2019 calls

By Dagney C. Ernest | Jan 09, 2019
“Changing the Way We See” by Sophia DeSchiffart was the first-place winner of the 2018 Creative Expression Inclusion Contest, one of many creative calls open now.

If New Year’s resolutions are to put oneself out there, there are plenty of opportunities to do so — locally and beyond. Following are a few of the possibilities currently open.

Maine Photography Show

Boothbay Region Art Foundation’s annual juried photography show is in its 14th year; more than 300 photographers have participated in that time. The selected images will be on view April 7 through May 3 at the BRAF Gallery in downtown Boothbay Harbor.

Deadline for entries is a week earlier than usual: Friday, Jan. 18, at midnight. BRAF is calling for entries in four categories: Black and White; Color; this year’s special category, Infrared; and Student (those younger than 18 may choose a mix of themes).

The show is open to Maine residents, full- and part-time. A total of $1,800, including a $500 Best in Show prize, will be awarded. Juror for MPS 2019 is Ron Rosenstock, who has been creating images of the world and its people since the 1950s; and splits his time between Ireland and Vinalhaven.

Rosenstock’s POV developed from his correspondence with Ansel Adams; his work in study groups from 1967 to 1973 with his teacher, Minor White; and his time as a private student of Paul Caponigro. He has a master's in photography from Goddard College and has been an instructor of photography since 1967, primarily at Clark University. He has exhibited his work in more than 100 shows worldwide and is featured in numerous permanent exhibitions, including the Fogg Art Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the International Center of Photography.

Rosenstock has published six books of his photographs; written numerous articles on the art and craft of photography; and been featured on Boston television and numerous cable programs around New England. He exhibited his work most recently at the National Museum of Iceland. He leads tours around the world for professional and amateur photographers, including Bhutan, Iceland, Italy, Morocco, New Zealand, Greenland and Cuba.

For more information regarding the MPS rules and entry fee; to see last year’s winners; and to enter this year’s show, visit mainephotographyshow.org.

PX3

For photographers, professional and amateur, who want to go global, the 12th annual Prix de la Photographie, Paris, is accepting entries until March 15. Entries will be assessed by the PX3 jury, which comprises international photographers, editors, curators and creative types with a passion for compelling photography. Categories are Advertising, Book, Fine Art, Nature, Portraiture and Press.

In a new twist, PX3 has simultaneously launched The State of the World, a new contest of Paris Photo Prize dedicated to sharing important global stories focusing on current and crucial issues. Categories are Political Impact, Social Documentary, Environmental Issues, Heroes Among Us and What a Wonderful World.

“Visual storytelling is so crucial to our understanding of the world around us,” said PX3 founder Hossein Farmani. “The State of the World will show eyewitness accounts and uncensored news directly from photographers witnessing events, with the guarantee that they are not manipulated by the mainstream media or sensationalized for profit.”

Photography legend and Lucie Award honoree Steve McCurry will serve as The State of the World’s head juror. Category winners will be awarded cash prizes and compete for the Grand Prize. All winners also will be included in the special PX3 exhibition in Paris in July. The State of the World contest will close Feb. 28. For entry details and more information on both contests, visit px3.fr.

Penobscot Theatre auditions

Penobscot Theatre Company, which calls itself America's northeastern-most professional year-round theater company, will hold auditions Saturday, Jan. 19, for its summer production of “Mamma Mia.” The company is looking to cast the roles of Lisa, Pepper, Eddie, Bill Austin and Sam Carmichael, as well as ensemble parts.

Adult Actors' Equity Association and nonunion actors, both new and returning to PTC, are encouraged to attend. All roles are paid, and housing is available as needed. Auditioners should prepare 32 bars of a rock ballad; and bring a picture, resume and sheet music to the audition (accompanist will be provided). Performers may be asked to learn a short dance combination, so dress appropriately.

Amiee Turner, whose Broadway credits include “42nd Street,” “The Will Rogers Follies,” “My Favorite Year” and “The Goodbye Girl,” will direct and choreograph. Rehearsals will begin May 14; and performances will run June 13 to July 14.

Those interested in auditioning should email casting@penobscottheatre.org with MAMMA MIA in the subject line. Auditions will be held at the downtown Bangor Opera House. Penobscot Theatre Company will hold its regular general open call for the 2019-20 season May 18 and 19.

Fiore Art Center residencies, jury panel

Applications for the 2019 residencies at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center opened in early December and will close March 1. This summer, the center in Jefferson will offer six visual art residencies: four for Maine artists, one of which is reserved for a Native American artist; one for an out-of-state artist; and one for an international artist.

In addition, the center will offer one performance/interdisciplinary arts residency and one literary arts residency for Maine applicants, as well as a new academic writing residency open to applicants from New England.

These are one-month residencies that will take place in July, August and September. Artist applicants are selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statements and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine and agriculture specifically. Applicants to the new academic writing residency should be in the writing stages of an academic paper or dissertation focusing on subject matter related to MFT’s mission (e.g. farmland protection, access and transfer; farm viability; food systems; agro-ecology; soil health; climate change and agriculture).

