OPPArt is a series aimed toward helping individual artists and small arts organizations connect with each other and advance their work and skill-set. The series includes professional development workshops, round-table discussions, social events and more. Most events are free and all are open to artists of any discipline and level unless otherwise noted. Please sign up below to receive our newsletter to keep up-to-date!

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Job Opportunities

Staff Accountant

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CAPA seeks a full-time Staff Accountant to be responsible for data entry and accounting functions for non-profits arts organizations that are serviced under CAPA’s shared service contracts. Responsibilities: Accounting System:

  • Record financial transactions into the accounting system
  • Analyze various balance sheet accounts monthly for accurate balances
  • Handle other miscellaneous entries, corrections, or adjustments with minimal supervision
  • Maintain accounts payable to include vouching of invoices, maintenance of the Aged A/P and processing of weekly check runs. Maintain W-9 files and the preparation of annual 1099 reporting
  • Maintain the accounts receivable to include entry of invoice data, printing and distribution of invoices, and follow-up on unpaid balances

Bank Statements/Investment Statement

  • Reconcile bank and investment statements to the general ledger
  • Examine assigned bank and investment statements for unusual or unauthorized activity, and verify that all fees are correct
  • Coordinate changes to approved bank signers under direction of the CFO

Tax/Grantor Reporting

  • Compile accurate information in the format specified by the requesting entity
  • Present the information in the required format, or provide the information to Advancement or the Auditors as necessary
  • Assist in maintaining an up-to-date calendar of reporting deadlines

Monthly Financial Reporting

  • Compile monthly financial statements
  • Update monthly projections
  • Proofread the statements and the monthly board reports


  • Prepare year-end audit schedules
  • Review the general ledger and account balances for possible year-end corrections
  • Provide support for the annual audit and for IRS 990 preparation

Other Responsibilities

  • Prepare annual budgets
  • Create cash/check image log file for deposits of any shared services organizations assigned
  • Assist in miscellaneous analysis, projects, and needs of the department as necessary


  • Bachelor’s Degree or coursework in Accounting/Finance
  • Accounting experience in an office environment
  • Proficiency in standard office computer software

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of accounting concepts
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability to complete tasks on a timely basis and meet deadlines
  • Ability to pass a standard background and credit check

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hr@capa.com or mail to: CAPA Attn: Human Resources 55 E. State St. Columbus, OH 43215

Event Utility Associate

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The Columbus Museum of Art is seeking an energetic and flexible individual to provide back-of-the-house support for internal and external events.  Reporting to the Event Specialist, the Utility Associate will perform a variety of duties in support of the event. The ideal candidate will be able to work irregular hours including late afternoon to early morning shifts and split shifts.  Must be available evenings and weekends.  This is a contingent position with no set hours or work schedule.  Flexibility of schedule is essential to being successful in this position. Candidate should be able to work without close supervision and handle pressure situations and multiple priorities, problem solving when necessary.  Must be able to take written and verbal direction and follow through. Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Operation of freight elevator and assistance and directions to vendors loading in and out for events.
  • Greeting incoming vendors, assessing their needs, and coordinating to get all vendors loaded in and out in an orderly manner.
  • Assist the Event Specialist in responding to client requests for supplies or equipment.
  • May occasionally be asked to assist with greeting and way-finding for multiple events coming in at the same time.

High School diploma or equivalent required.  Must be at least 18 years of age. To apply, please send resume and three professional references to employment@cmaohio.org or mail directly to Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. No telephone inquiries, please.

Director of Development

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The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts seeks a Director of Development to spearhead development efforts to meet fundraising goals. The Director of Development has primary responsibility for achieving the financial and development goals of their assigned organizations. This position will supervise staff members and shared development resources to accomplish these goals. Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and Executive Directors to create fund development plans
  • Implement the fund development plans
  • Monitor and evaluate fundraising activities
  • Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events and galas
  • Identify and develop corporate and community prospects
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual corporate donors
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Coordinate in-kind donations and issuance of receipts
  • Develop and gain approval on expenditure
  • Prepare and analyze reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising
  • Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote each assigned organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization
  • Monitor trends in the community and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary
  • Manage and provide direction to assigned direct reports


  • BA (required), MA (a plus): in Marketing, Communication, Business or related discipline
  • 5-plus years of experience in development
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated fundraising planning, implementation and success
  • Demonstrate positive and effective direct supervision of two or more professional subordinates

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of comprehensive campaign management
  • Knowledge of fundraising databases, Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010 products
  • Ability to use data management tools (including Excel) for tracking, analyzing, and data manipulation

To Apply: Please email your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr@capa.com


GCAC & The Columbus Metropolitan Library's Foundation Center database

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Did you know that individuals and nonprofits can access information about grants available across the country by using the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Foundation Center database? Access to this database is made available to the public at the CML’s Main library downtown, 96 S. Grant Street. Join us as CML staff does a special workshop on how best to use the database to your benefit. NOTE: TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:30pm – 5:00pm CML – Main Library, Meeting Room 3 96 S. Grant Street, 43215 RSVP to tjackson@gcac.org with session name, your name, your organization ( if applicable), and your email address. Session is limited to 20 guests only! Please bring a laptop to the session for the best training experience.

