Archive for the ‘residencies’ Category

Fake It Til You Make It Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Fiction Leapfrog Press is currently accepting entries for their Fiction Award. A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Sara Pritchard and the editors will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Brookline Arts Center exhibition Gravity (June 17-July 15, 2016. Pulling from our everyday conflicts to expanding our understanding of the universe, the word brings to mind weight and weightlessness, the laws of physics and the complexities of the human experience. They are looking for work that explores the connection between these extremes. Juror: Katherine French, Gallery Director, Catamount Arts. Up to six pieces of original artwork can be submitted. Learn more.
Deadline: May 14, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call to Artists ArcWorks in Peabody, MA, invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit Spring Fling. Artists may submit artwork in a variety of two– and three– dimensional media for the juror’s consideration. ArcWorks’ juried exhibits are un-themed, and artists may submit artwork of any subject matter. Learn more.
Deadline:  online submission due May 13, 2016; hand-delivered submission due May 18, 2016, 1pm – 6pm

Jazz Artists The guidelines and online application for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program are now available. The application deadline is May 27, 2016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: May 27, 2016

Professional Development MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is seeking applicants for the third round of their North Adams Project, an initiative to support artists committed to building their creative future in North Adams. The NA Project offers financial incentives and special programming for selected artists who relocate to North Adams by the end of 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2016

Call to Artists Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA) invites artists to submit to their summer show, an exhibition of work by artists living and creating at the intersection of LGBTQIA issues and culturally defined notions of “disability”. This is a show about empowerment, community, representation and visibility. Work is not required to address any particular theme, but must be submitted by artists who personally identify, or feel they have been defined by society, as a part of this minority demographic. All mediums included. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Painting Residency Award The Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, is currently accepting applications for the Chiaro Award, an artist residency and cash prize for an accomplished mid-career painter. Residencies of six to eight weeks include dedicated use of a private studio, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and an award of $15,000. The Chiaro Awardee will become part of the dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ programs, sharing in peer-to-peer creative exchange while developing his or her individual artistic practice. Learn more.
Deadline: June 3, 2016

Call to Artists Bromfield Gallery in Boston, MA,  is currently accepting submissions for their exhibition Heat. Open to all media, all interpretations: heat as it relates to climate, politics, and sex, as well as slang for a gun or police. Juried by a committee of Bromfield Gallery artists. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2016 (12 noon)

Of Note: The new Mass arts festivals listings calendar:

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Artist Opportunities Roadtrip

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016


C’mon, hop in. There’s always room for another artist.

Environmental Art Proposals Appearances: Provincetown Green Arts Festival is now accepting proposals for their annual event. Submission is free. Learn more.
Deadline Extended: April 9, 2016

Women Poets Finishing Line Press is offering a prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in perfect-bound print edition. Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Residencies for Writers and Poets Cirenaica is an artist residency in rural Fall Creek, Wisconsin where writers and poets can devote uninterrupted time to their work in a picturesque environment and work closely with prominent Midwest writers. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Call for Temporary Public Art Proposals Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) seeks proposals for two temporary public art projects and two participatory projects in conjunction with Fort Point Spring Open Studios. The works of art will engage the public, highlight the Fort Point neighborhood and its creative community and promote Open Studios. Four Awards Available: One $7,500 award and one $5000 award for temporary public art installations (sites are described on the full RFP) and two $750 awards for participatory public art projects to be produced on Saturday and Sunday of Open Studios Weekend, June 18 and 19, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2016 (midnight)

Artist and Ecologist Residency Program The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, OR) provides artists, writers, musicians, architects and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary. Up to six residents at a time, usually from different disciplines and stages in their careers, live and work on campus for up to 3 1/2 months free of charge. Learn more.
Deadline: April 18, 2016

