Complete Guide to 2019 Artist Grants & Opportunities

Get ahead of the game this year. 

We sent our team on a mission to find the best art opportunities, artist grants, and calls-for-entry for you in 2019. From that, we present you a list of the top international open calls, residencies, fellowships, and awards that we believe will benefit artists during the upcoming year!

The complete list is broken down into four categories: grants, residencies, calls-for-entry, and opportunity sites.

Applying for artist grants is a great way for artists to supplement their income to ease the financial burden that often comes as part of being a working artist. These grants listed help artists pay for materials, studio space, or even their rent, allowing artists the time to make work without the day-to-day pressure of paying bills—giving them the freedom to make work in an unrestricted manner and dedicate their time to being fully creative. 

If you are seeking time away from your routine and obligations to create work in a new environment with new influences, a residency might be more your speed. Residencies vary in their offerings and funding, so make sure to check the fine print section of each listing. 

Finally, take a look at some of our favorite opportunity sites to search, and learn how to make sure your portfolio and professional documents are ready to apply. 

We will be updating this list throughout the year, so make sure to bookmark the page, check back often and let us know if there is an opportunity that should be listed!


Top Opportunities for Artist Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Established as part of Lee Krasner’s legacy, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant was set up to support and strengthen the creative lives of artists. A competitive grant for artists with extensive exhibition records, this grant has a long list of impressive alumni. Since its start in 1985, the foundation has granted over 65 million dollars in award money to artists in over 77 countries.

WHO: Mid-career professional artists with demonstrable financial need.  Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

FIELD: Painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmaking.

AMOUNT: Awards range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on need and circumstance.


FINE PRINT: Commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, and computer artists are not eligible. Students not eligible. Detailed FAQ here.


2015 Harpo Foundation Grant Recipient, Anna Tsouhlarakis. “She Made For Her,” 2015.


The Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists

The Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.

WHO: Under-recognized US visual artists over the age of 21.

FIELD: Any field.

AMOUNT: Awards are made of up to $10,000.

DEADLINE: The 2019 grant cycle will open in February 2019 with a deadline in April 2019.

FINE PRINT: Students are not eligible. $15 application fee is required. You will need to submit an artist resume, artist statement, and work samples on the online application. Detailed FAQ here.


Artadia Awards

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. In the past 18 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

WHO: U.S. visual artists who work in the program city (or its eligible counties) and who have resided there for at least two years.

FIELD: Any field.

AMOUNT: Ranges between $5000 to $20,000, plus ongoing assistance through the lifetime of your career.

DEADLINE: Applications dates for participating cities are as follows—Los Angeles: January 1 – February 1, New York: March 1 – April 1, Houston: April 15 – May 15, Chicago: May 1 – June 1, San Francisco: July 1 – August 1, Atlanta: September 15 – October 15.

FINE PRINT: Students are not eligible. Award money can be used however the artist sees fit. Continued support is achieved through close collaborations with its host cities to create exhibition opportunities for artists, arrange studio visits with local as well as national curators, source residency programs, and make introductions in the field. Learn more here.


The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

Adolph Gottlieb, one of the artists known for initiating the Abstract Expressionism movement, achieved artistic and financial success far beyond his early expectations. But, he had several colleagues who, despite their artistic achievements, were not able to support themselves financially. The Gottlieb Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.

WHO: Artists who have been working for at least 20 years in a mature phase of your work, and can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

FIELD: Painting, printmaking, or sculpting.

AMOUNT: $25,000

DEADLINE: December 15, 2018

FINE PRINT: Maturity is based on a high level of intellectual, technical, and creative proficiency that has been maintained over time. It is based less on an applicant’s age than on the development of and commitment to an artist’s work that has progressed over time. Detailed FAQ here.


John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships

The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.

WHO: Visual artists from the U.S. and Canada.

FIELD: Any field.

AMOUNT: The amounts of grants vary, and the Foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.

DEADLINE: Applications for 2019 grants were due by September 17, 2018. Stay tuned for the 2020 grant cycle open later this year.

FINE PRINT: On the application, you must include a chronological list of shows, citing dates and places, and a list of collections in which your work is represented. Work exhibited on websites and blogs alone does not constitute a sufficient record of accomplishment for our competition. Learn more about applying here.


Kijini Primary School students learn to float, swim and perform rescues in the Indian Ocean off of Muyuni, Zanzibar. Anna Boyiazis, recipient of a 2018 Aaron Siskind Individual Photogrpaher’s Fellowship Award.Los Angeles, CA.


Aaron Siskind Foundation – Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is a 501(c)(3) set up by preeminent photographer Aaron Siskin’s estate, which he had asked to become a resource for contemporary photographers. The award was established to support and encourage contemporary artists working in the photographic field.

WHO: Any US artist over 21 years of age

FIELD: Work must be based on the idea of still-based photography, but can include digital imagery, installations, documentary projects, and photo-generated print media.

AMOUNT: Up to $10,000

DEADLINE: The 2019 Grant Cycle will begin in Spring 2019

FINE PRINT: Varied amounts of grants gifted up to $10,000. Students not Eligible. Doctoral candidates considered on a case-by-case basis. Check out the FAQ here.


Awesome Foundation Grant

A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiative and public or social practice art projects.

WHO: Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike.

FIELD: Any Field. Each chapter has their own requirements, most consider arts projects.

AMOUNT: $1000

DEADLINE: Rolling—monthly grants offered.

FINE PRINT: Grants not given for studio space or strictly salary or supplies. Needs to make the community more “awesome.” Think public works. More info here.


