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Name of Call: Luminaria 2017, Contemporary Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX

Budget: $100,000
Deadline: 5/10/17

San Antonio’s multi-arts festival is scheduling programming from November 9th-11th, with the epic night festival on Friday, November 10, 2017. Luminaria invites you, your gallery, your collective, or other creative organization to submit work for this highly competitive showcase. Submit your proposal by May 10th to be part of this edgy celebration of contemporary arts in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

Project Proposals will be evaluated on their overall professionalism, creativity, originality, and innovation. There is only one application form to submit, whether your work is visual, performance, literary, musical, environmental, fashion, comedy, film, dance or a combination of artistic genres. Cross-discipline works are encouraged. All artists are required to be present at the festival and open to interacting with the public.

All works must be created specifically for Luminaria, unless Luminaria is also its Texas or US premiere. Art work sales are not permitted at the festival.

All proposals must be submitted via this online application process.



Ruidoso Art Festival 2017

 – Ruidoso, New Mexico
DEADLINE: 4/7/2017

Fee (Application Fee, non refundable.): $40.00
Event Dates: 7/21/2017 – 7/23/2017

The Ruidoso Art Festival is in its 46th year and is a perfect reason in the perfect season for artists, art lovers and collectors to escape to the mountains!  This event draws at least 5,000 people over the 3 day period and is held the fourth weekend of July each year. Featuring the works of over 100 Artists from a variety of art disciplines, it is an event not to be missed!  We hope you will consider participating in this outstanding art show.

Nestled in the cool mountain pines of southern New Mexico, in Lincoln County, Ruidoso offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives. Our beautiful alpine setting is surrounded by over one million acres of wilderness and national forest.  Ruidoso’s cool, mild summer creates an irresistible atmosphere and draws thousands of visitors wanting to escape the hotter climates.

Lincoln County, New Mexico is home to The All American Futurity (the world’s richest Quarter Horse race), The Mescalero Apache Native American Tribe (owners of the beautiful Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino and Ski Apache Ski Resort), Historical Fort Stanton (one time housed the Buffalo Soldiers of the Civil War Era), Smokey Bear Historical Park and Museum (where the famed bear is buried) as well as Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; (much of that history is located in the historical town of Lincoln, NM).  Rich in history coupled with wonderfully diverse cultures, Ruidoso, New Mexico is truly one of the best places to be!




Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival 29th Annual Balloon Fiesta Show – 2017

 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
DEADLINE: 4/1/2017

Fee (Required Fee. Only one fee, whether applying for single wknd. or both wknds.): $30.00
Event Dates: 10/6/2017 – 10/15/2017

Rio Grande’s Balloon Fiesta Show has endless potential to attract an affluent crowd of tourists looking for an authentic New Mexican experience – and ring in stellar sales for the 200 chosen artists & craftsmen!

Now in its second year at the beautiful Sandia Resort and Casino, this long-time favorite festival will showcase a national selection of fine artists and craftsmen – in a completely unique setting.  Each October, Rio Grande’s famous “Big White Tent” becomes home to a bustling art marketplace a full acre in size!  This is the largest art event of its kind in New Mexico. The new site, set in the heart of the action at I-25 & Tramway, makes it more attractive and accessible for tourists than ever before.

The festival location equally blends the beauty of New Mexico with logistical ease for attendees.  Promoters focus on creating a successful sales environment for artists; working hard to attract affluent art buyers and bring in the crowds.  In 2016, tourist attendance increased significantly, visibility was better than ever… and having the balloons floating overhead was nothing short of ‘enchanting’!  Join in on this exciting, top-rated art festival!




Name of Call: Gateway to Downtown – Odessa, TX

Budget: $100,000
Deadline: 5/1/17

The Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities (OCA&H) invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a significant piece to enhance the structure on the corner of 8th street and Maple avenue, know colloquially as the ‘Cloth World Sign.’ This piece will be an addition to the City of Odessa’s public art collection.


