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Studio and Curatorial Fellowships (New Haven, CT) – Call For Artists

Studio and Curatorial Fellowships (New Haven, CT) – Call For Artists

Each June, NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and eight New Haven high school students to its annual Studio and Curatorial Fellowships programs. Through a proprietary curriculum that focuses on mentorship, professional development, and skills training, members of the cohort cultivate their individual practices within a collaborative, community-driven context.

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Deadline: 1 Nov 2020

Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. Through active participation in NXTHVN’s year-long programs, early-career artists and curators make the personal strides and interpersonal connections that advance their careers.

Studio and Curatorial Fellowships Benefits

  • Generous stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the Fellowship year, which runs from early June to late May
  • Optional, partially-subsidized housing in Dixwell, New Haven
  • Dedicated work and/or studio space with 24-hour access
  • Monthly professional development workshops facilitated by field experts
  • Culminating exhibition and catalogue organized by curatorial fellows and featuring work by studio fellows
  • Opportunity to design and participate in artist-led projects and public programming
  • Vocabulary and skills for navigating the art market that often go untaught in MFA programs


NXTHVN is a multidisciplinary arts incubator that cultivates creative community in Dixwell. Through intergenerational mentorship, professional development and cross-sector collaboration, NXTHVN accelerates professional careers in the arts.

NXTHVN shapes unique year-long Fellowships program as an incubator. They combine support in administrative and theoretical aspects of the profession with individual mentorship. They bring leaders in the field to cohorts of artists, curators, and apprentices.

The paid high school Apprenticeship program focused one-on-one mutual learning, giving the next local generation a chance to grow and excel in the fine arts.

They encourage collaboration between artists, art professionals, and local entrepreneurs to further New Haven’s growing creative community. Their space is a public, yet protected, place dedicated to nurturing the growth of Fellows, Apprentices, and the neighborhood. Events and exhibitions respond to the community of artists, curators, and neighbors.

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ArtPrize Public Art Grant (Austin, TX) – Call For Artists

ArtPrize Public Art Grant (Austin, TX) – Call For Artists

ArtPrize Grand Rapids announces a call for artists for a Public Art Grant.  On March 16, the selected artists will each have five minutes to pitch their installation ideas for ArtPrize 2020 to a panel of art experts from around the country. ArtPrize will work to connect the selected artist with firms providing in-kind services, designed to assist with project budgets. These firms can include shipping, construction, engineering and materials. These donations are not guaranteed.

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Deadline: 14 Feb 2020

The ArtPrize competition, which takes place every other fall in Grand Rapids, MI, is open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas for an audience. Registered artists and venues connect online at and agree to present the artwork for public display during the 19-day event. The public votes using mobile devices and the web to distribute $250,000 in cash prizes.

In 2018, the tenth installment of ArtPrize included over 1,260 entries representing 40 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories. ArtPrize annually attracts more than half a million active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 3.4 million votes for public art.

Public Art Grant Participant Benefits

$15,000 will be provided to the winning artist to offset costs for

  • Transportation and installation of artwork to ArtPrize
  • Maintaining the installation throughout the event
  • Removing installation after ArtPrize 2020
  • Restoring installation site to its original condition (Leave No Trace)

Following this open call for proposals, five finalists from anywhere in the U.S. will be provided with a stipend of $500 to travel to Austin during SXSW Interactive. Each artist will present for five minutes, using up to five slides to describe their proposal to a live audience and a panel of five judges. One artist receives a $15,000 grant to install the project at ArtPrize 2020, slated to take place from September 16 to October 4, 2020. At ArtPrize, the project will compete for $250,000 in prizes determined by public vote.

About ArtPrize Grand Rapids

The ArtPrize organization produces citywide contemporary art experiences that encourage critical discourse, celebrate artists, transform urban space, and promote cultural understanding.

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Reshape 2019 – Call For Artists

Reshape 2019 – Call For Artists

Reshape 2019 is looking for artists and cultural workers who have tried and managed to devise alternative models of working together or have engaged audiences in innovative ways. Apply to join one of five teams in developing transnational and experimental tools for supporting contemporary art practices, take part in the Forum where artists and cultural workers will discuss experimental practices around Europe and Euromed region, or send info about your work to become a part of the directory of experimental practices.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2019

Reshape proposes an open and inclusive experimental process with professionals from the Europe and the Mediterranean to enhance their innovative practices and help transforming the entire arts ecosystem.

