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CALL for ENTRIES: Embracing our Differences

2017 October 16

Learn more about Embracing our Differences 2018!i always need TACOS

I eat SO MANY tacos.  Because I travel so often, I find picking a good restaurant, be it counter service or table, has odds not unlike roulette (37 to 1).  But I have consistently had great tacos, nearly everywhere.  I rarely meet anyone that doesn’t like a good taco.  They are like the great joiners of people.  Aside from being bad eating-while-driving food (due to the mess), I can eat a taco almost anywhere with almost anyone.  Differences seem to disappear.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the answer to embracing our differences was a simple as the ordering from the local taco truck?  It isn’t, but until we find a solution and do the work, this next Call wants your ideas about coexistence.  Take a look…

Check out the Call for Entries for the Annual Embracing our Differences Exhibit in Sarasota, FL. Your work on a billboard, no entry fee & $3000 in awards. Plus, this is a great way to try on public art for size. Don’t miss this opportunity…

Learn more about Embracing our Differences 2018!

Embracing our Differences

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists

MEDIA: 2 Dimensional work (photography, digital, collage, drawing, painting, etc.)

DEADLINE: January 9, 2018

NOTIFICATION: Announced online at their website by mid-March, 2018


AWARDS: A total of $3,000 USD will be presented in the form of three separate awards – $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student;” and the “People’s Choice.”

JURY PROCESS: Both “Best-in-Show” awards will be granted by a three-judge panel of art professionals. The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibits.

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CALL for ENTRIES: Introductions 2018

2017 October 15

Learn more about the Introductions 2018 show from The Trestle Gallery!
say “CHEESE”

Appetizers should come before the meal.  It seems obvious, but my Saturday-night restaurant choice seemed to think otherwise.  My baked brie, (it was really baked pimento cheese –don’t judge) showed up with my entree, but I digress.  The starter is a sort of introduction* to the meal like this next call in an introduction to the Gallery.  This is an excellent way to say “hello”…

Check out this Call for Entries from The Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) for Introductions 2018.  This is an opportunity to introduce your work to a great non-profit contemporary art space for only a $10 entry fee.  Take a look…

[*Editor’s note:  Hello, my name is Rachel, and I am a bad blogger/editor. (I hear reply, “Hello, Rachel.”)  Most of you know I am a working artist too.  I have been an absentee editor due to deadlines & obligations to my own studio practice.  I am excited by the work I am producing & a little single minded. Forgive me.  I’ll try to do better.]

Introductions 2018 from
The Trestle Gallery

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists.  The only qualification is that you have not participated in a show at the Trestle Gallery before (previous open calls count, member salons do not count).

MEDIA: Open to all media

DEADLINE:  November 1, 2017

SHOW DATES:  January 19 – February 28, 2018

ENTRY FEE: $10 for up to 3

JUROR:  Enrico Gomez, founder/director of The Dorado Project, a NY / NJ based project space & compendium of select local, national & international contemporary art. With a focus on emerging artists & innovative works, The Dorado Project seeks to unearth & weigh the very best of arts’ rich reserves. The Dorado Project: mining art. sharing gold.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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CALL for ENTRIES: Valdosta National 2018

2017 October 4

Learn more about the Valdosta National 2018 from Valdosta State University!

ooo-ey goo-ey CENTER

I was born in Florida & spent my adolescence in north Georgia.  We made an annual trip between the two, and Valdosta, GA was one of our regular stops.  We would stop in the same diner every year, and I would order the same grilled cheese with a pickle on top.  As I ate my sandwich & debated the merits of pickle juice on butter-toasted bread, my dad would ask the same question of our waitress, “tell me ’bout Valdosta.”  I don’t remember our server being the same woman every year, but I do remember hearing the same answer every year, “The man that wrote ‘Jingle Bells’ lived here.” I think of that short interaction every year when I receive this annual Call from Valdosta State. This is a great show, story not withstanding, and you should carefully weigh this opportunity…

Check out this Call for Entries from Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA) for Valdosta National 2018 at the Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery.  This is another excellent academic show with an esteemed juror.  Take a look…

Learn more about the 2018 Valdosta National!CALL for ENTRIES: 
Valdosta National 2018
from Valdosta State

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all U.S. artists 18+

MEDIA: Open to all media

DEADLINE:  November 6, 2017

NOTIFICATION:  December 11, 2017

ENTRY FEE: $35 for up to 3

JUROR:  Linda Hall is a multimedia artist that is inspired by the natural world and the human condition. She holds an MFA from the University of NC at Chapel Hill & is an occasional adjunct professor at FSU. Her watercolor paintings & 3D soft sculpture have been exhibited in group & solo shows in regional, nat’l & int’l publications & venues. Her work has been featured on various music CD covers, in an issue of New American Paintings & online in Oxford American & Beautiful Decay. She lives in Tallahassee, FL.

