Dialed In Artist Opportunities

February 28th, 2017

Of Note: The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is inviting Massachusetts residents, ages 18 and over, of all abilities, to submit to our 2017 Call for Art and juried art exhibition entitled “Breaking Barriers.” The barriers persons with disabilities sometimes encounter are not only physical, but also societal. A central purpose in holding this exhibition will be to showcase the talent of our Commonwealth residents and to present works to the public that will raise awareness of and challenge the barriers and stigma that persons with disabilities often encounter. The exhibition will deliver the important message that ability comes in all forms. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Call to Artist Viridian Artists in New York City is inviting professional artists in any media to submit to its 28th annual international juried exhibition. The juror for this competition is Susan Thompson, Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum. Learn more.
Deadline: April 9, 2017

Call to Artists The Mass Audubon Moose Hill Gallery has extended their deadline for submissions on the upcoming juried exhibit, Spring Awakenings. The emergence, drama and magic of spring is viewed and perceived in a myriad of ways. Share your insight and artistic inspiration of the natural world reawakening through your artwork. Let your creative expressions and interpretations reveal this rebirth in this nature theme. The exhibit will run April 7 –June 19, 2017. Any medium is acceptable for the show, artists are invited to submit up to five 8”x10” photo prints of images intended for the exhibit, not matted or framed, for judging purposes only. All prints must be labeled on the back with contact information, dimensions, title, and medium. Entry fee is $15; provide a stamped return envelope if you would like your photos returned. Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, Moose Hill, 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon, MA 02067. Questions, contact Jan at jngoba@massaudubon.org
Extended Deadline: March 13, 2017

Craft Artists Exhibition, Award Every other year, the Society of Arts & Crafts awards $3,000 each to three craft artists living in New England. The award winners will comprise a three-person exhibition opening this summer at our new home. This is a juried, merit-based award, yet we do take other elements into consideration. To be eligible, you must be living in New England. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Call to Media Artists Peripheral Forms invite creative efforts in any medium that explore metafictional filter bubbles, clickbait culture, ideological hacking, crowdsource science and social media literacy. They request you send a brief statement along with your media files and text to submissions@peripheralforms.com.
March 15, 2017

Call for Artists Waterbury Arts Fest (WAF), held July 15, 2017 is seeking artists from throughout New England for its one-day arts festival held in historic, downtown Waterbury, VT, for the past sixteen years. Art vendors set up along the closed Stowe Street and Bidwell Lane and are chosen for quality and range of art mediums. Artists work includes fine art painting, pottery, fiber, weaving, glasswork, baskets, jewelry, woodwork and sculpture. A mainstage has performances staggered throughout the day. Learn more.
Deadline: March 17, 2017

Call for Artists and Designers The City of Salem seeks proposals from artists and designers interested in creating site-responsive public art installations in the heart of downtown Salem during the summer/fall of 2017. Artists and designers working in any media, including light, sound, or other multimedia, are encouraged to submit proposals. The City is particularly interested in installations that have an impact when viewed across the site and that are effective at night as well as during the day. Three sites for the public art project have been chosen to celebrate the urban environment and create a pathway through locations in the downtown. Artists may apply for one, two or three sites. Questions, contact Deborah Greel at dgreel@salem.com. Learn more.
Deadline: March 30, 2017

Chamber Music Commission Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, offers support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters and festivals for commissioning American composers to create new chamber works. CMA’s Classical Commissioning Program grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria. Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics. Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000. Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level. The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S. Learn more.  Webinars for grant applicants will take place on March 9 and 21 at 1:00 PM (Eastern). Click on either of these dates to RSVP.
Deadline: April 2, 2017 (11:59 PM Eastern Time)

Crafts Mentor Program 2017 CraftBoston Mentor Program Emerging Craft Artists The Society of Arts and Crafts’ Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for the world of premier craft shows by having participants train with professional artists on marketing, legal and insurance issues, show operations, portfolio development, pricing, sales, and booth design, culminating in the realization of a group booth at the 2017 CraftBoston Holiday Show at the Hynes Convention Center. Upon completion of the Year 1 program, participants will be invited to reapply to return for the Year 2 program, which includes a subsidized solo booth at CraftBoston Holiday.
Application deadline: April 7, 2017

Call to Artists The Newton Free Library is seeking proposals of two-dimensional, original work by local artists for January-June 2018 shows. Questions, contact Ellen at emeyers@minlib.net or call 617-796-1410. Learn more.
Deadline: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 12 noon

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Poet Ben Berman Reads in Brookline March 16

February 27th, 2017

Cover art for FIGURING IN THE FIGURE by Ben Berman (Able Muse Press 2017)

Ben Berman (Poetry Fellow ’08) is a teacher, poetry editor at Solstice Literary Magazine, and author of two books. Ben discussed the evolution of his first poetry collection, Strange Borderlands, in an ArtSake post from December 2012.

