ArtUp Fellows and/or Blight-Out

The nationally-acclaimed and award-winning ArtUp Fellows Program (formerly the ArtsMemphis Fellows Program) is a professional/personal development opportunity designed to provide training in both the concepts and the skill set required to lead neighborhood revitalization efforts through Arts and Culture. This program actively seeks to include residents and other community organizers at the table with artists and arts administrators in order to lay the foundation for truly equitable partnerships. A five-month commitment, Fellows are expected to study both independently and in group meetings, which occur every two weeks. Additionally, Fellows receive a stipend for travel to study examples of successful arts-based community development and revitalization programs.

Blight-Out is a program managed by the UrbanArt Commission (supported through the City of Memphis’ Percent-for-art program) that invites artists to help fight blight in neighborhoods throughout Memphis. This program applies a collaborative, innovative approach to tackling the complex and widespread issue of blight. Local artists are paired with neighborhood-based organizations and partners to develop project ideas from a series of conversations driven by residents. This process is facilitated through a a series of workshops led by UAC in which neighborhood stakeholders share the history of the neighborhood, discuss their needs and concerns, and identify ways they would like to see blighted property and spaces reimagined. Selected artists will participate in these workshops and the conversations and feedback from residents will inform the development of project ideas. Relevant training and resources will be provided to artists throughout each stage of the community engagement, project design, and implementation process. This model has been developed through a pilot Blight-Out program in the Vance Avenue corridor led by UAC, Innovate Memphis, and Advance Memphis with funding from ArtsMemphis.

Apply here

Deadline is May 10.

 

Macon Arts Alliance Schedules New Installations on the East to West Art Walk

The “East to West Art Walk” is activating the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and MLK Jr. Drive between Clinton Street and Mulberry using temporary public art and sidewalk improvements.  Commissioned artists are creating temporary sidewalk murals, temporary painted arrows, and other visual connections to the newly painted crosswalks.

Adam Crawford was inspired by the flow of water on the nearby Ocmulgee River and he will create a water-themed sidewalk installation featuring vibrant aqua blues on Saturday, April 8th on the Otis Redding Pedestrian Bridge on MLK Jr. Blvd close to I-16. The artist will paint from 8am-8pm and the pedestrian bridge will be closed temporarily during the process.

Cathryn Bozone is also scheduled to install a series of four 5′ x 5′ nature-themed chalk designs along MLK Jr Blvd on Saturday as well. Her images relate to the natural environment. Bozone will include images of local animals, insects and pop culture that will allow visitors to enjoy viewing art outdoors. The designs will also encourage viewers to look at the scenery from a new perspective and remind them to appreciate the beauty of nature around them.

This temporary public art project is funded by the Downtown Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. All funds are allocated to assist in the implementation of the Macon Action Plan through a series of grants to local businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and government entities. The “East to West Art Walk” was selected for its focus on connectivity – “cultivating and improving multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner,” as stated by the Macon Action Plan.

 

Map of East to West Art Walk

Macon Arts Alliance presents “KOMMA” exhibit for April

Macon Arts Alliance will debut its new exhibit, “KOMMA,” on April 7. The show features paintings by local Macon artist and Wesleyan College Comer Professor of Painting, Frances De La Rosa. Join Macon Arts Alliance on opening night with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The show will be on display through Friday, April 28th. Admission is always free and open to the public.

In the Exhibition “Komma”, De La Rosa shows a series of paintings that move from representing “tangibles of the landscape, the parts to the whole” to the negative space.

“The silence between the notes became my primary subject as references to a sensual memory of light and shade, of texture, of color, merging background with foreground, in with out – an anticipation of nothing finite. “—Frances De La Rosa

“I am not yet certain by what word I must now refer to my paintings, but landscape has lost its firmament. It has been sucked into the black abyss of the comma to be re-born as a shattered, liquid lens containing particles of experience – vibrating in between the here and there in space and time – wonderfully adrift when punctuation has mutinied.”–Frances De La Rossa

Fragments

by Frances De La Rosa

 

Frances De La Rosa has been a Macon resident since 1998. She received her MFA from Tulane University in 1984. Presently, she is the Comer Professor of Painting at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Through her work she has traveled extensively, completing an artist residency in the Dominican Republic, researching colonial art and architecture in Mexico, and has been awarded many grants from Art Councils in the Southeastern United States. Her paintings have been influenced by her travels, and by her study of Pre-Columbian and contemporary art from Latin America and the Caribbean.

De La Rosa’s work as an artist has been the subject of three documentary films. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in collections at various museums and institutions.

Macon Arts Alliance Continues Installations on East to West Art Walk

The “East to West Art Walk” is activating the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and MLK Jr. Drive between Clinton Street and Mulberry using temporary public art and sidewalk improvements.  Commissioned artists are creating temporary sidewalk murals, temporary painted arrows, and other visual connections to the newly painted crosswalks.

