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Greater Columbus Arts Council

OPPArt Series (Opportunities for Artists)

What is the OPPArt Series?
GCAC’s OPPArt Series is a way for local artists and creative people to connect with each other and further themselves and their work through professional workshops, roundtable discussions, social events and more. Join us for one, two, or all of the events listed below. Events are free unless otherwise noted.
To pre-register for any event or for more information, call or e-mail Deanna Poelsma at dpoelsma@gcac.org or


GCAC’s Operating Support Grant Program

January 9, Noon – 1:30 PM

GCAC Large Conference Room, 100 East Broad Street Suite #2250
Does your organization have its 501c3? Engage and compensate professional artists? Perform annual audits? If so, you might be eligible for Operating Support. Join Ruby Harper, Grants & Services Director, for an informative session about the ins and outs of the Operating Support program and application. This session is intended for new applicants or as a refresher course for existing recipients.

RSVP to dpoelsma@gcac.org or 614-221-8746. Walk-ins welcome, space allowing.

Artists in the Community – Individual Artist Support Program

January 17, 8:30 – 9:30 AM

William H. Thomas Gallery; 1270 Bryden Road, Columbus 43205
"Artists in the Community" is GCAC's grants and services program designed to support individual artists in Franklin County. Fellowships, supply grants and much more. Join Ruby Harper, Grants & Services Director in this informative session where she will de-mystify GCAC's application process and provide some one-on-one consultation in an informal environment.
Please RSVP to dpoelsma@gcac.org to attend this event. Walk-ins welcome, space allowing.

February 20 – AITC: Individual Artist Support Program
SEEKING SESSION PROPOSALS! We want to hear from you!

As GCAC continues to evolve the OPPArt series, we are continuing the monthly roundtable discussion sessions on the third Thursday of every month in 2013. The sessions are open to be led by local artists on any topic of interest. Submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

Please include your contact information, topic heading and description, speaker(s) or activity outline and 2 choices of month for scheduling.
For month information or questions, call or e-mail Ruby Harper at rharper@gcac.org or 614-221-8406.
Request for Qualifications

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Deadline: December 18
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is seeking an experienced public art master plan consultant to assist in the process of managing CML’s public art component of our 2020Vision Plan building program. The consultant is expected to demonstrate significant relevant experience in planning and visioning of public art programs. The consultant is expected to implement a team approach that will include CML staff, stakeholders, artists, design professionals, and members of our diverse community. To view the full call visit http://www.columbuslibrary.org/sites/columbuslibrary.org/files/RFQ_CML_13_030_ArtConsultant_Final.pdf

Creative Capital

Professional Development Program Online Learning
Is delighted to announce their upcoming webinars for artists working in all disciplines. Highlights this month include topics covering social media, crowdsourced fundraising through Kickstarter, and effective community outreach for socially-engaged projects. They’ll end the year with an in-depth interview with visual artist Sharon Louden about her practice and her new book, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists.

Visual Arts Round Table, with Sharon Louden & Matthew Deleget

Thursday, December 19, 7:00-8:30pm EST

Webinars are $25 each. All webinars are interactive and allow time for participants to ask questions. To participate, all you need is access to a computer with speakers and an Internet connection, there is no special software needed.

Interested but can't attend? All registered participants will receive access to a recording of that webinar. Learn more about our Online Learning Program on our website, or email Matthew Deleget at matthew@creative-capital.org.

Position Opening – Executive Director

Glass Axis

Deadline: December 23
The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and management of Glass Axis, a nonprofit organization that is a public access glass art facility dedicated to furthering knowledge, skills, and careers in glass for its members and the central Ohio community. The organization provides the following services: courses, workshops, school partnerships, demonstrations, rental facilities, event space, exhibitions, commercial gallery, and special events. The Executive Director reports to and works in partnership with a board of trustees and is responsible for developing and maintaining the organization's $350,000 budget, supervising a paid staff of 2. Please email your resume and cover letter to:  Search@GlassAxis.org.

Call for Visual Artists

Columbus Arts Festival

Deadline: January 17
Each year, artists who wish to be considered for the Columbus Arts Festival (CAF) apply through ZAPPlication™, an online application tool, by submitting four digital images of their work and one image of their booth display. A jury panel, selected by the CAF Coordinating Committee, conducts a blind jury process, where jurors review the artists’ images and technical statements without any biographical information about the artists. The top scores, allowing for a balanced show across mediums, are invited to participate in the Festival. For detailed information on the application process for Visual Artists, download a complete prospectus and information about the required Artist Statement (including sample statement) at http://columbusartsfestival.org/apply/artist/. You may also find the Artist Planning Guide useful. For more information, email Festival Coordinator Inal Elbeyli at ielbeyli@gcac.org.

