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Merge: Nation's Best Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities

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The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program amplifies the voices of visual artists with disabilities through career development and professional empowerment. The competition seeks excellent work from emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, residing in the United States.

Fifteen winning artists are selected by jury. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. For winning artists, one of the submitted artworks will be selected for a national exhibition. Artists participate in professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Prize summary: 
Win up to $20,000
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Fifteen winning artists are selected by jury. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. For winning artists, one of the submitted artworks will be selected for a national exhibition. Artists participate in professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Deadline: 
04/28/2021

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VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

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The 2021 VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program is now accepting 2021 applications.  High school students are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance. Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities are encouraged to submit short works written to be performed: plays, spoken word poetry (for single performer or a group), or music theater.

Writers must have a disability

U.S. writers must be grades 6-12 (or equivalents)

Non-U.S. writers age 11-18

Scripts may be for theater scripts, musicals, multimedia, video, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts or other writing for performance

Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students

Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences/observations

A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

Deadline: 
03/10/2021

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VSA International Young Soloists Competition

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Calling all musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25! 

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform and participate in professional development and music coaching activities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  

This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre!

Prize summary: 
$2000 prizes
Deadline: 
03/02/2021

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“Us: What divides us and what unites us?” International Online Call for Entries

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Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC is seeking entries for an international online juried show “Us: What divides us and what unites us?” scheduled to exhibit online September 11 - October 30, 2020.

Jurors:
- Kimberli Gant, PhD, McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
- Kristen Hileman, Independent Curator & Curator-in-Residence, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
- Frauke V. Josenhans, PhD, Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX 
- Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
- Karen E. Milbourne, PhD, Senior Curator, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
- Gabriel Ritter, PhD, Curator & Head of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Open to all artists 18 years old and older.
All original visual media that is the artist's own concept, design and work.

Prize summary: 
Up to $900 in cash prizes.
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Three selected artworks will receive Juror's Best in Show Prize of $300

Deadline: 
08/17/2020

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$20 per entry
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DC Local Artists Wanted for Public Mural

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Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital Region (Living Classrooms) seeks a muralist to create conservation-themed murals for five cement bridge panels along the Benning Road Ethel Kennedy Bridge near the Benning Road entrance to Kingman and Heritage Islands. Kingman Island is an incredible natural resource and recreation area and was designated a state conservation area by Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2018. 

The purpose of this project is to beautify access to the Islands by creating an attractive passage, while simultaneously increasing stewardship from the local community. The commissioned murals are planned for the areas of the bridge closest to the Island’s entrance. In addition to the murals, community members will be stenciling wildlife images on panels along the full span of the bridge. Note that the mural sites will be prepped by Living Classrooms staff and volunteers.

Eligibility:

  • Visual artists age 18 and older.
  • Preference given to District residents, especially of Wards 7 and 8.
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$1,250 for the five murals at the completion of the project, with all work taking place in spring 2020, completed by end of May 2020.

Deadline: 
02/14/2020

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2019 National Small Works Competition & Exhibition

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Washington Printmakers Gallery seeks small works for an exhibit in Washington DC.
Grand Prize is a 2020 Solo Exhibition in the fashionable Georgetown neighborhood. Other prizes include a $500 cash prize and art materials gift certificates. Juror is respected curator JD Talasek, the director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

Eligible works: Hand-pulled prints, screen prints, digital prints, photographs, and three-dimensional work (including artist books) with print components completed within the past two years. Image may be no larger than 100 square inches, with framed size of 256 square inches or less. 3D works are limited to 250 cubic inches. Open to artists 18 years and older. 
 

Deadline: 
06/15/2019

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$35 for up to four entries
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