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Student Resources

Opportunities

Opportunities for students, including exhibitions, internships, scholarships, and grants:

The Fine Art of Denim 5/7/21

Monmouth University’s Center for the Art is looking for artists who use recycled denim in new and creative ways in paintings, sculpture, collages, small constructions and wall hangings, etc. for a juried exhibition that will take place from June 17 – August 14 , 2021 in the Pollak Gallery. Works submitted must use denim as the principal medium of the piece and the fabric must be reconstructed from its original form in some way. Click here for more information. 

H20 Mid-Atlantic 2021 5/7/21

The Virginia Beach Art Center presents a showcase of water-related artwork from the Mid-Atlantic states.  Artists from South Carolina to Pennsylvania are invited to show explore our relationship to water through visual media. From a single drop to mighty oceans, from rising mists to stormy skies, water is all around us – and up to 78% of our bodies! The exhibition is juried by Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph. D., and features an award package of $2000! Click here for more information. 

CHEERS! Drink up! Celebrating the Clay Drinking Vessel 2021 5/8/21

Any artists working in clay can apply. Original clay drinking vessels made by the artist within the last two years. Glazes are food safe. Please be advised, the artwork is displayed in a gallery visited by people of all ages. Extreme, overt mature content may not be displayed. Click here for more info. 

Women’s Work 5/12/21

Historically, women have been excluded from the art world, from being kept out of academies and apprenticeships to being woefully underrepresented in galleries and museums today. Along with this, the art skills that were deemed feminine or appropriate for women, such as sewing, embroidery, or weaving, are dismissed as “just” crafts and hobbies. This exhibition, open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local and national community, seeks to highlight female artists and intersectionality in femininity. Click here for more info.

Art Business Accelerator Grant           5/14/21

Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork. Click here for more information. 

So Fresh + So Clean           5/15/21

EM Students’ design challenge for this year’s So Fresh + So Clean 2021 call for entry is a response to the urgency of sustainability. We want applicants to apply 7th Generation Principles, asking important questions in regards to fresh and clean studio jewelry practices. Click here for more info. 

GASnews Call for Writers           5/15/21

Glass Art Society’s quarterly GASnews provides an ongoing exchange of ideas and information between artists, educators, curators, or researchers who work with glass across the globe. If you are a writer and want to share your voice with the glass community, apply to write for GASnews. We especially encourage those with diverse perspectives from the field of glass art or related areas of architecture, design, and museums to send submissions. Click here for more info. 

Fiber Arts Now Emerging Artist           5/15/21

(all mediums) Jurors: Beth Smith, Fiber Art Now Managing Editor and Exhibitions Director, and Marcia Young, Founder of the Fiber Art Network and Publisher of Fiber Art Now. Fees: $15 members/$35 non-members. Jurors Award: $300. Selected works will appear in Fiber Art Now magazine. *Emerging artist = working in fibers for <5 years or graduated within 5 years. Click here for more info. 

Felt: Fiber Transformed           5/15/21Jurors: Beth McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator, Fuller Craft Museum and Cami Smith, Media Manager, Contributing Editor Fiber Art Now. Fees: $20 memberes/$40 non-members. Jurors Award: $300. Categories: Felt in 2D, 3D, & Wearables. Selected works will appear in Fiber Art Now magazine. Click here for more info.

Food for Thought           5/16/18

Webster Arts is accepting submissions for Food for Thought, our summer art exhibition about FOOD. The juror for Food for Thought will consider works of art inspired by food items and related food themes such as food production, labor in food industries such as farming and restaurants, economic trade and food, food insecurity, food as a method of exploring cultures, the psychology of food, and much more. Click here for more info. 

Paperworks 2021         5/16/21

Eligibility: Artists using paper as their primary medium, as a substrate, or the subject of a video. Accepted Media: Works made on paper, of paper or about paper: cut paper, folded paper, woven paper, glued paper, drawings, paintings, pastels, printmaking, photographs, paper sculpture, 3D, bound books, collage, mixed media, video, and installation. Click here for more info. 

A Taste of Home 5/24/21

A Taste of Home is a ceramic cup show celebrating and exploring our relationship to the meaning of “Home”. For many, this relationship has changed over the past year. Originally scheduled to run in 2020, this exhibition was postponed due to Covid-19 closures. In 2021, we look at this theme through a vastly different lens. Click here for more info. 

