Tell your story – or the world’s story – through art. And find ways to get these stories in front of as many viewers as possible. These are the basic principles of an art career, and part of a professional artist’s job is to seek out the ways in which their work can be disseminated to as wide an audience as possible. Does this mean that you will achieve every opportunity you set out to achieve? Absolutely not. Does that mean you should give up or not try in the first place? Absolutely not.
The Global Peace Photo Award is currently accepting submissions. In their own words:
The top five listed photographers will be awarded the Alfred Fried Peace Medal. The Peace Image of the Year will receive €10,000. The winning picture will be on display for one year at the Austrian Parliament and will be included in the permanent art collection of the Austrian Parliament.
For more information and to submit your work, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is May 22.
The 9th Annual Kjerringøy Land Art Biennial invites artists to submit their concepts for site-specific work that can be made with biodegradable materials and interact with the site on which it rests. All work is intended to fully integrate with the landscape or eventually decompose. For more information and to submit, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is May 23.
Ciclismo ilustrado is an illustration competition with the theme of cycling. This first biennial competition is intended to promote the heritage of the region in which it takes place, Torres Vedras, Portugal. International artists over the age of 18 are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is May 24.
Praxis Center understands the challenges faced by artists pursuing their dream careers. The world is not set up in such a way that makes it easy to find ways of promoting yourself as a professional artist. You will come up against plenty of pushback, from within and outside the art world. But you must press on. Don’t just take no for an answer – use it as the reason to get up, dust off and try again.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World.