March 2021 Possibilities: Open calls for artists




Les champignons comestibles du Canton de Neuchâtel, courtesy of the Biodiversity Library

Each month, Colossal offers a variety of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, grants, and residencies. If you would like to list an opportunity here, please contact [email protected]. You can also register on a monthly basis Opportunities for artists newsletters.

Open calls

Pittsburgh Art in the Parks: $ 800,000 available as part of a new public arts initiative
The City of Pittsburgh is seeking artist qualifications to create new large format works in each of the five Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) parks (Frick, Schenley, Riverview, Emerald View and Highland).
Deadline: March 23, 2021.

CUE Art Foundation Open Calls for Artists and Curators
The CUE Art Foundation is currently seeking proposals for solo exhibitions and curatorial projects for the 2022 exhibition season. The Open Calls provide emerging and unrecognized artists and curators with the resources to host an exhibition at the CUE store gallery in East Chelsea, New York .
Deadline: March 11, 2021.

2021 Beautiful bizarre art award
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is an annual non-acquisitive international art award that celebrates diversity and excellence in representational visual arts. It encompasses all static media such as traditional art, digital art, and photographic media, as well as all styles from realism and hyperrealism to pop surrealism and lowbrow. The competition features over $ 45,000 in cash, services, and product prizes.
Deadline: July 17, 2021.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative [city-based]
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative responds to the growing number of cities around the world viewing art as an effective and relatively inexpensive strategy for activating their streets. The second round of the Asphalt Art Initiative was announced on March 2, 2021. The program will provide grants of up to $ 25,000 each and on-demand technical assistance to up to 20 U.S. cities.
Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Bridgeport Art Center 9th annual art competition
The Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago has announced a call for a judged art competition and exhibition, which will take place in its gallery on the 4th floor this spring. It has prizes of $ 3,000 including a best of show award of $ 1,000, a second award of $ 500, a third award of $ 300, and six other honorable mentions of 200 USD.
Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Promote people’s open reputation
Driving the Human invites designers, artists, scientists, initiatives and agents from all disciplines and around the world to work together to create a sustainable and collective future that combines science, technology and art in a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach.
Deadline: April 9, 2021.

RITES OF PASSAGE: National Exhibition for Emerging Artists
The Cincinnati-based nonprofit arts organization and gallery Manifest invites juniors, seniors, and college students to submit artwork for 17th year Rites of passage Exhibition. The Manifest Grand Jury Prize awards a cash prize (US $ 2,500) to a single work chosen as “Best of the Season”.
Deadline: March 24, 2021.


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