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Market and Presentation Opportunities for May

Each month, we curate a list of market and presentation opportunities available to West Virginian artists and creatives. To receive these opportunities as well as upcoming workshops and classes; a round-up of our top blog posts; updates on recent additions to resource library; and more in your inbox each month, sign up to receive our monthly Tamarack Foundation U Dispatch. Select that you are an “Artist or Arts Organization” through our email sign-up form »

If you have an opportunity to share, please email it to Tamarack Foundation Program Director Emma Fisher at [email protected]


In West Virginia


The River 2016: Biennial Juried Exhibition
Deadline: May 2
Location: Parkersburg, WV
Fee: $40
Artwork Accepted: All (Except time-based media, performance art, and installations)*
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The Parkersburg Art Center’s competitive exhibition, The River, showcases the wealth of creative work that is being done by artists living in West Virginia and Ohio. Artists must be at least 18 years of age and reside in West Virginia or Ohio, artists may submit up to five (5) works of original art in two- or three-dimensional media.

*NEW* Beckley Art Center Community Supported Art Program (CSA)
Deadline: May 13
Location: Beckley, WV
Fee: None
Artwork Accepted: All
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Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. We are seeking artists of all disciplines to launch our inaugural Community Supported Art (CSA) program. Artists will be selected by a jury of local food and art luminaries to receive a stipend of $1,000, great connections to local collectors and promotional support. Selected artists will create 50 “shares” for the program.

City of Charleston Public Art Project
Deadline: May 13
Location: Charleston, WV
Fee: None
Artwork Accepted: Painting / Murals
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The City of Charleston is requesting proposals and qualifications for a continuation of the project formerly known as the Peer to Pier Public Art Project. During the summer of 2016, murals will be applied to the 9 interstate support piers on both sides of Lee Street. Part of the ongoing revitalization and beautification of the City of Charleston through the arts, the goal of this project continues to be the enhancement of the connection between the West Side and the downtown. The City will select 9 artists for the project; each artist will paint one pier.

Wild ‘n Wonderful Arts & Crafts Festival 2016
Deadline: June 1
Location: Ripley, WV
Fee: $175-$450**
Artwork Accepted: Inquire with event organizers
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Held July 2 – 4, the Wild and Wonderful Arts and Crafts Festival is dedicated to bringing the community together through arts and entertainment. We have a lineup of artisans whose works include handmade crafts and local musicians, and also offer a selection of food from well-known concessions in the area. Our mission is to provide a venue where artists around the country can share their work with a large audience. We also consider it our task to offer an occasion where people in Ripley, WV and surrounding areas can share and enjoy an enjoyable Fourth of July weekend with their friends and family.

**Application fee and booth fee are the same. Fee will be returned if applicant is not accepted into the festival.

*NEW* The 27th Annual Season of Colors Juried Exhibition
Deadline: July 6
Location: Lewisburg, WV
Fee: $25
Artwork Accepted: All Fine Art (Except Photography)
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Carnegie Hall Presents its annual Season of Colors juried art exhibition. The theme for this year is “Out of the Blue.” Fine art created within the last two years, not larger than 50” in any direction, and not previously shown at Carnegie Hall. No photography will be accepted for the 2016 exhibit (only photographic work will be accepted for 2017 show). Cash awards available.



Across the Region


6th Annual Workhouse Clay International 2016
Deadline: May 4
Location: Lorton, VA
Fee: $30
Artwork Accepted: Ceramics
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The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International Ceramics Exhibition 2016. This 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International Ceramics Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks. The Workhouse Arts Center is excited to continue promoting the best of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the USA and for the first time open it up to ceramic artists from Canada. Cash awards available.

*NEW* Fiber Options: Material Explorations
Deadline: May 12
Location: Annapolis, MD
Fee: $35
Artwork Accepted: Fiber work
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Maryland Federation of Art invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 4th biennial Fiber Options: Material Explorations competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D artwork created with fiber is eligible. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from July 14-August 6, 2016. The exhibition chair is Kass McGowan.

*NEW* 2016 Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition Of Traditional Oils
Deadline: May 27
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Fee: $30
Artwork Accepted: Oil Paintings
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Oil Painters of America’s Eastern Regional Exhibition is once again being hosted by Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, from September 9 through October 8, 2016. Our goal is to assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process will be to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter. Cash awards available.

