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16th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Accepting Submissions

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is accepting entries for the 16th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. All screenwriters are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to craft a winning screenplay highlighting Baltimore. Screenplays may be submitted in both the feature and short categories, and scripts must be set in or able to be filmed in Baltimore. The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.
Aosta International New Dance Festival Open Call

Deadline: January 15, 2021

We are pleased to promote the call for the selection of artistic proposals for the Festival T * Danse 2021 – Danse et Technologie International Festival of New Dance in Aosta. T * DANSE is a multidisciplinary festival which aims to bring a glimpse of the contemporary scene to the Aosta Valley in a week of shows, workshops, conferences, meetings between the public and operators. Given that for us the categories (dance, theater, circus, music, performance art…) are obsolete and unhistorical, we want to take a look at the contemporary scene to the Valle d’Aosta area with particular attention to the body as an expressive tool. The combination of dance and technology remains central to programming, due to the role that new technologies have in everyday life and in artistic creation. The call welcomes works created for the theatrical space, site-specific creations and performances.
Artist Residency – The Hambidge Center

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Apply now for the 2021 Summer Residency Session (May – Aug). Deadline: January 15, 2021. Open to visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, ceramicists, arts & cultural administrators  – creative thinkers of all kinds. Located on 600 acres in the north Georgia mountains, each resident has a private studio & living space, with socially distanced meals provided four nights a week. Two-week to eight-week self-directed residencies. Financial aid and Distinguished Fellowships (provides stipend + fee waiver) are available. No references required. Application fee.

The Bogliasco Foundation

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Bogliasco Foundation supports the Arts and Humanities by providing residential Fellowships at its study center in Italy’s most vibrant, historic crossroads, where gifted artists and scholars of all cultures come together to connect, create and disseminate significant new work. Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender. To be eligible for the award of a Fellowship, applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. Please note that Bogliasco Fellowships are not awarded to students currently in a degree-granting program. The Foundation gives preference to those whose applications suggest that they would be comfortable working in an intimate, international, multilingual community of scholars and artists.

The In Art Gallery – Printmaking – January Show

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The In Art Gallery is an online gallery and resource for emerging artists in all ranges of careers to have a platform for exhibiting artwork and reaching a global audience. The In Art Gallery provides opportunity for artists to submit work in various mediums in an international juried competition. In a world in which travel restrictions and access to art are becoming limited we are looking to create a space for artists to build their career and develop professional experience. The In Art Gallery will hold monthly juried exhibitions for artists to apply to and build their resume and provide an affordable juried venue for artists to exhibit. We are looking to provide artists with an avenue to have their work seen by professional artists, professors, curators, and critics across the globe. The $20 submission fee will cover the cost of jurying, awards and website management. This month our theme is Printmaking. Please submit your highest quality work that involves printmaking. This work will be a highly competitive exhibition of the selected entrant’s best work that reflects the theme of this show. This exhibition is open to all artists over the ages of 18. Please submit up to 3 works and 1 detail. Label images with “Detail” at the end. All accepted artists are asked to submit a short artist statement (4-5 sentences) upon acceptance that will be displayed with their work. No work is required to be shipped.
Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tulsa Artist Fellowship, located in the heart of Oklahoma’s Green Country, is an initiative of the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF). Using evidence-based practices, GKFF invests in a culturally vibrant and economically robust Tulsa with the belief that a thriving community will afford high quality opportunities for all residents. Realizing GKFF’s vision grounded in social change, Tulsa Artist Fellowship is committed to fostering an equitable environment where a diverse and inclusive community of artists and arts workers have the opportunity to thrive professionally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our institutional model is place-based, reflective, and responsive. We acknowledge that a significant number of artistic practitioners are unable to secure the resources required to actualize their creative projects in tandem with maintaining stable housing and studio spaces. Fellows are encouraged to engage in dialogue and skill share among their peers through monthly gatherings and annual institutes. Tulsa Artist Fellowship engages new Tulsans, brings Tulsans home and honors Tulsans who are here making meaningful artistic contributions. Tulsa Artist Fellow criteria: A visionary contemporary arts practitioner who demonstrates perseverance in their work; Social impact through the arts; Intrinsic drive to build a diverse community in the City of Tulsa.
Winter Passages

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Alexandria’s Public Art Program is inviting artists from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia to create original, temporary artworks for installation along key stretches of its off-street trail network. The goal is to provide a sense of respite, discovery and fun during the dark, cold winter months for the hundreds of people who use these trails every day. Artworks should be easily installed and removed, and should consider highlighting phenomena such as ambient light and shadows, color and sound, breezes and other sensory aspects of the trail environments. The program will commission up to three artists to create installations. Each artist will be provided with a budget of up to $5,000 to design, fabricate, install and deinstall their artworks. Artists will be selected during the week of January 11 and will have until March 5 to design, fabricate and install their artworks. The Public Art Program will provide technical support in obtaining site permissions and in the development of design and fabrication approaches.
2021 Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence Program

Deadline: January 18, 2021

Shenandoah National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists an opportunity to live and work in this exceptional environment for three weeks. The works completed during the program will serve, through the creativity of the selected artists, to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Shenandoah National Park. The Park’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous donation from the Shenandoah National Park Trust. This program provides the artist with uninterrupted time to pursue their own body of work and also the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach. The artist has the opportunity to create works that promote an understanding of the need to preserve our national parks. A small stipend for travel, subsistence and to support material for public programs may be provided to the artist.
Bernheim’s Artist in Residence Program

Deadline: January 18, 2021

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s mission is connecting people with nature and we do this through the lens of horticulture, sustainable design, research, nature-based education, play and art in nature. Bernheim is a private, non-profit educational and recreational nature preserve that includes a nationally recognized 600-acre Olmsted designed arboretum with over 8,000 specimens of plants. Open throughout the year, more than 500,000 visitors connect with nature annually, by enjoying over 40 miles of hiking trails, a Canopy Tree Walk, a Children’s Play Garden, year-round educational programs, special events, an edible garden and art in the landscape. For over four decades, the Artist in Residence program has attracted artists from around the world who seek to use Bernheim as their inspiration. Established in 1980, this internationally renowned program annually awards artists the opportunity to live and create site specific work inspired by their total immersion experience in the natural environment. The work created through this program allows our visitors to experience nature in a new way while enhancing awareness of Bernheim’s mission of connecting people to nature. We encourage visual artists of all mediums, with the broadest range of diverse perspectives and experiences, to submit work for consideration. Up to 4 artists are selected for residencies at Bernheim on an annual basis with a stipend of $2500. One residency is always dedicated to a regional artist currently living in Kentucky or in Clark and Floyd counties of Southern Indiana.
Call for submissions: McMaster Gallery at the University of South Carolina

Deadline: January 18, 2021

The McMaster Gallery welcomes Solo and Group Exhibition Proposals for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Gallery is located in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design in downtown Columbia, SC. The Gallery offers over 900 square feet of space with 140 linear feet of wall space. To apply, please send the following as one PDF file no larger than 20mb to Olga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery Director, at yukhno@mailbox.sc.edu with the subject line “2021-2022 Exhibition Proposal”:

Statement of Intent that includes all of the following:

  • Biographical and contact information;
  • Details of the intention of the exhibition you are proposing, including conceptual motivations, materials and processes, and the installation process;
  • Description of how you and your work would interface with and appeal to the diverse program offerings and student body in the School of Visual Art and Design;
  • If granted additional support to be a Visiting Artist, description of the activities you propose during your stay, such as public lecture, additional presentations to select students, workshops, graduate critiques, and/or class visits.

