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Loud and Proud Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014


Here’s a few Yankee doodle dandies to explore:

Of Note:The Brown University Art Slide Library is giving away 300,000 glass mounted 35mm slides! If you are interested in a random selection of slides of images ranging from the Prehistoric Era – 2010 (heavy on Impressionist and Renaissance) let them know. They cannot hand-select slides, but can try to focus on one period or another as possible. The deadline for requests is TODAY, July 1. You will need to pick up the slides on the Brown Campus. Request Form. Questions, contact Karen Bouchard, Scholarly Resources Librarian for Art and Architecture, Rockefeller Library, Box A, 10 Prospect Street, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 USA; Phone: (401) 863-3218 or

Call to Artists The Dedham Square Artist Guild invites all artists working in all mediums to submit work for their Identity. Open to artists working in all mediums. This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater. Learn more.
Deadline: July 9, 2014

Call for Exhibition Proposals Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA is accepting proposals for a Fall 2014 exhibition. The Curatorial Proposal Series provides the opportunity for artists of all media and career levels to experiment with the organization and presentation of contemporary art. Open to solo and group proposals, though groups are encouraged. Learn more. Questions:
Deadline: July 13, 2014 (11:59pm)

Fiction Bard College is accepting entries for their Bard Fiction Prize. A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2014

Artist Residency Applications are now being accepted for the Sustainable Arts Residency Awards at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Artists working in various printmaking techniques, photo-processes, book arts and digital can apply to become an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2014

Call for Art The Copley Society of Art (Co|So) is seeking submissions for their upcoming national juried exhibition celebrating the urban landscape GRIT. Juried by Paul Ha, Director of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center. Learn more
Deadline: July 21, 2014

Artist Residency Applications are now being accepted for the Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside’s (Troy NY) residency program. Two neo-gothic stone church buildings now house our artist program and welcome artists from all over the U.S. and abroad.The CAC is located 2.5 hours north of NYC, and is currently accepting applications for the Fall season. Fellowships available. All residency artists receive some level of financial assistance. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2014

Call to Artists The Nave Gallery Annex (Somerville, MA) invites artists to participate in the exhibition Bibliophilia, curated by Hannah Verlin. Learn more.
Deadline: August 15, 2014

Earworm Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Of Note: Art and Technology New England’s Salon Series presents the The Business Of Fine ArtJune 25, 2014, 7:30 pm, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA. Moderator: Howard Yezerski. Panelists: Margo Chevers, Stacey Friends, Ray Graber. Free event. Space is limited. RSVP to

Playwrights  Firehouse Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions of full length, one act, and short (10 minute) plays for their 2015 New Works Festival. Playwrights from across New England are encouraged to submit. Since 2002, Firehouse Center for the Arts and the New Works Festival have fostered the development of regional writers, directors, actors, and theater companies by providing insight into the playwriting process from conception to presentation. Submitted plays are judged by an independent panel of theater professionals. Learn more.
Deadline: June 29, 2014

Directors, Choreographers Grant The Stage Directors and Choreography Foundation is accepting nominations for the The Zelda Fichandler award, an unrestricted grant of $5000 to an outstanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution to the national arts landscape through theatre work in a region. Learn more. Questions, contact Ellen Rusconi at
Deadline: June 30, 2014

Artist Residency Applications are now being accepted for the Miranda Arts Project Space (MAPSpace) Artist Residency in Port Chester, NY. This is a studio/workspace residency for collaborative artist teams (2+) lasting 3-4 weeks. Residency culminates in an exhibition, performance or event in same space. Artist teams take over the gallery space as a studio work space to create a unique work(s). Learn more.
Deadline June 30, 2014

Poetry The Pat Schneider Poetry Contest, sponsored by Amherst Writers & Artists, has a $1000 first prize. The winner plus up to three honorable mentions will be published in their literary journal, PeregrineLearn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2014 (postmark)

Call for Art The Boston Biennial Project is wicked psyched to announce an open call to artists worldwide for Boston Biennial 3- an online juried competition and digital presentation being held at Atlantic Works Gallery in atmospheric East Boston all summer long! Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2014

