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The Figure Revealed: 5th Biennial Nude Show
Deadline: April 27, 2018
Entry Fee: $15 for up to 3 entries (JPEGS only)
Open to: All 2D & 3D media will be considered (excluding video)
Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 14, 2018
Contact: Kayla Bischoff,, 561-0377
Location:  Kaviar Forge & Gallery
Additional Information: Submissions must include: the artist’s name, phone number, email address and physical address. Also include the title, dimensions, medium and retail price of each work by filling out the Submission Form (download from our website). All accepted 2D works must be ready to hang. Canvases with staples on the sides must be framed. Works must be available for sale to be considered. Commission split is 60/40 (60% to the artist).
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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, 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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Food Literacy Project’s Art Show Fundraiser
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Open to: Regional visual artists (KY, OH, IN)
Exhibition/Event Dates: May 18, 2018
Event Location: Food Literacy Project/Field Day Family Farm; 9001 Limehouse Lane
Contact: Devin DeLaney,
Additional Information: The Food Literacy Project announces its Barn Gallery Fundraiser! The Food Literacy Project is a farm-based nonprofit educational agency dedicated to transforming youth and their communities through food, farming, and the land. This year, staffer Adrian Rowan is spearheading an effort to invite local artists to raise funds to sustain this work. Regional artists are invited to submit work relating to food, farming, and the land. All artists will be required to donate at least 50% of their profits to the Food Literacy Project in exchange for a chance to show/sell your work, meet other local artists, and gain exposure on social media. We encourage artists regardless of their experience or education level to submit their best interpretation of this theme related to food, farming, and the land. All work must be installed on Friday the 18th before noon and de-installed Saturday, May 19. We will review the applications and let you know by May 5.
In a separate document, please include the following:
Phone #
Website/blog/etc (if applicable) – if you do not have this, then send us between 5 and 10 images of your work
Social media tags (if applicable)
Why are you interested in participating in this event?
Please email this application to Devin at
Thank you so much for submitting – you will hear from us by May 5!
Adrian Rowan, Farm-based Educator with the Food Literacy Project
Devin DeLaney, Barn Gallery Fundraiser Coordinator
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HACKED: Art About or Achieved Through Re-Use | $2,500 Cash Award Potential!
Deadline: May 9, 2018
Entry Fee: $40 for up to three entries submitted. $10 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Entry fee must be paid by U.S. check or money order made payable to MANIFEST, or by credit card via PayPal. (If paying by PayPal, PLEASE use the PayPal link provided on the page that follows the submission of the online entry form.) Any fee payment must reference your name, or we must be notified if another party is paying your fee.
Exhibition Dates: July 13 - August 10, 2018
Event Location: Manifest Gallery | Cincinnati, OH
Contact: Erin Corley,
Additional Information: For this exhibit, Manifest is seeking works of visual art which somehow, in some way, represent or are realized as 'hacked'. This may be in the form of narrative, symbolic, or suggestive works. Abstract or conceptual interpretations of the theme are welcome alongside those of technical or literal representations. In our staff brainstorming sessions during Manifest's season planning, we jotted down these notes, along with the definitions and ideas above: open source; no gates; vampires & pirates; found objects; transparency; and democratization, among others. As with most Manifest projects, our curatorial staff and jurors have no expectation for what sort of works can or should fit this theme. Our offering of this project is as much of a question, and a challenge, for artists to answer. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental in any visual art medium (including boundary-testing forms that could also qualify as non-art). The only criteria beyond excellent qualityis that works must address the broad theme as defined by 'hacked'.  HACKED is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which address the broad theme as defined by 'hacked'.
The Manifest Grand Jury Prize end-of-year award process will include at least one work from this exhibition moving on to the final jury for the $2,500 cash prize.
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Official Breeders' Cup Artist Program
Deadline: May 18, 2018
Exhibition Date: June 16, 2018
Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
Open to: Regional artists, 18 and over (priority given to artists living in the Louisville and Southern Indiana areas).
