Summer may slow down a bit in the art world, but it’s a busy time for artists filling out applications for grants and residencies. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is now accepting applications for the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at Dora Maar House, an international program for artists and other professionals in the arts and humanities.
The program, which gives “outstanding mid-career professionals the opportunity to further their artistic and scholarly work,” offers travel expenses, a workspace and stipend for a one- to three-month stay. Fellows work and live in the historic former residence of photographer and artist Dora Maar, the one-time muse and mistress of Pablo Picasso, located in the heart of Ménerbes, a village near Avignon in the south of France, long-known for attracting artists and writers.
Since 2007, the site has been the home for the coveted MFAH-run program, which accepts several fellows each season. Of course, a number of MFAH staff members have received these fellowships (Mari Carmen Ramirez, Cindi Strauss, Anne Wilkes Tucker, and Mary Leclere), but they all have international reputations that resist any hint of being called insider slouches. Other recent fellows have included art critic and painter Peter Plagens; poet Cleopatra Mathis; journalist and non-fiction writer Pamela Newkirk; writer Sarah Schulman; curator Kristina Van Dyke; and MOMA media curator Barbara London.