AWARDS:  At least $1,500

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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ARTIST of the DAY: Terri Lloyd

2017 October 3
"Aquarius: Eccentric Altruism" and "Aquarius: Aloof Rebellion" by Terri Lloyd

“Aquarius: Eccentric Altruism” and “Aquarius: Aloof Rebellion” by Terri Lloyd

“I don’t put a lot of stock into such things personally…”
Terri Lloyd

I’m a Gemini.  My husband is a Virgo, and my son is Leo.  My mother is an Aquarius while my father is a Capricorn, like his mother Emma.  My great aunt Magdalene was a Cancer. She read our horoscopes to us at the breakfast table just after riotously laughing at the B.C. comic strip — the comic & predictive located on the same page.  I could always find myself in the predictions for every sign.  It was either childhood narcissism or an early indicator an eventual empathetic nature.  Regardless, I never put much faith in the accuracy of astrological signs, but I know many, many people try very hard to fulfill expectations that make us appear inculpable in our own journey.  

Today’s AAAD Artist of the Day Terri Lloyd, has completed a series, As Above, So Below that revolves around the signs of the zodiac.  The third sentence of the press release began, “I’d don’t put a lot of stock in such things personally”.  It seems perfectly in line with that dark wit & humor for which her work is known.  I love this series so much.  I appreciate that she incorporates mudras as a sort of universal language, and just like my childhood, I could identify with every sign more than the last.  It was hard for me to choose an image to feature.  I finally chose Aquarius because it suited my perspective today.  But they are all fantastic.  Please take the time to pass an eye over each one.

FYI, all of the links to Lloyd’s work, on this page, will lead you to her Hatchfund campaign for As Above, So Below.”  This campaign will allow Terri to print & frame all 26 large-scale images to show at the StARTup Art Fair in 2018.  You don’t have to donate to look at or appreciate the images (click on updates), but every $5 helps another artist fund her opportunity.  You’ve been there, just steps away from grabbing what you want. Here’s your opportunity to help her grab just such an opportunity, and it offers rewards to boot.  She has to get to 50% funding in just a few days; after that, she has a benefactor with matching funds.  I encourage you to put yourself in her shoes & lend a hand.

Check out the full series from AAAD Artist of the Day, Terri Lloyd.



CALL for ENTRIES: Boundaries

2017 October 2

Learn more about the Boundaries exhibit from LA Photo Curator!

do not EAT

Everyone has a food boundary, a line they will not cross, an item they will not even consider consuming.  For many of my friends, eating something once alive, meat-poultry-fish, is out of the question.  My boundary is a moving target, but I absolutely will not eat things WHILE they are alive.  That’s a thing. Seriously.  Just the idea makes me never want to eat again. This next Call is all about boundaries, real or perceived.  The interpretations are innumerable.

Check out this Call for Entries from L.A. Photo Curator (online) for the Boundaries exhibit. $20 entry, no shipping, plus art publication for ALL entrants.   What is your proverbial line in the sand? Take a look…

Learn more about the Boundaries exhibit from LA Photo Curator!CALL for ENTRIES:
from L.A. Photo Curator

“”How do we establish and understand boundaries and how might these be visually represented?  Boundaries, real or perceived, and the related concerns over these are almost universally evident: political, economic, business, gender identify, race & religion.  I am looking for photographs that investigate all aspects of how boundaries are a part of our lives. Boundaries: Borders, demarcation, territories, space, personal, political, religious, and cultural.”” –from Douglas Stockdale via

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists

MEDIA: Photography

DEADLINE: Oct. 11, 2017 (Midnight PST)

NOTIFICATION:  Nov. 5, 2017

ENTRY FEE: $20 for up to 3. 20% of artist fees go to 2 charities –½ to the curator’s choice of charity & ½ goes to the 1st place winner’s choice.  Douglas Stockdale has chosen Alzheimer’s Orange County.