Grant Writing Secrets Revealed

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Grant Writing Secrets Revealed with Dr -Shoshanah-Goldberg-Miller The keys to successful grant seeking are effective research, compelling prose, clear budgets and constructive relationships. This workshop provides insights into proposal preparation from both the grant seeking and grant making perspectives. The session includes an overview of research resources and proven techniques for effective writing and efficient budgeting. In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to produce an award-winning grant proposal that has the ability to open hearts and minds
  • Identify the important work you do, the human stories you have to tell, and the challenges you and/or organization faces
  • Think about what distinguishes your work from others in your field
  • Discuss how to prepare narratives and budgets that will make prospects truly care about your project/organization
  • Walk in the shoes of your targeted funder and prepare to communicate in their frame of reference

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12-1 pm (This will be a working lunch event.  Please bring your own lunch.  Drinks will be provided) The Greater Columbus Arts Council GCAC Large Conference Room 100 E. Broad St., Suite 2250 Columbus, OH 43215 Space is limited.  RSVP to Trina Jackson at tjackson@gcac.org by Monday, March 6th.

GCAC Project Support Grant Workshop

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Join us as we discuss GCAC’s Project Support grants process. We’ll help you navigate the online application system, discuss supplemental materials and the submission process.This workshop is intended for 501(c)3 arts organizations or artists collaborating with 501(c)3 arts organizations.GCAC

Project Support Grants Workshop

March 9 3:00pm – 4:30pm Parsons Library, Room 3 845 Parsons Avenue

Ample free parking is provided

It is recommended you bring your own laptop, tablet or electronic device to follow along during the demonstration. Space is limited to 40 participants

To register, email Trina Jackson at tjackson@gcac.org

Arts & Accessibility

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Join VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability for this free workshop on making the arts more inclusive for people with dis/abilities.

Making the arts more accessible is easier, less expensive, and more rewarding than you think.

In this session, sponsored by GCAC, VSAO will dispel common misconceptions; share history and trends in disability art and culture; provide tips on no-cost access action items; discuss marketing strategies; and give specific examples for adapting programs/exhibitions/performances.

Artists and Administrators have important roles to play when designing accessibility – this session is designed for all of you.  We will have time set aside for Q&A.

The workshop will be held Thursday, April 20 at the Driving Park library, 1422 E. Livingston Ave, Room 3 from 9:30am – 11:00am.

RSVP to Trina Jackson tjackson@gcac.org or 221-8814.

Space is limited to 45 participants.

11th Annual Voice of the City Competition

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Local talent ages 8-18* compete for a grand prize of $1,000 in an American Idol style competition presented by Columbus Children’s Choir. Singers who advance to the finals perform for NYC talent agent, Nancy Carson. Preliminary auditions take place January 28th and 29th, and singers may choose music in any style. The Carson-Adler Agency has guided the early careers of such unique talents as Lea Michele, Leelee Sobieski, Cynthia Nixon, David Krumholtz, Donald Faison, Celia and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Miscia Barton, Ariana Grande, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Britney Spears. The Carson-Adler Agency has signed numerous Voice of the City contestants. Click here for more information and to sign up for a preliminary audition. Spots are limited so sign up today! *Singers must be 8 on the day of the finals *Singers over 18, but enrolled in High School may participate


There are no opportunities available at this time. Check back soon!


Exhibition: The New Black, a Contemporary Collectors Show

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January 12, 2017-March 2017 Art Collectors within the surrounding communities produce some of the most profound works. This exhibition will be comprised of art loaned by selected collectors featuring two and three dimensional works from contemporary African American artists. Join us in the Elijah Pierce Gallery located in The King Arts Complex for this exciting event! More info to come! For more information: http://kingartscomplex.net/elijah-pierce-gallery/ or 614.645.5464

King Arts Complex

867 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43203

Playful Judgements

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Playful Judgements January 7 – 31 Playful Judgements features six artists, working in or near Columbus, Ohio, who use playfulness, humor or absurdity in their work as a tool for accessing some greater, more serious conceptual content. The artists included in this exhibition all have in common the ability to make very serious statements with their tongues in their cheeks. Featured artists: Nick Fagan Max Adrian Michelle Rupel Jason Schwab Aaron M. Fitzwater Nicholaus Arnold

Action! An Interactive Industry Panel for Aspiring Actors

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Are you serious about a career in acting? Columbus is growing into a production powerhouse — be ready for your big break! Get real talk about what it takes to be a professional actor from pros who are working in the entertainment industry. ACTION! will put aspiring Central Ohio actors in conversation with casting directors, an agent, a producer/director, an acting coach and working actors. Registration is now open but audience size is limited, so don’t delay! (Open to adults and youth over 14 yrs.) FOR MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION, VISIT: http://bit.ly/actionactorspanel Presented by Artistic Freedom Ltd. (Celia C. Peters, Producer; Babe Finley, Associate Producer). Sponsored by Greater Columbus Film Commission #filmcolumbus #columbusmakesart #columbusmakesfilm Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1825112661067465/ Website: http://artisticfreedomltd.wixsite.com/actionactorspanel Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/action-the-lowdown-on-being-a-professional-actor-tickets-30316540589

Art at the Arnold

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Capture   For more information: http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/art-at-the-arnold/


