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Call for Artists: WOVEN / Juneteenth Juried Show

The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, in partnership with the Chapman Cultural Center, seeks to highlight the work of outstanding BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists in the southeastern region through their upcoming juried exhibition, WOVEN.

Artists working in all mediums are invited to apply, with a special emphasis on folk art and craft. Woven is an exhibition that will highlight works of creatives such as quilters, weavers, musicians and visual artists from the southeast region. This exhibition and accompanying event seeks to celebrate and commemorate the visual storytelling and traditions in conversation with the African Diaspora. Through this presentation of visual storytelling and craft-based works we seek to broaden intergenerational narratives of BIPOC experiences and creative practices. Accepted works will be exhibited in conjunction with the Guild’s Summer Solstice Art Market and Juneteenth Festival, taking place on June 19, 2021. This exhibition will be held in the first-floor gallery space at the Chapman Cultural Center, which receives high foot traffic and is open to the public Mon-Sat.



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Spartanburg artist needed for mural

'Hope in the Burg' to transform building

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, May 28, 2021, 5 p.m. ET

Spartanburg artists are encouraged to apply to design a public art project to include a large destination mural in downtown Spartanburg.

The mural is meant to become a destination for people who live in or visit Spartanburg, much like the “Love Where You Live” mural currently is. The Come Closer group would like to see clever and dynamic design that will naturally encourage people to take selfies in front of it and thus help spread the word about the Hope in the Burg project. The mural will be installed on the back brick wall of the SC Legal Services offices. Their official address is on Main Street, in downtown Spartanburg, but the back wall mural will be facing Dunbar Street. The mural, or parts of it, will likely be used as a logo, coloring sheet, and may be used for stickers, t-shirts, posters, etc. Mural and other related items will be used to promote the Hope in the Burg project throughout the Spartanburg community.


All artists over the age of 18 who live or have a studio in Spartanburg County are eligible. Applicants should be aware that the artist selected for this project will not be able to retain intellectual property rights to their selected design(s). The mural and related images created for this project will become the intellectual property of the Come Closer group, a Spartanburg-based Christian organization (read more below) who plan to reproduce the work with little or no profit. Any profits made from the sale of related merchandise will be donated to local charities who provide essential services in Spartanburg County, such as food, shelter, healthcare, and education. However, the group agrees to include the artist’s name or signature on all commercial reproductions, if the artist requests it. This public art project, an initiative of Come Closer, is being managed by Chapman Cultural Center. The submission deadline is Friday, May 28 at 5 p.m. ET. Read more in the artist call. Please contact Melissa Earley if you have any questions: or 864.278.9685.

Hope in the Burg, presented by Come Closer

Spartanburg is a place where hope exists. It is present in our community and available to everyone. For people of faith, we know that there is hope in Jesus who has the power to change lives. We see hope at work in our schools, hospitals, prisons, businesses, neighborhoods, churches, shelters, and other organizations. Whether you are seeking spiritual truth, assistance during one of life's storms, or a new way of life altogether, there is hope in the 'Burg! The HOPE mural is meant to be a gift to the residents and visitors of Spartanburg from the Christian faith community. It is meant to direct people who are struggling in our community to services that can help them and bring them hope.

Come Closer Group

Come Closer is a city movement made up of a group of pastors, ministry workers, business and civic leaders who desire to love the city of Spartanburg to life in Christ. Come Closer focuses on important areas of need in the community such as poverty & homelessness, children & orphans, prisoners, internationals & refugees, racial reconciliation and fighting against human trafficking.

Jason Rapp

Ag + Art Tour ’21 calls for artisans

And farms!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Look like it's Call for Art Friday on The Hub.

Sometimes it works out that way. Now, we are fans of the Ag + Art Tour, and are really excited to have it back this year. To make it successful, it needs artisans. If you live in or near one of the participating counties, this is your chance. Artisans, for the purpose of this program, are defined as individuals who make hand crafted products without the use of kits, commercial models and whose primary components are not manufactured. Artisans will be located at Tour Farm Sites and can sell their products. Farmers Markets are tour sites but we do not place artisans at these locations as they have their own rules and regulations for participating. Examples of artisans include but are not limited to painters, potters, weavers, quilters, acoustic musicians, artisan bakers, value-added producers, etc. There is no fee to participate. The Ag + Art Tour County Planning Teams will make every effort to place artisans at their requested location but this placement cannot be guaranteed.  If multiple artisans select the same location, placement will be based on a first-come-first-served basis, with special attention given to the type of artisan to allow for a diversity of activities at each site. Interested? Click here to learn more and apply. Do you own or operate a farm and feel like maybe being host of some of these great artisans and activities? They need you too.

