Artist Opportunities

ALL DISCIPLINES

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 Hillary@candlewood-mobile.com for additional questions. Candlewood Suites on 121 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602

Mobile Arts Council: 2017 Arts Grants
MAC is excited to announce that we will be awarding four $1000 grants to Mobile arts organizations and/or artists this summer! All art forms are eligible. If you are interested in applying, view our grant application online here! The deadline for submissions is June 2nd at 5:00 PM.

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 stan.hackney@cityofmobile.org. 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.

VISUAL ARTS

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 skyjackdix@gmail.com if you are interested.

Call for Knitters: Knit in Public Day at the Library
Knit in Public Day will be held at the Ben May Main Library on June 10 from 10 - 2. Knitters are invited to bring their latest projects and knit the day away! There will be door prizes given away throughout the event. For more information, email Judy Sigler at jsigler@mplonline.org.

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 events@odalysirishpub.com!

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 Kelsey@jjpragency.com 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 info@themerrywidow.net 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 Artists: "Behind the Mask" Silent Auction and Retrospect Honoring Ellen Jones 
Legacy 166, Inc., a non-profit that provides after school art education programs in the community, is asking artists to decorate masks for a silent auction fundraiser. Each artist will be provided with a mask form and an art/craft material from Ellen Jone's art studio to create a mask. View more details about the fundraiser on the event flyer. Email Sher Graham if you are interested in participating!

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 anna@trinityfam.org.

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 www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.

Call for Artists: New ArtWalk Location - Coastal Bank and Trust
Coastal Bank and Trust in downtown Mobile is coordinating an exhibition each month in its office on St. Francis St., emphasizing family-friendly work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area. The spacious bank lobby will feature one exhibition a month, with room for 9 to 15 medium to large works (in any media, able to be displayed and look professional on easels), for ArtWalk nights only. The bank will provide a casual reception (wine and snacks) for the artist and will promote the event to their staff and customer base. 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. Artists are responsible for transactions with buyers and will receive 100% of all sales. If you (or you and another artist/ other artists) would like to show your work, email a proposal to lgafford@mobilearts.org, accompanied by jpgs of several images from the exhibition or similar to the work in the proposed exhibition. If your proposal is accepted, we’ll determine a month for the exhibition.

Call for Artists: Mobile Street Pianos
Help make Downtown Mobile more musical! The Mobile Downtown Alliance is looking for artist volunteers to paint Street Pianos - donated pianos that will be placed outside of downtown businesses and organizations daily for the public to play. Materials (paint) will be provided. The piano could be painted inside or outside (in public) in a shaded area. Interested artists must submit artwork samples and piano design ideas to lgafford@mobilearts.org. Painted pianos and participating artists will be heavily publicized on social media. Visit the Pianos About Town facebook page (from the City of Fort Collins) to see what Mobile Street Pianos strives to emulate.

Call for Muralists: Local Mural Initiative - One Mobile​
One Mobile is launching a new mural initiative program. All artists will be paid for their work and will also be matched with apprentices. New projects will be popping up all the time, and applications will be kept on file unless withdrawn. Click here to upload the online application.

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 gallery450dauphin@gmail.com.

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 gary.smith@renaissancemobile.com.

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 dauphinislandarts@gmail.com.

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.

11th Annual Aesthetic Art Prize
Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions. There are two awards for entry: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize in four categories: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; and Video, Installation & Performance. For more information, visit Aesthetica's website!

MUSIC

Auditions for Mobile Opera Chorus
Auditions for the chorus of Mobile Opera will be held on Tuesday, May 30 beginning at 5:30pm at the Larkins Music Center, 257 Dauphin St. The auditions are for NEW singers, adults of all ages, who are interested in adding their name to the Mobile Opera Chorus roster. Visit the Opera's website for additional 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.

LITERATURE

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.

THEATRE

Auditions: Joe Jefferson Players - Annie
The Joe Jefferson Players are holding open auditions for Annie on Monday June 5th and Tuesday June 6th, 2017 at 6:30PM at JJP! More information about auditions will be posted as soon as the details become available. Whether you’re an old pro, or a first time auditioner, know that you are welcome! Visit JJP's audition 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.

DANCE

Mobile Ballet - Summer Intensive Classes
Open to students of all dance studios, ages 9 - 13 and above. Three weeks, June 5 - 23. Discounts for multiple weeks! Advance & strengthen your classical ballet and Broadway-style jazz skills with our outstanding guest teachers and Mobile Ballet faculty! View the schedule and register online here

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!

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

ChARTing New Directions: Summer Art Camp
This summer, ChARTing is partnering with the Alabama Contemporary Art Center to facilitate an art camp!  Here, we will provide exposure to the arts, as well as fulfill teaching opportunities to up-and-coming local artists. The camp classes are geared towards middle and high school children. Each student will be given opportunities to become involved with Mobile’s community through direct interaction with local professional artists and organizations. Join us this June and July! Register today!

S.A.I.L. - Sustaining Artful Education and Learning
The Alabama Alliance for Arts Education is pleased to announce their annual Arts Education workshop series, S.A.I.L., will take place June 25 - 30, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama. Location: Alabama Contemporary Arts Center, 301 Conti St, 36601. Conference Hotel: The Admiral Hotel Mobile, 251 Government St, 36602. View the flyer for detailed desciptions of classes and more!

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 artsineducation@southalabama.edu. Download the registration form for workshop dates (throughout 2016-2017) and to sign up!

Color Mixing Workshop: Jerrod Partridge at Ashland Gallery
This two day workshop will focus on becoming more competent with mixing color in oil paint.  Exercises will be geared towards how to control the opacity, temperature, hue, saturation and intensity of a color; and how color is affected by the particular light situation in which you are painting. Students will then have the opportunity to apply this information to a still life painting from direct observation. These exercises were used by Jerrod while a painting instructor at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. This workshop is designed to improve your understanding of color and light and through Jerrod's one on one instruction is useful for beginners and professionals. The workshop takes place June 2, 9 AM - 4 PM and June 3, 9 AM - 4 PM. Cost: $195. Call 251-479-3548 to register.

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 carolw2651@comcast.net.

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.