Saturday, March 31, 2012

Last Day to Enter the 2012 Mira's List Art Contest!

Hey People, last day to enter the Mira's List 2012 Art Contest! $500 grand prize, $100 second prize plus an interview on this blog. Go here to see who our illustrious judges are and to find out more about how to enter:

Deadline is midnight tonight, wherever midnight is for you, March 31st! I will close down the contest tomorrow, Sunday, April 1. Good luck!

p.s. For those of you who already entered—sorry about the confusion regarding jpg attachments. I thought I had deleted that from my announcement.

Friday, March 30, 2012

ARTISTS CALL: Last Two Days for Art Contest Plus New Residencies Around the World

Greetings all,

First thing: Last two days to enter the Mira's List 2012 Art Contest. Some of you have asked me about attachments because in an earlier post I mentioned that you shouldn't send your jpgs as attachments. Don't worry about it. Just send what you have if you are interested in the contest. Go HERE for more info: The deadline is 12 midnight TOMORROW, SATURDAY MARCH 31st!

Okay, now for some new opportunities. Happy spring!

(WRITERS) The Island Institute's Writers' Residencies provide opportunities for four writers of all disciplines to each spend a month in Sitka, Alaska, pursuing their own work while getting to know this unique island community in the forested coastal mountains of Southeast Alaska. Residents' time is largely their own, but each person is expected to take part in five community activities such as readings, discussions, and radio interviews.

Each resident is provided living accommodations (including a kitchen) and a stipend of $75/week toward food costs. Travel to and from Sitka, as well as all other incidental costs, are the responsibility of the resident. There is no application fee. Application includes writing sample of 10 (poetry) to 20 (prose) pages and 3 letters of reference. Visit our website for an application and more information. Deadline April 15th, 2012.
The Island Institute, PO Box 2420, Sitka, AK 99835. (907) 747-3794.

Holmfirth Arts Festival 2012 Open Calls for Proposals

* Call for Temporary Empty Shop Projects
* Call for Silent Short Films
* Call for Musicians & Sound Artists to Live Score Silent Film Night
* Call for Artists' Books & Zines
* Call for Zine Library / Book Stand Commission

 About Holmfirth Arts Festival: Holmfirth Arts Festival is a mixed art form commissioning festival established in 2008. Taking place annually in the picturesque town of Holmfirth and throughout the Holme Valley, the festival's programme embraces theatre, visual art, literature, and music. Holmfirth Arts Festival celebrates the landscapes and communities of the Holme Valley and Yorkshire and fosters the distinct cultural traditions which thrive here, such as brass bands and choral singing. Making new work is fundamental to the festival; each year's programme is built around a series of new works across all art forms, including works by young and emerging artists and companies, local artists, and nationally or internationally known practitioners.
All deadlines: 30 April 2012

(ARTISTS) Sangam Summer Residency in India—this is an open programme for those wishing for a quiet space and time to complete a project, to use our space and facilities, and to learn about our locality.  The residencies at Sangam are designed for individuals looking for a quiet space for the development of a project, where they can work independently for up to three months, in a rural location near Bangalore in South India.

Applicants are open to apply to join one of our residencies which fall within the periods below:
Residency 1:  May - August  2012 (up to 3 months)- Deadline April 1st.
Residency 2: September- December  2012 (up to 3 months)- Deadline August 1st.
Residency 3: May - August  2013 (up to three months)- Deadline April 1st. 

(ARTISTS) The DCCA Visual Arts Residency Program in Delaware is seeking applications for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 artist residencies. The ten-week residency has an $8,000 stipend and offers a unique opportunity to create artwork with an under-served community group in Wilmington. The deadline for applications is May 18th, 2012.

