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Recent Journal Entries

From what I've viewed around dA, the general consensus about "art school" is that it's an enormous waste of both time and money. Stories about pretentious professors, failed experiments, and unsupportive families get a lot of attention. I think there are aspiring artists out there who enter art schools with the idea that everything they learn will be intuitive and that there is no real need to understand much less study the very basics because that would make them "mindless sheep." Others don't receive enough support from friends or family and cannot complete their education. There's validity to both arguments, and I've dealt with both. If there's one thing that I want you to take away from this blog, it is this: you can do whatever you want, as long as you're willing to fight hard for it. 

Inb4 "telling kids they can be whatever they want is a filthy lieeeee" 

College is hard but totally worth it if you know what you want. It really doesn't matter what you study, you will be challenged and art is no exception.You can really be whatever you want as long as you're willing to really work for it. NOTE: this does not mean you have to go to college, but be reasonable. Understand the career field you're interested in. It's not reasonable to shoot off an application to Disney if you know nothing about the inner workings of its industry outside of drawings of characters with big heads and eyes. You don't need a degree in art to be a successful artist, buuuut, since this blog is about college I'll be talking exclusively about that choice. Now, please don't assume I'm sitting here writing this from a cushy upper middle class perspective.

#LOL, #BRB, need my #morning#Starbucks#Frappe#YOLO

Because I'm not. I grew up in a very poor household, and by poor I don't mean living paycheck to paycheck, I mean the fridge was empty a lot and I've lived without utilities and other basic necessities (take that as literally as you'd like). So, I totally get the struggle, it's real and sometimes scary. Far be it from me to tell you that this is an easy thing.

I've earned one degree in art, I'm on my way to my Master's, and I'm getting started on my professional career. It's been hard, but it's been fun, I've met amazing people, fabulous artists, and it's been completely worth it. If you're starting college this fall and you're considering a degree in art, here are some things I've encountered during art school that you should consider. Let's get down to business shall we? 

Be ready to have your ideas and artwork challenged. 

Critique is essential to growing as an artist and in art school you will learn the difference between good and bad critiques. Allow me to elucidate: telling someone that their anatomy is "off," is equally as unhelpful as saying "this sucks." That's not to say either won't happen in art school, because they probably will. Learning to "take" a critique aka "getting a thicker skin" will come with you learning how to intelligently defend your work. Defending your work doesn't mean asking for head pats, it means that what you are trying to say visually is well understood by you and you can speak about it. One thing you definitely need to know is that on the undergraduate level, the majority of your early critiques will deal with the bare bones of your artwork (aka whether or not you are correctly rendering objects etcetera) and not conceptual ideas. Once you upgrade your skills and begin working on projects with themes and ideas, expect to be questioned. Everything you put in your work matters whether you consider that or not. Expect to have disagreements about your concepts, everyone is going to have an opinion. You should also expect some Negative Nancy's. 
Funny thing is, you probably won't see those guys on graduation day.

If you don't already live in your studio, start packing.

I took up throwing my last semester of undergrad. The element of process is long in ceramics, and it requires just as many mistakes and flukes to get “good at it” and find a form that works. However, throwing the form is only half the battle, because the glaze you choose may or may not turn out the color you want it to because of heat fluctuations in the kiln. The final project was to create and design a dinner set for at least four people. I chose to create a set for my family of six. The set contained 18 pieces, each setting had a bowl, a tumbler, and a plate. In order to get a uniform height for the tumblers, I threw fourteen. I threw twelve plates and picked the six best for the project. I was fortunate with the bowls however, and only threw eight. Had I only chosen the first thing I made, the end result would have been disastrous. The process was required to reach a point at which the craftsmanship of the work was satisfactory. Endless hours of making are part of art school. For me, it got to the point where I was going into my studio to paint during breaks in between classes. Then, of course, in addition to that I would paint at home into the wee hours of the night. 
Then there's always that one guy who just cranks out art in his sleep.

Get the chip off your shoulder. You DO NOT know everything.