Call for Entries

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ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists is currently seeking work for THIS IS NOW, our 6th exhibition in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Carnegie Gallery at the Main Library. The exhibition will take place from May 11­­-June 24, and will be juried by Mabi Ponce de LeónApril Sunami and Marshall Shorts.   THIS IS NOW is an exhibition exploring issues of identity in 2017. In recent years, we have seen an expanding number of ways to identify each other and ourselves. Sometimes this has a positive effect: people can draw power from declaring an identity, and use it to create a sense of solidarity and form strong communities; other times these identities divide people into warring tribes, or are imposed on one group by another as a form of aggression. These multiplying categories can also be insufficient, as many people still find themselves outside of them, rarely can any one category describe the full complexities of an individual.   What is your relationship to identity? Are you a proud member of a group? Are you forging your own identity on new ground?  Are you suspicious of the idea of categories and how they divide us? All of the above? Something else? ROY G BIV is looking for work addressing identity, from artists of diverse races, genders, sexualities, religions, cultures, nationalities, ages and classes.   Submission Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017 To enter, visit: http://roygbivgallery.org/thisisnow/

Call for Entries

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“From Bean to Bar: The Dark and Bright Side of Chocolate” will run February 10 – March 1, 2017 at Global Gallery Coffee Shop in Clintonville. Approximately 10-15 2D art pieces will be accepted into the show. Artwork should in some way conceptualize or depict the subject of chocolate. Artwork should be delivered ready to hang by February 1, 2017. This exhibit will coincide with the screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” a film that documents the exploitation and slave trading of African children to harvest chocolate. The movie screening and community panel discussion will be held February 6, 2017, from 5:00-9:00PM at the Global GalleryCoffee Shop. An artists’ reception will also take place, date and time TBA To submit artwork for consideration, please email one image per artwork, up to three artworks, in jpeg format at 1024 X 768 pixels or smaller to globalgallery91@gmail.com. Include artist’s name, media, size, title, and sale price. Global Gallery will collect and hold for the artist any monies from sale of displayed artwork, less a 20% handling fee. The deadline to enter is February 8, 2017.

Columbus Arts Festival Light Installation

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The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) in partnership with American Electric Power (AEP) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create a temporary outdoor public art light installation at the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival. The public art project will be a prominent feature at the Columbus Arts Festival, an annual three-day celebration of the arts which begins June 9, 2017. Ohio artists and designers working in light are encouraged to submit qualifications. The installation(s) must have a strong visual impact and incorporate “light” when viewed at night as well as consider the visual impact of natural light as it changes over the course of the day. The selected artist or team of artists will receive $25,000 to cover all costs associated with the installation. An info session will be held on Thursday, January 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Angela Meleca Gallery, 144 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The application deadline is February 17, 2017, at 5 p.m. Installation/Construction may begin on Monday, June 5, must be completed by Thursday, June 8 and de-installed on June 12. You must read the Submission Guidelines before submitting your application. For more information and to apply: http://www.columbusartsfestival.org/lights/

ArtPop Street Gallery

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The ArtPop Street Gallery has arrived in Columbus! #ArtPopCbus will shine the spotlight on our city’s talented artists by placing their work on available billboards throughout Franklin County. Franklin County visual artists working in all media are invited to submit artwork for consideration and possible display on 1 of 5 available billboards circulating the region in 2017. To be eligible for submission artists must be a resident of Franklin County, 18 years of age or older and the work must have been created within the past three years. The five selected artists will receive $500 each. Deadline is February 17 at 11:59 p.m. Artists are limited to one artwork submission. The image submission guidelines are very specific. You must read the Submission Guidelines before submitting your application.  ArtPop is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with local arts councils and media companies to promote artists, give them a voice, create public street galleries and energize residents’ commutes. Currently, ArtPop is on the streets of 11 cities nationwide and growing quickly! Art + Public Outdoor Project = ArtPop. For more information, visit ArtPopStreetGallery.com. ArtPop Cbus is presented in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art, and Lamar Outdoor. For more information and to apply: http://www.columbusmakesart.com/artpop

Call to Participate

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Hearts United, a V-Day celebration for One Billion Rising

The Second Sight Project is facilitating this open-participation public art happening at Bellows End, Franklinton (directly across the street from Second Sight Studio, 730 Bellows) on Saturday, February 11th from 11am-2pm, with viewing to continue through February 12th.

It’s fun and upbeat, but with a message. This family-friendly event is in observance of V-DAY, the world-wide occurrence of events begun by  One Billion Rising to raise awareness of the need to end violence against women. WE HAD DOZENS OF ARTISTS PARTICIPATE LAST YEAR from grade-school children on up through adults. A HEART-BOMBING! You, your school group, or your organization are invited to participate by creating heart-shaped or heart-themed art out of fabric, cardboard, or whatever you like, to be tied or wired to the Bellows Ave. School fences on Saturday, February 11th from 11am to 2pm…where your “heart-work” will be united with other “heart-works” to create a temporary wall of public art! Then warm up inside the gallery with coffee and donuts and enjoy meeting some of our artist residents. For more information go to Second Sight Project’s website, Don’t have a group but want to join one? Come to our heart-making session at Wood.Metal.Art Columbus, 1009 McKinley Ave, from 10-12 noon February 11th. Art supplies provided. If you have any questions or want to volunteer an hour of your time to yardwork/fence preparation, please contact director Mona Gazala at mona.gazala@gmail.com. The heart pictured above was designed by a high school student in the Mosaic Educational Program of Central Ohio.

