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Cleveland Public Theatre, RFP for 2018-19

CPT is looking for proposals from Northeast Ohio artists for complete projects for its 2018-19 performance season. Proposals may be for world premieres, second or third US productions, radical re-envisioning of classic plays or other projects. The show could be your own show or a script you would like to work on. Deadline to submit a proposal is December 18, 2017.

At Table: Cleveland Culinaria exhibition

Heights Arts is accepting submissions for artist participation in the upcoming special exhibition At Table: Cleveland Culinaria, which will open August 31, 2018 and be on view through October 14, 2018. The original 2016 exhibition received accolades from community members, artists and chefs alike, and was the best-attended show in Heights Arts' history. 

Heights Arts Members Show

Heights Arts presents its first Members Show (April 27-June 10, 2018), a non-juried exhibition of art in all media. Open to submissions from all Heights Arts members, as well as non-members who choose to join at the time of entry, the show will accept the first 32 submissions received that meet exhibition criteria.

Call for Artists | Wet Paint, Cleveland Hopkins Internat'l Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is currently seeking works from artists working in any two-dimensional mediums for its upcoming juried exhibition, “Wet Paint,” running from February 1 through July 31, 2018. All artists (18 and over) are invited to submit their artwork. The show is open to any subject matter as long as it is two-dimensional and uses any type of paint. Deadline to submit is December 22, 2017. 

Cleveland Institute of Art Summer Teaching Residency

CIA is seeking a diverse group of art educators who have demonstrated a commitment to making, both in their personal studio and classroom. We create a stimulating and rigorous environment for a period of concentrated artistic creation, interaction and growth. Deadline to submit an application is March 1, 2017. 

Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellowship, Cleveland Public Theatre

CPT’s Director Fellow Program is a year-long program for emerging directors of extraordinary potential living in Northeast Ohio. Supported by Joan Yellen Horvitz, CPT initiated this program to address Cleveland’s limited pool of directors with experience in directing new work and to meet the needs of up-and-coming directors. Deadline to submit is December 18, 2017. 

Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative at Cleveland Public Theatre

CPT is now accepting applications for The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer fellowships. The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative is a year-long fellowship program providing early-career composers with first-hand experience creating music and sound design for theatre. Deadline to submit is Monday, December 18, 2017.

Faces of the World - Portrait Competition

SquidInk Gallery is now accepting submissions for Faces of the World Portrait Competition! With their end of the year show they want to celebrate life, people and all of their differences and variety. This is an open medium show, so all artists are welcomed to participate.

Summer Teacher Residency

Each year the Cleveland Institute of Art seeks to bring together a diverse group of art educators who have demonstrated a commitment to making, both in their personal studio and classroom. They create a stimulating and rigorous environment for a period of concentrated artistic creation, interaction and growth.

Call for Artists | Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, partnering with the American Theatre Wing, the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students (grades 9-12) who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production. Deadline to apply is January 5, 2017.

10-10 Festival Kids Edition

Have you ever wanted to express yourself through dialogue? Have you ever had a good idea for a script or some great characters?

Do you like theatre? Then try your hand at playwriting!

Write a 10 minute play and submit it to the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. All of the plays will be read by a committee of judges and then 10 plays will be selected to receive a production on CVLT’s River Street Playhouse Stage for the 10-10 New Plays Festival – Kids Edition in August, 2018!

Call for Entries | 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival

Calling all filmmakers! The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival will be held April 04 - April 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. With our 42nd CIFF Call for Entries officially open, films made after June 1, 2016 are now being accepted for consideration. All entries must be submitted completely by December 15, 2017. 

Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate

Poets must be residents of Cleveland Heights, or have a significant relationship to the Cleveland Heights community, and commit to serve the full 24 month term of service if selected. Learn more here: PL Selection Process and Guidelines

  1. Any poet who meets the eligibility criteria and can commit to the term of service, may submit an application for consideration.  Applications may be submitted anytime between October 15 and the deadline of December 31.
  2. In the absence of sufficient quality applications, the Heights Writes Subcommittee of the Heights Arts board may reach out to local poets to solicit applications.

W2S Call for artist

The Sculpture Center invites early career artists of our greater region whose practice includes sculpture, installation, mixed and expanded media, relational aesthetics, and performance to apply for inclusion in their annual W2S series (Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist series). Through W2S, begun in 1990, The Sculpture Center promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors and expanded media artists from its region during the first ten years of their profession. Four – six artists are selected annually by their Exhibition Committee for one-person, full gallery exhibitions of new work in either the Main (1000 sq. ft.) or Euclid Avenue (750 sq. ft.) Gallery with a group catalog (if funding is available). They encourage and fully support risk taking and new directions of creative by the artists selected for W2S

Call for Art: BROKEN HEARTS 2018 Show

artlessBastard, a gallery in DePere, Wisconsin is calling for 2D & 3D works of art, in all mediums – except performance art or film – for their Broken Hearts 2018 Show. Themes of work may include abandoned love, found love, young love, timeless love, shattered hearts, love that hurts or love that heals, art that captures the relationships between people, places, or things, etc. From photography to mixed media to paintings to charcoal to blown glass to lithographic prints… all works ready for display on a gallery wall, pedestal or floor will be considered. There will be a special selection of student work also included in this exhibit. Please visit for more info or email

Monolith Visual Repository

This notice is a call for the inclusion of visual art within the Monolith Visual Art Repository. Specifically, the Repository will reside within the walls of Nucleus™ at the core of Monolith™.

The Monolith Visual Art Repository will digitally store the work and biographical information of contemporary visual artists. The purpose of the Monolith Visual Art Repository is to provide the artistic context of the epoch in which Monolith™ has been created. Serving as the epoch’s artistic pulse, frozen beyond time, transcending the ages, the Monolith Visual Art Repository will allow contemporary artists to reach future generations.

Open Call for "Cleveland's Smallest Gallery"

Introducing Phone Gallery - Cleveland's smallest gallery - annexed to the front of Russ' Auto Care in the Waterloo Arts District across the street from Waterloo 7 Studios and Praxis Fiber Workshop.
Originally conceived in 2013 by artist Ivana Medukic of 'Project Pop-Up Galleries' and architect Ali Lukacsy, Phone Gallery demonstrates the transformation of an otherwise vacant and underutilized "space" - in this case, an abandoned phone booth - into an inventive place for art display.

Dia De Los Muertos - A Celebration of Life

Florida CraftArt invites artists to submit work for an exhibition showcasing original artwork that represents the theme: “Día de los Muertos, A Celebration of Life.” It is an open, national juried call-to-artists curated by St. Petersburg-based artist Mark Noll.

Call for Volunteers - MOCA Cleveland Docent


Artfetch Representing the next generation of leading artists, from around the world.

Artfetch presents the work of selected emerging artists for sale online. The team of specialist cutting-edge curators will choose the most promising up-and-coming artists from around the world to be included on the website.