Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Note on Artist Residencies

Hi gang,

Well, this must be the year for being geezerly. I'm sick again (me! I'm never sick and this is the third time in a month and a half ) and my left wrist got injured. Take it from me, stress is not good! Rest=Good. Stress=Bad. So I have tried to stay off the computer except for the stuff I really have to do for my book promotion, reader's guide, etc. Anyway, I've been getting some private questions via email about residencies, as well as a comment you can read below my last post regarding whether or not residencies are places where you can take classes.

First--I'll answer that question above: Most residencies are places where people just go to do their work. A retreat is more a place where people take classes. When you go to a place like MacDowell, you get a cabin and food and you do your thing. But I'm sure there are exceptions, which brings me to my next point—Many people ask me very specific questions about residencies---is there north light for painting, will the place accept me if I have never had a show, does the place offer a stipend, etc. You really have to check each place for yourself. I can't do that for you. And you should also know that while I do post about residencies here, they are only a tiny percentage of what's actually out there all over the world. If you are serious about going to a residency somewhere, please check out these three sites that are the motherships of residency programs:,, and

The last one charges a small fee for membership but is well worth the money. You can actually type in your preferences for seasons, genres, size, place, and on and on so that you can tailor-make your stay somewhere. And if you have more specific questions you can contact the places directly.

Finally, I highly suggest you read my FAQ section ( And I highly suggest that if you can make it to the next TransCultural Exchange Conference on Opportunities in the Arts in Boston this coming April (go to the site for details), do it. You will meet people who run residencies all over the world. It's an amazing conference. And guess who will be there? Yes, Mirabee!

Off to sniffle and be a big to you all,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Something You All Should Know

Hey there,

Hi again. Although I haven't been posting as much as I'd like to for the last few months, you should know that I often tweet upcoming opportunities on twitter. If you aren't following me on twitter and would like to get more alerts about residencies, fellowships and grants, as well as exhibition opportunites, etc., you might consider doing it. Go here ( and follow me if you have an account and if you don't, just sign up, that is, if it doesn't annoy you that much. It's kind of like a bunch of people shouting sentences into a room. Personally, I don't like it that much but I use it to get urgent deadlines out when I have no time to do an entire post.

The other thing you can do is become a fan on the Mira's List FaceBook page. I post a lot of extra stuff there too, items that don't appear on my blog or I re-post the link to the blog page. I also have it set up so that most of those shorter messages go directly to twitter.

Listen...if I had my way and more time, you would all get lovely snail mail cards from me. Sad that things have gotten so speedy in the world. Alas. Well...anyway...if you feel like getting more info from me beyond this blog, check out twitter and FaceBook.


p.s. if you join my facebook fan page then you can also post comments easily, post your artwork to share with others, post about opportunities you hear about. Or start a discussion going.

Calling All Animation Artists!

***Hi everyone...this just came in this morning and I had to post it right away because it is so rare that anything comes up for animators.

(ANIMATION ARTISTS) Call for Animation Artist-in-Residence (AAiR): The Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation ( is issuing a call for an animation artist for its 2011 Animation Artist-in-Residence (AAiR-1) Program from June 1 till August 30, 2011 in its campus in Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines.

The artist will provide productive and instructive interaction with the pool of student animators at the Animation Lab of the OLLCF. He or she will also be provided the time to work on an independent project and be assisted by the same students. Food, accommodation, airfare and a minimal weekly allowance will be provide by OLLCF to the selected artist. Please email bio, qualifications and samples of work to [email protected]. There will be three AAiR programs every year – AAiR-1 from June 1 to August 31, AAiR-2 from September 1 to November 30 and AAiR-3 from January 10 till March 10.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Calling All Media Artists, Printmakers, Writers, Artists, Scholars and Everyone Else!

(ARTISTS) SOHO2O Gallery Chelsea / Artists Residency Program: SOHO2O Gallery Chelsea is a non-profit artist run gallery that has been promoting the work of women artists since 1973 through gallery exhibitions and public programming. As part of our continued commitment to the arts we are introducing a 3 month studio residency program for visual artists.

What the residency offers:

  • 4 three-month studio residencies available. Jan-March / April – June / July – Sept/ Oct – Dec. 2011
  • The studio is located within SOHO20 Gallery. It is a private studio space that measures 26x9 feet. The studio offers 13 foot ceilings and over 40 feet of workable wall space.
  • Access to the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. *Occasionally artist will need to coordinate use with scheduled gallery events.
  • Opportunities to present works to curators, critics, arts professionals, and the general public.
  • Artists are encouraged to present finished work to the public near the end of the residency with a gallery-sponsored reception.
  • Application is open to both men and women artists.