Call for Collegiate Sports Art The National Art Museum of Sports (NAMOS) competition is open to artists 18 and over who create fine art with a sport subject in three categories: 2D, 3D and Photography. Jurors, Adrienne Ruger Conzelman, Jean Marie Cote and Andrew Schoelkopf, will select 30 pieces for an exhibit September 7 to November 3, 2014, in the New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan, Conn.  Learn more.
Deadline: July 7, 2014

Artist Residency The Boston Center for the Arts is currently accepting applications for their Artist Residency program which aims to provide an environment where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas and simultaneously engage in vital public dialogue. This season, the Residency Program puts special emphasis on artist projects that engage the public in direct and innovative ways, whether through collaborative activities, participatory public installations, performance, intervention or other imaginative activation. Learn more.
Deadline: July 7, 2014

Call to Artists The Dedham Square Artist Guild invites all artists working in all mediums to submit work for their themed exhibition “Identity.” Open to artists working in all mediums. This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater. Learn more.
Deadline: July 9, 2014

Call for Art Event Proposals ArtWeek Boston is a collection of curated events and experiences throughout the city that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and creative community in Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: July 25, 2014 (5PM)

Photography Entries are now being accepted for BURN Magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund 2014. The Emerging Photographer Fund grant was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, and is awarded by the Magnum Foundation. Learn more
Deadline: July 31, 2014 (6:00 pm PDT)

Image credit: Cartoon  of doctor and patient from

Artist Opportunities Peel Out

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Vintage Photos of Girls in Mini Skirts on Bikes (1)

Participate in Public Performance Art Outside the MFA  Now, Speak! is an outdoor installation at the Museum of Fine Arts by Argentinean artist Amalia Pica. The work encourages impromptu performances by all MFA visitors and passersby. Pica’s lectern is an invitation to publicly share voices.  On June 14th at 1pm, an original text art piece text called Jayne Telephones, by Boston artist Sarah Rushford will be read. If you’d like to be a reader, contact or show up at 1pm at the MFA (Huntington Avenue side) and instructions will be provided. Learn more.

Filmmakers The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (September 18-21, 2014, Palm Springs, CA) is seeking Feature and Short films of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgendered people for a celebration of motion pictures that reflect, inform, enrich, and transform lives. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2014

Call for Participation FIGMENT Boston, a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held on the Rose Kennedy Greenway is seeking artists. Learn more.
Deadline: June 16, 2014

Call to Artists  seARTS is inviting artists in the Essex, Gloucester Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts to apply for three grants of $1,500 each. Projects in the Rockport Cultural District are not eligible for this round of grants. Questions, contact seARTS at or 978-281-1222. Learn more.
Deadline: June 20, 2014

Public Art The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, announces a Request for Qualifications for permanent public art work at Doherty-Gibson Park in Dorchester, MA. The goal is to create an original, site-specific, and highly visible work under the intentionally broad theme of “Freedom” to identify Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture, within a budget of $250,000. Learn more. Deadline: June 20, 2014

Of Note: One Word: Plastics!, a free panel discussion about making art with toy cameras. Sunday, June 22, 3-4:30 pm at Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville. Seating limited. Register now.

Public Art RI State Council On the Arts is now accepting request for qualifications for artwork for the University of Rhode Island’s Center For Chemical and Forensic Sciences, (CCFS), and the Center For Biotechnology and Life Sciences, (CBLS). The budget is $458,000. Learn more.
Deadline: June 25, 2014 (5pm)

Filmmakers Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is seeking films that are unique and make a contribution to society; documentaries, shorts, and features are all considered. The winner receives $2,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film goods and services to help complete your project. Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation from Carole Dean, founder of the grant, head of the non-profit film fiscal sponsor From The Heart Productions, and author of the Second Edition of the bestselling- book, “The Art of Film Funding”. Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2014

Boston-Area Women Playwrights Our Voices annual festival of Boston area women playwrights is now in its 8th year is accepting short play, monologue, and performance poetry submissions from Boston-area women playwrights for either morning discussion session or evening staged reading session (applicant must select one). Learn more. Deadline: July 1, 2014

Call for Art Artists are invited to submit to the Cape Cod Art Association’s New England themed exhibit. Cash prizes will be awarded to Best of Show, Best New England Landscape and first and second place works. Learn more. Deadline August 1, 2014

Image credit: Photograph of girls on motorcycle from Vintage Everyday.


