Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Central Valley Art Funding!!!!

Hey all!!! This Saturday, April 11 at 2pm the Verge is hosting a lecture about funding opportunities which are specifically available to artists working in the central valley. This is super, super important so mark your calendars. Although, I suppose in this economy simply saying free money for artists should be enough in itself to make folks come runnin'.

Here's the info:

Verge Gallery and Kala Art Institute of Berkeley invite you to a special presentation about three exciting and prestigious opportunities for artists that include cash awards, residencies and exhibitions.

Please join Lauren Davies, Kala’s Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, at Verge on Saturday April 11th at 2:00 pm to hear about these opportunities and how to apply. Be advised – application deadlines for these important opportunities are coming up very quickly!

Here are brief descriptions of the three opportunities that will be discussed:

Application deadline May 8, 2009 for 2009 Kala Fellowship Awards:

Artists producing innovative work in book arts, electronic/digital media (video, sound, animation, etc.), installation art, photography and printmaking are encouraged to apply. Nine artists will each receive a Fellowship consisting of:

• a $3,000 cash award
• up to six months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute
• 24/7 access to Kala’s studio
• an exhibition opportunity at the Kala gallery of the artwork created during the residency
Sacramento artists take note:
To serve a more diverse constituency, The James Irvine Foundation is generously funding one of nine Fellowship Awards to serve artists living outside of the main metropolitan areas (SF Bay, LA & San Diego are counties) of California. This specifically means that Sacramento area artists are encouraged to apply!
The Fellowship Competition is juried by a Kala jurying panel and Larry Rinder, Director of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, our guest Fellowship juror for this year.
For more information about the 2009 Kala Fellowship Awards, please see:

Application deadline May 8, 2009 for James D. Phelan Art Award in Printmaking:
The 2009 James D. Phelan Art Award in Printmaking will honor two California-born artists with
• $5,000 cash prize for each of the award winners,
• Kala Art Institute will sponsor an exhibit in fall 2009 featuring their work.
The James D. Phelan Awards were established by the trust of James D. Phelan (1861-1930), former San Francisco Mayor, United States Senator, and arts supporter, to recognize the achievements of California-born artists in a variety of disciplines. The Phelan Art Awards are also given in photography, film, and video and are part of the Arts Awards Program of The San Francisco Foundation.
Application for the 2009 Phelan Art Award in Printmaking is open to any California-born artist. Current California residency is not required. Past winners of the James D. Phelan Art Award in Printmaking are ineligible. If awarded, artists must supply a photocopy of their passport or birth certificate verifying a California birthplace. Winning artists must make available a selection of comparable prints for the award winners’ exhibition. Artists who plan to travel or move at the time of the competition must provide alternate contact information. An alternate winner may be chosen if an artist cannot be contacted in a timely fashion.
For further information, please see:
Application deadline June 1, 2009 for 2010 “Visions from the New California” Award:

The “Visions from the New California” Award seeks to support and promote the work of outstanding California visual artists from geographically and ethnically diverse communities. The project is funded by The James Irvine Foundation and administered by the Alliance of Artists Communities. The prestigious award provides six talented, yet under-recognized visual artists with the following:
• A one-month residency free of charge at one of the participating California residency programs. This includes Kala Art Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts, Exploratorium, Djerassi, 18th Street Art Center and The Sally & Don Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo.
• A $4000. cash award.
• Documentation of each artist’s work for inclusion in a publication designed to promote the careers of award recipients.
For more information about this program, please see:

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