May 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

“Easy Way Out” (2021) by Rustam QBic

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.


Open Calls

Backroads: The Art Less-Travelled at Vestige Concept Gallery
This open call from Pittsburgh’s Vestige Concept Gallery seeks artworks that venture off the beaten path, especially with regard to travel, and is open to artists in the U.S. and Canada. Projects could include hidden gems, special or unusual spots, wanderings, odd travel, strange encounters, and or “lost” and fading places. The $25 application fee includes two submissions.
Deadline: May 22, 2021.


Residencies & Grants

The Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities
This unrestricted grant gives $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. It’s open to visual, media, music, performing, and literary artists who live in New York City.
Opens: May 4, 2021.

21c Artadia Award
The inaugural 21c Artadia Award launches in Louisville, Kentucky, this month and will provide $10,000 in unrestricted funds to one artist living and working in the creative communities where 21c Museum Hotels are located.
Opens: May 15, 2021.

WIRED Resilience Residency
The WIRED Resilience Residency is designed for non-journalists to tell the most powerful and urgent stories from their fields and to start new conversations through written features, photo essays, data visualizations, podcasts, videos, social media experiments, and other mediums. The residency starts in June and runs for six months.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. PST on May 16, 2021.

Coney Family Fund
The Coney Family Fund will award two $5,000 grants to Chicago-based visual artists who identify as Black or African-American and are committed to sustainable studio practices and artistic career development. There is a $12 application fee.
Deadline: May 17, 2021.

Esalen Artist in Residence
Esalen Institute will bring three artists—writers, performers, visual artists, filmmakers, podcasters, activists, organizers, and ​philosophers, sociologists, and other types of social workers are encouraged to apply—to its Big Sur campus for a four-week period between June and September.
Deadline: May 17, 2021.

Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant
In its 2020 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant awarded a total of $675,000 to 22 writers. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing. Find more in the 2021 Application Guide.
Deadline: May 19, 2021.

The Farm Margaret River Funded Residency
Open to Western Australians working across disciplines, this residency grants one recipient $5,000 for research, creative development, and collaborations that are reflective of their time spent at the property. The artist will be announced in July 2021, with the residency scheduled to run for five to eight weeks between October and December.
Deadline: 5 p.m. AWST on May 28, 2021.

2022 AIRIE Residency
The Artists in Residence in Everglades is asking residents to engage with this question: how can we make the outdoors a space of belonging? Open to international applications across disciplines, AIRIE Fellows receive a $4,000 grant and up to a month-long stay in the Everglades. The application fee is $10.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on June 1, 2021.

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