Call & Response: Craft as a Tool for Activism           5/31/21

The national reckoning for social justice spurred by protests and the Black Lives Matter movement has made clear that all museums and arts organizations must do better to represent, engage, financially support, and communicate with their BIPOC communities. “Craftivism” celebrates the power of craft to bring about political change. This juried exhibition intends to highlight artists that are working at this crucial intersection of craft and activism, uplifting their political ideals and their communities through their medium of choice. Click here for more info. 

Ink & Clay 45           5/31/21

This year’s competitive event will be celebrated with a special theme: Ink & Clay 45: The Art of Type. This means that ALL submissions must have been made using the same required material elements of “ink” or “clay” in the creative process in some way, or in combination, with the added requirement of including type, text, phrases, writings, script, words, letters, letterforms and/or symbols in some way, shape or form. So, in effect the work can be of any subject matter, but must also have the inclusion of anything you might find in written language, in some way, shape, or form. Click here for more info. 

Hearts & Flowers 6/1/21

Hearts + Flowers is looking for artists that explore how contemporary metalsmithing tackles the human desire to collect and the ensuing relationship to that object. Artists in all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. We are looking to represent a wide range of professional experience, from students to mid-career artists. To ensure that this exhibition is inclusive and equitable, we are offering a sliding scale application fee. We ask you to contribute $10 – $30 for your application. This entry fee will go directly towards the implementation of this project. Click here for more info.

Fiber Arts X 6/7/21

International Fiber Arts X is a juried exhibition presenting a distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials. The chosen work invites the viewer to experience the many facets of fiber art. Accepting both two or three-dimensional pieces including wearable and installation art. In 2021 the Center of the Arts is giving special consideration to environmental issues. Click here for more info. 

Uncommon Threads 2021 6/7/21

Artists are invited to apply for Uncommon Threads 2021. This incredible art-to-wear event showcases the talent of fiber and jewelry artists. This year’s event will take place over three days. For fiber artists, it is an opportunity to showcase a collection of 3-5 garments on the runway and have additional pieces for sale at the event. There are artist booths available for artists who wish to attend in-person, or artists may submit up to 30 items into the Fine Line Managed Booth. Click here for more info. 

Earth Matters         6/15/21

While the term matter bears different scientific and geologic connotations, EARTH MATTERS, as an exhibition theme, presents an expanded and nuanced perspective on issues relating to current ecological conditions that have been shaped by human habits. Threading the needle through divergent creative views, practices, and materials that are sensitive to nature and planetary preservation, the exhibition will explore how ecological considerations are factored into the making of art. How can we make the earth or earth materials matter, while enabling innovative processes in artmaking? Click here for more info. 

Iridescence: Juried Competition 6/25/21

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum is accepting submissions from artists of all styles and mediums for Iridescence: Juried Competition, a competition spotlighting the use of iridescent materials, principles, and techniques in the creation of fine art. Winning submissions will be featured in an online exhibition and a select number of top works will be included in an in-person exhibition at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Click here for more info. 

Dovetail: Envisionings 7/1/21

For this exhibition, the dovetail joint functions as a metaphor for exploring the work of collaborative makers. While the effort of collaboration can be simple or (more often) complex, when we create in reciprocity, the results can express extraordinary frameworks for stronger, more elegant ways of being, thinking, and appreciating. This collaborative work could include any kind of visual or performative work that is created by more than one person working together, including collaborations with professionals outside the arts, children, communities, etc. Click here for more info. 

Kirk Newman Art School Post Bac Residency 7/5/21

Residents must be college graduates with a BA or BFA, preparing for a career as a professional artist or entry into a Master’s of Fine Arts program. They should have a deep commitment in their chosen medium, be disciplined to working independently in an open studio environment, and have a desire to share information and engage with students at the Kirk Newman Art School. Residents are also expected to fully participate within their department with organizational fundraisers and department duties. Click here for more info. 

JOY (This is just what I needed!) 7/9/21

This online-only exhibition is seeking positive, JOYful submissions to bring together a collection of entries which might create smiles, laughter or feelings of peace from its viewers. The online-only exhibition will open Sunday, August 1, 2021.  Selected artists will be notified on July 16, 2021. Click here for more info. 

