Are We There Yet?

Uncertainty is, generally, the only thing in life we can truly count on. Just when you think you have things buttoned-down, something comes along to shake you up again, remind you that there isn’t really such a thing as being in control. With that knowledge, you must use every moment you are given to create as many circumstances under which you might find your next opportunity. Leave no stone unturned. Be certain that there will be plenty of rejection, but know that with the courage to keep trying and the patience to wait for the right opportunity to come along, you will find those that are right for you and your work. It’s true that uncertainty is a faithful friend, but you mustn’t let it get you down or knock you from the path. Read on for a few upcoming opportunities including one flash opportunity which means the deadline is in a week or less.

Bakery Square, located in Pittsburgh, PA is currently seeking artists to apply for a public art opportunity. Artists are asked to submit only their qualifications, not a proposal for specific work. When the submission period has ended, a number of artists will be selected to be interviewed for the project. Those selected for an interview should be ready to discuss their background, ability to execute a work of public art and their particular interest in the project. There is a considerable budget available for the selected artist. For full details, visit the Bakery Square website. This is a flash opportunity – deadline for qualifications submission is February 8.

The Texas Artists Coalition (TAC), a project of the Arts Council of Fort Worth, invites artists to submit their work for consideration in the 2021 TAC Small Works Show. The main criterion for work is that no side be longer than 15 inches, not including frame. There is a small submission fee and artists may submit up to five pieces for consideration. Visit the website for more information. Deadline for submissions is February 12.

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is currently accepting applications for 2022 exhibitions. Spots are available for solo, two-person, group and curated exhibitions. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply, particularly those who live in the Mid-Hudson, Catskill, or Upper Delaware River regions. Installations and proposals by curators are also invited to apply. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for applications is February 13.

Praxis Center is your guide to the uncertain world of a career in art. We know that the road is winding and that there will be many bumps along the way – and we know that’s just how it goes. It’s OK to be told no, in fact, it should be expected. You have allowed your passion to take you this far, don’t let a little something like the unknown veer you from the path ahead. Be bold and go for that next step. We’ll be right here when you do.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius, and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

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