August Artist Opportunities: Don't Miss These Upcoming Deadlines – Art Design Consultants


August Artist Opportunities: Don't Miss These Upcoming Deadlines

Posted on 23 August 2018

the best artist opportunities in the nation

As an artist, your creative talent should be recognized, rewarded and replenished. You can do just that with these soon-to-expire deadlines for RFPs, calls to artists and artist-in-residency programs on our Blink Art Artist Opportunities.

We know you are busy and hard at work creating, that’s why we've pulled these opportunities so you can quickly apply the top artist opportunities in the country. 


RFQ: Public Art for Eden Prairie - $130,000

Eden Prairie, Minnesota USA


ORGANIZATION: City of Eden Prairie

AWARD / BUDGET: $130,000

DESCRIPTION: The City of Eden Prairie is excited to invite artists to submit applications to be considered for a public art project in coordination with a major boulevard reconstruction in 2019. The construction for Preserve Boulevard will improve traffic flow and help control water levels to minimize the impact of large rain events on adjacent properties. Learn more at

We are seeking innovative public artists with fabrication experience to submit their qualifications. There will be multiple locations within and near the boulevard for site-specific work, such as medians and open areas at each end of the street. Works located within medians should be designed to offer visual impact and serve as calming areas for traffic. All finished artwork should have a consistent design theme and be constructed to withstand Minnesota weather extremes, requiring minimal maintenance by the City.

MORE INFORMATION: See full prospectus



CARB Public Art – Front Green Commission – Riverside County, CA - $450,000

Riverside County, California         USA


ORGANIZATION: California Air Resources Board

AWARD / BUDGET$: 450,000

DESCRIPTION: The Southern California Consolidation Project for the California Air Resource Board (CARB) is an approximately 400,000 square-foot facility on a 19-acre campus located in Riverside, CA. The campus is one of the world’s largest and most advanced emissions testing and research facilities and consolidates five existing locations into one state-of-the-art facility. The campus, under the design-build team of ZGF, Hensel Phelps (HP), and Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI), is the largest true zero net energy facility of its type and has the highest sustainability goals including Zero Net Energy, LEED Platinum, CALGreen Tier 2, and Zero Carbon.

MORE INFORMATION: See full prospectus


49th National Exhibition – $14,000 in awards

Walnut Creek, California               USA


ORGANIZATION: California Watercolor Association

AWARD / BUDGET: $14,000 in prizes

DESCRIPTION: Exhibition Dates:  January 11 – February 16, 2019

Harrington Gallery,  Pleasanton

$14,000 in Anticipated Awards

Entry Opens:      June 1, 2018

Entry Deadline:  September 1, 2018

Entry Juror:        Iain Stewart

MORE INFORMATION: See full prospectus



Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition - $25,000 in awards

Washington DC, USA


ORGANIZATION: National Portrait Gallery

AWARD / BUDGET: $25,000

DESCRIPTION: The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announces an open call from May 28 through Sept. 3, 2018 for submissions to its fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Established in 2006, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invites artists (18 and over) living and working in the United States to submit one portrait for consideration. Selected artworks are featured in a museum exhibition and some artists are awarded prizes. This year, the competition will focus on broadening the definition of portraiture while highlighting the genre’s relevance in contemporary art and culture. The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Additional cash prizes will be awarded. Submissions from each finalist will form “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today” exhibition, which will be displayed at the Portrait Gallery from Nov. 2, 2019, through Sept. 7, 2020, before traveling to other cities in the United States. Previous competitions have received more than 3,000 entries.

The competition welcomes all media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, video, performance and digital or time-based media. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter, but they may also be representative of indirect encounters. All entries by eligible artists must be submitted electronically through the online submission site. For further instructions and details, visit

MORE INFORMATION: See full prospectus


The MacDowell Colony Fellowship/Residency – Peterborough, NH

Peterborough, New Hampshire USA


ORGANIZATION: The MacDowell Colony

DESCRIPTION: The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

Please review the Application Guidelines below before beginning the application process. If you have questions about applying to MacDowell, please contact the admissions office The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply.

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Don’t miss the deadlines for the other $18 Million in grants, fellowships, residencies, RFPs, exhibitions, and calls to artists from across the country.

Our Blink Art Artist Opportunities is a comprehensive listing of nationwide grants, fellowships, residencies, RFPs, exhibitions, and calls to artists from reputable galleries and arts organizations.

To fully take advantage of our artist opportunities page, you must be a member of Blink Art. But what does a membership with Blink Art mean? Not only will you receive access to our comprehensive list of opportunities, we will create a Digital Artist Portfolio for your work. Your portfolio is a sample of the amazing work you create. With the ability to post up to six images you can promote a recent body of work or samples from different series. Blink Art markets its site and online artists through strategic digital advertising and social media campaigns to trade buyers who will contact you directly through our artist directory and the general public who can purchase works directly from the website.


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