Wickford Art Association Scholarship Program Applications due February 21

March is Youth Art Month and in celebration, The Wickford Art Association (WAA) will present its annual Scholarship Fund awards to three Rhode Island public high school senior art students with a fourth award presented by the Rhode Island Art Educators Association in March.

Each Rhode Island public high school chooses one college-bound senior art student for consideration. The four winning students will receive cash scholarships in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000, $500 and with a fourth award from Rhode Island Art Education Association of $500 to use towards college. Winners also receive a one-year membership to WAA, a fine art exhibit in our gallery and exhibit space at the 57th Wickford Art Festival, ranked the #7 fine art festival in the country. This is an excellent, resume-building opportunity for college bound students. Interested students should speak with their art teachers about submitting their portfolio for consideration.

The 2019 WAA Scholarship Program application may be downloaded at http://wickfordart.org/scholarship-program-exhibit-and-awards-ceremony/ [wickfordart.org]

Application submission period ends February 21, 2019.

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Apply for Mabel Art Residency at Norman Bird Sanctuary

In September 2019, the Norman Bird Sanctuary will be hosting their inaugural artist residency in Middletown, RI. The residency will provide time and space for artists of exceptional talent to make work inspired by the rich history and breathtaking landscape of the area called Paradise Valley. The residency provides exclusive use of a studio on the sanctuary property, private accommodations in the Paradise Farmhouse, and three meals a day for up to four weeks. There are no residency fees. Artists will need to cover their own transportation to/from the residency and bring any supplies necessary for their work.

They are accepting applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, dance,  film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, music composition, and visual arts. They welcome mid-career as well as established artists to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply.

For more information, click here.

Public Art Information

The Rhode Island State Council On the Arts has created a Google folder that contains information on public art. If you’d like to learn more about the Allocation For Public Facilities Act, RISCA’s process of selection or to see some samples of public art proposals that were selected, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Jxb7jx2ASEfQmcXVH_c5QJCgzuRWev0l?usp=sharing

All of RISCA’s public art projects can be seen on the Public Art Archive website: https://www.publicartarchive.org/. Just type “Rhode Island State Council On the Arts” into the search bar.

All of RISCA’s Requests For Qualifications can be seen on the callforentry.org website:https://www.callforentry.org/. Just type “Rhode Island” into the search bar.

For further information, contact Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov.

 

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship

The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) program was launched in 2007 to provide outstanding visual artists from across the world a unique opportunity to work with Smithsonian museums, research sites, collections, and scholars, so they may conduct research that inspires new artwork. SARF Fellows spend one to two months in residence at the Smithsonian immersed in its unparalleled collections and multidisciplinary scholarly expertise, building connections between art, science, history and culture. The program embodies the depth and breadth of the Smithsonian. Fellows have studied not only what is on view in the Smithsonian’s nineteen museums and National Zoo, but also the vast collections in non-public areas, libraries, archives, gardens, laboratories, storage facilities and field sites in the U.S. and abroad.

This unique residency offers creative collaboration in a dynamic environment. It brings together Smithsonian scholars and distinguished visual artists from a variety of disciplines throughout the United States and abroad to explore cross-disciplinary connections. It allows the Smithsonian a unique opportunity to see the collections and resources in different ways. It inspires new directions and creative expression for both artists and Smithsonian staff. It strengthens the arts community within the Smithsonian and broadens public interest in and understanding of contemporary art. SARF fellowships are explicitly for artist research and do not require recipients to create or exhibit artwork.

For more information, click here.

Providence Public Library Announces 2019 Creative Fellowship: Call for Proposals

Providence Public Library is now accepting applications for the 2019 Creative Fellowship. The 2019 Creative Fellow will create new, original work in the field of creative writing (poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative nonfiction, etc.) related to the topic of the evolving built environment, as part of the Library’s 2019 exhibition and program series.  Application is open to practicing artists 16 years of age or older.  Application materials are due by 5 p.m., October 1.

Providence Public Library offers an annual Creative Fellowship for an artist to create new work with a topical tie-in to the library’s exhibition and program series. Creative Fellows perform in-depth research in our historical collections, using images and text as source material and/or inspiration.

The 2019 exhibition and program series will explore Providence’s evolving built environment. The exhibition will focus on the histories of vacant places and open space throughout the city. Our eyes often pass over vacant space, rendering it all-but-invisible in the profuse urban landscape. What are the stories of these nothing-spaces, these overgrown lots, parking spaces, crumbling foundations, and fields, and what urban processes left them unoccupied? As PPL’s building is currently undergoing an extensive renovation, this exhibition will take place primarily off-site, utilizing site-specific installations and a digital tour featuring maps, photographs, and information gleaned from PPL’s Special Collections.

For more information, click here.

New England States Touring Grants due August 1st

NEST (New England States Touring) funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenter’s state.

NEST grants are awarded through a competitive selection process. Grants are available in amounts of up to 50% of the artists’ fees, and typically range from $400 to $4,000. Requests below $400 will not be accepted. Artists’ fees may include costs for creation of new work, travel, and per diem.

Grant amounts are based on:

  • The artist’s fee.
  • How well the project meets the funding criteria below (applicants who receive the highest scores receive the maximum amount, which is 50% of the artist’s fee).

For more information, click here.

Scholarships Available for the Alliance of Artists Communities Conference

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is pleased to offer Rhode Island’s arts leaders the opportunity to attend the Alliance of Artists Communities’ 2017 Conference. RISCA is offering two $500 scholarships to a Rhode Island-based artist or arts leader to subsidize conference registration, travel, and lodging for this event. Conference registration is $350 for scholarship recipients, and attendees are asked to register by the early bird registration deadline. Applications are due August 1, 2018. For more information, click here.