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Brown Is Hiring Adjunct Visual Arts Faculty

January 20th, 2017
The Brown University Department of Visual Art is currently accepting applications for Adjunct Faculty positions for the 2017-18 academic year. Artists will be hired for one-year appointments to teach up to four courses per year in Studio Foundation, Foundation Media, 2D Foundation, 3D Foundation, and/or Photography Foundation. Appointments may be renewed annually for up to three years with the successful completion of each year. Applicants are required to have an MFA. A minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience, or equivalent beyond a Teaching Assistant, is strongly preferred. Evidence of innovation and ongoing professional achievement as an artist is required. An interest in Foundation course development is strongly desired.

Applications received by February 27, 2017 will receive full consideration. Interested applicants will submit a cover letter, cv, transcript (official or unofficial), artist statement, teaching philosophy statement, names and contact information for 3 references, examples of artwork, and a link to the artist’s website. For more information and to submit an application click on this link.
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Submit Your Panel Idea To The 27th Int’l Sculpture Conference

January 19th, 2017
The Call for Panels for the
27th International Sculpture Conference
is Open Now!
The Call for Panels is now open for those interested in serving as panel moderators for the 27th International Sculpture Conference. Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective, relating to relevant topics in in contemporary sculpture, including:
  • Art, Architecture & the Urban Fabric
  • Catalyzing Collective Action through Art
  • Material Identity
  • Advancing Diversity in the Arts
  • Creating the Artist
  • The Politics of “Sustainability” in the Arts
  • Perspectives on Art Writing
  • Digital Fabrication and the “Artist’s Touch”
  • Citizenship through Art
  • Wildcard
Students, educators, and administrators are encouraged to apply!
The deadline for submissions is March 13, 2017. Applicants will be notified in May 2017 as to the status of their submissions. For more information on deadlines, guidelines, and submission topics, please visit http://sculpture.org/kc2017/.
The International Sculpture Center will hold the 27th International Sculpture Conference in Kansas City, MO this October 25-28, 2017, with pre- and post-conference tours, activities, and hands-on workshops. This conference will feature the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE show, ARTSlams and mentor sessions, engaging panel discussions, evening parties, hands-on workshops, a keynote address, open studios and gallery hops, optional art and culture trips, public art tours and visits to nearby sculpture sites, and more.
For more information on the 27th International Sculpture Conference
For any other inquiries, contact the events department at events@sculpture.org or (609) 689-1051 x302.

 

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The Rhode Island State Council On The Arts Public Art Selection Process

January 19th, 2017

By law, a RI State Council On the Arts selection panel always includes two artists, an employee of the building in which the work will be housed, an architect and a member of the community. The artists are chosen by RISCA; the agency employee and the architect are chosen by our state partner; and the community member is chosen jointly. Panelists are RI residents.

We do not consider our process a success unless our state partners & the public are happy with the outcome. Under the Open Meeting law, agendas are always posted on the Secretary of State’s website and the public is invited to attend all meetings. There is always room for public comment on the agenda.

We conduct a total of three meetings. When the panel meets for the first time, they define the criteria for the commission. Success means different things for different projects, so we try to analyze outcomes at this stage. From this information, we derive a panel-approved Request For Qualifications, (RFQ), which we then post on callforentry.org: https://www.callforentry.org/

Once the deadline has passed, panelists view and rank all the applications online. At the second meeting, applications that score above a certain threshold are discussed in more detail. We look at aesthetic achievement, level of education, and the ability to manage workload and budget. From that discussion, three finalists are selected to submit a proposal.

Finalists are encouraged to talk with members of the public about what a successful commission would look like. RISCA and the finalists conduct a site visit at this stage.

Artists are paid a stipend to propose. Panelists hear these proposals at the third and final meeting and then select a winner. RISCA signs the winning artist to a contract and manages the creation of the commission, keeping the state partner and the Council informed with periodic updates.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Keithline, Public Art Program/State Cultural Facilities Grants, email Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov

www.arts.ri.gov

 

 

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RI artists – Travel to Tuscany painting scholarship for adult artists

January 19th, 2017

An offer from Donna Drago of Cozy Holiday Rentals in Jamestown, Rhode Island, to the Rhode Island visual artists

Although we are not visual artists, after twenty years of visiting, the Tuscan landscape still inspires and fills us with hope each time we look out over endless velvet hills, rippling rooftops, proud castles and silvery olive groves. Because we know the life of an artist can bring financial challenges, we would like to start an annual scholarship for talented adult visual artists who may not be able to afford the accommodations cost of a stay in Tuscany, but who would personally benefit from witnessing the pristine Val d’Orcia landscape.

Painters and illustrators who would like to spend two summer weeks at our house in the village of Castiglione d’Orcia are invited to send us a letter with three samples (jpeg) of their work for consideration of this year’s scholarship, which will be awarded on April 1, 2017. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017. Email for submissions is cozyholidayrentals@gmail.com.

The winning artist, who may bring one companion, will be asked to paint or draw the scene or the nearby landscape that most inspires them, which will remain on display at Casa Castigliana. Transportation and other travel costs will be the responsibility of the winning artist.

Visit the website www.cozyholidayrentals.com for photos and information about the house and area.

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SciArt Seeks Visual Media/Film/Sound Art For “The Void & The Cloud”

January 17th, 2017
“The Void and the Cloud”

Theme:
“Nothingness is really like the nothingness of space, which contains the whole Universe. All the sun and the stars and the mountains and rivers and the good men and the bad men and the animals and the insects, the whole bit: all are contained in the void. So out of this void comes everything, and you’re it.” – Alan Watts

Quantum mechanics is founded on a duality; two contradictory descriptions, the mechanistic nature of reality must be described in both wave and particle terms. Human existence too is founded on a duality; coming out of nothingness, it is human nature to combat this state and evolve complexity, build civilizations, and imagine our futures. Yet the nothingness is always there, our universe ever-expanding into the uncharted void. And the void is where we may return, as T.S. Eliot describes, through a bang or through a whimper.

Far before our poetic cosmic end we may find ourselves abandoning physical reality for another: the digital ether. As we lose touch and control of our changing natural environment, we are building digital stand-ins of our physical lives. Not a void of nothingness, but an endless data cloud, digital platforms and devices like social media, smart phones, GPS, and FitBit are where and how we increasingly live. Disconnected and hyperconnected at once, the balance of our physical with our digital state is at a tipping point.

Is human nature moving to a state of the non-physical? Will this non-physical state expand endlessly into the digital ether, as our physical universe expands into the void? What happens to the physical world, the physical self, in a digital-dominated era? Can we exist in a dual state of being and non-being?

- Marnie Benney, SciArt Curator


We welcome specific and open interpretations of this theme.
All visual media/film/sound art is eligible.

Deadline: February 19th, 2017
Click HERE to learn more & submit

 

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January 17th, 2017

ARTIST CALL OUT

A Clothesline to the Past: Rhode Island Takes on Brazil

March 21-April 21, 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Artist: Tiago Gualberto

 

The dialogues between the United States and Brazil are intense. They involve a shared past and common challenges for the future. In this exhibit, Tiago Gualberto proposes a conversation with the community of Rhode Island through images about the possible connections and disconnects between the two countries.

