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08 / 11 / 14 / New American Paintings: Northeast Competition




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New American Paintings is a juried exhibition in print. Each museum-quality issue results from a highly selective juried competition. Thousands of artists enter our competitions every year, but only a limited number make it through the jurying process. Each issue, forty receive a four-page, full-color spread in New American Paintings. Five of the annual competitions focus on geographic regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Pacific Coast), and the sixth is only open to current Masters of Fine Arts candidates who are attending schools based in the United States, and current year graduates.

To apply for the upcoming Northeast Edition, click here.
Deadline: August 31










08 / 04 / 14 / Contract Visual Designer: Fidelity Investment




Tags / job opportunities / graphic design

Fidelity Investments is seeking a contract visual designer to provide visual design support for a variety of media (including presentations, print, HTML emails, intranet sites, etc.) in support of a range of internal and external communications. Primary focus will be supporting the visual design needs of the Communications and Corporate Affairs team, with an emphasis on leadership, employee and business partner communications.

Responsibilities

  • Conceive and deliver visuals that support key messages; expertly balance editorial and design needs
  • Produce high-quality work in a fast-paced environment
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously while attending to deadlines
  • Create executive presentations that visually communicate a compelling story
  • Assess and evaluate existing presentations and implement and recommend improvements
  • Work with financial data and information to depict clear, readable and digestible visuals that enable audiences to understand complex ideas
  • Design, develop and update graphics for intranet sites
  • Maintain knowledge of Fidelity brand guidelines and adhere to those guidelines as appropriate
  • Support a variety of communication projects on an individual basis and as a member of project teams
  • Create highly polished visual designs that leverage and extend established brand standards

 Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in studio or visual arts, graphic design, or related design discipline required
  • Experience designing for and working in a corporate environment

Skills

  • Excellent design, layout and other graphic skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Strong customer service orientation and professional demeanor for interacting with senior management
  • Active listener who can take direction and integrate feedback from multiple team members
  • Collaborative work style
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office, especially, but not limited to. Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint and Acrobat
  • Strong technical skills and aptitude for learning new applications 
  • Editing and proof-reading skills helpful
  • Basic knowledge of internal communication practices and principles helpful
  • Proficiency with Web development tools and languages (e.g. HTML, CSS, Flash, DreamWeaver) is a plus

Additional Information

  • Position is on-site, full-time in Boston
  • Must be comfortable working on a Mac or PC
  • Please submit your resume, hourly rate, and link to portfolio to Courtenay Mugford at courtenay.mugford@fmr.com









07 / 31 / 14 / Call for Entries: 2014 Boston Artadia Awards




Tags / artist opportunities / Boston

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the 2014 Boston Artadia Awards from all visual artists living and working throughout the metro Boston area. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Artadia awardees will be selected through a two-tiered jury process that employs a panel of prominent curators and established artists. Since 1997, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 285 artists throughout its Award cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. This is Artadia’s third Award cycle in the Boston area.

Please note that applicants may not be currently enrolled in an art-related college or university degree program.

Details and online application can be found here.










07 / 28 / 14




New this week in the Visual Arts Resource Library: Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial catalogue.





Tags / looks / ideas / mickalene thomas / jim hodges / whitney biennial

New this week in the Visual Arts Resource Library: Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial catalogue.







07 / 22 / 14 / Graphic Design Internship (paid): CoPatient




Tags / job opportunities / internship opportunities / graphic design

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CoPatient, a healthcare technology startup based in downtown Boston, is seeking a part-time, paid graphic design intern to join their team. The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated self-starter who loves creating new content and designs, always looking to improve web site, email, and ad designs. Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, and be flexible with the demands of a start up culture.

Requirements:

  • 0-2 years of experience with designing websites, banner advertisements, email
  • Proficiency in WordPress absolutely required
  • Experience working in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign)
  • Experience in HTML/CSS/Javascript is a plus but not required

The position is 10-20 hours a week, with compensation ranging between $15 and $18 an hour depending on experience. Interested parties should contact Rebecca at rpalm@copatient.com.










07 / 03 / 14 / Call for Entries: Collage + Assemblage at (SCENE)Metrospace




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(SCENE)Metrospace in East Lansing, Michigan is currently accepting submissions for a September/October exhibition featuring collage and assemblage. Submitted work should make use of collage or assemblage including works on paper/of paper, as well as painting, sculpture, installation, video, etc., that make use of collage or a collaged aesthetic as a primary component of the piece.

Submission Deadline: August 3, 2014
Entry Fee: $25
For more information and to apply, click here.