Name of Call: University Health System, The Dr. Robert L. M. Hilliard Center Lobby, San Antonio, Texas

Budget: $30,000
Deadline: 4/23/17

University Health System is pleased to announce a call for artists to be considered for inclusion in our new clinic, The Dr. Robert L. M. Hilliard Center. Dr. Hilliard, who passed away in 2014, had deep and profound ties to San Antonio’s East Side community where he practiced throughout his life — delivering more than 14,000 babies. He also had deep ties with University Health System and the San Antonio Housing Authority, the two organizations that came together to build this state-of-the-art medical facility on the city’s East Side.

Artists in this call are being considered to create a hanging or wall mural art installation for a large two story atrium lobby that will greet patients and the public in the new space. The 12,000 square foot building will have general health care outpatient services, with focus on pediatric and women’s health services.

Artists are asked to create a welcoming, colorful, engaging art work that related to any of the following: human form, nature, color, cultural diversity, abstract shapes, and history. The goal within our University Health System, “Salud-Arte: Art of Healing” program is to create a peaceful, positive distraction environment for patients and their families.

Installation and completion is scheduled for the week of November 13, 2017.


City of El Paso Art Windows

City: El Paso
State: Texas
Fee: $0.00
Entry Deadline: 3/31/17

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) in collaboration with El Paso International Airport (EPIA) seek to establish a pool of artists or artist teams from the Greater El Paso area for consideration in upcoming exhibits for Art Windows. The Art Windows program will introduce artists to our community and provide them with valuable exposure and gallery space for temporary exhibitions.

Art Windows provides an exhibit space for local artists to display their work for a three month period. The designated space is intended to showcase El Paso as an international cultural destination through high quality art and visual experiences.


Prospectus #242 NMSU Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center


Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
City: Santa Fe
State: New Mexico
Fee: $0.00
Entry Deadline: 4/14/17

The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee at New Mexico State University (NMSU) seek an artist or artist team to create an interior, site-specific commission project in the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HLULC) on the main campus of NMSU in Las Cruces, NM. Professional artists working in the United States and demonstrating a level of experience that is commensurate with the project scope and budget are invited to submit qualifications to this project opportunity. A total of $180,500 is available for the project inclusive of all costs, taxes and fees.


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Calls for artists around Texas & neighboring states


Calls for artists — competitions, art festivals, exhibit space, public art, etc.



Midtown Art in the Park 2017 Houston, Texas
DEADLINE: 2/15/2017

Fee (Non-Refundable Application Fee): $25.00
Event Dates: 4/1/2017 – 4/1/2017

Midtown Art in the Park is held every April on the grounds of historic Elizabeth Baldwin Park in centrally located Midtown Houston. The area is known for its many attractions, including picturesque park spaces, long standing arts organizations, public art, and is a State of Texas designated Cultural Arts & Entertainment District.

For 2017, we are planning for approximately 5,000 visitors to join us in a beautiful wooded park just blocks away from transportation options and major freeways.

This event is coordinated and underwritten by the Midtown Cultural Arts & Entertainment District.

Our goals include:

  • Coordinating a well organized festival.
  • Produce a good experience for both artists and visitors.
  • Provide a clean and well maintained environment for exhibiting fine artists and fine craftsmen.
  • Creatively market to a wide range of potential buyers.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April  1, 2017
The rain date is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017
***If both of these dates are inclement weather days NO OTHER date will be selected for the 2017 Spring Festival Season.


Call for Exhibition Proposals for 2 locations at the College of the Mainland

College of the Mainland Art Gallery is now accepting proposals for installations/exhibitions for:
• Main Gallery
• J. Palmer Exhibition Space
All media is accepted, and site-specific installation is also encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:
Email the following to mgray@com.edu or save these to a CD and mail it to the gallery address, College of the Mainland Art Gallery, 1200 Amburn Rd. Texas City, TX 77591. (The CD will not be returned):
• 10-15 jpegs of sample works
• Artist statement
• CV or resume
• Proposal (optional)

Artist talk/Art lecture:
An artist talk or art lecture may be planned during the exhibition period.