I'd be lying if I told you that there are no assholes in higher education, and once again, art professors are no exception. My first painting professor had a serious attitude problem and that class alone almost put me off painting altogether. Another painting professor who was my "faculty mentor" didn't even bother to show up to my senior exhibition (that was a requirement on her part by the way). However, I didn't go into college expecting that anyone owed me anything. Yeah, yeah, we can argue "but we're paying their salaries," yet at the end of the day we're the ones earning the degree. Learning to deal with difficult people is part of being an adult. Starting off with a negative attitude is never good idea, but neither is developing one (although the latter will be very tempting at times).
I enjoy drawing/painting still lifes about as much as I enjoy hay-fever but I endured them because I needed to learn how to correctly capture light and shadow among a long list of other skills. Talent is cool, but there's always room for growth, knowledge, and new skills. I don't get the mistrust of actually learning the basics of art. The principles of design weren't cataloged just to piss you off or turn artists into mindless drones. Yes, art is expressive and personal, but you have to actually have a grasp of what you are doingI always found it somewhat comical to see students in my art courses complain that they "didn't need to understand _____." Why you ask? Well for one, they signed up for the course voluntarily. And that not the reason you're a student in the first place? I had one guy try to explain to me why he "didn't need" the basic drawing course we were in even though he wanted to be a professional comic artist.
Witnessing migraine inducing irony is also part of being an adult...except it happens a lot. Ok, all the time. 

Decide where you want to study. 

I didn't have much of a choice when time came for me to choose schools because A. my family was terrifyingly poor and B. I was homeschooled. Small caveat, colleges like to be assholes to incoming freshmen who were homeschooled, some even require them to take the GED (which is hilarious because the board of education in whatever state you live in is the decider of whether or not you've met your education requirements, thus taking a GED at that point would be infuriatingly redundant...I graduated from highschool as a homeschooled student with a 3.6). Anyways, I digress. I only sent off apps to the University of Akron and Kent State and got into both. Unfortunately at the time Kent required homeschooled students to live on campus for a year (not sure what purpose that would serve) so I went to Akron and got my BFA at the Myers School of Art there. There is a wonderful museum in Akron but the "art scene" is well, droopy. I knew when I graduated if I was going to make When I decided to pursue an MFA, I picked the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. The school is wonderful, and the art scene is jumping with life (not to mention there are lot of opportunities up here). The amount of opportunities you will have in the beginning of your career as an artist have a lot to do with where you go to school. For example, my hometown isn't a great place to start out even though it's a mere 40 minutes outside of Cleveland. Proximity to where your family/next of kin/family-like friends are is also something to consider. 

If you haven't seen this movie you are officially not cool enough to hang out with me. (ok I'm joking, but srsly mang you should)


From time to time around dA you may see your fellow deviants faced with unplanned or unforeseen financial crises write journals asking for donations. One of the great things about dA is that the majority of the collective community here is comprised of like-minded individuals and we are all greatly aware of the financial burdens that we as creatives may face from time to time.


When the need is urgent or if your profession is being threatened because of a catastrophe, you may need more funding than what can be raised through dA. In such a circumstance, it would be in your best interest to seek out emergency funding through a grant. Please note that some of these grants cannot be funded to hobbyists, students, or self taught artists.

Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines


    ·      The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)


Offers lists of emergency funds for artists in a variety of disciplines affected by recent natural disasters. Go to, mouse over the “For Artists” tab near the top of the page to get a drop-down menu, click on “NYFA Source – the resource for artists” and from that page click on “Emergency Resources” near the bottom of the page. NYFA also makes grants specifically to NY artists in emergency situations; that link is also on the “For Artists” drop-down menu: “NYFA Emergency Relief Fund“.


    ·      Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants Program


Provides speedy funding for visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public, or who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects underway and close to completion.  The grants are intended to support the creation of innovative and experimental work, and are meant to assist individuals and groups when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding.

Requests are primarily granted to artists who are “emerging” and have few sources of financial support. Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists working anywhere in the United States.