Political, economic, technological, and ecological changes in society deeply influence the way in which arts are created, presented, and experienced. Not all artists have the same opportunities to present or collaborate internationally. Public policies, industry practices, and the market cannot ensure that diverse artistic voices and practices reach potential audiences across Europe. At the same time, artists work more and more across aesthetics, disciplines, national boundaries, and sectors. The institutional not-for-profit arts sector – both on the national and European levels – hasn’t been flexible enough to integrate these changes.

How can the arts sector continue to be supported within this context? Reshape partners are convinced that artists and cultural workers are innovation experts. They are the ones who should invent future models for the arts sector. There are many innovative models and projects created by arts professionals around Europe and South Mediterranean who, eager to stay true to their values, experiment with different ways of engaging audiences, and connecting with other social sectors. These often fragile and unconnected projects are ‘weak signals’ of potential future models.

Reshape 2019 is looking for such artistic initiatives, providing it with time and space to be further developed in a transnational and transregional context. (Re)imagine new models of organizing the arts sector. Reshape will support existing initiatives and projects experimenting with innovative models, creating an opportunity for artists and cultural workers to meet and exchange ideas. Concretely, it will devise five sustainable and innovative prototypes to five research themes posed below.

Reshape 2019 Themes

  • Art and citizenship – How can art better support practicing citizenship together?
  • Fair governance models – How to make open, inclusive and flexible governance models?
  • Value of art in social fabric – How to encourage understanding of and promote the value of art in social fabric?
  • Solidarity funding – How can solidarity funding encourage the vitality of contemporary arts in these uncertain times?
  • Transnational / postnational artistic practices – What framework and tools do artists working transnationally need and how to provide them?

Explore these five topics in the following way:

  • Directory – mapping existing experimental practices in Europe and the South Mediterranean.
  • Forum – the meeting of artists and cultural workers encouraging discussion and reflection on alternative practices.
  • Trajectory Groups – each group gathered around one of the five above mentioned topics. In total fifty artists and cultural workers propose new models, strategies, and tools via workshops and remote work.
  • Intensives – all participating artists and other professionals gather in two inspirational meetings to discuss and compare emerging ideas.
  • Conference – participants share the process and result with broader arts and culture community.
  • Publications – a collection of publications that raise important questions and share the results of the Reshape project.

Reshape 2019 Artist Benefits

Simple and Basic: Become a part of the Reshape Directory. Map individuals, organizations, and initiatives dealing with alternative models and practices of organizing and collaborating, drawing threads among similar organizations in Euromed region.

One Step Further: Participate in the Reshape Lublin Forum. Receive plane/bus/train tickets from Europe or the South Mediterranean region to Lublin, accommodation and catering covered.

The Full Monty: Work with other individuals on a selected topic during the course of two years. Receive a compensation of 4.750,00 EUR including VAT and other taxes (for taking part in the whole process) and the coverage of travel and subsistence expenses related to project activities.

About Reshape

The aim of Reshape is to imagine an alternative to the European arts ecosystem. It will do so by rethinking its instruments and collaborative models, placing them in line with artistic and social innovation and the principles of fairness, solidarity, geographic balance and sustainability. Reshape will develop and test an experimental bottom-up method. It will construct new narratives and new instruments that are appropriate to the evolutions of the arts sector and the society. By increasing the knowledge, competences, and reactivity of intermediary organisations in relation to today’s artistic experimentations, Reshape aims to influence public policies and integrate future policy instruments.

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2019 Business Accelerator Program – Call For Artists

2019 Business Accelerator Program – Call For Artists

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) announces a call for artists for the 2019 Business Accelerator Program, an intensive year-long course of business study for professional working artists. Through this innovative web-based program, currently in its fifth year, the national nonprofit organization provides visual artists with business training needed to succeed as entrepreneurs and make a complete living through the creation of their art.

