Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Residencies and Opportunities for Visual Artists, Multimedia Artists and More!

Hi everyone....sorry I have been out of touch lately. Lots is going on....but I thought I better give you guys something to chew on for a while lest you yell at me for being a slacker! And by the way, remember when I said that the Creative Capital grant letter of inquiry would be a breeze? Well, it was REALLY HARD. The letter was actually a long application of sorts. That's what I've been doing this past week. But you know what? It was well worth it. As I have said in previous posts, it's always good to do these things if you are up for them because they help you define what you want. And then you can also use that template for other grants. Plus, it's a fantastic organization and I can't say enough good things about them, whether or not they give me a grant. The deadline in tomorrow but next year the grant is for visual artists and something else (can't remember at the moment). 
One more thing—don't forget about the Mira's List 2012 Art Contest!! Deadline is March 31 to win $500 and have your work looked at by curators and it is as easy as pie to enter. For more info, guidelines, etc, go here:

(ARTISTS) Boston Center for the Arts Residency ProgramThe Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is accepting applications for the Artist Residency Program. The program aims to provide an environment where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas and simultaneously engage in public dialogue in a way that is considerate to the artist’s time and process.
This fifteen-week, process-oriented residency is awarded to two individual artists per year (no groups or collaborative pairs). Through a series of community programs jointly developed by the artist and the BCA, it allows artists to connect to the public and explore themes that inform their residency project.
International artists are invited to apply; however, all artists are responsible for their own visa, travel, living and housing expenses. With the BCA’s commitment to local artists, at least one resident will be an individual based in Massachusetts.
This year jurors include: Jenelle Porter, senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Andrew Witkin; Barbara Krakow Gallery; and Catherine D'Ignazio, director, the Institute for Infinitely Small Things.
Support | Artists receive a $2,250 honorarium, 239 square foot studio work place, Intern assistance (artist must provide their own housing)
Deadline:  April 20, 2012 Program Manager:  Cynthia Woo, [email protected], 617.426.1119

DEADLINE: APRIL 9, 2012 to receive curatorial proposals for group shows (2 or more artists)
   * 1,800 sq. ft. exhibition space with 25' vaulted ceilings in a converted church
   * $1,000 stipend
   * administrative, promotional and installation support

Visit for guidelines and application.New Art Center
61 Washington Park
Newtonville, MA 02460
[email protected]

NARS International Artist Residency Program provides national and international artists with the opportunity to produce new work while engaging with the vibrant arts community in New York City. Artists-in-residence have access to an individual studio space and various professional development programs. Residents have an opportunity to share and present their work through artist talks, workshops, and lectures and receive studio visits by prominent New York City curators, critics and gallerists. 

The NARS Foundation seeks applications on two levels. The first level includes emerging and mid-career artists, for whom appointments as residents may make a significant impact on their careers. The second level consists of artists with established national and/or international reputations for whom a change of environment may offer refreshment and inspiration. Applications and submissions guidelines are available for download from our website:  
Applications must be delivered to the office by April 6, 2012. Please note that this is not a postmark date. All application and support materials must be submitted to the NARS office no later than 5pm. A non-refundable application fee of $35 (US) is required with each application. 
NARS Foundation
88 35th Street 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232

(ARTISTS The Compound Gallery and Studios Residencies—Six month residencies in Oakland, CA with complete access to all our facilities including flat file storage, bench (wood/metalshop), and locker space to store your creative tools. We are excited to be partnering with the celebrated Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, and we encourage Ex’pression staff and faculty to apply (at no cost), as we will also select a faculty/staff member from Ex’pression College each session to be an artist in residence at The Compound Studios.
Artists with an interest in interdisciplinary work will be considered first. Residencies are for 6 months and application deadlines are March 1st or September 1st, depending on which session is current. Two artists will be chosen for each session. Recipients of the residency will have full access to the facilities for six months with no additional fees and 24 hour access. We do not offer housing.
• Spring/Summer Residency: April 1st-October 1st (deadline to apply is March 1st)
• Fall/Winter Residency: October 1st-April 1st (deadline to apply is September 1st)1167 65th Street

