Artist Opportunities: Grants, Residencies, and Fellowships (August, 2015 – September, 2015)

Listed below are opportunities to apply for residencies, receive grants and participate in fellowships.  Check them out!

If you have an opportunity to share, please send suggestions to assetsforartists@massmoca.org

DICKINSON COLLEGE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM, SPRING 2016

Dickinson College, a nationally recognized liberal arts college in Carlisle, PA, seeks an artist who utilizes digital technology as part of their working process. This includes the use of technology as part of a broader studio practice, incorporating traditional modes of working such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, or photography. We are open to various models and are especially interested in artists engaged in dynamic studio processes who can serve as strong role models for students.
Application Deadline: August 1st, 2015

MELLON CURATORIAL FELLOW FOR DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS

Williams College Museum of Art offers the Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts is a full-time, 3-year term position offering curatorial experience at WCMA. The fellowship is designed to bring to campus a postdoctoral scholar with expertise in areas of art history currently underrepresented on the museum staff, such as African, Asian, Latin American, Islamic, and Native American art. The Fellowship also provides growth and development for outstanding candidates from groups underrepresented in the museum field, providing a professional bridge to museum careers.
Application Deadline: August 1st, 2015

YADDO FALL 2015 RESIDENCY

Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principle at Yaddo is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist’s work and professional promise. Yaddo accepts approximately 200 artists each year. Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.Yaddo encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply for admission.

Application Deadline: August 1st, 2015

ARTIST’S RESOURCE TRUST

The Berkshire Taconic Foundation seeks proposals for their Artist’s Resource Trust. In order to be eligible the individual must Be professional New England, or Columbia County or Northeast Dutchess County visual artists in the media of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography or mixed media who have a financial need. Applicants must have resided in the eligible areas for more than two years prior to making an application.

Application Deadline: August 1st, 2015

RESIDENCY 108 FALL SESSION

Residency 108 invites emerging and established artists, writers and thinkers of all disciplines to immerse themselves in their creative practice. The residency can accommodate three participants and each resident is provided with room, working facilities and a stipend for food. The program takes place on 108 acres of pastoral land in Clermont, NY, which was used as a horse farm for the past 40 years. It features rolling hills and wetland areas where residents can enjoy walks through paths and meadows.

Application Deadline: August 7th, 2015

GOWANUS E-WASTE WAREHOUSE RESIDENT PROGRAM

LES Ecology Center offers an electronic waste recycling and reuse program and operates the Gowanus e-Waste Warehouse, located at 469 President Street in Brooklyn, NY. They are looking to partner with a Designer/Artist who wishes to participate in a self-directed residency program to develop new products out of discarded electronics. They would like to raise awareness about consumption and garbage generation, and give the Designer/Artist the raw materials and space to develop upcycled products for sale in their ReUse store and other retail outlets.

Application Deadline: August 14th, 2015

URBANGLASS: THE BEAD PROGRAM

UrbanGlass presents The Bead Project: a scholarship program designed for creatively inclined, economically disadvantaged women located in the New York Metropolitan Area. Over the course of ten classes at the UrbanGlass studios, students learn the art of glass beadmaking and simple jewelry fabrication techniques. After successful fulfillment of The Bead Project curriculum, students receive a kit containing the necessary tools and equipment for continuing to produce their work. Ongoing advocacy is provided to graduates by The Bead Project and UrbanGlass.

Application Deadline: August 15th, 2015

ARTIST RESIDENCY CALL: EXPERIMENTAL PROJECTS RESIDENCY IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA

The IEA (a high technology research studio facility within the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, Alfred, New York) Experimental Project Residency Program will support an artist with a one week residency, an artist stipend, travel, lodging, technology access, materials and technical assistance. Artists have access to a combination of historical, contemporary, and emerging media arts tools and materials that they would ordinarily not have available. This opportunity is only open to residents of the state of New York.

Application Deadline: August 18th, 2015

Community Out of BOunds: Collaborate Residencies

Creative Learning is now accepting applications for a series of month long residencies for individuals and groups to undertake a period of research, experimentation and collaboration. The residencies provide individuals with the space and time to focus on idea generation, critical conversation, creative freedom and risk. We want to give visibility to work that challenges boundaries between disciplines and occupations. Successful applicants will be given access to a self-contained studio unit at Ruthrieston Community Centre in Aberdeen, UK, outdoor space and a budget of £400 per residency to develop their work and hold a public event.

