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


Phoenix Building Public Artwork

LexArts Inc. is looking for a Kentucky Artist to create a permanent public artwork for the Phoenix Buildling.


Project Budget

The all inclusive project budget is $20,000, which must include artist fee, travel, research, design, execution, insurance, engineering, taxes, site preparation and materials. The city will provide onsite installation assistance and equipment as needed.


Project Site

The selected site is the Phoenix Building located at 101 E Vine Street in Lexington, KY. The artwork can be a three-dimensional work or a mural / mosaic. Artists may work with medium(s) of their choice. The measurements for the artwork are 12 ft by 16 ft (please see picture below). The city will assist with the installation of the artwork.


There will be a site visit with interested artists to view the building at February 10, 2017 at 10 am.



Artists may submit up to 3 project proposals for the Phoenix Building and must provide examples of past work.



Site visit with interest artists                                   Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10 am

Deadline for Proposals                                                  Friday, March 10, 2017

Artist Notification                                                       The week of March 20, 2017              

Finalize Composition & Artist Contract                             Friday, March 24, 2017

Presentation to the Urban County Arts Review Board    Wednesday, March, 29, 2017

Artwork Completion                                                         Friday, June 30, 2017








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 materials or stipend for materials.

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 permenantly 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
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



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




New Editions Gallery - Exhibition


This is a 12 x 12 show with a maximum of 120 works selected in any subject matter and any media except photography.  All works must be professionally presented in a 12” x 12” format on cradled panel or like presentation that is wired and ready to hang.  No sawtooth hangers and no frames. Up to 4 pieces may be submitted.  All artists will be considered but a maximum of 50 will be chosen.


Deadline to submit:  Friday, February 17th to  ftyork@windstream.net

Artist Notification:  Friday, February 24th by email

Artwork Delivered:  Friday, March 3rd between 11-5 to New Editions Gallery - 500 West Short Street

Artwork Pick up:  Friday, May 5th between 11-5 at New Editions Gallery 500 West Short Street




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