Emergency Grants applications are accepted year round; there is no deadline. As of June 2013, Emergency Grants applications will be only accepted through an online form. Please refer to the application requirements at the link below before applying. Grants are determined on a monthly basis by the Emergency Grants Panel, a volunteer committee of established artists. In 2012, grants ranged in amount from $350 to $2,440; the average grant was $1,165.


Emergency Grants Program

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

820 Greenwich St., 4th Floor

New York, NY 10014

Phone: (212) 807-7077

Fax: (212) 807-7177




Emergency Funds for Visual Artists


    ·      Artists Fellowship

Grants for emergency aid to visual artists and their families, primarily in New York.


Artists Fellowship

47 5th Ave.

New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 255-7740 x216




    ·      Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc.

Immediate support to professional craftspeople facing career-threatening emergencies such as fire, theft, illness, and natural disasters.


Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc.

P.O. Box 838

Montpelier, VT 05601-0838

Phone: (802) 229-2306

Fax: (802) 223-6484




    ·      The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Emergency Grants program provides financial assistance to painters, sculptors, or printmakers facing an unforeseen, catastrophic incident. Grants given on one-time basis for specific emergencies such as flood, fire, or emergency medical need. Maximum grant is $15,000; typical grant amount is $5,000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate minimum of 10-year period of involvement in a mature phase of work in order to be eligible. Program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment.


The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Emergency Grants

380 West Broadway

New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 226-0581

Fax: (212) 274-1476




Emergency Funds for Writers


    ·      Authors League Fund


The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.


The Authors League Fund

31 East 32nd St., 7th Floor

New York, NY 10016

Phone: (212) 268-1208

Fax: (212) 564-5363




    ·      American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund


Helping established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work. Membership in ASJA not required. No grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects; no grants to fund works-in-progress of any kind. Maximum grant: $3,500.


1501 Broadway, Suite 302

New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 997-0947

Fax: (212) 937-2315




Emergency Funds for Musicians


    ·      Musicians Foundation


Helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.


Musicians Foundation

875 6th Avenue, Suite 2303

New York, NY  10001

Phone: (212) 239-9137

Fax: (212) 239-9138




    ·      Society of Singers Financial Aid


The Society helps singers meet financial needs resulting from crises or other circumstances. Charitable grants may be provided toward basic necessities of life such as food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and medical/dental expenses.


Society of Singers

26500 W. Agoura Rd., 102-554

Calabasas, CA 91302

Phone: (818) 995-7100

FAX: (818) 995-7466




A more comprehensive list of emergency financial resources available to artists of varying disciplines can be viewed at…


Individual Funding and Grants

If you are not in need of emergency funds but you are raising money for school, professional development, business, or projects check out the list of national funding resources on that same website through this link:…


Regional funding is also available; you just need to stay abreast of deadlines and requirements for your state.  Some international options are also named at the end of this list (copypasta from Cranbrook’s website woo)




Alabama State Arts Council…

The Alabama State Arts Council awards Artist Fellowships of $5,000 for Alabama artists working in crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theater and the visual arts. Recipients may use funds to set aside time to create art, improve their skills, or to do what is most advantageous to enhance their artistic careers. Recipients must be residents of Alabama.




Arizona Commission on the Arts

The Arizona Commission on the Arts "Artist Projects" is a programs to support individual artists in all disciplines for project-related costs that allow the artist(s)increased time to research and develop ideas or new works.




San Francisco Arts Commission…

The San Francisco Arts Commision awards "Individual Artist Commission" Grants of up to $10,000 to individual artists working and living in San Francisco to stimulate the creation and presentation of works of art through out the city.


Arts Council Silicon Valley…

Up to six fellowships will be given annually to artists living in the Silicon Valley in rotating artistic categories.


LEF Foundation…

LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Grants are made to projects which includean artistic and cultural overlay, and are primarily focused on three geographic areas: California, Hawaii and New Mexico.




