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

You’re invited to participate in the Feeling Blue art show 

The Community Gallery at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center

Lexington, Kentucky.

Curated by Becky Neal Ochenkoski (tribeca trunk).

April 20: All entries must submitted via email to tribecatrunk@gmail.com

Over the last few months, we’ve all been hearing more and more of our friends, clients & acquaintances say that they’re Feeling Blue or having a Blue day.....Our community, nation and world has experienced lots to feel Blue about. This show speaks to the other side of BLUE. The Blue that makes you feel fabulous, gives you energy and calmness; all @ the same time. This show is all about the beauty that Blue gives to each of us everyday!

Click Here for more information on the Feeling Blue art show.


Saint joseph east

Any artist in Kentucky can apply.

Deadline to submit: April 7th 2018 @ midnight.


Artists will be notified of the results of their submission by April 13th, 2018 by 7pm. Delivery of works selected for further review to ArtsPlace will be on April 23th, 2018 from noon until 2pm or by appointment, artworks must be delivered by end of day April 24th, 2018. Final notification of Saint Joseph's decision will be April 27th, 2018. Pick up of all remaining artwork will be on April 30th, 2018 from noon until 2pm, or by appointment.

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LexArts Inc. in association with Lexington Legends


LexArts Inc. in association with Lexington Legends, is seeking a Kentucky Artist to create an artwork to celebrate the legacy of Lou Johnson. This artwork should reflect the unique character and accomplishments of Lou Johnson and his baseball career. Our goal is commission proposals by three artists by June 2018. There is no application fee to enter. This RFP is funded through a grant from the Blue Grass Community Foundation.  Total Project budget $50,000.  Deadline to apply April 7, 2018.

Click Here for more information on the Lou Johnson project.

LexArts Inc.

calendar year 2019

LexArts Inc. is seeking proposals from artists and/or curators for exhibits in ArtPlace Gallery during the calendar year 2019. This may be a solo or group exhibit, and should feature Kentucky artists.

Click Here for more information on LexArts Inc. 








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. 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.

Click Here for the application form. 



 The Art of Goodwill is an inaugural program featuring innovative opportunities for artist residencies, culminating with an art display and auction event. The event supports the mission of Goodwill and will take place Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky’s mission is to help people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. Goodwill has a long, successful history of contributing to Kentucky’s economy and quality of life by employing people who would otherwise not be working, and assisting many others to secure jobs outside Goodwill. Goodwill intends to build on this record of achievement and move the needle on some of Kentucky’s biggest issues: workforce development and poverty.
Goodwill has 64 stores in 44 Kentucky communities where more than 50 million pounds of used goods are re-purposed or recycled annually. The Art of Goodwill Artist Residency program taps into the creativity of Kentucky artists to inspire people to reflect upon their consumption habits and the power of transformation.
Click Here for more information on The Art of Goodwill.

Paper Works - works on paper
Cash Awards!
Exhibit: July 24th – August 31st, 2018
Entry Deadline: June 15th, 2018
Hosted by
M S Rezny Studio/Gallery Lexington Distillery District
903 Manchester Street, Suite 170 Lexington, KY 40508 www.msrezny.com
A majority of all artworks begin with a piece of paper, a sketch, a drawing, perhaps a 3D model. This juried competition will look at art on paper as the finished product. The paper can be drawn on, painted, printed, folded, or sculpted. This is an open call in any medium, traditional and non-traditional, but paper must be at least 50% of the finished artwork. Accepted artworks do not need to be traditionally framed but may be displayed with magnets, clips or pins. Artist will provide any non-traditional hardware necessary to display artwork.
Click Here for more information on Paper Works- works on paper.

Lexington Art League
Call for Guest Curators The Lexington Art League (LAL) is now accepting proposals for guest curators, and artists collectives who wish to present a major exhibition within the historic Loudoun House. The LAL staff will work with guest curators and artists groups to assist with the development of proposals, when needed, to ensure that they are successfully executed. LAL celebrates innovation, risk taking, creative growth and encourages applicants to submit proposals that will challenge and engage the viewer while creating an important space for discourse. By accepting proposals from curators and artist collectives, LAL intends to broaden their base of support not only for artists, but also for talented the curator’s within our community and region. Through this effort, LAL will deepen their commitment to inclusivity while also supporting diversity of thought and content through their programming.
Click Here for more information on the Lexington Art League.

Community Supported Art (CSA) 2018 Summer Crop
Application Deadline: April 1st
Open to all media and experience levels of residents of Kentucky who have not previously participated in the LAL CSA program. The Lexington Art League (LAL) is accepting applications from Kentucky artists for the 2018 Summer CSA Community Supported Art. Eight new artists will be selected to participate.
Click Here for more information on the CSA Summer Crop.

Lexington Art League
Landscape Exhibition 2018 Altered Views: Experiencing the Contemporary Landscape Gallery Artwork Deadline for Submissions:
April 15th Exhibition Dates: May 25th- July 27th, 2018 Opening Event: May 25th, 6-9pm Second Event: June 22nd, 6-9pm Closing Event: July 27th, 6-9pm
The Lexington Art League is seeking submissions for the exhibition Altered Views: Experiencing the Contemporary Landscape, an exhibit of 2D, 3D, 4D and installation exploring the 21st century landscape curated by Alice Pixley Young. Landscape is a shifting concept. No longer romantic, sublime or grandiose, the 21st century “landscape” is viewed primarily through the media of our computer/phone screens where we move from blissed-out vistas to environmental traumas. Our interest in understanding nature and landscape is often constrained to the poles of beauty or terror, with everyday views overlooked. In landscape, the politics of looking and consuming views has expanded greatly in the 21st century with the echo of dying industrial technologies giving rise to the new. Wilderness has been cultivated, engineered, bounded and bordered. Yet, from the primal to political, haptic to hallowed, landscape is the void, the space, and the ever-thrumming vibration of life that moves us cosmically forward.  
Click Here for more information on the Lexington Art League Landscape Exhibition.

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