Call for Artists: October 2023

By October 01, 2023
AIRIE 2022 Fellow Arsimmer McCoy. Photograph by Passion Ward and courtesy of the artist.

ARTPapers Arts Writing Workshop in New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Deadline: Applications opened September 8 and will be accepted until the program fills, after which time there will be a wait list option.


The program’s goal is to develop diverse Black underrepresented voices in art writing, increase awareness of writing opportunities, build community among New Orleans-based writers, and encourage inclusive practices that can undo existing norms informed by structural inequity and exclusionary practices. This program is for New Orleans-based Black writers: primarily emerging ones, but attendance is also open to experienced arts writers. Participants will leave the program with strategies for writing about contemporary arts and culture topics, pitching to editors. They will create connections to a network of writers, editors, and publications. The initiative seeks to increase the quantity and visibility of arts writing that covers New Orleans and the Gulf South region. The workshop is FREE and open to writers based in New Orleans.

Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) 2024 Residency
Miami, Florida
Deadline: October 5, 2023

The AIRIE Residency program is a fully immersive experience that revolves around the core principles of process, experimentation, and expanding one’s artistic practice. To encourage these principles, AIRIE requires participants to commit to the full month, with exceptions requiring prior discussion and approval. Participants are encouraged to embark on this journey without a preconceived agenda or rigid schedule, discouraging any focus on preparing for upcoming exhibitions. Instead, the program advocates for an open mindset, fostering meaningful conversations and connections. The program thrives on openness and responsiveness to the vibrant community of artists and the captivating Everglades environment and staff. While providing many local resources, AIRIE values each participant’s autonomy, allowing individuals to shape their own creative path during their stay. For the 2024 prompt, AIRIE is asking artists: How do you define innovative storytelling? How can this innovation be used as a tool to educate, preserve, and celebrate the natural environment?

This call has a $20 application fee.

Oolite Arts Cinematic Arts Residency 2024
Miami, Florida
Deadline: October 6, 2023


Applications are open Sept. 5 – Oct. 6 for the program that provides one Miami-based filmmaker with up to $50,000 to create a micro-budget feature, in addition to a shared studio space and access to a producer to oversee the project. Akin to the farm to table movement, this unique program, conceived of by award-winning filmmakers Andrew Hevia and Kareem Tabsch, enables local filmmakers to create, shoot and screen their films, without ever leaving Miami. Oolite’s staff will review applications to ensure completeness and eligibility. A jury of local and national film professionals, chaired by Andrew Hevia, producer of the 2017 Oscar-winning film “Moonlight,” will review all entries throughout the months of October and November 2023. The selected Cinematic Arts Resident filmmakers will be announced in November 2023. Applicants must be a full-time Miami-Dade County resident, create a narrative project set and filmed in Miami, be at least 18 years of age, and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, have completed a short film in a key creative role (director/producer/writer/editor), and demonstrate the ability to plan and execute the project as a micro-budget (under $50,000) feature film. Residents will have help, but will serve as the creative lead for the project.

Wildacres Residency Program
Little Switzerland, North Carolina
Deadline: October 31, 2023

Since 1999, Wildacres Retreat has hosted hundreds of writers, artisans, and musicians. Participants in the program stay in one of three self-catering cabins located just a quarter-mile beyond the retreat entrance. Using the space provided by the three cabins, Wildacres hosts approximately seventy artists each year for one-week residencies from April through October. Residencies begin on Monday afternoons and run until Sunday mornings. While there are landlines at each residency cabin, there is no internet access in the cabins, and cellphones do not typically connect except in the main part of the retreat where we do have WiFi access.  The residency program allows artists the solitude and inspiration needed to begin or continue work on a project in their particular field of creative arts. 

This call has a $25 application fee.

ArtFields 2024 Prizes
Lake City, South Carolina
Deadline: November 1, 2022

Submissions for ArtFields, an annual competition and exhibition in Lake City, South Carolina, are now open. Organized by the Lake City ArtFields Collective, accepted artists are part of a celebration of art and community while they compete for over $100,000 in prizes, plus Southeastern Partner awards that include exhibitions and residencies. Adult artists of all working media who reside in the competition’s 12 participating Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) are invited to apply.

This call has a $25 submission fee.

Project 514 415
National & Online
Deadline: November 30, 2023

Project 514 415 invites all artists and writers (professional or amateur) to be inspired to share their endometriosis journey their way. We would love everyone who has endometriosis or has been impacted by endometriosis to take part in project 514 415, to share the highs, lows, triumphant, despondent, joyous, and daily life of endometriosis. All submissions will be showcased in an exhibition and published into a coffee table book, where the effects of living with endometriosis is the central theme. The aim of Project 514 415 is to humanize and raise awareness of the effects and impact that endometriosis has on sufferers, their families, futures, careers, friendships, medical care, mental health, dreams, studying, etc. All art and literature submissions exploring your endometriosis journey will be accepted, with selected Art & Literature pieces being selected for a gallery exhibition. Media can include but not limited to; acrylic, airbrush, assemblage, bronze, charcoal, color pencil, collage, digital art, drawings, encaustic, fibre art, graphite, glass art, illustration, jewelry, mixed media, new media, oil, painting, pastel, photography (traditional and digital), printmaking, sculpture, video, and watercolor. Literature can include poems and short stories limited to 5000 words.

Azule Artist Residency Mountain Retreat
Deadline: Rolling
Hot Springs, North Carolina

As an emerging community-based organization, Azule has developed a residency program for performers, writers, architects, builders, musicians, and artists of all types. Located on 35 rural acres in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Azule’s facility is the result of decades of work by local craftsmen, using predominantly locally harvested or reused materials and constructed with traditional techniques. Artists must be 18 years old or older to apply, with international applicants eligible to participate in the residency.

Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism
Deadline: Rolling

Artists and artist-journalist teams can apply for grants to support topical work. Those with longer-term, research-intensive projects are also eligible. Grants range from $500–$5,000 per project.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Deadline: Rolling

These monthly grants range from $500–$3,000, with the average amount being $1,700. Visual and performing artists whose work has a contemporary, experimental nature and who have a US Tax ID Number can apply.

Nancy Norton Tomasko Scholarship
Deadline: Rolling

The Nancy Norton Tomasko Scholarship fund is dedicated to providing financial support for individuals wishing to learn more about the book arts. The Center will award scholarships covering the full tuition and materials for one course per individual. Awardees are selected based on financial need and proof of having satisfied the prerequisites for the desired course. Please fill out and submit the following form at least three weeks before the start date of the workshop to be considered for financial assistance.

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