Call for Entries

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Ohio Shorts 2017 Call for Entries

The Wexner Center’s annual Ohio Shorts competition showcases the best in Ohio-produced short films—from documentary, animation, or dramatic narrative, to anything in-between. The upcoming screening and reception on April 29, 2017, will again combine adult and youth divisions for one powerful evening of all-ages video from the Buckeye state. Video submissions for our upcoming will be accepted electronically January 1–March 6, 2017. Winners will be announced April 3 and prizes awarded (including the Audience Choice Award) at the April 29 event. Each entry that is selected for the showcase will be awarded a $50 screening fee and receive a complimentary ticket for the evening.   Entry Guidelines: Adult Division Pieces must be independently produced, no longer than 20 minutes, and produced in Ohio within the last 18 months. Entries must be submitted by Vimeo or YouTube link and must be accompanied by an entry form. Only one entry per person is permitted. Previously submitted works will not be accepted. For questions or for more information, contact Ashley Stanton at (614) 688-1337 or astanton@wexarts.org.   Entry Guidelines: Youth Division Pieces must be independently produced, no longer than 5 minutes, and produced in Ohio within the last 18 months by an artist who will be 18 years of age or younger at the time of the showcase. Entries must be submitted by Vimeo or YouTube link and must be accompanied by a entry form. Only one entry per person is permitted. Previously submitted works will not be accepted. For questions or for more information, email Jean Pitman at (614) 292-4614 or jpitman@wexarts.org

Call for Volunteers

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The Wexner Center is proud to partner with Los Angeles–based art collaborative Fallen Fruit this spring to create and install two public fruit parks in Columbus neighborhoods—providing local residents with fresh produce. To volunteer for the project, Fallen Fruit of Columbus: Block after Block, contact Jean Pitman at jpitman@wexarts.org.

Palo Alto Public Art

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Deadline: February 1, 2017 The Palo Alto Public Art Program is seeking the professional services of artists or artist teams working in diverse media who are interested in being considered for a possible commission in the Junior Museum and Zoo (JMZ), located at 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA. It is estimated that the public art budget will be between $150,000 and $200,000. Eligibility: The call is open to professional artists over the age of 18 residing in the United States. All applicants must have all necessary documentation and permits to work in the United States at the time of submittal of qualifications.

Public Art Opportunities: It is intended that the public art support the JMZ mission to engage a child’s curiosity for science and nature. There are numerous opportunities for artwork associated with the project. The final artwork must be accessible to the public in the free areas of the JMZ facility. Once selected, the project artist will be able to join the design team to look for further opportunities to integrate artwork, potentially leveraging the budget of elements already in the construction budget. Several spaces that have been identified for the integration of art are: 1- The entry plaza – an artist may create artwork for the paving, the seating area, the dividing gate to the Loose in the Zoo area, among other opportunities. 2- The 450 foot wall facing Rinconada Park 3- The netting over the Loose in the Zoo area 4- The building façade Additionally it should be noted that there will be trees removed during the construction process and it is intended that the wood be salvaged and re-integrated into the site. An artist may utilize that material for public art purposes. Applicants should submit their qualifications via callforentry.org by Feb. 1.

Oak Hills Bus Shelter

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OAK HILLS BUS SHELTER PROJECT Open Call for Artists: Request for proposals Deadline: February 10th, 2017; 4:00 PM EST Honorarium: $2,000 Installation Duration: Two Years OVERVIEW: Public Art Chattanooga (PAC), in collaboration with CARTA, is seeking proposals for original, two-dimensional designs that will be printed and installed on two bus shelters in the Oak Hills neighborhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Two designs will be selected for production and installed beginning in spring 2017. The selected artists/designers will receive a $2,000 honorarium for their design. ELIGIBILITY: This RFP is open to all visual and graphic artists and artist teams over the age of 18, who currently reside in the United States. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received (electronically, hand delivered, or mailed) no later than February 10th, 2017, 4:00 pm EST . No exceptions. Refer to page 5 for application procedures. The application can be found on page 9 of this document: www.chattanooga.gov/images/citymedia/publicarts/R139810_Oak_Hills_Bus_Shelter_Project.pdf

Studios on High Gallery

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Deadline: February 6, 2017 Studios on High Gallery, located in Columbus’ Short North Arts district, is inviting 2D and 3D artists to submit work for our March spring show. This show will feature 25-35 Ohio artists in our semiannual “Hit the Hop” series. All 2D and 3D original artwork may be submitted. 1st place award winner will be offered a featured show in the gallery. For more details go to http://www.studiosonhigh.com


