Sunday, June 16, 2024

Are You Retreating?

Art careers, as a general rule, have a tendency to ebb and flow. As with many things in life, there will be times when you feel flush with opportunity and inspiration, while other times might feel draining and spare when it comes to fresh horizons. During these latter periods, be sure to give yourself the space to reorient and remotivate. Keep seeking out opportunities and applying, continue your practice as best you can, and don’t let go of the network you’ve worked so hard to build. Remember, this ups and downs are a natural progression in almost every aspect of life. Don’t let them get you to far inside your own head. Here are some upcoming deadlines to keep you going.

SOMA Summer is accepting applications for its three-week program in Mexico for global artists, curators, and scholars exploring collaborative pedagogy. The theme for 2024 is entanglement through Enrique Dussel’s subject-subject relation framework for decolonial discourse. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is April 7.

Join Brooklyn’s 200th anniversary celebration at the Brooklyn Museum with The Brooklyn Artists Exhibition. Showcase your talent and be part of history. Apply by April 7. Visit the website for more information, including an info session. Deadline for submissions is April 7.

Velvetpark Residency offers live-work studios for LGBTQ+ writers and visual artists through a selective bi-yearly application process. Located in Brooklyn, NY, it supports creators aged 18+ with a 6-month term. Visit the website to learn more and apply. Deadline for applications is April 14.

Praxis Center understands that an artist’s work extends far beyond the studio. We know there are aspects to a career in art that can feel daunting, even overwhelming, to navigate, let alone overcome. We gather experts in the field and compile resources designed to give artists the push they need to carry on, no matter what.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center 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.


Photo credit: The Brooklyn Museum


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