Employment Toolkit [PDF]
Resources and Opportunities
CAPX Resources and Upcoming Opportunities
Explore upcoming opportunities for fellowships, grants, and residencies, and browse some of CAPX's comprehensive guides for pursuing internships and seeking employment.
Call for Visionary Voices Initiative
SAIC alum and advisor Alex Stark is calling on artists, curators, and organizers for a new initiative called Visionary Voices that seeks to highlight and explore disabilities as part of a larger conversation about diversity in the arts. Those interested in contributing artwork are asked to submit 3-10 images that best describe your voice as an artist. For submissions, or to inquire about getting involved with the Visionary Voices initiative, contact Alex directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAA Professional Development Fellowship for MFA Students
CAA’s Professional Development Fellowships program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA degree programs. Fellows are honored with $10,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. Fellows also receive a free, one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference.
Deadline: November 16
Call for Applications: Tate Intensive 2019
Tate Modern invites applications for the fourth edition of Tate Intensive, Tate Intensive: The Case for Action, a rich and dynamic program exploring the need for imaginative change within art galleries and museums. The program includes intimate talks with museum professionals, artists and cultural leaders, and workshop sessions attended by members of Tate staff from different departments across the institution.
Deadline: November 29
Call for Submissions: Mocrep Performance Test Kitchen
Mana Contemporary and Chicago-based collective Mocrep are working together to present an evening of unusual, multidisciplinary performance. The event will occur in February/March 2019. To submit a proposal, please send a 3–5 sentence idea and at least two work samples or a link to your website to email@example.com by December 15th.
Deadline: December 15
Call for Submissions: Harvard University Graduate School of Design 2019 Wheelwright Prize
The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the 2019 cycle of the Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that awards $100,000 to a talented early-career architect to support travel-based research. This annual prize is dedicated to fostering new forms of architectural research informed by cross-cultural engagement.
Deadline: January 27
Projects for Peace
Undergraduates: What's your idea of peace for the 21st century? Do you have a plan? Want to win $10,000 to help make it happen next summer? The Projects for Peace initiative might just be the grant your looking for! ...pssst: one SAIC undergraduate student is guaranteed to win!
Deadline: January 28
2019 Boren Awards for International Study
Boren Awards are open to all undergraduate and graduate students interested in immersive language study and public service careers. Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study for a maximum of one year; preference will be given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer.
Deadline: January 30
Chicago Artists' Coalition: 2019 SPARK Microgrant
The SPARK Microgrant is an annual, unrestricted award opportunity for emerging Chicago-based visual artists who identify as ALAANA (Asian, Latinx, Arab, African diaspora, or Native), an artist with a disability, or as a self-taught or informally trained artist who is striving to make their art practice a primary vocation. The program offers 15, unrestricted awards of $2,000 each to recognize exceptional emerging artists working in Chicago and to support the advancement of their artistic careers while acknowledging them as a vital part of the city’s arts ecosystem.
Deadline: February 15
2019 Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship
The Visual Arts Fellowship awards three $7,500 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and moving images). Applicants submit their images online for a preliminary blind juror panel. Finalists are selected for a second juror process that takes place in an exhibition at the Union League Club of Chicago. Finalists then choose two pieces to exhibit during the exhibition.
Deadline: March 15
Artist Statements and Bios
A short handout outlining what defines an artist statement and the tips for writing a statement that highlights your work best. Artist's statements are especially significant for applying for funding, further schooling, and can help inform your elevator pitch.
- Artist Statement [PDF]
Documenting Your Work
A guide that starts with camera basics and takes you through post-production using Adobe Photoshop to best document your work for your online portfolio.
Connecting with the Professional World
- Applying for a U.S. Student Fulbright Fellowship through SAIC [PDF]
- Free Resources for Artists [PDF]
- Resources for Funding Your Creative Practive [PDF]
- Resources for Self-Employment and Freelancing [PDF]
- Resources for Small Business [PDF]
- Resources for Start Ups [PDF]
- Job Search Sites
Resources are also available through Admissions.
- Graduate School for Fine Arts—Beginners Guide [PDF]
- College Art Association Directories
- College Art Association
Tools for Teaching
- How to Survive Your First Round of Interviews
- A Quick and Relatively Painless Guide to Your Academic Job Search
Other Helpful Sites
- The Visualist
- Fractured Atlas
- New York Foundation for the Arts
- Chicago Artists Coalition
- Chicago Artists Resource
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