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THE MELISSA LEVIN EMERGING ARTIST AWARD

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY July 9, 2018, Midnight
Two Awards of $3000 each!

APPLY
The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Fund will help take your artistic practice to the next level:

  • You will develop skills and enrich your knowledge of textiles in the context of historic and contemporary textile practices;
  • You will increase your access to resources and opportunities that will support your efforts to explore, take artistic risks, and advance your practice and creative ability in ways likely to generate long-term artistic and career development.

The award is geared to help emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. If the applicant desires, the Textile Museum of Canada will support a customized program of research, including access to the library, exhibitions and permanent collection of over 14,000 global artifacts, exposing the successful applicants to new worlds of inspiration.

Applications will be assessed on the connection made between the written proposal and the direction of the applicant’s art practice and previous work. Award recipient(s) must be prepared to present an illustrated talk at the Textile Museum of Canada on their experience, within one year of the completion of the proposed course of activity.

WHO CAN APPLY?
Emerging artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, including artist collectives and collaborative projects. Artists may be working in any medium. For the purpose of this award, an emerging artist is defined as one who has begun to make an impact in their chosen field through exhibitions, community arts engagement or public presentations, and has been practicing professionally for at least three years. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada.

HOW TO APPLY?
Submit the following in ONE email to MLEAA@textilemuseum.ca:

  1. 500 word (maximum) statement on your proposed course of research and how it connects to textiles and previous/current directions of your art practice.
  2. 50 word (maximum) summary of how you propose to use the funds.
  3. Two-page (maximum) resume with clear indication of exhibition record, community arts engagement or public presentations in a professional context.
  4. Up to 10 jpeg images (maximum 72 dpi; maximum file size of 250kb) of your work that relate to your application; or film/video clip or video documentation of work no more than 3 minutes total running time. Please provide link to on-line video.
  5. Project start date and a finish date, with project completion no later than October 31, 2019.
  6. Include your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and website URL.
  7. Application must be received before midnight on July 9, 2018.
  8. Award recipients will be notified by September 30, 2018.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

ABOUT
Melissa Levin (1958–2015) was an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with her exuberant love of colour and pattern. This fund was established in honour of Melissa’s passion for mentoring emerging artists, with generous donations made by family, friends and communities. | melissalevinartist.com

JURORS
Nina Levitt is a visual artist and a professor in the Department of Visual Arts & Art History at York University. Nina initiated this program in honour of Melissa Levin, her life partner.
Sarah Quinton is Curatorial Director at the Textile Museum of Canada.
Omar Badrin is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist who obtained his MFA from OCADU in 2015. Omar received an Honorable Mention for the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award in 2017.

Please direct any questions via email to MLEAA@textilemuseum.ca. No phone calls please.


IMAGES: WORK BY THE 2017 MELISSA LEVIN EMERGING ARTIST AWARD WINNERS
Left to Right: Hannah Epstein Cruhnch (detail), Vanessa Dion Fletcher Colonial Comfort (detail), Omar Badrin In My Skin


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Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5
textilemuseum.ca
416.599.5321

The Textile Museum of Canada has a 40-year history of exploring ideas and building cultural understanding through the universal medium of textiles. Connecting international textile traditions to contemporary art and design, this national museum is one of Canada’s most engaging arts institutions, welcoming thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world each year. The Museum’s permanent collection spans 2,000 years and consists of over 14,000 artifacts from about 200 countries and regions, uniquely positioning the Museum to speak to global culture as well as our increasingly global communities.

A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC is recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.

Open seven days a week, the TMC is located steps from the St. Patrick subway station and just a few blocks from Toronto City Hall and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The TMC Shop specializes in textile related merchandise including books and toys and globally sourced artist-designed and artist-made products such as scarves and jewelry. More information about the Museum and its exhibitions can be found online at textilemuseum.ca

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