Artist Opportunities Close Shave

January 18th, 2017

What’s a few nicks and bumps. Get up and go get ’em!

MCC Artist Fellowships: Music Composition, Film & Video, Photography  The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Artist Fellowships are competitive, anonymously judged grants of $12,000 and finalist awards of $1,000 for Massachusetts artists only, based on the artistic quality and creative ability of the original art work submitted. Learn more.
Deadline: January 23, 2017

Film & Video The LEF Moving Image Fund is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for Production and Post-Production Grants! Learn more.
Deadline: January 27, 2017

Photographers The Vermont Center for Photography is seeking submissions for its Open Juried Exhibition with juror Karen Hass who will be selecting 40 photographs to be displayed in VCP’s gallery March 3 – April 2, 2017 and in a limited edition exhibition catalog. All photographers are welcome to submit up to 5 images each with any theme or subject matter. Entry fee is $30 ($20 for members) for each submitting artist. Learn more.
Deadline: January 28, 2017  (5pm)

Choreographers The NEFA’s New England Dance Fund awards catalytic grants from $500-$1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. The fund aims to strengthen the dance sector in the New England region. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Emerging Curators Initiative The Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, GA, announces its annual call for exhibition proposals from emerging curators in the field of contemporary art.The Emerging Curator(s) will receive a $1,500 fee and an exhibition budget of $7,500 for the 2016-2018 cycle. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency The Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are providing an opportunity for established visual artists to pursue their work amidst history and nature on the Chilkoot Trail in Skagway, AK. Artists will hike the entire trail during a two week backpacking trip, spending one to three days at each campsite. Artists will also receive up to $100 USD support for purchasing necessary art supplies and a $1,000 CAD honorarium. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Call for Art Art Studio 99 is curating bi-monthly exhibits at the BNN Neighborhood Art Gallery. This is an exciting space as the art is in exhibit on the walls between Studio A and Studio B where hundreds of people pass by to produce or be guests on multiple television shows. The exhibit is also promoted as a digital gallery on both BNN Community TV and News and Info channels in between programming 24/7. Promotion involves a flyer, web site and heavy social media. The artists are welcome to attend an opening reception that is coordinated with a live TV program called It’s All About Arts. The next show’s theme is For the Beauty of Flowers. Paintings, prints, photographs, and mixed media are accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: February 4, 2017

Call for Art The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, is currently accepting entries for the show, Freedom of Expression: A National Juried Exhibition (March 10 – May 14, 2017). 2D and 3D work in all media, and videos. All work must be original and created in the last 3 years. Reprints or work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be accepted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware and any technical equipment needed for presentation. This exhibition will be held at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, in conjunction with ArtsWeek Boston, and ArtSpring Cape Cod,* April 27 – May 7, 2017. Its theme is drawn from the inspiration of Tom Stoppard’s play, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favor,’ that critiques the Soviet Union’s policy of declaring political dissent as a form of mental illness that is cause for loss of freedom and commitment to an institution. This broad theme assumes that free expression can be a doorway to creativity, and that it can take many forms, literally and figuratively. Great art can move us by communicating through explicit messages, beautiful forms, textures, and colors, through abstract concepts, or through any combination of these attributes. But the greatest challenge with any response to a theme is that the individual piece must exist as a work of art beyond any message or agenda. Learn more.
Deadline: February 5, 2017

Call for Artists The Biennial Project is overjoyed to make known an open call to artists worldwide for ArtVenice Biennale 4- an online-juried competition and large screen digital presentation being held at Venice, Italy during the Opening/Press Week of The Venice Biennale 57! The Biennial Project is an artists’ collaborative whose goal is to explore the nature and understand the perception of biennials within the art world and, in so doing, to develop a collective body of work that will be exhibited in as many biennials as possible – especially the really cool ones. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Creative Writing Fellowships The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. This year, the program accepts prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) applications. Even years, the program accepts poetry. Learn more.
Deadline: March 8, 2017

Call for Proposals Cambridge Arts has announced a call for proposals for “FLOW: A Grant Program for the Port”. They calling all individuals, collaborative groups, organizations, artists, businesses, youth, or schools who have an idea for a community-building public project for The Port neighborhood that places the arts in a central role. The City of Cambridge will grant a total of $300,000 which will be distributed over multiple projects. Proposals will be accepted in the following funding categories: $1–20,000, $20,000–50,000, and $50,000–150,000. For questions, contact Lillian Hsu, Director of Public Art and Exhibitions, lhsu@cambridgema.gov; 617-349-4389. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Film, Video The Arlington Film Festival is currently accepting entries. AIFF screens both national and international features and shorts with a focus on fostering appreciation for different cultures through independent film. Feature films: narrative and documentary (46 min or longer). Short films: narrative, documentary, animation and experimental (45 min or less)Film must not be available for video or internet distribution prior to October 27, 2016. Film must be in original language with English subtitles. Film production must have been completed within the last two years. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2017

 

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Abuzz with Artist Opportunities

January 10th, 2017

Bee serious about your art and comb through these opportunities.

