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 Entry: Art on the Fly Exhibition: 9/21

Call for Maryland Artists: Seeking Artwork for Upcoming Fall Exhibition

From The Mountains, To The Ocean - Maryland Landscapes Inspired by Countryside, City and Sea

Maryland has a rich and diverse tradition of capturing and expressing the physical and cultural fabric of our state and its people. The range of expression from plein air painting, to urban photography, to writing and poetry, reveals and communicates the environments of the present influenced by the past.

The Maryland State Arts Council is especially looking for work from plein air festivals throughout the state as well as photography and other mixed media work. Two-dimensional work of any media that is framed and ready to hang and no larger than: 8’ w x 5’ h.

The exhibition is part of the Art on the Fly exhibition space at the Maryland State Arts Council office, 175 W. Ostend Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, September 21, 2018.

Artists submit an application on Submittable and may include up to four (4) slides of documentation of the artwork proposed to be included in the exhibition. 

For more information, click here.

Call for Art New York Center for Photographic Art: 9/23

The New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) invites photographers world-wide to submit images using any photographic process (print, image transfer, iPhone, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, color etc.). Winners will receive a total of $3,000 in cash awards, be featured in the NYC4PA Online Gallery and the exhibition catalog. The Grand Prize winning image will be posted on the NYC4PA home page. The theme is "SUMMER". Any images that represent summer to you are welcome.

ENTRY FEE The entry fee is $35 for the first three diptychs. Additional images may be submitted for $10 each. There is no limit to the number of images submitted.

DEADLINE: September 23, 2018 (Midnight Pacific Time)

For more information, click here.

Call to Artists Catoctin Furnace Historical Society: 9/15

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. is looking for an artist to design logo artwork for their new spring festival - The Maryland Iron Festival. This festival is a revamping of the annual Spring in the Village, Art at the Furnace festival and will be held May 18 & 19, 2019. We are looking for a design with an industrial but fun and inviting theme. Applicants should submit designs to ecomer@catoctinfurnace.org by September 15th -- the artist selected will receive $250.

For more information, click here

Call to Artists: Waterford Fair: 9/26

Call to Artists: Two exhibit opportunities in the historic village of Waterford in Loudoun County, VA, during the Waterford Fair Oct 5 - 7, 2018.

Participate in a 74 year old tradition with 18,000+ visitors! The Waterford Fair offers artists, vendors, and producers a venue to reach a wide audience of people seeking one-of-a-kind, made by hand, items in a lovely setting that promotes history and creativity.

Please follow the links below to the category of your interest. Each category has its own application and process.

Fine Art Application:

Deadline for submission: Wednesday September 26 by 5 PM (online or by mail)

Drop-off: Artwork must be delivered to the Schooley Mill Barn in Waterford, Virginia, on Friday, September 28, 1-5 PM or Saturday, September 29, 10 AM - 3 PM.

Pick-up: Artwork that is not sold must be removed from the Schooley Mill Barn on Sunday, October 7, between 5 - 6 PM or on Monday, October 8 between 10 AM - 2 PM. If you cannot come at those times, please arrange for someone to pick up for you.

Photography Application:

Deadline for submission: Wednesday September 26 by 5 PM

Drop-off: Photographs should be delivered to the Red Barn in Waterford, Virginia, on Friday September 28 or Saturday September 29, 2018, between 10 AM - 2 PM on both days.

Applicants can address questions to fairadmin@waterfordfoundation.org

Arena Players Gallery and Exhibition Spaces: 9/28

The Arena Players Gallery & Exhibition Space welcomes submissions from visual artists based in the Baltimore, MD metropolitan area who self-identify as African American or black for their upcoming show: Visions of A Raisin in the Sun.

They are seeking artwork that is inspired by the play. Work should directly reflect the themes and characters within the play and can also make observations or provide commentary on the current state of African Americans since the Civil Rights Movement.

Please send an email to the curator, Alexis Skinner, with an image of your work, dimensions, and a title by Tuesday, September 18th, 2018. Send emails to salexism@gmail.com. Artists may submit up to five (5) images. There is no guarantee that all works will make the exhibit. Works in progress will also be considered provided they are complete, dry, and ready to hang by September 24th.

