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.


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