4-projection outdoor video installation
Aitken is a NYFA fellow in Video
The annual Barlow Prize offers composers an opportunity to compete for a substantial commission (up to $20,000) to compose a major new work to be premiered by a consortium of performing groups (chosen by the Barlow Endowment) upon completion. The emphasis of the Barlow Prize alternates each year among various media, including choral, large and small chamber, orchestral, and others. This year the winning composer will receive $12,000 to compose a major new work for a string quartet. Application and guidelines are available at barlow.byu.edu.
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series is seeking films directed, written, or produced by women of color to be presented at “Hue Women & Cinema Blues: Exploring the Impact of Colorism in America" at the Kumble Theater, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, on September 26-28. Filmmakers may submit any length or style of film in the following categories: shorts, narratives, documentaries, animation, works-in-progress, and experimental. The application is available at www.reelsisters.org; filmmakers can apply at www.withoutabox.com
The Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant provides short-term funds of up to $2,500 to women and transgender artists. Applicants must reside in the five-county Philadelphia region, or in Camden County, NJ, and be in need of financial assistance. Grants may be used for out-of-pocket expenses such as materials, travel, fees, documentation, or for community participation, planning, relationship-building, and learning activities. For more information, go to www.leeway.org.
Eastern State Penitentiary is accepting proposals from artists for exhibitions at the Penitentiary, a ruin and National Historic Landmark. A maximum of $7,500 is available from the historic site's exhibition budget for any given artist. Go to www.easternstate.org/exhibits/guidelines.php for proposal guidelines.
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: Lesbian Writers Fund awards a cash prize to emerging and established lesbian writers in two categories: poetry and fiction. Each category has a $10,000 first-place prize and two $1,500 runners-up awards. Applicants must have published at least one piece of writing in any genre, in a newspaper, magazine, journal, or anthology, and may not have published more than one book. Go to www.astraeafoundation.org for more information.
Installing LC Bakery, an exhibition-in-progress
Chang is a NYFA mentee
Doug Aitken, NYFA Fellow
Doug Aitken, 2000 NYFA fellow in Video, currently has work featured in Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International, an international survey of contemporary art. On view through January 11, 2009, the show includes painting, sculpture, drawing, animation, film, installation, and performance works by 40 emerging and established artists from 17 countries, including Kai Althoff, Mark Manders, Wilhelm Sasnal, and David Shrigley. Life on Mars explores humanity’s response to global events that challenge and seem to threaten our everyday existence. For more information on the 2008 Carnegie International, visit www.cmoa.org, and on Doug Aitken at www.dougaitkenworkshop.com.
Lishan Chang, NYFA Mentee
Lishan Chang, 2007 NYFA mentee, will have an opening at the Everist gallery in Sioux Falls, SD, on Friday, May 30, 5:30-7 p.m. on the upper level of the Washingon Pavilion for the Arts and Science, 310 S. Main Avenue. Featuring his concept, ? LC Bakery ? (Lishan Chang Bakery), a working studio for producing charred breads and artistic creations, the show will include an installation, large-format photographs, and a scent and sound gallery. It will remain on view through September 7. For more information on Lishan Chang, go to www.changlishan.com.
Margaret Jamieson, NYFA Fellow
2007 NYFA fellow in Film, Margaret Jamieson, will publicly screen her recent film Who Killed Maggie? on June 25. The screening will take place at Cornell Cinema, 104 Willard Strait Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, at 6 p.m., and will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The 40-minute film, named for the book that inspired it, traces the history of land tenancy, tribal rights, and the privatization of resources in Ghana during the 2007 jubilee, which marked the 50th anniversary of Ghana’s independence. Made in collaboration with the Ada tribe, Who Killed Maggie? is a theatrical reenactment of the deadly conflict between the traditional salt winners of the Songor Lagoon and the foreign-owned Vacuum Salt Company. At the screening, information to facilitate a mail and package exchange will be disseminated. Those who live in and travel to and from Africa frequently encounter interrupted mail service; travelers often carry mail and packages to and from the continent for friends. Dates and destinations will be exchanged, and all security requirements explained. For more information on Jamieson, visit www.whistlingirls.com.
Women on salt; a still from Who Killed Maggie?
Jamieson is a NYFA fellow in Film
NYFA MARK Artists’ Talks
Sixty-six visual artists currently enrolled in the NYFA MARK program will present their work in a series of artists’ talks during the weekend of June 6-8. The talks will take place in three locations throughout New York City. All talks are free and open to the public.
Friday, June 6, 6-9 p.m.
Buffalo and Ithaca MARK Artists' Talks
Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, June 7, 6-9 p.m.
Hudson and Huntington MARK Artists' Talks
Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave, New York, NY
Sunday, June 8, 12-3 p.m.
Troy and Rochester MARK Artists' Talks
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, 323 West 39th Street, New York, NY
NYFA MARK is the New York Foundation for the Arts’ new six-month professional growth program for visual artists throughout New York State. The MARK program focuses on providing artists the opportunity to expand their visibility through learning and then applying concrete professional practice skills. For further information about the Artists’ Talks or the MARK program, contact Christa Blatchford at email@example.com or 212-366-6900 x 338.