April 23 - 26, 2020
Houston, Texas

Key Dates:
Deadline to Submit Proposals: Monday, October 28, 2019, 11:59PM PST
Proposal Status Notification: December 19, 2019
Convening Dates: April 23 - 26, 2020
Link to Open Call Guidelines, Application, & FAQ’s:

Common Field is excited to announce that we are accepting session and project proposals for the 2020 Convening in Houston. The Open Call for Proposals is free and open to all Common Field Network Members. Open call for proposals guidelines and application are now online on our website.

The Common Field Convening brings together over 500+ visual arts organizers for a four-day gathering to share resources, ideas, and methods for artist-centered spaces, projects and practices. The Convening is a place for practical and social exchanges exploring the current state of the artist-centered field. Common Field seeks proposals for workshops, conversations, panels, and other forms that facilitate value-driven discussions as well as tool and skill sharing.

Current Common Field Members are eligible to apply. If you’re not a member and would like to join, learn more and sign up on our website.Scholarships are also available to offset the cost of membership.

Join Common Field Network
Not a Common Field member yet? Not a problem! Join our Network and become a part of a growing 680+ national organizations and organizers who support, connect and advocate for the visual arts field. Find out more about the membership cost, benefits and opportunities on our website. We also offer scholarships and accept applications on a rolling basis. Email us with your questions.

Common Field is excited to introduce our new Members Feature, aimed at building a stronger, more visible online presence for our Network that increase understanding, involvement and knowledge of artists organizations and their value. The Members feature highlights the incredible organizations and organizers within the expansive Common Field network. Find out who they are, reach out to them, or just to say hello! Read their interviews here.

ArtsUP! Concepts
Neil Ramsay, Creative Economist
Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Winona Bechtle, Director of Development and Community Engagement
Los Angeles, CA

If you’d like to be featured, please reach out to Ikram Lakhdhar, our Network and Communications Membership Manager, with your interest.

Welcome New & Renewing Members
We’re thrilled to welcome 20 new and renewing Common Field Network members who have joined from July 28 to date. Learn more about them and our 680+ member network online.

New Members:

CA> Los Angeles, Dyson & Womack. San Diego, Medium Photo
TX> Houston, ALL, Mystic Lyon, Project Row Houses, Nameless Sound
OH> Cleveland, ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership
UT> Ephraim, Granary Arts
VA> Richmond, Studio Two Three

CA> Oakland, Renny Pritkin
MA> Belfast, Meg Fournier
MN>Minnesota, Allie Tepper
NY> Brooklyn, Elizabeth James
TN> Murfreesboro, Elizabeth Bray
TX> Houston, Sidney Garett

Renewing Members:

MA> Waltham, Blueprint Projects
OR> Portland, Womxn House

NY> Brooklyn, Mollie Flanagan
Rosendale, Cathryn Frances
PA> Philadelphia, Li Sumpter


Listings Highlights

Common Field has an active Listings Board where you can find opportunities, jobs, announcements, services and jobs from Network members. Head to our Listings page to see them all! We encourage network members to post your listings. Learn how online.

Calgary - Annual Call for Submissions, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Due Aug 31, 2019 (Opportunity)

Los Angeles - Fall 2019 Internships, NAVEL, due August 31, 2019 (Opportunity)

Nebraska - Open Call Fall 2020 Artist-In-Residence Program, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, due August 31, 2019 (Residency)

New York - Foundwork Artist Prize | $10,000 Juried Grant, Foundwork, Due Sept 1, 2019 (Opportunity)

Connecticut, Executive Director, Artspace, Due Sept 15, 2019 (Job)

Los Angeles, Public Art RFQ, Dyson & Womack, due Sept 20, 2019. (Opportunity)

For the newest published Field History, Disposal of the New Langton Arts Archive, Renny Pritikin writes about the New Langton Archive, and how a group of dedicated people spent four years organizing the archive and brokering a deal to sell it to Stanford University after the organization closed in 2009.

Read this story on our website.

Field Histories commissions texts to tell the stories behind the successful placement of artist organization archives in appropriate institutional contexts. We hope to encourage Common Field members to be aware of their archives’ value, and promote creative thinking in preservation of their materials. Learn more online.

Calling all arts organizers, readers, writers and art publishers!

Common Field often sources and shares knowledge from the field. With that spirit in mind, we’re calling upon you, our network, to help us grow our list and map active independent art publications throughout the US.

We hope to make the field of independent art writing and art publishing more accessible to all. This is why we have aggregated a national list of art publications, and are inviting you to contribute to it.

Add away, share, and spread around! This list is public to everyone and is saved in our Documents Sharing Hub. Common Field seeks to serve as an essential space for the aggregation and distribution of resources and where field discussions happen. Your collective knowledge is powerful.