PAAM’s The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural institution that fuses the creative energy of America’s oldest active art colony with the natural beauty of outer Cape Cod that has inspired artists for generations. Today, PAAM continues to offer an ever-changing line-up of world-class exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and cultural events.

WHO: U.S. painters aged 45 years or older at the time of application. A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated. Applications must be submitted by an individual working artist or collaborators in an artist group; organizations cannot apply.

FIELD: Painting. For the purposes of this grant, painting is considered the application of various wet media (oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, tempera, watercolor, egg tempera, casein) on paper, canvas, fabric, or wood. This excludes mixed media, encaustic, collage, pastels, digital paintings, prints, and work in graphite or drawings. The use of multiple paint mediums is allowed (i.e. mixing acrylics with oil paints).

AMOUNT: Awards include a cash grant, ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 and an exhibition at PAAM.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Full grant information and the online application is available at


Integrity: Arts & Culture Association Grants

Integrity: Arts & Culture (IACA) sponsors mini-grants for artists focusing on creative endeavors, believing the arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities and our nation. Grants are intended to assist with such things as art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project-related expenses, etc.

WHO: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident, 18 years of age or older. High school or college undergraduate students may not apply. Graduate students may apply, but we do not fund tuition or student projects.

FIELD: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

AMOUNT: Grants generally average $250

DEADLINE: December 16, 2018

FINE PRINT: Within 30 days of the close of the project, IACA requires 1-2 paragraphs describing how their support benefited you. Learn more here.


Artist Grant

Founded in 2017, Artist Grant is a new venture that aims to support and fund artists. To that end, this charitable organization funds the efforts of artists to continue their important work and contributions to society, providing a modest competitive grant of $500 to one artist every quarter.

WHO: Visual artists 18 and older from anywhere in the world

FIELD: Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, stills of video/film, sculpture (of any type of material), ceramics, mixed/multiple media, installation, and other new or alternative media.

AMOUNT: $500 each grant cycle

DEADLINE: There are four grant cycle deadlines per year – January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15.

FINE PRINT: There is an application fee of $25 USD that helps defray the costs of administering this grant so that they may continue to support and fund artists’ important work. You can learn more here.



Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP)

The LEAP award provides a $1000 grant to one grantee for an early career artist in the contemporary craft field. The gift is intended to be used towards a new product line or body of work. The Society for Contemporary Craft will commit to promoting the work for the duration of one year along with providing special features on six finalists.

WHO: Emerging Artists

FIELD: Contemporary Craft (ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry, glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber or a combination of these materials)

AMOUNT: $1,000

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018 for the 2019 grant cycle

FINE PRINT: One artist chosen for a cash prize; six chosen for auxiliary benefits. $25 application fee. Learn more here.


Joan Mitchell Foundation: Emergency Grant

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to U.S.-based visual artists who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected their community on a broad scale. The Foundation has historically granted funding to assist in the repair of homes and studios following flooding and material destruction, to replace art materials such as brushes, paints, inks, other materials such as hand or power tools and computers, and to assist in rent for a temporary studio space in which to work while cleaning up after a disaster.

WHO: U.S. artists who have been impacted due to natural or man-made disasters

FIELD: Painting, sculpture, or drawing

AMOUNT: TBD based on need.

DEADLINE: Applications are accepted throughout the year, starting January 1, 2019.

FINE PRINT: Unfortunately, the Joan Mitchell Foundation cannot grant funds towards the retail value of any lost or damaged artwork. Applicants will receive a response within 1-2 months. Check out their FAQs here.


Puffin Foundation Artist Grants

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.

WHO: New and emerging artists

FIELD: Fine arts and video/film


DEADLINE: Requests for application packets must be received by December 15, 2018. Completed or returned applications must be postmarked by December 30th.

FINE PRINT: Your application must be “hard copy.” Check out the FAQs here.


Sustainable Arts Foundation Award Program

The Sustainable Arts Foundation’s goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide. The foundation offers unrestricted cash awards and residency grants to artists and writers with families — specifically, at least one child under the age of 18.

WHO: Artists and writers with at least one child under the age of 18 and a strong portfolio of work

FIELD: Fine arts and writing

AMOUNT: $5,000

DEADLINE: Check back later for the 2019 grant cycle announcement. (The 2018 grant application cycle ran in the month of August.)

FINE PRINT: Application fee is $20. 100 percent of this fee goes to the jurors, who are all parent artists and writers themselves. Charging this fee ensures that at least two jurors will review each application and be compensated for their work. Learn more here.


Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.  This impact-driven arts organization provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in funding and career development services valued at $45,000.

WHO: Artists in any discipline working on a specific project.

FIELD: Painting, Sculpture, Works on Paper, Photography, Public Art, and more.

AMOUNT: Up to $50,000 in direct funding.

DEADLINE: 2019 cycle TBA

FINE PRINT: Besides funding, you’ll have access to consultations with legal, financial, marketing, public relations, and web consultants; artist retreats and regional gatherings; ten meetings with a strategic planning coach; and more. Letter of Inquiry must be submitted. You can learn more here.


2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

WHO: Artists living and working in New York

FIELD: Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Music/Sound, Photography, or Playwriting/Screenwriting

AMOUNT: $7000

DEADLINE: January 23, 2019

FINE PRINT: Applications for the 2019-20 award cycle will open in Fall 2019. The following categories will be reviewed: Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. Learn more here.


Top Artist Residency Opportunities

ChaNorth Summer 2019 Residency

ChaNorth is a New York State artist residency aimed at providing a nourishing, focused environment for emerging and established artists as they continue their committed practices.

