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AGA January Art Opportunities

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January Visual Arts News
January = Art Opportunities

We’re excited to share a handful of fun and diverse art opportunities that are being offered this month to foster your inner creativity. 

Jenay Elder, Oranges in Sunlight, Acrylic on Canvas
Jenay Elder, Oranges in Sunlight, Acrylic on Canvas

Art & Soul Ashland
Backlit Citrus Paint Night with Jenay Elder
Friday, January 20, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join Art & Soul Ashland and Jenay Elder to learn more about acrylic painting techniques while referencing brightly lit citrus. Best known for her textured notes of color, representational quality, and sensitive subject matter, Jenay has developed a sharp eye for depicting subjects that instill insight and familiarity. Registration includes materials, wine, and refreshments. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information. 

Dennis McNett, Good Medicine, Woodblock Print
Dennis McNett, Good Medicine, Woodblock Print

Schneider Museum of Art
Saturday Salon: Pushing the Press
Saturday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join the Schneider Museum of Art, Executive Director Scott Malbaurn, Curator Josef Zimmerman, and Featured Artists Kathryn Polk and Dennis McNett for a private tour of Pushing the Press: Contemporary Printers Redefining the Medium. Following the tour will be an intimate brunch with the opportunity to have lively conversations with both the curator and artists.

For those who are interested in attending, please click here for more information. 

Grants Pass Museum of Art, Untitled, Graphite
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Untitled, Graphite

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Drawing and Composition with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, January 28, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join the Grants Pass Museum of Art and Kristen O’Neill to learn more about the basic fundamentals to create a strong composition. Using graphite tools and drawing from a simple scene, individuals will learn how to create a range of values while reviewing the principals of design. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information.

Fiber Arts Collective, Untitled, Mixed Media
Fiber Arts Collective, Untitled, Mixed Media

Fiber Arts Collective
Art Supply Swap!
Sunday, January 29, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join Fiber Arts Collective for an Art Supply Swap! Artists are encouraged to bring one to five items that they would like to trade in exchange for other items. All supplies should be in good and usable condition. 

For those who are interested in attending, please click here for more information. 

$550.00 Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers

*Innovate Grant

Grants for Artists + Photographers

DEADLINE Thursday, December 15
Submit your work by 11:59PM Pacific Time

The deadline for Innovate Grant’s Fall Cycle is Thursday, December 15, 2022. Have you applied yet? Now is the perfect time to share your work, so why wait?

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. We’ve simplified the grant process so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

How to Apply:

All media and genres are accepted. All applicants (visual artists and photographers) 18+ years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Explore the work of Past Innovate Grant recipients and Read their Interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: Deadline: December 15, 2022
Region: US & International
Awards: $550.00 USD Grants

Apply Online Today
https://innovateartistgrants.org

Haines & Friends Announce 2022 Grant Recipients

The Haines & Friends Visual Arts Grant Program Announces 2022 Grant Recipients

Taking place for over five years now, and despite a brief two-year break in 2020 and 2021, The Haines & Friends Visual Arts Grant Program has been overwhelmed with joy after receiving over 90 applications this year with a total request of $368,495.00. After very careful thought and consideration, the program will award grants to 27 diverse individuals, distributing a total of $69,820.00 in funds.

Grant recipients include Gabriel Barrera, Corbin Brashear, Sarah F. Burns, Nisha Burton, Adrian Chavez, Delaine Due, Jessi Eaton-Shields, Michele Fulkerson, Amy Godard, Jenay Elder, and Barbara Goldfarb, Jay Gordon, Zion R. Kroll, Anna Kruse, Opie Snow Lael, Kyle Larson, Jordan Marie McCaw, Janice Moon, Kristen O’Neill, Trisha Stricklin, Debra Van Poolen, Jack Wiens, Manya Yana Orescan Campos,
KYRIANNA, Hanson Howard Gallery, Illinois River Valley Arts Council, Southern Oregon Guild, and The Studio at Living Opportunities.

For more information about The Haines & Friends Visual Arts Grant Program and everything that it provides for the visual arts and community, please visit www.hainesandfriends.org.

About The Haines & Friends Visual Arts Grant Program

Established in 2014, The Haines & Friends Visual Arts Grant Program is a locally conceived and funded program offering grants to visual artists and arts educators in Southern Oregon. These grants support the artistic projects of these individuals who are dedicated to improving their own creative lives as well as the lives of others. Taking place for over five years now, the program has gone on to award nearly $400,000 in grants to over 100 creative individuals.

Call to Action: Congress to Address Arts Funding in November

The final FY23 Interior Appropriations budget, which specifically includes annual funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be negotiated in conference soon by members of both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. The current House version of the bill sets the allocation at an all-time high funding level of $207 million each for the NEA and NEH.  However, the Senate Appropriations Committee draft set its allocation at only $195 million each for NEA and NEH. Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund have set up an easy way for you to quickly send two important messages in one step to both your Senators and your House Representative with these messages: Urge your Senators to accept the higher House-set funding level of $207 million each for the NEA and NEH for FY 2023. Urge your House Representative to stand strong on the $207 million allocation voted on by the House of Representatives earlier this year to fund the NEA and NEH FY 23 budgets. Contact your member of Congress today and make your voice heard about how vital the arts are to your state and our country!  
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Why A Smartphone Can’t Reproduce Your Art

This post is presented courtesy Giclée Yoshimatsu at Giclée Yoshimatsu.

