Friday, September 22, 2023

Variety Show

Opportunity comes in many varieties. While it is easy to fall into a trap of thinking that financial awards are more important in all ways than other kinds of opportunities, as an artist you rely on rich experiences to inform you along the way. Sure it is important to apply for grants that could help you sustain your career and see to your basic needs, but there is more to it than that. Residencies will expose you to other places and cultures while some competitions offer the chance to have many eyes on your work. Read on for a few opportunities that aren’t based on cash prizes. And then get out there and grab them.

Applications are now being accepted for the Brown Foundation Fellowship at Dora Maar house in France. There is a $20 fee to apply but those selected have their travel expenses paid as well as reasonable shipping costs for materials. While in France artists receive a stipend of $50/day for living expenses. Funding for the fellowship is provided by Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). For more information and to apply, visit the website.

X International Festival-Laboratory of Chamber Theaters and Small-Form Plays invites artists to submit their work to their sixth annual Theater Poster Call. Each year there are two categories of work accepted into the contest, classical theater posters and video posters. Artists from around the world compete to have their work represented on posters for this Odessa, Ukraine festival. There are two juries, one made up of visual artists and the other of theater critics. This is a great way to get your work into the world and support another great artistic endeavor while you do so. For more information and to submit your artwork, visit the website. Deadline is October 31.

Artists based in the Arab world are invited to submit work for consideration for the Contemporary Arab Art Award. Eligibility is based on age and geographic location. All submitting artists must be under the age of 40 and live in one of the listed countries. The prize includes a residency in Paris, an exhibition of unpublished works and entry into the collections of the Arab World Institute of this same work. For a complete list of eligible nations, and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is October 31.

Praxis Center supports the great need for artists to put themselves out there in all circumstances. No opportunity is too small and no opportunity should ever be dismissed as not worth it. Experience is experience, end of story. So whether you want to aim for a few weeks or months immersed in the art world of another country or put your art out here for all to see on a poster, you absolutely will not get the opportunities you don’t apply for. Enroll in Praxis Center for just $40/month and find the support you need to make all of your application dreams a reality.


Photo credit: Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH)

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