As well as:

  •  15-20 high quality images of proposed work;
  • Image list with the artist’s name, title, media, size and date
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
  • Artist Statement or Curatorial Statement.
I-Park 2021 Site Responsive Art Residency & Biennial

Deadline: January 18, 2021

The residency, an integral element of the program, will be devoted exclusively to the six or seven artists and other site-responsive practitioners whose works will be exhibited at the 2021 Biennale. I-Park views site-responsive art as a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory field – at its most impactful when the installations are developed and experienced in-situ. The term “site-responsive” is construed broadly to encompass the various aspects of the project site: visual aesthetics, ecology, geology, the built environment, history, and possibly, its imagined future. While all works will be ephemeral, it is expected that all works, including performance art, sound art, new media and the narrative arts will include a substantial physical element and that the installations will be reasonably intact through the autumn of 2022. I-Park has a typical New England landscape that includes a varied topography, fields, a new growth forest, a pond, miles of stone walls, various watercourses and an established system of art/nature trails. While the artists’ site selection preferences are accorded great deference, the ultimate layout of the 2021 looping trail will be determined by the Project Manager, taking into account safety, environmental impact and accessibility.
Fondation Fiminco Residency

Deadline: January 21, 2021

Fondation Fiminco launches an open call for visual artists across all disciplines to undertake a residency in Romainville (Seine-SaintDenis). This residency will be focused on research and development, as well as production. The residency is aimed at artists residing in France or abroad, without an age limit, who can demonstrate a professional practice, either emerging or established. The primary objective of the residency is to provide artists with a privileged environment for research and production. The artists will be accompanied by the Fondation’s team throughout their residency. They will benefit from an environment that facilitates collaboration with other residents and with external organisations. Artists will have artistic and technical support according to their needs and the requirements of the project that they wish to develop: technical assistance with production, administrative support, and assistance with communication and networking. French as a foreign language courses will be offered to international artists to facilitate their integration and help with daily exchanges required during the residency. The Fondation Fiminco residency is a place for professional development that helps artists gain visibility on the French art scene and establish a network.
Fountainhead Residency for BIPOC Mothers

Deadline: January 21, 2021

The June 2021 residency is dedicated to BIPOC artists who are mothers, with generous support provided by the Sustainable Arts Foundation and Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, juried by Renee Cox, Sandra Ramos and Marie Vickles. For one month we are inviting three mothers to take time solely for themselves and their practice; no kids, no partners, just them sharing space and time, connecting and creating. Artists are provided additional monies to help offset the cost of childcare and will have dedicated time for self care, something too few moms are able to do for themselves. Our hope is artists will mutually benefit from their shared camaraderie and discussions around the particular challenges/rewards of artist parents today. The jurors are all mothers as well and will serve as mentors during the time here. This residency will take place in June 2021.
SPARK IV: A New World?   

Deadline: January 21, 2021

UMBC and Towson are excited to present a fourth installment of the collaborative SPARK exhibition in partnership with PNC Bank and Maryland Art Place (MAP).  Full-time faculty artists from UMBC and Towson art departments are invited to submit existing and proposed artworks and installation concepts for the next SPARK exhibition, SPARK IV: A New World? to be held in MAP’s main gallery space from April 29 through June 26, 2021. Submissions are also welcome from undergraduate and graduate students in Visual Arts.

Baker Artist Awards

Deadline: January 22, 2021

The Baker Artist Portfolios were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The online portfolios are open to artists working in all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties. The portfolios expose area artists’ work to regional, national and international audiences. The site has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of art lovers, critics, gallery owners, academics, and leaders in creative business in nearly every country around the globe. In order to respond to the needs of artists who have been severely impacted by COVID 19, the entire awards process for the 2021 season has been reconfigured. The $90,000 pool of funding usually reaches six artists annually. This year it will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 to 36 artists. Knowing that the need is urgent, GBCA will be accelerate the adjudication timeline and distribute the award funds as early as March 2021.For more information on the new, temporary award structure, please click here. Each of the 36 artists who receive an award this year will remain eligible for all awards in coming years. This year’s awards will not include an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, however selected artists will all have the opportunity to showcase their work in a series of public performances and online exhibitions.
Call for Papers – The 2021 Virtual Women’s & Gender Studies Conference “Gender, Race, Community, & Conflict: Pursuing Peace and Justice”

Deadline: January 22, 2021

The year 2020 ushered in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated many unprecedented global crises. We have witnessed destruction of communities — often Black, Indigenous, immigrant, poor — and their habitats: the fires across the Amazon rainforest, the Dakota Pipeline construction, the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, and Indigenous communities ravaged by COVID. Major conflicts have worsened in these times of COVID-19, resulting in unspeakable suffering and violence in communities, from the threat of extinction of Indigenous populations, to the desecration of Indigenous lands and sacred spaces, to climate strikes and the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit people, and trans women of color. How do feminists and their communities, Indigenous and settler colonial, cis, queer, and trans, address these issues/crises/problems, resist, and heal their communities? How have feminists and activists creatively strategized against or used the existing power structures to reverse the fragmentation of peoples and break down hierarchies? In pursuit of peace and justice, what are feminist activists doing within their communities to combat the pandemic, stop the divisions and violence while countering the hatred and demonization against the othered? How do we imagine peace and justice at this juncture? How might we move towards justice through the intersectional and transnational coalitions across genders, races, classes, sexualities, cultures, religions, nationalities? We invite and re-invite proposals that investigate the past, the present, and the future of the intersections of gender, race, and community that showcase feminist interventions in the tackling of conflicts. In what ways can feminist practices and movements counter the negative consequences of hate and white supremacy? What can we do to support communities struggling to align with the feminist agendas of peace, justice, and unity while honoring differences? How is the feminist body involved in community, conflict and the pursuit of peace and justice? How does feminism contribute to the pursuit of equity and equality? How has feminist storytelling narrated these struggles and contributed to/reshaped intellectual discourse? What can we do to ensure a more just and equitable world?

Mother’s Milk Artist Residency

Deadline: January 22, 2021

Mother’s Milk is a 2-6 week interdisciplinary residency, designed to support three or four visual artists, composers, or creative writers, who are pursuing innovative work in their field. The goal of this program is to provide individuals or collaborators with the time and space to pursue their creative projects alongside other residents whose different perspectives, backgrounds and interests offer inspiration and interaction. Work that is more experimental in nature without regard to commercial viability is of special interest. Mother’s Milk Residency is located in a renovated dairy farm at the edge of Newton, Kansas, tucked between farm fields, a light industrial park, and a travel hub. Our 7.6 acres are heavily wooded in most areas with some historic farm machinery left in place, where it has found a symbiosis with nature. The grounds offer opportunities for installations (with prior discussion and approval), possibly a source of natural materials. Residents will be exceptional creative practitioners – including emerging, mid-career and established artists – who desire time and space to work on their projects. Residencies will be awarded based on excellence and merit of project proposal, and the applicant’s interest in and ability to work independently. Residents cannot be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, must be 21 years old, and must reside on-site for the duration of the program. International applicants will need to show proof of English language skills and will be responsible for acquiring appropriate visas if accepted.
Call for Entries: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022

Deadline: January 29, 2021

The National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition celebrates excellence in the art of portraiture. It is the realization of Virginia Outwin Boochever’s gift to the Smithsonian and the nation, a testament to the transformative power of one individual to make an impact. Every three years, artists living and working in the United States are invited by the museum to submit one of their recent portraits to a panel of experts. The selected artworks reflect the compelling and diverse approaches contemporary artists are using to tell the American story through portraiture. Artists are invited to submit portraits in any media for consideration in the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. As with past editions, the competition seeks to broaden the definition of portraiture and highlight the genre’s relevance in society and contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter or draw upon existing imagery or archival research in response to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time. $50 entry fee.