Contact: Amy Chase,
Additional information: Churchill Downs, the Breeders' Cup and Louisville Visual Art are partnering to create an opportunity for one local artist to be showcased as the Official Artist of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships would like to create artwork to commemorate its 35th running on Nov 2 & 3 at Churchill Downs Racetrack. The Official artwork will be integrated into various consumer touch points to promote the Breeders’ Cup event. Artwork Submissions will be juried down to five (5) finalists. The five finalists will receive a $500 stipend and their artwork will be on display during Downs After Dark/Stephen Foster night. The community will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artist/artwork onsite and online. Out of the five finalists, one will be selected as the Official Artist of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup. That selected artist will receive $2500 and their artwork featured on promotional materials including race day program covers, Ticket folders, Horsemen’s Information Guide,o Event Brochure, Website homepage, Hotel key cards, Official Event Poster and event related collateral. Artwork submitted must translate to 8.5” x 11” portrait format. Submissions should be be high res .jpg or vector .eps digital files.

Solo, Group and Concept Exhibition Submissions
Deadline: June 1, 2018
Open to: Regional and International submissions welcome!
Entry Fee: $50
Event Location: Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Contact: Erin Corley,
Additional Information: Manifest is eager to receive proposals of various types and accepts these on an ongoing basis, reviewing them starting in early June in consideration for the upcoming season. No notifications are made until the final season schedule is decided (usually by the end of July). The organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit and as such operates on a very lean budget with the support of hard-won grants as well as thoughtful individual donations to our Annual Fund and in-kind professional services. As such, all submissions to gallery calls and proposals for exhibits include nominal entry/application fees. These are either at or below the national norm for such fees, and we work very hard to maximize all our resources to make the benefits of submission to and participation in our exhibits more valuable than most gallery experiences. The fact that Manifest's non-profit operations are supported in-part by entry fees does not mean that Manifest is a vanity gallery. With a mission to stand for quality in the visual arts, and to serve as a bridge between the community and the highest forms of visual expression, we set our own bar high and generally exceed the expectations of both the exhibiting artists and our patrons with what we do.
The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one cash prize ($2500) to a single work selected as the 'best of the entire season'. Winner will be determined by a final end-of-year jury from among a pool of all top-scoring works from each exhibit's jury process across the current exhibition season. Details on the Manifest Grand Jury Prize can be found at
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Shaped By Water: The Pollinator Show
Deadline: June 5, 2018
Exhibition Dates: June 12 - September 4, 2018
Contact: Obiora Embry, (859) 489-8745,
Location: Gallery on Main; Richmond, KY
Additional Information: The website SSL is provided by CACert. You can accept the certificate after viewing it and then proceed to the website.
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The Sandwich Generation Zine
Deadline: June 8, 2018
Open to: Anyone that considers themselves someone in the Sandwich Generation, taking care of both children and parents.
Exhibition/Event Dates: The Sandwich Generation Zine will be distributed on or about June 21 as part of The Alzheimers Association's Longest Day Project.
Contact: Marguerite Esrock,
Additional Information: The goal of this zine is to give caregivers a creative outlet and know we are not alone in caring for loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimers. Caregivers may submit poetry, black and white drawings & photos, or short essays (250 words or less) about their experiences. I have chosen to work on this Zine for The Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day Fundraiser - June 21. If you would like to contribute to the Sandwich Generation Zine, please follow the instructions below. I will mail you a copy of the Zine on or about June 21.
You may submit:
• Poetry (250 words or less)
• An essay (250 words or less) 
• Black and White Drawing. Please send in a jpg format so it can be sized to fit the page. If color images are sent they will be printed in black and white. 
• Black & White photos. If color images are sent they will be printed in black and white.
• Email to 
• Put in the subject line: Sandwich Generation Zine
• Include your Name, Address, City, State & Zip. I will send you a completed copy of the zine.
• All submissions will be recognized with First Name Only, City and State.
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Paper Works - Works on Paper
Deadline: June 15, 2018
Open to: Paper must be at least 50% of the finished artwork.
Exhibition Dates: July 24- August 31, 2018
Contact: Mary Rezny,
Location: M S Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lexington Distillery District; Lexington, KY
Additional Information: $500 1st Prize Award; Three $100 Honorable Mention Awards; purchase award
A majority of all artworks begin with a piece of paper, a sketch, a drawing, perhaps a 3D model. This juried competition will look at art on paper as the finished product. The paper can be drawn on, painted, printed, folded, or sculpted. This is an open call in any medium, traditional and non-traditional but paper must be at least 50% of the finished artwork. Accepted artworks do not need to be traditionally framed but may be displayed with magnets, clips or pins. Artist will provide any non-traditional hardware necessary to display artwork. Juror: Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum.
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HORIZON: Contemporary Landscape 2018
Deadline: August 1, 2018
Entry Fee: $25 for 1 to 3 entries, $35 for up to six entries
Open to: All media with the exception of live performance-based art.
