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Residency Roundup

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

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They’re ripe for picking!

Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program 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 performed by classical, contemporary, early music, jazz and world music ensembles. Funding is intended for audience development activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series. Support for residency projects ranges from $2,500 to $12,000.
Learn more.
Deadline: November 6, 2015 (12:00 Midnight, Eastern Time)

Writers, Artists, Composers Residency The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in the Ozarks, has eight suites in two houses. Each suite has a bedroom, private bath and writing room. Residencies are available year-round to writers of all kinds, artists and composers. They also have a suite for culinary writers, with a kitchen equipped by Kitchen Aid. Learn more.

Writers Residency Hawthornden Castle in Midlothian, Scotland, offers international, 1-month retreats for creative writers of all types. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Visual Artists Residency The Anderson Ranch Artist Residency’s Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Artists-in-Residence Program offers a residencies designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists. Residency finalists are chosen on the basis of artistic merit by an independent jury of established working artists and will live and work at Anderson Ranch for a approximately a ten week residency period. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2016

A View From the Mountain: Bread Loaf 2015

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Recently, writer Donna Gordon attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. In this guest post, she shares her experience and personal history with the conference.

View of Bread Loaf Mountain, photo by Don Shall

Attending the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Ripton, Vermont in August was not necessarily an invitation to commune with the muse, secure an agent, or sign a book deal. What the experience did offer and deliver in spades was an opportunity to spend ten days on the idyllic mountaintop – surrounded by green fields and an umbrella of blue sky – to workshop a piece of writing, meet with already accomplished writers actively publishing work worthy of fellowships and awards, and learn about the state of the art changes and patterns in the publishing industry. One-on-one meetings with agents and editors were also arranged in a relaxed environment on the yellow Victorian porch of the Bread Loaf Inn or in the hazy sunlit lounge-like Barn, where in almost every conversation the importance of narrative voice and standards of excellence were highlighted.

Bread Loaf has a laid back atmosphere with its signature Adirondack chairs, surrounding scenic trails, and moose-crossing signs. The pastoral campus hosts the larger inn, and the accompanying fields are strewn with guest cottages. But coming here is a big deal to a lot of people and marks a kind of validation for the approximately 200 writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction who attend. Categories for acceptance include fellowships, scholarship, contributors and auditors. This year 27% of applicants were invited. And of those, only 5% received financial aid. But the conference is so renowned for its workshops and networking opportunities, that people came from as far away as India and Iceland. Bottom line: writers here are treated with respect. And this becomes most evident in those private or small group meetings with the pros, including publisher Fiona McCrae of Graywolf, and agents like Janet Silver and Mitchell Waters. Instead of waiting for the dreaded “no” that writers often encounter with online submissions and protracted email exchanges with literary magazine editors, the face to face meetings allowed for more intimate conversation, “tell me about your project,” and, “please send me your manuscript.” Just being here meant we had been filtered through a large screening process.

The Barn at Bread Loaf, photo by Don Shall

Set in the Green Mountain National Forest, Bread Loaf is the oldest writers’ conference in the country. The conference dates back to 1926 when poet Robert Frost and novelist Willa Cather decided to start a summer writers’ camp on a horse farm near Middlebury College. Over the years, it’s drawn the participation of writers at the top of their craft, including Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, Anne Sexton and Eudora Welty. This summer MacArthur recipient and poet Terrance Hayes was there, and through a discussion of the poetry of Langston Hughes, rallied every one of us to find our political point of view. While I was there, three Bread Loaf participants had books reviewed in the Sunday New York Times.

Morning lectures on topics ranging from, Notes on the Dramatic Image by Charles Baxter to After the World Ends: The Artist’s Response to Crisis by Stacey D’Erasmo, roused people to thoughtful appreciation and were delivered to a consistently packed house in the Little Theatre (most of the lectures available online through iTunes U). Afternoons were devoted to craft talks ranging from Chris Castellani’s Mixed Signals: Modulating the Third Person, to Randall Kenan’s The Last Word: Notes on Endings, to Afaa Michael Weaver’s What Matters in Writing a Bop. Evenings were reserved for readings by faculty, fellows and scholars in the Little Theatre. The Blue Parlor was a place for contributors in all genres to read their work to a live audience. The conference also hosted a road race, two dances and a gala reception in the middle of a goldenrod studded field at sunset.