Call to Artists The Chelsea Art Walk (Chelsea, MA) is currently accepting entries for their annual event. All mediums considered. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Call to Artists The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking the work of young, emerging artists from the Greater Boston area for its upcoming summer exhibition, Framework. All media is accepted, 2D and 3D. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Development Funds for Digital Series Independent Television Service (ITVS) has issued the Digital Open Call, which provides “up to $30,000 in R&D funding to develop and pilot digital series concepts on any subject, and from any viewpoint, for public media’s digital platforms.” Learn more.
Deadline: May 2, 2016 at 5pm PST

Playwriting Award The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman by The American Playwriting Foundation, is the largest annual cash prize ($45,000) 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 are relentlessly truthful. Learn more.
Deadline: May 2, 2016

Artist Project Proposals  Urbano in Jamaica Plain, is calling for artists of all disciplines to develop proposals that combine a place-based education approach and a participatory public intervention. Their theme “The Commons/The Other” offers a unique opportunity to utilize the common spaces and places in Egleston and Jackson Squares as social laboratories where notions of representation, identity and social interaction are explored through art. Projects may range from (but are not limited to) large-scale public art interventions and performances, to nomadic sculptures and audiovisuals. Learn more.
Deadline: May 9, 2016 (11:59pm EST)

Drawing Prize The 2016 Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is now accepting entries for applicants who are creating 2D drawings with either traditional methods, or more experimental contemporary approaches and materials, excepting digitally created or enhanced art. Drawing media that are encouraged include, but are not limited to, chalk, charcoal, color pencil, Conté, graphite, marker, metal-point, pastel, and pen & ink. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of actress Jayne Mansfield and two dogs sitting in the front seat of a convertible car. In public domain.

Catty Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

To be administered in small doses.

Call to Artists The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking members work for their annual Members’ Show exhibition. All artwork must be original work executed by the artist within the last three years. All media is accepted, 2D and 3D. Learn more.
Deadline: March 25, 2016

Theater and Dance Proposals Outside the Box is extending their local open call deadline for theater and dance proposals including a piece already in your repertoire or a new performance you’d like to premiere. Seeking pieces which can be performed outside on the grass or on a simple raised platform. These are designed to be pop-up pieces to envelop the audience in a festival atmosphere between the venues. There are both paid and unpaid opportunities during the 4 day festival. Learn more.
March 30, 2016

Poems, Short Stories Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes awarded on publication. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2016

New England Filmmakers Art New England magazine is accepting submissions for Frame to Fame II, chronicling regional independent filmmakers as they navigate the film festival circuit. Art New England will follow filmmakers throughout their process beginning with submitting their work (completed in 2015 or 2016) to various independent film festivals. It will then report on the filmmakers’ experiences as they attend festivals over the course of the 2016–2017 season. Art New England’s film critic Ethan Gilsdorf will conduct interviews with each participant, to be included in a serialized feature over the course of three to four issues of Art New England in print and online. The series concludes with a celebratory showcase in Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Request for Proposals The Dance Complex is hosting its second FESTIVAL OF US, YOU, WE, & THEM (June 24 – 26, 2016) and is looking for submissions of art to be shared, shown off and experienced. This combination open house, faculty & choreographers’ showcase, arts gallery and celebration, is a 3-day festival emphasizing the inclusive, humanizing nature of dance and the arts, and will take place within The Dance Complex historic building and outside on its sidewalk dance patio. Examples of submissions could include but are not limited to: theater, music or dance performances of all kinds (pop-up or formal) poetry reading, open rehearsal to share your creative process, open dance class, art-making demonstrations of all kinds, installations, film, facilitated dance/art dialogue. Learn more
Deadline: April 4, 2016

Craft Mentor Program The Society of Arts and Crafts’ Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for participation in premiere craft shows via CraftBoston Holiday – a juried show of 175 exhibitors selling fine craft at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center. Three to four artists will be selected to participate in the Mentor Program. These artists will attend a series of training meetings, working with each other, artist mentors, and show management to design a shared, subsided booth at CraftBoston Holiday. Learn more.
Deadline: April 4, 2016

