Sunday, March 25, 2012

Uranus Pluto Mars …… Individuate Heal Initiate

Find myself thinking all the time about these planets. How they effect my thinking, my feeling, my counseling. Meditation on rising and falling calms the attachment to ego, the desire for recognition. And yet…. human for a reason. Living through these volatile times for a karmic contract. I like mentoring other souls – a lot. I yearn for a time and the space to create the drawings that I work on here and there. And yet, I want to write more than I want to paint. I want to paint more than I want to talk. I want to talk more than I want to study. I want to study more than I want to work. And yet…. I like my work. I meet students/alumni/artists all the time who want to sit and listen and watch me draw, write, paint, talk, study. Perhaps that is the heart of mentoring as we approach our cronehood time. Be ourselves. Share ourselves. Teach what we have learned. And let the others decide what to keep, and what to ignore. There is this continuous image, of downloading the teachings of the Buddhist manadala wisdoms captured by the Rishi’s over time. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to study after all. And rock. And integrate. I want to sit and listen more than I want to be acknowledged. Perhaps that is the first sign of progress. Perhaps I am evolving after all. Posted originally to

Monday, March 19, 2012

Guide to 20 Top Artist Residencies and Retreats Across the United States

*** Nice article on artinfo - nice list, see below: Source: 18th Street Arts Center Who: Local and International emerging artists When: Visiting Residency 1-3 months; Mid-Term Residency 1 or more years; Long-term Residency varies Where: Santa Monica, California Notable Alums: Suzanne Lacy The Santa Monica Center (once the headquarters of High Performance Magazine) has been in existence since 1988, and has a mission to "provoke public dialogue through contemporary ART making," offering the three options listed above for would-be participants. The Visiting Artist Residency hosts 16 to 20 emerging to mid-career artists, chosen annually, who are funded through partner organizations or self-funded. Travel costs and stipends are accomodated. Artists are given live/work studios through the center, as well as equipment and representation on the Web site. [Fine Print]: While the Mid-Term Residencies may provide more space for a longer period of time, they are not funded and only offer live/work day studios for rent. Still, the prices are subsidized at below market value, from $1-2 per square foot, and between 400-1,000 square feet. *** Adolf Konrad Artist-in-Residence Newark Museum Arts Workshop Who: Emerging Artists in all areas of visual art When: Five weeks between January and February Where: Newark, New Jersey One of the rare institutions with an open application process, the Newark Museum offers artists a stipend of $1,300 and access to fibers, metals, and a mixed-use studio, as well as access to the museum collections, special exhibitions, educational loan collection, and library. Participating artists will may act as jurors for the next year’s selections. [Fine Print]: For the duration of the residency, artists are considered museum staff and must abide by staff hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. *** Atlantic Center for the Arts Who: Emerging to mid-career artists When: Three weeks Where: New Smyrna Beach, Florida Notable Master Alums: Radcliffe Bailey, Will Cotton, Rineke Dijkstra, Mark Dion, Carsten Nicolai, Rob Pruitt, James Siena, Thomas Struth A mentoring program that pairs notable master artists with chosen associate artists to work closely for two hours a day, five days a week, with 24-hour access to studios and equipment. Since residencies are not product-driven, time can be spent on previously existing or new projects. [Fine Print]: $850 non-refundable residency fee, $25 application fee, provided partial financial aid based on available funds. *** Bemis Center for Contemporary Art Who: Non-student artists When: Residencies last between six weeks and three months. Where: Omaha, Nebraska Omaha might not be an internationally recognized arts destination (yet!), but the artist-run Bemis Center Residency sweetens the pot with a generous and flexible package to artists: a palatial live/work studio housed in a refurbished warehouse, a $750 monthly stipend, and access to on-site facilities. [Fine Print]: $40 application fee. Bemis fellows are obliged to present a 20-minute presentation or performance of their work. At the end of the residency, artists are also asked to donate an artwork that represents their experience at the center. *** Chinati Foundation Who: Emerging to established artists of any age, background, and discipline When: The dates and duration of the residency are flexible, but usually last between two and three months. Where: Marfa, Texas Notable Alums: Christoper Wool, Rita Ackermann, Ellen Altfest, Steve Roden, Mark Flood, Adam Helms, Charline von Heyl, Matthew Day Jackson Founded by Donald Judd in 1979, the Chinati Foundation provides resident artists a furnished apartment on the museum's grounds, a private studio in the sleepy town of Marfa, and a stipend of $1,000 to pursue their self-directed projects. Resident artists also have unlimited access to the museum’s collection and archive. A museum exhibition of the artist’s work takes place at the end of the residency. [Fine Print]: Check under the bed for rattlesnakes and scorpions. *** The Edward F. Albee Foundation Who: Emerging writers, visual artists, and musicians When: Any four and six week period between the middle of May and the middle of October Where: Montauk, New York Founded in 1967 by dramatist Edward Albee, the eponymous foundation maintains the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center. Commonly known as "The Barn," the center is a modest communal environment for writers, painters, sculptors, and composers. Visual artists are provided a studio space in addition to a bedroom. [Fine Print]: The foundation offers no stipend. Residents must provide for their food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses. It’s a two-mile walk to the beach. *** Eyebeam Who: Emerging artists with a new media focus or collectives with up to three members When: Five-month residency; Eleven-month fellowship residency Where: New York, New York Notable Alums: Cory Arcangel, Sanford Biggers, Scott Patterson, Marina Zurkow, Rashaad Newsome Either individually or as a collective, residents participating in the five-month program are awarded a $5,000 stipend in three installments to complete projects and use the resources of Eyebeam. There are no attendance requirements, and artists are given 24/7 access to the building. Participants of the eleven-month fellowship program are awarded $30,000 and in addition to their projects will lead public seminars, exhibitions, educational programming, and are an integral part of Eyebeam's research groups. [Fine Print]: Artists must already have the skills necessary to complete their projects or be able to obtain them independently, as there is no technical assistance available. There are no private studios and residents share a communal lab with desks, storage cabinets and other shared facilities. Fellows are asked to spend at least four workdays at Eyebeam during business hours. *** Fire Island Artist Residency Who: Emerging queer artists When: Summer Where: Fire Island, New York Notable Alums: A.K. Burns In its second year this residency has already set a prestigious precedent — its inaugural selections were made by AA Bronson and Bill Arning. Visiting artists during the summer included Nayland Blake and Lyle Ashton Harris. Amenities include free live/work space in a converted beach house, a meal stipend, studio visits with renowned queer artists, and visiting artist talks. This year jurors will be Dan Cameron, senior curator of the Orange County Museum of Art, and artist Marlene McCarty. [Fine Print]: $25 application fee *** Kansas City International Residency Program Who: Priority given to international artists who have never work in the US, although U.S.