NYFA Source Round-Up: Opportunities for Crafts Artists
There’s great variety among Crafts artists; some sew or weave while others weld or carve.
The application for the 2016-2017 cycle of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program is now open, with a deadline of Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST). One category that will be reviewed is Crafts/Sculpture, which encapsulates work in all forms of craft including ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, textiles, and mixed media. Work in all forms of sculpture, including kinetic works and installations, is also accepted. Both conceptual and traditional work is appropriate. Learn more about the guidelines here.
There’s great variety among Crafts artists; some sew or weave while others weld or carve. Most, though, share a common appreciation for the tactility of their craft. As Emily Barletta (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘09) expressed in an interview with the Fiber Studio:
I love the tactility of the sewing. I like to make stitches and then run my hands across the paper and play pretend that I am making drawings for the blind (an idea I stole from Constantin Brancusi who made sculptures for the blind).
In honor of all the Crafts artists out there, we’ve compiled a round-up of opportunities from NYFA Source. You can use NYFA Source, an online database, to find opportunities that run the gamut from artist residencies to fellowships and exhibition opportunities.
Searching with NYFA Source
To find the next perfect award or residency to add to your application calendar, as well as helpful artist services, take the tutorial on How to Use NYFA Source, or jump right in with the NYFA Source Search page. Try a variety of searches, selecting “Next” at the bottom of the page after choosing each criterion. Here’s an example:
- Award type: “Cash Grants/Monetary Awards”
- Discipline: “Visual Arts”
- Subdiscipline: “Crafts,” “Ceramics,” or “Fiber,” etc.
- Filter the search further using criteria like Location or Career Point, or choose “Search Now”
Below is a cross-section of opportunities from NYFA Source, for the crafty among us.
Residencies provide the time, space, and often the equipment needed to make meaningful strides in ongoing projects, or to explore new avenues or techniques. Find advice on choosing the right residency program in this interview with artist Rosemarie Fiore (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books ‘09), “How to Select an Artist Residency Program.”
- The Center for Art and Wood: Windgate ITE International Residency
Deadline: December 30, 2016
- Penland School of Crafts: Resident Artist Program
Deadline: January 15, 2017
- UrbanGlass: Visiting Artist Fellowships
Deadline: January 20, 2017
- Worcester Center for Crafts: Artists in Residence Program
Deadline: April 1, 2017
- The Clay Studio: Resident Artist Program
Deadline: Mid-April, 2017
- Textile Arts Center: Artists in Residence (AIR) Program
Deadline: April 2017
Fellowships, Grants, and Exhibition Opportunities
- Guilford Handcraft Center: Annual Craft Expo
Deadline: January 9, 2017
- New York Foundation for the Arts: NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship
Deadline: January 25, 2017
For artists in New York State
- Handweavers Guild of America: Silvio and Eugenia Petrini Grant
Deadline: March 1, 2017
- Greenwich House Pottery: Greenwich House Pottery Fellowship
New York, NY
Deadline: April 1, 2017
To find more opportunities for Crafts artists, use NYFA Source, a free searchable database of 12,000+ awards, residencies, and services. Sign up for our free bi-weekly e-newsletter, NYFA News, to receive articles about the Business of Art along with upcoming programs and services.
– Mirielle Clifford, Program Associate, Online Resources
Images, from top: Yoko Inoue (Fellow in Sculpture ‘03, Cross-Disciplinary ‘07, Crafts/Sculpture ‘14); Marilyn Henrion (Fellow in Crafts ‘05)