Bread Loaf Inn, photo by Don Shall

Bread Loaf accommodations in both the Inn and the cottages are spartan but clean. Most people share a room with one other person. The dining room tries hard to suit the likes of the masses and special dietary options are available.

Bread Loaf Dormitory, photo by Don Shall

Years ago, the conference had reputation for hedonism – some called it “Bed Loaf.” But Michael Collier, who took over as director in 1994, runs a tight ship with a structured agenda. A watchful eye is maintained by staff, ensuring that things go smoothly.

Still, writers are writers and given to creative twists and turns. Forty years ago I came to the conference as a young poet assigned to work with Donald Justice. I had a roommate from somewhere in the Midwest who kept her hair dryer running all night long in order to sleep. I had a riveting conversation in the middle of a field with poet Gregory Orr during which he told me how he had accidently killed his brother during a hunting incident. Back then I was living poem to poem. This year I came back as a fiction writer with a novel to try to pitch.

Ann Hood ended the conference with a talk entitled, Why Write? “Where the imagination runs supreme and creativity is a given, our minds are stretched,” she said. “We write to live.”

Adirondack chairs, Bread Loaf, photo by Donna Gordon

View from cottage porch, Bread Loaf, photo by Donna Gordon

Related reading: ArtSake’s post on artist residencies and travel.

Donna Gordon‘s fiction and poetry have been published in Story Quarterly, Ploughshares, the Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Boston Globe Magazine, and the anthology Sister to Sister. In March 2015, she won the chance to meet and play tennis with Serena Williams, an experience she wrote about for Medium.

Images: top four photos by Don Shall, used with permission of the artist; bottom two photos by Donna Gordon.

Vintage Vinyl Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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Poetry Entries are now being accepted for the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award is given annually to a woman poet over 40 years of age who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, the university’s literary journal; and round-trip transportation and lodging to give a reading at Carlow University with this year’s judge, Lynn Emanuel. Learn more.
Deadline: September 5, 2015

Media Art The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts are issuing the fifteenth 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: September 7, 2015 (midnight)

Short Films Boston Open Screen, an open mic for film, encourages local filmmakers to bring their short films to screen at the next event at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. Boston Open Screen will play any film on the big screen as long as it’s 10 minutes or under. More info and tech specs on the Facebook page.
September 8, 2015, 7-10 PM

Public Artists, Designers, Data Visualizers, Environmentalists Applications are now being considered for an Energy Feedback Sculpture at Harvard University. Selected applicants will be awarded funding to develop proposals to be considered for a major public art installation on campus. Learn more.
Deadline: September 14, 2015

Studios at MASS MoCA The Studios at MASS MoCA, a new program from Assets for Artists, offers two professional development tracks: artists can apply for self-directed professional development residencies of 1-4 weeks in length, and/or enroll in week-long “workshops-in-residence” with individual studio space and housing complemented by instructor-led programming. Enrollment is first-come, first-served. Learn more.
Deadline: September 14, 2015

Glass Artists The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) has announced a call for entries for its 1st Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition 2015,  for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks. The juror is Maurine Littleton. Learn more.
Deadline: September 16, 2015

Crafts Artists Entries are now being accepted for the annual Smithsonian Craft Show,  a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts and design.  Artists are selected on the basis of the originality, artistic conception, and quality of their work. Learn more.
Deadline: September 20, 2015

Amherst/Pioneer Valley Writers Calling all writers in the Greater Amherst/Pioneer Valley region: Luminarium Dance’s “Amherst Storybook Project” is in its final stage. Using artwork from local artists, the company has created 12 fanciful images for a new children’s storybook. Writers are asked to choose an image, and write a poem or short story inspired by the scene. Submissions are completely free, and writers are welcome to submit as many entries as they wish. One submission per image will ultimately be chosen to be printed alongside the artwork in the final book, which will debut at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on November 8th. See images, learn more, and submit writing here.
Deadline: September 25, 2015, 5 PM

Dissertation Fellowships in American Art Applications are now being accepted for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art designated for graduate students in any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing. Stipend: $25,000, plus up to $2,000 as a travel allowance.
Learn more.
Deadline: October 21, 2015

Nominate a Jazz Master Fellowships of up to $25,000 are awarded to living individuals on the basis of nominations from the public including the jazz community. The NEA encourages nominations of a broad range of men and women who have been significant to the field of jazz, through vocals, instrumental performance, creative leadership, and education. Nominees must demonstrate significant contribution to the art form through their body of work in the field of jazz. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2015

Image credit: Original image, via Smithsonian Libraries, from Academy sketches (1877).

