Artists Opportunities Play On

May 21st, 2015

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Visual Artists Grant The Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant Rhode Island was established in 1988 to encourage professional visual artists from New York and New England to address the issues of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Grants are intended to assist individual and collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered. A total of $3,000 in grants is awarded annually. Learn more.
Deadline: May 29, 2015

Poets The New England Poetry Club is accepting poems for its annual contests, which offer a range of monetary prizes. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Composers New Music Detroit has announced a call for scores. The winner will receive travel from a U.S. City and accommodation in Detroit and a performance of their work by New Music Detroit at the annual Strange Beautiful Music VIII marathon September 2015. There is no application fee for this call for scores, and only one work may be submitted per composer. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Of note: StageSource, a nonprofit theater service organization, is holding its annual conference on Sunday, June 7, beginning at 9 AM. This year’s theme is “Who Are We? How do we tell our stories differently?” The conference features a full day of conversations, workshops, panel discussions, and networking, including a keynote speech by Julie Burros, the new Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, along with a panel discussion featuring Burros along with Cambridge Arts Council Executive Director Jason Weeks and MCC’s own Annie Houston. The conference takes place at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston. Find full details and online registration.

Photographers The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its third annual toy camera festival. Images of any subject matter made with a “toy” camera – any low-end, low-tech, limited-control camera such as pinhole, Holga, Diana and other Lomo products, as well as Brownies and Anscos — will be accepted. Images made from Polaroid-type film backs attached to Holgas are also welcome. Images made from a DSLR or SLR with a pinhole or Holga lens will be accepted. For this exhibit, straight Polaroid-type images or images made with cell phones, disposable cameras or point-and-shoot cameras will not be accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2015

Watercolors The Rhode Island Watercolor Society announced its 120th Annual National Watermedia Competition and Exhibition. October 3 – October 29, 2015. Juror: Ted Nuttall. $4,000 in cash awards. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2015

Call for Art The Sixth Annual New England Collective Juried Exhibition at Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s SOWA Art and Design District. All media. Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum.  Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2015

Mid-career Visual Artist Grants The Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund Grants applications are now available for painting, sculpture, printmaking or mixed media to mid-career artists with financial need. Non-profit organizations wishing to show, commission or purchase work by mature artists living in New England may also apply. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted by Worcester State University’s Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery for an exhibition focusing on The Art of Science/The Science of Art. The juror is Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum. Learn more.
Deadline: August 28, 2015

Of note: Find or list creative live/work or work space in Massachusetts on ArtSake’s Creative Space Classifieds.

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Artist Opportunities Set List

May 12th, 2015

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Play it loud and fast!

Filmmakers The Bluestocking Film Series (Spring, 2015, Portland, ME) is seeking short films (30 minutes or shorter) that pass the Bechdel Test for Women in Movies (film must include 2 or more female characters with names who talk to each other about something other than a man). Learn more.
Deadline: May 22, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

Call for Artists The Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, invites artists to participate in the curated exhibition, HackCycle. HackCycle celebrates recycled art of the 21st century. Looking for submissions from individuals that employ experimentation and serendipity using today’s technological debris and/or innovative techniques as part of their creative process. Learn more.
Deadline: May 25, 2015

Call to Artists The Post Office Gallery in North Truro, MA, invites visual artists to participate in their Annual Juried Exhibits for 2015. Your interpretation of the theme(s) is requested. All media will be considered. You may submit up to three high resolution images of your work for each show. Learn more.
Deadline for Home exhibition: May 30, 2015
Deadline for Faces exhibition: June 15, 2015
Deadline for Doesn’t Belong exhibition: June 30, 2015
Deadline for Mixed Media exhibition: July 15, 2015

Artist Residencies The Headlands Center for the Arts in California is offering 4-10-week residencies. Open to artists working in all media (visual, literary, performance, film and video, audio, music, digital media, and interdisciplinary art), with the goal of providing a supportive working environment for experimentation, reflection, and growth. All residencies are fully sponsored, and some stipends of $500 per month are available (artists may apply for stipend when applying for residency; availability of stipends depends on funding and sponsorship secured each year). Offers both live-in and live-out residencies. Live-in artists are provided with a studio, shared housing, and 5 meals a week. Live-out artists are provided with a studio and dinner twice a week. Learn more.
Deadline: June 5, 2015