Colorado Council on the Arts…

Colorado Council on the Arts Artist Fellowships acknowledge artistic integrity and quality among Colorado's artists and promote public awareness of their work. Artist Fellowship Awards are $2,000 to $18,000.




LEF Foundation…

LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. The New England region is to fund the work of independent film and video artists.




Delaware Division of the Arts…

The Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to applicants residing in Delaware for at least one year and at least 18 years of age.


District of Columbia


The District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities

The Arts Commission offers funding for the arts in the District of Columbia. The Artist Fellowship Program offers grants to individuals in a broad range of artistic endeavors. Individual fellowships support individual artists who make significant contributions to the arts and who promote the arts in the District of Columbia through artistic excellence. Fellowship artist disciplines rotate on a biannual basis. In 2011, fellowships will be awarded in Media, and the Visual Arts.




Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Division of Cultural Affairs for the state of Florida awards grants to individual artists.




Idaho Commission on the Arts…

Idaho Commission on the Arts offers grants to individuals.




Illinois Arts Council…

The Illinois Arts Council awards grants to individuals for up to $5000




Indiana Arts Commission…

Indiana Arts Commission Grants support individual Indiana artists, in all disciplines, for specific project-related costs. Eligible projects are purposely left flexible to respond to the artists' ideas, dreams, and needs, however, the goal of this program is to aid the artists' career development.




Iowa Arts Council…

Iowa Arts Council provides Major Grants(up to $10,000) and Mini Grants (up to $1,500) to individual artists working in all disciplines, to develop significant and specific projects that will be presented to or shared with the public during or after the grant period.




Kentucky Arts Council

Kentucky Arts Council offers Individual Artist Professional Development Grants, Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants, and The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Awards




Louisiana Division of the Arts…

Louisiana Division of the Arts awards fellowships to individual artists.




Maine Arts Commission…

The Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually, one in each catagory: Visual Arts, Performing arts, and Literary Arts.


LEF Foundation

LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.




Maryland State Arts Council…

Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive prices to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence. A limited number of awards of $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000 are offered each year. Different categories of the Visual Arts are awarded in alternate years.




Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships…

The Artist Grants Program provides direct assistance to Massachusetts artists, to recognize exceptional work and to support the further developments of their talents. Fellowship grants of $5,000 are offered in discipline categories which rotate according to fiscal year.


LEF Foundation

LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.




Kresge Arts in Detroit


Kresge Arts in Detroit provides significant financial support for Kresge Artist Fellowships annually, each consisting of a $25,000 award and customized professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists in the literary, performing and visual arts. In 2011, twelve fellowships will be awarded in the visual arts. In 2012, twelve fellowships will be awarded in the literary arts, and twelve in the performing arts.




Five Wings Art Council

The Five Wings Art Council is one of eleven designated Regional Arts Councils in Minnesota who provide grants and services to nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists on a regional basis. The Individual Artist Grants (up to $2,000) are designed to help strengthen an artist's career by taking advantage of arts related, short term opportunities.


Jerome Foundation

The Jerome Foundation makes grants to support the creation and production of new artistic works by emerging artists, and contributes to the professional advancement of those artists. Open to residents of Minnesota and New York City. Individual grants are available in the visual arts, theater, literature, etc.


Minnesota State Arts Board…

The Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants are a pilot programs that supports and assists artists at various stages of their careers. Grants will be awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. Some artists may choose to request funds to create new work, but it isn't a requirement of the program.Grants range from $2,000-$10,000.




Mississippi Arts Commission…

The Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowship program is focused on honoring mississippi artists who demonstrate the abilty to create exemplary work in their chosen field The agency awards fellowships up to $5,000 in several catagories each year.




Montana Arts Council…

Montana Arts Council offers an Artist's Innovations Award to honor the innovative ideas, practices and the contributions of Montana artists




Nebraska Arts Council…

Nebraska Arts Council offers Artist Fellowships which provide monetary awards to Nebraska artists in various disciplines.




Nevada Arts Council…

Nevada Arts Council (NAC) awards Fellowships ($5,000) and "Jackpot" Grants to individual artists in literary, performing and visual arts.


