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Recommended 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.

ArtPrize 2024 Artist Registration Is Now Open!

We’re inviting artists from every corner of the globe to join one of the most eagerly awaited art events of the year. ArtPrize 2024 offers you the platform to showcase your art, connect with the art community, and compete for significant prizes (up to $125,000!)

Why Participate?

- Exhibit your work on an international stage.

- Network with artists, enthusiasts, and potential patrons.

- Win prizes and gain extensive exposure.


How to Register:

- Go to

- Complete the registration process

- Submit to secure your place.

- Explore our grants page at


Take this opportunity to be part of an extraordinary event that celebrates creativity and innovation. Join us at ArtPrize 2024 and let your art be seen and celebrated.


Jordan Art Walk, Exploring Nature Through Art 


Sculptures are in place for three years and if the artist chooses to offer their sculpture for sale, a 20% commission is paid to the committee. If sold, the work will remain in place until the end of the three year period or be reolaced by the artist with another sculpture approved by the committee.There is a stipend of $600.00 for the artists whose works are accepted. Concrete pads will be provided to fit the works of art by the art walk committee. Artists will be responsible for transporting, installing and de-installing their work. Some exemptions may apply.


Applications due: April 15th, 2024. 

Harrowing Hall 2024 - A Dark Art Gallery Experience 

Dark or horror art can be defined in many different ways. Sometimes it is disturbing, sometimes it is fun and other times it can be cute but creepy. We want art that creates an ominous or striking feeling to the viewer. It can be macabre, mysterious, surreal or hyper realistic. Look to artists such as Giger, Beksinski, Fuseli, Rosa for our inspiration. We welcome odd and troubling pieces as well as quirky and creepy. 

Inside the Harrowing Hall our goal will be to create an ethereal vibe while perusing the art. Through the years, we will add various elements including decor, lights and sound to help create the aesthetic and inspiration we want to share. Any medium and subject matter as long as it is dark, creepy or unsettling. If you have a model in your work, you must be able to submit a model release form on request.

Applications Due: April 18th, 2024.

Var Small Works Gallery “Warm and Fuzzy” Exhibition Call

It’s that time again! Var Small Works Gallery is open for submissions for our upcoming featured exhibition “Warm & Fuzzy.” We are looking for any textile-based work; this can include (but is not entirely limited to) soft sculpture, punch needle, embroidery, or anything in between. As always, all submitted works MUST be sized at 6”x 6” or smaller and able to be hung on a wall.

Applications Due: April 21st, 2024.

Festival of the Arts Regional Arts Competition & Exhibition 

Entries must be delivered to the rear door of John S. Hyatt and Associates, 1765 Alpine Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, on Thursday, April 25, from Noon to 5:00 pm, Friday, April 26 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, or on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be signs to guide you through the parking lot to the correct door.

Categories will include 2-D - (Painting, Drawing, Prints), 3-D, Photography, and, Illustration, including Comic Art, Anime, and Graphic Novels, Digital Photomontage, & Digital Art.
Change to Photography eligibility. We will no longer accept metal photographs that are not framed. Metal prints may still be entered, but they MUST be framed and ready for hanging. Sub-categories elligible for Awards this year will be Grand River Art, Sixth Street Bridge Art and Miniature Art.

Application Fee: Entry Fees: $25 for one piece, $40 for 2 pieces, $50 for 3 pieces

MacRostie Art Center Call For Art: Little Big Show


The Little Big Show is the MAC’s annual miniatures exhibition. A favorite of artists and audience alike, this exhibit encourages artists to think small! The exhibit will run from May 3 – June 28, 2024 in the Minnesota Gallery with an artists’ reception on Friday, May 3. This year’s featured artist will be Nancy Kingbird (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) a beadwork artist from Cass Lake, MN.

Submissions must be received no later than Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Festival of the Arts Youth Art Show 



Each teacher can submit up to 5 pieces of artwork on behalf of their students. Please limit the size of artworks to 30”x30" maximum, no 3D pieces will be accepted. Please complete form by May 2nd to allow time to create labels for the artworks prior to the installation School Districts and/or students must be in Kent , Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Berry, or Allegan County to be eligible to enter the Festival 2024 Youth Art Competition. Please make sure you have adult permission to enter artwork into the show. 

Drop off:

  • ●  2857 Burritt St NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (Emily V. Miller’s house) by May 9th. She will have bins on a covered porch for them. 

  • ●  Allendale Early Childhood Center (10455 Timberline Dr, Allendale, MI 49401) by May 9th 4pm- Leave in bins in atrium entrance

  • ●  DeVos Place on Saturday, May 11th in the morning from 9-11am. We will be hanging the work (9am-12pm). If it is easier for your district, one person could also collect the artwork and bring it together. If you are able and willing to help hang artwork, please let her know.

MacRostie Art Center Call For Art: Giinawind Gallery

The Giinawind Creative Space is a program of MacRostie Art Center and a center for Native art and artists in downtown Grand Rapids. We are seeking Indigenous artists interested in exhibiting their work at Giinawind for 2025 and will begin accepting proposals in May 2024.

