Saturday, January 28, 2012

Artist Residency in Woodside, NY

Artist Residency at the Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside (Troy NY)

The Contemporary Artists Center has recently opened its newest residency program on the campus of the Woodside National Historic Register Site in Troy, NY. Two neo-gothic stone church buildings now house our artistprogram and welcome artists from all over the U.S. and abroad. The CAC is located 2.5 hours north of NYC, and is currently accepting
applications for the Spring season.  

Award Priority Deadline is February 1. Regular Deadline: Feburary 15th, 2012.

The CAC focuses on emerging and early career artists and accepts applicants who offer quality in their art and encourages diversity of style, medium (2-D, 3-D, 4-D) and concepts.

Our facility features high-ceiling, adaptable studio space open 24 hours a day with some specialized studio facilities, exhibition opportunities, weekly critiques, and free access to all CAC events. The living area includes lofted bedrooms, living room / library, dining room, and kitchen & bath.

The residency program offers artists the time and support to create new work and fosters an environment that encourages creativity, dialog, and experimentation.

Fellowships available. All residency artists receive some level of
financial assistance.

Residency Testimonial: Voices of the Wilderness in the Tongass National Forest

From time to time I like to post little snippets of people’s experiences at residencies all over the world. Today’s post is from Julie Denesha, documentary photographer, who went to Juneau, Alaska for a residency called “Voices of the Wilderness” in the Tongass National Forest (

This is what Julie had to say about her residency there:
The Voices of the Wilderness residency was an amazing opportunity to see a remote wilderness up close guided by a highly-experienced team of forest rangers. The seven-day trip was highly active and involved a fair amount of camping, travel by sea kayak as well as off-trail hiking. It was a fantastic experience, not soon to be forgotten.
Thank you so much for posting such interesting opportunities!
All the Best,
You can read more about Julie’s final project online: and you can read about other residency experiences here (all of these residencies were found on Mira’s List!) and also find out how you can post your own experiences:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Creative Capital Grant: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Save the Date! On February 1, 2012, Creative Capital will begin accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. The Inquiry Form will be open until March 1. Visit to read the grant guidelines and learn more about the application process, or attend an in-person or online information session.

Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects. Acting as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas, we support artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft, yet are also boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre; who create work that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape. Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support and a suite of services valued at more than $40,000.

To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:
* A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
* At least 25 years old
* A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
* Not a full-time student

Questions? Visit or email [email protected].
This is the most inspiring thing I have seen in a long time. Watch it all you artists out there! “Do what you love and it’s going to lead you to where you want to go.” Wayne White.

Correct Link for Italian Residency

Hey y'all---sorry the link didn't work before for the residency in Italy. Here's the right one:

Artists Call: Residency with Stipend in Italy

Hi everyone----sorry, I was having problems with the link to this site before but it's working now:

La Macina di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti ( Florence ) Italy

Deadline: April 10 , 2012

La Macina di San Cresci , residence for artists member of RES ARTIS , announces that  the Provincia di Firenze will award two residency fellowships to artists. The program invites artists from around the world to apply to work for one month in a studio at la Macina di San Cresci. The Fellowship recipients will receive  a € 500 stipend, private room, studio space.
The theme for the program is "Platform 948: where engage ideas and concepts about the environment." Develop a composition in which the machinery of nature and machine of art become one, through a series of interventions and through the perception of the artists. A research that creates "views" and operates in-between reality and the different layers of the territory: the past, the contemporary economic culture, the temporal and spatial interrelationships. A reflection on the socio-cultural, architectural, language, habits  characteristics of this place, the environment, the village , interlaced with the man and with habits whom he lives of this environment.

Application form and Guidelines :

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Calling All Artists, Filmmakers, Dancers, & Writers: New Grants & Residencies Just For You!

Hey everyone, I'm still alive and kicking! I just really needed a break from the world and so I went off and had a little art retreat at my friend, esteemed children's book author and dear-hearted friend Jane Yolen's house. I hid in her attic, didn't talk to a soul (except for Jane at dinner), and drew all day long for a few days straight. After a year of running around, promoting my book (The Memory Palace) and being in the public eye, I have needed to shut out the world and draw. I feel quite rested and am ready once again to rock and roll with Mira's List.

By the way, I am still figuring out my template and design issues and slowly setting up different pages but I am also need to try to get going on another creative project so I will work on it when I can. In the meantime, thanks for your patience---I know it looks wonky but it won't always look this way! On to some opportunities...


(ARTISTS) The Lillian Orlowsky & William Freed Foundation Grant for American Painters is offered to American painters aged 45 or older who demonstrate financial need. The primary emphasis is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.

Applications are available online at or by calling 508.487.1750.

