Artist Opportunities

Artist Opportunities

This page is dedicated to providing artists with information on calls for artists, RFPs and RFQs - both locally and nationally.If you are an artist and would like to sign up to be on our artist directory, click on the link to the left and fill out the short form.

If you have any questions, please e-mail our Community Arts Director Nathan Zamarron, at nzamarron@lexarts.org or call 859.255.2951. 

Call to Artists

    • Breaking the Bronze Ceiling

      Request for Qualifications 

      Breaking the Bronze Ceiling

      Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2019

      Project Budget: Up to $500,000



      Across the country there is a growing movement to recognize noteworthy women and their historical contributions through public monuments. Unfortunately, less than 7% of the 5,193 monuments in the United States presently recognize women. In Lexington, Kentucky there are none. We are about to change that statistic with the Breaking the Bronze Ceiling initiative.


      Our goal is to have a monument in place in a prominent downtown Lexington location in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, enacting women’s right to vote and the role Lexington / Fayette County women played in that historic event. 


      The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council and Mayor of Lexington Kentucky have come together with private companies and community members to support the erection of a commemorative piece of public art in honor of the history of women in this area.  Breaking the Bronze Ceiling is the significant first step in creating public art that more fully represents the diverse history of our city, beginning with commemorations of visionary and inspiring women. 


      The commemorations honoring our women’s history will:

      1.     Commend the history of women in their organizations, activities, accomplishments in the Lexington-Fayette area;

      2.     Demonstrate support for womens’ contributions and the continuing empowerment of all women in our community, and;

      3.     Serve as a source of inspiration and encourage to all citizens


      The public art installation is part of the national celebrations in 2020 of the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, recognizing the right of women to vote.


      Breaking the Bronze Ceiling Overview

      Breaking the Bronze Ceiling (BTBC) is initiating a Request for Qualification from individual artists, designers or art/design teams for creation of a three-dimensional permanent outdoor artwork that celebrates the history of the Women’s Suffrage movement in the pursuit of gaining the right to vote for women.   Artists are asked to design artistic elements that celebrate women in Lexington’s history and inspire civic engagement in the space. 



      Any Artists 18 or older, with a U.S. Federal Tax ID and appropriate artist and business insurance can apply.  We are committed to a policy of providing opportunities to people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical disability.


      The BTBC RFQ seeks all qualified artists with the experience and capacity to produce permanent artwork.  Responses are due May 15, 2019 VIA https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5822


      After a thorough review of RFQ submissions by a jury of stakeholders, three to five artists will be selected as candidates for the Request for Proposals.  Guiding criteria for selection:

          Artists must be 18 or older, with a U.S. Federal Tax ID and appropriate artist and business insurance. 

          Ability to draw public attention to the history of Lexington Womens’ role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

          Artistic distinction and aesthetics

          Interactivity with the viewer.

          Contextual integration into the landscape of Lexington.

          Public safety and appropriate materials for longevity in an outdoor setting



      Artist must apply through the callforentry.org

      The following documents are required:

      1.     Letter of interest (typed, 2 pages maximum): Should include a description of artist’s approach to public art.

      2.     Current and Professional Resume (2 page max please)

      3.     At least (3) professional references for individuals or institutions who possess or have commissioned your artwork. Please provide address, email and phone number.

      4.     Visual Support Materials: six to ten recent/relevant images of works which illustrate previous experience.


          All digital images should be submitted online in jpg or pdf.

          Names of digital images should consistently read: [Image Number] _ [Project
      Title]_[Title of Work] _ [Artist(s) Name(s)].

          By responding, artists agree to allow BTBC to display submissions at their own discretion.

      Applications should be entered through https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5822


      Please contact Nathan Zamarron (nzamarron@lexarts.org) with any questions.




