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Calls to Artists From CaFE™

There’s something for everyone in this collection of calls. From ecofeminism to environmental and sustainability themes, public art and car culture, we see calls for photography, painting, sculpture and more open to artists with disabilities, women, photographers, emerging artists, plein air artists, African Americans, creators of activist art, public art and more! Check them out to see if any will be suitable for your work. Some require membership in a specialty art organization, but the fees appear to be reasonable if you’re not already a member.
Ecofeminist Maintenance Art
DEADLINE: 4/27/2012

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EcoFeminist l Maintenance Art is a group exhibition comprised of artists who are members of the WEAD–Women Environmental Artists Directory and whose work speaks to taking care of the planet and sustaining nature—ways that women maintain or nurture the earth that are sometimes seen as distinctly feminine. The works will be presented June 15 – September 28, 2012 at the Marin Community Foundation (MCF) offices in Novato, California. An opening reception will be on June 28. Jurors include WEAD co-founder Susan Leibovitz Steinman, San Francisco artist Bonnie Sherk, Bay Area curator Randy Rosenberg, Los Angeles gender studies professor Gloria Orenstein, and ecoartspace founder Patricia Watts who is organizing the exhibition. Approximately 150-170 pieces will be selected with no more than three works per artist. 2D only from artists outside the Bay Area, and also 3D if the artist lives in the Bay Area and can deliver works. Entry Deadline is April 27. The show is open to all ! US based artists 18 yrs. and older who are currently members of WEAD–Women Environmental Artist Directory, or become members by April 27, 2012.

The show is open to all US based artists 18 yrs. and older who are currently members of WEAD–Women Environmental Artist Directory, or become members by May 2, 2012.

HOW TO BECOME A WEAD MEMBER: In March 2012 WEAD became a Membership Organization. Even artists with a current WEAD Listing must become a Member to qualify for this exhibit. Email [email protected] with the exhibit name in the subject line, for complete information and instructions.


Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and assemblage. All works must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Any work not comparable to the file submitted can be rejected at the curator’s discretion. All wall works must be ready to hang on a two wire hanging system. Stretched canvas on wooden frame does not need to be framed. 3D artworks will be provided pedestals. Directions for preparing artwork for hanging will be sent to selected artists. No substitutions for works accepted into the show.


Showcase Noir: African American Artist and Designer Market
DEADLINE: 4/30/2012

Event Dates: 6/2/2012 – 6/3/2012
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Showcase Noir: African American Artist and Designer Market, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Department of Education and Community Engagement, presents a fine art and fine craft artists’ market that celebrates African American artistic expression. The two-day event will take place June 2 – June 3, 2012, in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The event will be outdoors beneath a canopy on the corner of Penn and Eighth Street, positioned between two stages during the Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival, during the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival. We invite you to apply and celebrate with us this summer.

Saturday, June 2; 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 3; 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Overnight security is provided.)


The goal of Showcase Noir is to emphasize high quality artwork being created by contemporary African American artists. To ensure that we maintain the integrity of the show we establish standards that each artist must meet in order to be accepted. These stands are common to most fine art, fine craft shows. The work shown and sold in Showcase Noir must be of the same nature and quality as the images submitted for jurying. If an artist is working in a variety of styles within one medium, the application should reflect these various styles. All work shown in your submission must be representative of the work you plan to present at your table and for sale or available for order. The Showcase Noir staff reserves the right to request the removal of any work that differs from the slides submitted and accepted, as well as any inappropriate work or display.

ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL, designed and crafted by the applicant. We do not accept work made from commercial molds, kids or patterns, nor other commercial methods. Copyrighted designs not owned by the artist are not permitted. No factory-made items are permitted. Absolutely no “buy-sell”. All artwork must be completely handmade by the artist. Showcase Noir is open to all African-American artists from within accepted medium categories (see categories below). All work must be original and designed and crafted by the artist.

City of Seattle: Lower Mapes Creek Art Project
DEADLINE: 5/18/2012

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The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle Parks and Recreation, seeks an artist or artist team to develop site-integrated artwork for the Lower Mapes Creek Restoration project in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. The project area includes 52nd Avenue South, between Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street into Beer Sheva Park. The project is currently in design through early 2013 and construction is expected to begin in mid 2013. Project completion is expected in 2015. The artist or artist team will work with SPU and its consultants to develop the artwork within the schedule of the creek restoration. The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. The total project budget is $200,000, all-inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other project costs. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Friday, May 18 (Pacific Daylight Time).

The call is open to established professional artists residing and eligible to work in the United States. Artists whose work addresses environmental issues are especially encouraged to apply. Artists may apply as a team of no more than two. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well-represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply.
Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2012
DEADLINE: 6/15/2012

Entry Fee: $35.00
Event Dates: 8/31/2012 – 9/30/2012
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Located in the heart of Oregon & Washington’s National Scenic Area, Columbia Center for the Arts hosts the Pacific Northwest’s premier Plein Air event. Each year, artists gather in the Columbia River Gorge to take in the stunning beauty of its black basalt cliffs, ribbon-like waterfalls, mighty rivers, snow-capped mountains, and lush fir forests. Columbia Center for the Arts hosts a regional Paint Out and month-long Gallery Exhibition in downtown Hood River, Oregon. Show Reception and Awards commence Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5-8pm. This event is open to the public. The gallery and exhibition are open daily from 11am – 6pm from September 7nd through September 30th, 2012.

Any resident of the United States and Canada is eligible to apply. However, upon acceptance, artwork delivered to the exhibition must have been painted on location (in Plein Air) in the last two years in the Pacific Northwest: British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, or Western Montana.
Car Culture: LAPS Member Show
DEADLINE: 6/30/2012

Entry Fee: $20.00
Event Dates: 10/3/2012 – 11/16/2012
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This exhibition is a collaborative effort with the Mid Atlantic College Art Association. From the assembly lines in Dearborn, MI, to the hot rods of Southern California, the automobile reflects many aspects of our culture and society. We are seeking artwork that reflects, represents, poses questions about the vehicle or the CULTURE SURROUNDING THE AUTOMOBILE. Artists’ statements are requested and will be displayed along with the selected artwork.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRY Open to all Regular members whose 2012 dues of $50 have been paid or included with entry form. The entry fee is $20 for up to 5 JPEGs. All JPEG images should be sized with 6 inches at the longest side at 300dpi (see CAFE requirements). All print media (except conventional photography), and mixed media in which printmaking is dominant, are acceptable.
Sustaining / Creating
DEADLINE: 7/8/2012

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A national juried exhibition of emerging artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities. Sustaining / Creating asks emerging artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity. Beyond its scientific definition, sustainability references notions of responsibility and stewardship of our natural world in all facets of human interaction–from the environmental to the cultural. Sustainability indicates the capacity to endure.

Who can apply?
The call is open to artists ages 16–25 living in the United States who have a disability. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Previous award recipients are not eligible to apply.

Land Through the Lens: Photography of Boulder County Open Space
DEADLINE: 11/9/2012

Entry Fee: $25.00
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A juried show will be held at The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder CO during the month of March 2013, to promote the discovery, understanding and enjoyment of our Boulder County Parks and Open Space through the photographic celebration of the natural world. Open to all living artists, the exhibit will feature photographs of the County’s parks and open space land. Photographs of other open space lands such as the City of Boulder’s open space or other natural areas will not be considered for exhibit. A youth category will be available to photographers 18 years old and younger.

•The event is open to all living artists.
•A youth category is available to photographers 18 years old and younger. When applying, enter YOUTH in the Coupon Code field.

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