Backstage Pass Artist Opportunities

April 22nd, 2014

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Poetry Collection Anhinga Press offers publication, a $2,000 award, and participation in a reading tour of Florida colleges for a poetry collection with its Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Applicants should submit the $25 fee and a manuscript of 48-80 pages. Anna Ross is among the past recipients. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library is now accepting art exhibition proposals. Applicants must be from the New England region and all work presented must be original and produced within the last three years. Learn more.
Deadline: May 16, 2014 (12 noon)

Arts Writers Grants Applications are now being accepted for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program which support writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, issued directly to twenty individual authors a year. Learn more.
Deadline: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Call to Artists  Entries are now being accepted for a June show at Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston. ENGENDERED will explore how gender is perceived from the literal to the abstract.  Artists are invited to submit work which depicts any aspect of gender – clearly defined, fluid or ambiguous. The context could be biological, sexual, political, spiritual, personal statements of self identity, imposed identity or perceived identity. Open to all media. Contemporary approaches are encouraged. (perhaps a non-conventional view of the non-conventional) No fees. 20% gallery commission on sales. Opening June 7th. Questions, contact Samantha Marder at sm2755@aol.com or 617.529.5055
Deadline: May 30, 2014

Call For Art  The Zeitgeist Gallery in Beverly is accepting entries for their juried exhibition Abstract Nation 2014.  This is a national call for art for US abstract artists working in any medium. Also they are offering a chance to win a 6-8 week solo exhibition in 2015. Questions, call  978-219-7172. Learn more.
Deadline:  November 30, 2014 (midnight)

Image credit: Billie Holiday and her dog Mister, backstage dressing room, probably at the Downbeat, NYC, 1946. This photograph is from the William P. Gottlieb Collection which was purchased by the Library of Congress in 1995.

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Calling My Children at Boston Public Library, 5/7

April 17th, 2014
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We’re happy to share that a screening of Calling My Children (watch an excerpt, above), a documentary film by David Binder (Film & Video Fellow ’11) about a Boston-area family devastated by AIDS, is taking place at the Boston Public Library‘s Rabb Lecture Hall on May 7, 2014, 6-8 PM.

The event celebrates a special broadcast of the documentary on PBS in May and will include a conversation with and photo exhibition by David, as well as a special recognition from the office of Gov. Deval Patrick.

Learn more (PDF).

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Living in the Future Artist Opportunities

April 15th, 2014

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Space, the final frontier in artist residencies…

Call for Vendors The Cape Cod Art Association is now accepting vendor applications for the 12th Annual Art in the Village Festival on June 28 & 29 at the Courthouse Green in Barnstable Village. Learn more.
Deadline: spaces available on first-come, first-served basis

Fiction Leapfrog Press offers a prize of $1,150 and publication for a short story collection, novella, or novel. Submit $30 fee and a manuscript of at least 22,000 words. Leapfrog Press editors and Mark Brazaitis will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2014

Documentary Film The MacArthur Foundation Documentary Open Call accepts applications for support for documentary film projects, with an emphasis on “projects that have the potential to spark dialogue, create understanding, and contribute to social and policy change.” Projects should be in production or post-production phase (on a very limited basis, the foundation may consider projects in the research & development phase). Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2014

Literature by Veterans or Active Duty Military Iowa Review’s Jeff Sharlet Award offers a $1,000 prize and publication in Iowa Review to a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an active duty U.S. service member or military veteran. Submit $15 fee and up to 20 pages. Anthony Swofford is this year’s judge. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2014

“Shelter” Art Post Office Gallery on Cape Cod is now accepting submissions for its third annual juried art exhibit Shelter, which will begin with an opening reception on June 22 and will run through July 10. Open to all visual artists. Email up to three high resolution images in any medium. Include your name; phone & email; title, size, medium, and retail price of the work(s); and one brief paragraph describing the “shelter” theme in your submitted work. Learn more.
Deadline: May 22, 2014

