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Artist opportunities: MOCA GA’s Working Artist Project, exhibit at ATHICA, art/science at Emory

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The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia is calling for submissions for its 2011-12 Working Artists Project. Michael Rooks, the High Museum of Art’s Wieland Family curator of modern and contemporary art, will be the juror.

The three metro Atlanta artists whom he chooses will receive a stipend and a studio assistant, as well as a solo exhibition at the museum. This will be the fourth cycle of the program, conceived to support meritorious established artists and promote Atlanta as a city where artists can live, work and thrive. The current awardees — Alan Caomin Xie, Micah Stansell (installation at left) and Katherine Mitchell — will have back-to-back shows at the museum beginning in April. For details, see the MOCA GA website.

ATHICA: For “The Way Things Work,” an exhibition running April 9 through May 29, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art seeks work that “investigates, reveals or deconstructs the nature of systems; physical or intellectual, mechanical or organic, formally or conceptually, politically or relating to the institute of high art. Works that are critically engaged are encouraged, as are those that utilize time-based activities, site specific or mapping methodologies.” University of Georgia professor Didi Dunphy is the curator; Megan Kluttz is assistant curator.

The submission deadline is February 11. Email jpgs or urls to ThingsWork[at]athica.org. For the subject line, use your name followed by ThingsWork Submission. Or you can mail short proposals, CDs or DVDs to ATHICA, 160 Tracy Street, Unit 4, Athens, GA 30601.

Emory University: The school’s Center for Chemical Evolution invites visual, literary and performing artists and filmmakers to collaborate with its scientists to create works of art that explore the origins of life. A central mission of the center is to carry this research beyond the laboratory and to the public. It seeks artists interested in exploring this subject in creative and insightful ways that will help teach the greater community about the origins of life.

Along with support from the Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University, the CCE will provide seed funds (up to $3,000) to help artists develop ideas that can bring the cutting-edge research of the center to the public. Beginning in the fall of 2011 and extending into 2015, artists may apply for larger grants to further develop their ideas. The deadline for submission of proposals for seed funds is February 1, 2011, at 4 p.m. EST. The grant application and guidelines are on the website.

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