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Richland Library exhibition series to highlight BIPOC artists

Pop-up outdoor shows to start this spring

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Richland Library is collaborating with local visual artist Jeff Rivers to expand the social and economic participation of underserved artists and communities.

We're currently seeking submissions for an outdoor exhibition series in May and June 2021. The Pop-Up Art Shows intend to highlight the work of local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists and their unique personal ties to seven of our library locations, including:
  • Edgewood (2101 Oak St.)
  • Main (1431 Assembly St.)
  • North Main (5306 North Main St.)
  • Northeast (7490 Parklane Rd.)
  • Sandhills (763 Fashion Dr.)
  • Southeast (7421 Garners Ferry Rd.)
  • St. Andrews (2916 Broad River Rd.)
We're looking for work that speaks to each neighborhood's roots, culture and citizenry. Submissions should contain the artist's head shot and bio, at least five examples of the artist's work, the artist's preferred location, and a brief summary of the artist's connection to the community. To read the official call for artists or to apply, visit The deadline is Thursday, April 15. For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803.587.3637 or

About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 13 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

Jason Rapp

S.C. Arts Foundation looking for #SCartists’ work

2021 Find Joy in Art Auction

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Friday, April 9, 2021 (Updated)

The South Carolina Arts Foundation (SCAF) invites South Carolina artists to participate in its 2021 online auction.

The Art Auction is meant to serve as both a sales opportunity for South Carolina’s visual artists and as an opportunity to build and promote arts patronage. A selection committee will select artists whose work will be included in the auction. Artists will be notified of their inclusion by Friday, April 9, 2021. The auction will be held May 17-21 and May 24-28. Ed. note: Clarifying language was added to the general information below on Feb. 26. A submission deadline extension was announced April 5.


  1. Open to artists working in 2-D and 3-D.
  2. Works should be of high artistic quality.
  3. Works should have a broad appeal.
  4. Works must be original.
  5. 2-D works must be framed.
  6. Works should be representative of the artist’s style.

Size, Shipping and/or Delivery, Insurance

There are no restrictions on size of artwork. However, the cost of shipping and/or delivery to the buyer should be considered by the artist. While shipping and/or delivery of artwork to the buyer is the responsibility of the artist, the South Carolina Arts Foundation will help facilitate deliveries when possible. Additionally, sold works being shipped must be insured.

Application Process and Submission Requirements

Minimum Bids

The South Carolina Arts Foundation will handle the sale with the agreed upon split of the minimum. The artist’s stated price will be listed as the minimum bid. Anything over and above the minimum bid will also go to the South Carolina Arts Foundation. Example: Artwork price established by artist is $100. This price is where the bidding begins. Based on the available share options (artist/SCAF) 75/25%; 0/100% or other which cannot be less than 25% for the Foundation, the artist receives his/her percentage share. Proceeds above the artist’s stated price will be retained by the Foundation to support the programs and services of the S.C. Arts Commission.
If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Lee at the South Carolina Arts Commission ( | 803.734-8674).


2021 Biennale makes call for artists

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 19, 2021

Art League of Hilton Head invites artists to enter the 2021 Biennale, its 27th National Juried Exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types.

Categories include:
  • Oil
  • Acrylic
  • Pastel
  • Watermedia
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media
  • Three-Dimensional
  • and All Other
Over $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded. The deadline to enter is March 19, 2021. For further information and to enter, go to All accepted works of art selected by three jurors will be on display at Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. This state of the art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility. Prize winners will be chosen by 2021 Biennale judge Marc Hanson. Nationally known, award-winning artist Marc Hanson is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.M.), having won numerous awards of excellence throughout his career. He has been published and featured in national art publications including on the covers of Plein Air and Southwest Art Magazine, and in the book 'Oil Painting Secrets With The Masters,' by Cindy Salaski. His work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. The 2021 Biennale exhibition will be free and open to the public from May 4-26, 2021. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m.


