Our Opportunities

Calling Massachusetts-based Artists!

The Studios at MASS MoCA has a special opportunity for you! We are currently accepting applications from Massachusetts-based artists & writers for 2 - 4 week residencies. Sessions will take place between Nov. 7, 2018 and Dec. 4, 2018.

These residencies come with a deeply subsidized fee of $150/week and participants will receive a travel and meal stipend to further offset costs. But that’s not the only perk...

The artists selected for this residency opportunity will receive:

  • A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, 24-hour studio access, plywood floors, a work table and chair in each studio, and shared slop sinks and bathrooms. (Certain applicants, depending on their projects, will be invited to share a communal studio space at Makers' Mill -- the printmaking and fiber arts studio -- in downtown North Adams.)
  • Housing across the street from the museum, in newly renovated apartments (private bedroom/Queen bed + shared kitchen and bath). These are lovely apartments, but note that it’s communal living (4 people to an apartment) in an active downtown location -- sensitive sleepers be advised.
  • One communal meal per day, in the company of other artists-in-residence.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • Free access to Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace on Main Street in North Adams (a short walk from the museum), offering shared use of relief press, etching presses, silkscreen and book arts equipment, as well as looms, sewing machines, small tools and work tables.

In addition to these usual benefits, the artists selected for this residency will have the opportunity to participate in group workshops with artist-experts on personal finance and career development, and optional one-on-one assistance with financial planning and goal-setting, provided via MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists staff. Below are brief descriptions of the group workshops:

 

Financial Bootcamp for Artists, led by Esther Robinson
Led by dynamic filmmaker and artist educator Esther Robinson (Director of ArtBuilt), this 8-hour workshop reframes personal finance in artist terms and covers budgeting, credit, the value of an emergency fund, and strategies to build savings and generate new revenue opportunities, with a major focus on goal-setting.

Beyond the MFA: Business Planning for Artists, led by Kim Faler
Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA. In this workshop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Participants will receive guidance on improving their artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising. Recommended for fine/non-commercial artists.

Taxes for Artists, led by Hannah Cole
Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, Hannah has a unique vantage point for understanding the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses. In this workshop she will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically relevant to artists, followed by a Q&A period. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax and an Enrolled Agent with the IRS.


Application Deadline:
April 27, 2018 11:59pm EST.
No application fee.

Click below for more details on eligibility and to find the application.

 

Artist Opportunities: December & January

(If you have a great opportunity to share, please send suggestions to assetsforartists@massmoca.org.)

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Artist Retreat

Applications are open for the 2018 winter session at the Cabins, located in the scenic rural town of Norfolk, CT. Join a group of up to 9 interdisciplinary artists January 25-29 for a five day, low cost artist retreat. This one-of-a-kind collaborative experience brings together artists from a variety of creative backgrounds, including visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and poets. Each resident teaches an hour-long Master's class contributing an enriching learning experience for the whole group.

Deadline: December 26, 2017
No Entry Fee

 

Poet-In-Residence Award

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at the Frost Place, Robert Frost’s former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give readings at Dartmouth College, the Frost Place, and other local venues.

Deadline: January 5, 2018
Entry Fee: $28

 

Call for art

A Fort Point Arts Community Exhibition at the Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street in Boston has a call for art for an upcoming group show. “How Do I Look” invites artists to reflect on the subjective nature of visual perception and the flaws in the notion of sight as truth. Such reflection is especially pertinent within “visual” art, as the ability to see and perceive color, light, depth, and movement is often inextricably linked with the tradition. Submissions of work might address issues and phenomena around vision and its role within the visual arts broadly, including visibility and invisibility, blindness, gaze, optical illusion, perspective, synesthesia, belief, the inner eye, etc., as a way to uncover the fallibility of vision and explore new ways of “seeing.” “How Do I Look” is guest-curated by Scout Hutchinson & Mary Provenzano. Selected artists will either receive an honorarium, or a one-year FPAC membership.

Deadline: January 7, 2018
No Entry Fee

 

Sculpture Residency

Sculpture Space, located in Utica, New York, invites artists whose focus is sculpture to apply for a two-month residency between February and November 2019. They offer a 5,500 square foot shared studio with specialized equipment in addition to five private studios. The Studio Manager provides ongoing assistance and technical expertise. The studio and house are located in the eclectic, historically underserved, diverse and upcoming West Utica neighborhood — close to downtown, and situated in Central New York's scenic Mohawk Valley.  Because of Sculpture Space’s long history and presence in Utica, the community is supportive and receptive to site-specific work; in particular, we are interested in projects that realize and expand examples of creative place-making to our neighborhood and the community.

