Opportunities for Artists in Utah


ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include exhibitions, residencies, funding, and professional development.

These opportunities are listed here as a service and are not administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

For Public Art Opportunities, please click here.

local opportunities

The South Salt Lake Arts Council and Utah Arts Alliance are excited to announce the Mural Fest 2021 Call for Artists. Qualified artists are invited to apply by submitting a Statement of Qualifications. The selected artists will be chosen to create artwork that contributes to the revitalization, social connectivity and economic vitality of South Salt Lake. 
Deadline: January 25, 2021

The New Beehive is a contemporary interpretation of The Grand Beehive, an exhibition produced in 1980. The goal of the New Beehive project is to explore, expand, and challenge the uses of beehive iconography in Utah. Artists from diverse creative and cultural perspectives are invited to propose an original artwork inspired by Utah’s state symbol, the beehive, or associated imagery such as honeycomb, bees, and beekeeping. Submissions should reflect the artist’s personal interpretation of and relationship to that imagery.
Deadline: January 29, 2021

Holladay Arts will be hosting an exhibit of self-portraits, Eye to I, in the downstairs gallery at City Hall (4580 S 2300 E) from February 22-27. Entry fees include $20 for adults, $10 for teens, and $5 for youth.
Deadline: February 6, 2021

The Urban Arts Gallery is accepting submissions for their Monthly Exhibits. On their website is their 2021 schedule. As you can see, some exhibits already have themes chosen, and some are “TBD”. Artists can apply to themed shows specifically, or apply as a general individual artist. If selected, general individual artists are grouped together into monthly exhibits, curated by the gallery staff. These monthly exhibits will fill the “TBD” slots in our season calendar. 
Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Urban Arts Gallery will be selecting 2 guest curators to fill monthly exhibit slots between August 2021 – January 2022. Please include a thoughtful description of the exhibit’s theme, a list of artists whom you’ve contacted and who are interested/available, and some examples of those artists’ work. 
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Sorenson Community Campus Art Galleries - The Sorenson Campus serves the public as a place where the city conducts its business, maintains the facility, and offers the public access to the space for rentals, exhibitions, and community services. There is no fee to apply, individual artists, individual artists applying as a group, and non-profit organizations are eligible.
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Kimball Art Center  - Through our exhibitions, educational arts programs and events, KAC provides a platform and a place for artists and arts enthusiasts to come together to explore, celebrate, develop and cherish the creative spark that lives within us all. The Exhibitions Committee meets quarterly to discuss proposals submitted for single artists, group shows, and curated exhibitions.
Deadline: Rolling

UMOCA Projects Gallery - An initiative to promote Utah artists as they engage the contemporary art world locally and nationally. It is the first exhibition space that visitors encounter when entering UMOCA and is solely dedicated to exhibiting the work of Utah artists, providing them with a professional exhibition environment, prominent exposure to UMOCA visitors, and through UMOCA’s increasing national ties, the possibility of greater exposure around the country.
Deadline: Rolling

National and International Opportunities

This year, the Wellcome Photography Prize is exploring the human side of three urgent health challenges: mental health problems, infectious diseases and global heating. These challenges affect people of all ages, in all parts of the world - although their effects are not felt equally. But there is hope. 
Deadline: January 18, 2021

As part of its annual conference, the Association of Academic Programs in Latin American and the Caribbean welcomes video and image submissions for its free virtual “Prelude to Tucson” session in February.
Deadline: January 20, 2021

The BarTur Photo Award is open to those working in the fine arts, documentary, fashion, advertising, journalism and all other fields of photographic image making. This year there are three themes: Climate Change, Unity in Diversity and Human Love.
Deadline: January 22, 2021

The 10th edition of the Wienwoche Festival for Art and Activism, a (post-)migrant, queer-feminist festival, seeks to rethink today’s concept of “normality” from a present, past, and future perspective. Funding for projects ranges from €1,500 (~$1,800) to €15,000 (~$18,000).
Deadline: January 22, 2021

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) seeks work for Reimagining Hope, an outdoor exhibition that will be digitally projected on the Daniels & Fisher Tower as part of Night Lights Denver during the 2021 Month of Photography Festival. 
Deadline: January 23, 2021

The SILENT MANGA AUDITION® is an international competition organized by COAMIX Inc., a Japanese manga and anime production company. Silent Manga is a story told entirely through illustration, without the use of dialogue. The theme of this edition is “Moments of CRYING, SMILING and LOVE”. Tell your story through images alone. 
Deadline: January 27, 2021

In celebration of Juneteenth 2021, Brooklyn Public Library and Community Board 3 will launch a limited-edition library card honoring Black culture. The artist of the selected design will receive a $2,000 stipend for their work.
Deadline: January 31, 2021

KOSCHATZKY ART AWARD 2021: The competition is organized by the Rotary Club Wien-Albertina and Rotaract Club Wien-Albertina. Each artist may submit a maximum of three art works on paper, on any theme. The maximum dimensions are 100 x 140 cm without frame and 110 x 150 cm with frame. Only online submissions will be accepted. 
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Aint–Bad has teamed up with an amazing selection of curators, editors, gallerists, educators, and publishers to offer a chance to have your work seen by some of the best names in the industry. All of our guest curators are experts in their respective mediums and know what they are looking for. The goal of issue No.15 is to put your work directly in front of the eyes of the curators. 
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Artists around the world are invited to submit their original artwork to the annual Animayo Festival POSTER CONTEST. The poster will have as its theme the world of creativity and imagination, the world of ideas and inspiration and will represent one or several of these three aspects: animation, visual effects, virtual reality. Entries should be sent via email. 
Deadline: February 1, 2021

The RHS Photographic Competition is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS Photographic Competition inspires young and old alike to get outdoors and record how enriching and inspiring gardens and plants can be. There are 10 , categories: Gardens, Welcoming wildlife, Plants, Creative, Macro, Indoor gardening, Under 18s (age 11-17), Under 11s, Social Media, Portfolio.
Deadline: February 1, 2021

Each year Las Laguna Gallery provides an entire month dedicated to women artists. During the last ten years we have seen a huge increase in its number of galleries and non-profit spaces popping up across the state; yet the bulk of these locations continue to promote the work of male artists, begging the inquiry of how gender equality has figured in this equation. While we are heading at such a fast rate, why are women artists being left behind? The continued unevenness of gender representation within the arts is a topic; which up until now, was habitually ignored. The lack of concrete necessity compares inauspiciously with the time during the 1970s, when a large quantity of art movements in Europe and North America and critiqued patriarchal command and investigated the social and political impact of identity, sexual difference and gender. 
Deadline: February 7, 2021

The Flagler County Art League (FCAL), a non-profit art association located in Palm Coast, Florida, invites you to submit up to four entries to our Faces & Figures juried virtual exhibition. Say something visually unique about faces & figures! Not just about human anatomy, but also about the essence of being human. What does it mean to have “a human experience?” How do our abilities and limitations bind us together as humans? How is that experience reflected in our faces? Our figures? What does it look like to be imperfect, flawed humans? We are looking for work about people of all ages, sizes, genders, and colors. The young, the old and everyone in between. Bodies resting. Working. Playing. Struggling. Relaxed faces, excited faces! Angry faces. Show us expressions of human emotion — how does pain manifest itself on the human face? How about joy or fear? How are our emotions translated to our bodies in motion? How does our environment impact us physically? What does that look like? If your style is to focus on one thing, then give us ONE thing! One body part. Hands, eyes, or feet! Long fingers, big ears. You are limited only by your own imagination and unique interpretation of what it means to be human! 
Deadline: February 7, 2021

Exhibit your work in a unique space in the heart of Norfolk’s Art District. This specific solo show opportunity in The Vault occurs during our annual all women’s exhibition: Persistence. The d’Art Center holds the Persistence exhibition every March during women’s history month in its Main Gallery. Persistence is an all women’s show, however, this solo show opportunity is open to all. For this solo show, we are looking for work that honors and/or celebrates Women’s History Month. This opportunity is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. 
Deadline: February 7, 2021

Artists are welcome to apply to the Spring Juried Show at realART in Agoura Hills, CA . Sylvia White has owned and operated galleries in New York, Santa Monica and Ventura for over 30 years and will be the sole juror for this call. 
Deadline: February 7, 2021

ARTIST’S VISION 2021 is a Juried Fine Arts ONLINE EXHIBITION presented by the Marin Society of Artists in their Virtual Gallery. This show, open to all artists over the age of 18, will showcase artwork in a diverse range of medium, subjects and styles. Open to sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, all types of fine art crafts, fabric art and more. 
Deadline: February 10, 2021