Call for Art Registration and artwork drop off for the Duxbury Art Association’s Winter Juried Show is Thursday, January 12th 5-8pm pm and Friday, January 13, 2017 from 10am-4pm at the Lobby of the Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George St in Duxbury. Learn more.

Photographers, Critics, Curators, Scholars The Center for Photography at Woodstock Artist-In-Residence Program in Woodstock, NY, is currently accepting applications. WOODSTOCK AIR is open to artists and critics/scholars/curators of color working in photography and related media who currently reside in the United States. Residents are provided with workspace, critical and technical support, housing, stipends for food and travel, and honoraria. Learn more.
Deadline: January 16, 2017

Photography, Video The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery in Boston is seeking all genres of photography for the upcoming exhibition The Uncertainty Principle, curated by Renée Ricciardi (MCC Photography Finalist ’15). The Uncertainty Principle will feature emerging photographers in the Boston & New England areas. Mediums considered: Photography, Video, .GIFS, Photobooks, Photo-sculpture. Artists must Photo/Video Graduate students completing their studies in a New England area college. Submitting work is free. Learn more.
Deadline: January 20, 2017

Call to Artists The exhibition A Call to Nature explores the concept of nature, how it is valued, and why people chose to collect from and document the outdoors. At Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, this mini-exhibit mirrors 16th-century Curiosity Cabinets, where a rainbow assortment of specimens were displayed in ornate rooms for personal enjoyment and wonder. Submit 3-5 images of objects you’ve collected, framed photographs, or artworks with artist name, dimensions and material list to acalltonature@gmail.com. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Belmont Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Learn more.
Deadline: January 25, 2017

Artist Residency I-Park, dedicated to nurturing artists and the creative process, is currently accepting applications for the 2017 General Residency Program season. Artists working in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply: visual arts, creative writing, architecture, music composition/sound art, moving image and landscape/garden/ecological design. Located within an inspiring 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, CT (USA), I-Park will be awarding 40 fully-funded residencies between June and November. Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2017

Female Idenitfied Artists The Providence Art Club invites female artists to submit their strongest two and three-dimensional work in any media to the Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition Making Your Mark. This exhibition is the concluding event in a three-month long series celebrating the Art Club’s unique founding as the first such organization to be co-founded by men and women. In 1880 six women and ten men signed the founding documents of the Providence Art Club. One hundred and thirty six years later the Club proudly continues its mission to promote “art culture”. Annually, the Club hosts an open juried show to provide non-members with an opportunity to exhibit in our Maxwell Mays Gallery, which hosted its first Art Club exhibition in 1885. Making Your Mark will celebrate the achievements of contemporary female artists, thus honoring the women so integral to the founding of this unique organization. Thirteen (13) prizes totaling over $5,000 in awards. Best in Show prize of $1,500. Eligibility: Open to artists who identify as female working in the United States. The juror is Kathryn Wat, Chief Curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Go to www.callforentry.org to apply to this exhibition.
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Call for Art, Literature Literary works and art work entries are currently being accepted to be printed in the first issue of The Cantabrigian. The Cantabrigian is a literary magazine based in Cambridge, MA. It was founded to promote the works of emerging writers. Their readers can expect that every issue contains the work, selected through our open submission process, that they will find the most stylistically exciting, relevant, and above all original. They also seek to establish a collective of writers whose work they find exceptional and build a network of professional relationships that provides the modern author with resources beyond the old guard of the traditional publishing world. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Artist Residency The Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week artists residency to four artists each summer. The residency supports a diverse group of artists, providing time and space for established and emerging artists to develop their work. Artists must not be currently enrolled in any academic program. Residency is from mid June to mid August 2015. Artists will receive a stipend of $1000 dollars and reimbursement for travel and visa up to an additional $1000. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1,  2017

Call to Artists The Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams, is inviting professional artists working in any media to submit to its spring juried exhibition inDIVISIBLE. This exhibition will explore themes of democracy and the American electoral system. They are looking for works that are reflective of your thoughts, experiences, and reactions to the political events of the past ten months and the impact these events have had on you personally, professionally, socially, philosophically, and/or culturally. All local, regional, and national artists are welcome to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: February 3, 2017 (11:59pm)

Call to Artists Registration is now open for artists to participate in the West Medford Open Studios (WMOS), an annual two-day arts festival located in West Medford, MA. Free events include food tastings, pottery throwing demonstrations, readings, and live music performances. WMOS is one of the few walkable Boston-area open studios, with plenty of free parking and easy access to the commuter rail and bus lines. Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th from noon-5pm. Learn more.
Registration Deadline: February 5, 2017

Call for Art Unbound Visual Arts, a non-profit based in Allston-Brighton, is seeking art for its upcoming “Women in Business and Labor” curated exhibit
on the work roles of women. Learn more.
Deadline: February 8, 2017

