Rural Rhode Island Artists: Apply Now!

We are excited to announce Assets for Artists’ 2015 program cycle for artists living or operating their creative business in rural Rhode Island!  In collaboration with The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), we are returning to Rhode Island for a second round — this time with a focus on artists in rural communities.

Apply by February 20th!

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Selected artists will participate in a matched savings program with matching funds of $1,000-$2,000, as well as free workshops and professional training to improve artists’ financial and business skills.

This year, thanks to a grant from the US Department of Agriculture, A4A’s Rhode Island program is specifically targeting artists in rural communities. These include Burrillville, Charlestown, Coventry, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Little Compton, Narragansett, New Shoreham (Block Island), North Kingstown, North Smithfield, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown (including villages of Kingston, Wakefield & Peace Dale), Tiverton, West Greenwich, and Westerly.

Eligible artists must live or have a studio in one of the rural communities listed above. Artists in all disciplines and financial circumstances may apply.

The application deadline is February 20, 2015. There is no application fee or tuition cost. To learn more and apply, head to RISCA’s wesbite.

Questions about our program? Email

Our 2015 Rhode Island program is made possible by the dedication of our wonderful partner organizations MASS MoCA, ArtHome, the Midas Collaborative and RISCA.


plus the generous support of United States Department of Agriculture, and the New England Foundation for the Arts


Welcome, North Adams Project Artists!

In 2014, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program launched its North Adams Project, offering incentives and support services to artists interested in building an artistic practice in North Adams. We’re now proud to introduce our first group of NA Project artists, including 6 artists who recently re-located to North Adams to become part of our creative community. This pilot project was made possible by generous funding from North Adams-based MountainOne Bank and the Surdna Foundation, along with continued program support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Citizens Bank,  Berkshire BankMassachusetts Growth Capital Corporationthe United States Department of Agriculture, and the federal Assets for Independence program.  Thanks to continued support from these generous funders and the collaboration of numerous partners throughout the state, this is our seventh year of serving artists in Massachusetts — bringing our Bay State roster to 147!

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Our new artists work in an exciting range of materials and disciplines: sculpture, metal, glass, dance and drumming, photography, even puppets! Check out their profiles below to see more of the fantastic work they are creating. Welcome to A4A, artists! And more importantly, welcome to North Adams.

Current Residents:

Gonzalez, Lara Mancino, Ben
Kim Faler
North Adams
Lara Gonzalez
North Adams
Ben Mancino
North Adams

 New Arrivals:

Samantha Pasapane
Relocated from NJ
Kristal Romano
Relocated from NJ
John Ryan
Relocated from NY
Sarah Tortora
Relocated from CT
Natalie Tyler
Relocated from CA
Tim Walker
Relocated from NY

Book Review: Lisa Congdon’s “Art Inc.”

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We’ve been away for a while, but this week we return to our book series on creative business planning. We’ve chosen Lisa Congdon’s Art Inc. to start off the new year on a positive note! Congdon’s guide to building your career as an artist is an encouraging read with pragmatic tips for thriving in an intimidating field.

Art Inc. is broken down into chapters, each section tackling a component of an artist’s career. Congdon’s book reads fluidly as a whole, but can also be taken piecemeal for readers focusing on a specific area of their business. Sprucing up your curriculum vitae? Flip to chapter five. Concerned about how to promote your work? Skip right back to chapter three. Working two-fold as a reference manual and chronological narrative, Congdon’s guide offers an in-depth look at art as a business.

Using her illustration career and  interviews, Congdon interweaves helpful tips into relatable narratives. She punctuates each chapter with an interview from an artist or expert in a related field. Each interview is presented in a simple question-and-answer format, and puts a personalized face on the brass-tacks facts of the art world. Congdon interviews a variety of professionals, including an Etsy team member, a gallery director, and a licensing consultant to give variety and heft to her advice and methods.

Although less financially detailed than some of our other features (i.e. June Walker’s Confident Indie), Art Inc. offers a wider range of information that covers the essentials of setting up a artistic business. The book is especially geared for illustrators, as it delves into detailed specifics of the fine art world. Congdon devotes a large chunk of the guide to illustration nuts and bolts, including print reproduction specifics and commissioned-based sales.

