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Dialed In Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, 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
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
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 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 or call 617-796-1410. Learn more.
Deadline: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 12 noon

Abuzz with Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, 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 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 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 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 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 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.


Health and Wellness for Performing Artists

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Free Panel: Athletes and the Arts – Integrating the Science of Sports Medicine into the World of Performing Arts.

This event will feature members of the national Athletes and the Arts coalition and local performing artists who will talk about ongoing efforts to integrate relevant sports medicine and wellness science into the world of performing artists. The performing artist and the sport athletes face similar and unique challenges as they strive to optimize performance while maintaining physical and mental health. Learn what these challenges are and how Athletes and the Arts can help you maintain good health.

City of Boston Chief of Arts and Culture Julie Burros will be moderating this discussion, which is presented in partnership with City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The Boston Public Library hosts the event, with outreach support from the Boston Dance Alliance, the Boston Musicians Association, and the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coaltion (MALC).

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7pm
Commonwealth Salon
Boston Public Library, Copley Branch, Central Library
700 Bolyston Street Boston 02116
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Artist Opportunities Netminder

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015


Take your best shot!

Of Note: SpaceFinder Mass is like an Airbnb for creative spaces.

Of Note: The Massachusetts Cultural Council is hosting a series of webinars for the UP inclusive design initiative. A webinar on Wednesday, June 10, 1-2 PM, explores Inclusive Theater, followed by a discussion of Inclusive Exhibits on Monday, June 15, 1-2 PM. Both webinars will feature representatives from Massachusetts cultural organizations discussing their work in inclusive theater and exhibits, share tips and lessons learned from their experience, and spark ideas for simple things you can do to make your work more inclusive to all. Learn more and register.

Choreographers Luminarium Dance has announced their call to artists for The 24-Hr ChoreoFest, an opportunity for Boston’s diverse and varied choreographers to unite through an equally shared experience, while pushing each other to our personal limits and to create new work. Learn more.
Deadline: June 12, 2015

Printmaking Residency Zea Mays Printmaking, one of the premier green studios in the USA, is now accepting applications for residencies which would provide artists an opportunity to learn the latest developments in safer and non-toxic printmaking. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling basis

Women Filmmakers, Directors, Producers Entries are now being accepted for the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant,  a film completion grant of $7,500 to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues. Director and producers are eligible to apply. Films may be of any length or genre, and must be works-in-progress that have completed principle photography. Filmmakers must be U.S.-based.  Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2015

Call for Art The Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is accepting entries for their annual exhibition NO DEAD ARTISTS,  open to living, emerging to established artists working throughout the world. All mediums are accepted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, design, glass, metalwork, photography, video, mixed media and installation art. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2015

Fiction Entries are now being accepted for the New American Press Fiction Prize. The winner receives $1,000 and publication by New American Press. Larry Watson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short stories or flash fiction, a novella, or a novel between 100 and 500. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2015

Poets Entries are now being accepted for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s Poetry Competition. A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Sascha Feinstein will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages. Learn more.
Deadline: June 19, 2015

Women Playwrights The Athena Project is now accepting submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This series will take place in Denver over the course of 3 weekends, in March 2016, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating women artists, including the yet-to-be named world premiere, winner of this year’s PIP Series. Four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, designers, cast and workshop presentation during the festival. One play from the 2016 PIP Series will win a full production to be produced in March of 2017, based on a combination of audience vote and board input. Learn more.
Deadline: June 19, 2015

Playwrights The North Park Playwright Festival in San Diego, CA, is seeking new short plays (15 minutes or shorter) that are easily staged, have casts of 4 or fewer, and have minimal set requirements. Plays should be complete (no excerpts from longer works) and preferably unproduced. Festival directors will choose plays. Any themes and subjects are welcome; the only regulation is no nudity. Include a title page with complete contact information, a character summary, and the script in proper format. Only one submission per playwright. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. No Fee. North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn. Summer Golden, Artistic Director .
Deadline: June 30, 2015

Filmmakers The Broad Humor Film Festival (September 24-27, 2015, Los Angeles, CA) features funny films written and directed by women. Entries must either be written or directed by a woman, and the subject matter must include “a healthy dose of humor.” Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2015

Photography Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Somerville Toy Camera festival at Nave Gallery, Nave Gallery Annex and Washington Street Art Center. The juror is Aline Smithson. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2015

Artist Grants The Artist’s Resource Trust provides grants to talented mid-career visual artists who have demonstrated substantial commitment and who have a financial need. A.R.T. supports artists (aged 35 or older) living in New England, or Columbia or Northeast Dutchess Counties, NY. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2015

Image credit: Photograph from Bread

Artist Opportunities Set List

Tuesday, 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

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.

