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Artists - Calls for Art

Round Rock Arts "Imagine" Exhibit 2015

Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015

Round Rock Arts (RRA) whose purpose is to encourage, support and enhance current and new arts & cultural activities, is now accepting artwork submissions from all artists 18 years of age and older who reside or work within the greater Round Rock/Austin area for its Imagine Exhibit. Entrants under the age of 18 may do so with parental consent. Entries must be original work in any visual media including: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, computer based art, or mixed media. For more information visit Round Rock Arts website.

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.

The Lampasas Association for the Arts 10th annual Art in the Park Celebration
Call for Sculptures

Deadline: March 15, 2015

The Lampasas Association for the Arts is looking for artists/sculptures to fill our empty pads for our 10th annual Art in the Park Celebration to be held the third week in October 2015. Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden at Campbell Park is located 2 blocks from downtown Lampasas, adjacent to the Hanna Springs Pool and four blocks from Key Avenue (HWY 183/281). LAFTA brings sculptures to Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden and is currently seeking new sculptures to fill 5 available pads. Sculptures should be large- scale (suggested minimum height or width is 10-12 feet) with materials suited for the outdoor Texas Hill Country weather. Each sculptor selected will receive an award of $1,000.00 on completion of installation. The work must remain in the park for one year. NO ENTRY FEE.

Please complete an application and submit to Click the "Call To Artist" button on the Home Page.

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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