Twanging Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


ArtSake’s plugged in and rocking out.

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for StoneCrop Gallery’s Cell Phone Photos exhibit. Learn more.
Deadline: May 16, 2014

Call for Artists Entries are now being accepted for  See the Light: A National Juried Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum. Open to all mediums, sizes and concepts that explore light both as a tool for emphasis, and as medium. Learn more.
Deadline: May 20, 2014

Women Artists Entries are now being accepted for the 11th A.I.R. Gallery Biennial,  a juried exhibition. All women artists, including self-identified women, may submit original works of art in all media, including painting, photography, prints, drawing, works on paper, new media, sculpture, mixed media, traditional or non-traditional materials.  Juror: Nancy Princenthal: Critic, former Senior Editor of Art in America, NYC. There is no size limit on artwork. Learn more.
Deadline: May 30, 2014

Performing Artists Grants The New England Foundation for the Arts is currently accepting applications for the New England States Touring (NEST) Grants. NEST grants provide support to New England-based nonprofit organizations (known as presenters) for performances and community activities by select New England performing artists. Learn more.
Deadline: June 2, 2014

LGBTQ Films Entries are now being accepted for the Long Beach Q Film Festival (September 12-14, 2014, Long Beach, CA) – Seeking films that embody the LGBTQ community and the values of freedom, justice, and inclusion of everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Learn more.
Deadline: June 8, 2014

Artist, Writers Residency Fellowships The Vermont Studio Center is offering 43 fellowship awards for artists and writers, including: 25 VSC Fellowships, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships, VSC/Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowships, and 1 Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship. Read more for a complete list of fellowships and eligibility requirements.
Deadline: June 15th, 2014

Playwrights Entries are now being accepted for The Firehouse Center for the Arts’ New Works Festival 2015. They are seeking original plays from New England. The 2015 New Works Festival will showcase 10 minute, one-act, and full-length plays. Learn more.
Deadline: June 29, 2014

Call for Proposals New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) invites you to propose a hybrid net art project for – Augment it Yourself (AiY). Projects must use both the World Wide Web and a physical site. Commission Amount: $6,000.  Augmented Reality (AR) is a real-time experience of a real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input — such as video, graphics or sound — and mapped to GPS coordinates. Thus, after downloading an AR ‘app’ to a smartphone and going to the specified location, users are able to experience intertwined realities. While AR refers to the technologies that make these experiences possible, we are interested in how we have always augmented our realities — with our brains and other reality-mediating technologies — modifying and/or enhancing reality by layering memories on real-time perceptions, for instance. How will your project contribute to perception, memory, and the creation of the autobiographical self? Required: Proposal (max 500 words), Biography (max 300 words), and URLS of past work. Email to with the Subject: – AiY Proposal.
Deadline: July 1, 2014 

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for En Foco’s New Work Photography Fellowship Awards for U.S.-based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. Learn more.
Deadline: July 7, 2014

Women of Color Filmmakers  Entries are now being accepted for the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series (October 25-26, 2014, New York, NY), organized by African Voices and Long Island University’s Media Arts Dept. Entries must be directed, produced, or written by a woman or women of color, and will be accepted in the following categories: Women Film, Documentary, Narrative, Experimental, African Film, and India Film. Learn more.
Deadline: June 9, 2014

Image credit: Image of the great rock & roll innovator Chuck Berry. Photograph from the public domain. 

Artist Opportunities Breakthrough

Monday, January 27th, 2014


Staring at the whole kit and kaboodle.