Poetry and Author Applications Now Open

Columbus Arts Festival

Deadline: January 24
The Columbus Arts Festival will celebrate its 53rd year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus June 6, 7 & 8, 2014. Located along the Scioto Mile at the Downtown Riverfront, the Festival area encompasses Bicentennial Park and the Main and Rich Street bridges. Approximately 450,000 art and food lovers attend each year. Poets and authors chosen through an audition process will have an exciting opportunity to share their work at appointed times on Friday through Sunday of the festival in the Word is Art stage—a location dedicated to spoken word performance.
The online poetry application is now available at http://columbusartsfestival.org/application/poets/signup and covers the specifics of participation.  Each applicant is required to submit two (2) poems with the application.  A panel of judges will review the written work, from which they will select poets to audition. For more information visit http://columbusartsfestival.org/contact/press-room/poetry-author-applications-now-available-2014-columbus-arts-festival/. All activities are first-come, first-served.  No pre-registration required, no reservations accepted.

Voice of the City 2014

Columbus Children’s Choir

Deadline: January 28
Voice of the City is a vocal competition for singers ages 8 to 18 (or 19 years old if still in high school).  Contestants audition before a panel of judges and receive feedback in preliminary auditions. Singers with the highest preliminary scores become finalists for the live show. Finalists all sing in front of New York City talent agent, Nancy Carson, and several local judges. Contestants are eligible to win prizes in their age group, as well as the grand prize of $1,000.for more information on how to apply and audition visit http://columbuschildrenschoir.org/hear-the-music/events/voc/

Food Vendor Applications Now Open

Columbus Arts Festival

Deadline: January 31
Applications for food vendors (including food trucks and carts) are now available for the Columbus Arts Festival, June 6, 7 & 8, 2014. Located along the Scioto Mile at the Downtown Riverfront, the Festival area encompasses Bicentennial Park and the Main and Rich Street bridges. Great food is one of the highlights of the Festival and approximately 450,000 art and food lovers attend each year. Food vendors at the Columbus Arts Festival are chosen based on their menus and the look and cleanliness of their sales area as judged from pictures submitted with applications. Vegetarian and creative menus are encouraged. To apply, go to http://columbusartsfestival.org/application/vendors/signup. Applications must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST.

Performance Applications Now Open

Columbus Arts Festival

Deadline: February 7
Performance applications for musicians, theatre and dance troupes are now available for the Columbus Arts Festival, which will take place June 6, 7 and 8, 2014 along the Scioto Mile at the beautiful Downtown Riverfront. The Festival is currently accepting applications for musical performers to fill dozens of performance slots on the Bicentennial and Community Stages throughout the three-day event. The Bicentennial Stage is a large outdoor pavilion in Bicentennial Park. The Community Stage is a 16’ x 24’ stage located near COSI and is best suited for solo artists, trios, quartets and dancers and theatre troupes. Strolling performers will perform in designated areas throughout the Festival site. For more information on how to apply visit http://columbusartsfestival.org/contact/press-room/performance-applications-now-available-2014-columbus-arts-festival/

Live Art Applications Now Open

Columbus Arts Festival

Deadline: April 4
The Columbus Arts Festival is accepting applications from caricaturists and portrait artists for the event, June 6, 7 & 8, 2014.  Located along the Scioto Mile at the Downtown Riverfront, the Festival area encompasses Bicentennial Park and the Main and Rich Street bridges. Approximately 450,000 art enthusiasts attend each year. Each year the Festival seeks accomplished individuals to submit work for selection as on site caricature artists, charcoal artists, face painters, and temporary tattoo/henna artists. Chosen participants will be appointed spaces throughout the festival. Applications must be received by April 4, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST.  To apply go to http://columbusartsfestival.org/apply/.

Artist in Residence

OSU Student Printmaking Association
All artists and printmakers living within the Columbus OH and regional area are encouraged to apply to our new artist in residence program. Printmaking knowledge is a plus but not required.

This is not a paid position. The terms of the residence allow for access to all the printmaking equipment and facilities housed at the Ohio State Universities Printmaking Department including Screen printing, Relief, Intaglio and Lithography... Ink and paper and other disposable materials are the responsibilities of the artist.

The residency will last for duration of one month beginning at the first of the month and ending the last day of said month.
While in residence artists are required to be present in the printmaking shop one day per week to be worked out between the artist and the Student Printmaking Association. A minimum of 6 hours of shop presence is required which could be spread over one or several days. Any other hours spent in the shop are left up to the artist. During this time the artist is expected to interact and engage the student population in the print shop possibilities to accomplish this are through demonstrations, an artist talk, studio visits critiques and printing assistance etc.
Artists unfamiliar with Printmaking methods will be provided with assistance in printing and learning print techniques through scheduled assistance with students, grad students, and faculty. SPA will retain 20% of all editions created within the shop while the artist is in residence.
To apply for this opportunity please send 10-15 images of work in jpeg format, no image should exceed 2mb in size; proposal for how you would make use of the printmaking facilities; Artist Statement and current CV to Marty Azevedo, Azevedo.7@osu.edu, with “PRINTMAKING ARTIST IN RESIDENCE” in the subject line. The one-month residencies will run starting November 2013 and will continue through May 2014 with the possibility of a longer residency through summer 2014.