WHO: National and international emerging and mid-career artists

FIELD: Any creative field

DATES: The summer season runs from May through the end of October, offered in 6 four-week sessions. Check here for exact session dates.


DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: ChaNorth is a self-directed residency offering space, time, and inspiration to make new work. The cost of a four-week session is $950. Residency fee includes a private room, private studio, fully stocked kitchen. The fee does not include transportation costs to and from chaNorth, and artists’ materials cost. Learn more here.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park residency application deadline is February 15, 2019 for the summer 2019 residency. 

National Parks Arts Foundation Residencies

The National Park Arts Foundation started their Artist-in-Residence program in 2006 to provide opportunities to artists to live and work in National parks to create a body of work. Programs are specifically tailored to the artist’s project and the selected park. Residencies are one month and can accommodate artists from multiple disciplines such as sculpture, ceramics, dance, theatre, textiles, writers, new media, printmaking, and film.

WHO: Visual artists

FIELD: Sculpture, ceramics, dance, theatre, performing arts, music, literature, new media, animation, printmaking, film-making, ethnographic art.

DATES: Check website for individual residency dates

LOCATION: One-month residencies are offered in the following locations: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Big Island, HI), Death Valley National Park (California), Fort Union National Monument (New Mexico), Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida), Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico)

DEADLINE: Application deadlines vary. Check here for details.

FINE PRINT: $2000 stipend offered to accepted artists. Application fee required. Learn more about each residency here.


SVAD Artist Residency Program

The School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina invites visual artists to submit applications for the spring session of the 2019 Artist Residency Program which is intended to address themes of environment and ecology.

WHO: Artists around the world

FIELD: All media accepted

DATES: March 1 – April 14, 2019

LOCATION: Columbia, SC

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: The selected artist will be awarded a $1,500 honorarium. SVAD is unable to pay for travel or housing for the resident at this time. The artist should propose an artwork that may qualify as public art and an activity to engage with the community at the School of Visual Art and Design. Learn more here.


Bogliasco Residency Program

An American nonprofit with a program in Italy, the Bogliasco Foundation awards one-month residential Fellowships to gifted artists and scholars of all ages and nationalities. During their month-long stay at the Center, Bogliasco Fellows are provided with living quarters, full board, and a separate private studio.

WHO: Artists worldwide

FIELD: Visual Arts, Film/Video, Theater, Dance, and more

DATES: Fall 2019 semester dates are as follows: September 9 – October 11, October 14 – November 15, or November 18 – December 20

LOCATION: Bogliasco, Italy

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019 for residencies during the subsequent fall semester, and April 15, 2019 for residences during the subsequent spring semester.

FINE PRINT:  To be eligible for a Fellowship, applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. Although there is no cost for a residency, Fellows are responsible for their own travel to and from the Study Center. Learn more here.


The Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists

Eight-week artist’s residency, just a short walk along the river Rance from Dinan, a “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire.” The selection committee and program directors seek four to eight artists whose mix of media, approaches, styles, and focus will create a dynamic and collegial community

WHO: Artists worldwide

FIELD: Visual arts

DATES: June 1 – July 27, 2019

LOCATION: Léhon, France

DEADLINE: February 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Application, accommodation in a private bedroom in a historic house with a fully-equipped communal kitchen, and studio space in a 9th-century abbey are free. Residents are responsible for transportation to and from the residency, most supplies, and most meals. Learn more here.


CRETA Rome Artist Residencies

C.R.E.T.A. Rome offers self-funded residencies to international ceramicists, visual artists and writers for periods of 4 or 5 weeks. The residency includes a semi-private equipped studio, housing in the historical center of Rome, and technical assistance in procuring materials for your work, firings, etc., advice on museums, galleries and sites in Rome and beyond.

WHO: Artists worldwide

FIELD: Ceramics, visual arts, writing

DATES: Summer 2019 residencies (4 weeks): May 29 – June 25, June 26 – July 23, July 24 – August 20; Fall 2019 residencies (5 weeks): September 11 – October 15, October 16 – November 19, November 20 – December 17

LOCATION: Rome, Italy

DEADLINE: February 15, 2019 for Summer 2019 Residencies, and June 15, 2019 for Fall 2019 Residencies

FINE PRINT: Accommodation are a 1-bedroom house with a garden and a private studio. Spouses/companions and/or children are also welcome for a supplemental fee. Each resident will have an opportunity to exhibit the work produced during the residency period in a final group show. Learn more here.


Bernheim Artist in Residence Program

At once a haven for nature-lovers and artists alike, the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Center is founded on the mission of “strengthening the bond between people and nature by finding new ways to connect nature with people’s lives.” Situated within a 14,000-acre property with over 8,000 species of plants and 40 miles of hiking trails, this larger-than-Manhattan preserve welcomes artists from all backgrounds for one to three months for artistic exploration.

WHO: Visual artists

FIELD: All mediums encouraged to apply: sculpture, installation, performing arts, painting, sound, video, textile, new media, animation.

DATES: Selected artists work with Bernheim in arranging residency dates based on their desired time and availability within an April – December 2019 timeframe.

LOCATION: Louisville, Kentucky

DEADLINE: January 21, 2019

FINE PRINT: Minimum duration is 4 weeks for regional artists and 6 weeks to 3 months for non-regional artists. Residents get a fully equipped cabin, with a log-burning stove (and AC and heat), in a stunning wooded setting. Travel, supplies, and food paid by for artist. Housing covered. $2,500.00 grant available. Learn more here.


