Calls For Artists

The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN is seeking qualifications from artists or art teams for the commission of a mural at the I-26 overpass at North Roan Street in Johnson City.

Submission Deadline: February 5, 2021 by 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

 ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18. Applicants must reside within the United States.

BUDGET: Up to three finalists will be selected to develop design concepts for this project. The total project budget for the selected commission is $60,000. Each finalist will be paid a $500 stipend for his/her design. The selected artist will be paid $58,500 for the commissioned work. The three finalists will be required to present their designs to the Selection Committee via Zoom. The selected artist will be responsible for own travel costs, materials, housing, and personal liability insurance when installing the mural. The selected artist will also be responsible for applying an appropriate primer, UV sealant, and anti-graffiti coating to the walls/mural surface. The City of Johnson City will pressure wash the walls and attend to any necessary repairs prior to the installation.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The theme for the mural project is Body and Earth in Motion, Wellness and Peace Within. The Mural Selection Committee will select three finalists to develop designs that showcase the many outdoor activities that people engage in within the area (hiking, camping, biking, canoeing, kayaking, running, sports, etc.). Many people are drawn to Johnson City because of its proximity to a wide array of outdoor recreation areas. Due in large part to the outdoor amenities available within the city, residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles while enhancing their connection to the natural environment.

MURAL SITE: The mural site is located on the four walls below the I-26 overpass that face North Roan Street. The site is surrounded by a dense commercial district and is highly visible to the large amount of vehicular traffic that travels to and from the many shopping areas, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses which lie on either side of the overpass. Each wall is approximately 73 feet wide x 10 to 18 feet high, and the total square footage for all four walls is approximately 4,000. The artist will also be responsible for painting the side walls a solid color which complements the color palette used in the mural design. There are eight side walls totaling approximately 5,400 square feet. Photos of the site are available in the attached RFQ.

INSTALLATION DATE: Installation will take place by June 30, 2021.

APPLY: View the Submission Guidelines: https://jcpublicart.com/overpass-mural-project/.


The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (Saratoga Springs, NY) is pleased to announce the return of its “Photo Finish” juried photography exhibition and requests submissions for our third annual exhibition. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to submit up to two photographs for consideration. The only requirement is that the submitted photographs must relate to the sport of Thoroughbred racing in America. (This does not mean it has to be a racing action scene; it is up to the photographer to interpret the theme and be as creative as possible!) A panel of judges will select the photographs for exhibition, which will debut in November 2021.

How to apply:

Photographs for consideration must be sent with a completed entry form to photofinish@racingmuseum.net by May 10th. The official entry form with additional details can be found here: https://racingmuseum.org/sites/default/files/PhotoFinishForm-2020.pdf

Contact Information:

Victoria Reisman, vreisman@racingmuseum.net, (518) 584-0400 x113


The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to announce a call for entries for Watercolor USA 2021, highlighting the very best in contemporary American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will run from June 5 through August 29, 2021. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2021.

Organized in 1962, this year marks the 60th year of Watercolor USA. The nationally known exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories, and seeks to discover what is new and what is next in the world of American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will be judged by Nick Nelson, Director of the Springfield Art Museum.

Approximately $20,000 in cash prizes, artist materials, and possible Museum purchase awards are available. Top awards include the $3,000 Kenneth M. Shuck Memorial Award, the $2,000 Greg G. Thielen Memorial Award, the $1,500 Bill Armstrong Memorial Award, and the $1,000 Robert E. Goodier Memorial Award For Traditional Transparent Watercolor, among others. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

Artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories, ages 18 and up, who are using watermedia as critical components of their work are eligible to apply. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter. High realism, abstraction, traditional transparent watercolor, and innovative uses of the medium are all welcomed as the exhibit continues to expand and adjust with contemporary artistic practice, including the use of nontraditional supports and mounts. The Museum routinely purchases work from the Watercolor USA exhibition to expand its robust collection of contemporary American watermedia.

For full information on entry rules, entry fees, and how to submit artwork, please visit https://www.sgfmuseum.org/246/Watercolor-USA.


