Fall Graduations!

Assets for Artists is ending 2014 with some bittersweet goodbyes! Since summer, 7 of our fabulous creatives have completed the program and invested their A4A funds. Here’s a little bit about each of them.

Macey Faiella is co-owner of Knack, a creative re-use space located in the Eastworks studios in Easthampton, Massachusetts. A self-identified “life-long crafter,” Macey loves running a space that fosters interaction between inspiring & creative people, and giving old stuff a new life.  Her working capital funds will be put toward improved marketing and new “upcycling” projects for Knack!

nori-150x150Mike Formanski is an independent film maker and director of Cetra Media Studio, a media production company based in Providence, Rhode Island. He works in both photography and video, using his media production company as an outlet for commissioned and freelance work. Mike’s latest film, For Reasons Unknown, is a surrealist-inspired series of touching vignettes.

maryfinished2Adria Moynihan is a Portland-based painter whose work explores depths of emotion and experience. Adria combines her love of painting with her love of teaching and spends much of her time giving painting lessons at the studio. Her A4A funds will be put toward workshops for professional and personal development.

AmyBunAmy Johnquest, aka the BannerQueen, creates one-of-a kind paintings directly inspired by old circus sideshow banners. Her most recent work, For A Limited Time Only, is currently on view at the Bing Arts Center! It thoughtfully explores the complexity of advertising rhetoric through playful double-entendres and nostalgic imagery. Amy plans to use her matched funding to expand her practice with high quality materials and a new web design.

600x600_1416926135146-kn32499Makeup Artist Maryelle O’Rourke is in the business of making people feel beautiful and confident. On top of her acclaimed celebrity work, Maryelle is making her debut in the wedding circuit —  she recently did the make-up for the Improper Bostonian wedding feature! Maryelle just launched a website for her wedding work, detailing how her services and makeup line can help make your special day a breeze. Brides, be on the lookout for the launch of her “Brides Survival Kit” because Maryelle plans to put her creative capital toward new cosmetic products for her makeup line!

3475568_origNew Bedford-based painter Alison Wells explores group relationships and cultural bonds that transcend historic and geographic differences. Alison put her A4A funds toward opening a new and improved studio and gallery space. With a convenient location in downtown New Bedford, Alison is ready to celebrate and contribute to the City’s vibrant art scene!

"The Second Tosca" at Arvada CenterPerforming artist Nora Cole is a renowned member of the New York City theatre community. She has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in numerous other theatre venues internationally and domestically. Currently, Nora is working toward the world premiere of her play “Katherine’s Colored Lieutenient,” the moving love story of Nora’s aunt and uncle. Nora’s A4A funds will be used toward purchasing vital equipment and setting up a website.

Well done, A4A artists! We’ll miss working with you, but we’re excited to see what you accomplish next.

2014 A4A Seasonal Gift Guide!

This holiday season avoid the crowds and commotion of malls, aspire to give gifts as unique as your loved ones, and support your local artist-entrepreneurs.

We’re proud to present this year’s Assets for Artists Seasonal Gift Guide to provide you with original and creative gift-giving options, courtesy of our talented A4A artists! Scroll below to shop by category. 



il_570xN.581400496_3uugWhether it’s clothing or house wares, Muffy’s eclectic collection of printed material is sure to please. Her distinctive patterns (everything from Egyptian hieroglyphics to animals crackers) are a great gift to give this season. Check out her Etsy for products and custom orders!


Aisha Densmore-Bey has design-inspired wearables that are perfect for the deadpan creative in your life! Check out Aisha’s shop for more styles and colors.



This year, tell it like it it is with Seth Carnes’s “New York Doesn’t Love You” shirts. A t-shirt inspired by an art project, a street sign and a writer, this one’s for NYC diehards! Get one here!



il_570xN.678156546_9q3zHandcrafted leather straps for guitars and cameras — you didn’t know you needed one until you saw it. Margot’s patent-pending strap enables a musician to change the guitar height while playing. Beautifully crafted, durable, and stylish. Head to her shop and check out all the goods!


SAINTCHIC has finally given us all a stylish way to literally throw shade this season. Recently featured in the December/January issue of Lucky magazine, these high-end paparazzi visors and other wearable goods evoke the celebrity in all of us. Check out the collection here!


