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AIR Studio Paducah 2020 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

AIR Studio Paducah 2020 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

AIR Studio Paducah 2020 is an artist-in-residence studio and efficiency apartment located in the Lower Town Arts District of Paducah, Kentucky six blocks from the Ohio River. AIR Studio Paducah welcome self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of creative practices. Applicants are encouraged to have a clear objective for their residency. Stays usually range from two weeks to three months.

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Deadline: 12 Oct 2019

For most of its existence, AIR Studio Paducah residents have been visual and fiber artists, a few photographers, and a scattering of creatives in other disciplines. The application process has since expanded and opened up to writers, architects, composers, and improvisational choreographers. Geographically, residents hail from all over the U.S. and Canada.

AIR Studio Paducah 2020 Artist Benefits

The residency affords the artist time and space for focused, independent work, the development of new ideas, and experimentation. Visits to area cultural centers, galleries, and performance venues as well as short trips to regional arts facilities can open up a range of networking possibilities. The residency features a storefront gallery/ multi-purpose space that can be used for exhibitions or presentations during the residency. Opportunities to muse or collaborate with other artists in the Paducah community are often available.

“A.I.R. Studio is for serious artists who want a creative respite from their day-to-day environment and offers an ideal setting for those on sabbatical or who want a focused period of time to start or complete a body of work.”

About AIR Studio Paducah

AIR Studio Paducah, now in its 15th year as an artist residency program, is situated in the heart of the Lower Town Arts District, Paducah, Kentucky. Since 2004, creatives from around the country and abroad have passed through residency doors to make the most of the space with a stretch of undistracted time as envisioned by founder Alonzo Davis, himself an artist.

Drawn to Paducah by the Artist Relocation Program, Davis initially considered Lower Town as the location for a personal studio/ retreat. Inspired by working retreat experiences in California, Costa Rica, Connecticut, Wyoming, Colorado, and Virginia, Davis decided to establish an artist residency program. Not only would visiting artists benefit, but also interaction with a changing influx of creatives from outside could lend an additional dynamic to the evolving Lower Town community. An active residency program would heighten arts district visibility in the world of artist’s communities internationally.

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Side Arts’ Social Equity

Have you noticed a few changes lately on Side Arts? Some are basic technical improvements. Other changes are to indicate more clearly our social equity mission.

Check out the new mission statement

Side Arts fosters a conversation on social equity in the arts including diversity, inclusion, affirmation, justice, access, mental health wellness, safety, and consent. A global community of visual artists use Side Arts to search verified calls for artists (exhibition and income opportunities) and promote their art.

Notice that the conversation on social equity comes first. As it should. This is our why – our reason for being.

Our how resides in the content created and shared by the global community of visual artists, art organizations, and art supporters that use Side Arts. Lastly, our what is a call for artists listing and art promotion service.

Although not a perfect definition and not all encompassing, we define social equity as the advancement in diversity, inclusion, affirmation, justice, mental health wellness, access, safety, and consent.

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We feel that it is our social responsibility as a public facing organization that shares content to take an active role in pursuing social equality. As a matter of fact, we believe that all organizations should take this as a basic responsibility. This is the bare minimum for existing in the public realm.

We have added questions into all our content forms to reflect this. Albeit not mandatory. We cannot and should not force our beliefs on others. We ask those promoting calls for artists what their organization is actively doing to promote social equity. If applicable, we ask how the opportunity they are sharing promotes social equity. On the artist side, we ask how their art promotes social equity.

Lastly and over the next few months, we’ll start reaching out to social equity thought leaders and publishing our conversations with them on our blog.

Call out

All artists and organizations should take promoting social equity as a basic responsibility. No step is too small. No act is too great.

The traditional view of the artist is that of the second class citizen, incompetent and maladjusted. Their work is a past time, activity for children or seniors, or expressly therapeutic. We can’t change traditions, but we can change the meaning and purpose.

We have taken the challenge to do the right thing. It’s not easy. We’ll probably alienate some of our clientele but, if that’s the case, we don’t want them anyway.

What will you do? Will you take a stand even if it’s an uncomfortable situation? Help us share our message. Share this post with other organizations, news, and friends.

Let’s grow, together.