The Nature of Cities Festival – Call for Artists

Deadline: January 30, 2021

It is our pleasure to invite your submission for artistic contributions at The Nature of Cities Festival, a global virtual gathering of interdisciplinary thinkers and doers working toward greener cities for nature and all people. We will review submissions for artworks, performances, films, interventions, micro-talks, and practical workshops about cities and nature that resonate with the theme: radical imagination with nature and all people. We want to see your ideas for engaging participants in sensory experiences, as well as disturbing the habitual flow of traditional online convenings. Proposed works can address ideas such as social and environmental justice, multi-species / pluriverses, care or stewardship, the concept of reciprocity in cities and nature, or direct actions in the local landscape, considering how these actions/events/stories can be woven together in a more equitable, inclusive, global sense. This is a largely volunteer-produced event with many possibilities for free entry. With the exception of a small stipend for live performances, the festival does not have financial means to support the creation of new content. As such, we encourage submission of pre-existing works, or existing collaborations.
Call for Submissions – Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)

Deadline: January 31, 2021

We are welcoming submissions to the Journal for Artistic Research. The Journal publishes three issues a year. JAR is an internationally recognized Open Access journal that publishes artistic research from all arts disciplines including (but not limited to) the visual arts, architecture, dance, design, film, literature, music, painting, performance, photography, poetry, sculpture, theatre, video art, urban planning, etc. The journal seeks submissions of artists and theorists focusing on artistic research, with or without academic affiliation, and at all stages of their research curriculum. Rethinking the traditional journal format, JAR offers its contributors a free-to-use online space called the Research Catalogue (RC) where text can be woven together with image, audio and video material allowing for creative modes of presenting and documenting artistic work. We are specifically interested in contributions that reflect upon and expose artistic practice as research, and welcome submissions from artists interested in opening up the processes that underlie their practice. Please view our archive to get a sense of what we publish. To be accepted for peer review, the Editorial Board considers the degree to which the exposition is conceptually and artistically strong, considered, and significant to the field, and whether the submission exposes artistic practice as research. This last aspect engages with questions and claims about knowledges within practice. For more information about the notion of ‘exposition’ please read the editorial to JAR0. If you don’t have one already, register for a free account on the RC and use the online space to design and submit your research. JAR provides editorial and technical guidance with these processes.
CMPFR.22c What will the World be like 100 Years from Now?

Deadline: January 31, 2021

CMPFR.22c is a collaborative storytelling project of speculative fiction, an episodic future history crossing genres and generations — stories told around the campfire where humans have gathered over thousands of years to share our experience, our wisdom, our hopes, and our fears. CMPFR.22c brings together storytellers, actors, artists, and sound artists-designers around a “sonic campfire” to create a collection of stories imagining the decades of the 22nd century. Collaborative groups develop a short story, perform the narration, and produce the accompanying soundscape. Each group’s 4-minute recorded sound composition tells the story of one decade in the future. The episodic decades are constructed sequentially over a 10-week period, each built upon the previous, to illustrate an entire century. The final project will be premiered on Radio Brennpunkt and made available on online and through streaming services as a serialized narrative. The works will all be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. REALMOREREAL is an art brand, sociocultural production organization, and ongoing thought experiment that works with artists and culture workers to realize innovative or marginalized projects and interventions.

Kunstraum Lakeside – Statements – Open Call 2021

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Kunstraum Lakeside invites artists and cultural practitioners to participate in its 2021 program with their own “Statement”. We are in search of performative formats that relate to the Kunstraum’s annual topic and experiment with modes of representation in the visual arts, in the context of an institution at the interface between art, science, and technology. Kunstraum Lakeside focuses on one topic each year, which evolves from the local and institutional particulars of the exhibition, performance, and discourse space itself. Its association with a science and technology park and the correlations between the exhibition contents and the semester program at the University of Klagenfurt prompt questions about the role of artists in current knowledge production. Curated by Franz Thalmair and Gudrun Ratzinger, the program concentrates on fields of action encompassed under the term “artistic research”. Artistic research is conceived as a field that, in addition to just an aesthetic experience, enables one to reflect upon the conditions of his/her activities within artistic practice, while representing something in the artistic knowledge production process with the specific means of art. In essence, the Kunstraum Lakeside exhibition program tests whether the model of artistic research can be employed productively in a discussion process, which tackles fundamental issues in contemporary society.

Lake George Arts Project

Deadline: January 31, 2021

The Lake George Arts Project invites regional, national, emerging and established artists to submit exhibition proposals to the Courthouse Gallery. Preference is given to experimental or non-traditional work created in the last two years. We welcome proposals for special exhibitions, installations, mixed media presentations, and performance art.
Resilience, Resistance, Renovation, and Rebirth Conference

Deadline for proposals: January 31, 2021

This spring Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters will host the Resilience, Resistance, Renovation, and Rebirth Conference. Proposals for panels, individual talks, and performances that address this time in quarantine as a time of inspiration, innovation, and change from all disciplines and fields of study are welcome. Some of the subject areas of interest include:

  • Unexpected collaborations both disciplinary and interdisciplinary
  • Unexpected changes to you research practice and how you pivoted to adapt to the new norm
  • Ways that you solved an issue brought by the pandemic that will grow and continue post pandemic
  • Issues of social justice or racism exposed by the pandemic
  • How the time helped give a moment for discovery
  • Art, performance, literature, or other artistic work inspired by this moment

Please submit a title and abstract (300 words maximum) describing your panel or presentation, and email to steamconference2021@gmail.com by January 31, 2021. Please include your name and institutional affiliation (if any) and those of any co-presenters. Accepted submissions will be announced by March 1, 2021.

SSB AWAY TUSCANY: Call for Applications

Deadline: January 31, 2021

On a 40-acre working olive oil farm just outside the tiny hamlet of Petroio, Some Serious Business and artist Carey Maxon offer artists a tranquil sanctuary: a small stone cottage set in the heart of the sensory delights of Tuscan country life. From this charming cottage artists have the opportunity for creative exploration in any direction.Tuscany’s iconic Val d’Orcia is a landscape of inspiration and wonderment. Unforgettable rolling hills; exceptional vistas, churches and towns; Piero della Francesca frescoes; romantic labyrinths of stone walls and walking paths; and deep, soulful culinary traditions make it an extraordinary destination. Petroio’s charming main road spirals up to an ancient hilltop town where 200 residents continue the vital and timeless traditions of rural Italian village life. It is here that the villagers invented the classic artistic design and technology of the archetypical terra cotta pot. The farm is 20 minutes north of Pienza—a jewel of Renaissance architecture and a UNESCO Heritage site. Applicants should take into account the retreat’s unique circumstances and historic location. Due to the limited size of the casina, applicants should also keep in mind that while the cottage is surrounded by a garden and 40-acre farm, this residency offers little indoor workspace. A stipend of $1,000 is offered with the residency. Eligibility: Writers and Composers. Preference will be given to mid-career artists and those seasoned in their field.