Open Call for Artist of All Medium

Sunbear Studios & Gallery
Located on Main Street in Alexandria, Ohio, Sunbear is the working studio for Meredith Martin, pastel artist, and also a gallery dedicated to showing the original work of local and Ohio artists. Meredith is currently looking of works in all mediums; photography, painting, jewelry, fiber arts, glasswork, pottery, wood, 2-D, 3-D.
For more information and questions, contact Meredith at 740-924-2656 or sunbearstudio@embarqmail.com

Be sure to visit www.sunbearstudio.com, for information on gallery hours, upcoming special events, classes offered and much more!

Columbus Digital | the Central Ohio Adobe User Group

Come join us on the first Tuesday of every month, at Brother’s Drake Meadery, for presentation night & happy hour, 26 E. 5th Avenue Columbus, Ohio
6:00 PM, join us for a glass of mead & light snacks

7:00 PM, the presentations start – 3X20-minutes talks on different Adobe tolls and other creative technologies

8:15 PM, we give things out that our sponsors give to us…then networking ‘til 9 or so
Creative professionals of all sorts are encouraged to attend, including: designers, web and interactive developers and video/motion graphic artists.
If you’d like to be considered as a speaker or learn how to become a sponsor, please email artIsLove@ittybittystudio.com



Ohio Cultural Data Project

Learn more about making your organization’s data work for you!

New User Orientation

We recommend a New User Orientation if your organization is new to the CDP or if you need a refresher on data entry. This training session will provide an overview of the history and goals of the Ohio CDP as well as an introduction to the types of data collected. The New User Orientation will walk participants through the process of entering data, applying to participating funders and generating reports. Please feel free to attend with additional staff and board members.

Reports Orientation

The Reports Orientation will give an overview of the available reports and is most useful for organizations that have already completed a Data Profile and are ready to use the reports.

Now that more than 450+ arts and cultural organizations are participating in the Ohio CDP, you are able to run reports comparing your organization against others throughout Ohio, as well as California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania!
Get Started. Register Today.

You can participate in WEB-BASED CDP Orientation sessions from your home or office computer. Once registered and one day prior to the training session, you will be sent a link to connect to this training session online. During the online session, the CDP associate will conduct the CDP New User Orientation, during which you will be able to ask questions and learn more about the CDP.

New User Orientation Webinar

Reports Orientation Webinar

First Wednesday of Every Month
at 10:00 am (EST)
Location: Online

Third Thursday of Every Month
at 10:00 am (EST)
Location: Online

First Wednesday of Every Month
at 2:00 pm (EST)
Location: Online

Third Thursday of Every Month
at 2:00 pm (EST)
Location: Online

Gallery Sitters Needed

Ohio Art League is looking or several volunteers to gallery sit on a regular on rotating basis for the following days and times:

Wednesday 3 – 6 p.m.

Saturdays 12 - 8 p.m.
Volunteers can sign up to work these shift every week or every other week depending on their schedule.

Gallery sitting is it is a great way to meet artists, while having time to draw, read or even work on your homework in a great space.

Gallery sitter duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone and taking messages. Internet is available for those who would like to bring a laptop. Parking is available at meters on High Street, a parking garage is only steps away and free parking is available on both 9th and 11th Avenue.
Please let us know if you’re interested by responding to this email at oal@oal.org or call Esther at 614-299-8225 or fill out a volunteer application on our website www.oal.org/volunteer


Call for Proposals

Glen Helen Ecology Institute

Deadline: December 31
Open call to artists, independent curators and arts organizations. Gallery invites exhibition proposals for solo or group shows for the 2014 calendar year. The Gallery exhibits six shows each year, with three being selected from submissions to this call. Two shows are curated, and the Glen Helen Association Members’ Show is exhibited each year during January and February.   Postmark deadline December 31, 2013. For more information visit http://glen.antiochcollege.org/glen_helen/art/opportunities_for_artists.html


Manifest Gallery

Deadline: December 31
The award-winning International Drawing Annual is an extension and merging of Manifest's Drawing Center, Press, and Gallery programs. Its goal is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent examples of contemporary drawing from around the world.

Note that this project is open to broad interpretations of just what qualifies as 'drawing'. The publication is open to any artist submitting original works of art or design created within the past three years (2011 - 2013). 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, experimental, graphic, fine art, design, architectural, digital, illustration, etc.) with the only qualification being that artwork submitted is representative of excellent 'drawing' of some form. For more information visit http://www.manifestgallery.org/inda9

Call for Classrooms, Adaption, Integration and the Arts

VSA Ohio

Deadline: January 24
Apply today to host a Teaching Artist in an inclusive classroom during spring 2014.  AIA partners teaching artists and educators in inclusive classrooms to enhance teaching and learning through an arts-integrated residency and curriculum. Residencies will last up to 50 hours, are student-focused, may include any art form, academic content standards-based, universally designed, and flexible to meet school and classroom needs. Call Erin Hoppe at 614-241-5325 to discuss eligibility and the application.

