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Brickscape Artist Residency Application for 2019 Summer/Spring Program

Brickscape is a six week residency program that culminates in a public exhibition. Eight to twelve artists are selected each year to create temporary, site-specific installation art pieces in a vacant historical space in downtown Charleston, WV, with a different historical location chosen each year. Each artist is designated an area in the space in which to create their installation, with 24 hour access. At the end of the residency, the space will open to the public and the completed installation pieces will be on display for a month-long exhibition. Artists who live more than an hour away are required to reside in Charleston for the entire duration of the residency. Free housing is provided by members of the community who make their guest rooms or apartments available. Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply. Previous experience creating installation artworks is not required. Socially engaged or process-based artists who don’t identify with any particular medium are also eligible and encouraged to apply. Preference is given to proposals that provide an immersive or interactive environment accessible to a diverse audience. In addition, we prefer proposals for temporary, site-specific works, which are designed solely for the space in which they are created.

The call of the WILD - Art Call

SquidInk Gallery is calling all artists to submit their work showing the beauty of animals in their environments (wild and domesticated). This is an open medium show. When selecting your artwork keep in mind the relationship between animals and humans and the narrative of your piece. They will be listing the following topics as examples for your artwork narratives and themes. Feel free to extrapolate from this list, we would love to see what you come up with. As always feel free to contact them if you have any questions or concerns.

2018 - 2019 Company Members & Seasonal Interns

The Movement Project Company Audition: December 15th, 2018
(*free & open to the public)
Time: 1:15 - 2:30pm
Location: Gund Dance Studio (The Idea Center), 1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44115
Parking: Lot & meter parking located around building
Items: Please bring Resume, Bio, and Headshot

Morgan Conservatory, National Juried Exhibition

The Morgan Conservatory's 7th Juried Exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States. Artwork consisting of at least 50% paper is eligible. Cash awards for Best in Show and First Runner Up. Deadline to submit is February 3, 2019.

THE BODY LANGUAGE - ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition

THE BODY LANGUAGE - ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art, that will be held in Venice, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and other prestigious venues and historical buildings, from February 22 to March 22, 2019. The deadline for the submission is January 13, 2019.

The Art Show is organized and curated by Arch.Luca Curci (director of ITS LIQUID Group). Selection is open to video art, photography, painting, sculpture/installation, art performance and experimental dance. Artists, photographers, video makers and performers are invited to submit their works and projects by e-mail to

City of Cleveland RFP, Cleveland's Public Art Program

The City of Cleveland is inviting applicants, individuals and organizations, to respond to the RFP for a consultant to provide administrative management of the 2019 Cleveland Public Art Program. Deadline to apply is December 7, 2018. 

Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, Call for Artists for 2019 Programming

Maelstrom Collaborative Arts is looking for artists & creators from the performing, visual, and trans-media arts to venture into new territory with us in 2019! Maelstrom Collaborative Arts integrates diverse genres, disciplines, and media to explore innovative forms of performance and collaboration. We produce live and virtual interactions that invite artists and audiences into new adventurous territory. Artists are always paid for their work. 

2019-2020 Season

Winter Auditions for the 2019-2020 Season
December 13-14, 2018
Cleveland, OH
Near West Theatre, Multipurpose Room, 6702 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

Audition for: Trainee, Protégé, Apprentice, B Company Member

Neighborhood Transformation Inititative

The Cleveland Citywide Development Corporation (CCDC) is launching NTI’s inaugural retail incubator in the first floor of the Glenville-Circle North mixed-use development located at 1400 East 105th Street.
The Incubator will offer:
- Specialized coaching assistance: business plan writing, financial literacy, marketing strategy
- Below market rent: escalating rent structure with max of $7/ sq. ft
- Subsidized tenant buildout: buildout and permanent equipment will be fully financed
- Increased marketing exposure: events will be organized to activate the space to bring more customers

Participating businesses will be selected through application process and pitch competitions.

Call for Artists - Clark Avenue Streetscape Project

The City of Cleveland, through its Public Art Program, is seeking expressions of interest from artists interested in creating artwork that would be digitally applied to traffic signal controller cabinets along Clark Avenue, between West 41st Street and Quigley Road. Deadline to apply is December 3, 2018. 