-based artists are welcome to apply. When: One to three months Where: Kansas City, Missouri Notable Alums: Alicia Candiani A unique program for mid-career international artists for immersion in Kansas City’s burgeoning art scene, the Kansas City Artists Coalition hosts a maximum of five artists with private rooms and shared studio space for one to three months. [Fine Print]: While the program is mostly for international artists, you must be able to speak English. Rooms and studios are not funded by the program but are available by contracts with fees. *** Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Who: Emerging non-student artists working in a range of disciplines and genres. Writers are also eligible. When: The nine-month residency lasts from September to May. Where: Lower Manhattan, New York, New York Notable Alums: Olek, Latoya Ruby Frazer, Simone Leigh, Mary Mattingly, Alison Ward, Rashaad Newsome, Liz Magic Laser, Kate Gilmore, “Work of Art” contestant Trong Nguyen Workspace transforms temporarily vacant lower Manhattan office spaces into studios for visual artists. The grantees are awarded private or semi-private studios in downtown Manhattan, a one-time stipend of $1,000, and free publicity in the form of online features and open studios. Workspace residents also have the opportunity to apply for visiting artist status at SVA, NYU, and Harvestworks. [Fine Print]: Workspace residents are responsible for their own housing. Since studio spaces are not medium specific, artists must also provide their own tools. If accepted, international participants are responsible for their own visa, travel, living, and housing expenses, and arrangements. *** Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Who: Visual artists and performers with at least three years of experience in their field who wish to execute a short-term project in an unconventional space. When: Residencies last five months. Where: Lower Manhattan and Governors Island, New York, New York Notable Alums: “Work of Art” champion Kymia Nawabi Workspace's more inclusive sister program, Swing Space provides artists and performers free space to carry out short-term projects. Visual artists are placed in studios on Governors Island for five months, while performing arts projects are given rehearsal space in Lower Manhattan for up to 250 hours. [Fine Print]: Swing Space does not provide any production support or stipend. *** MacDowell Colony Who: Emerging and Established Artists When: Five to eight weeks typically Where: Peterborough, New Hampshire Notable Alums: Faith Ringgold, Meredith Monk, Willa Cather, Jeffrey Eugenides, E.L. Doctorow, Jonathan Franzen, Janet Fish, Studs Terkel, Michael Chabon The first artist colony in the U.S., MacDowell has a long list of accomplished alumni from across the arts. Isolated cozy studios are spread over the grounds, and artists are greeted with hand-delivered picnic basket lunches each day. Annually, 250 artists complete residencies that are fully paid for by the not-for-profit colony, sharing space and producing work communally. Living space and studios are provided — all studios also have attached bathrooms, beds, and some boast showers. [Fine Print]: No phone or Internet access in studios and artists must provide their own materials. *** MAK Center Artists and Architects Who: Young international artists and architects/students of architecture When: Early March Where: Los Angeles, California Awarded twice yearly to two artists and two architects, the MAK-Schindler Scholarship offers six-month residency at the historic Mackey Apartments in L.A., designed by iconic architect Rudolf Schindler. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of the Republic of Austria alongside the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna, artists receive a monthly stipend, support of the museum staff, numerous networking opportunities, a public exhibition, and a place in the MAK Center archives. [Fine Print]: The focus of independent projects is to explore the relationship between art and architecture within the city of Los Angeles. *** National Park Service Residencies Who: Emerging and established artists When: Varies depending on residency Where: Parks across the United States Who knew that the National Park Service has 42 existing artist-in-residence programs spread throughout the country, ranging from month-long live/work experiences at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut to the former Japanese internment camps of Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, California! The NPS has three models of A-I-R programs: "Volunteers-in-Parks" requires artists to volunteer by presenting a program or demonstration for the public; "Partnerships" require a non-for-profit and the park combine to provide the resources for the residency; and the "Paid Staff" option involves hiring artists as seasonal employees to create public works or programming. [Fine Print]: All the programs and locations are different. Less than 10 percent of the programs provide studio space or stipend. *** Ox-Bow Who: Emerging artists (summer residency open to arts faculty only) When: Fall Residency is September 2-October 6, 2012 ; Summer Residency is June 3-August 18th Where: Saugatuck, Michigan Notable Alums: Richard Artschwager, Nancy Spero, Jerry Saltz, Claes Oldenburg, Joan Mitchell, Nick Cave One of the oldest and most prestigious art schools in the U.S., Ox-bow is located on an idyllic 115-acre property of farmland, marshes, and dunes. A mecca for recent BFA grads, Ox-Bow’s Residency Program offers a two-to-five week residency in the fall as well as a two-week summer residency open to arts faculty only. Evenings feature slide lectures, studio visits, and other arts programming. [Fine Print]: The program costs $250 per week, though scholarships are awarded to 10 artists who demonstrate financial need. *** Studio Museum in Harlem Who: Artists of African and/or Latino descent. When: Residencies begin in late September and continue for eleven months. Where: New York, New York Notable Alums: David Hammons, Alison Saar, Maren Hassinger, Stanford Biggers, Julie Mehretu, Kehinde Wiley, Mikalene Thomas, Kira Lynn Harris, Simone Leigh, Clifford Owens Every year, the Studio Museum offers three 11-month studio residencies to emerging artists of color working in any media. Selected residents are awarded free studio space, a $20,000 fellowship, plus a $1,000 stipend for materials. Artists have 24/7 access to the Museum's third-floor studios. At the end of the residency, the artists’ work is presented in the Museum. [Fine Print]: Artists must secure their own housing. They are expected to work in the studio a minimum of 20 hours per week and participate in open studios and public programs. *** Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Who: Emerging artists over the age of 21. An academic background in studio art is not required. When: June through August, annually. The application deadline in November Where: Madison, Maine Notable Alumni: Alex Katz, Eve Sussman, Dana Schutz, Kalup Linzy, Clifford Owens, Ellsworth Kelly, William King, Nancy Graves, and Janet Fish Sixty-five participants are accepted annually to this prestigious and intensive nine-week summer residency taught by resident and visiting faculty artists. This rigorous program includes one-on-one critiques, faculty lectures, and -- allegedly -- rigorous partying. [Fine Print]: Tuition is $5,500, although partial fellowships are available those who demonstrate need. *** Smack Mellon Who: Non-student artists When: Eleven-month residency from May to March. Where: Brooklyn, New York Notable Alums: Liz Magic Laser, Jennifer Dalton, Patty Chang, Yoko Inoue, Sharon Hayes Launched in 2000 in response to the dearth of affordable work-spaces for emerging artists in New York City, the Smack Mellon Studio Program provides visual artists working in any media a $5,000 stipend and a private studio in a renovated industrial building between Brooklyn's burgeoning haute-hipster enclave, Dumbo. [Fine Print]: Resident artists are responsible for their own housing. The $5,000 stipend is “dependent upon funding.” Some of the studios don’t have windows. *** Vermont Studio Center Who: Emerging to established painters, writers, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers When: Monthly Where: Johnson, Vermont The artist-run Vermont Studio Center is the largest artists' and writers' residency program in the U.S., hosting 50 international visual artists and writers per month. Artists are welcome to live and work for anywhere between four and 12 weeks on a charming 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Vermont's Green Mountains. Meals are served and prepared by an in-house chef. [Fine Print]: Although need-based aid is available, the fee for the residency comes out to nearly $1,000 per week (a 4-week residency currently costs $3,950.) *** Woodstock A-I-R Who: Artists of color working in photography When: Annually Notable Alums: Latoya Ruby Frazier, Justine Reyes, William Cordova The program offers seven residencies for artists and one “critical studies” residency for a curator/critic. Living space is located a short distance from the Center of Photography at Woodstock and 24-hour access is given to darkrooms, as well as stipends for food and travel, staff support, and honoraria. [Fine Print]: Keep in mind that you'll be in one of the most popular hippie havens in the country. For information on application deadlines please check the residency Web sites.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Nickelodeon is accepting pitches

