What Does It Take?

Ox-Bow School of Art

Art is a career, don’t let anyone tell you differently. Imagine, for a moment, asking someone what they do for a living and, upon being told they are a lawyer/doctor/banker/teacher/engineer/etc. assuming they simply slipped into these professions with absolutely no training. Is it true that anyone can create? Of course – unlike some of the professions listed, the act of creation does not require licensure or many years of advanced study. But in order to build an art career, one must dedicate themself to this practice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This goes well beyond simply creating, it becomes the air you breath and the nourishment for your very soul.

Ox-Bow invites artists with an interest in all things creepy to apply for Residence Evil. Since 2019, Ox-Bow has created a haunted house and a spooky trail. Artists accepted to this mini-residency will help in the creation of one or more beautiful and bizarre scenes for this year’s Ox-Bow Goes to Hell. For more information and to apply to be a “creep in residence,” visit the website. Deadline for submissions is September 30.

Mophradat offers grants intended to help further artists’ practice by offering financial support intended to assist with research needs, the realization of a proposal or their livelihood in general. The program also connects artists with peers with whom they will engage throughout the duration of the grant period. For complete details and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is October 1.

The Dots Between is a unique, six-month virtual residency that offers artists the opportunity to connect with their big vision, to intentionally know their value, grow their value and keep their value. This financial residency is designed to help artists establish a healthy financial practice, nurture their relationship with money and grow practices that will support their long-term fiscal health. BIPOC artists and those from other historically underrepresented communities are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is October 1.

Praxis Center knows that art requires all of the artist. We understand that the level of devotion needed to successfully create the life you dream of is more than a full-time job. Our courses are designed to give you the confidence – and the tools – to pursue your dream of an artistic career. Join us and see how far what you learn 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; 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.

 

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