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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)

Artist Opportunities Hit the Road

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015


Performing Artists Grants USArtists International supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of US based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals. Learn more.
Deadline: December 4, 2015

Poetry Translation Grants Applications are now being accepted for the National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships Grants. Awards of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of translation in digital or print literary publications or in book form between December 1, 2000, and December 8, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: December 8, 2015

Poetry The Codhill Press poetry award is currently accepting submissions. A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: December 10, 2015

Call for Artists The Cambridge Art Association is currently accepting entries for its 15th National Prize Show, a juried exhibition by Paul Ha. Includes cash prizes. Learn more.
Deadline: January 8th, 2016

Music Recording Grants The Aaron Copland Fund for Music is accepting proposals for its Recording Program. The program’s objectives are to document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers, to develop audiences for contemporary American music through record distribution and other retail markets, and to support the release and dissemination of recordings of previously unreleased contemporary American music and the reissuance of recordings that are no longer available. Proposals may be submitted by non-profit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions and non-profit or commercial recording companies. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program 2017 The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers up to five leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States an opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan in 2017 through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. Artists participate as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan. They also serve as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Call for Art The Boston Biennial 2016 is currently accepting entries. If  selected by the jurors for inclusion in the BB4, your work will be displayed on a digital projection for the entire month of April 2016 at the BB4’s primary venue, Altantic Works Gallery, a member-run collective and artist community. Learn more.
Deadline:  February 1, 2016 (12pm EST)

Emerging Artists Franconia Sculpture Park is now accepting applications to its Intern Artist Program, which offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists, the opportunity to create large-scale three-dimensional artwork, develop their nascent artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence, conduct public presentations, and participate in public engagement programs. The rural setting and chance to work alongside peers and mid-career artists creates a dynamic setting for artists to grow, learn, and mature. Recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts for program excellence, the program is designed to bridge the gap between the academic world of artistic training and a professional career. Learn more.
Deadline: February 6, 2016

Artist Residency in Canada The Extended Banff Artist in Residence (EX BAiR) in program provides time and space for artists, curators, and researchers to create, experiment with and develop production techniques, and cultivate new directions in their work during an extended stay. This program provides facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, media arts, film, and audio, as well as supporting curatorial and critical studies. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2015

Image credit: 1876—Munich, Germany: Artist Franciszek Streitt’s oil painting, Wandering Town Musicians, portrays a grouping of trombone, horn, violin, and double bass, traveling along an icy country road. The setting could be Germany or the artist’s native Poland countryside. Posen, Museum Naradowe.

Hoofing for Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015


Grants for Artists With Financial Need The Pollack Krasner Foundation is accepting applications from visual artists (painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers) with genuine financial needs. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time, with the size of the grant to be determined by the artist’s individual circumstances and professional exhibition history. Artists applying for a grant must be actively exhibiting their current work in a professional artistic venue such as a gallery or museum space. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Of Note Getting By in Boston in conjunction Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism will host a free, public forum for artists and creative professionals of all disciplines to discuss the crisis in creative industries: expenses are only rising, but making a living is increasingly difficult. Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7-9 PM, at the Community Church of Boston. Learn more.

Flux Factory Residency Flux Factory in Queens, NY, is currently accepting applications for residencies from visual artists, builders, curators, community organizers, chefs, activists, musicians, writers. They offer professional development opportunities, including one-on-one studio visits, group field trips, and monthly salons. Includes 14 studios, a gallery, silkscreen studio, woodshop, co-working office, communal kitchen, library, and rooftop garden.  Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015 (midnight)

Artist Residency The MAM16 is a 3 week residency program in Marrakech, Morocco which will occur during the Marrakech Biennale 2016 from 21 March – 10 April 2016. It will be an intercultural exchange for interdisciplinary performance and live art. All work presentation will be site specific. The theme for MAM16 is VISION TRACESLearn more.
Deadline: November 20, 2015

Playwrights Residency The Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio is accepting applications from emerging and established playwrights for residencies to develop new work. SRT’s New Works Studio will be a group of up to five playwrights that meet twice a month to read and critique plays in progress. Over the course of nine months, writers will be offered peer review, as well as feedback from a dramaturg and other invited theatre artists, with the goal of completing a production-ready draft of their play by the end of the development period. NWS Playwrights will have an opportunity to present their completed drafts to theatre professionals in the San Diego area, as well as to general audiences, at the culmination of the residency in an as-yet-to-be-named festival reading. Learn more.
Deadline: November 30, 2015

Call for Art Creative Living Works in Somerville, MA, is currently accepting entries for a juried exhibition with cash awards to be hosted at the Washington St. Gallery. Works should challenge the traditional boundaries of art making and involve multiple mediums. Applicants are invited to submit work that crosses one or more creative disciplines. Unique and experimental art is encouraged. The collaboration of creative fields may be in the subject matter, the medium or a combination of both. Learn more.
Deadline: December 15, 2015

Artist Residency The MacDowell Colony in provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. Accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

LGBTQ Themed Plays  The Rainbow Theatre Project in Washington, D.C, seeks full length submissions which deal directly or obliquely with the LGBTQ experience. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

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. However, the Art Department specifically aims to award a residency to one individual from each of the four categories: ceramics, photography, printmaking and social justice. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Image credit: Illustration of goat teaching dance in public domain.

