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2017 MFA National Competition

MFA NATIONAL COMPETITION, July 20 - August 11, 2017. U.S. Artists enrolled in an MFA program within the last three years. Eligible works: paintings, drawings, collage, prints, sculpture, photography, installations and computer-generated art. Juror: Dorothea Rockburne, Artist, Guggenheim Fellow, Collections: MOMA, MMA, The Guggenheim Museum, etc
ENTRY DEADLINE: May 31. Entry fee: $35/1-3 works, $5/ea. additional, max. 6. Online applications only.

Call for Artists and Vendors | Akron Zoo 2017 Trunk Show

The Akron Zoo is now accepting applications for the 2017 Trunk Show! This will be the 9th year for our holiday shopping event hosted by the Akron Zoo Gift Shop. Booths will be located in our beautiful Welcome Center decorated for the Holidays. There are no booth fees and no show admission! Preference given to artists and vendors whose work has animal, garden or conservation themes/materials. Deadline to submit is October 8, 2017.

CALL for Art: The Peer Show

The Cleveland Print Room invites members and non-members to submit artwork for our 2017 juried exhibition, The Peer Show. This is a unique opportunity for photographic artists to exhibit their work and receive substantial exposure in Cleveland’s only dedicated photographic art gallery, community darkroom, educational center, and studio workspace. Over 30 selected works will be exhibited in our gallery, with a top prize of $300 to be awarded. All selections and cash awards will be made at the discretion of the jurors and will be final.

Art Science Exhibits Berlin

International call... Artists and Art Students working within all aspects of Evolutionary Biology- be it bird or biomimicry- Darwin or DNA- are welcome to enter! There are no age or border restrictions. And you are free to apply within any art discipline.

Artist commission

Kickstarter is currently seeking to add to their current network pool of talented artists as their market is expanding, and demand is growing.
Kickstart Artwest is a network of a talented artist pool from all over the globe. They offer artists a marketing arm by providing them with request from their wide range of clientele. This is not a membership program, they simply provide for you commissioned work. They are seeking to add a limited number of artist. Each artist in their network is still independent of their personal clientele accepting commissions through kickstart Art dependent on their bandwidth and availability.

Chinese Cultural Performances

Hello dancers! Yin Tang Dance is now accepting video auditions for the 2017-2018 season. Yin Tang Dance is a community Chinese cultural dance company. They are best known for their involvement in the Cleveland community through performances. If you would like to become a part of their family, please send them your audition video! If they like what they see, they’ll invite you to free classes for final interviews (basically to see how you mesh with the current dance family). Deadline for video auditions is Memorial Day 2017. They are looking for up to 6 dancers.

8th Annual May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition

Exhibition: May 18 - July 14. Open to artists 18 or older. Juror: Dr. Louis Zona, Executive Director/Chief Curator at the Butler Institute of American Art, (Youngstown,OH)
Entry fees fund the awards. $15 per artwork, 4 piece maximum. Juried from the actual artworks. Most media accepted, except video and installations.
Entries accepted May 6 -8, 2017.

Call for Artists | 52 Weeks 52 Works - 2018 Calendar

52 WEEKS 52 WORKS is AGC's annual desk calendar featuring the visual artists of Northeast Ohio. Any artist currently living and working in Northeast Ohio is eligible to submit. The 2018 calendar deadline for submission is May 1, 2017. We encourage professionals, educators and students to submit. 52 artists are selected to appear (1 per calendar week) with a handful of artists placed in the notes section. The calendar is a veritable catalogue of Northeast Ohio's current fine-art talent. 

Call for Artists| Cleveland RTA, Public Art, E. 34th St. Rapid Transit Station

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) is seeking proposals from qualified public artists for a public art installation at the new W. 34th Street Rapid Transit Station. GCRTA accepts both “functional” art that is, artfully designed parts of passenger facilities including but not limited to railings, tile work, seating, signage and lighting elements. Applied art such as murals, sculpture, paintings, etc. are also welcome. Art is selected through GCRTA”s public art selection process. Deadline to submit is Monday, May 8, 2017.

Student Call: Grades 7 to 12 Poster Contest To Focus On Heroin Epidemic

Teens in grades 7 - 12 are invited to create and submit a poster that focuses on the consequences of using heroin and/or misuse prescription opioids. 

Male Dancers needed for MorrisonDance

Interested dancers, please submit your resume, photograph (headshot and body shot if available) and any available video links to help us get to know you as a performer! You may email these submissions to Jenni Hankey at

Performers will be required to attend weekly rehearsals and must be available during the week of technical rehearsals, Monday, May 29- Wed May 31, and for the performances on Thursday June 1 – Saturday, June 3. Performers will receive a stipend for the project, and may have opportunities to join us in future paid performance and/or outreach projects.

Costume Designer and Prop Designer Needed

Reply with a cover email and resume to THE PRODUCTIONThings as They Are
Written by David Todd
Original score composed by Ben Chasny
Directed by Anjanette HallMay 12 - 28, 2017Reinberger Auditorium (Upstairs Loft)

Call for artists: It’s Liquid International Video and Performance Art Festival

It’s LIQUID Group, in collaboration with International ArtExpo, is selecting all interesting video art and performance art works to include in: It’s Liquid International Video and Performance Art Festival

2016 Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory

The Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory is a free resource for the public to engage with the arts and for artists to discover opportunities. Competitive exhibitions showcase Ohio's wealth of artistic talent and encourage artists through exposure and awards. 

2016 RNC Host Committee: Neighborhood Business Supplier Guide

Take advantage of the opportunity to have your organization or small business included in the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee Supplier Guide, an easily accessible, comprehensive supplier guide to the Republican National Committee’s Committee on Arrangements as well as to local and visiting Convention participants to assist them in their planning. 

Call for Volunteers - MOCA Cleveland Docent



MOCA Cleveland reviews unsolicited artist submissions from artists living in Cuyahoga County or its six contiguous counties (Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Lake).

Artfetch Representing the next generation of leading artists, from around the world.

Artfetch presents the work of selected emerging artists for sale online. The team of specialist cutting-edge curators will choose the most promising up-and-coming artists from around the world to be included on the website.