Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and PNC Bank announce the return of the annual PNC Transformative Art Prize (previously known as the PNC Transformative Art Project). The award supports communities in their efforts to improve their surroundings with long-term and lasting art projects. Neighborhoods are asked to partner with artists and/or arts organizations to permanently reinvent public spaces using art. New for 2014, the prize welcomes proposals that include transformative performance art. Qualified community-based nonprofits may be granted funding up to $30,000. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 2, 2014 at midnight. The 2014 PNC Transformative Art Prize is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and supported in part by PNC Bank. Additional support is provided by the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development.

Click here for the application and guidelines.

Interested community groups and artists are encouraged to attend the PNC Transformative Art Prize Information Workshop. The workshop will be held at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, located at 10 E. Baltimore Street, 10th floor on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6pm. Topics will include details on the prize, visual examples of transformative art, and advice on artists and/or arts organization partnerships.

The winning neighborhood groups for the 2013 PNC Transformative Art Project were the Greater Remington Improvement Association and Upper Fell’s Point Improvement Association.

For more information on the PNC Transformative Art Prize, call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org.

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Montgomery College Artist-in-Residence Program

The Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College offers semester-long residencies for visual artists. Fall residencies run from mid-August through mid-December. Spring residencies run mid-January through mid-May. This program provides artists with a dedicated space to pursue their professional art practice within an academic environment. Resident artists may also be granted access to the myriad other studio facilities available in the Cafritz Arts Center on a case-by-case basis. No living accommodations are provided.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Deadline for application is March 31, 2014. There are no fees for participation in this residency.

For further information and the application form visit http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/arts-tpss/residencies/


Ever wonder how to get in the door for an interview, navigate organizational politics, or help open doors to arts management jobs for others? The Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance is offering Professional Development Intensives March 14 and 15th and March 21 and 22nd that include a range of topics of critical concern to aspiring arts administrators, particularly those of color. Participation is free, but space is limited.

As each session is designed to carry-over from the previous day, participants must attend the two consecutive days of the intensive they register for. For a fuller experience, participants may sign up for both weekend intensives. To take advantage of this opportunity, please email Lauren Saunders at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to reserve a space: lsaunders@baltimoreculture.org.

Intensive Dates and Content:

March 14 and 15
Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday 9:00-5:00pm

-CV/Resume Review and Interviewing Training
-Soft Skills Training/ Team Building
-Soft Skills Training/ Group dynamics

March 21 and 22
Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday 9:00-5:00pm

-Interviewing Training and Work Place Etiquette/ Image
-Grant writing – “Nuts and Bolts”
-Community Engagement Training “Effective tools”

Please email Lauren Saunders at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to reserve a space: lsaunders@baltimoreculture.org.

What is the Urban Arts Leadership Program?

UALP diversifies and strengthens administrative leadership in arts organizations by connecting emerging arts administrators to resources and professional development that will help position them as leaders. The Program will provide information, training, and help participants develop new and expanded networks. It is open to all participants with a particular focus on serving emerging leaders of color.

UALP is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. The development of UALP has been guided by community input and the participation of more than 30 administrators from partnering arts organizations. The UALP Professional Development Intensives are an immediate response to the needs of emerging arts professionals in Baltimore.

2014 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards

Deadline: April 7, 2014.

The application process is now open for the annual Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. This competition, produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, awards one of the largest cash prizes given to a visual artist, with a top prize of $10,000. The competition’s founder, Carol Trawick, is committed to annually honoring visual artists with this award.

Artists who are 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C., are eligible to apply. All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted.

The awards are as follows:
Best in Show – $10,000
Second Place – $2,000
Third Place – $1,000
Young Artists* – $1,000 *Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1984 may be awarded this prize.

The jury will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2014. The three judge panel includes: Tom Ashcraft, visual artist, founding member of Workingman Collective, Associate Professor and the head of Sculpture in the School of Art at George Mason University; Laure Drogoul, interdisciplinary artist, Director of The 14Karat Cabaret, Co-organizer and Curator of the Transmodern Festival; Jeremy Drummond, media artist and Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond.

For a full list of eligibility requirements and to apply please visit our website: http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/trawick-application


Deadline: April 15, 2014
Open Call––Exhibition opportunity at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD

Mark, Trace, Impact: Themed Exhibition Series The mark is at the heart of what it means to be human. It led to the development of writing by attaching meaning to lines and scribbles. The mark fulfills a fundamental need to leave a physical trace. It creates impact, a message, or a memory in addition to its material presence.

The Department of Visual Arts and Design is calling for exhibition proposals for the Open Gallery in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center that address the theme, “Mark, Trace, Impact.” Four exhibitions will be scheduled for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Proposals must be received by April 15, 2014. Applicants will be notified by June 1.

For detailed information about the exhibition space and the application process visit http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/arts-tpss/exhibitions/opportunities.html

Deadline March 24

Artists can get discouraged and their art-making interrupted by practicalities like deadlines, proper studio space, available resources, technology and the biggest heartbreak of all; not enough money. What if an artist was presented with the possibility to create a work of art without these limitations? What if that artist had financial backing, equipment, materials, manpower and experienced technicians ready to take direction and create their vision? What if that artist’s work wasn’t limited by the fact that they live on the planet, Earth, in the year 2014 and are subjected to physical laws?

Art Without Limits: Farther Regions explores what is possible for artists when they are released from practical, economical and physical constraints. What can be accomplished without limitations of natural laws, moral codes or current technologies? Art Without Limits will give artists resources to execute their dream-projects. Artists often create work that is determined by the walls around them. Art making is often a problem that needs to be solved. We would like to solve that problem. You can create art anywhere in the Universe! Show us your gallery inside of a volcano, your sculpture on top of the Great Pyramids, float your work on top of the largest storm in the solar system or Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Unbound by the physical realities of the here and now, the sky is not your limit!

Earthbound Moon seeks proposals from around the nation for fantastically imaginative and absurdly inventive site oriented artworks to be shown at the Landmark Arts Center at Texas Tech University. You have artistic immunity; you have every resource you need. Indulge us!

The requirements of the Artist proposal are outlined simply as:
1) CV
2) Description of the artwork that can be as long or as short as the artist wishes.
3) Rendering of the theoretical artwork.
4) Return envelope with return postage
No entry fee.

Please send Proposals to: Art Without Limits ℅ Carson Murdach
1627 Marion St. NW #2
Washington, DC 20001