From the department of "90% of life is showing up".

I'm doing something unusual here, and posting pretty much a whole press release. You wouldn't believe how many press releases I get. Some of them are very weird. Almost none are well-written. Some have joegs of kittens and shit attached.

Anyway, here's another call for entries for local artists, this one from the San Antonio Artist Foundation. Check it out. And the one I posted for Artpace the other day.

And work on your artist statement. Make it short, avoid jargon, talk about your ideas and materials in as conversational a way as possible. Get together really good, clear, big jpegs of your work. It isn't that hard.

INSTITUTIONS WILL SOMETIMES GIVE YOU MONEY IF YOU ASK FOR IT, PEOPLE. Money with which to make bigger, better, weirder, riskier stuff!

I've bolded the important parts for you.


San Antonio, TX September 1, 2009 The Artist Foundation of San Antonio announced today that the application period for 2009 grants will begin on September 1 and close on October 16, 2009. San Antonio artists should go to the Foundation's website for information and to apply

This year, up to eleven (11) $5,000 awards will be made in the categories of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Classical Singing, Theatrical Set Design and Theatrical Costume Design. San Antonio artists may apply online from September 1 through October 16. Please visit or write to [email protected] for more information. Awards will be announced in mid November.

Now in its fourth year of operation, the Foundation, created by co-founders Patricia Pratchett and Bettie Ward, is becoming an established source for grants to individual artists and a presence in the local arts community. The purpose of the Foundation is to identify, recognize and award outstanding San Antonio artists across various artistic disciplines. With this round of awards the AF will have awarded nearly $275,000 to over 50 artists. The Foundation is the only organization in our area that distinguishes itself with the sole objective of making monetary awards to individual artists. The Foundation hopes to raise awareness about the vast artistic talent in our community and in turn grow and diversify the art market throughout Bexar County. Artists, as small business owners, are important to local economic development. Please visit for more information about the Foundation and for a full list of artist who have received awards over the past three years.

The Artist Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation is supported in part by The Cultural Collaborative of the City of San Antonio, The Tobin Endowment, The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, the estate of George Cortes, Lifshutz Foundation and The Liberto Family.

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