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April 2021 Opportunities: Grants & Open Calls for Artists

April 1, 2021

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“A Canopy of Cherry Blossoms,” 2021 by Han Cao

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

Chicago Botanic Garden Call for Artists with $5k to $40k for Commissions Featured
The Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022. A series of public programs and art experiences will celebrate the Garden’s remarkable growth and will establish the tone for the next decade. The Garden is seeking Statements of Interest from artists for sculptures, installations, and experiences.
Deadline: April 12, 2021.

SUNY Oswego Outdoor Sculpture Initiative
SUNY Oswego seeks proposals for outdoor sculptures for the school’s main campus. Seven artists will be chosen to install artworks in a centrally located lawn area adjacent to SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center. Selected works will be on view for a three-year exhibition and become part of SUNY Oswego’s Campus.
Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Shine: Catching the Light Open Call
The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center presents an open call for Shine: Catching the Light. The summer exhibition will feature artwork in which light is a prominent element in the piece. Cash awards. There is an application fee of $25.
Deadline: April 18, 2021.

 

Residencies & Grants

Chinati Foundation’s Artists in Residence
This residency provides artists with a stipend of $1,500 is provided to assist with travel and art materials, and studio and living spaces are on the museum’s grounds. There is an application fee of $40.
Opens: April 30, 2021.

Applications Open for the Noldor Arts Residency in Ghana
Noldor is Ghana’s first independent arts residency and fellowship program for contemporary African artists. Noldor is currently accepting applications for its annual four-week program for one emerging African artist from the continent or the African diaspora.
Deadline: Rolling basis.

Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant
In its 2020 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant awarded a total of $675,000 to 22 writers. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing. The 2021 cycle begins in two weeks, and you can prepare by referencing the 2021 Application Guide.
Opens: April 14, 2021.

NOT REAL ART Grant
The grant provides $2,000 each to six contemporary artists working in the visual arts. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and reside in the U.S. or Canada.
Opens: May 1, 2021.

Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists
The award provides direct support of up to $10,000 to under-recognized visual artists 21 years or older. The application fee is $15.
Opens: April 30, 2021.

 

 



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March 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls for Artists

March 9, 2021

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Les champignons comestibles du Canton de Neuchâtel, courtesy of the Biodiversity Library

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 for Artists newsletter.

 

Open Calls

Chicago Botanic Garden Call for Artists with $5k to $40k for Individual Commissions
The Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022. A series of public programs and art experiences will celebrate the Garden’s remarkable growth and will establish the tone for the next decade. The Garden is seeking Statements of Interest from artists.
Deadline: April 12, 2021.

Pittsburgh Art in the Parks: $800,000 available as part of new public artwork initiative
The city of Pittsburgh is requesting artist qualifications for the creation of new large-scale works in each of the five Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) parks (Frick, Schenley, Riverview, Emerald View, and Highland).
Deadline: March 23, 2021.

CUE Art Foundation Open Calls for artists & curators
CUE Art Foundation is currently seeking solo exhibition and curatorial project proposals for the 2022 exhibition season. The Open Calls provide emerging and under-recognized artists and curators the necessary resources to realize an exhibition at CUE’s storefront gallery in East Chelsea, New York.
Deadline: March 11, 2021.

2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is an annual non-acquisitive international art prize that celebrates diversity and excellence in the representational visual arts. It includes all static mediums, like traditional art, digital art, and photographic media, along with all styles from realism and hyperrealism to pop surrealism and lowbrow. The contest offers more than $45,000 worth of cash, services, and product prizes.
Deadline: July 17, 2021.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative [city-based]
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative responds to the growing number of cities around the world embracing art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to activate their streets. Round 2 of the Asphalt Art Initiative was announced on March 2, 2021. The program will award up to 20 U.S. cities grants of up to $25,000 each, as well as on-call technical assistance.
Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Bridgeport Art Center 9th Annual Art Competition
The Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago announces a call for entries to a juried art competition and exhibition that will take place in its 4th-floor gallery this spring. It offers $3,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 best of show prize, $500 second prize, $300 third prize, and six additional $200 honorable mentions.
Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Driving the Human Open Call
Driving the Human invites designers, artists, scientists, initiatives, and agents from any field of expertise and anywhere in the world to join in shaping sustainable and collective futures that combine science, technology, and the arts in a trans-disciplinary and collaborative approach.
Deadline: April 9, 2021.

RITES OF PASSAGE: National Emerging Artists Exhibition
The Cincinnati-based nonprofit arts organization and gallery Manifest invites juniors, seniors, and recent undergrads to submit works of art for the 17th annual Rites of Passage exhibition. The Manifest Grand Jury Prize awards one cash prize ($2,500) to a single work selected as the “best of the entire season.”
Deadline: March 24, 2021.

 

 



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February 2021 Opportunities: Grants, Fellowships, and Open Calls for Artists

February 2, 2021

Colossal

“The Interrupted Sleep” (1750) by François Boucher

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 for Artists newsletter.

 

Grants & Fellowships

Creative Capital Award Applications Now Open
Artists selected for a Creative Capital Award may receive up to $50,000 in funding for new projects, as well as a wide range of counsel, career development, and networking opportunities to make their work come to life. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

Designing a Better Chicago: Design Impact Grants
The Design Impact grant provides annual, project-specific grants to individuals and organizations using design or design principles to directly address pressing issues in Chicago communities. The program will award $25,000 in sum total. Deadline: March 12, 2021.

Francis Johnson Fellowships
Calling all performing artists, musicians, actors, visual artists, and other creative scholars and practitioners! America’s oldest cultural institution, the Library Company of Philadelphia, welcomes applications for a new grant that seeks to critically and creatively engage our African American history collections. Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000, a $2,500 research fund to be defined by the fellow and program director, and lodging at the Library Company’s Cassatt House residence for four to eight weeks. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

Chicago Commissioning ‘Ambitious’ Public Art With $500K In Funding
As part of a large-scale grant effort, the city of Chicago is allocating $500,000 to commission up to 10 public art projects, with another $250,000 given to partners for smaller, local projects. Learn more at the CityArts Program and the Artist Response Program.

 

Open Calls

Creative Culture: Illuminated Trails US & UK
Creative Culture is seeking artists and designers to propose sculpture, installation, or interactive ideas for both their U.S. and U.K. light trail events. Deadline: February 19, 2021.

Ortega y Gasset Projects Announces an Open Call for Two Solo Exhibitions
Brooklyn-based Ortega y Gasset Projects are seeking applications for two solo exhibitions to open in September of 2021: one in the main gallery at OyG and one in The Skirt, OyG’s dedicated space for site-specific installations. Deadline: March 5, 2021.

Brilliant 2021: Artichoke commits over £50,000 to six commissions for the Lumiere Festival
The Lumiere light art festival is soliciting ideas for the Lumiere 2021 program. You don’t need to be a practicing artist to apply, and winners will receive support to realize their concept. Open to the entire U.K. Deadline: February 11, 2021.

 

 

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