New Hampshire


New Hampshire State Council on the Arts…

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts' Artist Services Programs offer the following grants to individuals: Individual Artist Fellowships, Artist Entrepreneurial Grants, Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants, and Percent for Art Purchases/Commissions Grants which fund purchases or commissions of art and craft work for state buildings.


LEF Foundation

LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.


New York


Jerome Foundation

The Jerome Foundation makes grants to support the creation and production of new artistic works by emerging artists, and contributes to the professional advancement of those artists. Open to residents of Minnesota and New York City. Individual grants are available in Media Arts, and for travel or study.


Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council

Individual Artist Grants are available to individual artists residing in Warren or Washington County. One grant of $2500 is available for artists who reside in Washington County, and a grant of $2500 and another for $1000 are available to artists who reside in Warren County. These proposals must be for the creation of new art that will impact the community creatively or involve the community in the creative process.


New York Foundation for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowships awards grants of $7,000 in sixteen separate disciplines to individual originating artists in New York State. Through Artists & Audiences Exchange, each fellowship recipient performs a public service activity in collaboration with a non-profit organization located in New York State. The Foundation also offers Career Advancement Mini-Grants($100-$600).


North Dakota


North Dakota Council on the Arts…

North Dakota Council on the Arts awards Individual Artists Fellowships in the amount of $2,500. In 2003, artists working in the visual arts/crafts and media arts will be eligible for grants.




Ohio Arts Council…

The Ohio Arts Council offers several programs for individual artists.




Oregon Arts Commission…

Oregon Arts Commission offers the following grants to individuals: Career Opportunity Grant, Individuals Artist Fellowship, Oregon Media Arts Fellowship




Pennsylvania Council on the Arts…">

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts offers funding opportunities and services for Pennsylvania artists through thePA Partners in the Arts program


Leeway Foundation

The Leeway Foundation was established to promote the welfare of women and benefit the arts. Awards to individual women artists are offered in a selected visual or literary discipline each year. Specific grants are available for emerging and established women artists. There is also a Window of Opportunity Grant which help artists take advantage of unique, time-limited opportunities that could significantly benefit their work or increase its recognition.


Pew Fellowships in the Arts

Pew Fellowships in the Arts awards grants of $60,000 to artists working in a wide variety of performing, visual, and literary disciplines which rotate on a four-year cycle. The primary function of the fellowships is to free artists from other activities-literally to "buy time"-so they can focus on creative development for an extended period. Up to twelve fellowships are awarded annually to artists living and working in the five-county Philadelphia area.


Rhode Island


Rhode Island State Council on the Arts…

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts makes direct grants to Rhode Island artists. Grants to individuals include Fellowships and Folk Arts apprenticeships. Proposals for funding for individual artists are also considered.


LEF Foundation

LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying. For projects in development outside these two regions, please contact the main office in California. LEF Foundation, 1095 Lodi LN., Saint Helena, CA 94574.


South Carolina


South Carolina Arts Commission…

South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowships recognize and award the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Six fellowships are awarded each year on a rotation by arts discipline. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive process and are based on only one criterion: artistic excellence.


South Dakota


South Dakota Arts Council

South Dakota Arts Council awards several different kinds of grants to individual artists. These are: Artist Grants, Artist Collaboration Grants, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants.




Tennessee Arts Commission

The Tennessee Arts Commission offers Individual Artist Fellowships and Professional Artist Support grants.




Houston Arts Alliance…

The Houston Arts Alliance offers the Individual Artist Grant Program to support the development and presentation of new artistic works by local Houston artists to help advance Houston's reputation as a vibrant creative hub and a destination for cultural tourism


Dallas Museum of Art: Awards to Artists…

The Dallas Museum of Art gives out three separate Awards to Artists. The Clare Hart De Golyer Memorials Fund is awarded to artists between 15 to 25 years of age who reside in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, or Colorado. The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund and The Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant are given to artists over the age of 30 who reside in Texas.




Utah Arts Council…

Individual Artist Grants (as of 10/2012) are not funded due to low interest rates on the "Individual Artist Endowment"




Vermont Arts Council

The Vermont Arts Council awards Creation Project grants ($1,000-$5,000) and Artist Development grants($250-$750) to individual artist


LEF Foundation

LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying. For projects in development outside these two regions, please contact the main office in California. LEF Foundation, 1095 Lodi LN., Saint Helena, CA 94574.




Virginia Commission for the Arts…

Through the Virginia Commission for the Arts a limited number of fellowships with awards of $5,000 are available to professional creative artists living in Virginia. Specific arts disciplines will be eligible for support each year on a rotating basis, depending on the amount of state and federal funding available to the Commission.




Artist Trust

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Grants awarded to individual artists are Grants for Artist Projects which awards up to $1,500 to artists to begin, further or complete specific works of art, and Fellowships, which are unrestricted awards of $6,500 to recognize artistic merit and continued dedication to art-making.


West Virginia


West Virginia Commission on the Arts…

West Virginia Commission on the Arts annually awards fellowships in various categories of the visual, literary, and performing arts based on the originality, creativity, and accomplishment of previous work, as well as the level of commitment and potential for further growth. Fellowship awards are for $3500. The Commission also awards Professional Development grants to individual artists.




Wisconsin Arts Board

Wisconsin Arts Board's Artist Fellowship Awards recognize the significant contributions of professional artists in Wisconsin. Fellowships of $8,000 are available, in odd-numbered years, to individual artists working in the Visual Arts and Media Arts.




Wyoming Arts Council…

The Wyoming Arts Council awards The Individual Artist Fellowship. This is a competative program and applicants are judged on the merit of their work. The awards are given to recognize outstanding work that is already compeleted.


International Funding


Fulbright Program

The U.S. Fulbright Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctorial candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.




Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange between Asia and the United states in the performing and visual arts, primarily by providing individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, and students. Some of the grants listed on this site are for Americans who wish to study in China, Japan, or Taiwan.


Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation Artist Fellowships provide artists the opportunity to pursue creative projects in Japan for 2 to 6 months.




The Canada Council for the Arts">

The Canada Council for the Arts was created by the Canadian government to "foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts." To fufill this mandate, the Canada Council provides grants and services to professional Canadain artist and arts organizations in dance, inter-arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing.




Arts Council England

Arts Council England's Grants for the arts are for individuals, arts organizations, national touring and other people who use the arts in their work. They are for activities that benefit the people in England or that help artists and arts organizations from England to carry out their work.




The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships at the Foundation des Etats-Unis…

The Foundation des Etats-Unis annually awards up to four Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships to American visual artists and musicians. The grant is designated for study at the graduate level and allows young, talented musicians and artists to continue their studies in Paris.




The American-Scandanavian Foundation

The American-Scandinavian Foundation promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Each year, the ASF wards more than $500,000 in fellowships and grants to individual students, scholars, professionals and artists for projects abroad.

The Nordic Artists' Centre

The Nordic Artists' Centre gives artist from around the world an opportunity to live and work in in a community of artists with full accommodation provided. The residency award also includes a monthly stipend and a travel allowance.


Like our artwork, getting better at critique takes practice! First let’s look at the definitions of a critique:

A detailed analysis and assessment of something, esp. a literary, philosophical, or political theory. –Google Dictionary
A method of disciplined, systematic analysis of a written or oral discourse. - Wikipedia
A careful judgment in which you give your opinion about the good and bad parts of something (such as a piece of writing or a work of art) – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

So, in layman’s terms, a critique is a careful assessment, a detailed observation, an objective analysis. Sounds really egg heady doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be! The simplest way to start off learning how to critique is by conducting a formal analysis. Sounds uber smancy huh? A formal analysis is a careful and thorough observation of an artwork. A formal analysis is totally objective, it considers the formal properties of the artwork. The formal art elements are as follows:             

    ·      Line    
    ·      Shape and form                   
    ·      Space             
    ·      Color
    ·      Texture

When conducting a formal analysis, think of each of those things. Here are some examples of different images that I’ve analyzed:


 The Head of Acheloos (Etruscan), 6th Century, B.C.E 

 The head which is the main piece of this pendant is anthropomorphic, meaning that it has human features as well as animal parts; in this case bull horns and ears. There is fine detail in the curls of the hair and the beard. Although the beard and hair are very detailed they are also very unrealistic, or stylized. Since the hair is so stylized, we can tell that this pendant is definitely a face. Perhaps all of this detail is put into the pendant because it is only meant to be seen from the frontal view. The face is stylized as well, not revealing any individuality about this person. Considering that this is a jewelry piece, and that it is made of gold, it could be likely that it depicts, and, or was owned by a ruler. 

Justinian and His Attendants (Early Byzantine). Church of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy 547
This piece is a mosaic from the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Justinian attempted to unite the Western and Eastern Empires of the Roman Empire, and he also established the “Corpus Juris Civilis” or “Body of Civil Law” which is still used today. Justinian is shown holding a loaf of bread that is part of Communion. The bread is a symbol of Christ’s body that was broken for the sins of the world. All of the figures portrayed are at level height with Justianian and are also symbolically representing Christ and the 12 Apostles. There is some individuality displayed in the faces of the clergy and the military attendants with the use of facial hair or the lack thereof. Justinian is clothed in a purple toga. Purple and royal Blue are colors used to symbolize royalty or authority. Although there is unity in the height of the figures, Justinian who is placed at the center, is the focal point. The horizontal lines created by the sameness in height make this piece easy to interpret. The goal of this work was to represent Justinian as a role model for the people he reigned over (essentially a propaganda image).
Saint Sernin (Romanesque) Toulouse, France 1070-1120
The Church of Saint Sernin is often called a basilica although it does not follow the plan of basilica churches. The plan of this church was also used in the building of cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a famous pilgrimage church in Spain. The central nave of the church is barrel vaulted and is supported by buttresses on the outside. The ceilings are vaulted and it makes use of radiating chapels as well to display relics. Saint Sernin gained a lot of its recognition after Charlemagne donated numerous relics to the church which made the church a “pilgrimage site”. In addition to the various relics held within, many saints were buried within the crypt of the church as well.


George Lepape, Les choses de Paul Poiret V (Fashion Illustration), 1911
All of the forms, including the figures, have been simplified into basic recognizable shapes and filled with flat color and contained with an outline. These two facts are indicative of the influence of Asian art (particularly Japanese woodblock prints) during the late 19th century.
The color palette also deviates from a natural scheme and appears to be Japanese inspired as well. However, there is a sense of depth in the floor tiles of the patio as well as the darkened background against the night sky. Since the background is a deep indigo, the figures easily pop forward though they are not situated in the center of the picture plane. The figures are not facing the viewer, so even more attention is drawn to their clothing.
Altogether, the color scheme, simplified rendering of figures and objects, and lack of direct narrative tell us that this is a very “modern” image. The avant-garde aspect of this image is apparent in its simplicity (compared to other “traditional” western artwork of the day) but mainly in the clothing of the women. The dress of the women is relaxed, lacking hoopskirts, or the addition of a bustle. There are small accents of embellishment in printed pattern rather than beading or other sewn elements. The women appear to be excitedly viewing fireworks, and though there is a hint of “nightlife” there is no vast city or architecture in the background. There is a sense of the sublime calm of nature rather than the congested energy of the city.

On average, a person will spend four seconds looking at a piece of art in a gallery. Formal analysis will not only help you become a better observer of artwork, it will help you get better at looking at artwork critically too. Also, describing an artwork through detailed observation will help you become more objective and less subjective about critiquing artwork. Often times the idea of critique is that it is a personal opinion of a piece of art (and we’ll very often see personal tastes expressed in articles represented as “critiques” in the mass media these days). Learning to see rather than look is also a useful skill for a visual artist, and you’ll be able to pick up more about an artwork.


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