Tuesday, November 23

More Grants for Artist, Playwrights and Musicians

Here are a few interesting grants and awards for those of you in the arts.

British School at Rome

Fine arts residencies at the BSR offer artists and architects access to Rome and Italy as an exceptional repertory of the visual culture of the past, and encourage informed and innovative responses to that cultural heritage. They offer artists and architects at different stages of their careers the superb opportunity to research and focus on their work away from normal pressures, and to use the BSR as a base to explore Rome and Italy.
Information upon some of the residencies available for 2011-2012 is given below. However details of some awards are still being finalized. Please re-visit the site periodically for further opportunities. All residencies include accommodation and board at the BSR. Visual artists are normally accommodated in a residential studio and architects in study-bedrooms.

(The BSR also offers residential awards for postgraduate research in the archaeology, art history, history, society and culture of Italy, from prehistory to the modern period.
Scholars pursuing research on the art, architecture, archaeology, history, society and culture of Italy of any period may also apply to stay at the BSR at their own cost. Those interested should complete a visiting scholar application from the school.
The British Academy
10 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AH

Contact for information and queries:   bsr@britac.ac.uk


Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture

  • Funded by the Linbury Trust, this Scholarship is open to promising and ambitious painters and sculptors of outstanding potential, who will also be able to submit a portfolio of recent drawings. Applicants must be able to show the importance of a residency in Rome for their practice; and keen to share the benefits of membership of a vibrant residential community of artists and researchers.
  • Duration: 12 month residency (October 2011-September 2012).
  • Research grant: £500/month; plus travel grant of £1,200.
  • Candidates must be under 30 on 1 October 2011.
  • Applicants must have graduated in Fine Art (or expect to graduate before 1 October 2011).
  • Applicants must be of British nationality, or have been working professionally or studying at postgraduate level for at least the last 5 years in the UK or Commonwealth (i.e. since December 2005).
  • Application fee: £25.
  • Deadline: 28 January 2011.
  • Selection for this Scholarship is by a panel appointed by the Linbury Trust.
  • For information:  http://www.bsr.ac.uk/bsr/sub_fine/documents/Sainsburyleaflet2011-12.pdf

Selection Criteria

In making an appointment to an award the Faculty of the Fine Arts will assess all applications using the following set of criteria:
  1. the quality of the applicant's creative output and the appropriateness of their qualifications
  2. the extent to which the applicant's proposal reflects the purpose of the award
  3. the viability of the proposal as a project to be carried out with support from the BSR.
In addition to these three basic selection criteria, the selectors will take into consideration the potential for the award to impact on the applicant's creative development and will attempt to ensure that the needs and interests of the successful applicant are compatible with the facilities available at the BSR and the interests of its community. Credit will be given to those who are no longer in full- or part-time education at the time of application.
    Candidates are expected to have some knowledge of Italian or be willing to learn. Those who acknowledge the importance of communicating with Italians will derive the most benefit from being at the School.

Rome (Georgia) Art Coterie Juried Exhibition
This prestigious exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age or older and living in the US.  The call for art is for any traditional or nontraditional two or three dimensional medium or style -- including but not limited to painting, drawing, fiber art, clay, metal, stone, printmaking, and mixed media.  Artwork must be created since 2007 and not previously shown in this juried show.  Framed size of wall mounted art not to exceed 40" in width.

Prizes include 1st place:  $1,000;  2nd place: $300; 3rd place $200;  5 Honorable mentions $100.


VSA Playwright Discovery Program
Deadline:  April 15, 2011

The VSA Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals—be creative! Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group or class of students.
The winning play will be professionally produced or staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The winning playwright receives $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to view his or her work on stage. All submissions must be received by April 15, 2011, for consideration

VSA International Young Soloists Award

Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.
U.S. APPLICANTS: All VSA United States affiliates implement their own International Young Soloists Award programs. Applicants must send their entry materials to the appropriate address for their state found on the website.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: All applicants from outside the United States should submit their application form, biographical description, and recording to:
VSA International Young Soloists Award
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006


Jon and Mary Shirley Glass Scholarships

Through the generous support of Jon and Mary Shirley, Pratt annually offers these two merit-based scholarships to emerging glass artists. Each award includes $1,875 credit for classes, workshops and/or studio rental in the Pratt Glass Program.

In past have provided 27 Student Scholarships

Gregory M. Robinson Pathways Scholarship

This financial need scholarship was founded in 1997 by Greg Robinson, a former Executive Director of Pratt, to support artists of color and to promote diversity at Pratt. The award is designed to provide intensive and sustained training and technical support for artists of color who wish to pursue an artist profession.
Past example provided 28 Scholarships.




Kala Art Institute Fellowships & James D. Phelan Art Award

Each year Kala awards Fellowships to eight artists from a variety of disciplines such as traditional and digital printmaking, book arts, photography, film, video, and installation art. The James D. Phelan Art Awards recognize the achievements of California-born artists in a variety of disciplines and is part of the Art Awards Program of The San Francisco Foundation. The Kala Art Institute administers the printmaking competition and also sponsors an exhibition of the award-winning artist in the Kala Gallery.

