Tuesday, June 30, 2020

City of WPB Art in Public Place Calls to Artists


West Palm Beach Florida, A City Heading in the Right Direction ...


RFQ request for artists in the South Florida/Palm Beach County Region


The Bennett Prize: Propelling the Careers of Women Figurative Realist Painters


The Bennett Prize, a program of The Pittsburgh Foundation



The Bennett Prize: Propelling the Careers of Women Figurative Realist Painters




Call for entries open from April 16 to Oct. 16, 2020.

Exhibition Dates

May 20 to Sept. 5, 2021

About The Prize

The Bennett Prize is a stipend/grant-in-aid program established by American art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, to support the fine art practice of a woman painter working in figurative realism. The Bennett Prize is intended to support early and mid-career artists. Administered by The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Prize is awarded biennially, and provides $25,000 annually over two consecutive years to the winning artist. Ten (10) finalists will each receive $1,000 to participate in a traveling exhibition organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) in Michigan, and the winner will be showcased in a solo exhibition at the close of her grant. The opening exhibition will be held from May 20 to Sept. 5, 2021 at the Muskegon Museum of Art before traveling to additional venues. 

Eligibility

The Bennett Prize is open only to living women artists who:
  • Are eighteen (18) years or older.
  • Reside at least part-time in the United States (50 states and Washington, D.C.), whose primary practice is the creation of original paintings in the genre of figurative realism. Part-time residence must include an active studio practice in the U.S. (On-site studio visits are a required component of The Prize).  U.S. citizenship is not required.
  • Artists must be currently pursuing, or hope to pursue a career as a full-time painter. Students who expect to complete their degrees prior to the awarding of The Prize are welcome to apply.
  • Employment during the period of the grant DOES NOT affect eligibility.
Those who are NOT eligible for The Bennett Prize include:
  •  Artists who will be full-time or part-time students while receiving the proceeds of The Prize.
  • Artists who have received a prior award of $25,000 or more or sold any single work of art for $25,000 or more.
To be considered for The Bennett Prize, artists must participate in the exhibition of finalists. Artists must have works available for exhibition and travel from Feb. 7, 2021 through at least the end of 2023. For additional information, see the entry F.A.Q. section of this website. 
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES AND TERMS BEFORE APPLYING. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR INELIGIBLE OR DISQUALIFIED ENTRIES, SO READ ALL TERMS. SUBMIT IMAGES AND ONE DETAIL FOR THREE (3) TO FIVE (5) WORKS.

Entry

Entry is digital, through the CaFÉ website.  Free registration for the CaFÉ website is required. Artists should submit no fewer than three (3) and no more than five (5) artworks and one detail, for a total of four (4) to six (6) images. 

Deadline

The deadline for entry is Oct. 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (MST).

Number of Entries

Each artist must submit at least three (3) and as many as five (5) paintings for consideration by jurors. In addition, all entrants must also include one (1) detail image that demonstrates her craft and technique. Entries that do not include a minimum of three (3) pieces and one (1) detail will not be considered.

Digital Entry

Digital image files must conform to the requirements as listed on the CaFÉ website. Be sure to supply the title, media and dimensions of your entries. Incomplete entries will not be reviewed by the jury.

Eligible Entries

Paintings must depict representational images of one or more figures of any gender. Figures may be clothed or nude and do not need to be photorealistic. All entries must be traditional paintings, which is defined as paint upon a two-dimensional surface. Mixed media pieces will be considered as long as paint is the primary material. Paintings rendered over the top of photographic images are NOT eligible. Only original works completed in the past five (5) years are eligible for consideration.

Questions?

Please read the Entry FAQs and then call the Muskegon Museum of Art at 231-720-2582.

Notification

Artists will be notified of the jury results by email no later than Nov. 16, 2020. Note: public announcement of the finalists will occur later.

Acceptance

Accepted artists must provide images and details for a minimum of four (4) paintings available for exhibition no later than Dec. 11, 2020 to maintain their eligibility. If the artworks submitted for jurying are not available, works submitted for exhibition must be representative of the juried pieces. Available paintings that deviate substantially in quality or theme from the juried works will not be considered and the accepted finalist will be disqualified and replaced with an alternate. To be considered for exhibition, paintings must meet the criteria established in these rules. Depending on scale, two (2) or more paintings will be selected from each of the ten (10) finalists. Finalists will be notified by Dec. 31, 2020 of which paintings to send for exhibition. Artworks for exhibition must arrive at the MMA no later than Feb. 7, 2020 and be available for travel through 2023. 

Exhibition Criteria

Paintings must be fully dry and suitable for travel to multiple venues. Ideally, paintings will be framed, though this is not required. All works must hang using wires, cleats, or D-rings. Works on paper must be framed and glazed. In the event you are selected as a finalist, MMA staff will coordinate with you on preparation for display and travel as necessary.

