Art Competition Odds

Art Competition Odds: Queens Museum-Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists in New York City

The Queens Museum-Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists in New York City received 824 applications for three fellowships available.

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Selected artists comprise about 1:56, or 0.3% of applicants.

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Art Competition Odds

art competition odds: Center for Book Arts’ Artist-in-Residence Workspace Program

The Center for Book ArtsArtist-in-Residence Workspace Program received approximately 150 applications for 5 AIRs in 2014.

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Participants comprise about 1:30, or 3.3% of applicants.

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Impressions, Sights

NYC Art Itinerary

"Migration Patterns" map by an anonymous contributor, sent to Becky Cooper, and printed in "Manhattan of the Mind" by Zachary Sniderman, New York Times Magazine, Feb. 17, 2013.

“Migration Patterns” map by an anonymous contributor, sent to Becky Cooper, and printed in “Manhattan of the Mind” by Zachary Sniderman, New York Times Magazine, Feb. 17, 2013.

When MA visited NYC last week, he filled each day with an ambitious art itinerary. It reminded me that I used to try to make the most of of my trips to New York. But since moving here, I’ve become lazy, and too borough- and subway-line-centric. I’ll take MA’s inspiring lead and resolve to get out into my own city more often. Here’s a list of places that I would like to visit, but have not yet been—and which I hope to see in 2013.

It’s better to set goals along with strategies, so I’ll include personal notes to make getting there easier.

The Morgan Library
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street 
A short walk from one of my favorite places to eat, Koreatown. Also, not far from Grand Central Station where Nick Cave’s horses will be on view March 25–31 as part of its centennial celebrations.

The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park
A bit out of the way, in a northernmost part of Manhattan—yet by bicycle, it turns out to be just 10 miles from my house.

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
This is even further out of the way in the western edge of the Bronx, but I could make a longer bike and art day out of it, as it’s only 5.2 miles north of The Cloisters. Thirty miles round trip is nothing for serious riders; I am not a serious rider, but maybe I’ll start to up my mileage come spring.

1939 World Fair collectibles, collection of Kyle Supley, on Designing Tomorrow's Tumblr.

1939 World Fair collectibles, collection of Kyle Supley, on Designing Tomorrow’s Tumblr.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

This was not high on my list of places to visit, but it turns out that they’ve got a current exhibition on the 1930s World Fairs called Designing Tomorrow. World fairs are generally fascinating to me, but I am especially keen to learn more about the 1930s fairs in Queens (Didn’t I mention I’ve become borough-centric?) for their spectacle, futurism, modern design, typography, as well as the numerous bits and bobs of memorabilia.

 
e-flux

311 East Broadway
Who knows why East Broadway runs at an angle to, and detached from, Broadway. But I know where e-flux is, having made a pilgrimage to its neighboring dumpling restaurant. Now I just need to combine my dumpling craving with astute contemporary discourse.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria, Queens
My own borough; I hang my head to admit that I’ve been to the multiplex around the corner.

 
Brooklyn Botanical Garden

150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Not art; visual nonetheless. In Prospect Park next to the Brooklyn Museum. Another nice bike adventure come warmer weather and new blooms.

  • Visited May 17. Huge, lovely, and well worth a visit.

 

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Sights

noted: yvette mattern’s global rainbow

I missed the Art Production Fund’s presentation of Yvette Mattern’s Global Rainbow laser light public art project in New York. Projected from the top of the Standard hotel towards the Rockaways, the film and video artist dedicated the project to those recovering from Hurricane Sandy. I would have loved to see this in person.

Yvette Mattern, Global Rainbow, 2012, lasers across New York City. Photo by James Ewing. Art Production Fund // Source: http://artproductionfund.org/projects/yvette-mattern-global-rainbow

Yvette Mattern, Global Rainbow, 2012, lasers across New York City. Photo by James Ewing. Art Production Fund // Source: artproductionfund.org

 

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Art & Development

R+D NYC

This blog is not meant to be a personal diary, but a major change is coming, and I must explain the circumstances.

I started this blog three years ago, in April 2007, with Four Reasons Why I am Writing a Blog:

I think of this as an exercise in Research + Development as an Artist, Citizen, and Art Community member.

1. To promote professionalism, rigor and generosity–values I hope to reciprocate within the San Francisco Bay Area art community and larger world.

2. To demystify the life of an artist. To share my enthusiasm for contemporary art.

3. To consider ethics and politics–the artist as citizen.

4. To think about what it means to be an artist, and the process of becoming the kind of artist I would respect and admire.

I’ll be sharing experiences, event listings, reviews, quotes, links and reflections. Though this writing will be grounded in my experiences, rather than writing about me, I look forward to thinking about larger issues through a localized investigation.

Since then, when I was on the cusp of finishing my graduate studies, I’ve had many wonderful art experiences. I feel like I’ve got a really strong, solid community here. There is certainly more I could do in the Bay Area, but I feel like I’ve made a respectable effort to look at art, visit new spaces, partner with diverse institutions, push my practice, contribute, and continue developing as a participant in the art community.

For the most part, my optimism was not unfounded. When my high expectations have been dashed, it ultimately strengthened my commitment to professionalism, ethics, and integrity, as well as my gratitude for friends and colleagues with shared principles. Being an artist is challenging, but without the support and generosity of like-minded friends and colleagues, it would be impossible.

Now, I’m on the cusp of a new transition: I’m moving to New York for family reasons. There are, as you can imagine, a rash of mixed emotions—of the Bay Area, sadness and gratitude; of NYC, excitement and anxiety.

The list of things to do, replace, explore, find, or restart in NY is overwhelming, but as it concerns this blog, I can say this:

I’ll continue to post musings, links to points of (art) references, information and resources. I foresee two opportunities for correcting the course of this blog, however.

First, publicizing worthwhile projects in the Bay Area seems like a community service, because there’s far more deserving projects than critical arts coverage here. NY, with its countless shows, spaces and publications, might take a different tack.

Second, I’m only one in a long march of artists who relocate to NY. This presents a conundrum for me—my coming-to-New-York, artist-in-the-big-city story is cliche, yet that doesn’t change the fact that my experience in the near future is going to be one of discovery. I’ll continue to strive to be accessible, relevant, and honest about my observations.

That said, I’m looking forward to connecting with like-minded artists, curators, writers and thinkers with strong commitments to rigor, excellence, community and ethics.

I’m excited to nurture my ties to the Bay Area: friendships, writing projects, art projects and other collaborations. I’m open to suggestions. Send me a note!

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