Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Artist Residency Testimonials!

Hi everyone. Well, it’s time once again to hear from some of my readers who have recently been to residencies that they found on Mira’s List. If you have had a great residency experience too, please let me know!

All you need to do is:

1. Give me your name (or if you like, just your first name if you are shy!) and what discipline you do (visual artist, writer, etc.)

2. WHERE you went (town, state, country) and the link to the residency site.

3. Tell me in one or two sentences (please, no more than that) what was great about the place.

4. Send me one to two pictures of the place or your studio or you doing something there. The pictures must be in jpg form and NO LARGER than 400 KB.

5. Please only pick one residency, not several. Thanks!
And if you write way too much or end huge jpgs that I have to reduce and I have to spend time editing what you write or looking up information, I probably won't post your pictures and story, just so you know. Thanks for understanding.

6. Email this to me: [email protected]

And one more thing....Mirabee is going to do an art contest! Coming soon....low fee, low impact and cash award....stay tuned....


From Arina Melkozernova (I'm not sure what her medium is---CAMAC is open to all disciplines):

I spent three weeks at CAMAC (Centre D'Art - Marnay Art Centre) residency in France (June, 2010). It was my first residency experience such as meeting the diverse group of artists and sharing our ideas, inspirations and cultural wisdom. It worked as "jump out of the hamster wheel" for me - in terms of breaking the "being provider" routine and keeping my dream alive. I finally started to work on my project, and I hope to continue:) One step at a time...Thank you, Mirabee, for your encouragement, support and being here for us....just one of many - Arina

From writer and poet Athena Edmonds: The first picture is looking out my window at Ragdale, poetry residency, April 2011. Five writers, two artists, in a beautiful Chicago suburb, we worked and lived together, feeding of each others work.

This next one is from Hedgebrook, Feb 2011, my fairy tale cabin in the woods on Whidby Island in Washington State, US. Seven cabins, seven women writers. We wrote all day, and gathered every night for an organic meal cooked by a friendly fabulous chef at the main farmhouse.
I love your blog. thank you for all the work you do putting it together. Athena Edmonds

Artist Blake Brasher went all the way to Romania:

Arthouse Garana is in a tiny, one and a half street village in the mountains of western Romania. The program was only ten days long, but they are ten days that will remain with me for the rest of my life. It was so great to interact with artists from around the world, to see how they saw the world and what their art meant to them. For me, as a somewhat younger artist at the beginning of my career, it was also very informative and inspiring to be around artists at all stages of their careers. The group was very warm and inclusive, and despite some difficulties with languages we all managed to form some form of bond with each other. I wrote a bit about the experience on my website shortly after returning to Boston. It's part of this post: You can see more of my work at my web site,

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the residency in Romania, go to:
Or call or email: ELISABETH L. OCHSENFELD visual artist TEL-FAX 0049 6221 25232 [email protected]

*** Dear Readers—please include a link to the residency so curious readers can check the place out. Thanks so much!
Your Faithful Servant and and Helpful Curmudgeon, Mirabee

Monday, November 28, 2011

McKnight Fellowship for Mid-Career Musicians

(MUSICIANS) The 2012-13 McKnight FellowshipWith the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, MacPhail Center for Music awards fellowships which recognize and provide support for mid-career performing musicians. A McKnight Fellowship can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project. These prestigious fellowships are intended to reward artistic excellence and to support performing musicians who have reached a critical point in their career development.

If you are a performing musician, MacPhail Center for Music invites you to apply for a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. MacPhail awards four $25,000 fellowships to outstanding solo musicians or small ensembles. All finalists receive a $1,000 honorarium. For the winners this is considered part of their $25,000 award. Ensembles that are recognized as finalists and/or fellowship recipients will split awards between members; individual ensemble members will not each receive the full award amount. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.

For more info, go to:
Deadline is January 23, 2012.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Urgent December 1 Deadline for Fellowship for Young Artists!

Hey everyone, hope you had a great holiday. This opportunity just came up and the deadline is THIS THURSDAY, December 1, 2011. More to post soon....just wanted to get this out to you!


