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Call for works that explore the childhood home as it relates to family relationships, childhood memories, and/or feelings of dysphoria.

The home is a place that fosters our understanding of relationships. During the early years of childhood is when we develop socially and emotionally. Later in life, these early years will impact our ability to foster relationships, empathize, and how to interact with others. When revisiting memories of home, it is important to teeter on the edge of both joy and trauma as this duality defines us. There are nurturing memories that offer safety and warmth. However, for others, the home can represent pain where a moment of trauma is forever encased in time. Home can be a physical location, associated with the material, or defined within one’s self. This cultivation of objects and relationships defines who we are.

*There are no submission fees. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply.

“Us: What divides us and what unites us?” International Online Call for Entries

Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC is seeking entries for an international online juried show “Us: What divides us and what unites us?” scheduled to exhibit online September 11 - October 30, 2020.

Babbitt Road Mural, City of Euclid

Babbit Road Mural


Babbit Rd Mural 2

The City of Euclid and its Keep Euclid Beautiful Committee are seeking proposals from local artists and/or artist-led teams to design and install a large-scale mural that involves public participation elements. The project is located in the heart of the City of Euclid’s Industrial and Innovation Corridor, on a concrete retaining wall associated with a railroad and owned and maintained by the City of Euclid. The mural will be painted over the course of one weekend, September 25–27th, 2020. Entry deadline is July 27, 2020 by 4 p.m. 

2020 Spectacular Vernacular RFP, City of Lakewood

Since 2016, the City of Lakewood has been investing in public-private art projects to increase its value as a place that attracts and retains residents, entrepreneurs, employees, and entertainment offerings. The City is now relaunching the Spectacular Vernacular application for 2020. Deadline to submit an application for a new project is August 10, 2020.

Why We Count, Census Art Contest

Attention artists of ALL AGES - your count in the 2020 Census matters! The Cleveland Foundation and other community partners want you to create a piece of art in any discipline inspired by “Why We Count." Share your work on social media and be entered to win a gift card from community partners. Four grand prize winners will receive a $500 gift card, and up to twenty honorable mentions receiving a $25 gift card. Deadline to submit is July 31, 2020.

Cleveland Dance Fest 2020

CDF 2020 will be taking applications for performance pieces and dance films starting April 1st, 2020. CDF has four applications this year for artists to apply.
Show 1 & Show 2 - open to professional artists (independent artists & dance companies)
Emerging Works Concert - open to emerging artists (college artists & works in progress)
Youth Showcase - open to pre-professional youth dance groups ages 12-18 years old
Dance on Film (NEW THIS YEAR!) - open to all artists over 18!

Voices of CLE Public Art Initiative

Downtown brings together people from all backgrounds, city neighborhoods, and suburban communities. It’s a place to live, work, play and do business, and many business owners in Downtown have expressed their support of recent protests and frustrations with status quo. They’ve also asked for help in animating their spaces while awaiting needed repairs to windows and storefronts. If you are an artist who would like to amplify your work and bring eye-catching and thought-provoking visuals to Downtown by participating in this public art project, sign up and be added to our growing database. 

Lakewood Mural: Transit Waiting Shelter

The City of Lakewood is excited to release this Call for Artists for an artistic transit shelter wrap at the RTA stop adjacent to the pocket park improvements at Beck Center. The project highlights the importance of public-private partnerships as well as the city’s ongoing investment in the arts, culture, and creative economy within Lakewood. Deadline to submit is July 20, 2020

6th Annual National Juried Exhibition

Oxford Arts Alliance is having their 6th Annual National Juried Exhibition in October! Their juror for this renowned annual exhibition is Steven Harvey of the Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project. Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects is a gallery focused on contemporary and post-war painting. It was established in 2007 on the upper east side. In 2011 it moved to the lower east side. Contemporary artists it represents include Gideon Bok, Chuck Bowdish, Kurt Knobelsdorf, Sangram Majumdar, E.M. Saniga and Stuart Shils. Additionally they represent the estates of Gandy Brodie, Earl Kerkam, Seymour Remenick and Bill Rice. The gallery is directed by Steven Harvey and Jennifer Samet. Steven Harvey has over twenty five years experience in the art world as a curator, art advisor, art dealer and writer. (source)

Climate Change: What Will You Do To Help?