CURATOR:  Douglas Stockdale (American) is an artist, educator and mentor and the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of The PhotoBook journal.  He has over 25 years of artistic, photographic, editing and curating experience. He has been included in many group exhibitions and most recently awarded an Honorary Mention for the Irvine Fine Arts Center’a (IFAC) All Media 2016 exhibition.  Stockdale is a portfolio reviewer & workshop leader for L.A. Center for Photography.

AWARDS:  The curator chooses 1st place, 2nd place & 3 honorable mentions. The 1st place winner will receive a review by one or more curators including a Q&A about the photographer’s work. In addition, their image will be on the home page for a month. 2nd place & honorable mentions will have their image shown along with their bio, artist statement, C.V. and a link back to their website.

SALES: All sales are conducted between the artist & buyer.  There is no commission.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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CALL for ENTRIES: Amplify

2017 September 22
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Learn more about the Amplify online exhibit from the Cultural Center of Cape Cod! DINNER music

My kid has moved into his dorm, and my friends are waiting for the teary, heartbroken depression to set in.  I can’t promise it wont happen, but if feels unlikely.  I do miss him.  And, I do miss his oddities –those things that seem normal only to us & set each of us apart from the rest of the world.  When my son Oscar eats his favorite foods, he hums, unaware; it is his beloved oddity.  I never have to ask how he likes his dinner, I just have to listen.  My husband does not hum.  I miss it.  This next Call wants to know about the music in you.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Cultural Center of Cape Cod (South Yarmouth, MA) for Amplify, a music-themed online art show.  No commission, no shipping & all fees go to a scholarship fund.  Is there measure in your method?

Learn more about the Amplify online exhibit from the Cultural Center of Cape Cod!

Amplify from the
Cultural Center
of Cape Cod

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists 18+

MEDIA: Open to all* media (*except video)

THEME:Music. . . It motivates, relaxes, inspires, and gives us goosebumps. We can grieve with it, create to it, tap our toes to it, and sweat with it. Scientifically it synchronizes our brainwaves & can literally heal us. We tell stories through music, express emotions, celebrate through it. We can’t imagine a world without it. Show us your visual expression of music or a glimpse of how music shapes your world.”

DEADLINE:  October 13, 2017

NOTIFICATION:  November 10, 2017

ENTRY FEE: $20 for 1, $5 for ea. add’l.  100% of the proceeds will go towards the Alexander Holmes Memorial Recording Studio and Scholarship Fund.

AWARDS:  All winners will be displayed in the Cultural Center’s online art gallery at  In addition, there are cash prizes: 1st Place – $500, 2nd Place – $200 & 3rd Place – $100 cash prize.

SALES:  All sales inquiries will be directed to the artist

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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CALL for ENTRIES: Open Museum

2017 September 21
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Learn more about the call for 2018-19 exhibitions from the Spartanburg Art Museum!

a la CARTE

I lived in South Carolina for almost 20 years.  About half of my time was spent in the Low Country of Charleston and the other half was spent in the Midlands.  Neither South Carolina, nor the South in general, is true to the fried chicken & barbecue stereotype, although excellent versions of both can be found.  The Foot Hills of South Carolina is home to some of the best Modern American menus of the Mississippi.  This next Call calls the area home traditionally offered an excellent menu of shows each year. You could be included…

Check out this Call for Entries from Spartanburg Art Museum (Spartanburg, SC) for Solo & Group Exhibitions for 2018 & 2019.  If you are at a place in your career to have a museum show, this is a great option.  Take a look…

Learn more about the call for 2018-19 exhibitions from the Spartanburg Art Museum!

Solo & Group Exhibitions
from Spartanburg
Art Museum

“We’re interested in all types of work that address contemporary issues and concerns, use traditional materials in unusual ways, and elevate our visitors’ experiences to new levels of participation and engagement.” –Spartanburg Art Museum

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists 18+ (any individual, collective, or group of artists located regionally, nationally, or internationally)

MEDIA: Open to all media

THEME:  All themes will be considered

DEADLINE:  September 30, 2017

ENTRY FEE: $35 for 8-10 images

For complete details, Read the Full Call!