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.