Artist Opportunities: July and August 2023

As we make our way into the heart of summer, cool off with new opportunities for artists in the form of grants, residencies, and more. When you’re back from the beach, center your creative practice by applying to residencies at the Grand Canyon, writing fellowships, and filmmaker funds.

The Strong team at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) is a research group working on gravity, black holes, and gravitational waves. They are inviting proposals for artist residencies of up to three months that engage the science of the Strong group. Projects can take various forms such as literary works, performances, and art works or installations that explore the field of black holes, gravitational waves, and the notion of time.

Portland Art Museum’s Center for an Untold Tomorrow Sustainability Labs Program
Deadline: July 1, 2023

PAM CUT’s program provides five mid-career storytellers working in various mediums with bespoke support on business plans, project and personal financial planning, creative brand expansion, growth opportunities, and small group sessions on mental health, balance, and personal sustainability. Artists receive a $3,000 stipend and travel and lodging in Portland during one week in October. Preference will be given to mid-career artists, storytellers, and creative producers who have completed at least one significant project in at least two disciplines or mediums. Fee: $35.

Sista Creatives Rising Art & Mind: I Know Who I Am! Open Call
Deadline: July 1, 2023. 

This open call is for a virtual event that will take place on October 5th, 2023 showcasing artists that find solace and healing in art. Five artists, national and international, will be chosen for their narrative videos and artworks discussing their experiences around race, gender, disability, sexuality and more. All five artists selected will be compensated a total of $200 each. Any medium is accepted, and the call encourages disabled and/or queer BIWOC and femmes of color to apply.

Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Contemporary Dance Award
Deadline: July 1, 2023

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation will give a $50,000.00 award to a contemporary choreographer this year. In partnership with Portland Ovations to present the work of the awardee through their Raising the Barre initiative, the chosen awardee will be required to present their work, and all expenses will be paid by the awardee. Applications are being accepted by choreographers living in the United States. Applicants must be 18 years of age, US citizens and not enrolled in an educational program.

Prospect Art Open Call for Visual Artists
Deadline: July 3, 2023

Prospect Art invites visual artists globally to submit their work for review in their ONE WORK and NEW WORK programs. The NEW WORK program offers a $1,000 project grant, while ONE WORK is a monthly publication program that showcases an artist’s work. Fee: $10.

Franklin Furnace 2023 XENO Prize for Artists’ Books
Deadline: July 4, 2023

The XENO PRIZE for Artists’ Books provides a cash grant of $5,000 to publish an artists’ book on the topic of book banning/burning in an edition of at least 120 copies. Franklin Furnace will make three copies of the book freely available to the public via its Artists’ Books Collection, and will give one copy to the Library of Congress, each of the 50 State Libraries in the United States of America, and Pratt Institute Libraries. The artist maintains copyright and freedom to distribute additional copies.

The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency
Deadline: July 8, 2023

Fully-funded fellowships at MASS MoCA are available for two or four-week residencies, including General Fellowships and fellowships for Black or Indigenous Artists, Massachusetts Artists, Oregon Visual Artists, and Puerto Rico Artists. The opportunity is open to national and international artists, and it is free to apply. Selected artists receive private studio space, housing, access to workshops, member benefits, and more. 

UNIDEE and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto Residency Program
Deadline: July 9, 2023

This open call for the residency program Neither on Land nor at Sea pluralizes Mediterranean concepts/spaces as sites of world-making and experimentation in communal living. Applications from artists, curators, writers, theorists, activists, are welcome and encouraged. Residents will be offered the opportunity to expand on their ongoing research and practice exploring Mediterranean complexities and geographical thinking in the arts and beyond, within a group of peers and invited guests. Participation in the Autumn module is offered free of charge, and the residents will be provided with free accommodation at Cittadellarte. Residents will be required to arrange and cover expenses for their travel to/from Biella and for the food/living costs whilst in Cittadellarte.

Mophradat Orbitals Open Call
Deadline: July 10, 2023

This open call will take four curators and arts researchers to Dakar, Senegal to learn about the city’s artistic context and share their knowledge with their communities. During the one-week guided research trip, the participants, along with members of Mophradat’s team, will meet and share experiences with peers from the art scenes they are visiting. Mophradat will provide flights, travel insurance, accommodation and per diems, and reimburse visa costs. Applicants must be from or living in the Arab world. 

Chashama and Blick Sidewalk Studio Open Call
Deadline: July 11, 2023

In collaboration with Blick Arts Materials, Chashama is accepting applications from artists who would like to utilize a window display for the presentation and sales of artwork at the 23rd Street Blick store in NYC. 

QUEER | ART Illuminations Grant 
Deadline: July 12, 2023

This annual $10,000 grant will support Black trans women visual artists, drawing attention to an existing body of work. Four finalists will also receive a $1,250 award. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field.

