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This year’s symposium exhibition will focus on undergraduate and graduate level work that engage in the exploration and expansion of ideas surrounding materiality. “Materiality” is a loaded term within the space of sculpture. Historically, The Sculpture Center has used it to specify their medium and media, but over the last six decades the field has expanded in such a way that the idea of materiality has been redefined and moved beyond the traditional boundaries of “medium”.

They seek artwork and expressions of constructed forms, actions and interactions that examine or reexamine any of the following conditions or states of material and materiality: physical matter such as stone, metal, clay, glass, fiber, natural or human-made objects; expanded media forms including immersive, performative, virtual, generative, environmental and/or social; as well as research-oriented models focused on informational and diagrammatic outcomes.

MATERIAL | IMMATERIAL will take place in a 6000 square foot exhibition space on the 7th floor of the historic Secor Hotel building in downtown Toledo.

Twerk Your Work

Raise your voice. Be heard. Twerk Your Work is looking for you! They seek to locate and celebrate the best literature from people of color and to expand the audience of readers and writers for the purpose of enriching the body of emerging creative cultural voices in the region.

They are seeking writers of color -- writers from all the muted yellow, red, black, and brown rainbow -- across Northeast Ohio to perform their fresh, unpublished works at a day-long literary event on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH) in collaboration with the 2019 Great Lakes Black Writers Expo. Featured writers will perform at events throughout the day and should be prepared to talk briefly about their drafts and their writing process.

Zygote Press: 2021 Open Call for Exhibition Proposals

Zygote is currently accepting applications for two Curatorial / group Exhibitions for 2021, one in winter and one in spring. Qualified curators or artists should be established professionals in the U.S. or abroad.
Criteria: The show must contain an element of print in it.

Zygote Press: 2-Week Open Call Residencies 2020

Zygote accepts applications for two 14-day Open Call residencies per year, (typically) one in summer and one in winter. Qualified artist residents should be printmakers in the U.S. or abroad with the aim to work on a special project in Zygote’s Cleveland facilities.

These residencies include free housing in the Zygote Press Artist Share Space (ZPASS) loft apartment — a live-work accommodation above the E. 30th St. studio — as well as a stipend and full access to the shop for two weeks. In exchange, residents give a lecture or demonstration and donate one work created at Zygote to the archive. Additional Zygote funding is not available for travel costs. The precise 2-week time slot of residencies will be agreed upon by Zygote’s Residency Director and the selected artist based on availability of ZPASS.

Zygote Press: Local Artist in Residence 2020

Each spring Zygote welcomes an artist to participate in their Local AIR (artist in residence) program. These artists are non-printmakers with an established art career and body of work. The goal of the residency is to expose other artists in the community to print and teach these artists how to translate their current work into a specific print technique. Applicants for the Local AIR should be a mid-career or an established artist located in the vicinity of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Know Your Meme

Know Your Meme and San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) are pleased to present the call for art, Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Phenomena. The exhibition, which will be on view at SJMQT from October 20, 2019 - January 12, 2020, explores the concept of the meme as a poignant method to summarize, understand, and critique important societal issues and current events. In true meme fashion, the artwork selection will be driven by the power of the people and curated by the online community. All artworks must depict, relate to, or reference a meme through a textile method such as quilting, embroidery, cross- stitching, knitting and crocheting, weaving, basketry, etc. 


The Cleveland Print Room is seeking artists to submit to the 2019 National Juried Peer Show. Artists working in any photographic-oriented medium are invited to apply.
Registration is $25 for CPR Members and $30 for CPR non-members. You can become a member today by visiting their website:

The registration fee allows each artist to submit up to two (2) pieces of original art in any photographic-oriented medium. Entry fees are non-refundable. ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED FROM JUNE 1 – AUGUST 1, 2019. Artists will be notified by Friday, August 16 by midnight of acceptance.

Life in the City

Front Street is proud to announce a nationwide open call for artists to submit original works for 'Life in the City,' an urban-themed exhibition that will go on display at Front Street's Experience Gallery on August 2nd. The opening is timed to coincide with Downtown Dayton's Art in the City event the same day, and will remain on display through August 18. 