Call for Artists Gallery1581 in Brookline, invites artists, at any age, emerging and established, to submit artwork to their exhibition Picture Social Justice and Human Rights, opening Friday, March 3, 2017. Their goal with this show is to promote and contribute to a collective vision of social justice and human rights expressed in visual art. Learn more.
Deadline February 10, 2017

Call for Craft Artists The Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen, one of the oldest craft guilds in New England, will hold its 65th Annual Craft Fair August 8,9, & 10 in Brewster, MA. A jury for new members takes place in February. Members must be a resident of Cape Cod, the Islands,the South Shore or south coast of Massachusetts. Learn more.
Deadline: February 13, 2017

GrubStreet Emerging Writer Fellowship GrubStreet, one of the leading creating writing centers in the nation, is offering the Emerging Writer Fellowship. The Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing one writer per year tuition-free access to GrubStreet’s classes, as well as its Muse and the Marketplace conference on the craft and business of writing. Over the course of one year, the Emerging Writer Fellow will attend a combination of seminars and multi-week courses of their choosing, bookended by attendance at both the 2017 and the 2018 Muse and the Marketplace conference, in order to enhance their understanding of craft and the publishing industry. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Creative Access: Residencies for Visual Artists & Writers with Spinal Cord Injury The Creative Access Fellowships Program – in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities – will expand to include 12 residency stays at four host sites: Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), PLAYA (Summerlake, OR), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), selected for their accessible facilities, innovative programming, and reputations for excellence. Creative Access offers artists with SCI the rare opportunity for concentrated time dedicated to their creative practice in a supportive residency community. Twelve awardees will receive the invaluable opportunity of a 2-8 week residency at one of the four host sites, including room and board, a $1000 stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2017 (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time)

Image credit: Video of Renée Ricciardi by Bearwalk.

 

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Fellows Notes – Jan 17

January 9th, 2017

Each month, we share the news and honors of Artist Fellows & Finalists. Here’s the newest, in this new month of the new year.

Cover art for BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017)

Regie Gibson, Letta Neely, Monica Raymond, and David Valdes Greenwood are among the artists whose work will be performed at Pinning Our Hopes, an evening of poems and scenes exploring the years ahead under the new president. The show, which is curated by David Valdes Greenwood, has two performances (1/14, 4 PM and 8 PM) and is free/donation-based.

Marky Kauffmann and Rania Matar both have photography in Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School (opening reception 1/18, 7 PM). Marky Kauffmann curated the exhibition.

Kenji Nakayama and Ben Sloat are among the artists in the exhibition All That Glitters Is Not Gold at Drive-by Projects (1/28-3/11, reception 1/28, 4-6 PM).

Rachel Perry, Joe Wardwell, and Deb Todd Wheeler are among the artists exhibiting in Loud and Clear at Miller Yezerski Gallery (1/6-2/7).

Daniela Rivera and Evelyn Rydz are both exhibiting in latinx@mericañaza at Samson Projects.

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Kati Agócs had the U.S. premiere of her string quarter Tantric Variations, performed by the Cecilia String Quartet on Stradivari instruments, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in December.

Alexandra Anthony has a one-week theatrical run of her film Lost in the Bewilderness in Athens, Greece (1/12-1/18) at the Alkyonis Art Cinema. National Greek TV (ERT) will broadcast the film 1/15. The film’s December premiere in Greece received press attention in Madame Figaro and THETOC.gr.

Carrie Bennett has poetry in Issue 30 of jubilat.

Steven Bogart has a staged reading of his play Rehearsal at First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist (1/24, 7 PM).

David Bookbinder has recently published two books: 52 (more) Flower Mandalas (an adult coloring book collaboration with Mary O’Malley) and Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.

Rebecca Doughty has a new picture book, Before You, which will have a book launch event at Joie de Vivre in Cambridge (1/15, 4-6 PM).

Michael Dowling co-wrote the feature film Brave New Jersey, and it’s screening at the Berkshire Film Festival (1/12, 6 PM reception, 7 PM screening, q&a to follow).

Samantha Fields has a performative sculptural installation in the exhibition Is this Something at the Lasell College Wedeman Gallery (1/24-2/11, reception 1/29, 4-6 PM). Next summer, she will be Artist-in-Residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin.

Sean Greene has a solo exhibition, Impulse Control, at the Williston Northampton School Grubbs Gallery (thru 1/30, reception 1/14, 1 PM).

Carrie Gustafson is exhibiting in the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair (1/18-1/22).

Michael Hoerman‘s poems “Disoriented Fascination,” “The God-box Killer,” and “The B-side of Stuxnet,” published in Eureka Literary Magazine, were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Eric Hofbauer‘s album Three Places in New England (with The Eric Hofbauer Quintet) was named one of the Boston Globe’s Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2016.

Joel Janowitz has a solo exhibition, Protected Trees, presented by Cambridge Arts at Gallery 344 (1/23-4/7, reception 1/30, 6-8 PM).

Niho Kozuru is among the artists in Plastic Imagination Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 1/15).

