CALLS FOR ARTISTS
Opportunities for exhibition through juried shows and art competitions:
CALLS FOR ARTISTS - Specific Events
“DREAM” National Juried Exhibition at Arc Gallery, San Francisco – deadline 03/19
“Black and White 2018” international juried exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO - deadline 03/28
“ON PAPER” annual international printmaking contest at the Spike Print Studio at Spike Island, Bristol, UK - deadline 04/01
“Connections” international juried exhibition sponsored by the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts - deadline 04/02
“Color of Summer” California Watercolor Association Members Show at St Mary’s Art Museum, Moraga, CA – deadline 04/06
“30th September Competition 2018” international juried exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA - deadline 04/12
“88th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition” at the Santa Cruz Art League - deadline 04/16
“The World of Frida” national juried exhibition at the Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA - deadline 04/21
“RISE: Empower, Change and Action!” national juried exhibition at Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos, CA - deadline 04/21
“Urban Landscapes Suburban Scenes Rural Impressions” international juried exhibition sponsored by The New York Center for Photographic Arts, NYC – deadline 04/23
“Pressing Matters 2018” national juried printmaking exhibition sponsored by the Central Coast Printmakers at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA - deadline 05/01
“San Francisco Bay International Photo Show“ juried exhibition at ACCI Gallery, Berkeley - deadline 05/10
“Planet Pulse” national juried exhibition at the Santa Cruz Art League – deadline 05/21
“Axis Gallery 13th National Juried Exhibition “at Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA - deadline 06/03
“Humans” international juried exhibition at The New York Center for Photographic Art, NYC - deadline 06/10
“Home Sweet Home” juried exhibition of California disabled artists at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art - deadline 07/01
“INGENUITY” national juried fine craft & sculpture exhibition at Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA – deadline 08/15
CALLS FOR ARTISTS - General Listings National:
Art Deadlines List - http://artdeadlineslist.com
Art Rubicon - http://artrubicon.com
Art Show - http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows
Bay Area Art Grind - http://bayareaartgrind.com
CaFE Calls For Art - http://www.callsforart.com
California Arts Council - http://www.cac.ca.gov/artistcall
Chicago Art Resource - http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/visual-arts
New York Foundation For The Arts - http://www.nyfa.org
Professional Artist - http://www.professionalartistmag.com
Re-title - http://re-title.typepad.com
Zapp - https://www.zapplication.org
ART FAIRS - General Listings National:
Art Fair Source Book - http://www.artfairsourcebook.com
Event Lister - http://www.eventlister.com
Juried Arts & Crafts Festivals Events Listing -
SAN FRANCISCO ART GALLERIES - Comprehensive Listing:
SF Art News - http://sfartnews.wordpress.com/art-in-san-francisco/san-francisco-gallery-links
San Francisco Art Dealers Association - http://www.sfada.com
SAN FRANCISCO ALTERNATIVE ART SPACES - Comprehensive Listing:
SF Art News - http://sfartnews.wordpress.com/art-in-san-francisco/san-francisco-alternative-spaces-links
Considerations for Art Competitions and Juried Shows
An art competition is basically two things. First it is a way for a gallery or organization to gain exposure to a broad range of new artists and to mount an exhibition or publication of the highest quality from the works submitted. Second it is a way to raise operational funds from the entry fees. The competition is commonly used as a fund raiser primarily by non-profit and artist run galleries. In an era of tight budgets and limited public funding, the competition is a lifesaver for many art institutions.
Most organizations are not making large profits from art competitions. The expense of operating a gallery or art organization is very high. The cost of promotion and exhibition for each competition can consume up to 70% of all revenues brought in by entry fees. The remaining monies are reinvested into the organization and are eventually consumed by operational costs.
While it is true that the majority of artists who enter the competition will not be chosen as winners, this is no reason for artists to feel cheated if they are among those not chosen. The entry fee is not just a fee, but in fact a donation which contributes to the continuing existence of the organization. It supports activities that will benefit countless artists who otherwise may never have the opportunity to show their works to the public.
Of course with any human endeavor there are exceptions to the rule. There are unscrupulous individuals who operate competitions purely as a profit-making venture. These individuals do not have the best interest of the artist at heart, but use artists as a vehicle for self-enrichment. To them the art competition is in fact, "a scam". Since your entry fee makes a contribution to the organizations operational budget, you must decide whether or not the competition you enter is run by an organization or business worthy of your support. This is a determination that must be made by each individual artist.
Pay attention to who are the jurors for each competition. The credentials and reputation of the jurors reflect directly on the competition. This then reflects upon your artwork if it is selected for inclusion. You want the most renown and prestigious jurors listed in the exhibit history section of your resume or website. The juror may mean more to the prestige of your inclusion than the organization hosting the competition or exhibition.
Finally, when entering a competition follow the prospectus carefully. Do not try to bend the rules. If the entry guidelines states to send only four images, then send only four. If there is a fee for a minimum number of images and a charge for additional images, send only the minimum - or at the most a few extra. Four, six or eight images are enough for any juror to decide if they like your work and to send more than this is a waste of money.