New City Arts invites Charlottesville-area artists of all disciplines to submit proposals for 2021 gallery-based fellowships responding to the theme, Next Breath: History, Hate, Possibility, written by Maurice Wallace.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP: Six artists will be selected for month-long fellowships (January-June 2021) at Welcome Gallery during which they will make work. In addition to free work space, each artist will receive a $400 stipend and a stocked pantry with their favorite drinks and snacks. During the final week of each fellowship, artists will have the option to invite the public to engage with their work online or by free, private appointment at Welcome Gallery. The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2020.
Applications Due: November 15, 2020 (at 11:59PM)
Notification: December 15, 2020
First of 6 Month-Long Fellowships Begins: January 4, 2021
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS:
Written by Maurice Wallace
Today, many Americans are registering their outrage at systematic racism, especially as the public murders of George Floyd and Eric Garner by violent asphyxiation recall a real and metaphorical history of race, criminality and suffocation. African Americans’ struggle to freely breathe in real and metaphorical ways is not new but now coincides with a dangerous virus that risks compromising everyone’s ability to breathe who contracts it even as it disproportionately impacts those in vulnerable communities susceptible to chronic illness and death.
New City Arts invites artists to submit proposals for 2021 fellowships with work that deeply and imaginatively relates to or addresses “breath” as the essence of life and freedom. What materials, sounds, and movements best aid the visualization or vocalization of breath as critical to our common survival? How does the present COVID19 pandemic complement or complicate the urgency of breath and a climate conducive to respiratory health and flourishing? Conversely, how might we imagine breath joyfully? As celebration, bliss, vitality?
All Charlottesville-area artists including those who live in the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, and Louisa are encouraged to apply, especially (but not limited to) artists who have considered the causes and consequences of the strangled freedoms of oppressed populations.
We invite artists to consider everyday sounds, movements, and objects (masks, inhalers, filters, ventilators, fans, flags, chimes, weathervanes, garden spinners, plants, etc.) as well as public landmarks (statues, windmills, towers, tunnels, parks, amphitheaters, etc.) as they relate to breath, existence, belief, and daily life. Works might explore breath in one or more of the following contexts: biology, justice, climate, health/illness, environment, fashion, housing, design, history, religion.
HOW TO APPLY BY NOV 15:
Maurice Wallace is a New City Arts board member, Rutgers University professor and former UVA faculty member. He has lectured and written widely on literature, African-American religion and visual culture. Bi-vocational, Maurice has also served as pastor of two North Carolina congregations.
Sarah Boyts Yoder is a painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Boyts Yoder’s work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Australia, including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Women’s Caucus for Art. In 2014, Sarah received a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and 100W Corsicana in Corsicana, TX. Sarah has also been a finalist and semi finalist for the Bethesda Painting Awards and the Trawick Art Prize.
Horace Ballard is Curator of American art and Special Curator for Photography at the Williams College Museum of Art. He is a lecturer on contemporary curatorial practice, and eighteenth- through twentieth-century visual culture in the joint graduate program for the History of Art at The Clark Art Institute and Williams College. He has previously held positions at RISD, the Yale Art Gallery, Monticello, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Proposals are open to all Charlottesville-area artists including those who live in Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, and Louisa counties.
Artists of all disciplines are welcome to submit proposals. All artists including those who have held New City Arts residencies, won SOUP grants, and/or exhibited at Welcome Gallery before January 2021 are eligible to apply.
The selection committee includes Maurice Wallace, Horace Ballard, and Sarah Boyts Yoder. This committee will select a total of 6 artists to receive a 1-month fellowship.
Artists must be available to complete a fellowship for 1 month between January and June 2021.
Strong proposals will creatively address the theme but do not need to respond to any of the questions in the call directly, as these questions and examples are not meant to be exhaustive.
Selected artists will be expected to use the gallery for at least 5-10 hours per week during the 1-month that they are given a fellowship.
Each selected artist will be required to safely share their work in some way with the community during the last week of the fellowship. However, it is up to each artist to decide how this happens, and we acknowledge that this will be different for writers, musicians, performance artists, visual artists, etc.
If you choose to invite the public to see your work by free, private appointment facilitated by New City Arts staff (i.e. the artist is not required to be present), we acknowledge that 3 weeks is not necessarily enough time to create a full body of work. Artists are welcome but not required to include previously-created work in the final week of the fellowship when the gallery is open to the public. It is up to each artist to decide if they want any/all of this work to be for sale.
Public engagement with the work could include private, free in-person appointments; demos, screenings, performances in the large storefront window; online content such as recordings, readings; and more.
If you have any questions about the public engagement component, contact Maureen at email@example.com prior to completing your application.
Each selected artist will receive a $400 stipend. The stipend will be released at the beginning of each artist’s month-long fellowship.
Each artist will have the pantry stocked by New City Arts with their favorite snacks and drinks during their 1-month fellowship.
Welcome Gallery is located in downtown Charlottesville at 114 3rd St. NE. The space features a large storefront window, a kitchenette (with a coffee maker, tea pot, fridge, and microwave), bathroom, free (and fast!) Ting internet, tables, chairs, and plant friends.
COVID--19 Safety Protocols: Artists will be given the space exclusively to work and will not share the space with staff or visitors. If the gallery is open to the public to engage with the work, the artist is not expected to be there, and in that case, staff will coordinate free private appointments for the public to view the work. Masks will be required for all visitors and staff, and no one will be permitted to touch any work. The gallery will be professionally cleaned and fogged in between fellowships.
New City Arts does not exhibit explicit content. Offensive language, graphic nudity, and obscene violence are not permitted. If you have any questions about this, please email Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to completing your application.
This program is supported by a Community Recovery & Catalyst grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and Maurice Wallace and Pam Sutton-Wallace.
Staff invite any interested applicants to contact them with any questions prior to applying. Maureen can be reached at 434-202-5277 ext 2 or email@example.com.