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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.
SAIC Good Energy Project
The SAIC Good Energy Project is a new social entrepreneurship initiative that provides SAIC students with a $5,000 grant to implement a project that effects social change in Chicago. The event culminates in a "Hackathon" on December 8 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 327 in the Sharp Building—an event that we like to think of as: 1 Day, 6 Hours, 4 Winners, $5K! There will be an information session on Wednesday, October 24, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 111, MacLean Center.
"Hackathon" Event: December 8
The MakeWork Showcase is the art school version of business plan presentations. If you are an SAIC student or alum, you are eligible to apply for a spot in the MakeWork Showcase, where you can win up to $10,000. Students are encouraged to visit any of the MakeWorkshops throughout the fall semester.
Deadline: December 21
SAIC Belonging and Compassion Grants
Call for proposals for programs and initiatives that activate compassion and enhance a sense of belonging among the SAIC community. Grants up to $3000 are available; submissions are open to all current SAIC students, faculty, and staff.
Deadline: October 19
2019 Craft Research Fund Grants
Craft Research Fund Grants offer up to $15,000 are available to advance, expand, and support craft scholarship in the United States. Proposals are welcome from curators, scholars, researchers, independent scholars, and graduate students.
Exhibition and Project Grants Due: October 19
2019 Lexus Design Award
The Lexus Design Award is a major national competition centered on "design that goes beyond the mastery of shape, form and function, and becomes a solution to overcome challenges." Prizes include: Invitation to Milan Design Week to exhibit yourwork at the Lexus Event; prototype production cost assistance up to 3 million JPY (~$25,000); mentorship in New York City; and PR assistance by providing an award press kit and an award certificate. There will be a special Q&A/info session for SAIC students on Tuesday, October 23 at 4:15 p.m. in the AIADO conference room, 1402 Sullivan Building, 14th floor.
Deadline: October 28
Call for Entries: MONO NO AWARE
MONO NO AWARE is an annual cinema arts festival that presents work that incorporates the moving image as projection, performance, installation and sculpture. Staff, alumni and students working in the fields of fine art, film and media are invited to submit work for this year's festival. It is free to submit work for consideration and free to attend.
Deadline: October 31
American-Scandinavian Foundation Awards for Research/Study
ASF is offering awards to American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden for the 2019/20 academic. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields.
Deadline: November 1
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
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
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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