Traditions link us with our past and give us something to hand down to future generations. Artists should submit work that reflects some tradition in their life. It might be a religious ritual, national holiday or event, family tradition, sports ritual, or organizational festivities. It may be shared experiences or perhaps traditions that don’t match your truth or realities. It can be new traditions that you have created within your family or community. It can be depicted via skills such as weaving, pottery, basketry, jewelry, or by two dimensional work such as painting, photography, mixed media. Non-traditional approaches to your art are welcome. 
Deadline: February 11, 2021

Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the FANTASTIC FIBERS 2021 international juried exhibition. One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging and innovative international exhibitions, FANTASTIC FIBERS seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding contemporary works related to the fiber medium. 
Deadline: February 15, 2021

2021 marks the 27th presentation of the Parkside National Print Exhibition and over thirty years since the first show opened at UW-Parkside. For three decades, the PNPE has shown some of the finest examples of original prints from artists nationwide, and it is one of the longest-running competitive print exhibitions in the Midwest; founded at UW-Parkside in 1987 by printmaking professor Doug DeVinny. This tradition continues without size limitations in the Fine Arts Gallery of the “Rita” at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Apila Ediciones in collaboration with the High School of Design of Aragón, School of Arts in Zaragoza and with the support of its Town Hall, announces “Apila's 2021 First Printing Award”. This is an international illustrated picture book contest to promote creativity and enrich children's literature with an educational scope. 
Deadline: February 15, 2021

The 2020-2021 Nikon Photo Contest is comprised of two competitions with varying deadlines : • Photo Competition - Entrants may submit single images and photo stories (2-5 images per story); • Short Film Competition - videos 3-5 min. Open category theme in both competitions is “Connect”. Next Generation category theme, open to artists aged 25 years old and younger, is “Passion”. 
Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, a non-profit arts organization located in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our exhibition, Into the Woods. The woods are calling! What is it about the mystery of the woods that calls us in? The change of shape and shade within each season. It brings us gifts of blazing color in the fall after the heat of summer and marks the precious first signs of spring after the weight of winter. The Woods truly have their own personality and energy. What is it about the woods that moves you? Show us Into the Woods from your perspective. 
Deadline: February 19, 2021

For the Village Theatre Art Gallery’s 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, the Gallery is seeking artists to paint, draw, sculpt, etc. in the style of the artist, living or from history, who inspires and informs their artwork the most. This exhibition will be a tribute to artists’ favorite artists of all time, an exhibit for artists to celebrate and honor the legacy of other artists at the Town of Danville’s Village Theatre Art Gallery. 
Deadline: February 19, 2021

NYC4PA seeks abstract images that are not instantly identified as that person, that thing, etc. It doesn't matter if you photograph something abstract or create the abstraction through photographic processes. Macro shots, close ups of graffiti, fanciful post processing manipulations or just photographing something at an angle that disguises it - they all work. All 2D photo mediums are welcome.
Deadline: March 7, 2021

The Biennial of the Poster Bolivia BICeBé® is the most important international event of design and visual arts in Bolivia and the Southern Cone. More than 15,000 student and professional designers have participated of the activities and from more than 76 countries around the world has been part of the exhibitions. 
Deadline: March 12, 2021

The World of WearableArt Awards is an annual international wearable art competition. World of WearableArt (WOW) is an internationally renowned design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. 
Deadline: March 26, 2021

Earth.Org invites explorers, professional photographers and photographers working on the front line of wildlife conservation across the world to submit their photographs for the following categories: • Overall Best Environmental Photo • Wildlife in Peril • Human Impacts on the Environment. 
Deadline: April 4, 2021

The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program amplifies the voices of visual artists with disabilities through career development and professional empowerment. The competition seeks excellent work from emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, residing in the United States. 
Deadline: April 28, 2021

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles [San Jose, CA] The Museum accepts proposals from individual artists working in the fiber arts, independent curators, professionally organized exhibitions, textile collectors and other institutions. SJMQT currently installs exhibitions of historic, contemporary and art quilts, contemporary fiber art and world textiles from all cultures.





Tory Guilfoyle
Visual Arts