Congressman Cicilline calls for Art by High School Students for the US Capitol

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 1st District. The overall winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide. The deadline is April 27, 2018.

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Real Art Ways calls for entry for emerging artists

Emerging artists residing in New EnglandNew York, or New Jersey are invited to submit their work for consideration for The Real Art Awards at Real Art Ways. In addition to a $2,500 prize, chosen artists will receive a solo exhibit at Real Art Ways in 2018 or 2019, an exhibition publication with essay and documentation of the exhibit, curatorial assistance, and the opportunity for an artist talk. The deadline is April 8th, 2018 at 11:59pm.

More more information and to apply, click here.


University of Michigan Medicine calls for Solo and Group Exhibitions

The Gifts of Art Program is seeking submissions for solo and group exhibitions for the September 2018 to August 2019 exhibit year.  One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in the nation, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan.  Nine 2-D and 3-D galleries throughout the medical center are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day and display over 30 exhibits a year.  The Exhibition Program is designed to calm nerves, lift spirits, and engage minds.  This supports the healing process and reduces the stress and anxiety often associated with a healthcare setting.  Engaging with the arts in a medical setting can be an especially powerful, even transformative experience for patients and visitors.  For more information about Gifts of Art at Michigan Medicine, please visit The deadline is May 31, 2018.

To apply, click here.

Creative Community Fellows Applications Live!

Creative Community Fellows brings a group of twenty-five creative change makers across New England together, to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills and to see dreams become reality. Fellows jump-start the program by living and learning together for one week in an incubator-like environment building their skills in strategy, leadership and design thinking. Over the course of five months, they take monthly online courses in topic areas such as community development, finding capital and support, budgeting and more. Together, they share updates on their projects and meet with leaders in the field who serve as mentors. Fellows test, adapt, and build on their work, walking away with clarity and a strategy forward. Applications close April 22, 2018.

Thanks to the generous support of The Barr Foundation, tuition is on us. All tuition, including the cost of lodging, food, local transportation and program fees ($8,000) is completely underwritten.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Applications for the National Dance Presenters Forum due March 28th

Jacob’s Pillow, in partnership with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), invites emerging dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience to:

  • Strengthen curatorial practice in dance
  • Discuss critical issues facing the dance field
  • Learn about and share audience engagement strategies
  • Explore collaborative strategies to support choreographic development
  • Strengthen professional networks

The Forum experience will take the shape of a learning cohort, wherein participants, facilitators, presenters, and virtual panelists will interrogate and contribute perspectives on the evolving state of 21st-century dance presenting. The cohort will use the lessons learned and the challenges and opportunities identified through recent initiatives and reports as launching points for discussion and reflection.

This forum is for individuals who have been presenting dance or are based at an organization that has been presenting dance for less than five years. 15 participants will be selected, receiving housing, meals, and Festival performance tickets. A limited number of travel stipends are available.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Call for Art

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) was founded in 2013 after the Sandy Hook Shooting. The organization works with volunteers across the state to lobby and provide education around common sense legislative solutions to violence. Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida the RICAGV has doubled down on their legislative solutions to ban weapons of war and prevent the militarization of our schools. For this initiative, the RICAGV is proud to support the One Gone Gun project which is working to organize a gun buy back in the state of Rhode Island.

We are looking for bold, affordable works of wearable, useable or decorative art to further an awareness of the gun violence epidemic we still face.  We hope to promote conversations that spark debate while providing needed resources to support real action including a planned gun amnesty/buy-back organized by artist Scott Lapham.  The competition will also support the RICAGV’s continued advocacy for responsible gun laws.

Designers, artists and metalsmiths are intrigued by material, technique and the challenges presented by engineering obstacles. Not only do they shape objects for wear, use and decoration but also for political commentary. The goal of this competition is to showcase, promote and sell the best designs which may employ an arsenal of wit and skill to transform weapon imagery beyond its deadly intent.  The winning entries will ultimately support the entrants as well as the efforts of the RICAGV.

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Spectrum Gallery call for art for the 2018 Summer Arts Festival

Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery announce a Call for Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers, and Crafters for the 2018 Essex Town Green Outdoor Summer Arts Festival. Open to visual artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood, stone, and clay.

Ways to Participate:

1) Exhibit at the two-day Outdoor Summer Arts Festival on the Essex Town Green, Essex, Connecticut. Demonstrate, discuss and sell your artwork. Participation required both days of Festival.

2) Submit work for consideration in the 6-week Spectrum Gallery Group Show at the Center’s Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT. Only Outdoor Arts Festival participants are eligible to exhibit in the Spectrum Show.

For more information, click here.