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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CAA Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts and Art History for MFA and PhD Candidates

CAA has begun accepting applications from MFA and PhD students for its Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts and Art History. For the current cycle, CAA will award grants of $10,000 each to outstanding students who will receive their terminal degrees in the calendar year 2016. One award will be presented to a practitioner—an artist, designer, and/or craftsperson—and one award will be presented to an art, architecture, and/or design historian, curator, or critic.
Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the 104th Annual Conference in Washington, DC taking place February 3–6, 2016. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary conference registration.
CAA’s fellowship program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal degree programs nationwide. Awards are intended to help the students with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for studio art/design practice. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.
Please visit to submit applications to the 2015 MFA and PhD Professional
-Development Fellowship programs. The deadline for applications for the PhD Fellowships is Friday, October 2, 2015 and Monday, November 16, 2015 for the MFA Fellowships. Awardees will be announced in January 2016.

FOCUS: The Healing Power of Art, Charleston, SC

By Craig Evans


Art helps the community heal

The Gibbes Museum last week highlighted a way to use art to promote community healing following the tragic June 18 church shooting that left nine dead.

“Throughout history, people have looked to the arts for inspiration and healing during times of deep sadness,” an email said. “Members of the local art community are responding to the tragedy through their creativity, and the staff and board members of the Gibbes Museum have been profoundly touched by theses meaningful photographs, videos, drawings and illustrations that have been shared with us.

“We believe in the healing powers of art and are working with local artists and art organizations to create a community-wide art project to help with the healing process.”

The museum then shared four artworks that illustrated how art can help to heal:
By Buff Ross
“We Shall Overcome,” by Gil Shuler
“Mother Emanuel,” By Timothy Banks
In the days ahead, look for more art projects that provide inspirational messages. The Gibbes Museum is partnering with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and Redux Studios to present a community-wide art healing project led by local artists Laura De La Maza and Dianne Tennyson. More information is forthcoming.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Still Life: The Art of Moonshine

Still Life: The Art of Moonshine

Middle Tennessee State University – Todd Art Gallery – Murfreesboro, TN 37129

August 27-September 10, 2015

Opening Reception, August 26, 5-7 p.m.

Entry Deadline: Thursday, July 16, 2015​

From the Heart of Middle Tennessee and Beyond to the Far Corners of the American Psyche, this thematic fine art exhibit will be juried by and contain the work of Dr. Brian Harnetty and Elias Hansen. Including sound art, performance, musical composition and poetry we seek to expand the typical gallery presentation by incorporating the perspectives of contemporary artists for the far-reaching and ongoing history, stereotypes, methods, and mythos of an iconic American symbol, Moonshine.

No application fee to students. Over $2,000 in prize money.


Dr. Brian Harnetty 
As well as being a noted musician and composer, Brian Harnetty is a distinguished sound artist, whose work involves a kind of audible palimpsest, with mixtures of sounds from found materials, field recordings, transcriptions, and historic recordings being laid over one another resulting in a remarkable compound of evocative sounds and noises. Harnetty received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University, and holds degrees in music composition from such prestigious institutions as the Royal Academy of Music, London and The Ohio State University. Harnetty has performed at the Wexner Center for the Arts and his "The Star-Faced One: from the Sun RA/EL Saturn Archives" was Mojo Magazine’s 2013 underground album of the year.Elias HansenTrained in bookbinding from an early age and later glass blowing, Elias Hansen is an artist of wide-ranging talents and diverse practices. His assemblages of glass objects and others materials are often rich in color and informal in appearance. Consisting of found objects and hand-blown vessels displayed on shelves or platforms and festooned with electrical chords and wires, these works resist simple categorization. Redolent of the chemistry lab and the distillery, they invite viewers to read the assemblages at once as an operable still, meth lab and form of alchemy. Educated at Whitman College, he received further training at the Larson Red Angus Ranch and the New Orleans School of Glass and Print. Hansen has exhibited widely in many prestigious international venues and has received great acclaim from critics at The New York Times and Artforum.

Student Awards Jurors
Members of the MTSU Department of Art’s Student Gallery Committee, upper division art students dedicated to managing and curating student-led exhibits and activities in a variety of on and off-campus venues open to the display of student work.

For any questions or concerns contact:

Eric Snyder, Gallery Director

Help Alisha Peterson, Clemson University Art Major, with Her Project to Study and Document the Flora of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Alisha Peterson's Lost, ink on vellum, 2015
Alisha Peterson is an art student at Clemson University, beginning her senior year this fall. She creates art that explores the intersection of art and science, especially the ways that humans and nature interact.

She been accepted to study abroad this summer with The School for Field Studies Applied Marine Research Techniques session, on the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the scientific component of her artwork! She will learn how to develop a scientific approach to identify key problems affecting marine environments. She will also get to draw and photograph the beauty of a remote island!

The unique skills she will learn on this study abroad trip will directly impact her art career. This fall, She is participating in an internship with Denise Woodward-Detrich, the Director of Lee Gallery at Clemson University, to organize her very first solo exhibition. For her senior project, she is investigating the unique botany indigenous to the Clemson, South Carolina region.

Additionally, she is working on writing a proposal for the Fulbright Study grant, in order to build upon the same themes established during the study abroad summer session on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

So, as you can see, there are many exciting opportunities connected to an already exciting study abroad program.  Please help her to make all of this happen.

The financial burden of studying abroad is a bit steep, and she needs your help to connect the dots. Her budget includes a program fee of $2000, airfare of $660, and $340 for supplies (such as snorkel and fins, immunizations, and other gear necessary for study on a remote tropical island). Any additional funds would be gladly used for the purchase of a new fancy DSLR camera (about $400 used, a bargain!), or black & white film for all the pictures she knows she will be taking!

Please help her realize this amazing opportunity with a donation, or sharing her story with people you know who may be interested by donating. Thank you!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Why Not Paper, Indeed? The Art of Clemson University Art Department Alumna, Kristen T. Woodward, at Riverworks Gallery

Kristen T. Woodward [Clemson University MFA in Art, 1993] might answer, "Why Not Paper?" with "It must be paper." She explains "Paper suggests a skin that holds the memory of each fold, tear, or embedded element. Unlike a blank canvas or wood panel that waits for the image to be introduced, the paper work starts to carry visual information in its initial formation, before the first pigment is applied." Her compositions begin with basic plant fibers (usually iris and cotton) sometimes adding found paper bits. Each unique sheet of paper is hand screened, possibly layering the pulp to build a support in relief. Finally Woodward applies pigment to complete her colorful, abstract images. Woodward continues, "By growing and harvesting indigenous plants to be made into paper I'm able to control all of the variables in the final support; from color variations and texture to the amount of internal sizing."

Woodward chooses to work in series, and several of her series are represented in Why Not Paper?. Some paintings were inspired by the formal compositions of Navajo and Chimayo textiles. Others speak to self-portraiture and personal choice with painted images on papers embedded with photographic elements and Chinese "joss" (money). The paintings in Why Not Paper? may originate from differing inspirations but all share the unique tactile energy of handmade paper.

Kristen T. Woodward holds a BFA from Syracuse University and a MFA from Clemson University. She is currently a Professor of Art and Department Chair at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania where she teaches painting, printmaking, and disciplinary courses in Latin American graphic art, and gender as related to the arts. She is represented in numerous permanent collections including the Federal Reserve Bank, Sexton Industries, The Shearwater Corporation, The Cottonlandia Museum, Wachovia Bank, Adams State College, Lockhaven University, Cooper University Hospital, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics of Los Angeles. She is also the Resident Curator for

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. The gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. 

For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Manager                   
RIVERWORKS Gallery                         
(864) 271-0679 or email                             
or visit  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

APPLY: Ponyride Artist Residency Detroit, Michigan

Selection Criteria:
Artists of any discipline are eligible to apply. You will need to describe your art practice and make a case for the work you intend to do during a Ponyride residency.

Call for Applications:
  • Monday, June 1, 2015 @ 12:00 AM   -   Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 11:59 PM

  • Awards will be announced the week of August 3, 2015
How Artists are Chosen:
The Applebaum Family Foundation & Ponyride will select a panel of 6 artists and arts administrators that represent their organizations and the Detroit arts community. These panelists will be announced with the selected artists.

  • 3 Applebaum Emerging Artists= $2,500 stipend for four to six weeks
  • 1 Established= $4,000 stipend for four days to one month

  • 2 Emerging= $1,000 stipend for two to six weeks

Unfunded residencies will also be offered to several candidates

  • A budget for materials will be available.
  • However, Ponyride will assist artists to use recycled or donated materials whenever possible.
A stay in the residency space for four days to six weeks depending on preference and the type of residency that is awarded. Propose, administer, and participate in public programming to engage the Detroit community based on your arts practice - to be described in your application.

Access to the amenities of Ponyride, such as the woodshop:
This will be discussed on a case-by-case basis after a residency has been offered and according to the artist’s skills and training.

There is no application fee for applying.

1401 Vermont St 
Detroit, MI 48216

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Sculpture Salmagundi XIX Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

This year's selections will be featured on a Downtown Sculpture Trail leading visitors from the Imperial Centre to the Douglas Block, to City Hall and the Train Station.

Juror: William Donnan,

No entry fee. Enter up to 3 submissions.
Entry deadline: June 12, 2015

$1,000 honorarium for each work chosen for the show, plus $1,000 Best In Show.

Prospectus online:, see Artist Opportunities.

Contact:, 252-972-1175.

Please share this information with those you know who may benefit from knowing about it!

Alicyn Wiedrich, Curator
Maria V. Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Centre
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bench Space in Asheville, NC Presents Ceramic Artist Michael Strand from Fargo, North Dakota

Ex.Change - My Time for Your Time is a special exhibition and outreach project where participants can leverage their unique and personal efforts to create a greater impact within their community.

Ceramic artist, Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University, Michael Strand is inviting those in and around Asheville, North Carolina to complete five hours of volunteer work that can be Ex.Changed for one of his limited edition, handmade cups.

Strand will be in residence, 'minting' handmade cups at at CCCD's Benchspace Gallery & Workshop June 6 - 14, Tuesday - Saturday from 1 - 5 pm. 

A studio, 'bank', and store will be set up in the gallery June 5 - 27 for visitors to share stories, images, and videos of their efforts in exchange for handmade cups and currency created by the artist. A classifieds posting board will also be available for visitors to post their own skills and peruse community needs.

Want to get involved? Read their participation guide to learn how you can make a difference!

Opening Reception with Michael Strand Friday, June 4,

5-8 pm

Artist Talk with Michael Strand


June 11, 6:30 pm

67 Broadway Street
Asheville, NC, 28801