Call for Touchable Sculpture Entries are now being accepted for the juried sculpture exhibition Please Touch! at the Monmouth Museum, featuring wall and free standing sculpture that can be touched by visitors. This exhibition is intended to help visually-impaired people overcome the barrier they experience at most museums by allowing everyone to experience art by touching. Sighted people will also learn to experience art without relying on their eyesight in addition to a visual artistic experience. Learn more.
Deadline: June 5, 2015

Furniture Artists Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship award of $25,000  given annually to support a talented young-in-career furniture artist in succeeding on their journey as a craftsperson. A successful applicant will be a contemporary and functional artist living and working in the Northeast committed to growing as a maker and establishing a career in furniture. This year, the 2015 Fellow will join previous recipients of this prestigious award in a special exhibition at the Society of Arts and Crafts. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2015

Photographers The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins Colorado is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Title: Still Life 2015. The juror is Del Zogg. Learn more.
Deadline: June 24, 2015 (midnight MST)

Call to Artists ArcWorks in Peabody, MA, invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to their juried exhibit Dog Days of Summer. Artists may submit 2D and 3D media. Learn more.
Deadline: June 27, 2015

Dance Residency The Boston Center for the Arts is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 season of the Dance Residency at the BCA. Selected artists will be considered in residency throughout the year with a specific residency studio session that will last for four to five weeks. For more information contact Andrea Blesso Albuquerque, Senior Program Manager, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02116, P: 617.456.1132
Deadline: June 29, 2015 (5 pm)

Playwrights The American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman, is a $45,000 annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. They are looking for plays that are challenging, that exhibit fearlessness, that are not mainstream,  that exude passion, and that are relentlessly truthful. They encourage submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color. Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2015

Image credit: Roadie Wearing “No Backstage Passes” tank top. Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS, ca. 1970s.

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Discussion Series for Artists/Parents

May 11th, 2015

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How to be an artist and a parent?

Greg Cook and Tim Devin (artists and parents, both) are gathering voices to discuss this very question. Two upcoming events geared towards creative folks (artists/musicians/you-name-it) who have kids will focus on the unique challenges of having children and an artistic career, and trying to make it all work.

The first event (free and open to the public) takes place at the Malden Public Library on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7 PM. It features three artists discussing how to juggle parent-/artisthood: James Montford (his mid-career survey, James Montford: Persuasions, 1990-2015, is on view at the Boston Center for the Arts through 6/21), Stacy Thomas-Vickory, and Paige Wallis.

The second event (also free and open to the public) takes place at the Somerville Public Library on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 2-4 PM, and features Jef Czekaj, Trudi Cohen, and Jennifer Johnson.

Greg Cook and Tim Devin will serve as hosts for both events.

These events are just the beginning of the discussion. More about the events and the project at large at How to Be an Artist and a Parent.

Image: Paige Wallis, THE UKULELE LESSON (2010), acrylic, 30×24 in” alt=”Paige Wallis, THE UKULELE LESSON (2010), acrylic, 30×24 in.

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Janet Echelman, Soaring Over Boston

May 8th, 2015

Janet Echelman, of Brookline, is world renowned for her soaring, ephemeral aerial sculptures. But until now, she’s never had a major public art commission in the Boston area.

As anyone who has walked through the Rose Kennedy Greenway since May 3rd can tell you, that’s changed. Her new work, As If It Were Already Here, suspends one ton of spliced and knotted rope and twine from three different skyscrapers to create a sculpture that undulates and fluctuates above the Greenway (read more about the project).

See the enthralling result in the time-lapse video by Julian Tryba.

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Major League Artist Opportunities

May 5th, 2015

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Let’s play hardball.

