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W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize

$15,000 -- under review

Wachovia Foundation Community Arts Support

Deadline: Rolling. The foundation's Arts and Culture Programs provide support to nonprofit organizations that facilitate access to and participation in cultural experiences for persons with low to moderate incomes. The foundation hopes to ensure the availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities that reflect the diversity of the community. Types of support include general, project, and building funds as well as equipment. For more information and guidelines, visit Wachovia Foundation’s website at: www.wachovia.com/inside/page/0,,139_414_430,00.html.


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WAI International Opportunities Fund

The fund is set-up to encourage professional arts practitioners to explore potential partnerships with other practitioners, producers, presenters or promoters in countries outside the UK.

Wales Arts International

Wales Arts International is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales and British Council Wales, and 'works to promote knowledge about contemporary culture from Wales and encourage international exchange and collaboration'. The website contains detailed sections on News, events and projects, information on funding, features, calendar, and a newsletter. Factsheets are also available on the topics of Craft and design, Music and Japan.

Walker Cowen Eighteenth-Century Studies Manuscript Prize

The university sponsors this biennial prize and awards it to the author of an unpublished book-length manuscript (60,000-150,000 words) dealing with scholarship in 18th-century studies in history, literature, philosophy, or the arts. The award includes publication of the manuscript by the University Press of Virginia. To be eligible, manuscripts should be submitted in triplicate. The winning author will be offered an advance publishing contract and a payment of $2,000. The other half of the prize money will be disbursed upon acceptance of a final revised manuscript for publication.

Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation seeks to support and share effective ideas and practices that will strengthen education leadership, arts participation and out-of-school learning.

Wallace Foundation Arts Programs

For well over a decade, The Wallace Foundation has invested in leading cultural groups across the country that are working to make the arts an active part of people's everyday lives. These theaters, museums, dance companies, community art schools and centers have in common a twin commitment to artistic excellence and service to people. Through their artistic programs, business practices and public efforts, these exemplary institutions are demonstrating that excellence need not mean exclusion, and that the wealth of the arts can be multiplied through the shared experience of participation. The successes and failures of these groups can, if well documented, provide valuable insights that other arts organizations, funders and supporters can put to practical use in improving the quality, access and health of the arts.

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Grants in theater, music and creation of new works by artists in partnership with community organizations for collaborative projects. Open to San Francisco, CA and Marin County, CA organizations One Lombardo St. Ste. 305, San Francisco, CA, 94111.

Wandsworth and Westminster Film Awards

For more information about the Wandsworth Fund contact the arts office on 020 8871 8711. Further information and a downloadable application form can also be gained from the Wandsworth website. Up to

Wanted: Artists and Green Visions

We know that Dallas is a far distance from Ithaca, NY, but Texas creativity is legendary, and we would welcome applications from your constituency: Wanted: Artists and Green Visions for Ithaca, NY’s 9th Art in the Heart of the City public sculpture exhibit: Celebrating Sustainable Community, an Exploration in Greening Public Art. For the first time focusing within a theme, ’08 will feature 3-6 works by three artists who use natural, recycled and/or sustainable materials to evoke the images, themes, issues and dreams of sustainable community. Stipend, insurance and installation assistance provided, plus widespread exposure as exemplars, on new online gallery, a Forum on Greening Public Art, and collaborative public programming. Deadline April 1, exhibit opening late June and ending in November. For information on Ithaca’s arts and sustainability scenes, see www.artspartners.org and www.sustainabletompkins.org. For guidelines and application form, see downtownithaca.com [link ambiguous at best, does not lead to application forms, try this, maybe. No? Okay, this one then.]. Questions, call (607) 277-8679 or email phil@downtownithaca.com.

Wanted: Artists and Green Visions

Pictures-state. Mikhail Spiridonov

Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (Andy)

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced a new three-year program of grants to nonprofit art publications and individual art critics. Called the Andy Warhol Arts Writing Initiative, its self-described aim is to 'promote critical discourse that is both rigorous and accessible, foster innovation in arts writing and nurture connections between art and the public.' The foundation has committed $3 million to the program, half to be given to art publications and half to art critics. The assistance to the publications will be designed to increase audiences, stabilize business practices and explore new forms of publishing. The grants to individual writers--expected to run between $3,000 and $50,000--will cover everything from essays and book projects to text-based experiments in new media. The art publications grants will be administered by the Warhol Foundation, while the critic grants will be handled by the Creative Capital Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit devoted to supporting artists. Application information for both areas is available on the Warhol Foundation Web site.

