Artist Opportunities


Display your local event posters/flyers: Candlewood Suites
Candlewood Suites has room to display posters and flyers for local happenings in their lobby. Call 251-690-7818 or email for additional questions. Candlewood Suites on 121 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602

Studio/office spaces for rent at Central Presbyterian Church
Rev. Chris Bullock at Central Presbyterian Church is exploring the possibility of renting rooms in the Church's buildings to artists and arts nonprofits. The Church would be able to offer Internet/wifi, copying/printing/faxing, and air conditioned/heated spaces of varying sizes for a reasonable cost.  If you're interested, email Rev. Bullock.

The Artists Registry
The word out to ALL ARTISTS in the Gulf Coast region is that your names and your work can now be seen in an all-inclusive data-base. Sponsored and supported by Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Arts Council and the Alabama Center for Contemporary Art, the Artists Registry will be an outstanding resource for promoting the arts in Mobile and all communities along the Gulf Coast and beyond. The Artists Registry is designed to showcase local artists along the Southern coast in every area of the arts: music, visual art, dance, theater, needlework….all creative endeavors! The art community recognizes the importance of preserving for posterity the work of local artists and artisans who so essentially reflect the nuances of our time and culture. In addition, inclusion in the Artists Registry would provide a unique resource for possible exhibitions, programs and events to promote the many types of art that are being produced in our area. Please join by filling out the registration form!

T.A.P. (Teaching Artists Project)
Local artists are encouraged to sign up as part of a network (an artist database) that will be shared between the Museum, the Mobile Arts Council, and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The goal is to make it easier to provide eager artists with jobs - including teaching, public art creation, professional workshops, and more. Find out what you need to sign up through the TAP checklist. If you want to sign up, click here.

Mobile Museum of Art: Do you own work by these artists?
The Mobile Museum of Art is organizing an exhibition honoring artists that have been pioneers in the Mobile art scene for over 50 years. We are looking for truly special and important work from the following group of artists: John Cleverdon, James Conlon, Kaye Wall Hoffman, James E. Kennedy, and Tut Riddick. If you have work by these artists please contact Stan Hackney at 251-208-5206 or It would be best if you send the information and photo images to the email address with your contact information.This exhibition is scheduled for October 2017 and will remain on view for several months; the museum will pick-up and return all work loaned to the exhibition.


Sholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Awards partners with organizations to offer students Sponsored Awards: special opportunities to receive additional scholarships for works in a variety of categories or dealing with particular themes. The 2018 awards will open on September 13, 2017, and deadlines vary by region. The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. Visit our online galleries to see examples of works from past National Medalists. Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools abroad enrolled in grades 7–12 are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Awards. Visit the website to enter today!

Call for Artists: Opetera Creative
Optera Creative coordinates exhibitions each month, emphasizing family-friendly work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area. The spacious lobby features exhibitions each month, with room for large bodies of work in any media. The artist is expected to attend the reception (and publicize the event to family and friends), which will last from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. If you (or you and another artist/ other artists) would like to show your work, email a proposal to, accompanied by jpgs of several images from the exhibition or similar to the work in the proposed exhibition. Optera is currently looking for artists for October and November 2017. For 2018, they have openings in January, March, April, June, July, August, October, November, and December.  

Call for Competitors: Creative Crossings - Street Art Competition
"Creative Crossings – Street Art Competition" is a live art contest that will take place along Dauphin Street during the TENSIXTYFIVE® Music Festival on September 30th. Up to 6 artists will be chosen to create their chosen designs on the street during the festival using materials provided by the Mobile Arts Council. The winning design will recieve $600! Download the application form for additional information.

Call for Vendors: 1065 Arts & Crafts Market
In conjunction with TENSIXTYFIVE® Music Festival, MAC is organizing an art market featuring one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans. It will take place in Cathedral Square on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM during the free outdoor concert series! The deadline to apply is September 1st, 2017, and spots are filling up fast. See detailed information on the market page.

Call for Entries: 1065 T-Shirt Design Contest
Your original artwork could be featured on this year's official TENSIXTYFIVE® Music Festival T-Shirt. Submit your entry today for a chance to win (2) VIP Passes to each day of the 2017 TENSIXTYFIVE® Event and (2) Free Event T-Shirts bearing the winning design. All entries must be received online by 5:00 PM CST on Friday, August 25, 2017. The winner will be announced the following week. View the official contest rules for more information.