Poets The American Poetry Review is currently accepting entries for their Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. The prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review will be given annually for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Poets The Academy of American Poets is currently accepting entries for their Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. The prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. Marie Howe, A. Van Jordan, and Donald Revell will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Emerging Writers Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest offers three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Short Stories Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is currently accepting entries. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Art on Paper The Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA, seeks work for Printed, Painted, Folded or Torn, a juried exhibition of New England Artists that explores the possibilities and pushes the limits of the use of paper in works of art. Artists working in New England are eligible with work produced within the past 4 years,that has not been shown in Gloucester and will be delivered in person. Application Fee $35/3. Juror: Katherine French, Director Emerita at Danforth Art, Framingham, MA. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2015

Call for Artists The A.I.R. Gallery  is currently accepting entries from self-identified women artists residing outside the New York City area to apply for their National Artists Program. Learn more.
Deadline: June 26, 2015 (11:59PM)

Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship One fellowship is awarded annually by the Harpo Foundation to an emerging visual artist over 25, who demonstrates strong artistic ability and promise, as well as an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute that includes a room with private bath; a well-lit studio space; and a $500 travel stipend. Learn more.
Deadline: July 5, 2015

Call for Artists The Northampton Arts Council invites submissions for their 2015 Biennial Exhibition, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 2 through October 30 2015. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art show with free entry open to artists from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. The theme, Motion-Emotion, can be interpreted freely, and all two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered. The Arts Council encourages submissions of large three-dimensional and performance weather-tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2015

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Fellows Notes – May 15

May 1st, 2015

This May, our past Fellows/Finalists are flinging open their studio doors (for Open Studios), making art out of the historic snows of 2015, and singing and dancing with Mandy Patinkin…

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze (Crafts Fellow '09), detail of MATEO

Check out some of the exciting Open Studios events this month, which feature too many MCC awardees to list: Somerville Open Studios (5/1-5/3), SoWa Artist Guild Art Walk & Open Studios (5/1), Lexington Open Studios (5/2-5/3), Needham Open Studios (5/2-5/3), Western Avenue (Lowell) Open Studios (5/2), Cambridge Open Studios (5/9-5/10), Fort Point Open Studios (5/15-5/17), and West Medford Open Studios (5/16-5/17).

Maria Luisa Arroyo, Sally Bellerose, Patrick Donnelly, Amy Dryansky, Christine Ernst, Danielle Legros Georges, Regie Gibson, D M Gordon, Greg Hischak, Frannie Lindsay, Lynne Potts, J.D. Scrimgeour, Karen Skolfield, Daniel Tobin, and Andi Werblin are among the many superb literary artists taking part in the seventh Massachusetts Poetry Festival (5/1-5/3) in downtown Salem, Massachusetts.

Karl Baden, Claire Beckett, and Camilo Ramirez are all exhibiting photographic work in The Gun Show at Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (thru 5/4, opening reception 5/1, 6–9 PM), part of Flash Forward Festival.

Michael Beatty, Judy Haberl, and Abelardo Morell are among the artists exhibiting in Repurposed Spaces at the New Art Center in Newton (5/15-5/23, opening reception 5/15, 6-8:30 PM). The exhibition features 16 artists who live and work in Newton’s former Claflin Elementary School.

Steven Bogart, William Donnelly, and Patrick Gabridge are among the playwrights with 10-minute plays in the annual Boston Theater Marathon (5/10, 12 PM-10 PM) at the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts.

Meryl Cohn and Eric Henry Sanders both have new plays in the Northampton Play Labs’ Play by Play at A.P.E. in Northampton. Eric’s Maybe, Probably will have a staged reading on 5/7, 7:30 PM, and Meryl’s Final Say will be 5/14 and 5/16, both at 7:30 PM.

James Coleman and Terese Freedman and James Matteson will have new works of choreography premiered at Tarry Four at A.P.E. in Northampton (5/21-5/23, 8 PM).

Catherine McCarthy and Janet Rickus are both exhibiting in Setting the Table at Clark Gallery in Lincoln (thru 6/6).

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Simeon Berry‘s poetry collection Ampersand Revisited has a book launch event at the Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery in Cambridge (5/8, 7 PM).

Steven Bogart‘s play The Last Skywriter in the Universe was chosen for Inkwell Theatre‘s development showcase in Washington D.C. this May. He recently directed an acclaimed production of Shockheaded Peter for Company One Theatre.

