Resource Bulletin

The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin

The MSAC Online Resource Bulletin, maintained by the Maryland Art Place, includes regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities, grants, fellowships, residencies, and information on available studio spaces in the area. The Resource Bulletin is updated on a weekly basis and maintains hundreds of listings of arts opportunities, organized by subject and deadline date. If you have information that you wish to have included in the Resource Bulletin, please send it to: naomi@mdartplace.org

Disclaimer: Maryland Art Place and The Maryland State Arts Council cannot, at this time, screen all bulletin submissions. Artists should carefully consider each listing before submitting materials or sending fees. Bulletin opportunities should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the listing deadline. 
The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Regional Opportunities

Call For Artists: Of a Feather - Birds in Art: 3/26

Join the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center as they explore the wonderful, wild world of birds! The jury seeks artwork that captures the vibrant spirit of aviary life, portraying beauty, diversity and detail of the birds that fill our skies.

All media welcome; small to large-scale works sought; indoor and outdoor works to be included; cash awards.

Juror: to be announced, typically 1-2 jurors drawn from the Smithsonian Institution.

Deadline: March 26th

Application Fee: $25

Exhibition: May 25-August 26th

Click here for more information and to apply.


Call for Artists: VisArts Solo Exhibition 2019: 3/30

VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2019 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery and Common Ground Gallery. The Gibbs Street Gallery offers exhibitions that explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career artists. Exhibits reflect a wide range of media and experimental approaches that offer the viewer unexpected interactions with art. The gallery is approximately 1,100 square feet with 16 ft. ceilings. It is on the street level with floor to ceiling windows along one wall. International, national and local artists are welcome to apply. The Common Ground Gallery features exhibitions that reflect the creative pursuits of artists from our community. The gallery is located on the second floor and is approximately 300 square feet. Artists must live in the Mid-Atlantic region to apply for a solo exhibition in this gallery. Applicants who have participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: March 30, 2018

For more information, click here.

Call for Artists: Día de Muertos 3/31

This is a call for all artists living in DC, Maryland and Virginia that are of Mexican/Mexican-American descent to submit their portfolio for possible participation for an upcoming art exhibition centered on Día de Muertos taking place at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, Fall 2018. Artists are asked to submit images of work and/or links to their website to the curator for consideration.

Interested artists may submit via google form here: https://goo.gl/forms/6fAYOkc0sLQd38kp2

Note: This is not a juried call for entry, thus there are no eligibility requirements or fee. This is an opportunity to have your work considered by the curator for possible inclusion in the curated show. For more information, please contact lirene@strathmore.org.


Deadline: March 31, 2018

For more information, click here.

Call for Artists: Washington D.C: 3/31

The curator of the exhibition seeks photography (or works closely related to photography and the tradition portraiture) and text-based works (poetry, narrative, etc.) that explore the experience of existing in Washington D.C. The exhibition seeks in particular to highlight the viewpoints of young female artists whose works explore the implications of Washington, D.C. life through portrayals of individuals, families, or groups. Works might consider the disparity between larger political institutions and individual realities, the intersection of race and gender in everyday life and/or the results of gentrification. Artists are encouraged to consider how scale and use of material can contribute their engagements with the topics described.. The works submitted should focus on the present or recent past of life in Washington, D.C. (a sort of ‘D.C. Today’) but may also examine the ways that past moments or movements live on in the present. The curator will select a small group of artists whose work she feels critically and creatively engages the exhibition concept outlined above to exhibit their work at the Stamp Gallery, a contemporary art space located in the University of Maryland-College Park's Adele H. Stamp Student Union--Center for Campus Life.

Any existing works must have been completed within the last 2 years to be considered. Undergraduate artists are strongly encouraged to apply.


Notification Date: April 10, 2018

Exhibition Dates: May 30 - July 2018

Deadline: March 31, 2018

For more information, click here.

Call for Artists: Annual Library Gallery Competition: 3/31

Montpelier Arts Center is holding a competition for exhibitions that will be held in the Library Gallery September 2018 - August 2019. To be eligible, artists must be 18 years & older and reside in Maryland. Previous winners from 2012 to the present are ineligible. The juror may elect to exhibit artists who apply for solo shows or artists who apply as groups.

