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The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Teen Portrait Competition

WHO:

Artists between the ages of 13 and 17.

WHAT:

Portraits to the juried competition in the medium of painting and drawing, photography, and video. The grand-prize portrait will be printed and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016. The theme for entries is interact and interaction. Portraiture implies an interaction between the sitter (person in the portrait) and the spectator (person viewing the portrait). Portraiture can also imply an interaction with the setting, with only you or with others, or about an experience.

WHEN:

Deadline: 9/30/15

LINK:

https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=2738

Town of Avon Roundabout #4 Public Art Design & Installation

WHO:

The Town of Avon, Colorado, invites all qualified individuals, firms, design institutes and colleges to submit a proposal for original design, construction and installation services for a signature art piece for Roundabout #4, which is centrally located in Avon Road, at the intersection of East and West Benchmark Roads.

The Selection Committee shall rate each submittal based upon the following factors: Experience with similar projects; Quality, innovation, timelessness, compatibility with site, prominence; cost control; Schedule; Cost of Design Services; References; Proposers with past experience integrating art into public places of prominence may be given preference in the Selection Process.

WHAT:

A new signature art piece will be designed and installed in Roundabout #4, on Avon Road. The selected art piece from this RFP is viewed as a permanent installation and is budgeted for installation not later than June, 2016. The Town of Avon is interested in an original, three-dimensional art piece to be installed within the interior of the roundabout. The radius of the Roundabout #4 is approximately eighty-five feet (85’).

WHEN:

Deadline: 7/6/15

LINK:

http://www.avon.org/bids.aspx?bidID=55

NCECA 2016 National Student Juried Exhibition

WHO:

The 2016 NCECA NSJE is open to full-time undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students (as defined by their home institution) enrolled in the United States of America. Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply. The applicant must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submittal.

WHAT:

The NCECA 50th Anniversary Conference, Makers, Mentors and Milestones, will be held in Kansas City, MO at the Kansas City Convention Center, March 16-19, 2016. In conjunction with the conference, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center will host the 2016 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition March 4 – April 30, 2016. Awards will be juried after the work is installed. Jurors: Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers

All works submitted must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted when clay is the dominant material.

WHEN:

Deadline: 9/23/15

LINK:

http://nceca.net/nceca-calls-and-exhibitions/2016-national-student-juried-exhibition/

The Black River Chapbook Competition

WHO:

The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers.

WHAT:

Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short fiction between 16-36 pages in length. The winner will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication. Our chapbooks are perfect-bound, feature striking cover designs, each receive an ISBN, and are distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution, as well as on our website and at amazon.com. We treat our chapbooks just like our full-length titles in terms of aesthetics, production, publicity, and editorial love and care.

WHEN:

Entries accepted for Spring April 1 – May 31
Entries accepted for Fall September 1 – October 31

LINK:

http://www.blacklawrence.com/submissions-and-contests/the-black-river-chapbook-competition

NICHE Awards

WHO:

The NICHE Awards competition is open to professional craft artists ages 21 and older who reside in America or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craft work supplied to galleries and/or craft stores. All work must have been made and finished in the United States or Canada. Work produced or finished in secondary studios in other countries may not be submitted.

The NICHE Awards Student competition is open to any craft student attending an American or Canadian undergraduate, graduate or certificate arts program, and the work itself must have been produced in the United States or Canada while the student was attending the arts program. Student artists may enter as a student for up to one (1) year after graduation; however, the work submitted must have been produced while an artist was still a student.

WHAT:

The 2015 NICHE Awards competition seeks NEW WORK in all categories, whether student or professional. Submitted work must have been designed, produced or introduced after October 1, 2014 to be eligible. Work previously submitted to the competition will not be accepted. All work must be designed and made by the artist or a collaboration of artists, with all collaborators identified.

Assemblages and installation art will not be accepted in any category: The mission of the NICHE Awards is to identify the best of fine craft artworks and products, which are collectible in quality and design and suitable for the consumer market. The sponsor of the competition is NICHE magazine, the trade magazine for retailers of fine craft and artist-made products who buy wholesale.

WHEN:

Entries for the 2015 NICHE Awards will be accepted from April 6, 2015, to August 21, 2015.

LINK:

http://www.nicheawards.com/

Visualization Challenge

WHO:

Entries can be produced by individuals or by teams. Entries are not limited to academia, but are welcomed from all sectors and professions (e.g., illustrators, scientists, engineers, research groups, institutions, etc.).

WHAT:

The National Science Foundation and Popular Science are cosponsors of the long-running Visualization Challenge, now called The Vizzies. The competition, which runs through Sept. 15, 2015, aims to recognize some of the most beautiful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering.

Visualization Challenge participants can submit their entries in one or more of five categories: Photography, Video, Illustration, Posters & Graphics and Interactives. Entries must convey science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics principles. The Experts’ Choice winner in each category will be awarded $2,500, and the People’s Choice winner in each category will be awarded $500.

Expert judges appointed by NSF and Popular Science will select a winner (Experts’ Choice) in each of the five categories. People’s Choice winners will be determined by public votes.

Contest winners will be announced in February 2016, and will be featured in the March issue of Popular Science, on popsci.com and nsf.gov/news/Vizzies.

WHEN:

The deadline for all entries is 11:59 p.m. PST on Sept. 15, 2015.

LINK:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/challenge.jsp

Lucid Art Residency Program

WHO:

Eligible artists must have an MFA or equivalent in independent studio work. Artists working in the visual arts, video/new media, music composition, and choreography will be considered.

WHAT:

The goal of the Lucid Art Residency Program is to provide artists with a serene, retreat-like natural environment for creative exploration and inquiry into arts and consciousness.

The Lucid Art Foundation encourages exploration of nonrepresentational art through multimedia, conceptual, ecological, and interdisciplinary approaches. During the three-week residency, artists will have the opportunity to explore the practice of lucid art, with special emphasis on the integration of art, process, and inner awareness. Through this practice, a deeper foundation is created that fosters individual artistic growth and development, as well as the understanding of the artist’s role in society.

The residency provides a space to live in (the former studio of the late writer Jacqueline Johnson) and a 650-square-foot art studio called “the Ark.”

WHEN:

Entry Deadline: November 15, 2015

LINK:

http://www.lucidart.org/residency

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