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Guggenheim Foundation and Fellowship Grants Available For Artists

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Competition

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has decided to suspend its Latin American and Caribbean competition for the year 2020 while we examine the workings and efficacy of the program. Therefore the Foundation will not be accepting applications in the Latin American and Caribbean competition for 2020.

The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.

During the rigorous selection process, applicants will first be pooled with others working in the same field, and examined by experts in that field: the work of artists will be reviewed by artists, that of scientists by scientists, that of historians by historians, and so on. The Foundation has a network of several hundred advisers, who either meet at the Foundation offices to look at applicants’ work, or receive application materials to read offsite. These advisers, all of whom are themselves former Guggenheim Fellows, then submit reports critiquing and ranking the applications in their respective fields. Their recommendations are then forwarded to and weighed by a Committee of Selection, which then determines the number of awards to be made in each area. Occasionally, no application in a given area is considered strong enough to merit a Fellowship.

The Committee of Selection then forwards its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for final approval. The successful candidates in the United States and Canada competition are announced in early April; those in the Latin America and Caribbean competition, in early June.

We guarantee our advisers and Committee of Selection members, as well as those who submit letters of reference, absolute confidentiality. Therefore, under no circumstances will the reasons for the rejection of an application be provided.

Learn more about the Foundation and Fellowship Grants here: https://www.gf.org/about/fellowship/

Complete the form found at the link below to request a login account so that you can access Guggenheim’s online Fellowship Application. An email will be sent to you shortly with your login credentials. It may take a few minutes before you receive the email.

If you applied in the 2019 competition, you may use your previous username when you complete this form, but we will issue you a new password. No portion of your previous application will be retrievable for use in this year’s competition. Persons who have already received a Guggenheim Fellowship are not eligible to apply for another.
The application deadline for the 2020 United States and Canada competition is 11:59 P.M. (EST), Monday, September 16, 2019. 

Apply for the Fellowship Grant here: https://competition.gf.org/applicant/

SOAR wishes you the best of success in your fellowship application! If you win a fellowship grant, please let us know so we can share your story.

Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials, & Supplies: The Essential Guide

Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials, & Supplies: The Essential Guide

New book by Kimberly Brooks

I remember the first time I ever painted in oil as if it were yesterday. Already an avid sketch artist and having dabbled in acrylics, I was initially hesitant to use the medium for 2 reasons: Firstly, I put it on a pedestal, as if one needed a right or permission. Secondly, I knew it involved materials that were some how dangerous.

But I did it anyway. I knew then that I would be using this medium for the rest of my life.

Ten years in, I started to feel funny from the solvents.

At the end of every painting session, I would have a weird taste on my tongue. I moved to “Odorless Mineral Spirits”, but barely felt better.

If only I knew then what I’ve since learned during the illuminating journey of writing a book about the subject of everything I wish I knew at the start, the wonder of the history of pigments and particularly how to paint without solvents.

The dearth of knowledge about materials and craft among painters is an unnecessary epidemic. Either instructors assume the students learned it in a previous foundational class that no longer exists or were never taught themselves.

I’m so excited to announce that I created something I wished for my younger artist self: a little black book just for oil painting of all the materials I would need and why.

Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials, & Supplies: The Essential Guide is a culmination of knowledge I’ve gathered over twenty-five years of painting with the last decade focused on how to paint in the safest way possible. It is a perfect shorthand for me to teach about materials and enabling anyone to mix their own mediums, reduce toxins, save time, live longer, and create more art.

Thanks to Chronicle Books, it will be widely available to painters worldwide soon. For now, I’m making it available and use it as a text book for my students here:

Shh! Annual Don’t Tell Dan Sidewalk Sale At Central Art

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Shhh – We’ve done it again! While Dan wasn’t looking, we raided our art supply stores and emerged from the depths of the building, loaded down with a menagerie of great products that are either over-stocked, over-looked or over-staying their welcome.

 

We want to give them a proper send-off, so for 2 DAYS ONLY, we’re offering a wide variety of back-stock and discontinued inventory at YARD SALE prices during Central Art’s annual Sidewalk Sale! You won’t want to miss an opportunity like this!

 

Get here early Friday, July 19th between 9am and 6pm, or stop in

Saturday, July 20th between 10am and 4pm for a second chance to catch these amazing deals before they’re gone forever!

VISIT CENTRAL ART!

