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New Artist Opportunities For a New Year

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Call to Artists: Creatures: Swim, Fly, Crawl – MA
Deadline: January 15, 12. CALL to ARTISTS: CALADAN GALLERY presents a juried exhibition entitled “CREATURES: Swim, Fly, Crawl”. This exhibition will be a survey of our fellow citizens on the planet Earth: Animals! We present these creatures with love and honor. We are searching for uplifting, innovative works representing animals; those that find a way to provide witness to ourselves. We have been extremely fortunate to be creating an exciting, diverse, and active meeting place for artists. We are averaging over 55,000 viewers a month, and have provided a warm and positive virtual atmosphere since 2003. All mediums except video are eligible. Please go to: http://www.caladangallery.com to download prospectus (click on “enter your artwork”) OR write to: Caladan Gallery, Box 391939, Cambridge MA 02139 OR call: 617-838-8929 for more information.

44th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition – TX
Deadline: February 10, 12. CALL FOR ENTRIES: VISUAL ARTS SOCIETY OF TEXAS. 44th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition. BOS $1000; $10,000+ Cash/Merchandise. Deadline: 2/10/12. Juror: Elizabeth Dunbar, independent curator, Austin, Texas. Entry Fee: $35 non-members; max 3 slides/digital images. Full-color Catalog. Prospectus for details. SASE VAST PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202; http://www.vastarts.org. Opens 4/26/12. Info: vast.assistant@gmail.com or 972.827.8647.

Many more listings after the jump:

Call for Artists: Bethesda Painting Awards – MD
Deadline: February 24, 12. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the seventh annual Bethesda Painting Awards. Up to nine finalists will be selected to display their work in an exhibition during the month of June at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, and the top four winners will receive $14,000 in prize monies. Best in Show will be awarded $10,000; Second Place will be honored with $2,000 and Third Place will receive $1,000. Additionally, a “Young Artist” whose birthday is after February 24, 1982 may be awarded $1,000. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D paintings including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimensions should not exceed 60 inches in width or 84 inches in height. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibit. Each artist must submit 5 slides, application and a non-refundable fee of $25. Digital entries will be accepted on DC in JPG, GIF or PNG format. For a complete application, please visit www.bethesda.org, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 or call 301-215-6660 x117.

UFORGE Gallery: Call for Submissions: February 2012 – Elements – MA
Deadline: January 15, 12. This assignment will focus on the classical four elements found in nature: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. These four elements play a huge role in our daily lives; every day we warm ourselves by Fire, wash ourselves in Water, feel the Wind in our hair, walk upon the Earth. Your challenge as a participating artist is to choose your subject matter while depicting one or all of the four elements noted above in 2D (painting, photography, graphic or assemblage) or 3D (sculpture). Size limitations for 2D work shall be no larger than 24 x 36 inches (including mat and/or frame). All 3D work shall weigh no more than 20 lbs and be no larger than 24 x 24 x 24 inches. 3D work must be self-supporting and free standing.  A non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 shall be paid on or before the posted online registration deadline. Late submission (entries received after the online registration deadline) fee is $40.00. www.uforgegallery.com

“Animal Facts, Fairy Tales and Fictions”, a regional juried exhibition – KY
Deadline: March 5, 12. The Living Arts and Science Center. From the past to the present, there has always been an astounding diversity of life on our planet with so many unique animals. Their spirits and unique characteristics, such as horns, tails, feathers, and scales, provide endless inspiration to artists. These animals are depicted in art in their truest forms as well as thorough our incredibly imaginative spirit. This regional (KY, IL, IN, OH, WV, VA, TN, MO) exhibition, juried by Kate Sprengnether, will explore a wide range of animal depictions in art. We’ll see how artists continue to draw from past stories as well as create new narratives as characters in their art take on animal traits, and new creatures are imagined. Full prospectus at: http://www.lasclex.org/index.php/art-exhibits/artist-opportunities/call-for-entries Contact EQuave@lasclex.org for questions or details.

