Opportunities and Resources

Competitions and Commissions

CaFE
www.callforentry.org/system_overview.phtml

City of Las Vegas Arts Commission
(Don't be misled by the name; this has links for artist opportunities throughout the country.)
http://lvartscommission.com/opportunities/

 

Individual Artist Grants

The Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship Grants
www.aaronsiskind.org/grant.html

The Alexia Foundation for World Peace
www.alexiafoundation.org

The Gordon Parks International
http://www.gordonparkscenter.org

College Art Association
http://www.collegeart.org/careers/fellowships

Art Opportunities Monthly
www.artopportunitiesmonthly.com

Artist Help Network
www.artisthelpnetwork.com

The Center for Documentary Studies
http://cds.aas.duke.edu/grants/index.html

The Fund for Women Artists
www.womenarts.org

Langlois Foundation
www.fondation-langlois.org

Pollock-Krasner Foundation
http://pkf.org/grant.html

Women's Studio Workshop
http://www.wsworkshop.org/

Puffin Foundation
www.puffinfoundation.org

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
http://hsf.net/en/scholarships/

 

Individual Artist Grants: Regional Grants

Alabama

Alabama State Arts Council
http://www.arts.alabama.gov/

Arizona

Arizona Commission on the Arts
http://www.azarts.gov/grants/

California

San Francisco Arts Commission
http://www.sfartscommission.org/

Arts Council Silicon Valley
http://www.svcreates.org/

LEF Foundation (California)
http://www.lef-foundation.org/California/CaliforniaFocus/tabid/168/Default.aspx

Colorado

Colorado Creative Industries (previously Colorado Council on the Arts)
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/

Connecticut

LEF Foundation (New England)
www.lef-foundation.org

Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/site/default.asp

Delaware

Delaware Division of the Arts
http://www.artsdel.org/

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Comission on Arts and Humanities
http://dcarts.dc.gov/service/grants

Florida

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
http://www.florida-arts.org/programs/

Idaho

Idaho Commission on the Arts
www.arts.idaho.gov

Illinois

Illinois Arts Council
www.arts.illinois.gov/grants-programs

Indiana

Indiana Arts Commission
http://www.in.gov/arts/

Iowa

Iowa Arts Council
http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/

Kentucky

Kentucky Arts Council
http://artscouncil.ky.gov/

Louisiana

Louisiana Division of the Arts
http://www.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/arts/index

Maine

Maine Arts Commission
http://mainearts.maine.gov/grants.aspx

LEF Foundation (New England)
www.lef-foundation.org

Maryland

Maryland State Arts Council
www.msac.org

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Cultural

massculturalcouncil.org/

LEF Foundation (New England)
www.lef-foundation.org

Michigan

Creative Many (previously Art Serve Michigan)
www.creativemany.org

Minnesota

Five Wings Art Council
www.fwac.org

Jerome Foundation
www.jeromefdn.org

Minnesota State Arts Board
www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist_initiative.htm

Mississippi

Mississippi Arts Commission
www.arts.state.ms.us/grants/artist-fellowship.php

Montana

Montana Arts Council
art.mt.gov

Nebraska

Nebraska Arts Council
www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/

Nevada

Nevada Arts Council
nvdtca.org

New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Council on the Art
Artist List: www.nh.gov/nharts/artsandartists/index.html
Grant Listing: www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/index.htm

LEF Foundation (New England)
www.lef-foundation.org

New York

Jerome Foundation
www.jeromefdn.org

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
www.larac.org

New York Foundation for the Arts
www.nyfa.org

North Dakota

North Dakota Council on the Arts
www.nd.gov

Ohio

Ohio Arts Council
www.oac.state.oh.us

Oregon

Oregon Arts Commission
www.oregonartscommission.org

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
www.arts.pa.gov

Leeway Foundation
www.leeway.org

Pew Fellowships in the Arts
www.pcah.us

Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
www.arts.ri.gov/grants/overview