ZUZANA-TBINAT-218X3271Sheila’s designer handbags bring a whole new meaning to “trashy chic.” Using only recycled plastic she makes brilliant clutches, handbags, and totes that turn trash into treasure!  If you do purchase one of Sheila’s creations, you are in good company– Michelle Obama visited the NYC New Museum recently and now owns one Sheila’s bags!




timthumbIs there anything better than sipping hot coffee from a handmade ceramic mug while watching the snow fall? Daniel Bellow’s collection of ceramic work is simple, tasteful, and artfully crafted.  Check out all the amazing pieces at his website.



From pickling jars to whiskey sets, Jeremy Ogusky has got your vices covered! His Etsy is filled with ceramic goods (especially featuring his renowned fermenting jars) that will make any kitchen shine.



Kurt’s woodwork is the perfect mix of contemporary and classic!  His shop has ornaments, earrings, and many more keepsakes for under the tree this year.



s832049805823346153_p51_i2_w1280Dress your tree in brass and copper this year! Teresa Mowery is in the holiday spirit with these metal ornaments. My favorite is the snowflake ornament (pictured left). Each snowflake is one-of-a-kind with different patinas. Get ‘em before they’re gone!



Tell me you aren’t head over heels with these ceramic plates from Diane Sullivan! Get the set at her Etsy and then start planning the perfect holiday meal to serve on them.



Gemma’s collection of ceramics is beautifully simple with its stark, white porcelain and intimate illustrations.  Her Etsy has a choice selection of goods available for the holidays.



il_570xN.584743661_fj9rWhether you are looking for something playful, like a flying pig ornament or something playfully chic like these teardrop earrings, Peter Zimmerman’s glass shop is your one-stop shop!



Alex_Dark_Green_Damascus_03__17195.1408948386.1280.1280A return to the classics! Alex Jacques makes custom straight razors that are a precise and handsome
work of art.  Sold through this shop, with custom orders on his website, it appears the gift of a close shave is calling this year!



DSC_0100-1Aaron’s glass collection is a truly out of this world experience! His shop features artisan marbles, like this Coral Reef Marble that includes over 29 individual coral representations, and flameworking classes.




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Forgot to order your holiday cards again? Don’t worry, Melissa Gruntkosky at Pressbound has got you covered. Featuring over a hundred letterpress printed goods you’re bound (hehe) to find the perfect way to say happy holidays.


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For the book lover we all know, but can never find a book they haven’t read check out these indie publications!  Sixty-Fith Street and Columbus Avenue, Horrible Bodies, and One Hundred Lies and One Truth  are a unique blend of visual art and literature from the brilliant mind of Erik Dalzen.


Screen_20Shot_202013-08-03_20at_2010.39.06_20AM_400wIndulge in the whimsy of these delightful goods from illustrator Anna Jo Beck!  From the “bloop” pillow to her illustrated book of paper toys (20 paper toys designed by Anna!), her work brings out the child in all of us. Head over to her website to see the rest of her pieces.

Give the gift of illustration this year with these prints by Liz Wikstrom! Liz’s work is eccentric, sometimes grotesque, and always intriguing. Her Etsy shop is full of curious characters, get one today!



il_570xN.481999908_iynwIn her collection of paper goods, Melissa features sophisticated leather bound journals, hand-printed envelopes, and gift tags. Her Etsy features over 50 items created with quality materials, strong craftsmanship, and functionality.



In this collaboration, Stephanie Weber and Monika Pizzichemi are selling photographic prints from “They Dance in the Rain,” a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in urban Nairobi, Kenya. The photographic works hope to bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and dwellers through photography and film. 100% of the proceeds goes to funding their 2015 residency, set to take place this coming January– check out their website for pricing and details!


SynchronizedSilhouettesBen Mancino’s photographs have a commitment to quality, variety, and affordability! His work emphasizes the intricate details of everyday life that often get overlooked.  Give the gift of everyday beauty with Ben’s photographs!
Pricing and details on his website.





Ana’s jewelry collection has charming separates using precious materials such as pearls and stones. Her Etsy is filled with distinctive and delicate designs that make the perfect specialized gift.



Glass_TerrariumCheck out this collection of jewelry by Dara Cheek of Hieropice! Hieropice specializes in globally-inspired, handmade jewelry, featuring techniques and materials from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Featured here is a terrarium necklace — more colors and styles on her website!



il_570xN.558921188_blcyThis collection of jewelry is perfect for the ecologically conscious person in your life! Dora Szekely’s work is inspired by natural elements as shown through her necklaces constructed of intricate branches of silver. Using only recycled metal, Dora strives to make her work environmentally friendly.



Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 5.49.00 PMWill Alderfer’s collection of jewelry takes inspiration from nature, defined by elegant organic forms, textures, and patterns.

Check out his website and see the entire stunning collection!
Will also takes commissions for custom-made rings. This pair of seamless copper and silver mokume rings (right) are a dream for the modern-day couple.


il_570xN.564053237_k6wzOne-of-a-kind jewelry with natural colors and a bold style! Kristal Romano’s collection of jewelry is sure to please even the pickiest jewelry wearer. Featuring necklaces, earrings, pendants, and bracelets on her Etsy, you can mix and match as much as you please! 





619bFe5+IfL._SL500_AA280_A little something for the music lover! Beth McDonald’s album, Still, is a ethereal electronic collaboration between the tuba and electronic instruments. Avant-garde and otherwordly, Beth’s album is not what you would expect from a tubist. Give it a listen at her bandcamp and purchase it at Amazon, CDbaby or iTunes.


9530755The Suitcase Junket has two albums for sale, along with some other awesome merch! This one-man band is a return to classic rock with an urgent voice and rocking slide guitar. Check out Matt’s website and listen to the magic!



a1957313180_2Peter Winne’s band The Tumbling Bones is selling their first full length album! Download their album, Loving a Fool, on their Bandcamp (also conveniently set up with the option to send it as a gift!) and jam to the bluegrass and folk inspired tunes.





static.squarespaceThe dreamy, nostalgic, captivating oil paintings from Jennifer Clement are a must-have for your home. The romantic colors in each of her landscapes depict familiar scenes of hills, marshes, and coasts with inspiring depth. View all of her work at her website!


Breathtaking custom paintings brought to you by Scout Cuomo! Scout’s Etsy features a plethora of paintings perfect for the home. This year she began painting on glass and lucite making this wonderful shop just in time for the holidays!


recentthumbnail-2“BIG SALE!”, a cheeky, pop-art poster project by Michael McKay for Empty Set Project, is now available for purchase direct from their website! Nostalgic in nature, but provocative in message, these hand-lettered signs are art with a social message.


il_570xN.684355247_1l2kCheri’s fun and wonderful custom keepsakes emphasize the important moments in everyone’s life. Shown above are signable pieces for a baby shower or wedding! Cheri also runs Tipsy Art Parties, which are a great way to celebrate any occasion — get a gift certificate today! Check out her Etsy and website for other details on how she can help you celebrate your day!


il_570xN.694949919_81tiLinda’s visual art spans painting, drawing, printing, digital media, and photography! Her Etsy primarily features her drawings and paintings, such as the one pictured left.  Her paintings have surreal themes and fantastical imagery that turn any space into a dream world.


Artist Opportunities: Grants, Residencies, and Fellowships (December, 2014 – January, 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

The Aftermath project 2015 grant

The Aftermath Project is open to working photographers world-wide who are interested in creating work that helps illumine aftermath issues, and encourages greater public understanding and discussion of these issues. The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission.

Application Deadline: December 5th, 2014

Artist In Action – Temporary Studio Experience 

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Dowell, Maryland seeks artists working in any media to submit proposals to set up a working studio space in the Main Gallery for 1-2 week periods. These studios will be set up much like a “booth,” utilizing the artist’s own supplies and equipment. Artists are expected to be present in their studio booth during the majority of their scheduled 1-2 week period (which must include at least one weekend).

Application Deadline: December 5th, 2014

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Artist in Residence

Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce applications are now open for its annual residency in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. The residency, located in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, United Kingdom, is an opportunity for an artist working with moving image to create a new piece of work in response to the festival theme of ‘Fact or Fiction’ as it explores the relationship between the real and the imagined world, including the spaces in between and the points of convergence and within the context of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Application Deadline: December 5th, 2014

December 2014 Grant Invitation: Media Arts & Traditional Arts

The Creative Work Fund currently invites letters of inquiry for projects featuring media artists or traditional artists. A media or traditional arts project may culminate in any form, but it must feature a lead artist with a strong track record as a media artist or a traditional artist.

Application Deadline: December 5th, 2014

Puffin Foundation 2015 Grant Cycle

Application packets may only be requested starting September 1, 2014– self-addressed stamped envelopes may be sent to the Puffin Foundation in order to apply. This grant cycle will fund artists in the disciplines of video/film, fine arts, and public interest. The fine art category include a broad range of creative endeavors such as painting, drawing, weaving, crafts, collage and sculpture. It does not include photography which is funded in alternate years.

