Spotlight: SMFA Grad Alumn Cullen Washington Jr. Solo Show at University of Michigan Museum of Art

Image “This expansive look at the work and concerns of emerging contemporary artist Cullen Washington, Jr. pivots around the artist’s most recent series, Agoras. The compositions explore the ancient Greek public space as a site for activated assembly and the heart of the artistic, spiritual, and political life of the city. UMMA’s installation is designed with an actual public square at its center, complete with sound components featuring noted political and aesthetic discourse and surrounded by Washington’s soaring monumental collages. Works from four earlier series by the artist form the perimeter of the Museum’s largest special exhibition space. The artist describes his work as “abstract meditations on the grid and humanity.”

OPP: St. Elmo Residency, Austin TX


SMFA alumn Merideth Hillbrand (BFA 2010) is the 2nd Fellow since the residency’s formation in 2018. The application deadline for the 2019–20 Fellowship has passed. Please check back here in early 2020 for information about the 2020–21 Fellowship!

“The St. Elmo Arts Residency is a joint project of the Department of Art and Art History and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin that offers one fellowship each academic year to a newly minted MFA artist in painting, drawing, print, photo, sculpture or multimedia.” Funded 9 Months, PT teaching experience at UT Austin, PT teaching at Wildflower center, Solo show at Wildflower center, 19th century carriage house gallery, 1800 square foot studio.

Opp: Jerwood WB Artist Attachments provide paid time and support over a year for three early-career artists.


We will be offering three Jerwood WB Artist Attachments which will provide paid time and support over a year for three early-career artists. This is a significant opportunity for three artists to develop their practice, exploring new ideas and taking the risks that have the potential to transform practice and career. It is aimed at artists who are a critical early point in their career and priority will be given to artists who are currently under-supported across the contemporary visual art sector and face real barriers to accessing opportunities. Each artist will receive a fee of £8,000 plus materials and travel, and the tailor-made programme will include mentoring and peer support. The Jerwood WB Artist Attachments will run from April 2020 to March 2021, and the three artists will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas and/or new work at our next Whitstable Biennale festival in June 2021. The final date for submissions will be 6 March 2020.

Opp: Call for Work: What’s Next? 2020 Emerson College


What’s Next? 2020 aims to present a snapshot of the emerging visual art culture through the work of emerging artists based in Greater Boston. This exhibition opportunity is for Emerging Artists (age 21+) which we define as artists who have not yet exhibited in professional venues and/or have less than three years of exhibition experience. Artists can be a current student in a Boston area MFA program or similar program. Must live in the Greater Boston area and be able to drop off and pick up the selected works to the gallery. 

DEADLINE for submissions is Monday, February 17, midnight. Selected artists will be notified by March 3rd.

DESCRIPTION Emerson Contemporary is looking for socially and critically engaged projects and works of art to be considered for a two-week emerging artist exhibition. 

We are particularly interested in moving image art, performance art and art using emergent technologies including but not limited to Installations (Interactive and non-interactive), Projections, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Environments, Robotics, Multimedia Performance, Digitally Generated Objects (i.e. 3D Printing), Single Channel Video and Animation, Experimental Documentary.