Oakland, CA 94608

(MEDIA ARTISTS) Call for Entries: SoundVision I—Video-Gang Collective is seeking electronic art work for the pilot screening of a series of Screenings that explore the relationship between the moving image and sound. Works that engage and push the boundaries of sensory perceptions are sought.  The series of screens begins with SoundVision I which be held at The Shop in Richmond, Va. Works are due by March 10th, 2012 to receive full consideration. All work will be screened to the public on the evening of Monday, April 2, 2012. Reception to follow.  Works submitted should fit the following criteria: - Sound, animation, video, film
- No longer than 7 minutes in duration
- Quicktime format
- No works in progress permitted
- Works must fit the theme:  the relationship of sound to image
 To submit work, please include the following in an email to [email protected]:
 - CV
- Brief Artist Statement about the work
- a URL to the work online

Electronic applications should be submitted to [email protected] All accepted entries will be notified by March 20th, 2012. Full quality works must be received by Video-Gang by March 25th, 2012. For more information please visit

(ARTISTS) SOHO2O GALLERY CHELSEA / 3-month ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM 2012—The studio space is located at 547 West 27th Street, in the heart of the Chelsea art community of New York City.  The setting offers a community of art professionals and commercial as well as non-profit galleries and art spaces.  The studio’s proximity to the contemporary art center makes it a convenient place to see renowned exhibitions in the neighborhood, as well as arranging studio visits with gallerists, critics and curators. Three-month studio residency.  Work space only, artist must have separate housing arrangements. DEADLINE: March 6th, 2012 Residency takes place May 1st – July 31st, 2012 

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 2012 SOHO2O Studio residency.  Artists working in all mediums are invited to apply. For more info:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Come Join Mirabee at the National Book Critics Circle Award Reading and Ceremony!

Hi there. First thing I want to tell you is this—if you don't know about the big Mira's List art contest yet, GO HERE:
Deadline is March 31st, Grand Prize is $500 (plus an interview on this blog and your work highlighted for months), Second Prize is $100. 

Secondly, some great news! Read on!

By some strange twist of fate, my book, The Memory Palace, has been nominated for a huge award called the National Book Critics Circle Award . This is a big deal, so I hear. 

There are a couple free events in NYC for this award and if you are around the city then, it would be amazingly wonderful to see some of my Mira's List peeps in the audience.

Here is the info for the NBCC events in New York. Both events are free and open to the public. There's a reception following the awards ceremony that does cost money but you don't have to go to that.

NBCC Reading (all the nominees read at this event, including me) March 07, 2012  6:00 pm
Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street,
March 08, 2012  6:00 pm
Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street,

New York, NY


The Awards Ceremony is free and open to the public but the reception following it is NOT. Reception is at the Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
Tickets for the reception are $50. But you can just go to the ceremony for free. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the reception, go here:

To see the complete list of finalists, go here:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Writer Residencies (for All Genres, Including YA Novelists) in Australia, Florida & Switzerland!

Greetings all. As you can see, I am still messing around with this new site and it looks like crap. I've had no time but I will hopefully make it look less hideous soon! In the meantime, I hope you check out Mira's List's very first ART CONTEST, deadline March 31st, Grand Prize is $500 (plus an interview on this blog and your work highlighted for months), Second Prize is $100. If you want to enter an easy to do contest and have your work looked at by two top curators who are judging the contest, GO HERE:

And these opportunities below are for all you writers out there: 

KSP Residency Program 2012/2013

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre is the oldest writers centre of its kind in Australia. The centre is located in the Perth hills, in the former home of Katharine Susannah Prichard.

Each year KSPF is proud to promote the craft of writing by hosting a number of writers in our residency program which is funded by the Department of Culture and the Arts. The residency program includes positions for established and emerging writers as well as our young writers residency. As well as allowing each writer the time and space to work on their own writing projects, the writers participate in the events of the centre and run workshops thus sharing their knowledge and experience throughout our writing community.
The residency program for Emerging- and Established Writers-in-Residence is open to artists from all over the world, however the Young Writers-in-Residence should be local and under 25.

Positions available:

2012 Young Writers-In-Residence

Applications for 2012 Young Writer-In-Residence must be post marked on or before 5pm, Friday, 17th August 2012
Three Positions are available for the week of Sun 18 Nov – Tue 27 Nov 2012 Three Young Writers, up to the age of twenty-five years, will be selected for a 10-day residency at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre, Greenmount. The residents will receive a salary of $650 and be given writing space and time to concentrate on, develop or complete a work in progress. The writer will also be invited to participate in Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers' Centre activities.