Ben’s most recent poetry collection Figuring in the Figure is being published this month by Able Muse Press, and Ben will read from it at Brookline Booksmith on Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7 PM.

Based on ArtSake’s brief interview with Ben shortly after he won his 2008 award, it’s no surprise that humor plays an important role in Figuring in the Figure, which explores (among other things) the poet’s experience of fatherhood.

Reading by Ben Berman and Krysten Hill
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7 PM
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446

Learn more about Ben on his website.

Image: Cover art for FIGURING IN THE FIGURE by Ben Berman (Able Muse Press 2017).

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Reaching For Artist Opportunities

February 21st, 2017

“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: its loveliness increases.” John Keats

NonFiction Writers A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books will be given in alternating years for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction by a first-generation resident of the United States. The 2016 prize will be given in nonfiction. Memoirs, essay collections, and works of narrative nonfiction by writers who have not published a work of nonfiction with a U.S. publisher are eligible. Anjali Singh, Ilan Stavans, and Héctor Tobar will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a full-length nonfiction manuscript or excerpt of at least 25,000 words with a cover letter and a curriculum vitae by February 28. There is no entry fee. All entries will be considered for publication. Learn more.
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Poets Tupelo Press is currently accepting entries for their Snowbound Chapbook Award which awards a prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Tupelo Press, Snowbound Chapbook Award, P.O. Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247. (413) 664-9611. Jeffrey Levine, Publisher. Learn more.
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Call for Kinetic Artists Entries are now being accepted for the Golden Thread Gallery’s exhibit Art in Motion. Exhibit Dates: March 25-June 11, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: March 7, 2017

Call for Art The Art Stop Pop-Up Galleries  in the Springfield Central Cultural District is seeking artists to show in one of three pop-up galleries in Downtown Springfield, aimed to activate spaces and encourage walkability. The three locations, at New England Public Radio, 1550 Main Street, and SilverBrick Lofts, are seeking 2D art to hang from March – June 2017. Artists selected will receive a $200 stipend, a reception provided by the host site and SCCD, and marketing as part of the program. Learn More.
Deadline: March 8, 2017

ACRE Summer Artist Residency Program The ACRE Residency Program takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. Developed as a means to support emerging visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performers, writers and curators, the program provides artists with the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices as well as take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. ACRE’s 12-day or 14-day residencies host 25-30 residents at a time. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops. Set on 1,000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, the residency facilities include expansive communal work-spaces, a screen-printing studio, wood shop, ceramics studio, fibers studio, an art & tech facility, and a sound studio. Shared accommodations are furnished with bathrooms, kitchenettes, and decks. All meals are provided, and are prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area. Financial aid options including work-study positions and scholarships are available. Learn more.
Deadline: March 12, 2017

Photographers Entries are currently being accepted for the Griffin Museum of Photography’s 23rd Annual Juried Show. The juror is Hamidah Glasgow. $2,500 Ed Friedman Award, $1,000 Arthur Griffin Legacy Award, $500 Griffin Award, and Honorable Mentions. The Griffin Museum will choose two photographers to showcase in exhibitions during the timing of the 24th juried exhibition. These 2 artists will be chosen from submissions not included in the 23rd Juried Show. The Griffin will also choose two artists from submissions not included in the 23rd Juried Show to be exhibited in the Griffin Virtual Gallery and on-line Critic’s Pick Gallery.
Learn more.
Deadline: March 17, 2017

Call for Art The Monson Arts Council’s 24th Annual Spring Art Exhibition & Sale opens April 8 and is open weekends through April 23. Their Art Show theme is “Show Us Your Colors” – Juried Show offering $4300 in prizes. $1000 Best of Show and $400 first prize, $100 2nd prize in Photography, Painting, Fiber Arts, Multi-Dimensional Art and Graphic Arts (drawing and printmaking) plus $800 in additional prizes. All work selected is exhibited in the House of Art in Monson. Learn more. Questions, contact: Tim Denney at the MonsonArtsCouncil@yahoo.com or 413-267-0343
Deadline: March 18, 2017

