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

The Grayson Gallery will kick off the new year with an open-to-all art show & sale... see below for details.  
We look forward to seeing you again!
ARTISTS are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of original art 
in any medium and any subject for our first big show of 2018.
Works must be wired for hanging (and/or ready to display for 3D/sculpture) with 
artist name, title, medium and price (or NFS) on the back of each piece.
Art may be delivered to the gallery on TWO dates:  Saturday, January 13 and/or 
Monday, January 15, 2018.  Those who wish to mail work or make alternate delivery plans   
(still subject to deadline of 1/15/18) may email me for additional information.
...NO entry fee required!
We will also host our monthly F!nal Fr!day Art Walk's Opening Reception for all artists and the public, a FREE event, onJanuary 29, 2018.   LIVE music will be by Larry Whitt with catered refreshments - we're thinking a coffee bar and tasty desserts by Delicious Dishes of Grayson!  In addition, a brief Awards Ceremony and announcements will be made at approximately 8:00pm for the monthly Peoples Choice, GGAC Board Choice and the Brandon Click Art Memorial Award; each will be $50.00!
We continue to search for working artists to help man the gallery for more consistent "open" hours; 
please contact me if you are interested in helping out as a volunteer!
To apply please contact graysongallery@gmail.com.
Dan Click, Grayson Gallery Director


A collaboration among Arts Connect, LexArts and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

 The goal of the Book Benches project is to celebrate Kentucky’s rich literary heritage, encourage reading, provide a place for people to rest, and to instill in the community an understanding and appreciation of public art.

Final proceeds will go to further the missions of Arts Connect, LexArts and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. 



Artists from Kentucky will be invited to paint and embellish fiberglass benches in the shape of open books drawing on themes and inspiration for their designs from books written by Kentucky authors.


Book Benches will be placed throughout Lexington for public exhibition June-October 2018.  Working closely with Lextran, placement will, wherever practical, be provided at bus stops where seating is needed.


Each bench will be mounted on a concrete base with an identifying plaque naming the artists, the book, the author and the sponsor and publicly displayed for six months prior to being auctioned.


PROJECT TIMELINE  (November 2017 – November 2018)

15 Nov–15 Jan | Artists design selection approvals

31 Jan | Deadline for artists design submissions

1-17 Feb | Sponsors select designs

19 Feb | Artists advised of design selections

1-3 Mar | Artists pick up benches from warehouse

10-15 May | Artists deliver completed benches to warehouse

1 Jun | “Book Benches Review” event and launch

2-3 Jun | Public Preview

5-8 Jun | Benches placed in public exhibition spaces throughout Lexington

17 Nov | Book Benches “Open Book Gala and Live Auction” at The Livery 



Deadline for submissions - Submissions must be received in the LexArts office by 5:00pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018.  




Mirror, Memory, Identity

Self Portrait Exhibit at Artsplace Gallery. No Application Fee. LexArts is seeking Kentucky artists interested in exhibiting Self Portrait artwork in any media.  Apply by December 15, 2017. LexArts will curate the exhibition from entries. Work will be delivered to ArtsPlace on January 2. Exhibit Januray 12 - February 24, 2017


 Click here to apply




Bernheim arboretum and research forest

2018/2019 Bernheim Artist in Residence Call for Applications Now Open. Deadline for submissions are midnight EST, January 14th, 2018.

In conjunction with this annual call, we are awarding one Regional Artist in Residence with a $1000 honorarium to artists currently residing in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  

The Artist in Residence Program at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is awarded on an annual basis to artists who are selected to create works within the forest and/or arboretum that are inspired by and potentially installed in the natural world. This program enhances the visitor experience through interaction with art and artists, while fulfilling Bernheim’s mission of connecting people to nature.  
Bernheim is most interested in work that furthers expands the artist’s practice and the interplay between visual art and the natural world. The Artist in Residence Program is available to all visual and mixed media artists in any medium including sound, installation and architecture. Applicants may be emerging or established artists on a regional, national or international level.
Up to four artists a year will live in residence at Bernheim for 6 weeks to 3 months where they create, explore and challenge our notions of nature-related art, experimenting through discovery and research. Bernheim provides living quarters, an honorarium and studio space in exchange for a site-specific sculpture, project or exhibition, with at least one mutually agreed upon work of art left to the Bernheim Foundation. Also required is some form of public engagement such as a lecture, workshop or demonstration. 
For more information please go to https://bernheim.org/program-and-events/air/.




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