Seeing Color

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Valspar Paint partnered with EnChroma to build colorblindness-correcting eyeglasses.

Breathe Easy Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014


Take a deep breath and dive into these artist opportunities.

Call for Art Gallery 263, Cambridge is now accepting entries for Chroma, a national juried exhibition of work on hue saturation and value, selected by Lynda Schlosberg (Boston-based artist, Kingston Gallery). Open to all US residents. Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. Online submissions only. Work in all media is encouraged.  Learn more.
Deadline: December 7, 2014

LGBT Writers Submissions for the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; and Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction; as well as for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award for LGBT fiction are now open. Learn more.
Deadline: December 9, 2014

Art & Handmade Goods Space is available for Somerville’s upcoming Saturday Local Artist Markets (SLAM) in December. SLAM provides a venue for local artists to exhibit & sell their work & an opportunity for shoppers to find a wide variety of art & handmade goods in one location. All media is considered. Entry fee. Questions, contact marykeane55@hotmail.comLearn more.

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the 6th National Juried Photography Exhibit Of Memory, Bone & Myth, organized by The University of North Dakota’s Department of Art & Design. This year’s juror is Tom Young. Learn more.
Deadline: December 11, 2014

Poetry New American Press is currently accepting submissions for their 2015 New American Poetry Prize. The winning manuscript will be published, and its author awarded $1,000. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2014

Residencies for Visual Artists & Writers with Spinal Cord Injury The Alliance of Artists Communities has announced that applications are now available for the 2015 Creative Access residency awards. The program provides visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) a month-long, funded studio residency. The program is open to all visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury in the United States and Canada. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Breath of Spring Exhibit at Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, MA. Learn more.
Deadline:  January 23, 2015 (midnight EST)

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the Animals in Action Online Photography Exhibit sponsored by Photography Center of Cape Cod. Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2015 (midnight EST)

Temporary Public Art Submissions for temporary public art in Spy Pond Park, Arlington are now being accepted. This juried exhibition, sponsored by Arlington Recreation and Arlington Public Art, is open to all artists 18 years or older producing temporary public art installations suitable for three week outdoor and public exposure. Artists are encouraged to explore the history of this pond and surrounding area for ideas. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2015

Knitted Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014


ArtSake spins yet another yarn!

Artists, Writers, Composers, Photographers Residency Applications are now being accepted for the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in California. Residencies are intended as professional development opportunities for artists, writers, composers and photographers. Artistic merit and promise are the basis for selections. All artists, ages 21 and over, who desire time alone in a natural setting to pursue creative work, are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling Monthly

Performing Artists NEST grants provide support to New England-based nonprofit organizations (known as presenters) for performances and community activities by select New England performing artists. If you are a performing artist, the NEST grants program may be of interest to you. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

Monotypes The Monotype Guild of New England is now accepting entries for their emerging young printmakers juried student exhibition Layers. Hosted in the campus gallery at Curry College, MGNE aims to recognize the merit of printmaking and art students from across New England. All students who submit artwork to this showcase will be given a free student membership to MGNE. Learn more.
Deadline: December 19, 2014

Women Playwrights The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ is currently accepting submissions for their 2015 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and the 2015 Susan Glaspell Contest. Learn more.
Deadline: January 13, 2015

Opera Singers The George London Foundation, one of the oldest vocal competitions in the United States and Canada, is offering 5 awards of $10,000 each. There will be 5 Encouragement Grants of $1,000 each. Honorable mentions of $500 will go to all finalists who do not receive an award. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition Photography Now, presented at the University Place Gallery in Cambridge, MA, and juried by Stephen Tourlentes.  Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2015

Of Note: List of free assistive technology resources.

Catching Artist Opportunities

Monday, July 7th, 2014


Land, sea, or air, ArtSake has it covered!

One Act Plays The Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s One Act Play Competition is looking for fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 20 minutes in length. $1,000 prize for Best Play. Each play will be given four performances, plus two extra performances if chosen to advance to the finals. They will supply a technician to run sound and lights. Learn more.
Deadline: July 21, 2014

Female Playwrights The Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship provides a cash prize of $10,000 for a female playwright to write and develops a new play. In addition to the playwright will receive residencies at three geographically distinct institutions. Learn more.
Deadline: July 31, 2014

Residencies for Writers, Media, Visual and Performing Artists Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, offers residencies of an average of 5 weeks for writers, media artists, visual artists and performing artists. Facilities include dance/choreography studios, exhibition/installation spaces, metal shop, music studio, and performing arts space. Residency provides housing, meals, studio, travel assistance, and materials stipend. Artists responsible for additional materials or travel costs. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2014