SSB AWAY Abiquiu

Deadline: January 31, 2021

In a rugged desert environment in Northern New Mexico, SSB AWAY offers a two-week residency at Plaza Blanca (“the white place”), memorialized in countless paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe. The mesa is a space of deep solitude, silence, and emptiness—offering artists an ideal location to retreat, rest, recreate, and dream in the midst of pristine enchanted landscapes. Petroglyphs and pictograms abound, testament to a continuum of millennial history. The Genízaro village of Abiquiu (where Georgia O’Keeffe’s home is located), Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu Lake, and nine northern pueblos are nearby. On a remote mesa with spectacular views, the two-story casita on several acres of land includes a fully equipped kitchen and dining table, small light-filled living room with sofa and chairs, wood burning stove, desk, large second-story bedroom, full bath, and patio with outdoor seating. Extensive natural light and pristine natural environments abound. Please note that Plaza Blanca is at a high elevation (6,000+ feet) and may not be suitable for everyone. Applicants should take into account the retreat’s unique circumstances and historic location. The casita is surrounded by vast open space, but its small size offers limited indoor workspace. A $300 stipend is offered with the residency. Eligibility: Writers, visual artists, composers, musicians, performance artists, architects, designers, curators, and art workers of any kind—as well as activists, thought leaders, spiritual teachers, and others working to foster mutual respect and understanding. Preference will be given to mid-career artists and those seasoned in their chosen field. Students are not eligible.
Tanssin Aika Festival

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Tanssin Aika festival (TAF) invites choreographers and dance artists to offer works for the 2021 edition of the festival for the two following categories:
  • Re-make: An existing work, which will be remade for and performed by 17-20-year old dancers in 2021. The performance will have its re-premiere at the festival in 2021, after which it will tour the provinces in the vicinity of Jyväskylä. We are expecting proposals which will challenge the young dancers. Possibly works that you would initially not expect them to do! The work should have 3-10 performers. The choreographer will be paid a fee for one month and designers will receive fees to adapt the work to school halls and Villa Rana stage. The piece will be rehearsed in Jyväskylä.
  • Performances outside and in the spaces of Villa Rana. The festival takes place both in the centre of Jyväskylä and Villa Rana stages. As part of the festival we will produce a moped tour with young drivers traveling from one performance to another so that both durational and spectacular performances lasting only for a short moment suit the festival evenings.
TAF 2021 is curated by artistic director Janina Rajakangs in collaboration with youth and young adults. We will invite shows that draw our interest also outside of the open call. These are spoken word, band gigs and choreography made by young people. We also preserve the right to curate by invitation, works that don’t apply.
Call for Submissions: CURRENTS New Media 2021

Deadline: February 1, 2021

CURRENTS New Media is now accepting digital media art submissions in the fields of:
  • Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Environments
  • Multimedia Performance
  • Desktop Experiences
Every summer since 2010, CURRENTS New Media has been putting on one of the leading art and technology festivals in the United States. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, CURRENTS brings together the work of established and emerging new media artists from the USA and around the world. In August 2020, we presented our first entirely-online festival with great success. After a year of global change, adjustment and learning new ways to connect, we are planning an online festival with a smaller, onsite festival if COVID permits. Submission Fee: $25 for single submission, $20 per submission for multiple submissions. To apply, please read our submission guidelines and fill out the submission form on our website. CURRENTS New Media champions new media arts and supports artists in creating innovative work. Our annual festival, educational programs, and exhibition space give the public year-round access to immersive and expansive art experiences. The Festival is the result of a collaboration between Parallel Studios, its partners throughout the city and the many volunteers who invest their time to support this project.
Craft Choreography #12 and #13 – platform for presenting short choreographic works in Vienna!

Deadline for applications: February 1 & March 15, 2021

Craft Choreography is a regular, independently organized platform for presenting short format choreographic works in Vienna. It is a place to share your current ideas and finished pieces in an open welcoming atmosphere. We combine live works, recorded works and dance films. The event is hosted in the space of Erbsenfabrik/Brick 5 in Vienna as well as online through streaming. The next two instances are planned February 18th and February 15th. For both of them, we are looking for your proposals. Craft Choreography is open to all genres of body expression – contemporary dance, circus, physical theatre – that include the element of craftsmanship. The event provides:
  • space – it is an alternative white box with theatre lighting and dance floor
  • audience + good atmosphere – after the performance we have an audience talk
  • no real fees – just the audience donations
To apply, send you proposal to craftchoreography@gmail.com with a title that includes a word indicating the format of your presentation: LIVE, RECORDING or VIDEO. That will help a lot. In the proposal email: your name and country you are based in, a video link, a short text (optional). No full-fledged CVs or special long essays are necessary.
SciArt Open Call for March 2021 issue “Movement”

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Movement: an act of changing physical location or position or of having this changed a change or development. Our world, on every level, is inherently full of movement. From the colliding of particles to the motion of tectonic plates and our galaxy’s trajectory towards and eventual collision with Andromeda, looking at movement through the lens of the sciences reveals the layered ever-changing reality we live in. We welcome artistic and article-based submissions on the topic of movement as viewed through the lenses of science and technology. Traditional media (still images), video, GIFs, sound art, and recorded performances are welcome.
Submission type details:
  • Art work submission: multiple art work images, with art work statement (first person) and artist bio (third person)
  • Article submission: article on particular relevant topic with or without accompanying images (if images, images must come with image permissions)
  • Interview submission: interview with artist(s)/practitioner(s)/expert(s) on relevant topics including images of their/relevant work (images must come with image permissions)
Articles and interviews should be under 2300 words unless otherwise arranged. Images should be formatted at 72 dpi or higher, with the smallest side set at least 1000 pixels. All articles/submissions should be in word or google doc.
SITE: Brooklyn – Photography A Sense of Place

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Site:Brooklyn Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the current practice of contemporary artists. We are taking Site:Brooklyn online and on the road, with a new series of interactive exhibitions. Our goal remains the same, to connect artists with an expert and diverse set of jurors through the open call format. Our new program focuses on online open call exhibitions, selected by a cast of new jurors, solo artist features, and spotlights. As safety and regulations permit, we aim to host a number of exhibitions around the country. How does a photographer frame a scene? Inevitably, it is an act of choosing: what goes in, what goes out? Covid-19 has radically reconfigured our spatial coordinates, and introduced new frames. Places that were once occupied are left vacant while others, such as homes and parks have taken on a greater importance. About the Juror: Jacqui Palumbo is a writer + producer for CNN Style. At Artsy she was a senior editor dedicated to visual culture coverage, which includes photography, design, and art through a pop culture lens. She spent several years at PDN as the editor of its magazines for aspiring photographers, PDNedu and Emerging Photographer.
Tides Institute StudioWorks Artist in Residence Program