Scott Listfield is exhibiting in Supersonic Invitational (New York City), Platinum Blend 3 at Modern Eden Gallery (San Francisco), BRINK at Antler Gallery (Portland), and a Rick and Morty-themed exhibition at Gallery 1988 in LA.

Caitlin McCarthy is included in the book The Top 100 Indie Writers in the World.

Nathalie Miebach is in the group show Weather or Not, That Is the Question at the Children’s Museum of New York City (1/16-5/23). She’s also exhibiting in Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archeology (1/27-5/14).

Anna Ross has a poem, Back Porch Aubade, published on Harvard Review Online.

Evelyn Rydz‘s exhibition Floating Artifacts is at Tufts University Art Gallery (1/24-5/21, opening reception 1/26, 5-7:30 PM). As mentioned above, she’s also exhibiting in latinx@mericañaza at Samson Projects.

Jenine Shereos has a solo show of new work, Thaw, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston (1/14-3/8, reception 2/25, 5-7 PM).

Karen Skolfield won the Jeffrey Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry at Missouri Review.

Shubha Sunder wrote about the writing workshop experience for the Grub Street’s GrubWrites blog.

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Image: cover art for BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017).

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Volley of Artist Opportunities

December 20th, 2016

Call for Art The Golden Thread Gallery in West Hartford, CT, is currently accepting entries for the exhibition Contours & Configurations. All mediums accepted. All work must be original to the artist. Giclee’s are welcomed but must be clearly marked as such. Learn more.
Deadline: January 6, 2017

Call to Artists Artscape Gallery in West Concord, MA invites artists to “steal” from a Picasso, interpret his image and turn it into their own using any medium for their exhibition Good artists copy, great artists steal. Show dates: January 20-March 17, 2017, reception January 20th. All sales transactions handled by artist, no commission taken. $10 hanging fee per accepted artist, free for students. Email submission images including Picasso reference to artscapeshow@gmail.com. Awards: Pitch Black Editions is offering gift certificates to top 3 entries of this juried exhibition.
Deadline: January 9, 2017

Videos, Animations, Computer Generated Work  Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority are issuing a call for proposals for their 21st Round of Art on the Marquee at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. They are seeking 30 second videos, animations or computer generated work that use the entire Marquee in creative ways. Eligibility is limited to artists and artist teams who reside in Massachusetts. Selection of work is based foremost upon artistic excellence. We are particularly interested in works that push the limits of the 7 screens as a display platform while also creating dynamic engaging content for the public. View past projects here and learn more.
Deadline: January 18, 2017 (midnight)

MCC Artist Fellowships The Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships applications are now available for Film & Video, Music Composition and Photography. Learn more.
Deadline: January 23, 2017 (11:59 pm)

Call for Art The Brookline Arts Center invites artists who reside in the United States to submit work that explores origin, displacement and the influence of the past on the future opportunity to submit their work for the exhibition Up/Rooted. Juror is María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Learn more.
Deadline: January 27, 2017 (11:59pm)

Abstract Art This call is for a thematic exhibition dedicated to abstract art. The exhibition NEOTERIC ABSTRACT V will be held at the Limner Gallery, April 6 – 30, 2017 and is open to all forms of abstraction, from the geometric to the lyrical, from the precise to the raw. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Image credit: Vintage Photographs Animated by Nicolas Monterrat

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Apply Now for an Artist Fellowship in Film & Video, Music Composition, & Photography

December 19th, 2016

Image: THE LIGHT UNDER THE DOOR by TSAR FEDORSKY

We’re excited to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council is now accepting 2017 Artist Fellowship applications in the categories of Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography. Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017.

The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged, competitive grants of $12,000 and finalist awards of $1,000, in recognition of artistic excellence.

Who should apply for an Artist Fellowship? Massachusetts artists creating original work who meet eligibility requirements (see guidelines) are encouraged to apply. Read our tips on applying for an MCC Artist Fellowship.

We know artists work in ways that are not always easily categorized. If you have any questions where your work might best fit in the program, don’t hesitate to ask us.

 


Play an excerpt from VESSEL by Kati Agócs (Music Composition Fellow ’15)

 

There are two deadlines per fiscal year, divided by discipline, and this is the second deadline. Applications in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres were accepted earlier in 2016, with a October 3, 2016 deadline. Grant results in those categories will be announced by February 2017.

Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

Allison Cekala, still image from FUNDIR (2014)

Still image from MY HEART SWIMS IN BLOOD by John Gianvito (Film & Video Fellow '15)

 

Images and media: Tsar Fedorsky (Photography Fellow ’15), from the series THE LIGHT UNDER THE DOOR (2013), silver gelatin 15×15 in; excerpt from THE VESSEL by Kati Agócs (Music Composition Fellow ’15); still image from FUNDIR (2014) by Allison Cekala (Film & Video Fellow ’15); still image from MY HEART SWIMS IN BLOOD by John Gianvito (Film & Video Fellow ’15).

