Dear Chicago, please allow me to let my nerd flag fly today. The entity known as Columbia College apparently has a Center for Book and Paper Arts, which is already pretty cool, but on top of that they are accepting proposals for two $10,000 commissions. This reminds me of the NMWA’s Fellow’s artist program, which then reminds me of the Women’s Studio Workshop residency. On the other hand, maybe you don’t make books but live in Brooklyn. In that case you should participate in Brooklyn Museum’s new community-based initiative.
Let’s talk BKLYN.
GO: a community-curated open studio project
Artist registration ends on June 29!
GO is a new project from the Brooklyn Museum, taking place in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. During GO, Brooklyn-based artists are asked to open their studios to the community on September 8-9, 2012. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012. Visit the GO website to learn about how you can take part in this borough-wide project.
In book news…
Columbia College’s CBPA Commision
Deadline: September 15th, 2012
The Center for Book and Paper Arts, a program of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago, recently received a $50,000 Arts in Media grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of a new electronic publishing initiative, Expanded Artists’ Books. This grant will support an award of two $10,000 commissions for new artworks for the iPad. These will have physical counterparts that intersect, modulate, or inform the digital components of the artwork.
Super boring downside: “In addition to the quality of the concept, the criteria for selection of proposals will include the artist’s demonstrated facility with the digital tools (prior iPad development experience highly valued)”
Silver lining: You have more than 2 months to master the “facility” of the iPad.
Brief nerdy mentions if you are a book artist or have made a book or like artist’s books in general:
A while back I mentioned the Library Fellows’ Award from National Museum of Women in the arts. It exists in essence to encourage and support the creation of artists’ books and to benefit the Library and Research Center. Anyway, the deadline is June 30th and if you’re a hardcore talented genius, I suggest you put in a proposal in the next four days. If you’re maybe a little more humble about yourself, it’s a biennial sort of thing and so there is always the year after next to apply.
In the same vein of identifying as a woman and being a book artist, there is of course the Women’s Studio Workshop—a visual arts organization with specialized studios in printmaking, hand papermaking, ceramics, letterpress printing, photography, and book arts. P.S. WSW is the largest publisher of hand printed artists’ books in the country. They offer grants, fellowships, residencies, internships and studio space in a pretty dreamy part of New York state.
Last but not least, one of my favorite websites to spend time on is The Independent Photobook. And, I think he’s douchebag, but Alec Soth’s LBM website has a great list of resources to check out for the emerging and well acquainted book-minded.
Lately there has been more grants and prizes than you can shake a stick at. Beginning with the Frieze prize, I’d say it’s the perfect time to devote yourself to writing. If you’re lazy like me though, you take pictures and should apply for the Humble grant for emerging photographers. If you’re just straight up post modern (read: into ‘net art) you should apply to the new Creative Commons prize, notably titled “The Liberated Pixel Cup.” If you’re a painter…well, I just don’t know what to tell you. More info below!
It’s also worth noting that there’s a new video up of the ENTIRE how-to-win-the-Propeller-Fund workshop AKA, “Funding and Creating Your Independent Projects.” Check it out here.
OR, be there in person:
Saturday, June 16, 2pm
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago
Wednesday, June 27, 6pm
6932 North Glenwood Avenue, Chicago
Wednesday, July 18, 6pm
Gallery 400, UIC
400 South Peoria Street, Chicago
Frieze Prize 2012
deadline: July 20th
Aspiring writers are invited to submit an unpublished 700-word review in English of a recent contemporary art exhibition. Applicants must be over 18 years old and must not have had more than three pieces of writing on art published in a newspaper or magazine. The winner will be awarded £2,000 (a lot of American dollars) and commissioned to write a review for an upcoming issue of frieze.
Humble Foundation’s New Photography Grant
deadline: June 29th
Given twice annually (fall and spring), the grant is a $1,000 cash award that recognizes the strongest new proposal in contemporary art photography as submitted to Humble Arts Foundation.
Funded projects can be new or ongoing and with visual strength and clarity of proposal.
THE LIBERATED PIXEL CUP
deadline: June 30th
Liberated Pixel Cup is a two-part competition: make a bunch of awesome free culture licensed artwork, and then program a bunch of free software games that use it. Liberated Pixel Cup brings together some powerful allies: Creative Commons, Mozilla, OpenGameArt, the Free Software Foundation, and you.
I definitely missed the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation grant program for arts writers, but with that said, there is always next year. It’s basically amazing and I think everyone involved in the arts should enter.
This week’s newsbits
While you were busy getting high on bath salts this week, it was announced that international badass and Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder is set to begin making Chicago’s largest public artwork…ever.
From the press release:
[The artist and a team of workers] will install, piece-by-piece, Color Jam, Stockholder’s three-dimensional vinyl artwork containing flashes of color and geometric shapes that spill from building facades onto the sidewalk and streets, commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance.
The piece will be surrounding buildings, sidewalks and streets at the intersection of State and Adams Streets in the Chicago Loop.
The official “opening” of Color Jam will be on Tuesday, June 5th at 10 am.
