Call for Artists: December 2021

By November 29, 2021
a wood cut print of a man in overalls relaxing in flowers
Norman Spencer, from Black in Bluegrass, made at the Bernheim Residency in Kentucky.

Future Art Awards 2021: Ecosystem X
U.S. and territories
Deadline: December 1, 2021

The 3rd Future Art Awards invites all U.S. based artists of all mediums to Reimagine Life On Planet Earth.

How can artists help us vision the future by illustrating the principles, processes, or practices of a just world, where the complexities between living organisms, their physical environment, and all their interrelationships represent harmony, sustainability, justice and freedom? What are the key elements of these new ecosystems for people and planet, markets and movements? What would such a world look like from the perspective of 21st Century artists as catalysts for new futurities and planetary change?

To democratize our philanthropy and support a diverse range of artists across the country, the 3rd edition of Mozaik Philanthropy’s Future Art Awards will present 11  U.S. artists from across the country with a $5,000 cash prize and a showcase in a curated virtual exhibition.

Currier Museum Artist in Residence
U.S. South
Deadline: December 1, 2021

The Currier Museum of Art invites applications for the second annual open call for its Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program, awarding up to two residencies between fall 2022 and spring 2023. This program will provide support for selected self-identified emerging artists or artist groups (of up to three people) focused on social practice. Due to the flexible nature of this program, these residencies can be for a period of six to twelve weeks between mid-October 2022 and mid-March 2023. The AIR program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting audiences with art and creative thinking. This program deepens the mission through an open call to social practice artists who share the goal of impacting people through the transformative power of art. The Currier Museum supports resident artists with a stipend of $1,000 per week, travel allowance up to $500, materials support, and housing in a fully furnished home. In many cases, resident artists may be able to have spouses/children accompany them. Service animals are welcome.

South Arts Emerging Leaders of Color
U.S. South
Deadline: December 1, 2021

Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) is a free multi-day professional development program for early- to mid-career arts administrators of color. This partnership program between South Arts and our colleague Regional Arts Organization WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) provides tools, continued learning opportunities, and a growing professional network to administrators of color who seek to move into leadership positions in the arts and culture sector. Eighteen participants will be selected for the second cohort of this program, which will occur online in late January or early February 2022. At least one participant from each of South Arts’ nine-state region will be chosen to participate, with participation expenses paid.

Norfolk Southern Artist-in-Residence Program
Atlanta, Georgia
Deadline: December 2, 2021

Norfolk Southern is hosting a call for its new artist-in-residence program, which seeks an Atlanta-based artist to be featured at their new headquarters in the heart of Midtown. The program begins in 2022 with applications now open. The selected artist will enjoy a two-year residency at a dedicated art studio within the newly built, state-of-the-art Norfolk Southern campus to both work and craft an exclusive piece, or multiple pieces, for the company. Artists interested in applying for residency can submit questions and their application to Anne Lambert Tracht at [email protected]. Applications should include resume, biography and ten images of the artist’s work. Full program details are available at the link below.

Guggenheim Poetry Residency
New York, New York
Deadline: December 5, 2021

This poet-in-resident focuses on public engagement to collaborate with the Guggenheim’s public programs department to design activations and experiences for the museum’s adult, teen, and youth audiences to engage with poetry as an artistic form. The position comes with a $20,000 honorarium.

6th Louisiana Biennial: National Juried Exhibition
U.S. and territories
Deadline: December 6, 2021

Louisiana Biennial: National Juried Exhibition is open to artists in the U.S. making 2D, 3D and video works exploring any theme. Juror is Rebecca R. Hart, an Independent Curator, and former Curator and Department Head of the Denver Art Museum 2015-2021, as well as Curator and Department Head at Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) 2005-2015. For eligibility, submission guidelines, and more information, please visit the link below. This call has a minimum submission fee of $30.

2022 Bernheim Artist in Residence
Deadline: December 15, 2021

For over four decades, the Artist in Residence program has attracted artists from around the world who seek to use Bernheim as their inspiration. In exchange for comfortable rustic housing, access to studio space, financial and staff support for the development of new work, artists will create a site-inspired artwork, temporary installation or project as a donation to the Bernheim Foundation. Recipients are also asked to engage the public with their work and/or process while in residence. Visual artists of all mediums are encouraged to submit work for consideration.

