Friday, April 17, 2009

Dreams

I haven't yet read the whole article, but just the first few paragraphs were interesting and well-written enough for me to want to share it with you immediately. Mira writes about opportunities (grants, awards, residencies) for artists, and this particular post is really great because it talks about how she came to be the "Grant Queen" and gives lots of good, sound advice about how you can get funding for your dreams, too.

Right now, my "crazy" dream is to win a residency at the MacDowell Colony. I say it is crazy because it feels like the sort of thing that only well-known and really great artists get. But, it wasn't too long ago that I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams that I'd have a one-person exhibition at a museum, either!

You have to dream big. So, I'm going to apply for a winter residency, which gives me plenty of time to prepare a really good application before the September 15th deadline.

And if I don't get it the first time? I'll keep trying until I do.

Dreams propel you through life. Never give up on them.

From the archives:
Equilibrium
Equilibrium, Gouache and pencil on paper, 11" x 8.5", 2004. In a private collection.

2 comments:

mirabee said...

Amy, you are so awesome to post something about my blog! I tracked you down and found your site. Great work! I'll post your blog on my blog and then they can have babies. I'm having server issues right now so I might have to do that later...couldn't even get on my blog just now! Anyway...as for MacDowell, yes, do apply. They do let in emerging peeps sometimes...more likely during non-summer periods I think but don't quote me on that. And try for other places too that are more open to emerging artists, like Millay Colony in Austerlitz and Ragdale, outside of Chicago and others. Anyway, thanks for being a fan. Keep making art...I love the cigar band pieces too...mirabee

Amy Greenan said...

Mira,

Thanks for your ideas on the residencies. Unfortunately, I can only swing one- or two-week ones, but it looks like I have a good selections to choose from so far.

Thanks thanks thanks

Amy