Artist Opportunities

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Studio/office spaces for rent at Central Presbyterian Church
Rev. Chris Bullock at Central Presbyterian Church is exploring the possibility of renting rooms in the Church's buildings to artists and arts nonprofits. The Church would be able to offer Internet/wifi, copying/printing/faxing, and air conditioned/heated spaces of varying sizes for a reasonable cost.  If you're interested, email Rev. Bullock.

The Artists Registry
The word out to ALL ARTISTS in the Gulf Coast region is that your names and your work can now be seen in an all-inclusive data-base. Sponsored and supported by Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Arts Council and the Alabama Center for Contemporary Art, the Artists Registry will be an outstanding resource for promoting the arts in Mobile and all communities along the Gulf Coast and beyond. The Artists Registry is designed to showcase local artists along the Southern coast in every area of the arts: music, visual art, dance, theater, needlework….all creative endeavors! The art community recognizes the importance of preserving for posterity the work of local artists and artisans who so essentially reflect the nuances of our time and culture. In addition, inclusion in the Artists Registry would provide a unique resource for possible exhibitions, programs and events to promote the many types of art that are being produced in our area. Please join by filling out the registration form!

T.A.P. (Teaching Artists Project)
Local artists are encouraged to sign up as part of a network (an artist database) that will be shared between the Museum, the Mobile Arts Council, and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The goal is to make it easier to provide eager artists with jobs - including teaching, public art creation, professional workshops, and more. Find out what you need to sign up through the TAP checklist. If you want to sign up, click here.

VISUAL ARTS

Call for Artists: ArtWalk at O'Daly's
O'Daly's would like to welcome all artists to set up at Dauphin St. Blues Company in a market style format. They can set up inside or on the sidewalk directly in front of O'Daly's. They will have live music and beer tastings. Artists would need to bring 100% of their own set up (table and chair) and if they need power they would need their own extension cords. The artists would keep 100% of all sales and commissions. The space would be first come, first serve in terms of where to set up. If you want more information, email events@odalysirishpub.com!

Call for Artists: Lunch at The Shoppes
The Shoppes at Bel Air is putting on a new event called Lunch at The Shoppes - think Art Walk meets lunchtime shopping event. It will happen quarterly on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 AM – 2 PM. They are looking for local artists to setup up their work in the mall for free! Artists cannot sell their artwork on site in the mall, but they can network, pass out cards, arrange to take orders, etc. Artwork must be family-friendly. Bringing your own setup is preferred, but some tables and chairs may be available. Interested artists need to email Kelsey@jjpragency.com to participate!

Call for Artists: 2017 Gulf Coast Ethnic & Hertiage Jazz Festival Poster Contest
The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival is seeking a design for its 19th annual event, set for August 7-12, 2017. The contest is open to all artists. Artists are limited to one entry, which must be an original, unpublished two dimensional work by the submitting artist depicting a jazz theme in any medium. The design must include the words “Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival” and “Mobile, Alabama,” as well as the year “2017”. It must be 24” high by 18” wide, mounted on white foam core. Entries must be received at the Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602 by May 15, 2017 with a completed entry form. Cash Prize $300.00. For further information, contact Raoul Richardson at drraoulrichardson@outlook.com

Call for Arts & Craft Vendors: Ladies Night and the Merry Market - The Merry Widow
Grab your friends for cocktails and shopping at Ladies Night, which is a monthly event hosted by the Merry Widow on the last Wednesday of every month. Local vendors set up to sell arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, desserts, bath products and more! Plus a custom cocktail menu crafted each month especially for this event, and available for one night only! Interested vendors: feel free to email info@themerrywidow.net for additional information. However what you mainly need to know is: there is no fee to set up (it’s free!); set up is at 5:00 PM; please try to break down no earlier than 10:00 PM; and please bring your own change.

Call for Artists: "Behind the Mask" Silent Auction and Retrospect Honoring Ellen Jones 
Legacy 166, Inc., a non-profit that provides after school art education programs in the community, is asking artists to decorate masks for a silent auction fundraiser. Each artist will be provided with a mask form and an art/craft material from Ellen Jone's art studio to create a mask. View more details about the fundraiser on the event flyer. Email Sher Graham if you are interested in participating!

Call for Entries: Bay Area Art Educators Annual Exhibition: Art/Work: Alabama, 2017  
Mobile Museum of Art, in partnership with Bay Area Art Educators, is please to present the third annual exhibition Art/Work, an exhibition of art by local art educators. 2017 Curatorial Aim is ‘Alabama’. In our continued celebration of our state, and in preparation for the bicentennial celebrations beginning this year, we are conducting an open call for art that explores the identity, history, and/or beauty of our great home state. MMofA and BAAE are looking for work that explores Alabama identity in any medium. Whether you’re interested in the cultural history, or the soil itself, show us your Alabama. Any work that deals meaningfully with themes or ideas connected to place is welcome. This opportunity is open for any artist actively teaching in Mobile or Baldwin County. Artists may submit up to 3 works of visual art, new media, photography, works on paper and small sculpture completed in the last 2 years detailed in JPEG or video format. Entries accepted from February 1- April 30, 2017 View the show prospectus here!

Call for Entries: 11th Aesthetica Art Prize
The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts. Enter the prize for a chance to showcase your work to wider audiences. Prizes include: £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox, group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica, editorial mention in Aesthetica Magazine, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton, and art books courtesy of Prestel. Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance. Up to two works can be submitted per Entry Fee, except for the Video, Installation & Performance category in which one work can be submitted. Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.

Call for Artists: New ArtWalk Location - Coastal Bank and Trust
Coastal Bank and Trust in downtown Mobile is coordinating an exhibition each month in its office on St. Francis St., emphasizing family-friendly work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area. The spacious bank lobby will feature one exhibition a month, with room for 9 to 15 medium to large works (in any media, able to be displayed and look professional on easels), for ArtWalk nights only. The bank will provide a casual reception (wine and snacks) for the artist and will promote the event to their staff and customer base. The artist is expected to attend the reception (and publicize the event to family and friends), which will last from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. Artists are responsible for transactions with buyers and will receive 100% of all sales. If you (or you and another artist/ other artists) would like to show your work, email a proposal to lgafford@mobilearts.org, accompanied by jpgs of several images from the exhibition or similar to the work in the proposed exhibition. If your proposal is accepted, we’ll determine a month for the exhibition.

Call for Artists: Mobile Street Pianos
Help make Downtown Mobile more musical! The Mobile Downtown Alliance is looking for artist volunteers to paint Street Pianos - donated pianos that will be placed outside of downtown businesses and organizations daily for the public to play. Materials (paint) will be provided. The piano could be painted inside or outside (in public) in a shaded area. Interested artists must submit artwork samples and piano design ideas to lgafford@mobilearts.org. Painted pianos and participating artists will be heavily publicized on social media. Visit the Pianos About Town facebook page (from the City of Fort Collins) to see what Mobile Street Pianos strives to emulate.

Call for Muralists: Local Mural Initiative - One Mobile​
One Mobile is launching a new mural initiative program. All artists will be paid for their work and will also be matched with apprentices. New projects will be popping up all the time, and applications will be kept on file unless withdrawn. Click here to upload the online application.

Call for Members & Studio Space: Gallery 450
Coworking and artist space available at 450 Dauphin Street in the heart of downtown Mobile. Artists memberships start at $25 and coworking spaces at $175. If interested, contact via facebook, calling 251-202-7121 or emailing gallery450dauphin@gmail.com.

Call for Artists: CATS
CATS: Creative Artistic Treasures Studio. A new gallery opening in April 2016 across from Spring Hill College. Need art in all media, with cats (meow) as the subject matter. Call Sherry Polansky at 251-308-2552 for an appointment.. 

Call for Artists: The Battle House
The Battle House is seeking artists for LoDa ArtWalk nights. If interested, please send your response and sample of art to gary.smith@renaissancemobile.com.

Call for Members: Spanish Fort Artist Guild
Free group open to working artists in the Spanish Fort area. Open studio time, workshops, and meetings scheduled every week on Tuesday from 1 to 3 in the City Hall classroom. Call Claudine Andress at 251-626-6264 for details.