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For more information visit: http://womencinemakers.com/ 
WomenCinemakers is now accepting submissions from female filmmakers, directors and producers for its new annual showcase.   HISTORY Since 2012, WomenCineMakers has brought audiences critically-acclaimed and innovative films directed by women, supporting both emerging and established auteurs whose work manifests stylistic innovation and a deep knowledge of the cinematographic medium. Women Producers, Writers, and Directors from around the world have the opportunity to present their films to the wide attention of the English-reading audience. WomenCinemakers offers its over 300’000 readers insight into the work of emerging directors in the short film and experimental cinema section. Since 2013 WomenCinemakers has been promoting new experiments by creating the section Nine New Women Filmmakers that awards debuts and and innovative films. With a mixture of newcomers and established directors, our annual anthology has featured over the years more than 100 artists, with many of them competing in international film festivals including the Cannes Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and the Venice Biennale. Film directors play an important role in determining how we see ourselves and the world around us. Gender of the storyteller matters. The world needs the creative energy and vision of women. Join WomenCinemakers.   HOW TO SUBMIT We are looking for shorts, documentaries and features written, directed or produced by women. Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. There are four (4) categories that films can be entered: Independent Cinema, Dance Video, Experimental cinema, Theatre & Performance.  In order to submit a film to the WomenCinemakers you have to send the film and the completed film entry form before February 28th. You can fill out our submission form or email us your proposal including a link to your video and a short description of your film.   MISSION WomenCinemakers opens up a new space for women directors to share their powerful films and ideas, encouraging mutual exchange where the filmmakers and critics can converge to discuss the becoming of the film industry. Browsing through WomenCinemakers, you’ll find interviews and essays about emerging and established women filmmakers, reports from international film festival such as Cannes and Berlin, with a special look at female artists and professionals embracing leading roles in front of and behind the camera.

Eligible media

Film/Media Arts, Performing Arts, Theater

Oil Painters of America

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Submission fee: $30 for one; $45 for two
For more information visit: http://oilpaintersofamerica.com/events/exhibitions/2017/national/index.cfm

Oil Painters of America will hold its 26th National Juried Exhibition of Representational Oil Paintings, May 12 through June 10, 2017 at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. Approximately 25 awards will be given with a total value estimated in excess of $100,000, including a $25,000 Best of Show.  Convention events will include a plein air competition with awards, demonstrations, interviews and exhibitors.  Juror of Awards will be distinguished Master Signature Artist William Whitaker OPAM. Deadline for online submissions is Friday, January 27, 2017.  To enter, artists must reside in the U.S., Canada or Mexico and be a paid 2017 member of OPA at an annual fee of $70.  OPA is currently accepting new member applications. National Exhibition entry fee:  $30 for the first entry, $15 for the second; only one painting may be accepted.  Maximum size limit is 1200 sq. in.  For a prospectus, visit our website at www.oilpaintersofamerica.com.

The Tenth Annual Ohio Online Visual Artists Registry (OOVAR) Juried Art Show

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Library and Friends of the Library partner with Ohio Arts Council for tenth annual juried art show. WHO:  Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) Friends of the Library (FOL) Ohio Arts Council (OAC) WHEN:    Thursday, Nov. 3 through Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 Awards reception Saturday, Jan. 7 from 2-4 p.m.; free WHERE:  Main Library | Carnegie Gallery (second floor) Columbus Metropolitan Library 96 S. Grant Ave. WHAT:     The Tenth Annual Ohio Online Visual Artists Registry (OOVAR) Juried Art Show OOVAR is an online database that showcases the work of more than 1,200 artists from around the world. The show features original works by Ohio artists and is a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Program, Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Friends of the Library. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner of Juror’s Choice, and a $500 prize will be awarded to the People’s Choice winner, whom will be selected by visitors to the exhibit and library customers through Saturday, Jan. 7. The exhibition will be juried by Migiwa Orimo (Yellow Springs, OH), Dhanu Sant (Friends of the Library) and Dane Khy (Columbus Metropolitan Library). For more information: http://www.ohioonlinearts.org/index.php

Call for Proposals: Columbus Cultural Arts Center

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The Columbus Cultural Arts Center is now accepting proposals from individual artists, teams and organizations working in the visual arts for exhibitions in its Main Gallery for its 2018 – 2019 seasons. The Main Gallery is one of the finest exhibition spaces in central Ohio. The Gallery comprises approximately 2800 sq. ft., divided into 2 display spaces. Annually we feature several types of exhibits – invitational shows, theme shows, and responses to an open-call to individuals artists, artist teams, and arts organizations.  We are looking for art that: displays a unique artistic voice; is thought provoking; pushes boundaries through content or materials; stands out from the ordinary. The Center is also receptive to hosting a variety of events in conjunction with an exhibition (e.g., workshops, musical performances, dance, poetry).  The Center expects to present 8 – 10 exhibitions each year. Deadline for proposals is January 27, 2017.   Jurying by a panel comprising staff of the Cultural Arts Center, and outside artists/curators will take place in the first quarter of 2017, with notification of successful entries by late-April, 2017. Exhibition Proposal Guidelines are available at: http://culturalartscenteronline.org/main_hall_gallery_exhibit_proposal_guidelines

2017 United Solo Theatre Festival

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UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL™ is an annual international festival for solo performances held in New York City. The Festival explores and celebrates the uniqueness of the individual through a variety of one-person shows. Productions are selected from open submissions and presented at the highly acclaimed Theatre Row, located in the heart of the New York City theatre district on 42nd Street. Renowned solo performers and new talents bring their works in many categories (e.g. storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, documentary, musical, improv, stand-up, poetry, magic, performance art, tragedy or comedy). The artists benefit from being presented by United Solo, a company made up of artists and producers with vast experience in solo performance. Theatre companies are given the opportunity to reach out to the industry, generate income from ticket sales from up to eight performances at the Festival, and receive media attention through previews, profiles, and reviews. Shows are also considered for participation in the exclusive United Solo showcase in Europe, as well as for script publication and Festival awards. Selected participants are announced in spring. For more information about the festival, and to apply, please visit: www.unitedsolo.org

