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Call for Artists | 52 Weeks 52 Works - 2018 Calendar

52 WEEKS 52 WORKS is AGC's annual desk calendar featuring the visual artists of Northeast Ohio. Any artist currently living and working in Northeast Ohio is eligible to submit. The 2018 calendar deadline for submission is May 1, 2017. We encourage professionals, educators and students to submit. 52 artists are selected to appear (1 per calendar week) with a handful of artists placed in the notes section. The calendar is a veritable catalogue of Northeast Ohio's current fine-art talent. 

Call for Submission | "Excellent Arts in Health Programs"

The NOAH is collecting examples of stellar arts in health programs and initiatives of all kinds – from arts and design in the healthcare environment, to the arts in the patient experience, to the arts in caring for caregivers, to the arts in health sciences education, to the arts in community health and well-being. In the white paper, we expect to be able to highlight examples from across architecture and design, all the arts disciplines, the creative arts therapies, and the expressive arts therapies.

Call for Submission | 2017 Open Submission Period

Open to all playwrights age 18 or older who are permanent residents of any county in Northeast Ohio.

Submissions open on January 1, 2017 and close on March 31, 2017. Early submissions are encouraged.

Selections will be announced by July 31, 2017. For guidelines and additional information, see Playwrights Local’s Submission page.

Call for Artists| Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Is hiring teaching artists


  • Extensive experience in at least one theatre-related arts discipline (dance, drumming, singing, acting, creative writing, etc.)
  • Experience teaching children and/or teenagers.
  • Qualified to be a strong role model for inner city youth and/or teenagers.
  • Energetic, responsive, flexible, creative
  • Attentive to details, ability to work independently
  • Openness to learning new techniques in the creation of original performance material


  • Programs run 8-10  weeks, 4-6 days per week, June-Aug 2017
  • Daytime and early evening hours – or –  Afternoon and evening hours (depending on program)
  • Extended days for training and program touring
  • Artist must have a reliable means of transportation.

To apply for the position, send email to Please put your last name as the subject header followed by: TEACHING ARTIST. The email should include an attached resume.

Call for Artists| Cleveland RTA, Public Art, E. 34th St. Rapid Transit Station

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) is seeking proposals from qualified public artists for a public art installation at the new W. 34th Street Rapid Transit Station. GCRTA accepts both “functional” art that is, artfully designed parts of passenger facilities including but not limited to railings, tile work, seating, signage and lighting elements. Applied art such as murals, sculpture, paintings, etc. are also welcome. Art is selected through GCRTA”s public art selection process. Deadline to submit is Monday, May 8, 2017.

Longest Walk: Chicago, Open Engagement Conference

Cleveland movement artist, Megan Young, is seeking participants to be part of an embodied public monument to womanist activism throughout history. Longest Walk will take place on University of Illinois, Chicago campus on Saturday, April 22st and Sunday April 23rd, and features a durational performance of stylized walking within public space. All female identifying social activists are invited to join. This piece is being performed as part of Open Engagement (OE), an annual artist-led conference dedicated to socially engaged art. Deadline to apply is April 14, 2017. 

Call for Entries| Design 730: AIGA Biennial Design Competition

Every 730 days, AIGA Cleveland hosts a biennial competition promoting and supporting the work of exceptional design talent residing in Northeast Ohio. Not only does the competition spread a positive message about the benefits of design, it plays a significant role in demonstrating the important contributions that design provides our community. Deadline to submit is March 31, 2017

Hiring summer Art, Dance and Music Teachers - Beck Center Outreach


  • 18 or older.  
  • Reliable transportation and cellphone. 
  • Education and experience of your art discipline. 
  • Some teaching experience in your field. 


  • Create and teach a quick, engaging age appropriate lesson plan for students ages 4 - 12. Most students are ages 7-10. 
  • ART - must create one or two brief 30 minute make it and take it lesson plans. 
  • DANCE - teach jazz, hip-hop, or musical theatre style. 
  • MUSIC - general music, vocal music, must be able to play piano and/or play and own a guitar. 

