March 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls for Artists

Les champignons comestibles du Canton de Neuchâtel, courtesy of the Biodiversity Library

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 You can also join our monthly Opportunities for Artists newsletter.


Open Calls

Pittsburgh Art in the Parks: $800,000 available as part of new public artwork initiative
The city of Pittsburgh is requesting artist qualifications for the creation of new large-scale works in each of the five Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) parks (Frick, Schenley, Riverview, Emerald View, and Highland).
Deadline: March 23, 2021.

CUE Art Foundation Open Calls for artists & curators
CUE Art Foundation is currently seeking solo exhibition and curatorial project proposals for the 2022 exhibition season. The Open Calls provide emerging and under-recognized artists and curators the necessary resources to realize an exhibition at CUE’s storefront gallery in East Chelsea, New York.
Deadline: March 11, 2021.

2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is an annual non-acquisitive international art prize that celebrates diversity and excellence in the representational visual arts. It includes all static mediums, like traditional art, digital art, and photographic media, along with all styles from realism and hyperrealism to pop surrealism and lowbrow. The contest offers more than $45,000 worth of cash, services, and product prizes.
Deadline: July 17, 2021.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative [city-based]
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative responds to the growing number of cities around the world embracing art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to activate their streets. Round 2 of the Asphalt Art Initiative was announced on March 2, 2021. The program will award up to 20 U.S. cities grants of up to $25,000 each, as well as on-call technical assistance.
Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Bridgeport Art Center 9th Annual Art Competition
The Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago announces a call for entries to a juried art competition and exhibition that will take place in its 4th-floor gallery this spring. It offers $3,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 best of show prize, $500 second prize, $300 third prize, and six additional $200 honorable mentions.
Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Driving the Human Open Call
Driving the Human invites designers, artists, scientists, initiatives, and agents from any field of expertise and anywhere in the world to join in shaping sustainable and collective futures that combine science, technology, and the arts in a trans-disciplinary and collaborative approach.
Deadline: April 9, 2021.

RITES OF PASSAGE: National Emerging Artists Exhibition
The Cincinnati-based nonprofit arts organization and gallery Manifest invites juniors, seniors, and recent undergrads to submit works of art for the 17th annual Rites of Passage exhibition. The Manifest Grand Jury Prize awards one cash prize ($2,500) to a single work selected as the “best of the entire season.”
Deadline: March 24, 2021.