Opportunities

March 2023 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

March 1, 2023

Colossal

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Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected]. You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.

 

Open Calls

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Call for Artists (Wisconsin)
Artists and curators living in Wisconsin are encouraged to submit proposals for an exhibition at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. There is a $5 application fee.
Deadline: 5 p.m. CST on March 1, 2023.

World of WearableArt 2023 Competition (International)
Entries are open for the World of WearableArt Awards Competition, which brings the work of international designers to life each year in a large-scale theatrical spectacle held in Wellington, New Zealand. As well as a total prize pool of over $185,000 (NZD), the competition offers the chance to access exclusive residencies and internships with global creative companies.
Deadline: March 2, 2023.

The Flag Project (International)
Artists of all skill levels can submit work inspired by their most memorable food memories in the city for the fourth annual Flag Project. The exhibition will display works on the 193 flagpoles that surround Rockefeller Plaza.
Deadline: March 2, 2023.

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15 Competition (International)
Royal Observatory Greenwich hosts the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15 competition, which invites entrants of all ages to submit up to ten photos of the cosmos for a chance to win the grand prize of £10,000. There is a £10 fee covering up to ten images.
Deadline: Noon GMT on March 3, 2023.

STARTS Prize 2023 of the European Commission (International)
Artists and others working at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts are eligible for the STARTS Prize 2023. Two prizes worth 20,000 Euros will be awarded to projects that combine industry or technology and the arts, with the goal of opening new paths for innovation.
Deadline: March 3, 2023.

Open Call for Art Installation Proposals to Memorialize the Chrystie Street African Burial Ground (International)
FABnyc is issuing an open call to artists to create an art installation at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to memorialize the Chrystie Street African Burial Ground. One winning project will receive $32,500 for artist fees and fabrication expenses.
Deadline: Midnight EST on March 18, 2023.

$1,800 Innovate Grants for Art + Photo—Winter 2023 Open Call (International)
For its Winter 2023 grant cycle, Innovate Grant is thrilled to introduce its newly increased awards of $1,800. Two awards are offered each quarter to one visual artist and one photographer, and six honorable mentions are also featured on the Innovate Grant site. Applications are open to anyone 18 and older from anywhere in the world.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. PST on March 23, 2023.

LAVO’s Reminiscence Art and Design Competition (International)
This prize is for artists and designers with work centered around themes of reuse, repurpose, and recycle. Eleven applicants will be selected for the exhibition, and the first-prize winner will receive $20,000. Runners-up will receive $3,000 each.
Deadline: March 31, 2023.

The 11th Annual Art Competition at Bridgeport Art Center (Chicago)
Bridgeport Art Center is hosting an open call for its 11th Annual Art Competition and Exhibition, which will run from May 19 to July 7. Works in a vast array of mediums are eligible, and prizes range from $500 to $3,000.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on April 4, 2023.

The Burke Prize (U.S.)
The Burke Prize is a biannual $50,000 prize for artists working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood.
Deadline: April 28, 2023.

The Future Generation Art Prize (International)
All artists aged 35 or younger from anywhere in the world and working in any medium are eligible for this prize. One winner will receive $60,000 in cash and a $40,000 investment in their practice, and five special prizes totaling $20,000 are awarded to support other projects.
Deadline: April 30, 2023.

 

Grants

Call Leaky Archive Digital Fellowship (Global South)
Artists, activists, makers, professionals, and collectives from the Global South are invited to apply for this digital fellowship to explore how colonial archives and collections can be critically developed and reflected upon. Fellows receive a 2,500 Euro grant and 500 Euros for project funding.
Deadline: March 2, 2023.

CERF+ Get Ready Grants (U.S.)
CERF+’s Get Ready program provides individual craft artists grants up to $500 to help safeguard their studios and prepare for emergencies. Approximately sixty grants will be awarded.
Deadline: March 7, 2023.

The Fluevog Artist Grant (U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, and Australia)
The John Fluevog Shoes Emerging Artist Grant is intended to help emerging artists develop their skills and increase the visibility of their artwork. The winner will receive $10,000.
Deadline: March 31, 2023.

Creative Capital Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact Grant (U.S.)
Creative Capital offers grants of up to $50,000 to support new works. Artists receive direct project funding without restrictions, professional advisory services, and community-building opportunities.
Deadline: March 31, 2023.

Fundación Botín Art Grants (International)
Fundación Botín will award six grants worth € 23,000 to support individual projects that may consist of training (academic or not), research (non-academic), and production.
Deadline: May 5, 2023.

Jerome Foundation Arts Organization Grants (New York City and Minnesota)
These two-year flexible grants are designed to support Minnesota and New York City-based arts organizations that offer ongoing programs, services, and/or opportunities for multiple early career generative artists.
Deadline: 4 p.m. CST on May 18, 2023.

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund (Ukraine or refugee)
Adobe’s Creative Residency Community Fund commissions visual artists to create company projects on a rolling basis. Awardees will receive between $500 and $5,000.
Deadline: Rolling.

 

Residencies, Fellowships, & More

Ucross Foundation Residencies and Fellowships (International)
Ucross has two programs open across disciplines: a general studio residency and Ford Family Foundation Fellowships open to Oregon artists only. Chosen applicants receive studio space, living accommodations, and a $1,000 stipend. There is a $40 application fee.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. MST on March 1, 2023.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Artist Residency (International)
Five to ten artists working in wood, glass, metal, fiber, and clay will be awarded residencies. The program offers a $1,000 monthly stipend, studio space, cultural and professional development opportunities, and an opportunity to give an artist talk.
Deadline: March 1, 2023.

Art Mamas Residencies at Stoneleaf Retreat (International)
Art Mamas Alliance and Stoneleaf Retreat have two residencies available to artist parents. Each resident receives accommodations, studio space, and a $1,000 unrestricted stipend. There is a $25 application fee.
Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on March 8, 2023.

European Cultural Academy’s Contemporary Art Course (International)
Artists, curators, students, and creatives from all fields and backgrounds are eligible to apply for a full scholarship to this two-week contemporary art course in Venice. The program is designed to aid in project development.
Deadline: March 14, 2023.

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (International)
Artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, digital media, and installation are eligible for this residency in New Mexico. Residents receive a stipend of $1,100 per month, a $250 per month stipend for materials, plus housing and studio space.
Deadline: 3 p.m. MDT on March 15, 2023.

Kala Fellowship Award (International)
Artists working in printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are eligible for this award. Residents receive a $3,000 stipend and a studio residency at Kala Art Institute.
Deadline: 9 p.m. PDT on March 15, 2023.

CultureHub Residency (U.S.)
This program offers one-week residencies to artists from September 11 to December 15, 2023. Residents receive $1,500 and studio access in either New York or Los Angeles to develop a project.
Deadline: March 15, 2023.

Mainframe Studio Residency (International)
The aim of this residency is to provide emerging and established artists the experience of the working conditions that artist Alex Brown (1966-2019) found in Des Moines. Residents receive housing, studio space, and a $1,000 monthly stipend, plus airfare or reimbursement for other travel to and from Des Moines.
Deadline: March 15, 2023. 

Onassis AiR Residency (International)
This program is open to artists, curators, designers, dancers, chefs, gardeners, activists, writers, educators, legal advocates, performers, economists, architects, filmmakers and other practitioners from any medium of expression or discipline. Residencies run between September 2023 and July 2024 in Athens, and all participants receive a research fee, housing, travel to and from Athens, a research budget, and other resources.
Deadline: 12 p.m. (UTC +2) on March 20, 2023.

Artlab Editorial Fellowship Open Call (International)
Artlab Editorial provides art writers at any stage of their career the space and time to consider—and reconsider—the shifting world around them. Two fellows will be offered $10,000 each to produce three pieces of writing in 2023.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on March 28, 2023.

