2019 MSAC IAA Application Assistance Video 2/3: IS MY WORK ELIGIBLE?


Thank you for your interest in the Maryland
State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. My name is Kimberly Steinle-Super and I am
Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. This video is the second in a series of three
designed to help you better understand the Individual Artist Awards program and guide
you through the application process. The video you are currently watching will
be addressing the second step in determining if you are eligible to submit an application:
Is my work eligible? Please keep in mind that you AND your work
must be eligible in order to apply for this progam If you are able to meet all the eligibility
criteria and are ready to submit an application, we invite you to watch the third video in
this series which will show you how to use the online eGRANT application system. And just as a reminder before we get started,
the videos in this series are intended to help applicants gain a better understanding
of the program and its requirements but are not intended as a substitution for the program
guidelines, which are available on both the Maryland State Arts Council and Mid Atlantic
Arts Foundation websites. Please be sure to read the program guidelines
in their entirety before submitting an application. To request a transcript of this presentation
please contact me at [email protected] As a reminder, categories offered for the
2019 Award cycle will be: Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction
Digital/Electronic Arts Media
Theater Solo Performance Painting
Works on Paper Only applications in these categories will
be accepted for the 2019 Awards so if your work doesn’t fall under one of these categories,
you will not be eligible to apply this round. All work samples submitted for consideration
must meet a general set of eligibility criteria, regardless of medium. These require that:
All work samples must have been produced within the eligible timeframe outlined in the program
guidelines Previous Maryland State Arts Council Individual
Artist Award recipients may not resubmit winning work, including any portion or variation of
winning work Work completed while pursuing a high school
diploma or an undergraduate or graduate degree in any Maryland State Arts Council Individual
Artist Award artistic category may not be submitted. This also includes disciplines which are not
being offered this year. So if the paintings you are planning to submit
were completed while you were working on your MFA in Photography, they would not be eligible. A full list of categories offered can be found
in the program guidelines. All submitted work samples must be completed
works. Works-in-progress and project proposals are
not eligible. For the purposes of this program, “complete”
is considered to be the point at which the work is ready for public presentation. Applicants may not identify themselves or
provide crediting information in their work samples, in the work sample file names, or
on the work sample page of the online application. Including information such as, but not limited
to, the artist’s name or signature, identifying initials or symbols, professional affiliations,
and biographical information, may render the application ineligible. If it is not possible for this type of identifying
information to be edited out of the work sample, it cannot be submitted as part of the application. We also want you to keep in mind that there
are specific technical requirements for work submitted to this program. These requirements help with consistency but
are also necessary to make sure the work samples submitted are compatible with the review software
used by panelists. In almost every case it is possible to convert
whatever files you have available but we urge you to plan ahead when preparing your work
samples for submission. We also have an extensive Work Sample Preparation
Guide available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website which includes links to free online
conversion resources and answers to many frequently asked questions. In addition to general work sample eligibility
and technical specifications for work samples, each category has specific requirements for
the work samples depending on the medium. We are going to quickly review what those
are for each category but, again, please be sure to review the program guidelines before
submitting an application. We also strongly encourage applicants to use
the program guidelines as a checklist as they go through the application to make sure they
are meeting all the requirements for their category. Various forms of fiction writing including
novels, novellas, and short stories, as well as creative non-fiction may all be submitted
in the Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction category. Applicants must submit a 10-20 page section
of a single, original work: The full work must have been completed after
July 25, 2015 The submitted manuscript must represent a
contiguous portion of the full text (do not submit a collection of excerpts) Translations are not permitted All work samples must be submitted in English Do not submit works in progress or work completed while the applicant was a student To help with legibility and consistency during
the review process the manuscript must be formatted according to the following specifications: Standard 8 1/2 x 11″ page size Double spaced
One-inch page margins Text must be 12 point font, either Times New Roman
or Arial Title pages may only include the name of the
work. Title pages will not be factored into the
page count. Pages must be numbered, preferably in the
lower right hand corner of each page There has also been one change to the requirements
for manuscripts this year. In cases where accompanying images are integral
to the understanding of the written work, such as graphic novels, the applicant may
include illustrations or images in their manuscript. Please note, however, that only the applicant’s
written work will be evaluated. The applicant must provide a photo credit
or credits for the image(s) in the manuscript, or note that the images were created by the
“applicant” to protect their anonymity. Stock photos, clip art, and other images that
identify the applicant or are intended to embellish the manuscript will not be accepted. Please contact Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
is you have any questions about the eligibility of the images you would like to include in
your manuscript. We get lots of questions about what types
of work are eligible in the Digital/Electronic category. So before we review the work sample requirements,
