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Art Research: Business Resources for Studio Artists

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CUE Art Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting culture by supporting the creativity of under-recognized artists through offering comprehensive arts education programming for artists and students, and interdisciplinary arts events for public audiences.
The purposes of this guide means using art as a commodity in a commercial sense. It encompasses the buying and selling of art, the valuing of art through appraisal, working with galleries and dealers, and the relative recent phenomenon of international art fairs that market contemporary art. For those of us who study art for its aesthetic appeal or its reflection of society, the business end of the art world is a totally new approach.
This report examines the projected growth rate for artist occupations through 2018, over which time artist occupations will increase by 11 percent, compared with an overall increase in the labor force of 10 percent.

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The Gunk Foundation Grants for Public Art
Interested in supporting projects that make it out of the museum, gallery and alternative spaces, and into the spaces of daily life.  Non-traditional, thought-provoking public work that is site specific.
Creative Capital
The foundation seeks funding requests for artist projects in either media, performing and visual arts, or in emerging fields (which includes all forms of digital work).
The Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship Grants
Offer a limited number of fellowship grants of up to $5,000 each for individuals working in still photography and photography-based media. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
The Alexia Foundation for World Peace Annual Photography Contest offers grants to students and professionals for the production of a proposed project.
Provide support for artists in the beginning stages of their careers. Funding is available to emerging artists working in all craft media (clay, glass, fiber, metal, wood and mixed media) to support the creation of a new body of work, travel and research, or to attended professional development workshops.
Duke University seeks applications for the annual $10,000 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, awarded to a collaborative team consisting of a writer and photographer who are in the formative or fieldwork stage of a documentary project.
The CAA's Professional Development Fellowship for Master of Fine Arts Candidates was initiated to help M.F.A. students to bridge the gap between graduate study and professional careers. Each fellow receives support over a period of two years: In the first year, CAA grants $5,000 to each fellow to use during the final year of his/hers MFA program. In year two, CAA helps each fellow search for employment at a museum, art center, college, or university. Upon securing a position, CAA provides a $10,000 subsidy to the employer as part of the fellow's salary. Also lists other fellowships, awards,and grants
Fort Scott Community College began the Gordon Parks Photography Competition to honor Fort Scott's most famous photographer, Gordon Parks. Each year the Committee awards prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 to photographers whose images reflect important themes in the life and the work of Gordon Parks, such as social injustice, the suffering of others, and family values.
The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund invites applications for small grants ($350 to $1,000) for feminist women in the arts whose work in some way focuses upon women. Grants limited to fields of art, fiction and nonfiction prose, and poetry. Contact: Money for Women, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, P.O. 630125, Bronx, NY 10463.
The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology annually awards two grants to individuals making an exceptional contribution to advancing knowledge at the crossroads of art, science, and technology, or to individuals whose projects are highly original or innovative. Projects proposed by scientific researchers, computer scientists, or engineers must involve a partnership with an artist.(Did not accept applications for grants in 2004.)
The Liquitex Excellence in Art Purchase Awards have been established to recognize those artists whose pursuit of excellence is demonstrated through their creative use of color, concept and media, with an artwork completed primarily in acrylics. Awards totaling over $15,000 in cash and products will be made to artists demonstrating skill and creativity in the use of acrylic paints.
Puffin Foundation Grants are open to emerging artists in the fields of art, photography, music, theater, dance and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. Average Puffin Foundation grants range from $1,000 to $2,500.
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have as professional artists over a significant period of time. The Foundations welcome, throughout the year, applications from visuals artists who are painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines.
WSW offers a variety of grants and residency opportunities for artists working in printmaking, papermaking, book arts, photography, and ceramics.
The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

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