Artist Residency Bright Door offers a ten-day residency in the Lowcountry of Beaufort, SC, one of the many Sea Islands along the South Carolina coastline, this five-room 1,000 sq. ft. cottage in a racially diverse neighborhood is set within a residential community known as Pigeon Point Founded with the purpose of encouraging the development of creative ideas and projects, the residency allows for private use of the cottage and is geared towards those with the maturity and desire to explore the community and the environment independently. The ten days are intended for retreat, research, and the drafting of creative projects. Artists and researchers particularly interested in environmental studies, plein air painting, landscape art, drawing, composing, writing, research of Gullah culture, The Civil War, Slavery, Reconstruction are great fits for this residency, as are leaders in all fields looking for inspiration in their work. However, the residency is not restricted to those areas, so all are welcome to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling basis

Call for Artists and Makers  Somerville’s 2016 Makeathon happening May 8 in Union Square will be hosted by Creative Living Works at Washington Street gallery in Union during ArtWeek Boston. Similar to the hackathon concept, artists, crafters, photographers, performers, designers + creatives of any discipline are invited to register. Teams of 2-5 members will have four hours to collaborate on making a work of art that combines each of their skills and relates to the theme (a surprise until day of). Once complete, each team will present at the reception where guests will vote on their favorite. Learn more.

Call for Artists The Boston Children’s Hospital, a Harvard University institution, has released a new Request for Qualifications for three new Environmental / Experiential Graphics opportunities in Boston and Waltham, Massachusetts: a new wayfinding system; donor recognition plaques and walls; elevator lobby art – experiential graphics. The RFQ is a coordinated effort with Boston Children’s wayfinding, donor recognition, and art planning teams. They are seeking design teams, artists, etc. for three distinct opportunities within the planned expansion. Open to experienced creative firms, environmental designers, public artists, graphics & media professionals residing in the United States. Creative use of materials, incorporation of technology, especially interactive elements a plus. Previous work in healthcare is desired.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Call for Artists Entries are now being accepted for the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) international small art exhibition 6x6x2016 (show runs from June 4 – July 17, 2016). Learn more.
Deadline: April 17 (postmarked by April 16)

Exhibition Proposals ArtsWorcester is inviting artists to submit proposals for solo and group exhibitions for their 2016-2017 gallery season and corporate art program. Also seeking performance art for their galleries. Proposals are evaluated first by a panel of art experts, and then by an ad hoc committee. As part of this year’s call for exhibits, they seek submissions specific to the Present Tense Prize, awarded to an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution. The Present Tense Prize winner will receive an award of $1,000 and a solo exhibit on one floor of the Aurora Gallery, and will give an artist talk.  Learn more.
Deadline: April 24, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the ArtWorcester members exhibition Terra Firma. They seek artwork that engages with the natural environment. While traditional approaches to landscape are welcome, they encourage works that move beyond notions of idealized landscape and the pastoral. This exhibition will take place on the lower level of the Aurora Gallery (Camilo Ramirez’s solo exhibit of photographs, The Gulf, will run simultaneously on the upper level). N.B. In addition to our usual guidelines, works in this exhibit must not exceed 3 feet (36 inches) in any direction. Learn more.
Deadline: April 27, 2016

Image credit: Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil: Worth Its Weight in Gold. Advertising card, c. 1890 (photographed by WeirdVintage at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago).

Artist Travel and Mobility

Monday, March 7th, 2016

ArtSake editor Dan Blask recently attended the TransCultural Exchange Conference in Boston. Here, he shares observations about the experience.

Christy Georg, CIRCUMNAVIGATING (2007), wood, steel, and cotton, 16x3x11 ft

The TransCultural Exchange Conference (TCE) took place February 25-27, 2016, the fifth such event since 2007. TCE focuses on international opportunities for artists in all disciplines.

At the 2016 conference, I moderated a panel discussion called “Funding Artists Mobility.” We talked about how to find, what to expect, and best practices in applying for U.S. and international travel experiences for artists that include financial support.

A Global Perspective
Why seek out international opportunities as an artist? One of the speakers on the panel, Dr. Frank Hentschker of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the City University of New York, spoke eloquently about the reasons why. He observed that the vast majority of books published or plays produced in the United States are by U.S. writers, a dynamic that extends to most if not all artistic disciplines. Limited exposure denies artists and audiences the diverse perspectives of a more global creative experience – something the Segal Center seeks to correct through its programming and publications. Dr. Hentschker discussed the Segal Center’s work with the Belgium-based organization On the Move, which supports cultural mobility by collecting and sharing information about funding opportunities for artists travel. The Segal Center and On the Move worked together to create the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide, a compendium of funding opportunities for international exchange for dance and theatre artists traveling to and from the USA.

Financial Support
In general, funding for artists mobility primarily falls into two categories: first, independent grants that help defray costs of travel and residency opportunities arranged separately by the artist; and second, travel and residency opportunities that include “built-in” financial support. The first – the independent travel grants – can be a bit tricky to find. Down below, I’ll share some resources that might be helpful. But it really behooves artists to consider funding at the very beginning of the process of researching and applying for opportunities. One funding opportunity to explore early on in your planning is the Lighton International Artists’ Exchange Program (LIAEP), which was presented at TCE by LIAEP Exhibition Director Michael Schonhoff.

LIAEP supports artists by offering unique opportunities for travel and exchange of ideas, with a focus on dedicated artists who have not yet worked in a foreign country and on residencies to countries that are less Westernized. The grants are competitive and support most costs directly connected to the travel and residency, with a maximum request of $6,000. Past awardees include Christy Georg (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Finalist ’11), whose Arctic Circle Residency received a LIAEP grant in 2012.

In the second category – opportunities with built-in funding – is the Fulbright Program, presented at TCE by Fulbright’s Andrew Riess.

Fulbright, a U.S. government program, offers grants each year to students, scholars, teachers, scientists, professionals, and artists for international educational exchanges. For most artists who are not students, the Scholars Program for travel abroad to lecture/conduct research for 2-12 months is likely the best fit. But there are a range of Fulbright Programs. Reiss pointed out that scholars/artists who, due to family, work, or other circumstances, can’t spend an extended period abroad can apply for the Fulbright FLEX Award to propose multiple stays of one to three months in the host country over a period of two to three years.

Thinking about applying for a Fulbright as an artist? Reiss suggested this excellent and informative blog post by Shawn Lent, which offers a step-by-step breakdown of the information gathering and application process. (Representative quote: “Remember, Fulbright loves weird. Be specific and bold.”)

Have further questions? As a grants administrator myself, I always suggest that you contact that organization’s staff for clarification. It’s always appreciated – of course – when you do your homework first so your questions are targeted.

Generosity of Spirit
At the beginning of the post, I mentioned Dr. Frank Hentschker’s compelling case for global experiences in the arts. Inherent to that concept is generosity. It’s in the spirit of generosity that many of these programs are initiated. The Lighton grant program referenced above was founded by Linda Lighton, a sculptor who was impacted by her own international experiences and wanted to make such experiences possible for others. And Dr. Hentschker shared that he was in the process of converting a family home that he’d inherited, in Germany, into an artist residency space. The notion of accepting an artist from abroad into your country, into your community – what could be more generous than that? Artists, I’d argue, can only benefit when they carry that spirit of generosity forward during their own travel journeys. Share advice, resources, tips, and successes with fellow artists; help create a more global creative experience for all.

As promised, here are some resources on finding travel, residency, and artist mobility funding opportunities:
Follow TransCultural Exchange’s Facebook page

Find opportunities
Alliance of Artists Communities
Res Artis
Trans Artists

Find funding
Lighton International Artists Exchange Program
On the Move
The Cimetta Fund
NYFA Source, a searchable database of grant opportunities
Cultural Mobility Funding Guide (performing artists)

Find tips
Shawn Lent’s So You’re an Artist Who Wants to Apply to Fulbright post
ArtSake’s Artist Residencies and Travel post, created following the 2013 TCE Conference
NYFA Current’s Travel Grants Tips and Opportunities post

Image: Christy Georg, CIRCUMNAVIGATING (2007), wood, steel, and cotton, 16x3x11 ft.