-Todd Hestand, Founder, Side Arts


Irreversible – Call for Artists

IRREVERSIBLE is constantly searching for new ideas to bring to our audience. We are accepting proposals to become part of our 2015 season programming, we welcome artists and collectives from around the world practicing in any form of media.

Call for artists application

Deadline: Ongoing

Open to all professional artists from all backgrounds: emerging, mid career, established, national, and international artists over 18 years of age.

Eligible Media: painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile, photography, mixed media, digital art, installations, earth art, video, and performance.

We welcome oversize work, assemblages, performances, and installations; however, it requires that artwork meets all specifications and be delivered, installed and removed by the artist (or their agent) upon arrangement with IRREVERSIBLE staff. All work requiring electricity must auto on/off with the line power.

IRREVERSIBLE is a multidisciplinary collective for emerging and established artists and creatives. IRREVERSIBLE makes buying and collecting art accessible and affordable. Many of our artists and collaboration with galleries and Art Fairs have succeeded outside of the traditional format, emerging through all backgrounds we deal with cutting-edge formats, that are viewed as one of the most influential exhibition platform of our era. Our Projects and Magazine have become breeding grounds for cutting edge exhibitions. Our versatility provides a platform for emerging artists, giving them the opportunity to showcase their talent, as well as offering more established artists the freedom to play and produce experimental exhibitions.

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Call for Bear Artists

A community art project called Bears & Squares is seeking artists to participate in creating works of art using a blank 12″ tall plaster bear (provided) commissioned by the Harcum College Centennial Committee.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 31 Mar 2015

Materials: One 12″ plaster bear is provided. All other materials are provided by the artist. A limited number of 10-inch squares are also available and will be provided while supplies last. Artist must pick up supplies by prior arrangement. Bears will not be shipped.

Artists have the opportunity receive 20% of sales if item is purchased. Artists will also receive special recognition online and in Harcum College Centennial Social Media. All bears will be displayed at a preview party on September 10, 2015 on the College Campus.

Bears & Squares is in honor of a once-in-a-lifetime 100th anniversary celebration for Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

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Artist Residencies – Call for Artists

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three meals a day for up to eight weeks.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 15 Apr 2015.

There are no residency fees. Stipends and travel reimbursement are available based on need. Emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are in a degree program as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply.

MacDowell provides artists with an opportunity to explore creative work without daily interruptions in an inspiring environment. The Colony is made up of a community of interdisciplinary artists that provide support and encouragement to fellow artists.

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Curatorial Program for Artists and Curators 2015

The New Art Center’s Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) is currently accepting proposals.

This open-call program investigates contemporary culture through the visual arts and makes diverse curatorial visions possible. It encourages emerging curators and artist-curators to realize experimental exhibitions within a large, non-profit exhibition space. We accept proposals involving two or more artists and at least one public presentation.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 6 Apr 2015.

Our 2,500 square-foot gallery is a converted church with a 25-foot vaulted ceiling. Curators of accepted proposals receive a 1,000 USD stipend as well as administrative, installation, marketing & P.R. support.

The New Art Center has a 35-year tradition of using its Main Gallery for group exhibitions curated by an independent curator. Since May 1991, we have continued this tradition through our Curatorial Opportunity Program’s public call for proposals.

The New Art Center supports the development of visual artists and cultivates a community that appreciates art.

The New Art Center offers a supportive culture that takes art and artists seriously. We serve over 2,500 students annually in hundreds of classes and workshops. Our faculty includes some of the region’s most esteemed art educators. In a setting that is welcoming and conveniently located, we offer an inclusive, multi-generational approach to art education that has served children, teens and adults at all skill levels since 1977.

We have one of the few mid-sized nonprofit exhibition spaces in New England, and attracts over 4,500 visitors annually. The New Art Center’s Curatorial Opportunity Program is well respected in New England’s visual arts community. This program is a unique vehicle for curators and artists to collaborate and present thoughtful, innovative concepts. It is the foundation of our Connections Program for gallery education.

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Your Best – Call for Artists

Exhibitions Without Walls – We often get emails asking us what types of images would be best to submit for a particular theme. Our response is one of “Use your imagination and creativity.” Well this competition has no restrictions and doesn’t require interpretation. It is all about submitting what you think is some of your best work, nothing more.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 8 Feb 2015.