      After a thorough review of all qualified RFQs, three to five artists will be invited to participate in commissioned proposals to design a site specific public artwork for Breaking the Bronze Ceiling in Lexington.  Selected Finalists will have a site visit to Lexington prior to delivery of the artwork proposal.   Proposals are expected to represent a unique commission in ample detail and provided in a format that may be exhibited.  Each artist will be awarded $2,000 upon receipt of a qualifying proposal. In addition, there is a travel allowance of up to $750 per finalist to visit the proposed site and research the area. Submitted materials will become the property of BTBC; copyright of these materials will be owned by the artist. 

      Successful proposals will be expected to provide:

          A written document expressing the conceptual framework, artistic point of view, and description of materials;

          Digital rendering of proposed artwork;

          Small-scale 3-D model / maquette;

          A timeline and budget for production and installation;

          An estimate of replacement, routine maintenance or repair



      Breaking the Bronze Ceiling is committed to using community engagement throughout the planning process for the artwork.  The project was designed with input from past community engagement efforts, and the process includes two more phases of community input. 




          March 15, 2019 - RFQ posted

          May 15, 2019 - RFQ Deadline

          June 15, 2019 - Finalists notified

          July – August, 2019 - Site Visits to Lexington

          September 1, 2019 - Proposals Due

          September 15 – 30, 2019 - Community Engagement: Proposals displayed in public exhibition

          November 2019 - Final Artist(s) chosen/notified



      Lexington’s region today boasts eighteen institutions of higher learning and a thriving music and arts scene. It is a pastoral university city encircled by farms, racetracks, bourbon distilleries, and the palisades of the Kentucky River. It was the first city of America’s pioneer west.  In recent years, Lexington has seen a dramatic revitalization of its historic downtown. This public art initiative seeks to build upon this very positive momentum. 



      Additional background related to this opportunity can be found by visiting these sites: 

          Breaking the Bronze Ceiling - https://breakingthebronzeceiling.com/


          2020 Centennial - https://www.2020centennial.org/

          Kentucky Womens Suffrage Project - https://networks.h-net.org/KyWomanSuffrage

          LexArts - lexarts.org

          City of Lexington, KY - lexingtonky.gov


          Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau - visitlex.com




    Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Mural

    LexArts Inc. is seeking a Kentucky Artist to create a public artwork for to replace an existing mural on the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department in Lexington, KY.

    Project Budget

    The artist fee is $12,000 - This is an all inclusive artist fee which will require the artist to purchase the aluminum substrate, paint, uv protection and rent equipment for the installation of the mural.  

    Project Site

    The selected site is the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department located at 650 Newtown Pike in Lexington, KY. We are seeking a mural to be painted onto Alumacore Panels. Artists may work with medium(s) of their choice.  The artwork must be sealed with a clear coat protectant that is determined by LexArts.  The artwork will be installed on the exterior of the building facing Newtown Pike, to cover an existing mural.  

    There will be a site visit with interested artists to view the building Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 11 am.


    The theme of the mural is open ended, but should align with the values of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.  You can find the values and mission statement here:



    Artists may submit up to 3 preliminary design proposals for the Mural and must provide examples of past work, using this online form.  A small scale painting will be commissioned for $500 from each of 3 artists selected as finalists.  These paintings will be used to identify one finalist for the $12,000 mural commission.  The commissioned paintings will become the property of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and may be auctioned to help raise funds for the mural.  Artists will retain copyright to the works they create. 



    Site visit with interested artists                Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 11am

    Deadline for Proposals                                            Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    Artist Notification                                                  Friday, May 31, 2019

    Artwork Completion                                          Monday, September 30, 2019

    Click here to Apply


    UPDATE:   We were able to source the aluminum panels at $85 per 4' x 8' sheet.  It is estimated that about 15 sheets would be needed to complete the project, please include these costs in the budget.  


Red Wagon Festival


Call to Artists

  • The Red Wagon Festival is currently looking for artists to participate in an artist fair during the inaugural Red Wagon Festival, presented by Dodge Ram to benefit the children of Shriners Hospital, at Red Mile on April 13, 2019. The east end barn area on Red Mile’s property will be utilized for artists and other vendors.