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Muscle Into Artist Opportunities

December 13th, 2016

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Boston Artist Opportunity Fund This grant aims to support individual artists in activities that continue their education and skill building, or helps them share their work or teach others. Additionally, teachers may use this fund for field trips. Eligibility: An artist living or working in the City of Boston (preference will be given to Boston residents); a teacher at a school located in Boston; a teaching artist offering workshops in a Boston Public Library, BCYF Center, senior housing or senior center, or non-profit social service agency. Current Boston Artists in Residence and City of Boston Artist Fellows are not eligible to apply. Applicants may request up to $1,000. $10,000 will be available per month until it runs out. Learn more.

Bass River Press Cover Art Competition Bass River Press will accept only original artwork. All media are accepted, including painting, drawing, photography, and photographs of three-dimensional work. Submissions may be pulled from an artist’s existing collection, as long as the reflect Auslander’s poetry; existing work and artwork created in response to the poetry will be judged equally. Multiple submissions are accepted, but must be accompanied by a separate entry fee for each submission. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Call for Art Hera Gallery is seeking artwork to be part of an intersectional exploration of contemporary feminism’s role in opposition to the current cultural and political climate. They are interested exhibiting all manifestations of feminist art from makers of all races, genders, and sexual orientations. All media including performance and installation will be accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: January 4th, 2017

Call for Art Rocky Neck Art Colony and Backyard Growers partner to offer FRESH, an artists’ exhibition and series of programs focused on fresh foods and their origins. The exhibition FRESH, will be a six-week exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. They are seeking a mix of contemporary, experimental, and traditional works of art. All media are welcome including painting, photography, prints, pastels, assemblage, small sculpture, and mixed media. This theme is inspired by our partnership with Backyard Growers. Backyard Growers is a grassroots organization helping to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. They provide support and resources to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. Their mission is to create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food. Submissions are online, via https://client.smarterentry.com/rnac
Deadline: January 15, 2017 (11:59 PM)

Photographers The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is now accepting entries for their online photography exhibition called Set in Motion. Pockets of time that become irreplaceable, we do our best to preserve that instance of change through photography. We can visualize motion in new ways by manipulating the speed of the shutter. Our eye can suddenly see a droplet of water suspended in time or a bullet slicing through an apple. Long shutter speeds capture the distorted blur of a waterfall or even drawing with light at night. Taking it slow or speeding it up, the shutter speed is up to you. Motion Photography, any and all methods of capture and process are welcome. Learn more.
Deadline: January 20, 2017 (11:59pm)

US-Japan Creative Arts Fellowship If you are an artist who wants to study in Japan, you can apply for a US-Japan Creative Arts Fellowship. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Sculptors The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, VT, is accepting applications for one and/or two person exhibits at the on-site gallery for the 2017 season. Shows are 1-2 months in duration. Proposals should include 10-15 images of artwork (in digital format on CD), résumé/CV, an artist statement and an SASE for the return of materials, if desired. Submissions should be addressed to the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777. For inquiries, contact 802-438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org.
Deadline: March 20, 2017

Image credit: from Food and Nutrition, by Encyclopedia Britannica Films. On Okkult Motion Pictures.

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Picture of Good Health Artist Opportunities

December 6th, 2016

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Hold that pose. ArtSake readers look fabulous.

Are you in need health insurance? The good news is that the open enrollment period is happening right now in MA. Learn more from the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition about Massachusetts health insurance coverage.

Call for Cape Cod Artists The Artist Cottages at Orleans Market Square, a sales and studio venue located in Orleans on Cape Cod, in a park-like art filled setting, is seeking artists and artisans inspired by the beauty of Cape Cod and its arts traditions. Applications are now being accepted for Weekends during the Spring and Fall Shoulder Seasons as well as Weeks in the Summer, 2017. They are seeking high quality work in all media. All work must be hand made or hand crafted. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Artists will be juried and selections made on a rolling basis, until all available slots are filled. Learn more.

Lawrence-Affiliated Artists Lawrence CommunityWorks, a community development organization based in Lawrence, MA is accepting submissions for a Call for Lawrence-affiliated Artists (those who work(ed), live(d), or have close ties to the City) to create site-specific installations for our new affordable housing mill redevelopment: the Duck Mill. Artists of any age, medium, and experience level are invited to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: December 12, 2016

Poetry Ambassadors Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge are seeking Poetry Ambassadors to develop programs highlighting the rich diversity of literary arts happening in the City. The goal of the Cambridge Arts Poetry program is to create opportunities for the Cambridge community to engage with and promote poetry from diverse backgrounds & styles. Learn how to submit a proposal.
Deadline: December 15, 2016

Call for Presenters Are you a talented Massachusetts educator with a big idea, creative solution, or innovative classroom practice that you think is worth sharing? The Boston Foundation is seeking to offer up to five outstanding educators the opportunity to share their ideas with a large audience of local education and civic leaders at the Boston EdTalks event on May 4, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: January 17, 2016 (8:00 am)