For more information,  click here

Call to Artists: Art at the Point: 9/29

Art at the Point -- September 29, 2018, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Art at the Point will happen in 2018!  Point of Rocks Community Center Grounds on Ballenger Creek will be the venue this year! Now taking artist applications and inquiries to display. 

Located 15 miles from both historic Leesburg, VA, and Frederick, MD and an easy hour drive from either Baltimore or Washington, DC. Art at the Point is organized by the Point of Rocks Ruritan Club. 

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts Community Garden Project: 09/30

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore Department of Planning (DOP) seek a creative community-based artist or artist team for the Fort Worthington INSPIRE Community Garden Project. The artist/artist team will work with Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School and community organizations to create new artistic elements for a neighborhood garden being created near the school. An artist can receive up to $35,000 for the project. 

The request for qualifications is open to professional artists or artist teams who reside in the United States with related public or community-based arts experience and have managed and completed at least one prior funded commission on schedule and on budget. The project requires collaboration and a familiarity with Baltimore City. Interested artists should apply with examples of their previous community-based, collaborative or integrated art and design projects. 

For more information on the Fort Worthington INSPIRE Community Garden Project, call 410-752-8632 (contact person: Ryan Patterson, public arts administrator) or visit www.promotionandarts.org.

Deadline to apply: September 30 at 5pm. 

For more information on this project application, please click here.

Call for Artists: Howard County Arts Council Galleries: 10/1

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.

Next deadline for submissions: October 1, 2018

For more information and application instructions, click here

Call for Entry: Ladew Topiary Gardens Glow 2018: 10/1

Call for Entry Ladew Topiary Gardens Garden Glow 2018

Purpose of Ladew Topiary Gardens Inaugural Garden Glow 2018

  • Generate community and national level awareness of Ladew Topiary Garden.
  • Celebrate the fall season by creating a must –see “glow” event
  • Engage the arts community by aligning with other creative” institutions, arts organizations, creative partners and individuals to create a “light show” for viewing pleasure.

Event Overview:

  • Seeking artists and businesses to submit a lighted/lit installation or carved pumpkin to be placed on the grounds of Ladew Topiary Gardens the weekend of October 20, 2018.
  • “Lit” installations or vignettes and or carved pumpkins and or gourds” would be featured outside in the dark and displayed for visiting guests to view.
  • Prizes will be awarded for winning “glows.” o $300.00 for glow installation o $200.00 for x-large pumpkin o $100.00 for standard pumpkin

Event Date; October 20, 2018

Rain Date: October 21, 2018

Entry Deadline: October 1, 2018

Entry Fee/ Cost for Submission: none

For more information on how to apply, click here.

ARTSPACE Summer Artist Residency

This residency provides an artist with a month-long studio opportunity in Artspace's Gallery One, a $2000 stipend plus housing budget, and an exhibition immediately following the residency. During the residency, the artist is expected to maintain open studio hours, interact with the community, and give an artist talk. Teaching opportunities are also available. This residency is for July 2019.

Deadline to apply October 1, 2018

For more information, click here

Communication Arts 2019 Interactive Competition: 10/5

Enter the most prestigious design competition for interactive media, the Communication Arts Interactive Competition. Any interactive project created for digital distribution on desktop, interactive installation, handheld device, online service or the World Wide Web is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative panel of distinguished developers, interface designers and creative directors, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Interactive Annual, in print and digital editions, and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

Deadline: October 5, 2018

For more information, click here.

Call for Artists: Small Works: 10/8

Main Street Arts presents a national juried exhibition of small works (12 inches or smaller in any direction). Open to artists working in all media excluding video/sound and installation art. This exhibition is open to all U.S. residents.

Juror: Rick Pirozzolo: Rick is the executive director and curator at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY.

Entry fee: $30 for entry of up to 3 images. $35 for entry of 4 to 6 images. Once entry is submitted, fees are non-refundable regardless of acceptance into the exhibition.

A total of $2,000 in cash awards, "Best in Show" receives $1,000!

Deadline: Monday, October 8, 2018

To apply and for more information, click here.

Call for Artists: The Chelsea International Photography Competition: 10/9

The Chelsea International Photography Competition (CIPC) is marking its second year of celebrating photographers and extraordinary photography from around the globe on the renowned NYC art stage.