Student Call: Grades 7 to 12 Poster Contest To Focus On Heroin Epidemic

Teens in grades 7 - 12 are invited to create and submit a poster that focuses on the consequences of using heroin and/or misuse prescription opioids. 

River Day 2017 Call for Designs

Cuyahoga River Restoration is looking for Cleveland-area artists to help create magnificent new river mile signs for the Cuyahoga River ship channel. That's the Flats and the industrial part of the river from Lake Erie to ArcelorMittal. With more people - paddlers, kayakers, canoeists, paddleboarders, jetskiers - using the river, we want people to know just where they are on the water. And we want to bring a little culture to the steel walls that line the banks.

2017 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition

Waterloo Arts invites all artists residing in the US or Canada to submit artwork for the 2017 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition. This is a unique opportunity for artists to exhibit work in the Waterloo Arts Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. Artists will receive substantial exposure during the district’s largest community event, The Waterloo Arts Fest, welcoming more than 5,000 attendees.

"Mythology" Exhibition

This group exhibition will focus on mythology and how myths help us transcend and navigate the overlaps our collective worlds. Ann Street Gallery is looking for works that explore how myths inform our understanding of constructed belief systems and help us navigate them while serving as a vehicle of primal human expression.

Topics can draw on resources from myths, legends, folklore, cult, witchcraft, religion, sci-fi, the occult or themes that include motifs of ritual, religion and mysticism.

Open to sculpture, fiber arts, paintings, drawings, ceramics, site-specific installations, mixed media, photography and printmaking.

2017 Open Book Poetry Competition


1. Upload your manuscript as a .docx or .pdf to Submittable (mail submissions are no longer eligible).

2. There is a $28 reading fee, which must be paid through Submittable. As a token of our appreciation for your readership and support of innovative literary publishing we will mail each writer a book from our 2017 spring catalog (which will include these titles). Books will ship in April; please make sure that the address listed in your Submittable account is up to date.

3. Email with any further questions.

2017 MFA National Competition

MFA NATIONAL COMPETITION, July 20 - August 11, 2017. U.S. Artists enrolled in an MFA program within the last three years. Eligible works: paintings, drawings, collage, prints, sculpture, photography, installations and computer-generated art. Juror: Dorothea Rockburne, Artist, Guggenheim Fellow, Collections: MOMA, MMA, The Guggenheim Museum, etc
ENTRY DEADLINE: May 31. Entry fee: $35/1-3 works, $5/ea. additional, max. 6. Online applications only.

2017 National Juried Exhibition

Exhibition: June 22 - July 15, 2017 Entries start Jan. 1, 2017- Open to U.S. resident artists 18 yrs. or older. Juror: Peter Colon, DC Moore Gallery, NYC. The gallery represents nationally and internationally known contemporary artists working in diverse media - including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, as well as important estates and foundations.
Entry fee: $35/1-3 works, $5/ea. additional work, max. 6. Eligible works: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Online applications only.

Male Dancers needed for MorrisonDance

Interested dancers, please submit your resume, photograph (headshot and body shot if available) and any available video links to help us get to know you as a performer! You may email these submissions to Jenni Hankey at

Performers will be required to attend weekly rehearsals and must be available during the week of technical rehearsals, Monday, May 29- Wed May 31, and for the performances on Thursday June 1 – Saturday, June 3. Performers will receive a stipend for the project, and may have opportunities to join us in future paid performance and/or outreach projects.