Call to Female Artists The Providence Art Club invites female artists to submit their strongest two and three-dimensional work in any media to the Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition Making Your Mark. This exhibition is the concluding event in a three-month long series celebrating the Art Club’s unique founding as the first such organization to be co-founded by men and women. In 1880 six women and ten men signed the founding documents of the Providence Art Club. One hundred and thirty six years later the Club proudly continues its mission to promote art culture. Annually, the Club hosts an open juried show to provide non-members with an opportunity to exhibit in our Maxwell Mays Gallery, which hosted its first Art Club exhibition in 1885. Making Your Mark will celebrate the achievements of contemporary female artists, thus honoring the women so integral to the founding of this unique organization.  Awards: Thirteen (13) prizes totaling over $5,000 in awards. Best in Show prize of $1,000. Open to artists who identify as female working in the United States. Visit callforentry.org to apply to this exhibition.
Deadline: January 31, 2016

Artists, Writers The Matador Review is seeking submissions for their Spring 2017 publication. The Matador Review is an alternative art and literature magazine based in Chicago, IL. They are accepting submissions for the Spring 2017 publication through February 28. They publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Learn more.

 

 

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How Do You Approach Art-making During Times of Emotional Distress?

December 6th, 2016

Recently, WBUR had a story about how events out of our control – such as the recent election – create stress and internal turmoil that can disrupt all aspects of our lives.

For artists creating (or trying to create) new work, this can mean a serious disruption of their art-making process. We asked artists, How do you approach art-making during times of emotional distress?

Jodie Mim Goodnough, NORTHAMPTON STATE HOSPITAL (2015) from the PROSPECT project, Three Inkjet Prints on Cotton Lawn, 36x78 in

Jodie Mim Goodnough, multidisciplinary artist
My work for years has been about emotional distress, both mild and pathological, and the coping mechanisms we use to self-soothe, so you’d think I’d have all the tools I need. Based on the research for my recent work, what I should be doing is going for long walks in the woods and taking deep breaths of forest air. What I’m actually doing, however, is sitting on the couch reading about how much better I would feel if I went for a walk in the woods.

But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that you can’t beat yourself up for slowing down occasionally – it only compounds the misery. When I don’t have it in me to hit the studio I do small things in the direction of productivity. I research and I plan for future projects. And I look for non-art tasks that feel productive as well, like studying Spanish. I’m currently living in Providence, which has a large Latino population. I feel like I need to find ways to better connect with people in my community right now, and learning another language, even at a basic level, will help me do that.

Jessica Reik, writer
There are always emotions. Some of them are more uncomfortable for me to be with than others. Some, like elation, feel really good but interfere with my ability to write – elation wants the external and so I’m out doing, not home writing! Fear, sadness, insecurity, they pose different challenges. Seeming bottomless (they never are), they threaten to take over the executive self and with it, all those evolved capacities of the human brain – like perspective – I rely on to write.

I like to sit with a difficult emotion and feel where it’s lodged in my body, then find out what’s underneath. Take fear (often in my lower abdomen). Fundamentally, it’s a lack of basic safety, so I look for that safety in tangible ways and identify what is trustworthy and supportive — my bones, my breath, the chair I’m sitting in. Simple stuff. I like to give structure for the emotion, a house I’ve built for it to roam around in, because the emotion itself isn’t the problem, it’s my reaction to it.

Always, in the end, I find myself in the same place at the end of this process — back to the work. My writing comes out of those very same vulnerable places where sadness takes root — where all emotions do — and yet is also one of the sources of stability that gets me through.

Michael Joseph, photographer
In times of emotional stress, not only making art, but also viewing art can provide a much-needed emotional release. Often my most productive periods are when I feel a need to disconnect with my own internal stressors and reconnect with life that is happening around me. Grabbing my camera and going for a walk breaks up a physically sedentary day but also an emotionally clouded one.

Street photography is unique in that it allows the artist to be present with the world in a way that working in a studio cannot. It shifts our role from being a participant to being an observer. Working on the street has a unique duality: the sometimes frustrating challenge of dealing with the unforeseen but also the excitement and reward of capturing the serendipitous. Events out of our control and uncertainty therefore become positives. By paying close attention to unpredictable actions and emotions of others in fluid environments, we are forced to focus less on our own internal thoughts to capture external narratives in real time.

I always saw the camera as a powerful tool of connection. Making street portraits of strangers whose personalities and places in the world are different from my own, forces me to engage with others and learn from them. It presents the challenge of making their unique, internal story come to the surface through a portrait. There is no time for subjects to look in the mirror, change clothes, fix hair or put on make-up, and I can’t ask the sun to change or the clouds to move… I am forced to make art from what is before me. And in that reality, I make my most powerful work.

Michael Joseph, SOPHIE (2013), archival pigment print, 16x16 in

 

Jodie Mim Goodnough is a Providence, Rhode Island-based artist whose work revolves around the use of images in psychology and psychiatry, and includes photography, sculpture, performance, video and sound. Recently, she received a 2017 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Photography and was named a 2017 Traveling Fellow by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Her work will exhibit in Building a Lineage at Piano Craft Gallery in Boston, January 2017.

