Visual Arts

Six Calls for Phoenix Creatives

Summer's around the corner, which means there's plenty of time to get creative (and finish a few projects) before the heat sets in.

Lucky you, there happen to be a handful of great opportunities for local artists to have their work displayed and recognized.

From paintings to puppets, here are six calls to creatives in Phoenix:

6. Contemporary Forum
The annual Artists Grants Program from Contemporary Forum support up to seven emerging, local contemporary artists with $1,500 for materials to continue their artwork. Contemporary Forum defines "emerging" as individuals who have "recently completed degree programs, have shown in Arizona but not extensively out of state, are returning to artmaking after a hiatus, or who have recently undergone a significant change of direction."

To apply, you must be an Arizona resident who's been working professionally as an artist in Arizona for at least seven years. You cannot be currently enrolled in a college degree program and cannot have already received the grant. Previous winners include Artists grants recipients Peter Bugg, architects Cy Edgar Keener and Jay Atherton, photographer William LeGoullon, multimedia artists Melissa Martinez and Aaron Rothman, sculptor John Tuomisto-Bell, and mixed-media artist Lisa Corine von Koch.

The Forum also grants one mid-career artist with $5,000 plus a special exhibition of his or her work alongside past award winners. Last year, the Contemporary Forum's Mid-Career Artist Award was given to Gregory Sale.

The deadline to apply (and for forum members to nominate artists) is March 31. More information and application details can be found here.

5. Ignite Phoenix 12
If you're game to get up on a stage and present a 5-minute monologue of what you're passionate about, whether it's the economics of a zombie attack, birds, or how to save endangered music, Ignite Phoenix is your next challenge. (You can watch those presentations and the rest of last year's Ignite Phoenix right here.)

Ignite Phoenix is in its twelfth round (this year's event will be on Saturday, May 4) and is looking for presentation submissions that are "safe for general consumption" -- and not a sales pitch for anything. Interested? Fill out this submission form. Ideas must be sent by midnight on Friday, March 30.

4. HEAT at Practical Art
Practical Art's first HEAT exhibition will feature work from local artists during July. (Yes, the hottest month of the year.) And they're looking for work that relates to heat in any interpretation. Mountable works less than 32 inches (horizontally) submitted by April 30 will be judged by a panel of local community members including Kimber Lanning of Local First, Kathryn Blake of Phoenix Art Museum, Heather Lineberry of ASU Art Museum, and artists Gregory Sale and Christine Cassano (to name a few).

To submit, email up to five images in JPG format (Note: Images should be sized at 1000 pixels on the longest side with a resolution of 72 ppi. Number your files following the format: "01_lastname.jpg, and include title, medium, retail price, and dimensions of framed submission) as well as an artist statement, bio or CV to [email protected] Accepted entries will be displayed in a gallery exhibition at Practical Art, 5070 N Central Avenue, from July 1 to July 31.

3. Puppeteer Needed for the Great Arizona Puppet Theater
If you're good with your hands, have a flexible voice, and aren't afraid of a few strings, open auditions for a touring show from Great Arizona Puppet Theater are available now. Candidates must be reliable, be good with children, and have a vehicle suitable to carry a small puppet show. Call 602-262-2050 to schedule an audition.

2. Be a docent at SMoCA
For those who have a love for contemporary art and an interest in teaching others, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is looking for potential docents who will lead visitors through the museum and outdoor public sculpture area in the Civic Center park. To learn more about the program and to brush up on some art history and current exhibitions, check out the info session on Thursday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. RSVP by calling 480.874.4641.

1. Monsters on Main Street
Attention Monster Fiends: If you draw monsters or sculpt Cthulhu busts in your spare time, Rusted Nail Gallery in Mesa is looking for work. The gallery will host its Monsters On Main Street show that opens Friday the 13th of April as a part of Mesa Second-Friday. Organizers note: "the scarier the better." Submissions can be sent to [email protected]

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