Washington Ensemble Theatre

Queer Teen Ensemble, 15 artists will lead a two-month after-school series offering 100 hours of scriptwriting and ensemble theater workshops exploring identity and building community for 20 youth and culminating in four public performances.

Washington Gas Grants

The corporate giving program primarily serves the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and focuses on three primary areas: education--K-12 educational activities, with attention given to mathematics, science, technology, engineering, business, and arts education; environment, focusing on preservation of air quality, land use, and water quality; and health--improving the health and well-being of individuals within the community, with emphasis on illness prevention through energy-assistance programs for low-income households to heat and cool their homes. Support is provided for specific programs rather than for general funding. Written requests must be received between October 1 and May 30. Guidelines are available online.

Washington Project for the Arts Slide Registry

The ArtFile offers area artists the opportunity to raise their visibility and building a larger audience for their work. The ArtFile serves as WPA\C's primary resource for selecting artists to participate in many of its programs and exhibitions, including an annual Art Auction at the Corcoran; OPTIONS, a biennial exhibition featuring work by emerging regional artists; ArtSites, a multi-state regional biennial; and one person and group shows. Each ArtFile participant receives invitations to all WPA\C exhibitions, performances, film series and informal gatherings, as well as free admission for one to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. For information, contact Nadine Gabai-Botero at 202-639-1714. Annual ArtFile fees are $35.00. The annual fee for members of the WPA\Corcoran, Corcoran School of Art Alumni Association, A. Salon, Ltd., and the Washington Center for Photography are $20.

Washington State Arts Commission

The Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) has created The Washington Local Arts Agencies Directory which contains information supplied by arts agencies throughout the state. To download a copy visit http://www.arts.wa.gov/community/resources.shtml. An Excel database of the information is available upon request. If you have any new information or changes you’d like to make to your entry, WSAC is always updating their database, and would like your contact information to stay as current as possible. This database can be a useful tool for you to find peers and identify resources. Please contact Bitsy Bidwell at bitsyb@arts.wa.gov to share your updates, to request search information from the database, or if you have any questions about the Community Arts Development Program. Contact Information: Bitsy Bidwell Contact Email: bitsyb@arts.wa.gov Contact Phone: 360-586-2421 Response Deadline: 12/31/2009

Washington State Arts Commission Arts in Education Program

The arts in education program includes different opportunities such as artists in schools and arts curriculum grants. WSAC funds residencies in schools and other educational settings, touring performing artists through the state's public schools, mainstage productions for students, and grants to arts organizations for collaborative projects with schools. To help the schools develop their arts curricula and respond to education reform, WSAC offers arts curriculum grants to the public schools/school districts and nonprofit organizations working in partnership with their local public schools. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact the program office for exact dates.

Washington State Arts Commission Project Support Program Grants

Smaller arts organizations and community service groups may apply for matching grants for specific public arts events. These project grants can include concerts, theater productions, visual art exhibits, arts festivals, or a broad range of arts-related services to Washington citizens, artists, or ethnic communities. There are two deadlines each year, one in the spring (usually in March or April) and one in the fall (usually in October). Contact the commission for exact dates.



Watercolor Ohio 2008

OWS is sending out the prospectus for Watercolor Ohio 2008. Exhibition will be in The Riffe Gallery in Columbus, OH from Nov. 6, to Jan. 11, 2009. Alvaro Castagnet from South America serves as juror. Watch this internationally reknown artist demonstrate at the Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. On Nov. 7 Castagnet will speak about the paintings at the gallery and he will be at both the regular gallery's Thursday evening opening and the OWS Saturday opening and awards banquet.

Watercolor Ohio 31st Annual Juried Exhibition

Juror: Alvaro Castagnet. Deadline: January 31, 2008. Note eligibility restrictions.

Watercolor Society of Oregon 43rd Annual Aqueous Media Exhibition

Juror: Donna Zagotta. Cash & merchandise awards of approximately $4000. Deadline: Entries must be received by February 1, 2008.