Application Deadline: August 18th, 2015

VAN LIER FELLOWSHIP

Wave Hill seeks applications for their one-year fellowship, administered on behalf of the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust. The fellowship located in Bronx, NY provides valuable mentorship and exhibition opportunities, including learning from the curatorial staff about the creation and interpretation of exhibitions and arts programming and working with arts professionals to define career paths over the course of the program. Van Lier Fellows receive a $7,000 stipend, studio space during the six-week Winter Workspace Program; and a solo show in the Sunroom Project Space.

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2015

ARTWARD 2015

The ARTWARD is an international art competition awarded by strategy agency ICAA since 2010. It is currently awarded for the 8th time. The prize is focused on young talents in art. The prize money, as well as the artist-in-residence program in Brussels offers artists the opportunity to implement new projects. This opportunity is open to artists up to the age of 40, debutants and art students from the areas of painting, sculpturing, photography, installation, video, media art, and new media.

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2015

THE KEYHOLDER RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Print Shop and The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long, starting on April 1st and October 1st each year, and they take place in the shared Artists’ Studio in New York, NY, including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom.

Application Deadline: September 1st, 2015

ARTIST RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY IN NEBRASKA

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers from fifty to sixty juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. The KHN Center, located in Nebraska City, Nebraska, accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident is provided with comfortable accommodations, ample studio space, and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay. *Entry Fee

Application Deadline: September 1st, 2015

PLAYA Residency Program 2016

PLAYA is a retreat for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work, and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location (south-central Oregon). At PLAYA, we offer seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A residency provides the time and space to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes. Away from the urgencies of daily life, residents can focus on their projects, immerse in a desert landscape of basin and rangeland, and find inspiration through self-directed inquiry.

Application Deadline: September 1st, 2015

Artist Opportunities: Shows and Exhibitions (August, 2015 – September, 2015)

Listed below are opportunities to participate in juried shows and compete for space in group exhibitions.  Check them out!

If you have an opportunity to share, please send suggestions to assetsforartists@massmoca.org

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Behind the STatic

Eyedrum Art Gallery is currently seeking a wide range of examples of “Glitch Art” to display in an upcoming exhibition. Whether you are manipulating materials to create and/or exploit glitches, capturing and documenting accidents, bugs in the system, or ghosts in the machine.. Digital-only works will also be accepted and will be displayed using projectors, monitors, etc. To submit, please send up to 5 numbered images and/or links, title list with medium numbered to correspond with images, artist website (if available), and current CV to glitch.eyedrum@gmail.com

Deadline: August 1st, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRY: 2015 BIENNIAL EXHIBITION

The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2015 Biennial ExhibitionThe Arts Council Biennial is a juried art show with free entry open to artists from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. This year’s theme, Motion-Emotion, can be interpreted freely, and all two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered. The Arts Council encourages submissions of large three-dimensional and performance weather-tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn. 

Deadline: August 1st, 2015

OPEN CALL: FUNDED KIDSPACE PROJECT

Artspace is pleased to announce an Open Call for hands-on art making projects that will engage kids, ages 5-12.  The projects may involve the production of an individual craft that kids may take away (such as a hat, button, object), or a communal art making projects (such as a cardboard box city) that grows with many hands over the course of the weekend, and that could eventually be displayed in a public space in New Haven.

Deadline: August 1st, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRY: Panopticon Gallery’s Think Small

Panopticon Gallery announces think small,  a juried photography exhibition. This call for entry is open to any photographer currently living in the New England states. The topic is open for interpretation. They are looking for the best, innovative, and most dynamic work in photography––all images will be considered. *Entry Fee

Deadline: August 1st, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRY: Unwedged

Pottery Northwest seeks contemporary ceramic work, both functional and sculptural, that is exceptional in concept and execution. The use of other media is acceptable as long as ceramics is the principle vehicle of expression. The show is open to all artists living in the United States, Canada and Mexico. All work submitted must have been completed within the last two years. *Entry Fee

Deadline: August 1st, 2015

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: DOWNTOWN BROCKTON ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

The 2015 DBAMfest Art Exhibition will select artists to exhibit work for four weeks, coinciding with Brockton Arts’ Downtown Brockton Arts and Music festival. This exhibition will take place  at the beautiful, new, ENSO Flats gallery in the new Enterprise Center development in downtown Brockton. *Entry Fee

Deadline: August 1st, 2015

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Reclamation

The Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, invites female artists who have been making work professionally or as a student for less than 10 years to submit their work to Reclamation, an exhibition that surveys the work of the emerging talent of women artists in New England. The exhibition examines the themes, narratives and perspectives that make artwork by women unique and powerful.

