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


Call to artists: Tattoo Flash Show

LexArts is seeking Kentucky tattoo artists willing to exhibit and sell tattoo flash for an exhibition held at ArtsPlace Gallery Oct 31st-Dec 31st. This will be a juried exhibition to showcase the highest quality tattoo art in our state.

Deadline Extended to Friday September 29 at Midnight.




The Memorial Hall Art Committee at the University of Kentucky is seeking artists to create artworks to be installed in two vaulted spaces in the vestibule of Memorial Hall.

The purpose of these works is to establish a rich aesthetic and conceptual dialogue with the building itself and the mural by Ann Rice O'Hanlon that occupies a large wall in the main lobby, framing the entrance doors to the auditorium.

In commissioning these new artworks, the committee is re-imagining the challenge taken up by O'Hanlon in 1934: to depict Kentucky's evolution from a frontier state to a modern Commonwealth. Artists may interpret the complex realities of Kentucky and the United States today.  

 We seek works which can:

  • engage issues of history, race, identity, culture, and diversity
  • exemplify a strong concept and skillful use of materials 
  • contribute to an inclusive educational environment

The all-inclusive project budget is $30,000 which includes artist fee, installation costs, materials, and insurance. A detailed contract will be provided by the University of Kentucky prior to beginning the project.

Application Guidelines (incomplete submissions will not be accepted)

  • Current resume/CV (no more than three pages)
  • One-page statement describing public art experience and interest in the project
  • Up to 10 digital images of past work relevant to this project, including images proposing your Memorial Hall concept


Important Dates
Call for Submissions: July 1-September 1
Artist Notification: September 15
Final Proposals Due: October 15
Public Presentation: October 16-October 31
Selection: November 15
Project completed by Summer 2018

Submit an Application Here





Kentucky Artisan Center: Call for Entries for Fall Exhibit





BEREA, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2017) – The Kentucky Artisan Center invites Kentucky artisans to submit works for the exhibit, Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay, to be held Oct. 8, 2017 through Feb. 24, 2018.


Each year the Kentucky Artisan Center develops and presents special exhibits showcasing the work of Kentucky artisans. These exhibitions focus on a specific medium, theme, or subject and often include artists and works not regularly on display at the center. Since 2004, the center has offered over 50 exhibitions that have been viewed and enjoyed by the over 240,000 visitors each year.


Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay, is open to any Kentucky ceramic artist and will highlight the creative ideas and variety of works being made today. Entries can be made from any type of clay and may be either functional or non-functional. Each entry must consist of multiples or sets of four.


The overall requirement is that the 4 pieces in each entry relate to each other in style or form as a set. If four different ceramic works are created for a set - they must relate to each other in some manner.

The prospectus with exhibit details and an entry form are available on the Center’s website, or requested by mail at: Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Attn: “Get Set”, 200 Artisan Way, Berea, KY 40403. Deadline for entry is Sept. 19, 2017.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 750 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include, “225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” through Sept. 23 and in the lobby, “Agates: Jewel of Kentucky” on display through Nov 11, 2017. For more information about exhibits or events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website or Facebook page.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



Gwen Heffner 

Information Specialist, Curator

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea


200 Artisan Way  ·  Berea, KY 40403  ·  Phone: 859- 985-5448, ext. 230



Arts Connect and The Lexington Philharmonic are proud to announce a partnership bringing together music and visual art through a new initiative called "Arts in Harmony" sponsored by the Bluegrass Complex of Wells Fargo Advisors.  This partnership highlights the relationship between music and visual art, and will provide opportunities for audience members of both organizations to further appreciate the harmonious connection that exists between both art forms.


  • Artwork to be two or three-dimensional and in any medium and style.
  • Artwork to be a visual interpretation of the relationship between art and music.

Any Fayette Co. High School student currently enrolled in academic year 2017-2018

  • Artworks need to be dropped off on Saturday, October 28 at Arts Place, 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY  40507 between 10am-2pm.
  • Anonymous judging by a panel of five will take place October 30 - November 3.
  • Winners will be notified by Friday, November 10.
  • Announcement of winners and presentation of awards to take place during the Reception and Holiday Open House sponsored by the Bluegrass Complex of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, at the Thomas Hunt Morgan House, 210 North Broadway on Friday, December 8, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Judges will evaluate the works on a percentage point system looking for:

  • Concept and Creativity – 40%
  • Artistic execution – 40%
  • Use of media – 20%

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners at the Reception on December 8. 
All submissions will be recognized in a printed program available that evening.
All submitting artists will receive 3 tickets to the Lexington Philharmonic Candy Cane Concert, Sunday, November 26, courtesy of the Bluegrass Complex of Wells Fargo Advisors.  More information about this concert www.lexphil.org/concerts-and-tickets/holiday-series

  • First Prize - $500
  • Second Prize - $300
  • Third Prize - $200
  • Honorable Mention - $100

Terms and Conditions:

  • Winners agree to release any and all ownership/copyrights to their work.
  • Winners agree to their work being reproduced as boxed sets of greeting cards that will be for sale.
  • Winners agree to their original work being auctioned to raise funds for Art Connects as silent auction items at the Open House on December 8.
  • Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC.
  • Artists interested in participating must fill out and submit by Monday, October 16 the “Form of Intent” available 

Click Here for Application


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.

Other artist studios in the lower level include Anne Kindle Studio, Liz Foley Print Studio, Parker Harlow, Chuck Fowler and Lexington Fashion Collaborative. In addition, ArtsPlace is 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