Watercolor West Exhibition

Watercolor West, an International Watercolor Society, announces a call to artists for their next exhibition, held December 8, 2007 thru January 26, 2008 at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA. $12,000 in cash and products will be awarded. Juror: Don O'Neill. Entries must be original and painted within the last two years, must be truly transparent watercolor, on a single piece of untreated rag or wood pulp paper. Works previously exhibited at RAM or WW are not eligible.

Watercolor West XL Annual Juried Exhibition

Watercolor West announces a call to artists for the 'Watercolor West XL Annual Juried Exhibition', held October 11, 2008 - December 19, 2008 at the City of Brea Art Gallery (Brea, CA). $10,000 in awards. Juror: Joan McKasson. Eligible entries: Truely transparent watercolor, original work painted within the past two years, on a single piece of untreated rag or wood pulp paper. No collage, ink, white paint, acrylic, gesso, no embossing. Canvas, Yupo or similar paper is not acceptable. For details visit http://www.watercolor-online.com/WatercolorWest/index.phtml or send a SASE to: Watercolor West, 2062 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104. Members: $25 for 1 or 2 slides, Non-Members $30. Deadline: July 1, 2008.

Watermark 2008, Works on Paper

Artists must be 18 years and older. All work must be on paper or made of paper. Photos and digital art accepted. No giclee' prints or reproductions of any kind. Must be original artwork. Must be matted or framed and protected. If accepted, must send return postage or prepaid mailing information. No glass. Can send slides or art on disk. Also can email images.

Watermedia XV sponsored by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society
http://www. pcisys.net/~ppwsart

Watermedia XV sponsored by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and hosted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Gallery of Contemporary Art will be held again starting in June of 2007. Frank Webb will be the Juror and will give a Workshop on June 4-6. The opening reception will be June 15, 2007.

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, 19 Brick Hill Rd., Newcastle, ME 04553 (207) 882-6075. Various jobs for studio and stipend; ceramics only; dorm room accommodations. 2 week sessions during summer months and 9 month residencies from Sept.-May. Located on 32 rural acres with gently rolling hills in a former brick factory. Some residencies fully funded, some partially funded. Equipment on-site includes a variety of kilns, potters' wheels, clay mixer, pug mill. (visual arts)

Watershed Public Art Markers – Oakland, CA - February 6, 2009

The City of Oakland Cultural Arts and Marketing Division is proud to announce the release of the Request for Qualifications for another Measure DD public art opportunity, the Oakland, CA: Watershed Public Art Markers. Bay Area artists are invited to apply for the opportunity to design an interpretive public art marker that celebrates and identifies the role of the watershed systems of Oakland , California , including creeks, lakes, and the estuary. The selected artist will create a prototype of the art marker and will fabricate and install the first series of markers based on this prototype at various key locations in the Oakland watershed systems. Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2009. Project Budget: $92,000. All applications must be submitted through CaFÉ ( www.callforentry.org ). Look under “CaFÉ Listings” to find this opportunity. Oakland is home to 15 main creeks and over 40 smaller tributaries, all of which play a vital role in the city’s health and well-being. These waterways provide plant and wildlife habitat, stormwater transport, flood management and water cleansing functions as well as valuable recreational and aesthetic benefit for Oakland residents. Although historically contiguous from the Oakland Hills to the San Francisco Bay , all of Oakland ’s creeks are now partially or extensively buried or diverted into culverts and storm drains. Their lack of visibility in certain areas of the city reduces overall understanding of their role and value. To enhance the historic, cultural, aesthetic and interpretive potential of the often-overlooked creeks system and the city’s “crown jewel,” Lake Merritt, a total of $92,000 ($72,000 from Creeks Restoration and $20,000 from Lake Merritt capital projects) has been allocated to commission an artist to create a prototype of an interpretive artwork marker that will identify the location of creek nodes and draw attention to the value of the creek habitats that exist throughout the city. A Request for Qualifications can be downloaded at: www.oaklandculturalarts.org/main/callforartists.htm. Applications are to be submitted only through www.callforentry.com no paper submissions will be reviewed. The Oakland, CA: Watershed Public Art Markers project is funded through the Oakland Trust for Clean Water & Safe Parks (Measure DD). This $198.25 million dollar bond is funding a comprehensive ten-year plan to clean up and restore Lake Merritt , the Oakland Estuary Waterfront, and Oakland 's creeks system by improving land/water quality and expanding recreational facilities and opportunities for Oakland citizens. For more information on the project, contact : Christin Hablewitz, Measure DD Public Art Project Manager chablewitz@oaklandnet.com (510) 238-2105.

