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Emerging Artist

Deadline: February 15, 2017

Open to: Professional emerging Kentucky artists (visual and media artists, writers, composers and choreographers) who are responsible for creating their own work, not interpreting the work of others or creating work under the supervision of an instructor.
Location: Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, Kentucky
Contact: Tamara Coffey,

Additional Information: The Kentucky Arts Council's Emerging Artist Award is an unrestricted $1,000 award to early-career, professional Kentucky artists who demonstrate excellence and creativity in their work.
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Alley Gallery

Deadline: February 15, 2017

Fee: Free
Location: Louisville Central Business District
Open to: Artists from the Louisville Area

Contact: Ken Herndon,
Additional information: Alley Gallery is a project of the Louisville Downtown Partnership to repurpose alley and back-of-the-building metal doors into an outdoor gallery featuring the work of local artists. The Alley Gallery program will extend beyond the February 15th deadline for the first round of submissions.  Initial installation is planned for mid-April.  Others will follow.  For complete information about Artist Submissions or Sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Ken Herndon, Special Projects Coordinator, An Artist or Sponsor packet will be emailed to you.

The Heritage West Art Competition

Deadline: February 27, 2017

Entry Fee: Free
Open to: Artists who live, work, worship, or learn in the 40203, 40210, 40211, or 40212 zip codes
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Contact: Ramona Lindsey,
Additional Information: The West Louisville Community Council (WLCC), One West, and Louisville Forward are offering west Louisville the opportunity to share the historic legacy of the Shawnee, Russell, and Portland neighborhoods through art. This partnership of local residents, non-profit organizations and city government is asking artists to submit artwork that can be considered for display on a billboard at 30th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard on the Heritage West site. Cash awards will be presented to the 1st ($500), 2nd ($300), & 3rd ($100) place designs.  
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Sculpture Artist Call for Proposals

Deadline: February 28, 2017 by 5:00pm

Open to: The project is open to all artists, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply.
Contact: Jackie Hamilton,
Location: UK Arts in HealthCare, Lexington, Kentucky

Additional Information: UK HealthCare seeks to commission sculpture for the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital under the hospital’s Arts in HealthCare program. The sculpture will be located in the skylight area of the new Kentucky Children’s Hospital. It is not the intent that the sculpture will be simply public art; it should embody the aspirations of the program to provide a healing environment enhanced by artistic expressions.
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Call for Proposals - Neighborhood Sculpture Trail

Deadline: March 10, 2017 - 4pm

Open to: artists eighteen or older (orteams) who submit an application on time, can meet the various project requirements, and are selected to participate. Prior experience in public art is not required. Response to this RFP is restricted metal works at this time.
Contact: Dawn Spyker at or
Additional information: The Jeffersonville Public Arts Commission (JPAC) is seeking proposals from artists and/or artist teams for design, execution and installation of original outdoor sculptures to be displayed in various community neighborhoods as part of an ongoing transferable and walk-able sculpture initiative. The objective is to have, over time, a well-balanced exhibit of sculptures throughout our neighborhoods exhibiting a variety of concepts, styles and media. The media that has been selected for 2017 is colorful welded metal sculpture with a theme of ‘Flora Transforma’ or nature transforming/morphing. Specific locations will be determined based upon submissions. 
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Sightlines, 2017-2019

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Fee: $10
Open to: All artists are eligible
Location: South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana
Exhibition/Event Dates: June 17, 2017 - May 19, 2019
Contact: Mark Rospenda, 
Additional Information: The South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA), South Bend, IN, is seeking large-scale two- and three-dimensional artwork for long-term display in Sightlines, a collaborative project between the SBMA and the Century Center. The two year exhibition will highlight 3 new artists alongside 3 current artists. All artists are eligible. Indoor and outdoor sites are available and will be considered for accepted proposals. Artist submission review and selection will be by representatives from the SBMA and the Century Center. $1000 stipend for each selected artist. A modest printed piece will also be produced. Entry deadline is April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST. For full details and to apply securely online, please visit
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Biennial 29: Call for Entries

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Fee: $20
Open to: Open to all artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin
Location: South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana
Exhibition Dates: July 8 - October 1, 2017
Contact: Mark Rospenda, 

Additional Information: The South Bend Museum of Art’s (South bend, IN) all media Biennial 29 will present a diverse look into contemporary artwork in the Midwest. The number of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. This year’s exhibition will be juried by Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum. $1,500 in awards will be selected by the juror and $1,500 in purchase awards will be chosen by the South Bend Museum of Art's Collections Committee. A color brochure detailing exhibiting artists will also be produced. For full details and to apply securely online, please visit Submission deadline is April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST. 