(MEDIA ARTISTS/FILMMAKERS) Chicago Digital Media Production FundThe Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce that the new “Chicago Digital Media Production Fund” is now accepting proposals.

Independent film and video makers based in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are invited to apply for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. Innovative video projects intended for online distribution by established, emerging and young artists could qualify for cash grants of up to $10,000 toward the project’s production and completion. All genres will be accepted, but content should be aimed at advancing progressive social change and be appropriate for youth (though not necessarily intended exclusively for youth). Distribution plans must include free availability on the web by May 15, 2013 in order to reach the widest possible audience.

Short productions are preferred, but features will be considered. Individual applicants must reside in Cook County. Non-profit organizations are also eligible to apply as long as they are based in Cook County. The deadline for applications is March 19, 2012. Winning projects will be announced in mid April. There is no application fee. For complete guidelines and an application, visit Chicago Filmmakers’ website: For more information, call Chicago Filmmakers at 773-293-1447, or email [email protected]

(WRITERS, DANCERS, POETS) Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships—This fellowship award is $7500 for Massachusetts residents, $500 for finalists. Deadline: January 30, 2012
Works in progress are eligible. Work completed prior to 2008 in ineligible.

—Harpo Foundation will use a new 2-step application process to review proposals submitted by non-profit institutions and fiscal sponsors who seek support on behalf of under recognized visual artists. In its grantmaking, Harpo Foundation prioritizes projects that advance and cross the boundaries of visual media and artistic disciplines. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist's work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and the strength of its relationship to the foundation's priority to provide support to visual artists who are under recognized by the field.

The foundation awards between 10-15 grants annually and funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors. As a general guideline, requests should not exceed $10,000 per year. Allowable use-of-funds includes direct support to the artist for honoraria, commissioning fees, production costs, and travel.

All projects funded during the 2012 funding cycle should be completed by September 2013. Projects that are scheduled in 2012 but happen prior to the foundation's November notification date may be eligible for funding on a retroactive basis.

In rare cases the foundation will fund multiyear projects up to 3 years to provide support to artists whose projects rely on the passage of time as an essential component to its concept and structure. For more info and guidelines, go to:

Letter of inquiry due February 1, 2012.

(ARTISTS) Goetemann Residency at Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, Massachusetts—One month residencies for visual artists in America’s oldest working art colony on Rocky Neck. Includes waterfront studio/living space and access to a rich cultural community June-October, 2012. Application deadline March 15, 2012. Fee $25.00. Go
(ALL) The Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program provides uninterrupted time, creative space and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. Month long residencies are available to visual artists, composers, playwrights/screenwriters, and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry in the months of June, July, August, and September. It is Byrdcliffe's mission to provide solitude in a creative community and uninterrupted time in which to concentrate on producing independent and enduring creative work alongside fellow artists.  
Opened in 1903, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1979 for its architectural and historical significance. It is located in the Catskill Mountains, 1.5 miles from the center of Woodstock, New York. Deadline is March 15th, 2012. For more info and to apply, go to:

(ALL) I-PARK ResidenciesA multi-disciplinary residency program on a 450-acre natural woodland retreat in East Haddam, CT. Most sessions are four weeks and are offered to those working in the Visual Arts, Music Composition, Creative Writing, Moving Image, and Landscape/Garden Design. Except for the $30 application fee, the residency is offered at no cost to accepted artists and includes comfortable private living quarters, a private studio, and meal program. For more info, go to: Deadline: January 30, 2012.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

See You Next Week!

Greetings all...Sorry I’ve been out of touch a bit. I’ve had a lot going on lately and because of that, decided to go away on a computer-free mini-art retreat at a friend’s house. So see you next week when I will continue to tidy up my messed up new layout, build new pages for you with all kinds of good and useful things. And I will also post a page for any of you who are potential advertisers (paid), so please do not post comments on that page for advertisers. That will be an info section for people who want to advertise on Mira’s List—MFA Programs, Retreat Centers, Classes, etc. Those of you who run residencies that offer free housing, financial aid, etc. will still send me announcements and I will post them for free. Same goes for grant foundations, etc.

So stay tuned, be patient and I’ll see you next week. I just need a little break. It has been a whirlwind of a year!



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Please Be Patient: Mira's List is Getting a Face lift

Hi Everyone,

I am in the middle of five million things, including giving this website a face lift. Right now, it looks pretty wonky so please be patient. Soon, you will be able to navigate between different pages and information will be easier to access and read. There will also be info on the upcoming art contest, info for advertisers, better organized FAQs and more. Hang in’s coming! In the meantime, stay tuned and please forgive the weirdness right now.

Your faithful servant, Mirabee

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!