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Image 1: © Alana Celii, Sonora Desert. Image 2: © Rinko Kawauchi, Illuminance (selected by Alana

Programming updates + ARCHIVE(d) Call for Entries!


In these uncertain times, our minds have been on our colleagues, other arts non-profit organizations, and especially photographers - everyone has been affected greatly by this pandemic and the resulting economic hardship. We hope you find value in some of the potential resources for individual artists below, and hey! - check out our new Instagram feature ARCHIVE(d) - we want to hear your story!

* NEW! *ARCHIVE(d) - Photolucida's free call-for-entry is designed to be a means of storytelling, connection, and personal history. Dig deep on your development as a photographer and share the story with us! Details on our website and Instagram.

TOP 50 EXHIBITION - The Critical Mass 2019 TOP 50 show slated to open at the Center for Photographic Art on June 27th. For now, the exhibition is still schedule to happen on this date, but we will be in close contact with the gallery and announce if it ends up being postponed.

NOELLE MASON'S SOLO EXHIBITION at Blue Sky Gallery, has been pushed to May 7th - June 28th. Opening date TBA.

CRITICAL MASS 2020 will open early May as planned - we are busy adapting our online program to the current economic climate, including reduced submission fees and an increased number of cash Reichmann Project Grant awards.

Resource List for Visual Artists & Curators


Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant
This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to female-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Please note short window: the application goes live April 6 at 7 a.m. and closes on April 8.

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
If you’re a sculptor, printmaker or painter with over 10 years experience, the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program offers larger grants of up to $15,000 for unforeseen expenses. The application specifies that it’s a one-time grant related to a specific emergency, such as fire, flood or medical needs. (Please inquire if photography as a medium is included under these requirements.)

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
Professional visual artists, media artists and choreographers living anywhere in the United States can apply for Rauschenberg Emergency Grants of up to $5,000 to cover unforeseen expenses. Please note that a panel reviewing the applications will begin to meet in May and June, so this program isn’t the one for those with pressing, short-term needs.

CERF+ Artists’ Safety Net
Artists working in craft disciplines — including but not limited to clay, fiber, metal, wood, glass, concrete, plastic, synthetic fibers or recycled materials — can apply for emergency grants of up to $3,000 from the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. They must demonstrate that they’ve been making a sizable portion of their living from their craft for three years. Artists are asked to submit an inquiry form before they can apply.

Kinkade Family Foundation Grants for Curators
The Kinkade Family Foundation is offering new Emergency Grants of up to $5k for curators who are developing projects that promote artwork of contemporary and experimental nature. This Grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world in this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are impacted by the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19.

Americas for the Arts
A comprehensive resource and and response center for artists and arts organizations during COVID-19. Check out the extensive list of Relief Funds and Financial Assistance organizations, plus links to regional and national articles on relevant topics, and guidelines for "going digital". Please consider taking the Impact Survey to help America for the Arts gather data on the effects of this outbreak in the cultural community.

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