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Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards 2018



$20,000.00 Awarded to Visual Artists:  Three artists will be selected to each receive $5,000.00. Five additional awards of $1,000.00 each will also be awarded.  Applications accepted August 1 - October 31, 2018.
The Santo Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 Distinguished Juror, Laura Copelin.

​LAURA COPELIN is Director & Curator at Ballroom Marfa, established in 2003 in a converted 1927 dancehall in Marfa, Texas, as a space for creative artistic expression. In Marfa, she has realized numerous exhibitions and public programs including the curr
ent group exhibition, Hyperobjects with philosopher Timothy Morton (2018), the group exhibition Tierra. Sangre. Oro. with artist Rafa Esparza (2017), and is facilitating the stone circle, a major public commission by Haroon Mirza. At Ballroom she has also organized and coordinated projects such as the exhibition After Effect (2016); Artists’ Film International exhibitions and programs (2015-2018); the Marfa Dialogues/Houston symposium with FotoFest (2016); and more.

Copelin’s pre-Marfa experience spans the spectrum of arts organizations from serving as Assistant Curator at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles to participating in artist-run schools and residencies including: Machine Project’s Curatorial Academy; Mountain School for Arts; Summer Forum for Inquiry and Exchange; and the Los Angeles Seminary for Civic and Embodied Arts. 

The Santo Foundation is thrilled to connect the earnest, relevant and inspired spirit that Laura brings to her past and current work in California and Texas, to the work of the talented and devoted emerging artists from the United States and abroad who enter the call to the annual Individual Artist Awards.

To apply:

Artists may submit online only through Call for (CaFÉ).

Graduate School candidates are eligible. Students at earlier levels are not eligible.

Emerging, mid-career and mature artists are eligible and encouraged to apply.

All mediums of visual art are eligible including images, audio, video and performance.

This is an International call and all artists are welcome to apply regardless of country, state or residency status.

Please submit (minimum and maximum) 6 files of original work and a current artist cv/resume.

No artist statements.

Limit video segments to 3 minutes.

Please do not submit other materials.

Application fee of $40.00 USD.

Call for Entry dates: August 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018.

Distinguished Juror will review work samples and exhibition proposals. Santo Foundation staff is NOT a part of this process.

Work samples and application materials are electronically reviewed, rated and selected.

Winning Artists will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and on in December 2018. The eight winning artists will be personally contacted upon selection.

Please note if you have questions regarding technical aspects of please contact their help desk. Please do not contact the juror.

If you have questions that do not involve Call for Entry technical issues contact information can be found on The Santo Foundation website.

Application Components & Things to Include or Consider:

Work Samples Upload 6 images (jpg) and/or video/sound files (mp3, mp4, wav, mov, mpg).

Artist CV/Resume: Upload 1 artist CV or resume (Should provide context for “where you are” in your art career. Should not be too long [no more than three pages] and should include art-career or other relevant info only)

Image Credits or Short Descriptions: If applicable, write a brief credit line or short description for each image, video, or sound file uploaded.

Select works that are no more than five years old, if possible.

Select works that show your best talents in one area (Depth over breadth).

“Clarity of Vision”: curate your work samples to create a cohesive identity for yourself as an artist to the Juror.

Three artists will be selected to each receive $5,000.00 USD.  Five additional awards of $1,000.00 USD each will also be awarded. 

Funds are to be used at the artist’s discretion with no follow up material required.

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First galleries and events manager reimagining DCAD spaces



Kelicia Pitts

When Kelicia Pitts became the first-ever galleries and events manager at the Delaware College of Art and Design this year, it was a kind of homecoming. Pitts had grown up in Claymont – she’s a member of the Mount Pleasant High School Class of 1996 – but wasn’t sure she’d ever live near home again after moving to Philadelphia.

Experience as a fine art model and as an abstract and street art gallery owner in the Rittenhouse Square area inspired her to pursue a degree that blended her two passions: art and business. She graduated from Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art & Design in 2016 with a degree in curatorial studies and a dual minor in business and fine art.

Now she’s back in Delaware and working in Downtown Wilmington. She’s also taking on a role she feels like she was meant to fill.

“My experience in managing a gallery space means I can really envision the possibilities here,” Pitts said. “I’m looking forward to reinventing and refining what already happens in our galleries and other event spaces.”

In recent years, DCAD’s main exhibition space – the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at 600 N. Market St. – has hosted five annual shows: a faculty and staff exhibition; an exhibition tied to one of the majors offered by DCAD and coordinated by the professor in charge of that major; an exhibition of degree-program student work; an exhibition of work by continuing education students and instructors; and brief exhibition of work by graduating students.

Pitts, however, envisions so much more.

“I plan to curate exhibitions of established and emerging artists that our student body can be inspired by and aspire to, exhibitions that will be educational for them as well as for those who live in, work in or visit Wilmington’s Creative District,” she said. “DCAD is a platform for art education – not just for our students but also for our community. And the point of entry for the community is our galleries.”

Pitts also will oversee DCAD’s student-run gallery to help students curate their own exhibitions of work that they and their peers have created, often outside the requirements of their degree studies. These shows fill the gallery walls of the Tatiana Copeland Student Center on the first floor of The Saville residence hall, also located on Market Street.

Another of her responsibilities is working with outside groups that want to rent campus spaces for events, a new venture for the College that will both enhance the bottom line and strengthen DCAD’s status as a community art hub and resource. Pitts said galleries are wonderful spaces for entertaining and provide a thoughtful and interesting backdrop for many kinds of events. She looks forward to working with brides, event planners and community organizations seeking fresh locations for their endeavors.

For gallery and event-planning information at DCAD, contact Pitts by telephone at (302) 622-8000, ext. 108, or via email at

Artist / Curator / Production assistant



Trans:plant art project - Yani B

I am a visual artist living and working in London.  My work examines the body, in its presence or absence, as a form of expression and manifestation of identity, culture, ideology, gender, sexuality, social ethics and collective aspirations. My current art project is about gender and language. It will be shown in a solo exhibition in the first week of November.

The assistant’s position is for the production, curation, administration and promotion of the project. I am looking for an open-minded, enthusiastic, organised person with knowledge of the contemporary art scene and strong writing and communication skills who is willing to help in all aspects of delivering the project. An interest in queer, feminist and non-binary sub-cultures and theories is paramount.

Working hours: 10-15 per week, flexible time, working from home. Preferably available on Fridays for meetings.
Currently I can reimburse only travel expenses (more opportunities to be discussed if funding becomes available).
Dates: Now to mid-november 2016

Please email your CV to


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