Jessi Queen and Zachary Herndon created the first chalk art installation for the East to West Art Walk last Saturday and Sunday. The team painted a Macon music-themed large format project that measures 10′ x 20′ in the rear parking lot behind The Telegraph Building that faces MLK Jr Drive. The artwork features larger than life images Macon musicians of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman and Otis Redding.

Andrew Patrick Henry of Burnsville, GA icompleted the installation of his 6′ x 90′ chalk, pastel and tempera art project today which covers a major portion of the sidewalk in front of The Macon Centreplex and the Macon City Center Marriott on MLK Jr Blvd. Henry is collaborating with Colorado artist Bart McCune and Ohio artist Kelly Bell. The Henry project also depicts Macon Music legends Little Richard, Otis Redding and Duane Allman along with colorful music notes and directional references.Henry will be available at the installation site at 2 PM for interviews.

This temporary public art project is funded by the Downtown Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. All funds are allocated to assist in the implementation of the Macon Action Plan through a series of grants to local businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and government entities. The “East to West Art Walk” was selected for its focus on connectivity – “cultivating and improving multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner,” as stated by the Macon Action Plan. A public opening is scheduled for the East to West Art Walk on Saturday, April 22,2017.

Macon Arts Alliance Announces East to West Art Walk Installation

Macon Arts Alliance Announces East to West Art Walk Installation

The “East to West Art Walk” will activate the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and MLK Jr. Drive between Clinton Street and Mulberry using temporary public art and sidewalk improvements.  Commissioned artists will create temporary sidewalk murals, temporary painted arrows, and other visual connections to the newly painted crosswalks.

Jessi Queen and Zachary Herndon will begin creating the first chalk art installation for the East to West Art Walk on Saturday, March 25th at 1:00 PM. The team will paint two Macon music-themed large format projects in the rear parking lot behind The Telegraph Building that faces MLK Jr Drive and will be completed on Sunday, March 26th.

Final designs from additional artists are under review and approved projects will continue to be installed over the next few weeks. A public opening is scheduled for the East to West Art Walk on Saturday, April 22,2017.

This temporary public art project is funded by the Downtown Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. All funds are allocated to assist in the implementation of the Macon Action Plan through a series of grants to local businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and government entities. The “East to West Art Walk” was selected for its focus on connectivity – “cultivating and improving multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner,” as stated by the Macon Action Plan.

 

Call for Applicants

Call for Applications

Elsewhere, a living museum, residency and creative laboratory inside a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, is now accepting applications for 2017/18 residencies, fellowships, and internships from artists and organizers working across all media, fields and disciplines. Elsewhere’s three-story museum contains an evolving collection of artworks, cultural and material surplus that provide an experimental context for artists to create new work.

Elsewhere does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, expression or parents/guardians with children. Elsewhere, like many art institutions, is a predominantly white space. In an effort to resist and decolonize systemic cultures of intersectional oppression, we encourage queer and trans artists of color to apply.

RESIDENCIES

SESSIONS STARTING JULY 2017

Elsewhere offers 2-4 week residencies. Each session, six artists live and work in the museum. A team of curators, interns and community members support residents in the creation of new work and regular museum programming.

FELLOWSHIPS:

SOUTHERN CONSTELLATIONS | 7.11-8.8.2017

Southern Constellations offers six fellowships (room/board/travel/$1000 honorarium) for artists raised or based in the Southern United States to participate in a month-long Elsewhere residency to create new works at the museum and participate in dialogues on the conditions of experimental art production in the South. Fellows must be able to attend the month long residency 7.11-8.8.2017. For more information on Southern Constellations, goelsewhere.org/south.

BALTIMORE GOES ELSEWHERE | 8.8 – 9.5.2017

Exchange residencies are dedicated to exploring emerging local ecologies of contemporary art production in key cities. 2015 highlighted Chicago, 2016 focused on Miami and for 2017 we are looking to Baltimore. Elsewhere seeks to curate a dynamic, interdisciplinary artist experience that will generate collaborative formations among local artists from Baltimore and build connectivity between our two cities. The program offers six fellowships(room/board/travel/$1000 honorarium) to Baltimore artists to participate in the month-long Elsewhere residency happening 8.8 – 9.5.2017.

Applications are due Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information and to apply visit, goelsewhere.org/residencies.

INTERNSHIPS

Internships offer students and graduates exceptional experiences with learning in action. Interns see the innerworking of a dynamic alternative arts organization run by a small curatorial-team and help support the nonprofit’s organizational, artistic and community-based projects.

Applications due Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information and to apply online visit, goelsewhere.org/internships.

CREATIVE RETREATS

University Retreats welcome university classes in arts, literature and urban design for immersive encounters with contemporary and community art practices in Elsewhere’s museum. Retreats are also open to creative organizations and groups.

For more information please visit, goelsewhere.org/retreats

Rural Placemaking Call for Participants

[bc], with HAC, is excited to announce the launch of the call for participants for Rural Placemaking, a new creative placemaking initiative that will take place in two rural communities (with populations less than 50,000) in the United States. Creative placemaking is a way of working between community developers, housing organizations, artists and local stakeholders to strengthen communities. This initiative will implement two creative actions during summer 2017 that bring people together to share food, stories, art, experiences, and histories as well as enable neighbors to talk, learn, and organize.

