Boston Artists The 2022 PaintBox Program application is now open. Artists that live, work, or create in the city of Boston can apply to receive a $500 stipend to paint a City-owned utility box with their original designs. This year, we’re especially interested in artists who are new to the program. Interested artists can join us for two virtual info sessions on Thursday, May 12 at noon and 6 p.m. Learn more.
Deadline: May 27, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Fiction Writers Entries are currently being accepted for the Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD) First Novel award. A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a first novel published in the previous calendar year. Publishers or authors may submit three copies of a novel published in 2021 by May 31. There is no entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2022
Greater Boston Area Women Artists Prize The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is thrilled to announce that the 2022 application for the biennial Prilla Smith Brackett Award is now open! Funded by Prilla Smith Brackett (Wellesley Class of 1964), the Brackett Award honors an outstanding woman visual artist based in the Greater Boston area. The $15,000 cash award will be given to the artist whose work demonstrates extraordinary artistic vision, talent, and skill. Artists at any career stage beyond the first five years of professional practice and of all ages, sexual orientations, and racial/ethnic/national/religious identities are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2022 at 5pm
Call for Artists The New Art Center in Newton invites artists to submit their work in all mediums for an upcoming exhibition, Recollecting Afterimages: Portraits of Survivors curated by Sun Jung. This exhibition, part of the BIPOC curatorial series, will examine the life of survivors of violence through self-portraits: both representational and non-representational. Learn more.
Deadline: June 5, 2022
Artist-in-Residence Program Applications are open for the 2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence Program, a year long residency at The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA offering free studio space. This season, The Umbrella Visual Arts and Arts and Environment Departments is seeking an Artist-in-Residence whose work also expresses urgency and invites participation around climate action. The Umbrella’s Artist-in-Residence program offers a year-long studio residency in a vibrant multidisciplinary art center with 50 artist studios, an independent ceramics classroom, makerspace, performance and gallery spaces in historic Concord, Massachusetts. Artists-in-Residence create new bodies of work for exhibition at the culmination of their residency and engage the greater Concord community in their practice throughout the year. Applicants may be in any stage of their career and may work in any medium including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, clay, textiles, digital media, film, mixed media, or public art. Interdisciplinary artists welcome. BIPOC and artists of all backgrounds and identities are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: June 5, 2022
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants Artists in need who are practicing in the disciplines of visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography and living in the U.S., Tribal Nations, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories who are seeking support for medical, dental or mental health-related emergency expenses: the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent emergencies. This program, supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. The current cycle is for emergencies occurring October 1, 2021 and later. If you have any questions, reach out to the NYFA Grants team at email@example.com. Learn more.
Deadline: June 7, 2022
Marine Debris Exhibition Grant The National Park Service and Cape Cod National Seashore (NPS) and the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) invite proposals for an outdoor marine debris art exhibition to be installed in the seashore. Funding for this collaboration is made possible by a federal opportunity linking the NPS and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program in a national effort to educate and inform about marine debris issues affecting national park areas. The exhibit will support marine debris prevention, outreach and education undertaken by both organizations by reaching new audiences, educating about debris sources in the region, raising awareness and encouraging behavior changes to reduce or prevent marine debris. The NPS and CCS have collaborated on several resource management and research projects over many years. Shoreline clean-ups in the seashore led by CCS have provided data about the types of debris on seashore beaches, which may assist the grant recipient. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of jurors with a range of expertise, from ocean science to art to engineering, to select a work that will be highly visible for several years at a seashore location. Deadline for applications is June 8 (World Ocean Day 2022). The winner will be made public on July 15. Final installation of the exhibit will be completed by Earth Day 2023, with a public ceremony on World Ocean Day 2023. The Request for Proposals can be obtained by contacting Laura Ludwig at firstname.lastname@example.org or Aleutia Scott at email@example.com.
Deadline: June 8, 2022
Muralists The Needham Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), on behalf of the Town of Needham, MA, has announced a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the “Needham Heights Mural Project.” The NCAC is requesting qualifications from professional muralists to paint the side of a commercial building in Needham Heights. The mural’s objective is to, “enliven and educate the town with public art that connects and inspires the community.” Learn more.
Deadline: June 8, 2022
Women Artists Funding The Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants (AWAW EAG) program, administered by NYFA, will distribute a total of $250,000 in funding to support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories. The AWAW EAG will support environmental art projects that inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement. Projects should not only point at problems, but aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale. Proposals should illustrate thorough consideration of a project’s ecological and social ethics. Projects that explore interdependence, relationships, and systems through Indigenous and ancestral practices are encouraged to apply. Applications are open now. Learn more.
Deadline: June 14, 2022
Center for Craft 2022 Craft Archive Fellowship The Center for Craft is excited to announce a new funding opportunity, the 2022 Craft Archive Fellowship to foster archival research on underrepresented and non-dominant craft histories in the United States, such as feminist, intersectional, queer, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other communities and approaches. Supporting a range of scholars, including independent artists and emerging to established researchers, up to six awardees will receive a $5,000 stipend to conduct research in an archive of their choosing. A free, virtual information session will be held for prospective applicants on May 31, 3-4 pm ET. Learn more.
Deadline: June 27, 2022
Call for BIPOC Curatorial Proposals The New Art Center is looking for curatorial proposals for an exhibition to be included in our BIPOC Series hosted at our gallery: New Art Corridor, a public space with 24 hour access outfitted with security cameras. TThe gallery has a 12ft, 16ft, and 36ft wall – all equipped with a track system including rods and security hooks for hanging. It also includes a large TV to display digital media / virtual galleries. All mediums are welcomed! Curators are offered a $1,000 curatorial honorarium. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2022
Call for Artists The Art Complex Museum is pleased to partner with BIG INK to host a weekend of monumental woodblock printing on November 12 and 13, 2022, from 10:00am-4:00pm. As part of the museum’s 50+1 anniversary, “The Big Tuna” a one-of-a-kind, oversized, traveling printing press will be at the museum for this event. Artists interesting in carving a woodblock of at least 24″ x 36″ are invited to register. The fee is $200 (a special price!) and includes three impressions from the woodblock. Learn more.
Deadline: Registration required by September 4, 2022
Image credit: Tennis racket cover used by the great tennis star Althea Gibson, American, 1927 – 2003. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.