Martin House Creative Residency Program (U.S.)
Artists and researchers working across disciplines are eligible for this residency that supports ongoing projects or the creation of new work with ties to architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, and/or the Martin House. Residents receive a stipend of $5,000 and travel expenses up to $1,000.
Deadline: March 31, 2023.

The Bloom Residency (International)
The 2023 Bloom Residency is the third annual artist-in-residence opportunity at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Awarded to a woman of color, one applicant will be chosen for this two-week, project-based residency, culminating in the creation of a limited-edition print. The chosen artist will receive two weeks of 24/7 studio access, a $500 stipend, and mentorship.
Deadline: April 1, 2023.

Lillstreet Art Center Artist-in-Residence Program (International)
Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago offers residencies in ceramics, metalsmithing, textiles, drawing & painting, and printmaking & book arts beginning in September every year. Residents receive a $400 monthly stipend, studio space, access to the center’s facilities, an exhibition, and paid teaching opportunities.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. CST on May 1, 2023.

Knight Foundation 2023 Summer Internships (International)
The Knight Foundation is seeking applicants for eight paid 10-week internships in Miami. Interns will be compensated at $18 per hour.
Deadline: Until filled.

 

 

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Art Documentary

‘All on a Mardi Gras Day’ Follows Big Chief Demond Melancon as He Creates His Beaded Suit for the Annual Celebration

February 28, 2023

Grace Ebert

“Who are the Indians? This is the old stories that were told to me. The slaves ran away through the routes in the Underground Railroad, and the Indians gave them refuge in different spots. So the Mardi Gras Indians pay homage to them,” says Big Chief Demond Melancon at the opening of “All on a Mardi Gras Day.” The short, intimate documentary, directed by Michal Pietrzyk, follows the artist as he prepares for the annual celebration, which involves painstakingly beading the vibrant suit he’ll wear during the festival.

Melancon, who we spoke with last spring as he worked on an ongoing portrait series, is a leader of the tribe of the Young Seminole Hunters in New Orleans, the city where he was raised. Much of Pietrzyk’s film centers on place and community, describing how gentrification has pushed the artist out of his neighborhood and how his role as Big Chief turns him into a sort of father figure to some of the younger members.

“All on a Mardi Gras Day” also reveals Melancon’s immense sacrifice for and dedication to his art, from waking up before dawn and retiring well after midnight to living in a neighborhood with cheaper rent so that he can afford the beads, feathers, and other materials he needs to create his suits. As the celebration nears, he sequesters himself at home for fear of missing the parade, which once happened when he was detained by police.

Although a centuries-long tradition, Melancon is quick to point out that being a Black Masker, the name he prefers to Mardis Gras Indian, continues to hold relevance today. “Because of not being able to participate in Mardis Gras originally, we made a carnival for ourselves. We made Black Masking. You can’t forget. You can’t forget because of the injustices that are still going on, so when I put my suit on, when I sew my suit, I’m sewing my suit in rebellion to that,” he says.

After showing at several festivals, “All on a Mardi Gras Day” has garnered numerous awards and nominations. Watch the documentary on Pietrzyk’s Vimeo, and find out more about Melancon and his work on Instagram.

 

A video still of a hand beading

A video still of a person wearing an elaborate beaded suit with numerous orange feathers

A video still of two people wearing elaborate beaded suits with numerous orange and yellow feathers

A video still of a person wearing an elaborate beaded suit with numerous orange feathers

 

 



Design

Inspired by the Industrial Age, Giant Gears Conduct ‘Rolling Bridge’ Along an East London Channel

February 28, 2023

Kate Mothes

A bridge on the River Lea in east London that rolls on its axis.

All images © Thomas Randall-Page

Cody Dock, a Victorian-era industrial site along the River Lea in east London, is in the midst of a monumental facelift as part of a masterplan to transform the space into a creative hub. A new bridge by architect Thomas Randall-Page connects pedestrians across a recently re-flooded channel, but this is no 19th-century relic. Nodding to its industrial surroundings through the use of weathered steel and bent oak, “Cody Dock Rolling Bridge” has the distinction of being the first of its kind to roll on its axis to make room for passing boats.