Sponsored by Agora Gallery, the competition provides a great opportunity for the exposure of work by all types of photographers alike.

With a distinguished panel of jurors and prizes valued at more than $55,000, the CIPC is an excellent opportunity for photographers seeking national and international acclaim.

Exhibition: February 20th to 28th, 2019

Entry Deadline: October 9th, 2018

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Call for Artists Arlington Arts Center: 10/15

AAC’s SOLOS exhibitions program supports the work of emerging contemporary artists in the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year, AAC accepts proposals from artists for solo exhibitions to take place in one of AAC’s seven separate gallery spaces. Proposals are accepted through an open call and selected by guest jurors, in consultation with AAC staff. The resulting program presents a suite of cutting-edge exhibitions which include artwork in a variety of media.

Guest Jurors Peter Winant, Director, School of Art, George Mason University and co-founder, Workingman Collective Natalie Campbell, Independent Curator

Who Can Submit?

Artists who produce contemporary art in any media, and who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region (defined as Virginia; Washington, DC; Maryland; West Virginia; Pennsylvania; or Delaware) may submit exhibition proposals. Any existing works must have been completed within the last 3 years in order to be considered. Proposals that specifically take into account AAC’s exhibition spaces are encouraged. Artists whose proposals are selected and who choose to participate will be expected to undertake the planning and conceptualization for their exhibition, with feedback and guidance from AAC’s curator. 

Exhibition Dates: April 13 to June 8, 2019 

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018

Notification Date: December 2018

For more information. click here

Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Awards in Spanish Colonial Art: 10/15

The Thoma Foundation Research and Travel offer the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship. The Marilynn Thoma Fellowship is the only unrestricted research funding in the United States devoted exclusively to the field of Spanish Colonial art. Each year post-doctoral scholars from across the world are invited to apply for research support in the amounts of $45,000 and $60,000, respectively. Recipients are selected by an international jury of three undisclosed experts in the field and notified in mid-December, with travel commencing within 18 months following notification. Selected scholars design their research projects independently, using funding in any reasonable way to accomplish their goals.

Fellowships range in duration from one to two years, and eventuate in major measurable outcomes, including museum exhibitions, dissertations, book publications, scholarly essays, and lecture series. While proposals are accepted from all of Spanish colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, the Foundation gives strong preference to projects that contribute to the history of painting and sculpture in colonial South America.

Deadline: October 15 

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.

Call to Artists: Holiday Art Competition Frederick: 11/2

Holiday Art Competition

As the first event in our series of The Holidays in Historic Frederick, all visual artists are invited to compete for the $1,000 prize for best depicting the theme of “The Holidays in Historic Frederick”. The focus of this competition is to select one piece of artwork that captures the spirit of Frederick during the holiday season. The winning piece will also be used for the 2018 Celebrate Frederick Holidays marketing campaign.

Applications submitted will be reviewed and acceptance determined by Holiday Art Competition Sub-Committee. If approved, you will receive an e-mail or phone confirmation.

A $15 non-refundable entry fee per piece must be submitted for review of your application to move forward.

The competition will take place on Wednesday, November 28, 2017 at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center at 40 S. Carroll Street in Frederick, MD from 5:30 to 7 PM. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 2 @ 4 PM 

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Call for Submissions- Frame & Frequency IV Vol.2: 11/28

Frame & Frequency is an ongoing International Video and Sound Art Exchange program presented concurrently at VisArts in our In(Site) Project Gallery in Rockville, MD and at PLECTO Galeria in Medellín, Colombia, opening December 7, 2018.

Video, sound art (up to 8 channels), film, and new media work will be accepted: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative, non-narrative, multimedia, virtual reality, augmented reality, net art, interactive media, etc.

All foreign language moving image artworks must have English subtitles.

Deadline for submissions is November 28, 2018

Submission specifications:

  • Video/Sound Art: You may submit up to 3 works. Videos must be in .mp4 file format. Maximum length of 15 minutes. Sound Art files can be either.mp3 or .wav format. Upload files below through our online platform or provide Vimeo links for video previews.
  • Resume/CV Artist Bio (100 word max.)
  • Artist Statement (100 words max.)
  • $5 application fee

For more information, click here

Call to Artists: Smithsonian Photo Contest: 11/30

Smithsonian 16th Annual Photo Contest!