Root Division: CENTERING THE MARGIN – CA
Deadline: January 17, 12. Centering the Margin is an artist-curated project focusing on artwork that concerns itself with spaces, events, and artifacts that exist just outside of our field of vision and attention. If our contemporary existence is marked by a focus on spectacle and constant stimulation, then Centering the Margin is a show that documents those things that fall outside this focus. These are things that require a change of speed or shift in focus to perceive them. For more information, please visit www.rootdivision.org or write to submissions@rootdivision.org or Root Division, 3175 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

“Blur” regional juried exhibit – MO
Deadline: March 23, 12. Show: June 11-July 26, 2012. Juried regional exhibit open to St. Louis, MO area artists & surrounding 200-mile radius only (Kansas City or Chicago areas INELIGIBLE). Artworks that explore the theme of blur, as in: blur the lines, blurred concepts, blurry vision. May include works that are blurred, smeared, smudged, obscured, hazy, indistinct in outline or appearance; works that deal with depth perception, focus or lack thereof, ideas of sharp/unsharp; and/or imagery, content, subject matter that blurs concepts. Limit 2 artworks created 2010-12 only. All media. No ceiling installed works, no works directly affixed to walls in any way. Size limit: not to exceed 10’ high and/or 13’ wide. Insurance. 30% commission. Juried by JPEGs on CD. $30-2 artworks/non-member; $20-2 works/current ASL member. Deadline: 5 p.m. March 23, 2012. Complete rules & juror info on entry form. Entry form REQUIRED: http://www.artsaintlouis.org/index.php/2011-10-05-01-05-26/2011-10-10-15-50-15/calls-for-entries

National Juried Exhibit – $2,500 in prizes – LA
Deadline: March 31, 12. The St. Tammany Art Association announces the 47th National Juried Exhibit July 7-August 11, 2012. Juried by Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. $2,500 in awards. Deadline to enter March 31, 2012. Annual juried show is open to all artists 18+ in the United States. Original visual art completed within the last two years accepted. Not admitted: reproductions of original artwork, film, video, and large installations. $1,000 Best of Show, $500 prize for 2D work, and four $250 Honorable Mention awards. Possibility of purchase award by local government. Show features opening and closing receptions plus open house during Bastille Day street fair. For prospectus visit www.sttammanyartassociation.org, email info@sttammanyartassociation.org, call (985) 892-8650, or send SASE to St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433.

COLLISIONcollective Tech/Art Call for Work – MA
Deadline: January 14, 12. COLLISIONcollective is looking for your experimental technology-based artwork. COLLISIONcollective’s 17th show will open at in Boston (space: see www.axiomart.org) on Mar. 2, 2012. Submissions are due before Jan. 15, 2012. Judging notifications go out on Wed. Jan. 18. The show is scheduled for installation the week of Feb. 26. Opening will be March 2. The show will be up for four weeks, coming down on Mar. 31. To submit, create an account, log in, and use the My Submissions link to submit your proposal. Proposals can be edited up to the submission deadline of midnight (eastern time), Saturday, Jan. 14. Multiple submissions are fine, but generally only one piece per person will be accepted. You may propose a piece yet to be realized, but completed work is preferred. Please limit your proposed work to around 500 cubic feet (about an 8*8*8′ cube, dimensions variable). Find out more and create an account at http://collisioncollective.org/show/collision17

Storytime: Narrative, Allegory & Graphics: Studio Place Arts – VT 
Deadline for entries:  Jan. 20.  This show is for storytellers and meaning seekers.  SPA is looking for installation, video, conceptual pieces, graphic novels, collage and other media – whatever gets us going and asks, “What happened and why?”  Show dates:  Mar. 6-Apr. 7, 2012.  Deadline for entries:  Jan. 20.  Application details:  www.studioplacearts.com go to “calls to artists”

RED – OH
Deadline: January 28, 12. Pop Revolution Gallery in Mason, Ohio seeks entries for a national juried art exhibition, February 11 – March 8, 2012. $850 in total cash prizes. Jurors: Susan Mahan and Jim Wagner. The criteria is to have red as the predominate force in your work. The exhibition is open to artists 18 years or older. All work must be original work. Students must not present work for consideration if assisted in any way in arrangement or execution. $25 for first entry, $12 for each additional, up to 4 entries. Visit website for prospectus at: http://poprevolutiongallery.com/red_exhibit.html, or send a SASE to: Pop Revolution Gallery, 105 E Main St, Mason, OH 45040. Questions? Please contact Francis Michaels at poprevolutiongallery@gmail.com or call 513-492-7474. http://www.poprevolutiongallery.com/

Pushing the Limits Fiber Biennial 2012 – VA
Deadline: May 18, 12 (postmarked no later than May 16th). Submissions are sent to: artspace @ Plantzero / ℅ PushingtheLimits / Zero East 4th Street / Richmond, VA. 23224. (804) 232-6464; PushingtheLimits@artspace. Exhibition Dates: July 27, 2012 – September 23, 2012. PushingtheLimits 2012 is a biennial exhibition held at artspace gallery in Richmond, VA. The show aims to expand the definition of fiber work within contemporary art while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to exhibit. Multi-media, video and installation work will be considered. PushingtheLimits 2012 will be juried by Katherine Shaw. Shaw attended North Carolina School of the Arts in the early 1990s. In 1997 she received a BFA in Sculpture with a minor in Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Shaw received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Please visit www.artspacegallery.org/pushing_the_limits_2012/index.htm for more information.

