ArtWorks provides a list of artist opportunities for creatives in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. If you would like to add an opportunity to work directly with an artist with the info added below, please fill out this form. If you are interested in partnering with ArtWorks directly on a public art opportunity, we invite you fill out this form to start a conversation.
Please note: ArtWorks may not be affiliated with opportunities listed. If you have questions, please reach out to the organization directly.
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New Life Furniture Bank Interior Wall Mural
New Life Furniture Bank is Cincinnati’s only furniture bank, serving over 1,400 families per year. We collect gently used furniture and deliver it to people overcoming homelessness or other devastating circumstances such as domestic abuse. We are expanding our mission by opening a furniture thrift store as social enterprise so we can serve even more neighbors in need. We would love for a local artist to paint a mural in our store with our delivery truck/heart logo and something beautifully depicting the love that we spread through furnishing empty spaces.
Submission Deadline: June 6, 2022
Questions? Email Heather Voit as email@example.com
Request for Proposals for Light in the Forest Installations
Cincinnati Nature Center is seeking an artist(s) to create site–specific original light installations as part of the 2022 Light in the Forest holiday event. This opportunity is open to professional light installation artists, visual artists, and groups or businesses with experience in light installation work and projection mapping. Project awards ranging from $1,000-$10,000 may be provided to each selected artist per installation or a combination of installations. For light installations, we ask you to submit a concept proposal, supporting images, budget, additional support needed from Cincinnati Nature Center, artist statement and bio, and 3-5 samples of past works. Visit the Nature Center’s RFP webpage for more information!
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2022, 5:00 pm
Questions? Please email Ryan Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Artist: John Arthur and Jim Obergefell Street
Paul Gomez moved to Over-The-Rhine (OTR) in 2017. That same year, the city of Cincinnati honorarily renamed Mercer Street to John Arthur and Jim Obergefell Street in honor of their activism to legalize same-sex marriage. One of Paul’s favorite aspects of living in OTR are the amazing murals combined with their historical significance. Since they live and own a large wall on Mercer Street, Paul would like a mural for diversity painted on that wall. Paul is looking for artists to design and paint on a brick 20×20 wall. It would be ideal for this project to be completed in June for Pride month.
Questions? Please email: email@example.com
Call for Artists: Personal Mural on Residential Garage
Adam Cohen, resident of Hyde Park, is looking to beautify his newly renovated backyard with a mural on his garage door. He is looking for an artist (or team) to design and execute this project. The dimension of the garage is roughly 20x10ft. The ideas are limitless with this project! Let’s make it awesome. You can find photographs of the garage here. This will be a paid opportunitiy.
Questions? If you are interested in working on this project, then please contact Adam Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Artists: What’s Left Behind
Local Eyes, a group of five Cincinnati photographers (Helen Adams, Jymi Bolden, Melvin Grier, Samantha Grier and Amanda Cawdrey) who have curated exhibits of local photography for FotoFocus since 2012, is seeking images for the “What’s Left Behind” exhibit to be shown at partnering venue Kennedy Heights Arts Center during October 2022. “What’s Left Behind” explores how what we consume, what we collect, and what we discard affects the environment we live in and our lives in the greater context. What record are we leaving behind for future generations? Exhibition will be held at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Kennedy Gallery, and will run from September 24 to November 12, 2022. You are invited to submit up to 5 photographs that interpret the “What’s Left Behind” theme of the exhibit. Visit the Kennedy Heights Arts Center webpage for more information!
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2022
Questions? Please email: email@example.com
Interior Dog and/or Cat-Themed Wall Mural
Argos Natural Pet Food & Supply is looking for an artist to design and paint a dog and/or cat-themed interior mural. The mural is to be painted on a brick wall inside the Argos pet store located in Pleasant Ridge. This will be a paid opportunity!
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2022
To Apply: If interested, please contact Elisabeth Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be a part of the 10×10 Team!
The Cincinnati Art Museum is looking for youth volunteers to help plan the Teen Art Expo 2022. Each team member must be able to meet on select Thursdays through Spring 2022 (usually once per month). Responsibilities include: selecting artworks, organizing events and creating materials to promote the expo. Please fill out the form here if you would like to apply to be a part of the team.
Questions? Contact Sara Birkofer at email@example.com or 513-639-2971
Classes and Workshops
Looking to learn new skills and improve your craft? Here is a list of local community classes and workshops you can attend!
- Sew Valley Education Workshops
- Discover Contemporary Art Museum Programs
- Creative Table: Gaming, Animation, and Illustration
Organizations across the country are stepping into action for artists. Several have compiled resource lists for emergency relief funds, grants, educational webinars, legal advice and more. See some of our favorites below:
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
- ArtWork Archive COVID-19 Resources for Artists
- Ohio Citizens for the Arts Resources, News
- Springboard for the Arts: Artist Resources
- Teaching Artists Guild COVID-19 Resources
- Ohio Arts Council Coronavirus Updates, FAQs, and Resources
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
- National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
- Creative Capital List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Common Field COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field
- Americans for the Arts Covid-19 Resource and Response Center
- BLINK Art Financial Resources
- Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Help & Info
- Innovate Grant for Artists and Photographers
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