Delivery/ Pick up of works:
The artist will be responsible for the delivery and pick up of the artworks unless otherwise arranged. If it is an installation work, the artist will be responsible for the installation. Some honorarium is available to assist the cost of delivery/shipping.

Main Gallery:
The artworks are insured from door to door.
J. Palmer Exhibition Space:
All works are handled with professional manner, and all the exhibition spaces are closely monitored by the campus police. However, College of the Mainland will not be responsible for any damage or loss. If insurance is desired, it must be arranged by the artist while the artwork is in transit and for the duration of the exhibition.

See the dimensions at www.com.edu/gallery

Mayuko Ono Gray, COM Art Gallery director

Email: mgray@com.edu
Website: www.com.edu/gallery
Facebook: www.facebook.com/comartgallery



Name of Call: Texas State University Health Professions Building #1
Budget: $246,750
Deadline: 2/15/17Texas State University invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate two-dimensional or three-dimensional artwork for the interior walls of a new building on its Round Rock, TX campus. Multiple awards as well as large scale pieces and works in series will be considered and awarded. The site is a new facility for health professions and will be utilized by Texas State health profession students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members visiting active physical therapy, speech-language-hearing, and sleep clinics.

Name of Call: Texas State University; University Events Center 

Budget: $267,350
Deadline: 2/15/17Texas State University invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate an exterior public sculpture on its San Marcos, TX campus. The site is an expansion of the University Events Center.


Celebration of the Arts 2017 (COA)Midland, Texas
OPEN DATE: 2/2/2017
DEADLINE: 3/15/2017

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00
Event Dates: 5/5/2017 – 5/7/2017

Celebration of the Arts, (COA) now in its 34th year, has been totally re-imagined for 2017, and will take place at the Wall Street Lofts and Main Street in downtown, Midland, Texas. COA benefits the Arts Council of Midland. COA is the longest running, annual event held in downtown Midland. COA has a strong reputation locally – with community support year after year – and draws out of town visitors. Fine Art is the centerpiece of the festival. COA also hosts local entertainers; non-profit arts organizations; a range of children’s activities; regional writers as well as food; and special events each year. Friday night, May 5, a Premier Party showcasing visual artists is an annual party for art lovers; Saturday & Sunday, May 6 – May 7, artists are the focal point of weekend activities for children and adults alike, with many family attractions.
$3,500 Prize money for 2017:

First Place $1,500
Second Place $1,000
Third Place $750
Honorable Mention $250
Award-winning artists from COA 2016 will automatically be accepted into COA 2017. (coupon code AWARD) 2016 winners must submit an application for space reservation by deadline and are required to pay applicable booth fees; not application fees.

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival 2017 Covington, Louisiana
OPEN DATE: 2/8/2017
DEADLINE: 6/4/2017

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00
Event Dates: 11/11/2017 – 11/12/2017

The Covington Three Rivers Art Festival invites you to apply to our 21st Annual juried festival. Attracting 50,000+ visitors last year, the award-winning festival is dedicated to bringing the best of fine arts and fine crafts to historic downtown Covington, Louisiana, and providing the best in Southern Hospitality for our artists.Our site stretches outdoors along Columbia Street, lined by many of the galleries, antique and specialty shops, and restaurants for which Covington is well-known. The Arts Alive! demonstrations, Children’s Discovery Area, Student Art Exhibit and musical performances add to the festival ambiance and attraction.

Conveniently accessed off I-12, Covington is located on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain across the world’s longest bridge and is only 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans. This quaint, historic town is nestled along the Abita, Bogue Falaya, and Tchefuncte Rivers—hence the name Covington Three Rivers Art Festival.

Applications for this year’s festival will be accepted and processed through ZAPPlicationTM beginning February 8, 2017. Deadline for accepting entries is June 4, 2017.