 

Gualberto is an Afro-Brazilian contemporary artist who frequently explores the fraying of identitarian, temporal and authorial notions in his artistic research. In this proposal entitled “A Clothesline to the Past”, the artist invites the entire community of Rhode Island to participate in a collaborative artistic experiment.

 

By his initiative, the artist proposes a showing of visual arts made up of multiple images that will result from his interventions upon images sent by those who make up this larger American community. Unlike traditional curation, this proposal will not be extended only to visual artists, but seeks to include any individual who shows interest in sending their images and agrees to participate in this project.

 

In order to participate, each participant should send maximum three digital, high-resolution images by February 19, 2017 to the following e-mail address: diversityartexhibit@gmail.com

 

Since the Atrium Gallery is in a public building, all images must follow the guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts –no nudity, violence or offensive or overtly political images are allowed. Work will be accepted and exhibited by the artist Tiago Gualberto after he makes the changes and touch-ups to the images for artistic purposes. By submitting work you are agreeing to allow its use in whole or in part. The result of this shared process will be printed and placed on large clotheslines exhibited in the Rhode Island Council of the Arts (RISCA) Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

The artist offers up the following questions as a suggestion for the themes to be sent by the participants:

 

What are the possible connections between Brazil and the United States? What is the Brazil that we see from the United States?

 

 

Um varal ao passado: O Rhode Island frente a frente com o Brasil

21 de março a 21 de abril de 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Segunda a sexta, 8:30h às 16:30h

Artista: Tiago Gualberto

 

Os diálogos entre os EUA e o Brasil são intensos. Eles envolvem o compartilhamento do passado e de desafios comuns no presente. Nesta exposição, Tiago Gualberto propõe uma conversa com a comunidade de Rhode Island por meio de imagens sobre as possíveis conexões e desconexões entre os dois países.

 

Gualberto é um artista contemporâneo afro-brasileiro que frequentemente trabalha o esgarçamento de noções identitárias, temporais e autorais em sua pesquisa artística. Nesta proposta intitulada “A Clothesline to the Past (Um varal ao passado)”, o artista convida a toda comunidade de Rhode Island para participar de um experimento artístico colaborativo.

 

Em sua iniciativa, o artista propõe uma mostra de artes visuais composta de múltiplas imagens resultado de suas intervenções sobre imagens enviadas por integrantes desta comunidade americana. Ao contrário de uma curadoria tradicional, esta proposta não se estende exclusivamente a artistas visuais, mas busca incluir qualquer indivíduo que manifeste interesse em enviar suas imagens e aceite participar deste projeto.

 

Para participar, cada participante deverá enviar no máximo três imagens digitais em alta resolução até o 19 de fevereiro de 2017 para o seguinte endereço eletrônico: diversityartexhibit@gmail.com

 

Como o Atrium Gallery está num prédio público, todas as imagens tem que seguir as regras do Rhode Island Council of the Arts (RISCA) –nenhuma nudez ou violência, ou imagens de teor ofensivo ou abertamente políticas se permitem. Tais imagens serão recebidas e serão expostas após receber intervenções que o artista Tiago Gualberto pretende realizar. Ao mandar trabalhos ao e-mail está concordando com o uso de sua obra completa ou partes dela. O resultado desta ação compartilhada será impresso e disposto em grandes varais expostos no Atrium Gallery do Rhode Island State Council of the Arts (RISCA) em 1 Capitol Hill em Providence, Rhode Island.

 

O artista oferece como sugestão para a temática destas imagens enviadas pelos participantes, as seguintes perguntas:

 

Quais as possíveis conexões entre Brasil e EUA? Qual é o Brasil que vemos daqui?

 

 

Un tendedero al pasado: Rhode Island frente a frente con Brasil

21 de marzo a 21 de abril, 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Lunes a viernes, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Artista: Tiago Gualberto

 

Los diálogos entre los Estados Unidos y Brasil son intensos. Incluyen un pasado compartido y desafíos comunes en el presente. En esta exposición, Tiago Gualberto propone una conversación con la comunidad de Rhode Island por medio de imágenes sobre las posibles conecciones y desconecciones entre los dos países.

 

Gualberto es un artista contemporáneo afro-brasileño que frecuentemente trabaja el deshilache de nociones de  identidad, tiempo y autoría en su investigación artística. En esta propuesta con el título “A Clothesline to the Past (Un tendedero al pasado)”, el artista invita a toda la comunidade de Rhode Island a participar en un experimento artístico colaborativo.

 

Por su iniciativa, el artista propone una muestra de artes visuales compuesta de múltiples imágenes como resultado de sus intervenciones sobre las imágenes enviadas por los integrantes de esta comunidade americana. Al contrario de una curación tradicional, esta propuesta no se extiende exclusivamente a artistas visuales, sino que busca incluir cualquier individuo que manifieste interés en enviar sus imágenes y acepte participar en este proyecto.

 

Para participar, cada participante deberá enviar al máximo tres imágenes digitales en alta resolución hasta el día 19 de febrero de 2017 a la siguiente dirección electrónica: diversityartexhibit@gmail.com

 

Como el Atrium Gallery está en un edificio público, todas las imágenes tienen que seguir las reglas del Rhode Island Council of the Arts (RISCA) –nada de desnudez o violencia, ni imágenes ofensivas ou abiertamente políticas se permiten. Tales imágenes serán aceptadas para ser expuestas después de recibir intervenciones que Tiago Gualberto va a realizar. Al mandar trabajos al email, está poniéndose de acuerdo con el uso de su obra completa o partes de ella. El resultado de esta acción compartida será impreso y dispuesto en grandes tendederos expuestos en el Atrium Gallery del Rhode Island Council of the Arts (RISCA) en 1 Capitol Hill en Providence, Rhode Island.

 

El artista ofrece las siguientes preguntas como sugerencia para la temática de las imágenes enviadas por los participantes:

 

¿Cuáles son las possibles conecciones entre Brasil y los Estados Unidos? ¿Cuál es el Brasil que se ve desde este país?

 

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Atrium Gallery show features photos of garden plants taking by local physician

January 17th, 2017

The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill is pleased to present “Beauty in the Garden: Medicinal, Toxic, Benign”, a show of featuring beautiful photographs of garden plants taken by Dr. Jason Hack, an emergency physician, toxocologist and Professor of Medicine at Brown University.

The show will be up through February 3rd at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, the gallery space managed by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in One Capitol Hill, the main State Administration Building located on Smith Street near the Rhode Island State House.

J. Hack is an emergency physician and medical toxicologist who enjoys taking photographs of both beautiful living and inanimate yet dynamic objects. His unstaged, close, handheld works use only natural light, allowing the viewer to see the fleeting combination of light, breeze, background, and imperfections they would have seen if they were with the artist when it was taken.

The photographs are meant to remind us that we are surrounded by magnificence, easily appreciated if we just take a moment to pay attention to the world that surrounds us and really open our eyes.

Most of the frames Dr.Hack uses were found in yard sales and second hand stores. He disassembles, repairs and refinishes each one for display—giving these beautiful frames a new chance to shine.

Dr. Hack is division director of medical toxicology, director for the educational program in medical toxicology, and a Prof. of emergency medicine at Alpert medical school Brown University. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and a medical toxicology fellowship at the New York City poison control center. His research interests include assessment of intoxicated patients and adverse events associated with medications, drugs of abuse, and in developing new antidotes.

These and other beautiful images of medicinal and toxic flowers are available for purchase from the artists and are on display at Serendipity boutique in Wickford, Rhode Island.  For more information please contact the artist at ToxinRI@Gmail.com

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Foundation Relations Officer – Roger Williams University

January 13th, 2017
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Department: Institutional Advancement
Locations: Bristol, RI
Posted: Dec 01, ’16
Type: Full-time Regular
Ref. No.: 103990
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About Roger Williams University:

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today’s employers demand. In the three years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families – increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates, RWU is home to a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island’s only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.

 


Job Description:

An experienced development professional, the Foundation Relations Officer will manage assigned portfolios of private foundation prospects and develop strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of foundation donors.

Prospect Management
Assist the AVP of Institutional Advancement with the implementation of a comprehensive program for obtaining increasing and maintaining donations for scholarships, special campaigns and capital projects from private and corporate foundations, and other entities as directed.

Collaborate with the RWU Prospect Research Department to assist with the identification and evaluation of foundation prospects. Make recommendations of funding request levels for each prospect that meet with University strategic priorities.

Maintain, and keep current, a calendaring system and portfolio of corporate and private foundation prospects with proposal deadlines. Ensure that proposals are developed on time and in line with departmental annual and strategic goals.

Develop and execute a cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategy for each prospect that aligns with the institution’s fundraising priorities and effectively communicate these strategies with institutional colleagues.

Achieve individual fundraising targets in support of the institution’s fundraising goals. Foundation Relations Officers are expected to secure gifts on a progressively increasing scale in proportion to their salary.

Work in cooperation with Advancement Services and the Office of Prospect Research to ensure that meaningful contacts and giving data are appropriately documented in institutional records.

Maintain high levels of communication and collaboration relating to foundation giving with colleagues on campus including administrators, faculty, staff and students.

Attend certain local foundation events as assigned to maximize the foundation relations outreach. Represent the University at certain campus events involving foundations, as requested.

Work with the Office of Donor Relations to ensure proper acknowledgment of foundation gifts, publicize major gifts to the University, and compile effective stewardship communications and impact reports.

Proposal and Strategy Development
Research and prepare individual solicitations and programmatic proposals driven by institutional need and donor priorities. Ensure effective, complete and timely proposals are submitted to corporate and private foundations to meet foundation deadlines.

Work with Advancement colleagues as well as academic and administrative leadership to develop solicitation and sponsorship strategies and proposals that support specific development and fundraising initiatives.

Collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Programs to ensure coordination of activities and to leverage specific opportunities.

Administrative Functions
Maintain organized records that document all meaningful contacts with foundation prospects, using database software and weekly and monthly contact reports.

Maintain data of comparative year proposal submissions and gifts and stewardship reporting.

Actively participate in staff prospect strategy and departmental meetings.

Proactively maintain communication regarding foundation giving with Advancement staff and University colleagues.

University Relations
Articulate the overall vision and strategic direction of the University: institutional history, recent achievements and planned growth, strategic partnerships, and specific strategic priorities.

Confidentiality
Maintain confidentiality within the supervisory structure of the Office of Institutional Advancement on all matters involving the University and its agents or employees, and must use professional judgment in disseminating information as part of the specific responsibilities of the job.

 


Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree.

Proven track record of successful fundraising and the ability to cultivate and secure funding from private and corporate foundations.

Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures of private and corporate foundations.

Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective private and foundation donors, and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives.

Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to write complex fundraising proposals are essential.

Ability to travel as necessary.

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum of five years of fundraising experience within a not-for-profit or higher education organization

 


Additional Information:

Roger Williams University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive excellence and encourages applications from underrepresented populations.

For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit: rwu.edu/NDT9

At the University’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

 


Application Instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references.

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) FAQ

 

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Steelyard Residencies

January 13th, 2017
Are you looking for the perfect space to expand your artistic practice and join a vibrant community of working artists and fabricators? Consider applying for the Steel Yard’s Residency or Micro-Residency Programs.
The Steel Yard hosts Residency opportunities in Ceramics, Light Metals, and Metals (Foundry, Blacksmithing, and Welding). All residencies include shared studios and tools along with personal storage space.

“The organization’s development has been impressive, the staff is fun, talented, and innovative, and the studio is loaded with cool history and atmosphere. My former studio suffered damages last February. The Steel Yard provided a wonderful opportunity to get back to making work!”

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Steel Yard Residencies Residency
The Steel Yard’s Residency Program is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists and makers in growing and strengthening their practice in a supportive, cooperative environment through access to the Steel Yard’s studios and facilities. Participating artists have the opportunity to work together, to take part in community events and sales and to be creative leaders in a vibrant community shop. Most of all, residents get an all access pass to our studios in pursuit of their own work.
2017 Residency Period
April 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017.
To Apply
First, read and review the 2017 Residency Handbook for guidelines & expectations. To apply, please submit:
  • A completed 2017 Residency Application including contact information for two references who can speak to your creative practice or artistic background.
  • A current resume
  • A narrative description of your work or process and how you’ll use your time in our studios to further your practice. Tell us why you would be a good addition to the Steel Yard Residency community. (one-page max)
  • 10 – 15 digital images of current work. Standard format JPG at 1920×1920 pixels @ 72dpi
  • Fellowship or Workshare statement, if applicable
How to Submit
Completed applications (application cover sheet, references, resume, narrative, imaged and statement) can be submitted by:
  • Submit digitally at residency@thesteelyard.org
  • Or by mail to The Steel Yard, ATTN: Residencies 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI 02909
Application Deadline
To be included in the cohort beginning April 1st, the deadline for application is 5 pm on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than Monday, March 6th, 2017. Mid-season applicants will be considered if space is available; with RSVP’s made within 30 days from the receipt of application.
“I definitely leaned new techniques like making spouts, trimming on chuck, applying decals, etc which helped me to create new products like pitchers and vases.  It’s always easier for me to learn through watching someone else.”
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Micro-ResidencyMicroResidency
The Steel Yard’s Micro Residency is a great way for makers to get unfettered access to our studios for a finite amount of time. Micro Residencies are ideal for individuals looking to use the Yard’s facilities to complete a prototype, create a sculpture, work on a commission piece, or build their portfolio. This residency has a minimum contract period of one month, with a maximum commitment of three months.
2017 Micro-Residencies Period
Participants in the Micro Residency program can apply for up to three months of studio access. The 2017 Residency Programs run from April 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017.
To Apply
First, read and review the 2017 Residency Handbook for guidelines & expectations. To apply, please submit:
  • A  completed  2017 MicroResidency Application including contact information for two references who can speak to your creative practice or artistic background.
  • A current resume
  • A narrative description of your work or process and how you’ll use your time in our studios to further your practice. Tell us why you would be a good addition to the Steel Yard Residency community. (one-page max)
  • 5-10 digital images of current work. Standard format JPG at 1920×1920 pixels @ 72dpi
How to Submit
Completed applications (application cover sheet, references, resume, narrative, imaged and statement) can be submitted by:
  • Submit digitally at residency@thesteelyard.org
  • Or by mail to The Steel Yard, ATTN: Residencies, 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI 02909.
Application Deadline
To be included in the cohort beginning April 1st, the deadline for application is 5 pm on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than Monday, March 6th, 2017. Mid-season applicants will be considered if space is available; with RSVP’s made within 30 days from the receipt of the applications.
“I wanted studio space after I graduated from college, in a fairly low-key environment. I was also looking for a place I could be a part of a community.”
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FellowshipsFellowship
The Steel Yard’s Fellowship positions are designed to support the creative practice of emerging mid-career artists by providing full studio access in exchange for a leadership position in the Residency Program. Fellows are cultural touchstones and work closely with other residents, Steel Yard staff, and community members.

Fellowship recipients should expect to work an average of 10 hours a week; occasionally more or less. Monthly hours not to exceed 45. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $200, waived residency fees, unrestricted access to the studio and equipment in the department which they work, and standard personal storage.
To apply please include a statement addressing your qualifications and what you would add to the Steel yard community in a leadership position.
Work ShareWorkshare
In order to make Residency more financially accessible, the Steel Yard offers Work Share opportunities. Recipients of workshare residencies commit
10 hours of dedicated work time to the Steel Yard on a monthly basis in exchange for a 50% discount on residency dues. One workshare position is available in each of the residency departments and will be awarded based on merit and need.
To apply please include a statement addressing your financial need and how a workshare would further your artistic practice.
“I like the ceramics community at the SY, the 24/7 access, workshare opportunity, and affordability.”
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Susan Freda Studios & Arn Krebs Arts seeks Studio Manager

January 13th, 2017

Susan Freda Studios and Arn Krebs Arts are looking for a Studio manager:

To apply please email suefreda@yahooo.com with your experience and any resumes or support material that you feel is relevant.

We will teach the right candidate, however some things like having your own transportation, being able to streamline information and work in a conscientious way are needed to start. This is a long term position only, please do not apply if you are looking for short (less than 1 year) term employment. Any experience running an Etsy shop or a working studio is very useful as is social media and general comfort on a mac platform.

Studio Manager Tasks:

  • Assistance maintaining the website includes posting new listings on our site, writing brief item descriptions, posting measurements of the work, updating records of the location/status of each artwork, and generally keeping the site organized.
  • Photographing finished work (both sculptures and jewelry) and editing the photos for online and promotional uses.
  • Packing, scheduling, and shipping work to go out to customers and galleries
  • Social media upkeep includes posting and listing on Etsy, Shopify, instagram, pinterest, making facebook announcements, and assisting with monthly or bi-monthly email announcements to our mailing list.
  • Jewelry organization includes cleaning jewelry, helping organize the display of jewelry, packaging and tagging jewelry, creating invoices of wholesale orders or gallery inventories, keeping track of and updating jewelry inventory list, and shipping orders.
  • General studio maintenance includes cleaning, trash removal, watering plants, filling work orders and other papers, checking for mail.  Accompaniment to trade shows and help with sales, if applicable.

Skills we are looking for:

  • Experience with Shopify, Etsy or other e-commerce sites.
  • Organized, able to intake information and streamline it efficiently
  • Self motivated
  • Confidant in making decisions and conscientious
  • Can work alone
  • A background in or experience in sculpture, jewelry, or running an etsy shop or other online platform. Office or studio management experience.
  • An understanding of spacial relations
  • Good work ethic
  • Communicative, able to collaborate/cooperate
  • Mindful of clean presentation (digital as well)
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Has own transportation
  • Aesthetic sensibility

Benefits and Pay:
Pay is determined by experience but 11-15$ hourly. There is an option of free studio or office space with the position. Hours are flexible. Roughly 10-15 hours to start. Mellow and friendly environment. Some of the work can be done from home.

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Public Art Request For Qualifications For URI: Budget is $20,000. Deadline is 1/17/17. Open to NE & NY Artists

January 11th, 2017

https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4066

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Request for Qualifications

 

University of Rhode Island

HARRINGTON SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA

Ranger Hall, 10 Ranger Road

Kingston, Rhode Island

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: January 17, 2017

Eligibility: This RFQ is open to all working artists from New England and New York. Students are not eligible to apply.

 

 

Artwork for the Living/Learning Room at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island’s, (URI), Kingston campus will be commissioned through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art.  Through this program the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens”.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTION:

 

The University of Rhode Island began in 1888 as the Rhode Island State Agricultural School. It became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1892, and graduated the first class of 17 members two years later. In 1909, the name of the college was changed to Rhode Island State College, and the program of study was revised and expanded.  In 1951 the college became the University of Rhode Island by an act of the General Assembly.  The Board of Governors for Higher Education became the governing body of the University in 1981.

 

Today, the University has three satellite campuses but Kingston remains the largest and busiest. The main campus is 1,200-acres showcasing a mix of handsome ivy-covered buildings and contemporary architecture, and serving over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  Over 60% of URI students are Rhode Islanders.  The average degree-seeking undergraduate is 22 years old, but 12% of students are 25 or older.

 

URI’s website defines the school as “the State’s public learner-centered research university and a community joined in a common quest for knowledge.

 

ABOUT THE HARRINGTON SCHOOL

 

Conceived by Dr. Winnie Brownell in 2008, the Harrington School of Communication and Media was created through a generous gift by URI alumnus Richard J. Harrington, Chairman of Cue Ball, a venture firm, and former CEO of the Thomson Reuters corporation. The School comprises six programs, each engaging and involving communication and media. The Harrington School prepares outstanding graduates for careers, life, and citizenship in rapidly changing global professions.

 

Programs within the school include Communication Studies; Film/Media; Journalism; Public Relations: Writing & Rhetoric; Library and Information Studies.

 

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

 

  • The RI State Council On the Arts and the University of Rhode Island will commission 2D or 3D work for the outer walls to the left and right of the center column in the Living/Learning Room and/or the wall to the right as one faces the classroom screen situated at one end of the room.
  • Panelists determined to let artists dictate the aesthetic, the only mandate being that the work should in some way reference communications.
  • The budget is all-inclusive, including installation, lighting, wiring and/or screens if digital work is submitted. There are many screens in the building already, so ‘media’ artwork is not necessarily the best fit. In addition, because the room is used for classes and lectures, electronics are not necessarily practical as they would need to be turned on and off.
  • There is no limit on other types of media.
  • Panelists felt that it made the most sense to commission one artist, rather than multiple artists, so that there is a continuity of aesthetic.
  • Two more tables will be placed near where artwork will be located, but no more window treatments or other furniture are expected to be incorporated into the design of the room.
  • The RFQ will be limited to artists from New England and New York.

 

 

INTENT OF THE RFQ AND SCOPE OF WORK

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

 

Please note: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in the RISCA/URI public art selection process. It is not considered best practice for an agency to ask an artist to craft a proposal without compensation. Therefore, RISCA will conduct the URI Public Art application process online, with all materials submitted in digital format through CaFÉ (see below) and there is no charge to the artist for applying or for submitting digital images.

