Graduations: 5 artists in 4 states!

Congratulations to the five A4A artists who have graduated since February! Our latest graduates hail from all four of the states currently served by Assets for Artists — Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New York — and include our very first graduates from NYC and Rhode Island. Here’s a snapshot of each:

cache_2617477Singer-songwriter Liz Lawrence is the proprietor of Root Note Studio, a private music school in downtown Lowell, MA. In addition to offering individual lessons to kids and adults, Root Note Studio hosts regular Jam Parties and “Rambles” to connect musicians with each other in a spirit of improvisation and revelry. Liz will use her A4A funds to purchase studio instruments and expand her team of instructors.

topleftcorner-borderedBeth McDonald describes herself as “a classically trained tuba player gone awry.” She performs in nearly every musical genre (including electroacoustic and American avant-garde) and plays in multiple ensembles in the Boston area. Beth’s A4A funds will help her reach new audiences with her new solo CD, “Still,” to be released in May. 

1348446856Rhode Island metalworker Teresa Mowery creates exquisite jewelry, ornaments, and home decor inspired by “the fractal geometry of nature and the play of the elements on weathering objects.” Teresa markets her copper works under the aptly chosen name Patina Studio, and she plans to use her A4A funds to help increase Patina’s representation in galleries and other markets throughout the northeast.

imagesSound artist Andrew Thompson is currently working on a sonic map of his home city of Portland, Maine. When finished, the project will consist of an hour-long sound recording at each of the city’s [more than 478] street crossings, each uniquely evocative of its location. Andrew will put his A4A funds toward equipment purchases and test installations to help realize this project, as well as improving gallery representation in 2014.

NYC-based Matthew Handal has worked in the film industry for 20 years, and since 1995 has been creating and producing independent films. His current documentary project, “Riding with diss_ABILITIES,” introduces its audience to a therapeutic horse riding program for children with disabilities. Matt will put his A4A savings and match funds toward the completion and marketing of the film.

Here’s a cutdown from “Riding” that focuses on Zach, a 6-year old autistic participant in the program:

Artist Opportunities: April, 2014

Listed below are opportunities to participate in juried shows, apply for residencies, and compete for space in group exhibitions.  Check them out!
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Raumars is accepting applications now through April 1, 2014 for all 2015 residency rounds. The applicants are expected to present a project plan for a public or social (community) art projector or an environmental project, which will be realized during the residence, most often in collaboration with local people of Rauma, Finland.

Deadline: April 1, 2014

beach comber art: seaside discoveries

How do the sounds, tides, colors, and textures inspire artistic expression? How does the sea affect the content, mood, and execution of works of art? If your work explores these and other complementary issues, please apply! All media welcome; small to large-scale installations; indoor & outdoor works accepted; cash awards. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, Maryland.

Deadline:  April 1, 2014

*Entry fee


The NARS Foundation offers a residency program that supports emerging and mid-career artists as well as artists with established national and/or international reputations for whom a change of environment may offer refreshment and inspiration.

Deadline: April 1, 2014

steel city steampunk: pueblo, colorado

Looking for original work to showcase spectrum of steampunk art and culture. Juror: Art Donovan, renowned artist and author of “The Art of Steampunk”. Accepting all media. Two awards available.

Deadline:  April 1, 2014

*Entry Fee of $30

easternbloc residency: montréal, canada

Eastern Bloc’ media lab is a space for experimenting, learning, theorizing and creating – a place to further develop systems-based, networked, generative and hybrid practices through an artist-led discourse. The lab is a site of convergence for artists (both emerging and established), professionals, students, technicians, theorists and curators – encouraged

Deadline: April 4, 2014

Kala fellowship

The Kala Fellowship Award annually grants nine artists a cash award, 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.

Deadline: April 4, 2014

Culture lab residency: grinnell, iowa

This summer and fall, Grin City Collective brings together artists, writers, scientists and educators for a special 2-part collaborative residency that uses innovation and design to build creative, interactive projects exploring the ways we interact with our world. Culture Lab will be Grin City’s first themed residency as well as its first regular session Summer Residency.