Best of 2014

Ohio Designer Craftsmen

Deadline: February 7
Best of 2014 Applications Now Online. Applying to ODC’s annual “Best of” competition is now even easier with our new online application process. Beginning with “The Best of 2014,” all entries must be completed online. A prospectus will no longer be mailed to members, cutting down on waste and cost. Starting November 1, artists can apply online. Images can be uploaded directly to the site, and the entry fee of $25 can be paid online as well. The entry deadline is February 7, 2014. An e-mail with website details will be sent at the end of October. The exhibition will be presented at the Ohio Craft Museum May 4–June 22, then travel to the Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert, Ohio, and to the French Art Colony in Gallipolis.

Big Yellow School Bus Program

Ohio Arts Council

Deadline: March 1
The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is pleased to announce the newly created Big Yellow School Bus program and the opening of the Artists with Disabilities Access program to a new field of applicants: organizations serving artists with disabilities.

The Big Yellow School Bus program provides support for the travel costs associated with arts-related school field trips. Private and public schools (pre-kindergarten through secondary) and associations for home-schooled students may apply for up to $500 for transportation costs associated with educational field trips to galleries, museums, festivals, exhibitions and performances. Applications are being accepted and are due no later than eight weeks prior to the date of the proposed event. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis for as long as funds are available.

Also, the OAC has revised its Artists with Disabilities Access program guidelines, marking significant changes to the program. Organizations that serve artists with disabilities may apply to the Artists with Disabilities Access program (ADAP) for up to $3,000 in funding. Professional artists with disabilities may now apply for up to $1,000; emerging artists may request up to $500. Funds are available for a variety of activities, materials, and services. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis and will be reviewed by a panel with broad knowledge in the arts and accessibility issues. The deadlines to apply are March 1, June 1, and September 1 until funds are expended.

For more information on these programs, visit the OAC guidelines at http://www.oac.state.oh.us/grantsprogs/guidelines/guide_intro.asp, or contact the OAC at 614/466-2613.


(Information listed in this section is open to artists in any geographic area)


Call for Artists

Art in Public Places Program
The City of Austin Art in Public Places program is compiling a national list of artists who work with light as an aesthetic and conceptual medium. If this applies to you or anyone you may know please send the artist’s name, contact information and website to jean.graham@austintexas.gov.


Artist Residency

Dacia Gallery
Dacia Gallery invites artists to participate in the Artist Residency Program for 2014, in picturesque, Sibiu, Romania, a city located deep within Transylvania at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Dacia's Artist Residency provides an academic program to inspire, refine and redefine the creative direction of artists in a painting intensive four-week program. Artists will meet at Dacia's Artist Studio in Sibiu's grand plaza and paint the figure from life and landscapes in the old city, the mountains and countryside. Enjoy weekend painting and sketching trips to art museums, medieval Byzantine monasteries to study ancient frescos and icons. And what’s a trip to Romania without a visit to the medieval castle of Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Plus a group exhibition in Sibiu, which will also be exhibited in New York City. This is a wonderful opportunity to study and paint abroad. For more information visit www.daciagallery.com


North Pole Library Call for Art

FairBanks North Star Borough

Deadline: December 27
The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) is soliciting proposals for two separate pieces of art for the new North Pole Library. Site #1 for art will be in the main entrance lobby, a clerestory area with windows on four sides, and Site #2 for art will be in the fireplace area in the Library, where there is a vaulted ceiling and the exterior wall is all windows with a fireplace. The definition of clerestory is an upper portion of a wall containing windows for supplying natural light to a building. Artists can submit proposals for either area or both. Proposals for each site will be evaluated and awarded separately. For more information visit http://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=1580


Shellmound/Powell Street Bridge Art Program

City of Emeryville

Deadline: December 31
The City of Emeryville is issuing a Request for Qualifications to solicit applications from teams whose primary members are comprised of artists, lighting designers, and landscape architects to: 1) design, fabricate and install a unique, innovative public art installation incorporating a lighting component as well as other artistic elements for the Powell Street Bridge and the nearby public right-of-way areas and 2) provide two written documents that suggest themes, locations, and unified concepts for art installations and landscape improvements on both adjacent private property and public rights of way. For more information visit http://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=1314


Artist Residency

Sculpture Space

Deadline: December 31
Sculpture Space is located in the former Utica Steam Engine and Boilerworks plant. Artists-in-residence receive a $2,000 stipend, shared housing, shared studio space (2 private studios are also available), equipment, technical assistance, and specialized resources available in the Mohawk Valley; to make sculpture on a scale which they otherwise might not afford in an environment conducive to experimentation. Mid-career, emerging or established professional artists with a focus on sculpture, installation, metalwork, woodwork, conceptual, environmental, performance or multidisciplinary arts may apply. For more information visit http://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies/sculpture-space-inc


Bodies 2014 +

North Seattle Community College Art Gallery

Deadline: January 10
Artists of any media are invited to submit work for a juried show on the theme of “Bodies.” We are looking for a wide range of responses that reflect the physical, experiential, political, historical or emotional aspects of the body. Artists that re-interpret or expand beyond the traditional aspects of figure drawing and painting are especially encouraged to apply. For more information visit http://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=1662


Call for Artists

Capital Projects Artist Pool

Deadline: January 13
The City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture & Creative Development's Public Art division, Public Art San Antonio(PASA) seeks artists for potential inclusion in the Capital Projects Artist Pool (CPAP), a roster of pre-qualified artists to be considered for upcoming opportunities to create new public artwork for various projects in parks, plazas, streetscapes, and facilities throughout the City in conjunction with City-funded capital improvements. Selected artists shall remain active for a two-year period. Artists that were selected as a result of the 2013 Call for Artists need not apply. Artists who previously applied to this call and were not selected are encouraged to reapply. This opportunity is open to all practicing, professional artists working in any media and who reside in the United States. To view the entire call visit http://publicartist.org/PASA/


Request for Qualifications

Office of Raleigh Arts

Deadline: January 17
The Office of Raleigh Arts invites artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for a temporary public art opportunity in celebration of bluegrass music and the 2014 World of Bluegrass Week. Artists must have demonstrated experience in producing public art events or installations in an outdoor setting. The artist/team fee is $25,000, inclusive of all expenses including design, fabrication, installation, travel, taxes and fees. There is no fee to submit qualifications. For more information visit http://www.raleighnc.gov/arts/content/Arts/Articles/CallForArtists.html


Request for Qualifications

City of Palo Alto Public Art Program

Deadline: February 2
The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program invites artists working in all media to submit their qualifications to create an artwork or artworks at the site of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course located at 1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA under the City’s Percent for Art Program.  The artwork(s) should be responsive to the usage and specifications of this outdoors recreational facility undergoing a major reconfiguration project. The artwork should conceptually fulfill the environmental vision for the new golf course.  An artist/team may choose their medium but is encouraged to use eco-friendly, sustainable and alternative-energy elements. For more information visit https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=1680&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes


Gateway Sculpture

Oregon Public Art Commission

Deadline: March 31
The City of Ashland, Oregon Public Art Commission (PAC) seeks qualifications of artists, or artist teams, experienced in creation of original, outdoor public art work.  The PAC intends to commission an art piece to be permanently installed at the Gateway Sculpture site located in downtown Ashland, Oregon.  The total budget for the art work is $100,000.  Artists should review the RFQ requirements at www.ashland.or.us/gateway before submitting their qualifications.

Call to Artists

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Deadline: December 19
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), with the assistance of the Maryland State Arts Council Commission on Public Art, is issuing this solicitation document to engage individual artists and artistic teams to respond with professional qualifications in regards to a proposal of site-specific artwork for the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Performing Arts & Humanities Building (PAHB).  If chosen, the Artist shall develop a new original permanent work of art made specifically for the site that enhances and compliments the newly constructed Performing Arts & Humanities Building. To view the full RFQ visit http://www.umbc.edu/adminaffairs/procurement/Bids/RFQBC20902Q

Call for Artists

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Deadline: December 19
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture seeks an artist or artist team for the public piers of the Seattle Central Waterfront. These piers will be rebuilt as part of Waterfront Seattle, a large-scale project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with 26 acres of new public space, streets, parks, and buildings. The project is funded by Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) 1% for Art funds generated by the reconstruction of the Elliott Bay Seawall in downtown Seattle, part of a larger project of redeveloping Seattle’s Central Waterfront. The call is open to professional artists working nationally or internationally. The budget for this commission is approximately $1,000,000, inclusive of design, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs. The application deadline is Thursday, December 19, 2013. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/arts. 

Call for Artists

Johnson City Public Art Committee

Deadline: December 20
The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN is seeking proposals for an art project that incorporates identifying signage for the new Founders Park retention pond project in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. The artwork must withstand varied environmental conditions, including occasional high water. Johnson City is distinguished as a community that embraces art, the environment, commerce, science, community, and education. The budget for both entrances is $50,000. For more information visit http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/art/projects/

Request for Qualifications

City of Asylum

Deadline: December 20
City of Asylum / Pittsburgh is working with the Office of Public Art  to commission temporary works of public art that will create connections between its two in-development community spaces on Pittsburgh’s North side.  The temporary artworks will be located between a reading garden on Monterey Street and Alphabet City, a multi-purpose literary center near the intersection of Federal Street and North Avenue.  

The exhibition period for the temporary public art program will take place from June 2014 through June 2015.  The exact artwork locations, installation time, and vision for each project will be determined through the commission process. Three artists or teams of artists will be selected to participate in the program through this call for artists. The budget for each project is $6,000.  The project is funded in part through a grant from ArtPlace America.  Please download RFQ at http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/storage/documents/City_of_Asylum_Call_for_Artists.pdf, for project details and how to apply.

Baker Hall Public Art

University of Northern Iowa

Deadline: January 3
The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa has issued this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to commission an artist or artist-led team to produce a three-dimensional exterior artwork for permanent installation on the site currently occupied by Baker Hall.  Baker Hall is one of the original campus dormitories and is being demolished.  The four departments currently housed in Baker are being located in the newly renovated Bartlett. The Baker site will become green space as well as provide a central north-south walkway through the campus. This RFQ is open to all professional public artists or artist teams, including those who are new to the field of public art, from throughout the United States. Artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this project. For full competition details including the artwork goals, selection process, timeline and submission procedures, view the attached prospectus or view at Publicartist.org.

Call to Artists

Embracing our Differences

Deadline: January 6
Embracing Our Differences invites artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers and students to participate in its annual visual art exhibit celebrating diversity. The Embracing Our Differences exhibit will be displayed throughout the months of April and May 2013 at Island Park along Sarasota’s beautiful bay front. Open to all artists. National and international submissions are encouraged. No entry fee. For more information visit http://www.embracingourdifferences.org/call-for-artists.html.

Interior Sculpture

North Carolina State University

Deadline: January 9
North Carolina State University is seeking qualifications from artists/teams to create an interior sculpture / sculptural composition to enhance the Wolfpack spirit in the Talley Student Union, which is currently undergoing construction for a major renovation and a new addition. The Union will become the center of the campus community and serve as a hub for quality student life experiences. The over-arching goal for this sculpture is to broaden the artistic expression on campus, showcasing a deeper appreciation and understanding of NC State, while complementing the building’s character and piquing the interest of visitors. This art needs to evoke school spirit, pride, and tradition so that visitors and the campus community will recognize NC State. The project budget is approximately $150,000, inclusive of all labor, materials and other expenses. The eligibility requirement is: a professional artist/artists living in the U.S. Download the complete project description and submission form here: http://www.ncsu.edu/facilities/advertisements/pdfs/2013/December%202013/Talley%20Interior%20Sculpture%20RFQ%202013-12-02.pdf

Request for Qualifications

Public Art Chattanooga

Deadline: January 10
Public Art Chattanooga is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams for the commission and installation of a work of public art on the lawn of Fire Station #1 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Up to five finalists will be selected to develop concept proposals for this project.  Each finalist will be paid a $500 stipend.  The project budget for the selected commission is $75,000. This RFQ is open to all professional artists and artist teams over the age of 18, who currently reside in the United States. For more info0rmation visit http://www.publicartchattanooga.com/about/callstoartists.htm

US Mint Call for Artists

United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program

Deadline: January 10
Artists participating in the AIP will be awarded a contract with a base period (one full year plus the remainder of the year of award) and up to five option years. Under this contract, artists are invited to submit designs for United States Mint coin and medal programs. When designs are required for a coin or medal program, the United States Mint will issue the invitations through contract task orders to any or all AIP artists to submit obverse (heads side) and/or reverse (tails side) designs. The AIP contract includes legal requirements for the transfer of rights, which means that all AIP design submissions must be assigned to the United States Mint and will become its sole and exclusive property. - See more at http://arts.gov/grants-individuals/united-states-mint-call-for-artists#sthash.8s5LnwXW.dpuf
To learn more about the call and submission process visit http://arts.gov/grants-individuals/united-states-mint-call-for-artists

Photography Proposals that Promote Social Change

Alexia Foundation

Deadline: January 13
The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for social change through grants, scholarships, and special projects. The foundation's main purpose is to encourage and help photojournalists create stories that drive change.
In 2014, the foundation will offer grants in three categories:

Professional Grant: One $20,000 will be awarded to enable a professional photographer or visual journalist to produce a substantial body of work that reflects the foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Proposals are invited from photojournalists anywhere in the world. The award is for an individual photographer; collaborative applications will not be accepted.

Student Grant: One student recipient will receive funding for a semester at the Syracuse University London Program, a $1,000 cash grant to help produce the proposed body of work, a $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo, and $500 for the student’s academic department. Student awards will also be given to a second-place winner and three Award of Excellence Winners.
Gilka Grant: Honoring Robert E. Gilka, the director of photography for National Geographic magazine and a longtime supporter of the foundation, the grant will recognize the best student project proposal that also includes a multimedia component. The winner of the Gilka Grant will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the Kalish Workshop.
Applicants to the Student and Gilka grants must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad at the time of application. No student who has completed more than three internships or one year of full-time professional experience is eligible.

Applying for the Student Grant is free, but there is a $50 application fee to apply for the Professional Grant. For more information visit http://www.alexiafoundation.org/blog/2013/10/30/announcing-the-2014-alexia-foundation-grant-call-for-entries/

2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial

Columbus Area Arts Council

Deadline: January 24
The Columbus (IN) Area Arts Council seeks applications from professional artists for the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial. The Biennial builds off the highly successful 2006 Columbus Sculpture Invitational, which featured 15 large-scale sculptures on exhibition for two years around downtown Columbus. Applications are due January 24, 2014 with installation taking place in June 2014. For more information on the application and review process visit http://www.artsincolumbus.org/callforartists/.

Corridor Art Project

City of Johnson City, TN

Deadline: January 24
The City of Johnson City, Tennessee is seeking proposals to lease sculptures for the Public Art

Corridor Exhibition Johnson City, TN. The exhibition will be located along the State of Franklin Street corridor that connects Johnson City and the campus of East Tennessee State University. This exhibition is

part of a larger greenway vision plan. The greenway will include areas of pollinator plants and sites for public art, in addition to functional items such as benches, planters, educational kiosks, and bike racks. The greenway plan is visualized as both symbolic and practical: feeding culture and commerce between the community and university, as well as physically nurturing the environment by providing a habitat that is beneficial to all. For a full RFP visit http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/controls/viewFile.ashx?type=purchasingbidnum&id=119

Tropical Wetland Garden

The Mounts Botanical Garden

Deadline: January 27
Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program seeks to commission an artist-led team to design and install the new Tropical Wetland Garden at The Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County (Mounts Botanical Garden). The selected team will have a proven track record in the design and development of artistic outdoor environments, with plants as one of the primary media.
The Tropical Wetland Garden will:

-Showcase horticultural and landscape design excellence using ornamental foliage and flowering plants, both native and non-native, which can tolerate and thrive in the site’s seasonally varying conditions.

-Protect water resources demonstrate Florida Friendly landscaping principles.

-Fulfill University of Florida’s Water Institute goals.

-Support the botanical garden’s educational programs complement the existing artist designed pedestrian bridge.

-Inspire garden visitors.

For more information visit http://pbcgov.com/fdo/art/artists/

Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience

City of Folsom

Deadline: January 30
The City of Folsom is Requesting Artists’ Qualifications (RFQ) to create a fitting tribute to the legacy of Johnny Cash by creating a world class public art installation featuring visual and audio art and interpretative information about the famed singer’s life and connection to Folsom. The venue for this artwork is the 2.5 mile Johnny Cash Trail traversing Folsom State Prison Property linking Folsom Lake and the Historic District of Folsom. The art installation concept includes six prominent sites along the trail including the Folsom Prison Museum. Each site and the entire trail presents unique opportunities to develop creative and inspiring visual art associated with Johnny Cash, as well as incorporation of his music made internationally famous due to his performance at Folsom Prison.
Phase One of the Johnny Cash Trail Arts Experience has a budget of $4,000-24,000 to final selected artists for all materials, labor and time, travel involved in the art work design. (Phase Two budget/ fabrication/installation is $1,000,000.) Eligibility is open to all artist(s)/artist team(s) residing in the United States. A mandatory site visit and walking tour on November 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m. is required for all artists teams interested in applying. Requested email RSVP for attendance cabraham@folsom.ca.us.  (Please wear attire suitable for walking on unimproved trails.)

A complete RFQ with application information is available at:

http://www.folsom.ca.us/about/whats_new/doing_business_with_the_city_(rfps_and_more)/default.asp and selecting the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience RFQ.

Native American Filmmakers Fellowship

Sundance Institute

Deadline: February 3
The Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program has created a fellowship to provide direct support to emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the United States. The program is designed to support filmmakers working to strengthen their craft, develop their voice, and advance current projects toward production.
The Native Lab Fellowship is a two-stage development opportunity for filmmakers with short film scripts. The first stage of development is an intensive five-day workshop in May 2014). During the workshop, fellows will receive comprehensive feedback on their projects from established screenwriters and directors. Held during the Sundance Film Festival, the second stage of the fellowship is intended to help advance fellows' careers by providing networking opportunities with film professionals who advise them about the business of cinema.

Submissions will be judged on their originality, artistic voice, and potential to advance toward production. Submitted scripts/stories need not be about a specific culture or theme. All stories are welcome and contemporary stories are encouraged. Visit http://www.sundance.org/programs/native-lab-fellowship/ for more information.