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Founded in 2013 and now in its ninth year, The StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) offers residency opportunities to visual artists from the U.S. and abroad to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Our studios, museum and housing are located within the historic downtown and working waterfront of Eastport, Maine and overlook the U.S./Canada boundary. TIMA’s downtown StudioWorks building contains private studios, common work areas, and a ground floor printmaking and letterpress studio. TIMA is also developing a nearby larger scale North Church Project Space which provides additional studio workspace and exhibition opportunities. See recent article in The Atlantic about the StudioWorks program and its impact on community: How Artists Build the Spirit of a Town. The StudioWorks program mission, supported by two national awards from ARTPLACE and many additional funders, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown. A StudioWorks residency provides an artist with a unique experience to play an active role in our creative community and region through socially engaged projects, educational outreach or public programming. So far, 62 artists from 18 different states and three foreign countries have participated in the program. For a list of alumni of the StudioWorks Artists in Residence Program click here: Alumni. Housing for visiting artists is provided in two adjacent buildings, the GAR Hall / Royal Art Lodge and the Rathlin House, located one block away from StudioWorks and the museum. For a view and description of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art campus click here: TIMA Campus and Campus Map
Woodwalk Gallery: Beautiful Possibilities

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Woodwalk Gallery, one of Wisconsin’s premier galleries, is looking to host a virtual, online exhibition providing exposure for amateur and professional artists working in 2D mediums. We seek pieces that demonstrate ingenuity and inspiration. We want to see art that shows talent, keen perception, heart and will evoke excitement and emotion and in some way embody your idea of a beautiful possibility. Winners will be given a chance to display their prize winning works during the opening two months of the 2021 Door County, WI. art season. The theme is very broad, so you have the opportunity to choose your very best work to submit to this juried show. The competition is open to all 2D artists residing in the USA whose work is on paper, canvas or some type of board. The artist can work in all forms of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, hand pulled prints, collages, graphics and digital arts. Prize money: 1st Place $500;  2nd Place $300;  3rd Place $100. In addition, the prize winning artists will be given the opportunity to submit their winning entry plus one additional piece (two total) for display in the gallery from May 1 through June 30, 2021. Display, shipping information and commission fees will be sent to the winners after their selection.
Detroit Science Gallery: Tracked and Traced

Deadline: February 5, 2021

Experimentation, provocation, and research are at the heart of Science Gallery Detroit’s values and programs. This exhibition will explore the practice and concept of dystopian and utopian aspects of surveillance, through the lens of artists, psychologists, storytellers, digital gamers, molecular biologists, performers, neuroscientists, designers, computer scientists, nurses, engineers, musicians, mathematicians, architects, and young people. The list of possibilities is endless.
Individuals 15+ are eligible to apply to this open call. Persons under 18 must partner with someone of legal age. Your proposal could be a new or existing artwork, performance, workshop, digital intervention, research project, virtual reality game, or other activity. We strongly recommend that you keep our target audience of young people aged 15-25 years in mind and consider including interactive or participatory elements. Learn more. Watchmen and sentinels were joined over time by security guards and closed-circuit TV, and now, by video, data scraping, and bio-sensors. Retail loyalty programs, website cookies, law enforcement facial recognition software, routine health screening, and airport security lists are all part of the vast presence of different kinds of surveillance in our society. And, these are just the forms that are part of mainstream awareness. What else lurks in the realms where data algorithms are developed, flourish, and get put into practice to drive profit, achieve military or security aims, or control other human behavior? While these technologies are all too often deployed in ways contrary to our individual interests, they have also been used to advance personal and public health, reduce human impact on the environment, and engage citizens in participatory monitoring of the natural world. How can we understand and gain control over these practices, unravelling dystopian connections, and further developing utopian-leaning connections?
Navasota Artist in Residence Spring 2021

Deadline: February 5, 2021

The Artists in Residence will have an opportunity to live and work in the historic Horlock Home in Navasota, Texas which includes living and studio space for each of the three participating artists as well as a retail gallery space. The term of each residency is roughly six (6) months. The City of Navasota will provide amenities including internet, cable, electricity, retail space, and live/workspace free of charge to selected artists with the purpose of providing artists the opportunity to create and sell their work. Each artist will also receive a one-time $600 stipend at the beginning of the residency to assist with groceries, fuel, and supply purchases.

Target Gallery Exhibition – Those Spaces Between Us

Deadline: February 5, 2021

Target Gallery invites artists to submit their work for consideration to a new digital and in-person exhibition Those Spaces Between Us. This all-media group exhibition will explore concepts of liminal or transient spaces and how we occupy them or, conversely, how we do not. This exhibition will present an introspective view on how spaces can offer a physical embodiment of ambiguity and transition, creating a narrative how we as people move through them.

Emerging Curator Program

Deadline: February 8, 2021

The Emerging Curator Program is designed to discover curatorial talent in Los Angeles and provides opportunities for emerging curators to partner with LACE. For the program’s seventh installment one project will be selected for presentation in spring 2022. This year, the program is accepting curatorial proposals centered on performance, rather than exhibition. Emerging Curators are encouraged to propose projects that can function as a live performance as well as be presented virtually. Proposals may be geared toward a single performance or a series of performances (keeping budget in mind.) Note: this call is specifically for curators and not artists submitting performance proposals of their own work.

Chamber Music American New Jazz Works

Deadline: February 12, 2021

Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader or a member of the ensemble. Since 2000, CMA has commissioned 250 original jazz works. The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. New Jazz Works seeks a diverse group of applicants based on race and gender self-identification. CMA’s goal, through its panel process, is to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender and style of jazz. Applicants are presented anonymously to panelists who, through multiple rounds, review submitted sound samples only.
The Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition

Deadline: February 12, 2021

The Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition is one of the Allegany Arts Council’s signature events, now entering its seventh year. Established in 2015, it began as a way to showcase photography talent in the region, but quickly grew into a nationally-recognized show. Each year, the competition has continued to grow, reaching nearly 1000 entries nationwide from photographers representing 38 states. Today, the show serves as a model for other organizations seeking to develop programs of their own. Typically, the competition features three categories: black and white (monochrome), color, and a third category, which has ranged from experimental to photography as sculpture.  This wild card category always brings depth and interest to the exhibition. The show itself offers a diverse and wide-ranging look at the world of photography, including street photography, portraiture, landscape and still life, fine art and many other styles and techniques. The exhibition will run from April 2-24, 2021. Entry fee: $30.
Reflection – Women in Art

Deadline: February 13, 2021

Nuu Muse Contemporary Art will be hosting the Women In Art – Reflection exhibition curated by gallerist CJ Cowden. This exhibition will celebrate national womens month and help support a great organization, In My Shoes. Calling all women artists to submit their work for this amazing exhibition. There will be an opening reception followed by 2 weeks of display in Nuu Muse Gallery. This group show is open to women artitsts, 2D, 3D and photography. No reproductions of original works will be accepted. No digital prints will be accepted. Please submit up to 3 images for $35. Each additional image is $5 each. All images must be high resolution and 300 dpi.

