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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.

2017 National Juried Exhibition

Exhibition: June 22 - July 15, 2017 Entries start Jan. 1, 2017- Open to U.S. resident artists 18 yrs. or older. Juror: Peter Colon, DC Moore Gallery, NYC. The gallery represents nationally and internationally known contemporary artists working in diverse media - including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, as well as important estates and foundations.
Entry fee: $35/1-3 works, $5/ea. additional work, max. 6. Eligible works: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Online applications only.

Actors Needed

Looking for 2 dynamic actors with strong verbal skills - 1 Female and 1 Male actor to appear in a series of Educational Concerts for The Cleveland Orchestra called The Violins of Hope. 

This is an hour-long presentation and there is about 15 minutes of text wedded into the 45 minutes of music. This is a mix of direct audience narration with very short scenes. This is a REMOUNT from last year and so the staging will be recreated. Performances will be held at the new Maltz Performing Arts complex at University Circle.

Submit Scripts: PLAYground 2017 at Talespinner Children's Theatre


Auditions are Saturday, May 19, 2017 from 12:30PM – 5:30PM for actors and students age 16 and up.

Auditions will be cold-readings by appointment in half-hour intervals. You'll only need to be there for one half-hour time slot. TCT will begin taking appointment requests on May 1, 2017 by email at

Call For Submission | 2017 Open Submission Period

Open to all playwrights age 18 or older who are permanent residents of any county in Northeast Ohio.

Submissions open on January 1, 2017 and close on March 31, 2017. Early submissions are encouraged.

Selections will be announced by July 31, 2017. For guidelines and additional information, see Playwrights Local’s Submission page.

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.

BAYarts Juried Show 2017

Call for artists! A show of work in all mediums juried in for display. Judges are Daniel Levin and Kristen Cliffel. Professional and amateur artists 18 years and older are invited to submit work. All work must be original (no giclee prints), completed within the past 36 months, and never entered into the BAYarts Juried Show before. Artists need not reside in the State of Ohio to submit works of art.

Juried Show - 'Home'

Home is a national juried exhibition that explores the concept of home in all media including installation. The exhibit will include artists whose work investigates a variety of interpretations of the theme, such as shelter, family, immigration, homelessness, nostalgia, architecture, domesticity and the home planet we all share, Earth! Artists are responsible for providing any equipment necessary for the presentation of work. Selected artists will be invited to show their work in an exhibition at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

Time Will Tell

The Coburn Gallery announces a national juried exhibition entitled "Time will Tell "- A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience which will feature artists at least 50 years of age residing in the United States. This exhibition will culminate in a collection of works that embody the creativity and innovation of artists ages 50 years and older at all levels of artistic endeavor. The exhibit runs from June 30-August 13 2017. Juror: Shari Wilkins. Wilkins grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and received her BA from Kent State University. She has worked in NYC and San Francisco as promotions/marketing directors at two small, independent record companies. She returned to Cleveland in the 90s and completed her second BA in community organizing at Cleveland State University’s Social Work Department, and wrote her master’s thesis on the American Renaissance. With a life-long appreciation for photography, it is no surprise that Wilkins would create a forum to share her affinity for the photographic image and educate others on the process of developing film in the community darkroom, education center, and gallery at the Cleveland Print Room which opened in January 2013. Her photography and mixed media work has been exhibited in the Greater Cleveland area, Columbus and elsewhere in Ohio. Works in any media accepted. All work must be original art conceived and executed solely by the artist within the last two years. $800.00 in AWARDS. A maximum of two digital entries for $20.00 are allowed per artist. Entries must be original works in any media (2-D or 3-D), completed within the last two years. All entries must be postmarked by April 12, 2017. See to download the prospectus.

Call for Panels

The International Sculpture Center (ISC), is seeking panel proposals for the 27th International Sculpture Conference Sculpture in Kansas City, MO this October 25-28, 2017. This conference will feature the annual ISC little SCULPTURE show, ARTSlams and mentor sessions, engaging panel discussions, evening parties, hands-on workshops, keynote address, open studios and gallery hops, optional art and culture trips, public art tours and visits to nearby sculpture sites, and more.


It’s LIQUID Group is proud to announce It’s LIQUID International Contest – 4th Edition 2017, a free theme international contest open to artists and designers from all over the world, divided into ten categories: painting, installation/sculpture, photography, video art, computer graphics, architecture, performing art, product design, fashion design and illustration/drawing.
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American Fiber

The Morgan Conservatory's fourth Juried Exhibition, American Fiber is open to all artists living in the United States. All submitted work must be original and completed within the past three years. Only artwork consisting of 50% paper is eligible. Dimensions must not exceed 60 inches in any direction. Each artist is welcome to submit up to two entries.