07 / 02 / 14




I do not see why the loss of faith in the known image and symbol in our time should be celebrated as a freedom. It is a loss from which we suffer, and this pathos motivates modern painting and poetry at its heart.
I think the only pressing question in painting is: When are you through? For my own part it is when I know I’ve “come out the other side.” This occasional and sudden awareness is the truest image for me. The clocklike path of this recognition suppresses a sense of victory: it is an ironic encounter and more of a mirror than a picture.
-Philip Guston, from the catalogue for the 1958 Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition, Nature in Abstraction.





Tags / ideas / painting / faculty / philip guston / boston university

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I do not see why the loss of faith in the known image and symbol in our time should be celebrated as a freedom. It is a loss from which we suffer, and this pathos motivates modern painting and poetry at its heart.

I think the only pressing question in painting is: When are you through? For my own part it is when I know I’ve “come out the other side.” This occasional and sudden awareness is the truest image for me. The clocklike path of this recognition suppresses a sense of victory: it is an ironic encounter and more of a mirror than a picture.

-Philip Guston, from the catalogue for the 1958 Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition, Nature in Abstraction.







07 / 01 / 14




hyperallergic:

Anna Valdez, “Picnic” (2014), oil on canvas. 42 x 42 inches. 





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hyperallergic:

Anna Valdez, “Picnic” (2014), oil on canvas. 42 x 42 inches. 







06 / 30 / 14 / Call for Entries: Derby Street Mural, Somerville




Tags / artist opportunities / painting / public art / Boston

The Somerville Arts Council will be overseeing the creation of a mural for the residences at 60-64 Derby Street. The mural location will be along the retaining wall at the back of the property but will be visible from the street as well. Work should be on wood panels and will need to be applied to the wall by artist.

Site Specs:
Cement retaining wall at 60-64 Derby Street Somerville, Mass 02143
Approx. 99.3 feet across split into 2 sections. 52 feet are at a height of 5.2 feet and 47 feet at a height of 6.5 feet.

Compensation: $2,500 which includes supplies and labor.

How to apply:
Provide the following information via a Word doc or directly into an email:

  • Contact info: name, e-mail and mailing address, phone, Website (if applicable)
  • Images: attach diagrams and rough sketches of proposed design
  • Explain how, if chosen, you would realize this design. Include previous large-scale public art work via web site links or jpgs.


Send applications to: Gillian Cook at: artscouncil.somerville@gmail.com







06 / 27 / 14









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Sketchy Characters: Storyboarding a Career at Pixar

BU School of Visual Arts alumnus Christian Roman takes us on a tour of Pixar, where he works as a story artist on the studio’s much-beloved animated films.







06 / 26 / 14




Dorina Gjoni (MFA 14)





Tags / looks / alumni / graphic design

Dorina Gjoni (MFA 14)







06 / 24 / 14




hyperallergic:

Giordanne Salley, ”Sneak” (2014), 8in x 10in, oil and paper on canvas





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hyperallergic:

Giordanne Salley, ”Sneak” (2014), 8in x 10in, oil and paper on canvas







06 / 23 / 14




Haoping Liu (MFA 14)





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Haoping Liu (MFA 14)







06 / 20 / 14 / Graphic Communications Internship (part-time, paid): Crunch Fitness




Tags / internship opportunities / graphic design

Crunch, a fitness company based in New York City, is seeking a part-time, paid intern to assist with graphic design, marketing and communications. The candidate will support all areas of marketing, including public relations, special events & promotions, advertising, interactive marketing and more. Applicants should have college experience in a design-related field and a desire to pursue a creative career post-college. Must have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, be well organized, and have basic art production skills. Junior and Senior students preferred. Hours are flexible; internship will run through Summer 2014.

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Assist in design and production of posters, flyers,
    e-blasts, 
    presentations and in gym collateral
  • Assist in creative conception
  • Aid in organization of creative archives

To apply, please send your resume with a short cover note to courtney.parker@crunch.com.










06 / 19 / 14 / Call for Entries: Women in Movement Public Art Project, South Station




Tags / artist opportunities / public art / Boston

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The Women’s Transportation Seminar Boston Charitable Fund, Inc. is seeking submissions for the Women in Movement public art project inside Boston’s historic South Station. All that’s needed is a resume, an artist’s statement and up to 10 images of past work. Budget: $150,000. Deadline: July 21, 2014. No entry fee.

Open meeting / Information / Q&A session with site visit July 1, 6 – 7 pm. Meet at HDR Engineering at 695 Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

On-line application is available here. Additional information about the project including images and site map can be found here.

For more information, and to RSVP for the information meeting, contact:
JeanMineo@aol.com











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