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

City of St. George - Downtown Utility Box Art | Working with local and Utahn artists, this project will bring the history and beauty of the dinosaurs, ancient, native and migrant peoples, and the pioneers together.  Between October and November, selected artists will design prints for utility boxes with scenes from throughout the history of St. George. Artists will be of varying ages and backgrounds, and may have close connections to or be descended from the pioneers, from the Paiutes, the Polynesian community, the Hispanic community, the African American community, and from other relevant peoples or cultures that are important to the history of the city and state. The designs will be printed professionally and installed on the utility boxes in November of this year. Each artist will be asked to create a digital version of their piece with their own descriptions and inspirations. All of this work will be documented and commemorated in print and in a public exhibit and celebration in December of this year at the St. George Art Museum.  
Deadline: August 2, 2021

LiveDAYBREAK is looking to bring local artists to create their visual art “live” during our annual arts festival - Fizz Fest. This dynamic festival is centered on bringing our community together to educate, demonstrate, and show art in all forms. We are looking for a variety of art forms, for example: glass blowing, metal arts, pottery makers, woodcarvers, painters, sculptors, etc. Art must be large scale and have the ability to be seen by multiple individuals (at one time). If interested in participating, please submit samples of your work, and what you propose to do at the festival to Sandra Gierisch, For questions, call Sandra 801-806-4681.
Deadline: August 7, 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

We were all affected in different ways by the day’s events of September 11, 2001. Incomprehensible destruction and loss of innocent life unfolding before our eyes. It was a day that shifted our future in more ways than we could have imagined. As we come upon its 2o year anniversary, we seek art inspired by the events of that day, its aftermath, and all the layers in between. Show us Remembering from your perspective. Entry fee.
Deadline: July 23, 2021

Call for submissions for an anthology on the experiences of BIPOC LGBTQIA+ persons and allies on reconciling their faith, gender identity and sexuality. The following submissions will be accepted: art, photography, poems, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, comics, sermons, essays. 
Deadline: July 31, 2021

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 42nd Annual International Juried Exhibition- All work must be original paintings, hand created, entirely the work of the entrant, and free from any copyright infringement. Works must be watermedia paintings on natural or synthetic paper, no canvas. Your source material must be your own design or your own photograph. No class or workshop paintings. Entries must have been completed within the past 3 years (after March 2018) and NOT previously accepted in any PWS Exhibition, including the online PWS Members Show. Frames are not required for PWS online exhibitions. Entry fee. 
Deadline: July 31, 2021

NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS: We sponsor six juried competitions per year. The forty winners of each competition receive a four-page, full-color spread in New American Paintings. Five of the annual competitions focus on geographic regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Pacific Coast), and the sixth is only open to current Masters of Fine Arts candidates who are attending schools based in the United States. Entry Fee. 
Deadline: July 31, 2021

BüNDER BIENNALE 2021 | POSTER CONTEST This year's theme is ‘Happiness'. “ We are calling for people to explore the concept of “luck”. A poster competition will again be the focus of the Bünde Biennial 2021. 25 works will be selected from the entries by a jury and then exibitedin a vernissage on 17.09.2021 in the town hall in Bünde. No Entry Fee.
Deadline: July 31, 2021

The Jones Gallery, located in the nationally recognized Kansas City Crossroads Arts District, invites you to apply for our September Group Art Show. The Jones Gallery is in a 100-year-old historically registered warehouse, having 9000 sq. ft. of display space. In business over 10 years, and open full time six days a week. This group art show is open to 2D artists, 3D artists, and photographers. No reproductions of original paintings or drawings are allowed. Gallery will jury 0, 1, 2 or a maximum of 3 pieces to exhibit during the group art show. Entry fee: $30.
Deadline: August 1, 2021

The Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is dedicated to promoting the arts and supporting artists. We are the largest juried fine art exhibition in Eastern Oregon, located in the beautiful town of Joseph - known for its breathtaking scenery, myriad outdoor recreation opportunities, world-renowned bronze foundries, exquisite galleries and Main Street art installations. The festival features representational/traditional realism, as well as contemporary art, from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. A central aim of the annual festival is to reflect the beauty, culture, heritage, and traditions of our region through its arts and artists. Consistent with that intent, any subject, style or medium within the following categories will be considered by our jury: Sculpture (Any 3-Dimensional work in Wood, Clay, Stone, Bronze, or other Metal), Painting (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor), Drawing (Pastel, Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal, Ink, or any combination thereof), Printmaking (Woodblock, Engraving, Etching, Monoprint, Aquatint, Linotype, Lithography, Silkscreen, or Digital Art Prints), Photography (Any Photograph that begins with the capture of the image through a lens, including Digitally Altered Photography), and Other (Glass, Jewelry, Fiber Arts, Ceramics, or Mixed Media). Entry fee: $30. 
Deadline: August 1, 2021

Tubac Center of the Arts is pleased to partner with the International Encaustic Artists organization to present “Metamorphosis” a national juried exhibit of artworks created with encaustic, hot, or cold wax paints. The exhibition will support both 2d and 3d artworks. The exhibition is open to all artists over the age of 18 working in these mediums and is not exclusive to IEA or TCA members. Artists are urged to enter work that is innovative in concept and approach, whether representational or abstract. Entry fee: $35.
Deadline: August 2, 2021

Chelsea International Fine Art Competition - Artists have a chance to participate in a juried exhibition in New York City's Chelsea Art District and to be showcased and promoted online and in print. A distinguished panel of jurors is selected to judge, presenting more than $70,000 in awards. Entry Fee. 
Deadline: August 3, 2021

Las Laguna Art Gallery is asking artists to explore the notion of cultural and pop icons. A cultural icon is an object made by a human being that is identified by members of a culture as representative of that culture or a physical thing such as the national tree, flower or pastime. For example, America is often represented in art by an apple pie, a flag, baseball, the Statue of Liberty or an Eagle. For England cultural icons may be a red telephone booth or double-decker bus. For France, cultural icons may be the Eiffel Tower or a Gallic rooster. For Japan, cultural icons may be the Maneki-neko (beckoning cat), the Cherry blossom tree, or Koi fish. Each country and major cities across the globe can be identified by their icons. Think of New York and the Big Apple; San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge or Trolley Car. Pop icons can be movie stars, recording stars, athletes, or people throughout history that did something notable and are remembered long after their passing. Examples of pop icons include Elvis Presley, Gandhi, Frida Kahlo, Mozart, Einstein, Michael Jackson, Walt Disney, David Bowie, Prince, John Wayne, Bruce Lee, Elton John, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Bruce Springsteen and many others. Sometimes these pop icons can be identified by a single symbol like Prince and his use of an identifiable mark or Elton John and his iconic glasses or the Rolling Stones and the graphic lips. This exhibition invites artists to explore the premise of cultural or pop icons. Entry fee: $35. 
Deadline: August 8, 2021

The Competition is an ideal way to exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $55,000 in valuable prizes, it is open to photographers from around the world at any stage of their careers. Entry Fee.
Deadline: August 10, 2021

Near and Far: An Online Exhibition - "Near and Far" can be interpreted in many different ways. The foreground and background of a landscape, close ups and far shots, macro and micro, the present vs the future, emotional closeness and/or separation, and unity vs division are all examples of this theme. Feel free to run with it! This show will be taking place online and will not be displayed physically in the gallery. All 2D Media Acceptable. The Rhode Island Watercolor Society is proud to support watercolor and other traditional watermedia materials and methods. With the growth of the arts industry comes the introduction of new equipment and practices. As the options for art making expand, so must the horizons of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society guidelines for our open juried shows. Entry fee.
Deadline: August 12, 2021

The All About Women call invites artists to submit artwork of or about women and their lives, past, present or future. Open to all artists, regardless of gender, age 18 and over. Open to painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, art of the book, fiber art and all types of fine art crafts, ceramics and more. No video, film or installations accepted. Entry fee: $35.
Deadline: August 12, 2021

While "Lost & Found" brings to mind a hodge podge of things left behind awaiting reclamation, we encourage you to think outside that box. You can approach this theme literally or figuratively. Be profound or light-hearted. Be sincere or ironic. For example, during the pandemic had you lost your mind or just your marbles? Maybe you lost your sense of security, confidence, or connection --- or worse, literally lost your home, job, or a loved one. Maybe you have found your voice, your feet, a happy medium, a sense of peace, or common ground with another. We encourage you to find and explore a way of playing off this theme through whatever visual media you choose: assemblage, found imagery, painting, drawing, clay. Entry fee: $35.
Deadline: August 12, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America or other regions that identify with the aforementioned cultures. To celebrate the vibrant and diverse communities we serve, Blue Line Arts will host an exhibition open to Latin and Hispanic artists whose works celebrate or reference their cultural backgrounds, or engage with contemporary political and social issues through their unique cultural lens. Blue Line Arts recognizes that Hispanic and Latin artists have been historically underrepresented at our institution, and are committed to furthering inclusivity and equity in the gallery. We recognize that many distinct peoples and cultures exist within the broad nomenclature of ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latin’, and wish to be inclusive of these cultures without conflating or being reductive. We encourage all artists who identify as Hispanic, Latinx, Chicanx, whose ancestors hail from Central or South America, Spain, Mexico, the Carribean, any of the indigenous tribes of South and Central America, or any other regions that identify with these cultures to apply. Entry fee: $25. 
Deadline: August 13, 2021

The Art Center of the Bluegrass in Danville, KY is currently accepting applications for our fall contemporary still life exhibition: The Object Seen. This exhibition is a celebration of one of art history’s oldest traditions – the study and practice of the still life as subject matter.  This exhibition honors both traditional realism as well as more experimental contemporary techniques and welcomes a variety of media. 
Deadline: August 15, 2021

The United Nations supported project — Photography 4 Humanity is an international initiative that calls on photographers around the world to bring to life the power of human rights through their images. Highlighting the most compelling imagery — the images will serve to inspire people to personally get involved and take a stand for human rights.
Deadline: August 15, 2021

Oregon Percent for Art in Public Places Program | Oregon State University: Arts and Education Complex, Corvallis, OR. Qualifications sought from artists interested in the commission of site-specific artwork(s) for Oregon State University’s Arts and Education Complex in Corvallis, OR. Funding for this project is made possible through the State of Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places program, managed by the Oregon Arts Commission. 
Deadline: August 20, 2021

"Movement is life: without movement, life is unthinkable."
- Moshé Pinchas Feldenkrais

We are seeking artists to apply with work that explores “Movement”. Humanity is always on the move. From the moment of birth we learn and absorb the world around us through movement and sensation. We are fascinated with traveling far and wide via planes, trains, and automobiles. Some artists seek to freeze the moving world into a quiet moment to capture it forever in a static two dimensional plane. While others seeks to express the thrill of fast cars, wind blown clouds, and racing horses. Celebrate movement of all kinds with us in this exhibition. All mediums are accepted. Work must revolve around the ideas of movement. Reception is free and open to the public. Artists are encouraged to attend. The gallery is located in the beautiful, historic Livestock Exchange Building. Entry fee: $10. 
Deadline: August 29, 2021

THE NEXT BIG THING 2021 - Artists are continuously challenging their boundaries and excavating their unique discoveries to create new and bold work. Studio Channel Islands invite you to enter your most recent break-through pieces, the ones that have led you to the horizon of your work’s next evolution! All media and styles are welcome. The Next Big Thing is not an online-exclusive exhibition. Our gallery will remain open for the duration of the exhibition unless otherwise mandated by local or state government or if the risk to public safety becomes too great. Entry fee. 
Deadline: August 30, 2021

