Calls to Artists
Updated list of regional calls to artists. Updated monthly.
Resources for visual artists in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Resources include grant opportunities for artists, fellowships, artist studios, vending and market opportunities, art fairs, and more. The mission of this resource guide is to serve and support artists in the West Michigan area with tools to elevate their careers.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA) is requesting proposals from individuals to produce permanent designs that will be translated into terrazzo flooring. The purpose of this RFQ is to procure and execute terrazzo flooring in Concourse A. Interested artists will reply to this RFQ with their portfolios. Selected artists will be hired to develop designs, and from those designs 1-4 artists will be selected to produce final designs.
This RFQ is for the design concepts that will be installed by a third party contractor. The artists selected will be able to work closely with the contractor to ensure that the terrazzo accurately matches their artistic intent. No experience in terrazzo is needed, but artists will have the opportunity to learn what makes a successful design from the contractor on October 20th.
RFP due October 3, 2022. Find the application process here.
See Me: Art created by and for members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Wisconsin
River Arts Inc (RAI), is seeking artwork focused on—and created by—members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Wisconsin for an upcoming visual art exhibition. Over the years, queer art has had a long and tangled history of censorship. In this exhibition, we hear the voices of the LGBTQ+ artists in our community and celebrate their achievements in the visual arts.
Applications due: October 15, 2022. Find the application process here.
East Lansing Art Festival 2023
Artists are invited to apply to the East Lansing Arts Festival for 2023. Established in 1964, the East Lansing Art Festival is an evolving outdoor celebration of fine art and fine craft which has grown to include children's art education activities, an artist demonstration area, poetry readings, and live music. The free festival opens on Saturday morning and runs through Sunday afternoon. This highly anticipated mid-Michigan festival attracts over 70,000 knowledgeable art patrons from around the region, and is consistently ranked in Sunshine Artist Magazine's annual best 100 shows listing.
~$6,000 in Artist Awards. All award winners are exempt from jury for the following three consecutive festivals.
Award certificates are presented to winning artists.
Complementary promotional postcards sent to exhibiting artists – if requested
Friday drive-up load-in at booth assignment
Booth sitters available for artists to take breaks Saturday and Sunday only
Free Artist parking
Security patrols Friday and Saturday nights
Applications due: January 31, 2023. Find more information and apply here.
Forge Project NY
Forging, a new digital-first journal for critically imagining Native futures, invites you to contribute to its inaugural issue: Seed.
We invite contributors who are deeply committed to changing the way we study and interpret Indigenous survivance in the face of settler colonialism, with a focus on engaging, highlighting, and learning from Native voices within the colonial borders of North America. We accept work from non-Native writers and cultural workers with a history of compelling research on the topic they’re proposing.
Solo Show at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago is pleased to invite Chicago-area artists to apply to our OPEN CALL for a 2023 Solo Exhibition. We look forward to being introduced to new work by Chicago-area artists through this open call. Runner-up artists will be informed of their status. All applicants will be considered for future programming at TSA Chicago.
Applications due: November 1, 2022. More information on and Slideroom application here.
ShopUICA Zine Call: January 2023
ShopUICA at 17 Pearl St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 is looking for zines! We are hoping to cultivate a diverse collection of zines about art/design, poetry, stories, DIY, food, music, ect. Get creative! A zine is a self-made pamphlets created and bound in many DIY ways, but traditionally editions are easily reproduced by crafting photocopying, folding, and stapling/sewing the pages together.
The Shop at UICA works with students, regional artists, and exhibiting artists on a consignment contract of a 60/40 split. We require that merchandise be ready for sale. Consignment work must be delivered to UICA shop or shipped directly to shop. Pickup of work is required within 30 days of contract end. UICA will contact you via e-mail if your work has been selected. Thank you for your interest in working with the UICA.
Entry fee: $5.00
Applications due: January 27th, 2023. Find the application here.
Grand Rapids Art Museum Michigan Artist Series: Ongoing
GRAM welcomes submissions from artists for review. Prior to submitting your work we ask that you consider our current and past programming in order to determine whether your submission is appropriate to our mission.
Please note that we do not accept original works of art, nor will we be responsible for any original materials that are sent to us as part of the submission packet. Digital submissions are preferred, though you may also send printed materials, if necessary. Please include examples of your work or a link to your website or portfolio, as well as any other information you think would aid us in understanding your work or career.
Send submissions to Assistant Curator, Jennifer Wcisel at email@example.com. Please include “Michigan Artist Series submission” in the subject line of your email.