I want to quickly review the eligibility check points for this category. All of the information we are about to review
is in the Program Guidelines, so we encourage you to read through these point again after
watching this video and contact Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation if you have any questions
or concerns about if your work is eligible in this category. Examples of appropriate work include:
2D works which derive their meaning from being created or displayed on computers or other
electronic media Sculptural works incorporating digital technology
or electronic movement Interactive installations including immersive
virtual environments Internet projects
Transmedia Other image, text, audio, or video works rooted
in technology Work that would NOT be considered appropriate
includes: Work in which digital technology is used primarily
as a tool for production and does not significantly contribute to the meaning of the work, such
as certain types of graphic design or video/photo editing Works that are comprised solely of digital and software manipulation of drawings, paintings,
and print images or scanned objects are not eligible in this category
Computer manipulation of photographs is not eligible Works in which the computer is only a vehicle for reproduction. For example, scanned paintings. Static installations must be entered into
discipline most dominant. So, for example, an installation of illustrated paper cut-outs should be submitted in the Works on Paper category. No performances are eligible in this category If eligible, eight digital images and one
video must be uploaded into the online application: These eight images may include up to four
detail shots but at least four different works must be represented No composite images of the work samples will be reviewed. A composite image is a single image file that
is comprised of multiple images in order to show more than one perspective or detail of
the work. Applications including composite images may
be disqualified. All work samples must have been created after
July 25, 2015 The video must demonstrate how the work samples
function All video footage must be compiled into a
single file no longer than 10 minutes in total The work represented in the video must be
clearly identifiable as the same work shown in the digital images Video may only demonstrate the functionality of the submitted work samples. Do not submit promotional videos, still images
presented as a slideshow, interviews with the artist or other commentary which provides
interpretation of the work. No signatures, initials, or recognizable artist
marks/identifiers may appear in the digital images or within the video
Do not submit works in progress or work completed while the applicant was a student The Media category includes film and video,
as well as audio work that would not otherwise be well-suited for submission in a traditional
music category such as noise or sound installations. Two examples of the applicant’s original video
or audio work must be uploaded into the online application:
Each uploaded recording has a maximum time limit of 10 minutes Each uploaded recording must be of a different work The submitted recordings must represent contiguous sections of each work Do not submit more than one work in each upload (compilations are not considered eligible) Both works must have been completed after July 25, 2015 The applicant artist must be solely responsible for the creative decisions regarding conception,
directing, and editing of the work submitted (collaborations are not considered eligible) Do not submit works in progress or work completed while the applicant was a student Acting, dramatic reading, puppetry, recitation,
storytelling, performance art, may all be submitted in the Theater Solo Performance
category. Applicants must submit two examples of their
performance work: Each uploaded recording has a maximum time
limit of 10 minutes Each uploaded recording must be of a different
play/story being performed The submitted recordings must represent contiguous
sections of each play/story Do not submit more than one play/story in
each upload (compilations are not considered eligible) Both performances must have been recorded after July 25, 2015 If the applicant appears with another performer or performers on the submitted samples, the
applicant must be easily identifiable as the main performer in both performances Do not submit work completed while the applicant was a student Acrylic, gouache, oil, watercolor, tempera,
encaustic, mural/fresco, graffiti, painting incorporating mixed media may be submitted
in the Painting category. Works on Paper includes book arts, drawing,
printmaking, charcoal, pastel, collage, installations or sculptural forms constructed from paper,
as well as other examples of work produced on or from paper. The work sample requirements in both visual
arts categories offered this year are actually the same. Applicants are asked to provide eight digital
images of their original work: These eight images may include up to four
detail shots but at least four different works must be represented No composite images of the work samples will be reviewed. Again, a composite image is a single image file that
is comprised of multiple images in order to show more than one perspective or detail of
the work. Applications including composite images may
be disqualified. All work samples must have been created after
July 25, 2015 No signatures, initials, or recognizable artist
marks/identifiers may appear in the digital images Do not submit works in progress or work completed while the applicant was a student We hope this video has helped provide a better
understanding of the work sample requirements for the Individual Artist Awards program. If you are interested in applying, the third
video in this series provides step-by-step instructions about how to create and submit
an online application. As a reminder, all of the information we have
just reviewed is also available in the written Program Guidelines, which can be found on
both the Maryland State Arts Council and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation websites. We will also link to the guidelines as well
as the first and third videos in this series in YouTube description for this video, or
you can click the link in the top corner now to watch part three: How do I apply? On behalf of the Maryland State Arts Council
and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, thanks again for your interest in the Individual Artist
Awards.

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