To apply for an exhibit please email Geezis Humphrey at with the following information:

  • Description of your proposed exhibit (medium, approximate size and number of works, etc.)

  • Artist Statement/Biography (include tribal affiliation/enrollment/descendancy information)

  • Digital images of the work you’d like to exhibit (or similar to work that is being developed)


Submissions will be reviewed as they are received.

SHRINE Submission Portal


SHRINE is excited to announce our new online Submissions platform.⁠ Artists can now submit their work anytime on our Portal, and submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We invite emerging, mid-career, and established artists to submit their works for consideration to the gallery’s new submissions portal.


Submissions will be considered for physical and online exhibitions, along with other programming opportunities. We also invite curators and galleries interested in collaboration to apply with proposals.⁠ SHRINE has connected with many amazing artists through submissions, and we know how hard it is to have someone actually take the time to look at your work. Everyone is invited to apply, and we will look at every submission carefully.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Midwest Movement Collective Call for Local Artists


Are you interested in having your artwork displayed in our studio in 2024? Our hallway and Lane Studio have ample wall space to hang your art, and we will also host a special Artist Night to celebrate! Artists will be contacted and terms for participating in the collaboration will be provided to ensure both parties' interests are informed and protected. Minorities and LGBTQ+ artists are prioritized.


This application has no public due date. 


The Diatribe Teaching Artist Open Call


THIS IS AN OPEN CALL  to all of the brilliant creatives and poets out there who are interested in joining our AMAZING team! The Diatribe is a Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ led organization, and we're on the lookout for a new Teaching Artist to represent The Diatribe in our community, and help us continue supporting and amplifying youth voices in our community! So... If you're interested in joining a team of dynamic community leaders and creatives, reach out to J-Lin, our Leader of Educational Programming, with a video of, or invitation to one of your recent performances! 


Contact J-Lin HERE:

This application had no public due date.

Sixty Inches From Center Call for Pitches 


Sixty welcomes writers and artists of all experience levels and backgrounds to pitch ideas for traditional and experimental arts writing as well as creative writing around topics and practices that are relevant to the cultural landscapes of the Midwest.


This includes but is not limited to dance/movement, performance art and drag, theater, and music/sound. If you are interested in pitching an idea to write about Performing Arts, keep in mind that your pitch does not have to be a review (although we do accept reviews). We encourage you to think about other types of writing as well, including but not limited to: interviews, experimental responses to performances, and conversations with those working in the field. 


Application due date N/A.

The Carr Center Gallery 2023-2024 Exhibition Proposals 


Located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, The Gallery is a place where visitors will see art, learn about artists, and discover cultural practices that speak to or from black experience. 


The Carr Center leverages the essence of the African American cultural experience to inspire, entertain, challenge, and educate. It is a place where all artists, across disciplines, and community come together. The Carr Center is devoted to the preservation, presentation, promotion and development of the African and African American cultural arts traditions within our multicultural community. 

Application Fee: $20.

Applications due date N/A.

Avenue for the Arts - 106 Gallery Proposals

Avenue for the Arts is currently looking for artists for exhibitions in for 2023. A solo exhibiting artist or group of exhibiting artists are required to pay $100 or $200 respectively to use the gallery. Fees are waved for active college students. Artists keep 100% of gallery sales.

Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The DAAC Flyer Art


Would you like your artwork featured in a show flyer? We’re looking for artists to share their skills. Submit your artwork to be featured in our event marketing and promotions.


Application due date N/A.


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 Please include ​“Michigan Artist Series submission” in the subject line of your email.

Courage & Soar 

You’ll never step into the same store twice. We pride ourselves in constantly rotating inventory to keep our space interesting and fresh. Can’t find a brand you love? Let us know and we’ll source them for you. Want to sell your own products in C&S? Fill out our vendor request form! 


Currently between C&S and Oh Hello Paper and Gifts we have around 65 vendors that are all paid on 60/40 consignment. We currently are looking for artists to fill up our walls!

Application due date N/A. 

Compound Art Shoppe

We are looking for all prints, prints, and more prints for our Art Shop. We showcase a vast array of traditional printmaking techniques (not digital reproductions) and we want to expand on our offerings. Show alongside other fabulous local and national printmakers in our print racks and flatfiles. 

The gallery takes the standard commission. We are looking for all media of work including 2D, 3D, sculptures, prints, (NO giclee or digital prints unless you work digitally and these are not reproductions), jewelry, functional pottery, etc. We do not usually show photographs. Works should be made within 2 years of submission date. 

Compound Art Shoppe is always looking for new work to sell. Application has no due date. 

Where Are The Women Artists? Curator Open Call 


With this call our goal is to connect you the art professional with our directory of women and non-binary artists. Whether you are a commercial gallery, an independent curator, an art advisor or an art professional in any capacity we want to hear from you. 


If you have upcoming projects in the pipeline we would like to partner with you and connect you with our WATWA directory of women and non-binary artists. 


Once you have selected the artists from our database, we will then help you promote the project using our social media channels, plan creative marketing initiatives (to create awareness about your project) and much more!


WATWA accepts applications on an ongoing basis.


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