2013 Established Writer-In-Residence

Applications for 2013 Established Writer in Residence must be post marked on or before, Friday, 27th July 2012 (pending funding)
One position.
Full-time period of four (4) weeks, or equivalent part time. Salary: $3500. The Established Writer-in-Residence should have achieved major publication and have demonstrated a commitment towards furthering the status and practice of writing among his/her peers and the community in general. Experience in preparation for and conducting of workshops and seminars is desirable.

2013 Emerging Writer-In-Residence

Applications for 2012 Emerging Writer in Residence must be post marked on or before Friday 24th August 2012 (pending funding)
Three positions, dependent on funding.
Full-time period of four (4) weeks, or equivalent part time. Salary: $2250. 

For more info:
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre
11 Old York Rd
Greenmount  WA  6056
Ph:   (08) 9294 1872

 The Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Switzerland is offering residencies for the fall 2012 season. Residents are given housing, some meals, access to the foundation's library and resources and, in some cases, financial support. Deadline is March 30, 2012. Go to: for more info. Contact: Ann Bandle, Director, Jan Michalski Foundation: 41 (021) 864-01-01 or email her at [email protected][email protected]

The Miami-Dade Public Library System is proud to announce its 2012 Young Adult Writer-in-Residence program funded through a grant from the James L. Knight Foundation. We are seeking a dynamic and engaging Young Adult author who will encourage local teens, 12-18, in the creative writing process. The three month residency will run from September – November 2012 in Miami, Florida.

Eligibility Requirements:
·         Must have published at least two young adult fiction books.
·         Experience in teaching, writing, mentoring or as a manuscript evaluator or editor.
·         Subject to an official background check.
·         Must be a U.S citizen or U.S. resident.
Honorarium:  $10,500 for three month term (additional funds for housing and transportation provided).
Application Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2012
For more information please see the attached link:

$5,000 grant for a literary translation from Portuguese into English:
The deadline is March 9, 2012.

This $5,000 grant will be awarded to a proposed work of literary
translation from Portuguese into English and is open to anyone under the age of 30. The translation must fall under the category of fiction or letters, and the applicant will propose his or her own translation project. The project should be manageable for a five-month period of work, as the grant will be awarded in June 2012, and the translation must be completed by October 2012.

The prizewinner will be notified on June 1, 2012 and results will be announced online at
For more information, please visit:

All applications must be submitted via regular mail to the Foundation


Susan Sontag Foundation

76 Franklin St. #3
NY, NY 10013

All application materials must be received by
March 9, 2012.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Important Note to Contest Entrants! Please Read.

ATTENTION CONTEST PEOPLE: if anyone recently entered the contest, double check to make sure that when you clicked on my email address for the contest ([email protected]) that you actually sent it to ME. There was a glitch that a smart reader caught! For some reason, blogger connected my email with another contest site—probably because I had entered it once or had blogged about it at some point and it just went into default mode. 

So PLEASE check what you sent me and to whom. If it wasn't [email protected], DO NOT resend your fee (that automatically goes to the Mira's List paypal account) but RESEND your jpgs and contact info. 

For more information on the art contest, see the last post or go here:

Sorry about that!!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Artist Call: Mira's List 2012 Art Contest!

Mira’s List 2012 Art Contest
2nd PLACE: $100

DEADLINE: March 31, 2012
Judges: Mary Sherman, Curator, Critic and Director of TransCultural Exchange and Wendy M. Watson, Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Grand Prize Winner will receive:
• $500 cash prize
• an interview on Mira’s List
• a slide show of your work on Mira’s List until the next contest
• the opportunity of having two top curators look at your work

2-D and 3-D work any style, any material (i.e. drawings, prints, paintings, artist books, mixed media, collage, sculpture, installations. IF your work includes sound and movement, please also send a link to a film clip or attach a short video.)
No Photography or Digital Art (that’s for another contest) and no crafts
And sorry—if you are a  family member of the judges or an employee of TransCultural Exchange or Mt. Holyoke Museum of Art you cannot enter.