Artist Opportunities On the Run

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Elvis Playing Football (1)
We’ll get ’em next year. 

Call for Art The Cape Cod Museum of Art is currently accepting entries from visual artists for their first open juried exhibition Breaking the Mold.  The juror is Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA. Up to 40 finalists will exhibit their work, and she will choose several pieces for awards. Awardees will be given recognition on the museum’s website and social media. Work in the following categories will be considered: 2D, 3D, and Photography. Audio & Video are not eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: February 5, 2016

Call for Art The 15th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention gathers over 200 tattoo artists in downtown Boston for 3 days of tattooing, entertainment & juried contests this spring. This year they are opening their fine art gallery to artists creating 2-D, tattoo related works in the greater Boston area. For consideration, email the following to with the subject Fine Art Submission: Name, Phone Number & Email, plus 1-3 images of your work. Learn more.
Deadline: March 10, 2016

Playwrights The Theatre Conspiracy company in Fort Myers, FL, is currently accepting submissions for its Eighteenth Annual New Play Contest. Work must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Learn more.
Deadline: March 30, 2016

Printmaking Residency Mixit Print Studio in Somerville is currently accepting applications for their Summer Residencies program for July and August 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Call for Art Greenfield Community College’s Art Club has announced a call for mail art. Painting, drawing, collage, photography, and writing can all easily be mail art. Stamps, how the piece is addressed, and the marks made by the post office all add to the final art that arrives at its destination. Anyone is welcome to create an anonymous or signed postcard, card in an envelope, or other mail-able art and send it to the Art Club at: GCC Art Department, Jen Simms, 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301. All mail art will be exhibited in the South Gallery at GCC in June 2016. Exact dates will be posted on their website in the spring. Selected mail art may also be included in a zine that would accompany the exhibit. For more info, contact Jen Simms at
Deadline: April 28, 2016



Artist Opportunities Turned to Stardust

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016


“Gimme your hands cause you’re wonderful (wonderful)” – David Bowie

Printmaking Residency The Zea Mays Printmaking Residency Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in a cutting-edge studio, research center, educational institution and artist community. They strive to create an environment that is both professional and personal with great respect for the creative process of each artist. They provide artists an opportunity to learn the latest developments in safer and non-toxic printmaking while pursuing their printmaking projects.
Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling basis

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Photography Now 2016 exhibition. The juror is James Estrin, the New York Times Lens Blog. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted by the Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, for their exhibition Stay Woke: Art and Change.  The exhibition hopes to explore how personal and individual experiences intersect with larger sociopolitical agendas and what can or should the arts do to respond, reflect, heal or trouble the water. All media accepted including literary/performing arts, installations and interventions. For selected artists, the gallery will work to find creative ways to display art (e.g., not all work will need to be framed). Limited shipping support. No entry fee. To submit: send: 3-6 JPEG images named “LastName_FirstNameNumber” (send separate images rather than links. For video submissions, include a URL. Chosen videos will need to be supplied on a self-looping DVD), corresponding numbered image list with your name, title of work, materials, dimensions, a note about special installation considerations, price/value (gallery commission: 25%), statement, artist resume, complete contact information (name, mailing address, phone and email). In the subject line of the email, include your last name & “Stay Woke Submission.” Send entries to:, or submit your work via Google Drive or Dropbox.
Deadline: January 23, 2016