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Telling Our Stories

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Fee: Free
Location: Creative Art League, Nicholasville, Kentucky
Open to: all textile and fiber artists in Kentucky

Additional Information: The exhibit, “Telling Our Stories” is designed to showcase fiber, fabric and other textile art. Artists are encouraged to utilize these materials in a way that helps to educate the viewing public on the very real role that fabric and fiber play in today’s fine art environment.
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Deadline: April 17, 2017

Fee: $35
Location: Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W 2nd Street, Michigan City, IN
Open to: 21 and over, nationwide. No international artists
Exhibition Dates: June 10 - October 14, 2017
Contact: CarolAnn Brown, 

Additional Information: Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) in Michigan City, IN has issued an open call for Home, a national juried exhibition. Submissions to Home are open to artists whose work investigates the concept in a variety of ways. Possibilities include artwork about shelter, family, immigration, homelessness, nostalgia, architecture, domesticity and the planet we all share, Earth!
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The Views of Cave Hill Cemetery

Deadline: September 22, 2017

Fee: Free
Open to: anyone that has visited Cave Hill Cemetery and taken photographs, 18 years old or older, or with appropriate parental consent if younger than 18 years of age. 

Additional Information: Winning photographs will be used in the production of a Cave Hill Cemetery calendar, as well as within any range of promotional material for Cave Hill Cemetery and any of its subsidiaries.
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1-person or Group Exhibit

Deadline: January 1, 2018

Fee: Free
Location: The Green Building, Louisville, Kentucky
Contact: Matt Loeser, 

Additional Information: Artist responsible for ready-to-hang works, delivery and pick-up. Submit 3-5 images, Artist's Statement and Bio and small exhibit description via email.
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Deadline: Ongoing

Open to: All Media Artists - Original Artwork
Location: online publication through LVA
Contact: Joshua Jenkins,
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First Friday Hop

Deadline: Ongoing

Open to: All Local Artists
Location: Louisville, Kentucky - St. John United Church of Christ invites artists to sell their work during the First Friday Hop each month. Artists can display and sell their art for free.
Additional information: Autumn Lucas,

Forging Tongs with Danny Downs

February 18 - 19, 2017

Registration Deadline: February 17, 2017
Instructor: Danny Downs
Entry Fee: $375
Workshop Dates: February 18 & 19, 2017
Location: Kaviar Forge, 147 Stevenson Ave., Louisville, KY
Contact: Kayla Bischoff, 
Additional Information: This weekend workshop teaches fledgling blacksmiths to forge their own sets of tongs. Students will keep all tongs made during the class: usually 3-5 pairs depending on skill.
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Shelbyville, KY Public Art Project

Deadline: February 20, 2017

Entry Fee: Free
Open to: Kentucky Residents
Location: Shelbyville, Kentucky
Contact: Fred Rogers,
Additional Information: $500 commission for winning entries. Contact for a copy of the RFP.
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Basketmaking Workshop

March 16, 2017

Entry Fee: $20 workshop fee for 4 hr class plus supply costs
Open to: Beginner & intermediate levels
Workshop Date: March 18, 2017, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Susans Corner Basket Studio - Highlands, Louisville, KY
Contact: Susan Kute,
More information: February classes are February 9 & 16. March classes are March 16,23 & 30. Select Thursdays. Morning & evening classes available

Spring Beginner Blacksmith Workshop    

March 31, 2017 

Entry Fee: $425 - includes all materials
Workshop Date: April 1 - 29, 2017, 9am - Noon
Location: Kaviar Forge, 147 Stevenson Ave., Louisville, KY
Contact: Kayla Bischoff, 
Additional Information: In this class, students will learn the skills, foundation, and art of blacksmithing. While learning basic techniques the students will make several items for themselves including J hooks, nails, leaves (for keychains) and finally a forge welded fireplace poker. Students keep all that they make during the class. Limited to 10 students and fills on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to secure your spot in the class, we require payment in full and a signed registration form which can be found on our website. ABANA members receive 5% off!
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Oil Painting Class - "Working Beyond the Limitations of a Photograph" 

Deadline: Ongoing

Workshop Fee: varies
Location: Studio Anchorage, 2125 Cave Spring Road, Anchorage KY
Open to: Beginner to Advanced
Contact: Susan Tolliver, 502.639.4957
Additional Information: Learn the fundamentals of painting in oils and manipulating "Beyond the Limitations of a Photograph". Class offerings run contiguously in bands of 6 to 8 weeks. Brushwork, edges, the essence of pushing warm and cool tones; working with a limited palette; using a palette knife; components of good composition; avoiding linear drawing are just a few of the routine principles incorporated into classes routinely. Beginners initially have a more specified program structure to establish core oil painting foundation skills. Call Susan at 639-4957 for more details or check the website for more complete information.
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The Schrodt Method

