Monday, February 15, 2016

BAM announces the establishment of its first fellowship to honor DanceAfrica founder and calls for applications

The Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship supports travel to Africa or its diaspora to study dance; inaugural recipient to be announced at this year’s DanceAfrica celebration, May 27—30

AM announces call for applications for the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship, established with support of the SHS Foundation. The fellowship, which was first announced last year, honors Charles “Chuck” Davis’ contribution to DanceAfrica, the annual festival that he founded in 1977 and for which served as artistic director until 2015. The fellowship offers up to $9,000 for emerging choreographers to travel to Africa or its diaspora and study with experts in the field of African dance. The first recipient will be announced during this year’s DanceAfrica festival, taking place over Memorial Day weekend.

The Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship is the first that BAM has created. Joseph V. Mellilo, BAM executive producer, says: “Chuck has devoted his artistic life to promoting African dance, first through his own company, then DanceAfrica, which started at BAM and has since expanded to many cities. Countless people have come to enjoy African dance as a result of his enthusiasm and energy. The fellowship will be a lasting tribute to his invaluable contribution to this field.”

Davis, who remains artistic director emeritus of DanceAfrica, said, “I am heartened by the generosity of BAM and the SHS Foundation. This fellowship will provide an in-depth opportunity to young choreographers to learn African dance styles from where they originated and how they are still practiced. This will also afford a chance to foster vibrant cross-continental and cross-cultural conversations leading to deeper understanding of people and their relationship to each other. I strongly encourage all young choreographers to apply.”

US citizens or permanent residents with specialized training and interest in the field are encouraged to apply. The deadline of this year’s applications is March 18. Please go to for details. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The musée du quai Branly Photography Residencies

The Photography Residencies program gives every year one or several photographers – native from one of the four continents represented in the collection of the musée du quai Branly – the chance to develop an innovative work, in coherence with their personal aesthetic path.
The musée du quai Branly Photography Residencies benefit to the support and enhancement of an artistic expression barely visible in France, by financing part or all of a creative project. The photographic works produced as part as this program are intended to enrich the museum’s collections at the end of every residency period. Thus, they contribute to the constitution of the contemporary photographic collection of the museum.
Simultaneously a museum, a cultural center, and a place for research and teaching, the musée du quai Branly was born from the political desire to highlight non-European cultures, in the heart of Paris. The museum gathers a collection of 300 000 objects, a considerable collection of graphic art and a photographic collection composed of more than 700 000 pieces. The museum’s policy is based on a dynamic and opened proposal: “where cultures meet in dialogue.” This idea is the driving force behind most of the Museum’s lines of action: cultural programming, disseminating and sharing knowledge and expertise with the cultures originating the collections, international cooperation, and making the collections available to others.
Download the application package and the registration form until March 15th 2016, deadline for the application submission (date as per postmark).
 Application packages must be sent or left at the following address :
Résidences photographiques du musée du quai Branly
Direction du développement culturel
musée du quai Branly
222 rue de l’Université,
75343 Paris Cedex 07

Monday, February 8, 2016

European Commission & Ars Electronica: Open Call: STARTS Prize 2016

Katharina Bienert

Ars Electronica
Ars-Electronica-Str. 1
4040 Linz


Submission deadline: March 4, 2016

This is an open call for entries in conjunction with an initiative launched by the European Commission: STARTS. The name stands for innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology and the ARTS.

Two prizes - €20,000 each - will be bestowed this year: One for artistic exploration and projects in which the artistic approach has significant potential to influence or change the way technology is deployed, developed or perceived, andOne for innovative cooperative ventures teaming up industry/technology and art (and cultural & creative sectors in general) in ways that open up new paths for innovation.

This competition specifically seeks: Trailblazing forms of collaboration and projects essentially characterized by both technology and art; strictly artistically or strictly technologically oriented projects are not what STARTS is looking for. Any and all artistic works and practices having to do with innovation in the areas of technology, business and/or society. This competition is not limited to a particular genre such as media art and digital art. All forms of technological and scientific research that are inspired by art or in which artists are integrated as catalysts of new ways of seeing things. This includes but is not limited to information & communications technology.Artists or artists' collectives, creative professionals, researchers and companies throughout the world. This competition is not limited to citizens of EU-member states.

