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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.

Blue Line Arts: Politically Charged Open Call

Amidst the fervor surrounding the upcoming 2024 presidential election, we stand at a pivotal moment in our nation's history. We believe that it is crucial to create a space for productive and thought-provoking discussions about the future of our country. In this bold exhibition, we encourage artists from all disciplines to explore the  curiosities that bud from the current state of American politics. We are interested in the diverse narratives that come from art making in our contemporary political landscape. 

Application Fee: $25

Applications Due: July 12th, 2024. 

Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA Solo Exhibition Open Call

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles is pleased to announce our 2024 open call for a solo exhibition at our space. The exhibition will run from November 2 - December 10, 2024.⁠ The opportunity will include an opening reception on Saturday, November 2 from 7-10pm, professional documentation of the installation, and promotion on all TSA LA social media outlets. There will be $500 honorarium and a $1000 exhibition budget to offset the cost of artist’s travel and transportation of artworks. ⁠

Application Deadline: July 14, 2024, 11:59PM, PST⁠

Application Fee: $30, fee waivers are available⁠

2024 Great Northern Art Explosion Call for Entry 

AuSable Artisan Village is proud to present the annual international art exhibition 2024 Great Northern Art Explosion. Offering $8,000 in Awards. The 2024 juried show will be held at AuSable Artisan Village Performing Arts Center in downtown Grayling. We are seeking artworks from artists in all styles and mediums, with no specific theme.

Application Fee: $40.00

Applications Due: July 21st, 2024. 

Art Fair Detroit

Art Fair | Detroit is a three-day event showcasing contemporary affordable works ranging from emerging to mid-career artists, making it accessible to the general public.


The event is a celebration of art, culture, and community, offering diverse programming designed to enrich and inspire. We have provided no specific prompts or themes for the Art Fair, allowing each artist to approach it in their own way and connect to art buyers directly. 


We invite everyone to join us in celebrating contemporary art throughout various locations in Detroit. Experience a vibrant array of exhibitions, installations, performances, music, and engaging conversations.


Application Fee: None. If chosen, there will be a participation fee of $100.

Applications Due: July 26th, 2024. 

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.

Avenue for the Arts Artposts: Rolling

Artposts are five outdoor miniature art galleries organized by Avenue for the Arts that provide the public with an opportunity to see small-scale artworks in unconventional settings. There are two ways to apply to engage with the artposts, as an artist or as an emerging curator.

Artists will be paid $100 per Artpost with a total artist budget of $500. Curators will be paid $250, and the artists they work with will be paid $100 per Artpost with a total artist budget of $500.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 



List Your Art on AllArtWorks: Rolling

AllArtWorks was built by artists in support of artists. Our mission is to make art accessible and for everyone to experience having an original work of art in their household. Submitting work to AllArtWorks is free and may be submitted as many times as you like. Upon being chosen, there is a $15 fee per piece to be featured on the site. Upon purchase, we also frame it and manage the shipping process to maintain high standards for our buyers and our artists. When your piece sells through AllArtWorks, the commission structure is 60/40, with 60% going to the artist.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Collar Works Artist Proposals: Rolling

Emerging and underrepresented artists, working in any media, exhibiting challenging and culturally relevant contemporary artworks are invited to submit artworks for consideration across our programs. Artists interested in submitting curatorial proposals, must fill out a submission form and adhere to guidelines. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by Collar Works staff and an exhibition committee of artists and arts professionals.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

SHRINE Submission Portal: Rolling


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: Rolling


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.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Sixty Inches From Center Call for Pitches: Rolling


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. 


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Avenue for the Arts - 106 Gallery Proposals: Rolling

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: Rolling


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.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 


Grand Rapids Art Museum Michigan Artist Series: Rolling

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: Rolling

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!

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Compound Art Shoppe: Rolling

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. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.  

Where Are The Women Artists? Curator Open Call: Rolling


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!


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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