Artistic Opportunities: Contests, Classes, And Events

Katie Jones shared this information with us that the Smithsonian is holding a portrait contest with great prizes for portrait artists.  It would be great to see some of you in that museum!!  So, go apply!  See the graphic below…

Info link:

Dale Martin has shared this news-  “They’ve opened applications to the East Buntyn Artwalk! It’s the first one they’ve held since 2019, so it may have some growing pains as the new volunteers try to get things back to where they were, but in the past it was a really fun time. Easy setup, customers spending money… it’s my favorite of all the festivals I’ve done. And probably my second most lucrative festival, too.”

Admission is free, and the event is child and pet friendly!

Event Date: April 20, 2024Event Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Contact:


From Martheus (Antone) and Janet Wade – MAW Production’s 2024 calendar.

From FOX13 Memphis: “Southwest Tennessee Community College offers free training courses

The programs available include:

  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Dental Assisting
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Welding
  • Certified Production Technician (CPT)
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Medical Device Finishing
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Also: HiSet – High School Equivalency Diploma

They are offered by Southwest’s Workforce and Community Solutions department. Programs are non-credit, but you may be able to qualify for Prior Learning Assessment credit at Southwest. Participants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Shelby and Fayette counties in Tennessee.

To reserve your session if you want to apply, call 901-333-4207 or email

The session dates are:

  • Thursday, January 18, at 9:00 a.m.
  •  Monday, January 22, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 24, at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 25, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 29, at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 31, at 9:00 a.m.


Some news from the DeSoto Arts Council in Hernando, MS:

Are you looking to enhance your knowledge of graphic design? Learn from a professional!

Join the DeSoto Arts Council Sunday February 18 2-4pm and Sunday, February 25th 2-5pm. $85 for both sessions.

Seating is limited!

You can also register for splatter art with Drucilla B. Nesom

Desoto Arts Council is also now taking vendor applications for Spring Art Fest 2024. Please email them at to get an app…spots are limited!

This vendor market is right off the Hernando Historic square and is the same day as DeSoto County Earth Day and the opening of the Hernando Farmer’s market.

For more info on the DAC– check out their website and/or Facebook page.

Speaking of goings on in Mississippi, the Mississippi Arts Commission has posted that the MAC event in Iuka, MS  originally scheduled for January 18th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 30, at 6 PM. Meet the MAC sessions are free, open to the public and provide valuable information about grants through MAC with a chance to speak with a MAC representative in person.

The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is the official grants-making and service agency for the arts in Mississippi since 1968. They provide support for the arts to qualifying artists, arts organizations, and educational institutions in Mississippi through grants to shape Mississippi’s creative landscape! Learn more at

This just in- we have found out that the Memphis Public Library Comic Con 2024 is a go!

The con will be held on Saturday, May 18th at the MPL’s Benjamin L. Hooks Central/main branch on Poplar Avenue, just like last year. More info to come on this event and how you can be a part of it will be coming soon.

Fingers crossed for good weather for our next Sat-Art-Day at 901 Comics East on February 17th.

The National Cartoonists Society has begun its annual call for entries for consideration for the NCS Divisional Reuben Awards recognizing excellence in professional cartooning. We hope you will submit your work for consideration–and spread the word to your talented peers across all fields of cartoon arts.

Detailed submission instructions and the online entry form can be found at

Call for Entries is open through Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

And don’t forget about the upcoming annual meeting of the South East Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society in Atlanta, GA this March. You can find out more info by clicking here.

If you have any other event news be sure to contact MSCA president Kevin L. Williams at midsouthcartoonists(at)gmail(dot)com.

Additional photos by Frank Chin.