Artist Opportunities Rehearsal

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Of Note: Two-day Artist-in-Business training available to artists in three towns in Western Massachusetts in 2015-2016: Easthampton, Greenfield, and Springfield. Learn more.

Writers Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowships. Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-month mentorship in Los Angeles with a professional writer, as well as classes at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, public readings, and other programming. Learn more.
Deadline: August 10, 2015

Poets Entries are now being accepted for Grayson Books Poetry Prize. Winner receives a prize of $1,000 and publication for a poetry collection. The judge is Mekeel McBride. Learn more.
Deadline: August 15, 2015

Call for Art The Warwick Museum of Art is currently accepting 2D and 3D entries for their 29th Annual RI Open Juried Exhibit. The juror is Francoise McAree. Awards: 2 Excellence Awards will be presented for $200.00 each; 4 non-cash Honorable Mentions will also be presented. Learn more.
Deadline: August 16, 2015 (5:00 pm)

Call for Projects ILLUMINUS is seeking project applications that cross disciplinary boundaries and engage a diverse public audience for exhibition at their 2015 Festival. They accept projects in any medium but give special consideration to the following categories: Light, Sound or Projection Installations; Audio Visual Performances; Interactive or Participatory Projects; and Experiential Art Installations. Learn more.
Deadline: August 20th, 2015 (11:59 PM)

Artist Residency Applications are now being accepted for the ArtCenter/South Florida’s Studio Residency Program. Ideal for artists who are committed to experimentation and innovation, seeking artistic & professional development. Artists’ are granted partially-subsidized studios at ArtCenter’s Miami Beach campus located in the heart of South Beach. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2015

Find or list creative live/work or work space in Massachusetts with ArtSake’s Creative Space Classifieds.

Image credit: Photograph of woman with band in public domain.

Fellows Notes – Jul 15

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

As we continue to celebrate 40 years of fellowships in Massachusetts, here are some of the star-spangled, firecrackin’ July honors and accomplishments of the program’s awardees.

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Eighteen past Fellows and Finalists, including awardees from each of the four decades in the Artists Fellowships’ history, are among the artists participating in the Isles Arts Initiative, in and around the Boston Harbor Islands this Summer. Elizabeth Alexander, Amy Archambault, and Samantha Fields, and the !ND!V!DUALS Collective (which includes Luke O’Sullivan) have created site-responsive installations for Cove on Georges Island; Marilyn Arsem is among the artist performing in SEEN/UNSEEN on Spectacle Island; Christopher Abrams, Matt Brackett, Allison Cekala, Rosalyn Driscoll, Christopher Frost, Mags Harries, Scott Listfield, Kenji Nakayama, Andrew Neumann, Nick Schietromo, Candice Smith Corby, and Hannah Verlin are exhibiting in 34 at Boston Sculptors Gallery; and Sarah Wentworth is among the artists in Islands on the Edge at the Atlantic Wharf Gallery of Fort Point Arts Community. The project is led by curator and FLUX.Boston creator Liz Devlin.

Elizabeth Alexander, Rosalind Driscoll, Mags Harries, Niho Kozuru, and Nancy Selvage are exhibiting in The Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015 (thru 10/12).

Current and past MCC awardees including Karen Aqua, Prilla Smith Brackett, Caleb Cole, Gary Duehr, Matthew Gamber, Nona Hershey, Greer Muldowney, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Debra Weisberg, and Sarah Wentworth are exhibiting in the exciting exhibition In/Sight at the new Lunder Art Center at Lesley University (7/9-8/9, opening reception 7/9, 6-8 PM). The exhibition is curated by Randi Hopkins, Associate Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts and celebrates the diversity of artists in Cambridge and Somerville.

Samantha Fields and Andrew Mowbray are among the artists in Tactile Textiles, featuring multidimensional fiber work, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center thru 12/2015.

