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Artists - Calls for Art

Hecho a Mano~Mercado Artesano: Call for Vendors

Saturday, November 22

Bienvenidos/Greetings from Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos! We invite you to participate in our Hecho a Mano~Mercado Artesano (Made by Hand Artisan Market) on Saturday, November 22, from 10 am to 6 pm. We are looking for vendors of all types. Booth fee is $20 for a 10' x 5' booth, one 6' table and 2 chairs. Mercado is set up inside the Centro, with limited booth spaces available. Call 512-878-0640 or e-mail today.

The Hunting Art Prize

Deadline: Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Hunting Art Prize announces the call for entries for its 2015 competition, giving artists in Texas an opportunity to vie for a $50,000 prize. The competition, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, is open to artists who are legal residents of Texas and at least 18 years of age or older by Aug. 1, 2014. Artists can participate by completing the electronic sign up form available at www.huntingartprize.comand uploading one digital image of their artwork.

A single two-dimensional piece that complies with the terms and conditions may be submitted for the prize. The digital file must be in JPEG format no less than 1 MB and no greater than 2 MB in size. Artwork must be uploaded at the time the artist signs up for the competition. For questions, email Hunting Art Prize. For further details on submission criteria, terms, and conditions, visit

Registration Open for the 2015 Austin International Poetry Festival

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The Austin International Poetry Festival takes place in Austin, Texas from April 9-12, 2015. This festival is the world's largest non-juried poetry festival and every poet has a place. By registering for the Austin International Poetry Festival, any poet of any age, can read their work before an engaged and interested audience, and have a chance to be published. Hosted in the heart of Texas, the Festival utilizes more than 20 unique Austin venues. The annual four-day poetry celebration includes a wide array of events such as open mic readings, appearances by international and national headlining poets, workshops, live music, a Haiku Death Match, plus youth and adult poetry slams. Registration for the April 9–12, 2015 Festival ranges from $35 to $55 per person, and INCLUDES the entry of three poems into the annual juried Anthology. Although full participation in the Festival is encouraged, poets who wish to participate but can not attend, may do so by registering and submitting their works for the Anthology. The deadline for registration, which includes submissions to the Anthology, is January 31, 2015. Please visit the website at for all of the details.

All About Art Show at Moss Rehab

Deadline: February 6, 2015

Open to artists with physical, cognitive, visual and hearing disabilities. Only work executed after the onset of disability or injury is eligible. All works must be for sale. Art previously exhibited in All About Art at MossRehab is not eligible for submission. Reproduction prints will not be accepted. A fillable entry form can be downloaded here.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Poster Art Competition

Deadline: March 15, 2015

The contest is open to any Texas artist with a disability; no specific theme is required. There is NO FEE for entries. Click here for Submission Guidelines and Entry Forms.

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Deadline: March 16, 2015

Coming soon! Each year, a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award. These emerging musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Started by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1984, the program, open to musicians of any instrument or genre, has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities:
Yo Soy…Je Suis…I Am…The Future

Deadline: March 30, 2015

Coming soon! VSA proudly presents a unique opportunity for student-artists with disabilities from around the world to display their artwork side-by-side in an online exhibition. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition in Washington D.C.!

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Deadline: April 13, 2015

Coming soon! The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. Writers may write from their own experience and observations, or create fictional characters and settings. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals-be creative! Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of students.

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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