ali Lukacsy, Phone Gallery demonstrates the transformation of an otherwise vacant and underutilized "space" - in this case, an abandoned phone booth - into an inventive place for art display.

Call for Entries | Dominion 2017 Community Impact Awards

Dominion Energy is seeking to award community projects that demonstrate economic and/or social revitalization. Each year Dominion Energy, through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, awards $110,000 in grants to nonprofits making an impact in our community. The Community Impact Awards competition, co-sponsored this year with Cleveland Magazine, has awarded more than $1.6 million since 1996 to organizations in our service area. Deadline to submit is November 30, 2017. 

Dia De Los Muertos - A Celebration of Life

Florida CraftArt invites artists to submit work for an exhibition showcasing original artwork that represents the theme: “Día de los Muertos, A Celebration of Life.” It is an open, national juried call-to-artists curated by St. Petersburg-based artist Mark Noll.

"Nectar of the gods" art exhibit

Call to artists for group exhibit themed on wine. Open to creative interpretation. Art opening please submit bio, and artwork photography by December 10 to my email

Call for Submissions | Gordon Square Review, online literary magazine

Literary Cleveland is pleased to introduce Gordon Square Review, an online literary magazine published biannually to showcase emerging writers nationwide, award editing mentorships, and provide a venue to spotlight Northeast Ohio writers. Submissions for GSR's first issue are open now through October 15th, 2017. Submissions are free, and accepted contributors will be paid a modest honorarium. 

Portage Park District Foundation Juried Arts and Crafts Sale

The Portage Park Foundation is looking for artists to submit their arts and crafts in a juried art sale held on December 7 and 8 from 3:00 – 8:00 at the Downtown Gallery located at 141 East Main Street, Kent.  Painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, metals and mixed art mediums will all be considered. We will also consider note cards and stationery.

Artists must complete the online entry form at  by November 1 for consideration.

Call for Volunteers - MOCA Cleveland Docent


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