This contest is open to international established AND emerging artists.
Everyone gets a chance—no CVs or Bios necessary. 

1. Click “Buy Now” button below and pay the $8 entry fee.  The ‘Security code’ is on the back of your credit card; if you don’t receive a confirmation number, transaction was not processed.

2. Paste confirmation number in the body of an email along with no more than THREE jpgs 400 to 600 KBs each. Your images must be photographed well and represent your best work. 

3. Number each picture and include in your email a list corresponding to all three images with their title, size, medium and date of completion.

And make sure you include your full name and address in case you win!

Send to:
NO attachments. Do not include bio—just your numbered pictures, payment confirmation number, title list, and contact info. Enter only three jpgs. 

The Grand Prize Winner and Second Place winner will be announced sometime in April on my website. Winners will be notified via email. 

Wendy M. Watson, Curator
Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum

Mary Sherman, Director of
TransCultural Exchange

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Artist Residencies in Michigan, Ohio, Montreal and NYC

(ARTISTS) Session Artists Residency, NYCSession is  an artists residency program based out of NYC's Recess, a nonprofit artists workspace that is open to the public. Session artists receive 2-3 months in one of our storefront spaces, a small honorarium, and a materials stipend (between $500-$2500).  The opportunity is open to artists around the world. 

Recess is free and open to the public, and we encourage artists to engage with their audience in a manner specific to their creative goals, using Recess as a studio, exhibition space, stage, and/or experimental platform. Artists have access to their space for the full duration of their residency and are expected to work on a daily basis or the equivalent of at least twenty hours per week. They will be given a small honorarium and a stipend based on the material needs of their residency. In conversation with Recess staff, artists designate their own work hours and the degree to which they coincide with public hours. 

Applications are due March 15, 2012 and the program is open to visual and performance artists. Full information can be found here:

(ARTISTS) India/Montreal Exchange ResidencyThe Darling Foundry Visual Arts Centre, the CREATIVE INDIA FOUNDATION, the INLAKS SHIVDASANI FOUNDATION and What About Art? are starting an Artist in Residence program for Indian Artists in Montreal.

The program offers an exchange residency at the Darling Foundry for professional visual artists, Indian citizens residing in India. One artist will be awarded a three-month residency and will receive a grant that contributes toward living expenses, travel fees and production costs.

The Darling Foundry aims to be an alternative, professional complex devoted to visual artists and their supporters. With an outstanding architectural design, The Darling Foundry, located in an old industrial neighborhood of Montreal, offers various opportunities for research, creation, production, and exhibition. Its multifaceted spaces include room for private studios, residencies, workshops, art galleries, a restaurant and offices over a 3500 m2 surface.
A studio plus a separate living accommodation as well as common areas are provided. Artists have access to wood and metal workshops, with technical assistance if need be. In addition, each artist is given the option to participate in open studio events, studio visits by art professionals, networking events, and excursions.

The residency includes:
-Airfare (max CAN$ 2,000)
-A live-in studio for three months from August to October 2012
-A stipend of CAN$ 250 per week
-A production grant of CAN$ 1,000
 Applicants interested in the residency program may submit a complete application form including support materials to the address below. We will not accept applications postmarked after the deadline date, incomplete, or submitted by fax or email. Residency is from August to October 2012 

Deadline for Applications: February 20, 2012
Applications forms may be downloaded from the website:


What About Art- Arts Management
1ST Floor, Flat No. 2, Joelyn Apartments, 
17-D Shirley Rajan Road, Off Carter Road, 
Bandra- W, Mumbai- 400050. 
Informations: [email protected]

(ARTISTS, CURATORS, ARCHITECTS) Nida Art Colony on the Baltic Sea Coast: Call for Summer-Autumn Residency. Applications—Nida Art Colony invites artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers to meet the coming summer and autumn on the Baltic Sea coast in
the Curonian Spit National Park. The Colony was opened in March 2011 as a
new branch of the Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania). RESIDENCIES are from JUNE-DECEMBER 2012.

Nida Art Colony's remote location and beautiful surrounding landscape provide the time and inspiring solitude missing from modern urban life.
Grants: No grants are currently available; selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant seeking. Dates and duration of the residencies: 1 to 4 months between June 1 and December 31, 2012. The recommended duration of a residency is 2 months.

