Archive for July 18, 2007

www.areaofdesign.com: Interview with Sean Perry

Photographer Sean Perry turned me on to a website called “Area of Design” that is featuring a wonderful interview with him currently on the home page, with samples of his work and his artists book Transitory. (I interviewed Sean about “Transitory” for the forthcoming Fall issue of the Photo-Eye Booklist; I’ll post when it is on the stands.)

I’d not previously known of this website, and find if of interest, particularly as it showcases both art and design.

“Our scope includes, but is not limited to, the following disciplines:

Architecture
Art
Branding
Fashion Design
Furniture Design
Graphic Design
Illustration
Interior Design
Packaging
Photography
Print
Interactive Design.”

It’s mission statement: “Area of Design is an organization that showcases established and emerging artists, designers, commercial firms, and non profit groups based in the United States.

Our mission is to provide a forum for artists to express themselves and inspire others by encouraging, educating, and nurturing creative talent.”

Many sections of this site should be checked out, especially American Icons, Resources and the Calendar, pointing readers to interesting events like Pop!Tech 2007, and exhibitions like “Meet Contemporary Czech Design.” Just the blend of art and culture I love!

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Ford Foundation’s IllumiNation Program Grants Support Native American Arts, Artists and Cultures

From the Ford Foundation press release:
“New York, July 6, 2007 — Celebrating and supporting the rich traditions and contemporary expression of Native American arts and cultures are at the heart of a major Ford Foundation initiative.

IllumiNation is a $1.9 million dollar program established by the foundation to strengthen Indigenous arts and cultures throughout the United States. Acknowledging that art and the creative process are essential to the continuing development of Native American culture, the program will, among other things, offer support to Indigenous artists and performers, encourage entrepreneurship and help build networks between individuals and organizations across the country

Under the program, a select number of arts organizations have been awarded two-year grants of up to $250,000 that are then disseminated to individual artists, community groups and institutions. The seven Ford grantees participating in the program have created a national support network for the contemporary Native American arts community. Through the program, they have sustained artists and organizations in communities across the country, supported cultural creativity and self-determination and exposed the larger arts community to Native American perspectives.

IllumiNation is a reflection of the foundation’s commitment to Native America. The largest and most enduring funder of Native American projects in the country, the foundation has invested more than $80 million in Native American programs over the last 20 years. In addition to our work in the arts, grants and programs have supported economic and community development efforts and advanced education and human rights.

Later this year, the foundation will launch a new Native American arts and culture fund with an initial endowment of $5 million designed to strengthen philanthropic networks of tribes, foundations, corporations and individuals. The fund will extend the work of the IllumiNation program and its commitment to Native American arts.

Ford grantees participating in the IllumiNation program include:

First Peoples Fund
Rapid City, South Dakota

A Native-controlled, national organization, First Peoples Fund is dedicated to cultivating arts leadership among Native Americans, supporting entrepreneurial artists and sustaining arts and culture at the community level. An IllumiNation grant will help First Peoples Fund increase its re-granting to American Indian artists.
www.firstpeoplesfund.org

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development
Arcata, California

With its IllumiNation grant, the Seventh Generation Fund is expanding its work with Native artists and arts organizations and further developing its Arts and Cultural Expression program. The fund is the oldest continually operating Native American intermediary grant-making organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1977, the fund has assisted hundreds of Indigenous groups and projects, including more than 30 arts organizations.
www.7genfund.org

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Since 1996, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has re-granted to approximately 50 Native artists. With its IllumiNation grant, the museum is expanding its already strong re-granting program for visiting artists, community artists, community art symposia and its Youth Mural Project. In addition, NMAI will provide training and assistance for tribal cultural centers and museums to curate exhibits in their own communities.
www.nmai.si.edu

Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indian and Western Art
Indianapolis, Indiana

One of the only museums of its kind in the Midwest, the Eiteljorg Museum has a premier collection of traditional and contemporary Native American and Western art. The museum’s hallmark effort is its Fellowship for Native American Fine Art program, which has provided more than $1 million in support to Native artists over the last decade. The IllumiNation grant is helping the museum extend and expand the fellowship program.
www.eiteljorg.org

American Composers Forum
St. Paul, Minnesota

An IllumiNation grant is providing support for the American Composers Forum’s First Nations Composers Initiative, helping Native American composers and musicians throughout the United States. The initiative builds on Ford’s commitment to helping the forum link communities with Native American composers and performers while encouraging the development of new music.
www.composersforum.org
www.fnci.org

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington

The Evergreen State College has a long history of bolstering Native American communities, offering a variety of Native American-focused programs and opportunities. With the establishment of its Longhouse Education and Cultural Center’s Native Economic Development Arts Initiative, the college promotes education, artistic creativity and economic development for Native artists. The center is using its IllumiNation grant to broaden its re-granting programs and become a national resource for Native artists through its extensive artist-in-residence program.
www.evergreen.edu/longhouse

New England Foundation for the Arts
Boston, Massachusetts

The New England Foundation for the Arts is using its IllumiNation grant to expand its Native Arts Initiative. The initiative includes a newly established regional Native arts re-granting program, efforts to engage the tribal communities in the field of the arts and support for the advancement of Native American artists and arts organizations on a national scale.”
www.nefa.org/projinit/nativeartsinit.html

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Call for Curators: Seventh Annual Emerging Curator Exhibition; deadine August 1

From the CFEVA Website:

“The Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery is currently accepting proposals from emerging curators for its Seventh Annual Visiting Curator Exhibition, scheduled to take place in Spring 2008. Applicants are asked to address the celebration of CFEVA’s 25th Anniversary Year by incorporating the theme of “Anniversary” in their proposals. This theme can be interpreted as fully or loosely as each applicant sees fit. Once chosen, the curator will be solely responsible for selecting the artists and artworks for the exhibition. Each exhibition must consist of at least 4 artists.

Applicants may include all media in the proposal; however, preference will be given to proposals that include artwork that can be accommodated in our gallery. Applicants must live within 100 miles of Philadelphia.

Curators will be compensated $500 per exhibition.
Interested applicants must submit the following:
-A curator’s statement detailing the proposed exhibition (up to 2 pages)
-A current resume
-A list of artists included in the proposed exhibition
-Digital images or slides from of at least 2 of the included artists -Current resumes of all of the included artists
-A self-addressed, stamped envelope for return shipping

Application deadline: 8/01/07 Application fee: $10.00

For more information or to receive a gallery floor-plan please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at 215 546-7775 x11 or genevieve@cfeva.org. It is strongly suggested that applicants visit the gallery to get a sense of the space prior to applying. www.cfeva.org”

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Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) Receives Pew Grant

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia has received a grant of $45,000 from the Pew Charitable Trust, part of their “Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program,” to “facilitate and reward exemplary management practices.”

From the CFEVA website:
“The Center For Emerging Visual Artists™, formerly Creative Artists Network, was founded in 1984 by Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel to encourage the career development of emerging visual artists. Since then, the organization has worked steadily harder to provide the support essential to talented individuals building careers in the visual arts. The Center dedicates itself to making art careers viable for those who choose them, helping emerging artists reach their audiences, and promoting interest and understanding of emerging visual art among citizens of the community.”

Under its “Information for Artists” link:
The Center For Emerging Visual Artists™ is first and foremost about giving artists the tools and experiences you need to achieve your visions of success as artists. We believe deeply and passionately, and have for over 21 years, that art making is essential not only to the quality of life in our society, but to its survival, and that art makers must be supported well by all of us. For that reason, all of the programming The Center develops and sustains is focused on building artists’ skills in the business of art, creating a place where artists can find the resources and information you need to advance your careers and increasing the awareness and appreciation of the visual arts and visual artists in our regional community.

Our site offers you access to some of our most important artist resources, and we encourage you to click on CFEVA Resources For You to find out more about them.”

The options here are
ANNOUNCEMENTS
OPPORTUNITIES for ARTISTS
and
LISTING OF CURRENT and ALUMNI CFEVA ARTISTS

This is a very interesting organization, having offered their “CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM” to artists (“Fellows”) within 100 miles of the Philadelphia area for 21 years now, contributing to the broad awareness of artists wishing to make a living in this challenging but rewarding industry. It is a model for other cities to look to an emulate.

From the website:
“The Mission of The Center’s two-year Career Development Program is to advance the professional development of a selected group of highly talented select group of emerging visual artists, while encouraging their participation in the region’s communities.

HOW AND WHEN ARE FELLOWS SELECTED?
Fellows are selected anonymously by our esteemed Board of Artistic Advisors each fall. Selection is based on the merit of the artwork submitted and a brief statement. New Fellows begin their fellowship the following January. Generally, accepted artists are notified in December, but no later than the end of January. Artists are accepted into The Career Development Program regardless of age, educational level, economic status, race, religion or sexual orientation.

WHAT DOES THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM OFFER?
Once an artist begins The Program, he/she will receive: up to six exhibition opportunities per year (regionally, nationally and internationally), a two-person show during the second year, career counseling, mentorship and intimate workshops geared towards the advancement of his/her career.

WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF PHILADELPHIA?
On average, the non-Philadelphia Fellows should plan on coming to Philadelphia once or twice each month. If transportation is a concern, The Center’s staff can research affordable options. Fellows can be employed so long as they are able to participate fully in The Program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
In order to be eligible for The Program, artists must:
Have a current body of work ready to exhibit and/or sell
Live within 100 miles of The Center (all boroughs of New York and all of Baltimore included) as outlined on the application
Not be in school
Never have had a solo show in a commercial gallery
Not have a contractual agreement with a commercial gallery
Be serious and dedicated to a life as a professional artist and to The Program.

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES ONCE I ENTER THE PROGRAM?
We ask that each Fellow commits twenty hours of his or her time each year (40 during the course of the two-year Program) to the community through our Regional Community Arts Program. Upon the completion of The Program, each artist has 30 days to donate one exemplary piece of their artwork to The Center’s permanent collection. If the above requirements are completed, alumni are welcome to participate in our alumni programming.

Artists who fail to participate in at least four exhibitions per year and at least 75% of programming (including exhibition openings) will be released from The Program unless there are extenuating circumstances.

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALUMNI?
Alumni services include: solo shows, generous travel grants, goal setting groups and more.

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PIX Digital Imaging Contest #13: Deadline August 1

Pix Digital Imaging Contest: “Regonizing Excellence and Innovation in the use of Digital Imaging” has a posted deadline of August 1, but for those of you running behind you can pay extra to deliver your entry by August 15th. Try to make the deadline of August 1st as the entry fees are high.

Submissions categories:
Advertising Campaigns
Portraits / Celebs / Music
Travel / Lifestyle
Fashion / Beauty
Personal Work
New Talent (Students / Emerging Talent)

To view a gallery of 2006 Pix contest winners, click here.
To view all the contests organized by Photo District News Magazine, click here.

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