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Call for Work

Call to Artists

Tempe frequently offers opportunities for visual artists to apply for city public art commissions and Tempe Center for the Arts and Community Galleries' exhibitions. These projects are open to artists nationally or locally, depending on budget and the amount of community contact that needs to take place. 

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Other valuable opportunities exist for artists working in the field. The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) developed Artists Register, a resource for artists to post their pertinent information and images on the web. Public art programs, private individuals and businesses utilize this site to find and learn more about artists. This resource is offered to artists at a reduced fee due to a consortium of Arizona cities and the Arizona Commission on the Arts supporting the website.

City of Tempe opportunities
Community Galleries Call for Work
Nine exhibitions are open to artists in the following spaces: Connections Café at the Tempe Public Library, Youth Library at the Tempe Public Library and Tempe Post Office on Mill Avenue.
Application Deadline
: Must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Oct. 17
Artist Notification
: Week of Oct. 27.
Application Fee

IN FLUX Cycle 5
IN FLUX Cycle 5 brings together 11 organizations representing seven Valley cities and towns seeking local artists to create temporary public artworks in a wide variety of locations and media. Up to 20 artists will be commissioned to produce public art installations that will activate spaces in Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
Call Type: Request for Qualifications
Submission Deadline:
midnight, September 15, 2014
Artist Notification: September 26-30
Application: Apply here

Miscellaneous opportunities
The city of Tempe is happy to share local, regional and national opportunities with its residents. 

spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity
Visual or performing artists are invited to submit proposals to show/perform existing or proposed work that is unique, creative and highly engaging for presentation at spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity, March 18-21, 2015, in Mesa, Arizona at Mesa Arts Center.
Call Type: Request for Proposals
Submission Deadline: 5pm, September 26
Artist Notification: by October 10
Application Fee: Free

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program has established an ongoing mentorship program as a professional development opportunity for emerging artists living in metropolitan Phoenix. Artists selected to participate in the mentorship program have the opportunity to work with an established public artist on a significant public art commission for the city of Phoenix and to earn an honorarium of up to $5,000.