Deadline: August 1st, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: NEW DIRECTIONS 2015 29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL JURIED CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION

The Barrett Art Center presents New Directions, a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres. Now in its 29th year, and juried by professionals of repute from the country’s leading modern art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue – the warm and welcoming galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1830’s Greek Revival Townhouse.

Deadline: August 8th, 2015

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: THE BOSTON PROJECT

SpeakEasy Stage Company is now seeking proposals for currently unwritten full-length scripts set in contemporary Boston. This call to entry is part of the Boston Project: a new works initiative supporting the creation and development of plays set right here in our hometown. The goal is to create more plays that explore what it means to be in this city at this moment, and tap into the full breadth of experiences and identities that make up life in Boston.

Deadline: August 10th, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 1,000 WORKS ON PAPER

The Rhode Island Watercolor Society invites donations for their Fundraiser Exhibition: August 15th – September 10th. This opportunity is open to all artists! All work must be an original drawing or watercolor on paper that is 9×12″ or smaller. Artists may enter an unlimited number of pieces. Each work will be sold for $20 during this fundraiser. In exchange for your donated work, your work will be exhibited and you will receive discounted admission to the fundraiser’s exhibition party!

Deadline: August 13th, 2015

CALL TO ARTISTS: INVISION: 2D & 3D LANDSCAPE 

The Davis Art Gallery is seeking 2D and 3D artwork with a broad interpretation of “Landscape”: physical, spiritual, cultural, ecological, etc. Various media will be selected for the exhibit, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, photography, and more

Deadline: August 14th, 2015

CALL TO ARTISTS: Amnesty International

The Brooklyn chapter of Amnesty International is seeking works for its inaugural art exhibition exploring the role artists have in supporting positive change at both the local and global level. Artists of all ages and experience levels are welcome to submit work. Additionally, artists are encouraged to propose performances, talks, collaborative projects, or other community engagement opportunities that will enhance the scope of the exhibition. While we welcome submissions in all mediums, we are particularly interested in work that addresses Amnesty International’s key issues, including prisoners, poverty, refugee and migrant rights, torture, women and children’s rights, censorship and free speech, LGBT rights.

Deadline: August 14th, 2015

CALL for Submissions: A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Augusta Savage Gallery at UMASS Amherst seeks submissions A Change Is Gonna Come is an exhibition open to the general public featuring digitally projected handwritten words.  Borrowing from iconic singer/songwriter Sam Cooke’s 1965 hit by the same title, they invite you to find inspiration from his lyrics. Celebrating the beauty of the human hand on the page, we welcome your poems, letters, stories, essays, fiction, science fiction, memoir, monologues, dialogues, or other forms exploring the need for social change.

Deadline: August 15th, 2015

City-Wide Open Studios: Connecticut Artists

ArtSpace invites artists to join an exhibition the size of a city and get your work in front of thousands of visitors at the largest open studios event in the region. This event takes place over 3 weekends in October and is open to all Connecticut artists. Artists can choose from opening up their studio space (Greater New Haven artists only) or installing work at the alternative space (all CT artists). There are additional opportunities to get you work in front of curators as a stop on a guided tour. *Entry Fee

Deadline: August 15th, 2015

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER

Crane Arts presents an international juried exhibition sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter, of work by mid-career and emerging women and women-identified artists age 35 and over. This exhibition will be juried by DIANE BURKO and EILEEN NEFF. The contextual space of this show is the stubbornness and persistence of artistic vocation. *Entry fee.

Deadline: August 15th, 2015

CALL TO playwrights: the yale drama series

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2016 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

Deadline: August 15th, 2015

CALL for Entries: LACDA INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art seeks work for their juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.*Entry Fee

Deadline: August 24th, 2015

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC CALL FOR ENTRIES: ILLUMINATE WITH ELIZABETH AVEDON

The Center for Fine Art Photography is thrilled to announce their newest call for entry, Illuminated with juror Elizabeth Avedon. Elizabeth Avedon is an independent curator and a book + exhibition designer. All types of subject matter, capture types and photographic processes are eligible to submit. *Entry Fee

Deadline: August 26th, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: THE ART OF SCIENCE

The Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, located in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center at Worcester State University, seeks work for their exhibition The Art of Science and the Science of Art. This exhibition seeks art that reflects the artist as scientific explorer, empirical thinker, or art in any media that has been influenced by scientific discoveries and imagery, past and present. Nick Capasso, the director of the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, Mass., is the exhibition’s juror. *Entry Fee

Deadline: August 28th, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: A Show of Heads

SlowArt Productions presents the annual group thematic exhibition, A Show of Heads. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery from October 22 – November 21, 2015. Open to all artists working in any media, this exhibition will include all interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual. All visions of the head, including partial and multiple heads, will be reviewed and considered.