We are excited about about all the possibilities and the different styles of photography and digital art we will receive as submissions. Again, remember it is about entering some of “Your Best” work.

Opportunity for exposure and $500 cash award to Best In Competition.

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Gallery Exhibit Opportunity

Twenty-Two Gallery – We are now reviewing artwork for inclusion in our limited “Artist Membership Gallery”. This type of art gallery is similar to a cooperative, but with less responsibilities and more benefits to the artist.

We offer 3 levels of membership. There is no entry or jury fee at this time. There is no restrictions on the artist as far as showing elsewhere. We like to have a 1 year commitment from our artists. For more information on the responsibilities and benefits, please go to our website and view the “Contact Us” page, then click on the “Member Inquiries” link (see link below).

Call for artists application.

Deadline: Ongoing.

Let us know if you have any questions. We would need to see samples of your work.  A website is preferable.  Then, if we feel that it could be a good fit for the gallery, we would have to arrange to see the work in person.

We have been in business at the same location since 2003. We have offered the finest in local artwork for 11 years and have a great reputation for doing so. We offer a unique and very reasonable service to local artists that gets their artwork out in front of people while freeing them up to concentrate more on their art.

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stARTup Art Fair: Call for Artists

stARTup Art Fair San Francisco is an independently produced fair for unrepresented artists. If you are a professional, working visual artist without gallery representation – we invite you to apply.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 15 Feb 2015.

This three-day fair will run May 1-3, 2015 at the Hotel Del Sol in San Francisco, and take place at the same time as the nearby Art Market San Francisco gallery fair. Participating artists will have a fantastic opportunity to expose new work to a myriad of collectors, curators, gallery owners, art consultants, and writers who will be coming to the city for a weekend of contemporary art.

One of the core missions of stARTup Art Fair is to provide a new avenue for the creative longevity of the visual artist, providing a marketplace that gives artists the power to present and sell work on their own terms. All sales proceeds, as well as professional contacts made during the fair, belong 100% to the artists.

Unlike the majority of commercial fairs, which are open mainly to art galleries, stARTup is an independent fair for unrepresented artists. Think much more DIY; you as the artist have the power to independently curate your own space and present a solo exhibition of your work.

You will have the opportunity to begin professional relationships with collectors, curators, gallery owners, art consultants, and writers who will be coming to the city to attend our fair, as well as the established Art Market San Francisco gallery fair nearby.

stARTup Art Fair will attract thousands of art lovers, from the seasoned enthusiast eager to discover new artists, to museum and institution collectors groups, to the curious ‘newbie’ eager to start a collection.

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Bizarre Bazaar Call for Artists

Lab Partners – Artist exhibitor applications for the Bizarre Bazaar (BizBaz) are available December 1, 2014. From Kenya to Canada, the exhibition is excited to announce its launch on 4 acres in the rolling hills of Caledon. A truly unique experience in the country. Where you can shop, socialize, connect and interact while enjoying the atmosphere of the Osprey Valley Golf Course.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 1 Mar 2015.

  • Artists booth sizes – 10×10 but we encourage sprawl
  • Artists retain 100% of all sales
  • Apply before December 31st for early bird discount
  • Selected artists will be contacted directly

Bizarre Bazaar has been going strong for over 15 years in Kenya. Now Lab Partners brings a similar event to Canada – BizBaz.

BizBaz is a complete experience with immersive activities. Try your hand at archery with hand made bows and arrows, power a drone or take part in a kite fight. Unique to the event are social areas that welcome visitors to stay awhile, sit and enjoy each other, the great food and drink all while supporting artists and businesses from the region and beyond.

Visitors can stroll the grounds of BizBaz and shop the wares from a curated assembly of the finest makers and artists. BizBaz is the place – the singular environment that encourages visitors to engage, socialize, learn and shop. This is where they are invited to have their interest piqued and be entertained by specialty vendors such as gourmet food trucks, a bar, tattoo artists, drones and a kid zone. All this in a four acre setting located on the lush grounds of Osprey Valley Golf Course.

BizBaz will be held on July 25th & 26th, 2015, to draw on visitors from the Pan Am Games (Equestrian events held in Caledon from the 10th to 26th) and those targets travelling to the area for summer drives in the country.

Come See – Come Learn – Come Play

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