This page is a list of websites that may help visual artists find calls for shows around the country. The purpose of this list is not to be all inclusive and list every local art center and gallery out there. Instead I envision this page as a list to help me as well as an artist interested in gaining National and International exposure through a broader list of Call for Entry Sites, Slide Registries, Galleries, Museums, Universities and Art Centers. There are a number of FREE call for entry lists out there. I can NOT recommend using a site that requires a fee due to the number of FREE sites out there at your disposal. I will do my best to let you know if the sites on the list below requires a membership fee.
Why apply to Juried shows?
Being in a show may get you some recognition in a publication or review. If you are actively promoting your work, then consistently showing your work is a must. Juried shows are not absolutely a must, but they can be one avenue to take to get your name out there.
One exhibition may culminate into another. You never know when/if that curator or gallery might choose you for another show. This has happened to me on a number of occasions.
I have sold some artwork through juried shows. But I must admit, this is the last reason I apply. I would not apply if this is your main goal. Think of it as a bonus.
Publish or Perish:
This may not apply to you, but the short of it is that if you are an educator (professor) you may be required to show your work on a regular basis. The amount of shows and types of shows you have can directly inpact your pay. Ever heard of Publish or Perish? Read about it here if interested.
The Award Money:
Yes, some payout awards. Don't bank on this, but I have been lucky a few times over the years.
One simple pieces of advice regarding Juried shows:
Apply to shows with a theme that relates directly to your work. You want your work to stand out among the crowd, and the pool of artists are much larger if you apply to those "All-Media" and open or generally titled shows. Since juried shows cost money to apply you want your chances to be better than a flip of a coin.
* I have been an actively showing artist for roughly 20 years. I have had shows in most venues available to an artist including, commercial , non-traditional, museums, Art Centers and Universities. The only place I have not shown my work is in a local retail space (coffee or Frame shop) and Art Fairs. This list is by no means complete, If you have a site that should be on this list feel free to contact me.