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Artists - Calls for Art

White Cane Day T-Shirt Design Contest

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015

The 2015 White Cane Day Committee is asking for artwork to be submitted by blind/visually impaired children, their families, friends and/or anyone who has children that work with the blind/visually impaired or that is associated with someone in the blindness community. Please pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested! For details visit

The TiLT Challenge

Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015

TiLT asks young artists and media makers (ages 13-22) to share their experiences with disability—in their own lives or in the lives of others—in an effort to shift, or tilt, society's perceptions of people with disabilities. Basically, to use their art form and storytelling capacity to re-frame the way people think about disability through evocative, honest stories.

Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C. and winning submissions will be showcased at the Kennedy Center the week of July 20-26, 2015 as a part of the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th Anniversary of VSA.

For details and to learn more, visit TILTCHALLENGE.ORG.

Windsor Park A.M.P.E.D! Fest (Art-Music-Physical Education-Diversity)

Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 11 am - 4 pm

Call for Artists, Artisans, and Vendors
Blanton Elementary School, 5408 Westminster Drive, Austin, TX 78723
Rent a vendor table for $25. Contact Alicia Maxwell at 512-940-4762 for details.

REACH, Inc. 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Purchase Prize
Call for Art

Deadline: June 15, 2015

REACH of Plano, with generous financial sponsorship from Lift-Aids, Inc., is looking to purchase a work of art created by a Texas artist with a disability that specifically commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Through a juried process, one artist’s work of art will be chosen and purchased for $400 by REACH. For further information or to receive an entry form, contact Julie Espinoza or call 972-398-1111.

VSA Texas Artist Market at Abilities Expo
Houston, TX

Deadline: June 15, 2015

VSA Texas invites artists with disabilities living in the Houston area to submit a booth proposal for the Artist Market at Abilities Expo 2015 in Houston, TX. There is a $5 non-refundable entry fee to be considered and a $20 booth fee if accepted into the show. 2D and 3D works in all media as well as crafts, literary arts, and CDs of music are eligible. Participants will be chosen by VSA Texas based on quality of work, the need to display diverse media, and ability of artist to be present and professional at this full weekend event July 31 - August 2, 2015. For an application and details, please contact April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912.

VSA Texas Distinguished Artist Veterans 6th Annual Exhibition

Deadline: July 16, 2015

VSA Texas invites all Veterans with Disabilities/Wounded Warriors living in Texas to submit artwork to the sixth annual Distinguished Artist Veterans exhibit. This year we have been invited to exhibit at The Art Center of Corpus Christi in September 2015. There is no fee to submit artwork to this call for entries and artwork in all media are eligible. For an entry form, please email April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912.

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2015 Exhibition

Deadline: August 5, 2015

VSA Texas invites all artists in San Antonio and surrounding areas with mental illness to enter artwork into our annual exhibit to be held at a gallery in San Antonio in the month of October. There is no entry fee and 2D and 3D works in all media are eligible. For an entry form, please email Susan Beattie or call 210-908-1776.

Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Competition

Deadline: September 25, 2015

The 2015 Short Film Competition is now open. Enter your film for an opportunity to screen it at Texas' premiere disability cinema event! Prizes include: cash up to $500.00 (USD) and free publicity through Cinema Touching Disability website, newsletter and social media. Get more information at

ReNEW East and Imagine Art Open Call for Solo, Group and Curated Shows

Deadline: Ongoing

Please, send an email to ReNEW East with following information to submit your proposal:

1. About you or your organization, links to your online portfolio, website, or social media
2.The proposed theme of your exhibition
3. Up to 5 JPGs of works that will be shown,
4. Potential month(s) you would like to show
Typical exhibitions will last for fourspace. Gallery hours are from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday. A reception will be hosted by us on your behalf at the start of the show.

ReNEW East is a community space so the artwork must be family friendly and all work submitted to a show will be subject to prior approval.

Call for Pet Portrait Artists with Disabilities

Deadline: Ongoing

Tina is a pet portrait artist with a disability. Her website is Her business is going well and she is looking for more artists to join her team. Artists must have a disability and love animals. For more information email Jeff L. Vogt or contact him at 469-879-4848.

VSA Texas BBVA Compass Bank
Call for Entries

Deadline: Ongoing

Since VSA Texas no longer has our own gallery space, we are partnering with the Allendale Branch of BBVA Compass Bank in Austin. They are providing us with the wall space and we are providing them with beautiful art displays. We are currently accepting entries by local artists with disabilities for 2-month long solo shows at this space. Please ask for an entry form by emailing April Sullivan or calling 512-454-9912.

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