Call for Artists  The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA, is currently accepting proposals from emerging and established artists for their upcoming exhibition season. Artists will be selected by blind review for 12 one-person monthly exhibits from October 2017 – September 2018. Only 2D wall-hung artwork is eligible. A proposal includes a Submission Form; bio/resume; Artist Statement; 10-20 jpeg images of proposed artwork; Image List; and $25 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2017

Massachusetts Scholarship for South Berkshire Region The Steven Rubenstein Annual Scholarship Fund is offering $1,000 scholarships to eligible students living at 60% of median income or less who are studying in the fields of human services, anthropology, environmental science, women’s studies, Latin American studies, or whose studies will provide the opportunity to help people living in poverty and/or create a more just and peaceful world. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2017

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Percolating Artist Opportunities

February 14th, 2017

Of Note: Call to Pan-Asian Boston-area Women Artists The Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery, BHCC Charlestown Campus will Present: Mother Tongue, works by Pan-Asian Boston-area Women Artists during International Women’s History Month MARCH 2017. For more details and full prospectus, acceptance on-going. send jpeg images for consideration, links, and biographical info to rtgallery@bhcc.mass.edu

Playwrights Panglossian is seeking new full-length plays for their new global/local developmental reading series, Plays in Progress. They work with writers across the globe to develop work locally in Williamsburg. Selected playwrights will discuss their goals for the script with their staff, attend one or two discussion/rehearsals, and participate in a public reading, which will be streamed online. Writers who are not local may participate virtually over Skype.  While they are open to any genre, they would love to receive more comedic full-lengths and smart plays for young audiences. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling

Call for Art Art League Rhode Island is currently accepting entries for their open juried Boats, Surf, and Beaches Exhibit. Top prize is $1,000. Exhibit is at the VETS Gallery in Providence, RI. Learn more.
Deadline: February 24, 2017

One City One Story Submissions The Boston Book Festival is currently looking for the next great story for the One City One Story program. Learn more.
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Mystery Writers Scholarship The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills. Applicants should not have received monetary compensation for novels, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays or play scripts in the crime-writing genre. Learn more.
Deadline: February 28, 2017 (postmark)

Fiction, Nonfiction Red Hen Press is currently accepting entries for their Women’s Prose Prize. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Aimee Bender will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Poets Entries are currently being accepted for the Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review. Submit up to two poems of any length with an $11 entry fee ($16 for up to four poems) by March 1. All entries are considered for publication. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Call for Art The Rocky Neck Art Colony seeks works of art by RNAC members featuring both representational and abstract 2D works in water media, oil, graphite, encaustic, photographs and prints; and also jewelry, ceramics and sculpture. Learn more.
Deadline: received by Thursday, March 2, 2017

Artist Residency, Site-Specific Installation The Goetemann Artist Residency Program in Gloucester offers three juried residencies each summer in their free live/work space. They also have a new fellowship program offering one month free in their live/work space for a site-specific installation on the grounds of The Ocean Alliance. The Alliance is dedicated to whale research and ocean protection. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

New Puppetry The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund supports the production of new puppetry shows, the creation of experimental puppets or techniques, and/or the production of puppet-related media. Awards generally range from $500 to $1000. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2017

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Artist Opportunities Blueprint

February 7th, 2017

Of Note: The UMass Arts Extension Service is offering for free workshops on the Introduction to the Public Art Process. Open to artists of all mediums interested in creating public art projects, participants will receive a broad overview of the unique issues, skills needed, and steps required to create a competitive public art project application at the local and national level. This workshop will include an interactive exercise, information sheets, artist meet-and-greet, and Q & A. Learn more.

Call to Artists Gallery1581 is currently accepting entries for the juried exhibit, Picture Social Justice and Human Rights. They invite artists, at any age, emerging and established, to submit artwork to the exhibition. 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

Two Calls from Somerville Arts Council Somerville Arts Council has issued two calls to artists and presenters: The How To Fix The World Festival, a mini world’s fair about how to save the world, in June; and The Tiny Great Outdoors Festival, a celebration of urban wildlife and spring at Quincy Street Open Space, Somerville’s tiniest “urban wild,” in April. Learn more.
Deadline: February 19, 2017

Call for Artists Entries are currently being accepted for the 32nd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Prizes valued at more than $70,000 include an exhibition in New York City, online/print promotion and cash prizes. Learn more.
Deadline: February 21, 2017

Screenwriters The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and funded by Meryl Streep, in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, is currently accepting submissions. The Lab, now in its third year, welcomes screenplays by women over 40 (birth date on or before 3/30/77). Learn more.
Deadline: March 30, 2017

Outdoor Sculpture and Installations Art In the Orchard (AIO) is seeking sculptures and installations for its fourth biennial outdoor exhibit in Easthampton, Massachusetts. This biennial is expected to draw 25,000 visitors from August 13th to November 26th and will feature approximately 30 works. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium (totaling $15,000). Art In the Orchard 2017 is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private donations. The first edition of AIO was awarded the prestigious Gold Star Award for exemplary community arts project by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2017

Image credit: Rarely seen footage of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, where he delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” from Beacon Press.