Guiding Light Flea Market

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Artists and decorators, whether they are just starting out or seasoned in their field, are always looking for new outlets to sell their artwork or buy new pieces to add to their own creative design. Guiding Light Flea Market is a local small business that is looking to support local artists in the Columbus area. We have vendors selling plenty of gently-used items that are waiting to be re-purposed by a creative mind and made into a beautiful work of art. We’d love to challenge artists to stop by and show us their artistic abilities by re-styling some of the items our vendors are selling into new works of art! However, Guiding Light Flea Market is not only a great place to find the missing piece to your masterpiece, it is also one of the best locations for new artists to sell their work! Our small business is located on Morse Rd. near Easton, which gives us the perfect location to attract customers and obtain the most visibility. The best part is that we set our rental prices with small business owners in mind, so there are no long-term contracts or bloated prices. We work to make our rental space affordable for everyone. If any artists would be interested in selling or buying items or artwork, we encourage them to visit our website, www.guidinglightfleamarket.com, and visit us during business hours on Friday or Saturday from 9-4 or email us at gudidinglightfleamarket@gmail.com. Guiding Light Flea Market 3195 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43231

Mershon Center

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The Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University seeks artwork to display in our newly remodeled breakroom space on the first floor of our building, 1501 Neil Ave., at the corner of Neil and Eighth. The Mershon Center fosters interdisciplinary faculty and student research with a focus on national security and global peace and conflict. We sponsor conferences and events that feature internationally renowned speakers, faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students from across campus and within the local community to advance the study of national security in a global context. Our faculty brings a wealth of experience and academic expertise from a wide variety of disciplines, including political science, history, sociology, law, comparative studies, and philosophy. We invite artists to submit artwork that would be appropriate for an academic space; any style and/or medium is welcome, with the exception of large sculptures as to not impede the functionality of the space. Artists will also have the opportunity to sell their art, and the center would not take a commission. While we will accept submissions from any artist, preferential consideration will go to artwork with themes centered on peace, security, international conflict, identity, and citizenship. Submissions for art to be displayed in the Mershon Center breakroom will be accepted on a rolling basis, as the artwork will be changed periodically and as pieces are sold.  To submit artwork for consideration, please send a photo or photos of the piece along with a statement about it that includes the title, size, and medium to Kyle McCray at mccray.44@osu.edu.  If you have any questions, please contact Kyle McCray at mccray.44@osu.edu or 614-806-1122. For more information about the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, please visit mershoncenter.osu.edu

The City of Groveport

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Call to Artists:
The City of Groveport is looking for artist to fill their 2017 calendar at the Art Gallery located in Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main Street, Groveport, Ohio 43125.
They do not charge for artists to display their work, and artists also have the ability to sell their work.
The Town Hall has wall space (wall hangers) and glass front book shelves with adjustable shelving available for use. They like to keep art on display for 30 days with the install close to the first, and take down at the end of the month.
They display all forms of art: paintings, ceramics and special collections/hobbies.
Please email or call Cristy Duckworth if you have any questions or would like to show at the Gallery.
Cristy Duckworth
Program Coordinator
City of Groveport
Community Affairs Department
Fax 614-836-1117


Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence

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Glacier National Park is currently accepting applications for its Artist-in-Residence program. The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of this astounding landscape. It also allows artists the opportunity to share their work with an international audience through educational programs and exhibits. Each session of the Artist-in-Residence program offers the artist four weeks of uninterrupted time to pursue their artistic discipline. It also provides the artist with a furnished house located in the park. The artist is required to present several public programs during their residency. The programs must be related to their experience as the artist-in-residence and can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. Digital images of selected work produced as a part of the residency may be used in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Applications are available online at https://www.callforentry.orgThe deadline to apply is January 31, 2017.  For more information contact the Artist-in-Residence Coordinator, Jessica Kusky, at jessica_kusky@nps.gov.

Women’s Studio Workshop

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For more information visit: http://bit.ly/studio-grant


Women’s Studio Workshop has an artist-centered philosophy and a deep commitment to the individual’s creative process. We support this vision by providing a space where artists can work in a concentrated studio environment with other artists from around the world. Residents receive 24-hour studio access and on-campus housing. All opportunities are for women-identified artists not enrolled in an academic program during their residency. Apply online at wsworkshop.org. Residency Grants are supported by our technical and artistic staff who are readily available to coach, train, and assist artists on all aspects of their projects. This active engagement allows artists to work across mediums, integrating new processes and materials into their work, and gaining new levels of mastery in specific disciplines. STUDIO RESIDENCY GRANT Choose any of our studios and work towards a new body of work. 6-8 weeks.

Eligible media

All Disciplines, Artists with Disabilities, Arts-Related, Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Multidisciplinary Arts, Visual Arts, Non-Profit Orgs. http://www.wsworkshop.org/

L´Atelier sur Seine

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L’Atelier sur Seine offers a unique opportunity for artists to work in historical artist studio.