Michael Joseph is a street and street portrait photographer. His “Lost and Found” series, which has been featured on CNN, will be included in the December 8 slide presentation night (Dec 8, 6:30 PM) to complement IDENTITY: The List Portraits at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Recently honored in PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass 2016 Top 50 list, he’ll have work in the accompanying exhibition (Apr 7-May 2 at the Artwork Network Gallery Space in Denver). He has an article coming out in the December issue of the Czech Republic magazine CILICHILI. Find him on Instagram and Facebook.

Writer Jessica Reik was awarded a fellowship position in Grub Street’s Memoir Incubator Program, where she worked on the memoir The Fathom-Long Body. Recently, she received a fellowship to attend a Ucross Foundation residency and was named a finalist in StoryQuarterly Non Fiction Prize. On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 7 PM, she’ll read her work in an event featuring MCC literary awardees.

Images: Jodie Mim Goodnough, NORTHAMPTON STATE HOSPITAL (2015) from the PROSPECT project, three Inkjet Prints on cotton lawn, 36×78 in; Michael Joseph, SOPHIE (2013), archival pigment print, 16×16 in.

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Fellows Notes – Dec 16

December 1st, 2016

Here’s a December-ific roundup of the latest news from MCC’s Artist Fellows/Finalists.

Kelly Popoff, BARRICADE (2015), oil on canvas, 63x88 in

Laura Baring-Gould, Niho Kozuru, and Gretchen Romey-Tanzer are all exhibiting in CraftBoston Holiday (12/2-12/4) at Hynes Convention Center.

David Bookbinder and Mary O’Malley have collaborated on the adult coloring book 52 (more) Flower Mandalas. Mary converted David’s “flower mandala” photographs into illustrations, to color for inspiration and stress relief.

Ryan P. Casey, Wendy Jehlen, and Candice Salyers have all received funding in the inaugural cycle of NEFA’s New England Dance Fund.

Sean Downey, Cristi Rinklin, Joe Wardwell are exhibiting in Irregular Landscapes (thru 2/22, opening reception 12/8, 6-8 PM) at the Hynes Convention Center.

Nicole Duennebier, Asia Kepka, Rachel Mello, Mary O’Malley, and Nina Wishnok are all exhibiting in Plenty at 13 Forest Gallery (thru 1/14).

Warner Friedman, Janet Rickus, and Dawn Southworth at SCOPE Miami Beach with Clark Gallery (12/1-12/4).

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Sophia Ainslie is participating in Vernon Street Open Studios (12/3-12/4). She also has work in Holiday Smalls at Gallery NAGA (12/17). Recently, she completed a commissioned mural for the lobby of Enso Flats in Brockton.

Alexandra Anthony will attend the official Athens, Greece premiere of her film Lost in the Bewilderness (12,15, 7:30 PM, Alkyonis New Star Cinema). Read about the event.

Robert Beavers is among the artists in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.

Ben Berman will have a new book of poems, Figuring in the Figure, coming out from Able Muse Press, March 2017 (now available for pre-order).

Cree Bruins has a solo show, Drawn to Light, at Kingston Gallery (thru 1/1).

Caleb Cole‘s photography exhibition Other People’s Clothes is at the Mayor’s Art Gallery of Boston City Hall (thru 12/9). He’s also exhibiting in Fertile Solitude at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery (thru 12/18).

Mary Jane Doherty has two upcoming screenings: her dance documentary Secundaria screens at Prince Theater in Philadelphia (12/14, 7 PM), hosted by the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philadelphia Film Society. Her film Primaria has its Latin American premiere at La Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine LatinoAmericano in Havana, Cuba (12/16, 5:30 PM).

Amy Dryansky reads at Blacksmith House (with Paul Breslin, 12/12, 8 PM), as part of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series.

Congratulations to Janet Echelman, who recently won a fellowship from United States Artists.

Christy Georg has work in the group exhibition Breaking the Block at the Santa Fe Convention Center Community Gallery (12/16-3/2, reception 12/16, 5-7 PM). She is also featured at the New Mexico Museum of Art in the Alcoves series: small one-person exhibitions featuring contemporary artists working in New Mexico (12/9-1/29, reception 12/11, 10:30 AM-12 PM).

Asia Kepka has a booksigning at 13 Forest Gallery (12/8, 6-8 PM) for the book Horace and Agnes: A Love Story, along with co-creator Lynn Dowling.

Jesse Kreitzer has received the James Goldstone Award for Emerging Vermont Filmmaker from the Vermont International Film Foundation, with an awards ceremony 12/15, 7 PM, at the Main Street Landing Film House.

Scott Listfield has work in SCOPE Miami Beach, through Thinkspace Gallery (11/29-12/4).

Rania Matar is exhibiting at PULSE Miami Beach with Pictura Gallery (12/1-12/4).

Rachel Mello has a solo show, That Space Between Flying and Falling, at Laconia Gallery (thru 12/18, artist talk 12/2, 6:30-7 PM).

