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Seeking an illustrator for a very worthwhile project at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, KS. 

It is a wonderfully inspiring facility that came about because a group of high school students discovered a true unsung hero - a woman that was virtually unknown despite the fact that she had rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. Since the students' discovery, the center has become a place to feature many, many stories discovered by students about amazing unsung heroes from all time periods of history.

The center works with students and teachers all over the United States, and I have been asked to work on writing children's books about 10 - 12 of the unsung heroes featured in our center.  I have written the text for 3 of the books, receiving great reviews from all of the staff involved, the directors, and many teachers.

Since we are a non-profit organization, we do not have a huge budget for paying an illustrator.  The center has already self-published an adult non-fiction book about the original history project and the students who discovered the woman's story.  It has been a best seller among Holocaust books on Amazon for many years.  Consequently, the director and CEO want us to use a self-publisher for these children's books. (The book is called "Life in a Jar.")

However, we now need to find someone to illustrate the books.  There would definitely be payment per book for an illustrator, but  I know it would not be a huge amount.  So, we are looking for beginning artists, or ones who might benefit from the exposure and/or artists willing to work to promote worthy causes, etc.  I have begun to write these books because I so wholeheartedly believe in the goal of the center - promoting positive role models for our children and youth and helping to equip them with positive character traits.

We are particularly hoping to have one book published by late summer because we are starting with an unsung hero discovered from 1957 during the Little Rock Nine integration in Arkansas.  September is the 60th anniversary of that event, and the hope is to have the book ready by then.

Since our center is very much "student" driven, we are looking into the possibility of having talented student artists illustrate the children's books. We had originally thought one illustrator would do all of the books, but if we use student artists, we would also be open to having each book illustrated by a different student artist.   If you have any interest at all in learning more or talking to me about this, I would be so grateful!  Any advice you can give would be welcomed!   My email address is lmcwerling@gmail.com.  The Lowell Milken Center's phone number is:  620-223-1312, and my cell phone is 620-224-7138.  You also might be interested in the center's website:  lowellmilkencenter.org.

STARworks Clay Studio


Accepting Applications for Resident Artists

AndyNacisse was a STARworks Clay Studio visiting artist in 2016 and 2017.

Submission deadline is April 30, 2017

STARworks Clay Studio is accepting resident artist applications for the June-December 2017 sessions. The resident artist program provides resources to develop new work or expand current work. Residents are provided with time and materials to push personal, professional, technical and conceptual limits. Financial compensation is available. STARworks Clay Studio is fully equipped studio with numerous kilns, wheels and ceramics supply store on site that manufactures local clay bodies using wild North Carolina clays.

More information, application materials and instructions can be found by clicking the following link: www.STARworksNC.org


April 20, 2017

Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory, The Muskingum County Community Foundation, Seilers' Studio & Gallery and the Artist Colony of Zanesville, with support from the Ohio Arts Council, Mayco, and the Pioneer School Zanesville Clay Center, present the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, the largest best of show prize in ceramics in the Western Hemisphere.

The 2017 Zanesville Prize Best-of-Show award will be $20,000. An additional $11,000 in prizes will be awarded to other successful competitors. This event is the third of a competition for the Zanesville Prize that is now held every two years.

Jurors will select up to 100 entries into the exhibit from the images of works that will be submitted worldwide to the competition. From those finalists the jurors will choose the Zanesville Prize recipient and the other award recipients.

For view the Call for Entries and to submit, visit zanesvilleprize.org.

The Best-of-Show Prize of $20,000, the largest in the Western Hemisphere for contemporary studio ceramics, along with $11,000 in additional prizes, will be awarded in October 2017.

For a $45 entry fee, ceramists may submit two images each of three (3) different works completed within the past two years.

New for 2017:

There will be four categories of entries; each will receive a "Best of" award except for the Best of Show Zanesville Prize winner, which will be selected from the four category winners:
Mixed Media
We anticipate accepting up to 100 entries into the exhibit.