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Amy Archambault was named Artist in Residence for the Boston Center for the Arts Public Arts Residency. She is creating a large-scale interactive installation, inMotion: Memories of Invented Play, for the BCA’s Tremont Street Plaza (7/23-10/18).

David Binder‘s documentary Calling My Children will again be broadcast on PBS this month, due to the success of its previous broadcasts. Find a broadcast schedule.

Sarah Bliss and Rosalyn Driscoll‘s new room-sized, multichannel immersive sculptural video and sound installation, Blindsight, exhibits at Boston Sculptors Gallery (thru 7/19). Read a glowing review in the Boston Globe.

Steven Bogart will be directing a new play conceived in 24-hours, as part of the Mad Dash event from Fresh Ink Theatre and Interim Writers (7/11, 8 PM Cambridge YMCA).

Prilla Smith Brackett will exhibit as part of the group show InSight, juried by Randi Hopkins, at Leslie University’s Lunder Center for the Arts (7/9-8/9). She recently exhibited in Fractured Visions at Danforth Art; Smith College Museum of Art acquired her work Remnants: Communion #9 from that show.

Kelly Carmody won the Edmund C. Tarbell Award from the Guild of Boston Artists for her portrait Patrick (Man Holding White Cloth), and her winning painting is on the cover of the July/August issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

Timothy Coleman is exhibiting in Our Stories, a New Hampshire Furniture Masters show at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH (thru 7/23, artist reception and presentation 7/2, 5:30 PM).

Gary Duehr is among the artists exhibiting in In Passing, a show of hybrid photography that incorporates painting or printmaking, at ArtSpace Maynard (thru 7/10).

Holly Guran read from her recently published poetry book River of Bones at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton (7/1 7 PM). She’ll also read on 8/1 at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum, with the Jamaica Pond Poets, in conjunction with an exhibit called Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word, featuring poems by Holly and photographs by Philip McAlary (thru 9/3).

Michael Joseph and his photography were featured in a photo essay on CNN.com.

Ellen LeBow is contributing art writing and commentary in Rice Polak Gallery’s publication Scratching the Surface.

Melinda Lopez‘s new play-in-progress Yerma will have a free public reading (RSVP here) at the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts (7/25, 3 PM), as part of the Huntington Theatre Company’s Summer Workshop.

Mary Lum‘s recent show at Carroll and Sons Gallery was reviewed in the Boston Globe.

Mary Bucci McCoy is exhibiting at Gray Contemporary in Houston, TX, in a solo show, Residuum (thru 7/25).

Gary Metras published a poetry book, The Moon in the Pool through Presa Press.

Nathalie Miebach is doing an artist residency at the Mountain Lake Biological Station in the Virginia Mountains as part of their ARTLab Program.

Monica Raymond wrote the libretto for a new chamber opera, Koan, (Charles Turner, composer) which had a workshop at New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative in June with Teresa Winner Blume and Brian Church.

Peter Snoad‘s new multi-media play, The Draft, about personal experiences with the military draft during the Vietnam War, will premiere at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury (9/10-9/20), where Peter has been Visiting Playwright. The play will then go on the road for performances at Westfield State University, The Academy of Music in Northampton, and Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Peter has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance and continue the tour. Peter’s short play, My Name is Art, will be staged by Fort Point Theatre Channel as part of its Inter-Actions festival (7/17-7/19).

Howard Stelzer has a new CD called How To, published by Phage Tapes in Minnesota. The CD is available from the label and a digital version is available from the artist. How To continues the artist’s practice of building compositions using cassette tapes and tape players.

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

Image: in-progress image of INMOTION, a public art project by Amy Archambault (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’13).