EHESS at Camargo – Art & Social Sciences

Deadline: February 14, 2021

The French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and the Camargo Foundation are joining forces for the second year with the residency program EHESS at Camargo, which offers a one-month residency at the Camargo Foundation (between April 2021 and April 2022) for an artist and a scholar in social sciences. The aims of the program are to stimulate relations and connections between scholars and artists, and to develop projects at the interface between the social sciences and all arts disciplines with a view to joint production. The École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), French Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities, brings together scholars and students from all over the world with the aim at bringing together all disciplines of social sciences and humanities to understand societies in all their complexity. Since its creation as an autonomous institution in 1975, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, social sciences, philosophy, geography, literary studies, psychology and cognitive sciences are practised at EHESS in a permanent interdisciplinary dialogue. The institution hosts 40 research units organized around a field, an approach or, for the purpose of a third of them, a “cultural area”. More than 800 teachers and scholars develop knowledge, train and supervise master’s and PhD students and scholars. EHESS has a very important centre in Marseille.
International Bad Video Art Festival

Deadline: February 14, 2021

The International Bad Video Art Festival (BVAF) is an independent artist-run initiative. Video artists and bad movie fans Natalia Monakhova and Andrey Slaschilin have once decided to find out whether there is something like bad video art. It is well known that bad movies have long ago formed a special cultural field with its own heroes and fans. In other arts sectors the issue of the bad has not been problematized so actively. There is no competition, no hype. Just bad video art from all over the world because it really exists in this world. And there are artists fearless enough to take part in the Festival without being afraid of labels or disrepute. Bad Video Art Festival is a good example of successful international communication beyond any geographical, social or cultural limits, or fictional ranking.

ArtsLink Back Apartment Residencies for US Artists and Curators in St. Petersburg, Russia

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The ArtsLink Back Apartment Residency program provides opportunities for US artists and curators to conduct research, create new work, collaborate with the local arts community, and create special projects in St. Petersburg, Russia. Each residency is individually designed to enable visiting artists and curators to learn about the Russian arts community, develop their own work, and share information about their work and cultural practice with local audiences. Artists and curators interested in learning about contemporary art in Russia and building relationships with the local arts community are invited to apply. Although preference is given to artists and curators working in socially engaged art and public art, applications from practitioners in other art fields will also be considered. CEC ArtsLink currently supports residencies only for artists and curators from the United States. CEC ArtsLink provides international travel, visa support and insurance (if needed), accommodation, and per diem. The duration of the Residency in St. Petersburg is 4 weeks for artists and 2 weeks for curators. Back Apartment Residency awardees are announced by mid-March, 2021.

Art Prospect Network Residencies for US Artists and Curators

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Art Prospect Network Residencies offer a new transnational exchange opportunity for US artists and curators, focusing on exchange and collaboration in the field of socially engaged art and/or public art. CEC ArtsLink will place US artists and curators with host organizations in the eleven Art Prospect Network countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan), which share common strategies, concerns, and goals. Each Art Prospect Network partner will host an artist or curator for a one month residency to participate in a collaborative project, such as a public art festival or event, lead training programs, and/or conduct an independent project. US participants and host organizations will work together to define the residency goals and structure based on their reciprocal interests, needs and strengths.

Women Composers: Commission for Animo Flute and Piano Duo 2021

Deadline: February 15, 2021

We are a Flute and Piano Duo based in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire UK. We launched our duo in 2019 in Gloucester Blackfriars at the same time we launched our 5 year ‘new music’ project asking composers worldwide to write music for us. We’ve had 6 composers so far all commissioned by us and we’ve had a wealth of styles and influences. We are now really keen to start our 2021 roster with a balanced number of 4 composers; 2 men and 2 women. Initially we were hoping to have an all women programme for 2021 but with the pandemic our plans have changed slightly. The 2021 new works will be featured on our ‘ANIMO three’ album! Our brief is simple: a 12 minute piece (either one or more movements/ sections). The commission fee is £1200 (terms to be discussed). If you are interested please send us your application to our email by midnight of January 22, 2021 with your photo, CV (or a link to your website) and samples of you work that relates to our duo. We are open to any genre, any classification, any idea (the more ambitious and far-fetched the better) and we welcome electronic or synth soundscapes or any other type of music we haven’t yet thought of. We are looking for female composers who are keen to collaborate with us – this is very important. We love experimentation. We are happy to collaborate online or face-to-face, if possible. The piece has to be completed by the end of June 2021. We will be asking for the exclusive right to perform and record the piece for two years (June 2024). We will endeavor to respond to everyone who applies by mid-February 2021. If you prefer to discuss this with us on Skype or Zoom please let us know in your email application.

Lens Culture Portrait Awards

Deadline: February 17, 2021

The 8th annual LensCulture Portrait Awards aim to discover and reward more than 35 photographers around the globe who are making exceptional photographic portraits today. These awards are open to photographers at all levels of experience, and all genres of portraiture are welcome — from professional studio shoots, to detailed environmental portraits, to casual candids. We’re open to all types of artistic approaches, too, including staged, fiction, fashion, metaphoric, self-portrait and conceptual work. Winners will enjoy career-changing opportunities including exhibition in New York, extensive media coverage, cash prizes and more. Scroll down to meet our expert international jury and read about our free entry option for single image submissions.

Art + Technology Lab 2021 Request for Proposals

Deadline: February 25, 2021

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is pleased to share the application and guidelines for our Art + Technology Lab at LACMA grant program. To apply for an Art + Technology Lab at LACMA grant, please follow the application process guidelines below. Requests must be submitted electronically via the application portal by 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on February 25, 2021. All applicants will be notified by email regarding the status of their application in April. Art + Technology Lab Program: The Art + Technology Lab supports projects that explore artistic applications of emerging technologies and ideas related to technology and culture. The program offers artists and artist collectives financial and in-kind support for new projects, with the help of expert partners from the fields of science, technology, and engineering. The Art + Technology Lab is presented by Hyundai. The program is made possible by YouTube Learning and Snap Inc. with additional support provided by SpaceX, and other innovative companies and individuals. The Lab is part of the Hyundai Project: Art + Technology at LACMA, a joint initiative exploring the convergence of art and technology. Art + Technology Lab grants are open to individuals and collectives located anywhere in the world. Grants may provide financial support of up to $50,000 per project to cover artist fees and direct costs, including materials. Recipients may also receive in-kind support, such as mentorship, coaching, advice, and exposure to technologies in development at partner organizations, including Hyundai, Snap Inc., YouTube Learning, and SpaceX as well as independent artists and academics working in art and technology from the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Magic Mountain

Deadline: February 28, 2021

The association “The five peaks park” (Cuasso al Monte, Italy) calls the first edition of the international competition (with free entry) for musical composition named THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN. The competition is dedicated to the writing of new songs for Bercandeon, an instrument of new conception, which is related to the accordion and the bandoneon.
Singapore Art Museum Residencies

Deadline: February 28, 2021

SAM Residencies is now accepting applications for the 2021 cycle for three residencies – the Artist Residency; Community & Education Residency; and Curatorial & Research Residency. Selected residents will be hosted in Singapore between July 2021 and March 2023, for a period of between one and six months. Open to both Singapore-based and international practitioners, across all discipline of the arts, the 2021 cycle focuses on processes and practices which engage with:

  • Notions of “intimacy” and/or “infrastructures”
  • Impact on technology on contemporary life – sociability of the internet; connectivity and capacity of networked platforms; agency and empowerment in civic technology; and digital participatory platforms
We’re Doing It ALL Wrong

Deadline: February 28, 2021

The 3 month long exhibition opening in May 2021 planned by the Edward A. Dixon Gallery titled We’re Doing It ALL Wrong™ seeks to create dialogue and spark ideas related to the many ways humanity continually fails itself.  Many of these ways are discussed in main stream media; some only on social media and small gatherings; while others are barely spoken or purposely kept unspoken.  Artists are encouraged to submit work that captures or is a comment on a tradition, a system, a practice, an institution or anything they see that needs repair or removal that has existed in this condition for far too long. Another ambitious goal of the exhibition is to find a signature piece or pieces of artwork that while keeping to the exhibition’s theme defines our current period in history from the artist’s viewpoint.  One art piece can tell so many stories and the goal is to find pieces that will speak to future generations and tell a story about our time. Entry fee.
Barn Project

