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Artists - Calls for Art

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Calls for Entries for the 2017 NDEAM Poster Art competition

Each year in October, the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) produces a Texas poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is distributed free of charge to businesses all across the State. The art featured on the poster is an original piece created by a Texas artist with a disability. The winning artwork is incorporated into the Texas HireAbility Campaign #TXHireAbility.

The artists featured on our Texas posters have become so popular that, in addition to our statewide distribution, we frequently have many requests from other states. In 2016, we distributed more than 2,500 posters.

Submissions from Texas artists with disabilities can be sent to the Committee via email with a photo attachment of the original work in a high resolution digital format - ideally a JPEG or PDF (this is the preferred method). We will also accept a color photocopy, OR image on a CD sent by postal mail. The original artwork does not need to be submitted with the entry. There is NO FEE for entries. All entries must be accompanied by a signed Entry Form, which is available on our website along with the Submission Guidelines. Entries must be received by email or postmarked by May 31, 2017; the winner will be announced by June 21. Artwork in any media is accepted; there is no specific theme required.

Once the panel of judges has determined the winner, we will make arrangements to receive the original artwork, which will be designed into the 2017 Texas NDEAM poster. The original art and the poster will be on permanent display in the Office of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, and will be featured in offsite exhibits from time to time. The winning artist is also invited to be a featured guest at the annual Lex Frieden Employment Awards ceremony in October.

For Submission Guidelines, Entry Form, a view of the past NDEAM posters, and more information, please visit our NDEAM page on our website or contact us directly. Contact information is listed on the website and below.

Abilities Expo Call for Art

Deadline: June 14, 2017

Abilities Expo has invited VSA Texas for the Eighth year in a row to host the Artist Market at their event in Houston. VSA Texas invites artists with disabilities living in the Houston area to submit a booth proposal for the Artist Market at Abilities Expo 2017 in Houston, TX. There is a $25 booth fee if accepted into the show. 2D and 3D works in all media as well as crafts, literary arts, and CDs of music are eligible. Participants will be chosen by VSA Texas based on quality of work, the need to display diverse media, and ability of artist to be present and professional at this full weekend event. For an entry form, contact April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912.

3Ps (Pets, People, Places) Veteran Art Exhibit at Art for the People

Deadline: June 23, 2017

VSA Texas invites Veterans living in the Central Texas area to submit artwork to a veteran specific section of an exhibit. Art for the People in Austin, TX is partnering with VSA Texas and the Veteran Suicide Prevention Channel to feature veteran artists on a prominent wall in their gallery during their themed exhibit 3Ps (Pets, People & Places). There is no fee to submit artwork to this call for entries and artwork in all 2-D and 3-D media are eligible. This is a great way to get your work introduced to a new gallery that typically accepts work by invitation only! For an entry form, contact April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912.

2018 Institute on Disability Calendar

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Since 2000, the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has produced a full-color calendar, distributed nationally and internationally, featuring 13 original works of art coupled with inspirational quotes. We are currently inviting artists to submit artwork to be considered for our 2018 Calendar. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your talent with a large and diverse audience. View guidelines.

Call for White Cane Day T-Shirt Designs

Deadline: July 7, 2017

In the last few years White Cane Day has sold close to 20,000 t-shirts throughout Texas and the United States. The 2017 White Cane Day Committee is asking for artwork to be submitted by blind/visually impaired children, their families, friends and/or anyone who has children that work with the blind/visually impaired or that is associated with someone in the blindness community. Please pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested!

For inspiration you can view past T-shirt designs at Scroll down until you find “view past shirts for white cane day” and click on that link.

T-shirt design specifications:

Please include the following information with your submission:

Please submit your artwork to:
April Sullivan
VSA Texas
3710 Cedar Street #7
Austin, TX 78705

Thank you for your participation to educate the public about blindness and supporting the largest White Cane Day in the Nation!

VSA Texas/Mobile Art Program Call for Art
Exploration: New Art by Older Adults
Exhibit at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport

Deadline: August 14, 2017

VSA Texas/Mobile Art Program invites all Texas seniors age 55+ who are new to creating art or who are experienced artists working in a new medium to submit artwork to the Exploration Exhibit featuring new art by older adults. There is no fee to submit artwork to this call for entries and artwork in all 2D and 3D media are eligible. Artwork must have been created in the last 2 years and must not depict anything controversial, violent, or political. The exhibit will be on view at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport from September 15-December 31, 2017. For an entry form, contact April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Exhibit

Deadline: August 21, 2017
VSA Texas in collaboration with Bihl Haus Arts invites all artists in San Antonio and surrounding areas with mental illness to submit artwork to this exhibition. There is no entry fee and 2D and 3D works in all media are eligible. For further information or to request an entry form contact Susan Beattie or (210) 908-1776 or contact April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912.

IKare Mood Trauma Recovery Clinic

Deadline: Ongoing

IKARE MOOD TRAUMA RECOVERY CLINIC is San Antonio’s newest psychiatric outpatient clinic. They are looking for artists to share your beautiful and inspiring works of art to be displayed in the clinic in a REVOLVING GALLERY. The clinic is located in the 8th floor of the Highpoint building on 8401 Datapoint in Suite 855 in San Antonio, TX. There is PLENTY of white wall space and a few teal accent walls to hang and display many pieces of art, that can vary in media, size, and dimension, so even sculptures are welcomed. The copious amounts of natural light from the 8th floor windows provide exceptional viewing areas in the lobby, breakfast bar area, therapy rooms and provider rooms. We would like to display many artist’s pieces during a 3-4 month period and have the option for patients, visitors and/or healthcare providers to purchase the pieces at a price determined by the artist. It cost nothing to display your work but we only ask for a small nominal donation to FIRST-MD when the art is sold in the clinic. The theme for the artwork we are looking for is: RECOVERY, RESILIENCE, OVERPOWERING INNER TURMOIL, SUCCESS, etc., a suitable theme for artwork that would be hanging in a MOOD, TRAUMA, RECOVERY clinic. Please email pictures of any gallery-ready piece(s) you would like to be displayed in the clinic for considering approval. Write RECOVERY ART as the subject for submissions. Contact Eli Elias.

The Deaf Poets Society

Deadline: Ongoing

This online journal of disability literature and art is seeking submissions to publish work by writers and artists with disabilities. This includes poetry, prose, cross-genre work, book reviews, and artwork. See details at

Call for Caricature Artists

Deadline: Ongoing is an online art gallery featuring "Award-Winning Artists With Disabilities". We sell the portfolios of talented artists and also do commissioned pet portraits. We are now adding Pet Caricatures to our product line and are looking for talented Caricature Artists. If you would like to work from your home creating great caricature art please email Jeff directly.

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