Description of residency program
L’Atelier sur Seine offers a unique opportunity for visual artists to live in a French region known for its long artistic past and work in a historical artist studio overlooking the Seine river. The aim of this program is to encourage artist residents to find inspiration and make progress on their work within the walls of the studio. The program offers visual artists a peaceful and inspiring setting in which to pursue the work they love. Visual artists of any media, painting, sculpture, ceramics and applied arts are invited to stay with us for a self-directed residency.​L’Atelier sur Seine residency is more like a retreat. There is no pressure to produce any exhibition at the end. There is only one resident artist at any given time, which provides a tranquility and allows us to adapt to your requirements.
Duration of residency 1 – 3 weeks duration during available periods (mid September – mid October; end April – end June)
This is a limited-time residency program that is only available for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The Fall residency starts mid September 2016 and ends October 15th, 2016. The program resumes in the Spring and runs from end of April 2017 until the end of June 2017. Please note, the residency is not available from mid October to mid April.
The length of stay is from one to three weeks. In the application, you have an option to propose the dates and duration that suit you. You can provide few options indicating the preferred period.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
English and/or Russian spokenAccommodation See Accommodation page for more details.Studio/ workspace See Atelier/Studio page for more details
Fees and support

  • Studio use
  • Private room with en-suite bathroom/toilet
  • Shared living and kitchen space
  • Internet connection
  • Visits to nearby historic sites, occasional family meals, picnics in the garden and other activities. Jazz festival in village across the river in June.
  • There is no financial obligation involved, you are invited to stay with us as a family guest in exchange of an artwork as an in-kind contribution.

Expectations towards the artist

  • Only one artist resident at a time (no companions)
  • Everyday expenses such as food, travel and transportation as well as any materials (supplies, equipment, tools, etc.) that artist needs for their work are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Artist resident is expected to donate an artwork in lieu of fee accommodation and studio use. The piece can be produced prior or during the residency. The work is selected and agreed upon by both parties on a case-by-case basis.

Application information If you wish to apply, please complete this application form  and email along with the following documentation and information:

1.    An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV / resume) 2.    Photographic documentation (5-10 images) and/or a link to your online portfolio/video with a description of your work 3.    A letter of Intent / Residency Proposal stating the reasons that inspired you to apply and describing the artistic project or the work that you envision to carry out during your stay.  Please also include:

  • details about the duration (1-3 weeks) and desired dates for available months
  • any specific requirements, support & desired working space features
  • any further information which might be relevant

4.    Propose a piece of artwork for the donation in lieu of fee accommodation and studio use. The artwork can be existing or produced during the residency. Deadlines Spring 2017: February 1, 2017

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as conveniently possible. Selected artists will be notified no later than one month before the desired period of stay. Please e-mail the application form and all the application materials to Mila at lateliersurseine@gmail.com

Film For Artists: Site & Cycle 2017

Tags: Residencies, International

A Hands-on filmmaking residency for beginners or experts alike, focusing on artisanal film technique Description of Residency Program This hands-on filmmaking workshop, appropriate for absolute beginners and small-gauge film enthusiasts alike, will focus on artisanal film techniques while engaging with the specific geography of the Toronto Islands. Spend a week on beautiful Hanlan’s Point investigating the compelling materiality of celluloid film. We will explore various hand-processing techniques on Super 8mm and 16mm film, exploring the creative and aesthetic potential of film in conjunction with notions of site specificity and psychogeography. We will embrace experimentation, chance, and accident in our process, thinking of the filmmaking process as a cycle not separate from the natural, ecological cycles that encompass our lives and practices. An alternative to traditional filmmaking instruction, we forego the rules in favour of integrating cycles of experimentation, growth, and decay. The Film for Artists – Site + Cycle residency will host free public screenings, talks, and tours, in order to foster interest in the Toronto Islands as a creative site and source of inspiration, encouraging participants and public audiences to consider Toronto’s unique history, landscape and topography. We will teach you: – Basic camera theory and how to use the Super 8mm and Bolex 16mm cameras – How to hand process black and white 16mm and Super 8mm film – Decay techniques using bleach, soil, oil and salt – Painting, drawing, and scratching on film Facilitators:  Zoë Heyn-Jones is a Toronto-based researcher and artist who grew up on Saugeen Ojibway land in Ontario and on Tz’utujil Maya land in Guatemala. Zoë’s lens-based research projects have been shown locally and internationally in galleries, cinemas, and alternative spaces. Zoë is a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at York University where she is researching the performance of transnational human rights solidarity activism and its connections to decolonial visuality. Zoë is concurrently pursuing a graduate diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University) where she holds the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights Fellowship. Zoë also holds a Graduate Fellowship at the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). She studied cinema and anthropology at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. Eva Kolcze is a Toronto-based artist and filmmaker whose work explores themes of landscape, architecture and the body through material investigations with the surface of celluloid. Her work has screened locally and internationally at venues and festivals including Anthology Film Archives, The International Rotterdam Film Festival, The Images Festival, Nuit Blanche and Antimatter Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Film from York University and a BFA in Integrated Media from OCAD University. Generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Pleasure Dome, and the Canadian Filmmakers D Duration of Residency One Week Disciplines, Work Equipment and Assistance Residency is open to artists working in all disciplines and interested in incorporating film making and film techniques into their practice. Artists should plan to bring all materials relevant to their practice and creation process. Provided: Hands-on instruction supplemented by film screenings, and engagement with relevant literature, Black and white film, darkroom chemistry, and supplies, Super 8 and Bolex cameras, though supplies will be limited and you are encouraged to bring your own. Accommodation Private Studio/ Workspace Shared, furnished, large studio space provided Fees and Support $750 + HST / Private Accommodation, (Payment in CDN Funds only).  A scholarship position for a local artist living and working in one of the City of Toronto’s 31 priority neighbourhoods will be made available through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council. More information and application criteria are available at www.filmforartists.com Expectations towards the Artist Artists will be expected to create work to be presented in an informal setting throughout the residency Application Information March 1st, 2017: Deadline for scholarship applications, April 1st, 2017: Deadline for participant applications Any questions can be sent to info@filmforart