SAGE Community Arts 11th Annual National Juried Show | Original work (no reproductions, no photomechanical prints). Both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional works are eligible, except photography. Maximum width of 2-Dimensional art cannot exceed 35 inches. Maximum width or length of free-standing 3-Dimensional art cannot exceed 35 inches. Open to all artists living in the United States. Entry fee. 
Deadline: August 31, 2021

Poets, writers, filmmakers, and media artists are called to submit their work to the 4th annual Film and Video Poetry Symposium. The film festival and symposium will celebrate and screen a large scope of film and video projects developed primarily through the medium of poetry. FVPS will host a media gallery, a series of panels, guest speakers, and public dialogues regarding film and video poetry over the course of the symposium. The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will accept submissions of poetry films, filmpoems, digital-poetry, poetry video, choreopoems, Cin(E)-Poetry, spoken word film and videos, videopoems, visual poetry, poetrinca, media poetry, and film and video works that are driven by onscreen text. The Film and Video Poetry Symposium also calls for experimental film and video work that explores language and/or literature whether it be oral, written, visual, or symbolic. This includes non-narrative work and the avant-garde. We strongly consider work that challenges traditional and current visual communication methods while continuing to function as a mode for exploring narrative forms and personal expression. The Film and Video Poetry Symposium also calls essay film, works of epistolary cinema, documentaries, animation, performance art film and video, and oratorical works. Lastly, The Film and Video Poetry Symposium seeks virtual reality projects, new technology, algorithmic, 360° Video, digital art, video mapping, installation proposals, and video art presentations that feature, hybrid, or contain strong aspects of poetry. 
Deadline: September 4, 2021

2021 - Open Theme / All Media - Acceptable mediums include: Acrylic, Airbrush, Charcoal, Collage, Color Pencil, Computer Art, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Arts, Garments, Glass Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Pastel, Pen and Ink, Photo Assemblage, Printmaking, Sculpture, Traditional Photography, Video, and Watercolor.​ Entry fee.
Deadline: September 12, 2021

The Clay Cup V: Vessel, Icon, Canvas A biennial juried exhibition of functional, design-based, and sculptural ceramic cups. Entry fee.
Deadline: September 12, 2021

The Waiting Room Gallery invites artists to submit artwork to 'Straddling the Line,’ a juried exhibition which will run from 10/16/21-11/20/21. Best In Show will be rewarded with a solo show at The Waiting Room Gallery in 2022. We are looking for two-dimensional artwork in any medium that "straddles the line" between representation and abstraction, revealing how an artist’s abstract forms may subtly suggest recognizable forms, or, alternatively, how ordinary objects often serve as a point of departure for an artist’s abstract vision. Entry fee.
Deadline: September 24, 2021

EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES | 2022 EXHIBIT - Artists, professionals, amateurs, students are asked to submit their interpretation of the theme ”enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” All art must have a horizontal orientation. 
Deadline: October 6, 2021

The 30×30 show is a great way to explore any theme or style by creating one panel that displays 30 works that are 6 inches by 6 inches each. Use the 30-day work period restraint to challenge yourself to create constantly. Each piece will be sold individually, giving viewers the unique opportunity to take home artwork that they may not be able to afford otherwise. So, do you accept our challenge? Application Fee. 
Deadline: October 15, 2021

River Arts, Inc. invites artists from around the nation to participate in a juried exhibit depicting their definition of wings and/or water. Examples of this may include works of birds, insects, fish, animals, rivers, etc or abstract representations thereof. Entry fee. 
Deadline: November 15, 2021

LUBICA - Lucca Biennale Cartasia is the biggest worldwide art event dedicated to Paper as an artistic and architectural means. LuBiCa takes place every two years in Lucca, Tuscany. Founded in 2004, the event is committed to promoting tradition, culture, sustainability and innovation in art and design and next year marks XI edition. This Call for Entries invites artists from around the world to express their vision by using paper and its by-products. The goal of LuBiCa is to promote dialogue amongst the artists who choose to push their limits by breaking away from their patterns and moulds and to help create new points of view. Entry fee. 
Deadline: January 15, 2022

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