Offshore Residency

The Offshore Residency offers an extensive one-week program where artists live, work, and travel together aboard a sailboat. Each Offshore journey navigates to a specific, historic region, where participants engage with local communities through special exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings and events coordinated by the program. Through these relationships, artists will have the opportunity to reflect upon their work and its objectives outside of marketplace demands and experience the rigors and rewards of sailing under the guidance of experienced captains.

WHO: Artists from all geographic locations, ages, ethnicities, and identities are welcome and encouraged to apply.

FIELD: All mediums encouraged to apply: visual artists, sculpture, installation,  performing arts, painting, sound, video, textile, new media, animation

DATES: Late August – early September 2019 (Exact dates to be announced in early January)

LOCATION: Offshore’s Summer 2019 program will take place off the northern coast of Sardinia and the southern coast of Corsica.

DEADLINE: February 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: The program session will run for 8 days. You can find a sample itinerary on their website for an idea of what to expect. Applicants must have a working knowledge of English. Accepted residents will be required to pay a fee of $525 to participate in the program. Learn more here.

Djerassi’s facilities are nestled in 583 acres of redwood forests, coastal grasslands, and four additional habitats rich in biodiversity. Photo: Paul Dyer


Djerassi Resident Artists Program

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one hour south of San Francisco. The program offers gorgeous architecture, the time and space to interact with peers, and critical dialogue for growing your own individual practice, in a pristine landscape. Best of all, the program is offered at no cost to artists, should you be accepted.  

WHO: Artists worldwide

FIELD: Visual arts, media arts/new genres, literature, choreography, and music composition

DATES: Mid-March through mid-November

LOCATION: Woodside, CA

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: There are six residency sessions each year: five that are four weeks long and one that includes Open House/Open Studios is five weeks long. Travel and supplies paid by the artist. Food and lodging paid by the organization. Learn more here.

The MacDowell Colony | Summer 2019 Residencies

The MacDowell Colony, founded by composer Edward MacDowell, was originally meant for musicians in need of a creative retreat. Now, the colony has become one of the most recognized visual arts and writing residencies. The location offers a cultural experience surrounding by breathtaking scenery.

WHO: Artists worldwide, emerging and established

FIELD: Visual arts, architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, and theatre

DATES: June 1–September 30, 2019, for the Visual Arts Residency. Check here for other disciplines.

LOCATION: Peterborough, New Hampshire

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. There are no residency fees. Travel grants, as well as need-based stipends, are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. Learn more here.


Ox-Bow Fall Artists and Writers Residency

The Ox-Bow’s Fall Residency is designed for artists and writers at many different points in their careers. This residency is an incredible opportunity for emerging artists looking to launch their career with the help of dedicated time, access to resources and mentorship. The fall residency offers a wider variety of studios that can be used for artists of different mediums to collaborate.

WHO: Artists and writers at any stage in their careers

DATES: 2, 3, and 5-week residencies during September 1 – October 5, 2019

LOCATION: Saugatuck, Michigan

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: Stipends available for travel and supplies. Room and board covered by Ox-Bow. The fall residency is open to all artists not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Learn more here.


Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Skowhegan promotes engagement with peers and a focus on process and experimentation. Although the residency has become most widely recognized for its focus on painting, they accept artists working in a variety of mediums. The program gives artists complete freedom during their residency, but also provides resources and weekly lectures for guidance and feedback.

WHO: Visual artists. You must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the program and have a working knowledge of English.

FIELD: All mediums

DATES: June 8 – August 10, 2019

LOCATION: Skowhegan, Maine

DEADLINE: January 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: Tuition for Skowhegan’s nine-week program is $6,000, but 95% of each class receives financial aid or scholarships. Learn more here.


Annex:art Artist Residencies

As part of its ongoing mission, Annex:art works with international artists to coordinate self-funded and sponsored artist residency, as well as interim studio programs.  These programs are designed to enable the artist an opportunity to complete a project or specific body of work in one of our participating annex locations.

WHO: Artists worldwide, 21 and older

FIELD: All media accepted

DATES: To be determined

LOCATION: At present, the program is available at the Annex:art facilities in Havelland, Germany; San Fidel, New Mexico; and the picturesque Ardèche region of south-central France.

DEADLINE: Rolling deadline. Apply on their website.

FINE PRINT: The program seeks applications from artists who have a specific purpose or project to be completed during the residency.


The Neon Museum 2019 National Artist Residency

The Neon Museum National Artist Residency (AIR) is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the collection while providing artists the opportunity to create new work in an unconventional setting. Each residency is accompanied by programming to engage the community and museum visitors, providing exposure to new artists and a fresh perspective on the collection.

WHO: Artists based in the United States, over the age of 18

FIELD: Visual or performing arts

DATES: June 1 – August 31, 2019


DEADLINE:  February 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: The artist will be paid a stipend of a total of $3,000, plus a modest budget for materials if required. The selected artist will also be provided an $800 travel allowance.  Studio space and separate lodging with kitchen facilities are provided free of charge for eight weeks. Learn more here.


The Wassaic Residency Program cultivates and supports community for emerging and professional contemporary artists, writers and other creatives. 




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The Wassaic Project 2019 Summer Residency Program

The Wassaic Project is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting artists, performers, and writers. Artists create a body of work and participate in conversations, open-studios, and artist talks. To top it off, they also have a visiting curators and artists series in addition to your housing and studio space.

WHO: Emerging and professional contemporary artists, writers and creatives.

FIELD: Visual arts, writing, etc.