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Maria Popova, founder and editor of writes about Congdon’s guide, “She equips emerging artists with the necessary tools–from the psychological to the practical–for defining success by their own standards, then attaining it on their own terms.” Congdon carefully poses questions for the reader to self-reflect about their own practice. Rather than functioning as a step-by-step guide, Congdon offers multiple methods, and then encourages the reader to choose a course based on their own artistic morals and habits. It is refreshing to read an author who understands that an art career can be an emotionally and mentally consuming journey. Congdon’s affirmations and business acumen are a unique pairing that make this book an inspiring and constructive read.


Artist Opportunities: Grants, Residencies, and Fellowships (January, 2015 – February, 2015)

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

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The Camargo Foundation Core Fellowship

The Camargo Foundation welcomes artists and scholars from all countries, nationalities, and career levels to work on specific projects or areas of inquiry. Applicants must be fluent in English.  Fellows may work individually or with a collaborator. Located in a small town of the South of France, facing the Mediterranean Sea, the Foundation offers an exceptional environment to think, reflect, and create.   At the same time, Camargo is only a 45-minute drive from Marseille, and near Aix-en-Provence and Arles, which are major centers for arts, culture, and research.

 Application Deadline: January 15th, 2015

Siena Art institute Summer residency

The Siena Art Institute’s Summer Residency Program awards accomplished professional artists & writers the opportunity to stay for a month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.  The month-long residency grants resident artists space and uninterrupted time to pursue their own independent projects, as well as the opportunity to explore the area of Siena, and interact with the local community.

 Application Deadline: January 15th, 2015

Triangle Arts RESIDENCY program

Triangle offers free, spacious studios and a dynamic artistic community to support the development of projects with emphasis on dialogue and experimentation. Studios are located at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn, New York.  Artists have the option to apply for a 3 or 6 month residency period.

 Application Deadline: January 15th, 2015

Bernheim artist-in-Residence Program

The Bernheim Artist in Residence Program, located twenty minutes outside of Louisville, KY, is available to all visual artists in any medium. All visual artists can apply for 2015. Applicants may be emerging or established artists on a regional, national or international level. Bernheim will provide a stipend of $2,500.00 USD and living quarters for the recipient. In exchange, they will create a site-specific sculpture or project or exhibition, with at least one mutually agreed to work of art left to the Bernheim Foundation.

 Application Deadline: January 15th, 2015

wassaic artist residency Education Fellowship

The Wassaic Education Fellowship program awards three free 3-4 month residencies, in Wassaic, NY in exchange for extensive participation in the Wassaic Project’s education programming, which connects the local community to contemporary artists and artistic practices. Recipients of the Summer Education Fellowship will work as Teaching Artists and facilitators in many of our summer programs including Art Scouts, a free summer camp for K-6th graders, and Art Nest, our drop-in making space.

 Application Deadline: January 15th, 2015

Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project

Artists from all countries are invited to send a proposal for a large-scale site-specific outdoor environmental sculpture installation to be created during a 25-day residency in Cheng Long, a small coastal village in southwest Taiwan, working with elementary school students, residents and volunteers. The 6 selected artists will receive an artist’s fee of US$2,000, airfare, accommodations and meal.

 Application Deadline: January 16th, 2015


Gotland Film Lab is a 1–3 year project based in Visby, Sweden aimed at developing new, sustainable methods of supporting filmmakers and artists and creating a laboratory for artistic experiments and interdisciplinary collaborations. Support will preferably be granted for early stage development for bringing together possible collaborators to explore a common language for a future film/work. The Gotland Film Lab looks upon research and experiment to explore new ideas/artistic methods equally important to production.

 Application Deadline: January 19th, 2015


The I-Park Foundation General Residency Program, located in rural East Haddam, CT, announces its 2015 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program. The program is open to those working in the following creative disciplines: visual artists, creative writing, music composition/sound art, architecture, moving image and landscape/garden/ecological design.

 Application Deadline: January 19th, 2015

SSW Ceramics Graduate in Residence

Scottish Sculpture Workshop is offering a residency program to an experienced BA/MA graduate in ceramics. The residency, located in Lumsden, Scotland, is four months in duration during Spring/Summer 2015. The residency offers an emerging artist the opportunity to develop their portfolio of work with critical and curatorial support, as well as the experience of running studio facilities, outreach workshop days and working alongside ceramic/glass artists in running courses.

 Application Deadline: January 26th, 2015


The Massachusetts Cultural Council is currently accepting applications for Film & Video, Photography, and Music Composition. The Artist Fellowships provide competitive grants of $10,000 and finalist awards of $1,000. The number of awards per discipline category varies according to the number of applications reviewed, the recommendations of each panel, and program funds available.

 Application Deadline: January 26th, 2015


The Alexia Foundation offers a professional Alexia Grant to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Grants are administered by the Foundation and the Alexia Chair at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

 Application Deadline: January 29th, 2015

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in New York City. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

 Application Deadline: January 31st, 2015

fAWC Visual Arts Fellowship

The Fine Arts Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to ten emerging artists each year from Oct.1 through April 30 in Provincetown, MA.  Visual Arts Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment, a separate work studio of approximately 400 sq ft and a monthly stipend of $750.

 Application Deadline: January 31st, 2015

Wave Farm Residency

The Wave Farm Residency program, located in Arca, NY, provides artists with a valuable opportunity to concentrate on new transmission works and conduct research about the genre using the Wave Farm Study Center resource library. In conjunction with their residencies, artists perform, are interviewed, and create playlists for broadcast on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM, a creative community radio station serving over 78,000 potential listeners in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley, and international listeners online.

 Application Deadline: February 1st, 2015

Studioworks Artist in Residence

StudioWorks at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art, located in Eastport, Maine, offers residency opportunities to visual artists to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Studio space is provided in a ground floor print shop located within Eastport’s historic downtown and working waterfront community. The residency provides a unique experience for each artist to create work within a public context and play an active role in the creative community.

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2015

Artist Opportunities: Shows and Exhibitions (January, 2015 – February, 2015)

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

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OPEN CALL FOR ART: Disrupting Bodies, Disrupting Narratives

The New Media Caucus seeks artists’ work for the 2014 College Art Association Media Lounge. They are seeking work that responds to Disrupting Bodies, Disrupting Narratives. Preference given to new media, digital art, queer art, feminist art, activist-based art, performance art, work that incorporates the archive, speculative fiction/design, and digital nonfiction.

Deadline: January 5th, 2015

Call for Artists: Creation Care – Water

Denver Seminary – “Creation Care: Water” is an exhibition presented by the Bridge Gallery that investigates the human role in the natural environment with a specific emphasis on our interdependent relationship with water. Bridge Gallery is seeking work by artists working in a variety of media who celebrate the vitality of water and compel audiences to consider their responsibility for the care and stewardship of this precious resource.

Deadline: January 5th, 2015


Boston Cyberarts is issuing a call for work for display at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Boston, MA. We are looking for work that ties into the theme “Virus Art”, which is being defined (loosely) as something that reproduces and spreads.

Deadline: January 11th, 2015

IN SITU: An International Call for Site-Specific Entries

IN SITU is a competitive international exhibition of site-specific works. Works submitted should represent some point of view, process, image, or idea suited to this theme, and must be displayed at Manifest in the galleries provided. This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must qualify as being clearly site-specific. *Entry Fee

Deadline: January 11th, 2015


Open call for photography exhibition at the Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery The subject is up to you. The process is up to you: film, digital, color, black & white, alternative process, historical process... Whatever you do best, show us the best of it and share your unique vision. *Entry Fee

Deadline: January 12th, 2015

Call for Entries: Synthetic Zero Event

The next Synthetic Zero Event will be February 4 and 7, 2015 at BronxArtSpace, only 20 minutes from Union Square. They are looking for visual art, performance, video, music, readings, dance and other work for the show. The Synthetic Zero events are a series of informal art events focusing on high quality experimental and contemporary work in different media.

