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

September 2, 2021


Artwork by Felicia Chiao

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

Lincoln Park Gallery Without Walls Mural Project
The Lincoln Park Gallery Without Walls Mural Project will award one muralist or artist collective from Newark or the greater Newark area a $5,000 stipend to complete a public work near the historic New Ark Cathedral Church and the Dryden Mansion.
Deadline: 11:59 a.m. GMT September 7, 2021.

Young Space’s Autumn 2021 Online Exhibition
Young Space is looking for submissions across mediums for its autumn 2021 show. Geared toward early and emerging artists, the call for work is open internationally and has a pay-what-you-can application fee starting at $5.
Deadline: September 12, 2021.

Open Call for Artist Banners at the Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum is looking for designs from emerging Queens-based AAPI artists that advocate for anti-racism. They will be placed on the institution’s outdoor banners. One $1,000 award will be given to the winning artist, and two runners-up will each receive $500.
Deadline: September 24, 2021.

Toi Gallery’s Annual Art Contest
Toi Gallery’s Annual Art Contest is open to international artists at the beginning of their careers. The winner will receive a six-month to one-year contract with the gallery and 40% of net sales of their works.
Deadline: 12 a.m. on October 20, 2021.


Grants, Residencies, & Fellowships

Passa Ao Futuro’s Applied Arts from Nature Residency
Designed to preserve Portugal’s cultural heritage, the Applied Arts from Nature residency will task five designers and five artisans with working with traditional materials—cork, hammered copper, palm, terracotta pottery, and tiles—and techniques from the Algarve region to create new utilitarian pieces. It will take place in the Loulé Criativo space and in the artisans’ workshops in the Algarve.
Deadline: September 5, 2021.

Legler Regional Library Artist in Residence Program
During a two-year residency, one artist or artist team will be given an annual budget of $50,000 and studio space at Chicago’s Legler Regional Library to develop public art projects and art programs. It’s open to artists living or working in the city.
Deadline: September 12, 2021.

2022 Experimental Weaving Residency at Unstable Design Lab
The Unstable Design Lab will host its second experimental weaving residency from January 15 to May 15 in an effort to develop new techniques and open-source resources. Available to international applicants, the program will task one resident with will create a series of samples at the intersection of fiber arts and engineering.
Deadline: September 15, 2021.

Longform at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency
Designed for artists with at least five years of studio practice, Ox-Bow’s inaugural residency will bring together a cohort of 20 for a three-week-long program founded on experimental education. Longform will offer mentorship and studio space at the campus in Michigan.
Deadline: 9 a.m. EST on September 15, 2021.

Innovative Grant for Artists and Photographers
The Summer 2021 Innovative Grant will award $550 each to one photographer and one visual artist working across mediums. Applications are open internationally to anyone over 18 with a $25 fee.
Deadline: September 16, 2021.

Fort Union National Monument Residency
Applications for the October 2022 Fort Union National Monument residency are open. It’s located at one of New Mexico’s legendary and historic frontier army posts in Mora County and is accepting artists working across mediums.
Deadline: September 30, 2021.

Craft Research Fund’s Artist Fellowship
Craft Research Fund will award $20,000 to two mid-career artists, designers, or makers who identify their practice within the field of craft to support research projects. Applicants must have lived in the U.S. for the last two years.
Deadline: October 4, 2021.

Residencies for Architects, Artists, and Writers at Art Omi
Applications are open for Art Omi’s three residencies in architecture, art, and writing. Located in Columbia County, New York, each program brings together a group of creatives for cultural exchange, experimentation, and critical evaluation.
Deadline: October 15, 2021.

The Next Collective from Everlane
The clothing brand Everlane launched its first fellowship program dedicated to making the fashion industry more sustainable. Open to U.S. applicants, the Next Collective is looking for ideas to reduce virgin plastic use and will award up to five recipients a $20,000 grant and mentorship with the industry experts.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 18, 2021.

The Carmignac Photojournalism Award
The 12th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award centers around the social, economic, and ecological crises impacting life in Venezuela. It will award one photographer from anywhere in the world a €50,000 grant to support a six-month reporting residency running from January to June 2022 with the Fondation Carmignac, along with a traveling exhibition of the works produced and a monograph.
Deadline: Midnight GMT on October 18, 2021.

Creative Residencies at Zūnya
Open across disciplines from visual and performing arts to environmental projects and literature, Zūnya currently has two listings open for one-week and nature immersion residencies at its Costa Rican space. The former is fully funded and centered on collaborative learning, while the latter runs at least one month with a focus on project development.
Deadline: Rolling.

Emergency Grants from Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Emergency Grants is a multi-disciplinary program offering $500 to $3,000 grants to artists living and working anywhere in the United States for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. It’s designed to mitigate hardship when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding or when unexpected expenses occur.
Deadline: Rolling.





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