GCAC Aritst in the Community Grants

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All four (4) GCAC individual artist grants are currently open. You may apply for two (2) grants per calendar year if you do NOT currently have any open grants with the Arts Council. Your request from GCAC may not exceed the total grant amount: Supply: $500 Professional Development: $1000 Research and Development: $1000 Performing Artist Travel: $1500 For more information, and to read the guidelines, visit our website: http://www.gcac.org/grants-services/for-artists/

Create a Competitive Grant Application

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Create a Competitive Grant Application: Winning Strategies & Best Practices Curious about ways to strengthen your Ohio Arts Council (OAC) grant application to increase the chances of connecting with a review panel? Join the program experts at the OAC on Thursday, January 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m, for a free webinar! This webinar will offer a useful compendium of knowledge, observations from past panel reviews, and suggestions based on successful OAC grant applications. Designed to benefit large, mid-sized, and small organizations seeking funding for general, start-up, or operating support—as well as funding for innovative opportunities, arts explorations with an educational focus, and professional development. New applicants and longstanding grantees, alike, will gain new insights into maximizing support from the OAC.   Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5742141580380711428


Visit oac.ohio.gov/About/Staff-Directory for contact information. Complete bios available online. BRIANNA DANCE | Organizational Programs Coordinator Brianna Dance has administered state funding to arts institutions for the past six years. She joined the Ohio Arts Council in 2013, and currently coordinates grant programs for organizations based in central and eastern Ohio. In her role, she advises and provides assistance to organizations interested in applying—and those who have received—OAC funding and coordinates the peer review panel process. CHIQUITA MULLINS LEE | Arts Learning Coordinator Chiquita Mullins Lee serves the diverse needs of teachers, students, teaching artists, schools, and community organizations. She oversees programs that support quality arts experiences with an educational focus. Chiquita served for several years as project coordinator for Ohio’s Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, and as a teaching artist on the OAC artist roster. JIM SZEKACS | Organizational Programs Coordinator Jim Szekacs coordinates grant programs for organizations based in the western and greater Cleveland regions of Ohio, and has been with the Ohio Arts Council for more than twelve years. Jim works with arts and cultural organizations to identify possibilities for funding operations, innovative projects, and capacity building activities. He serves as the statewide coordinator for the Building Cultural Diversity grant program.


Filmmaking Forms

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Every Filmmaking Form You’ll Ever Need in 99 Free Templates. Ease your workload (and your mind) with these free templates for everything from storyboarding to contracts to accounting. http://nofilmschool.com/2016/08/grab-every-filmmaking-form-youll-ever-need-these-99-free-templates

Kiva Columbus

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Kiva Columbus Kiva is a 501(c)3 U.S. nonprofit no-interest loan platform fueled by passionate people. Founded in 2005, and based in San Francisco, with offices in Nairobi and staff around the globe.


The National Endowment for the Arts

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The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. https://www.arts.gov/

Americans for the Arts

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To serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts. http://www.americansforthearts.org/

Ohio Humanities

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Ohio Humanities encourages all Ohioans to explore the human story. Providing financial support through grants for community projects, exhibits, and activities, Ohio Humanities partners with cultural organizations to present book festivals and public activities, and to promote heritage tourism in Ohio. http://www.ohiohumanities.org/

Thomas Ingram Law Group

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From the Field                                            Care to…Entity?  Stefan T.  E. Thomas, Esq. Thomas Ingram Law Group www.tilawgroup.com Oftentimes dance spotlights the creative process and obscures related business processes. And, generally, that obscurity is right out the gate— entity choice and formation. What is entity choice? It is choosing through which business entity to operate or conduct business. In Ohio, there are different business entities from which to choose including the limited liability company and nonprofit corporation. The Limited Liability Company. The Limited Liability Company, better known as the “LLC,” is a hybrid of a corporation and partnership. The LLC shields members (i.e. owners) from personal liability and provides for flexible tax, financial, and operational, structuring. The Nonprofit Corporation. In Ohio an entity established to benefit the public is a nonprofit. A nonprofit must serve one of eight federally exempt purposes and file with the IRS to become a tax-exempt entity. If granted tax-exempt status, owners are shielded from personal liability and the entity has access to grants, donations, in-kind services, tax deduction and exemption benefits. Why is entity choice important? Whether an independent dancer or a dance organization, three important factors exist supporting entity choice.

  1. Revenue generation is often more feasible when acting through an entity, especially as the entity becomes reputable. Moreover, grants and financing may be available at higher amounts and better rates for entities. And, don’t forget the beneficial tax treatment that may exist.
  1. No one wants to be in trouble, but sometimes it happens. Whether a breach of residency or work for hire agreement or a violation of choreographic protected rights, entities can assist with containing the potentially assessed damages.
  1. You are an artist; yes, but your art is a commodity. Establishing a business is one way of ensuring the longevity of your dance career. Business begets business.


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PatronArt is a marketplace that connects customers to artists in order to commission custom artwork. https://patronart.com/