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PRODUCTION COMPANY: Meadway Media (An award-winning creative multi-faceted media company; Meadway Media is a full-service boutique, commercial and corporate video production company taking projects from inception, to production, to delivery, including asset management.)

Meadway Media is now casting real people, models and actors for an upcoming Starbucks Commercial. They are looking for all types of awesome people with great personalities. Talents will be compensated $2500 per day plus an additional $2000 if that footage is using the final edit of the commercial.

Millennials Are Killing It: The Show

Are you a millennial creative, or does your creative work address millennials’ concerns? Come perform, read, present, or display your work at the launch party for the book, "The Gaslighting of the Millennial Generation,” by Caitlin Fisher. The show is May 18th from 5-7at Re/Dress in Lakewood; submission deadline, April 25. Submissions will be evaluated by our curators on a rolling basis, though, so submit early!

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.

2019 Client Art Show, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is now accepting submissions for its 2019 Annual Meeting Client Art Show/Contest. The art show is open to any Cuyahoga County resident who is receiving treatment for mental illness and/or addiction or recovery services. Artists will receive a gift bag of art supplies for participating. Deadline to submit is May 7, 2019.


African American artists of NE Ohio are invited to submit work for inclusion in seenUNseen, a curated Cleveland exhibition of selections from the renowned Kerry & Betty C. Davis Collection (Atlanta, GA) and artwork by NE Ohio artists. This is a unique opportunity to have your work exhibited side-by-side with some of America’s finest African American artists. 

Painted Rain Barrels 2019

Top 12 will win $100 and exhibit design and barrel in Beachwood Art Gallery in August - Deadline May 3

Project Summary:
This Event celebrates and encourages the use of rain barrels, which promote clean water conservation by keeping storm water runoff out of the storm sewer system. Rain barrels collect and retain storm water runoff from the roofs of our homes and buildings. Their use can mitigate combined sewer overflows which occur during heavy storm events, thus preventing raw sewage from contaminating the fresh water of our creeks, rivers; and, ultimately, Lake Erie. Reducing storm water runoff lowers water treatment costs and helps protect our fresh water resources from non-point source pollution, dangerous bacteria, and harmful algal blooms.
This Project intends to showcase outstanding regional artists by helping to support their work with funding and publicity. Artists will compete to design and execute their work on a 55 Gallon Rain Barrel provided by the sponsors. To make each barrel a unique work of art, artists are asked to include a reference to; or, be inspired by: a) the impact of clean water in our lives; b) the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire--the last time the river burned; or, c) the encouragement of clean water conservation. The top twelve designs selected for the Project will be completed and auctioned to the community at an art exhibit, and associated events, at the Beachwood Community Center in July and August as described further below. Artists are welcome to compete in the auction to purchase their own or other artists' barrels.

8-Week Residency at the Cleveland Print Room

Residency Dates:
Summer start: June & July
Fall start: September & October

The Cleveland Print Room (CPR) was established in 2013 as an alternative for study in the photographic visual arts offering a community-oriented and collaborative learning experience. CPR is inviting applications for our new 8-week artist-in-residence program to begin this summer and fall. This has been put into practice in order to provide support and structure for photographers and visual artists wanting to explore photography in the CPR darkroom and workspace.

Surrounded by an immersive photographic community, artists are given access to CPR’s darkroom for both silver gelatin and alternative printmaking. The selected artists will receive a stipend and have full access to CPR facilities throughout the eight-week residency.

After the Pedestal,12th exhibition of small sculpture from the region

Annually through an open call for artists, The Sculpture Center invites all sculptors, including students, currently living and working in our greater region of Ohio, its contiguous states, W. PA (west from Harrisburg), W. NY (west from Syracuse), and Ontario, Canada, to submit recent work for After the Pedestal, the summer juried exhibition of small sculpture. This always critically well received exhibition is juried by an artist or curator of national and international reputation.

CPT, New Play Development RFPs - Entry Point, Test Flight & Catapult

Cleveland Public Theatre is seeking proposals for its three 2020 New Play Development Programs, Entry Point, Test Flight and Catapult. Each program focuses on theatre artists with different needs and in different stages of their careers. Deadline to submit for all 2020 New Play Development Programs is April 22, 2019.

After the Pedestal 2019, The Sculpture Center

Annually through an open call for artists, The Sculpture Center invites all sculptors, including students, currently living and working in our greater region of Ohio, to submit recent work for After the Pedestal, the summer juried exhibition of small sculpture. Deadline to submit is May 5, 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!

2019 Open Submissions

Playwrights Local seeks original, unproduced plays for our 2019-2020 programs and events. Approximately fifteen works will be selected for multiple opportunities including:
-Staged readings of plays of all lengths in our annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival;
-Development of full-lengths in our Play Lab program;
-Readings of one-acts and full-lengths in our Roundtable workshop;
-Production of audio plays in our PodPlay series;
-Consideration of full-lengths for production in our 2020-2021 season.
There is no fee for submitting.

Summer in the Studio Workshop Series

Spend a week in the studio for a printmaking or glass intensive workshop. You’ll get an immersive experience learning new creative processes and techniques, while utilizing CIA’s two-story, light-filled, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Each workshop is led by an internationally recognized visiting artist. Cost of $650 per workshop, includes instructional supplies and use of studio and facilities. Workshops are scheduled from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, with some evening studio time available. Sign up online by Friday, May 17. Students should attend prepared with some working knowledge of general studio protocol and safety procedures.

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. 

Indigenous - Culture & Art Celebration

This is an open medium show. They will be accepting functional crafts and trade art as well as fine art. Feel free to submit pottery, ceramics, bead work or thread art for this show. This show is an opportunity to share your work and your stories with SquidInk's viewers. They will be giving each participating artist the ability to link our viewers to their stores and websites. They will not be selling the art on their gallery website but will list sale prices for anyone who wishes to link their store to the gallery. They are looking for works by members of Tribal Nations (pre-colonization and pre conquest descendants). All artists are welcomed to submit work for the show but keep in mind the authenticity of your work is important to them. They encourage artists to share works from personal experience inspired by your heritage and culture. Please be mindful of cross cultural influences that may be present in your work and most importantly be mindful of each other.
This is an exclusively online gallery event.

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.

In Honor of Trees

Professional and amateur artists 18 years and older are invited to submit 2D works.
All Mediums Accepted.
All work must be original (no giclee prints)
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.