Paint Brushes

Let’s talk tools of the trade. I’m looking at my supplies more closely recently–oils v. acrylics, canvas v. masonite board or panels, “everyday” brushes v. investment brushes, spray varnish v. gloss medium…and on.

I changed up my brushes a few months ago. The whole truth is that my aunt in Victoria was taking a painting class and her instructor recommended a collection of go-to higher quality brushes but would last a long time and make a big difference. Hmmm. I’m of the school that the “everyday” workhorse brushes are just fine, especially for a painter like me who is fairly rough on them…forgetful to wash, leaves out, etc…I asked my aunt what she thought after switching over herself and she thought they made a big difference…so that was all the suggestion I needed. Off to the candy store I went.  I have 6 total–so nothing crazy but one each of my most used sizes. Three are Princeton and three are Aquatec and they seem about equal quality to me and they were in the same price range. I’ve also heard that Trekell sells terrific brushes–haven’t tried yet but know that I know they matter….I’m on their website.

Verdict? Totally, completely 100% worth it using fewer brushes that are better quality. They feel different. They are holding their shape. I’m cleaning them more frequently. My paintings feel better. And…they’re so pretty!!!!

“Paintbrushes in Harney Tin” 8×10″ SOLD

Save Alaska Arts and Culture

Governor Dunleavy has line-item vetoed funding for many of Alaska’s art and arts education programs, including the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA). Only your state legislators can save it with a 3/4 override on July 8th. 

2019 Imagely Fund Now Open Offering Grants to Photographers

2019 Imagely Fund Now Open!

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Hey, environmental and humanitarian photographers, looking for a great grant opportunity? The 2019 Imagely Fund is officially open — and this year, we’re giving away TWO GRANTS!

Apply now!

Imagely is excited to launch our 7th annual Imagely Fund which will offer a $5000 grant to one environmental and one humanitarian photographer to use toward interesting and meaningful projects.

Grant season offers our team an incredible chance to check out the amazing work of photographers around the globe. Each year we are inspired by, and learn from these photo stories. Whether it’s documenting wars or natural disasters, spotlighting injustices and inequalities, or highlighting issues in conservation, we feel honored to witness the impact that powerful imagery has to evoke positive change.

Interested in applying to be one of 2019’s Imagely Fund Fellows? You’ll need an online portfolio showing off your photo storytelling talents and a one-page personal statement (it should include a link to your portfolio, a short bio, a brief project description, background on your location-specific training and preparations, as well as an estimated budget).

Applications are judged by our panel of distinguished reviewers which in 2019 include: Jim Brandenburg, Steve Winter, and Ami Vitale.

The Imagely Team is immensely grateful to all of our judges (present and past) for their commitment to giving back to the photography community, especially considering their own hectic shooting schedules, projects, books, travel, and workshops.

Learn more

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Federal Funding For Cultural Arts Agencies Update

Dear Arts Advocate,

On June 25, the U.S. House strongly rejected President Trump’s budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by approving $167.5 million in funding for fiscal year (FY) 2020! This is an increase for both agencies of $12.5 million over the FY 2019 funding level of $155 million.

The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate for possible consideration (the Senate may also take up their own version of this appropriations bill).

Why Is This Important?

This is the third year in a row that the Trump administration has proposed a termination of both the NEA and the NEH in his budget proposal to the U.S. Congress. The past two years, Congress has rejected this request and moderately increased funding for the cultural agencies. This year, the House is sending an even stronger message of the importance of arts funding by increasing the appropriation by $12.5 million.

The funding increase matches the 2019 Arts Advocacy Day ask, which would help broaden access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and to advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States. This also follows public witness testimony Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch gave before the Interior Subcommittee in February, asking for the cultural agencies to be funded at $167.5 million, as well as a Dear Colleague letter circulated by Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY)–asking for the same amount of funding for the NEA and NEH–signed by a record-number (184) of members of Congress.

We are hopeful that the Senate will follow the House’s lead in expanding funding for the NEA and NEH. We’ll be keeping close watch over every step of the appropriations process in case any threatening actions surface. Stay tuned for more updates after the July 4th recess!


Want to do more? Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund.  Play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today– it’s free and easy to join!

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2019 Rules of the Road Presentation

See the presentation here from the 2019 Annual Convention.

Legislative Update for Annual Convention on June 14th, 2019

Read the latest legislative update for June 14, 2019.

ArtsVote 2020 Podcast Press Release

New Podcast Series Reveals 2020 Presidential Candidates’ Views on Arts, Vision for Advancing Support for Arts and Charitable Sector