2023 Mood Ring Open Call

By June 01, 2023

Burnaway welcomes submissions from art-makers, designers, and researchers to our artist column, Mood Ring, for summer/fall 2023.

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Applicants based in Alabama, Arkansas, the Caribbean, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia are strongly encouraged to apply.

The format of Mood Ring is meant to be free-flowing, adaptable to a variety of artist projects, and specific to the digital realm. Works can be small studies related to a larger developing project, new works that can be adapted for online publication, or pieces of long-form writing about an area of research interest. Three artists will be selected to work closely with Burnaway’s editorial team to develop their Mood Ring project over the course of summer/fall 2023. The final projects will be published on Burnaway’s website and promoted on our social media platforms. Selected artists will receive a W.A.G.E. certified fee for their work.

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  • Artists must be currently based in Burnaway’s coverage region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, or the Caribbean
  • Collaborative groups are welcome to apply. Groups will receive one stipend payment. 
  • Artists must not be active, degree-seeking art students. Recent BFA and MFA graduates are welcome to apply. 
  • We ask that Mood Ring proposals complement the existing design and structure of Burnaway’s digital publication. See past Mood Rings.

Application materials:

  • A short proposal (250 words or less) or artist statement
  • Three images of representative work (or links to videos). Individual files should be formatted as .jpg files and must not exceed 1MB.
  • An artist biography and CV 
  • Applicants may upload a .pdf file of the proposed layout for the artist project.

Apply using the form below by July 14, 2023. 

Accepted artists will be notified no later than July 25, 2023. 

Submissions will be reviewed by Burnaway’s editorial team. Decisions will be made solely based on strength of proposal and regardless of the artists’ race, gender identity, religion, age, ability, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the United States. We will not be able to provide individual feedback for unaccepted submissions.

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