The Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded 137 grants totaling $504,245 at its Dec. 10 meeting in Montgomery. A coterie of Mobilians are among the recipients.

• The Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival received $5,000.

• The History Museum of Mobile board received $1,200 for an African-American music festival.

• Mobile Association for Retarded Citizens received $3,250 for art education.

• Mobile Medical Museum received $2,000 for commissioned works by April Livingston.

• Mobile Museum of Art received $6,500 for the exhibit “Posing Beauty in African-American Culture.”

• Charlie Tran of Irvington received $2,000 for a traditional Lion Dance apprenticeship.

This round of grants supports arts in education, folk art, community, literature, performing and visual arts programs from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30. Also included are 17 folklife apprenticeship grants. 

The next deadline for the submission of grant applications is March 1 for fellowships and Art and Cultural Facilities Grants, covering activities taking place between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019.

Statewide call for art entries
The Alabama Women’s Caucus for Art is seeking entries from across the state for its juried exhibition of works involving paper. The exhibition will be held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Salmon Gallery (301 Sparkman Drive), Feb. 4 through March 4. Cash prizes will be awarded and ALWCA will produce a full-color catalog.

The juror is Abigail Yoder, Ph.D., a research assistant at the St. Louis Art Museum focusing on modern and contemporary art and works on paper.

The show is open to all women artists 18 and older. Individual artists may submit up to three works.
ALWCA members may submit one to three images per entry for $25; nonmembers may submit up to three images per entry for $30.

Entries must be original works on or made of paper — no giclées of original work or digital photographs — and no larger than 56 inches in any direction.

All submissions must be made by Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. To enter, go to

All images must be 300 dpi. Provide a short biography/artist statement, no longer than 350 words. It should have the artist’s name and the title of the work.

Sale of art is optional, and a 40 percent commission will go to ALWCA for any artworks sold. Works that are sold must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. ALWCA will process the sale and provide the artist with the 60 percent balance once the sale is final and the work has been delivered to the purchaser.

Artwork is to be delivered between Jan. 29 and Feb. 2. Use of a FedEx return label is recommended if artists are unable to deliver their artwork in person.