Penland School of Craft: Resident Artist Program
Deadline: July 12, 2023
Penland, NC

Penland’s Resident Artist Program is one of the longest-running residencies in the US and is designed for professional craft artists who are at a pivotal moment in their creative practice or career. Candidates can apply to either a one year project-based residency or a three year career transition residency. They encourage self-motivated, focused individuals working in traditional and nontraditional studio crafts to apply.

Life Jacket Theatre Company Playwriting Commission
Deadline: July 12, 2023.

Life Jacket Theatre Company invites nation-wide applications from Trans playwrights for a $10,000 commission to write a new, full-length verbatim play based on in-depth interviews with Trans people living throughout America. 

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Project Mesquite: 2023 Organization Grants
Deadline: July 13, 2023

The Grant will accept proposals for funding from cultural organizations in Tucson and Southern Arizona, which includes counties and Tribal Nations that reside between the southern edges of the Gila River to the US-Mexico international border. Organization Grants intend to make awards that will impact a broad constituency, including a wide geographic range and organizations that support underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Applicants will be asked to complete an online form including contact information, artistic mission, arts programming, demographics, and budget.

USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry Art Valley Program Open Call
Deadline: July 14, 2023

The USC-SJTU ICCI of Shanghai Jiao Tong University will accept five international artists and scholars who create art based on comprehensive media materials. From November 1 to December 15, 2023, selected visiting artists will hold exhibitions at  art museums in downtown Shanghai, virtual space, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University History Museum, giving artists the opportunities to collaborate with art experts and build close relationships within the art education community in Shanghai. Applicants can be at all career stages and artwork can be in many genres including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, interdisciplinary, and architecture. 

Creative Corps Initiative
Deadline: July 14, 2023

The Creative Corps Initiative is a partnership between the California Arts Council (CAC) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and makes available $2.85 million to artists across the Bay Area region working at the intersection of arts and issues of civic engagement, climate justice, community health and wellness, and social justice. Each awardee will be awarded $70,000 to $72,000, depending on the amount of applicants. This initiative is fully funded by the California Arts Council.

Ucross Residency, Visual Art, and Writing Programs
Deadline: July 15, 2023

Ucross Residency Program
The Ucross Residency Program is open to visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, and performance artists, as well as collaborative teams. Applicants must exhibit professional standing in their field; both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply. They do not accept applications from students at any level.

Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists
Applicants must be a practicing contemporary visual artist currently producing works of art in all visual mediums, including but not limited to painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, animation, performance art, installation, and ceramics. Applicants must be an enrolled member of a state-recognized or federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, Native Community, Political Entity, or Alaskan Native Village.

Fellowship for Native American Writers
Applicants must be a practicing contemporary writer who is currently producing works in one or more of the following genres, including but not limited to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, playwriting, and hybrid forms. Applicants must be an enrolled member of a state-recognized or federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, Native Community, Political Entity, or Alaskan Native Village.

Crosstown Arts Residency Program
Deadline: July 15, 2023
Memphis, TN

Crosstown Arts hosts residencies in an urban setting inside the 10-story, million+ square foot, former Sears distribution center in Memphis, TN. The residency is open to applicants from any creative discipline, including visual arts music, filmmaking, and writing in all genres. Residencies include private studio workspace, lodging, access to Shared Art Making, and free access to various Crosstown Arts events. Residents are asked to participate in a limited number of public engagement activities such as informal artist talks or open studio events, depending on the length of the residency. 

Loghaven Artist Residency
Deadline: July 15, 2023

Loghaven invites artists working in architecture, dance, music composition, theater, visual arts, writing, and interdisciplinary practices to apply for residencies occurring in 2024 and 2025. Both emerging and established architects are encouraged to submit applications. Loghaven provides all resident artists with a living stipend of $850 per week in addition to travel and freight reimbursement.

Quinn Emanuel Los Angeles Artists-in-Residence Program
Deadline: July 15, 2023

This residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines across Greater Los Angeles. For four months the artist-in-residence will be given a studio in the Quinn Emanuel Los Angeles office to support their existing practice or a new project as appropriate. The artist-in-residence will receive $5,000 a month over the course of four months for a total of $20,000. In addition, Quinn Emanuel will provide an allowance of up to $1,500 for purchase of art materials. At the end of the residency an exhibition will be held to display the works of the artist and at least one work will be incorporated into the permanent collection.

Art For Change Prize 2023
Deadline: July 17,  2023

This free-to-enter prize is an international art initiative from M&C Saatchi Group and Saatchi Gallery. This year’s prize asks emerging artists to creatively respond to the theme of Regeneration. A total prize fund of £20,000 will be split between six winners, and winning artists will be able to exhibit their work at Saatchi Gallery in London. Entry is open to emerging artists based in: UK, Europe, Americas, Asia, Australia, Middle East & Africa. A winner from each location will be decided by the judging panel before a grand jury selects the overall winner.