Call for Art Lincoln Studios Gallery, 289 Moody Street in Waltham, will present an exhibition called Love and Fate (February 5-March 1, 2016). The Lincoln Studios Gallery (formerly The Lincoln Arts Project) is a new exhibit opportunity, sponsored by the Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery in support of non traditional space and the arts in Waltham.  Open to all media. All submissions must be ready to hang with secure wire. Entry fee $10.00 due as artists drops off artwork for review. Gallery Sales: 20% gallery commission, and 80% to the artist. All artists will be notified of their show status. Artists who were not accepted, must pick up, Sunday Jan 31 from 12 – 6pm. Opening Night is Friday Feb. 5th and it will include fortune tellers who will give short Romantic readings. Their goal is to move beyond the traditional whispers over wine and cheese and create an interesting conversation. Closing/Artist Pickup – Tuesday March 1st – Thurs March 3, 12-6 pm. If you cannot pick up your artwork, make appropriate arrangements to have your work picked up on time (friends, family or co-workers can pick up your artwork for you). If work is not picked up on time, artists will be invoiced $15 per a day in late fees and will not allowed to enter another exhibition until paying their invoices. At the end of the exhibition staff is not responsible for any pick-up transportation, damage or theft once exhibition concludes. Questions, contact Sarah Leon at
Deadline: Drop off January 29 & 30, 2016 (12-6pm)

Artist Residency The Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week residency to four artists each summer from mid June to mid August. The residency supports a diverse group of artists, providing time and space for established and emerging artists to develop their work. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Call to Artists  Entries are now being accepted for the Cotuit Center for the Arts’s juried show Unsafe: Life after 9/11. Artists working in all media (painting, sculpture, photography, video, found objects, etc.) and writers from all genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, etc.) are invited to submit works that convey the impact the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers have had on life in America. Artists are encouraged to write accompanying text that will help elucidate the significance of their works of art. Writers are encouraged to submit objects or documents that provide physical context for their written passages. Passages should be brief enough to fit on wall labels or contained in a volume. Adjudicators are particularly interested in the long-term effects of 9/11 on families and society in general. Short video diaries or remembrances are encouraged. Works that convey the personal and social impact of the tragedy will be preferred. The exhibit will run in tandem with the world premiere of Jim Dalglish’s play Unsafe. Works will be displayed in the upstairs theater exhibition space of the center during the run of the show. Exhibition Dates: 3/24 – 4/23, 2016. Opening Reception: April 2, 2016. Submit high resolution digital images of the works of art and their accompanying descriptions or .mov files to Kim Baker at
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Photographers The Photographic Resource Center in Boston is currently acccepting entries for their exhibition EXPOSURE: The 20th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. They are looking for a broad range of work, including both traditional and non-traditional approaches to photography. Learn more.
Deadline: February 7, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call for Artist The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) seeks submission for a juried exhibition (February 12-April 3, 2016). Arlette and Gus Kayafas, of Gallery Kayafas, are the jurors. No theme and no size restriction, but work must arrive dry and equipped with a hanging device. All media accepted. Early drop-offs can occur the weekend prior to Drop-Off Day during Museum hours only (Thursday-Sunday, 12-5pm). Learn more.
Deadline: Drop-Off February 9 from 12-4pm.


Artist Opportunities :) ;(

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016


Photography  The Photographic Resource Center is currently accepting entries for their show Instantly Yours: A One of a Kind Exhibition of Instant & Instagram Photography (January 21, 2016 – February 21, 2016). Drop off your photos during regular business hours, Thursdays 11-8pm, and Fridays 11-4pm. For more info email info@prcboston.orgLearn more.

Short Stories Short story entries are now being accepted for the Literal Latté’s K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

Poetry, Short Stories Entries are now being accepted for the Ciardi/Chandra Prizes. Winner receives  $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press for either a poetry collection or a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of short fiction. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

Painting Portrait Award The Portrait Award, now in its thirty-seventh year at the National Portrait Gallery in London, is now accepting painting entries. With a first prize of £30,000, and a total prize fund of £61,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over. Learn more.
Deadline: February 2, 2016

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Boston LGBT Film Festival. They are seeking films about in the following categories: Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Experimental. Learn more.
Deadline: February 12, 2016

Visual Artist Residency The Goetemann Artist Residency at Rocky Neck in Gloucester is currently accepting applications from visual artists to fill three one-month residencies between May 15 and October 31, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2016

Image credit: Pixel art by Lucile Patron, aka Fulifuli. She’s an illustrator/animator based in Nantes (France) who loves tv shows, dinosaurs, pancakes and sushis, video games, and of course PIXEL ART.