Juried Show - 'Home'

Home is a national juried exhibition that explores the concept of home in all media including installation. The exhibit will include artists whose work investigates a variety of interpretations of the theme, such as shelter, family, immigration, homelessness, nostalgia, architecture, domesticity and the home planet we all share, Earth! Artists are responsible for providing any equipment necessary for the presentation of work. Selected artists will be invited to show their work in an exhibition at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

Time Will Tell

The Coburn Gallery announces a national juried exhibition entitled "Time will Tell "- A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience which will feature artists at least 50 years of age residing in the United States. This exhibition will culminate in a collection of works that embody the creativity and innovation of artists ages 50 years and older at all levels of artistic endeavor. The exhibit runs from June 30-August 13 2017. Juror: Shari Wilkins. Wilkins grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and received her BA from Kent State University. She has worked in NYC and San Francisco as promotions/marketing directors at two small, independent record companies. She returned to Cleveland in the 90s and completed her second BA in community organizing at Cleveland State University’s Social Work Department, and wrote her master’s thesis on the American Renaissance. With a life-long appreciation for photography, it is no surprise that Wilkins would create a forum to share her affinity for the photographic image and educate others on the process of developing film in the community darkroom, education center, and gallery at the Cleveland Print Room which opened in January 2013. Her photography and mixed media work has been exhibited in the Greater Cleveland area, Columbus and elsewhere in Ohio. Works in any media accepted. All work must be original art conceived and executed solely by the artist within the last two years. $800.00 in AWARDS. A maximum of two digital entries for $20.00 are allowed per artist. Entries must be original works in any media (2-D or 3-D), completed within the last two years. All entries must be postmarked by April 12, 2017. See to download the prospectus.

2017 Cleveland Asian Festival Asian-Pop Dance Competition

How to submit for the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival’s Asian-Pop Dance Competition.

  • 1.Record a video of your routine and upload it to Please refrain from excessive video editing; we would like to see the performance as if it were live. Make sure the video is set to private and email the direct link to By submitting the video, you agree that only the Cleveland Asian Festival will be allowed to share this video until May 21st, 2017.
  • 2. Along with your link, please submit the names of each participant, the titles of the songs used and the following methods of contact: primary cell phone, primary email, mailing address. All submissions must be sent to in a single email.
  • 3. Each member must download and complete the release form (see website: All signed released forms must be submitted to before 11:59PM EST April 7th, 2017 IN A SINGLE EMAIL. You may also upload to dropbox, or google drive and share documents- in a single email.
  • 4. Submissions will be open from February 1st, 2017 until 11:59PM EST of April 7th, 2017. Only videos submitted during this time will be considered.

 Judging and voting process

  • 1. Top 8 videos (semi-finalists) will be selected by the Cleveland Asian Festival Executive Committee and shared May 1st, 2017 on the Cleveland Asian Festival’s facebook page and website. Viewers will be able to vote for their favorite cover routines until May 12th, 2017.
  • 2. On May 13th, 2017 top three videos with highest votes, plus one CAF choice will be announced and invited to compete live on May 20th, 2017.
  • 3. If you are one of the four finalist groups, you must submit your music in MP3 format to yintang@clevelandasianfestival.orgby 11:59PM EST May 17th, 2017 or risk disqualification.
  • 4. All live judging will be based on the following criteria: 1. Dance technique 2. Diversity in mash-up 3. Stage Presence 4. Live audience appreciation (applause)

Oak Park Art League Midwest Juried Exhibition: Elevating Nature

May 12 - June 2
Open to artists living in the Midwest (IL, IA, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)

The Chicago suburb of Oak Park is an epicenter for Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, home to the world's largest concentration of Wright-designed buildings and site of his first home studio. Emerging from this studio was Wright's iconic "Prairie" architecture, inspired by the vast landscape that characterizes the American Midwest - horizontal elements that echo broad flat plains, open space, earthy materials, and a color palette derived from the natural terrain. Wright's bold experiments with space, geometry and materials also put him on the artistic cutting edge. His art glass designs of conventionalized plant forms are realized as abstract patterns of color in banded windows that playfully diffuse daylight, and make seamless transitions between interior space and the natural world.