Note that the studio residency at 547 W. 27th Street is for work use only. There is absolutely no living space allowed.

All applicants must be residents of the United States or have a valid visa not expiring before the end of the program, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree seeking program and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the 2011 SOHO2O Studio residency. Artists working in all mediums are invited to apply.

Deadlines: January - March or April – June 2011 Residency Saturday, November 20, 2010, July – September or October – December 2011 Residency Saturday, May 28, 2011For more info, go to:

(PRINTMAKERS) A Call for Entry—Wheat Farm Press Print Exchange 1:1: Wheat Farm Press is establishing a quarterly print exchange, and juried publication of prints. The goal of this exchange is to promote the development of the finest artistic ideas and talents in contemporary printmaking. They are looking for artists at any stage in their artistic lives to dedicate time to the development of an edition of eleven prints. They are looking for people who are passionately dedicated to printmaking, who don’t have access to a press, who have regular access, who print by hand, those who collage, make precise editions, make variable editions, those who can afford the time to work on prints every day, and those who sneak in time whenever possible to develop imagery.

For the creation of an edition of eleven prints you will receive ten unique prints in return from artists all over the world. One print from each edition will be archived permanently at Wheat Farm Press as a record of what is being produced within the print community at this period in time. To learn more about this project, go to:

(ALL) The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts: offers up to fifty juried residencies per year to working artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are awarded to visual artists, writers, composers, interdisciplinary artists, and arts or arts education scholars. Residencies are available for two-, four-, six-, or eight-weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of disability, sex, age, race, religion, or national origin. For more info, go to: March 1 is the next deadline for residencies to take place the following July – December.

(PRINTMAKERS) The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP): in Norwalk, CT invites interested artists to apply for a two-week residency fellowship to take place in March 2011, at our well equipped studio. This fellowship offers the artist a chance to realize printmaking projects by providing time, privacy, and equipment as well as a creative, supportive environment. Application Deadline: November 1, 2010

(WRITERS & ARTISTS) Chicago Winter Art Residency: Writers and artists of all disciplines are welcome to participate this winter in six day residencies in the accessible and vibrant Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Each day will offer time to write, research and an opportunity to communicate your experiences and challenges of being a creative individual with others. Fellowships of up to $300 are awarded based on letter of intent or writing samples and are not based on financial need. Costs are $750 without fellowship and $450 with a fellowship.

Private accommodations with bath, writing desk, continental breakfast and
light lunch are provided daily. Two salons are held Friday and Saturday evenings to foster discussion and interaction with Chicago artists and writers. Fellowship Deadline: December 1, 2010. For more information contact: Kapra Fleming 773-235-1408,

(ARTISTS) Flux Factory Residencies in NYC: Flux Factory is an artist-run not-for-profit organization that provides residencies and work spaces for 14 artists. They organize ambitious group exhibitions in their gallery, while doing projects as a collective in other institutions in the US and abroad.

Their building includes a gallery, a co-working office, a screen printing lab, and a wood shop. It also has a shared kitchen, library, and lots of great people. Residents benefit from an engaged and creative community, studio visits, monthly art salons, and exposure to a large community of creative collaborators who both maintain personal practices and also develop projects together. All residents have a voice in planning programming and sustaining the organization as a whole. Residency periods are 3 / 6 / 9 / 12 months, and each artist must find their own funding for their residency, though Flux Factory can certainly help with this process. For more info, go here:

(ARTISTS, SCHOLARS, CURATORS) The Henry Moore Institute Fellowships: The Henry Moore Instituteinvites applications for the following fellowship programmes:

Research Fellowships are intended for artists, scholars and curators, working on historic and contemporary sculpture using the Institute's library, archive of sculptors' papers and the collection of Leeds Art Gallery. Up to 4 fellows will be given the opportunity to spend a month in Leeds to develop their own research. With access to our resources and an on-going dialogue with the Institute staff, fellows are free to pursue their own interests in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Senior Fellowships are intended to give established scholars (working on any aspect of sculpture) time and space to develop a research project free from their usual work commitments. Up to 2 senior fellowships, for periods of between 4 to 6 weeks will be offered.

Both fellowships provide accommodation, travel expenses and a per diem. For more information on the Henry Moore Institute research fellowships please visit:
Deadline is 10 January 2011.

For further information or to apply for a fellowship please contact:
Kirstie Gregory – Research Programme Assistant
Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH.
T: + 44 (0) 113 246 7467
E: [email protected]

The Institute is open year round, free of charge and showcases the best in international sculpture, both historical and contemporary. It also runs a world-class programme of research and events, and is home to the country's leading sculpture archive.

(ALL) EMPAC Open Call for Artist in Residence Proposals: Troy, N.Y. – Since 2005, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) has established a vibrant residency program that has hosted over 40 artists and their collaborators, spanning theater, dance, music, video, and installation. While EMPAC will continue its open call residency program, EMPAC is pleased to announce four additional focused initiatives:

Audio Production / Post‐Production
For sound recording, development of multichannel sound works,
documentation, mastering, mixing, film scoring, or any other task
involving microphones, speakers, consoles and computers.
‐ Creative Research
Provides artists, writers, and theorists with the opportunity to
conduct research over extended periods of time (minimum six weeks).
‐ Dance / Theater
To rehearse, workshop or finalize a production. Provides a group of
up to six individuals a two‐week rehearsal period in a 3,300 sq. ft.
black box space with full production support.
‐ Video Production / Post‐Production
For multiple camera shoots, documentation of a performance,
development of multichannel video projection, digital video post‐production,
or any project involving HD video cameras, computers, and projectors.

EMPAC’s unique facilities offer four major venues including a Concert Hall, Theater, and two black box
Studios, in addition to artists in residence studios, and a state of the art infrastructure.
To apply, please include a letter of intent, a project description, a resume or CV for all major
collaborators, as well as works, samples, and other supporting materials. Proposals are reviewed by
EMPAC curators four times a year. Upcoming reviews will take place on October 15, January 14, April 15, and July 15. In general, residencies are scheduled six months to one year in advance. For more info, go to:

(ARTISTS) Transart Institute MFA Creative Practice program Scholarships: The scholarships provide a reduction in tuition from 10 to 50%. More information on scholarships can be found on the Transart Institute website: TRANSART INSTITUTE offers an international low-residency MFA program for working artists in a highly individualized format. The innovative program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two shorter winter residencies in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist mentors wherever they work and live. General information: For specific information please contact Selina Heaton, Administrative Manager: [email protected]

(ALL) ARTErra- Artistic Rural Residence in Portugal: ARTErra is an artist residency located in Lobão da Beira, a village in PORTUGAL, near Tondela, the district of Viseu. They offer two distinct spaces: the house where residents eat, rest, and gather together and the "creation yard," with different work places, ateliers, studios, blackbox, documentation center and peaceful gardens. Public presentations can be provided thanks to a partnership with City Hall. Please visit their blog at email: [email protected]

Your application must contain the following elements:

- Curriculum Vitae;
- Portfolio, videos, photos , music...;
- Description of the project to be undertaken at ARTERRA, including the project's objectives, needs and expectations of residence ,work methodologies,and all the details necessary to understand the proposal;
- Ideal dates and time for the residence;
- Complementary information (needs for meals, number of persons involved, technical requirements, work characteristics and other additional information relevant to the work process).

***FYI: I don't know a thing about this place---if it costs money or if it's free and their site is in
Portuguese so make sure you turn your translation option on so you can read about this intriguing new residency in Portugal!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

TransCultural Exchange's Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts Scholarships!

Hey everyone! Wake up! Mirabee here to tell you about the most amazing international arts conference in the world. It's every two years and some of you heard me speak about funding for artists at the last one. This time around, I'll be talking about first books: how to get published from finding an agent to marketing your book once it is out there. I'll be on a panel with Jedediah Berry, author of the novel The Manual of Detection and editor at Small Beer Press, and poet Marisa Crawford, author of The Haunted House from Switchback Books. I'll also be doing a reading from my new book at the Boston Public Library with amazing author Reif Larson and Jayne Anne Phillips (all that info to come, closer to the event).

In the meantime, there are scholarships available for the conference but the deadline for those are coming up soon. See the announcement below for the TransCultural Exchange's Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts.



p.s. coming later today or in the next day or so: new opportunities for printmakers, media artists, writers and more!

(ALL) TransCultural Exchange's Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: Are you looking to tap into the International Art Market? Would you like to find ways to show overseas? Are you a writer interested in finding out what it takes to publish your first book? Are you a musician or composer who is looking for an amazing residency overseas? Have you always wanted to live overseas for a year and do research for a creative project but just didn't know how to fund your trip? Meet key international Curators, critics, editors, published writers and program directors at TransCultural Exchange's Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts, Boston Omni Parker House Hotel April 7-10 2011.