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Deadline: 30 Sept 2018

To thrive economically, artists must fund and operate their businesses while creating salable work that still realizes their creative vision. Visual artists are fully capable of achieving these goals. They need access to the right resources and skills. This is the goal of CHF’s comprehensive 2019 Business Accelerator Program.

2019 Business Accelerator Program Artist Benefits

The program is a year-long, intensive course of business study for visual artists. It is designed to impart the necessary business training to succeed as entrepreneurs and make a complete living through the creation of their art. Fellows in the program receive customized business training, publicity, network-building opportunities, and one-on-one support to boost their careers and help make their businesses self-sustaining.

The program consists of broad strategic workshops and labs delivered by remote technology (a laptop or desktop computer is required). It provides participants with practical knowledge that is actionable in the real world. It includes information about how to develop a business strategy, build a compelling brand narrative, find buyers for their art, negotiate contracts, handle copyrights, communicate more effectively, and manage their finances and taxes. Each workshop is led by an expert in the pertinent subject matter. The labs are deep dives that include extensive time for Q&A. This allows Fellows time to obtain feedback on specific questions and hear the perspectives of their peers.

About The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is a 501(c)(3). CHF supports visual artists like Clark Hulings, a nationally acclaimed American painter who embarked on his career when he was 40 years old, abandoning a thriving profession as a commercial illustrator to (in his words) teach himself to be a gallery painter. He was fortunate that he could finance this transition himself with savings from his illustration work.

Hulings believed that artistic development can and should occur continually. He never stopped trying to become a better artist, honing his craft until he was well into his 80s. He understood that no matter how great the talent or strong the discipline, the door to success swings on financial pegs. Career advancement is predicated on an artist’s ability to seize and exploit opportunities, especially unanticipated ones. This is why CHF offers exactly this kind of support.

Hulings understood the challenges of being a representational artist at a time when abstraction reigned. For that reason, CHF supports visual artists regardless of the styles or movements in which they work. CHF’s intent is to help professional, working artists thrive economically from the art that they choose to create and to bring about the kind of comprehensive cultural change that fills our world with a wide variety of art.

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Previous call for artists from Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists


Studio Program – Call For Artists

Studio Program – Call For Artists

CASTRO offers a studio program for visual artists and curators, providing them with a workspace and pedagogical guidance. The emphasis at CASTRO lies on individual practice and close contact with a community of distinguished visiting lecturers – artists, writers, curators, and scholars. It is conceived as a small-scale alternative platform to explore critical education and community. At any time CASTRO can hosts up to five artists and one curator.

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Deadline: 5 Sept 2018

Artists may apply to participate for a duration of four months (periods: from November to February; from March to June) or eight months (from November to June). Curators may apply to participate for a duration of four months (periods: from November to February; from March to June).

The studio program selection panel is composed of international visiting lecturers from a variety of backgrounds. After evaluation and careful deliberation based on the submitted portfolios, the committee decides upon the admission of the applicants before end of September. This year’s selection panel will be Michael Archer, Will Benedict, Barbara Casavecchia, Maria Adele Del Vecchio, Alberto Di Fabio, and John O’Doherty.

Artists in residence studio program provides

  • Tutorials: 50 minute one-to-one meetings in the studio with artists and other specialists in the field in order to talk about the artist in residence’s work.
  • Studio visits: supporter’s or other’s (curators, artistic directors of foundations and museums, gallery owners, and collectors) private/guided visits in the artist’s studio in order to see and talk about his most recent work in an informal environment.
  • Open studio days: whole days during which artist studios are open to the public.
  • Excursions and guided tours of the city.
  • Workshops with local artisans to deepen traditional Roman practices such as working with marble and cast ghisa (iron).
  • Online blog hosted on CASTRO’s website.


CASTRO is a multifunctional space founded to support artists, curators, and researchers. It promotes an experimental, versatile, and highly collaborative learning model both for the arts and the local community. This organization is the only non profit in Rome which offers a studio and program for free to artists and curators. It is independent from any other art organization and program. The studio spaces are in the neighborhood of Trastevere, in Rome’s historical center. CASTRO is connected with other projects in Italy and abroad. This offers residents the opportunity to enter into a network and start exchanges. This ensures the program maintains vital close contact with current issues in contemporary art. The project aims to expand this network from year to year.