The initial version of this post listed an incorrect start date for the Biennale.

About Art League of Hilton Head

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501 (c) (3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic Art Gallery and teaching Academy. For almost 50 years, Art League has been the Lowcountry's creative core for the visual arts with traditional and cutting-edge exhibitions, classes, workshops, lectures and special community art events. To learn more and for a calendar of events, visit

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$550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

Submissions open for Winter '21 cycle


Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer.

In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Click here for more information and to apply. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

How to apply

Visual artists and photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at

Recent recipients

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at Yannick Lowery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Fall Grant Recipient – Art Giulia Parlato Palermo, Italy • Fall Grant Recipient – Photography Bianca Barandun London + Zurich • Summer Grant Recipient – Art Torrance Hall Baltimore, Maryland • Summer Grant Recipient – Photography Kylie Lockwood Detroit, Michigan • Spring Grant Recipient – Art Lindsey Kennedy Santa Fe, New Mexico • Spring Grant Recipient – Photography Lynnea Holland Weiss Cleveland, Ohio • Winter Grant Recipient – Art Dylan Hausthor New Haven, Connecticut • Winter Grant Recipient – Photography

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$500 for tiny art: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art

Authors & artists eligible for Geminga

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Geminga is a neutron star so small it was difficult to detect. It was named, in part, for a transcription of gh’è minga, meaning “it’s not there.”

For 2021, Sunspot Lit is launching Geminga: $500 for tiny fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or visual art to honor the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category.

Author restrictions

  • Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction.
  • Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters. Characters include spaces, punctuation, numbers, and letters of the alphabet.
  • Titles are not included in the word count.
  • Compound words separated by hyphens, numbers, and letters of the alphabet are counted as a single word.

Artist restrictions

Visual art entries should be paintings, drawings, or sketches no larger than 25 inches square. Sculptural forms should be no larger than 25 inches in any dimension (length, height, or width).


  • Open: January 1, 2021
  • Close: March 31, 2021
  • Entry fee: $6
  • Prize: $500 cash, publication for the winner, publication offered to runners-up and finalists.

Submit entries to:

Jason Rapp

Craft artists: apply for ACC’s Craft Week

American Craft Council makes call for art

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, February 8, 2021 Text based promotional image for Baltimore Craft Week, Online April 12-17, 2021

Craft artists are invited to sell work and tell their stories in the American Craft Council's latest online marketplace.

Baltimore Craft Week is a juried, online marketplace event designed to connect American makers to a national audience of craft enthusiasts while celebrating local craft culture. Regionally inspired partnerships and programming will help create an engaging platform, with more than 100 diverse artists from across the country selling work through our ecommerce site. The event is open to artists from across the country who are creating work that reflects the diversity of contemporary craft. It's designed to be an immersive platform where people can discover who you are and what goes into your work.
  • Have your work seen by our engaged craft audience of 56K email contacts and over 82K followers on social media.
  • Our previous two events have brought in $207K in artists sales.
  • Curated shopping experiences and artist storytelling will be a main feature of the event.
  • Programming will highlight regional community partners and reinforce the importance of craft in our lives.
  • We offer artist onboarding and support through our easy-to-use platform.
ACC featured more than 200 artists in  past online events Craft Bash and San Francisco Bay Area Craft Week. Learn more and apply here.

Jason Rapp

Important South Arts deadline coming up

Visual #SCartists eligible for up to $30,o00

Kristi Ryba, the 2020 South Arts State Fellow from South Carolina, seated and painting in her studio. Kristi Ryba, the 2020 South Arts State Fellow from South Carolina, in her studio.

Southern Prize and State Fellowships

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET South Arts' Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, celebrate and support the highest quality artistic work created across our region. Nine artists living in AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN will share $80,000 in cash awards. One artist per state will receive a State Fellowship of $5,000. Two State Fellows will receive the Southern Prize awards, with one Southern Prize finalist receiving an additional $10,000, and one Southern Prize winner receiving an additional $25,000. Both Southern Prize recipients also receive a two-week residency with The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. All nine artists will be featured in a touring exhibition in 2021, with dates/locations TBD depending on the status of the pandemic. This program is open to artists living in our region working in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary artforms. The jurors will make their selections based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region. Applications for the 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships are now open. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. ET on January 11, 2021.