Call for Proposals for BCA Summer Public Art Residency

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography of INMOTION: MEMORIES OF INVENTED PLAY by Amy Archambault, Boston Center for the Arts Plaza, Summer 2015

An intriguing public art opportunity, in Boston.

The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) has issued a Call for Proposals for the Summer 2016 Public Art Residency. The goal of the residency is to engage diverse members of BCA’s community through a unique, site-specific artwork in any medium that – in a safe and maintainable way – enlivens the BCA Plaza.

From the BCA:

This year, as it enters its fourth cycle, the Public Art Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) will be selected through a juried, open call process. This twelve-week, process-oriented residency provides an environment for artists to experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas while simultaneously engaging in active public dialogue.

The residency is awarded to one artist (or artist team) per year to create a temporary public artwork for the BCA’s historic plaza that highlights the BCA as an artistic hub. The program encourages artists to connect to the public not only by way of the completed, temporary artwork, but also throughout the process of developing and realizing their residency project. It is an ideal opportunity for emerging or experienced artists who would like to further develop a piece that engages a variety of audiences and adds to the arts experience of the BCA campus.

This year’s jurors: Camilø Álvårez, Owner/Director/Curator/ Preparator, Samsøñ, Boston, MA; Maggie Cavallo, Curator, Educator and Co-Founder of Alter Projects; and Meg Rotzel, Arts Program Manager at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography of BOUNCE by Liz Nofziger, Boston Center for the Arts, Summer 2014

Past Residents have included two past MCC Fellows: Amy Archambault, whose inMotion: Memories of Invented Play was a large-scale, interactive structure inviting participants to “uncommonly explore one of the most ubiquitous learned activities – riding a bicycle;” and Liz Nofziger, whose interactive installation Bounce encouraged community games of ping pong.

Learn more and apply for the residency.
Deadline: February 21, 2016
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Images: both photos by Melissa Blackall Photography: INMOTION: MEMORIES OF INVENTED PLAY by Amy Archambault, BCA Plaza, Summer 2015; BOUNCE by Liz Nofziger, BCA Plaza, Summer 2014.

TransCultural Exchange 2016

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Director Mary Sherman speaks at the 2013 TransCultural Exchange Conference, photo by Xiadong Wu

Artists are natural explorers. The good news for local creators is that one of the leading conferences on international travel and residencies for artists takes place in Boston: the TransCultural Exchange Conference. Through panels, events, and discussions, the event focuses on international opportunities for artists of all disciplines.

Mary Sherman, founder/director of the conference, wants to share the following details with artists who might be interested in attending this year’s event (Feb. 25-27, 2016):

1. More than ½ the attendees in the past can cite a tangible outcome, such as an invite to exhibit or to a residency program – within 6 months of the Conference’s end.