Sculpture Center, CSN Master Reviews & Collective Discussion

The Sculpture Center’s visiting artist and educator Michelle Illuminato will lead a private group critical feedback discussion of the work presented by selected sculptors (four to six) of our region. The reviews are held within the group and are not open to the public. Open to sculptors currently living and working in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, the western half of Pennsylvania, western New York (Rochester and west), and the province of Ontario, Canada. This is not a student event. Deadline to apply is February 3, 2019, at midnight. 

Sculpture Center, W2S Call for Artists

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 our annual W2S series (Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist series). Deadline to apply is January 6, 2019, at midnight. 

Call for Theatre Artists | BorderLight Fringe Festival

Calling Theatre Artists! For BorderLight Fringe...Cleveland’s own (and Cleveland-grown) "fringe festival," to take place July 25-28, 2019. Selected companies will have the opportunity to self-produce their shows in traditional and non-traditional venues on the “fringe” of the BorderLight Festival of International Theatre. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2018. 

Cleveland Print Room Members Show at University Hospitals

This show is open exclusively to current and new members of the Cleveland Print Room. This juried show will be exhibited at University Hospital’s Trudy Wiesenberger Gallery. The jurors are artist Hilary Gent, owner of Hedge Gallery and Steven D. Standley, Chief Administrative Officer, University Hospitals Health System, Inc. 

ITSLIQUID International Contest - 6th Edition 2018

Artists, architects, designers and fashion designers have the chance to win 100,000.00 euros in prizes
ITSLIQUID Contest is developed in partnership with a professional jury, composed by renowned curators, gallerists, architects, fashion designers, high level experts and important professionals of the Art, Architecture, Design and Fashion Worlds and with our media partner Project Baikal
10 categories: painting, photography, video-art, sculpture and installation, performing art, architecture, product design, fashion design, computer graphic, illustration and drawing
Download the official Contest rules and choose your Submission plan according to the number of works you want to submit

Open Call for 2020 Arts Programming

Local, national, and international artists are invited to apply for SPACES' 2020 public programming. They host experimental projects through supported residencies and exhibitions. They encourage projects that leverage the assets of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, including unique opportunities for display within the public realm.

SPACES offers fully supported residency and exhibition opportunities designed to foster the exchange of ideas between audiences in Northeast Ohio and artists from around the world. We invite artists, curators, and other cultural producers to articulate their investigation of ideas that may take the form of a residency and resulting exhibition, solo exhibition, curated group show, or collaborative endeavor.

City of Cleveland RFP, Recreation Center Programs and Activities

The City of Cleveland is seeking proposals to provide programming to City of Cleveland youth in grades Kindergarten- 12 and adults ages 18 and up in Cleveland Rec Centers. Providers should be qualified to implement culturally relevant, evidence-based or research-based programs that address one or more of the following areas: The Arts, Education, Health & Wellness, Career Readiness, Youth Development and Sports. Deadline to submit is December 10, 2018. 

2019 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. The residency creates a stimulating and rigorous environment for a period of concentrated artistic creation, interaction and growth.

The 2019 residency will be open to educators interested in several disciplines, divided into two courses exploring the areas of 2D processes, including drawing, painting and printmaking and contemporary craft, including ceramics, glass and jewelry and metals.

Gordon Square Performing Artist-in-Residence

Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD) is now accepting proposals from performing artists for the Q4 Gordon Square Artist-in-Residence session. Open to performing artists of all disciplines and genres, the selected proposal will include descriptions of intended community engagement through visual art, utilize the people and places of Gordon Square and infuse the neighborhood with vibrant creative activity, and include a performance at Wintertide in early December 2019. Performance artists, actors, dancers, directors, theatre artists and performers of all disciplines and genres are invited to submit proposals. Deadline to submit is January 1, 2019. 

Gordon Square Visual Artist-in-Residence, Q3

Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD) is now accepting proposals from visual artists for the Q3 Gordon Square Artist-in-Residence session. Open to visual artists of all disciplines and mediums, the selected proposal will include descriptions of intended community engagement through visual art, utilize the people and places of Gordon Square and infuse the neighborhood with vibrant creative activity. Visual Artists of all disciplines and mediums are invited to submit proposals. Deadline to submit is January 1, 2019.