Front Street’s ‘Life in the City’ exhibit strives to showcase original artwork from artists all over the U.S. who are inspired by urban architecture or modern urban lifestyle. The spectrum of submissions may range from the straightforward presentation of a photograph to conceptual pieces that distill the hustle and bustle of everyday city life into a single, abstract image. For this call, Front Street is looking for entries of recent art made by artists currently working in any region of any state, fitting the exhibit’s vision. 

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.

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.

Seeking Collaborative Performers

Seeking collaborative performers for an upcoming project at SPACES. The exhibition, Room, is a variation on the escape room. It is an interactive multimedia installation, performance, and speculative retelling of historical narratives from the lives of three women, enslaved in colonial America. The project has been conceived and directed by artist Marisa Williamson ( Room will be open to the public as an exhibition during SPACES’ public hours. The interactive game play and live lessons will be free to attend, but viewers must sign-up.

Sunny Art Prize 2019

The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition in the UK is a global platform offering art opportunities to emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across the world,  including London, Beijing and Shanghai. The art contest will also give the art prize winners the opportunity to be part of a one-month artist residency. The Artist Residency Programme is organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions and it provides the chance to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China. 

RFQ: Public Art Vermillion, Parson's Wall Mural Project

Public Art Vermilion (PAV), a program of Main Street Vermilion (MSV), requests artists or artist teams to submit their interest and qualifications for the commission of a site specific outdoor public mural located on River Road, across the street from Rotary Park in Vermilion, Ohio. Deadline to submit is May 31, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.

Ohio Paint Print Photo

A new exhibit at The Dairy Barn Arts Center to highlight contemporary Ohio artists working in all forms of painting, printmaking and photography!
Submissions accepted April 15 – July 1, 2019
On View at The Dairy Barn Arts Center October 4 – November 30, 2019.

52 Weeks 52 Works - 2020 Desk 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. We encourage professionals, educators and students to submit; the calendar is a comprehensive catalogue of Northeast Ohio's current fine-art talent. This year's chosen artists will be on exhibit this November. Deadline to submit it May 31, 2019.

Aggregate Animated Shorts

Aggregate Space Gallery (ASG) is pleased to announce its Third Annual International Short Film Festival. Yearly they receive hundreds of submissions. The theme of the show will grow out of the quality of the submissions they receive and they will start evaluating the submissions immediately.

They will be accepting films from 2 - 25 minutes of length in the categories of narrative and non-narrative. Animations of all styles, digital and analog, will be considered. Submissions are DUE JUNE 23 / 11:59 PM PST. You will receive an email by their team regarding your submission by July.

To present the festival, they will be hosting concurrent looping screenings of the animation selections in an Oakland theater in August (date and location forthcoming), followed by a ticketed award ceremony the same night. With your submission, you will get a complimentary ticket to this event!

Share Your Story: Ohio Prison Arts Connection

Ohio Prison Arts Connection is seeking stories from artists, program facilitators and more. OPAC is a coalition of people committed to working together to building arts access for people in prison and re-entry, and to creating spaces for storytelling, resource-sharing, and dialogue both inside and outside of prisons. Upload a quick video to their site to share your art, program or story on their site. 

Identity - Portrait Competition

Welcome artists! SquidInk Gallery is releasing this new call to focus on portraits and identity. What does this mean? Well here are some of the ideas they have been toiling with:
Portraiture is an ancient art and has been used to represent status, wealth, importance and clout. We want you to explore the portrait and make it more. Who is this person we are looking at? What are they like? What do they do? Help us to imagine what it would be like to have a conversation with this person. Give context clues in the details, background, clothing or use of mediums. Be expressive and show us your style and interpretation of the human image. We will be looking for portraits that focus on the identity of the individual.
Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting your entries:
SquidInk is looking for entries that speak emotionally and visually to them. They want to see the evidence of your creative decisions and style. Portraits do not need to be literal; as they will be accepting abstract, surreal and also representational art pieces. If you have any questions or concerns please contact them.

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.