Art Craft Design

Supple Forms Bow and Bulge in Jonas Noël Niedermann Bow’s Colorful Glass Sculptures

March 2, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of several colorful glass sculptures with curved and squiqqly edges

All images © Jonas Noël Niedermann, courtesy of Chesterfield Gallery, shared with permission

In his new body of work titled LoopsJonas Noël Niedermann plays with the possibilities of color, shape, and light. The Swiss artist is known for his keen interest in the malleable, varied properties of glass, and through a variety of hot and cold sculpting techniques, he creates elegant rings in a spectrum of jewel tones. Because of their curved and bowed edges, the delicate pieces shift in depth and color when viewed from different perspectives as sides appear layered or folded in. A brass finish also coats the bottom of each sculpture to accentuate the way light catches and casts prismatic shadows through the material.

Loops is on view from March 14 to April 4 at Chesterfield Gallery in New York. You can find more from the artist on his site and Instagram.


A photo of three colorful glass sculptures with curved edges

A photo of a light blue glass sculpture that appears like a twisting ring

A photo of several colorful glass sculptures with curved and squiqqly edges

A photo of light blue glass sculpture with two different rings, one attached to the top left of the other

A photo of two yellow glass sculptures with curved and squiqqly edges

A photo of several colorful glass sculptures with curved edges

A photo of several blue glass sculptures with curved edges





Readers Burrow into a Bookworm Haven in Kurkku Fields’ ‘Underground Library’

March 1, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of grass covering a building with a central walkway

All images © Kurkku Fields

Undulating grass mounds at Kurkku Fields camouflage a meditative enclave for reading and rest. Opened last month in Kisarazu City, Japan, “Underground Library” is the project of Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects, who designed the study center so that it nestles into the ground and seamlessly merges with the surrounding landscape.

A radial skylight allows natural light to pour into the otherwise concrete and wood space, along with large glass windows that line the building’s perimeter, showcasing a selection of the 3,000 books on the shelves. Given the location of the library, many of the titles explore the natural world through poetry, art, philosophy, history, and science. Halls wind throughout the circular space and lead to cozy reading rooms, some of which have narrow shelves carved into the walls that hide volumes for surprise discoveries.

“Underground Library” is one of many projects from Nakamura and his team that embeds architecture into the landscape, and you can explore those works on the firm’s site. (via designboom)


A photo of books on shelves lining a walking with a glass wall on the opposite side

A photo of the interior of the library

A photo of the interior of the library

A photo of a radial skylight made from wood

A photo of books on shelves peering upwards at the radial skylight

A photo of books in an embedded wall shelf

A photo of the inside of the library looking out the glass wall

A photo of books on shelves lining a walking with a glass wall on the opposite side

A photo of a softly lift couch and table with books on embedded shelving




Shrouded in Mist, Spectral Icebergs Float Around the Antarctic Peninsula in Photos by Jan Erik Waider

March 1, 2023

Kate Mothes

A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.

All images © Jan Erik Waider, shared with permission

In late 2019, Jan Erik Waider boarded the Bark Europa, a 56-meter-long wooden sailing ship constructed in 1911, bound for the Antarctic Peninsula. The Hamburg-based photographer, whose work centers on polar landscapes (previously), captured the multifaceted forms of glaciers and icebergs, steely grays of storms, and shrouds of mist during the 24-day voyage. Waider is known for his documentation of dramatic northern destinations like Iceland, Norway, and Greenland, and a trip to the southern extreme proffered an opportunity to expand on his series of atmospheric vistas with the project A Faint Resemblance.

Antarctica is approximately 98% covered in ice and nearly doubles in size in the winter when the sea freezes around its periphery. In summer, the sheets break up and calve thousands of icebergs, many of which are so vast that they can be measured in square miles. Waider captured the spectral forms of these floating, icy islands as the ship rounded the coastline, drifting through patches of fog that added an extra element of surprise when it cleared to reveal a new scene. “The infinite shapes and textures of icebergs in the polar regions fascinate me again and again,” he says, adding that “the proportions are unimaginable, considering that the largest part is still under water.” Waider is always astonished by the spectrum of the color blue, which on cloudy days can appear even more vibrant, as if glowing from within.

The poles have seen record warmth and ice melt in the past few years, which contributes to rising sea levels and alters the region’s ecosystems. Waider says, “I’m really drawn to landscapes that are transforming or vanishing like icebergs and glaciers. It has a fascinating and also a sad element, and every photo is a snapshot of a moment which is long gone by now.”

Waider is preparing to publish a photo book of more images from his Antarctica trip, emphasizing a holistic interpretation of the continent’s landscape, nature, wildlife, historic sites and the Bark Europa. Find more of his work on his website and Behance.


A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.

A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.

A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.

A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.

A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.

A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.

A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.

A photograph of an Antarctic iceberg by Jan Erik Waider.




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

March 1, 2023


A photo of a skyline with a hand holding a paper silhouette of a girl peering into space

Image © Paperboyo

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.



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.



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




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.