Press release fun facts:
Color Jam is the largest public artwork in Chicago’s history and the largest contiguous vinyl project in the U.S. It is composed of over 76,000 square feet of colored vinyl—enough material to make 50,000 vinyl records, wrap over 130 city buses or cover one and a half football fields. Printing Color Jam on a standard HP home printer would require 2,100 ink cartridges and 180 hours of continuous printing.
Follow the live streaming at www.colorjamchicago.com. The public artwork will be at the intersection of State and Adams Streets from June 5 through September 30, 2012.
Susanne Ghez, who has led The Renaissance Society since 1973, has informed the Board of Directors of The Renaissance Society of her intention to step down from her position as Executive Director and Chief Curator in January 2013.
Throughout her 40 year tenure, Ghez has introduced Chicago to many groundbreaking artists, including Robert Smithson Joseph Kosuth, Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, Arturo Herrera, Laura Letinsky, and Kara Walker. Understanding the necessity of the artist catalogue, she decided to expand the museum’s publication program and helped to facilitate the museum’s digital archive and website.
From 1999 to 2002, she served as co-curator of Documenta 11 and continued to widen the international scope on Chicago arts. In 2002, Ghez was awarded the 2002 International Lifetime Achievement Award for Curatorial Excellence from Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.
The Renaissance Society is an internationally renowned non-collecting museum of contemporary art located on the campus of The University of Chicago, at 5811 South Ellis Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60637. The board of The Renaissance Society has formed a transition committee that is working with executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim to identify the museum’s next leader.
Chicago—Did you know Vermont Studio Center has a bunch of niche fellowships and one of them happens to be for you, a Chicago resident (or part of the SAIC alumni/faculty army). The Anderson/Frankel Fellowship exists!
There’s other fellowships throughout the year prior to the deadlines, focusing on everything from merit to medium, regionality, ethnicity or gender. I have friends that have come back from VSC and ranted for months and months of the facilities, friendliness and overall great experience. Apply, apply!
Deadline: June 15th, so hurry.
The ultra dreamy-ness that is the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha is now accepting applications for the remaining 2013 cycles.
From the website, which doesn’t waste your time and sites the FACTS:
TIME 3 months of uninterrupted, self-directed work time.
SPACE The Bemis Center is housed in two urban warehouses totaling 110,000 square feet. Each artist is provided with a generously sized live/work studio with a private bathroom and 24 hour access to facilities including a wood shop, installation spaces, and a large sculpture fabrication facility.
SUPPORT $750 monthly stipend.
First deadline is September 30, 2012.
Also around the ‘Nets is word from Rhizome about the UK-based Lumen Prize Exhibition, a prize focusing on new digital art, which I am still very confused about.
Here we go…
“The Lumen Prize Exhibition is an international award that celebrates the very best fine art created digitally. Our goal is to focus the world’s attention on this exciting, emerging genre of fine art that can travel across borders effortlessly and be enjoyed in a wide range of venues – from galleries and museums in the world’s biggest cities to outdoor public spaces in both urban and rural environments.”
The deadline is July 31st and apparently you can enter as many times as you like, along with the $40 fee each time. w/e.
Happy holiday weekend!
Chicago! (or rather, Cook County) the Propeller Fund is up and ready for your application. Gallery 400 and Threewalls team up again for the third year in a row to award 15 incredibly lucky people and break everyone elses heart. There is also a slew of workshop and one-on-one opportunities to discuss and learn more about the process throughout the summer. Don’t be lazy!
From the website:
Propeller Fund provides money directly to artists, curators, and groups living and working in Cook County, Illinois, and seeks to support projects that are independent, informal, self-organized, and long-term or short-term. Propeller Fund recognizes that small, informal, and self-organized operations constitute a large catalyst for the creative activity and vitality of the Chicago visual art world. These projects are responsible for much of the complexity and richness in the art community.
Propeller Fund exists to stimulate further growth throughout Chicago; to encourage more varied models; to spread the activities into more diverse areas; to promote the public’s interaction with, and public recognition of such activities; and to spark ambitions beyond current formats.
Deadline: August 1st, 2012
UCLA’s 2012 Wight Biennial
MFA-ers in despair over the hard truth of Hennessey Youngman’s new Grad School thoughtz, the Wight Biennial is here to save you. By June 1st.
From the website:
The Wight Biennial is curated and produced by a committee of graduate students in the art department, often in collaboration with students from other departments. The objective of the show is to exhibit this specific group of emerging artists as well as foster an investigative exchange between graduate programs at UCLA and other institutions in the United States and abroad.
The 2012 exhibition is an exploration of interference as a model for art-making and reception. The glitch, the stutter, the moiré, the illegible palimpsest, the thwarted expectation, and the feedback loop are examples of things that can be understood as interference events or as having arisen from an interference event. The artwork that we seek for this exhibition will be born from, infused with, or generate interference. It will contain a rupture or divergence from the agreed upon language that it appears to use.
Cue the Deleuze. More info here: http://newwightbiennial2012.tumblr.com/
Some links for y’all:
New York Fine Artist’s classifieds of opportunities and services, mostly for you east-coasters.
Re-titles evergrowing repertoire of announcements, especially focusing on the internationally minded.
College Art Association’s very professional listings of conferences, fellowships and call for proposals.