Application Request Deadline: December 5th, 2014

Fruitlands Artist in Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) at Fruitlands in Harvard, Massachusetts seeks contemporary artists whose work complements our collections and the landscape. The artist participates in a season-long study of the museum, as reflected in their artwork. Any artist who works in poetry, painting, fabric, pottery, sculpture, music & sound, new media and site specific installations may apply.

Application Deadline: December 6th, 2014

Below Zero: Canadian Winter Research Residency

Below Zero is a residency for Canadian and international artists interested in experiencing the Canadian winter up close and personal. It will take place over a week in Quebec, Canada in February 2015. The residency will facilitate daily excursions into the outdoors for experimentation, exploration of and production within a wide range of Canadian winter contexts. Participants will have the chance to experience Canada’s picturesque deep snow and ice, wild life, traditional seasonal activities, long dark nights and possible severe weather through daily expeditions like dog sledding, ice fishing, skiing and skating.

Application Deadline: December 10th, 2014


Signal Culture is an experimental media art residency located in Owego, New York. They are now accepting applications for the artist in residence program for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. They have an experimental media studio with real-time analog and digital image and sound processing equipment, custom made hardware and software, a variety of interactive interfaces, and alternative imaging devices that can be configured in a modular studio setup.

 Application Deadline: December 12th, 2014

the Adolph and esther gottlieb foundation individual grant

The Gottlieb Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success. This program was conceived in order to recognize and support the serious, fully-committed artist, and we hope these individuals will consider applying. Twelve grants are awarded each year. Applications are reviewed by a panel of five professionals in the arts who have no affiliation with the Foundation

 Application Deadline: December 15th, 2014

Delfina Foundation Autumn 2015 programme Open Call

Over the last 25 years, the World Wide Web has expanded the concept of the public sphere from the physical to the virtual.  For the second chapter of the recurring programme The Public Domain in London, England, Delfina Foundation is interested in exploring the collapse between these two realms through the use of technology.  They are also interested in current debates on security versus surveillance, privacy versus privatization, and autonomy versus anarchy. Check out the website to see the three sub-themes.

 Application Deadline: December 18th, 2014

The Luminary Residency Program

The Luminary Residency Program supports artists, curators and critics engaging the world of contemporary art by providing dedicated time and a supportive working environment. The residency program, located in Saint Louis, MI is open to all artistic, curatorial and critical practices but uniquely supports the research, development and presentation of work that utilizes innovative forms and unconventional structures such as alternative spaces and economies, publications and writing, archives, collaborations, artist-led projects and socially engaged practices.. *Entry Fee

 Application Deadline: December 31st, 2014

Sculpture Space Funded Residency 2015-16

Sculpture Space, located in Utica, New York invites artists whose focus is sculpture to apply for a two-month residency between September 2015 and September 2016. Eighteen to twenty artists are selected every year. Each receives a $2,000 stipend toward residency expenses, dependent on funding. The Sculpture Space Review Committee and a rotating guest panelist make the selections. Primary criteria are quality, originality and potential for growth.

 Application Deadline: December 31st, 2014

Bemis center for COntemporary arts Residency

At the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, we create transformative opportunities for our Artists-in-Residence to explore and realize their most important ideas by providing: access to a supportive and rigorous intellectual community, robust opportunities for studio and social practice, generous live/work space, an abundance of time, extensive technical assistance and financial support. The Bemis Center currently supports artists with two inter-related residency programs: at our main campus in the Old Market, NE and at Carver Bank in North Omaha, NE. Artists interested in applying to any of our residency opportunities should not be enrolled in an academic program during the timelines described by each cycle.

 Application Deadline: December 31st, 2014

Artist Opportunities: Shows and Exhibitions (December, 2014 – January, 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


Space is available in upcoming Saturday Local Artist Market (SLAM) dates through Dec 2014. SLAM is in its 5th year providing a venue for local artists to exhibit & sell their work & an opportunity for shoppers to find a wide variety of art & handmade goods in one location. All media is considered. *Entry fee.

Deadline: Rolling Submission through December 2014


Ceres Gallery presents 10 exhibitions each week for 5 weeks with space available for 2 & 3D work. Each artist will have 12-17 ft of wall space with 10+ ft ceilings OR approx 80-100 sq ft of floor space. 1 artist per week with work on stands/floor & 9 artists on the walls. Nov 25 – Dec 30, 2014 with a 10 artist show each week. First-come/first-served. *Entry Fee

Deadline: Rolling submission through December 2014


Good portraits give us insight into the subject; great portraits can give us insight into what it is to be human.  For Portraiture: Expression and Gesture, PhotoPlace seeks portraits (self- or otherwise) that inform the viewer about the subject.*Entry Fee.