    Artists who participated in the Woodland Art Fair or Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted are pre-qualified to participate. Other artists or vendors can also apply. Preference will be given to artists and vendors who have a demonstration or interactive element to their booth spaces. You will be contacted to review the type of work you intend to showcase. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

    Artists must provide their own 10 x 10 tent and any display for standard booth spaces. Booth Fees are as follows:

    10x10 booth space for arts or crafts vendor

    (you provide your own tent) $75

    20x10 double booth space for arts or crafts

    Vendor (you provide your own tent) $125

    10x10 booth space for arts or crafts vendor

    (we provide the communal tent space) $125

    Electricity (limited availability) $50

    10x10 booth space for children’s activity

    (no sales made at booth) $0

    Artists can setup as early at 9am on April 13, 2019, the fair will run Noon – 9 pm, with various musical performances taking place from the main stage during this time. To register a space, complete the form below. You will be contacted by the Red Wagon Festival team to confirm your booth reservation and arrange for payment. Artists retain 100% of sales of their artwork.

     Deadline to submit is April 5, 2019 




NorthSide Festival
 On April 27, 2019 the Lexington Art League will host a new community Arts Festival named the NorthSide Festival in honor of LaVon Williams. LaVon is a long time resident of Lexington, Kentucky's NorthSide and a prominent folk artist. The festival will take place at 209 Castlewood Dr. Lexington, KY 40505 on the grounds of the Loudoun House from 10 am - 5 pm.  This festival is free, open to the public and will celebrate the NorthSide with 20-40 art vendors, food, live entertainment, and free admission to the Lexington Art League Galleries.

The application process for this event is open call and invitational. Applications will be juried by LaVon Williams and Lexington Art League staff. The application fee is $20 is open from January 28 - March 4, 2019. Preference will be given to artist residing on the North Side of Lexington.

There will be up to 40, 10x10’ artist booths with a non-refundable fee of $50 per booth. Artist are responsible for bringing their own tents, tent walls, tent weights, any tables, or additional booth set up items.

For Questions or more information:
Visit: lexingtonartleague.org
Call: 859-254-7024
Email: adixonlal@gmail.com

 Click Here to Apply

 Kentucky Art Market

Woodland Church

530 East High Street  Lexington, Kentucky

August 17 & 18, 2019


Call to Artists


Hello!  You are invited to apply to the new Kentucky Art Market at Woodland Christian Church on August 17 and 18, 2019.  As you may know, Woodland Christian Church has had an Art Festival for many years at the same time as the Woodland Art Fair in Woodland Park.  We are excited to announce many new changes for 2019!


The show is now under the direction and organization of Dan Neil Barnes, one of Lexington's nationally known glass artists.  Dan and his team will be bringing experience from the many national shows he has exhibited in including the American Craft Council Shows, Port Clinton Art Festival in Chicago, Dogwood Festival in Atlanta, Bayou City Festival in Houston and many others. 


We are excited about the many changes that we know will make the show attractive for Kentucky artists and craftsmen.  Our mission is to provide a venue especially for talented Kentucky artists.   Kentucky Crafted and Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsmen members will receive priority in the jury selection process.


Below are some highlights you can expect for the 2019 show:


·       A juried show with high quality art and craft

·       New and improved show layout

·       Booth spaces that are 11' x 11' with significant storage space behind most booths

·       Staggered set up times for easy load-in on Friday

·       Artist at this show will be pre-juried for acceptance into next year's show 

·       Pastries, fresh fruit and coffee provided each morning

·       Complimentary lunch each day

·       Only 75-80 booth spaces

·       Indoor bathrooms for artists and helpers

·       Convenient, low-cost vendor parking available

·       Booth sitters available upon request

·       Best of Show Award - automatic acceptance and free booth space for next year


Application available at website below.    Please call Dan Barnes with any questions about the show (859-559-3171). 