LEF Foundation (New England)
www.lef-foundation.org

South Carolina

South Carolina Arts Commission
www.southcarolinaarts.com

South Dakota

South Dakota Arts Council
www.artscouncil.sd.gov/grants

Tennessee

Tennessee Arts Commission
www.arts.state.tn.us

Texas

Houston Arts Alliance
houstonartsalliance.com

Utah

Utah Arts Council
artsandmuseums.utah.gov/

Vermont

Vermont Arts Council
www.vermontartscouncil.org/

LEF Foundation(New England)
www.lef-foundation.org

Virginia

Virginia Commission on the Arts
www.arts.virginia.gov

Washington

Artist Trust
www.artisttrust.org

West Virginia

West Virginia Commission on the Arts
www.wvculture.org/arts

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Arts Board
http://artsboard.wisconsin.gov

Wyoming

Wyoming Arts Council
http://wyoarts.state.wy.us

 

Individual Artist Grants: International

Fulbright Program
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Asia

Asian Cultural Council
www.asianculturalcouncil.org

Japan Foundation
www.jfny.org/arts_and_culture/arts_and_culture.php

Canada

Canada Council for the Arts 

http://www.canadacouncil.ca/visualarts/

England

Arts Council England
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts/

France

The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships at the Foundation des Etats-Unis

http://www.feusa.org

Scandinavia

The American-Scandanavian Foundation
www.amscan.org/index.html

The Nordic Artists' Centre
www.nkdale.no

 

Recommended Residencies and Internships for Emerging Artists 

http://moaonline.org/design-and-build/

http://moaonline.org/artist-in-residence/

http://www.bemiscenter.org/about_us/internships.html

http://www.penland.org 

http://www.ox-bow.org   

http://www.franconia.org/

http://www.harpofoundation.org/apply/emerging-artist-fellowship/

http://www.andersonranch.org

https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs

Residency Programs: www.resartis.org

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN): The residency program is designed to provide pre-professional, self-directed artists time and space to develop a major body of work in a creative community environment of students and visiting faculty. Five artists are selected annually to participate in the 11-month program that begins mid-June and continues through the end of May the following year. 

The Cooper Union School of Art Summer Residency Program (New York, NY): A six week program, the School of Art Summer Residency Program is designed for emerging artists to develop their work while gaining exposure to the renowned artists, critics, curators, galleries, and museums that New York City has to offer. Each artist selected for the residency will have a semi-private, sky-lit studio in the historic Foundation Building in the heart of the East Village. Lectures, discussions, and critiques with outstanding guest faculty facilitate an open exchange of ideas and provide a critical context for contemporary issues in art. 

Cornucopia Art Center, Lanesboro Residency Program (Lanesboro, MN): The Cornucopia Art Center/Jerome Foundation Residency Program offers two-week and four-week residencies to emerging artists each year. The program is designed to provide opportunities for emerging artists to create new work. 

Elsewhere Artist Collaborative (Greensboro, NC): Elsewhere's residency program invites emerging and established artists and scholars to create site-specific works using the plethora of objects and dynamic spaces as materials for works or as a foundation for conceptual or technological projects. Residents launch projects from within the theoretical framework of an evolving exhibition of objects and artworks across media, composing an experimental museum rethinking the premise of the collector and collection, questions of history and myth, the stasis of the art object, the role of the artist, and the relationship of process within production. Residents are encouraged to spend one month creating in the space.  No proposals are requested.  Instead, we ask artists to draw their ideas from the space itself, its resources, and the multiplicity of systematic arrangements and performative organizations that interweave resource, artwork, and collaborative artistic response. Residents pay a $200 residency fee and $50 deposit to hold space upon acceptance of invitation. 