 

At this preliminary selection stage, we request submissions from artists or art teams consisting of six (6) images representing work completed within the past ten years, resumes, and very brief descriptions of potential site-specific proposals, (as in, “If commissioned, I would create a 2D painting or “a 3D wooden wall relief”, etc.”).

 

If an artist wants to apply as an individual as well as part of a team, two separate CaFÉ profiles and two separate CaFÉ applications must be completed (i.e., one application submission for you and one application submission for your team). Applications consisting of six images and resumes will be reviewed by the URI Public Art Selection Panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work, and their ability to carry out a substantial public art commission.

 

Three finalists will be selected from the pool of RFQ applicants and those finalists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $500. This stipend includes all travel expenses: hotel, transportation, mileage, etc., for both the site visit and the subsequent presentation meeting. Finalists will not be reimbursed separately for any travel costs.

 

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. First time CaFÉ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline.

 

Each application must be submitted via the CaFÉ ™ web site (www.callforentry.org) and must include:

 

  1. A current resume for each artist. If you are applying as a team, include all team member resumes within one document.

 

  1. Six digital images of relevant artwork. In the Description of Image, accompanying image annotation must list media, size, title, date of completion and a brief description of the artwork if necessary.  Please do not present more than one view of artwork per image.  If you wish to show a “detail”, include it within the six (6) artwork images.

 

ESTIMATED TIMELINE:

January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Deadline for submissions

Late-February 2017: panel meeting for review and selection of semifinalists

Late-February 2017: Artist notification

March 2017 (TBA): Finalist site visits

April 2017 (TBA): Finalist presentations to selection panel

May 2017: Final approval by RISCA Council

Tbd with artist: Contract signed

Tbd with artist: Work installed and completed

 

According to law, recommendations of the selection panel will be presented to the governing council of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts who will have final approval of the public art selection.

 

Finalist’s site-specific proposals should convey artist’s ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Artists chosen as finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated.  The finalists will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the Harrington School and the URI campus. A site visit as well as a meeting with the architect and the URI administration will be scheduled for the finalists.  An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, RISCA reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.

 

The Public Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right not to accept any proposal submitted. If the recommendations of the Public Art Selection Panel are approved by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the selected artist/s will enter into contract with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by the State of Rhode Island.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA:

 

The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:

 

  1. Artistic Quality: Quality and suitability of the final proposal in relation to the project description, program goals and site descriptions.

 

  1. Ability of the Artist’s Team: The artist’s ability to carry out the commission, to keep the project within budget, and to complete and install the work on schedule.

 

  1. Value: The quality and scope of the proposed completed work in relation to the commission and fees paid to the artist’s team.

 

  1. Durability of the Work: Permanence and durability of materials for this heavily used public facility. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that all artwork meets safety standards, adheres to building codes, ADA requirements and other state regulations. Artworks must be durable and require minimal maintenance.

 

  1. Collaborative Spirit: Willingness of the artist to consult with the architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, general contractor, building staff (or designated representatives), and RISCA staff to assure smooth integration of the artwork into the site and to make necessary adjustments in relation to building codes and other construction issues.

 

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY:

This call is open to all artists living in New England or New York.  Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges. Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.

 

If you have questions about the RFQ, email Elizabeth Keithline: Elizabeth@arts.ri.gov.    If you require technical support for CAFÉ, please email cafe@westaf.org

 

 

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2017 I-Park Artists-in-Residence Program

January 11th, 2017

2017 I-Park Artists-in-Residence Program
Application Deadline: January 30, 2017

I-Park, dedicated to nurturing artists and the creative process, is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2017 General Residency Program season. Artists working in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply: visual arts, creative writing, architecture, music composition/sound art, moving image and landscape/garden/ecological design. Located within an inspiring 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, CT (USA), I-Park will be awarding 40 fully-funded residencies between June and November.

Fellows are provided with comfortable living quarters in a renovated 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio and an inspired meal program. Additional resources include: workshop space, access to a wide array of tools, equipment and materials – and I-Park’s infamous Junk Trail.

For program details and application materials, go to http://www.i-park.org/general-residency-program. There is a $30 processing fee. Write to info@i-park.org, or call 860-873-2468 (M-F, 9:00 – 5:00), if you have questions.

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Expansion Arts Program Coordinator 2017-2019

January 9th, 2017

Expansion Arts Program Coordinator 2017-2019

Supported by a collaboration among the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Expansion Arts Program (EAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations.  EAP supports small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples. It provides the skills and tools these organizations need to grow as equal partners in the Rhode Island arts and cultural community. In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, the EAP recognizes the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development.The collaboration that supports EAP seeks a consultant to serve as a coordinator ensuring that grantee shave the resources they need to achieve the Program’s goals. While many responsibilities are of an administrative nature, the Program Coordinator will also help the grantees build relationships with one another and with other key arts and culture organizations, to strengthen their resilience, their audience reach, and their sustainability. Further, the Program Coordinator will work with the three funding organizations to enhance collaboration, strengthen Expansion Arts’ organizational structure, and  build leadership and best practices. Responsibilities The Program Coordinator will:- Assist Expansion Arts grantees in identifying their technical assistance needs.- Act as a liaison between grantees and the Rhode Island Foundation to ensure that grants are processed in a timely manner.- Work with funder staff in preparing location, catering, and materials for quarterly workshops.- Design one gathering per year for grantees to enhance relationships among grantees, Expansion Arts alumni, and other organizations.- Help to coordinate attendance at local and regional relevant arts and culture conferences.- Design and produce limited promotional material, e.g. postcards.- Meet bi-monthly with the funding team to maintain links between the funders and on-the-ground work  of Expansion Arts and regularly meet with supervisor/mentor from the funding team.- Connect grantees to the subject-area consultants.- Connect grantees to other resources.- Meet at least monthly with each grantee.- Convene subject matter consultants as needed.- Collaborate with grantees to develop a performance or other event to occur in Year 3.- Maintain google drive including current grantee and program documents and relevant historical materials on Expansion Arts alumni organizations.- Collaborate with RI Foundation staff to ensure that material on the EAP web page is current.- Submit a written report on EAP’s progress, including reports from grantees, once a year and distribute among the funders.- Arrange periodic meetings between funders and grantees.- Regularly convene funder program staff to discuss issues of equity in arts and humanities grant-making.Qualifications- Experience with arts / humanities organizations and grant making / seeking.- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.- Knowledge of the arts, culture, and humanities landscape in Rhode Island.- Knowledge of capacity-building resources available to arts, culture, and humanities organizations.- Experience in providing workshops, technical assistance, and other means of building capacity in small and mid-sized organizations.- Demonstrated cultural competency in working with diverse organizations and individuals.- Ability to organize time and resources efficiently and effectively.- Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Publisher a plus- Excellent writing and verbal English language skills.- Fluency in Spanish is preferred.As a consultant, the Program Coordinator will be expected to:- Manage her/his time.- Provide the equipment to perform daily tasks (e.g., telephone, computer, and printer).- Have the ability to work off-site at appropriate location with access to Internet and telephone.- Maintain communication with subject matter consultants, Expansion Arts participants and funding team.This consultancy is part-time at 20 hours per week. Transportation and related expenses are reimbursed.