Deadline: December 1st, 2014


Held at the Annemarie Sculpture Garden, this exhibit invites artists to envision the mysteries of the universe, both scientific and fantastical, theoretical and fictional, real and imagined. The goal is to assemble a vibrant and diverse selection of works that speak to our fascination with the cosmos. All media welcome; small to large-scale installations; new media encouraged; cash awards. *Entry Fee

Deadline: December 5th, 2014


SCIENTIFICOUS is a competitive international exhibition of works exploring the theme of the art of science and science in art. Works selected will represent some point of view, image, or idea about this theme. 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. *Entry Fee

Deadline: December 5th, 2014

Alternative Topographies: Call for FILM, VIDEO, ANIMATION

Alternative Topographies is a time- based, juried media exhibition that takes the broad idea of topography to delve into questions about place: how we define place, the roles we play in the preservation and transformation of place, and how place is represented in our memories, imaginations, and shifting experiences of reality. *Entry Fee

Deadline: December 5th, 2014


Jurors: Steven Matijcio, Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Dominic Molon, Curator of Contemporary Art, RISD Museum; Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Prizes: $10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD). In addition to the cash prizes listed above; Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received. *Entry Fee

Deadline: December 6th, 2014


The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) is celebrating its golden anniversary! For 50 years, the Center has been a pillar for excellence in art education and developing appreciation for the visual arts. In conjunction with its 50th Anniversary, the BAC invites Massachusetts based artists of all mediums to submit work relating to gold!

Deadline: December 7th, 2014

SCHISM An International Call for Entries Exploring Conflict

SCHISM is a competitive international exhibition of works exploring the theme of CONFLICT. Works selected will represent some point of view, process, image, or idea about this theme. 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 (image/presentation) is that works must qualify as being clearly related to or about theme of conflict.

Deadline: December 8th, 2014


The individual beauty of a particular season can be interpreted in numerous ways and for this call for entries. Linus Gallery wants to see your unique view. Calls are open to all local, domestic, national and international professional and amateur artists. All art mediums will be considered. *Entry Fee

Deadline: December 8th, 2014

Call for Submissions: Enhanced Vision – Digital Video

Enhanced Vision – Digital Video will focus on digital methodologies that enhance the moving image, and how these effects can reveal specific meaning and content. Each work selected will bring its own unique, artistic style to reveal socially significant issues.

Deadline: December 10th, 2014


Whether it falls under the heading of independent cinema or video art, you are invited to submit your work to the 10th Edition of VIDEOFOCUS, the special Stigmart10 issue focused on video. The selection will be proceded by our team and will cover worldwide productions and various formats and media. It is possible to tender more than one work. Selected artists will be published in our art review.

Deadline: December 12th, 2014

Reality check: Call for Art

View seeks submissions from artists working in photorealism, hyperrealism, surrealism or any other trompe l’oeil techniques that makes the viewer take a second look, appears initially unbelievable or even mundane upon first glance, but reveals something extraordinary through the mastery of illusion. The exhibition is open to all media except for sound, video,  and film. *Entry Fee

Deadline: December 14th, 2014

Always home: Call for Entries

Fresh Paint Magazine is looking for artists to submit work which interprets the concept of home and belonging for a special edition artist book. Submissions must be two-dimensional works of art which broadly interpret the theme. Books will be published digitally with an option to order print copies. *Entry Fee

Deadline: December 19th, 2014

Call for Radio Work: Radius 2014

Radius is accepting submissions for our 2014 broadcast schedule. Radius accepts submissions for upcoming episodes on an ongoing basis. Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Deadline: December 31st, 2014


The Multiple eXposure Project is  happy to announce that they will be publishing the very first issue of our collaborative zine!  The zine is multimedia so we are accepting text and image-based submissions related to the theme in any format imaginable such as: articles, essays, reviews, short stories, poetry, interviews, photographs (digital or analogue), visual narratives, videos, digital art, illustrations, cartoons, mixed media, collages, experimental pieces, etc. Collaborative projects are very much welcome.

Deadline: December 31st, 2014

2014 A4A Holiday Craft Fair Guide!

Holidays are approaching and Assets for Artists encourages everyone to shop local this holiday season! We’ve compiled a list of craft shows and holiday sales in your area to help make this hectic time of year a little easier.

Click the icons below to find holiday craft fairs in your state.




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