Public programs include:

  • Artist talks: conferences with artists invited to talk about their work and their journey.
  • Curator’s round tables: monthly round tables moderated by a young curator with three experts in the field to intervene on a chosen theme.
  • Project presentations: founders of projects related to contemporary art are invited to talk about their activities and their experience.
  • Cineforum: screening of a film and subsequent public debate.

CASTRO’s main activities are crits. Crits are day long sessions to discuss works. Each artist’s work is usually shown for up to an hour to allow a conversation. Presenting artists can either sit back and listen to the feedback or answer questions. Any artist in Rome can sign up on CASTRO’s website to present their work. Anyone can participate to the discussion. This activity fosters exchanges between artists in residence in CASTRO, those in residence in foreign institutions in Rome, and Roman artists.

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Kala Fellowship Award 2017 – 2018 – Call For Artists

Kala Fellowship Award 2017 – 2018 – Call For Artists

Kala Art Institute announces a call for artists for the Kala Fellowship Award 2017 – 2018 international competition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 18 May 2017

Artists producing innovative work are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards are given based on conceptual creativity, originality, and artistic excellence as well as technical knowledge.

In 2017, Kala will award eight artists a $3,000 stipend, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery. The award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala’s specialized equipment in printmaking and digital media.

Each Kala Fellowship Award 2017 – 2018 includes:

  • Cash Award: $3,000
  • Studio Residency: Up to six months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute with 24/7 access to our communal studio spaces. An individual studio space may be available depending on proposed projects and schedules.
  • Kala Class: One class or tutorial session that will provide training in a chosen area of printmaking and/or digital media.
  • Exhibition: Each artist selected is included in an annual group exhibition of Fellowship artists. Public programs for artists are possible and determined on an individual basis.
  • Community: Access to a community and network of approximately 75 artists working at Kala, participation in Kala events, and support of Kala staff.

Please note that this is a studio residency only. Housing is not included. Students who will be enrolled in a degree granting program in the 2017-2018 academic year are not eligible for the award.

About Kala Art Institute

Kala Art Institute encourages artistic experimentation. It was founded in 1974 by Archana Horsting and Yuzo Nakano as an international residency program rooted in the local community and a forum for ideas. Over four decades, it has progressed from a garage studio with one etching press and a single hot plate to a 15,200 sq. ft. facility in the historic West Berkeley Heinz building. Kala has grown steadily in the breath of its offerings and in the size of its operation. It remains true to its mission to be a workshop of ideas and engage the community through exhibitions, education, and public programs.

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Washington Award – Call for Artists

S&R Foundation announces a call for artists for the Washington Award.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Oct 2016

Are you an emerging artist looking to further your creative development? The Washington Award recognizes talented artists working in a broad range of disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, music, dance, dramatic arts, film, digital, and interdisciplinary arts.

Winners will be announced at the end of January 2017, and presented at the spectacular Washington Awards Gala in Spring 2017, an annual event hosted by S&R Foundation in Washington, DC.

  • Winners receive a cash prize of $5,000 to support their career development.
  • An additional $5,000 may be awarded to a Grand Prize-winning artist of outstanding ability.
  • Award winners become part of the S&R Foundation network of artists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs.
  • Award winners are eligible for performances or exhibitions supported by S&R Foundation.

The S&R Foundation’s mission is to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences, and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration.

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Washington Award


2016 Crusade Engagement Grant – Call for Artists

Crusade for Art announces a call for artists for the 2016 Crusade Engagement Grant.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 19 Apr 2016

The Crusade Engagement Grant supports artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to photography and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way. The goal of this grant is to empower artists to focus on creating demand for art and, thereby, encourage systemic changes to create a new crop of art lovers, patrons, and collectors.

The Crusade Engagement Grant awards $10,000 annually to the applicant with the most innovative idea to build audiences for photography.

Crusade for Art is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to engage new audiences with art. Our work is about developing and supporting innovative initiatives that create demand for art and opportunities to collect it.

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2016 Crusade Engagement Grant