This is a 12-month contract open to renewal based on success of program meeting stated purpose and goals.

Applicants should send their resume and cover letter by January 20, 2017 to:  Carole Ann PenneyAssociate DirectorRhode Island Council for the Humanitiescaroleann@rihumanities.org

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South County Art Association Seeks An Experienced Executive Director

January 5th, 2017

The South County Art Association is a small nonprofit organization located in the quaint village of Kingston, Rhode Island that began in 1929.   Our mission is to promote greater participation in the visual arts in Rhode Island by encouraging the production, visibility, and appreciation of artwork through quality education, juried and organized exhibitions, and artistic fellowship.

The right candidate need be a dynamic steward of our organization with previous nonprofit experience in financial management, grant management, and programming educational schedules.  The ideal candidate would be proficient in Quick Books, Adobe Indesign and Microsoft Office.  This position reports to a Board of Directors and requires strong management, organizational skills and enthusiasm working with volunteers and the SCAA community.

Additional responsibilities include (not limited to):

Human Resources – management of small paid staff as well as overseeing college interns assigned to special projects.

Education – Class scheduling, instructor retention and recruitment, and education catalogue scheduling, creation and production.

General Administration-  Preparation of “Directors Report” monthly to be reviewed by Board. Daily operations including purchasing, phone and email correspondence, website maintenance and studio space rentals.

Grant Management – Ability to identify available and appropriate grant opportunities, ability to write grant request, submission, management of funds and timeline when awarded.

Finances – Oversee accounts payables, receivables, and managing daily operations.  Development of annual plan and budget.  Monthly reconciliation.

Property Maintenance – Work with current caretaker and construction staff to ensure our historic buildings are in the best care and condition.  Ability to identify needs and schedule repairs as needed.

Marketing / Development – creation of yearly calendar of events, develop and maintain social media plan, develop fundraising opportunities, solicitation of in-kind donations, individual donations to increase endowment.  Develop and maintain positive community relationships to grow association sponsorships with involvement and participation.  Maintain positive relationships with RI Foundation, RISCA, South County Chamber of Commerce and other local nonprofit organizations.

Membership – Current membership management, renewal solicitation with the goals for continued association growth.

Gallery / Studio Oversight – work with Exhibit Director and Studio Manager to ensure property is maintained,  programming is timely, accurate and visitation is growing.

For consideration please submit resume and three references via email to board@southcountyart.org

 

 

 

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2017 NALAC Leadership Institute San Antonio, TX | July 10-15, 2017- Deadline to apply: January 26, 2017

January 3rd, 2017

OVERVIEW

The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts. The dynamic learning environment cultivates a familiar, inclusive cultural space that provides multiple generations of Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters the support, knowledge, and agency to confidently respond to and initiate solutions to complex cultural questions.

The goals of the Institute are to:

    • develop core capacities in the areas of arts management, networking, marketing, fund development;
    • deliver training via interactive group learning, consultations, and leadership simulations;
    • advance knowledge in the field of Latino artistic expressions, research and policy;
    • contextualize the frameworks that inform and affect Latino cultural production;
    • strengthen and expand the NALAC professional network;
    • promote awareness for planned organizational legacy and artistic/executive succession;
    • provide effective tools and research that optimize leadership competence; and,
    • prepare creative, strategic and nimble cultural leaders.

Applicants to the NLI are accepted from multiple generations of Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters in various stages of career development.  A group of 15-25 participants will be selected to attend the NLI in San Antonio, TX.

Deadline to apply: January 26, 2017

More information at http://nalac.org/programs/nalac-institutes/nli

Questions? Reach out to Gabriel Magraner at gmagraner@nalac.org.

 

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MAPC seeks Artist-in-Residence

January 3rd, 2017

Artist-in-Residence
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) to serve as a key member of a new team focused on advancing the arts and cultural goals in the MetroFuture regional plan. The AIR will serve an 18-month term with MAPC. The AIR will work with other staff at MAPC, as well as external partners, on local and regional planning projects that aim to help cities, towns, and neighborhoods become more culturally vibrant, open to artistic expression, and welcoming to people of many backgrounds. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston.

About MAPC
MAPC, established by statute in 1963, is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston, an area of 3.2 million people with 101 cities and towns. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities. In addition to our local and regional planning work, MAPC maintains an active effort to influence public policy, program design, and spending priorities on the state and federal levels. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008, and by the agency’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and the Strategic Plan, visit www.mapc.org/about-mapc and www.mapc.org/metrofuture; for further information about MAPC’s arts and culture work, see www.mapc.org/art.

Responsibilities
The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) provides an exciting opportunity to engage in public sector work at the regional level. The AIR will be an important partner in the implementation of the MAPC Arts, Culture, and Planning Initiative – a cross-sector strategy to advance the arts and culture goals in MetroFuture. The AIR will work across MAPC’s departments and divisions to explore socially-engaged art-making that advances innovation at the intersection of arts, culture, and planning. The AIR will have opportunities to help establish MAPC’s creative community placemaking practice and to develop and test creative approaches that can creatively impact the planning and community development work of MAPC and the cities and towns in our region. The AIR will also participate in the scoping and implementation of planning projects involving a range of planning disciplines, including arts and culture; economic development; housing; transportation; climate change; and public health. Responsibilities include:

  • Staffing select planning projects, engaging in arts and culture-focused activities such as: design/scoping and implementation of creative placemaking activities, outreach and engagement through social engaged/social practice art-making, and advising on arts and culture-focused planning and policy recommendations;
  • Advising on changes and additions to the Arts and Planning Toolkit;
  • Conducting research and writing to develop and document AIR arts activities;
  • Participating in art and culture-focused professional development trainings for MAPC and MAPC-region planners in partnership with the Manager of Arts and Culture, the Arts and Culture Planner, and consultant(s); and
  • Attending select MAPC staff meetings, evening meetings and occasional weekend meetings for projects, and engaging in local and regional travel.

Typical Qualifications
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in the fine arts, arts administration, urban design/architecture, or other arts-related discipline and 3-5 five years of relevant experience in socially engaged/social practice art. Experience working with the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and community-based voluntary groups is desired.

Successful candidates will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • An active artistic practice and a working knowledge of and enthusiasm for a wide range of arts disciplines;
  • Experience with various arts and culture fields of practice, such as: public art, social practice art/socially engaged art, and creative placemaking;
  • Knowledge of or experience with at least 1-2 of the following topic areas: creative community engagement, civic engagement, community development, cultural planning, cultural asset mapping, housing, economic development, land use planning, transportation, climate change, sustainability, public health, and food systems;
  • Experience working effectively with community groups and the arts and culture community, including artists, arts organizations, as well as local elected and appointed officials;
  • Ability to work with people in a range of settings, including diverse urban neighborhoods, developing suburban centers, and/or small or rural communities;
  • Working knowledge of and enthusiasm for a wide range of artistic disciplines and styles, and commitment to collaboration with individuals from other fields of practice; and
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong research, writing, and communication skills.

Compensation and Benefits
The salary is $30,300 annually for 22.5 hours/week, or 25.90 per hour. This is a part-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.

