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Arts Council Greater Lansing announces a call to teachers for their "Support Young Creatives Billboard Project." Teachers are invited to submit one piece of work by a student artist attending school in the Greater Lansing Region for the chance of having their art displayed on a digital billboard, during Youth Art Month in March 2021. Application deadline is Feb. 8, 2021. Learn more.

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center announces a call to youth artists for their Ingham "Student Art Exhibit." Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Ingham Intermediate School District and the Michigan Education Leadership Group host this celebration of excellence in the visual arts for young people in grades K-12+. Submissions must be electronic. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2021. Learn more. 

East Lansing Art Festival is seeking artists for their annual juried Art Festival, held May 22-23, 2021, in East Lansing, Michigan. All work must be the creation of the exhibiting artist: the original concept, design, style and execution must be attributable solely to the displaying artist(s). Artists must be 18 years of age or older. Up to $6,000 in awards will be presented. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2021. Learn more.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts announces an open call for entry to all Michigan visual artists working in all mediums including 2-D, 3-D, functional art, fine craft, photography and installation for their "Re | Art Exhibition." They invite artists to comment visually to the many shifts taking place in our current experience. Change opens a path to rethink, revisit, reunite, recharge, reevaluate, redefine...etc. Application deadline is Jan. 10, 2021. Learn more.

Adrian Center for the Arts seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, "Celestial Bodies," to be held April 12 - May 21, 2021. Artists may interpret "Celestial Bodies" broadly or idiosyncratically and submit up to three pieces completed within last three years. Use any medium or combination to make original works. Application deadline is Feb. 12, 2021. Learn more.

LowellArts West Michigan announces its 35th annual "West Michigan Art Competition" which highlights outstanding artwork by lower West Michigan artists who reside in a 25-county region. Five cash awards totaling $2,500 will be awarded. Artists may submit one piece for consideration by the juror. Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2021. Learn more.

Perspective Gallery in Evanston, Illinois seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, March 5-28, 2021. Up to $650 in awards will be presented. Artists may submit up to five photographic images for consideration. Theme is open, all photographic processes are welcome. Application deadline is Jan. 11, 2021. Learn more.

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art and School of Performing and Visual Arts are pleased to announce "2020: An International Juried Photography Exhibition," an online exhibition of photographs from a year like no other, 2020. Whether your photographs address social and racial injustice, the COVID-19 pandemic, community and family or your own creative quarantine, we encourage you to apply and share your personal perspective from the 2020 experience. Application deadline is Dec. 30, 2020. Learn more.

Manifest of Cincinnati, Ohio, invites visual artists to submit ceramic-based works. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract or experimental so long as the work is primarily made of, or with, ceramic. Application deadline is Jan. 4, 2021. Learn more.

IU Kokomo Downtown Gallery announces "Anxiety in a Time of Pandemic." Anxiety is a major aspect within society, only more prevalent since the beginning of COVID-19 and other current global events, such as the election and Black Lives Matter. There needs to be more societal awareness brought to the struggles that humans face with anxiety, especially during a time of limited social interaction, combined with the risk of serious illness. Artists are capable of bridging the gap of visually portraying the sometimes-overwhelming intangible feelings anxiety possesses. The exhibit aims to feature works of art expressing the impact artists have felt through this unprecedented time in society. Application deadline is Jan. 23, 2021. Learn more.