TransCultural Exchange’s Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: The Interconnected World is internationally known as the only forum of its kind for networking, showcasing, supporting and promoting people in the arts. More than 70 representatives from around the world will be on hand to present their programs and provide networking opportunities and one-on-one portfolio reviews for artists to interact with their international peers. There will also be opportunities for film screenings for emerging filmmakers, readings of new work from writers, literary events at Boston Public Library, and artist slide shows.

More than one third of the attendees to the 2007 and 2009 Conferences noted tangible outcomes (such as invitations to residencies and exhibitions and/or successful grant applications) as a direct result of their attending the conference.

Registration for all four days, April 7 - April 10, 2011: Early Registration is $275, due midnight EST, December 15, 2010. Registration is $345 after December 15, 2010; and $425 after April 1. Student discount registration is $115, due midnight EST, December 15, 2010; $205 after December 15, 2010 and $295 after April 1. Register here:

Yes, there are scholorships available. Applications for scholarships are due November 15, 2010!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Attention All Writers!

Hey there...I know...I've neglected you. That is the price I must pay for being sucked into the raging machine of pre-pub. activities for my first book. Life has certainly been crazy. Anyway, I wanted to alert all you writers out there about an event coming up in New York City on November 12th and 13th. I'll be speaking on a panel about funding and residency opportunities at a literary conference at the New School in NY (sponsored by The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and co-sponsored by the New School Graduate Writing Program and in partnership with Sobel Weber Associates, The National Book Foundation, Sterling Lord Literistic, and Poets & Writers).

The event will be a two-day conference for fiction, poetry, and creative-nonfiction writers learning how to maneuver in the marketplace. Meet writers, editors, agents, publicists and publishers from Publishers Weekly, Oxford University Press, Scribner, Hachette Book Group, Graywolf, the Poetry Society of America, Bloomsbury, Knopf, the Academy of American Poets and more. REGISTER NOW } OR TO REGISTER BY PHONE, PLEASE CALL 212.741.9110 x 16

And the cool thing is....anyone registering who mentions MIRA'S LIST will get a 20% discount! Click here: or click on the logo and sign up. I highly recommend this event, especially for New Yorkers who don't need a hotel!

I'll also be speaking in April at the TransculturalExchange Conference in Boston about what it takes to publish a first book, from finding an agent to post-pub. marketing. News on that event and the other amazing writers on the panel coming very soon!

Below are a couple other things for writers. Have a lovely week!

(WRITERS) Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship: The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards approximately $52,000 annually to an American-born poet to spend one year outside North America, in whatever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work. Recipients in recent years have included published poets with professional standing. See the web site or write for application form and guidelines. Website:, email: [email protected] DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15th!

(WRITERS) Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom, Ondaatje Prize: The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize offers £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place. See web site for more details and next deadline.Website:, email: [email protected] Deadline is December 7th, 2010.

(WRITERS) Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Middlebury, Vermont: The Conference awards fellowships and scholarships to candidates applying to attend a session of the Conference. Candidates for fellowships must have a first original book published within three years of filing their application. Scholarship candidates must have published in major literary periodicals or newspapers. See web site for nomination and application procedures. website:, email: [email protected]
** Mirabee insider trading: I was there in 2001 and loved it. I learned a lot from my workshop colleagues and some have remained my long-suffering readers!

Welcome to Mira's List

This blog provides information on upcoming grants, fellowships and residencies for artists, writers, composers, and media artists. It is for serious professionals only, from emerging to mid-career to established. I also publish information for graduate students from time to time. However, I do not publish information on exhibition or publishing opportunities, nor do I advertise artist retreats and workshops that charge money. At least that is my current policy. For more info on where to exhibit or publish, please see my links section which I try to periodically update. I sift through hundreds of search engines and websites to find opportunities for YOU dear artist. In return, I ask you to pass the information along to those who need it. Also, since this is a free blog, I don't always have the time to weed carefully through everything. If you find a grant or website or residency that is not up-to-date, is dodgy in some way, or is no longer in existence, please let me know! Also, if you stay somewhere at one of the residencies I suggest and have a good experience, I want that feedback too. Please check my FAQs at the top right side bar if you have questions before starting your search. Best wishes and happy hunting!