Opportunities

There are many opportunities available for artists of all disciplines within our department from funding for events and artists to performance opportunities for musicians and dancers. MCAD will periodically have opportunities for people to work with the department as volunteers, docents or teaching artists. Please check back often as many of these opportunities will have deadline applications. 

Public Art Calls for artists


Allied Artist Program - Pre-Qualified Artist Pool- continuous

The City of El Paso Allied Artist Program is to provide local artists the opportunity to assist experienced artists commissioned for major projects of $125,000 or more by the Public Art Program, in order to gain the technical and administrative expertise needed to compete within the field of public art. Allied Artists are matched up with commissioned artists based on their level of experience, artistic medium and general interests. Pre-qualified artists who are chosen for a specific project will be compensated for their service as an Allied Artist. Artists must re-apply every two years.

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum of Art
The El Paso Museum of Art regularly recruits to be part of its docent program. Docents are volunteer gallery educators who lead gallery tours for various audiences, including students and adults. Potential docents should be comfortable around people of all ages, enjoy teaching, and be able to commit to leading tours for one year following training. Docents play a critical role in making the museum  welcoming and enjoyable.

EPMA provides all docents with introductory and ongoing training in art, art history, and teaching. Previous experience or knowledge of art is not necessary. For more information, please contact EPMAEducation@elpasotexas.gov.

Museum of History
The El Paso Museum of History is currently recruiting volunteer tour guides. Volunteers will help lead tours of the Museum of History. You don't need a background in history, but an interest and desire to learn more about the history of the area is desired. For more information, please contact Jaime Knoedler, Community Engagement Coordinator, at knoedlerjm@elpasotexas.gov or 915-212-3163.

DOWNTOWN ARTIST & FARMERS MARKET

Are you interested in becoming a vendor at the Downtown Art and Farmers Market? Visit the Art & Farmers Market tab for more information.

Cultural Funding Program

The application period for the FY2018 Cultural Funding Program is now closed. 

Chalk the Block 11 - October 12-14
The application period for Chalk the Block 11 will open in late summer 2018. Please watch our social media for an announcement.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
The application period for MCAD's summer concert series, Music Under the Stars, is now closed. Thank you to all the bands who applied. Selected bands will be notified early next year.

For more information about this concert series, please visit our events section. Visit the program Facebook Pages for a complete schedule and updates: Music Under the Stars

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other artist opportunities

Do you have other artist opportunities that you would like for us to share? Please email them to: 

Erin Ritter, ritteree@elpasotexas.gov

KCOS Art Auction and Juried Competition 

KCOS, El Paso’s Public Television station, will host its annual live television Art Auction on the last two weekends in April. There are five juried categories for art submission including: Local Flavor,Figurative, Still Life and Landscapes, Photography, Comtemporary and Mixed Media. There will also be a non-juried Special Collections category including works from Early El Paso artists and other special donations. Area artists of all mediums are invited to submit up to two entries each.  Local galleries are also invited to submit work from the artists they represent. Entry deadline is February 28.  Entry forms and the art auction handbook are available online at www.kcostv.org/artauction.

Downtown Traffic Boxes - Odessa, TX 

Odessa Arts is seeking applications from artists and designers interested in creating artwork for four electrical boxes along Golder Avenue. The boxes will become part of an Outdoor Gallery of Public Art, joining sixteen already completed boxes. The completed boxes will be unveiled in Spring 2018. This project will create a unique and memorable visual statement that will highlight the Public Art Program here in Odessa. We are seeking an artist or designer who will approach the boxes as a family of art works and can create a unified and artistically interesting body of work. This project will expand the original 16 traffic boxes that were commissioned in 2016. The chosen artist will be required to submit a design for four traffic utility boxes. The boxes will be wrapped with adhesive vinyl on which the art has been printed.  Deadline to apply is 5:00 pm, CST, March 10. For more information please visit PublicArtist.org - Odessa, TX

Center for Recreational Excellence - Hobbs, NM 

The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee (LSC) for the Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) in Hobbs, New Mexico seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project to be situated outside the main entrance of the recreational facility. Kinetic and light responsive projects are encouraged, especially those responding to the use of the recreational center, as well as its larger function in the City of Hobbs, and Lea County as a whole. The LSC is interested in commissioning a work that speaks to ideas of energy, movement, transformation, and community. The LSC would like the artist/artist team to consider the abundant energy sources that sustain the Lea County area. The artist/artist team should consider the viewer experiencing the artwork from inside the CORE facility as well as outside and draw people in from multiple vantage points. Artists are encouraged to explore designs inspired by interactive works and to use the work as a way to promote recreational excellence.  Deadline to apply is 5:00 pm, CST, April 16. For more information please visit PublicArtist.org - Hobbs, NM

Public Art on STEAM at University of West Florida - Pensacola, FL 

The University of West Florida announces an international call for permanent public sculptures that celebrate some aspect of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). The university is increasingly foregrounding interaction between colleges/disciplines, and the commissioned sculptures will be a visual component of these initiatives. General objectives of the project are: to highlight the potential for collaboration across disciplines; to visually (or otherwise) link the science and art buildings on campus (across the road from one another); and to stimulate thinking on transdisciplinary work. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, CST, June 30. For more information please visit PublicArtist.org - Pensacola, FL

Santa Fe Art Institue HARPO Emerging Artist Fellowship - Santa Fe, NM 

This prestigious, singular award was established in 2013 to provide an emerging visual artist with strong artistic ability and an evolving practice, the space and time to explore ideas and start new projects in a residency context at a pivotal moment in their professional development. The annual Artist Fellow receives a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a private room and bath, a semi-private studio space, and a $500 travel stipend. The semi-structured programming and unique environment at SFAI allows the Artist Fellow to be as interactive or private as they wish with other residents. This award is open to self-defined under-recognized visual artists over the age of 25 and not enrolled in a degree program at the time of the application deadline. Applications are due by November 1.  For more information please visit https://sfai.org/residencies/fellowships/


Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project - Washington 

The City of Shoreline, Washington, seeks an experienced U.S.-based artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99). Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line. Proposals that include solar panels, sound, kinetic, or interactive elements, projections, water features, time-based components, landscaping / earthworks, or light elements are especially welcome as a reflection of the city’s environmental ethic. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, CST, January 31, 2018. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArtist.org - Shoreline, WA.

Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project - Washington 

The City of Shoreline, Washington, seeks an experienced U.S.-based artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99). Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line. Proposals that include solar panels, sound, kinetic, or interactive elements, projections, water features, time-based components, landscaping / earthworks, or light elements are especially welcome as a reflection of the city’s environmental ethic. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, CST, January 31, 2018. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArtist.org - Shoreline, WA.