More detailed information:
The entry deadline is March 4, 2016.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BRIC Visual Artist Residency

  • Applications accepted: Feb 1 - Mar 14, 2016 (NOTE: A link to Slideroom will be provided during this time.)
  • Application Deadline: Midnight on Mar 14, 2016
  • Selected artists notified by: end of April 2016
  • Residency: Summer 2016 (roughly an 8-week period in late June to late August 2016)

Each summer, BRIC holds its annual Visual Artist Residency program. Two residents have space in the Artists Studio at BRIC House. In addition, BRIC partners with Saint Ann's School to provide additional studio space for one resident at 33 Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, in classroom space adjacent to the former BRIC Rotunda Gallery!
  • ARTIST STUDIO AT BRIC HOUSE:  This is a flexible space on the ground floor that is used for creating, rehearsing, exhibiting, and performing across multiple disciplines. This 1,400 square-foot room measures 27’ x 52’ and has a 12-foot ceiling height.  It will be partitioned for use by two artists during the residency. Because BRIC House is a public space with many visitors and activities each week, we will select artists in residence whose work involves little or no noise, no fumes or toxic materials, and who require only moderate access to water (there is a public bathroom near the Artist Studio and a utility sink in the loading dock area, but no sink in the studio spaces).  Artists in residence will have access to their studios daily from 7AM-1AM on weekdays and 8AM-1AM on weekends.
  • 33 CLINTON STREET: The residency at 33 Clinton Street is aimed at artists who are able to work independently and can responsibly take care of this approximately 400-square-feet of space.  The artist working at this space will be responsible for opening up and closing this facility daily, as they come and go. The artist's hours may therefore be flexible. Priority will be given to artists whose proposals will have a low impact on the space. In explaining your work plan, also make note of steps to be taken to care for the space.
Space will be provided to selected residents free of charge; artists are also given $500 for materials. No other honoraria or artists fees are offered.  The residency is open to both New York area artists as well as those from other parts of the United States who wish to spend time and work in the city. Please be advised that we are unable to fund travel or living expenses.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
Artists who are accepted into the program must commit to using their studio a significant amount of time each week. 
During the residency, artists will be expected to engage with the public through open studio events, an informal illustrated talk on BRIC’s stoop, or through other forms of audience engagement. 
BRIC will provide exposure for your work through multiple means, including studio visits with curatorial staff from BRIC and other local institutions, as well as profiles published on BRIC’s website and/or blog.
This residency is available only to professional, practicing artists and MFA students. 
BRIC's Artist Studio
BRIC's Artist Studio, photo: Abigail B. Clark
Details on Artist Studio Space at BRIC House:
  • 2 air-conditioned studio spaces, each measuring approximately 27 x 25 feet.  One has a window facing the street, the other is windowless (as shown above).
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • Natural light, florescent light.
  • Limited use of hand tools and other equipment.
  • A utility sink is located in the building’s loading dock area on the first floor.
Floor Plan of the BRIC House Artist Studio
Floor Plan of the BRIC House Artist Studio
Details on Classroom Space at 33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn Heights:
  • Approximately 400-square-feet of space.
  • Carpeted floor, flourescent lighting, air conditioning, and a private bathroom, and sink. 
  • Doorperson present during office hours, otherwise artist is responsible for locking and unclocking as they come and go. Studio hours are therefore comlpetely flexible. 
  • Ample storage space.
  • Located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, close by to numerous Subway lines including the R, 4, 5, 2, 3, and A, C trains.
  • Priority will be given to artists with proposals that will have a low impact on the space. 
Selection criteria:
This residency is open to emerging artists who demonstrate much promise, and to mid-career artists with a documented record of exhibitions and other accomplishments.  We seek artists who will be able to work independently and productively during the eight-week period and who have a solid plan of work for their residency period.

* Special thanks to Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights for partnering with us to provide the studio residency space at 33 Clinton Street. 
A panel consisting of BRIC’s curatorial staff, Gallery Manager, and a past Residency artist will select this summer's Residents.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rejmyre Art LAB's residency program

Rejmyre Art LAB's residency program is run and constructed by artists in response to our own needs and changing modes of production. Our residencies often consist of a mix of dedicated time for developing ideas and work, collaborative exercises, intensive peer critique, theoretical discussion groups, communal meals and play. 

While many residency programs are rooted in notions of isolation, our emphasis is placed on engaging the "local context" of each residency as fuel and material for artistic development.  The "local context" is understood to include the residency itself [as a structure imposed on a site], the people, place and histories surrounding the residency, the community of practitioners assembled and each participant's experience of displacement into the given moment.

Rejmyre Art LAB aims to support a range of contemporary artistic processes, many of which present significant challenges to the image of the isolated artist in their cloistered studio.  Participants in our program create conceptual propositions, objects, and temporal works situated in public and private spaces.  To support this range of work, we craft and maintain a network of local connections to facilitate social access and a mix of public and private studio spaces, making our open studio space accessible to the public while still allowing for the intensive engagement with self and site that a solitary studio engenders.

