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17 New Artist Opportunities in Metro Phoenix

Make haste if you’re an artist looking for new places to show your work in metro Phoenix. We’ve found 17 open calls for art, and some have rapidly approaching deadlines. Here’s a roundup of artist opportunities to keep on your radar in coming days and weeks.

Arizona State Fair Exhibition
Phoenix Center for the Arts is sponsoring an art exhibition and competition for this year’s Arizona State Fair, which takes place October 7 to 30. Entries are welcome in 15 categories, including painting, ceramics, glass art, and fine jewelry. The deadline is Friday, September 9. Find more information on the Arizona State Fair website

Cast Iron Art Exhibitions
The Western Cast Iron Alliance, Scottsdale Public Art, and Scottsdale Community College are looking for works to feature in two upcoming exhibitions happening in conjunction with an upcoming Western Cast Iron Art Conference in Scottsdale. Works chosen for the National Juried Student and Professional Cast Iron Art Exhibitions will be exhibited at The Gallery at Scottsdale Civic Center Library October 3 to December 31. Submissions are due Friday, September 9. Learn more on the Scottsdale Public Art website

Good 'N Plenty Award
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is looking for performance artists, writers, educators, musicians, architects, and other creative types with innovative ideas that need funding for its next Good 'N Plenty Artist Award competition. After a panel chooses up to six contenders, finalists will get six minutes to make a pitch before community members at a Good 'N Plenty event happening October 21 at the SMoCA Lounge — and the project with the most votes will get a cash award. The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 11. Find details on the SMoCA website.

Tempe Streetcar Project
Valley Metro is seeking four experienced artists to plan and create artworks for stops along the Tempe Streetcar project, a three-mile route that will serve downtown Tempe, Arizona State University, the Rio Salado corridor, and some of Tempe’s oldest neighborhoods. Each selected artist will create work for three to five stops within one section of the streetcar system. Artists should apply by 3 p.m. on Monday, September 12. Details are available on the Tempe Public Art website

Chalk Art
The Town of Gilbert Parks & Recreation Department is looking for artists to create chalk art during its Off the Street Art Festival taking place Saturday, October 29, inside the Gilbert Heritage District. Applications are due Thursday, September 15. Find details on the Town of Gilbert website

Eye Lounge Artists
The Eye Lounge artist collective, which operates the Eye Lounge gallery specializing in contemporary art, is seeking new members. Eye Lounge members have one solo exhibition each year, and participate in several group shows as well. Applications are due Monday, September 19. Find more information on the Eye Lounge Facebook page

Moebius Art Show
Ash Ave Comics & Books in Tempe is celebrating the release of the first volume of the Moebius Library with a release-day art show on October 26. It also plans to create a mini-comic with works submitted for this show, and make it available during that night’s release party. Submissions are due Wednesday, September 21. Find additional details on the Ash Ave Comics & Books website

Valley Bike Month
Valley Metro is seeking artists and designers interested in creating the Valley Bike Month design that will be used on various materials during the April 2017 event. The winning design will be featured on posters, T-shirts, and other items. Designs should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 30. Learn more on the City of Tempe website

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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