Friday, March 1, 2024

Answer the Call

We devote a lot of time to resources designed to help you enrich your artistic self, from residencies to grant funding. But what about simply getting your work out into the world? There are opportunities everywhere if you know were to look, and some in the most unexpected places. These days art isn’t just a matter for museums – or even just galleries. Oh no, nowadays there are chances to have your artwork seen in all kinds of places. Read on for a few interesting ways to answer the call.

Rosenthal Gallery invites female artists to submit their postcard sized artwork to STOP IT! This competition is open to women only and all works must be based on an issue that the artists wishes to see stopped. There is no fee for entry. Submissions must be mailed to:

Rosenthal Gallery
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC 29301

Deadline is February 25

Sausalito Art Festival invites artists to submit their work for a chance to be one of 260 artists at this event in Marin County, California. Sausalito is a well-known festival and takes place in proximity to Silicon Valley where there is a large concentration of wealth and interest in the arts. This opportunity is open to all artists. For full details and to apply, visit the website.

Art in Embassies (AIE), run by the US Department of State, has connected artists with the larger world for 50 years. In their own words: “For five decades, Art in Embassies (AIE) has played a leading role in U.S. public diplomacy through a focused mission of vital cross-cultural dialogue and understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchange. Today, AIE is a public-private partnership engaging over 20,000 participants globally, including artists, museums, galleries, universities, and private collectors, and encompasses over 200 venues in 189 countries. Professional curators and registrars create and ship about 60 exhibitions per year, and since 2000, over 58 permanent collections have been installed in the Department’s diplomatic facilities throughout the world.” Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. For full information and to apply, visit the website.

Here at Praxis Center, we believe in the importance of participating in the larger world. It is the only way for your work to be seen, after all, and can often be an enriching experience in and of itself. Sometimes responding to an open call will yield the results you desire, and other times it will be a lesson in humility and how to deal with rejection. No matter. Both results are valuable. When you join Praxis for just $40/month, you enter into a community of peers standing at the ready to support you through triumph and failure alike. One cannot exist without the other. So get out there. Submit your work. Breathe the sweet air of success and glory in defeat.


Photo credit: Rosenthal Gallery

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