Monthly Archives: February 2010

Grants for U.S. artists

I recently happened upon a website called The Artists Objective. It has some useful information, particularly of interest for U.S. artists is the ART FUNDERS link. Hope you find these useful.

Also, a reminder that there are  4 days left to apply for the June writer’s residence. Click on the Writer’s Residence page for more information.

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Searching for grants

Money – I think this a topic many artists and people in the arts hate talking about. The reason is mostly because of the difficulty of attaining it. I have problems with getting it for the residency as well, and it pains me that the artists invited must pay some of the costs. I’m working as hard as I can to reduce these costs to a minimum.

Below are some funding resources. These can be helpful even for those artists who will not participate in the residency this year.

Of course, good places to start are local Arts Councils, Associations and Foundations, local Polish organizations (i.e. Polish-American associations). If any of you have good sources or leads, please add them in the comments and I will try to add them to this list. The list below is of course tailored mostly to the needs of artists going on residencies, but not exclusively. I hope it is of help for everyone.

ChangingRoom – Big online database

Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe

Foundation Center

Kulturkontakt Nord Mobility Program

Lab for Culture

Open Art Projects

European Cultural Foundation Mobility Grants

Andy Warhol Foundation (may be for institutions only)

If I find anything else, I will update this post. Please let me know if any of the links aren’t working.

P.S. – If any of you have good funding resources for NGOs in Europe, specifically Poland, I would be much obliged.

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One of the most interesting Polish painters from Podlaskie

As I mentioned previously, I would like this blog to serve not only as information about the residence in Bialystok, but also function as a place for information about contemporary Polish artists, Polish art in general, Polish culture, music, food, as well as regional information about Bialystok and Podlaskie province – of course, stuff you won’t find in most guidebooks or art books (in English).

Today, I present Leon Tarasewicz, one of the most interesting contemporary Polish painters. Leon Tarasewicz comes from the village Walily in the Podlaskie province located near the eastern border with Belarus. He was born on March 14, 1957 and continues to reside in Walily. He studied at the Fine Art Academy in Warsaw (1979-1984) and debuted in Galeria Foksal in 1984. Since then, his work has been widely exhibited in Poland and around the world.

Tarasewicz’s work challenges the ideas of what painting and art are. His paintings are monumental, architectural installations, where the viewer is not a passive viewer – we are able to physically experience the “paintings”. These works exceed the traditional understanding of painting. In his work, painting in not limited to the canvas – it covers floors (like at the Venice Biennale in 2001), pillars, ceilings, entire walls. It isn’t flat, but three-dimensional. Some installations are like mazes, where the viewer literally gets lost in the painting – or maybe the comparison should be to a fun house; the artist uses the architecture of his paintings along with mirrors to completely disorient the viewer.

There is a lot more I could write about this artist, but I think this is enough for today.

I hope this inspires you in your own work.

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Applications for summer 2010 AIR in

So, I believe I have received the last of the applications for the summer artist residence, which will take place in July and August. I have emailed everyone whose application I have received, so that means that if you sent in an application, but haven’t received a confirmation of receipt from me, there are only two possible reasons:

  • a. I haven’t received your application or
  • b. my email didn’t get to you.

Either way, you should get in touch with me.

I must admit the decision will not be an easy one. There are many great artists who make really interesting work with very compelling reasons for wanting to come to Bialystok. Alas, a decision must be made, and 6 artists will be invited to come to Bialystok for the summer. Soon the committee will confer and I will inform ALL applicants of whatever decision is made by February 15, and then with the permission of the chosen artists, I will post who will be coming in July.

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