Living as an artist means working to find artist calls and pitch projects. Too often most of those calls tally up to significant expenditures in application fees just to have your work seen by curators. In a small intervention for other artists frustrated by that system, such as myself, here is a running list of calls I’ve located that have no submission fees — get your work out there, artists! 

This page is dedicated to sharing ‘Zero Application Fee’ Artist Calls.
*If you run an artist call database, please consider having a way to filter based on submission fees.*

If you find zero fee artist calls, feel free to send them to me at jwester at and I will update this list accordingly. 

Deadline: Aug. 1

Muto Budapest

As MŰTŐ is currently moving to it’s new gallery space, we are excited to open up submissions for our 2020 program. Both Hungarian and international artists, collectives and curators are invited to send us the proposals of their solo or group exhibition projects.

Deadline: Aug. 1

Call for Entries – City of Georgetown, TX Sculpture Tour

Location: Georgetown
Contact: Amanda Still |

Deadline: Aug. 2

State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Registration Contests

If you have questions or need assistance with registration, email or call 214-421-8744.

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Deadline: Aug. 2 

Call for proposals: 2020 C3 Visiting Artist Project at the DMA, “Journeys, Immigration, Migration”

Location: Dallas
Contact: Kerry Butcher |

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Deadline: Aug. 5

Midtown Artistic Benches & Bike Racks – Reno, NV

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The City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) invites you to submit your proposals for artistic benches and bike racks for the Midtown District of Reno, Nevada

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Deadline: Aug. 10

AMoA Biennial 600: Textile/Fiber

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Deadline: Aug. 11

Call for submissions: Celebrate the Americas!

Location: Pasadena
Contact: Carmen Champion |

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Deadline: Aug. 15

Space21 ( Sound & Music ): Space21 focuses on site-specific and relational works that open up different sound experiences for the public, activating the listening sense.​

Deadline: Aug. 22

A Year on The Plaza 2019 Art Competition

Location: Dallas
Contact: Emily Wingate |

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Deadline: Sept. 6

 Leeds International Festival 2020

Leeds International Festival website. 

Deadline: Sept. 27

Call for Artists: TANK Project Space 2020 at Spring Street Studios

Location: Houston
Contact: Grace Zuniga |

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Deadline: Sept. 30

CUVO Video Art Festival 2020.

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Deadline: Oct. 15

Call for Exhibition Proposals

Location: Denton
Contact: Ginger Cochran |

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