Call for Vendors: Port City Craftsmen 45th Annual Arts & Crafts Show
November 17-20, 2017 at the Abba Shrine on Hitt Road in Mobile. Hours are 9AM to 5PM Saturday and 11AM to 4PM Sunday.  Booth size is 12 x 12 and entry fee is $99.00 before October 15. Download the application here. E-mail or call Ingrid Murdock, Show Chairman at 251-649-5705 for additional information.

Call for Artists: 251 Rocks
Paint rocks and hide them for others to find! Join the facebook page and instagram group today. Paint rocks and hide them in places around Mobile and Baldwin counties so that others will find them. You can post hints of where to find your rocks or post pictures of you and the rocks you find. It's a fun, easy, and cheap way to add some smiles and share artistic abilities. 

Call for Entries: "Originally from Alabama"
“Originally From Alabama” will hang at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery from September 18, 2017 – January 18, 2018. CD’s or Thumb Drive Digital Images Due: August 25, 2017. Accepted Art Due: September 11, 2017. The competition will feature new works highlighting all aspects of Alabama from 1817 to 2017: Places, People, Cultures, Events, Traditions, Technology, Flora, Fauna, Work, Inventions or Stories, just to name a few! This exhibition will focus on your artistic interpretation of the theme. Work may range from realism to abstraction and all media will be accepted. Artists may submit up to 5 images. Accepted art will be included in an Online Catalog and gallery at Please view the show prospectus for full details.

Call for Artists: 7th Annual Dauphin Island Art Trail
The 7th Annual Dauphin Island Art Trail will be held on Dauphin Island October 14, 2017.  It is sponsored by the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce. Once again, this event will be held island wide at different retail locations and will have a map of artist’s locations for customers to have stamped to qualify for big prizes. There will also be a shuttle for patrons who don’t wish to drive or ride bicycles. This is a very successful event and is well advertised. This a juried art show and the artists are picked on behalf of the retailers. Spots are on a first come basis and are limited to around 50 artists so you might want to get your application in as soon as possible to ensure entry to the event.  The application has more details included. If you have preference to be in the same spot as last year, please indicate it on your application. Remember to send photos via email of your work.

Call for Entries: 7th Annual Colors of the Coast
Cathedral Square Gallery and Wintzell's Oyster House are sponsoring the 7th Annual Colors of The Coast Juried Exhibition. Take in for the Exhibition is September 1st at 605 Dauphin Street. All Artists living in states along the Gulf Coast are encouraged to enter. Over $2000 in prize monies will be awarded. View the show prospectus and hold harmless agreement for additional information.

Job and Volunteer Opportunities: Arts & Crafts at Boys & Girls Clubs
The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama are looking for a part time art instructor. This individual would instruct, supervise and assist youth ages 6 to 18 years old with arts & crafts; plan and implement arts & crafts ideas as needed; order and monitor art & craft supplies; instruct youth about and is actively engaged with the youth’s participation in activities/low organized games, and more. View the job description for additional information. They are also looking for volunteers with drama, dance, digital photography or claymation experience.

Call for Artists and Art Vendors: Art- Peninsula Style
The Peninsula of Mobile is proud to announce their first ever "Art- Peninsula Style" fundraiser set for Saturday, October 7, 2017 on the Mobile Bay side of McNally Park - 4380 Park Rd, Mobile, 36605 from 10 AM - 3 PM. We are seeking artists to come to Mobile's ONLY neighborhood accessible bayfront park, to set up a booth and sell your wares. We are also seeking submissions for an art contest - where the winner will receive the honor of having your artwork become the event's logo and be placed on all future event promotion materials.  This is a family friendly event featuring various art forms including music by Eric Erdman & others. Food truck(s) will be available as will a family fun kayak event. All monies raised go to the Peninsula of Mobile. Booth rental $25 per space if you provide ​your own tent/table; $50 per space for renting a tent/table. Interested? Please contact ​Sharon Dixon at if you are interested.

Call for Artists: ArtWalk at O'Daly's
O'Daly's would like to welcome all artists to set up at Dauphin St. Blues Company in a market style format. They can set up inside or on the sidewalk directly in front of O'Daly's. They will have live music and beer tastings. Artists would need to bring 100% of their own set up (table and chair) and if they need power they would need their own extension cords. The artists would keep 100% of all sales and commissions. The space would be first come, first serve in terms of where to set up. If you want more information, email!

Call for Artists: Lunch at The Shoppes
The Shoppes at Bel Air is putting on a new event called Lunch at The Shoppes - think Art Walk meets lunchtime shopping event. It will happen quarterly on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 AM – 2 PM. They are looking for local artists to setup up their work in the mall for free! Artists cannot sell their artwork on site in the mall, but they can network, pass out cards, arrange to take orders, etc. Artwork must be family-friendly. Bringing your own setup is preferred, but some tables and chairs may be available. Interested artists need to email to participate!