Art Fair 4heads is seeking independent artists worldwide working in all disciplines (painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound art and more) to apply for the 2014 Governors Island Art Fair – New York’s Largest Independent Exhibition. More than 100 artists of exceptional talent will be chosen to show their art (in a room of their own) this September. The event champions a new model for art fairs by putting the artists and the visitors first (artists’ exhibition space and fair admission are both free). Learn more.
Deadline: June 2, 2014

Participatory Art FIGMENT Boston 2014, a free two-day participatory arts event held at the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Saturday July 26 and Sunday July 27 , is accepting art project submissions. The event showcases art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment, accepting submissions from artists of all ages and experience. Learn more.
Deadline: June 16, 2014

Film, Video, & Animation The 2014 Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival is now accepting submissions of short films (under 25 minutes) in animation, documentary, dance/performance, fine art/conceptual, drama/comedy/ narrative, and music video. Selected films will be shown at a date and Boston-area venue TBA, in late 2014 (past venues have included the Regent Theatre in Arlington and Somerville Theatre in Davis Square). Learn more.
Deadline: Early Bird – June 1, Standard – July 20, Late – August 1, 2014

Image: in the 1970s, NASA, Stanford University, and Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill convened a series of studies on space colonies. The image is one of the artist’s renderings of concepts that emerged from those studies.

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Snagging Those Artist Opportunities

April 10th, 2014

Choreographers, Dancers The Massachusetts Dance Festival is now accepting applications for their 2014 Concert Series. The Massachusetts Dance Festival highlights the diversity of dance choreography and performance found in the Bay State. It aims to create meaningful connections between dance companies, artists and audiences in order to enhance the dance culture of the region. Learn more.

Photographers The Photography Center of Cape Cod, a program of the Cape Cod Art Association is now accepting entries for Patterns, an open juried online exhibit. Learn more.
Deadline: April 25, 2014

Call for Artists with Disabilities In honor of the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is hosting an exhibition. The goal of this show is to celebrate the ADA by showcasing the works of artists with disabilities. The call is open to all artists of all ages living in New England who have a disability. The exhibition will take place at the Institute for Human Centered Design, 200 Portland St. Boston from June 26th through July 28th. All works must be original creations by the artist and available for purchase. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Poets The Tupelo Press is currently accepting entries for their Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry. The prize includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Of Note: Public Art Discussion Series: The Business Of Being A Public Artist (Part 1 Of 2) on April 30th from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at The New England Foundation for the Arts. Free. RSPV

Call for Poets with Disabilities for Poetry Slam In celebration of the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Institute for Human Centered Design is seeking poets with disabilities to participate in a Poetry Slam. The call is open to poets of all ages living in New England who have a disability.The Poetry Slam will take place in Boston on July 23rd from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Institute for Human Centered Design at 200 Portland St. Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the Coast Guard exhibit at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable Village. They are looking for photos of lighthouses, ships, nautical artifacts or Coast Guard memorabilia. Learn more.
Deadline: May 2, 2014

Videos, Animations, Computer-Generated Work  The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Boston Cyberarts have announced their tenth call for  Art on the Marquee. They are looking for 30-second videos, animations, or computer-generated works that use the entire Marquee in creative ways. The 80-foot-tall Marquee offers more than 3,000 square feet of display area on 7 screens. This call is limited to artists and artist teams who reside in Massachusetts. Learn more.
Deadline: May 4, 2014 (midnight)

Call for Art The Rocky Neck Art Colony has announced a call to artists for the exhibition Fine Line, a juried all media and dimensions drawing show. They are seeking New England artists for whom the finest line expresses the widest of concepts. Selection to be announced May 20. Entries must be delivered in person. No shipped work accepted. Juror: Al Miner Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the MFA. Learn more.
Deadline: May 13, 2014 (midnight)

Call for Artists  Submissions are now being accepted for Westfield State University’s juried exhibition Emilee’s Art Dream: In Her Honor, an Exhibition for MS Awareness. The exhibition is open to New England artists only, and will run from 10/24 to 12/6/14, with a reception on 11/6/14. Artists may submit up to 3 works (preferred size under 5 feet). All forms of media are accepted, and submissions/descriptions should be tied to MS awareness. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2014

Image credit: Published in the Public Domain Review. From the French caricaturist, cartoonist and animator Émile Cohl’s Fantasmagorie (1908),considered by many film historians to be the very first animated cartoon. See more.

