I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
MacDowell Colony (NH), International Call for Applicants: Residencies 2017 – 2018
Application Periods and Deadlines: Fall 2017 Residency Residency Dates: October 1st, 2017 – January 31st, 2018 Accepting Applications: February 15th, 2017 to deadline date of April 15th, 2017
Winter/Spring 2018 Residency Residency Dates: February 1st, 2018 – May 31st, 2018 Accepting Applications: July 15th to deadline date of September 15th, 2017
The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.
MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.
Eligibility: The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are in a degree program as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply.
MacDowell is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. No one with the AIDS virus, or HIV shall be denied admission as long as he/she is otherwise qualified. The Colony offers barrier-free access in all main buildings and some studios.
Application Periods and Deadlines: Artists may apply only once every 24 months. MacDowell will only accept applications for the next deadline. Please refer to the applications dates for application time periods.
The MacDowell Colony is located in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, where a striking natural environment and robust cultural scene combine to provide a wealth of options for residents and visitors alike.
Summary of Position: The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is seeking an entrepreneurial and highly effective leader to serve as Director of Curatorial Affairs, a new senior management role within the Center for Experience Development and Collections (CEDC). The Director of Curatorial Affairs will lead and support a team of experienced curatorial staff, working across disciplines to develop and implement gallery and exhibition experiences that engage the diversity of Oakland audiences in conversation and exploration of issues and ideas that matter, while helping OMCA achieve its mission and business goals. This position also will work closely with the Collections Team to establish priorities and plans for collections care, research, documentation and access. The Director of Curatorial Affairs will report to the Director of the CEDC.
About The Museum:
As stated in its mission, the purpose of OMCA is, "To inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities." The Museum is a blend of art, history, and natural science and is grounded in the belief that a museum should be welcoming and inclusive, making a difference by offering everyone access to inspiration, learning, and creativity. In 2013, OMCA completed an eight-year $63 million capital renovation project and unveiled completely transformed core collection galleries. The Museum has also undergone profound organizational changes with the transition from the City of Oakland to independent governance and operation in 2011.
While OMCA is approaching its 50th anniversary, it is in some ways, a start-up organization with the need to evolve and mature many of the existing structures, systems, and the culture itself. OMCA envisions being the heart of a thriving community and a statewide leader. OMCA seeks to be Oakland's public square and gathering space; a catalyst for the vitality of the region; and indispensable to the community, its residents, and its visitors.
A minimum 7-10 years of related experience and 4 years leadership experience. Possession of a Master's degree in a related field, such as museum studies, history or equivalent work experience is required.
Download a complete job description here. Individuals interested in applying for this position should send a resume and letter of interest to:
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Wednesday, February 8th, 7-9PM STATE OF THE ART: San Francisco - A Panel Discussion hear from art professionals about today’s art scene in San Francisco, including art trends, changes in the art market, and the many opportunities for artists to exhibit their artwork & get involved - with Michelle Nye, SFMOMA Artists Gallery; DeWitt Cheng, Art Critic; & Joan McLoughlin, The McLoughlin Gallery __________________________________
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Wednesday, May 24th, 7-9PM RISE ABOVE THE CROWD: Presenting Yourself as a Professional Artist - A Panel Discussion hearinsights in this Panel Discussion from local art gallery professionals on what galleries are looking for and how to approach them __________________________________
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