DANK MEMES: Stories of Cultural Viruses
Deadline: June 12
Location: Savannah, GA
Fee: $25
Artwork Accepted: All
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When Richard Dawkins first coined the word “meme” in 1976, he gave examples which included melodies, catch phrases, fashion trends and even the technology of building arches. Put simply, memes are cultural viruses; they’re ideas spread throughout our collective consciousness with a speed we can scarcely observe. As memes mutate and shift — seeding and replicating in the minds of ever-growing numbers of people — their popularity and trending lifespan become signposts which define broader cultural moments. Non-Fiction Gallery invites you to dig deep and decode the cultural viruses that live in you: show us your dank memes.

*NEW* Art in Place Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Deadline: July 1
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Fee: None
Artwork Accepted: Sculpture / Public Art
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Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA) has an opportunity for artists of monumental proportions. National, regional, and local artists alike are invited to submit original sculpture proposals to ArtInPlace for the 2016-17 season. Selected artists will receive a $1,500 stipend to install their sculptures along the roadways of Charlottesville, VA from October 2016 through September 2017. Artist may apply independently or in a collaborative group by submitting a professional resume with examples of past monumental work, contact information, photos of available work, footing requirements and method of installation for the proposed work, and a brief artist statement.

*NEW* 2016 American Art Today: What is American Art?
Deadline: July 31
Location: Highlands, NC
Fee: $35
Artwork Accepted: All
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The 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, American Art Today, is a prestigious exhibition that features 2D and 3D works of approximately 30 artists from across the nation. This year’s subject, “What is American Art?” will be answered by the juror Dr. William U. Eiland, Director of the Georgia Museum of Art, through the selected works. During his career, he has received several fellowships and distinguished service awards. He serves on several boards including the American Association of Museums. Cash awards available.



Across the Nation

2016 Artist for Artists Project’s Williams Prize in Drawing Exhibition
Deadline: May 15
Location: Simsbury, CT
Fee: $35
Artwork Accepted: Drawing (Emerging Artists Only)
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The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is designed for applicants who are creating 2D drawings with either traditional methods, or more experimental contemporary approaches and materials, excepting digitally created or enhanced art. Drawing media that are encouraged include, but are not limited to, chalk, charcoal, color pencil, Conté, graphite, marker, metal-point, pastel, and pen & ink. There is no theme that must be suggested by the artist, but all art must be original and completed independently within the past 5 years (i.e. 2011-present). “Emerging artists” are those artists who self-identify as “emerging” rather than “mid-career” or “established” artists. Applicants may be recent graduates or currently enrolled in any BFA or MFA degree-granting art school in the United States, working in an “atelier” school, working independently on their art without any institutional affiliation, or even working in some teaching capacity. There are no upper age limits for artists.

*NEW* American Women Artists 2016 National Juried Exhibition
Deadline: June 5
Location: Bennington, Vermont
Fee: $45 (Jurying); $60 (Membership)
Artwork Accepted: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture
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American Women Artists seeks to select an exhibition of representational fine art demonstrating excellence in terms of composition, technique, mastery of medium and quality of design. The final selection will be an exemplary showcase of a diverse group of representational artwork by artists who draw, paint or sculpt in contemporary or traditional style. Approximately 60 pieces of work by AWA Associate members will be chosen as the finalists to be exhibited in AWA’s 2016 National Juried Exhibition, to be shown alongside works by its Master and Signature membership in the Annual Member Show. Applicants must be an associate member of American Women Artists to submit work.

National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society 26th Annual “Best of America” Exhibition
Deadline: June 15
Location: Orleans, MA
Fee: $60-$100
Artwork Accepted: Painting (Oil & Acrylic)
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The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters from all across North America to apply to our annual exhibit honoring the best in oil and acrylic painting. The ‘Best of America’ is a juried competition open to members of NOAPS. The annual membership is $50 and can be paid when entering this exhibit or through the Membership Link at www.NOAPS.org. NOAPS has been showcasing the talents of oil and acrylic painters since 1991. Cash awards available.

* Please note we attempt to assess the types of artwork accepted from available information provided to us, but strongly encourage artists to closely review details and inquire with opportunity providers if they are uncertain.