Deadline: Ongoing

Workshop Fee: $32/week
Location: Schrodt Art Studio, 4014 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 13, Louisville, Kentucky
Contact: Judy Warren, 502.893.2842
Additional Information: A practical approach to oil painting using proven, teachable methods suitable for beginning to advanced. Classes run consecutively in 12-14 week sessions.
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Call For Artists for the 61st Annual St. James Court Art Show

Deadline: March 31, 2017

EntryFee: $40  
Open to: all clay, fine crafts, fiber, glass, images 2D, jewelry, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, photography, sculpture, and wood artists.
Location: Historic Old Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Event Dates: October 6, 7 & 8, 2017
Contact: Karen
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The St. James Court Art Show in Louisville, Kentucky is an autumn tradition that draws 180,000+ visitors who come to purchase unique handcrafted items and fine art directly from the hands that crafted them. Always held the first full weekend of October, the St James Court section of the St. James Court Art Show has been running continuously for 60 years. Artist amenities include booth sitters, artist breakfast, and friendly volunteers. A very organized and friendly staff works hard all year long to put on a well-run show voted the Top Ten Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
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Call For Artists

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Entry Fee: $25.00
Exhibition/Event Dates: September 9 & 10, 2017, September 8th Premiere Gala

Event Location: Big Four Bridge Lawn, Waterfront Park
Contact: Amy, Maryjane & Louis 
Additional Information: "Call for Artist" This is a event that has been 3 years in the planning. We are expecting 35,000 to 50,000 curious patrons our first year. This is a juried show with a limit of 100 booths. Many applications are in. All artist that are excepted by jury 2017 will by-pass jury 2018. Scholarships and Grants possible for Emerging and Demonstration Artist. Come join us at a venue that is next to none in Louisville. Ample parking with trolley service to and from all parking areas. International cuisine, national and regional artist, large patron base that supports the arts, activities for the kids, family friendly, musical entertainment, magicians, sailboat regatta, Dragon Boat Canoe Races and in a venue that is known to all in this area. With the extra benefit of the Pedestrian Bridge and the Ohio River view. We ask you to support this LOCAL annual event that will be great for all and a bonus to the City of Louisville.
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Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship

Deadline: February 15, 2017

Open to: Professional Kentucky artists (writers, composers, choreographers, and visual and media artists) who are responsible for creating their own work, not interpreting the work of others.
Fee: none
The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships are unrestricted $7,500 awards given to Kentucky artists who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work.
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The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Open to: individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Additional Information: The South Arts State Fellowship is a state-specific prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A review panel will select one winner per eligible state, with artistic excellence being the sole criterion. A total of nine fellowships will be awarded. Each will be awarded a $5,000 South Arts State Fellowship, and will compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes. State Fellowship recipients will be required to attend an awards ceremony.
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The Future Is Now Mentorship Program

Deadline: March 2, 2017

Open to: Artists of all medias
Contact: Jackie Pallesen,
Louisville Visual Art & KyCAD are seeking artist mentors for The Future Is Now 2017! Beginning in June 2017, Louisville Visual Art (LVA) and Kentucky College of Art & Design at Spalding University (KyCAD) will partner on the mentorship program, The Future is Now. Six area high school students will be matched with six local artists who will guide them over a period of eight weeks while they create new work to be exhibited in the Huff Gallery at the end of Summer 2017.  The artist mentors involved will come from various backgrounds- independent artists, educators, freelance photographers, three-dimensional fabricators, painters and sculptors. There is a $500 stipend provided to mentoring artists selected for the program.
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Artist Professional Development Grants

Deadline: March 19, 2017

Due to the success of the inaugural round of Artist Professional Development Grants, this grant program will now run three times a year.
Grants can be employed in the period January 6 through June 30, 2017.

Cycle 1. 2017 - Deadline Passed - 11/20/16
Grant Cycle January 6 through June 30, 2017
Application deadline: Midnight on Sunday November 20, 2016
Notification date: December 30, 2016
Report deadline: July 21, 2017

Cycle 2. 2017
Grant Cycle May 1 through October 31, 2017
Application deadline: Midnight on Sunday March 19, 2017
Notification date: April 24, 2017
Report deadline: November 21, 2017

Cycle 3. 2017
Grant Cycle September 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018
Application deadline: Midnight on Sunday July 23, 2017
Notification date: August 25, 2017
Report deadline: March 21, 2018
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Sculpted Drinking Fountain