Artists! Please Don’t Do This…

I’ve had many calls from artists who want me to color correct, up-rez (increase details) and print their art from smartphone photos. It’s always a challenge to politely tell them that their smartphone photo isn’t good enough to print large images to be hung and sold in galleries. After my most recent request, I wrote this article to help explain the reasons. (Digital camera mavens can skip this because I take a lot of shortcuts in this article.)

The first reason is resolution: Resolution is the MP (megapixel) count of cameras. The higher the resolution, the greater the number of pixels and the finer the details. Most smartphone cameras don’t have enough resolution to faithfully reproduce prints that are sharp, clear and crisp. Even those cameras touted as having 50 to 100+ megapixels produce compromised results. It doesn’t take rocket science to understand that 100MP on a small sensor uses smaller photosites (light capturing buckets) than on a large sensor. Therefore, the smaller the light catching buckets, the less light is captured. Less light means less clarity just like your vision in low light. That’s why resolution is important but just part of the equation.


The second reason is size & compression: Most phone cameras capture small image sizes to save memory space. The smaller the image size, the fewer pixels (picture elements.) That means what may appear fine on a phone screen or even a computer monitor will pixelate (have jaggies) when enlarged. There’s no way around this. Too few pixels are filling too large an area. Next, even when capturing large images with many pixels, most phones save files in JPEG, a lossy compression format. Large swaths of similar pixels are lumped together causing loss of details and fine gradations.

A Short Diversion Into JPEG

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is an amazing technology that’s been around since 1992. It was originally designed for web and Internet use when bandwidth was precious and speeds were abysmal. As bandwidth and speeds improved, image sizes grew even bigger, ensuring the continued need for JPEG. Today, JPEG is ubiquitous and most phones automatically save images in JPEG format. The example image shows low compression (lots of data) on the right and high compression (minimal data) on the left. Notice how details are totally missing on the left side. Most phone cameras automatically use JPEG compression. Printing this file means interpolating (guessing) what details need to be added back, a near impossible task. Once a file is compressed in JPEG the results are baked in and can’t be recovered any more than a scrambled egg can be put back into the shell.

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The third reason is that very few phone cameras offer RAW image capture. RAW is not an acronym but simply RAW data as captured by the sensor. In reality, even RAW data is “massaged” by the phone’s software to the manufacturer’s vision of an ideal photo. Sometimes, skin tones are too ruddy or foliage is too vibrant or water is too brilliant. The advantage of RAW is that these color interpretations can be corrected in RAW processing software. However, the biggest drawback to cellphone RAW is that most software is tuned to appeal to snapshooters who aren’t too picky about color fidelity. Combined with the tiny, noisy pixels created by cellphone cameras, the results are often sub-optimal.

Bottom line, cellphone cameras were not designed to capture images for large prints. Either get yourself a quality camera that has RAW capture or have a professional do the job.

 

 

 

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Reminder to Join the Oregon Artists Registry

As a tool for sharing funding opportunities, the Oregon Arts Commission partnered with The Ford Family Foundation to create the Oregon Artist Registry.

Professional artists are strongly encouraged to sign up for the registry by completing a brief survey about themselves and their artistic practice. The goal is to reach and connect with as many Oregon artists as possible, including those who haven’t previously accessed funding programs.

Call to Oregon artists


Oregon Arts Commission partners with The Ford Family Foundation to create statewide Artist Registry

Salem, Oregon – Ensuring artists’ access to funding opportunities and building a case for more artist resources are the goals of a new statewide Artist Registry created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation.

Professional artists from across Oregon are encouraged to sign up for the registry by completing a brief survey about themselves and their artistic practice. The hope is to reach and connect with as many Oregon artists as possible, including those who haven’t previously accessed funding programs.

“We know there are many more working artists throughout the state than we currently have in our database,” said Eleanor Sandys, the Arts Commission’s Interim Visual Arts Coordinator. “Our hope is to update and expand our artist network so that we can better support the diverse artists in Oregon’s many communities.”

“We’re pleased to continue a longstanding partnership with the Arts Commission to reach and support the growth of the artists of Oregon,” said Anne Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation.

Once established, the Artist Registry will allow the Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation, as well as other funding partners, to distribute information about upcoming funding opportunities. It also will create more comprehensive data about Oregon artists for planning and advocacy purposes.

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The Hopper Prize Grant Opportunity- Apply Now!

$3,500 Grants – All Media Eligible

The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for our Fall 2021 artist grants.

For this open call, we have increased grant awards to $3,500.

We are offering 2 grants in the amount of $3,500 and 4 grants in the amount of $1,000.

Grants will be awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.

The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Our aim is to advance artists’ careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. We accept submissions twice a year via an open call. We are currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2021 grant cycle.