The Oxford Arts Alliance is having a national juried exhibition in September called "Climate Change: What Will You Do To Help?". They're asking artists to respond to one or more of these questions with your art:
-What can you do?
-What will you do?
-What are you doing?
-What if we don’t?

Voces Fuertes Open Mic

Voces Fuertes is a biweekly open mic for Latino/a/x and BIPOC* poets, musicians, literary artists, storytellers and comedians to share their work and amplify their voices. Hosted by Andrew Aaron Valdez and Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center.

Call for Random Acts of Art!

Random Acts of Art is an open call for artists, musicians/composers, poets and community members to share work as part of a Heights Arts digital exhibition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any artist, musician or poet who resides in Cuyahoga County is encouraged to submit work to the project.

To learn more about this new initiative, please go to Heights Arts website at

Cleveland Starving Artist's Drive Thru

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. We think ART is important! During these tough times, Jim Lanza found a fun, safe way to keep ART alive! Every Sunday, Cleveland Starving Artist's Drive Thru will post 5 pieces from a Cleveland artist. M-F they post the individual pieces with price and size. If a person likes what they see, they can contact either the artist or the Cleveland Starving Artist's Drive Thru's facebook page ( Every Saturday is pickup day at their Gordon Square studio. Once the person pays, they will receive a time slot and the address for pickup. Payment can be made by Square or Paypal with the artist. Cleveland Starving Artist's Drive Thru is trying to make this as safe and fast as possible.

Jim Lanza hopes to feature different artists, so please contact him at or through the facebook page if you are interested in being a featured artist.

Douglas Lillibridge Artist In Residency Program 2021

TMPAC is proud to announce its first artist-in-residence program beginning January 1, 2021 named in honor and in memory of our co-founder, Douglas Lillibridge. 
The program is open to playwrights ages 21+ who currently reside in one of the following Ohio counties: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne.

Please read and review the outline below for details regarding this program.

  1. The work must be original and not have been workshopped, or performed, with any other U.S.-based theatre company (professional and/or non-professional), and/or educational program.
  2. The piece must be at least 90 minutes in performance length, and the script written (and performed) in U.S. English.
  3. Cast of characters: no less than 2, no more than 8.
  4. The show will be performed in our theatre space* in Twinsburg, OH.
  5. The piece should be geared to an adult audience (no children’s theatre).
  6. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 2, 2020. Included in your submission, please provide an essay (500 words or less) on how this program will help you as an artist and playwright.
    1. Please be sure to include your complete contact information, including name, address, phone, email with your submission.
  7. Send A COPY (no originals, please) to:
  8. Finalists for this program will be asked to meet with members of the TMPAC board between October and December, 2020.


The Movement Project's Cleveland Dance Fest is set to return for its 5th season November 6th & 7th, 2020 at the beautiful Pilgrim Church in Tremont! The 2-day festival will feature master classes by CDF artists and performances featuring Cleveland dance artists, visiting artists and pre-professional artists.

Our Immigrant Nation Juried Exhibition

This exhibit is intended to showcase a wide range of views and perspectives on immigration in, and its influences on, the United States today, and is open to all artists, over the age of 18, living in northeast Ohio. You do not have to be an immigrant to apply. We are looking for both 2D and 3D artwork in any medium. All submitted work must be original and completed within the past three years. Each artist is welcome to submit up to 3 entries. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2020.

Let's Talk Art Coffee Klatch

This coffee klatch is not your everyday gossip gathering. They want to use community driven democratically issued financial support for emerging local artists and makers. Emerging artists bring samples of their work and talk about their ideas and vision. The cash collected will be granted to one artist to further their vision. The theme for this round is "Neighbor".

They are looking for artists and attendees to participate.

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.