What does an award-winning photograph look like? It can range from an captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time.

Our 16th Annual Photo Contest is now open for submissions, and we're looking for the best of the best.

There are 6 categories. No Entry Fee.

Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website at smithsonian.com/photocontest. You may submit up to 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions. In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web in sRGB color space, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted. 

Photo contest FAQ.

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2018.

For more information, click here.

Call for Proposals: Smack Mellon: Ongoing

Smack Mellon is interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and highly encourages site-specific projects. These proposals can be considered for any show at Smack Mellon. We accept applications for Site-Specific Projects twice a year--in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is July 18, 2018, and the following will be January 16, 2019. We will respond to each group of new applicants by the end of August and the end of February respectively. We are currently reviewing submissions for 2020 or later.

Smack Mellon's Exhibition Program is at the center of the organization. Designed to advance public interest in the visual arts, the program focuses on providing opportunities for artists to create site-specific works that creatively respond to our space, and work that explores innovative uses of both new technologies and traditional materials. The gallery space provides for large, ambitious shows that allow our artists ample room to explore and present their work. Exhibiting artists also have unlimited access to Smack Mellon’s in-house media equipment. On average, Smack Mellon produces five exhibitions a year showcasing the work of more than 50 artists for 20,000 visitors. We also produce on average one exhibit per year by an emerging guest curator. The gallery, which is free to the public, is open five days a week.


Summer deadline: July 18th, 2018

Winter deadline: January 16th, 2019

For more information, click here

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 Entry: Hotel Indigo: Rolling

Maryland Art Place (MAP), in partnership with Hotel Indigo is pleased to announce an open ‘Call to Artists’. As an extension of MAP’s annual IMPACT public art partnership projects, MAP is working with Hotel Indigo to offer rotating exhibitions in Hotel indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. This opportunity is available to visual artists living or working in Maryland. Maryland Art Place will curate four exhibitions a year based on submissions entered through a rolling basis.

Hotel Indigo, Baltimore Downtown is a boutique hotel located in Baltimore, MD. MAP has been working closely with the hotel since it opened, selecting and installing the hotel’s permanent artwork collection including works by Jared Ragland, Gary Kachadourian and Christos Palios. Hotel Indigo and MAP share the same vision of supporting working artists in the region, and both look forward to their continued partnership and the rotation of quarterly exhibitions. For more information, visit www.baltimoreindigohotel.com.

General Guidelines & Information

  • Artist agrees that Maryland Art Place/Hotel Indigo may use images of the artwork for press and promotional purposes related to IMPACT.
  • All works must be no larger than 60 X 60
  • MAP only accepts 2-d works - photography, painting, mixed media or similar welcomed.
  • You may apply as an individual artist, or for an artist group on your behalf
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. 

Benefits to the artist: The selected artist(s) will benefit in the following ways:

  • Exhibition opening reception at Hotel Indigo

Increased visibility of artist’s name and artwork through:

  • Press announcements
  • Highlighted on MAP’s website and social media platforms
  • Exhibition postcards

For more information on how to apply and to download the full prospectus, click here. Questions? Email naomi@mdartplace.org.


The Howard County Arts Council- Ongoing

Submit to the General Exhibit application today! 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.  Proposals from curators and arts organizations are welcomed.

General exhibition applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for submitting materials are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

For more information, click here

Vox Populi Call for Performance Proposals: ONGOING

Vox Populi is now accepting proposals for performance work on a rolling basis. Performances will take place in our lobby area during select First Friday receptions.

Proposals may take a multitude of forms: experimental music or dance, workshops, discussions, performance art or alternative temporary exhibitions.

Vox Populi is interested in artists, curators, and performers who work in experimental media or employ alternative methodologies in their work, and invites applicants to take advantage of the open ended nature of this call.

Proposals should outline the planned work accurately but succinctly and include images, video or audio files if necessary. Proposals are considered on an as-needed basis and may not receive a timely response. Please wait one year before reapplying with the same work. Performers will receive a $100 honorarium for their work.

Email submissions and any questions to exhibitions@voxpopuligallery.org with the subject line “First Friday Performance” No phone calls please!

To view the call for entry, 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.

Our Mission

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981.

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Phone: 410.962.8565
E-mail: map@mdartplace.org