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The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside is a non-profit arts organization that started in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and has since acquired the historic Woodside Church and Chapel in Troy, NY. The CAC supports emerging contemporary artists through its residencies, studio spaces, workshops, lectures, and performances. The CAC is currently in the process of renovating the historic church into an innovative cultural center and they are in the running for the $50,000 “Refresh Everything” grant from Pepsi to complete the last phase of renovations, but they need your help. Go online to the Refresh Everything website to sign up and vote for the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside to win this very important grant. You can vote ever day through the month of April. Spread the word!

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Sarah McEneaney, 2009 Chinati AIR

The deadline for applications for the Chinati Foundation’s 2011 Artist in Residence program in Marfa, TX  is fast approaching. The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for artists from around the world to work in a striking, natural environment. Exhibitions are often held at the conclusion of the residency. These become an important part of the museum’s temporary exhibition program, and provide a vital counterpoint to the permanent collection. Read the submission info here and submit your application by April 1, 2010. Good luck!

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What would art institutions be without their art handlers? These individuals endure the barrage of directives from nit-picky curators to hang a work “just so”, to pack the unpackable, to prevent the breakable from breaking, and to deliver the load of even the most unreasonably sized work of art…all so that our white cubes present well.

Are you an art handler? Well, now you can put your skills to the test in the first ever Art Handling Olympics! Compete against teams of other sadistic art handlers and go for the gold! If you’re wondering what to expect, let the titles of The Games speak for themselves:

  • Special Delivery – I can only imagine this will involve a jenky delivery truck, a broken freight elevator, and possibly a few flights of stairs.
  • The Static Hold – As the organization puts it: “Can you hold that up so I can see what it looks like?”
  • How’s it Hangin’ – A little to the left?
  • Pack it In – Imagine building a crate that needs to ship to China in 2 hours. Now fill it with a collection of 250 breakable objects that need individual packing. Be careful! These are priceless. (I’m just taking a gander here…)
  • The Eliminator – Kinda speaks for itself.

If you aren’t one of those die hard handlers who skipped all this and have already signed up, you have 40 days and counting!

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Attention all Bay Area artists: This is important so mark your calendars! In early fall ’09, the Creative Work Fund will be accepting letters of inquiry for its grant programs in the areas of performance art and visual art.

Image by 2004 Grant Recipient, Indigo Som for "Sweet & Sour Catfish: Chinese Restaurant Project South"

Image by 2004 Grant Recipient, Indigo Som for "Sweet & Sour Catfish: Chinese Restaurant Project South"

The deadline for letters of inquiry will be November 6, 2009 at 5pm. Check back on their website in early July for information on how to apply as well as seminar dates. Best of luck!

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Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace has utilized various forms of visual communication throughout its history.

In recognition of the strong role visual communication has played in Greenpeace actions we have established the Greenpeace Design Awards. The aim is to motivate the global creative community to develop visually striking artwork that encourages the public to support Greenpeace and take action on critical environmental issues.

The brief is to design a poster that delivers the message ‘Be a Part of the Action’ – this does not necessarily have to be expressed in words. The poster could bear witness to catastrophic environmental damage and in doing so, cause outrage. Alternatively the poster could actively encourage peaceful protest to expose an environmental problem.

Above all, the poster needs to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire action.

Learn more at: http://www.greenpeacedesignawards.org.au

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