Rhythmic Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Irish step dance taught by Kieran Jordan (2008 MCC Traditional Arts Fellow) to Emerald Rae Forman. (Cambridge, MA)

Of note: Miller Street Open Studios, Somerville, MA, April 10-12, 2015

Performing Artists, Visual Artists The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company invites artists from all disciplines to apply for Fair Verona, three open-air festivals that will transform some of Boston’s most cherished parks and local communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. They will highlight performances and displays, workshops in the visual and performing arts, and interactive outdoor activities, including, but not limited to: mask making, painting, drawing, drum circle, dancing, fight choreography, improvisation, theater games, and more. Artists should indicate whether or not they are applying for a slot on the mainstage or at an adjoining booth. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2015

Residency Opportunity The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on the Oregon Coast, is currently accepting applications for artist residencies. for visual artists, writers, musicians,  as well as naturalists, ecologists, and environmental scientists. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Of note: Berkshire Brown Bag: SpaceFinder Mass, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12-1pm, Central Station, 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield MA. FREE, Registration Recommended. Do you have unique space for rent, or under-utilized space in the off season? Would you like to increase the accessibility of your space to artists in Berkshire County and beyond? Join Fractured Atlas, a New York City non-profit technology company, and Berkshire Creative for a presentation about a new creative workspace directory called SpaceFinder Mass. Learn how creative businesses and other property owners can attract new renters through this free resource. Developed by Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder Mass is a project of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Poetry Entries are now being accepted from the University of Pittsburgh Press for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition. Winner receives a prize of $5,000 and publication for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (November 12-22, 2014, Philadelphia, PA) – Seeking films by, starring, and/or about Asian Americans in the following categories: Short (under 40 minutes), Narrative Feature (40 minutes or over), and Documentary Feature (40 minutes or over). Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Exhibition Proposals Montserrat College of Art’s Frame 301 Gallery is currently accepting proposal submissions for artists to exhibit their work in the downtown of Beverly, MA. Each month a regional, national and or international artist is selected to install his or her work in the space. Frame 301 is currently accepting written proposals from artist who will then come and install site-specific work into the space. Open to all artists: regional, national and international. The process for selecting artists for Frame 301 will reflect the artist’s creativity as well as the artist’s understanding of art in the community. Application Instructions: Artist must submit a written proposal that includes an outline of intent for the temporary install of original artwork. If selected to show, artist will be required to be present for install as well as de-install at Frame 301. Submit a CD with 8-10 images, proposal (limited to 500 characters), bio/resume, artist statement and an image list including title, medium, and dimensions of work. A brief description of each image is optional. All CDs must be labeled with the artist’s name. All image files must be labeled 1.Lastname_title_jpg. Once selected, artist will be contacted with a date and time to come and install in the company of the Montserrat Gallery staff. Send CD and other accompanying print material to: Montserrat Gallery ATT: Sara Santarsiero, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Deadline: Ongoing

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (October 8-18, 2015, Seattle, WA) – Narrative Feature, Documentary Features (longer than 40 minutes), and Short (under 40 minutes). Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship The Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years and older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist Fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a handsomely appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend. Learn more.
Deadline: July 5, 2015

Monkeying Around with Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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Of Note: SpaceFinder Mass is a free directory of arts venues and creative spaces across the state of Massachusetts. Find space for your next performance, special event, class, rehearsal, film shoot and more. A project of Fractured Atlas, The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Call for Work The All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary international festival of LGBTQ arts and culture. Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows Learn more.
Deadline: March 22, 2015

Call for Art The North River Arts Society in Marshfied is currently accepting entries for their juried Figure and Portrait Exhibition. The juror is Johanna Harmon. Learn more.
Deadline: March 27, 2015

Call for Art ArtsWorcester Biennial is currently accepting entries in all media. The juror is Susan Stoops. Awards include the $500 Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best In Show, $200 awards for Best of Category, and $50 Honorable Mention Awards. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2015

Call to Artists The Mass Audubon Moose Hill Gallery is now accepting submissions for its upcoming juried exhibit Rivers, Streams and Lakes. Artists are invited to submit up to five (8”x10”) photographic prints only (for judging purposes only) of their most engaging nature based work. Any medium is acceptable. All prints must be labeled on the back with name, contact information, dimensions of framed work, title of piece and medium. Entry fee is $15 for up to 5 pieces, please provide a stamped return envelope to fit your artwork if you would like it returned. If selected for a show, all artwork needs to be framed appropriately and ready to hang (detailed information upon request). Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA 02067. Please contact jngoba@massaudubon.org for any questions.
Deadline: April 13, 2015