2022 Bernheim Environmental Artist in Residence
Deadline: December 15, 2021

The call for Bernheim’s Environmental Artist in Residence is now open and in conjunction with our over forty year established Artist in Residence program. This program encourages visual artists to examine environmental issues and severity of the climate crisis to promote dialogue and positive change for the natural environment and world at large. Artists are invited to address environmental themes including (but not limited to) excess heat, drought, flooding, extreme weather events, food insecurity, displacement, environmental justice, and the loss of biodiversity. Residency periods are between six weeks and two months and each comes with a $2500 stipend.

Arts in Community Awards: Fall 2021
Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
Deadline: December 17, 2021

To promote creative place-making in our community, the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) invites local organizations, groups, and artists to apply for the Fall 2021 Arts in Community Awards (AICA) to support a public art project, event, or art activity in Athens-Clarke County that contributes to the vitality, unique identity, and livability of the Athens community. Two awards at $2,000 each will be issued to fund proposals for public art projects, events, or activities (herein referred to as “projects”) that interpret the theme of “Athens in Color” and contribute to the vitality, unique identity, and livability of the Athens community. Click here for full details and AICA application.

Collected Memories and Rooted Objects Juried Exhibition
U.S. and territories
Deadline: December 31, 2021

The Missouri State University Galleries invites you to submit a portfolio for the upcoming juried exhibition, Collected Memories and Rooted Objects. Collected Memories and Rooted Objects is a three-part exhibition across three galleries. This group juried show will be on exhibit in the Brick City Gallery West. The University Galleries will cover shipping costs up to $150 for each artist. Please visit the website to read eligibility guidelines and additional information.

2022 Localhost Paid Artist Residencies
U.S. and territories
Deadline: December 31, 2021

Localhost is a place for experimentation. This residency is both an experiment itself, and a place to try and share new things. As the Localhost community continues to grow, we’re aiming to be a strong support network for artists. The residency mission is to provide space for artists to share their work and ideas, and to pay them!

This year, we will select one artist for every month starting in February (taking time off in January) for a total of 11 selected artists. All mediums are accepted. Projects which mix multiple media types are also welcome. Let’s try something new and take risks together!

Please visit the website linked below for more information.

Capricious Photo Award
Deadline: January 1, 2022

The Capricious Photo Award is an annual international competition, granting one emerging photographer the opportunity to publish a limited edition book. The award will provide one photographer with the resources and editorial support to bring a body of work to fruition. The award is juried by photographers, critics and curators, with the intent to select a photographer whose work is both distinct in point of view and boldly relevant to the unfolding issues of our time.

The recipient will be awarded with resources, valued at $25,000, geared towards the production of a limited edition book. This includes access to our in-house design and editing team and international distribution. Please visit the website to read eligibility guidelines and additional information.

B22: Wiregrass Biennial
U.S. South
Deadline: January 3, 2022

The Wiregrass Biennial is a juried exhibition open to all artists living and working in the South over 18 years of age. The museum is seeking innovative and progressive work that utilizes a diversity of art forms and media. Additionally, it encourages large works, installations, and new media, and will also consider performance-based work in conjunction with the exhibition opening. There is no fee to submit work to B22: Wiregrass Biennial. Full details and application link can be found on the website.

Fourth LaGrange Southeast Regional 2022
U.S. South
Deadline: January 6, 2022

The Fourth LaGrange Southeast Regional is a juried competition open to all artists in the southeast over 18 years of age. All work must be original and completed within the last two years. The sponsors are the final authority on eligibility. The LaGrange Southeast Regional provides the citizens of West Georgia and East Alabama access to current artistic practice; offers artists exhibition opportunities and purchase possibilities; and affords the LaGrange Art Museum and the Lamar Dodd Art Center a means for the development of significant collections of contemporary American art. Both organizations have been extremely fortunate to have generous support from the Callaway Foundation of LaGrange who has provided purchase award funds to further their growing collections. Purchase Awards will be made, and the Juror will present Merit Awards to a limited number of works. For more information, please visit the website. This call has an entry fee of $40.