Jay Critchley has a 30+ year survey of his work at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum (5/1-6/23).

Vico Fabbris has a solo show opening at Gurari Collections in Boston, (5/1-5/31, opening reception 5/1, 6-9 PM). Another solo show will exhibit at Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown in August.

Taylor Mac will premiere The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, the show he co-created and is co-performing with Mandy Patinkin, at the American Repertory Theater (5/12-5/31).

Abelardo Morell has a solo exhibition of photographs, A Mind of Winter, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (5/5-9/27). The exhibitions features photographs taken in Maine during the winter of 2015.

Cecelia Raker will premiere her full-length play Dry Bones Rising with Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD (5/21-6/14).

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze has a solo show, Bound: Woven Fiber Forms at James Gallery in Pittsburgh (5/15-7/11).

Vaughan Sills has a solo exhibition, Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens, at the Lyman Plant House, Church Exhibition Gallery of Smith College (thru 9/30).

Carolyn Webb is exhibiting in a three person show, with Betsey Garand and Kathryn Fanelli, in the Jannotta Gallery at Smith College (5/21-8/21, opening reception 5/21, 4 PM).

Cary Wolinsky is premiering Raise the Roof, the film he co-created with Yari Wolinsky, at the MFA Boston (5/14, 4:30 and 7 PM), part of the National Center for Jewish Film’s Jewish Film Festival. Raise the Roof will also screen this month at the Berlin/Potsdam Jewish Film Festival and at Laemmle Theatres’ Culture Vulture Mondays in L.A.. More screening info.

Michael Zelehoski will have a solo show, New Order, at Mike Weiss Gallery in NYC (5/7-6/20).

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

Image: Elizabeth Whyte Schulze (Crafts Fellow ’09), detail of MATEO.

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Illuminating Artist Opportunities

April 28th, 2015

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She really lights up a room.

Of note: Filmmakers Collaborative is hosting Working with Composers Workshop at Arts at the Armory in Somerville. Composers Roger and Ellen Bruno will talk about the process of creating a score, the choices they make and why, and will demonstrate various ways music can be used to enhance a scene. Non-member fee is $20. Learn more.
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Call for Art and Performance Projects FIGMENT Boston (Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26) welcomes works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, site-specific pieces, social experiments, and anything else you can dream of.  They invite any project that inspires visitors to participate and interact with art. Learn more. Questions, contact bostoncuratorial@figmentproject.org.

Call for Artists The juried indoor markets in Haverhill’s Riverfront Cultural District are seeking artists with high quality original work in a variety of media. Market dates for summer are as follows: May 16, June 27, July 25, Aug 22, Sept 26. For more information, contact HaverhillArtMarket@gmail.com

Call for Art The Springfield Central Cultural District is currently accepting applications for Peep This: Art in Springfield Storefronts. This opportunity allows artists to showcase work in vacant storefronts. This project is designed to reactivate vacant store windows by filling them with artwork and art installations in order to brighten the downtown area, increase foot traffic, and showcase local artists. They seek proposals from visual artists to submit existing works, or proposals for temporary installations to fill empty storefronts. Questions, contact Katy Moonan at katy.moonan@springfielddowntown.com or 413-588-2013. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Photographers The Yeiser Art Center is now accepting submissions for its annual international juried photo exhibition Art Through the Lens formerly known as Paducah Photo. This year’s juror is Sarah Sudhoff, executive director at the Houston Center for Photography. Artists may submit up to 4 photographic images. $2,000 in cash awards will be given. All photo-based imagery created through photographic processes is eligible including non-lens made images. Exhibition dates: June 20 – August 1, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Artist Residency Artists in all media are invited to apply for the 2015 White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) Artist-in-Residence program, a collaboration between the WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The program highlights the ways in which the arts can be used to explore and interpret the forest environment and forest-related ideas and issues. Learn more.
Deadline Extended: May 1, 2015

Of note: How To Be an Artist and a Parent? is a discussion series put together by Tim Devin and Greg Cook. The events are geared towards creative folks (artists/musicians/you-name-it) who have kids, and are trying to figure out how to juggle it all. Two free events are upcoming: the first will be at the Malden Public Library at 36 Salem Street on Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm and the second will be at 2pm on Saturday May 30th at the Somerville Public Library Main Branch at 79 Highland Ave. Learn more.

Call for Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library presents monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in our two exhibiting spaces, the Gallery and Main Hall. The Library Art Committee meets twice each year to select shows for the following year. Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for the January-June 2016 time period. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015 (12 noon)

Dancers, Choreographers The New England Foundation for the Arts invites the greater Boston Dance Community to learn more about programs and services that they offer. The information session is Monday May 18, 2015, from 9 am-12 noon. This event is free, however space is limited. Learn more and register.

Public Art in Boston The Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture announced a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to create a permanent public art installation inclusive of landscape improvements on the grounds of the historic Mather School in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Artists, designers or teams comprised of an artist and a landscape architect are invited to forward qualifications for this exciting public art and improvement project. The permanent project will be located at the Church Street entrance of the building. Learn more.
Deadline: May 22, 2015 (11:59pm EST)

Call for Artists Entries are now being accepted for the 8th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, New York’s largest independent exhibition. Seeking independent artists worldwide working in all disciplines. Each awarded an exhibition room or large outdoor space in the historic and beautifully dilapidated buildings of Colonels Row. The lines between artwork and its environment are blurred across the lawns and landmark houses of bucolic Governors Island. Founded by 4heads, a group of New York artists, GIAF champions a new art fair model that puts the artists first. Once selected by the 4heads jury, your exhibition space is free. The entire massive event is free to the general public. And as an emerging or established artist, you are free to present your work, your way, at this acclaimed independent art fair in New York City.  Learn more.
Deadline: June 1st, 2015

Writers Residency Program Applications are now being accepted for the Write A House writer’s residency program. The Detroit writers and urban activists who founded the organization in 2012 did so with this goal: To use vocational training to renovate longtime vacant homes and then give away these homes to published, low- or moderate-income writers. Applicants must be willing to engage with the literary community of Detroit. Applicants must be 18 years old or older and U.S. citizens (or permanent resident with a green card) to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: June 5, 2015

Call for Artists The Sixth Annual New England Collective Juried Exhibition at Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s SOWA Thayer Street Art District. All media. Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett, Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum. Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2015

Visual Artists, Writers, and Music/Song Composers Residency The Willapa Bay AiR in Oysterville, WA, has announced their call for applications.  Submissions accepted May 15- July 31, 2015 for month-long, 2016 residencies (March through September). Learn more. Questions, contact applications@willapabayair.org
Deadline: July 31, 2015

Craft Artists Applications are now being accepted for the Artisans of WMass Fall Craft Show to take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Yankee Candle Co. Healthworks Building in South Deerfield. They are seeking a variety of artists and fine crafters in every genre.  Learn more. Questions, contact Jan Bajgier at jbajgier@comcast.net.
Deadline: August 1, 2015

Image credit: Martha Pierre as Candlelight, 1920. From weird vintage. Image in public domain.

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Critical Artist Opportunities

April 22nd, 2015

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Actress and sculptor Frances Rich tries to impress her toughest critic.

Of note: 11th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, April 25-26, 2015.

Painters Entries are now being accepted for the Washington Art Association’s national juried exhibition the Art of Painting. The juror is painter William Bailey. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2014

Call for Proposals The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta is seeking creative and innovative proposals for public art projects to exhibit in downtown Atlanta during the month of October 2015. It welcomes local, regional, national and international submissions for projects that consider the city of Atlanta as a muse. Artists working in a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Call for Entries Art in Odd Places, located in Orlando, FL, is hosting an open call for artists, performers, and creative types to partake in its first annual Public Art and Performance festival from September 17–20, 2015. All submissions must have a component of their work that features this year’s theme: tone. This event will take place along Magnolia Avenue, and artists must submit work that will engage with the community, architectural landmarks, and neighborhoods. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Art Writers Grant The Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, issued directly to twenty individual authors a year. The program was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Learn more.
Deadline: May 21, 2015