The three jurors are:
Mary Jo Bole, past professor of art at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Leslie Ferrin, director of FerrinContemporary and Project Art, North Adams, Massachusetts
Tony Marsh, Ceramics Program Head, California State University, Long Beach, California

For more information, and to see the galleries of 2014 and 2015 Zanesville Prize finalists, visit zanesvilleprize.org.

The deadline for submission is July 17, 2017.
Go to  zanesvilleprize.org for more information and to submit.

The 2017 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics show will be held at
Seilers' Studio from October 8, 2017 through November 18, 2017.

The Zanesville Museum of Art will exhibit the top award winners and the People's Choice award from November 22, 2017 to January 13, 2018.

During the public viewing of the show (October 8, 2017 through November 18, 2017) all finalist entries will be offered for sale with the commissions used to support the Zanesville Prize competition in 2019.

For more information and to submit, visit zanesvilleprize.org.


The Committee for the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Aesthetica Art Prize
Student & Staff Opportunity: Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries

I am writing from the international Aesthetica Art Prize which is now open for entries for the 11th edition. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and staff at Kansas State University. Prizes include £5,000, exhibition for shortlisted artists and publication for 100 shortlisted and longlisted artists. Finalists also receive editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine and via its online channels.

If you could share this news at Kansas State University that would be fantastic, and your help would be greatly appreciated.

Please find some suggested copy and tweets below. For images, please contact me or visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize

Facebook/ Enews:
The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world.
The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts. Enter the prize for a chance to showcase your work to wider audiences.
Prizes include:

  •  £5,000 Main Art Prize / £1,000 Emerging Art Prize, courtesy of Hiscox
  •  Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  •  Editorial mention in Aesthetica Magazine
  •  Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology
  •  £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton
  •  Art books courtesy of Prestel

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance.

Up to two works can be submitted per Entry Fee, except for the Video, Installation & Performance category in which one work can be submitted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize

Enter the @AestheticaMag #ArtPrize for a chance to win #exhibition #publication & further opportunities www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize

The @AestheticaMag #ArtPrize celebrates excellence in contemporary art. Prizes incl. #exhibition #publication & more www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize

We are really excited about this year's Aesthetica Art Prize, and hope that you can share the call for entries.




Alfred University is excited once again to offer our online ceramics materials technical courses for artists, this summer.

We will be offering both Introduction to Glaze Formulation and Introduction to Clays classes in our summer session beginning June 26th. The classes run for six weeks and are an in-depth study of ceramics materials.

Our online classes are perfect for students who have missed out or never had the chance to study ceramics materials, as Alfred University offers the courses for transferable undergraduate credits.

The courses costs $1325 and to register, you can contact the registrar's office directly at registrar@alfred.edu or 607-871-2123.

We hope to see you online this summer!




Since 2012, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) has presented MediaLive, an annual festival that brings together art, digital culture, and technology. In 2017, the week-long series of performances, workshops, and events will investigate the theme: The Void.

As part of this year's MediaLive festival, BMoCA and Ello have teamed to present an International GIF Exhibition, generously supported by SOVRN. Talented GIF artists Clara Luzian, Gustavo Torres and Trevor Van Meter will select the 20+ final artists that best represent this year's MediaLive theme - The Void.

Chosen artists' work will be exhibited in the museum on two screens during the week long MediaLive event. We'd love all the submissions we can get, and we think that this is a great opportunity for your students.


Liz Lewis, President of the Riley County Humane Society, fundraiser, A Pour for a Paw, is quickly approaching. This is a wine and cheese themed fundraiser featuring a live and silent auction, and a raffle.

This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 15 at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. It is a one of a kind evening, with live music and great food and drink. Las year the event sold out, raising over $10,000, all for the animals.

We are still gathering some auction items, and was wondering if anyone would be interested in donating a painting of a pet, as in the winner of the auction could submit a photo to be painted?

Please let Liz know if you are interested. Her email is liz@rchsks.org.