Saw this posted on Cartoon Brew and it looks great: Nickelodeon is accepting pitches from the creative community for our new Nickelodeon Comedy Shorts Program and would love to hear from you! These will be produced at the studio and we will support the creator with whatever they need, but it all starts with you - the creator. It’s a rare opportunity for us to try out new creators and new characters quickly and with lower risk which means we can take more chances. Please know that there are pretty strict guidelines listed below, and we are moving very quickly - the deadline for submissions is 3/30 6pm. Here is the link to the official submission website. Please submit your ideas, materials, and links here: Here is the official press release: Guidelines for Comedy Shorts Program: •1 minute in length •1 setting •1 or 2 characters •Pitches must include character description and story treatment. Artwork – character design, thumbnail storyboard, layout, etc. is encouraged and will help but isn’t required. •Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2012 6pm PT •Goal is to complete 10 shorts this Summer •Platform is TBD – it could be online or on air What we are really looking for are Funny Breakout Characters that have a kid or kid-like perspective and can appeal to boys and girls both. We're looking for broad comedic characters that can drive lots of stories – not just react to crazy situations. Our main audience is boys and girls ages 6 to 11. What we’re not looking for: action, action comedy, anything too boy-centric or girl-centric, adult characters with adult perspectives, trendy topics, adult content. Some general rules: If human, your character should be a kid but an older kid because kids tend to aspire older. If non-human, your character can have an adult life – drive a car, have a job, live in their own home, so long as their perspective and mentality is kid-like and kid-relatable. Another rule: We make silly cartoons and love the creativity of the medium, so if it can be done in live action, then it's probably for live action and not for us. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you! Nickelodeon Animation Development