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 45th International Art Show

Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
City: Brownsville
State: Texas
Fee: $40.00
Event Dates: 3/22/2017 – 4/5/2017
Entry Deadline: 2/15/17

Welcome to the 45th International Art Show, with a total of $4,500 in PRIZES this year, a traditional and inspiring exhibit unites talented and creative artists. We are honored to host such an important event at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Color, technique, spirit, interpretation and passion vibrate in the artist and artwork to celebrate this world-class exhibit.

Alameda Recreation Center/Library
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Unspecified
City: El Paso
State: Texas
Fee: $0.00
Entry Deadline: 2/24/17
Days remaining to deadline: 17The City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s (MCAD) Public Art Program and the El Paso Parks and Libraries are pleased to invite professional artists/teams living in the United States to submit qualifications for a percent-for-art commission for the Alameda Recreation Center/Library.The project is seeking an artist who will work with the design team and the El Paso Parks and Libraries to identify appropriate sites and applications for public art and to subsequently design, fabricate and install artwork at the site.

Lomaland Recreation Center/Library


Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Unspecified
City: El Paso
State: Texas
Fee: $0.00
Entry Deadline: 2/24/17

The City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s (MCAD) Public Art Program and the El Paso Parks and Libraries are pleased to invite professional artists/teams living in the United States to submit qualifications for a percent-for-art commission for the Lomaland Recreation Center/Library.

The project is seeking an artist who will work with the design team and the El Paso Parks and Libraries to identify appropriate sites and applications for public art and to subsequently design, fabricate and install artwork at the site.


Messina Hof Wine Label Competition 2017


Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: Regional
City: College Station
State: Texas
Fee: $25.00
Entry Deadline: 3/3/17
Days remaining to deadline: 24Calling all Texas artists! Want to see your artwork featured on a bottle of wine? Enter the 2017 Messina Hof Wine Label Competition! The winning piece will be proudly displayed on a special run of Messina Hof wine bottles, plus cash prizes for the top three artists. This competition is open to all artists over the age of 21 residing in Texas. Entries may be any 2D medium including but not limited to: watercolor, oil, pastel, pencil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, and digital art.The theme of the 2017 competition is “Celebration!” Messina Hof is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2017 – so what better way to celebrate than with theme of “Celebration!” When searching for inspiration, think of everyday celebrations, not just holidays or anniversaries. The small moments in life that bring quiet tears of joy or shared bursts of laughter. Draw memories… paint milestones… create a masterpiece!

The top finalist entries will be on display at the spring Wine & Roses Festival at Messina Hof, and festival attendees will have the opportunity to view and vote on their favorite piece. Top finalist artists will also be invited to the Wine & Roses VIP reception, and have the option to host a booth at the festival to display and sell their work, free of charge.

3rd Annual Dirty South Cup Call & Competition

Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
City: Alexandria
State: Louisiana
Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 4/8/2017 – 5/28/2017
Entry Deadline: 2/17/17
Days remaining to deadline: 10Give us your best mug, cup or tea bowl!  River Oaks Square Arts Center is looking for a few good cups to include in its’ 3rd Annual Dirty South Cup Call and Competition.   We are looking for ceramic vessels (mugs, cups, tea bowls) that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with ceramics.   Up to 125 artists will be chosen for this inspiring Southern event, because we all need a good mug for our tea and coffee and if not, we always need a good conversation piece!

30th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition


Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
City: Lake Charles
State: Louisiana
Fee: $35.00
Entry Deadline: 2/20/17

MEDIA SPECIFICATIONS Work in any medium using paper as a component part is eligible. Artwork, including frame, should not exceed 40” in any dimension.

JUROR Gia Hamilton, Director, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans

ELIGIBILITY Open to all artists living in the United States. All artwork should be original and completed in the last two years.

AWARDS $3,000 will be available for the purchase of works for the McNeese State University Works On Paper Permanent Collection.

