Sunday, June 16, 2024

Proceed With Caution

Life goes on, or so the saying goes. No matter what comes at us, we pick up and move on in one way or another. While the world may not be out of the woods just yet when it comes to the COVID19 pandemic, we are beginning to take small, slow steps toward restoring some sense of normalcy. Perhaps now is not the time to be winging away to another country for residency, but there is no reason you should stop seeking out – and applying for – opportunities that can further your artistic endeavors. Below see a few opportunities that can help you do just that.

Awakenings invites artists to submit work for consideration in exhibitions, both in person when guidelines allow, and online – as well as for publication. Awakenings is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a physical and virtual artistic space in which to engage in an open dialogue that furthers awareness and understanding of sexual violence and promotes healing of survivors through the arts. For information specific to this event, email inquiries to To learn more about this opportunity, the organization itself and more, visit the website.

Mesa Community College Art Gallery invites artists to submit work to Being Human. This call for artwork explores the state of being human, whether metaphysically, philosophically, literally or conceptually. All media are accepted. Those selected will exhibit alongside the works of Swapna Das. Please email Jennifer Harris at for more information. Visit the website here. Deadline for submissions is June 30.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) invites artists to apply for their quarterly Fiscal Sponsorship. This initiative is intended to help artists raise funds, find new audiences and discover more resources to develop their work. Applicants must submit a minimum budget of $15,000 along with a plan to execute their project. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for this quarter is June 30.

Praxis Center understands and appreciates that artists have a career to think about, regardless of the circumstances around them. This is no hobby, no whimsical phase, this is a livelihood – and a noble one at that. One that deserves to be taken just as seriously as any livelihood. Art matters. And so we provide artists with the tools and resources needed to build a strong career – one that can sustain the twists and turns of the world. Join today and take the next step in your journey as a professional artist.

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In these uncertain times, our first responsibility is assuring staff, their families and our entire art community is safe. We hope to turn the page on this devastating virus and return to normalcy soon. In the meantime, we continue sharing educational resources and have developed new Facebook Live events, providing an informal and intimate opportunity to meet artists and engage in topics we all love. Follow the GOLDEN Facebook page to join!

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: Mesa Community College Art Gallery


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