Call for Artists
The Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts Program
at Daemen College 
in collaboration with Arts Services Inc.,
Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, CEPA Gallery and Crucible Art Collective
A Celebration of Emerging Artists

EMERGENCE is a two month celebration of early career artists who have already made a professional impact in their fields. Through juried art shows, performances, lectures, and panel discussions, EMERGENCE will shine the spotlight on young and emerging artists whose work is at the cutting edge and whose early careers have already begun to make a difference in the cultural life of Western New York. Artists selected for EMERGENCE will be celebrated as the people to watch as new generations continue to shape the artistic landscape of the region.

The Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts program will award a $1,000 sponsorship to an artist selected by the jury. The jury will look at artistic merit and professional impact or potential when making its award. The award is intended to support professional development or an upcoming arts project of the artist's choosing.

Program Background & Goals

The Emergence Series will feature and promote artists who are from or living in the Western New York region. The Series will focus on artists and creatives early on in their career, within the first 10 years of their practice.

This call is intended to accept proposals for artists in various mediums and to connect them to Daemen College and the wider Western New York arts community. Selected artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work and participate in discussions, panels, and workshops related to their career as a creative and artist. The program will feature contemporary issues for early career artistic professionals focusing on starting their careers, their art practice, and working toward their professional artistic framework.

Eligibility & How to Apply

A panel of qualified arts and business professionals (including members of the Daemen College Community) will review proposals for their eligibility and appropriateness for the project.

Selected artists can find additional resources for their work from the following local arts agencies:
Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
Arts Services Inc
CEPA Gallery