Call for Members: AIGA Gulf Coast
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA remains "the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design and is now known simply as 'AIGA, the professional association for design.'" Area designers are recruiting members to begin a Gulf Coast chapter. If you are interested in joining, visit the group's Facebook page.

Call for Artists: Dauphin Island Gallery
Applications are being accepted for fine artists and handcrafters in Mobile and South Mobile County to show and sell their work in the Gallery's new location (918 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island). Spaces (3' x 10') cost $50 a month plus 15% of sales. A limited number of spaces are available at $25 per month plus 15% of sales if the artist works at the Gallery at least one day a month. Contact Kathryn Carver, President of the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council: 251-490-0294 or dauphinislandarts@gmail.com.

Call for Artists: Eastern Shore Art Center
The Eastern Shore Art Center offers many opportunities to both members and non-members. Members can take part in annual juried and open exhibitions, a bi-monthly sales gallery, the Art and About Program, open studios, and the gift shop and receive discounts on classes and workshops. ESAC puts on two annual outdoor art festivals, features five galleries with shows that rotate monthly, and presents gallery talks, forums and more that are open to the public. To download an exhibit proposal, visit ESAC online. For more details, email Adrienne Falls.

Call for Artists and Artisans: MAC Arts & Crafts Markets
Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of opportunities for artists and craft-makers to sell their handcrafted goods throughout the year.  Artists and crafters who are interested in participating in any one of these events can apply online here. Please review Mobile Arts Councils Arts and Crafts Market Guidelines before applying.

Call for Artists: Mobile Art Association
The Mobile Art Association is the ideal organization for amateur and professional artists.  With over 100 members, MAA provides numerous opportunities to network with and learn from fellow artists. Meetings are on the third Sunday of each month, from September through May, and are held at the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL.  The meeting includes a program to provide instruction, critique, and/or “hands on” opportunities to help artists further develop their knowledge and skills. MAA provides a variety of venues and opportunities for members to show their work, including: Spring Member Exhibition, Fall Juried Exhibition, Bi-Annual Juried Exhibit as part of the Shared Expressions Exhibit at the Mobile Museum of Art, and opportunities to show work at local businesses. Visit MAA's website for details and applications.

Call for Artists: Mobile Arts Council
Mobile Arts Council coordinates monthly exhibitions in its offices at 318 Dauphin St., emphasizing work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area.  Shows focus on work by students, emerging artists, artists not represented in a gallery, or established artists moving in a new direction (e.g. a new medium, new subject, new style). The offices feature three exhibition spaces:  the Skinny Gallery and two meeting/conference rooms (the Large Room and the Small Room). Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Monday of the month through the last Friday. The public is invited to meet the artists from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. The offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM and usually on Saturday mornings when the Market on Cathedral Square is active.  For details on submitting a proposal (or on any other aspects of an exhibition), contact Lucy Gafford.

MUSIC

Sforzando: Community Drum Circle
Come one, come all, to Mobile’s newest community Drum Circle. sFz is a community drum circle aimed at middle school and high school students that are interested exploring rhythm and improvisation.  It will be held at First Baptist Church of Mobile (Government and Broad Streets) on the first and third Monday nights each month from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. You can contact the church office at 251-432-6513, or Ted Smelser's at 251-300-4319. All who are interested are welcome, even if you just want to listen.  If you have hand drums or percussion instruments, please bring them.  There will be instruments provided.

LITERATURE

Mobile Writers Guild
The Mobile Writers Guild is an organization of professional and aspiring writers. Anyone is welcome to join their monthly meetings at 6 p.m. every first Thursday of the month (September through May) at the West Regional Library on Grelot Road.

THEATRE

Auditions: Theatre 98 - Becky's New Car
Mark your calendars for auditions for our July show, Becky's New Car, a fresh and newish comedy by Steven Dietz. Director Jonne Thornton is looking for women aged 20-30 and 40-65, and men aged 23-32 and 40-70, and as always no experience is necessary and all ethnicities are welcome. Dates and time: May 8-10 at 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Jonne at jcrow_t@bellsouth.net.