For complete information visit www.woodlandchristianlex.org - click on Art Festival


 2019 University Open at ArtsPlace Gallery

The University Open is one of the largest juried shows in Kentucky featuring Univeristy students from across the state. Art of all types, media and sizes are accepted. Each artist may submit up to 3 works. The prizes are as follows:

1st place: $300

2nd place: $200

3rd place: $100


If you are selected for the exhibit held at ArtsPlace Gallery, one of the premiere visual art galleries in Lexington, KY, you be exhibited during the LexArts Hop.


Any undergraduate (B.A. or B.F.A. seeking) artist enrolled in a Kentucky college or university can apply.

Deadline to submit: April 10, 2019

Artist Notification: April 19, 2019

Artwork Delivered to ArtsPlace: April 27, 2019 to April 30, 2019

Artist Reception: May 8, 2019

Gallery Hop Reception: May 17, 2019

Artwork Pickup: July 1, 2019 and July 2, 2019


Click Here to Apply





Lexington Art Infusion Project

The goal of The Lexington Art Infusion is to create and place artworks in community centers and public service buildings across Lexington / Fayette County, KY.  The improvements will create a more inviting and richer experience for the individuals and families served by the centers.

This goal will be realized through three activities:

  • Facilitation of an artwork donation program from local artists to place high quality individual works of art throughout each center.
  • The creation of site specific works on the exterior and/or entryway of each center.
  • The center patrons will have an opportunity to participate in the creation of a large site specific artwork under the leadership of the artist selected.  

Artist incentives to participate:

  • Artists will be provided materials or stipend for materials.
  • Artists will be provided free admission to a series of professional development workshops including a framing workshop. Other workshop topics include:  marketing your art, Ask a CPA (tax assistance) and intellectual property rights.  
  • Artists will be celebrated at a dedication ceremony when the installation is complete.


Projected Timeline

Call To Artists

August 2018

Frame Making Workshop with Lynn Sweet

September 8 2018



 For more information on this program or to donate artwork, please email nzamarron@lexarts.org 


lexington arts league 

In 2019 the Lexington Art League is introducing a new exhibition structure, which will greatly enhance opportunities for solo exhibitions and collaboration projects over the next two years.

They are now accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions by artists and curators of local artwork in the greater Lexington area for as soon as January 2019 for their individual galleries. Local organizations are also invited to submit proposals. Visual artists of all experience levels are encouraged to submit proposals.

It is recommended that artwork be made for sale, although this is not a requirement. All sales are processed by the Lexington Art League who collects 30% commission during the exhibition. Exhibition agreement will be sent upon acceptance of any proposal. Artists must assist Exhibition Director during installation, provide initial copy of show statement, and meet other agreed upon deliverables in accordance with an agreed upon timeline.

For required information to include visit: http://www.lexingtonartleague.org/call-for-exhibitions.html
Direct all applications to Logan Dennison, Exhibition Director at ldennison@lexingtonartleague.org


Artist Studio available for rent in artsplace

Are you looking for Space to Create? Join the many creatives who call ArtsPlace home! Studio 1, situated in the lower level of ArtsPlace, is available for rent immediately.

Our historic Beaux Arts building, once home to Lexington's YWCA, is located at 161 North Mill Street, at the northwest corner of Church and Mill. Among the many benefits are its location in the heart of downtown, a creative and inspiring atmosphere, and a bustling Gallery Hop opportunity.

In addition to artists Chuck Fowler and Christine Kuhn, ArtsPlace is also home to the Lexington Philharmonic, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, the Lexington Ballet and many others.
Come join us at ArtsPlace...your next Space to Create!
  • 775 sq. ft.
  • $544 per month
  • Large space can easily be shared by two or more artists
  • Two artist tables, one with tempered glass
  • An abundance of natural light
  • In-studio sink
  • Flat files
  • Immediate availability

To schedule a showing, please inquire to info@lexarts.org or call 859-255-2951


Central Bank

John G. Irvin Art Gallery at Central Bank

300 West Vine Street Lexington, KY  40507                                                                                       

Seeking exhibition proposals. Interested artists should contact:   Patricia Wheatley pwheatley@centralbank.com (859) 253-6346