The charming town of Linden, Tenn. is pleased to invite artists and makers to the 13th annual Blooming Arts Festival, March 26-27, 2021. The Blooming Arts Festival is Linden’s annual signature event and one of the region’s leading outdoor festivals. More than 150 artists registered in 2019, with attendance near 10,000. The robust turnout ensures vendor success while offering something for everyone both in selection and in price. To register, visit BloomingArtsFestivalIn the event of a postponement due to COVID-19, BAF will be rescheduled and an alternate date will be announced.


Open Call for Writers and Artists: Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor’s Prize of $50 for the annual edition, and pays for artwork selected for a cover. Now open for flash, and stories and essays up to 49,000 words. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome.
Open: December 1, 2020
Closing: February 28, 2021
Submission address: https://sunspotlit.submittable.com/submit


Acadiana Center for the Arts Call for entries: Juried Group Show. Deadline for Submissions January 10, 2021
Slammed!! Sensationalism and Culture in the Squared Circle
Acadiana Center for the Arts Main Gallery, February 12, 2021 – May 8, 2021

Acadiana Center for the Arts seeks entries for its February 2021 exhibition. Slammed!! Sensationalism and Culture in the Squared Circle is a juried group exhibition showcasing contemporary artists working in Louisiana, the greater Gulf South region and throughout the United States. Visual Arts Director at Acadiana Center for the Arts, Jaik Faulk will partner with Benjamin Hickey, Curator of Exhibitions at the Hilliard Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to select works for an upcoming exhibition in the AcA’s 4,366 square foot Main Gallery.

This exhibition takes as it’s thesis, the culture, sensationalism and theatricality of the world of professional wrestling, past, present, and future. In the Gulf South, professional wrestling was massively popular in the 1970’s and 80’s, generations shared the experience of drama and exaggerated story lines embedded in one-on-one matches of super human strength and all-out brawls between heroes and villains. Since this time, the world of wrestling has changed and evolved from its naïve glory.  In a way, the world-at-large has as well; it has a sense of fraught drama in the real. Social media, for example, offers countless moments of sensationalized performance at every turn and our current political climate is akin to a wild no-holds-barred cage match.

What can the world of wrestling, it’s sensationalism and theatricality, a blending of “real” and “fake”, tell us of our contemporary moment? What would that look like in a “work of art”? You tell us.

Online submission, full application guidelines and artist’s prompts will be found at:
https://acadianacenterforthearts.org/community/slammed-call-for-artists/


The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, Tenn., is seeking pieces of leasable outdoor sculpture to be installed for two years in and around Founders Park and downtown Johnson City. Each artist whose work is chosen will receive a $2,000 stipend (per piece) as well as exposure on the city’s website and publicity through other related media. The guest curator for this two-year exhibition is sculptor Jason Brown. The exhibition is open to all artists, preferably professional sculptors, who are at least 18 years of age and reside in the United States. The deadline for submissions for consideration is February 15, 2021. More information about submitting work and the RFQ can be found at http://jcpublicart.com/call/


The City of Surprise, in conjunction with the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (SACAC) is seeking qualified artists to propose artwork that will be placed at the new Fire Station 308 facility being constructed at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road (see included architectural renderings). This feature will serve as an artistic enhancement to the public‐facing spaces within the site. This 14,000 square foot multi‐bay facility will house an Engine Company, Hazardous Materials Response Team and future ambulance. The artwork is intended to pay tribute to the critical operations that occur within this facility and the men and women that provide these services. This Call is open to all professional artist and artist teams whose body of work and skills or combined skill set are proven for a project of this magnitude and type. Information regarding the requirements of this RFP may be obtained at the City Manager’s Office located at 16000 North Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374. The entire information package can be downloaded from the City of Surprise website:https://www.surpriseaz.gov/bids.aspx. Please reference 321050 in all your communications to the City.


National Sculpture Society call for the 88th Annual Awards Exhibition is now open. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Please note that sculpture that is inspired by nature, or figurative, or realist sculpture, is preferred.  Over $17,000 in Cash Awards.  Sculpture will be exhibited at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC from June 12 – August 22, 2021. Full prospects available on the NSS website  https://nationalsculpture.org/exhibitions/88thprospectus/


ArtFields is now calling artists in all mediums to submit for ArtFields 2021! ArtFields turns a small town in South Carolina into a living art gallery by displaying hundreds of artworks in downtown businesses each spring. This exhibition and competition awards $100,000 in prize money and cultivates networking opportunities. Our showcase and celebration of Southeastern artists includes those from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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