Opportunity is everywhere. You just have to know how to look for it. That is, of course, easier said than done. Those embarking on a career as a professional artist may feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin. Of course, as with all things, opportunity in the art world comes in all sorts of variations. There are the big ones – major grants that put artists on the map – and the smaller programs that are perfect for experience, enrichment, and career advancement. Here are a few of each kind for you to consider.
National Endowment for the Arts offers a number of grant opportunities for individual artists, art groups and organizations and even for art projects. This independent government organization has been supporting the arts since 1965. Take a look at some of their upcoming opportunities and see if they could be a fit for you. Deadlines vary.
Watershed Ceramics in Edgecomb, Maine brings hundreds of art enthusiasts to their annual Salad Days Festival each year. The artist-in-residence produces hundreds of plates or shallow bowls, which are each selected by a festival goer who gets to take their piece home at the end of the festival. Residency includes housing, meals and a $4,000 stipend. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for applications is February 15.
Mudflat Studio in Somerville, MA offers a year-long residency. Selected artists receive private studio space with 24/7 access, a monthly materials stipend and monthly housing assistance. There are also paid teaching opportunities in Mudflat’s educational programs, opportunities for retail sales and a solo exhibition and reception at Mudflat in July to showcase work created during the residency period. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for applications April 16.
Praxis Center nurtures art careers. It’s what we’ve done for years, and it’s what we will keep on doing because every artist deserves the chance to find their way. All they need is the skills and resources to know how. Join Praxis today and see how far we can take you.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World.
Photo credit: Watershed Ceramics