Playwriting Fellows Program (Boston area only) Applications for The Huntington Theater Company’s Huntington Playwriting Fellows program are currently being accepted. Fellows are awarded two-year residencies during which they receive a modest honorarium from the theatre, participate in a writers collective with the artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, and are eligible for readings and support through the Breaking Ground reading series and the HPF Summer Workshop series. Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2014

Glass Artists UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY is currently accepting applications for Visiting Artist Fellowship. An incredible opportunity for artists to experiment with glass in our state-of-the-art facility, the Fellowship includes technical support, private studio space, and a $1,500 honorarium. Applicants need not have any prior experience working with glass, just an interest in exploring the possibilities of the medium in their work. Learn more.
Deadline: February 14, 2014

Artists and Writers Residency Fellowships The Vermont Studio Center is currently accepting applications for fellowship residencies. They are offering 43 different fellowships for artists and writers. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2014

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for The Center for Fine Art Photography’s Black & White exhibition. All Black and White imagery is eligible for submission including alternative process, traditional, digital, toned black and white images, and all post-production techniques. All subject matter is accepted. The juror is Jason Landry. Learn more.
Deadline: February 26, 2014

Call for Proposals The apexart Franchise Program open call will accept proposals for idea-based, group exhibitions. Three winning proposals will receive funding and administrative support from apexart to present their show in any location outside of New York City. Learn more.
Deadline: Proposals accepted: February 15 – March 15, 2014.

Image credit: Cornelis Saftleven, A Cat Peeping Through a Fence.

Artist Opportunities That Make the Cut

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013


Young, budding, installation artist, not quite yet at the required age to apply for an MCC Artist Fellowship.

Latino Playwrights The Arizona Theatre Company seeks unproduced, unpublished full-length & one-act plays (50 pp min) on any subject by Latino playwrights currently living in the US, its territories or Mexico for the Latino Playwriting Award. Submissions may be in English, Spanish or a combination of the two. One playwright will be awarded $1,000 and the possible inclusion of the winning play in Café Bohemia, ATC’s unique play reading series. Submit one script, securely bound by brads, a three ring binder, a presentation folder or any other non-permanent binding system. Do not send a script that has been spiral-bound. Include a title page on the script that includes the play’s title, the author’s name and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address and email) on the front page. Include a cover letter of no more than one-page, describing the play’s developmental history and any other relevant information about the play. Mail to: National Latino Playwriting Award, ATTN: Katherine Monberg, Literary Assistant, Arizona Theatre Company, 343 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701. No scripts via email. For more information contact: Katherine Monberg, Literary Associate,
Deadline December 31, 2013

Poets The Poetry Society of America is currently accepting entries for their Chapbook Fellowships. Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Learn more.
Deadline: December 21, 2013

 Dune shack Residency in Cape Cod National Seashore

Artist Residencies Applications are now being accepted for the Dune Shack Residencies in Cape Cod National Seashore, April through November. Weekly stays for artists, writers and the public; 3 three-week residencies for a visual artist, one with a $500 fellowship. Provincetown Community Compact.
Deadline January 15, 2014

Cape Cod Writers Cape Cod Writers Center announces its First Annual Writing Contest, judged by writers, editors, and librarians., with prizes in the categories of Adult Fiction, Middle Grade/YA, Non-Fiction, Poetry. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2014

MCC Artist Fellowships We’re back! Fellowship applications for choreography, fiction/creative nonfiction, and painting are now being accepted. Fellowships are $10,000 each and finalists are awarded $500.  Please read the guidelines for eligibility and work sample requirements before applying.
Deadline: January 27, 2014 (postmark)

Filmmakers, Photographers, Writers The Nave Gallery invites photographers, filmmakers and writers to explore this theme for Chaotic Forms, an exhibition celebrating the art of dance. Exhibition dates: March 6-30, 2014 at Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA
Curated by Kris Hatch. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2014

Fringe Festival Performers Applications to perform at the 2014 San Francisco Fringe Festival are now available. 35 performing groups will be selected through a public lottery to perform at the 23rd annual SF Fringe from September 5th through September 20th, 2014. Learn more.
Deadline: February 9, 2014 (midnight)

Lapping Up Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Marguerite Gérard, The Cat's Lunch, Musee Fragonard, Grasse, France

Depicted above, 18th century dishwasher.