Deadline: January 12th, 2015

Call for Satirical Works on Paper

Artspace in New Haven, CT has an open call for artists to submit satirical political works on paper for an upcoming exhibition about political protest and the militant aesthetic. The show will be on display at our 50 Orange St location from February 20 – May 3, 2014. *Entry Fee

Deadline: January 15th, 2015

Emerging Artist Solo Show Award in Photography

One winner will be awarded a solo show at Prince Gallery and two runner-ups will be awarded online exhibitions. We encourage submissions of both traditional and non-traditional image-making and presentation, as well as antiquated processes, photograms, silver, digital, etc. We are interested only in a cohesive body of work, expressing consistency of artistic vision and skill. *Entry fee.

Deadline: January 15th, 2015

Exhibition Call: “Off the Charts”

Off the Charts is a group exhibition at 516arts examining the visual language artists use to document, process, map and manipulate a better understanding of the ever-evolving world we inhabit. Using drawings, diagrams, symbols and written language to tell us where we are or where we were, our sense-making through time has evolved into rich and complex structures of understanding.

Deadline: January 15th, 2015

Call to artists: Art on Paper

The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 38th annual Art on Paper competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work created on or of paper, including collage, artist book, origami, printmaking, painting, sculpture, and more, will be considered. *Entry Fee

Deadline: January 21st, 2015


Art in Public Places Knoxville (AIPPK), now in its 9th year, is a featured presentation of the Dogwood Arts Festival in partnership with the City of Knoxville. The Call for Artist Entries welcomes applications from new and previously exhibiting artists. The 2015-2016 Exhibition will feature up to twenty-five (25) large to monumental scale murals, mosaics, sculptures and spaces. Art presented in electronic media must be accompanied by appropriate audio and video equipment. *Entry Fee

Deadline: January 23rd, 2015

Call for Entries: ViewPoints 2015

Studio Montclair seeks entries for the 18th Annual Open Juried Exhibition “ViewPoints 2015” at aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in the heart of Newark, NJ’s arts district from June 4 – 30, 2015. Open to all fine artists. *Entry Fee

Deadline: January 24th, 2015


Black Earth Gallery asks: What is the self? How does one feel it’s absence or presence. One might create an actual physical container or a metaphorical container, the 2-D plans for a ‘container’ or any other possible manifestation of this theme. 2D and 3D submissions are encouraged. Show duration March 5-28, 2015. *Entry fee.

Deadline: January 24th, 2015


The City of Somerville, acting by and through the Somerville Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), is seeking the services of a designer/fabricator to provide design, fabrication, and installation oversight services for custom seating area and public art on a new plaza to be constructed near Davis Square in Somerville, MA. The work produced from this process is intended to be functional and to distinguish Somerville for its inclusion of artists and the arts in everyday life.

Deadline: January 30th, 2015


The Southern Vermont Dance Festival is now accepting submissions of choreography for the 2015 festival. Each choreographer can submit up to 3 separate works. A new form must be submitted for each work.  Choreographers will be notified as soon as decisions are made. *Entry Fee

Deadline: January 31st, 2015

Installation Nation 2015

Installation Nation is a 16 day long exhibition presented by Primary Colours featuring site-specific art installations to be located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Centers 9.5 acre ArtsPark. Artists and Artist Teams are invited to submit proposals at no cost. From these proposals Primary Colours will select up to fifteen projects and award them a $1,000 stipend to create their work.

Deadline: January 31st, 2015

deepwhitesound Call for entries

As deepwhitesound enters its 10th year of providing access to free, experimental sound art, we are adopting a quarterly release format with 6 – 8 downloads featured per season. Proposals will ideally feature not only audio work, but an outline of additional media to be included with downloads in order to create unique, one-of-a-kind digital packages that push the boundaries of sound art.

Deadline: January 31st, 2015


The goal of this competition is to promote unity between the El Sistema programs in the Commonwealth, to encourage composition of original works for full orchestra and chorus, to stimulate and promote contemporary music for orchestra and chorus, showcase the works of Massachusetts-based composers, and to establish the creative ties between the El Sistema inspired programs of Massachusetts and composers of today. *Entry fee.

Deadline: January 31st, 2015