From Knight Foundation: Knight Art Challenge Deadline February 23, 2015

The big annual arts challenge from Knight Foundation. Anyone can apply and there is no fee to apply, so definitely check it out.

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Knight Arts Challenge South Florida opens for applications Jan. 26
Kickoff party, community Q&A sessions scheduled around region for challenge that funds best ideas for the arts

kac-south-florida-eblastBeginning Jan. 26, South Floridians can apply for the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for bringing the community together through the arts. The deadline for the challenge, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is Feb. 23.

Knight Foundation will host a kickoff party at Gramps in Wynwood on Jan. 27, where applicants can meet other artists, past winners and Knight Foundation staff. In addition, as a way to recruit ideas from South Florida’s many neighborhoods, Knight Foundation will host a series of Community Q&A sessions. The events, taking place Feb. 2-5, will offer tips on creating a standout application, information on the challenge timeline and more. The schedule is below.

“Whether you are an arts organization or a small collective, a longtime South Florida artist or someone who moved to town recently, we want to hear from you,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for Knight Foundation. “Our goal is to make art general in South Florida. We do that through the challenge, and finding the best grassroots ideas for bringing our community together through the arts.”
Anyone can apply. All it takes is 150 words to fill out the initial application, which will be available at and is deliberately designed to be simple to encourage nontraditional applicants.

There are only three rules for the challenge:
1) The idea must be about the arts.
2) The project must take place in or benefit South Florida
3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.
To apply, visit

Knight has received more than 8,900 ideas from the South Florida community since launching the challenge in 2008. In total, 241 projects have received almost $25 million in funding.

Since 2006, Knight Foundation has invested more than $86 million in South Florida’s cultural community. Those funds have launched a new media program that includes the signature “Wallcasts” at the acclaimed New World Symphony campus, helped present Ibero-American films at the Miami International Film Festival, and are bringing every Miami-Dade third-grader to the new Pérez Art Museum Miami, among other projects.  The approach is two-pronged: Knight Foundation aims to open up institutions to more South Floridians with large grants, while the Arts Challenge ensures that smaller, grassroots efforts fuel and refresh the arts scene.

The Knight Arts Challenge kickoff party takes place 6 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami.

The Community Q&As schedule is below.
7 p.m., Feb 2: ArtSouth, South Miami Community Center, 5800 SW 66 St., South Miami
7 p.m., Feb. 3: The Projects at FATVillage, 523 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale
7 p.m., Feb. 4: Cannonball, 1035 N. Miami Ave., No. 300, Downtown Miami
7 p.m., Feb. 5: African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami
11 a.m., Feb. 6: Custom House Museum, 281 Front St., Key West, park at the Westin

The Community Q&As will be cohosted by ArtSouth, city of South Miami, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Key West Art and Historical Society, the Westin Key West Resort & Marina, Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Cannonball, FatVillage and Broward Cultural Division.

For updates, follow #knightarts on Twitter, @knightfdn on Instagram and Knight Foundation on Facebook.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit
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From Lisa Mercado: Call for Artists for Artscape, Deadline January 30, 2015

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Name of the show: Artscape
Organizer: Lisa Mercado
Cost to Apply: 0
Submission Deadline: January 30, 2015
Application email: [email protected]

Show Location: Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Show Dates: March 7, 2015

Call details: Artscape: A Fundraiser For The National LGBTQ Task Force During Winter Party Festival In Miami Beach March 4-9, 2015.

Eligibility: Professional and amateur artists, crafts people, designers and photographers, are invited to submit entries for this exhibition. All entries must be of original design and personal execution. The National LGBTQ Task Force will not be responsible for any copyright or other infringement.

Work Media & Size: Any 2-D media, all visual disciplines: painting, drawing, prints, craft, photography, sculpture or video. We are ideally looking for pieces no taller or wider than 4’ – Larger pieces will need to be delivered to the venue.

Suggested Theme: Just Be…

Entry Requirement: Email a photograph of the art submission, along with submission form by Friday, January 16, 2015.

Notification to artist: Selected artists will be notified by January 26, 2015 (space is limited so please apply early).

Publicity: Once accepted all artists must list event on their website and promote to their lists.

Delivery: Accepted works must arrive by February 12, 2015.Deliver or ship the work to The National LGBTQ Task Force, 801 Arthur Godfrey Rd Suite 402, Miami Beach, FL 33140.

Artists are responsible for all shipping costs including insurance. Each accepted entry must be installation- ready, with appropriate hanging hardware and installation instructions, and clearly labeled with artist’s name and title of the work. The National LGBTQ Task Force retains the right to eliminate pieces from the exhibition at any time, at their discretion.

Exhibit: Fundraiser takes place at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden on Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7-11pm and will include a Silent Auction and entertainment; tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. If your artwork is selected for the auction you will receive free entrance for you and a guest.

Photography: The National LGBTQ Task Force may photograph the work and use images of submitted artwork to publicize and promote the exhibition, please include proper credits for each artwork.

Unsold Work: Please specify if you would like any artwork unsold during the auction returned or donated. If you would like it returned you will be contacted after the event to arrange pick-up or shipment. The National LGBTQ Task Force is not responsible for any damage to artwork while in their possession.

How to Enter:
E-Mail your submissions to [email protected] by January 16, 2015.
Please attach the included Submission Form with the Required Information;
Name of artist
Telephone number & email address
Title of work, media and size
Artist bio
Send a maximum of two high quality digital images of each piece or a representation of the work you wish to show (300 dpi, 900 pixels on the longest side in jpeg file format).
An overall view in full frame showing the complete work is required.

• Please send original artwork only after being accepted and during the delivery period.

Your entry into this call to artists demonstrates your acceptance of all of the above stated terms.

For more information please contact Lisa Mercado at 305.571.7294.
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From Victor Grace: Call for Artists for 2015 Black History Month Exibition, Deadline 2/7/15

An opportunity from the fine people up at Broward College. No fee to apply and no commission so definitely check it out!

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Name of the show: 2015 Black History Month Exibition
Organizer: Victor Grace
Cost to Apply: no fee, no commission
Submission Deadline: 2/7/15
Application email: [email protected]

Show Location: Broward College
Show Dates: 2/12 – 2/28

Call details: Deadline: 2/7/15

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From Wynwood Hearts: Call for Artists for Bombillo Deadline January 27, 2015

Wynwood Hearts is a new arts organization. They are hosting a monthly show at Miami Light Project during Wynwood Art Walk.

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Name of the show: BOMBILLO (February)
Organizers: Miami Light Project, Mr. Pauer and The Light Box
Curated by: Wynwood Hearts and 4oojoos Gallery
Cost to Apply: $20 Deposit – Plus $20 at day of the event.
Submission Deadline: 27 JAN 2015
Application email: [email protected]

Show Location: The Light Box, Wynwood
Show Dates: 14 February 2015 (During Art Walk)
Call details: Theme:
BOMBILLO is a collaborative event that brings together local music, art, crafts, and awesome people! Every month BOMBILLO opens during Art Walk to bring an alternative experience to the area. Imagine hundreds of people browsing through a bazaar full of local artists showcasing, selling and sharing their art, while famous local DJs play some fresh beats on a rockin’ dance floor. Come, but be ready to have a blast!

Eligible Submissions:
There will be 30 spots available varying in flexible sizes. Artists/Vendors will be located outside (“hanging” will be limited, so bring appropriate tools). Artists of all ages and backgrounds are accepted. Pieces may include: 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, technology, small local brands, installations, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture. Apply using the online form, we will contact you back personally.

This is an opportunity to be part of Art Walk and introduce your friends, family, and fans to your art personally. There is no cost for entrance. There will be Marketing/Advertising (before and after)
– Promoted by three mailing lists (Miami Light Project, Wynwood Hearts and 4oojoos)
– Networking Opportunity (Artists, Designers, and Musicians)
– Promoted through Social Networks (Facebook, Instagram, Web)
– Photography, video and event coverage.
Attend a Special Workshop (Details TBA) – “Brainstorming Gallery Strategies”
Learn How to:
– Get started
– Showcase Art/Setup
– Showing your work and connecting with supporters
– Alternative On-site Payments

About Wynwood Hearts:
Wynwood Hearts is an up-an-coming artist alliance, freelance guild, and art movement that extends to all forms of artistic expression. Wynwood Hearts supports Heartists, Artists who love art and make art that comes from the heart. Its culture promotes collaboration, responsibility, and liberty. Our mission is to organize artists for positive change and cultural shift.

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From Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs: Artist Access Grant Opportunity for Individual Artists – Deadline to Apply: February 6, 2015

This is an opportunity for individual artists for professional development. It costs nothing to apply and you do not need to be a charity. This is specifically for artists, so definitely check it out!

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From: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
mddocaArtist Access (ART) Grants Program – Winter Quarter
Postmark Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015

Program provides funding support for practicing, professional and emerging artists residing in Miami-Dade County to take advantage of specific professional development and skill-building opportunities (outside Miami-Dade County) to help advance their careers as working artists. Funds may be used to cover attendance at advanced workshops, master classes, or seminars; to participate in artist residencies; to engage in activities that are specifically capable of advancing or propelling a professional career; etc. Grant awards range from $100 to $1,000.

Prospective applicants must call and request a phone consultation with the Artist Access Program Administrator, Mary Luft (305) 324-4337 at least one week prior to submitting an application by the postmark deadline (prior to Friday, January 30, 2015).

For more information, download the Grant Guidelines and Application Form:

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From International Sculpture Center: Call for Artists for 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture, Deadline March 1, 2015

This is a very interesting call. They are seeking proposals for panels for a sculpture conference. Education is always good, so definitely check it out!

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Name of the show: 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture
Organizer: International Sculpture Center
az-header-1Cost to Apply: None
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2015
Application link

Show Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Show Dates: November 4-7, 2015

Call details: The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this November 4-7, 2015 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture.

Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective. Panel topics will include:

Creative Placemaking
Art Making in Rural and Urban Communities
Art on the Borders
Socially Engaged Art Practice
Desert as Site: New Earthworks
Multi-Disciplinary Artist Led Investigations
Art in Unknown Places
Arcology, Architecture, and an Exploration in Utopias
Other topics in contemporary sculpture

The abstract submission deadline is March 1, 2015. All accepted submissions will be notified by May 2015.

To submit a proposal and learn more information, please visit the conference website:

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From ArtAscent: Call for Artists for Magnificence by ArtAscent, Deadline 28 Feb 2015

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Name of the show: Magnificence by ArtAscent
Call-Banners-500x300-magnificenceOrganizer: ArtAscent
Cost to Apply: $25 and up
Submission Deadline: 28 Feb 2015
Application email: [email protected]

Show Location: International
Show Dates: 1 April 2015

Call details: | Theme:
This call theme is “Magnificence” A concept that is noble or sublime. A thing that is lavishly munificent or extravagant. An object that is of exceptional beauty, size or other feature. A place that is extraordinarily fine or superb. A person of greatness, making a splendid appearance or show. A feeling of grandness. What magnificence will you showcase?

| Eligible Submissions:
Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international artists. Apply using the online form.

| Highlights:
The Gold, Silver and Bronze artists will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with artist profile reviews written by our art writer. From 20 to 30 artists in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.

| About ArtAscent:
The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media.

| Call application

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