Deadline: April 10, 2014

Viridian artists’ 25th: Chelsea, New York

Chelsea, NY’s Viridian Artists announces its 25th exhibition juried by Katherine Brinson, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum, and a curator acquiring works of emerging artists for the museum’s permanent collection. Cash awards.

Deadline:  April 11, 2014

*Entry fee of $45

ende tymes iv: ridgewood, new york

Ende Tymes IV is the 4th annual festival for NOISE and VIDEO ART in outer NYC. This year it will be held at Silent Barn and Outpost Artists Resources from May 8-11 Submissions of video art are requested for screening at Outpost on May 11. The theme is “sound vision” – sound as integral component of the conceptual / thematic / technical video material.

Deadline:  April 15, 2014

6x6x2014: rochester contemporary art center

Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo), international small art phenomenon returns for the 7th year! Help us once again to build an incredible exhibition of thousands of artworks made by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and you…

Deadline:  April 20, 2014

64th annual art of the Northeast exhibition

Curator: Andrew Russeth, Art Critic: New York Observer, Gallerist and 16 Miles of String. Awards: Best in Show: $3,000 prize and a solo exhibition at Silvermine Arts Center. The juror has, at his discretion, an additional $4,000+ in cash awards. Artists must reside in CT, DE, MA, MD (D.C.), ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT.

Deadline:  April 25, 2014

feed the planet mail art project: Cittaslow International World Assembly 

Send your imagination of the theme Feed the Planet. Exhibition in 2014 at historic sites in Alphen-Chaam, Netherlands, during Cittaslow International World Assembly – June 2014.  Size and technique: free.

Deadline:  April 30, 2014

Mccoll center for visual art: charlotte, north carolina

Several upcoming residency program deadlines! The Center accepts submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior level artists. Local, regional, national and international artists are all eligible for the Artist-in-Residence Program.

Deadline:  Ongoing


Artist Update: Jeremy Ogusky’s New Mexico Sabbatical

unnamedBoston-based ceramic artist, Jeremy Ogusky, had a productive winter. Not only did he escape the dreary cold, but he also crafted  a new line of wood-fired ceramic pieces inspired by the New Mexico desert. Catch up with Jeremy below.


What happens when you send one restless Boston potter high into the New Mexico desert for a month to create pottery? This past January, Jeremy Ogusky took a month-long sabbatical to visit his brother in Taos, New Mexico. During this time, he created a specific body of work to fire at over 2300 degrees  in a sprung-arch wood kiln located high up in the New Mexico desert.  The purpose of his sabbatical was to create a new type of work, become inspired again with the material of clay, and to refresh his entrepreneurial energy – mission accomplished!

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The Artist’s Webpage: A Creative Home on the World Wide Web

Need help developing your web presence? Let the following tips and suggestions, taken from experts Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Blog Inc. and Robin Houghton of Blogging for Creatives, be your guide.

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Regardless of medium, a web presence is a vital tool for any emerging artist. More than a virtual portfolio, your page should revolve around a consistent and accessible narrative of who you are as an artist, an engaging introduction to your work, and your vision. Launching a blog is perhaps the easiest and most cost effective way of carving out your own personal space within the vast expanse of the Internet.

First, do some soul searching. Think about what you want to share: What would you most like your viewers to see and learn? Who is your target audience? Which aspects of your work would be most attractive and compel them to return to your page? Research the field to learn what kinds of blogs seem to be successful for other artists in your medium. How will your blog fit into this community while highlighting your unique voice?


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Artist Opportunities: March, 2014

Listed below are opportunities to participate in juried shows, apply for residencies, and compete for space in group exhibitions.  Check them out!
If you have an opportunity to share, please send suggestions to


Projekt30 is an artist-run arts organization dedicated to promoting emerging artists. The exhibition will include thirty artists; invitations will be sent to over 30,000 galleries, collectors, and fellow artists. All artwork submitted will be presented online prior to the exhibition so visitors may help select which artists will be included in the exhibition.

Deadline: March 1, 2014

*Entry fee

Lingus gallery: The senses

Art is first created from within. We draw inspiration from our thoughts, and experiences from the five senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Your artwork will continue this sensory experience as the viewer gazes upon your creation developing their own thoughts and feelings. Which of your senses is driving you to create?

Deadline:  March 1, 2014

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