DURATION: One to six months


DEADLINE: January 14, 2019

FINE PRINT: While there is a resident fee of $900/month, there are fellowships available and ample access to fully decked out facilities including a woodshop, silk screening studio, and tons of exhibition opportunities. Travel and supplies paid by the artist. Learn more here.


Art Quarter Budapest’s International Artist-in-Residence Program

Art Quarter Budapest offers varied services to integrate their residents into the local art scene and assist in establishing professional connections that best support their work and career. AQB personnel provide assistance through the program, catering to practical needs related to life in Budapest, to obtaining the necessary materials, equipment and more. All entering participants are offered a fully furnished room within a communal apartment located on the AQB premises, as well as a studio space catering to the project’s requirements.

WHO: Creatives worldwide

FIELD: Visual arts (including painting, drawing, sculpture, media art, installation, and graphic arts),  performing arts, film, photography, music and sound art, literature and literary translation, illustration and design, art theory, curatorial and art management

DATES: 1-3 months during January – June 2019

LOCATION: Budapest, Hungary

DEADLINE: December 15, 2018

FINE PRINT: The fee for participating in the AQB Artist-in-Residence Program is EUR 850 per month. This fee serves as an important contribution to the maintenance and operation of the institution. Learn more here.


Artspace 2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence

A one-year residency that includes studio space, a culminating solo exhibition of work created during the year, a monthly work exchange at Artspace, and the opportunity to get involved in public programs.

WHO: Emerging and mid-career artists

FIELD: All fields

DATES: August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020


DEADLINE: December 21, 2018

FINE PRINT: First round interviews will be conducted in January 2019, in person or via Skype. Learn more here.


Residency 108: Spring Session

Residency 108 invites artists, writers, and thinkers to immerse themselves in their creative practice. They particularly welcome those who work with nature, ecology and the installation of temporary outdoor land-art works. The program accommodates three artists at a time. Each resident will be asked to present their work during the residency and weekly critiques are held as a group, sometimes with a visiting critic.

WHO: Emerging and established artists, writers and thinkers worldwide

FIELD: All disciplines

DATES: April 22 – May 20, 2019

LOCATION: Clermont, NY

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: The residency is free apart from the cost of travel and material expenses which must be assumed by the individual. Each resident is provided with a room, working facilities and a weekly stipend for food, participants are responsible for cooking their own meals.  Learn more here.

Back to Basics Residency Program 2019

Back to Basics residency program gives artists the opportunity to clear their mind, get back to focus and (re)discover the very basis of their creative practice and being. Stop the information overflow, go offline and get back to focus in a supportive, natural environment in the middle of the Northern summer.

WHO: Emerging and professional artists

FIELD: All disciplines

DATES: 1-month residencies in July, August, and September 2019

LOCATION: Haukijärvi, Finland

DEADLINE: January 10, 2019

FINE PRINT: In this residency program, participants are encouraged to not have a predetermined project plan to follow, but to arrive with an open mind and dedicate their time at the residency for on-site observations, ideas, conversations, self-reflection and development. For program details, visit their website.


Residency Unlimited

RU fosters customized residency environments for artists and curators in all disciplines and at all stages of practice. Participants receive critical, production, and administrative assistance. Substantial emphasis is placed on building networking capacity for the residents.

WHO: Artists worldwide

FIELD: All visual arts media and disciplines

DURATION: For artists, residencies usually vary in length from three to six months; for curators, duration is generally one to two months.

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

DEADLINE: Rolling application, fill out the inquiry form here.

FINE PRINT: The selection process ranges from an open call application and panel process to nominations or by invitation depending on the project, the type of residency and the partnering organization. Learn more here.


Byrdcliffe 2019 Artist Residencies

Byrdcliffe Artist Residencies offer uninterrupted time and space for artists of all disciplines to work in a creative community on the 250-acre Catskill mountain historic campus just two hours north of NYC. The AiR Program offers several residency options ranging from four weeks to five months in duration, with various live/work spaces available for each session; Ceramic artists are able to apply for 1, 2, or 4 month residencies.

WHO: Visual artists, writers, musicians

FIELD: Ceramics, weaving, darkroom/digital photography, video, painting, sculpture, musical performance and composition, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry among others

DURATION: One month

LOCATION: Woodstock, NY

DEADLINE: February 10, 2019 for 1 Month and Ceramics Residencies

FINE PRINT: Fellowships available based on need and merit with funding also available for women, artists of the LGBTQA community, and artists impacted by natural disasters.  1 Month Residencies are offered for individuals and couples with private and communal housing available. Each resident receives a private studio and living space. Learn more here.


Heima Art Residency 2019

Heima is a multidisciplinary art residency for The physical space is a 350 square meter combined house and studio/exhibition space. In 2019 Heima will offer two 3 months residency periods, each involving six artist carefully curated. The program offers complete access to Heima’s facilities for ninety days.

WHO: Emerging and established artists of different cultural and geographic backgrounds

DATES: April 5 – June 30, 2019 or August 1 – October 31, 2019

LOCATION: Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland

DEADLINE: January 1, 2019

FINE PRINT: All artist will live together and have access to multiple studio spaces + have their own bedroom. The residency fee is 250.000 ISK (2050 Euro). The residency fee is to be paid in advance and is non-refundable. Residents must provide for their own food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses. Learn more here.


Top Call-for-Entry in 2019

Artrooms Fair ROMA 2019

Artrooms Fair is the first international contemporary art fair offering free exhibition spaces to independent artists, innovating the way artists and buyers meet. Artists will exhibit in hotel rooms to be transformed into their own creative and intimate studios. It is a great opportunity to share your vision, meet collectors, curators, and to be scouted by galleries.