Seven years in the making, the design for the crossing was inspired by early mechanisms that could be powered by hand. Gear teeth wrap the frame, and when operated by a set of manual levers, the entire structure passes along tracks on the sides of the channel. Using materials “in their raw untreated state, the aesthetic is more influenced by the area’s maritime and shipbuilding past, traces of which are dotted throughout the area,” Randall-Page told Dezeen.

“Rolling Bridge” is part of PUP Architects’ multifaceted plan to transform the once-derelict site into a pedestrian-friendly, artistic community, and it was a finalist for the 2023 Bridges Awards. Find more projects by Thomas Randall-Page on his website.

 

A bridge on the River Lea in east London that rolls on its axis.

A bridge on the River Lea in east London that rolls on its axis.

A bridge on the River Lea in east London that rolls on its axis.

A bridge on the River Lea in east London that rolls on its axis.

A bridge on the River Lea in east London that rolls on its axis.

 

 



Photography

Sho Shibata Captures the Beastly Snow-Covered Trees of Japan’s Hakkōda Mountains

February 28, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of snow covered trees that look like monsters

All images © Sho Shibata, shared with permission

A few years back, photographer Sho Shibata traversed the frozen landscapes of Aomori’s Hakkōda Mountains documenting the otherworldly formations that cover the slopes. Heavy, icy snow cloaks the countless trees that populate the region, morphing the arboreal vistas into frigid hoodoo-like characters. “This is my favourite place to visit when it is cold like this because it transforms into a wonderland,” Shibata says. “When I first saw them, I actually thought there were lots of snowmen. What’s incredible is how they all look so similar. They look like snow monsters, like they are ghosts.”

Rising to 5,200 feet, Hakkōda is a popular ski destination in the winter, when temperatures plunge and dry, powdery snow blankets the volcanic peaks. “I moved from mountain to mountain. Temperatures got as low as -8 degrees Celsius while I was up there,” he said. “This meant I was able to capture walkers on their journey.”

In addition to the frosty specters shown here, Shibata published a book of black-and-white photos showcasing the area near his home in the Tsugaru region. You can find more of his work on Instagram. (via Spoon & Tamago)

 

A photo of people skiing down a snow covered mountain

A photo of a snow covered mountain with hundreds of trees

A photo of a snow covered mountain

A photo of a snow and tree covered mountain

A photo of a snow and tree covered mountain

A photo of a snow covered shelter

A photo of a snow and tree covered mountain wiht people skiing

A photo of a person skiing on a hazy, snow covered mountain

 

 



Animation Craft Design

An Adorable Hand-Crafted Totoro Collection Celebrates the Studio Ghibli Icon

February 27, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of wooden Totoro sculptures

All images courtesy of Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten

The iconic round-bellied Totoro of Studio Ghibli’s (previously) My Neighbor Totoro stars as part of a broad array of new collectible ephemera paying homage to the anime icon. Created by teams of craftspeople connected to Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, the series translates the fluffy, two-dimensional character into adorable wooden sculptures made of camphor, the tree Totoro occupies in the film. Paired with textiles, ceramic works, and paper boxes all featuring the character, the collection follows the highly anticipated opening of Ghibli Park late last year, giving fans of Hayao Miyazaki another opportunity to enjoy his beloved animations.

The Totoro objects will be available through a lottery opening on March 1—find details on how to join on the Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten site. Watch the video below  and visit Spoon & Tamago for more insight into the process behind the collection and an upcoming opportunity to view a live demonstration.