(ARTISTS) The Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship for Young ArtistsWave Hill is pleased to announce a new fellowship program for young artists. The Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship, funded by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, provides an opportunity for two young artists to develop the skills and professional credentials needed to establish a successful career as visual artists. The new fellowship expands Wave Hill’s Visual Arts programming, which includes major topical exhibitions from spring through fall; its Sunroom Project Space, a program for emerging artists to create solo shows; and Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace, consisting of two, six-week sessions for artists to work in residence. A public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, Wave Hill invites artists to draw inspiration from its stunning natural setting, gardens and greenhouses. Wave Hill’s mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

The 12-month Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship will be awarded to two New York City-based artists, ages 30 or younger who are from culturally diverse backgrounds. The fellowship provides valuable mentoring, and opportunities to learn from the curatorial staff about the creation and interpretation of exhibitions and arts programming, as well as to work with artists and arts professionals to define career paths over the course of the program, which begins in January 2012. Van Lier Fellows will be given studio space during the second session of the 2012 Winter Workspace (February 14–March 25, 2012), as well as a solo show in Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space (July 7–August 26, 2012). Each Van Lier Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000.

Applications should be submitted at by December 1, 2011.

Qualifications for Van Lier Fellowship applicants:

Emerging artists 30 years of age or younger;

From underserved communities and/or culturally diverse backgrounds;

Reside within one of the five boroughs of New York City;

Have completed college and are not enrolled in a degree-granting program in 2012;

Demonstrate artistic and career potential;

Are not represented by a commercial gallery; and

Are available to participate in the Winter Workspace and Sunroom Project Space Programs.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Residencies for Choreographers, Artists, Writers and More!

Hey Everyone, a couple new residency announcements below and the first deadline is very urgent—This Friday! By the way, if anyone is in the Bay Area this weekend, I will be reading in San Francisco on Friday night, the 18th and in Corte Madera on Saturday morning, the 19th. I hope to see some of you Mira's List peeps there! For more info, go to my calendar: Also, Please vote for The Memory Palace for the 2011 Goodreads Reader's Choice Awards by November 20th! Click here:

And please keep sending me pictures and brief testimonials on the residencies you have found on Mira's List. It's great to get the inside picture from people who have stayed somewhere. Send a couple sentences about where you stayed, a link for the residency site, tell us where it was and send a link to your website if you have one and a couple jpgs, no larger than 500 KB. And I will post your experience! Let me know if I can use your full name. we go!

The Next Stage Residency in Pittsburgh, PAOne week residency in Pittsburgh, PA at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The deadline its quickly approaching (this Friday, November 18th, 2011!) The Next Stage Residency supports the creation of new work by choreographers. Next Stage gives talented choreographers the opportunity to explore and develop new material in the historic and beautiful Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The Next Stage Residency includes six days (Jan 23-28) of creative rehearsal time (3-5 hours daily/choreographer) and a work-in-progress showing on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Selected choreographers will receive a $1000 honorarium. The Residency will include lighting design support and one two-hour technical rehearsal. A photographer will document the week and the showing. The week will also include video documentation of the showing available to the artist. Housing & meals are available for visiting choreographers.
For more information and details visit or email Stephanie at [email protected]

(ALL) Community & Artist-in- Residence Program in the Galilee in IsraelThe Bat Shalom Guest House is an expansive contemporary artist villa nestled in the hills of the Galilee between the Sea of Galilee and Mount Tavor. Inspired by the land absorbed with the sources of the Bible, Druze villages, Christians, Muslims, and Jews, we invite artists of all walks of life to join us for a one-month Art Laboratory December 18, 2011-January 18, 2012.

12 selected international artists will research and explore the connection between art and peace work with the world-renown multi-media artist and peace activist, Dorit Bat-Shalom. She will lead this group on a journey through the ancient cultures and spiritual paths
that live in the land of Israel while connecting them with acclaimed Israeli artists.
The Guest House will provide a sanctuary where from every window and balcony the beautiful view of the ancient Lower Galilee will enrapture you. With an atmosphere of inspiration, creativity, and tranquility, this unique location deeply serves each artist.
For more details see the file below.
how to contact:
[email protected]
[email protected]
miki- 972-56445333
Deadline unknown—please contact organization for more info and go to their blog:
(***the cost of this residency is around $2000 and I think it includes everything except for travel to and from your own country. They are currently looking for funding for future scholarships. There used to be another place like this in the Galilee that I stayed at years ago and you can read about it in my book, The Memory Palace! It's a beautiful area and very interesting.)

