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Vermont Arts Council: ArtMail for May 26, 2010

Vermont Arts Council: ArtMail for May 26, 2010 Montpelier Vermont

posted at 1:54 pm Thu May 27th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Do you have a kiln for sale or are you in need of a graphic designer? Are you looking for studio space?

You'll find these and much more in the Arts Council's Classifieds. We launched this free service about a year ago--sort of a "Craig's List" for Vermont's arts community--and it has become a popular resource for jobs, conferences, supplies and more.

There are currently 23 Calls to Artists that include everything from designing the cover for the City of Montpelier's Master Plan to designing coins for the US Mint. Looking for a grant? There are 16 listed in the Funding Opportunities section and a couple of grantwriters under Services Offered. Two Vermont organizations have posted jobs plus there's a link to Cultural Commons, Americans for the Arts' job bank, which includes dozens of openings across the country.

You never know what you'll find in the Classifieds so visit often. And you have something you'd like to post, that service is free, too.

Arts Learning & Community Arts Grant Deadlines: June 1

"No more postmark anxiety!" That's what one artist said after completing the new online grant application. "It was so much easier," said another.

Beginning this year, all support materials for grant applications must be submitted online. The good news is that applicants no longer have to assemble and mail their packets. But please note that the forms have been completely revamped so we highly recommend that applicants start the process early to avoid missing the deadlines.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable Program Staff is standing by to help. If you have questions or need more information, contact Susan McDowell, Grants Assistant.

FY11 Grants Deadline Schedule

June 4th Art Receptions in Brattleboro and Montpelier

Artists Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes were commissioned to create site specific artwork for the Brattleboro Court House through Vermont's Arts in State Buildings program. The work was recently installed and includes cast stone relief sculpture, etched glass windows, and a series of five paintings. A public reception will take place at the Courthouse on Friday, June 4th from 4:30-6:30 PM as part of Brattleboro's Gallery Walk.

That same evening the Arts Council is hosting two receptions during Montpelier's Art Walk. Selections from the Art of Action Curator's Choice Tour are on exhibit in the Vermont Supreme Court. This is a completely different show than the Artists Choice Tour exhibited in Montpelier last November. Just down the street, oil paintings by Meryl Lebowitz are featured in the Arts Council's Spotlight Gallery. Both receptions are taking place from 4:30 - 7:00 PM and are free and open to the public.

Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony: June 10th

Three of Vermont's arts leaders will be honored at the Council's Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 10th at 4PM at the State House in Montpelier.

Following a short business meeting the Walter Cerf Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts will be presented to Andrea Rogers, Executive Director of the Flynn Theater, Jane Ambrose, Director of UVM's Lane Series; and Jean Olson, Executive Director of the Governor's Institutes of Vermont. All three are retiring from their positions after many years of dedicated service to Vermont's arts community.

The program will also include showcases by two recent Arts Council grant recipients: Dancer Tiffany Rhynard and Upper Valley Arts' Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie.

A slate of candidates has been recommended for the Arts Council's Board of Trustees. Nominees include Pennie Beach of Vergennes, Carlos Haase of Montpelier, Stephanie Jerome of Brandon, Caro Thompson of Walden and Greg Worden of Brattleboro. Members in good standing can click here to cast their vote.

Art of Action: Statewide tour continues!


* Through May 31: Artists Choice Tour at the Gryphon Building in Rutland. Reception: Thursday, MAy 27, 6-8PM.
* Through June 15: Curator's Choice Tour at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.
* Through June 30: Curator's Choice Tour at the Supreme Court Building in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, June 5, 5-8 PM.
* July 1-16: The Final Exhibition: REUNITED! All 105 pieces from the Artists Choice Tour and Curator's Choice Tour will be reunited and showcased at Main Street Landing's Union Station in Burlington.

Main Street Landing's Union Station, 1 Main Street, Burlington
Preview: 5pm, Absolute Auction: 7pm

For a complete list of upcoming exhibitions and events, click here.

The Artist in Residence (AIR) Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls had a problem. It seemed that some local residents perceived the gallery as expensive, intimidating and unappealing. AIR has a strong commitment to community involvement, so the gallery's board of directors came up with a creative, collaborative outreach project.

Partnering with the Opera House at Enosburgh Falls, AIR applied to the Vermont Arts Council for a Community Arts grant. They received $2,500 to showcase members of the community through stories and art.

Read the rest of this week's feature.

Executive Director's Blog

Ready? Set? Open... It's been around since long before I became director of the Arts Council. It has grown much bigger than even the tallest mountain in Vermont. It has its roots in dozens, if not hundreds, of Vermont communities. It is one of the quintessential Vermont happenings that define our collective character. And this year it is turning 20 years old.

Read the rest of Alex's blog for this week.

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