July 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

July 1, 2021


“The Safety Patrol” (2018) by Bisa Butler

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected]. You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.


Open Calls

New Futures at The Other Art Fair Chicago Featured
As part of The Other Art Fair’s mission to break down traditional barriers of the contemporary art world, New Futures is designed to launch the careers of talented emerging artists through a prize that includes free exhibition space at this fall’s fair and mentorship. Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit physically at the Chicago fair and digitally through Virtual Editions. New Futures Chicago is presented in partnership with Colossal.
Deadline: July 19, 2021.

Booooooom’s New Art Book Quiet
Booooooom announced an open call for its next art book centered around a theme of quiet, or “images provides a little escape from the blaring sounds and the busyness of daily life.” It’s open to drawings and digital and traditional paintings.
Deadline: July 9, 2021.

Public ARTery at the Garment District NYC
The Garment District NYC is looking for a local artist to transform the Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal into a large-scale mural. Positioned on 40th Street between 8th and 9th avenues, the chosen work will be installed at the world’s busiest terminal this fall.
Deadline: July 15, 2021.

7th Annual National Juried Exhibition at Oxford Arts Alliance
Oxford Arts Alliance is hosting its 7th Annual National Juried Exhibition this October with $700 in prize money for the winning entrant. Juried by Charles Goolsby, professor of art at Emory & Henry College and chair of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, the exhibition has no theme, and the entry fee is $15.
Deadline: August 27, 2021.


Residencies & Grants

The Neon Museum National Artist Residency
Applications are open for The Neon Museum’s 2021 residency, which will run from October 25 to December 5, 2021, and award one artist a $2,500 honorarium, in addition to providing travel, lodging, and materials. Whether working in digital, performance, or visual arts, the resident will develop a project inspired by the museum’s collection. Neon production is not a prerequisite.
Deadline: July 11, 2021.

Oak Spring Garden’s Botanical Artist-in-Residence
Oak Spring Garden is hosting its third annual botanical artist residency, which will run between two and four weeks during the period of March 27—May 7, 2022. It’s open to artists who create scientifically accurate depictions of plants in watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, mixed media, oil, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, and original prints.
Deadline: July 15, 2021.

#BlackDesignVisionaries Aspiring Designer & Small Business Grants
To support the global Black design community, the inaugural #BlackDesignVisionaries program, which is presented by Instagram’s @design and the Brooklyn Museum, will award three $10,000 grants to aspiring Black designers between the ages of 18 and 30, as well as one $100,000 grant to a small, Black-led design business no more than 10 years into its practice.
Deadline: July 16, 2021.

The Ginkgo Creative Residency
This three-month residency brings artists working in fiction, poetry, sound, coding, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, and visual art and design to Gingko to pursue projects at the intersection of creativity and synthetic biology. It’s open to international applicants and awards residents a $5,000/month stipend.
Deadline: July 18, 2021.

Creative Futures Grant
Led by the Black Artists and Designers Guild, the Creative Futures Grant will award $5,000 each to four recipients working in visual arts, furniture, lighting, textiles, interior design, and architecture. It’s open to Black third- and fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. institutions.
Deadline: July 26, 2021.





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