Watershed Studios

The Watershed Studios and Sculpture Garden in Houston, Texas 77007 is a multi-disciplinary Artists colony with commercial-work and residential-living spaces. Its current use is slanted toward industrial arts production. There are six studios (starting at 600 square feet), two residential studios, a sculpture garden, and an outdoor common area. Wood and metal fabrication facilities are available.

WaterTower Theatre

Award: $2732 To support the new Performing Arts Academy, an extension of the summer camp program, for metroplex area youth.

WaterTower Theatre

Award: $3622 To support artistic costs associated with their season of performances for tourists and residents in the Metroplex. WaterTower Theatre




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WCA Midwest Regional Exhibition 2008, Curator's Choice award $300

CWCA presents the WCA Midwest Regional Exhibition 2008, September 3-27. Open to all artists in the Midwestern states of IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD and WI. Submit up to 3 works as slides or digital files on CD with an entry fee of $25. ENTRY DEADLINE JUNE 15. See www.womanmade.org for details.

Weatherspoon Art Museum - Art on Paper

Art on Paper: A national curated biennial exhibition of contemporary art on paper. Only one-of-a-kind artworks done on, or composed primarily of, paper will be considered. Artists are invited to submit images of their work in the form of digital files on CD or 35mm slides. A complete prospectus for the next biennial will be available in spring 2008 on the museum web page, or by contacting the museum.

Weatherwax Foundation Grants

The foundation awards grants in Michigan to projects that promote and support education, civic and social programs, culture, science, and the arts, primarily in the greater Jackson area and, to a lesser extent, in the adjacent counties. Types of support include building construction and renovation; matching and challenge grants; general operating grants; program development; scholarships; annual and capital campaigns; and emergency funds. The initial approach is a two-page grant proposal that may be submitted at any time. Granting decisions are made in January, May, and August.

Webb School

Webb School, 9800 Webb School Dr., Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 693-0011. Independent day school for grades K-12. Artist in residence creates their own work on campus for a 4-6 week period. Residency includes exhibition, public lecture, stipend, studio, materials allowance. Must be enthusiastic, willing to provide students access to your artistic thoughts and processes.

Weir Farm, Artist in Residence Program

Weir Farm, Artist in Residence Program, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897 (203) 761-9945. Former summer home of J. Alden Weir, American Impressionist painter. The only National Park Service site dedicated to an American painter. Open year round, 1 artist at a time, residencies of 2 weeks to 1 mo., stipend. Open to 2D visual artists including printmakers and painters, phtographers, sculptors, video/filmmakers. (visual, media arts).

Welcome the Rain!

Rain is the reason the Northwest is the green and beautiful place we all know and love. The Fall in SE Portland the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting the 2nd Annual Welcome the Rain! Festival. Celebrate this precious gift from the sky by creating sculptures that interact with it in some way. Sculptures will be displayed the day of the event and monetary prizes will be awarded. Contest is open to residents of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Visit http://welcometherain.org for more info. Contact Information: Contact Email: Contact Phone: Response Deadline: 6/23/2008

Welcome the Rain! Festival and Sculpture Contest

Welcome the Rain! Festival and Sculpture Contest East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust offers a variety of grants programmes: People awards provides funding to support activities such as events, debates, exhibitions, art projects and drama productions

Wellington B. Gray Gallery - Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition

Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition: open to artists making work derived primarily through light-senstive materials, including digital, installations, and three-dimensional work. Films and videos are not eligible. 35 mm slides and digital images on CD accepted. Deadline is 2006. One-month exhibition opens in January 2007. Cash awards.