Filmmakers The Kopkind/Center for Independent Documentaries Film Retreat Seminars is accepting applications. The retreat takes place at Treefrog Farm in Guilford, VT on July 12-19, 2015. Selected participants will bring 20 minutes of finished or in-progress work to share for brainstorming, problem solving, and deep discussion. The seminars are organized by Susi Walsh, Executive Director of CID and John Scagliotti, Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. Learn more.
Deadline: June 2, 2015

Call to Artists The Massachusetts Audubon’s Moose Hill Gallery is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Insects: Miniature Marvels, July- September 2015. Any medium is acceptable. Artists are invited to submit up to 5 photographic prints only (minimum size 8” x 10” up to 11” x 14”, not matted or framed) of your work for judging purposes only. Total Entry fee is $15. If selected for a show, all artwork needs to be framed appropriately and ready to hang (detailed information available upon request). Submissions may be dropped off at the Visitor Center or mailed to Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA 02067. Contact jngoba@massaudubon.org with any questions.
Deadline: June 30, 2015

Emerging Writers Fellowship Buzzfeed is offering a four-month program, starting January 2016, that will provide mentorship and experience to promising future writers. During this fellowship, writers will be involved in pitching, reporting, and writing while also participating in workshops and panel discussions with various editors in the industry. This fellowship hopes to help writers succeed as future freelancers and staff at media organizations. The work that is produced by the fellows will be published by Buzzfeed. The fellows will also receive a $12,000 stipend and will work with the senior editorial staff out of the New York office. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2015

Image credit: Black and white photograph of the actress and sculptor Frances Rich with her cat. From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Image in the public domain.

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Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2015

April 16th, 2015

Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2015

The seventh Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be held May 1-3, 2015 in downtown Salem, Massachusetts.

The festival is a schedule of events, workshops, performances, and readings organized by Mass Poetry (if you ride the T, you may have experienced the awesome handiwork of Mass Poetry during your travels).

The 2015 event’s headlining poets include past MCC Fellows Regie Gibson and Richard Hoffman along with Rita Dove, Richard Blanco, Stephen Burt, Nick Flynn, Marge Piercy, and more. And the action-packed schedule includes Maria Luisa Arroyo, Sally Bellerose, Patrick Donnelly, Amy Dryansky, Christine Ernst, Danielle Legros Georges, D M Gordon, Greg Hischak, Frannie Lindsay, Lynne Potts, J.D. Scrimgeour, Karen Skolfield, Daniel Tobin, Andi Werblin, and many, many other superb literary artists.

See the full schedule.

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Artist Opportunities Blues

April 14th, 2015

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Of note: East Boston Open Studios, April 25-26, 2015

Creative Space Have a creative space you’d like to list for sale or rental? Looking for a creative work or live/work space to buy/rent? Check out the ArtSake Creative Space Classifieds.

Greater Boston Playwrights The Huntington Theatre Company is accepting applications for the Huntington Playwriting Fellows Program. The program provides a framework for an in-depth two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. Meetings will be held bi-weekly. Submit a recent, completed full-length play. To be eligible, writers must be live at least nine months of the year in the Greater Boston area. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Documentary Filmmakers The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, the longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States, is currently accepting submissions in English or have English subtitles or voiceover narration. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015

Call to Artists The Nave Gallery Annex (Somerville, MA) invites artists to participate in the exhibition, Survey Without Surveillance. Curated by Arlinda Shtuni. Learn more.
Deadline: May 3, 2015

Underrepresented Voices Duende, the online literary journal of the BFA in Writing program at Goddard College, is open for submissions. Duende welcomes submissions of prose, poetry, hybrid writing, visual art, and collaborations. The journal especially encourages submissions by underrepresented voices, including writers and artists who are LGBT, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Greater Haverhill Arts Association’s annual open art exhibition (September 12, 10AM-4PM) on Bradford Common (Bradford, MA), rain or shine. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Image credit: From Chicago Blues Guide. Photograph of Mississippi Blues Band, 1982. J.H. Davis, Jr. Mississippi Blues Band is hand written on the van.

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