Yarn/Rope/String           9/24/21

Jurors: Maria-Elisa Heg, Curatorial Fellow, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Micala Sidore, Author, ‘The Art is the Cloth: How to Look At and Understand Tapestries,’ and Director/Artist at Hawley Street Tapestry Studio. Fees: $20 members/$40 non-members. Jurors Award: $300. Categories: 2D, 3D, Installations, Wearables. Selected works will appear in Fiber Art Now magazine. Click here for more info. 

Excellence in Quilts           9/24/21

This call applies to contemporary Quilts in 2D or 3D of any material stitched in two or more layers. Jurors: Alice Beasley, award-winning fiber artist with work in the collections of the DeYoung Museum, the City of San Francisco, and the County of Alameda, CA; and Judith Content, President Emerita, Studio Art Quilt Associates. Fees: $20 members/$40 non-members. Jurors Award: $300 Selected works will appear in Fiber Art Now magazine and be eligible for the full exhibition at the Virginia Quilt Museum (February 15, 2022-April 16, 2022). Click here for more info. 

Excellence in Fibers VII         10/29/21Jurors: Petra Slinkard, Director of Curatorial Affairs, the Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles, Peabody Essex Museum; and Melinda Watt, President, Textile Society of America; Chair and Christ C. Mayer Thurman Curator, Department of Textiles, The Art Institute of Chicago. Fees: $25 members/$45 non-members. Categories: Wall/Floor Works, Sculptural Works, Vessel Forms/Basketry, Installations, and Wearables. Category Awards (5): $300, Excellence in Fibers Award: $500. This is our biggest and most widely publicized exhibition. All selected works will appear in Fiber Art Now magazine and be eligible for the full exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY (exhibition dates: May 28-August 14, 2022). Click here for more info.

Internship Support Grants         Rolling

The Internship Grant Program supports current VCUarts students who are in need of financial assistance to participate in an internship that will expand a student’s professional experience and network. Click here for more info. 

Innovate Artist Grant           Rolling

Our $550.00 grants act as sparks of financial support that ignite your creative development. Our grant cycles are open 4 times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) giving you more opportunities to access the support you need. Our process is simple so you spend less time on the application and more time making your important work. Click here for more info. 

Awesome Foundation Grants         
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The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. Click here for more info.

Iridian Gallery Internships          
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The Iridian Gallery Internships are part-time (7-12 hrs./week) and unpaid, but can qualify for school credit depending on the candidate’s department. The ideal candidate is currently earning a BA or BFA or has recently earned a BA or BFA, is a motivated, self-starter, and has a passion for supporting Contemporary art and LGBTQIA inclusiveness in the Richmond arts community. Click here for more info. 

CAA Open Call for Articles/Art Submissions           
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CAA invites submissions and proposals of artists’ projects, essays, conversations, and more to Art Journal Open, an open-access, independently edited, peer reviewed web journal that provides an agile counterpart to the quarterly Art Journal.  As an online publication, Art Journal Open prioritizes material that makes meaningful use of the web, such as multimedia formats and techniques. Click here for more info.

Southwest School of Art Artist-in-Residence Program           
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We invite artists with experience in contemporary metalsmithing and/or jewelry design to apply for our Artist-In-Residence program. The aim of the program is to foster creative, intellectual and professional growth for emerging and established visual artists. We designed the program to provide a shared creative experience that is mutually beneficial for both the artist and the School. Click here for more info.

Integrity: Arts & Culture Association Grants         
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We believe the arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities and our nation. We are passionate about supporting artists in creating. We recognize the great need for support, and that receiving funding can sometimes be a complicated process. This is why we decided to do what we can to assist you and why our application process has been made simple. Click here for more info.

Virginia Commission for the Arts        
Various Awards

The Virginia Commission for the Arts builds and strengthens the cultural infrastructure through supporting Virginia’s individual artists, arts entrepreneurs, businesses and institutions. The organization provides a variety of grants throughout the year. Click here for more info.

Art Works Richmond           

Various Dates

Submit your artwork in our juried All Media Shows. Bring up to 3 pieces of artwork to Art Works on the 3rd Friday and Saturday of the month. The juror will pick the pieces to be in the show and the shows open on 4th Fridays. Cash awards! Click here for more info.