by Nathaniel Donnett
I happened to be studio visiting with another artist who work is quite interesting and I think important. But that’s not the point here. I asked her for some information that would help me in my work in terms of some research. She was generous with the info and (advice) and directed me to a fellow who was willing to give me all the info I needed. I believe he is a writer. He also did some documentation for a human being I admire greatly, who also happens to be an artist, a photographer, a chef, a this and a that…His name is Bert Long Jr. I thought it was interesting that his name came up when artists were helping other artists. Bert was someone who gave his advice and assistance (if he could) within a blink of an eye. So I thought I’d repost this from an older post in the spirit of Bert and in the spirit of artists helping artists and humans helping humans. There’s some links to different art organizations, residencies, etc at the end of the post that may be helpful. If they are not, then please pass them along.
-posted on the old not that this – Feb 2013-
As you may know a great artist, Bert Long has passed on and made his transition. I am saddened by this news as many of my fellow artists and friends; however, I’m also given an awakening as well. Bert was an important , great artist, kind, funny, laid back, down to earth, very smart, multi-talented, interesting and inspirational artist/person. (not enough space for all of the adjectives). I won’t spend much time speaking about Bert. You can go here, here, here, here, or here to see Bert’s impact on Houston and the art community, not to mention the rest of the world. No, I won’t speak on those things. When there are deaths within our space, it sometimes becomes traditional that people you’ve never seen before come around to show their teeth, wares and sometimes bottoms. They’re usually looking for money, to be recognized as someone who knew the deceased in hopes that they gain some false recognition or fame, (sick but true) or truly genuine people who want to pay their respects. I’m hoping that this post would be viewed as the latter and is as inspirational to you as Bert was to me and many who post here. And if what I post is not viewed as such please believe me that is the intent. I think Bert would want to see us as artists and human beings that we are sharing information and treating people with respect and kindness. Well, I’m gonna knock two birds out with one eyeball. This is what Bert has always done and continues to do. I also thought it was a beautiful thing when a good artist friend Lauren Kelly – Oliver emailed me today the day I posted this, and some artist opportunities to me and some art friends. I see Bert is already working through us….Synchronicity.
So no, I’m not gonna speak on how much we love Bert. I rather be like Bert and show it through action. So here are some links that I hope help you on your art journey. I think Bert would do the same thing and I hope that one day my shoulders grow broad and strong enough that I too can carry some of the younger generation artists on them. Good luck to you all.
Art advice, grants, and info to help the artist trying to get their get up up….
Paper Art Village
Artist Help Network – http://www.artisthelpnetwork.com/index.asp
Alliance of Artists Communities – http://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies
Americans for the Arts – http://www.artsusa.org/
Art Business – http://www.artbusiness.com/index.html
Artists Meeting Place and Resource Collective
National Arts Marketing Project – http://www.artsmarketing.org/
The Artlist.com – http://www.theartlist.com/
Art Law Blog – http://theartlawblog.blogspot.com/
Call for Entry – https://www.callforentry.org/index.php
Creative Capital – http://blog.creative-capital.org/
Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographers Fellowship
Asian Cultural Council Individual Grants – http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/
Artadia – http://www.artadia.org/
The CDS/ Honickman First Book Prize in Photography- http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/bp/index.html
The Astraea Visual Arts Fund –
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award –
The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant
Library Fellows’ Award, National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Grants
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship
NEA Art Works Grant
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
William H. Johnson Prize
Xeric Foundation Grants for Comic Self-Publishers
The American Center for Artists
Adolf Konrad Artist-in-Residence Newark Museum Arts Workshop
Atlantic Center for the Arts
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art
MAK Center Artists and Architects
Studio Museum in Harlem
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
Paper Art Village
Many people aren’t fond of the conversation about after-lives or things of that nature. I will say that you may not be into that but the way Bert has affected people, his work, and character will allow his name to live on.
Rest In Peace Bert.
Nathaniel Donnett is an interdisciplinary artist from Houston, Texas who is interested in human behavior and psycho-social concerns. Donnett is currently working out his “Dark Imaginarence” concept/manifesto soul theory, and is also the founder of “Not That But This.” You can find him at www.nathanieldonnett.com, https://twitter.com/artistik, and on facebook.