Deadline: March 24, 2017 - 4pm

Open to: Professional artists/artist teams with public art experience working in materials that would be suitable for this project. The project is open to all professional artists ages 18 and older.
Contact: Dawn Spyker at
The final artist/artist team chosen to sculpt the piece will be awarded a contract in the amount of $8,000 honorarium. This amount is to include all artist fees including but not limited to design fees, materials and installation of the drinking station. The contract will be paid ½ before work begins and ½ upon successful completion (within 3 weeks of notification and agreement of completion.)
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P.A.I.N.T. Mural Opportunity - Center for Neighborhoods

Deadline: April 10, 2017


P.A.I.N.T. Mural Opportunity - Center for Neighborhoods
Entry Fee: None
Event Location: New Cut Road
Contact: Jess Brown,
Additional Information: NEW CUT ROAD MURAL PROJECT
Center For Neighborhoods is excited to announce a partnership with Councilwoman Vicki Welch, Metro Council District 13 for a P.A.I.N.T. project on the New Cut Road corridor to develop a public mural. To be eligible to participate in the P.A.I.N.T. Program, you must attend a mandatory workshop scheduled on: Saturday, February 25th, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Antioch Church, 7315 Southside Drive.
Additional Information: NEW CUT ROAD MURAL PROJECT Center For Neighborhoods is excited to announce a partnership with Councilwoman Vicki Welch, Metro Council District 13 for a P.A.I.N.T. project on the New Cut Road corridor to develop a public mural. To be eligible to participate in the P.A.I.N.T. Program, you must attend a mandatory workshop scheduled on: Saturday, February 25th, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Antioch Church, 7315 Southside Drive. Please RSVP for the February 25th workshop to by February 23rd.
On April 17th, Center For Neighborhoods will announce the winning project proposal.  The selected P.A.I.N.T. project must be completed/installed by June 17, 2017. The total award (including artist’s commission, installation, equipment and/or supplies) is $10,000.
Questions? Email
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Train Mural Opportunity

Location: Island, KY
Additional Information: Community project commission to paint a train mural on an existing structure, Budget TBD
The contact for this commission is:
Scott Hillard
Friends of Island
PO Box 106
Island, KY 42350

A Community Thrives Grant

March 1, 2017

A Community Thrives is a nation-wide program, brought to you by USA TODAY NETWORK, which is funding great ideas in an effort to create real change in local communities. If you have an idea on how to help your community, we encourage you to submit it now on The idea should be centered around one of the following three categories - wellness, education, or arts & culture - and there will be three grants awarded per category (two $50,000 grants and one $100,000 grant).
Additional Information: Simply upload a video that explains your idea and how a grant would help. Don’t worry, the videos don’t have to be fancy! A simple smart phone recording will do. Ideas can be completely original or be an existing project that you would like to expand.
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Art Camp Teacher

Teaching Artist needed for two Art Camps in Jeffersontown KY, in July 2017. This person should have experience Teaching Art to children. Qualifications include being artistic, fun, organized, patient, kind and a leader. The camps are Monday thru Friday for three hours a day. The weeks of July 10th and 17th and trying for an am class one week and pm class the other week. You plan and execute the class including instruction in mixed media, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage and print making. There are 15 children in a class and they are ages 7-12 with different levels of artistic abilities. Your fee includes you supplying the art supplies. The classes are held at the Jeffersontown Community Center, 10617 Taylorsville Road. Volunteers are provided to help the children and teaching artist. The families pay for the children to attend the week long camp. Rhonda, Arts Program, handles signing up the children and checking them in and out of the camp. Snacks are provided by the Arts Program. For more information please email: Rhonda Rowland, Arts Program Manager at

Ceramics Class Instructor

Location: Kentucky Mudworks, Lexington, KY
Description: The role of Adult and Kids’ Instructor includes demonstrating proficient and/or professional skills at teaching adults and/or children the basics of handbuilding and wheelthrowing.
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Art Instructor

Louisville Creative Arts Academy - Louisville, KY
Status: Part-time

Louisville Creative Arts Academy (LCAA), a new home school program in the Louisville, KY area, is seeking qualified teachers for the 2016-2017 school year (32 weeks). This innovative home school program for middle and high school students focuses on various disciplines of creative arts including theater, music, visual art and digital arts to provide instruction and opportunities to apply learned skills beyond the classroom. Classes meet one time a week on either Tuesday and Friday during two semesters of study.

We are currently seeking an instructor to develop the art program for LCAA by teaching two Visual Art courses. Grade level: Middle School and High School. Ideal candidate should be an experienced artist with instructional skills. Familiarity with a wide variety of art mediums and appropriate skills to teach various methods and techniques.
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Part-time Instructors

Location: Living Arts and Science Center, Lexington, Ky.
Seeking part-time instructors with experience teaching visual art, creative writing or other art disciplines.
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