South Arts: Southern Prize and State Fellowships
U.S. South
Deadline to submit fee-waiver request: January 7, 2022
Deadline: January 10, 2022

The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. South Arts is committed to practices and funding that create greater cultural equity, represent the diversity of our region, are inclusive of diverse voices and artistic expression, and are accessible to everyone. The group of nine State Fellows will be selected through a two-tiered selection process by a national jury. A second national jury will select the Southern Prize Winner and Finalist. Jurors will make their selections based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region. This program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. For eligibility information, requirements, and guidelines, please visit the website. This call has a waivable entry fee of $25.

VAE – Black Folktales and Storytelling
Deadline: January 10, 2022

In support of VAE’s inaugural Collaborative Curatorial Fellowship, we are seeking mixed media submissions to be included in an exhibition focused on African American folktales and family storytelling. Ranging from the well known story of Anansi the Spider, to the more personal tale from an uncle, we aim to highlight what are often oral histories in a visual format. We are seeking submissions by artists using any medium; including but not limited too: photography, painting, drawing, fibers, etc. Please visit the website for more information.

We will not exhibit or financially support work that co-opts the story of a community without representation from that community acting in a decision making role.

Roswell Arts Fund – ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour
Deadline: January 17, 2022

The ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour is hosting an open call for sculptors who want to exhibit their monumental works with the art enthusiasts of Roswell. Submissions to this call are free to the artist and offer a $3,000 stipend to those whose works are selected for the program. Pieces can also be made available to the public for purchase at the artist’s request. The theme for this iteration of ArtAround is “Tradition” and looks to celebrate the history of the area, the program, and the importance of the arts as part of our collective heritage. Applications are due January 17, 2022 at the link below. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Roswell Arts Fund – Artists Marketplace
Deadline: January 31, 2022

The Roswell Arts Fund Artists Marketplace calls for local artists and artisans to sell their handmade products and services online through the RAF website! The marketplace will feature goods (artwork, artisanal goods, crafts, etc) and services (lessons, photo shoots, tutorials, etc) from all areas of the creative economy. Creatives who live and work within 30 miles of Roswell, GA are invited and encouraged to apply. Program applications are free, offering an opportunity for the local creative economy to flourish. Details and applications are at the link below, please email any questions or concerns to [email protected]

LUSH: A Juried Planter and Vase Exhibition
U.S. South
Deadline: February 11, 2022

Westobou is now accepting submissions for LUSH, a juried planter & vase exhibition. This exhibition is meant to explore how sculpture and flora intersect, asking the artists to imagine a fantasy ecosystem that not only houses the organic element, but commemorates the beauty and history of it through composition, proximity, and relationship. All ceramic and mixed material artworks, functional and sculptural, are eligible if they can house a live plant and exist in a greenhouse for the duration of the exhibition. We will consider form, concept, and function. We are looking for planters of any kind that push the aesthetic boundaries of the typical planter or vase form. With Westobou’s support, juror’s Sydney Ewerth and Paul Maloney will curate an exhibition of planters to be displayed in a greenhouse at Bedford Greenhouses in Augusta, Georgia. Bedford Greenhouses will supply the flora that best pairs with each piece accepted into the exhibition.

ARTNOIR Jar of Love Fund
Deadline: Rolling

The Jar of Love Fund is a microgrant initiative intended to provide relief for artists, curators, and cultural workers of color, launched in response to these unprecedented times of uncertainty and unrest and the subsequent adverse impact on our community. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as more funds become available.

Re:Focus a photo exhibition on view at Swan Coach House in Atlanta through October 27

Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling

This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

South Arts Express Grants
Deadline: Rolling

Expedited awards of up to $2,000 for rural communities to present Southern artists, including filmmakers, performing artists, writers/poets, and visual artists.

South Arts Professional Development & Artistic Planning Grants
Deadline: Rolling

Up to $1,000 to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers, or curators.

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