Deadline: January 15, 2018
No Entry Fee

 

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Open Call

The Wassaic Project is accepting 1 – 6 month proposals for their Summer 2018 Residency program (May through October). The Wassaic Project cultivates and supports community for emerging and professional contemporary artists, writers and other creatives. Housed in historic, landmark buildings, the residency program offers nine artists each month the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural New York community. Artists work in adaptable raw studio space in a historic livestock barn and have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodations.

Deadline: January 22, 2018
Entry Fee: $25

 

Artist Residency

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2018 artists-in-residence program. Forty-four fully funded residencies are available between May and December, and range in duration from two to four weeks. The residencies are open to artists and designers working in visual arts, creative writing, music composition, sound art, moving image, architecture or landscape design. Located within a 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, Connecticut (U.S.), I-Park provides residents with a quiet, retreat-type setting, private living quarters in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, meals program, fully equipped workshop and modest library—as well as creative access to I-Park’s expansive grounds. Residencies are self-directed, undisturbed and non-judgmental.

Deadline: January 22, 2018
Entry Fee: $30

 

Fellowship for Massachusetts Artists

Mass Cultural Council is now accepting 2018 Artist Fellowship applications in the categories of Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting. The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged, competitive grants of $12,000 and finalist awards of $1,000, in recognition of artistic excellence. Massachusetts artists creating original work who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: January 29, 2018
No Entry Fee

 

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Open Call for Exhibitions

Gallery Madison Park invites artists and curators to submit exhibition proposals for a solo or group exhibition for their 2018 exhibition season. Gallery Madison Park is an exhibition space for contemporary artists and designers located in New Your City, on 34th street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue. 

Deadline: January 30, 2018
No Entry Fee

 

Open Call

The Lake George Arts Project invites regional, national, emerging and established artists to submit exhibition proposals to the Courthouse Gallery. Preference is given to experimental or non-traditional work created in the last two years. They welcome proposals for special exhibitions, installations, mixed media presentations, and performance art and provide artists with a quality space where they can present a solid body of work in a solo or small group show.

Deadline: January 31, 2018
No Entry Fee

 

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Visual Arts Fellowship

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA offers a unique residency program for emerging artists and writers. Located in a rustic fishing village with a storied history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend of $750. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30. Fellows pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. Additional facilities include a basic woodshop, a print shop with an etching and lithography press, and digital media lab. Optional activities provide Fellows the opportunity to meet acclaimed visiting artist and writers, and exhibit their work in the Work Center's Hudson D. Walker Gallery.

Deadline: February 1, 2018
Entry Fee: $57

 

Call for Artists

Art in the Open (AiO), a partnership between The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), City Parks Association, and Fairmount Water Works, re-frames the ‘plein air’ tradition of creating art outside and on-site in a contemporary context, encouraging both artists and audiences to draw inspiration from the city's diverse natural and urban landscapes. Using the Schuylkill River Banks Park in Philadelphia, PA as studio space, participating artists will have the opportunity to explore new working methods, develop process-oriented works, and interpret a compelling intersection of urban and natural environments in the public realm. AiO dates are May 18-20, 2018 and the event reaches an estimated 12,000 visitors over the course of three-days. Artists receive a $350 stipend.


Deadline: February 1, 2018
Entry Fee: $35

 

 

Apply Now, Rural Rhode Island Artists!

We're back, Rhode Island!

A4A is now accepting applications from artists in rural Rhode Island for our 2018 Matched Savings Program.

Read on for details on the program & eligibility, and APPLY by January 16!

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What's This Matched Savings Program About?

It's about strengthening your career as an artist by growing your business know-how and financial capacity. Artists selected for our 2018 matched savings program will receive:

A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital to help grow the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their Rhode Island-based creative practice.

Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial management and business planning. These classes will be offered in various Rhode Island locations in spring/summer 2018.

Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.

How Do You Define Rural?

"Rural" is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, the key funder for our work in Rhode Island. You may apply for this grant if you have a residence or studio in an eligible Rhode Island community, which include all towns in Rhode Island EXCEPT the following non-eligible cities & towns: Providence, East Providence, North Providence, Newport, Warwick, West Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Bristol, Lincoln, Central Falls, Portsmouth, and Barrington. 

If you're unsure about your eligibility, please contact us at assetsforartists@massmoca.org.

ARTISTS IN ALL DISCIPLINES AND FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY! 

If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative practice, we’d love to hear from you.

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
CLICK HERE TO APPLY BY JANUARY 16!

Not located in rural Rhode Island? Please check back again soon or add yourself to our email list for updates and future programming opportunities in your area.

Our work in Rhode Island is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners.

Check out the gallery below to see the Rhode Island artists we worked with in 2017:

Apply Now, The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program Spring/Summer 2018

It’s that time of year again! Applications are now open for residency sessions between April and September 2018.

We invite artists and writers to apply for residencies up to 8 weeks.