WHO: Artists from all over the world, from all different backgrounds and media

DATES: March 22 – 24, 2019

LOCATION: Rome, Italy

DEADLINE: December 21, 2018

FINE PRINT: Application fee: £20. Artists must attend the fair and be present during opening hours. Learn more about the application process here.


2019 Small Works Juried Exhibition

Five Points Center for the Visual Arts is accepting submissions for its 2019 Small Works Juried Exhibition. Up to three, 2-D or 3-D recent works, no larger than 12” in any direction will be accepted.

WHO: Emerging and established artists 18 years or older may apply

DATES: February 1 – 23, 2019

LOCATION: Torrington, CT

DEADLINE: December 22, 2018

FINE PRINT: The single award will be a 2020 solo exhibition in the Five Points Gallery. A $35.00 entry fee will be charged for up to three works. Five Points will only accept submissions through CaFE. Learn more here.


4th Annual Landscapes Art Competition

Artists are invited by Fusion Art to submit their best art and photography for an online competition depicting natural scenery and the physical elements of landforms such as mountains, hills, valleys, deserts, farmland, trees, rivers, lakes, ponds, forests, wilderness, polar regions, rainforests, islands, and tropical landscapes.

WHO: All artists, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best work in any medium.

DATES: January 1—31, 2019

DEADLINE: December 27, 2018

FINE PRINT: Best in Show and 2nd through 5th Place awards will be given. The Best in Show winners will be invited to Fusion Art’s 3rd Annual Group Show in Palm Springs in February 2019. $20 for 1 image / $35 for up to 5 images. Learn more here.


8th Annual “All Women” Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery invites all 2D and 3D women artists (including photographers & digital artists) from around the world to make online submissions for possible inclusion in the Gallery’s online group art exhibition. There is no theme for this competition.

WHO: Women artists worldwide, working in 2D and 3D

DATES: January 2019

DEADLINE: December 27, 2018

FINE PRINT: Winning women artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery. Learn more here.


Aeolian Dust 2019

Aeolian Dust is an international contest for pastellists – artists who draw with pastels. Only pastel artworks are accepted. Selected artworks will be exhibited in Fontana Gallery in Piešťany, Slovakia.

WHO: Pastel artists worldwide

DATES: April 2019


DEADLINE: December 28, 2018

FINE PRINT: Artworks must be originals, no copies or reproductions of photographs will be accepted. Registration fee is 10€. Learn more here.

Creative Time Open Call

This winter, Creative Time is inviting artists to submit proposals for a public artwork. They are most interested in ideas that take unconventional exhibition formats, speak to a pressing social issue, and engender public dialogue. 

WHO: New York City-based artists at a critical career juncture, who have not yet received a public commission or substantial support from a major cultural institution.

DATES: The selected project will be presented in the spring/summer of 2019 in New York.


DEADLINE: January 18, 2019

FINE PRINT: The production budget will vary depending on the proposed concept and will not exceed $50,000. In addition, the selected artist will receive an artist fee based on the scope of their project. Applicants cannot be currently enrolled in a degree program. Learn more here.

Juror of The Decisive Moment, David L. Parker.


The Decisive Moment | International Juried Photography Exhibition

While the concept of the decisive moment is often associated with dynamic, synchronic activity captured in an instant – it may just as well apply to the photographic image that records a thoughtful moment of fleeting solitude or calm. Praxis Gallery seeks the submission of photographic works that explore this intersection of form, function, and significance.

WHO: Photographers worldwide

DATES: January 25, 2019 – February 21, 2019

LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN

DEADLINE: December 30, 2018

FINE PRINT: All genres, capture types, color and black & white, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. The submission fee for entry is $35.00 for the first five images and $5.00 for each additional image. Learn more here.


Husby Konsthall Miniature Print Exhibition

Husby Art Center would like to invite printmakers to participate in a mini print exhibition opening. This exhibition will feature small-scale works in all printmaking mediums.

WHO: All artists over 18 working with fine art printmaking

DATES: January 12 – February 3, 2019

LOCATION: Kista, Sweden

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

FINE PRINT: Each artist should submit a single print, or, more, if the prints comprise a series. All traditional printmaking techniques are acceptable. (No drawings, photographs, or direct reproductions are eligible.) Learn more here.


Figurative Works II

An all-media exhibition seeking to answer the question, “What is a modern portrait?” Foundry Art Centre is asking artists to capture the people and culture of our time. This exhibition will display artistic approaches as diverse and unique as the souls they are used to represent.

WHO: All artists worldwide, 18 years & older, both amateur & professional, working in all styles and schools of thought

DATES: February 22 – April 5, 2019

LOCATION: St. Charles, MO

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

FINE PRINT: Three prizes will be awarded at the Opening Reception: two Juror’s Choice Awards of $200, and a Going Solo Award that offers the awarded artist the choice between a Going Solo Exhibition and $500. Learn more here.


2nd Annual Women Artists Quarterly Art Competition

Fusion Art is once again celebrating women artists! This is an international online competition so any subject matter and any media is acceptable. The work can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction, and all women artists over the age of 18 are encouraged to submit their best 2D and 3D representational and non-representational art and photography.

WHO: Women artists

DATES: January 15, 2019 — April 14, 2019

DEADLINE: January 2, 2019

FINE PRINT: A three-month group online exhibition will be featured on the Fusion Art website. $20 for 1 image / $35 for up to 5 images. Learn more here.


Matters of the Heart Exhibition

Las Laguna Gallery proudly presents Matters of the Heart. Just as the discussion about the heart is a subjective matter, so too is the interpretation of the theme for their February show. They invite the artist to take a conceptual, literal or emotional approach to matters of the heart. In addition to portrayals of the heart, they ask, what do you love?

WHO: Artists worldwide, working in all mediums

DATES: February 7 – 28, 2019

LOCATION: Laguna Beach, CA

DEADLINE: January 5, 2019

FINE PRINT: There is no limitation on sizes of work but they have found works over 60 inches to be costly for shipping and recommend sizes that are manageable. $35 entry fee. Learn more here.


Fragmented Online Exhibition

Fragmented art, whether it be collages, abstracts, splintered art, or fractured art allows the viewer to see what the artist sees, in pieces woven together in a mosaic to narrate a story or a perception. It’s an abstract way of thinking, breaking down perspective into finite relative pieces. It makes no sense at first, and yet, it makes the ultimate sense. In this international art call, Fragmented art is asking for the artist’s interpretation of fragmented art.

WHO: All professional and amateur artists worldwide.

DEADLINE: January 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: All art mediums will be considered in this call for submissions, from photography, wall sculpture, ceramics, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings including, oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, etc. $35 for 3 entries, $5 for additional entries. Learn more here.


Environment Documenta│Call for Photographers

Photographers from all over the world are invited to submit photographic works for a group exhibition that tell and document situations and conditions inherent to the current natural world by touching the theme of environmental protection and pollution.

WHO: Photographers worldwide

DATES: April 2019

LOCATION: Rome, Italy

DEADLINE: January 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: Photographers are invited to submit one to three photographic works addressing the theme. Particular consideration will be given to those photos that will be able to valorize the natural environmental heritage. Learn more here.



Art Call for Artists and Photographers – BLUE 2018

Twenty artists will be selected for an online group exhibit, “Blue 2019” at Gallery25N; the exhibit and artists will be extensively marketed worldwide to over 30,000 people including art buyers, gallery owners, curators, collectors, etc. Looking for art created of any subject that is enhanced by the use of the color blue, whether it is a single dot of blue or a completely blue image.

WHO: All artists and photographers, 18 years of age or older

OPENING DATE: January 31, 2019

DEADLINE: January 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: One artist’s work will be selected to receive the “Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant” of $500. Entry Fee: $25 for up to three entries and $5 for each additional image. Learn more here.


Open Call to Artists: Journey

Journey: a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a long time; trip; passage or progress from one stage to another; to make a journey; travel. Creative Spirit’s exhibit will celebrate the artists’ unique and varied expression of this creative source.

WHO: Artists worldwide

DATES: January 26 – March 17, 2018

LOCATION: Marblehead, MA

DEADLINE: January 7, 2019

FINE PRINT: The cost to participate in an exhibit is $30.00 per piece. No additional costs or membership are required. This fee helps cover exhibit labor, marketing, and reception. Learn more here.


Viridian Artists presents: “30 Under 30″

A juried exhibition featuring artists under the age of 30. Zimmerli Art Museum Curator, Donna Gustafson will make final selections and 30 artists will be selected for the show.

WHO: Artists under the age of 30

DATES: February 26 – March 23, 2019


DEADLINE: January 12, 2019

FINE PRINT: Any media, no larger than 36″ in any direction is welcome. $30 for 3 images, $5 for each additional image. Learn more here.


72nd Annual 57th Street Art Fair

The 57th Street Art Fair invites artists with high quality, handmade, original work to apply to be part of the 72nd annual juried event in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. This two-day event showcases a range of original work in glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics and fiber art entirely designed, created and produced by artists from around the country.

WHO: US-based artists

DATES: June 1 – 2, 2019


DEADLINE: January 14, 2019

FINE PRINT: No reproductions, unlimited editions, or mass-produced works, please. Learn more here.


Miles of Separation

Do you travel for luxury or necessity? Are there ways in which you travel that others don’t? Or have you seen travel that’s out of the ordinary? This show by C Street Gallery explores the way humans travel across the planet for asylum, weather events, luxury, exploration, or the need to relocate.

WHO: All artists

DATES: February 1 – 25, 2019

LOCATION: Springfield, MO

DEADLINE: January 14, 2018

FINE PRINT: Mediums accepted include: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, small constructions or installations (limited to 5x5x5 ft), short films in .mp3 format, and crafts. Learn more here.


First Thursday Exhibition

Building BloQs is a bustling workshop space within the BloQs Cafe. To support emerging artists in their practice the Cafe is excited to be able to offer this space to exhibit their work. Each month we offer an artist the opportunity to exhibit for one month. There is no cost for exhibiting and no commission of artwork sales is taken. The Cafe is open late for a private view on the first Thursday of each month and they offer support and promotion across our social media channels.

WHO: Artists working in 2D and 3D


DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: If you would like to exhibit your work please get in touch with 200-400 words about your practice along with a few images to with the subject line ‘First Thursdays’. Learn more here.


A Call for Place Setting. A place where artists are welcome to join in conversation, to share, reflect and organize.


Call for Art: Place Setting

The Politits: Art Coalition is honored to announce an open call for our 3rd annual juried exhibition. Place Setting is inspired by the idea of the dinner table, a place where artists are welcome to join in conversation, to share, reflect and organize during a time of unrest. Place Setting is focused on supporting artists who have historically been underrepresented in the arts.

WHO: Underrepresented artists worldwide

DATES: March 1 – 23, 2019

LOCATION: Rochester, NY

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

FINE PRINT: Submission fee: $15 for 1-3 images. This show is for those who are feeling unheard, fed-up, full of rage and are looking for support from their fellow creatives. Learn more here.