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fundraising for artists - kickstarter and grant writing

Just a reminder : The next class in Fund Raising for Artists starts on Wed, March 14th at SVA. Here is the info: Will be teaching a Continuing Education SVA class starting in next week, on Wed March 14th from 6 - 8:30pm. Fund Raising Basics for artists. We'll cover how to launch a kickstarter campaign (or USA projects, indiegogo, etc..) , how to apply for a guggenheim fellowship, artist residency and/or write a grant proposal. Here is the link if you are interested ( alumni get $50 off - woo hoo). Free for MFA or MPS students at SVA. email me with questions -

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pluto Mars Jupiter – what’s an artist to do?

We will talk about this and meditate on it at our next Day of Healing and Meditation on Saturday March 10th, 2012. Healing the unconscious wounds that drive the soul into action or inaction. Making that which is crazy making (karmic patterns) visible. Using visualization to heal the cells and create beauty. Create ideas. Create sanity. Symbols drive us forward into consciousness. Making the unconscious conscious – Pluto work. Hard, tears, destiny work. Art work. What are you creating these days? Are you creating these days? You better be… too much inside implodes and becomes biographical. Rather that you work it through via the mandala that calls your spirit name. Heal. Awaken. Share. Yet, Mars is retro till april 13th. Take stock now, not steps. Reflect now, don’t rush. Marinate, ponder, ruminate. Angry much? Perhaps. Feel it, release it. Dance. Initiate when the plans are well laid. take time now. Lists. Mind maps. Laughter yoga. Pluto sextiles Jupiter in my chart, natal chart, transit chart. – what about yours? Is it time for a psychological victory? Can you help someone feel more confident in being themselves? Can you help yourself? Jupiter asks us to define our non-boundary expansive pulses, breath like dots, musical ohms with vibratory frequencies of dancing beads that lead to relinquishing desire, relinquishing attachment – to attain or to avoid. Love that. Love that. I can see that image in my mind so clearly. Optimism. Faith. Waiting for realization. Free. Time for healing. Time for destiny. Time to shine.