Rotating Residencies 

http://www.resartis.org/en/

http://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/arts/air.htm

Ceramics Monthly residencies 

Julia Galloway, from the University of Montana, Missoula has a great resource called “Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans,” two pages have residencies split between US and International:

http://ceramicsfieldguide.org/chapter-2/artist-in-residence-usa/

http://ceramicsfieldguide.org/chapter-2/artist-in-residence-international/

NCECA: http://nceca.net/artist-opportunities-and-residencies/

Article on Residencies: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/7-best-artist-residencies-1033418

Excellent Opportunity for current students: http://moaonline.org/i3/ 

Seattle-based artist Timea Tihanyi’s residency: https://www.sliprabbit.org/‚Äč

 

Artist Resources

http://collegeart.org/jobs-and-opportunities/opportunities
https://www.nyfa.org/jobs
http://www.tacomaculture.org/arts/listserv.asp
https://www.artisttrust.org/

 

Applying for Graduate School Timeline and Advice Considerations:

Making the decision to attend MFA programs in the visual arts can require time and personal reflection.  There are compelling reasons to do so if you are interested in evolving as an artist, teaching at the college level and/or at independent K-12 schools.  An MFA can offer significant opportunities that you would not otherwise have to expand your vision and understanding of your own work and other artists’ practices.  It does not guarantee employment in the field and cost of MFA programs should be seriously considered.

MFA programs are competitive and varied.  It is important to do due research to find the program that is right for you.  Explore the faculty, graduate student work, teaching assistant or other professional development opportunities, the culture and community you would be a part of, financial aid, facilities, and/or opportunities outside of the art program in determining where you would like to apply.

It can take time to develop a strong, independent portfolio.  The average age at many MFA programs is mid to late twenties.  It is not uncommon for applicants to wait for one or more years to apply to graduate programs in the visual arts.  Your portfolio is the most important element of your application.  Ensure that your work is well documented.  It may make sense to hire a professional photographer with extensive experience photographing art.

The Department of Art and Art History has copies of The CAA Directory of Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts.  This is a valuable resource.  It is also important to consult with your professors, alumni, and other individuals who have attended or are attending MFA programs to get advice as you decide if and where you want to apply.

MFA programs provide time, space, a community of other artists, faculty mentors, and visiting artists’ perspectives.  This combination can be very challenging and enriching.  There is no better way to focus on your work at a critical juncture in your development as an independent artist.

Time Line:

Begin researching programs 1-2 years before you plan on applying.  Applications are generally due between December 15th and February 1st. 

Begin the application process 2-3 months before the first deadline.  It takes time to document your work, finalize your artist statement, request recommendations, polish your CV, and contact programs.

It is important to request letters of recommendation 6-8 weeks before the first graduate program deadline. 

Provide recommenders with the following:

Images of your work

Artist Statement/Personal Statement

CV

List of programs and deadlines

Make sure your send recommenders with thank you cards and let them know whether or not you are admitted to programs. 

 

Outline for applying for Fulbright Scholarship 

1.      Choose a country: It is very important to choose a country based on some unique aspect of its of culture, political structure or artistic development. An aspect, which is not available in the United States.
Learn about the history of the country
Be aware of its political and economic situation (you may be living there for a year so be prepared)
Location: what is the countries proximity to other regions of interest (you will have time to travel)
Climate: can you deal with it
Language: Do you know it? What is the language requirement? 

2.      Make contact: develop a relationship with someone in the host country (a professor or artist)
develop a relationship with a host institution ( not necessary but very helpful)
get letters of support or invitation from your contacts 

3.      Write your proposal: This should address the why? Why this particular country? Why this particular time? Why this particular institution? (if applicable) And what? What will I gain from this experience? What will the people of the host country gain? What information can I furnish which is not readily available to them? And how? How will this enhance my career goals? How will this help me mature and grow as a person? How will I share this information with others when I return to the U.S.? 

4.      Write your Bio: Be honest and humble (If your all that you don’t need the experience a Fulbright will offer)
Try in some way to find something in your personal history that may support your proposal (not necessary but could be helpful) 

You will need to take a physical examination prior to being awarded a grant.  This will include a STD test and an AIDS test.  If you carry any one of these viruses you will not be awarded a grant.  Each country will have its own physical requirements in addition to the above mentioned.

Start the process at least nine months to one year in advance

Finally: APPLY! Someone must get the grant so it might as well be you.