Deadline: August 31st, 2015

CALL FOR Proposals: Brookline Arts Center

The Brookline Arts Center accepts exhibition proposals on a rolling review. The Center’s call for exhibiton proposals encourages solo artists and groups of all levels to organize and present a professional exhibition with the guidance and support of our staff. The BAC’s Gallery hosts three to four solo or group proposed exhibitions each calendar year. A panel of jurors consisting of local Brookline artists and professionals will make the exhibition selections. Artists may be put on a waiting list for future chances to exhibit.

Deadline: Rolling Review

Summer Graduations Part Three!

At long last, the final installment of our summer graduation series! Five artists across three states have invested their A4A funds and are ready to begin their next adventure. Check out these amazing artists below and see what they’re up to next!

Rabins, NoraNora Rabins is a Rhode Island-based visual artist and founder of the new business Machine Mother. As the name implies, Machine Mother seeks to make any home more functional (Machine) and more comfortable (Mother) through an innovative line of products for the home and inhabitants. Each product puts a unique spin on the ordinary while staying simple and accessible to users of any age. The designs retain an awareness of their role as things that are “designed” for the public, and they distinctly and cheekily refer to their own purposes. Nora plans to use her A4A funds to assist with start-up costs for Machine Mother’s initial product line. Nora expects to launch her Machine Mother website soon, so keep an eye on her personal website for updates!

Lee, GeneralGeneral Lee is a New York City-based artist who specializes in music recording and production services. His company, Yonkers Collective LLC, is owned and directed by General and his brother, who have always dreamed of working in the music industry. Yonkers Collective (Y.O.C.) offers high quality recordings, music production, video editing, graphic design, and an apparel collection. Y.O.C. seeks to offer a full record-label experience and guidance through artist support and cultivation within the urban culture at an affordable price. With the help of General’s A4A funds, Y.O.C. will expand into a new studio space to accommodate new clientele and increased service demands. For more about General, head to his SoundCloud!

Kris BadertscherBaderstcher, Kris is a media artist based in Northampton, MA, and the creative force behind Kbest Productions, a small video production company making evocative and elegant visual stories for the web. Kris uses her background in journalism, media, and design to craft visually rich, distinctive videos that authentically convey the expertise people bring to their line of work. Her clients range from solo entrepreneurs to non-profits — and for the last three years she has been working on short format artist documentaries for a variety of art outlets: museums, exhibits, collectors, and curators. Renowned for her comfortable demeanor and careful consideration of her clients’ concerns, goals, and intent, Kris hopes to expand her creative enterprise with her A4A capital in order to establish a larger production company. Check out Kris’s website and take a peek at some of her work here!

Pierce, SarahSarah Pierce is a Boston-based visual artist. Sarah works in a variety of mediums, specializing in sculpture and metalwork. Sarah makes a wide variety of products including jewelry, costumes, prints, clothing, sculpture, kinetic machines, tattoos, and masks! When she isn’t creating all these fabulous items, Sarah teaches classes for adults, kids, teens, and college-aged students interested in exploring new media, solving interesting problems, learning new artistic skills, and applying personal goals towards a vision. She teaches in-house classes, traveling lesson plans, individual consulting, and private lessons. With her A4A funds Sarah will be able to procure new tools to expand her classes and enhance her students’ experience! Check out Sarah’s website to keep up with her latest projects and available classes.

Brandon, BethBeth Brandon is a visual artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Beth works in a variety of mediums including graphic design, drawing, and printmaking. Stylistically, her work is based around quiet, minimalist repetitive gestures that lend themselves to pattern-making. In her current work, the patterns are data-driven, based in personal topography. She frequently references ecology, geology, agronomy, and physics, examining science and mysticism as parallel and complementary systems for decoding and managing surroundings. In addition to her fine art practice (including prints, artist books, and installations), Beth sells handmade products such as home textiles, printed journals, and wall-coverings. Her work has been displayed and sold in galleries, zines, and artist books, on posters, hats, and t-shirts, and in online and brick-and-mortar retailers, across the United States and internationally. Beth will use her A4A investment to expand her product line and her production staff! Check out all of Beth’s work at her Etsy and her website.

