The A. Eric Arctander Artist Scholarship was created by family and friends. The award is to honor Eric not only as an artist but as a teacher, mentor and friend of younger artists who assisted them in pursuing a life in art.
A. Eric Arctander was a visual artist who has been widely exhibited as a painter and the creator of site-specific public art for which he received the Municipal Art Society Certificate of Merit. He was co-founder and President of Collaborative Concepts, a not-for-profit, non-membership organization that has facilitated exhibitions since 2000. He initiated that organization’s Program for Advanced Environmental Art for college level art students.
Eric Arctander was Professor of Art History for more than 15 years at Pratt Institute as well as on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts for over 25 years. He has published many articles and written critical catalog essays on advanced art.
“During the night some of the mountains moved.
Presumably to higher ground.
Now our valley seemed so low, but it still looked like home. It is where my family has been for generations. Only my grandmother was an outsider. She came from another valley. All her life she would regale us with the marvels of her valley. Like ours, it had a river dividing it and thus, like us, there are people from the other side. I have never been there as the journey is both dangerous and boring.
When I was a child the most extraordinary event occurred. A plane landed in our valley. The glittering wings stacked upon wings stood out among the cows in the field. Although foul smelling, the pilot was a dashing figure in a white scarf. Where he came from and where he was going, was a mystery to all. And because he spoke French it was never learned. I knew then what my destiny was to be. To Fly! To fly from valley to valley.
In my life, however, I have not been bitter or disappointed that such a fate would elude me (although I continue to study French). So it was that I came to be an artist. And still I paint those valleys of my dreams and take flight over distant mountains.” A. Eric Arctander
THE A.ERIC ARCTANDER GRANT FOR 2019
GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION
- The purpose of the GRANT is to support a VISUAL ARTIST. The application process begins March 15, 2019.
- The scholarship stipend is $1,000.00 and will be awarded by August 15th, 2019.
- Work of the selected artist will be shown at the discretion of the Putnam Arts Council at the Belle Levine Arts Center, Mahopac, New York.
Who Can Apply:
- You must be a visual artist, 25 to 45 years old, involved with one or more of the following areas: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media (2D) and (3D), Installation Art and Sculpture.
- The grant can be used for exploring materials, techniques and direction for your personal and professional, artistic development.
- You must be a resident of either Dutchess, Westchester or Putnam County in New York State.
- You must have an e-mail address.
Questions: ask at email@example.com
About The Award Process
Evaluation and selection of Awards Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: Artistic merit based on the quality of work submitted and on the applicant’s written intent to expand on their artistic development. The selection of the award will be decided by a panel of arts professionals. All materials and information involved in the selection process are kept confidential and are viewed by the panelists. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines, will render an application ineligible.
Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants approximately one month after the deadline date of July 15th 2019. A payment of $1,000 will awarded through the Putnam Arts Council. The award is subject to verification of information submitted and proof of residency in one of the three counties specified. A sample of the artist’s work will also be requested and included in a show at the Putnam Arts Council in the fall of 2019.
General Submission Information
Work submitted must have been created between 2014 and 2019. Panelists are asked to evaluate work based on the materials submitted. Poor quality submission materials could affect the panel’s evaluation. Your website with additional artwork is important but only supplemental to the images that must be submitted by the artist.
Online Application Requirements to be completed at: www.entrythingy.com/d=collaborativeconcepts.org All lines of the application with (*) must be filled out.
For assistance contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Guidelines: Fill in all required fields at this website. Only entries thru this website will be considered. See items 1-5.
1. Provide a personal artist’s statement of 400 words or less.
2. Provide the purpose of the scholarship and how it will advance your development in the arts.
3. Provide a one page summary of your professional and educational art background.
4. Provide Five (5) images to be email submitted using the following specifications. You must list Size, Medium and Title for each.
Image size: 1240 pixels x 1240 pixels maximum, 300dpi resolution.
File size: no larger than 4 MB each. Image Format: JPG or JPEG only.
5. Applicant must also include their website for any additional artwork and documentation of their work.
6. Upon selection, the 2019 winner will be asked to submit a valid Soc. Sec. number and Proof of age & residency.
2014 Matthew Keeney
2016 Lance Johnson & Kendra Shedenhelm
2017 Daniel Willner
2018 Stefani Wolfson
2019 Natalia Arbelaez
This fund required ongoing support to continue disbursements and thanks to a contribution from David & Adi Green (Results Advertising), we were able to award the scholarship in 2012 and 2013.
We are proud to have dispersed funds that encouraged and supported the work of emerging visual artists and note that many continue to contribute their talent and expertise as instructors and exhibitors at the Putnam Arts Council.