Call for Arts & Craft Vendors: Ladies Night and the Merry Market - The Merry Widow
Grab your friends for cocktails and shopping at Ladies Night, which is a monthly event hosted by the Merry Widow on the last Wednesday of every month. Local vendors set up to sell arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, desserts, bath products and more! Plus a custom cocktail menu crafted each month especially for this event, and available for one night only! Interested vendors: feel free to email for additional information. However what you mainly need to know is: there is no fee to set up (it’s free!); set up is at 5:00 PM; please try to break down no earlier than 10:00 PM; and please bring your own change.

Call for Volunteers: Trinity Family Minitries - Art Teacher
Trinity Family Minitries is looking for a volunteer to teach two 45 min. segmented art classes with 12 students in each class. The volunteer would be needed on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 12:30-2:00, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, and July 18th. Art projects would need to be structured, but simple and fun, catering to ages 7-11. Ideally, projects that aren't too complex, yet would still encourage interest in the depth and versatility of art. All art supplies will be provided by Trinity Family. Interested? Contact Anna Callison at

Call for Entries: 11th Aesthetica Art Prize
The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts. Enter the prize for a chance to showcase your work to wider audiences. Prizes include: £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox, group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica, editorial mention in Aesthetica Magazine, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton, and art books courtesy of Prestel. Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance. Up to two works can be submitted per Entry Fee, except for the Video, Installation & Performance category in which one work can be submitted. Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit

Call for Member Artists: Port City Craftsmen
The Port City Craftsmen are a group of crafters that meet once a month at the West Regional Library in Mobile and looking for new members. Established in November since 1972, the group promotes Arts & Crafts in the Mobile area and puts on a big Arts and Crafts Show every year. Visit or facebook page for additional information. Email is or call Ingrid Murdock at 251-649-5705 if interested.

Call for Members & Studio Space: Gallery 450
Coworking and artist space available at 450 Dauphin Street in the heart of downtown Mobile. Artists memberships start at $25 and coworking spaces at $175. If interested, contact via facebook, calling 251-202-7121 or emailing

Call for Artists: CATS
CATS: Creative Artistic Treasures Studio. A new gallery opening in April 2016 across from Spring Hill College. Need art in all media, with cats (meow) as the subject matter. Call Sherry Polansky at 251-308-2552 for an appointment.. 

Call for Artists: The Battle House
The Battle House is seeking artists for LoDa ArtWalk nights. If interested, please send your response and sample of art to

Call for Members: Spanish Fort Artist Guild
Free group open to working artists in the Spanish Fort area. Open studio time, workshops, and meetings scheduled every week on Tuesday from 1 to 3 in the City Hall classroom. Call Claudine Andress at 251-626-6264 for details.

Call for Members: AIGA Gulf Coast
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA remains "the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design and is now known simply as 'AIGA, the professional association for design.'" Area designers are recruiting members to begin a Gulf Coast chapter. If you are interested in joining, visit the group's Facebook page.

Call for Artists: Dauphin Island Gallery
Applications are being accepted for fine artists and handcrafters in Mobile and South Mobile County to show and sell their work in the Gallery's new location (918 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island). Spaces (3' x 10') cost $50 a month plus 15% of sales. A limited number of spaces are available at $25 per month plus 15% of sales if the artist works at the Gallery at least one day a month. Contact Kathryn Carver, President of the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council: 251-490-0294 or

Call for Artists: Eastern Shore Art Center
The Eastern Shore Art Center offers many opportunities to both members and non-members. Members can take part in annual juried and open exhibitions, a bi-monthly sales gallery, the Art and About Program, open studios, and the gift shop and receive discounts on classes and workshops. ESAC puts on two annual outdoor art festivals, features five galleries with shows that rotate monthly, and presents gallery talks, forums and more that are open to the public. To download an exhibit proposal, visit ESAC online. For more details, email Adrienne Falls.

Call for Artists and Artisans: MAC Arts & Crafts Markets
Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of opportunities for artists and craft-makers to sell their handcrafted goods throughout the year.  Artists and crafters who are interested in participating in any one of these events can apply online here. Please review Mobile Arts Councils Arts and Crafts Market Guidelines before applying.