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Urgent: Contact Your Representative By April 11 to Restore Art & Culture Funding

April 10th, 2014

We need to send a clear message to Massachusetts State Representatives by Friday, April 11 that arts and culture matter.

The budget released on Wednesday, April 9 by the MA House Ways & Means Committee slashes the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s budget by more than 50% from $11.1 million to $5 million.

Send an email to your Representative urging him/her to co-sponsor the amendment by Rep. Cory Atkins to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council at $16 million.

The good news is that the budget battle is just beginning. You can make a difference by showing our Representatives that investing in the creative community is not just nice, but necessary.

Help spread the word to your colleagues, supporters, friends, and family:

See MCC’s Advocacy Action Center for further information.

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Christine Southworth and Evan Ziporyn: Mapping New Territory

April 4th, 2014

Christine Southworth and Evan Ziporyn, two composers working in an array of traditions and media, have launched a crowdfunding campaign for their latest project, In My Mind and In My Car. Using the Hatchfund platform (formerly called United States Artists Projects), the artists are raising funds to expand a 45-minute piece for bass clarinet and electronics to a longer performance incorporating video and new music.

We asked the artists about their project, its crowdfunding campaign, and the topography of their lives as artists.

Why In My Mind and In My Car (the title)? Why In My Mind and In My Car (the project)?
Christine: The title is actually from my side of the project – we started working on this last year, as two separate pieces. I was making some electronic music for video, actually the whole project began when we were in residence on a Mangrove in Panama, with no wifi and barely electricity (just 2 solar panels), and I wrote Underwater to accompany video that I filmed in the surrounding reef. I didn’t really have goals with it beyond making music to accompany videos. Then, while I was working on more of these, Evan was simultaneously working on pieces using old field recordings from Africa, as backing tracks for cellist Mariel Roberts. Somehow we overheard what each other was working on (our offices are in different parts of our house) and we thought, hey, these go kind of well together! And we decided to make it into a single project, with Evan playing over with his bass clarinet.

Evan: As soon as we put them together it was hard to imagine it was ever any other way.

Christine: The title – I wanted to write one for Evan, before the project idea actually came together. I actually wrote two for him, one was called Morse Norse Love Song which is just electronic – it takes ancient Norse poetry, translated into Morse Code and performed on synths; and the other was In My Mind and In My Car, inspired of course by the Buggles tune Video Killed The Radio Star, but aptly named because Evan IS quite often in my mind and in my car!

You’ve described the multi-media project as a “musical topography.” Can you talk about the journey on which you hope to take the audience?
Evan: The pre-recorded electronics for this piece are actually a bit of a jungle, thick with lots of layers, different types of musical life forms that intermingle and in themselves suggests a number of possible pathways. Part of this is the material itself, which ranges from very old, scratchy recordings from Bali and Africa, to nature sounds, all the way to synthetic sounds generated in our studios. But it’s also the way they’re put together – in fact one of the things that attracted me to Christine’s tracks was that I could navigate very different routes through them, that the music was somehow both fixed and malleable. I could take the music very different places depending on the circumstance. I then started taking this approach to my own tracks, gradually letting go of the written material (which incidentally Mariel Roberts performs beautifully on cello) and just responding to the moment. So the recorded versions are just one possible interpretation, ones we felt would stand up best over repeated listening and would go well in the set as a whole. My role is to guide the listener through the piece, and since I know the territory I can choose which things to highlight, which detours to take, etc.

Why are you choosing to crowdfund the project?
Christine: Fundraising has become really really difficult. There used to be a huge variety of grants to which we could apply, and now it seems like there are only a few, and simultaneously they’ve become much more competitive (because there are fewer total…), more unpredictable, just less reliable. This first part of the project we just did, for no money – it’s a labor of love! And quite honestly neither of us are happy if we’re not writing music! But we need equipment to make this performance work, and money of course always makes it easier to make time to set aside to compose – otherwise I need to prioritize the income-generating parts of my work (i.e., making websites for other people, etc.). We’ve never done this before, but we decided to give it a try. It’s strange, you first have to get over the weirdness of asking friends for money, but our friends love our music and they seem to want to help! So that’s great!

