Artist INC Northwest Arkansas

M-AAA partners with the Regional Arts Service Organization of the Northwest Arkansas Council to present Artist INC Northwest Arkansas

About Regional Arts Service Organization

Northwest Arkansas Council logo

Incubated at the Northwest Arkansas Council with support from the Walton Family Foundation, the regional arts service organization launched in August 2019 with a focus on building and connecting infrastructure and capacity with the entire cultural sector. It provides and facilitates planning, grants, programs and initiatives that deepen the cultural identity and creative economy of the region. The organization works to evolve leadership, cohesion and connectivity, prioritize and coordinate opportunities and resources, and elevate the region’s artists, creatives and organizations. Learn more at nwacouncil.org/arts-organization.

2020 Applications

The next Artist INC Live NWA session will be in the Summer of 2020*. This session will run on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm from June 23, 2020 – August 11, 2020. Currently, the sessions are planned to take place in Fayetteville, the exact location to be announced. See below for a full schedule—participants are required to attend all sessions.

*If this needs to change due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, we will make an announcement in early June. We are committed to keeping a safe and healthy environment for artists.

Applicants must complete the online application form, answer the narrative questions and submit a resume/CV and digital work samples that support their artistic practice. All applications must be made online through Submittable.com during the open application period.

The application deadline is Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Applicants facing difficulties completing online submissions should contact Cory Imig, Artist Services Manager at cory@maaa.org. Artists with program-specific questions should contact Lisa Marie Evans at me@lisamarieart.com.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live within an 80-mile radius of Fayetteville, AR. Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply, graduate students are eligible if they are not currently enrolled in classes during the Artist INC Session Dates (June 23–August 11).

All selected artists who participate in Artist INC Live 2020 will have the $150 fee waived due to the current economic crisis. All participants are required to attend all sessions of the workshop, barring illness or emergency. Please review the schedule to be sure that you are available for all of the sessions. Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2020. 

Each Artist INC Live Application should include:

  • Filled-in online application form
  • Artist Resume/CV (maximum 3 pages)
  • 4 artwork samples (images – 1MB max. per image, audio files, film files, or URLs to audio and film files)
  • Image description list

Apply today

What Works Workshops

Want to learn more about Artist INC Live? Attend one of our two upcoming What Works webinars and learn more about the topics covered throughout the Artist INC Live program.

March 31, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Click here to register.

April 18, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Click here to register.

The What Works Workshop is a program of Artist INC. Artist and Filmmaker Lisa Marie Evans will present the first-ever What Works workshop in the webinar format as we all stay virtually connected. During these webinars, Evans will share more information about Artist INC and offer strategies for creatives to grow their art business and sustain an art practice. The presentations are approximately 60 minutes, with additional time for questions to follow.

Artist INC Northwest Arkansas 2020

The next Artist INC Live NWA session will be in the Summer of 2020*. This session will run on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm from June 23, 2020 – August 11, 2020. Currently, the sessions are planned to take place in Fayetteville, the exact location to be announced.

*If this needs to change due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, we will make an announcement in early June. We are committed to keeping a safe and healthy environment for artists.

  1. Tuesday, June 23
  2. Tuesday, June 30
  3. Tuesday, July 7
  4. Tuesday, July 14
  5. Tuesday, July 21
  6. Tuesday, July 28
  7. Tuesday, August 4
  8. Tuesday, August 11
Northwest Arkansas Peer Facilitators

Maryamsadat Amiravghefi

Maryamsadat Amirvaghefi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1989. Amiravghefi works are the mixed media medium of painting, video art, and sculpture pieces. Amirvaghefi graduated from University of Arkansas School of Art with an MFA. She completed her BFA at the Sooreh University, Tehran, Iran in 2013. She has had group shows in Tehran and the US. She curated two shows from Iranian and American young artist in Tehran. Iran and Fayetteville, AR. Her works have been published in Al-Tiba Magazine, New Media Art 2018, CICA Museum, WOTISART Art Magazine, Studio Visit magazine, and Average Art Magazine. She lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Adrienne Dawes

Adrienne Dawes is an Afro-Latina playwright and producer originally from Austin, TX. Her plays include TEEN DAD (Finalist, 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), DENIM DOVES (Salvage Vanguard Theater, Sacred Fools Theater) and AM I WHITE (Salvage Vanguard Theater). Her work has been developed at B Street Theatre, TheatreSquared, Teatro Milagro, National Black Theatre, North Carolina Black Repertory, English Theatre Berlin, and Live Girls! Theater among others.

Adrienne has been an Alice Judson Hayes Fellow (Ragdale Foundation), a Literary Fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship (George Kaiser Family Foundation), an artist-in-residence with Crosstown Arts and PlySpace, a NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee, a selected playwright for the 2018 Fornés Playwriting Workshop (University of Notre Dame) and 2018 Kenyon Playwrights Conference (directed by Wendy MacLeod). Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Latinx Theatre Commons, S

Lisa Marie Evans

Filmmaker Lisa Marie Evans’ work varies in form from feature length documentaries to short animation and public art installation. As a selected artist for various awards and grants, Evans participates in artist residencies and screens her work internationally, including Hungary, France, the Philippines and Canada.

Evans thrives on being active within her community. She has developed curricula and taught filmmaking to all ages, programmed films for festivals and screenings, served on the board for multiple film organizations, and currently facilitates professional development programs for artists with Artist INC.

Evans co-produced Beyond Belief, a digital storytelling project through AIR’s (Association of Independents in Radio) Localore: Finding America. Partnering with Kansas City Public Television, the 30-minute film received a regional Emmy nomination in 2017. Currently, Evans is in post-production with the feature film, In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction.

Rachel Lynett

Rachel Lynett has a BA in Theatre from the University of Notre Dame (2011) and an MFA in Theatre from the University of Arkansas (2015). Her recent playwriting credits include Downstage Left Residency with Stage Left for her play, Well-Intentioned White People (2017), Well-Intentioned White People as a part of 2017 Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival, honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play, Well-Intentioned White People, and a workshop production of Abortion Road Trip produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy. Her play, Abortion Road Trip, presented by Theatre Prometheus, was also a part of the 2017 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival. She currently works as the company manager at Arts Center of the Ozarks and is a AIE rostered teaching artist through Arkansas Arts Council.

Lia Uribe

Lia Uribe, bassoon artist, is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Arkansas, and Principal Bassoonist of SoNA (Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas) and APO (Arkansas Philharmic Orchestra). Dr. Uribe maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and artist-teacher. Her international work includes venues and festivals in Colombia, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Ecuador, Greece, Puerto Rico, Japan, as well as multiple venues in the United States. Dr. Uribe performs and tours on regular basis with the Lyrique Quintette, woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Arkansas. Her research interest is centered on Latin-American and Latinx music and composers, in addition to inclusiveness and diversity in the arts.

Kat Wilson

Kat Wilson is a Bentonville-based artist, received her MFA from the University of Arkansas and is the cofounder of Bentonville’s Bottle Rocket gallery. Wilson’s work has been exhibited and published regionally and internationally, including the Los Angeles Times, the Oxford American, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Washington Post, Little Rock Monthly and Communication Arts. Wilson’s “Habitats” series of digital photographs explore the lives and personalities of her sitters through elaborate orchestrations of the possessions and spaces that constitute their everyday environment. Employing centuries-old compositional devices, Wilson’s theatrically conceived portraits transcend the quotidian familiarity of the personal belongings and spaces they depict, casting her subjects as both intimately vulnerable and heroic.