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Fresh Fest Cleveland - Vendors

Fresh Fest Cleveland is looking for and prioritizing local artists, entrepreneurs, food, holistic health/natural products, up cycle vendors for Fresh Fest Cleveland Saturday September 7th, 2019! Fresh Fest Cleveland is a new FREE one day festival celebrating all things creative at the Rid-All Farm and Otter Park in the Urban Ag Zone in Kinsman/Central. Fresh Fest will feature interactive art, music, and culture. The FreshFest music lineup includes Biz Markie, Carlos Jones, Fresh.Produce, The Katy and others!

Room in the House Artist Residencies, Karamu House

With generous support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Karamu House will offer 12 artist-focused residencies in 2019 – eight (8) visual arts; four (4) performing arts. The residency period is March 2019 – December 2019. Application for the residencies is open to Cleveland-based artists with demonstrated excellence in and commitment to their visual arts or performance-based work. Each selected Room in the House resident will receive a monetary stipend ($5,000 – visual; $3,000 – performing), and access for eight weeks to space at Karamu House to create, work administratively, and show/perform. Deadlines to submit are June 14th for the July 29th residency and August 16th for the September 30th residency.

Akron Symphony Music and Art Poster Series

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will debut a Music and Art poster series for the 2019-20 season, with artists from across Northeast Ohio creating limited-edition posters for select concerts. Interested artists are asked to submit a poster design that represents their own interpretation of the selected concert based on the music and/or composer. There are no requirements on colors or the finished size of your poster. Deadline to submit is September 1, 2019. 

Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists.

Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable. Entries must be the complete work of the submitting artist. Works can be a collaboration piece, all collaborators must be listed in the space provided on the entry form. Local, national, and international artists are encouraged to apply. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2017-2019) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

5th Annual National Juried Exhibition

Calling all Artists! The Oxford Arts Alliance (from the little town of Oxford, Pennsylvania) is having their 5th Annual National Juried Exhibition!
For their 2019 National Juried Exhibition, they have enlisted the expertise of Ryan Grover as their Juror. He is the Curator at Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, DE.

All Original work in all media is eligible for entry. Works previously shown in the Oxford Art Alliance will not be accepted. Artwork must have been completed in the past 3 years. The exhibit is open to all artists 18 and older.

Resident's Select 2020

Once per year, YARDS Projects will do a show that is selected by a resident-selection committee. The submission program is free and open to all artists who have a connection to this region. Artists are able to submit their work for consideration by a diverse group of residents who live at Worthington YARDS. The Residents Select Exhibition will take place each year from Jan.-March in 2019.
The Deadline for submission is August 31, 2019.
Please submit a maximum of 6 images, bio and artist statement to and put Resident Select in the subject line

Visual Art Inspired By Music

Hello Artists! SquidInk asked and you voted, their next show for 2019 is here!
They are asking artists to create artworks inspired by music with a focus on surrealism and abstraction. This is an open medium show, they will be accepting all mediums including sculpture and photography. They will ask that you make mention of your song or composition choice(s) in your descriptions, to give credit to their inspirational artists and musicians. Abstract artists, they will be looking for artwork that communicates rhythm and melody using visual cues. Concrete artists, they will be looking for narratives and symbolism.
So put on your favorite tunes, lay out the paint and create with them!

Space: Is the Final Frontier

Professional and amateur artists 18 years and older are invited to submit (2D – 3D works). All work must be original (no giclee prints) or reproductions will be accepted. Entries must be original and completed within the past 36 months. Artists need not be a resident in the State of Ohio to submit works of art. We reserve the right to reject work that may be inappropriate.

Window to Sculpture Emerging Artists (W2S) Series 2020

The Sculpture Center invites early career artists of the 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 the region during the first ten years of their profession. 4-6 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.

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.

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.