We bid you a bittersweet farewell, artists! You have been a wonderful addition to our program, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

Summer Graduations Part Two!

We’re chock full of graduates this summer – another six artists in three of our program locations completed their A4A investment! Check out the second installment of our summer graduation series below and see what these fantastic artists are up to next. And stay tuned for part three tomorrow.

Olson, JeremyJeremy Olson is a visual and performance artist living and working in Brooklyn, NYC. Jeremy’s work applies analytical methods to everyday materials and events in order to reflect on the dangers of reducing human existence to purely technical forms. His recent projects include an installation of an intricate network of threads that maps a social network alongside a video of the growth of an intelligent mold entitled Net Work. In addition to his visual art practice, Jeremy has spent the last four years as the Executive Director of Susan Marshall & Company, a major American contemporary dance company. Next month, Jeremy begins a residency at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn where he will embark on a new series of work about the relationship between humans and insects. Jeremy plans to use his A4A funds toward a variety of important expenses, including supplies for performances, residency fees, and equipment purchases. Keep up with Jeremy’s latest work at his website!

Szekely, Dora

Dora Szeleky is a Rhode Island-based jewelry designer and the creative power behind Liv & Lov. Dora creates original designs that are all handcrafted from recycled sterling silver and gold. Dora’s work promotes traceability and accountability for jewelry material. She hopes that her pieces will remind the wearer to think positively and raise awareness towards positive changes in the precious metal and gemstone industry. Dora is directly involved with extractive industry campaigns such as No Dirty Gold and Ethical Metalsmiths, and is she is the creator of The Silver Soldiers Initiative. In the past year, Dora launched a new website (including a new catalog of designs!), and acquired a shared studio space. Dora plans to use her A4A funds to help offset costs of her recent product expansion and participation in wholesale trade shows. Check out all of Dora’s fabulous, sustainable jewelry at her website!

Valverde, Raul

Raul Valverde is a multimedia visual artist living and working in New York City. Raul’s art explores and develops new perspectives in contemporary culture through a range of media:  photography, video, sculpture, drawing, editorial design, and artist books. Raul is a current faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in the Fine Arts Department. In the coming year, Raul expects to produce and organize a new solo exhibition with a publication and printed art edition. Raul plans to use his A4A investment to rent a new studio space in order to showcase and promote his artwork. This new space will also be crucial for marketing and networking events. Keep up with all of Raul’s projects at his website.

Millar, MariaMaria Millar is a New York City-based musician and one part of the creative power behind Sonic Escape, a classical/world music group that tours the United States and Canada. Sonic Escape combines music, activism and community engagement to create a lasting movement in the arts. This summer, Sonic Escape will embark on its Four Season Project, a community-focused initiative that tackles the subject of climate change through stimulating activities and performances. The project will include concerts, panel discussions, neighborhood clean-ups, musical jam sessions, hikes, letter-writing parties, informational sessions, and will culminate in a performance of Four Seasons Rising – a work for flute and violin with orchestra composed by Maria. Maria will be putting her A4A funds toward audio & photography equipment, travel expenses, and marketing services for this dynamic project. Be sure to keep up with Sonic Escape and see if they are visiting a city near you!

Cheek, DaraDara Cheek is a jewelry and metalsmith artist based in Boston, MA. Dara is the creative power behind Hieropiece, a handmade jewelry and home décor brand featuring nature-inspired pieces with a global influence. In addition to her standard collection of jewelry pieces (including a wonderful variety of terrarium necklaces, pictured left), Dara also creates one-of-a-kind and custom-made pieces. Hieropiece pieces are sold online and in brick-and-mortar shops throughout the New England area. Dara plans to put her A4A funds toward new promotional materials and online marketing, as well as hiring an additional staff member to her team! To see all of Dara’s fabulous work, head to her website and her Etsy.

Mozman, RachelleRachelle Mozman is a Brooklyn-based artist who currently makes work between NYC and Panama. Working in photography and video, Rachelle’s practice intersects documentary and narrative tendencies. Rachelle is fascinated with ideas of ethnography as well as economics and her work engages themes around family, class and identity. This past year, Rachelle exhibited her new series Portraiture Now: Staging the Self at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Upcoming, Rachelle will be showing her work at the Americas Society in New York City and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. With her A4A capital, Rachelle plans to upgrade her website – which you can view here to see her collection of work.

Congratulations, artists! And best of luck on your future endeavors; we can’t wait to see what’s next!

