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The 13th International Drawing Annual

Deadline: January 21, 2017

Entry Fee: $40 for up to three entries, $10 per each additional
Location: Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact: Kelia,
Additional Information: Manifest seeks submissions for its continuous BOOK PROJECT, the 13th International Drawing Annual, which includes $2,000 in cash awards and now includes a $1200 First Prize! From year to year the juried, annual award winning INDA collection of recent contemporary drawings is meant to provide a resource to the world to help investigate the question of "what is exceptional drawing?" Submissions are expected to vary, including a range of drawing types, from the most academic to the most experimental, but all with some relevance to the artists' honest understanding of the practice of "drawing." As this is a BOOK project, works that are not otherwise available (i.e. physically) may still be submitted for consideration. All that is required of accepted artists is a print-quality hi-res digital image of accepted works. All included artists receive a complimentary copy of the finished book.
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AquaVenture 2018: A Water-Based Media Show

Deadline: February 2, 2018

Entry Fee: KWS Members: $35, for up to three entries, Non-members: $55, for up to three entries
Exhibition Dates: March 17 – April 28, 2018
Event Location: Kaviar Forge and Gallery 1718 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville KY
Contact: Kayla Bischoff,
Additional Information: AquaVenture is a regional exhibit open to KWS members and non-members 18 years of age or older. Non-members of KWS must reside in KY, IN, OH, TN, or WV. Artists may enter up to 3 paintings, but only one painting per artist may be accepted into the show.Work must have been completed in 2013 or later. Artwork must be original: conceived and created by artist. No nudes. Paintings must be in water-based media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache). Paintings on paper must be matted with light or light neutral color mat board and framed under Plexiglas. AquaVenture Awards: Presented by Kentucky Watercolor Society: 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200, 3rd Place: $100, 2 Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Preston Art Center Awards: #1 $25 gift card, #2 $50 gift card, #3 $75 gift card
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DRAWN 2018 International Call for Drawing

Deadline: February 12, 2018

Entry Fee: $40.00
Exhibition Dates: April 20, 2018 - May 18, 2018
Location: Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH
Additional Information: Manifest Gallery presents its 5th annual open call for DRAWN, an expansive and competitive international gallery exhibit calling for works of drawing created with any media relevant to the practice of drawing. This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style, and welcomes works from the most traditional to the most abstract or conceptual. DRAWN is open to everyone. Professionals as well as students are encouraged to enter. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which qualify in some considerable way as drawing.
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2018 "Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie"

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Entry Fee: $35.00
Open to: United States residents, age 18 and older.
Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 21, 2018
Location: Carnegie Center for Art and History, 201 E Spring St, New Albany, IN
Contact Name: Daniel Pfalzgraf,
Additional Information: Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie is an annual juried exhibit of contemporary quilt art held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. All works must be quilted (two or more distinct layers held together with stitches). The layers may include fiber and textile materials, but this is not required and other techniques and mediums are acceptable as long as the work is quilted, as defined above.The 2018 exhibition will be on view May 25 – July 21, 2018. Accepted artists will be eligible for multiple cash awards, including a $1,000 Best of Show award.
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Second Look Quilt Challenge

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Entry Fee: $15 for up to three entries
Open to: Quilt tops must be made from at least 75% repurposed/recycled materials. Quilts must be a minimum of 12" on the longest edge and a maximum of 48" on the longest edge.
Exhibition/Event Dates: May 31-July 28
Event Location: Community Arts Center, 401 W Main St. Danville, KY
Contact Brandon Long:
Additional Information: The Second Look Quilt Challenge is an exhibit about repurposing within the medium of quilting. The jurors will be asked to select works that demonstrate excellence in quilting, craftsmanship and creative re-purposing. Parameters include: The quilt top must be made from at least 75% repurposed materials. For this exhibit, “repurposed” means that the materials used must have had a previous intended function (such as an article of clothing, feed sacks, or curtains). Unused scraps from previous projects do not constitute repurposed materials. Quilts must consist of three layers – top, batting, and backing with a running stitch that passes through all three layers. New materials may be used for the batting and backing. Tied quilts, glued quilts, and t-shirt quilts are not eligible and will not be accepted. Quilts must have been made since January of 2014 and not previously shown in any other Community Arts Center exhibitions. Quilts must have at least a 12” minimum length along the shortest edge. Quilts may have up to a 48” maximum length along the longest edge. Quilts must arrive with a 4” hanging sleeve attached to the back that runs the length of the top edge
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Deadline: Ongoing

Open to: All Media Artists - Original Artwork
Location: online publication through LVA
Contact: Keith Waits,
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Winter Beginner Blacksmith Class