FRESH, 2019

FRESH: not previously known or used; new or different. recent, latest, up-to-date, modern, modernistic, ultramodern, newfangled, original, novel, innovative, unusual, unconventional, unorthodox, radical, revolutionary, informal, offbeat. A juried show by SoLA Gallery.

WHO: All artists and all media

DATES: February 23 – March 30, 2019

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

DEADLINE: January 19, 2019

FINE PRINT: Art made within the past two years. Opening reception on February 23. Learn more here.


Animalistic Call for Art

Animals. They are our innocents, our beasts, our wild. They are caged, they are hunted, they are tamed, they are dissected, and they are forgiving. In this call for artists, Linus Gallery asks artists to depict the beauty and majesty of our wild beings, animals.

WHO: Artists worldwide

LOCATION: Long Beach, CA

DEADLINE: January 28, 2019

FINE PRINT: All art mediums will be considered in this call for submissions, from photography, wall sculpture, ceramics, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings including, oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, etc. Cost: $35 for 3 entries, $5 for additional entries. Learn more here.


Simpos’ art Festival

The cultural association MPGart, a non-profit-making association, promotes and organizes the I edition of the Simpos’art Festival in the town of Vittoria, Italy. The aim is to raise awareness about contemporary art in its different languages.

WHO: Artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, installation, art video.

DATES: September 14 – October 6, 2019

LOCATION: Vittoria, Italy

DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: Apply by email. Required: photos for each submitted works in high solution jpg with a complete tagline (title, size and technique), artist biography and telephone number. Learn more here.


Neoteric Abstract VII

This call from Limner Gallery is for a thematic exhibition dedicated to abstract art. The exhibition is open to all forms of abstraction, from the geometric to the lyrical, from the precise to the raw.

WHO: All working artists in any media

DATES: April 4 – 28, 2019


DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Wall mounted works must not be taller than 96″ no wider than 120″.  Sculptural work must fit through a standard height, 36″wide entry door. Learn more here.


All About Photo Awards 2019

Our fourth edition of the All About Photo Awards invites photographers from around the world to submit their best work for consideration.

WHO: Photographers worldwide, age 18 and older, professional and amateur

START DATE: May 1, 2019

LOCATION: Pinecrest, FL

DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: $10,000 in cash awards, extensive press coverage and global recognition for winners. $30 (US Dollars) for the 3 first images. $5 (US Dollars) for each additional image. Learn more here.


World Illustration Awards 2019

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with USA-based Directory of Illustration, announces that the World Illustration Awards 2019 are now open for entries. Illustrators are invited to submit work made in the 2018 calendar year.

WHO: Illustrators, commissioners, agents and tutors worldwide


DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

FINE PRINT: Eight award categories: Advertising, Books sponsored by NoBrow, Children’s Books sponsored by Walker Books, Design, Editorial, Experimental, Research and Site Specific. Learn more here.

Top Artist Opportunity Sites

You can check out new opportunities as they are published by bookmarking these websites:

Artwork Archive | Call for Entry

Free to peruse, we feature everything from dream residencies and life-changing grants, to fun festivals, art business workshops, and competitions for some extra cash. We make it easy to search, too! Filter by opportunity type, location, event dates, eligibility, and more to find exactly what your art practice needs to flourish.


While you may know this site for its wide array of calls for shows, exhibitions, and residencies, this site also boasts a collection of grants and awards. Search through the listings at no cost which covers all the need-to-know details for applying, including entry deadline, fees, location eligibility, and more.

The Art Guide

Not sure if you want to apply through a third party, Art Guide is the free artist opportunity site for you. This call for entries website allows you to apply directly to the organization offering the grant. The list is updated daily so there’ll always be a great new opportunity to pursue.

Formerly Artist Opportunity Monthly, all you need to do is sign up with your email and they send you thoroughly screened opportunities every month, including grants. AOM prides itself on ensuring each opportunity is worthwhile. A more comprehensive monthly list is offered at $5 a year.

Another site you may have heard of is According to their website, it is “the largest and most respected source for artists seeking income and exhibition opportunities.” The site may cost you a subscription fee of $20 a year to view the majority of its opportunities, but you can still browse many grants listed for free on their homepage and the @ArtDeadlineTwitter account.

Curator Space

CuratorSpace is a project management toolkit for curators, organizers, galleries, and artists. It is designed to take the hassle out of managing exhibitions, competitions, fairs, and a whole lot more. Plus, they are a great site for finding art opportunities worldwide!

Re-title is a service for professional contemporary artists searching for opportunities, such as competitions, exhibitions, residencies, etc. A site for international contemporary art, this is another great site to find opportunities around the world! There’s even a map you can click on to search opportunities regionally and world clocks at the top of their site so you can submit applications on time!

We will be updating this list throughout the year, so don’t forget to check back and let us know if you have an opportunity that should be considered!


Ready to apply?

Applications can be extensive, after all, organizations need to ensure their funding will be in good hands. 

Be prepared to present yourself in the best light by having your information and images in an organized manner—and avoiding the last minute stress of scrambling to find files.

Art inventory software like Artwork Archive can help you get ready to apply for grants and opportunities without the hassle. 

With Artwork Archive, you can manage jury-ready photos of your work and their inventory details, as well as generate professional documents like portfolio pages and inventory reports. If asked for a list of past exhibitions and competitions to validate your professional status, you can see your complete show history with the click of a button. Just think of the time you’ll save not having to remember or dig up all of this information!

You can even add application deadlines to the “My Schedule” feature and receive email reminders before it’s time to submit so you never miss out on these opportunities.



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