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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.

Festival 2023 Regional Arts Competition 

Categories this year will include 2-D - (Painting, Drawing, Prints), 3-D, Photography, and, Illustration, including Comic Art, Anime, and Graphic Novels. Two sub-categories this year will be Grand River Art and Miniature Art. As they both cross all categories there will be Separate Awards for entries featuring Grand River Art or Miniature Art and they will be displayed in their own gallery spaces. 


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 27, from Noon to 5:00 pm, Friday, April 28 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm, or on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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


Find out more and apply here. 

Apa La Off The Clock 2023


APA LA is pleased to announce the twelfth annual OFF THE CLOCK curated photo competition. OFF THE CLOCK is the pre-eminent opportunity to present your inspired personal photography to the world. Each year APA LA invites a well-respected, influential visionary from the international photo community to contribute their talent towards curating this prestigious exhibition. This year we are honored that Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie’s, has accepted our invitation to apply his unique vision in carefully selecting his top one hundred images from all submissions. And this year, as an added incentive, Mr. Himes will also select three images as Best In Show!


Entry Fee: Members $20/image, Non-Members $40/image


Applications due March 31st, 2023. Find out more and apply here.


Merchants & Makers Vendor Market Open Call (Varied Dates)


Are you a Merchant or a Maker? Do you create a high quality, unique product? Do you curate your own shop?  Are you looking for a community of supportive, likeminded small businesses? Then would love to have you join our Merchants and Makers family!


Application due dates vary March 22nd - May 27th. Find out more and apply here.


East Fulton’s Pop-Up Market Eco Row 2023


Vendors will be selected by the EFBA Vendor Selection Committee based on quality and diversity of wares. There are a limited number of Vendor spots available. Preference will be given to previous Vendors, 100% handmade goods, sustainable items, and local artists. However these attributes do not guarantee acceptance or preclude a Vendor from being selected. As always, EFBA seeks diverse candidates and encourages BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals to apply.


Vendor Fee (If Selected): $100


Applications due April 15th, 2023. Find out more and apply here.


Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts Fun With Printmaking


Fun with Printmaking is once again reaching out to the community requesting submissions for designs for the 2023 screen printed t-shirts.  We are seeking submissions from all levels of artists, of all ages. 15 Designs will be selected. 5 will be used per day. Designs will be juried by the Fun with Printmaking Committee. If your art is selected, you will get a free shirt and a chance to actually hand print your own design!

Application due: May 1st, 2023. Find out more and apply here.

Fallasburg Arts Festival 

Now in its 55th year, the LowellArts Fallasburg Arts Festival features 100 juried fine art and fine craft booths, food booths, a children’s craft area, craft demonstrations inside a large pavilion, and musicians performing on an outdoor stage. The two-day event is held in Fallasburg Park, one of Kent County’s most beautiful public parks, located north of Lowell, MI on the Flat River. Lowell is located 14 miles east of Grand Rapids and 1-hour from Lake Michigan and Lansing.


Entry Fee: $30


Applications due May 1st, 2023. Find out more and apply here.

Gamut Gallery Call for Work Exhibition Show


Submissions will be considered for Gamut’s Summer C4W Exhibition and featured in the online shop as well. All media is accepted, including video, installation art, sculpture, experimental technology, photography, fiber, drawing, painting, collage, and performance art. The beauty of C4W is that there’s no predetermined theme. It’s a wild slice of the recent works created by local and national artists. The theme emerges through the nature of the submissions and through the lens of Esther Callahan, our guest curator. 


Applications due: May 24th, 2023. Find out more and apply here.

Midwest Video Poetry Fest


Midwest Video Poetry Fest inspires experimentation and collaborations and deepens the understanding of poetry and visual culture. It includes narrative, animation, experimental, spoken word performances, and more. This emerging and exciting format is adding to the rapidly growing audience for poetry in America. Though this is a screening in the Midwest, we are seeking work from poets, filmmakers and artists from around the country, and even from around the world. 


Entry fee: $5-$10


Applications due: July 1st, 2023. Find out more and apply here.

Periwinkle Fog Artist Call


Join the Periwinkle Fog family! We are currently looking for more fantastic local art to feature in our store and sell on a consignment basis! If you're interested in this opportunity, feel free to email us some photos of your work. We will review it, and if we think it will fit well within our store, we will contact you to set up a time to view your work in person and discuss how the consignment works. We are hoping to feature more open canvas pieces like acrylic or oil paintings, but we are open to looking at any kind of art you may have!


Email photos of your work to be reviewed to:

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. 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.


Please submit your pitch to with the subject line “Journal Pitch.” We will get back to you within one week’s time, if not sooner. Find more information and apply 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 Please include ​“Michigan Artist Series submission” in the subject line of your email.


More information on GRAM.


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