Delivery

The Muskegon Museum of Art will cover packing and shipping costs to and from the artist. This is a change from last year, when artists were awarded a $1,000 stipend to cover expenses. Artworks must be shipped to arrive at the MMA no later Feb. 7, 2021. MMA staff will coordinate with the ten (10) finalists on shipping arrangements. Art will be sent to:
Attn: Bennett Prize
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
Email: jmilostan@muskegonartmuseum.org
Phone: 231-720-2575

Entry Fee

In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic hardship, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Muskegon Museum of Art and Prize founders Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt and Steven Alan Bennett have made the decision to reduce the fee for entry. For 2021, the fee has been reduced by half, to $25.
Artists who responded to the survey at the conclusion of the last competition may still use their discount code. (There is a small change based on system limitations, please remove the “!” when entering the provided code. If you have any problems, please contact Art Martin at amartin@muskegonartmuseum.org.)

Refunds cannot be provided after entry. No refunds will be given for ineligible or disqualified entries so read all terms carefully before applying.

Art Sales

All accepted work is eligible for sale through the MMA Store. The MMA commission is 40% and must be included in the purchase price. Work offered for sale will be sold as exhibited and delivered to the purchaser by the MMA at the close of the traveling exhibition. It is the responsibility of the artists to resolve any issues as relates to gallery or agent representation if they choose to have the work(s) for sale. 

Catalogue

The Pittsburgh Foundation and MMA will publish a full color catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition featuring the artwork of the ten (10) finalists. Artists are required to submit biographical materials and an artist statement for inclusion. The MMA will handle all photography.

Insurance

All artworks submitted for exhibition will be insured by MMA while in its possession and during the travel of the exhibition. Artists must submit insurance values upon delivery of the art to the MMA. Artists are responsible for insurance during transport to and from MMA at the opening and close of the exhibition. The MMA WILL NOT insure works while in the possession of the artist or commercial carriers on their behalf.

Liability

Participating artists will be required to sign a loan agreement with the MMA. Submitting a work of art to this exhibition implies agreement on the part of the artist with all stated conditions.

Publicity

The MMA and The Pittsburgh Foundation assume the privilege of photographing or using any work submitted for consideration for the purpose of the catalogue, publicity or education. In addition, permission to reproduce in the catalogue is a condition of eligibility. 

Travel

The MMA will cover travel and lodging expenses for the ten (10) finalists to attend the opening event on May 20, 2021. The event includes a reception, award ceremony, and private dinner. 

The Bennett Prize

The winning artist, after being confirmed for eligibility, will enter into a separate agreement with The Pittsburgh Foundation to govern the two (2) years over which the proceeds of the the Prize will be paid. In addition to the $50,000 over two (2) years, the artist will also be featured in a solo exhibition at MMA. The solo show will also travel with the exhibition of finalists.

Jurors

A panel of four jurors will adjudicate The Bennett Prize from the submitted entries.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

PBC CARES FOR BUSINESS - RESTART BUSINESS GRANTS



APPLICATION LAUNCH DATE - FRIDAY, MAY 22ND AT 8:00 AM
RESTART BUSINESS GRANTS
(25 Employees or Fewer)
 Allocation: $50,000,000
Assistance Offered: $25,000 maximum award (Grants & Forgivable Loans received by businesses related to COVID-19 will be reduced from eligible maximum award)
Eligibility
  • Business has 25 employees or fewer
  • Business has been operating since October 1, 2019 and was still operating on February 29, 2020
  • Business is located in Palm Beach County
  • Business is not a publicly traded company
  • Business is not a non-profit organization
  • Business does not exceed $3 million in total gross receipts or sales
    • Businesses with 25 or less employees and total gross receipts or sales of $3-5M will be funded from the $10M allocation
Examples of Eligible Businesses
  • Agriculture
  • Child Care Centers, Adult Day Care Centers
  • Gyms & Fitness Studios
  • Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Barber Shops
  • Health Care Services & Medical Offices
  • Professional Services
    Based on NAICS Codes
  • Restaurants, Caterers, Bakeries
  • Retail – Physical Brick/Mortar Store
Eligible Uses
  • Salaries/Payroll
  • Inventories
  • Commercial Lease, Mortgage, or Rent Payments
  • Utilities
  • Other Expenses - due to new safety provisions
Required Documents
  • Fully executed application, including certifications, affirmations, and acknowledgements
  • Financial information such as tax returns and payroll report
  • Active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt
  • Active copy of your Registered Business as shown on SunBiz.Org
Justification
  • To support businesses most affected by COVID 19
Other
  • Minimum number of business helped under this program is 2000 if maximum award is granted
  • Completed applications will be processed in the order that they were received
  • PBC will be partnering with S/M/WBE vendors to process business grant applications
Statistics: FL Department of Economic Opportunity 2018 employment data
  • 58% of businesses in Palm Beach County have 5 or less employees
  • 20% of businesses in Palm Beach County have 6-25 employees
  • 22% of businesses in Palm Beach County have over 25 employees

Monday, May 18, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Artist Opportunities with Upcoming Deadlines in May and June, 2020



The Lodge on Twitchell Lake where the Adirondack Center for Writing hosts its Anne LaBastille Writers Residency


Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant

As the COVID-19 outbreak further threatens the cultural and arts writing landscape, the Arts Writers Grant Program is grateful for the Andy Warhol Foundation’s continued support.


Here's an opportunity for writers to take advantage of this very comprehensive grant.

Apply HERE

City of WPB Art in Public Place Calls to Artists

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