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

Springville Museum of Art 96th Annual Salon - *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee*The Springville Museum of Art invites all artists in Utah to participate in the 96th Annual Spring Salon. This exhibition is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art.
DEADLINE: April 4, 2020 Exhibition has been postponed until Fall, submission Sept. 23-26, 2020

Pain and Possibility: Embodying Today and Imagining Tomorrow Through  Art -Artists and cultural workers have important roles to play this moment of pain and possibility. Sugar Space Foundation, Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, and a collective of community partners are joining together to provide a platform for artists to engage with this painful present in all its complexity and contribute to collective healing and action. We are asking all interested individuals or groups to submit their project ideas.
DEADLINE: July 13, 2020

Artes de Mexico en UtahWinners will be featured in our upcoming Sor Juana Poetry publication in collaboration with the Community Writing Center, The City Library, and Utah Humanities. A total of 9 pieces will be featured on a publication made in collaboration with the SLCC Community Writing Center. Cash prizes will be awarded for each work selected. One work will be selected as the official cover for publication. The selected works will be published on our website, El Semanal magazine, and media statewide will be notified.
DEADLINE: July 31, 2020

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.

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.

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.

National and International Opportunities

LOSS, a Virtual Exhibition [Online] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* "Every loss that we experience is individual, and how we navigate through it is also a varied experience. Those around us may try to comfort us in various ways, but often don’t know what to say or do, because we all experience grief or loss in different ways. Not only that, when we think of loss in the broader since of the word, that can encompass a great many other things. With the advent of Covid-19, some people are experiencing loss in the form of loved ones, jobs, divorce, businesses, independence, travel, family celebrations, and so on. How has loss impacted you?" -Felicia Grant Preston.
DEADLINE: July 3, 2020 extended to July 18, 2020

Portrayals of Flesh Open Call  [Barcelona, Spain] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee*  a thematic open call focused on the celebration of the body in its most honest form. This multifaceted group exhibition takes its cues from both the classic and contemporary styles of portraiture. We invite literal and abstract interpretations of portraits, which will create a nuanced interrogation of our perceptions of beauty. We want to see your journey of stepping outside the perceived notions of what beauty is, into what beauty can potentially be, though each artist's chosen medium.
DEADLINE: July 12, 2020

2020 Louisville Art Association National Fine Art Show [Louisville, CO] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee*  We invite you to enter the Louisville Art Association’s 35th Annual National Juried 2020 Fine Art Show and SaleThe 2020 National Fine Arts Show and Sale takes place in . Louisville, Colorado, a beautiful historic city on Colorado’s Front Range.The venue is the Louisville Center for the Arts, an elegant, late 19th century, red brick schoolhouse. This historic venue offers participating artists the opportunity to display their work in a beautiful light-filled gallery setting. The show runs for six days from 9/2/2020 through 9/7/2020.
DEADLINE: July 13, 2020

Will's Creek Exhibition: Shelter[Cumberland, MD] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee*  The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to invite artists to submit original artwork for the The 21st Annual Wills Creek Exhibition: "Shelter." (More information on this theme under the "more Info" tab) The exhibition will take place in the Saville and Schwab Galleries in downtown Cumberland, Maryland. This event is a juried competition with $4000 in cash prizes.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2020

Esther Rolle Centennial Exhibition at the Ali Cultural Arts Center [Pompano Beach, FL] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* The City of Pompano Beach is inviting artists nationwide to submit original artworks to commemorate the life and legacy of celebrated actress and activist Esther Rolle. Born in Pompano Beach, Fla., Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom, Maude and its spin-off series Good Times.  Selected artworks will be exhibited at the Ali Cultural Arts Center from October 30, 2020 through February 21, 2021 as part of a series of celebrations marking what would have been her 100th birthday on November 8, 2020.
DEADLINE: July 30, 2020

All She Makes Photography Exhibit [Online] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* This international online exhibit is created to bring more light for women in photography. Open to all womxn, from all countries, from any background, in any style. Those selected will be featured in an online exhibition on the All She Makes website and be promoted via social media channels. Three artists will additionally be selected to be interviewed via email for our blog. Submissions for the online exhibition also count towards inclusion in the online directory. All current All SHE Makes artists in photography category will be automatically considered for the exhibit, no need to apply!
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020

Southern Miss Ceramics National, 2020 [Hattiesburg, MS] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to announce its call for entries for the 2020 Southern Miss Ceramics National, a juried exhibition of ceramic sculpture, ceramic vessel forms, and ceramic art installations created by artists from across the United States. This exhibition is open to works created within the past 5 years by U.S. artists, 18 years of age or older. Mixed media works are eligible if ceramics/clay is the primary medium.
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020

2020 Annual International Representational Exhibition (AIRE) [Vancouver, BC] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* Annual International Representational Exhibition, hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver, Canada is an international juried competition in representational artistic excellence. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three artists and each exhibiting artist is also featured in a print exhibition catalogue.
DEADLINE: August 4, 2020

The Bennett Prize’s Call for Entries [Muskegon, MI] *Please note this opportunity requires an application fee* The call for entries is now open for The Bennett Prize, which awards $50,000 to a woman artist to create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings that will travel the country. All women figurative realist painters are cordially invited to submit their work. .
DEADLINE: October 16, 2020

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles [San Jose, CA] The Museum accepts proposals from individual artists working in the fiber arts, independent curators, professionally organized exhibitions, textile collectors and other institutions. SJMQT currently installs exhibitions of historic, contemporary and art quilts, contemporary fiber art and world textiles from all cultures.





Nancy Rivera
Visual Arts Coordinator
801-245 -7272

Jill Saxton Smith
Visual Arts Assistant