Apply To
Apply online at www.mapc.org. Please attach a cover letter, resume, a brief artist statement, and 3-5 work samples in a digital format, e.g., a website, DropBox or Google Drive link, Flickr, Tumblr, or similar service. In the cover letter, please provide a link and details for accessing work samples. In the artist statement, please address how your work might creatively advance the implementation of MetroFuture. A review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply.

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MAPC seeks Regional Arts & Culture Planner

January 3rd, 2017

Regional Arts and Culture Planner
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks a Regional Arts and Culture Planner to serve as a key member of a new team focused on advancing arts and cultural goals in Greater Boston. The Planner will work with other staff at MAPC, as well as external partners, on local and regional planning projects that aim to help cities, towns, and neighborhoods become more culturally vibrant, open to artistic expression, and welcoming to people of many backgrounds. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston.

About MAPC

MAPC, established by statute in 1963, is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston, an area of 3.2 million people with 101 cities and towns. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities. In addition to our local and regional planning work, MAPC maintains an active effort to influence public policy, program design, and spending priorities on the state and federal levels. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008, and by the agency’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and the Strategic Plan, visit www.mapc.org/about-mapc and www.mapc.org/metrofuture; for further information about MAPC’s arts and culture work, see www.mapc.org/art.

Responsibilities

The Regional Arts and Culture Planner will be an important partner in the implementation of the MAPC Arts, Culture, and Planning Initiative – a cross-sector strategy to advance the arts and culture goals in MetroFuture. The Planner provides technical planning support on projects such as arts and culture planning; cultural asset mapping; creative placemaking; creative community development; cultural economic development; amendments to land use bylaws/ordinances, permitting procedures, and design guidelines with a concern for arts and culture. The Planner, in concert with other MAPC staff, will also play a role in evaluating and improving state laws, regulations, policies, and programs to strengthen the policy and planning conditions that can help arts and culture to thrive. Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and/or staffing arts and cultural planning projects in concert with fellow MAPC planners, municipalities, and community stakeholders; these projects will include scoping, public engagement, research, as well as designing local zoning, permitting procedures, programs, and funding;
  • Assisting with research and advocacy to improve local and state laws, regulations, policies, and programs that can help arts and culture to thrive;
  • Assisting with the development and delivery of art and culture-focused professional development trainings for MAPC staff and planners in the MAPC region planners;
  • Expanding visibility and impact of MAPC’s arts and culture planning work through attendance and/or presentations at local and regional events and conferences;
  • Attracting additional philanthropic investment and fee-for-service contracts in the arts and culture arena, and assisting with grant reporting and other administrative tasks;
  • Assisting with other local and regional planning projects in support of MetroFuture; and
  • Attending evening meetings, occasional weekend meetings, and engaging in local and regional travel.

Typical Qualifications
Candidates must have either a Master’s degree in urban/regional planning, public policy/management, arts administration, cultural planning, urban design/architecture, or a closely related field and a minimum of two years of professional experience working in the fields of arts and culture, planning, community development, and/or economic development in the public or private sector; or a bachelor’s degree with a major in one of these fields and a minimum of four years of relevant professional experience.
Successful candidates will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Experience providing professional planning assistance to local governments in disciplines such as arts and culture, economic development, housing, transportation, public health, environmental planning;
  • Experience with various arts and culture fields of practice, such as: cultural planning, cultural asset mapping, creative placemaking, cultural economic development, public art, social practice art/socially engaged art;
  • Experience working effectively with community groups and the arts and culture community, including artists, arts organizations, as well as local elected and appointed officials;
  • Experience with facilitation and collaboration;
  • Ability to work with the public and to articulate planning and policy issues to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including ability to prepare work plans and budgets and work collaboratively with planning colleagues, municipal officials and staff, and community-based organizations;
  • Knowledge of arts and culture policies and strategies that can advance smart growth and livability objectives in areas like community development, economic development, environmental planning, housing, public health, transportation, and municipal service delivery.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local land use policy issues, laws, regulations, and programs, as well as best planning practices related to master planning and other local planning activities; familiarity with Massachusetts state policies and programs is a plus, but not required;
  • Ability to work with people in a range of settings, including diverse urban neighborhoods, developing suburban centers, and/or small or rural communities; and
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong research, writing, and communication skills, including ability to interpret and synthesize data and discern trends in data pertaining to various planning disciplines; and knowledge of and/or experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Compensation and Benefits
The starting salary ranges from $55,000 – $65,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.

Apply To
Apply online at www.mapc.org. Please attach a cover letter and resume. A review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.
MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply.

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Creative Placemaking- NEIGHBORWORKS BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY

December 27th, 2016

NEIGHBORWORKS BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY

Creative Placemaking
NWBRV has received funding from the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) for a Creative Placemaking initiative in the Woonsocket Island Place Historic District, home to the planned ARTech hub. The initiative will bring residents, artists, and businesses together for arts and culture projects that help transform the district into a vibrant center of economic prosperity. A recently launched Call for Artists provides residents with the opportunity to receive resources for arts and culture projects related to Placemaking in the district.

What is it?

Creative Placemaking is a tool that helps people and places prosper by advancing arts and culture-based development strategies, including:

Community Cultural Development: The project will create opportunities for residents to express the unique culture and identity of their community through the arts as a way of building human and social capital;
Physical Transformation: The project will create visible change in the physical landscape of the ARTech Campus and Island Place Arts Park to reflect and support community cultural development; and
Economic Benefits: The project will help artists, arts-related businesses and other non-arts related businesses grow their income and assets.
Who is doing it?

The RI Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) was selected as one of 5 sites in the country to pilot the Creative Placemaking process with investments from the Kresge Foundation and now many other sources. The Island Place Historic District/ARTech Hub was selected, along with a Providence site, to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach to community change. As the developer of the ArTech Hub, NWBRV serves as the lead agency and convener for the Creative Placemaking process. As the initiative progresses, we will work with networks of residents to ensure community perspectives are incorporated.

What does it all mean?

LISC defines Creative Placemaking as “residents coming together to make social, physical and economic changes in their neighborhoods through the arts and culture.” For NWBRV, this work will focus on how to create vibrancy and a sense of place during the development of the ARTech campus.

Apply

If you have an idea for an arts and culture project that could help activate the ARTech space, we encourage you to complete and submit the Call for Artists form. Funds awarded for projects range from $250-$5,000. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed at the end of each month. Applicants will notified be of their status by the 15th of the following month

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: http://neighborworksbrv.org/creative-placemaking/

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Tradition and Innovation in Basketry IX: National Basketry Organization 2017 Conference

December 27th, 2016

Every other year, the National Basketry Organization (NBO) provides the opportunity to work with master basket makers at its conference. This five-day conference is built around three and 1/2 days of workshops with national and international basket makers who both excel at their craft and have proven to be good teachers. Most importantly, they love to teach. As the conference moves around the country, NBO focuses on the basket making techniques and materials of the region. The workshops represent the range of basket work being done today from the revival of historical techniques, to the use of traditional materials, to innovative sculptural work.

The NBO is pleased to announce the roster of workshops for the Tradition and Innovation in Basketry IX conference to be be held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, from July 18 to 23, 2017. Registration information will be sent to all NBO members, and registration will begin September 15, 2016. If you are not an NBO member join here. For non-members of NBO, registration opens on October 15, 2016 with an additional non-member fee.