Deadline: February 2, 2017

Workshop Fee: $425 - includes all materials
Location: Kaviar Forge
Workshop Dates: February 3 - March 3, 2018
Contact: Craig Kaviar,
Additional information: 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. Five consecutive Saturdays from 9am - Noon. 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. ABANA members receive 5% off!
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Tool Making for Blacksmiths Workshop

Deadline: March 23, 2018

Workshop Fee: $400
Open to: minimum age 14
Workshop Dates: March 24 & March 25, 2018
Event Location: Kaviar Forge & Gallery, 147 Stevenson Ave, Louisville KY
Contact: Kayla Bischoff,
Additional Information: Kaviar Forge is offering a weekend workshop to make your own tools! Students will learn about various tool steel and where to find them (both scrap and new). Learn to heat treat hardened steel to create chisels, punches and a hand forged hammer. Students will keep all they make in the class. A hand forged hammer is an object of beauty. When you make one yourself, you get to feel self-reliant and powerful every time you use it. Blacksmithing is unique among the craft world in that one is able to make one’s own tools. For this reason, many inventors of the past began careers as blacksmiths.
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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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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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Mellwood Art Center Spring Art Show

Deadline: January 19, 2018

Entry Fee: $20.00
Open to): All artist
Exhibition Dates: February 24th and 25th 2018
Event Location: Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue Louisville, KY
Contact: Bridget Clark,
Additional Information: This is the 2nd year for the Mellwood Spring Art Show, the intent for this show is to make it accessible to all age artists. Here at Mellwood we are trying to keep costs down for the artist so emerging artists have an opportunity to participate. Artist may submit up to 3 applications for this show. The application jury fee is $20.00 non refundable. The booth fee is $175.00 for both days of the show.
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Big Four Arts Festival - Waterfront Park
Deadline: May 1, 2018

Fee: $25.00
Open to : All Artists - subject to jury selection process and accepted mediums.
Event Dates: September 8-9, 2018
Location: Big Four Bridge Lawn, Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY
Contact: Louis Nunnelley, Event Director,
Additional Information: The second annual Big Four Arts Festival will be held at the Big Four Bridge Lawn – four gorgeous acres of tree lined walks overlooking the Ohio River – on September 8-9, 2018. The Festival is known by artists for its easy access, spacious booth layouts, and many artist amenities. Supported by the City of Louisville and a proven multimedia advertising campaign, we'll deliver record crowds and a profitable experience for artists again this year. The application fee is $25 and the booth space fee is $425 for the two-day festival. The application period is January 1-May 1, 2018. An EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM is available with reduced booth space fees. Please visit the website for additional festival details and application instructions.
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Fund for the Arts: 2018 Awards in the Arts and Churchill Downs Opening Night

Deadline: February 16, 2018

Entry Fee: Free
Event Date: 04/28/2018
Location: Churchill Downs
Contact: Morgan Eklund,
Additional Information: This year's theme is Orange, the color of creativity. Plan to incorporate the color Orange into your proposals.
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Riverfront Interpretative Sculpture: From the Shadow into Light

Deadline: February 23, 2018

Open to: Professional artists/artist teams with public art experience working in materials that would be suitable for outdoor sculptures. Artists must be willing and capable of working within the project timeline, with city representatives, and multiple government and community groups.
Locaton: Jeffersonville, Indiana waterfront
Entry Fee: Free
Contact: Dawn Spyker:
Additional information: The City of Jeffersonville, Indiana, seeks a qualified artist or artist team to fabricate a single sculpture (this could be a single stand alone piece or modular units representing one piece), which will function to celebrate and interpret the identity of Jeffersonville’s river heritage. The sculpture will become a unique asset to the area, which is void of site-specific identifying artworks. The sculpture will be located on a 15-foot pad that will be constructed to project out from the pre-existing sidewalk along the marina. It is the desire of the Commissions that the piece be visually stimulating during daylight with serious consideration to negative space within the piece as well as cast shadows AND be intriguing at night through up lighting AND/OR interior lighting that will eventually tie into additional ambient lights being considered for the area.
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Call for Artists

Entry Fee: Free
Additional Information: We are on the hunt for painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, fabricators, and all artisans in the Louisville area for purchase and placement in a newly constructed iconic building in the heart of downtown. We will be commissioning original artworks, large scale sculpture, and fine art prints. Honor the city's rich history and authentic character, be a part of this landmark project!
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Social & Networking Artist Group

Deadline: Ongoing
Louisville Artists Syndicate is a grassroots network of local visual artists, filmmakers and musicians who gather monthly to display, discuss and critique artistic projects.
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