Exhibition/Event Dates: September 7 - November 4, 2018
Event Location: Community Arts Center, 401 W Main St., Danville, KY
Contact: Brandon Long, (859) 236-4054,
Additional Information: This annual juried exhibition tests the limits of the word landscape. While many artists portray classic landscape paintings, others delve into more abstract realms, submitting everything from collage and photography to mixed media and cast metal sculpture. 2018 Juror: Isabella LaRocca.
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Call for Artists
Deadline: August 30, 2018
Open to: Artists 18 years and older.
Contact: Esther Randall,
Location: Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University
Additional Information: Applications are being accepted for the Fred P. Giles Gallery season for Fall 2018 and Fall 2019. Interested artists should submit a PDF portfolio that includes a cover letter, one page résumé, artist statement, list of works with dimensions and medium, and ten digital images of artwork. Each image should be numbered and titled (ex: 1.Title.Jeg). Established in 1973, Giles Gallery exhibits well-established and promising emerging artists from not only the region but nationally as well. Exhibitions change on a monthly basis during the academic year but is closed over the summer. The Fred Parker Giles Gallery, named for a distinguished past Professor of Art, is located off the main lobby of the Campbell Building. Spacious, well-lit, and flexible, the gallery extends through two levels and accommodates large and/or multiple exhibits.
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HOUSEGUEST: an independent artist-run project space
Open to: All forms of artistry are welcome: painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, installation, poetry, etc.
Entry Fee: $10
Location: 2721 Taylor Blvd.
Contact: Megan Bickel,
Additional Information: HOUSEGUEST is an independent artist-run project space located in the south end of Louisville, Kentucky. The space launched in January of 2018. Founded by multi-disciplinary artist and writer Megan Bickel and her husband, chef Jacob Wilson, the gallery's location is in the living room of the couple's house. The space will hold six exhibitions a year: four solo shows and two group exhibitions.  Alongside each exhibition will be a small supper pop-up collaborative event, which will be by invitation only. We encourage artists to interact and activate the space while exploring new ideas and concepts, with full control over what they create.
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Local Language Call for Artists
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
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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Deadline: Ongoing
Open to: All - original artwork
Location: online publication through LVA
Contact: Keith Waits,
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Mix, Marble, Crackle and Pour
Instructor: Lynn Busch
Fee: $90
Dates: Tuesdays, April 3-24, 2018; 6:30-8:30 PM
Event Location: Preston Arts Center
Contact: Kathy Brennan,, 454-9954
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Pen & Ink: Styles, Dots & Lines
Instructor: Paul Reynolds
Fee: 4 weeks for $95
Workshop Dates: Thursdays, April 12-May 3, 2018; 6:00-8:30 PM
Event Location: Preston Arts Center
Contact: Kathy Brennan,, 454-9954
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Drawing with the Brush Pen
Instructor: Kevlen Goodner
Fee: $59 (includes supplies)
Dates: April 28, 2018; 3-6 PM
Event Location: Preston Arts Center
Contact: Kathy Brennan,, 454-9954
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Screenprint Fundamentals
Deadline: April 28, 2018
Open to: All skill levels, 18+
Workshop Dates: Wednesdays, May 2/9/16/23, 2018; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: Susanna Crum
Fee: $190
Event Location: Calliope Arts
Contact:, 963-5083
Additional Information: Learn a variety of image-making techniques in screenprinting from start to finish! Each participant will create original images through hand-drawn and digital techniques, with screens suitable for printing on paper or fabric. Topics will include preparation of screens and photographic images, multi-color printing, and registration. Paper and ink will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring any special materials (such as fabrics, T-shirts, etc.) they would like to print on.
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Intaglio Printmaking
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Open to: All skill levels, 18+
Workshop Dates: Tuesdays, May 8/15/22/29 & June 5 & 12, 2018; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: Rudy Salgado
Fee: $260
Event Location: Calliope Arts
Contact:, 963-5083
Additional Information: Intaglio printmaking involves a variety of techniques to incise lines and tones into a metal plate. The opposite of a relief print, intaglio plates hold even the most complex networks of etched or engraved lines under their surfaces. With an emphasis on drawing and experimentation, this course aims to provide students with a mastery of basic intaglio techniques. Participants will also receive comprehensive instruction on intaglio processes including drypoint, etching, the use of hard and soft grounds, aquatint, sugar lift, and more, All materials are included.