Costs: Studio and living space rent is 412 Eur/month (June-September) and
312 Eur/month
(October-December), including all taxes, use of equipment,
communal spaces, bicycles and the minivan. The Colony provides the necessary living and social conditions to ensure a comfortable and unobtrusive coexistence of the five artists-in-residence. Each of the five residencies is set out on two floors with 65 sq. m of floor space and features all the necessary facilities. The colony is situated about 600 metres away from the sand dunes, and a short
walk from the beach. For a list of available equipment, see
Deadline for residency applications: February 15, 2012

(CERAMIC ARTISTS) Core Clay Artist Residency Program, Cincinnati, OhioThis ceramic Artist Residency program  is formatted in a work exchange manner. Resident is provided with an apartment directly next door to the studio, RENT FREE in exchange for a certain number of hours of work per week in the studio. Artist in Residence opportunities include monthly clay outings, studio critiques, clay supplies at cost during residency, free attendance at visiting artist workshops, opportunities to participate in sales at Core Clay as well as opportunities for additional income in exchange for labor beyond the original contract hours. AND a free large, designated studio space.

Application Requirements -

-Portfolio of 20 shots of work
-Recommendations from 3 ceramic artists or instructors
-A brief statement of goals and objectives to achieve during residency
-Artist in Residence application (found on website)

No restrictions - Open to any and all ceramic artists. For more info, go to: 
Contact Information Laura Davis 513-961-2728 [email protected] Deadline April 1, 2012.

(ARTISTS) Maker Works Residency in Southeast MichiganMaker Works is an 11,000 sq. ft. member-based fabrication studio located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It features 4 studio areas: Metal, Circuits, Wood and Craft. Each studio has state of the art tools that most could not afford as well as other tools such as sewing machines, power saws, and welding.

During the months of June- August, Maker Works will host 3 resident visual artists of any medium from the Southeast Michigan area.  The intention behind a Maker Works Residency is to give Southeast Michigan artists access to tools that are cost prohibitive for most, such as CNC machines, a laser cutter, and more. Artists applying should seek to push the boundaries of their knowledge and be willing to explore new tools along with using the tools they may already know.  All resident artists will be trained on the tools, have access to project storage space, computers & software and other amenities for free. There are 3 categories in which to apply: Craft, Conceptual and Emerging. Maker Works Residencies are 1-month and do not include housing, food or transportation. Postmark deadline is March 15, 2012. For further details about the tools and how to apply, please visit

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Funding for Artists & Writers with Families & Residencies for MFA Art Grads

(ARTISTS & WRITERS) Sustainable Arts Foundation
The Sustainable Arts Foundation offers financial awards to artists and writers with families. We are currently accepting applications for our 2012 awards. There will be five awards of $6,000 as well as five smaller Promise Awards ($1,000 each) in each of our two annual rounds. Special consideration will be given to residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. Deadline for our Spring awards is March 1st, 2012.
Spring Awards
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2012
Awards Announced: May 1st, 2012

Fall Awards
Application Deadline: September 1st, 2012
Awards Announced: November 1st, 2012

To learn more and apply, please visit us at

(ARTISTS) VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship Residency
The application period for the annual Fountainhead Arts Fellowship, a joint project of VCUarts' Department of Painting + Printmaking, and Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, is open.

Location: Richmond, VA, USA
2 fellowships are awarded annually: 1 in Painting/Printmaking, and 1 in Sculpture/Extended Media

This residency is open to international applications. However it is for individuals the first year following the receipt of their MA or MFA
ONLY Fall 2011 + Spring 2012 graduating MFA sculptors, painters, and printmakers are invited to apply for fellowship year beginning August ‘12. If you graduated prior to Fall 2011, you are NOT eligible to apply. 
VCU students and graduates are NOT eligible to apply.

Fellows receive:
* 24-hour access to a private 400 square foot studio
* A furnished apartment
* $15,000 annual stipend along with teaching experience at VCU 
* Solo exhibition in Richmond

For detailed application information please select the appropriate website:

For Painting/Printmaking: 
contact: Holly Morrison, [email protected]

For Sculpture: 
contact: Amy Hauft, [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!