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

Springville Museum of Art 96th Annual Salon - *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee*The Springville Museum of Art invites all artists in Utah to participate in the 96th Annual Spring Salon. This exhibition is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art.
DEADLINE: April 4, 2020 Exhibition has been postponed until Fall, submission Sept. 23-26, 2020

Craft Lake City DIY Festival -The show must go on for the 12th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival presented by Harmons. Rather than fully canceling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Craft Lake City is taking this year’s festival virtual August 7-9, 2020. Originally, the three-day event was scheduled to be held in-person. Now, the Craft Lake City team will identify ways to incorporate local artisans, engineers, vintage vendors, craft food creators, musicians, dancers, youth makers, sponsors, as well as workshops onto a digital platform.
DEADLINE: April 6, 2020 extended to June 15, 2020

The_Openroom x UMOCA: Please Touch the Art -The unspoken “rules” of galleries and museums, such as “please don’t touch the art,” don’t necessarily apply to online platforms and digital spaces. For instance, although we can’t physically “touch” a painting we see on the Internet, we don’t hesitate to copy, manipulate, drag, drop, and distribute what we view online. This embedded interactivity, enhanced by an “anything goes” ethos, has altered the relationship between viewer, artwork, and institution. We recognize the possibilities of this ongoing renegotiation of roles and acknowledge that participation in internet-based culture through networked technologies has changed artistic production, yielding distinctive approaches to art-making. The Openroom seeks artwork created with a consciousness of the networks in which they exist. We invite artists to submit work that engages with these networks in some way, from conception to production, to dissemination and reception.
DEADLINE: June 7, 2020

Artes de Mexico en UtahWinners will be featured in our upcoming Sor Juana Poetry publication in collaboration with the Community Writing Center, The City Library, and Utah Humanities. A total of 9 pieces will be featured on a publication made in collaboration with the SLCC Community Writing Center. Cash prizes will be awarded for each work selected. One work will be selected as the official cover for publication. The selected works will be published on our website, El Semanal magazine, and media statewide will be notified.
DEADLINE: July 31, 2020

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.

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.

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.

National and International Opportunities


ART IN THE TIME OF CORONA™ | A Global Art Project [CA] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee*Dab Art Co. is launching an exclusive and unprecedented art project called ART IN THE TIME OF CORONA™. This year long comprehensive project will include an online exhibition (updated daily until December 31), weekly youtube videos (featuring selected works and artists), a full color publication of all selected works, a multi-gallery, international exhibition and a documentary film on the project in its entirety (the film will be screened in Los Angeles).
DEADLINE: March 29, 2020 extended to June 6, 2020

Spot On [New Bern, NC] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* D’art Gallery, Denver's newest contemporary gallery in the Art District on Santa Fe Drive in Denver, invites you to enter your best work in their “Spot On” Show, juried by Michael Paglia, Art Critic for Westword.  We are looking for creative ways to present your medium, by stretching your process, creating new ways of approaching it, coming to that spot on place of identifying your sweet spot. Each artist travels their own path, advancing as personal growth evolves. It may be a new vision or a polished approach. Show us your best work!
DEADLINE: June 18, 2020

2020 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition [Denver, CO] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* Craven Arts Council and Gallery is seeking applications for the 2020 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition. This exhibition includes $5000 in awards, including a $1,500 purchase award, plus a publication of works in the exhibition with poetry inspired by art.  Categories include: 2D (paintings, mixed media), photography, contemporary crafts, indoor and outdoor sculpture.DEADLINE: July 7, 2020

Esther Rolle Centennial Exhibition at the Ali Cultural Arts Center [Pompano Beach, FL] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* The City of Pompano Beach is inviting artists nationwide to submit original artworks to commemorate the life and legacy of celebrated actress and activist Esther Rolle. Born in Pompano Beach, Fla., Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom, Maude and its spin-off series Good Times.  Selected artworks will be exhibited at the Ali Cultural Arts Center from October 30, 2020 through February 21, 2021 as part of a series of celebrations marking what would have been her 100th birthday on November 8, 2020.
DEADLINE: July 30, 2020

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.




Nancy Rivera
Visual Arts Coordinator
801-245 -7272

Jill Saxton Smith
Visual Arts Assistant