Summer Graduations Part One!

We have some exciting summer graduations to announce! Seven artists across three states have completed our A4A program in the past several months. Check out what they’re up to below, and stay tuned for the second part of our summer graduation series!

Lori Colombo, daughter of trumpet legend Lou Colombo, carries on the family musical talent as a jazz vocalist. Lori’s beautiful alto-mezzo voice creatively expresses a diverse jazz repertoire, drawing on a rich history of lyrics sung in multiple languages. With her A4A funds, Lori plans to produce an album available through physical copy and digital download. In addition, she plans to ramp up her marketing strategy through new promotional materials and create a more robust online presence. To keep up with Lori, head to her Facebook!

Fred Israel, a New York City-based musicianIsreal, Fred, is known for his enthusiastic spirit of experimentation, inspiration, and artistic accessibility. Fred’s business supports and circulates the musical compositions of artists who blur traditional boundaries between classical, electronic, jazz, and popular styles. Fred and his musical collaborators also mix sounds found in ordinary environments, electronically generated/sampled sounds, and both traditional & experimental instruments. Fred’s latest project includes the continuation (and conclusion) of a large-scale orchestra ensemble project began at last year’s International Composer Residency, which will premiere at this year’s session! With his A4A investment, he plans to expand visibility through new marketing materials and enhance the technical capabilities of his services through upgraded software and instrument maintenance. For more, visit Fred’s website!

Tien, MelisaMelisa Tien, a playwright and screenwriter based in NYC, has been writing professionally for theater since she graduated Columbia University in 2009 with an MFA in playwriting. Melisa has had plays produced/developed in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baton Rouge, and Mumbai. She is recent inductee of New Dramatists, an organization dedicated to assisting playwrights develop their work. Melisa plans to use her A4A funds to produce her most recent theater project, Yellow Card Red Card, an experimental play that explores the world of girls’ youth soccer in Cameroon. Thanks to a fully-funded Kickstarter and workshops sponsored by the Puffin Foundation, the play has been invited to the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, where it will be directed and read by South African theater-makers! Melisa hopes to complete this work and also author a pilot for television by the end of 2015. Stay tuned and head to Melisa’s website to keep up with all her fantastic projects!

Brandt, MuffyMuffy Brandt, a Rhode Island-based artist, is taking the fashion world by storm with her outrageous prints and unique style! Muffy makes original textile surface designs that are hand-printed onto clothing for all ages. She recently incorporated home decor, jewelry, fine art prints, and other accessories into her already diverse brand of products. What began as a small tote bag business quickly became a full-time endeavor; now she has a thriving Etsy and web shop, and her work is also sold in brick and mortar stores in Maine, Iowa, Oregon, California, Hong Kong, and Japan. Muffy will use her A4A investment to move into her own studio and printshop to establish a larger, professionally equipped work space. Check out Muffy’s fabulous designs on her Etsy and her website!

Dalzen, ErikErik Dalzen, a visual artist based in New York City, works with photography, painting, drawing, and artist books. Erik’s work concerns itself with the ineffable, the vague, and the unknown. He blurs spatial boundaries where the dimension flattens out and the second dimension appears to swell. Through playful mingling of reality and fiction, the work opens up to transitory states, suggesting and embracing the unknown. Erik will be attending two upcoming residencies to work on his next project: the MacDowell Colony and Skowhegan, as well as a fellowship with the Aaron Siskind Foundation. After the recent success of his project CommoditiesErik is taking a hiatus to work on a series of absurd video performances and faux instruction pieces entitled Best Most Ever. With the assistance of his A4A funds, Erik plans to hire another staff member to his team who will assist with his online web shop and manage his web presence. Keep up with all of Erik’s dynamic projects at his website!

Lorenz, MattMatt Lorenz is a Massachusetts-based musician and the sole creative force behind the Suitcase Junket. Matt is a nationally touring, slide-guitar playing, throat-singing one-man-band! Using his innovative junk-percussion constructions and self-taught throat singing, he brings a fresh style to the deep well of the American musical traditions of folk, rock, blues and storytelling. This year, Matt released his third album Make Time and three music videos of singles from the album. He continues his national tour this year, so be sure to check for dates in your area! Matt will use his A4A funds to invest in vital sound and documentation equipment. To keep up with Matt and the Suitcase Junket, head to his website, his Facebook (for on-the-road updates!) and check out his newest music video below!

Congratulations, A4A-ers! We’re sad to see you leave, but we can’t wait to see what you’ll do next!