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Hey Metro Phoenix Artists, Here Are 15 New Visual, Theater, Dance, and Literary Opportunities

Take note if you're making visual or performance art in metro Phoenix: Several local venues are looking for artists who'd like to show their works. We found 15 such opportunities for Valley artists to get a head start with finding creative places to show off. 

"Of Land, Sea & Sky" Exhibit
Chances are you’re already familiar ASU’s Step Gallery and Northlight Gallery in the Phoenix warehouse district, but did you know there's also a community gallery on the ASU Downtown campus? That’s where ASU’s College of Public Service & Community Solutions will present an exhibition of works that “highlight the significance of land, sea, and sky to artists.” Artists are invited to submit paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media works for consideration. The deadline to apply is June 24. Find more information on the ASU website

ASU Museum Ceramic Studio Tour 2017
ASU Art Museum’s Ceramic Studio Tour is one of the local art community’s most anticipated annual traditions, and it gets more interesting each year as new artists open their studios and invite guest artists to join them in giving art lovers a behind-the-scenes look at how various types of ceramics get made. The ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center is already looking for ceramic artists to participate in the 2017 tour, taking place Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, next year. Artists can submit applications through June 30. Find details on the ASU Art Museum website.

Unstrung Poetry Magazine
Literary types watch for calls from all sorts of journals, including Phoenix’s own Four Chambers. But other publications are looking for works by local artists, too. Arizona Consortium for the Arts, an organization that dreams of building a new arts center here in metro Phoenix, publishes a magazine called The Blue Guitar. And now their magazine team is looking for poems to include in a 2016 issue of their poetry magazine called Unstrung. Writers can submit their poetry for consideration through July 1. Find more information on the Arizona Consortium for the Arts website.


Arizona Literary Contest
The Arizona Authors' Association is seeking both published and unpublished works for consideration as it presents the Arizona Literary Contest. Categories for published works include nonfiction books, fiction novels/novellas or short story anthologies, and children's literature. Categories for unpublished works include short stories, poems, articles/essays/true stories, unpublished novels, and new drama writing. Authors of selected works may receive cash prizes, publication in Arizona Literary Magazine 2017or Pushcart Prize nominations. Submissions are due on July 1. Find more information on the Arizona Authors' Association website

Canal Convergence 2017
Scottsdale Public Art activates the Scottsdale Waterfront, located along a strip of the Arizona Canal, each year for a multi-day festival called Canal Convergence. The festival blends visual and performance art by local, national, and international artists. Next year’s festival happens February 23 to 26, and they’re already on the hunt for ways to activate canal paths, grassy areas, and the surrounding infrastructure with land-based temporary installations, interactive installations for the Marshall Way Bridge, shady installations for large open areas, social practice work, and various performances and activities. Artists can submit proposals through July 10. Find more information on the Scottsdale Public Art website.

Pandora Festival
In the midst of all those Broadway shows that make their way to the ASU Gammage stage, and offerings by Arizona’s own theater companies from Stray Cat Theatre to Arizona Theatre Company, local playwrights are keeping busy crafting new material they hope will find its way to the stage one day. Arizona Women’s Theatre Company is looking for new works by women playwrights in Arizona, as it prepares to present Pandora Festival: Secrets Revealed at the John Paul Theatre at Phoenix College from November 3 to 6. They’re accepting submissions of 10-minute, one-act, and full-length plays through July 15. Find more information on the Arizona Women's Theatre Company website.

Arizona Dance Festival
The metro Phoenix dance scene includes several festivals, from Breaking Ground presented by CONDER/dance to the BETA Dance Festival presented at Phoenix Center for the Arts. And there’s also the Arizona Dance Festival, which features works by emerging and established dance artists. Their next festival, presented by Desert Dance Theatre and the Arizona Dance Coalition, happens October 7 and 8 at Tempe Center for the Arts – so they’re looking now for individual and group performances in all genres and styles of dance. Submissions are due on July 15. Find more information on the Arizona Dance Coalition website.

“New Art AZ” Exhibit
Recognizing that people like exploring art both in person and online, Artisterv/Thermal Gallery is putting together an exhibition of works to be shown both through its online gallery and at the Walter Gallery. They’re looking for works in various media completed during the last year for their “New Art AZ” exhibition happening this September. Submission are due on July 15. Find more information on the Thermal Gallery 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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