As this is a very special program [as far as we know, requiring an unprecedented commitment, in the world of residencies, on the part of the [P]resident and hosts], we have decided not to have a formal application process but prefer to construct one with each interested person or group.

Some things that might be helpful to know, we are an artist-run organization composed of artists who live in or near Rejmyre. We treat this residency structure itself as an art project. This is not a business venture nor is it supported or constrained by any grantors, governments or corporations. We have no staff for this portion of the project.
As for the technical details, we would work with the selected [P]residents to consider the form and means by which they would like to travel to Rejmyre for the two-year residency period. There is no per diem or formal material budget available. We run a number of projects in the town and there will be opportunities to participate in those but [P]resident’s are responsible for their own sustenance [material, spiritual and otherwise, aside from the apartment and studio space], during the term of their unmediated presence in Rejmyre.

This is a special construct that will not be right for most people, maybe for no one. We’ve structured it with a mix of pragmatism and conceptual integrity. An institution with a bigger budget could make it easier financially but they would probably never desire, imagine or create such a space. We are ready to imagine and create how this structure could be possible together with you. If after reading this, you are still drawn to this invitation, please write:

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Visual Arts in Rural Communities

Each resident artist develops a body of work for exhibition at the end of the residency and engages with individuals and groups from the area and further afield through workshops, open studio days, artists’ talks and other events.
VARC looks for artists who feel that twelve months spent living in an isolated rural location will significantly benefit their practice and who enjoy contact with people and want to be part of a community.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sci-Fi and the Human Condition Thematic Residency

Residency Dates: September 7 – November 18, 2016

Application Deadline: January 8, 2016
Artists-in-Residents Selected: 9
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is now accepting applications for the 2016 Sci-Fi thematic residency. This is an international open call and contemporary artists from all backgrounds and areas of practice are encouraged to apply. This is a process-based residency; there is no obligation or expectation to complete and/or exhibit a body of work. This residency aims to put into conversation artists who work in like-minded subject matter and interests. Through this call, the Bemis Center will construct a cohort of artists interested in the human condition when exploring issues of race, class, and gender through futuristic lenses.
Applicants should demonstrate an interest in the research, development, or execution of work that explores the theme of science fiction, defined or identified through its motifs and relationship to past sci-fi film and literature, magical realism, dystopian and utopian futures, robots, alternate timelines, transhumanism and bodily transformation, space opera, afrofuturism, futuristic identity as explored by costume and dress, the post-apocalyptic world, threats to territory and frontier, outer space, and investigations in artificial intelligence.
The Bemis Center provide vast installation space for experimentation, 24-hour access to the Okada Sculpture and Ceramics Facility, a woodshop, introductions to other area partnerships and organizations, and the Clare Haas Howard Research Library including over 2,500 art books and periodicals.  Live/work studio spaces range from 820–2,400 square feet complete with a private kitchen and bathroom.
Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, music composition, and choreography.  Bemis welcomes internationally based artists to apply. A working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists as an interpreter will not be provided.
Bemis Alumni are allowed to re-apply for residency after a three year hiatus from the program. Alumni seeking residency must submit a complete application including recent work samples and current resume. Preference may be given to applicants who have not previously attended.
Artists applying to Bemis Center should not be enrolled in an academic program or currently teaching, adjunct or otherwise, during the residency timeline.
Applications consisting of small collaboratives (2-3 total members) are eligible to apply. Each artist included in the collaborative must submit a resume.
Artists-in-residence are encouraged to participate in the Bemis Center Open House/Open Studios program, where artists open their studio doors to provide the public a glimpse into their process. Artists may be invited to participate in other public engagement programs such as a workshop, talk, or live performance.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability.
Applications are due via SlideRoom:
FAQ’s available HERE
Fees and Stipend
A $40 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application paid via credit card or by PayPal. Submission of applications are only accepted online through
Selected artists-in-residence will receive a $1,875.00 stipend for the ten-week session.
Bemis Center is not responsible for artist’s travel to Omaha to attend the residency.
Application Checklist
1.    Resume
2.    Are you a collaborative group? If yes, include resumes of all members

3.    Artistic Discipline
4.    Website
5.    Are you a Bemis Alumni?
6.    Please list two references
7.    Up to 10 Image/Media Samples
8.    Artist statement (250 words)
9.    Residency Objectives (250 words)
10.  Specific resources you may require while in residency necessary to your studio practice
For more information, contact Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, at 402.341.7130 x 12 or at