Artist Opportunities

The best resources for artists seeking new opportunities for career advancement, visibility & validation

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We’ve compiled the best resources for artists seeking new platforms to gain visibility.

These sites offer the most thorough, up to date, and high quality artist opportunities currently available. If you are looking for a new outlet for your work, would like to apply for a grant, or have always wanted to dive into an artist residency, below you will find a myriad of options to get started.

NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) provides a deep range of services to hlep working artists and organizations thrive in an increasingly competitive environment. Artists that have been around for years will undoubtedly be familiar with NYFA who, in addition to providing annual grants (limited to New York artists), maintains a regularly updated classified section focused on a number of opportunity types, from open call juried exhibition to grants, fellowships, and residencies. While the Classified section is probably the most visited area of the site, make sure to do a deep dive on their professional resources to enhance your marketing and promotion strategies to help get your work in front of a wider audience.

C4E is a searchable online guide that collects the most relevant open calls around and presents them in an easily digestible package. The site interface boasts a particularly clean, strong design, which makes browsing the numerous listings very easy. One excellent feature of this site is that calls are broken into categories for artists and photographers. This can be particularly helpful for artists whose medium specificity may play a role in their eligibility for some opportunities, enabling them to quickly sift and browse the most relevant options.

Arts for LA
Arts for LA is a long standing voice in the West Coast and Greater Los Angeles arts community that informs, engages, and mobilizes individuals and organizations to advocate for access to the arts. While the majority of their programming is centered around the incredible arts scene in Los Angeles, Arts for LA is generous enough to also maintain an regularly updated opportunities sections, which includes a range of exciting option for artists seeking exhibitions, grants, and residencies.

SPE (Society for Photographic Education) fosters understanding of photography in all its form and related media. While it is primarily a professional resource for photo-based artists connected to academia, SPE operates one of the most comprehensive listing sites for jobs and opportunities in the photographic community. This is a particularly welcome resource for photography and image based media artists because they can guarantee eligibility for all calls posted at SPE. In addition to their resources list, teaching photographers should consider attending their annual conferences, held in cities across the country, which bring together high level practitioners to work together to advance their field.

Unique among the entities we’ve covered here, wooloo.org was developed and founded by Wooloo, a Copenhagen based artist collective that primarily works with social sculpture. A testament to the artist’s ambitious, forward thinking practice, wooloo.org was launched in 2002 as an online community for artists, long before social networks were common places for art based image exchange. The site allows users to create an share their work via a dedicated profile page, and the listings here are some of the most relevant opportunities around for time tested artists seeking grants, residencies, and other platforms for exposure, Wooloo is proudly made for artists by artists.

Calendar for Artists
Calendar for Artists is an outstanding resource for artists seeking competition, awards, and prizes. The site, operated by an artist based in Melbourne, is a fantastic resource and gateway to artist opportunities in Australia. If your studio practice is based in the US and you are looking for international exposure, this is a great place to start. The design of the calendar is particularly useful as it lists open calls in order of deadline, so the calls closing soon are always at the top, and the calendar is easily sortable to highlight sub categories.

TransArtists is primarily a resource dedicated to finding the best artist residencies throughout the world. The site has an incredibly comprehensive list of international opportunities for off set work. Whether you are looking to relocate your studio practice or you simply would like to conduct research in a new environment, DutchCulture | TransArtists maintains what is likely the best resource for these types of opportunities. In addition, they offer non-residency based opportunities as well, which includes open calls, competitions, fellowships and more under the Do It Yourself classified section.

Whether you are looking for a grant, residency, or exhibition, the resources we have outlined are a great place to begin your search.

Main Points

  • Arts for LA for Los Angeles area options
  • C4E for open calls in a beautiful interface
  • TransArtists for Residencies
  • SPE for photography-centric options
  • Calendar for Artists for Australian themed opportunities
  • Wooloo for an artist run platform
  • NYFA for New York based professional services and artist classifieds

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