studioNOTES: support for artists/ideas and information

Number 16

June - August 1997

Information about how to apply for The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grants, as well as descriptions of their eight program areas, can now be found at With assets of more than $3 billion, the foundation is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the US; it makes annual grants of more than $140 million.

Artists Forum "places emphasis on thematic exhibitions and related programs that provide a forum for the discussion of ideas that surround and inform an artist's work." The programs, available by subscription, include artist talks, critical lectures, panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations, and other events which provide an "opportunity to have more direct contact with the artists and the ideas." Among artists shown so far have been Oliver Jackson and David Tomb (May 1 - Sep 14). For more information: 251 Post St , Ste 425, SF CA 94108; ph: 415/981-6347, fax: 981-4323

The Art Show List-Texas (ASLT) is a non-profit on-line listing of openings and shows throughout Texas. Compiled by Nina Hayes, it is sent via e-mail and posted to several art newsgroups each Friday. To subscribe, e-mail

OPTIONS! is a monthly national listing of "opportunities and creative outlets." Available on paper ($16/yr) or via e-mail ($16/ 13 issues) from Pardus, Inc., 28 Moya Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87505; ph: 505/466-9824, fax: 505/474-4046; e-mail

Masami Teraoka (sN #7) is featured on an internet site with a wealth of information about him and an on-line gallery of images.

Info wanted: Richard T. Davis writes: "I have read about a honeycomb aluminum panel that has a fibreglass mesh impregnated into the surface that sounds perfect for fine art, but I have been unable to find a source." If you know where to get this, contact him at Box 22, LaHave, Nova Scotia, B0R 1C0, Canada, or at

Tip: Panels made from a 3/4" honeycombed, Masonite-like board, called Gridcore, with Masonite laminated to both sides provides a good, stable painting supports, especially for fine, detailed work. -R. Davis

In 1566, the year that Pieter Bruegel probably drew "The painter and the buyer," he finished "A Country Wedding." It was also the same year that Tintoretto painted "Flight into Egypt," and Mary, Queen of Scots married Henry, Lord Darnley, her cousin. Palestrina wrote "Missa Papae Marcelli," and pencils were first manufactured in England.

Art 1997 Chicago. Dave H. reports that the annual "Navy Pier" show held May 9-12 had over 200 galleries from 23 countries and was well-attended, as in previous years. He was impressed by "the preponderance of excellent displays by the South American galleries" and found their work "on the whole, the most stimulating (to these eyes) at the show!" He also noted a great deal of "'obsessive art,' i.e., works in which the artist painstakingly applied fine details over a large expanse,' which he found less interesting. The prices of modest art were "significantly higher (without necessarily a corresponding improvement in quality)," he wrote, but, "at the high end it was more difficult to determine any changes in pricing, in part because the types of work are so varied; also, there appeared to be much less of the spectacular, or big-name, art this year." In general, he observed, "both exhibitors and attendees seemed pleased with Art 1997 Chicago." For a copy of his interesting one-page report send a SASE to studioNOTES.

It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success. -Francoise de Maintenon (1635-1719)

Perserverance alone does not assure success. No amount of stalking will lead to game in a field that has none. (I Ching c1150 BC)

Coming Up

Next issue: How Did You Find Your Current Gallery? Artists reveal how they found galleries, and other tips you can use.

The one after that: Honesty and Sleaze in the Art World. True stories of bribery, treachery, lechery, thievery, gluttony and greed, and what you can do in the face of it all. Write, call or e-mail with your story. Anonymity guaranteed.

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