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Call Summary The Frederick Arts Council is seeking qualifications for Artist /Teams to submit their proposals for artworks to be displayed on and around multiple barns throughout Frederick County. Applications are due on February 1, 2021, and finalists will be selected by March 1, 2021. The Frederick Arts Council is commissioning artists to design and execute works to be displayed on barn exteriors throughout Frederick County. The work should be a temporary installation, ideally designed using natural or found materials which reflect the subtle beauty of the environment. Land art will also be considered although we request that artists take into account the possible necessities of barn owners. Projects spanning multiple barns will be considered. Qualifications: At this stage, we are requesting that interested applicants submit their CV, examples of their past work, as well as a link to their website or other portfolio platform. The budget for each barn is $2,000. Currently there are up to 20 barns available for use. This opportunity is open to all professional artists residing in Maryland and up to 80 miles from Frederick.

COAL Prize 2021 – Forest

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The 2021 COAL Prize invites artists from all over the world to reveal these woodland riches, to feel and experience the ecological balance of forests, to promote the diversity of beings and cultures that inhabit them, to revive their ancestral knowledge and give birth to new ones, to nourish the movements of resilience they inspire, to act with their protectors and to invent other ways of being together in the woods. COAL, an association created in France in 2008 by professionals of contemporary art, ecology and research, has become the leading French actor in the expanding crossover between art and ecology, most notably through the COAL Prize, international cooperation actions and more than fifty exhibitions and territorial cultural projects. Every year, ten projects are shortlisted by a committee of professionals among the projects received through the international open call. One winning project will be chosen by a jury composed of representatives of partner organizations and personalities in art and ecology. In addition, all applications considered by COAL and the selection committee will become part of a network of artists and projects may be solicited or promoted for opportunities and actions carried out by COAL and its partners.
Kress Foundation History of Art Grants

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The History of Art Grants program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early 19th century. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Material Culture in an Increasingly Digital World Spring Symposium 2021 – Call for Papers

Deadline: March 1, 2021

On behalf of the Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture, the Symposium Committee is circulating a call for papers for their Spring 2021 online symposium, Material Culture in an Increasingly Digital World. As the world around us transitions into an increasingly digital environment, the way we interact with material culture becomes less physical and more virtual. How does this affect the field as a whole? How do we adapt from a hands-on practice to an interface-guided experience? And how does this change the definition of ‘material culture’? CMSMC welcomes papers discussing Material Culture grounded in historical, archaeological, art historical, and/or museum studies approaches. We are drawing from various types of works, including works in progress, book chapters, interdisciplinary approaches, and more. CMSMC looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties. Questions may be addressed to the Executive Board – Hope Elizabeth Gillespie, Sydney Sheehan, and MaryKate Smolenski- via e-mail at admin@cmsmc.org. Please visit our website, cmsmc.org, for more information about the Spring 2021 Symposium and registration.

RUUKKU Call: Everyday utopias and artistic research

Deadline: March 1, 2021

In public discussion, a growing concern about the dissipation of political imagination and inability to envisage alternative futures has been articulated over the recent decades. Elements for imagining alternative social formations and futures seem restricted at this current conjuncture. The question of alternatives is, however, currently particularly acute as the climate emergency, growing social inequalities, pandemics, transformation of work and crisis of democracy push us to search for the prerequisites for ecologically and socially sustainable societies. On the one hand, the contemporary crises give rise to growing anxiety, dystopias and polarization of views, but on the other hand, they also animate the process of imagining alternative worlds and making and living utopias here and now. Art is one of the pivotal arenas in which alternatives are imagined and performed. Art has a complex and multifaceted relationship to what is going on in society: it reflects and comments on, organizes and articulates, manifests and makes things happen. In this special issue, we are particularly interested in the many different forms and methods through which artistic practices and everyday utopias gesture towards the future. We invite artist researchers from different disciplines to submit expositions for the special issue “Everyday utopias and artistic research”.

Prix Ars Electronica 2021

Deadline: March 3, 2021

The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most time-honored media arts competition. Winners are eligible for the coveted Golden Nica awards and monetary prizes of up to 10,000 euros in each category. They will also be featured at the Ars Electronica Festival from September 8 to 12, 2021! A project may be entered to both the STARTS Prize and the Prix Ars Electronica. It is therefore possible to win both the STARTS Prize and a Prix Ars Electronica award at the same time. To do so, submit your project to the specified Prix Ars Electronica category (Computer Animation, Artificial Intelligence & Life Art und Digital Musics & Sound Art) and in the appropriate entry field at the end of the submission confirm that the project is also to be considered for the STARTS prize. Submitters, who registered already for the Prix Ars Electronica, can use this account also for the STARTS Prize.

S+T+ARTS Prize ‘21

Deadline: March 3, 2021

STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice. As part of this initiative, the STARTS Prize awards the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. The STARTS Prize of the European Commission is launched by Ars Electronica and the consortium partners BOZAR, Waag, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, French Tech Grande Provence and Frankfurter Buchmesse. Science, Technology and Arts (=STARTS) form a nexus with an extraordinarily high potential for creative innovation. And such innovation is considered to be precisely what’s called for if we’re to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will be facing in the near future. The role of artists thus is no longer seen to be just about propagating scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public but much more as a kind of catalyst that can inspire and trigger innovative processes. The artistic practice of creative exploration and experimental appropriation of new technologies has a wide-reaching potential to contribute to the development of new products and new economic, social and business models. Accordingly, the STARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.Two prizes, each with €20,000 prize money, are offered to honor innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts: The emphasis of both prizes lies on the creative appropriation and employment of technologies as well as the search for unique constellations of collaboration from the STARTS fields.
Olin Art Gallery, Washington & Jefferson College

Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Olin Art Gallery on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, is now accepting exhibition proposals in any medium for the 2021-22 academic year. Proposals may include solo or group exhibitions. Submissions must include: 10-20 digital images (jpg-format), contact information, artist statements for all participating artists, an image list (including title, media, size, and date completed for each work), and a resume or CV. Proposals will be accepted via email only (email should be no larger than 10m – ZIP file, Mac compatible, preferred). Send proposal or questions to: Doug McGlumphy at: dmcglumphy@washjeff.edu

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation – USArtists International

Deadline: March 31, 2021

For projects taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by April 7, 2021. USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. The program supports the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts. USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States. USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail.
Call for Scores for Gregory Wiest’s 15th program of modern songs in English

Deadline: June 30, 2021

For my 15th program of modern songs in English, I am looking for song cycles written after 2015 with texts in English (preferably by living poets), that run up to 20 minutes for any combination of tenor, piano and/or double bass. Submissions in MusicXML- or PDF-format can be sent to gwsings@gregorywiest.com. Chosen works will be performed and recorded live in Munich on a yet to be determined date in the 2021/2022 season, hopefully Post-COVID. There are no fees.