Two partnerships between a housing or community development organization and an artist/art organization will be selected to implement a temporary initiative from May to August 2017. [bc] and HAC encourage housing/community development organizations without an existing artist/arts organization partner to submit an application. If successful, [bc] and HAC will facilitate selection of a partner artist/organization.

Successful applicants will receive up to $7,500 to support the development of an arts and community building project in their town. They will also receive training and support from national leaders in creative placemaking and community development on the implementation of their project. Throughout the Rural Placemaking program, [bc] and HAC will provide one in person peer-to-peer training session with other participants to share experience and problem solve, technical training webinars to guide participants through [bc]’s creative placemaking process, Activating Vacancy, and an on-site visit to assist in program implementation. [bc] will provide guidance and feedback to participants on creative placemaking throughout the implementation of Rural Placemaking.  HAC will provide organizational and technical assistance in sustaining long term impact throughout the implementation ofRural Placemaking.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in social justice and desire to work collaboratively with community stakeholders to formulate proposals which unite residents from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Applicants are encouraged to share examples of past work that exhibit community engagement/participation and the organization’s interest in bringing creative placemaking to their community.

More information on Rural Placemaking can be found here. Interested parties should apply via an online application here. We recommend reviewing the application requirements on pages 4-6 on the call for participants to prepare your materials prior to submission. Applicants cannot save and return to their applications.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on March 10, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit outside of peak website traffic time, (8:00pm-11:59pm CST on March 10th, 2017).  Finalists will be notified by March 30, 2017.

This initiative is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Macon Arts Alliance presents “Triple Entendre” exhibit for February

“Triple Entendre” debuts at the Macon Arts Alliance on First Friday, February 3. Experience the diverse work of three Georgia-based artists, whose collections evoke multiple meanings. The exhibition and sale features sculptures by David Baerwalde, ceramics by Bruce Chase, and paintings by David Sutton.  Join Macon Arts Alliance on opening night with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The show will be on display through Friday, February 24. Admission is always free and open to the public.

Atlanta based artist, David Baerwalde, practices art through a variety of mediums including mixed media drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Baerwalde’s work has been exhibited in several prominent collections, including recent acquisitions by the High Museum of Art and the Woodruff Arts Center, both located in Atlanta. A BFA graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at Winthrop University, Baerwalde has lectured and taught at many universities and art schools across the country. His work has garnered great attention and been reviewed in Art in America, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Artsatl.com, Burnaway.org, and Creative Loafing.    

Warner Robins born, Byron raised, and Macon resident, David Sutton is a true Middle Georgia native. Sutton’s influence is drawn from the American Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Artists. Sutton earned his BFA in painting and drawing from the Atlanta College of Art in 1990 and went on to work in the film industry as a scenic artist for over 20 years. For the past 15 years, Sutton has maintained a studio in downtown Macon at the Contemporary Arts Exchange.

Local ceramicist Bruce Chase, teaches classes and works out of his studio space at Macon Mud in Payne City.

Macon Arts Alliance presents “The Modern Classic Collection” exhibit for January

“The Modern Classic Collection” debuts at the Macon Arts Alliance on First Friday, January 6. Discover Charles Cashwell of Cashwell Fine Art will be exhibiting his take on a modern impressionistic approach to landscapes and more. Brendan McCullor of Southern Fried Metal will have a single magnificent sculpture on site. Join Macon Arts Alliance on opening night with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The show will be on display through Friday, January 27. Admission is always free and open to the public.

Upon graduating from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Charles Cashwell began his career as an illustrator for text book publications, however soon thereafter began to immerse himself in the world of portraiture. Cashwell ingrained himself in the Wallstreet community of Westchester, New York. During his tenure in New York he worked with a barrage of prestigious clients, ranging from the president of Morgan Stanley Financial and the vice president of Lehman Brothers.

Cashwell’s personal passion for impressionism lead him to Taos, New Mexico where he spent two years crafting and honing his technique, ultimately showing in the John Strong Gallery of Santa Fe.

Currently, Cashwell resides in Atlanta, with a showroom in Madison, Georgia. He remains committed to portraiture, however is deeply vested in developing and pursing his approach to modern impressionism.

Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Brandon McCullar has traveled through Europe, Asia, and South America while studying and perfecting his artistry as a sculptor. McCullar has shown in galleries both domestic and internationally ranging from Atlanta, Alabama, Paraguay, Madrid, and Paris.

“I’ve grown into my art and found a home in metal sculpture. As a young boy I tinkered in my grandfather’s workshop. I feel that as children our imaginations are limitless. We seem to loose that freedom as we grow older. What I try to do when I create is to open my mind to that boy who imagined all of those years ago. I want to use my sculpture to share what I only dreamed I could create as a boy. I just let the metal lead me as I shape it and that’s when the true magic happens,” states McCullar.