Wellington Sculpture Trust

Established in 1982, the Trust commissions quality, contemporary public sculpture to support the creative arts in New Zealand and to enhance the cityscape and lifestyle of Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

Wellington Sculpture Trust

Established in 1982, the Trust commissions quality, contemporary public sculpture to support the creative arts in New Zealand and to enhance the cityscape and lifestyle of Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

Wellspring House

Wellspring House, PO Box 2006, Ashfield, MA 01330. Retreat center in Massachusetts hills, 35 minutes from Northampton/Amherst, sheltered by towering spruce, secluded but in town. Private rooms, communal kitchen in renovated carriage house. Can accomodate up to 7 residents at a time. Wireless internet, library, meditation room. Fees charged; some partial scholarships available. (literary, visual arts)

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West African Performing Arts Intensive Course

deadline 4/15/2008 Take a one-month Intensive Course in West African Performing Arts in Africa! Artists and students from around the world will come together this summer to study West African Performing Arts and to explore and train in the origins of West African dance, rhythm and story telling and contemporary African popular entertainment, including African circus skills and masked dancing. The programme will conclude with a final public performance piece. You will learn about the history and context of West African performance – and you’ll have time to explore the town and create and relax on the Atlantic Ocean! The course will take place in Kartong, a village on the coast of The Gambia. Participants will receive a certificate in West African Performance from the University of The Gambia, and 15 university credits. For more information or an application, email Programme Director Emily Eller at emily.eller@gmail.com

West Central Neighborhood in Spokane

The West Central Neighborhood in Spokane WA is seeking an experienced urban mural artist who is: passionate about transforming economically disadvantaged, inner-city neighborhoods; depicting the history and culture of place; committed to empowering local individuals and especially youth; recruting and managing volunteers, and possibly helping to organize a comprehensive urban arts program. Interested applicants should contact Patrick Malone at 509-533-4706 or pmalone@iel.spokane.edu and submit a detailed resume with references specifically citing past and recent urban mural projects along with a brief essay explaining why they are applying and what outcome the project should anticipate at the end of the first 2 years, and salary or commission compensation ranges. Contact Information: Patrick Malone Contact Email: pmalone@iel.spokane.edu Contact Phone: 509-533-4706 Response Deadline: 12/1/2008

West Prize - $125,000 to Artists

The West Collection, Philadelphia is launching the West Prize. The West Prize is free to enter and will be awarded to ten international emerging artists in 2008. The prize will award $100,000 in acquisitions between the finalists and host a finalist TEN exhibition with accompanying publication. A grand prize winner will be chosen from among the finalists to receive a $25,000 cash prize in addition to a West Collection Acquisition. Upon submission, a profile including a brief description of yourself, your work, and images of your work will be added to an online database which will be shared publicly. This database becomes a resource for galleries, collectors, and curators. On December 1st, 2008, ten finalists will be selected and awarded an acquisition prize, be part of the TEN publication, and West Prize Exhibition at the West Collection, Oaks, PA (February 2009). All finalists works acquired by the West Collection will be part of the West Lending Library and become available for loans to other institutions. The West Prize and applicant database are intended to gain further exposure for all of the artists. The goal of the prize is to help winning artists through the platform of the West Collection - public tours, traveling shows, loans, publications, and website. The acquisition prize money will allow the finalists more time to focus on their art. 1. Deadline for submissions is October 1st, 2008. 2. Artists may submit no more than 10 artworks (2 detail images permitted per work). 3. Submitted works must have been created within the last 3 years. 4. The West Collection will review works in painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. 5. All works must be available for acquisition at the time of submission. 6. As the West Collection focuses on emerging work, the maximum price per work is $20,000. 7. All artists/dealer representatives must disclose accurate value/purchase price of artworks at the time of submission. 8. All artworks submitted will be part of an online database available to curators, gallerists, and museums. 9. 10 finalists will be selected by December 1st, 2008 and acquisition awards will be negotiated by the West Collection. 10. $100,000 in acquisition funds will be awarded to ten finalists so that at least one major work by each artist is acquired for the West Collection Lending Library. 11. December 2008/January 2009: A color catalogue of all finalist works will be made for the “Ten” exhibition. 12. February 2009: Acquired works will be included in the “Ten” finalist exhibition in February 2009. A grand prize finalist will be selected to receive a $25,000 cash award in addition to the acquisition of a major work by the West Collection. In order to gain some context for our collection, please visit www.westcollection.org

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