2. We have more than 150 speakers (critics, curators, residency directors) from around the world attending, meaning about 2 speakers per attendee! You can’t get much more personal attention than that. Speakers include:
Ute Meta Bauer (Co-Curator of the American pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and Founding Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore), Jean-Baptiste Joly (Founding Director of Akademie Schloss Solitude), Damien Hebron (Director of London Arts in Health Forum), Johan Pousette (Director of Sweden’s IASPIS), Marie Fol (Program Manager of TransArtists at Dutch Culture), Marie Le Sourd (Secretary General of On-the-Move), Pieranna Cavalchini (Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), Susan Hapgood (Executive Director, ISCP (NY’s International Studio & Curatorial Program)Caitlin Strokosch (Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities), Andy Riess (Assistant Director for Outreach for the Fulbright Scholar Program), Dr. Gaël McGill (Director of Molecular Visualization at the Center for Molecular and Cellular Dynamics at Harvard Medical School), Yannick Franck (Artistic Director of Belgium’s Les Brasseurs), Margaret Shiu Tan (Founder of Taiwan’s Bamboo Curtain Studio), Andrei Siclodi (Director of Austria’s Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen), Sarah Tanguy (Curator at the Art in Embassies program), Kira Simon-Kennedy (Co-Founder of China Residencies), Crispin Weinberg (Biomedical Modeling Pioneer), Lanfranco Aceti (Leonardo Electronic Almanac Editor), Sandeep Bhagwati (founder of the research-creation lab, the matralab) and Kelly Krause (Creative Director of Nature magazine) and on and on.

3. And not only do artists get to hear these people speak, but there are informal receptions to have a drink with them, or to have a portfolio review with them, and/or to attend a round-table discussion for them to meet other artists working in similar fields of interests so they can expand their network locally and globally.

4. Typically, for artists the Conference is tax-deductible.

5. The director of the London Biennale David Medalla states the conference is “one of the best things in the art world today.”

Learn more and register.

Related reading: ArtSake’s post on artist travel/residencies, written after the 2013 conference.

Artist Opportunities Road Trip

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015


Tickets please. All aboard. Destination tbd.

Call for Work Entries are now being accepted for the Flux Factory’s Fung Wah Biennial. In March 2016, Flux Factory will serve as a work and rehearsal space to create, perform, and install works in 3 separate Chinatown bus trips to 3 cities in the North Eastern U.S. During each weekend in March 2016, a bus will leave NYC to venture to a new city and back. Artists are invited to create works to be presented specifically on the bus while en route traveling to their respective destinations. The audience will become a mixture of those who have knowingly signed up for the Fung Wah Biennial and those who are simply traveling by bus (i.e. innocent bystanders). Learn more.
Deadline: January 1, 2016

Public Art Proposals The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is seeking proposals from artists to create engaging public art around the 2016 Chinese Zodiac, Year of the Monkey, as part of an ongoing series in Chinatown Park in downtown Boston. Artists will be asked to submit proposals for site-specific work to be temporarily installed and displayed in Chinatown Park. Work in any medium will be considered and must be durable and suitable for outdoors with the ability to withstand the elements of a New England climate as well as interaction with the general public. Learn more.
Project Proposal Deadline: December 14, 2015

Call for Media Art The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts are issuing the seventeenth call for media art to display on the Marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. They are looking for 30-second videos, animations, or computer-generated motion works by Massachusetts artists that push the creative limits of this 80-foot, seven-screen, three-sided LED sculpture. Learn more.
Deadline: January 3, 2016 (midnight)

Choreographers The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, PA, is currently accepting applications for its four-day newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival of performances by emerging and mid-career choreographers, presented along with artist talks, master classes and symposium. Learn more.
Deadline: January 5, 2016

Process-Based Residency The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, is now accepting applications for their Sci-Fi and the Human Condition Thematic Residency; there is no obligation or expectation to complete and/or exhibit a body of work. This residency aims to put into conversation artists who work in like-minded subject matter and interests. Through this call, the Bemis Center will construct a cohort of artists interested in the human condition when exploring issues of race, class, and gender through futuristic lenses. Learn more.
Deadline: January 8, 2016

Monologues Forward Theater Company, an Equity theater in Madison, Wisconsin, is currently accepting entries for their fourth monologue festival, Someone’s Gotta Do It, to be held in September 2016 at Overture Center for the Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

Ceramic Artists The Brookline Arts Center invites Massachusetts based ceramic artists to submit their most conceptual works in clay for the exhibition Conceptual Clay, Hot Art (March 18-April 22, 2016). The juror is Emily Zilber, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts. Up to six pieces of original artwork can be submitted. Learn more.
Deadline: January 22, 2016 (11:59pm)