Art Springs 2017

Call Type: Festivals

Eligibility: Regional
City: Hot Springs
State: Arkansas
Fee: $20.00
Entry Deadline: 2/17/17

Art Springs is the free 2-day outdoor festival portion of the annual Hot Springs celebration – Arts & The Park.  Art Springs is a juried festival bursting with Arkansas artists and artisans. Art Springs is held at the Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown historic Hot Springs and is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, May 6 and 10 am4 pm on Sunday, May 7, 2017.



Splendora Gardens is proud to present:
“THE FLOWER SHOW @ Splendora Gardens”
(an open call, every artist gets in art show about Flowers)
located in the beautiful and historic studio of James Surls and Charmaine Locke:
26041 Midline Road, Cleveland, TX 77328
March 25th, 2017 – April 23rd, 2017
Through their quiet beauty and grave symbolism, flowers continually capture the imagination and inspire the passions of artists. Many delight in the delicacy of petals illuminated by a late spring sun, animated by a gentle wind. The complex play of light, color, value, and texture compel the brush and the pen, the lyric and the tone. Others render flowers and gardens, and the myriad elements that complete them, as metaphors for the most profound aspects of human existence. They emerge out of the verdant mire to denote rebirth, fertility, peace, prosperity, purity, and as Juan Ferret notes in “The Power of Flowers,” spiritual liberation from earthly impulses.
Flowers give voice to our feelings. They adorn our most sacred ceremonies and grace our bodies in life’s important moments. They serve as gifts to our closest loved ones and those we wish to draw closer, and memorials to those we will miss. They embellish the commonplace, bringing joy to families on city windowsills and in country planters. And while coloring our days with vibrant and subtle hues, flowers also nourish new life; the flower’s highest value lies in its interactions in the complex of nature. It is a node, a point of collection, of both beauty and purpose. The dynamic essence of an organism, the flower reaches towards the sun as a lofty realization of its inverse, the root. And as one instant within a larger environment, whether garden or wilderness, it provides sustenance to other organisms. The garden in turn provides sanctuary from the commotion of life. Restful meditation or deep contemplation await those willing to release themselves into the order and elation of the garden, however modest. Although an invention, a vibrant balance of science and aesthetics, the garden symbolizes paradise, creation, and the perfection of nature.
Splendora Gardens is pleased to invite artists of all kinds to submit works to be exhibited, presented, or performed at “The Flower Show.” Whichever discipline you work within, no matter your level of “achievement,” or age, we are calling for works that express your unique interpretation of the theme of “flowers” and/or “gardens.” There will be no juror; every piece submitted will be shown. You are welcome to send visual art, read original poetry or prose, perform a song, or anything else for that matter. You can exhibit or perform works you’ve already created or make something new.
Scheduled visual artists (so far): James Surls, Charmaine Locke, Daniel Johnston, The Wheeler Bro’s, Ruby Surls, Alton Dulaney, and you…

• All artists can submit one piece each ready to hang or display. (Not to exceed 36” in any direction). Unframed works are ok and will be tacked to the wall.
• Artists can hand deliver works to Splendora Gardens during their normal business hours (10am-2pm Thursday-Sunday)…

Or send them directly to:
26041 Midline Rd.
Cleveland, TX 77328
Please include pre-paid shipping label for the return of the work. We will ship work back the week after the show comes down.
Send questions or performance submissions to: Jeffrey_Wheeler@hotmail.com
Sunday, March 20, 2017, 5pm
“The FLOWER show” opening celebrations:
March 25th, 2017, 6pm-?
Exhibition/Concert/Dance Party
March 26th, 2017, 12-5pm
12:30-2:00 Old school pot-luck lunch hosted by James Surls, Charmaine Locke, and Ruby Surls
3:00-4:00 Concert by the one and only, Dickie Landry
4:15-5:00 Bryan Wheeler interviews Dickie Landry for the first Splendora Gardens live podcast

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