More information is available online at Questions may be addressed to Jane Chesson at [email protected] or 302.656.6466 x 7101

(ARTISTS) NARS International Artist Residency Program provides national and international visual 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 must be delivered to the office by 5 PM on April 6, 2012. Please note that this is not a postmark date. A non-refundable application fee of $35 (USD) is required with each application. All international emerging and mid-career artists are welcome to apply. Students are not eligible. Applications and guidelines are available for download from our website:
Deadline is April 6, 2012.
Contact: Dana Harrison, [email protected] 

(ARTISTS & STUDENTS) New Postgraduate Residencies Program in ITALY at the Scuola Internazinale di Grafica in Venice.The program has a fee of 1200 euros for a 4 week residency (the fee includes accommodation and studio space), and we select 4 fully funded residencies and 4 solo exhibitions in our SGgallery.
Lorenzo de Castro
Cannaregio 1798, Venezia 30121
PI: 02768310274
(MEDIA ARTISTS) International Media Arts Collaboratory is a two-week group residency.  We view the collaboratory as a relational platform in which media arts specialists from around the world come together to collaborate among themselves and/or with the local community in the creation and appreciation of media arts for knowledge sharing and cross-fertilization of skills.  Participants will live and work together in our arts village or homestay in the rural township we serve.  Project welcomes individual or team proposals involving artistic production, or theoretical presentations on how media arts contribute to the global marketplace of ideas. The theme is open.
Organizers will provide accommodation and food; an accepted applicant will contribute participation fee of €200 toward food.  The international participant is responsible for costs of own airfare and proposed project.  We suggest that participants apply for travel grants through their national art councils or other sources. To register, candidates should send CV/resume and a motivational letter on your proposed work with subject "Media Arts Collaboratory" to [email protected]/ [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed until space is filled.  For details on our projects go to


Monday, March 26, 2012

MARCH 31 DEADLINE for the 2012 Mira's List Art Contest!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry my blog design keeps changing. It's been quite annoying trying to find something that looks half-way decent on blogger. I know. I should switch to Wordpress and I probably will eventually. Anyway, to be continued....

So soon, very soon, I have some great new things to post....but first: THIS SATURDAY, March 31st, is the last day to enter the Mira's List 2012 Art Contest! It's easy as pie to enter. Go here and see how you can win $500 with very little effort. And please spread the word:

More stuff coming soon, I promise. I am trying to work on my CV this week and send out cover letters for teaching jobs, etc. I may have won a big award this month for my book, The Memory Palace (The National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, if you can believe it) but it is an award with no money attached and the wolf is at the door, begging to get in. If you get inspired, feel free to donate so we can pay some of our bills that are sitting on the table, looking forlorn.

More to come soon....

Friday, March 16, 2012

Please Excuse My Website: I'm in the Middle of Fixing it

Please excuse the changing look of this site. I am trying to redesign it in my spare time and seem to only have tiny chunks of that lately! So it's going to look stupid for a while!

Thanks for understanding. Don't judge a book by its cover.

Spring Deadlines for Artist Residencies, Grants, and Opportunities All Over the World!

Hi everyone. Once again, sorry for the look of this blog. It looks hideous but I've had no time to fix it. As you know, I do this for free. Call me crazy.
Anyway, before I tell you about some new opportunities, I want to first remind you that the Mira's List ART CONTEST DEADLINE IS MARCH 31st! So hurry up. It's easy as pie and well worth the two seconds it takes to enter. Go here for more info right now!:

Second, a big thank you to all my readers who sent me congratulations for winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. There is no cash involved but it is a huge and prestigious award and I am extremely grateful and honored to have gotten it. To read more about the award, go here:

Okay, here we go....some new opportunities for everyone. Cheers,

LOCATION: The Yellow House B&B (near Roscoe, NY)
Organizers: Aaron Finbloom, Abraham Nowitz, Claire Epstein
The School of Making Thinking (SMT) is a summer residency program where artists and academics think, create, and live together in a communal setting.  SMT’s mission is to create a unique environment where participants are able to create original work that challenges disciplinary conventions of art-making and thinking. The School of Making Thinking sets itself apart from traditional residency programs in three important respects.  First, SMT participants hail from a far more diverse range of disciplines.  Our alumni are botanists, dancers, playwrights, painters, poets, philosophers, fiction writers, audio documentarians, filmmakers, performance artists, and PhD candidates from English and American Studies departments.  Second, collaboration is an essential component of each participant’s project.  Third, SMT is a school in which participants teach and learn from one another.