Artist Opportunities Bonus Spin

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Pretium iustum est*

Call for Small Works Western, MA Entries are being accepted for the 5th Annual Small Works Show at Hope and Feathers Framing and Gallery in Amherst, MA. Learn more.
Deadline: November 13, 2015

Artist’s Book Residency Grant The Women’s Studio Workshop’s Artist’s Book Grant is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to produce a limited edition book work. Artists print and bind their own books, and are encouraged to create an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50. The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015 (postmark)

Curator Residency A one-month residency, to take place in March 2016 in New York City, for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. Co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited, the curatorial residency seeks to encourage the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015

New Media Entries are now being accepted for Currents 2016: 7th Santa Fe International New Media Festival. Includes New Media Installations, Outdoor New Media Installations and Architectural Mapping, Single Channel Video and Animation, Multimedia Performance, Fulldome, Experimental or Interactive Documentary, Web-Art/Art-Gaming/Mobile Device Apps, Oculus Rift, Robotics, 3D Printing and Interactive Installations for Children. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015

Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art Applications are now being accepted for the ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art. Provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. Learn more.
Deadline for Letters of Interest: November 20, 2015

Women Playwrights Over 50 The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY, is seeking plays by women over 50. The ell will be the first artistic organization completely devoted to recognizing new artists who developed their artistic voices after 50. The purpose is to recognize unproduced plays written by women, 50 and over. The playwright chosen will receive a $500 in royalties and a full production of their chosen play. The chosen play will be performed in a state-of-the-art 99 seat theater in Troy with a local cast and crew. Learn more.
Deadline: November 21, 2015

Music, Photography, Theater Grants The Puffin Foundation Grant applications are now being accepted for up to $2,500 in grant moneys for artists in the fields of music, photography, and theater. To receive an application packet, send a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) between September 1st and December 6th, 2015 to the address below. They do not provide applications via email or via download. Puffin Foundation Ltd., Application Request, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111. Learn more.
Deadline: December 30, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition On the Body, at Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA. Consider the figure draped, decorated, sculpted…from couture to tattoos to anatomy. Capture form in motion, among natural or constructed surroundings, or in relation to others. The body is our ultimate tool for experience, connection and expression. Selected by: Ruth Erickson (Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston). Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. All media accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: January 3, 2016 (11:59PM)

Visual artists, Writers, Composers, Interdisciplinary Artists Residencies The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska offers up to sixty juried residencies per year to working visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Image credit: Bonus Spin by Bill Domonkos, 2014.

*Latin for “The price is right”

Artist Opportunities Down the Rabbit Hole

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015


“Rabbit season!” “Artist season!” “Rabbit season!” “Artist season!”

Of Note: A free National Dance Project Webinar: Presentation Grant How-To on October 29, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT. These grants are made to U.S. nonprofit presenting organizations to support the engagements of NDP awarded projects on tour by subsidizing up to 50% of the artist’s fee (including housing, per diem, and travel). Register to participate.

Of Note: 2nd Western Mass Film and Media Exchange, presented by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, in on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT), in Holyoke, MA. Learn more and register for the day long series of workshops, seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities for Western Massachusetts film and media professionals.

Artist Residency Salem Art Works Independent Artist Residency provides an opportunity for artists or a group of artists to immerse themselves in new projects and ideas in a creative environment. Single artists and groups of any discipline are accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling (space is limited and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible)

Visual artists The New Hampshire Art Association is now taking entries for the 16th Annual Joan L. Dunfey exhibition. Open to NHAA members and non-members. Cash prizes. All mediums accepted. Juror is Samantha Cataldo, Assistant Curator at the Currier Museum of Art. Questions: Learn more.
Deadline: October 26, 2015

Analog Images MONO NO AWARE is an international exhibition open to any person or group of persons making contemporary art that incorporates Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a sculpture, installation, dance, or expanded cinema performance. For example: blending film & theater performance, musicians creating a visual experience for their sound, & experimental filmmakers working with story tellers. Works existing on digital video will not be considered. All moving images should be from an analog source. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2015

Short Stories Entries are being accepted for the Indiana Review’s Fiction Prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Laura van den Berg will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2015

Public Art One or more sculptures will be selected for purchase to for the City of Coral Springs, FL, for their permanent public art collection. Artists should submit pre-existing artworks for purchase. Learn more.
November 9, 2015

Photography The Humble Arts Foundation is currently accepting entries to their online exhibition Space Jamz, i.e., vision of outer space, abstraction, appropriation, strange narratives, or you somehow broke through the atmosphere and “documented” your travels, the’d love to see those too. Learn more.
November 15, 2015

Artist Residency Sámi Center for Contemporary Art in Norway offers a residency to professional visual artists of all fields. The aim is to strengthen, promote and develop a collaboration between contemporary artists in Sápmi and foreign artists. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2015

Call for Work Hera Gallery and the Tomaquag Museum seek to promote a dialogue about Native American arts & culture and its role in the contemporary arts. They are looking for work that represents traditional approaches to Native American arts, specifically those from the Eastern Woodland tribes, as well as contemporary approaches and media. All fine arts and crafts media will be considered. Open to artists affiliated with Eastern Woodland Native American Tribes working in any medium. Learn more.
December 11, 2015

Image credit: Photograph of Josephine Hull, winner of the 1950 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in the film Harvey.

Residency Roundup

Thursday, October 8th, 2015


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.