Call for Artists: Mobile Art Association
The Mobile Art Association is the ideal organization for amateur and professional artists.  With over 100 members, MAA provides numerous opportunities to network with and learn from fellow artists. Meetings are on the third Sunday of each month, from September through May, and are held at the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL.  The meeting includes a program to provide instruction, critique, and/or “hands on” opportunities to help artists further develop their knowledge and skills. MAA provides a variety of venues and opportunities for members to show their work, including: Spring Member Exhibition, Fall Juried Exhibition, Bi-Annual Juried Exhibit as part of the Shared Expressions Exhibit at the Mobile Museum of Art, and opportunities to show work at local businesses. Visit MAA's website for details and applications.

Call for Artists: Mobile Arts Council
Mobile Arts Council coordinates monthly exhibitions in its offices at 318 Dauphin St., emphasizing work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area.  Shows focus on work by students, emerging artists, artists not represented in a gallery, or established artists moving in a new direction (e.g. a new medium, new subject, new style). The offices feature three exhibition spaces:  the Skinny Gallery and two meeting/conference rooms (the Large Room and the Small Room). Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Monday of the month through the last Friday. The public is invited to meet the artists from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. The offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM and usually on Saturday mornings when the Market on Cathedral Square is active.  For details on submitting a proposal (or on any other aspects of an exhibition), contact Lucy Gafford.


Auditions: Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra
Auditions available for all instrument players for the 2017-2018 season, scheduled throughout August 2017. Those selected for this ensemble will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform the very best of the orchestral repertoire with other young artists from across the Gulf Coast. Visit the MSYO audition page for more information.

Sforzando: Community Drum Circle
Come one, come all, to Mobile’s newest community Drum Circle. sFz is a community drum circle aimed at middle school and high school students that are interested exploring rhythm and improvisation.  It will be held at First Baptist Church of Mobile (Government and Broad Streets) on the first and third Monday nights each month from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. You can contact the church office at 251-432-6513, or Ted Smelser's at 251-300-4319. All who are interested are welcome, even if you just want to listen.  If you have hand drums or percussion instruments, please bring them.  There will be instruments provided.


Volunteer Actors Wanted: Mobile Medical Museum - Halloween Healthcare Haunting
The Mobile Medical Museum is looking for 4 or 5 volunteers to play the role of a famous person from history who died of a once common illness (e.g. yellow fever, tuberculosis, smallpox). You will be the main attraction of our first annual Halloween Healthcare Hauntings event on Saturday, October 28th. You will work with our staff to develop your character and costume. At the event, you will interact with event attendees and entertain them with the story of your mortal illness. This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for educators, youth leaders, or people who just love having fun with kids! If interested, please contact admin@mobilemedicalmuseum or 415-1109 by Sept 1. Must be 16 years of age or older. Find out more on their website

Improv Training: No Worries Wednesdays - Bay Cities Improv Comedy
No Worries Wednesdays are intended to give actors an opportunity to expand and stretch their skills in a low-risk, no-stress, collaborative situation. For others, it is an opportunity to enhance their personal lives with exposure to stage training. At the end of a session, however, all will have improved their ability to imagine themselves in new situations and respond appropriately. $5 per person. View the event page for additional information.

Workshop: Sketch Comedy Writing with Kevin McDonald
For those that are serious about comedy and writing, Kevin McDonald will be leading this day-long workshop and introduce the Kids in the Hall method of sketch comedy writing through improvisation. You'll learn the basics of sketch comedy and comedy writing. We follow that by playing warm-up games that lead you into thinking naturally about writing and performing at the same time. The class will split into groups to improvise a scene that will be developed into a comedy sketch. Following the workshop, students will be invited back to perform their material in front of an audience with Kevin McDonald! See the event page for more details.


Open Auditions - Mobile Ballet
Open auditions for Mobile Ballet Company 2017-18 with Guest Artistic Director Katia Garza will take place on Thursday, June 22, at 6 PM at Mobile Ballet. For dancers age 11, by Sept 1, 2017 & up (age 11 do not have to be on pointe yet). Call Mobile Ballet at (251) 342-2241 for additional information.

The Dance Academy of Mobile
The Dance Academy of Mobile was created in response to an incredible number of requests from parents and students for a new way to experience dance. Our goal is to inspire dancers, young and old, in a caring yet challenging atmosphere. Classes are offered for children and adults in a variety of dance styles: ballet, broadway jazz, contemporary, tap, hula, hip hop, and tahitian dance. View their online schedule for classes and times!


Poetry Out Loud - 2017/18 Competition
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Alabama State Council on the Arts to support this FREE High School program that builds students public speaking skills and self-confidence. Students, through research and creativity, design performances that deepen their understanding of their literary heritage, and that sharpen their craft of writing. Alabama participates in the National Competition, and also holds an Original Poetry Recitation Competition. Alabama State Champions who compete in the Anthology competition travel to Washington DC, all expenses paid, to compete nationally. State winners of the Original Poetry Recitation Competition are often invited to recite their work at the Book Festival in Montgomery Alabama. If you're interested in getting involved, visit ASCA's website or emaill!

Sholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Awards partners with organizations to offer students Sponsored Awards: special opportunities to receive additional scholarships for works in a variety of categories or dealing with particular themes. The 2018 awards will open on September 13, 2017, and deadlines vary by region. The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. Visit our online galleries to see examples of works from past National Medalists. Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools abroad enrolled in grades 7–12 are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Awards. Visit the website to enter today!

Mobile Writers Guild
The Mobile Writers Guild is an organization of professional and aspiring writers. Anyone is welcome to join their monthly meetings at 6 p.m. every first Thursday of the month (September through May) at the West Regional Library on Grelot Road.


Grant Writing Workshop at Auburn University
This intensive two-day grant proposal workshop is geared towards those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals to various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources. Workshop Fee: $595.00 (includes a comprehensive directory, workbook, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast). Register and find out more through the Grant Training Center.

Open Call: AAEA Conference Presenter
Workshop presenter openings are now available for AAEA's Fall Conference. Whether you are a veteran teacher, museum educator, or pre-service student, all proposals are considered. If you are interested, download the proposal document today!

FMSA 2017 Road Saftey Art Contest
Everyone who uses the roads has a role to play in safety - this includes large trucks and buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. This contest lets children in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12) use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads. One Grand Prize Winner and five Honorable Mention winners will be chosen for each of two categories: ages K - 2nd grade and 3rd through 6th. View the contest page for the entry form for more detailed information.

T.A.P. (Teaching Artists Project)
Local artists are encouraged to sign up as part of a network (an artist database) that will be shared between the Museum, the Mobile Arts Council, and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The goal is to make it easier to provide eager artists with jobs - including teaching, public art creation, professional workshops, and more. Find out what you need to sign up through the TAP checklist. If you want to sign up, click here!

Arts In Education for K-6
Discover how to integrate dance, music, theatre and visual art across the curriculum. Explore reading, math, science, social studies and other subjects as they are enhanced by the arts! Learning through the arts often reaches students who struggle with the more traditional modes of learning and supports creativity in the classroom. Arts in Education enhances student learning through the arts. Teachers are not asked to teach dance, music, theatre, or visual arts, but to teach reading, math, writing, science, social studies, and other subjects through the vehicle of the arts. Eligibility: All Alabama teachers, principals and para-professionals. FREE Materials: Books, CDs, puppets, instruments and more! Inservice (FLEX) Credit through SARIC: Up to 40 hours. For more information, contact Jessica Freeland, Coordinator: (251) 460-6272 or Download the registration form for workshop dates (throughout 2016-2017) and to sign up!

Eastern Shore Camera Club
Provides members, from beginners to professionals, with educational and skill building opportunities in the art of photography; admission is free and open to anyone interested. Second Thursdays, 6:30 PM. Faulkner State Community College, Centennial Building, School Street and Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope. Call 251-401-0008 for details.

Sumi-e Studio
First and third Tuesday, 10 AM – 1 PM. Hosted by the Shibui Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America. Sessions take place at the Asian Culture House, 4850 Ziegler Boulevard. $2. Eventual membership requested/ $10 annually. Contact Carol Wiggins for questions at

Workshop: Ikebana
Ikebana International of Mobile, Chapter 164. Newcomers welcome. First Fridays at 10 AM. The workshop takes place at the Asian Culture House, 4850 Zeigler Boulevard. Admission is free!

Azalea City Center for the Arts
Classes for young people, including special needs children, in a variety of disciplines - dance, music, theatre and visual arts.).

City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department
Classes in various arts and crafts for adults and children at a number of venues; see in particular The Art Instructional Center at Lavretta Park. Complete schedule and information.

Daphne Art Center 
Ongoing and weekly classes for adults and children, workshops and "fun evenings." Complete schedule.

Eastern Shore Art Center 
Classes and workshops for adults and children. Visit the Center website and click on "Education."

Mobile Museum of Art 
For adults - workshops, ongoing classes, and off-site classes; for children and families - after-school classes, spring break art camp, and art for home-schooled children. Visit the Museum website and click on Learn.

University of South Alabama Center for Continuing Education 
Classes in a variety of subject areas, including dance, photography, and nonprofit management (USA offers certification programs in the latter two areas). Complete schedule and information. Odyssey is USA's lifelong learning program, primarily for seniors.