An honorarium of $300 will be presented for each exhibition to the artist(s) exhibiting (i.e. groups would share the $300 honorarium.) The Montpelier Arts Center staff will handle all promotion and installation, as well as the reception. Please note, the Arts Center retains a 25% commission on sales of works sold during the competition. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2018

For more information: click here; call 301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329 or send an email to montpelier.arts@pgparks.com.

Call for Artists: Annual Juried Studio Competition 2018: 3/31

Join a thriving community of professional artists in the Montpelier Resident Artist Program. These artists work in a diverse variety of media and styles, maintain studio hours for the public to visit, and participate in community events. These artists are selected by an annual jury panel and exhibit their work in the Montpelier Arts Center’s Resident Artist Gallery on a revolving basis. Individual studio spaces at Montpelier Arts Center are located on the first floor and the second floor. The printmaking studio is a shared workspace on the first floor. Studios vary in size and are rented to qualified artists.

To be considered, artists must be at least 18 years old, and reside in Maryland. Residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties will take precedence over others. Resident artists may share studio space at Montpelier Arts Center. However, each prospective resident artist must submit an individual submission for review by the juror. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Deadline: March 31st 

For more information, click here

Howard County Arts Council Exhibition: 4/1

Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council galleries (located in Ellicott City, Maryland) are invited to submit a general exhibit application. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations.

Deadline: April 1, 2018

For more information, click here.

First Date Exhibition- 4/4

AUTOMAT presents First Date, the 2018 Open Call for submissions. Through this call their members will select 4-6 artists to exhibit their works at AUTOMAT Gallery this May. They wish to develop ongoing relationships with artists through this call, so if you would like to show with them, we encourage you to apply. Each selected artist will have a studio visit or Skype session so that they can better get to know you and your work. AUTOMAT is committed to expanding the diversity of their roster; all are welcome to apply.

Deadline: April 4 

For more information, click here

Call for Proposals: Themed Exhibition Series: 4/6

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Montgomery College is calling for exhibition proposals for the Open Gallery in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center that address the theme, “Soapbox”.

Soapbox: Historically, a soapbox doubled as an impromptu stage upon which someone could stand to deliver a speech,usually of a political or social nature. This proposal invites artists to use the highly visible Open Gallery as their Soapbox. Preference may be given to voices, artists, and issues that are under represented in the current national socio-political climate. The deadline for this opportunity is April 6, 2018.

If you have questions about these calls for proposals, please contact Katherine Knight, katherine.knight@montgomerycollege.edu.

Deadline: April 6, 2018 

For more information, click here.

call for entries: ARTINA 2018: 4/09

Washington Sculptors Group is accepting proposals from established and emerging sculptors for its third consecutive annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures at Sandy Spring Museum’s Sculpture Park. The exhibition is from June 21 to October 6, 2018, with installation the week prior to June 21, and de-installation the week following October 6.

Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2018

For more information, click here.

Artina 2018 Call for Entries-4/9

Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is accepting proposals from established and emerging sculptors for its third consecutive annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures at Sandy Spring Museum’s Sculpture Park. The exhibition is from June 21 to October 6, 2018, with installation the week prior to June 21, and de-installation the week following October 6. 

Sandy Spring Museum, located in Sandy Spring Maryland, serves as a catalyst for community building by providing opportunities for creative engagement in a range of cultural arts. The museum offers the environment and inspiration for artists and community members to create and host events, performances, activities, and exhibits, which engage, stimulate, and bring people together. The SSM grounds are open daily and many special events and programs are offered throughout the year, as are private rentals.

The exhibition is open to current members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students).  

DEADLINE:  April 9, 2018 

For more information, click here

Call for Artists: MuralsDC Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists: 4/13

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW), seeks graffiti and aerosol mural artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals as part of the MuralsDC program. Selected artists will be required to work with youth interested in graffiti art (ages 14-18) by introducing and refining each student’s artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting.

The MuralsDC program was established to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District’s youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform artistic skills in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. There are currently more than seventy (70) MuralsDC projects across all eight wards of the District of Columbia.

Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm EDT

For more information, click here.

Call for Exhibition Proposals: Brentwood Arts Exchange: 4/14

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's component of the public-private partnership Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for Prince George's County Gateway Arts District. We focus on connecting audiences with the diverse forms of contemporary art. In addition to visual arts exhibitions, we also present small concerts, film screenings, and classes, and operate a retail store selling functional art and craft by local artists. 

We are seeking proposals from artists and curators to present exhibitions for available dates November 2018 – November 2020. Solo and group exhibitions are welcome. We support art in all media and forms. Proposals may be for the Main Gallery, Lab Gallery, or both. Proposals will also be considered exhibitions curated in-house. 

This call is open to all artists and curators who are 18 years of age or older. There are no restrictions on media or residency.

All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the person responsible for the proposal. 
  • An artist/curatorial statement that is no longer than one page. 
  • A resume or Curriculum Vitae for each person involved in the exhibition. 
  • 15-20 images of work samples; OR 5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work.
  • Proposals may include up to three detail images for three dimensional works and still of time-based works.
  • Information accompanying each artwork including titles, media, size, and year created.


Deadline: April 14, 2018 

For more information, click here.



RoCo 6x6 Exhibition-4/15

Each summer Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 6x6 exhibition brings together thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, youth and YOU. Each artist may enter up to four artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). Artworks must be six inches square and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. Participation is free. All artworks will be exhibited and for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artists’ names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 16. Limit four artworks per school or school group (no limit for colleges). Be a part of 6x6, the original international small art phenomenon.  March is 6x6 Party Month. Get together with your friends and make art!

Deadline: April 15

For more information,click here.

Call for Applications: National Folk Festival 4/16

In September 2018, the National Folk Festival will celebrate its first year in Maryland! Salisbury will come alive for three days of FREE outdoor music, non-stop dancing, family activities, storytelling, craft demonstrations, parades, regional and ethnic foods, and so much more!

Deadline: Early Bird application March 1, 2018

Final Application Deadline April 16, 2018

For more information click here

DAC 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition-4/22

Durango Arts Center is a multi-faceted hub for community arts that hosts and promotes contemporary visual and performing arts, arts education, dynamics exhibits, an active Docent program and the annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival. Over the years, DAC has built its reputation as a local arts industry leader and has been working diligently to ensure that the arts continue to thrive in the Four Corners region and beyond.

Durango Arts Center presents the 42nd annual Juried Exhibition. This annual competition is open to all artsits working in any 2 or 3 dimensional media. All submitting artists must be over 18 years old and reside in the United States.

Deadline: April 22

For more information, click here

Call for Artists: Paint It! Ellicott City 2018: 4/27

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists to take part in the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2018. Paint It! Ellicott City is an annual event that brings artists and spectators interested in the plein air tradition to Historic Ellicott City. Both juried and Open Paint artists set up their easels around the historic district, enjoying a summer weekend as they capture the picturesque mill town and all its charms.

A popular feature of the event is the Quick Draw competition – open to both juried and Open Paint artists – in which artists take a plein air painting from start to finish in just two hours. A pop-up exhibit and sale of work completed during the Quick Draw is fun for spectators and artists alike. Paint It! culminates in an exhibit of juried artists’ work in our gallery, which features an opening reception and juror’s award presentation. A one-night exhibit of work created by Open Paint artists is also on view, then moved to a temporary exhibit at the Howard County Tourism Welcome Center in Ellicott City. Artists and visitors may view and purchase the finished pieces during the reception.

The annual plein air paint-out will be held July 5-8 in picturesque and historic Ellicott City, Maryland, with a minimum of $1,000 in total awards given to participating artists.

The event will culminate in a gallery exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts from July 9 - August 17.

Deadline: April 27, 2018

For more information, click here.

Call For Entries: Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 39th Annual International Juried Exhibition: 5/15

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society is hosting their 39th Annual International Juried Exhibition taking place September 15 - October 20, 2018, at the Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA. 

All work must be original, less than 3 years old, and never shown in any other juried show or PWS member show.

Entry fees: Members ($25)

Non-Members ($40).

