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

The Eighth Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival has released a call for proposals for their Live Stream Festival presented by the Salt Lake City Public Library on April 2 and 3, 2021. You are invited to propose a piece for this Festival, which presents performance art: artists making real actions, unrehearsed ideas manifest for the first time in this live screen.
Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Urban Arts Gallery “Boutique” refers to all of our regularly available products and art. In other words, everything other than our monthly exhibits. We are currently accepting submissions for new boutique artists. We’re looking for items of all styles and media: paintings, prints, stickers, t-shirts, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, pins, and so on. 
Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Urban Arts Gallery is accepting submissions for their Monthly Exhibits. On their website is their 2021 schedule. As you can see, some exhibits already have themes chosen, and some are “TBD”. Artists can apply to themed shows specifically, or apply as a general individual artist. If selected, general individual artists are grouped together into monthly exhibits, curated by the gallery staff. These monthly exhibits will fill the “TBD” slots in our season calendar. 
Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Urban Arts Gallery will be selecting 2 guest curators to fill monthly exhibit slots between August 2021 – January 2022. Please include a thoughtful description of the exhibit’s theme, a list of artists whom you’ve contacted and who are interested/available, and some examples of those artists’ work. 
Deadline: February 15, 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

The Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, Missouri is seeking submissions for “Self Reflections” an exhibition asking all artists how artists reflect on themselves and create self-portraits? Whether it’s through abstract expression, photography, sculpture, or traditional portraiture, we want to see how artists recognize themselves in their work and portray themselves to people around them. Open to all mediums, this exhibition will feature works that explore the world of portraiture in both classic and nontraditional forms.
Deadline: November 26, 2020

The Phillips Collection, Community in Focus: Photographers of all skill levels are invited to submit a photo that captures a piece of 2020. Select submissions will be presented on-site at The Phillips Collection and Phillips@THEARC in early 2021.
Deadline: November 29, 2020

The Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College is now accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions for the 2021-2022 academic year. All 2D and 3D media will be considered. Our beautiful campus is located near the confluence of the Snake, Yakima, and Columbia Rivers in southeastern Washington. The Esvelt Gallery features two levels with great potential for installations. 
Deadline: November 30, 2020

Al-Tiba9 Art Magazine is looking for artists to feature in their ISSUE07. Al-Tiba9 Art Magazine is an internationally established publication that showcases experimental contemporary art, reflects modern society and its environment. Selected individuals include artists, architects and designers from around the globe with a high focus on contemporary art and those holding a detailed vision of the future.
Deadline: November 30, 2020

THE MAGAZINE OF CONTEMPORARY ART is an online publication slated to cover visual arts from around the world. The MoCA is currently accepting submissions from visual artists working with any medium. Digital images of paintings, drawings, graphic art, photography, sculpture, and 3D installations of any size will be considered without limitation. 
Deadline: November 30, 2020

New York City and Berlin-based record label BB3 Dynamics Records is creating an educational music video called “The Right to a Future” to the accompanying music written by Berlin-based composer Bates Belk, aimed at helping raise awareness about the importance of protecting the Earth’s environment now and in the future. We are asking people of all ages and languages from across the planet to send us their own videos of anything that they have filmed/recorded that shows their contribution and views on the importance of helping protect the Earth’s environment.
Deadline: November 30, 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

Just in time for new year sales, and in the spirit of supporting artists to showcase their art worldwide, the Exhibizone's annual online international sales exhibition, now in its second year; presents one-of-a-kind smart show for participant artists. The show will present up to 100 artworks from all around the world and intends to express current themes and trends in contemporary art.
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

All California and US-based artists are invited to submit their qualifications for inclusion in the Sacramento Artist Roster. Public artists and studio artists are encouraged to apply. The Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture manages the Art in Public Places Program for the City of Sacramento. The Artist Roster will primarily serve as a resource for the selecting artwork through a public panel , selection process.
Deadline: January 8, 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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