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Hand Building with Clay (Adults)
Deadline: May 6, 2018
Workshop Fee: $200 for 6 weeks
Open to: Beginners to Intermediate
Workshop Dates: May 12 - June 16, Saturdays 10:30 AM - 1 PM
Location: AA Clay Studio & Gallery, 2829 S. Fourth St.
Contact: Alex Adams,
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This workshop will include instruction and direct experience with basic hand building techniques, such as coil and slab construction methods. Students will learn techniques by making functional and sculptural forms, with attention to surface decoration and glaze application. Finished pieces will be fired and glazed. Intermediate level students are encouraged to work on independent projects. All materials and tools are supplied. Suzanne Adams has been an artist and teacher for over 40 Years. Her sculpture has been shown in numerous regional and national exhibitions.
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Sculpting the Head in Clay
Instructor: Thomas Baker
Fee: $275 (includes materials and model's fee)
Dates: May 11-13, 2018; 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
(Friday 6-9PM; Saturday 10AM - 5 PM; Sunday 12-3 PM)
Event Location: Preston Arts Center
Contact: Kathy Brennan,, 454-9954
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Oil Painting Classes
Entry Fee: 8 weeks for $200
Dates: May 14 and 15 (depending on vacancies)
Contact: Claudia Hammer,
Additional Information: I instruct each person on their project. Some students work on portraits, some do a still life set up and paint it in one session (called a daily), some bring landscape references to paint from. I also teach technique, whether it is glazing, painting wet into wet, brushstrokes, color mixing, palette knife work, especially composition and drawing skills, which is needed in all painting. In general, I can help you with what you want to learn. Each person brings in their own reference material and painting supplies. I provide instruction, easels, and small tables. I can only teach 4 students at a time. You pick the day and time you want to come. If you have to miss, you can do make-ups on a different day.
Class times:
Monday Morning 9:30 - 12:30
Monday Afternoon 1:30 - 4:30
Tuesday Morning 9:30 - 12:30
The class is ongoing - at the end of 8 weeks, you can sign up again if you need more instruction. You will get a supply list when you sign up.

Beginner Knife-Making Workshop
Deadline: July 13, 2018
Workshop Dates: July 14-15, 2018
Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 9am-4pm
Fee: $400
Open to: Ages 14+
Event Location: Kaviar Forge & Gallery
Contact: Craig Kaviar,, 561-0377
Additional Information: Kaviar Forge is offering a weekend workshop to make your own knives out of railroad ties!
Students will keep all they make in the class. Payment in full and a completed registration form are required to ensure a spot.
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Beginner Blacksmith Class
Deadline: September 14, 2018
Workshop Dates: September 15 - October 20, 2018
(Class will not meet September 22)
Fee: $425 (includes all materials)
Open to: Ages 14+
Event Location: Kaviar Forge & Gallery
Contact: Craig Kaviar,, 561-0377
Additional Information: Students will learn the skills, foundation, and art of blacksmithing. While learning basic techniques the students will make several items including J hooks, nails, leaves (for keychains) and a forge-welded fireplace poker. Students keep all that they make during the class.
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Tong Forging Workshop
Deadline: October 26, 2018
Workshop Dates: October 27-28, 2018
Fee: $400 (includes all materials)
Open to: Ages 14+
Event Location: Kaviar Forge & Gallery
Contact: Craig Kaviar,, 561-0377
Additional Information: This weekend workshop will teach 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. This workshop is limited to 10 students and fills on a first come - first served basis.
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Working Beyond the Limitations of a Photograph
Workshop Fee: varies
Location: Studio Anchorage, 2125 Cave Spring Road, Anchorage, KY
Contact: Susan Tolliver,, 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.
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The Schrodt Method
Workshop Fee: $32 per week
Location: Schrodt Art Studio, 4014 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 13
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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Big Four Arts Festival - Waterfront Park

Deadline: May 1, 2018
Fee: $25 (
booth space fee is $425 for the two-day festival)
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
Contact: Louis Nunnelley,
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. 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. An EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM is available with reduced booth space fees.
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First Friday Hop
Open to: Local artists
Exhibition Dates: First Friday of each month
Location: St. John United Church of Christ
Additional Information: St. John United Church of Christ invites artists to sell their work during the monthly First Friday Hop. Artists can display and sell their art for free.
Contact: Autumn Lucas,