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


Saint Joseph East Artwork Purchase 

Saint Joseph East is currently looking for original work from Kentucky artists to purchase and display for patients and their famillies. A variety of 2-D work, from painting to photography and other visual art will be displayed in patient rooms to promote a calming and healing environment. The primary space of interest are hallways with high traffic volume and patient rooms.

Any artist in Kentucky can apply.

Deadline to submit: November 6th, 2017 @ midnight.

Artists will be notified of the results of their submission by November 7th, 2017 by 7pm. Delivery of works selected for further review to ArtsPlace will be on November 9th, 2017 from noon until 2pm or by appointment, artworks must be delivered by end of day November 9th, 2017. Final notification of Saint Joseph's decision will be November 14th, 2017. Pick up of all remaining artwork will be on November 16th, 2017 from noon until 2pm, or by appointment.

Saint Joseph East intends to purchase up to 30 two dimensional works for placement in individual patient rooms and that, when framed, are at least 16 inches in any direction, a maximum dimension of 24, with a price range of $100-$750. Works do not have to be framed. Framed works must be behind glass as these works are going in patient rooms, frames can only consist of metal or laminate, no wood frames for this purchase.    Note to Photographers and Printmakers: Please only enter works that have not previously been purchases by any Saint Joseph Facility.


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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



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