Workshop: Sketch Comedy Writing with Kevin McDonald
For those that are serious about comedy and writing, Kevin McDonald will be leading this day-long workshop and introduce the Kids in the Hall method of sketch comedy writing through improvisation. You'll learn the basics of sketch comedy and comedy writing. We follow that by playing warm-up games that lead you into thinking naturally about writing and performing at the same time. The class will split into groups to improvise a scene that will be developed into a comedy sketch. Following the workshop, students will be invited back to perform their material in front of an audience with Kevin McDonald! See the event page for more details.

DANCE

The Dance Academy of Mobile
The Dance Academy of Mobile was created in response to an incredible number of requests from parents and students for a new way to experience dance. Our goal is to inspire dancers, young and old, in a caring yet challenging atmosphere. Classes are offered for children and adults in a variety of dance styles: ballet, broadway jazz, contemporary, tap, hula, hip hop, and tahitian dance. View their online schedule for classes and times!

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

S.A.I.L. - Sustaining Artful Education and Learning
The Alabama Alliance for Arts Education is pleased to announce their annual Arts Education workshop series, S.A.I.L., will take place June 25 - 30, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama. Location: Alabama Contemporary Arts Center, 301 Conti St, 36601. Conference Hotel: The Admiral Hotel Mobile, 251 Government St, 36602. View the flyer for detailed desciptions of classes and more!

T.A.P. (Teaching Artists Project)
Local artists are encouraged to sign up as part of a network (an artist database) that will be shared between the Museum, the Mobile Arts Council, and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The goal is to make it easier to provide eager artists with jobs - including teaching, public art creation, professional workshops, and more. Find out what you need to sign up through the TAP checklist. If you want to sign up, click here!

Arts In Education for K-6
Discover how to integrate dance, music, theatre and visual art across the curriculum. Explore reading, math, science, social studies and other subjects as they are enhanced by the arts! Learning through the arts often reaches students who struggle with the more traditional modes of learning and supports creativity in the classroom. Arts in Education enhances student learning through the arts. Teachers are not asked to teach dance, music, theatre, or visual arts, but to teach reading, math, writing, science, social studies, and other subjects through the vehicle of the arts. Eligibility: All Alabama teachers, principals and para-professionals. FREE Materials: Books, CDs, puppets, instruments and more! Inservice (FLEX) Credit through SARIC: Up to 40 hours. For more information, contact Jessica Freeland, Coordinator: (251) 460-6272 or artsineducation@southalabama.edu. Download the registration form for workshop dates (throughout 2016-2017) and to sign up!

Eastern Shore Camera Club
Provides members, from beginners to professionals, with educational and skill building opportunities in the art of photography; admission is free and open to anyone interested. Second Thursdays, 6:30 PM. Faulkner State Community College, Centennial Building, School Street and Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope. Call 251-401-0008 for details.

Sumi-e Studio
First and third Tuesday, 10 AM – 1 PM. Hosted by the Shibui Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America. Sessions take place at the Asian Culture House, 4850 Ziegler Boulevard. $2. Eventual membership requested/ $10 annually. Contact Carol Wiggins for questions at carolw2651@comcast.net.

Workshop: Ikebana
Ikebana International of Mobile, Chapter 164. Newcomers welcome. First Fridays at 10 AM. The workshop takes place at the Asian Culture House, 4850 Zeigler Boulevard. Admission is free!

Azalea City Center for the Arts
Classes for young people, including special needs children, in a variety of disciplines - dance, music, theatre and visual arts.).

City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department
Classes in various arts and crafts for adults and children at a number of venues; see in particular The Art Instructional Center at Lavretta Park. Complete schedule and information.

Daphne Art Center 
Ongoing and weekly classes for adults and children, workshops and "fun evenings." Complete schedule.

Eastern Shore Art Center 
Classes and workshops for adults and children. Visit the Center website and click on "Education."

Mobile Museum of Art 
For adults - workshops, ongoing classes, and off-site classes; for children and families - after-school classes, spring break art camp, and art for home-schooled children. Visit the Museum website and click on Learn.

University of South Alabama Center for Continuing Education 
Classes in a variety of subject areas, including dance, photography, and nonprofit management (USA offers certification programs in the latter two areas). Complete schedule and information. Odyssey is USA's lifelong learning program, primarily for seniors.