Athenaeum Gallery

Deadline: August 25, 2021

The Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia exhibits visual arts created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent art and unique experiences.  In addition to the shows curated by the Gallery Director, the Athenaeum Gallery invites artists and curators to submit show proposals. Artists who live or work in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia may submit a proposal for a solo show.  A group of artists who live or work in the area may submit a proposal for a group show.  A curator, living or working anywhere, may submit a proposal for a show featuring works by artists living or working in this area.

Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism

Deadline: rolling

The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is a grant-making program that supports artists producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets. Grant support will range from $500 to $5,000. In an effort to be responsive to an ever-fluctuating news cycle, artists and artist-journalist teams can apply to ECFJ for support of their work on a rolling basis. ECFJ supports a variety of work, including: text, photography, audio and video. Artists and artist-journalist teams with longer-term, research-intensive projects are also encouraged to apply.
Groundswell – Call for Temporary Environmental Artwork
Deadline: rolling
As a means of fostering new interpretations of art and nature in urban spaces, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program encourages artists to propose temporary artworks for display in parks (along trails, glades, meadows, and reclaimed gravel pits), especially Brugger’s Bog, North City, and James Keough Parks (but also other parks and sites), to encourage audiences to visit these resources as well as to exercise and spend time in comparative silence. Walking, way-finding, and searching for the “hidden” artwork is a primary component of the project. Placement within these sites may be proposed by the artist, with final determination by staff.  A display period of at least three months is preferred, with fall and winter providing early darkness for video projection or light art. Work that incorporates natural and/or re-cycled materials is especially welcome, as are projects that are less object-based and use GIS, GPS, sound, space, and light technologies. For object-based projects, we encourage artworks that are resistant to vandalism or damage, since the locations are remote and not secured by guards or video monitors. Landscaping materials like erosion control tubes, geotextile, burlap, jute, and edging, are encouraged. Use of on-site invasive flora (such as ivy vines or Scotch broom) or downed branches is also a possibility, pending consultation with arborists. The City is able to offer in-kind project support in terms of mechanical equipment, no-fee use of the park, and promotion (website and newsletters). Shoreline’s 14 different neighborhoods are also excellent resources for community engagement and outreach. For time and materials, selected artists are offered honoraria of $1500 following installation. Open to all but preference is given to Northwest regional artists (emerging or established).
Kaiser Gallery – Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: rolling

Kaiser Gallery is accepting submissions for potential solo exhibitions, group exhibition proposals, as well as, inclusion for themed group exhibitions. Submissions and acceptances are on a rolling basis with accepted artists being notified well in advance of an exhibition opportunity. Only artists that are accepted will be notified. Please note that submitting work does not guarantee a solo exhibition or inclusion in an exhibition. Submissions that meet the guidelines stated below will be kept on file for two years. Submissions are reviewed quarterly. Please keep in mind exhibitions are planned 12 months in advance. There are no submission deadlines unless otherwise noted.
Submissions are reviewed quarterly and will be accepted on a rolling basis and kept on file for future reference.

National Parks Arts Foundation Artist Residencies

Various locations, deadlines, and application fees
The National Parks Arts Foundation, (with offices & staff in Santa Fe, NM and Hawaii) is a Non-Profit Foundation offering Artist in Residence Programs, Museum In-Loan Programs, and Workshops in conjunction with our National Parks. Most of our residencies are ALL MEDIA, ALL ARTISTS with the exception of our TWO residencies for Veterans at Gettysburg, (THE REMAINDER ARE ALL ARTS / MEDIA). We have run residencies in the past aimed for Native Arts Practitioners, and likely we will again.

NYC Percent for Art Directory

Deadline: rolling

The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program makes art accessible and visible throughout our city, one of the world’s cultural capitals. Public art serves as an expression of the community, as well as a landmark. These public sites provide an important venue for all New Yorkers and visitors to appreciate artwork outside the traditional museum or gallery setting. Percent for Art projects are site-specific and engage a variety of media-painting, mosaic, glass, textiles, sculpture, and works that are integrated into infrastructure, or architecture. The Program commissions artists of all races and backgrounds that reflect the diversity of New York City. These projects demonstrate how art that is integrated into its site enhances civic architecture and a wide range of public spaces.

Red Bull Arts Microgrant: Baltimore

Deadline: rolling

Direct-funding to artists is essential always, and is particularly critical at this moment. In response to the current socio-political climate, Red Bull Arts is expanding the Detroit Microgrant Program nationally. This initiative directly supports our community of artists through providing unrestricted aid. The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1000 grants each month to artists in 19 cities across the United States. Microgrant Program Award Details: On a monthly basis, a lump-sum $1,000 grant given to two artists based in Baltimore County or Baltimore City. Potential opportunity to share projects through Red Bull Arts social channels.

Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring

Deadline: rolling

Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring is a five-year grant and mentorship program for film composers of diverse ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and abilities that are historically underrepresented in film composition. The fund assists projects currently in production where additional support and/or mentoring would be beneficial to film composers who are at a pivotal point in their career in which the project will help them break through to the next stage of their profession. The aim of this fund is to support costs that will enhance and help deliver the music score for a narrative or documentary film which is already in production in the US. With each of the grants we award, we hope to: strengthen the composer’s ability to highlight their project as a springboard for the next step in their career; improve composers’ working conditions to maximize creativity and inspiration; help improve the production values of the film as a whole. It is envisaged that grants averaging $20,000 will be given to 4 to 6 film composers per year.

Stochastic Labs

Deadline: rolling

Stochastic Labs awards fully sponsored residencies to exceptional engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world. Residencies are of variable length and include a private apartment at the mansion, co-working and/or dedicated work space, shop access (laser cutter, 3D printer etc), a $1k monthly stipend and a budget for materials. Residents become part of Stochastic’s creative community, participating in weekly dinners and invitation events. Residents may apply as individuals or as teams. While applicants may be at any stage in their career, the selection is highly competitive.

Window 26 Call for submissions

Deadline: rolling

Window 26 is a small local projection experiment taking place the second weekend of every month in the front window of a Butcher’s Hill townhome in Baltimore. It’s a way of sharing art in a public space that’s intimate yet at a safe distance. Time-based media artists of all stripes are invited to submit work for this series of programmed nights of projection this fall and winter. Artists who do not work in time-based media, but have some interesting ideas of how to work with the site are also encouraged to submit ideas.

The Mellon Foundation: Monuments Project
No deadline given
Statues are not just bodies in bronze, and monuments are not just stone pillars. They instruct. They lift up the stories of those who are seen, dominate the stories of those who are unseen, and too often propagate menacingly incomplete accounts of our country’s past. Launched in October 2020, the Monuments Project, a five-year, quarter-billion-dollar commitment by the Mellon Foundation, will support efforts to recalibrate the assumed center of our national narratives to include those who have often been denied historical recognition. This work has taken on greater urgency at a moment of national reckoning with the power and influence of memorials and commemorative spaces. Mellon’s initiative will educate us about our shared collective past to shape a more just future. It will broaden our understanding of how we define commemorative spaces by including not only memorials, historical markers, public statuary, and permanent monuments but also storytelling spaces and ephemeral or temporary installations. The Monuments Project will transform the way our country’s histories are told in public spaces and ensure that future generations inherit a commemorative landscape that venerates and reflects the vast, rich complexity of the American story.
Grants made under the Monuments Project will fall under the following areas of activity:
  • Fund new monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces
  • Contextualize existing monuments or memorials through installations, research, and education
  • Relocate existing monuments or memorials