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Arts and the Public Dollar

February 6th, 2017

Quote by Anita Walker of the Mass Cultural Council: Artists, writers, and historians produce a priceless record of our civilzation. And the public dollar ensures that that record belongs to and is co-authored by the citizens of this nation.Quote by Anita Walker, executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Last month, various news outlets reported that federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is in danger of elimination. Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker summarized the possible funding threat in a recent essay exploring the arts, democracy, and the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, whose efforts led to the creation of NEA and NEH.

Supporters of arts and culture in the Commonwealth can be gratified to know that elimination of arts and culture funding is not expected on a state level, at least not in the near term. Governor Baker’s recently announced budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 includes a small increase for arts and culture funding in Massachusetts. The Governor’s budget proposal is the first step in a months-long process involving both the State Senate and House.

See MCC’s Advocacy Action Center for updates on the budget process and for the latest data on the nonprofit cultural sector’s contributions to the Massachusetts economy and quality of life.

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Fellows Notes – Feb 17

February 6th, 2017

Fevrier, Febrero, Februar… presenting this month’s news from awardees of our Artist Fellowships Program.

Jenine Sheroes, THAW (2015), site-specific installation at at Jamaica Pond in Boston, Massachusetts

Sonia Almeida and Lucien Castaing-Taylor are among the artists recognized by the ICA Boston James and Audrey Foster Prize 2017. Their work will part of the ICA’s Foster Prize exhibition (2/16-7/9).

Samantha Fields, Andrew Mowbray, and Bob Oppenheim have work in Stitch: Syntax/Action/Reaction at the New Art Center in Newton (2/16-3/31, reception 2/16, 6-8 PM). The exhibition is part of the Curatorial Opportunities Program; Samatha Fields co-curated the exhibition with Jessica Burko.

Dana Filibert and Naoe Suzuki are among the artists exhibiting in Cloudlands at the Albany International Airport (thru 7/31, reception 2/17 5:30-7:30 PM).

Kenji Nakayama and Ben Sloat are among the artists in the exhibition All That Glitters Is Not Gold at Drive-by Projects (thru 3/28).

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Alexandra Anthony‘s film Lost in the Bewilderness had a theatrical run at Alkyonis New Star Cinema in Athens, Greece. The run was extended 11 more days than originally planned and opened at a second theatre, New Studio Art Cinema, as well.

Karl Baden has a solo exhibit of recently rediscovered prints, Thermographs 1976, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (2/11-3/14, reception and gallery talk 2/11, 3-5 PM).

Mary Bucci McCoy has a solo exhibition, Terra Recognita at Jane Deering Gallery in Gloucester (thru 2/26). She’s also exhibiting in Combined at Gray Contemporary in Houston (thru 2/18).

Kim Carlino has a solo exhibition, The Primary Line, at the UMass Amherst Herter Gallery (2/28-3/27, reception 3/1, 5-7 PM). She’s also recently launched a new website.

Vico Fabbris had a painting, Azumacea, featured on Linda Hoffman’s Apples, Art, and Spirit Blog.

Kieran Jordan has opened a new dance studio space in Hyde Park. She’ll have a New Studio Open House (2/26, 12-4 PM), with live music and pop-up performances.

Rania Matar is exhibiting her photography series Invisible Children at PhotoMed Liban in Beirut (thru 2/8). The series was recently reviewed by Hyperallergic and Photograph Magazine. She will also exhibit in the group exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War – America and the Middle East at The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College (thru 4/20). Rania is artist-in-residence at Kenyon College this coming semester, thanks to a Mellon Foundation supported artist residency. She’s also exhibiting in Becoming at RayKo PhotoCenter (thru 2/21) and Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School.

Richard Michelson‘s picture book Fascinating has been selected for as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2017 by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council.

Nathalie Miebach has work in two exhibitions opening this month: Art of the Weather at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV (2/4-8/15), and Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art at University of Richmond Museum, (2/7-5/5).

