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.

For more information, click here.

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.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley calls for Creative Programming

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV) is offering community members the opportunity to utilize space for programming and support to promote creative outlets for community members. NWBRV is looking for creative people and artists interested in using their talents to build community and make positive physical, economic, or social impacts within the Millrace District (specifically 40 South Main Street) through music, art, culture, networking and creativity events or programming. At NWBRV, we define a creative very broadly; both trained professionals and the self-taught. You can be a
musician, poet, photographer, food entrepreneur, dancer or performer, or through many other avenues. If you have an idea for how to or socially impact and build the creative community, we want to support it! We also want to ensure that this idea is grounded in the Woonsocket community.
What We’re Looking For
– Local community members to use their own ideas and talents to use through offering classes, events, and opportunities that aid in creating a creative culture in the Millrace District.
– People to host creative events, education, and opportunities that that occur once or over a series of sessions in either our pop-up café or event space at 40 South Main Street, Woonsocket.
– People that are community-minded and self-motivated
Type of Events We Would Love to Support
– Music, art, writing, creative workshops and classes (yes, you can charge participants for your expertise as long as it’s reasonable)
– Poetry slams, mic nights, pop-up galleries, food demos, networking nights

For more information and to apply, click here.

Call for Submissions for Spectrum Gallery’s Nature in Black & White Show

Nature in Black & White Show
Spectrum Art Gallery and Store
61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT

Spectrum Gallery’s Spring exhibit features works by artists who through a palette of grays, whites and black show the detail and beauty found in nature. We already have numerous photographic submissions, so we are looking for other fine art mediums, including but not limited to acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media, collage, printmaking, etc.

There is also some room in the store for works by local and regional artisans, including glass, pottery, jewelry, apparel, etc. Do submit as soon as possible! The gallery director always knows what is coming in in order to plan the displays in the store.

Show opens, Friday, March 30, 6:30-9pm with an opening reception. Show closes May 13.

How to Submit to Nature in Black & White Show

Please send the following in one email to Barbara Nair at

  • Title of show in subject line of your submissions
  • 3 high resolution jpg files with title, medium, dimensions and price
  • Biography as a Word document or embedded into an email
  • Contact information