Program Highlights

Total Awards: $11,000.00 USD for visual artists

• $3,500.00 – 2 artists will each receive a $3,500 (USD) grant • $1,000.00 – 4 artists will each receive a $1,000 (USD) grant
• 30 artists will have their work archived at hopperprize.org
• A selection from the submissions will be featured on our Instagram feed @hopperprize
• Additional exposure will be available to winners through our Journal: Insights into Contemporary Art

Connect with Curators

We collaborate with contemporary curators holding prominent positions at major institutions in order to select our grant winners. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward-thinking exhibition makers. Jurors for the current awards are:

Tyler Blackwell
Assistant Curator
Blaffer Art Museum

&

Caitlin Julia Rubin
Associate Curator & Director of Programs
Rose Art Museum

Our jurors will be selecting 6 artists from our open call who will each receive an unrestricted cash grant.

2 artists will win $3,500 and 4 artists will win $1,000.

The jurors will also select a shortlist of 30 artists who will have their work archived at hopperprize.org.

Grant awards are unrestricted and may be used any way the recipients choose.

When submitting your work, you will have the option to opt-in to be considered for possible Instagram features on our feed @hopperprize, where we currently reach an audience of over 60K. Our editors will be featuring select submissions on a rolling basis prior to the application deadline.

In addition to grant awards, our shortlist, and Instagram reach, we will be providing an additional platform for exposure via our online Journal Insights Into Contemporary Art. We launched this digital publication to give artists a new channel to amplify their voice while providing an in-depth look at their work, practice, and background. Grant recipients and shortlisted artists will all receive the opportunity to publish an interview to include any work of their choosing as a means of providing continued support beyond the open call.

Eligibility

The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We welcome entries in all media.

We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.

Recent Winners

We support artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations. We support artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations. Recent grant winners include:

Abi Salami, Dallas
• Abigail Lucien, Baltimore
• Hasani Sahlehe, Atlanta
• Laura Berger, Chicago
• Jennifer Sirey, Brooklyn
• Cielo Felix-Hernandez, Richmond
• Akihiro Boujoh, Utrecht
• Joey Solomon, Brooklyn
• Lynnea Holland-Weiss, Cleveland
• Susan Chen, Hartford
• Yannick Lowery, Philadelphia
• Andrea Ferrero, Mexico City
• Christopher Desanges, Boston
• Dominic Hawgood, London
• Kira Dominguez Hultgren, San Francisco
• Vikesh Kapoor, Sunset Pines
• Adrian Coleman, London, United Kingdom
• Trish Tillman, New York, New York
• Nicholas Moenich, Brooklyn, New York
• Elena Bajo, Los Angeles, California
• Vanessa da Silva, London, United Kingdom
• Mark Baugh-Sasaki, San Francisco, California
• Genevieve Cohn, Bloomington, Indiana
• Sydney Cook, Baltimore, Maryland
• Jinyong Park, London, United Kingdom
• Isabel Yellin, Los Angeles, California
• Alex Callender, Northampton, Massachusetts
• Alicia Eggert, Denton, Texas
• Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Juan Giraldo, New York, New York
• Maja Ruznic, Los Angeles, California
• Letitia Huckaby, Benbrook, Texas
• Tracy Kerdman, Saugerties, New York
• Lebohang Kganye, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Christopher Meerdo, Chicago, Illinois
• Erik Parra, San Francisco, California

Deadline November 16, 2021

Simple Application

We made our grant application simple to reduce the stress of submitting your work and save you time. The application is short and can be completed in under 20 minutes

To apply for a grant, you only need to submit this information:

• Name & Email
• Instagram Username (optional)
• Up to 10 Image or Video attachments
• Artwork captions
• Artist Statement & Biography (optional)
• $40 submission fee

Apply Now

Show us your work at https://hopperprize.org

We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility

Grants for Artists & Photographers

Innovate Grant

DEADLINE THIS WEEK – THURS, SEPT 16
Submit your work by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time

The deadline for Innovate Grant’s Summer Cycle is this Thursday Sept 16, 2021. Have you applied yet? Now is the perfect time to share your work, so why wait?

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers from around the world through quarterly $550.00 grants. We’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that. How to Apply:

All media and genres are accepted. All applicants (visual artists and photographers) 18+ years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Explore the work of Past Innovate Grant recipients and Read their Interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: Deadline: Sept 16, 2021
Region: US & International
Awards: $550.00 USD Grants

Apply Online Today
https://innovateartistgrants.org

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SOSA Meetings Resume!

SOSA Meetings Resume Next Month

Our first SOSA meeting in over a year will be August 23rd, 7 pm, at the Medford Public Library!  Central Art Supply will come to show us some of the new products we may have missed during our hiatus.

Please note the library doors lock at 7pm.

Natural Earth Paint Easter Sale

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Artist of the Month: Shanina Dionna
Wellness artist Shanina Dionna shared with us the inspiration behind her exhibition embryo X : the continuous now. Check out her video to learn more about her quest for a more earth-conscious creative practice and her exhibition this March! Watch Now

Botanical Easter Egg Dye Tutorial!
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