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

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

The Allard Prize Photography Competition invites photographers from around the globe to submit images reflecting themes of leadership and courage in combating corruption and promoting human rights. Entries should reflect themes of courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law, and of human rights and/or anti-corruption. 
Deadline: November 1, 2020

Women Soaring Project (WSP) is a synergistic collaboration between MiraCosta College and Sierra College with faculty from various disciplines, created to recognize and feature important women in history starting with our inaugural fall exhibition as Women Suffragists. We will be showcasing artwork inspired by the women suffragists theme.
Deadline: November 1, 2020.

International Compost Awareness Week 2021 (ICAW) is looking for artists for their poster contest. The poster theme is “Grow, Eat…COMPOST…Repeat”. The ICAW 2021 theme is based on the circular movement of the organics recycling process flowing from farm to table to farm again. This circular process turns recycled organic materials into compost which creates healthy soils leading to more nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, with that waste going back to being composted and the process starts again.
Deadline: November 2, 2020

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2021 (TAAF2021) is an international animation film festival organized by the Association of Japanese Animations and TAAF Executive Committee, and co-hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. TAAF2021 will take place in Tokyo in March 2021.
Deadline: November 10, 2020

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, ProMedica Health Systems and the Chop House Restaurant has convened a Design Review Board to commission a large, hanging, glass, dichroic glass, or acrylic installation to be installed in a 4-story atrium above The Chop House restaurant in the headquarters for ProMedica. We seek contemporary work that is airy, bright, whimsical and is visually interesting from every level of the atrium. The work may take advantage of subtle airflow through the atrium and could incorporate kinetic elements. 
Budget: $40,000 - Deadline: November 10, 2020

The Art of Building & The CIOB are looking for photographers who are passionate about the built environment to take part in this year's Art of Building competition! This is a competition that celebrates buildings and the relationship people have with the built environment. All submissions must include a 50 word summary as to why the entrant feels the image fits the ‘The Art of Building' theme.
Deadline: November 15, 2020

François Schneider invites artists to submit their offerings to their Contemporary Talents competition, on the water theme, realistic or utopian, figurative or abstract, whilst offering a singular and sensitive viewpoint on this theme. Around thirty finalists will be selected by five Expert Committees, the Intl Grand Jury, chaired by Jean-Noël Jeanneney, choses a maximum of four prize-winners.
Deadline: November 20, 2020

Verum Ultimum Art Gallery invites artists to explore the theme, "A Generous Kingdom V: Art that explores symbolism, story, and beyond" for the 5th year in a row and enter work that is any interpretation of the call. This year's edition will be ONLINE ONLY and will be virtually yours.
Deadline: November 21, 2020

Contemporary Art Projects USA will give the opportunity to established and emerging artists to be part of Art Basel Miami Week Virtual Gallery, December 2-6, 2020 with an extension of the platform until January 6, 2021.
Deadline: November 30, 2020

Artists Sunday - Register to participate in the free nationwide movement and marketing campaign encouraging consumers to shop with original artists and craftspeople during the fall holiday season.

The Jones Gallery, located in the nationally recognized Kansas City Crossroads Arts District, invites you to apply for our January 2021 Group Art Show.
Deadline: December 1, 2020

For nearly a century, the Marblehead Arts Assoc. (MAA) has exhibited artwork from throughout New England in the six galleries of its historic 1728 mansion, located in scenic, seaside Marblehead, MA. In 2021, we will continue that tradition by inviting artists, both MAA members and non-members, from across the country to celebrate the diversity of art in this juried exhibit of 2D and 3D work.
Deadline: December 1, 2020

Atlantic Gallery Juried Show 2021: Drawn to Paper, New York, NY is seeking artists to participate in a juried Group Show with the grand prize being a solo show at Atlantic Gallery in NYC’s Chelsea art district. Paper offers a thousand possibilities. We can sketch, draw and paint, collage, sculpt, create books, wall hangings, and photographs or allow the paper to be the art. In this challenge we invite the artists to engage in a conversation with paper in whatever way they imagine.
Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Kitzbüheler Ski Club and the BTVare looking for the new poster for the Hahnenkamm Races in 2022 and hereby invite all independent artists to apply for the design of the poster. This new type of open and international invitation to participate is intended to emphasize the reputation of this event as an "International Sport Festival".
Deadline: December 15, 2020

Dwie Siostry Publishing House International is hosting their fourth competition for an illustrated children's book project. The purpose of the competition is to prepare a project (draft) of an illustrated children's book in Polish or in English language. Submission should include a storyboard or a script of the whole book, together with 3 finished double spreads and a summary in English (obligatory) and in Polish (only if the whole project is in Polish).
Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Fumetto International Comix Festival Lucerne is accepting submissions for the 2021 Intl Comic Competition. Theme is “Without borders”. Carefree happiness, infinite freedom, totally detached and lost in blissful nothingness. Being without borders can mean many things. What does it mean to you to live without borders? Draw a comic, that includes the topic «without borders» in any form.
Deadline: January 4, 2021

The Sony World Photography Awards are organized annually by World Photography Organization and sponsored by Sony. The Sony World Photography Awards features four competitions: 1/ Professional competition, 2/ Open competition, 3/ Youth competition, 4/ Student competition.
Deadline: January 14, 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

2020 General Call for Portfolios and Exhibit Proposals [Fort Collins, CO] The Lincoln Center, a city-owned arts center and events facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions in all media from artists and curators living in the United States for exhibitions through 2021. The Visual Arts program organizes changing art exhibits about every 5-7 weeks.

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 
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