LexArts Calls For Artists

LexArts Artist Opportunities track and connect artists with the latest RFPs, RFQs, artist calls and the like, both locally and nationally. New opportunities pop up frequently, so make sure you check back.



Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead | Lexington, KY

The Living Arts & Science Center’s Annual  Day of the Dead Exhibition brings together the rich visual traditions of the holiday Dia de los Muertos that celebrates the memories of family, friends and public figures.  Presented in conjunction with the Living Arts & Science Center’s Day of the Dead Festival, the LASC’s Day of the Dead Exhibition generally features artists that create work in response to the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

Submission Deadline: July 30, 2021


Abandoned: Time and Place | Louisville, KY

 Abandoned: Time and Place is an open call for photography that explores the theme of vacant, uninhabitable, or otherwise abandoned spaces. By capturing images of these spaces, we are able to see the ephemeral nature of each environment and preserve them, often moments before these spaces are forgotten, condemned, demolished, or otherwise lost to time. What do these vacant structures say about us as we leave them to decay during a spike in our world’s unhoused population? What is the meaning of shelter, and what-or whom-are we abandoning during these unprecedented times?

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2021


Horsepower: Artwork Inspired by the Poetry of Joy Priest | Lexington, KY

In partnership with award-winning poet Joy Priest, LexArts seeks Kentucky-based visual artists to display their work in an upcoming LexArts Gallery exhibit. $25 application fee will include a copy of Joy Priest’s poetry collection,”Horsepower.” 

Joy Priest’s “Horsepower” overflows with visuals. Her poetry collection transports the audience through time, space, family, identity, and the complex fabric of Louisville’s culture and despairing racial dynamics. Priest conveys these themes through muscle cars, horses, dichotomies of skin, chain-link fences, tires peeling down interstates, bees, the curled flowers of dying spiders, the invisible lines of Louisville, and many more compelling descriptions that engage the senses.

Submission Deadline: August 16, 2021


Art by Nature | Lexington, KY

The City of Lexington is seeking submissions for Art by Nature, a celebration of our local environment. This exhibit is focused on trees, featuring 23 trees from around Fayette County. Visual artists of all types – painters, photographers, fiber artists, jewelry makers, sculptors and more – are encouraged to participate.

Art by Nature was previously known as Paint by Nature and is in its fourth year. The program highlights how residents can improve and enhance the natural world by spotlighting local native landscapes and plants as represented by local artists.

Deadline: October 4, 2021


Open Call | Lexington, KY

The John G. Irvin Gallery was created to promote Kentucky’s visual artists and opened in March 1987. The creation of the gallery was a labor of love and a passion of the late Irvin, a Lexingtonian and former employee of Central Bank. Over the years the gallery has hosted exhibitions by Kentucky’s finest artists, as well as new and emerging artists exhibiting for the first time. Inquiries to David Goodman, dgoodman@centralbank.com

Deadline: Rolling


For additional information contact Nathan Zamarron or call 859.255.2951 ext. 109.

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