Opportunities for Artists in Utah


ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include exhibitions, residencies, funding, and professional development.

These opportunities are listed here as a service and are not administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

For Public Art Opportunities, please click here.

local opportunities

Sorenson Community Campus Art Galleries - The Sorenson Campus serves the public as a place where the city conducts its business, maintains the facility, and offers the public access to the space for rentals, exhibitions, and community services. There is no fee to apply, individual artists, individual artists applying as a group, and non-profit organizations are eligible.
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Kimball Art Center  - Through our exhibitions, educational arts programs and events, KAC provides a platform and a place for artists and arts enthusiasts to come together to explore, celebrate, develop and cherish the creative spark that lives within us all. The Exhibitions Committee meets quarterly to discuss proposals submitted for single artists, group shows, and curated exhibitions.
Deadline: Rolling

UMOCA Projects Gallery - An initiative to promote Utah artists as they engage the contemporary art world locally and nationally. It is the first exhibition space that visitors encounter when entering UMOCA and is solely dedicated to exhibiting the work of Utah artists, providing them with a professional exhibition environment, prominent exposure to UMOCA visitors, and through UMOCA’s increasing national ties, the possibility of greater exposure around the country.
Deadline: Rolling

National and International Opportunities

Lens Culture is seeking new talent in black and white photography. There's just something about black and white photography. It's timeless. Contemporary. Classic. Somehow B&W is always in style. That's why we're out here looking for the best and the brightest in black and white photography today. Our Black & White Photography Awards are back! Entry Fee. 
Deadline: October 20, 2021

International Compost Awareness Week 2022 Poster Contest. The competition is organized by the Compost Research & Education Foundation based in Raleigh, United States of America. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week 2022. The poster theme is “Recipe for Regeneration: Compost”. Entries are limited to one submission per artist. No Entry Fee. 
Deadline: November 1, 2021

A free to enter International Photography & Film Awards with great prizes across several genres. Photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience are eligible to enter the Xposure International Awards. We have also included a category for filmmakers. The panel of judges are looking to award an Overall Winner from the photography categories and additionally a winner and runner-up from each category including moving image & short-films. The Jury is looking for unique, exceptional and high-quality images.
Deadline: November 1, 2021

Fusion Art is once again celebrating women artists. For the 4th Annual Women Artists art competition, the gallery invites both 2D & 3D submissions from women artists, only. For this open theme art competition, any subject matter and any media are acceptable for consideration and all women artists are encouraged to submit their best representational or abstract art and photography. Entry Fee. 
Deadline: November 5, 2021

Mona Niko Gallery is seeking Abstract Art. This exhibition is open to any abstract work including small sculptures. 
Deadline: November 7, 2021

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an exciting opportunity to show new and innovative work while gaining exposure to an extensive international audience. A distinguished panel of jurors will be awarding more than $70,000 in valuable prizes. The Competition is open to visual artists from around the world at any stage of their career working in painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. 
Deadline: November 9, 2021

River Arts, Inc. invites artists from around the nation to participate in a juried exhibit depicting their definition of wings and/or water. Examples of this may include works of birds, insects, fish, animals, rivers, etc or abstract representations thereof. Entry fee. 
Deadline: November 15, 2021

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE 18TH ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST. To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2019. There are 6 categories: • Natural World • Travel • People • The American Experience • Altered Images • Mobile. No Entry Fee. 
Deadline: November 30, 2021

Kaiser Gallery's annual exhibition, Coveted, seeks to represent the perspectives of those that are not easily accessible in mainstream culture, while representations of the male gaze can be found in abundance. We invite women, non-binary people, and marginalized members of all racial and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to share their perspectives of the world. This year's theme explores the experiences of the 'other' within spirituality, religion, and the occult.​ 
Deadline: December 17, 2021

Established and emerging artists representing all art mediums are invited to submit photos of their works with their focus being on the materials used to create the art piece. The brand new concept for the “Material Thinking” exhibit was developed on the occasion of the International Biennial of Art, organized by the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University. We wanted to showcase innovative works based on the uniqueness and originality of the materials used. All works accepted to the exhibit will be inspired not only by an idea or theme but by the diversity of the material from which they were made. Our primary intention of this exhibit is to re-emphasize the power of ‘matter’ in art – the power of the material being used! Some works may reject constructed forms altogether, and they may reverse or cloud the conventional relationship between medium and representation. In either case, the material (and related technology) becomes the message.
Deadline: December 31, 2021

The contest is organized by the Derwent Cumberland Pencil Company. Artists are invited to submit up to 6 images. The submited work must be created in pencil. You can use any pencil including water-soluble, pastel, graphite, charcoal or coloured pencils. The work must not exceed 182cm in its greatest dimension. Only works produced within the last 3 years are acceptable. Entry Fee. 
Deadline: January 4, 2022

LUBICA - Lucca Biennale Cartasia is the biggest worldwide art event dedicated to Paper as an artistic and architectural means. LuBiCa takes place every two years in Lucca, Tuscany. Founded in 2004, the event is committed to promoting tradition, culture, sustainability and innovation in art and design and next year marks XI edition. This Call for Entries invites artists from around the world to express their vision by using paper and its by-products. The goal of LuBiCa is to promote dialogue amongst the artists who choose to push their limits by breaking away from their patterns and moulds and to help create new points of view. Entry fee. 
Deadline: January 15, 2022

CHELSEA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION. The Competition is an ideal way to exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $55,000 in valuable prizes, it is open to photographers from around the world at any stage of their careers. Entry Fee. 
Deadline: February 15, 2022






Tory Guilfoyle
Visual Arts