Photography Grant The Crusade Engagement Grant awards $10,000 annually to the applicant with the most innovative idea to build
audiences for photography. They are looking for projects that focus on creating demand for photography and provide a concrete plan to create one-to-one connections between the photographer, the viewer, and the audience. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Artists of the Northeast Art of the Northeast (AoNE) has issued a call for entries for the 65th Annual Art of the Northeast juried exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT. The call for entries is open to all artists in any media throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland (D.C.). Michelle Grabner, who was one of three curators of this year’s Whitney Biennial (and its first artist curator) will co-curate the 65th annual Art of the Northeast with her husband, artist Brad Killam. Learn more.
Deadline: April 24, 2015

Poets The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. $28 fee. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Exhibition Proposals ArtSpace Gallery in Maynard, MA, is currently accepting proposals for group or solo exhibitions for their September 2015 through July 2016 season. Proposals should be for group or solo exhibitions,  present a coherent theme, and should be based on a unifying concept that is social, historical, philosophical, cultural, political or other. The ArtSpace Gallery Committee may combine solo proposals creating two to four mini solo shows in one large exhibit. Preference will be given to New England artists.  For more information contact artspacemaynard@gmail.com
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Residency The Ragdale Foundation is accepting applications for residencies for visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, media artists, and choreographers. Organization provides housing, meals, and studio space. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Media: gif from archival image by Bill Domonkos.

Get Ahead Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Get your head in the game and take advantage of these upcoming opportunities.

Of Note Spark! Networking Event at Sohn Fine Art in Lenox, MA. Register now for the first SPARK! networking event of the year, held at Sohn Fine Art in conjunction with the 4th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition benefiting Berkshire Creative. Meet other creatives working in the region, make connections, get inspired, and learn something new – all against the backdrop of beautiful and thought-provoking photography. Free, but please register.
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm

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Emerging, Diverse Writers HBO has announced the launch of the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship. The program will give emerging writers from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to attend a week of master classes held at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California focusing on character and story development, pitching ideas and projects, securing an agent, and networking. Each participant will then enter into an 8-month writing phase where he/she will be paired with an HBO development executive and guided through the script development process. Apply using Withoutabox.com. Learn more.
Deadline: Application portal opens March 4, 2015 and will close when 1,000 submissions have been reached.

Poets of African Descent The Cave Canem Foundation is accepting applications for its Poetry Prize, an award of $1000 and publication by Graywolf Press of a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. $15 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: March 9, 2015

First Novel Award The James Jones Literary Society of Wilkes University offers the First Novel Fellowship, a prize of $10,000 for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a novel. Past recipients include Cam Terwilliger. $30 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2015

Temporary Public Art Fort Points Arts Community (FPAC) seeks proposals for a temporary public art installation in conjunction with FPAC’s May 2015 Open Studios. Projects may be proposed for any outdoor site in the Fort and should be accessible to Open Studios viewers as well as the general public. All media considered, one month minimum duration. Q&A session for applicants Monday, March 9, 2015, at FPAC Gallery. Learn more.
Deadline: March 19, 2015

New Music New Music USA is accepting applications for its Spring 2015 Project Grants. The grants support projects that involve new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording. Awards can range between $250 and $15,000. Projects can take place up to two years past the deadline or up to six months prior. Requests can come from individuals or organizations. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2015

Forest Artist Residency Artists in all media are invited to apply for the 2015 White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) Artist-in-Residence program, a collaboration between the WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The residency program seeks to use art and creative expression to explore the many ways in which people relate to forests in general and to the WMNF in particular. One residency opportunity of at least three weeks will be offered between July and September; the artist(s) selected will be able to indicate their preferred time. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Documentaries The Sundance Documentary Fund provides strategic financial support to cinematic, feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. The organization provides $1M-$2M in non-recoupable financing annually across all stages of development, production, post-production, and strategic audience engagement. Learn more.
Deadline: Applications accepting on a rolling basis until August 3, 2015

Image: vintage poster of American magician Harry Kellar, from Weird Vintage.

Increasing Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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Portrait of Increase Sumner, the Fifth Governor of Massachusetts, (1797–1799), from the State Library of Massachusetts Flickr page.