Looking for Original Movies For The West Theater

Fees are negotiable. If interested, please visit and use the “Book Your Act at The West Theater” link or email to

20th Annual National Collage Society Postcard Exhibit

The National Collage Society is excited to announce the 20th annual Postcard exhibit. All collages must be 4" x 6" in size. There is no jury for this exhibit and one awards judge. The Postcard Exhibit is an invitational exhibition open to 2017 members of the National Collage Society, Inc. Become a member by paying the yearly membership fee of $35.All international collage artists are welcome to enter this exhibit. All entries must be original and not have been previously shown in any NCS exhibition. Entry must be a collage: any artwork created with another layer glued onto the surface.

2017 Cleveland Asian Festival Asian-Pop Dance Competition

How to submit for the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival’s Asian-Pop Dance Competition.

  • 1.Record a video of your routine and upload it to Please refrain from excessive video editing; we would like to see the performance as if it were live. Make sure the video is set to private and email the direct link to By submitting the video, you agree that only the Cleveland Asian Festival will be allowed to share this video until May 21st, 2017.
  • 2. Along with your link, please submit the names of each participant, the titles of the songs used and the following methods of contact: primary cell phone, primary email, mailing address. All submissions must be sent to in a single email.
  • 3. Each member must download and complete the release form (see website: All signed released forms must be submitted to before 11:59PM EST April 7th, 2017 IN A SINGLE EMAIL. You may also upload to dropbox, or google drive and share documents- in a single email.
  • 4. Submissions will be open from February 1st, 2017 until 11:59PM EST of April 7th, 2017. Only videos submitted during this time will be considered.

 Judging and voting process

  • 1. Top 8 videos (semi-finalists) will be selected by the Cleveland Asian Festival Executive Committee and shared May 1st, 2017 on the Cleveland Asian Festival’s facebook page and website. Viewers will be able to vote for their favorite cover routines until May 12th, 2017.
  • 2. On May 13th, 2017 top three videos with highest votes, plus one CAF choice will be announced and invited to compete live on May 20th, 2017.
  • 3. If you are one of the four finalist groups, you must submit your music in MP3 format to yintang@clevelandasianfestival.orgby 11:59PM EST May 17th, 2017 or risk disqualification.
  • 4. All live judging will be based on the following criteria: 1. Dance technique 2. Diversity in mash-up 3. Stage Presence 4. Live audience appreciation (applause)

American Fiber, Juried Exhibition

The Morgan Conservatory's fourth Juried Exhibition, American Fiber is open to all artists living in United States. All submitted work must be original and completed within the past three years. Only artwork consisting of at least 50% paper is eligible. Dimensions must not exceed 60 inches in any direction. Each artist is welcome to submit up to 2 entries. Artwork must be wired and framed (if media applicable) and ready to hang (no saw-tooth hangers), or come with hanging directions. Each submission must be accompanied by an exhibition Entry Form (see below).

Inspired Art

Inspired Art is a collaboration of Cleveland’s artists and young poets for the benefit of America SCORES Cleveland. Poetry created by Cleveland youth enrolled in SCORES after-school program serves as the inspiration for original works of art. Through this cycle of inspiration and influence, students witness their creativity brought to life, artists connect with their community, and SCORES’ supporters will see the profound impact these children’s words can have on others.

Call for Submission| Accepting Submissions For The 39th Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival

Plays must be typed, no handwritten plays are accepted.Please e-mail to be sent an Entry Form.Include a title page that has:The title of the play, playwright's name and address, phone number, school, and grade. The playwright's name and age should not appear anywhere else on the play.

Plays can be submitted as a word document, a pdf or in a hard (paper) copy.E-mail word files or pdfs (along with your completed entry form) to mail a hard copy to: Dobama Theatre, MBKPF, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

For more information about submission and/or auditions, please e-mail Education Associate Carrie Williams at :

Call for Submission| PLAYground 2017 at Talespinner Children's Theatre

Submit: A preliminary script, with a list of characters, and a synopsis. It is understood that re-writes will happen between acceptance and rehearsals, but any major changes must be approved by TCT, as the work accepted must be recognizable by beginning of the program. All major changes to character must be completed by April 15th so that casting can begin at that time. Please make sure that your name and contact information--including email--is printed clearly on the front page of the submission. Submissions not clearly labeled will not be considered.

CRITERIA:Writers must be based in the Cleveland area. Out of state or out of region submissions will not be accepted for this program. (Please feel free to contact TCT at the email address below if you would like to know if your area is included.)

WHERE TO SUBMIT:Electronic copy (preferred): Please send a word or pdf document to with "PLAYground Script Submission" in the subject header.

Paper copy: Please send a clearly printed copy to Talespinner Children's Theatre 5209 Detroit Ave.Cleveland, OH 44102 Attn: PLAYground

AUDITIONS: Auditions are Saturday, May 19, 2017 from 12:30PM – 5:30PM for actors and students age 16 and up.

Auditions will be cold-readings by appointment in half-hour intervals. You'll only need to be there for one half-hour time slot. TCT will begin taking appointment requests on May 1, 2017 by email at

Call for Nominations| Cleveland Arts Prize

The Cleveland Arts Prize staff and board actively encourage nominations from a broad range of community leaders and arts organizations. It is only through a public online nomination process that candidates can be submitted for consideration. Deadline to nominate is February 28, 2017.