Fountainhead Residency Open Call
Applications Open: July 17, 2023

Miami’s Fountainhead Residency seeks exceptional visual artists who are at a pivotal point in their career where connections and conversations are the catalyst needed to evolve their art practice. Open call applications will be accepted until 300 applications have been received. Applications will go live on Monday, July 17 at 9:00am here and are open to artists living outside of South Florida.

National Public Housing Museum Artist as Instigator Residency
Deadline: July 21, 2023

This year-long program leverages arts and culture to make creative public policy interventions around housing and related social justice issues. There is a $10,000 honorarium plus a $10,000 budget for project expenses. Projects supported by the residency may take place anywhere within the United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Huntington Arts Council Community Impact Micro Grants
New York
Deadline: July 28, 2023

Community Impact Micro Grants provide $1,000 in funding to non-profit organizations or individual artists for arts & cultural projects and activities that enable Nassau and Suffolk communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts on a bimonthly basis. 

Monira Foundation and Jonas Mekas Studio Research and Production Residency
Deadline: July 28, 2023

This residency welcomes media curators, artists and practitioners, or theorists whose practices operate at the intersection of art and media to apply for a six month supported Residency and Fellowship in Jersey City. Interested applicants may propose a six month project that utilizes the Jonas Mekas Studio to produce a new work, research presentation, or curate an exhibition or screenings. Selected applicants will commit to six hours of weekly work with Sebastian Mekas and the Jonas Mekas Studio for a $750 monthly stipend. This work will include supporting archiving activities or being present open for public hours to welcome other researchers or viewers. Applicants can apply as an Artist or Researcher. Fee: $5

El Paso Museum of Art – 2024 Border Biennial / Bienal Fronteriza 2024
Deadline: July 30, 2023

The exhibition will explore how definitions of “the border” have shaped the practices and identities of artists who live and work within 200 miles of the US-Mexico border. Entries can be submitted by individuals of any nationality as long as they live and work within a 200-mile radius of the United States/Mexico border. Artists selected for the Biennial may be asked to exhibit artworks submitted, other existing artworks, or newly commissioned works.

Boynes Artist Award
Deadline: July 30, 2023

The 9th Edition of this award will accept artists of all career stages, experiences, and backgrounds within the categories of Emerging Artist, Young Artist, and Professional Artist. Winning artists have access to a $3,500 cash prize pool, $250 in art supplies, the creation of a professional artist website, publication, newsletter features, and long-term support and guidance from the Boynes Artist Award team. Fee: $25-$35.

Grand Canyon Conservancy 2024 Grand Canyon Artist in Residence
Deadline: July 31, 2023

Grand Canyon Conservancy’s Artist in Residence program supports contemporary solo artists who wish to contribute to the cultural and aesthetic legacy of the Grand Canyon. Solo contemporary artists exploring concepts of conservation, cultural identity, or community through any discipline are encouraged to apply. They prioritize artists whose work and outreach programs best fit the park’s interpretation and education goals of telling stories that have been excluded, hidden, unknown, untold, or under-emphasized. Fee: $45

Deadline: July 31, 2023
The National Parks Arts Foundation invites artists in all artistic media to join their 2024 artist-in-residency programs — October is currently (from July 1st onward) open to apply — at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, which offers a $4,000 stipend, housing, and artist events. Apply at their residency listing submittable.

AXS Film Fund
Deadline: July 31, 2023

This program is for creators of color in documentary filmmaking or nonfiction new media who identify as living with a disability. They seek to bring visibility to creators who are oftentimes overlooked. Each year they award up to five creators with grants of up to $10,000 each to assist them in finishing their projects in any stage of production.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Open Calls
Deadline: August 1

Curator-in-Residence Open Call:
Open to national and international curators, the chosen candidate will participate in an 18-month fully subsidized live/work residency as part of Bemis Center’s acclaimed Residency Program. They will originate and present one exhibition and related public programs inclusive of local, national, and international artists. Competitive applicants will possess a strong knowledge of national and international contemporary art and a genuine interest in researching and responding to cultural production in Omaha and the surrounding region. Fee: $40.

Artist-in-Residence Open Call:
Located in the historic Old Market, Bemis Center’s 110,000 square foot facility accommodates a broad range of artistic activity. Selected artists-in-residence enjoy generous sized, private live/work studios complete with kitchen and bathroom, a $1,250 USD monthly stipend and $750 travel stipend. Due to the limitations of B2 visas (touring/visiting), international artists-in-residence are eligible to receive reimbursement of qualified expenses, such as airfare, ground transportation, and meals. Selected artists are responsible for organizing travel to Omaha to attend the residency. Fee: $40. 