Monica Raymond‘s short play Hijab (with Adrianjne Krystansky) will have a reading at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center (2/16, 12:30 PM). It’s part of a program, HIJAB and Notes From the Field, that will discuss the cultural significance of women’s veiling around the world. Also, Monica’s monologue Ernesto had a staged reading at Theater Iati (NYC) in January.

Shelley Reed has a solo exhibition, A Curious Nature, at Fitchburg Art Museum (2/12-6/4). Her painting Predator/Prey (after Oudry) will also be the fulcrum of the group exhibition A Feast of Beasts (2/12-9/3).

Renee Ricciardi is the curator of The Uncertainty Principle, an exhibition about “Chance, Wonder, & Quantum Mysteries by Emerging New England Photographers” at the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (2/8-2/22, reception 2/16, 5:30-7:30 PM).

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

Sage Schmett exhibits her sculptural work in Hoarder Vacui at the Harvard Ed Portal Crossings Gallery (thru 2/24).

Jenine Shereos has two solo exhibitions in MA: Thaw, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston (thru 3/8, reception 2/25, 5-7 PM); and Im/material: Cloth in Collaboration with Nature, at UMass Amherst Hampden Gallery (2/26-3/27, reception 2/26, 2-4 PM).

Deb Todd Wheeler, along with exhibiting in Loud and Clear (thru 2/7) at Miller Yezerski Gallery, will perform with her band The LENNYcollective the Lily Pad in Cambridge (2/4, 8 PM).

Jung Yun is a finalist for the 2016 Barnes and Noble Discover Awards.

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

Image: Jenine Sheroes, THAW (2015), site-specific installation at at Jamaica Pond in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Snowed-In Artist Opportunities

January 31st, 2017

Guess it’s finally that time of year to break out the folding chairs and card tables to hold the parking spaces…

Artist Critique Group Share your work in an informal setting in a friendly and supportive exchange Saturday February 11, 10 a.m. to noon at the Menino Arts Center, 26 Central Ave, Hyde Park. This is a FREE event welcome to all local artists. Bring refreshments to share. For more information contact Larry Johnson, ph. 617-364-1739 or email LewBrown1@verizon.net (plenty of free parking in the Municipal Lot on Harvard Street).

Call for Art The Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams, Mass. is inviting professional artists in any media to submit to its spring juried exhibition titled 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 recent political events and the impact these events have had on you personally, professionally, socially, philosophically, and/or culturally. Learn more.
Deadline: February 3, 2017 (11:59 PM)

Call for Art The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites artists to submit original hand printed work to Big Print/Little Print. Including but not limited to screen print, mono print, letterpress, woodcut, linocut, etching and stamped/stenciled work. “Big Print” work must be two feet by two feet or larger. “Little Print” work must be one foot by one foot or smaller. Learn more.
Deadline: February 13, 2017

Poets Entries are currently being accepted for the National Poetry Series Open Competition. Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed Editions, Penguin Books, and University of Georgia Press. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Native American Artist Residency Fellowship  The Harpo Foundation’s Native American Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center Johnson, VT, is currently accepting applications. The Fellowship program was established to support the development of visual artists and the potential for intercultural dialogue. Each year, the Foundation awards two residency fellowships to Native American visual artists at the Vermont Studio Center. Each Fellow receives a one-month residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15

Photographers The Photographic Resource Center is accepting entries for their 21st annual juried exhibition EXPOSURE (April 28-June 10, 2017). Juror: Sarah Kennel, The Bryne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum. They seek a broad range of work including seeks a broad range of work, including both traditional and non-traditional approaches to photography. Learn more.
Deadline: February 26, 2017

Site-Specific Art The Umbrella Musketaquid Arts & Environment program seeks site-specific artwork for the Art Ramble 2017 outdoor exhibition, Slow Eyes, Solace & Site, to be installed in the Concord Hapgood-Wright Town Forest June 5, 2017- September 30, 2017. In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday this exhibit encourages artists to create work that slows the viewer’s experience of the natural world. What can we learn from looking and how long does it take us to see? As a species we can now exist without stepping foot in the woods. But happens when we do? How can makers reflect their own vision of nature to the audience in a way that reveals deeper connections, looking and questions? Selected artists receive $100. Learn more.
March 1, 2017

Call for 2018 Site-Specific Artist Installations Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philly is currently accepting proposals for its 2018 season of site-specific artist installations. They’re again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project. Learn more.
Deadline: June 14, 2017

Image credit: Vintage photo of a winter scene in Boston’s Egleston Square. From the Boston Public Library Collection.

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Announcing 32 Awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

January 30th, 2017

Mara Superior, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (2014), porcelain, wood, gold leaf, 24x20x15 in

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2017 Artist Fellowship awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Sixteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 16 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists, to date.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 561 applications were received; 141 in Crafts, 135 in Dramatic Writing, and 285 in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

Evan Morse, SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), Hydrocal, pigment, 9x18x15 in

The Crafts panelists were Honee A. Hess, Ji-Eun Kim, Daniel Kornrumpf, and Beth McLaughlin. The Dramatic Writing panelists were Maria Agui Carter, Anne G. Morgan, and Rebecca Noon; the Readers were Steven Bogart and Talaya Delaney. The Sculpture/Installation/New Genres panelists were Nicholas Capasso, Dana Filibert, Jen Mergel, and Allison Maria Rodriguez.

This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the Mass Cultural Council in 2017. In late May 2017, MCC will announce awards in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography.

Find a full list of 2017 Artist Fellowships awardees, to date.

Nora Valdez, LONG PATH (2013), Limestone and marble, 12x52x7 in

From the Off-Broadway production of EXPATRIATE by Lenelle Moise, photos by Vanessa Vargas

Images: Mara Superior (Crafts Fellow ’17), THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (2014), porcelain, wood, gold leaf, 24x20x15 in; Evan Morse (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’17), SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), hydrocal, pigment, 9x18x15 in; Nora Valdez (Crafts Fellow ’17), LONG PATH (2013), limestone and marble, 12x52x7 in; from the Off-Broadway production of EXPATRIATE by Lenelle Moise (Dramatic Writing Fellow ’17), photos by Vanessa Vargas.

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Jumpy Artist Opportunities

January 24th, 2017

“M” my name is Martha, my husband’s name is Mildred, we live in Massachusetts, and we bring back Merriment.

Of Note: 5th Annual National Choreography Month Boston Final Performances. Packed with fresh new work, the performances will celebrate the vibrant creativity of the Boston dance scene and hopes to forge new artistic connections that will strengthen our community. At the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA on January 28, 2017. Learn more.

Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction Entries are currently being accepted for the Iowa Review Awards. Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Emerging Choreographer Residency Green Street Studios is offering an emerging choreographer’s residency with 12 weeks of community and studio support for the creation of new work. Shared 2-night weekend performance. All dance genres are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Artist Residency MFA Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts invites emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines to apply for the inaugural Art Practice Artist -in- Residence program. Selected candidates will receive a studio, access to the facilities, including the Metal Shop, Wood Shop, Digital Sculpture Center, Digital Editing Lab, Fibers Lab, Ceramics Lab and Nature and Technology Lab, and a $2500 stipend. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2016

Photographers Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery in Amherst, MA, announces the call for entries for their 2nd Biennial Juried Photography Show. Open to all photographers, the gallery calls for submissions in response to the concept of “Strength.” The show will be juried for awards by a conference of three nationally recognized photography experts: Stephen Petegorsky, Stacy Waldman, and Frank Ward. A $350 cash prize will be awarded for best in show. The show will be on exhibit in April and May. Learn more.
Deadline: March 10, 2017

Call to Artists Celebrate 200 years of the Bulfinch Meetinghouse, a National Heritage Landmark in Lancaster. Entries are now being accepted for the national juried exhibtion including cash prizes. Artwork can include paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture/3-D artwork. For paintings/prints/framed artwork, please limit the size to no larger than 18? x 24? unframed, or a 2’x4? limit to other media/3D, with the exception of quilts, where there is no size limitation. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Call to Artists Apply to the 35th Annual Codman Estate Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, a juried fine arts festival featuring more than 100 artists and their wares, including: clothing, fiber, folk art, artisanal food, glass, jewelry, metalworking, painting, paper, photography, potter, printmaking, soft sculpture, toys, and woodworking. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Call to Painters Entries are now being accepted from Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT, for their 2017 juried exhibition, The Color of Light. Cash prizes of $1000, $500, & $250. Submissions open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor artists age 18 and older from New England plus New York, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania. Learn more.
Deadline: April 3, 2017

Call to Artists Peripheral ARTeries is looking for artists to be featured in the new Biennial Edition of their art publication, that will explore and show current trends and tendencies in Contemporary Art. Open to all forms of art and media with a particular focus on works capable of challenging the viewers’ traditional perspective on art itself. There are no entry fees and each artist may submit a maximum of three works or projects made in any technique. Learn more.
Deadline: May 19, 2017

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