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.


Call for Photographers: Festival of Flowers - 2018 Photo Contest
View the flyer and entry form for the Festival of Flowers 2018 Photo Contest and the entry form for their 2018 Youth Photo Contest! Deadlines are February 22nd. Cash prizes available.

Call for Vendors: Care Carnival
“Care Carnival” is looking for artists to set up outdoors during their childrens’ autism fundraising event! It will take place November 5th, from 2 – 6 PM. Setup is free, but artists are encouraged to donate an item towards the fundraiser. Artists will need to bring their own table and chair, etc. Setup starts at 1 PM along Jackson Street between Dauphin and Saint Francis. If you are interested, contact Brittany Mistich at View the event page for additional information.

Call for Artists: Nudes In November at Innova Arts
It's time for Innova Arts' annual Nudes in November exhibition! $10 for one submission or $15 for two. More than two submissions may be allowed, space permitting. This year a $100 minimum Peoples Choice award will be available. Voting for the award will be during the reception on ArtWalk night, the second Friday of November. Take in will be November 1st through the 4th, 10:30-4:30 at Innova Arts 505 St Louis St, Mobile, AL 36602. Download the show prospectus here!

Call for Artists: Art at the Fair
The Greater Gulf State Fair/The Grounds here in Mobile will run from October 27 - November 5. One of their ballrooms will become an arts exhibit that showcases the art of Mobile's local artists. The Fairgrounds goal is to give our artists and art students somewhere to display their work, and to promote our local arts community. Contact Janelle Finley or call 251-648-7015 if you are interested! Their is no limit to the amount of work you can show. View the logistics page here for complete information.

Picture Framers Wanted: Ashland Gallery
Ashland Gallery is looking for a part time picture framer with experience. The job is initially part time, but if you have the ability to also work with customers in design, it could become full time. Contact Cathy Collins at if you are interested!

Mobile SketchCrawl: Sketching with Mobile Opera
Mobile Opera has invited us to sketch during a piano dress rehearsal of their upcoming production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte! Così fan tutte takes place in Naples during the late 18th century. The rehearsal will be on Wednesday, October 18 and it will begin at 7:00 PM at the Temple Downtown. You may arrive as early as 6:15 PM but no later than 6:45 PM. While the rehearsal is in progress, we may not take photos and must remain seated until a break. Seating will be addressed as you arrive but every seat in their new venue (The Temple Downtown) is much closer than at the Civic Center Theatre. Because the house lights will be off during the rehearsal, you may use a battery-powered book light, but you must furnish it yourself. This event is free and only open to those who participate in sketching the event. RSVP to Lucy Gafford ( by Friday, October 13. There are only 20 slots available, so be quick!

Call for Artists: The LaGrange Southeast Regional
The LaGrange Southeast Regional exhibition traces its roots to the LaGrange National Competition which began in 1964 when a competitive show known as the Gardens Art Festival was organized and sponsored by the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association, LaGrange College and Callaway Gardens. The categories for the juried show include: Drawings, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics & Mixed Media. You may enter more than one category, just be sure to include the category you have selected along with each submission’s detail requirements. Entry fee is $35. Purchase and merit awards will be awarded. Visit the application page for additional information!

Call for Artists: Cornucopia - Juried Exhibition at Marnee Studios
Cornucopias are modernly portrayed as horn-shaped woven baskets, overflowing with copious amounts of fruits, vegetables and other goods. Marnée’s Studio is asking artists to imagine that life is that horn-shaped receptacle and to portray sources of fulfillment either tangible or non-tangible (i.e. food vs. love). Maybe acts of kindness or passion fulfill the cornucopia of the human soul. Perhaps nature or loved ones? The hope is that this show will highlight sources of life, fulfillment, and abundance. At the opening recpetion on November 11th, 7 - 9 PM at Marnée's Studio, guests will participate in a food drive for our local food bank. The event includes free appetizers and drinks and each guest is requested to bring 2 canned good items. Each guest bringing food will be eligible to win a prize that evening! Deadline for art submissions is November 1st at 9 AM. Over $500 in prizes will be awarded. View the online application here!

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 2018. They have openings in January, March, April, June, July, August, October, November, and December.

Call for Artists: Juried Art Exhibit - Water | Ways
November 24, 2017 – January 5, 2018, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center 5 Rivers is pleased to announce a special art exhibit to run simultaneously with the traveling Smithsonian exhibit Water | Ways. It’s all about water. Contemplate what water means to you and submit artwork that illustrates your ideas. No entry fee. Exhibit is open to original artwork by all photographers and artists ‐ amateur and professional – done in any media. Entries must be acceptable for general viewing.  The judges will determine acceptability. Artwork will be separated into categories based on the age of the artist. OPEN category applies to all entrants over 15 years of age. Entrants 15 years and younger qualify for the YOUTH category. See the prospectus for additional entry 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 and MobRox
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.

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: 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: Merry Market - The Merry Widow
Grab your friends for cocktails and shopping for the Merry Market, a monthly event hosted by the Merry Widow during ArtWalk (2nd Friday) of eah 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 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.


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.


Auditions: Joe Jefferson Players - August: Osage County
Auditions are Monday, October 30th and Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 6:30 PM. at JJP. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County centers around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling,” is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers, who harbor their own deep secrets, her sister Mattie Fae and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable. Tech Week/Dress Rehearsal: January 7-11, 2018 Show Dates: January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. & January 14, 21, 28, 11 at 2:00. Visit the audition page for more information!

Auditions: Chicasaw Civic Theatre - Fools
Fools is a comic fable by Neil Simon, set in the small village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine (Russian Territory), during the late 19th century. The story follows Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a schoolteacher who takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Doctor Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya. Leon soon learns that there is a curse on the village that makes everyone stupid, but complications ensue when Leon falls in love with his pupil. Auditions take place October 23rd and 24th at 6:30 PM at Chickasaw Civic Theatre. Visit CCT's audition page for additional information!

Auditions: Mobile Theatre Guild - Assassins
Director: Gene Murrell. Audition dates: Sunday, October 29th 6PM and Monday, October 30th, 2017 7PM at Mobile Theatre Guild. Callbacks: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 7PM. Show dates: January 19-21 & 26-28, 2018. See the audition page for additional information!

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.


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.


Free Teachers Workshop: Back to Havanna - From Collography to Cuban Motion
Join Dr. Paige Vitulli, Ms. Amanda Youngblood, and Mrs. Amanda Solley as they explore printmaking through the exhibition Back to Havana and take part in a Cuban-style Salsa demonstration led by Mrs. Brooke Eubanks & Synergy Dance Company from Dunbar Performing and Creative Arts Magnet School. Participants of this FREE professional development workshop are eligible for 4 SARIC CEUs. This workshop takes place Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Sign up online today!

Fashion Illustration, Beginners Drawing Classes, and More: Marnée's Studio
Join Marnée's Studio for a number of classes throughout the month of September. Fashion Illustration is an introductory course (ages 12 and up) that will focus on drawing and watercolor skills needed to render both male and female fashion figures, textiles, and apparel/ accessories.  Emphasis will be given to proportion, composition, and basic anatomy. Supplies are included. Beginners Drawing is open to adult students of all levels. Have fun learning basic drawing skills and understanding of visual language through studio instruction. Introduces concepts such as proportion, space, perspective, tone, and composition as applied to still life, interiors, and portraiture. Uses drawing media such as pencil, charcoal and ink wash. BYOB and food for all classes. Visit the Marnée's Studio website for details!

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.