 

A still of a hand painting a wooden Totoro sculpture

Four video stills of a man working in a woodshop to create Totoro sculptures, with one frame featuring the completed character

A still of a hand painting a Totoro rendering on paper

Four photos of ceramics, plates, textiles, and t-shirts featuring the Totoro character

A still of hands carving a wooden Totoro character

 

 



Knight Foundation Funds the Future of Art With Grants for South Florida Artists

February 27, 2023

Knight Foundation

A collage of six works and photos

Work by 2022 Knight New Work winners (clockwise): Cynthia Cruz, “Do you believe there is life on other planets” from AI, AI, and I (ongoing); Jen Clay, “Eyes of the Skin” (2022); Madeline Gannon working with Quipt (2018); Roxana Barba performing (photo by David Narbecki); A MUD Foundation visitor engaging with XRHub, the metaverse experience of the 2021 exhibition Media Under Dystopia 2.0; Detail from Anthony “Mojo” Reed II’s “OVERtown: Our Family Tree” mural, commissioned by MoCAAD

Digital transformation has become the language we use to challenge the status quo, experiment, and reach new audiences. For artists and art organizations, it’s the next frontier. That’s why Knight Foundation awarded a total of $500,000 to winners of the Knight New Work challenge. It’s an effort to accelerate the integration of technology with the arts to offer communities greater access and foster meaningful connections between people and place.

Knight New Work (KNW) 2022 supports South Florida-area artists working in all genres who use technology in their practices to create, disseminate, and enhance the way art is experienced. From their work in interactive performance to immersive installations, the winners, who represent the area’s rich diversity, are creators who push the boundaries of art through technology.

Headquartered in Miami, Knight Foundation has made investments in the arts that have been instrumental in the city’s evolution as an international hub for art and culture. Grants totaling more than $40 million—which include the KNW 2022 awards—were announced in December 2022, bringing the foundation’s total investment over the past 17 years to more than $200 million. This steady-state funding has led to a significant increase in the sustainability of local arts organizations and attracted hundreds of millions of dollars more in grants from many other sources.

When we invest in music and museums, in poetry and performances, we are investing in the fiber that strengthens our communities. Really good art inspires and explains, ennobles, and challenges and helps us understand and connect to a place, and to one another. Integrating technology keeps all that relevant. —Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation Vice President of Arts

Knight Arts has a geographic focus on eight cities where the Knight brothers owned and operated newspapers: Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul. With an intentional strategy to be the second- or third-largest funder of arts institutions and the number-one funder of artists and emerging organizations, Knight aims to make art fully accessible throughout each city.

To learn more about Knight Foundation’s arts program, visit kf.org/arts.

 

KNW 2022 Winners

Roxana Barba: In My Center, a Cyborg Seed
Barba’s interactive performance immerses audiences in a sci-fi myth around the rebirth of a cyborg, a hybrid between machine and organism. It will be presented in co-production with FUNDarte at Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Blackbox.

Jennifer Clay: Eyes Of The Skin
Clay’s video game uses textiles and stop-motion animation to explore anxiety, depression, and the concept of being “lost in the woods.” In an immersive installation at Locust Projects, textile sculptures will be shown in concert with the projected video game, which can also be downloaded.

Cynthia Cruz: Ai Ai and I Pt.1
Cruz asks one AI spiritual questions; from the responses, the second AI interprets these words into images in an exploration of whether artificial intelligence can help us answer the hard questions we cannot explain. The work will be developed as an immersive installation that can be experienced in person and online as part of a solo exhibition at [NAME] Publications.

Madeline Gannon: Open Source Toolkit for Creative Robotics
Dr. Gannon will develop three interactive installations investigating the creative potential of robotics to be premiered as a solo exhibition at Florida International University Miami Beach Urban Studios (FIU MBUS) gallery.

Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora: Then I Heard the Sounds of the World… 
Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora (MoCAAD) will commission new work by Marielle Plaisir, a French-Caribbean multimedia artist based in South Florida who examines social domination, colonialism, race, and class in relation to African American and Caribbean experiences.

MUD Foundation: Media Under Dystopia 4.0 WASD
The MUD Foundation will explore our digital environment and culture with artworks created by visual artists using the internet and technology as a creative medium. The exhibition will feature Alba Triana, Yucef Mehri, Leo Castaneda, Rodolfo Peraza, Filio Galvez, Ernesto Oroza, Ariel Baron-Robbins, and Vuk Ćosić.