In addition to these workshops, there will be a number of additional events:
- Opening Celebration with keynote speaker Lloyd Herman, who will speak on “Craft into Art – a Century of (R)evolution” and an award ceremony for the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.
- Extended workshops and a designated area for open-weave gatherings
- Our gala and auctions (both silent and live)
- The opportunity for all attendees to exhibit
- A reception at The American Art Company
- A variety of activities, including visits to museums and craft locations in Tacoma

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: http://nationalbasketry.org/9th-biennial-nbo-conference/

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Request For Qualifications For Public Art at URI

December 22nd, 2016

https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4066

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Request for Qualifications

 

University of Rhode Island

HARRINGTON SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA

Ranger Hall, 10 Ranger Road

Kingston, Rhode Island

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: January 17, 2017

Eligibility: This RFQ is open to all working artists from New England and New York. Students are not eligible to apply.

 

 

Artwork for the Living/Learning Room at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island’s, (URI), Kingston campus will be commissioned through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art.  Through this program the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens”.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTION:

The University of Rhode Island began in 1888 as the Rhode Island State Agricultural School. It became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1892, and graduated the first class of 17 members two years later. In 1909, the name of the college was changed to Rhode Island State College, and the program of study was revised and expanded.  In 1951 the college became the University of Rhode Island by an act of the General Assembly.  The Board of Governors for Higher Education became the governing body of the University in 1981.

 

Today, the University has three satellite campuses but Kingston remains the largest and busiest. The main campus is 1,200-acres showcasing a mix of handsome ivy-covered buildings and contemporary architecture, and serving over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  Over 60% of URI students are Rhode Islanders.  The average degree-seeking undergraduate is 22 years old, but 12% of students are 25 or older.

 

URI’s website defines the school as “the State’s public learner-centered research university and a community joined in a common quest for knowledge.

 

ABOUT THE HARRINGTON SCHOOL

 

Conceived by Dr. Winnie Brownell in 2008, the Harrington School of Communication and Media was created through a generous gift by URI alumnus Richard J. Harrington, Chairman of Cue Ball, a venture firm, and former CEO of the Thomson Reuters corporation. The School comprises six programs, each engaging and involving communication and media. The Harrington School prepares outstanding graduates for careers, life, and citizenship in rapidly changing global professions.

 

Programs within the school include Communication Studies; Film/Media; Journalism; Public Relations: Writing & Rhetoric; Library and Information Studies.

 

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

  • The RI State Council On the Arts and the University of Rhode Island will commission 2D or 3D work for the outer walls to the left and right of the center column in the Living/Learning Room and/or the wall to the right as one faces the classroom screen situated at one end of the room.
  • Panelists determined to let artists dictate the aesthetic, the only mandate being that the work should in some way reference communications.
  • The budget is all-inclusive, including installation, lighting, wiring and/or screens if digital work is submitted. There are many screens in the building already, so ‘media’ artwork is not necessarily the best fit. In addition, because the room is used for classes and lectures, electronics are not necessarily practical as they would need to be turned on and off.
  • There is no limit on other types of media.
  • Panelists felt that it made the most sense to commission one artist, rather than multiple artists, so that there is a continuity of aesthetic.
  • Two more tables will be placed near where artwork will be located, but no more window treatments or other furniture are expected to be incorporated into the design of the room.
  • The RFQ will be limited to artists from New England and New York.

 

 

INTENT OF THE RFQ AND SCOPE OF WORK

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

 

Please note: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in the RISCA/URI public art selection process. It is not considered best practice for an agency to ask an artist to craft a proposal without compensation. Therefore, RISCA will conduct the URI Public Art application process online, with all materials submitted in digital format through CaFÉ (see below) and there is no charge to the artist for applying or for submitting digital images.

 

At this preliminary selection stage, we request submissions from artists or art teams consisting of six (6) images representing work completed within the past ten years, resumes, and very brief descriptions of potential site-specific proposals, (as in, “If commissioned, I would create a 2D painting or “a 3D wooden wall relief”, etc.”).

 

If an artist wants to apply as an individual as well as part of a team, two separate CaFÉ profiles and two separate CaFÉ applications must be completed (i.e., one application submission for you and one application submission for your team). Applications consisting of six images and resumes will be reviewed by the URI Public Art Selection Panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work, and their ability to carry out a substantial public art commission.

 

Three finalists will be selected from the pool of RFQ applicants and those finalists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $500. This stipend includes all travel expenses: hotel, transportation, mileage, etc., for both the site visit and the subsequent presentation meeting. Finalists will not be reimbursed separately for any travel costs.

 

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. First time CaFÉ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline.

 

Each application must be submitted via the CaFÉ ™ web site (www.callforentry.org) and must include:

 

  1. A current resume for each artist. If you are applying as a team, include all team member resumes within one document.

 

  1. Six digital images of relevant artwork. In the Description of Image, accompanying image annotation must list media, size, title, date of completion and a brief description of the artwork if necessary.  Please do not present more than one view of artwork per image.  If you wish to show a “detail”, include it within the six (6) artwork images.

 

ESTIMATED TIMELINE:

January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Deadline for submissions

Late-February 2017: panel meeting for review and selection of semifinalists

Late-February 2017: Artist notification

March 2017 (TBA): Finalist site visits

April 2017 (TBA): Finalist presentations to selection panel

May 2017: Final approval by RISCA Council

Tbd with artist: Contract signed

Tbd with artist: Work installed and completed

 

According to law, recommendations of the selection panel will be presented to the governing council of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts who will have final approval of the public art selection.

 

Finalist’s site-specific proposals should convey artist’s ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Artists chosen as finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated.  The finalists will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the Harrington School and the URI campus. A site visit as well as a meeting with the architect and the URI administration will be scheduled for the finalists.  An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, RISCA reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.

 

The Public Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right not to accept any proposal submitted. If the recommendations of the Public Art Selection Panel are approved by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the selected artist/s will enter into contract with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by the State of Rhode Island.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA:

 

The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:

 

  1. Artistic Quality: Quality and suitability of the final proposal in relation to the project description, program goals and site descriptions.

 

  1. Ability of the Artist’s Team: The artist’s ability to carry out the commission, to keep the project within budget, and to complete and install the work on schedule.

 

  1. Value: The quality and scope of the proposed completed work in relation to the commission and fees paid to the artist’s team.

 

  1. Durability of the Work: Permanence and durability of materials for this heavily used public facility. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that all artwork meets safety standards, adheres to building codes, ADA requirements and other state regulations. Artworks must be durable and require minimal maintenance.

 

  1. Collaborative Spirit: Willingness of the artist to consult with the architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, general contractor, building staff (or designated representatives), and RISCA staff to assure smooth integration of the artwork into the site and to make necessary adjustments in relation to building codes and other construction issues.

 

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY:

This call is open to all artists living in New England or New York.  Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges. Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.

 

If you have questions about the RFQ, email Elizabeth Keithline: Elizabeth@arts.ri.gov.    If you require technical support for CAFÉ, please email cafe@westaf.org

 

 

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