Request for Proposals

Chamber Music America

Deadline: February 7
Chamber Music America has announced a Request for Proposals for the 2014 Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a pilot grant program to provide support to consortiums of U.S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles to perform at each presenter's venue. A consortium consists of one lead presenter, two presenter partners, and up to three ensembles. The consortium presenters maybe be located within the same state, but must be located in different cities or regional areas at least fifty miles apart. The ensembles may reside in the home state of a consortium partner, or be from elsewhere in the United States. For more information visit http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps/rfp4328-chamber-music-america-issues-request-for-proposals-for-new-jazz-presenters-grant-program

Seeking Writers

Communication Arts
Communication Arts is actively seeking creative industry thought leaders who can contribute well-written opinion pieces on emerging trends, ethical issues and what it takes to thrive in the fields of typography, photography, illustration, advertising and design for print, digital and interactive media. They are also seeking experienced assignment writers who can craft engaging in-depth artist/firm profiles that reveal the inspiring backstory behind a subject’s exceptional portfolio. For more information visit http://www.commarts.com/info/writers/


National Park Service
There are programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and other creative media. Programs vary, but residencies are typically 2-4 weeks in length and most include lodging. Often artists are invited to participate in park programs by sharing their art with the public. Each park in this directory has its own application process and timeline so visit the park's website for further information. For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/artist-in-residence.htm

Call for entries

Soapbox Gallery
Soapbox Gallery seeks artists for its 2013-2014 season. Visual arts, installations and performance works will be considered. We are looking for works that tackle issues of our world, and that can help create awareness and dialogue around these issues. Write to info.soapbox@gmail.com with your proposal and any questions. Please include work samples, an artist statement, and a writing sample explaining your idea for the show. Contact: Jimmy Greenfield at (347) 836-2941 or info.soapboxgallery@gmail.org

Calling All Artists
The Addison Center for the Arts is accepting applicants for future one person or group exhibits in its gallery. If interested, send a resume along with 10-15 samples of art in the form of photos or a CD. List the tile, medium, and size and send to:
Addison Center for the Arts

213 N. Lombard Road

Addison, IL 60101

Attn: Annette Leiber

For more information, please call: (630) 317-4371


Manage Elite Blog

Great Blog post on the 13 tips for staying mentally tough

Money Watch

Great article on what makes emails ineffective, and even insulting.

The Impact of Regional Theatre

Video that discusses the new ways of measuring and having impact, working in the theatre.


From Artist to Enterprise

Great article on organizational structures for artists.

IRS tax-exempt application

Great article on a new approach to speed up the process of obtaining your tax-exempt status.



Artful.ly is an online system to manage your tickets, donations and contacts! It’s a simple, elegant way to keep track of events, people, and your everyday work. A database to help you see how you interact with your patrons, Artful.ly lets you sell tickets and take donations on your own website. Best for individual artists or small organizations with budgets less than $500,000/year, it’s good for organizations ticketing dozens of events per year or just a few workshops.


An online tool for entrepreneurs assisting in the areas of Trademarks, LLCs and much more.

Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses

Check out this great webinar offered by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce!

Arts Legal Assistance Program

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) offer a program providing pro bono legal assistance for Franklin County individual artists and small arts organizations.

The Arts Legal Assistance Program is offered for arts related issues based on CBA defined areas on legal support (i.e., contracts, copyright and trademark issues, business structure issues and lease agreements).

The program is intended to support individual artists and smaller arts groups. This includes arts organizations with annual budgets of less than $500,000.

Artists and organizations seeking a referral to the appropriate attorney will contact GCAC who will do a preliminary evaluation of the request. GCAC will help address questions from prospective artists or arts organizations regarding the scope and services available through the Arts Legal Assistance Program, and will help ensure resources are made available on the broadest possible basis to artist and organizations with the most significant need.
For more information contact the Grants & Services Department,

(rharper@gcac.org, 614-221-8406) or visit our website: www.gcac.org.

Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

The St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) has a number of helpful publications for artists and small arts organizations.

Foundation Center - Cleveland

The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world, to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grant makers and their grants – a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. They routinely list new RFP’s in Arts & Culture as well as a variety of areas; education, community improvement/development, health, environment, etc. To view the new RFP’s, visit www.foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/

Guidestar Webinar Archive


Free Online Event Postings – FranklinCountyEvents.com

FranklinCountyEvents.com is an online community calendar, the place to go to find out “what’s happening” within Franklin County. We invite all Non-profit organizations in Franklin County to post their events on our calendar at no cost. Every Tuesday we send an e-newsletter out to subscribing county residents highlighting the next week’s events. Our goal is to be a centralized resource for the residents of the county to learn about upcoming events as well as encourage more community participation in the events non-profit organizations are hosting.

There is no charge for this service to non-profits or to the community residents. Businesses may also post community events to our calendar for a small fee of $10.
Spaces for Rent

Visit www.gcac.org for comprehensive listing of available space in Columbus – exhibition, studios, rehearsal, meetings, etc.

If you have or know of space suitable for workshops, meetings, studios, gallery exhibitions, rehearsals, performances, and recordings, please send an email to Deanna Poelsma at dpoelsma@gcac.org.
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