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.”
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.