Residents (10 per session) will receive:

  • A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, 24-hour studio access, plywood floors, a work table and chair in each studio, and shared slop sinks and bathrooms. (Certain applicants, depending on their projects, will be invited to share a communal studio space at Makers' Mill -- the printmaking and fiber arts studio -- in downtown North Adams, instead of a private studio.)
  • Housing across the street from the museum, in newly renovated apartments (private bedroom/Queen bed + shared kitchen and bath). These are lovely apartments, but note that it’s communal living (4 people to an apartment) in an active downtown location -- sensitive sleepers be advised.
  • One communal meal per day, in the company of other artists-in-residence.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • Free access to Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace on Main Street in North Adams (a short walk from the museum), offering shared use of relief press, etching presses, silkscreen and book arts equipment, as well as looms, sewing machines, small tools and work tables.
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through the staff of MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program (www.assetsforartists.org), helping artists and writers in all disciplines strengthen the business side of their artistic practice.
     

The full-price residency fee is $650/week, but many participants receive need-based and merit-based financial aid.

The application deadline is January 8, 2018, 11:59pm. No application fee.

For more details on the residency program, visit our FAQs. For testimonials from artists who have been through the program, visit the Studios homepage.

Questions? Email Krystal Henriquez at studios@massmoca.org.

 

The Studios at MASS MoCA receives support from the Barr Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Apply Now, Lawrence Artists!

Lawrence, it's been great getting to know you. 

We love the creative energy in Lawrence, and we want to help the artist community in Lawrence continue to grow.

We're thrilled to partner with Lawrence Community Works for a third year of artist support programming in Lawrence. This year, we have opportunities for artists/makers currently based in Lawrence, and have added support for artists interested in relocating to this exciting city.

Check out the details below, and apply by October 9! 

Apply Now, Holyoke Artists!

Holyoke, we like your style. 

We love the creative resurgence underway in Holyoke, and we want to help keep it going.

We're thrilled to partner with the City of Holyoke for a third year of artist support programming in the Paper City. This year, we have opportunities for artists/makers currently based in Holyoke, and have added support for artists interested in relocating to this exciting city.

Check out the details below, and apply by October 9! 

Apply Now, Massachusetts Artists!

We're back at it, Massachusetts!  

Assets for Artists is now accepting applications for our matched savings grant program and fall/winter professional development workshops.

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Where are you located?

If you're an artist based in (or interested in relocating to) North Adams, Holyoke, or Lawrence, we have special opportunities for you. Click the corresponding link for details. Everyone else in Massachusetts: Keep reading this post for details.

Interested candidates are welcome to apply for either or both of our programming tracks. Apply by October 9!

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Matched Savings Grant Program:

Artists selected for our 2017 matched savings program will receive:

A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital help grow the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their creative practice.

Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial management and business planning.

Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.

ARTISTS in ALL disciplines and financial circumstances are encouraged to apply! 

If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative practice, we’d love to hear from you.

Professional Development Workshops:

Our free workshops are geared to help artists strengthen their professional practices. This fall/winter, we’re offering four expert-led workshops to help artists in all disciplines. Apply to participate in one, two, or all four!

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Taxes for Artists 

October 19, 10:30am - 12pm | North Adams

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, Hannah has a unique vantage point for understanding the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses. In this workshop she will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically relevant to artists, followed by a Q&A period. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax and an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. 

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Understanding Your Art Practice as a Business

Choice of dates:
October 24, 1-6pm | North Adams
January 25, 1-6pm | North Adams

Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA. In this work-shop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Participants will receive guidance on improving their artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising. Recommended for fine/non-commercial artists. 

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Get Press Ready: Media Relations for Artists

November 18, 1-6pm | Lawrence, MA

Sarah Platanitis is a lifestyle journalist and media educator focused on press relations for artists. In this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of press vs. public relations and how to work more effectively with journalists. Participants will focus on best practices for writing press releases, organizing media kits and websites, being more comfortable during interviews, and how to present newsworthy content to appropriate media outlets. For artists in all disciplines.

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Create Success: Selling Your Work at High-End Art Markets, Craft Shows & Artisan Festivals

February 15, 1-6pm | Holyoke, MA

Laura Baring-Gould's practice includes award-winning installations, public artworks and small bronzes sold in galleries, juried shows and through private commissions. In this workshop participants will explore the rich entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges present in making, marketing and selling their artwork. Specific topics will include strategies for show applications and selection, product pricing and diversity, financial accounting / tax reporting, client interactions, promotion and the importance of sustaining creative buoyancy. 


What are you waiting for?
Click here to apply by October 9!

Not located in Massachusetts? Please check back again soon or add yourself to our email list for updates and future programming opportunities in your area.

Our work in Massachusetts is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners.