SPACES provides a number of artist opportunities throughout the year. Check out our website to learn more about current and upcoming calls for artists:

The Emerging Art Workers Exhibition is set to be a group exhibition curated by SPACES' 2020 Programming Fellow Seneca Kuchar. It will feature the artwork of up to 10 emerging arts workers who will be provided a $50 honoraria.  Arts workers include those who support and participate with the art community outside of their own artistic practice. This could be interns, docents, art handlers, etc. (paid or unpaid)

Art workers support and build the art communities. It's a kind of work that is difficult to separate from other parts of one's life and often the labor of it goes overlooked. The theme of the show will focus on art workers; the other communities they belong to and support; and the communities that support and shape them.

Artists should be living in the North East Ohio region.

Important Dates:

Dec. 5 deadline for open call application

Dec. 8 Notification of Acceptance 

Dec. 13-18 work drop off

Jan. 3-23 Exhibition dates 

If you have any questions email

Local, national, and international artists are invited to apply for inclusion in SPACES public programming. We host experimental projects through supported residencies and exhibitions. We encourage projects that leverage the assets of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, including unique opportunities for display within the public realm.

SPACES offers fully supported residency and exhibition opportunities designed to foster the exchange of ideas between audiences in Northeast Ohio and artists from around the world. We invite artists, curators, and other cultural producers to articulate their investigation of ideas that may take the form of a residency and resulting exhibition, solo exhibition, curated group show, or collaborative endeavor. Please tell us what you need to support your vision.

SPACES supports cultural producers by connecting them with resources, support, and communities. SPACES provides a platform for a public presentation, staff expertise, access to art production facilities, and other exhibition-related support.

  • Artist honoraria
  • Travel to/from Cleveland
  • Shipping support
  • Housing
  • Studio space
  • Materials + production budget
  • Documentation

Introductions to curators, artists, collectors, and community members living in and visiting Cleveland’s vibrant arts world.

Artists may be invited to take part in a group exhibition or collaborative opportunity even when one was not proposed and in that case, they have the option to participate. Artists not selected in one programming year are strongly encouraged to reapply.

ELIGIBILITY This call for proposals is open to artists, curators, and cultural producers who are 21 years and older. We accept applications from creative professionals at all stages of their careers who engage experimental practices with strong conceptual foundations. Selected artists cannot be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree granting programs during the 2021 program year.

SPACES prides itself on an ADA compliant building, with space for individuals and families alike. We will work with selected artists to find a residency plan that works for them.

EVALUATION Applications are reviewed once each year. They are evaluated by a selections committee of artists, community members, board members, and SPACES staff living and working within and outside of Cleveland. The selections committee members change yearly.

Applications are scored based on compatibility with SPACES programming goals, demonstrated organizational and/or conceptual rigor, clarity of proposed methods, and quality of past work samples. Select applicants will be invited to participate in a video interview.  Finalists will be asked to confirm their availability.

PROGRAMMING OBJECTIVES SPACES is a resource and public forum for artists explore and experiment. Below are some of our programming objectives:

  • Supporting bold and timely projects, new commissions
  • Providing opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere
  • Supporting work that could not be made elsewhere
  • Considering and supporting diverse perspectives
  • Presenting work that is challenging, complicated, or not easily summarized
  • Expanding gallery viewership and/or public engagement
  • Working with artists that consider new projects, new techniques, or new directions in their practices
  • Making use of the resources, connections, and unique assets of NE Ohio

For all other questions, you may contact SPACES staff at: