Sunday, June 16, 2024

Why Aim High?

Every opportunity doesn’t have to be a life-changer. In fact aiming for a lot of smaller things is a fruitful way to fill in the gaps while you continue to pursue the grander ones. No, you might not be chosen for a Guggenheim or a Fullbright this year, there’s no reason not to try. And there’s certainly every reason to apply to any and every other call out there that seems to suit what you’re doing with your art. We say it often because it’s true, you won’t be accepted for any opportunities you don’t apply for. Here are a few you might want to try your luck with:

Rejection is the theme for Cold Bench’s Call for Art 2019. We’ve all been there, whether on the receiving end or the rejecting end. Well now Cold Bench wants to hear about it. All work must either explore the theme of rejection or be a piece of art that was an unsuccessful entry in another show. In other words, a reject. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is May 20.

Photographers at all levels are invited to submit their portfolios to Dodho Magazine for their 2019 call. This is a chance to showcase your work in an international publication dedicated to sharing the work of talented photographers from around the world. For more details on this open call and to submit your portfolio, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is May 31.

Individual artists as well as group collaborations are invited to submit their proposals to Nordic Summer University. Artists at all levels are invited provided their work in some way aligns with the values of NSU and in some way helps spread “Nordic-ness” across time and space. The call culminates in a mini-festival during summer 2020 to celebrate NSU’s 70th anniversary. For further details, do visit the website. Deadline for proposals is May 31.

At Praxis Center we don’t hold any false concepts about what is achievable. We believe that all of our students are capable of being the next Fullbright or Guggenheim recipient, but we also know that there are a lot of things in between that are more than worthy of your time and effort. Every bit counts, each time you receive an opportunity you further your career, expand your network and expand your confidence and abilities. Join Praxis today for all the encouragement and professional support you need for any opportunity you wish to pursue.

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 the forthcoming Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

Signed and doodled copies of these books can be purchased from Praxis Center.


Golden Artist Colors began publishing the Just Paint newsletter in 1989, a source for information about painting techniques, product information, and the latest research in art materials. Now online, has become one of the most exhaustive resources for technical information in fine art. With the new Just Paint Experience, GOLDEN is expanding the concept to provide artists with quick-reading, studio-oriented content to help bring their visions to life.

When you subscribe to Just Paint Experience (free), you’ll receive access to exclusive content. GOLDEN will also notify you whenever there is new content added to the site.


Photo credit: Nordic Summer University




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