7th International Drawing Annual – OH
Deadline: January 7, 12. Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, OH seeks art for a book project – publication available in late 2012. $1000 in cash prizes. All participants receive one free copy of the book. Open to any artist submitting original works of art or design created within the past three years (2009 – 2011). Professionals and students in all disciplines are encouraged to submit. Manifest is eager to receive works of drawing in a wide range of applications (technical, graphic, fine art, design, architectural, digital, illustration, etc.) with the qualification being that artwork submitted is representative of high quality “drawing,” even if it pushes the boundaries of conventional views of the discipline. Manifest’s primary aim is to exhibit the very best work submitted. Visit website (http://www.manifestgallery.org/inda7/) for details. $10 per work submitted. Questions? Contact Jason Franz at jason@manifestgallery.org or call 513-861-3638. http://www.manifestgallery.org

2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards – NJ
Established in 1994, the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards competition was created for the recognition and advancement of undergraduate and graduate student excellence in sculpture. In partnership with educational institutions around the world, this award program encourages faculty members to nominate students that demonstrate exceptional talent in the contemporary sculpture field. Award recipients participate in an exhibition hosted by Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ) and a traveling exhibit hosted by an esteemed arts organization in a location TBD.  Award recipient work is also featured in Sculpture magazine.  Each award recipient receives a one-year ISC membership and the chance to apply for a full, sponsored residency to study in Switzerland with world-renowned sculptor Heinz Aeschlimann.  Nominations open January 1, 2012 and close March 23, 2012.  To find out more about the program please visit the ISC website http://www.sculpture.org/StudentAwards/2012/index.shtml or email studentawards@sculpture.org. Website: http://www.sculpture.org/redesign/about.shtml

Printmaking Art in Residence at Lillstreet Art Center – IL
Deadline: May 1, 12. Residencies begin September 1 and end August 31 and include: • Workspace/flat file storage in the print department. • 24-hour access to print shop (See www.lacprintmaking.blogspot.com for a full list of presses, tools and other printmaking equipment). • Collaboration with Hummingbird Press. • $200 monthly stipend. • Free classes in any department. • Opportunities to teach. • Group exhibition with other residents. To apply submit the following to www.lillstreet.slideroom.com by May 1st, 2012: • 10 images of work. • Résumé/CV. • Artist Statement. • Personal statement (one page max) explaining what you hope to accomplish personally and bring to the Lillstreet community. Additionally address what skills/qualities make you a good fit for the Residency Program. • Names /contact info for 3 references. • $15 application fee. For more information visit: www.lillstreet.com/artist-in-residence. Contact Emily with questions at: emilyschroeder@lillstreet.com

Painting & Drawing Artist in Residence at Lillstreet Art Center – IL
Deadline: May 1, 12. Residencies begin September 1 and end August 31 and include: • Studio space in the Painting & Drawing department. • 24-hour access to building. • $200 monthly stipend. • Free classes in any department. • Opportunities to teach. • Group exhibition with other residents. • Access to equipment and facilities. • Present artist lectures to the community. To apply submit the following to www.lillstreet.slideroom.com by May 1st, 2012: • 10 images of work completed in the last 3 years. • Résumé/CV. • Artist Statement. • Personal statement (one page max) explaining what you hope to accomplish personally and bring to the Lillstreet community. Additionally address what skills and qualities make you a good fit for the Residency Program. • Names and contacts of 3 references. • $15 application fee. For more information, visit our website: www.lillstreet.com/artist-in-residence. Contact Emily with questions at emilyschroeder@lillstreet.com

Visiting Senior Fellowship Program – DC
Deadline: March 21, 12. The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its program for Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships. Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington; housing is provided, subject to availability. Applications will be considered for research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographical area and of any period. Visiting senior fellowships (up to 60 days) are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application, or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment. Award period: September 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013; applications submitted online by: March 21, 2012. For more information, visit www.nga.gov/casva or email casva@nga.gov

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