Call for Artists Entries are now being accepted by Agora Gallery for their 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Accepted mediums include painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Visual Artist Residency The Goetemann Artist Residency in Gloucester, MA is now accepting applications. Venue is accessible by public transportation and offers three terms of 4 weeks each (with a possible 2 week option) from late May through October. Stay includes a private, waterfront live-work studio in a progressive arts community. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Grants for Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts A reminder that Creative Capital is now accepting online Letters of Inquiry for awards in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. Past awardees include Brian Knep, Eric Gottesman, and Jane Marsching. Learn more.
Deadline: March 2, 2015, 4:00pm EST

SerHacer Grants Available Eligible organizations and schools can apply for new, three-year grants from SerHacer, MCC’s newest initiative in Creative Youth Development. Inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela, SerHacer supports new and existing intensive, ensemble music making as a vehicle for youth development and social change. Learn more. Information sessions will take place at MCC’s offices on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 10am-12pm, and via webinar on Friday, March 13 from 10am-12pm. Register now.
Intent to Apply Deadline: March 15, 2015
Full Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

Massachusetts Artists Brush Art Gallery & Studios in Lowell has issued a call for entries for Massachusetts Artists 2015: A Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Work by the Artists who Live in Massachusetts. The juror will be Joanna Fink, Director, Alpha Gallery, Boston. Exhibition Dates are April 18 – June 6, 2015. Opening Reception: April 25, 2 – 4 pm. Learn more. Contact director@thebrush.org with questions.
Deadline: March 21, 2015 by 4:00 PM

Documentaries Independent Lens is accepting applications for its 2015/2016 season. Applications must include a url address to a secure online screener (e.g. Vimeo) and the password to view your film. This link must remain active until the submissions deadline. Final decisions emailed on or before April 30, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: March 27, 2015

Printmaking Residency Mixit Print Studio in Cambridge, MA, is currently accepting applications for their Summer Residencies. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015

Marine Environment Art Grant The Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant Rhode Island 2014 is currently accepting applications. Grants are intended to assist individual and collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered. A total of $3,000 in grants is awarded annually. Established in 1988 to encourage New England professional visual artists to address the issues of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Learn more.
Deadline: May 29, 2015

Image: portrait of Increase Sumner, the Fifth Governor of Massachusetts, (1797–1799), from the State Library of Massachusetts Flickr page.

Sketching Out Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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Artist Residency 360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a free artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency. They also have a personal residency program for artists who need longer periods of creative time (1 – 4 months). Write: 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com for more info.
Deadline: January 18, 2015

Photography The Center for Fine Art Photography has announced their call for entry, Landscapes with juror Chantel Paul, Chantel Paul is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, CA. All artist interpretations on this theme are encouraged. All capture types and post-production processes are welcome. Learn more.
Deadline: February 11, 2015

Sculptors The Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, has announced a call for artists for their 17th Annual Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. They are seeking proposals from artists for 2015-2016. Selected artists each receive a $1,000 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award. Learn more.
Deadline: February 16, 2015

Filmmakers The Provincetown International Film Festival is accepting Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Animated Feature, Short, and Student Short submissions. Films must have been completed after June 1, 2013. Submit using Withoutabox. Submissions considered for audience, jury, and first-time filmmaker awards. Learn more.
Deadline: February 23, 2015

Call for Artist Proposals  The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) invites artists from all disciplines to apply for Fair Verona, three open-air festivals that will transform some of Boston’s most cherished parks and local communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Fair Verona, part of Shakespeare OFF the Common, will encourage participation through interactive outdoor arts activities, build community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize the local economy. Honorarium will be awarded to the top artists selected for Fair VeronaLearn more. Questions, contact Marissa Friedman, CSC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, at mfriedman@commshakes.org.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Residencies for Artists, Scientists, Writers Applications are now being accepted for PLAYA’s artist residencies in south central Oregon. They offer seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. Residencies are open to artists, scientists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in forms of creative research. Learn more.
Deadline: of March 1, 2015

Creative Writing Fellowships The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in prose. You may apply only once each year. If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034 or LitFellowships@arts.gov. Learn more.
Deadline: March 11, 2015

Printmakers The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is currently accepting entries for the 10th Biennial International Print Exhibition. Work can not exceed 4″ square. Learn more.
Deadline: March 14, 2015

Image credit: Illustration of child drawing on a wall from The Nursery, A Monthly Magazine for Youngest Readers Vol XIII – No. 4, a children’s magazine published in 1873.

 


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