The Fiore Art Center also offers a five-month seasonal position for a resident gardener with an affinity for the arts.

This will be the fourth summer the Fiore Art Center has offered a residency program. David Dewey and Anna Witholt Abaldo, co-directors at the center, are excited to be working with yet another excellent jury panel.

“Since the literary arts residency is focused on poetry this year, we pulled in renowned poet and arts writer Carl Little for his expertise in both the literary and visual arts,” said Dewey. “We felt Sarah Workneh, with her depth of experience as co-director at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, would bring a great contemporary touch and round out the panel for the visual and interdisciplinary arts,” said Witholt Abaldo.

The academic writing residency will be juried by Amanda Beal, president and CEO of MFT; and Andrew Marshall, MFT’s David and Cecile Wang Food & Farming Fellow. Before joining MFT, Beal worked for several years as a consultant on food systems-related projects for a number of fisheries, agriculture and other food-focused organizations and businesses; and was a co-author of the publication “A New England Food Vision: Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Farming and Fishing, Thriving Communities.”

Those interested can find more information on application details, summer visitor hours and Open Studio Days online at mainefarmlandtrust.org. The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment. MFT is a statewide nonprofit that works to protect farmland, support farmers and advance the future for farming.

Inclusion Awards calls for essays, art

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council has put out a call for its 2019 Inclusion Awards, which celebrate extraordinary high school students who think deeply about issues of inclusion for people living with developmental disabilities. Open to all Maine high school juniors and seniors, the awards have two components — an Essay Contest and a Visual Arts Contest.

This year, students are asked to write essays or create two-dimensional artworks responding to the following prompt: “What does the full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities mean to you?” The experience of participating in these contests has been a rewarding one for both teachers and students, one that Corilie Green, a 2018 award recipient, called “an insightful experience that I would recommend to any high school student.”

Deadline for entries is Feb. 15. Scholarship prizes range from $250 to $1,000 for individual entries; $500 will be awarded to the teacher with the first-place-winning student; and $2,500 to the school with the most entries. For more information, contest rules and entry guidelines, visit maineddc.org/inclusion; email maineddcom@gmail.com; or call Jessica Gorton at 287-4215.

MDDC is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families and agencies that identifies barriers to community inclusion, self-determination and independence.

Maine Literary Awards

The 2019 Maine Literary Awards are open for nominations until Feb. 1, honoring books published during the 2018 calendar year. The annual competition is sponsored and coordinated by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

Nominations are open to all Maine residents (including part-time seasonal residents). The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished) and student writing. Maine writers may self-nominate or be nominated by others.

Book awards are given in the categories of Fiction, Crime Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Literature, Young People’s Literature, Anthology, the John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction and the Excellence in Publishing Award.

There also are a Drama Award; Short Works awards for Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry; and Youth Awards for Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry. The winners will be announced at the 2019 Maine Literary Awards ceremony June 13, hosted in collaboration with the Bangor Public Library.

Authors and publishers may nominate multiple different books or manuscripts; there is no separate category for self-published books. All entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the literary arts; jurors have been selected for their expertise in a specific genre or in the literary arts generally.

For detailed information, submission guidelines and the nomination form, visit mainewriters.org/submissions/.

ARTWORD 2019: Ekphrasis at the PMA

In celebration of the long, intimate relationship between poetry and visual art, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Portland Museum of Art invite Maine writers of all styles of poetry and levels of experience to submit ekphrastic work inspired by art in the PMA.

Ekphrastic poems respond to works of visual art. From Rilke and Elizabeth Bishop to Janice R. Harrington and Tyehimba Jess, poets have engaged paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs in ways that illuminate what the eye may not detect in the original. When poem and artwork are in conversation, each shines in the other’s light.

ARTWORD 2019 poems should be based on work in the museum’s permanent collection or in any special exhibition mounted in the galleries through the call’s deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 15. Half-price admission to the museum is available for those who identify themselves at the desk as working on ARTWORD submissions. Those who cannot get to the museum in person can access the entire PMA permanent collection online at collections.portlandmuseum.org.

Up to three previously unpublished poems (no more than six pages total) may be submitted as a single Word or PDF document via MWPA’s Submittable. Those without a Submittable account will be required to register, which is free and only requires name and email.

The artist and title of the work that inspired the poem should be noted below each poem’s title; and poet’s name and contact information should appear on every page of the submission. A short biography should be included with the cover letter.

Authors of selected poems will read them at the museum Friday, April 12, in an auditorium program. Selected poems also may be read in the galleries beside works on view that inspired them.

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Dagney C. Ernest
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Dagney has been providing Courier coverage of the local arts scene since 1985 and has helmed the multi-paper A&E section since it debuted in 2003. She has been a local performing artist, community and professional for more than 30 years; and spent a decade writing, producing and announcing on-air for several Midcoast radio stations. When not in the NewsNest, Dagney likes to be in motion.

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