Kelly Popoff has a solo show, O Children at Herter Art Gallery at UMass Amherst (thru 12/16).

Monica Raymond is part of the first Artists’ Lab at Studio 550 in Cambridge, which is having an end-of-lab open (12/7, 10 AM-1 PM) at 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge.

Jendi Reiter‘s short story “Taking Down the Pear Tree” won the 2016 New Letters Prize for Fiction from the literary journal of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Susan Rivo‘s documentary Left on Pearl was accepted at the Black Maria Film Festival, with the additional honor of receiving a Director’s Choice Award.

Kay Ruane has an exhibition, Two Drawings, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (thru 12/23, artist reception 12/2, 5-8 PM).

Karl Stevens has a weekly comic strip, Penny, in The Village Voice.

Sarah Wentworth has a solo show of performed photos of Fishline Creature at the St Botolph Club (12/7-1/13, opening reception 12/7, 5:30-7 PM). Also, her work has been included in White Columns’ Artist Registry.

Michael Zelehoski has a solo show, Surface Tension, at Mackin Projects (12/10-1/7, opening reception 12/11, 6-8 PM).

Michael Zelehoski, ANIMISM (2016), assemblage with repurposed wood and florescent bulbs, 65x67 in

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Images: Kelly Popoff, BARRICADE (2015), oil on canvas, 63×88 in; Michael Zelehoski, ANIMISM (2016), assemblage with repurposed wood and florescent bulbs, 65×67 in.

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Artist Opportunities Goes Higher

November 29th, 2016

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Writers Residency Fellowships The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is currently accepting applications for their Writing Fellowships which offer a seven-month residency. Awards are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not published a full-length book in any genre. Each fellowship includes a private apartment and a monthly stipend of $750. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Women Nonfiction Writers Vela’s Second Nonfiction Contest, which will be judged by Claire Vaye Watkins. Contest opens September 15, 2016 and, after a recently announced deadline extension, will close December 1 (11:59 PM PST). Winner will receive $1000 and publication. They’re looking for creative nonfiction, written by women, with a strong voice, a compelling narrative, and/or a powerful driving question. Interested in a wide range of essays, including literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, and experimental essays. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Poetry and Prose Translation Fellowships National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of translation in digital or print literary publications or in book form between December 1, 2001, and December 6, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: December 6, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Winter Art Show, January 2017, for the Armory Cafe in Somerville. No fee. Any technique and medium is welcome (photography, painting, charcoal, mixed media, sculpture, watercolor, drawing, etc). However, submitted pieces must be able to hang from the wall in a reasonably sized area, i.e. no free standing sculpture, no grand scale pieces which cover an entire wall. Learn more.
Deadline: December 10, 2016

Call for Community Artist The Artist Project is a collaboration between the MFA and 10 after school community organizations in Boston. Each year a new experienced artist with a passion for community arts is selected to plan and lead a project with children between the ages of six and twelve. The artist guides children and helps them create a collaborative work. A stipend of $22,000 and a materials budget is provided. No Entry Fee. Info session is Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5-7 pm, East Seminar Room, G39, RSVP: rworstell@mfa.orgLearn more.

Public Art Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh, with the Department of Public Works, the Boston Art Commission, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, invite artists to submit proposals for a public art project in North Square. The City of Boston’s Public Works Department has allocated $200,000 from the North Square reconstruction project budget towards a public art project that will be incorporated into the reconstruction of the Square. Learn more.
Deadline: January 4, 2017

Outdoor Sculpture The Newton Festival of the Arts announces its first Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Sculpture will be installed on the grounds of Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA. The Festival is seeking proposals for new or existing works. Any sculptural medium is allowed, provided it can be safely installed and will require no maintenance throughout the duration of the Exhibition. All object-based sculptures must be securely mounted to the ground. Artists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Joint applications are accepted. This is an open Call and is not limited to Newton sculptors. Learn more.
Deadline: January 23, 2017

Photographers The Center for Fine Art Photography is currently accepting entries for their upcoming juried exhibition Landscapes 2017. All artist renditions on the landscapes theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for selection. Learn more.
Deadline: January 25, 2017

Call to Artists The Brookline Arts Center invites artists who reside in the United States to submit work for their exhibit Up/Rooted (March 17-April 21, 2017), juried by María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Artists are invited to submit work that explores origin, displacement and the influence of the past on the future. How do we connect with where we come from if we are no longer there? How does our sense of place relate to our culture and identity? We are looking for work that raises questions and draws influence from heritage, culture and familial traditions, and explores how we come to terms with being up/rooted. All media welcome. Entry fee is $30 for 1-3 submissions, $45 for 4-6. Learn more.
Deadline: January 27, 2017

Artist Residency The Boston Harbor [Re]Creation initiatives – an Artist In Residency, based on Spectacle Island; and a Temporary Sculpture Exhibition on Peddocks Island. Info Session: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5-7pm at the Boston Harbor Hotel Leventhal Room. Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2017  (11:59 pm)

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