Peters Valley School of Craft
Deadline: August 1, 2023

This residency is seeking artists who work in blacksmithing, ceramics, fibers, fine metals, wood, drawing/painting/collage or printmaking, and is open to all artists from emerging to professional. Selected artists will spend either two weeks or one month immersing themselves in time dedicated to their craft. A private room in a fully-furnished shared house and unlimited access to a fully-equipped studio (all utilities included) will be provided at no cost to the artist. This residency opportunity also pays the artist a stipend of $500 for two-week long residencies and $1,000 for month-long residencies to help off-set the costs of materials and travel. The acquisition of all materials and supplies are the responsibility of the artist. Due to the rural nature of their campus, a personal vehicle is required. 

South Arts – Southern Prize and State Fellowships for Literary Arts
Deadline: August 4, 2023

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are available for literary artists and writers working in fiction who live in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 

SculptureCenter In Practice 2024 Open Call
Deadline: August 6, 2023

In Practice 2024 invites artists who have not yet had an institutional solo exhibition in New York City to submit proposals for solo exhibitions in designated gallery spaces at SculptureCenter. Artists are also invited to propose off-site projects, publishing initiatives, performances, and nontraditional formats, which will be considered based on feasibility. Up to seven artists will be selected to participate in the program from spring 2024 to winter 2025. Each exhibition will be on view for approximately four to six weeks.

Centrum Residency Programs
Deadline: August 15, 2023

Emerging Artist & Writers Residency
This Residency provides stipends, multiple resident gatherings, visiting artists & curators, and an open studio/public reading, and is aimed at writers, visual, and interdisciplinary artists in the Pacific Northwest who are towards the beginning of their creative paths and can benefit from the time to focus and receive support from a community of peers and specialists in their fields.

In the Making Residencies
These residencies have public-facing components that could be a workshop, a temporary installation, a performance, or another type of community engagement at some point during the residency. Stipends and funds for these vary and are project-specific, and occur throughout the year. 

Open Call: 2024 Artist-in-Residence Program at CPR
Deadline: August 16, 2023

CPR – Center for Performance Research’s year-long Artist-in-Residence Program seeks to support New York City-based artists working within various perspectives of contemporary dance, performance, and time-based forms. The residency creates an open environment for experimentation, exploration, embodiment, and exchange, providing ten artists each year with research and presentation opportunities, rehearsal space, curatorial and project support, and peer dialogue.

Malta Biennale Open Call
Deadline: August 25, 2023

This call is open to both local Maltese and international artists, curators, curatorial teams, and project managers wishing to present projects in accordance with the theme of this year’s Malta Biennale, “white sea olive groves.” Artists can apply from any stage of their career (emerging or established) and from any nation.Accepted artistic media include all forms of visual art: installation, paintings, sculptures, photography and video art. Maximum grants provided by the call are €13,000.

L+A+N+D: An Experience of Discovery – Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Deadline: August 28, 2023. 

Just outside of Louisville, KY, Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest’s new initiative L+A+N+D (Landscape + Art + Nature + Design) annually celebrates innovative design concepts for immersive outdoor installations. Designed and constructed by artists, architects, landscape architects, designers, and creatives, L+A+N+D will provide creative outdoor experiences with topics addressing humans’ connection to nature, beauty in the landscape, biodiversity, conservation, sustainability, and climate change. The selected experiences are implemented via a stipend to the applicant(s), and a construction budget for fabrication and installation expenses.

Storyknife Writers Retreat: 2024 Residency Applications
Deadline: August 31, 2023

Storyknife provides women with the time and space to explore their craft without distraction. Residencies at Storyknife in Homer, Alaska, are either for two or four weeks, with food and lodging covered during the period of their residency. Travel to and from Homer, Alaska, is the responsibility of the resident. Applicants must be woman-identified, 21 years or older, and applying as an individual artist. Fee: $40.

Willapa Bay AiR: 2024 Residencies
Deadline: August 31, 2023

Situated on 20 acres in coastal southwest Washington state, Willapa Bay AiR offers month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, filmmakers, writers, playwrights, scholars, singer/songwriters, and musical composers. The Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month from April 1 through October 28 of the year. Fee: $30.

Bryn Du’s Artist in Residence Program
Deadline: August 31, 2023

The focus of this residency is to enhance local awareness and engagement in the arts by introducing new and varied artists to the Granville community throughout the calendar year. The residency is open nationwide for artists of all disciplines to apply including but not limited to those in the fields of visual arts, literature, music, theater, fashion, dance, storytelling and audiovisual studies. Stipends include $2000 for an 8 week residency and $3000 for a 12 week residency. Fee: $15.

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