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Artists - Calls for Art

VSA International Young Soloists Award Program

Deadline: February 8, 2017

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more! Learn more about the VSA International Young Soloists Award Program.

2017 Art of Possibility Art Show & Sale

Deadline: February 12, 2017

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute invites artists with disabilities to submit artwork to participate in the 53rd Art of Possibility Art Show & Sale. More information can be found online or by email.

Creative Access Residency Awards application now available for Visual Artists & Writers with Spinal Cord Injury

Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Creative Access Residencies Program will offer 12 fully-funded studio residency fellowships to artists and writers living with SCI. The application portal is now open at the Alliance of Artist Communities. Visit Alliance of Artists Communities.

Inner Reflections Call for Art

Deadline: March 17, 2017

The Museum of Special Art is calling all Artists with Autism to come showcase your artwork in our "Inner Reflections" Exhibition to commemorate Autism Awareness Month at Bothell Country Village. This is an excellent opportunity for Artists with Disabilities to share their artistic talents and sell their artwares to our community in all types of mediums. Learn more about entry to this exhibition.

8th Annual Distinguished Artist Veterans Call for Art

Deadline: March 20, 2017

Our 8th Annual Distinguished Artist Veterans exhibit will be held in Bryan, TX this year and includes a collaboration of veteran visual artists with our veteran writers. Visual artists are asked to respond through their artwork directly to a literary piece by a veteran writer.

Download the call for art for details.

Distinguished Artist Veterans Call for Songs

Deadline: March 20, 2017

In 2016/17 we have hosted several writing workshops for veterans. These writings include poems, short fiction, and personal narratives. In June 2017 we are hosting a veteran showcase that will feature these writers as well as Veteran musician and visual artist responses to the writings. We want your response to be in the musical genre of your choice and in your own interpretation. You will get a chance to choose the writing you will be responding to on a first come, first serve basis. Musicians will be chosen based on the quality of submitted work samples. We expect final songs to be of the same quality. A final product will be a CD and showcase of your music on Bryan, TX.

Download the call for songs for details.

bARTon Springs: A Celebration of Barton Springs Through Artwork

Deadline: March 31, 2017

The City of Austin is seeking art submissions for an art exhibit highlighting Barton Springs. Selected artwork will be displayed within the Atrium of the Sheffield Education Center, inside the Bathhouse of Barton Springs, from May 12th 2017- September 4th, 2017. Artists of all backgrounds and ages are encouraged to apply! For additional information, please email Michael Adair.

IKare Mood Trauma Recovery Clinic

Deadline: Ongoing

IKARE MOOD TRAUMA RECOVERY CLINIC is San Antonio’s newest psychiatric outpatient clinic. They are looking for artists to share your beautiful and inspiring works of art to be displayed in the clinic in a REVOLVING GALLERY. The clinic is located in the 8th floor of the Highpoint building on 8401 Datapoint in Suite 855 in San Antonio, TX. There is PLENTY of white wall space and a few teal accent walls to hang and display many pieces of art, that can vary in media, size, and dimension, so even sculptures are welcomed. The copious amounts of natural light from the 8th floor windows provide exceptional viewing areas in the lobby, breakfast bar area, therapy rooms and provider rooms. We would like to display many artist’s pieces during a 3-4 month period and have the option for patients, visitors and/or healthcare providers to purchase the pieces at a price determined by the artist. It cost nothing to display your work but we only ask for a small nominal donation to FIRST-MD when the art is sold in the clinic. The theme for the artwork we are looking for is: RECOVERY, RESILIENCE, OVERPOWERING INNER TURMOIL, SUCCESS, etc., a suitable theme for artwork that would be hanging in a MOOD, TRAUMA, RECOVERY clinic. Please email pictures of any gallery-ready piece(s) you would like to be displayed in the clinic for considering approval. Write RECOVERY ART as the subject for submissions. Contact Eli Elias.

The Deaf Poets Society

Deadline: Ongoing

This online journal of disability literature and art is seeking submissions to publish work by writers and artists with disabilities. This includes poetry, prose, cross-genre work, book reviews, and artwork. See details at

Call for Caricature Artists

Deadline: Ongoing is an online art gallery featuring "Award-Winning Artists With Disabilities". We sell the portfolios of talented artists and also do commissioned pet portraits. We are now adding Pet Caricatures to our product line and are looking for talented Caricature Artists. If you would like to work from your home creating great caricature art please email Jeff directly.

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