Artist-in-Residence The Artist-in-Residence Program at Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor, Maine, is now accepting applications for its June 2014 – May 2015 season. Open to professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists. Housing provided.  Learn more.
Deadline: October 28, 2013

Fiction The 2013 Indiana Review Fiction Prize contest is currently open for submissions. Reading fee; Cash award and publication. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2013

Women Photographers The 38th Anniversary Women’s International Juried Call is currently open for submissions from women photographers worldwide. Entry fee; Cash award; magazine cover and exhibition. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the 12th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston: April 23 – 30, 2014. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2013

Short Story Ruminate Magazine is curently accepting entries for their 2013 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Entry fee; Cash prize and publication in the spring 2014 issue. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2013

Emerging Artists The 2014 Rome Prize Fellowship sponsored by the American Academy of Rome is currently seeking emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence in the early or middle stages of their working lives. Cash and prizes. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2013

Call to Steampunk Artists The Springfield Museums is inviting all artists to submit design plans for their large-scale exhibition Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City. Co-curated by Bruce Rosenbaum, the exhibition will be on view from March 22 to September 28, 2014 in the Victorian-built George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. Learn more.
Deadline: November 8, 2013

Printmakers Entries are now being accepted for the International Print Center’s New Prints 2014/Winter call. Learn more.
Deadline: November 20, 2013 (11:59 PM)

Photographers The online exhibition Signs of Our Times 3 is currently accepting images of signs. The actual signs may be real or something created or manipulated by you in any media. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Image credit: Marguerite Gérard, The Cat’s Lunch, Musee Fragonard, Grasse, France.

Artist Residencies and Travel

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Recently, the 2013 TransCultural Exchange Conference took place in Boston. Held biennially, the conference focuses on international opportunities for artists in all disciplines. Dan Blask from the ArtSake blog spoke on a panel called “How to Make It All Happen: Travel, Produce Art, and Fund your Dreams,” moderated by Mira Bartok.

One of the primary topics of the “How to Make It All Happen” discussion was artist residencies. Artist residencies offer artists a place to reside and work for a given period of time, allowing for crucial, dedicated focus on art-making. The length of residencies can vary; The MacDowell Colony offers space for up to eight weeks, while the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown offers residency fellowships of seven months. Many cover or provide meals. The idea is to provide artists space and time, apart from other distractions, to devote to artistic projects.

Lots of interesting ideas came up during the “How to Make It All Happen” panel, and here are a few of them, as you consider the notion of travel and residencies as an artist.

Know Thyself
One of the key ideas was raised by Mira Bartok, who moderated the TCE panel. Mira is an award-winning writer, artist, and creator of Mira’s List, which shares funding, award, and residency opportunities for artists. During the panel, she advised that when considering artist residencies and other opportunities, you should first consider who you are and what are your specific needs. Knowing that will help you know what to look for in a residency, and to be on the lookout for opportunities specific to who you are.

For instance, if you can’t take a month off of work or away from your kids, the Millay Colony, in addition to more standard residencies, offers a program that has some of the benefits of the residency experience without the full time commitment. Also, your gender, identity, or ethnicity could play a role: at the Vermont Studio Center, for example, there are residency fellowships specific to African American poets, cancer survivors, and artists over 35 with financial need (to name a few).

Some opportunities, such as a UCross Foundation residency, will be appropriate for artists of all experience levels, whereas others, such as the Lighton International Artists’ Exchange Program founded by sculptor Linda Lighton (who was also on the “How to Make It All Happen” panel) are specific to mid-career or established artists. (By the way, if you’re not sure whether you’re “emerging” or “mid-career,” here’s a helpful blog post discussing the difference.)

Now Find the Right One
Okay, so you know who you are and what you need; now you have to do your homework to find the right residencies to apply for. Mira’s List is a great place to start (though she’s no longer updating the site, it’s still a superbly useful resource). Peruse the categories along the side and click the ones that might apply to your situation (i.e. “Asian Artists” or “Emerging Writers” or “Residencies”). She also has a great FAQs page about residencies.

TransCultural Exchange has a blog, which regularly shares residencies, grants, jobs, and other opportunities for artists, with an emphasis (naturally) on international artist opportunities. You might find it helpful to use an RSS reader to aggregate the blogs you want to follow; (Feedly and Digg Reader are some examples.)