(ALL) Residency applications for 2012 for artists, writers and the general public are being accepted for the Fowler and C-Scape Dune Shacks in the Cape Cod National Seashore. One to three weeks stays available, including a 3-week $500 fellowship for a visual artist, and two funded weeks for writers. Contact Provincetown Community Compact, Deadline January 15, 2012.

Please vote for The Memory Palace for the 2011 Goodreads Reader's Choice Awards by November 20th! Click here:

Monday, November 14, 2011


Hey everyone, I just found out that my book The Memory Palace was nominated for the semi-final round of the 2011 Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir and Autobiography. My publisher asked me to rally my troupes to vote for me so I can get into the finals. Would you please click on the link below or on the side and vote for The Memory Palace? I have no idea if I win anything but apparently it's a good thing to win! You need to vote before November 20th, which is this Sunday. Over 200,00 votes were cast to get me into the semi-finals so it's pretty cool. Thanks!
Here's the link:


Vote now for your favorite books!

Calling All Printmakers! Special Editions Residency Program in NYC

Special Editions Residency Program

Application deadline:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Lower East Side Printshop offers artists the opportunity to complete a significant new body of work in printmaking in collaboration with our experienced Master Printers, fully published by the Printshop. Artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply; printmaking experience is not necessary. The application deadline for the Special Editions Residency Program is Friday, December 2, 2011 postmarked or delivered by 6pm.

Residencies take place for a period of three to six months, including production time, scheduled between February 2012 and February 2013. The Printshop will provide up to $4,000 honorarium, studio access, all materials and supplies, full technical assistance, project documentation, exhibition opportunities, and limited travel and accommodation stipends for artists residing outside of New York.

For more information about the residency and application guidelines, click here.


Christine Walia

Programs Director

[email protected]

Lower East Side Printshop

306 W. 37th Street, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10018


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Calling All Book Artists! Residency & Grant Deadlines for November & December

Hey everyone, my power is back on! I'm very happy about that right now. And I hope most of you on the east coast have your power back now too. Anyway, I'm leaving for Philadelphia tomorrow morning to read at Chester County Book & Music Store but I thought I'd blast a couple opportunities to all you book artists out there. Enjoy and I will post more as soon as I can. I have a pretty insane schedule from now until Thanksgiving but I will do my best. If you would like to know where else I am reading, go here:


Artist Book Residencies at the Women's Studio Workshop
These residency grants are designed to enable artists to produce a limited edition book work at the Women's Studio Workshop (WSW). Working intensively in our studios for six to eight weeks, artists print and bind their own books. WSW technical assistance includes training on new equipments, introduction to new materials, and assistance with production.

The grant includes a stipend of $2,000 to $3,000 for six to eight weeks, materials up to $750, access to all studios, travel costs (within the Continental US), and housing. Projects are chosen by a jury of outside artists and curators.

Generally, we encourage an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50. WSW has developed a series of archive and exhibition opportunities for the books. The contract stipulates 10% (or ten books) for WSW archives, exhibition, and display copies; 10% of the edition for the artist; and 80% of the edition for general marketing. Artist have the option of collaborating with WSW on marketing of artists' books for a 50% commission fee. WSW has artists' books in collections world-wide and six institutions are repositories of all the artists' books published by WSW. The repositories are: Indiana University (Bloomington), Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Delaware, Vassar College, Virginia Commonwealth University and Yale University.
Deadline Nov. 15th, 2011

SPARE Book and Print-Making Residency in Chicago

SPARE is a modest short-term residency intended to facilitate the making of prints or books. We give artists a small bedroom studio plus access to a Risograph stencil printer and kitchen.

This residency is open to all types of artists and designers looking to make printed work. In addition to providing space and tools we can assist with design and print work as well if appropriate. Please see the details on our website as the printer and working arrangements are unique. The next deadline is December 15.

Application Requirements: Portfolio, Statement, Description of Intentions, and Project Plan
We have a printer and want to know how you would use it.
email: [email protected]

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!