Artist Grants Artist’s Resource Trust Fund has grants available in painting, sculpture, printmaking or mixed media to mid-career artists over 35 years old with financial need living in New England. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2014

Film/Animation Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival is currently accepting submissions. Short films (under 25 minutes) in the following categories: animation, documentary, dance, performance, fine art, conceptual, drama, comedy, narrative, music video. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2014

Printmakers The Monotype Guild of New England is currently accepting entries for the ” Quarter Sheet: Almost Legal” print show at Zea Mays Studio. Learn more.
Deadline: August 15, 2014

Fund for Performing Arts Therapy The Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy supports theatre, dance, and music projects aimed at helping the sick and disadvantaged in the interest of making their lives better and brighter through the performing arts. Grants of up to $1,000 to fund instruments or equipment for a music therapist working in a hospital; scholarships for young people to attend theatre camp; travel expenses for a chorus or theatre group; space for a dancer working with disabled or elderly people; payment for an instructor teaching arts to patients; tickets for groups to attend theatre performances they otherwise could not… and any other proposal along those lines. Grants are focused in the Pioneer Valley and at Mass General Hospital. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling

Image credit: Photograph of Barbara Hughes cutting a back flip with beach ball (black ballet fashion) – Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. From the State Library and Archives of Florida.

A Rare Insight

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Every story suggests a larger narrative. Even complete in its own right, it can serve as a tile within a larger mosaic, or a window overlooking a vaster experience. Photographer and filmmaker Michaela O’Brien encountered two girls with the rare skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), and her investigations of their story led to the documentary In Crystal Skin, as well as a larger conversation of the way society addresses (or doesn’t, as the case may be) rare diseases.

The film is currently raising post-production funds on IndieGoGo, and we asked Michaela about her project and the larger story it illuminates.

What inspired the In Crystal Skin project?
I first visited a Colombian orphanage in 2011 as a documentary photographer. It was here I met Nixa and her older sister Nury, both of whom were born with EB and continue to struggle with this disease. The sisters wrap their limbs in plastic to minimize damage to their raw and fragile skin. Life with EB has proved isolating; the sisters draw stares on the streets of Bogotá, whether on their way to a medical appointment, or just out for a walk. Despite their challenges, the sisters are a feisty, resilient pair who fervently yearn for independence.

Inspired, I began an impromptu shoot, and upon my return to the U.S., shared the footage with editor Melissa Langer. Convinced of the story’s power, we embarked on the first of four return trips to Bogotá, scraped together with personal funds and vacation time. Over the course of the next three years, we uncovered a larger EB community, colored by different people and perspectives, yet united by a common struggle and setting. In Crystal Skin reflects this process of organic discovery, following four characters along their individual yet interwoven paths which combine in a universally resonant story of courage in the face of great odds.



How does this film relate to the larger dialogue about rare diseases of all kinds?
This documentary will be a window into the untold story of a tireless network of individuals, parents, and doctors battling an orphan disease. Our film unearths the personal experiences of spirited individuals to create a portrait of just one of the world’s 7,000 rare diseases. These rare diseases affect 1 in 10 Americans and over 350 million people worldwide.

From the tight-knit neighborhoods of Bogotá to the bustling biotech firms of Boston, the struggle to understand rare diseases and how they affect our lives and our families reaches across continents to form a global community. In Crystal Skin ignites dialogue about managing life with a rare disease and reveals those at the forefront of developing life-saving therapies for EB.

Our IndieGoGo campaign is a chance to be a part of that dialogue and to be a part of a larger effort to bring these stories to light. Our donors’ generosity will help finish this documentary and in turn will help bring the experiences of people living with rare diseases out of anonymity.

Why are you choosing to crowdfund the project?
Creating In Crystal Skin has been an act of dedication and perseverance. What inspired us to create this film in the first place – the voices and stories of those living with a rare disease – is what drives us to complete a documentary which will reach a wide audience. We are turning to Indiegogo first to raise money to complete a film which deserves to be shared, but also to establish a relationship with the many individuals experiencing life with a rare disease and those involved with patient advocacy, EB & rare disease research.

The In Crystal Skin IndieGoGo campaign is raising funds through 7/1/14.

Michaela O’Brien is a filmmaker, producer, and photographer based in Boston, MA. When she is not behind the camera, she works as an Associate Producer at Northern Light Productions located in Allston, MA.

Images: all photos by Michaela O’Brien: Melissa Langer places lav mic on interview subject, Maria Alejandra; cribs in an orphanage, Bogota, Colombia; Miguel watches the city pass him by as he rides the Transmilenio to work.