Applicants are asked to submit a project proposal.  It may be a work-in-progress, a brand new idea, or a work in its final stages. For more info:
Email contact: [email protected]com
Please visit our website for more information-

(ARTISTS) Scholarships for Transart International MFA Program—Six Scholarships available, ranging from $6,000 to $18,000!
More information on scholarships can be found on Transart's website


- A contemporary learning experience without grades or pre-formatted curriculum
- Summer intensives in Berlin, the art capital of Europe
- Fall and spring residencies in New York City

TRANSART STUDENTS are emerging and mid-career artists and educators. Transart Institute’s residencies are a meeting place for cultural exchange. Transart students and alumni will converge for the summer residency from areas as diverse as Thailand, Egypt, Italy, Pakistan, Iceland, Croatia, Ethiopia, Canada, Costa Rica, the UK and the US. 
For many students the time at Transart is a transformational experience.  

General information:
For questions or to make an apppointment to speak with faculty please contact:
Drew Henmi: [email protected]
(ISRAELI ARTISTS) Artis Grants—Artis is an independent nonprofit that supports and promotes contemporary visual artists from Israel internationally, is pleased to announce a call for applications for 2012 grants. Established in 2007, the program’s aim is to further cultural exchange, dialogue and access to contemporary art from Israel.
Exhibition Grants
Exhibition grants are awarded for exhibitions of work by artists from Israel. Priority is given to high impact, high visibility solo or group exhibitions that reach broad audiences outside of Israel, as well as projects initiated by Artis Curatorial Research Trip alumni. International institutions, independent curators, and artists are invited to apply.
Professional Development Grants
Professional Development grants are available to contemporary visual arts professionals from Israel including directors, curators, and administrators.
Please refer to the Artis Program page for guidelines and application. 2012 applications are due April 11 and October 10.
368 Broadway, Suite 301
New York, NY 10013
W: 212.285.0960
Artis is a non-profit that supports and promotes contemporary visual artists from Israel internationally.
(LATIN AMERICAN ARTISTS) I-Park/ExpressionesResidency Program for Latin American Visual Artists, East Haddam, CT
Application Deadline: April 29, 2012
 I-Park is pleased to announce its continuing collaboration with the New London (Connecticut) based Latin American community arts organization, Expressiones, in establishing two reserved residency sessions for Latin American artists in 2012. Visual artists from among the following countries are invited to apply for available 2012 residency slots under this program: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.  Expressiones will be the curator, administrator and coordinator of this program.
Of the two accepted artists for 2012, the one receiving the highest jury score will receive a grant of $750 to help defray the cost of travel to the United States.  Also, each of the two invited visual artists will be offered a gallery show and artist’s presentation at the Expressiones Cultural Center in New London, CT at some point during their residency session.  One of the invited Expressiones artists will be scheduled to participate in I-Park’s October session and the other in November.  Refer to the 2012 Calendar for exact dates.  An application fee of $30 is required for this program. 
For general information on the I-Park residency program, click here.  For specific information on the Expressiones program, including relevant restrictions, click here.  For Spanish language support, contact Guido Garaycochea or José Ulloa at [email protected].

Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first artist-in-residency program in the United States exclusively for GLBT emerging artists, is now accepting applications for its 2012 Summer Residency Program to take place in Cherry Grove, an historic GLBT community of Fire Island, New York. Selections for 2012 residents will be made by esteemed jurors Dan Cameron, Senior Curator, Orange County Museum of Art, and by co-founder of Gran Fury and celebrated contemporary artist Marlene McCarty. FIAR will provide free live/work space to five selected artists-in-residence, who will work, relax, and immerse themselves in the Fire Island community, during which time they will be visited by a handful of prestigious and renowned visiting artists who will commune with residents and provide support and feedback throughout the duration of program. Emerging queer artists from across the U.S. working in contemporary visual arts are encouraged to apply by May 4, 2012. Visit to apply.
(ARTISTS) ArtistResidency Program at the Boston Center for the Arts
Deadline:  April 20, 2012
Location:  Boston, MA
Program Manager:  Cynthia Woo, [email protected], 617.426.1119
The 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. Support | Artists receive a $2,250 honorarium, 239 square foot studio work place, Intern assistance (artist must provide their own housing) For more info, go to:

(WRITERS & ARTISTS) Colorado Art Ranch Residencies
Deadline April 15, 2012
Colorado Art Ranch provides one-month residencies to writers and visual artists from around the world. We encourage emerging artists, as well as established artists, to apply. The residencies in 2012 are theme based and are at different times and places in Colorado. See the website for details. Artists pay their own travel and food. There is a $50 application fee.
To apply 

Deadline is April 13, 2012.
Eligibility: Women residents of Worcester County and/or members of the Museum staff, contractors, current students taking courses at the Worcester Art Museum, and Museum volunteers are eligible.
Awards: Awards will be announced by the end of June 2012 and may only be used during the Museum’s fiscal year 2013 (September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013). Awards provide partial funding to be supplemented by the applicant and are granted based on the merit of the proposal. The exact amount of an award is not preset, but past awards have been in the range of $1000 to $2200. The award does not exceed 50% of the total cost of the travel to be undertaken. For more info, go to:

The Residency Program in Bellagio, Italy allows for focused work, uninterrupted by the professional and personal demands of daily life.  In addition to time for dedicated work on individual projects and for reflection during the day, building new connections and collegial interaction with other residents is a defining characteristic of the Bellagio experience.  During a residency, people of diverse expertise and backgrounds come together in a thought-provoking, creative, collegial environment that helps create change and have impact on a wide range of world issues.  Residents include an international group of academics, writers, artists, scientists, journalists, non-governmental organization practitioners, researchers, and policymakers.  Meals and informal presentations of residents' work afford an opportunity for dynamic discussion and engagement with each other.  The combination of quiet time for individual, focused work and connections with such a diverse community is unparalleled.

Academic Writing as well as Arts & Literary Arts residencies typically last four weeks, and spouses/life partners may accompany residents.  Practitioner residencies can last between two to four weeks.  Joint applications from co-authors are also welcome.
Applications for Academic Writing as well as Arts & Literary Arts residencies are due by May 1, 2012 for a residency period beginning in mid-February 2013 through mid-August 2013.  Applications from practitioners and for conferences are accepted on a rolling basis. 

To apply, and for more information, please visit or download a brochure at

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mirabee Won a Big Contest and You Can Too!

Hey everyone, long time no see! It has been a whirlwind of craziness. A few weeks ago I found out that I was short listed for something called The National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Autobiography. It was a big deal and I was incredibly surprised. There is no financial award for this but it is a very prestigious thing to be nominated because the people nominating you and deciding on the awards are all the top literary critics in the country. So after reading in NYC this week with all the other finalists, amazing writers, many of whom I have loved and read throughout the years, I found out on Thursday that I actually WON Best Autobiography. Needless to say, it is all very surreal. If you would like to read more about the award and the NBCC, please go here:

I do have a bunch of new things to post and also, I want to remind you that the MIRA'S LIST ART CONTEST 2012 DEADLINE IS COMING UP! March 31st! So go here for details—students and newbies welcome, along with established artists:

Once again, please excuse the ugliness of this website. I haven't had time to make it look great. As you know, I do this for free and I'm just a little guy, trying to make ends meet here, so my freebie activities get pushed to the back burner from time to time.

More to come soon....

xoxo 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!