1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710. 510-549-6914.


Wednesday, November 17


Dear Artists, Photographers, Screenwriters, Sculptors, Poets and All of You who Work With the Arts,

Sorry I haven't posted in a few weeks. We were getting ready to publish our new Grants for the Arts Book and it has taken a little time to gather more than 280 grants for next year.

Here is a dozen more grants and awards for some travel and good size awards.  The first one is a very quick turnarounds, but I wanted to list them here just in case someone has something ready and that you can be thinking of this for the next grant cycle in summer of next year.  And if the second listing is of interest, they will be posting the application on line next Monday, November 22.  We've attempting to find projects with no entry fee, except in a few cases, where we thought you might still be interested.

Art Project Travel Grant to Europe
November 30, 2010

The Roberto Cimetta Fund and Marseille-Provence 2013 announce an upcoming selection date for the joint RCF/Marseille-Provence 2013 Mobility Fund in 2010. The Fund is open to individual artists and cultural professionals who will be able to travel in the Mediterranean zone and who are preparing a project that is linked to Marseille-Provence as a geographical area or to the Marseille-Provence 2013 Capital of Culture year. Priority will be given to trips from a country on the South or East coast of the Mediterranean to another country of that same zone.

Roberto Cimetta Fund
c/o ONDA
13 bis rue Henri Monnier
75009 Paris

Telephone: 33 1 45 26 33 74


Application materials will be posted on 
November 22, 2010

I-Park, a 450-acre woodland retreat in East Haddam, CT, is offering residency opportunities from May through November 2011 in the following creative disciplines: Visual (including Environmental) Art, Music Composition/Sound Sculpture, Moving Image, Creative Writing and Landscape/Garden Design. Most sessions are 4-weeks in duration. The program is offered free of charge to those accepted by the selection panels. Accommodations include comfortable private living quarters and a private studio. Application materials will be posted online by Nov 22, 2010.


Deadline January 20, 2011

StudentCam is our annual national video documentary competition for middle and high school students, grades 6-12. This year's theme is: "Washington, DC - Through My Lens". Tell us about an issue, event, or topic that helped you better understand the role of the federal government in your life or community. Students are asked to select a topic and create a 5 to 8 minute documentary that presents multiple views and includes C-SPAN video. We are awarding a total of $50,000 in prizes.

For more information:


Call for Film Festival Entries

January 4, 2011

Seeking films that are thought-provoking, intriguing, entertaining, vibrant, authentic, artful and informative. From dramatic films to hard-hitting documentaries, comedic shorts, animation or experimental films, we invite independent filmmakers to send us their work for consideration. All genres, styles and lengths welcome! Cash awards for winning film entries. Entry fee.


Ines Sommer
Talking Pictures Festival
Evanston, Illinois


Crazyhorse Fiction and Lynda Hull Memorial

January 15, 2011


The Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize: $2000 each and publication of your poem or short story in Crazyhorse literary journal. Entry fee of $16 per entry includes one-year subscription.

Full entry guidelines/questions:


January 15, 2011

Versal is open for submissions for its ninth issue, due out in May 2011. The reading period for Versal 9 is now open. Send us your poetry, story, prose, art and inbetweens. Versal is an internationally acclaimed literary annual published in Amsterdam that brings together the world's urgent, involved, and unexpected.




April 11, 2011

The year 2011 will mark the 16th German International Exhibition of Graphic Art, which was founded in 1970 and is now held triennially. It aims to support contemporary graphic arts. The exhibition is organized by the Kunstverein zu Frechen e.V, in cooperation with the town of Frechen. Participants must be younger than 40 years. Entry fee.




February 15, 2011

Year-round, 2-12 week residencies for artists and writers. Residents receive individual studios, private rooms and all meals, plus access to prominent Visiting Artists and Writers offering slide talks, readings and studio visits. In addition to VSC Full Fellowships, a variety of special fellowships are also available for full or partial funding. MFA program available with Johnson State College.





December 31, 2010 

The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Park City, Utah to have their screenplay read by professional actors during the Sundance Film Festival, a great place to network with producers and filmmakers from around the world. All Table Reads will be recorded on video as well! Various other script related prizes. This one does have an entry fee.



Deadline December 31, 2010

 Seeking submissions for a new book to be published by North Light Books early in 2012.     The title, although tentative, is "The Artist's Pulse" as it refers to the online community of artists that work with mixed media.  There will be a series of projects that include a Q and A in response to prompts.  While the authors have said that the book will include practical, art-related information, it will primarily focus on more personal and thought provoking issues.  And although there is no rich monetary award, being included in the book allows stronger public relations and attention.  There is no entry fee.  Deadline will be December 31, 2010.

Information and guidelines: