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


Man o War Mural - Lexington, KY


LexArts in collaboration with Cornett, Mount Brilliant Farm, and Village Idiot seek a Kentucky Artist to create a permanent public artwork of the Man O War on the exterior of Village Idiot in downtown Lexington, KY.

Project Budget
The all inclusive project budget is $12,000, which includes artist fee, travel, research, design, execution, insurance, taxes, and materials including a protective clear coat consisting of UV protection. 
Project Site
The selected site is the West facing wall of Village Idiot located at 307 West Short Street in Lexington, KY. The artwork is to be a mural painted directly onto the wall, artists may work with medium(s) of their choice as long as it is suitable for longevity and properly sealed with the UV protective clear coat.   The measurements for the wall are approximately 30 ft by 30 ft (please see picture below).  The artwork should cover the majority or all of the wall.
There will be a site visit with interested artists to view the building at March 31, 2017 at 10 am.
Subject Matter
The mural should depict the champion race horse Man o War.  The artwork can be created in the style of the artist's choosing, as long as Man O War is recognizable. Historic photos can be used as reference some are provided here:   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v6v1g0abe7eacry/AAC0CZll-w0w2piuwi3jCdyza?dl=0

Artists may submit up to 3 project proposals for the Man O War Mural and must provide examples of past work.


Site visit with interest artists                               Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10 am
Deadline for Proposals                                        Monday, April 17, 2017
Artist Notification                                               Friday April 21, 2017              
Finalize Composition & Artist Contract                  Tuesday April 28 2017
Artwork Completion                                           Friday, June 2, 2017







An art donation program to beautify Lexington's community service centers.

Our Goal

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 that the centers serve.


Artist incentives:

Artists will be provided 24 in x 24 in canvas or existing artwork can also be donated.

Artists will be provided free admission to a series of professional development workshops LexArts will present including a Framing Workshop that will help frame the donated piece (if framing is needed). Other workshop topics include:  Marketing your Art, Ask a CPA (Tax help) and Intellectual Property Rights.  

Artists will have the donated work displayed in an exhibit at ArtsPlace for Gallery Hop before it is permanently installed at the center.

Artists will be celebrated at a dedication ceremony when the installation is complete.


Projected Timeline

Map and prioritize spaces that need art throughout each center      December 2016      
Call to Artists for donation program                                                  February 2017
Provide Canvas and Art Supplies to artists                                          March 2017

Artwork Completion                                                               May 16, 2017
Workshops                                                                                   April - July 2017
Exhibit at ArtsPlace                                                                           July 2017
Donated artworks are moved to each benefitting public service center   August 2017
Major works begin installation                                                             June 2017
Dedication ceremony unveiling the new and improved facilities           September 2017


 Community Center participating in this project include:

Family Care Center located at 1135 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington, KY 40504

Black & Williams Neighborhood Center located at 498 Georgetown St, Lexington, KY 40508

Dunbar Community Center located at 545 N Upper St, Lexington, KY 40508



The Lexington Art Infusion Project is supported by the Fay Slover Fund at the Boston Foundation and is modeled after The Art Connection in Boston, MA.








Family Care center


Project Budget

The artist fee is $7,500.

Project Site

The selected site is the Family Care Center located at 1135 Harry Sykes Way in Lexington, KY. The artwork can be a mural or a three-dimensional work. Artists may work with medium(s) of their choice. The artwork can be located at either the interior, such as the entry way of the Care Center, or the exterior of the building.

There will be a site visit with interested artists to view the building Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11 am.



Artists may submit up to 3 project proposals for the Family Care Center and must provide examples of past work.



Site visit with interested artists                Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11am

Deadline for Proposals                                            Friday, March 31, 2017

Artist Notification                                                  Friday, April 21, 2017

Artwork Completion                                          Saturday, September 30, 2017








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 will also guarantee your spot in the University Open online catalog.

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

Deadline to submit: March 31, 2017

Artist Notification: April 15, 2017

Artwork Delivered to ArtsPlace: May 8, 2017 or by appointment

Gallery Hop Reception: May 19, 2017

Artwork Pickup: June 27, 2017





Open call for proposals: artsplace gallery

 LexArts Inc is seeking proposals for ArtsPlace Gallery for July 2017. Artists and curators are encouraged to apply. This may be a solor or group exhibit. Please apply using the JotForm link below






notBIG(4)  fourth bi-annual small arts competition

An open call for artworks in any medium, no works over 12 inches in any direction

Cash awards!


Entry Deadline: June 15th , 2017
Exhibition Dates: July 25th, - August 31, 2017
This year’s juried competition has no intended theme for the work; it just needs to fit the criteria of being “small art”, no works over 12 inches in any direction including frame.  This is an open call to artists in the USA for works in any medium. The juror for the competition is Kurt Gohde, Professor of Art, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY.   Each artist may submit up to five artworks.  There is a $25 entry fee for the first three images and $5 for each additional image 
$500  1st Prize Award; Three $100 Honorable Mention Awards and Purchase Award
Hosted by M S Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lexington Distillery District, Lexington, KY
Complete prospectus and entry link  https://www.msrezny.com/notbig-4
M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery - Lexington’s Distillery District
msrezny.com   mail@msrezny.com
903 Manchester Street, Suite 170, Lexington, KY  40508



the harstad fine art series logo design contest


The Harstad Fine Art Series is sponsoring a contest for a logo design. Candidates must be currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) and Kentucky residents. There are no requirements other than a square format. Submissions should be sent to carol@harstadarts.com by April 30. The winner will be announced at the Gala on May 25. Cash award is $200. Harstad Fine Arts Series, 1000 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington, KY 40502.


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