What artist do you most admire but work nothing like?
Evan: For me it’s the great minimalists, in visual art as well as music. Mondrian, Steve Reich, Rothko – I appreciate the ability to distill, to have confidence in form in that way. Mondrian in particular is hugely important to me because his trajectory was always toward more simplicity – if you look at his early paintings it’s almost like the later paintings are already in them, waiting for the window dressing to be removed. But my own work is never that pure.

What’s the best/worst day job you’ve ever had?
Christine: Best day job – working at the Wine Bottega in the North End.

Evan: I’ve blocked out all the bad ones – the best ones were at record stores (back when there were record stores), that’s where I discovered most of the important music in my life – Balinese gamelan, Anthony Braxton, and Earth Wind & Fire, to name three. The weirdest (albeit one of the shortest) was definitely demonstrating video games at an electronics convention in 1982.

Share a surprise twist in the Evan Ziporyn/Christine Southworth story.
Evan: We like to drive to Walden Pond in our 1979 MGB every day over the summer, swim across and back, and go home. It makes us feel like we’re on vacation a long time ago, for a little while.

Like, what does your work MEAN?
Christine: It means an escape, a story, a labyrinth of sonic landscape and journey through magic and nature and time. That’s what I hope my audiences get from my music.

Do you secretly dream of being a) a pop icon, b) an algebra teacher, and/or c) a crime-solver/writer a la Jessica Fletcher?
Evan: A pop algebra teacher who solves crimes through math, definitely.

In a paint ball battle between artists of all disciplines, who wins?
Christine: Jackson Pollock, of course.

Computer, longhand, or typewriter?
Christine: Computer computer computer

Were President Obama to create a cabinet post in the arts, whom should he appoint as Secretary?
Christine: Glenn Branca

How do you know when your work is done?
Christine: Gotta go with Auden on this one, “poems are not finished, just abandoned in desperation.” Sometimes that’s the case, and sometimes it’s the opposite, you think there’s more to do, and then you realize it’s done!

Do you live with any animals?
Christine: So many animals! We have 3 grey cats, a beautiful Goldendoodle dog named Gigi (who is also in our minds and in our cars), 2 seahorses, 2 clownfish, 3 cardinal fish, a lobster, and many other fish, crabs and snails. I also volunteer with the Billerica Cat Care Coalition. My dream pets are a Savannah Cat and an octopus. My unreasonable dream pet is a Cheetah. But do you know about Cheetohs?

What films have influenced you as an artist?
Christine: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Evan: Topsy Turvy, Casino, and Ed Wood.

What are you currently reading?
Christine: The Beak of the Finch
Evan: The Book of Job

Have you ever revised your work on the spot, during a performance (intentionally, I mean)?
Evan: See above – I’ve always been an improvisor, and am continually trying to find ways to loosen the boundaries between composed and improvised material. This is getting increasingly important to me, in this and in other projects, in my trio Eviyan, in Gamelan Galak Tika, etc.

How many revisions does your work typically go through?
Evan: It’s just a continuum of chaos until it’s done, to be honest…

What’s next?
Christine: Watch this space – airplaneears.com/blog

In My Mind and In My Car, the Hatchfund crowdfunding campaign by Christine Southworth and Evan Ziporyn, is running until May 15, 2014.

Image: all images courtesy of the artists.

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How Do You Define Success as an Artist?

April 1st, 2014

Roughly once a month, we pose questions to artists about their work and lives. We recently asked a group of artists, How do you define success, as an artist?

Ronan Noone, playwright and screenwriter
1: If I were a farrier I would like to be the farrier that is always called out to put the shoes on the horse, which means I am recognized as the best farrier in the village. Whether that will ever be the case is not as important as it being the goal to pursue – that is part of my definition of success.

2: I want to create something that gives you a feeling, that helps makes sense of the world, that puts shape on the ineffable, that is relevant, that lives beyond me – that is part of my definition of success.

