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Leighton Artists' Colony




Artists with a professional standing in their field and emerging artists of promising talent are encouraged to apply.

There are nine unique studios.  Each is designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and all provide the perfect setting for individuals and collectives from a wide variety of artistic genres to create new work.  Leighton artists contribute to culture and the arts in Alberta, throughout Canada, and around the world.

Each artist studio is fully furnished and equipped with a computer (PC or Mac subject to availability), printer, wifi, kitchenette, washroom, and telephone. Two of the nine studios are designed specifically to accomodate visual artists and feature storage, lighting, and flexible space. Some of the residency studios are large enough to accommodate collaborative projects. Although each studio is equipped with a kitchenette, the artists do not live in the studios. There is on-site accommodation and meal plans are provided separately. Access to tech support, equipment and additional facilities may be available on a rental basis. Please submit specific requests when you apply.

Applications are accepted from a variety of disciplines: writers, composers, singer-songwriters, visual artists, screenwriters, playwrights, literary translators, curators, art theorists, and professionals working in theatre, dance, and film at the conceptualization or research stage of a project. 

The Leighton Artists' Colony is accepting applications for residency from December 2016 onward.

Please visit the event website for further details and to apply.


The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund



The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund makes grants to visual artists to enable recipients to concentrate on their art. At least one grant is awarded annually.

The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund welcomes applications from visual artists aged 40 years or older, who live within 150 miles of Washington, D.C., and can demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit as artists from a grant. The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund does not, however, accept applications from filmmakers, video artists, and performance artists.

Grants may be used for any purposes relating to the recipients’ work as artists.

Size of Awards

In December 2015, the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund awarded nine grants totaling $135,000.


The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund has an annual deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than September 15.

Selection Process

Following submission of a complete set of application materials, applicants may be contacted by Fund staff for further information. All information given by applicants is subject to verification by the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund. The selection committee reviews eligible applications in the fall. The Fund notifies applicants of the outcome of their applications before the end of the calendar year. Decisions reached by the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund are final.


13th Regional Juried Exhibition




Artists who live and work in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin are eligible to submit works of art they have created within the past two years.

This annual juried art show features art by emerging and established artists from the tri-state region and it builds momentum each year. A wide variety of media is accepted from traditional materials such as painting and sculpture to conceptual and new media techniques including video, interactive media, performance and installation art.

The juror is Sergio Gomez, a Chicago based visual artist and creative entrepreneur. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. Sergio’s work has been subject of solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy and Vienna. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Spain, Sweden, London, Mexico and the US. His work can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum, and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte among other public and private collections. Currently, Sergio Gomez is the owner & director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Curator/Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, Art/Design faculty at South Suburban College, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing and Advertising, co-founder of 3c Wear and co-funder of the Art NXT Level Program. His weekly Artist Next Level podcast inspires and educates contemporary artists. Sergio has curated special projects for the Chicago Park District, ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair during Art Basel Week (2013, 2014), National Museum of Mexican Art, and ExpoChicago (2014) among others.


The Nude Figure



The Wayne Art Center invites artists to submit work in the mediums of painting, drawing and sculpture for a juried exhibition to accompany the exhibition, “The Nude, Mirror of Desire”. Subject matter of submissions should be focused on the human figure with an emphasis on, but not exclusive to, the nude figure.

Jurors Paul DuSold and Scott Noel, look to assemble a survey of contemporary responses to the nude to illuminate resonances between traditions of imagining the figure and the artist’s personal experience. The theme of mirroring is a metaphor for the persistence of the nude as a theme in art and our shared visual understandings of the body.

Jurors – Paul DuSold and Scott Noel

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Paul DuSold and Scott Noel as the jurors for the The Nude Figure exhibition.

Paul DuSold lives and maintains a studio in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. He exhibits his work in Philadelphia at the Gross McCleaf gallery. Paul is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. His work is best described as atmospheric representational with subject matter including nudes, portraits and still-life. For many years Paul has taught painting at the Woodmere Museum and the Fleisher Art Memorial.

His teaching methodology is to emphasize in teaching that it is always on understanding of fundamental. I believe the students are best served by learning to see with more sensitivity and handle their materials with more awareness and sensitivity.

Paul DuSold’s artwork is best described as atmospheric representationalism. Still life, figures in landscape and portraits are his preferred subject matter. DuSold’s influences are mostly sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian and Spanish painters; he is perhaps most informed by the use of oil paint as an expressive medium by the Venetian artists of the sixteenth century. The primary aspiration of his efforts is to paint pictures whole effect of meaning is achieved through a very acute balance of color, light and shadow and scale of forms.

Scott Noel began teaching and exhibiting in Philadelphia in 1980, two years after completing undergraduate study at Washington University in St. Louis. Since that time he has mounted over thirty solo exhibitions at galleries, universities and museums alongside many group shows. Solo shows have appeared at the State Museum in Harrisburg, the University of Virginia, the Bowery Gallery, the Painting Center and fifteen exhibitions at the More Gallery, Mangel, and Gross McCleaf Galleries in Philadelphia. Noel has curated exhibitions for museums, “The Evidence of the Senses” at the Woodmere Museum in 1990 and “Imaginative Affinities: Echoes of Edwin Dickinson in Contemporary Painting” at the Pennsylvania Academy in 2002. He has also written catalogue essays for peers and forbears, including Lennart Anderson, Larry Day, Rose Naftulin and Sangram Majumdar. Noel’s paintings are included in numerous private, public, and corporate collections. He has received grants from the Bader Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and the Independence Foundation as well as a fellowship to the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. His work has been reviewed in Arts and Art in America and he has twice been profiled in American Artist (1997, 2009). Scott teaches figure drawing and painting in the Certificate/BFA and MFA programs and is a critic in the MFA program.


Eighth Annual National Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition



8th Annual Juried Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition

This is a national juried art competition that is open to two-dimensional figurative artists. The work should reference the human figure. Accepting artwork in painting, drawing and printmaking. Artists must be over the age of 18. Works will be selected for exhibition by the juror from the pool of entries and announce the awards during the gallery talk at the opening reception. The juror this year is Judy Takács, an Ohio figurative artist.

Opening reception Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Show dates: Oct. 22 – Dec. 9, 2016


Residency Opportunity with stipend




The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, located in Nebraska City, NE offers from 50 to 60 juried residencies per year to visual artists, composers, writers, and interdisciplinary artists from around the country and all over the world. The Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that can vary from 2 to 8 weeks. Each resident has their own studio space, a private bedroom, private bathroom,  and a fully equipped kitchen.  The is a $100 weekly stipend for the duration of the artist's stay.

All resident artists are selected by a discipline-specific panel of professionals with decisions based on the quality of the proposal and the support materials submitted. Nebraska artists and those transitioning from graduate school receive special consideration.

Two application deadlines per year.  September 1 and March 1. 

Applicants are required to apply online through our Slideroom portal:

A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies.

For more info visit or call 402-874-9600, email info{at}khncenterforthearts{dot}org

Visual artists work in one of three studios, two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet. Onsite letterpress studio also available.



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