Deadline: May 15th

Prizes: Over $14,000 in cash and merchandise awards.

Fill out the application here.

For more information, click here. OR contact John at pwsjuriedshow@gmail.com.

23rd Annual Baltimore Book Festival: 5/18

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is accepting applications for the 23rd Annual Baltimore Book Festival, taking place Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 

The Baltimore Book Festival is Baltimore’s premier celebration of the literary arts and features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally-known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs and culinary-themed panel discussions, workshops, hands-on projects for kids, live music and a thoughtfully curated local food and beverage program. 

Applications are open for exhibitors, single-day tablers and food and beverage vendors. Applications are available online here.

Find more information for Exhibitors here. Single-Day Tablers: here. Food & Beverage vendors: here.

Deadline for exhibitors and single-day tablers: July 13th

Deadline for food and beverage vendors: May 18th

For more information click here


Call For Artists: Strathmore Annual Juried Exhibition: 10/22

Strathmore's Annual Juried Exhibition welcomes artists working in any medium to explore nocturnal themes. Whether it is the night sky, darkness, or the transformative nature of nightfall, Night delves into the beauty, mystery, and sometimes phobic qualities of the hours from dusk to dawn. 

Deadline: October 22, 2018

Click here for more information.

Baltimore Snapshot Submissions- Ongoing

It can be difficult for artists to get exposure and Baltimore Snapshot, a photo series by Baltimore-based Photographer Nick Hanyok, is trying to change that. Each month, beginning in January 2018, Nick Hanyok will highlight an artist, giving a brief bio and a few examples of their work.

The photographer hopes to show how these Baltimore artists get inspired, the challenges they have overcome and the accomplishments they’ve achieved. “I want other artists to see these snapshots and realize, it may be tough, but that is no reason to give up on their dream. My hope is that any artistic mind sees these snapshots and it motivates them to keep creating!”

The secondary goal of Baltimore Snapshot is to help facilitate the changing image of Charm City. Baltimore is home to a vibrant arts scene made up of so many friendly and creative people, it’s alive with amazing talent in so many different forms. Yet, that’s not what you hear when people talk about Baltimore. It’s time to change that!

These two ideas are the foundations of Baltimore Snapshot: To give local artists a platform while showing the world that Baltimore is home to creative and friendly people. In addition to telling the artist’s story through the Snapshot, the photographer will provide the artist with various headshots, a featured artist directed shoot to help promote themselves and fully edited images for the artist to use how they wish. Each month Nick Hanyok Imaging will run paid ads on Facebook/Instagram to reach a larger audience and bring viewers to the Baltimore Snapshot.

“This ongoing photography project is my way of highlighting and helping Baltimore’s creative landscape and the charming city they live in”, Nick Hanyok.

For more information, click here

Call for Participation: Sole Connection A Mile in Another’s Shoes: Ongoing

Help build an archive of personal journeys/stories symbolized by images of your shoes.

In this interconnected age of social media, we often forget to stop and meditate on the significance of the little things. While we may share with our close circle of friends and family, rarely do we offer those significant moments to our community at large. When we take the time to share in the subtleties of each other’s journey and experience, we become closer as a community, as a world.

Sole Connection offers that opportunity to share personal experiences stemming from something as simple as the shoes on your feet. Help build this archive to at least 5280 “feet” (entries) so that we can truly walk a mile in each other’s shoes.

Please submit work at http://soleconnection.tumblr.com/submit

To see previous stories visit: http://soleconnection.tumblr.com or follow Sole Connection on Facebook.



Volunteers Wanted: HAMILTON ARTS COLLECTIVE: Ongoing

Hamilton Arts Collective is looking for motivated folks who would like to volunteer 10 to 15 hours a month to help keep the HAC moving through the coming months. See how things are run first-hand, munch on some complimentary concessions, and see any show you help with for free.

Please contact through email at s-b-t@hushmail.com if you are interested.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County is seeking volunteers: Ongoing

Volunteers needed to help conduct audience surveys for the County's Arts and Humanities Economic Impact Study. Volunteers must be willing to attend a short training session and to attend live arts events in Montgomery County. For more information, please e-mail grants@creativemoco.com.

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