Other sites to search for opportunities: the Alliance of Artists Communities, Res Artis, and Trans Artists.

It can be very challenging to find after-the-fact funding, i.e. you’ve been accepted to the residency/travel opportunity but now need to fund it. Some ideas: check all of the above mentioned Web sites to see if there is a “funding” section; ask the residency institution how artists generally find funding support; investigate embassies from countries where the residency is located to see if they can offer any help; or reach out to your community of fellow artists to see if and how any of them have dealt with a similar challenge. But best of all is to consider funding at the outset and allow it to inform which residencies to apply to.

It may be that, during your self reflection, you’ve discovered that what you need is not so much an artist residency, but rather a chance to travel and do research for a creative project. Another of the “How to Make It All Happen” panelists was Dorothy Bocian, Rhode Island School of Design’s Grants, Residencies, and Fulbright Program Adviser, who encouraged that artists look into Fulbright Programs, the US government’s international exchange program. Dorothy pointed out that many artists think Fulbright Grants are only for students or professionals affiliated with a college or university. While there are Fulbright programs of these kinds, she also pointed to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which artists can apply to to travel abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year.

One panelist who was scheduled to take part but who was, unfortunately, not able to attend was Sarah Tanguy, curator for the U.S. Department of State’s ART in Embassies Program. The Fall 2013 government shutdown prevented her from traveling to Boston. But artists interested in participating in exhibitions at embassies throughout the world can submit work to their artist registry for consideration.

Generosity and Trust
Another implicit theme of the “How to Make It All Happen” panel was generosity. Sarah Berry, Program Manager at The Art Connection, was also on the panel, and she shared details about her program, in which artists donate work to be placed in social service settings that otherwise wouldn’t have access to art. She pointed out that such experiences can have a profound impact on artists and the way they see themselves and their work, even when the career impact is not as immediately apparent. Indeed, throughout the panel there was a sense that artists can benefit from trust: trust that efforts to apply for grants and residencies, efforts to explore innovative ways of sharing their work and working generously as artists, will benefit in the long run. A residency application that is not successful could still yield a connection between the artist and, say, a curator on the jury who reaches out later on. Helping your fellow artists find and achieve residency, funding, and other opportunities can foster a connectivity and community that can only benefit you in your own efforts.

The subtitle to the panel was “Travel, Produce Art, and Fund your Dreams.” Art and dreams are the key words here; all of the other topics – traveling, funding, residencies, research – are in service to making art and to realizing your dreams as an artist. It’s good to remember that. Not just because it helps keep perspective amidst the work of researching and applying for opportunities – because it is work, real and hard work. But also because having a clarity of vision about what is most important to you as an artist will make you a more compelling candidate for residencies, grants, opportunities, or other pathways to achieving your dreams.

Further research: read Mira Bartok’s Primer on Grants and Residencies on ArtSake.

Image: Jay Rogers (Crafts Fellow ’13), CITY OF PERPETUAL REFLECTION (2012), Cherry, maple and mirror, 11″h x 35″w x 23″d.

Artist Opportunities Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Arts Workshops Proposals Artists are invited to share your arts expertise with students (ages 8-18) through the ArtsNashoba Regional Arts Center. On an ongoing basis, they are seeking proposals for workshops and classes that deliver relevant and thought-provoking information, concepts and experiences to youth in the artistic disciplines of Theatre, Music, Dance and Visual Arts. For more information contact JulieAnn Govang, Executive Director, ArtsNashoba at
Deadline: Ongoing

Arts Fellowships Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually to artists in literature, visual arts, music composition, photography, film, video, and choreography who are residents of the United States and Canada on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. The awards vary in amount but in the past have ranged from $30,000 to $40,000 each. Learn more.
Deadline: September 19, 2013

Works on Paper ArtsWorcester calls for submissions of two-dimensional artwork for a juried exhibit, Works on Paper/Works of Paper. First, Second, and Third Prize will be awarded, with cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 respectively. Submit up to three works on paper, in any medium, including ink, graphite, charcoal, oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, collage, and encaustic. Learn more.
Deadline: September 23, 2013

Artist Residency The Bemis Center is accepting applications for 3 month residencies featuring $750 monthly stipends, staff support, live/work studios and 24 hour access to facilities. Each artist is provided with a generously sized live/work studio with a private bathroom and 24 hour access to facilities including a wood shop, installation spaces, and 10,000 square foot sculpture facility. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2013

Poetry Entries are now being accepted for the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2013

Public Art Commission The Vermont Arts Council is currently looking for artists to submit their qualifications for public art opportunities at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin, Vermont. The selected “Lead Artist” will be awarded a $5,000 planning and design contract. Once the design is complete, $35,000 will be available for the fabrication and installation of the aesthetic treatments. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2013

Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowships There are numerous fellowship opportunities for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. The Clowes Fund Fellowship offers four fellowships, one each for visual artists currently living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Indiana and Washington. Each award includes a $400 travel stipend. Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) offers a special fellowship opportunity for New England visual artists over the age of 35 with demonstrable financial need. Learn more about these and other VSC fellowships.
Deadline: October 1, 2013

Call to Artists Kingston Gallery in Boston invites artists to apply for their Associate Membership category. This invitational group of ten is selected by the membership to expand the Gallery’s contact with artists and to encourage new art. Associate Members pay reduced annual dues ($450/year) and participate in many Kingston gallery activities. As a group, they organize, curate, install and staff the Associates’ annual exhibition every August. Learn more. Questions, contact Linda Leslie Brown, Associate Members’ Liaison at
Deadline: October 15, 2013

Poetry Submissions are now being accepted for the Sixth Massachusetts Poetry Festival (May 2–4, 2014) in Salem. Learn more.
Deadline: October 30, 2013

Choreographers Jacob’s Pillow Dance is now accepting applications for the 2014 Festival’s Inside/Out free performance series. Inside/Out performances occur every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6:15–7pm throughout the annual Festival. The Inside/Out series is free and open to the public, including contemporary dance theatre to ballet to hip-hop and culturally specific forms. It is a venue geared especially toward educating audiences about dance in a relatively informal way, and giving the opportunity to all people, regardless of their financial means, to experience dance. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2013

Image credit: Photograph of actor by Matthew Brady. National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.), ca. 1860 – ca. 1865.

Super Smooth Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Avoid a close shave and apply on time!

Of Note Attend the first ever Greater Boston Theatre Expo at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Tuesday, September 10, 5:30-7:30 PM. Over 50 theatre companies will participate in the Expo-style event, sharing information and special offers about the upcoming theatre season in the Greater Boston area. The event is free, but RSVP is encouraged.

Artist Residency The SPACE-run art center, The White Building, and Eyebeam are seeking applications from artists, engineers, designers, and creative technologists interested in being the inaugural resident in their joint residency program. The purpose of residency is to support creation of new work. Learn more.
Deadline: September 13, 2013

Women Writers Proposals are now being accepted for the 2014 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. They are looking for proposals for vibrant, inspiring readings, lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings of, by and for women writers from the Berkshires and environs. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2013

Craft Artists 2014 Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Awards encourage and support the work of New England craft artists who demonstrate a mastery of their media and create original and innovative work. A panel of jurors will select three artists to receive a $3,000 cash award; winners will participate in a group exhibition at SAC’s Newbury Street gallery from May to July 2014. The awards are open to craft artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or mixed media. Learn more.
Deadline: September 25, 2013

Call for Artists Ancestors, Guardians and Guides: A Visual Arts and Writers’ Exhibition at the Charles Sumner School Museum, Washington, DC, is currently accepting entries. Open to all artists and accepts submissions from painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, muralists, installation and new media artists. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2013

Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library presents monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in our two exhibiting spaces, the Gallery and Main Hall. We are a state-of-the-art facility visited by more than 13,000 people weekly. The Library Art Committee meets twice each year to select shows for the following year. Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for the July-December 2014 time period. Learn more.
Deadline: October 25, 2013 (12:00 p.m.)

10-Minute Plays The Boston Playwrights Theatre is accepting entries for their annual Boston Theatre Marathon. All scripts must play under 10-minutes and have a ten pages maximum. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2013

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