3: The first layer of success, the veneer on the table is money and attention. It is a concrete goal. And in the early days it is how I measured myself and saw myself being measured. It gets in the way. Now I understand it has to do with persistence, craft and persistence – that is part of my definition of success.

4: And if people ask me what I’m working on and tell me they are looking forward to seeing it, which is maybe comparable to putting the shoes on their horse, – that is part of my definition of success.

Mary Bucci McCoy, painter
An important part of my definition of success in terms of my studio practice as a painter is making work that continually challenges and changes me, work that pushes the boundaries of my practice and opens up new possibilities. I think of every painting as an exploration; I rarely know where a painting will go when I begin. I am interested in paintings that take chances, paintings that surprise me, paintings that may even feel transgressive within the scope of my practice, because they knock my understanding of myself as a painter off-balance, and that drives the work forward. While it is critical that the work expands my knowledge in some way, I most value the paintings that give me more questions than answers: every question is potentially a painting.

Daphne Board, shoemaker
I enjoy making people comfortable. We often sacrifice physical comfort for the psychological comfort of being well-dressed and looking our best. Or, sometimes we are most comfortable being someone else entirely, inhabiting another persona or character that is entirely fantastic.The people who find me generally have very specific ideas about the kinds of shoes they want, maybe a design that has been only in their mind for years, or a kind of fit they have never experienced before. I strive to make beautiful footwear that functions well for whatever the circumstances may be. Consequently, I tend to measure success on an individual basis. Each pair of shoes is extremely important to me, each client is an individual that I enjoy getting to know, each new pair of shoes is an opportunity to build something special that has the power to transform how a person walks through their life.

Joo Lee Kang, visual artist
There’s a word – “Jangin-Jungshin” – in Korean. There’s no exact match in English, but it could be translated as “the spirit of a master,” if I try. When we say a person has “Jangin-Jungshin,” it means he does his best for the work that he believes is worth studying during his whole life. This spirit requires faith and self-discipline, and it always takes time to get there. I’m trying to have this spirit of a master when it comes to my art. Exploring persistently for my work and also having flexible thinking to look around are the qualities I picture for being a success as an artist.

Karen Skolfield, poet
My last six months have been a true embarrassment of riches: a book published, the MCC grant, the Split This Rock poetry prize, and most recently, the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. I’m over the moon. I find myself giggling at inappropriate moments. But yesterday, an astute journalist asked me, “So what’s the opposite of that? What does a lack of success look like?” I realized it’s not a lack of publishing or awards – I truly believe that so much of this is due to having my manuscript or application or book in the hands of the right readers. Slippery luck. There’s so much great writing out there, and I expect that I will only occasionally get to ring the bell.

When he asked, I understood that the opposite of success for me is not the lack of awards but the absence of writing. I went through nearly 10 years of writing very little, of forgetting the rush of a successful line. I’m so grateful to be back, writing. The awards and publications nudge me toward more writing, more success with writing’s joys.

Daphne Board is a custom shoemaker, a Certified Pedorthist, and a 2014 MCC Traditional Arts Finalist.

Joo Lee Kang is artist-in residence at Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing in April-May, 2014, and she has upcoming exhibits at Gallery NAGA in Sep. 2014 and at the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire in Oct.-Dec. 2014.

Mary Bucci McCoy has a solo exhibition of new paintings at Kingston Gallery in Boston, 4/2-4/27, reception 4/4, 5:30-8 PM.

Ronan Noone‘s play The Second Girl will be part of the Huntington Theatre’s 2014/2015 season. The Accident, a live-action short he wrote, is an Official Selection for the Boston International Film Festival, premiering 4/15, 6 PM at AMC/Loews Boston Common and screening again at the Montclair Film Festival. His short play S****y Neighbors is part of the Boston Theater Marathon on 5/11.

Karen Skolfield‘s poetry collection Frost in the Low Areas will receive the 2014 PEN/New England Book Award for poetry on 4/6, 2 PM, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

Images: Mary Bucci McCoy, AFTER ALL (2012), acrylic on plywood, 10x6x1 in; women’s derby shoes by Daphne Board; Joo Lee Kang, BOUQUET OF NATURE #2 (2011), Ballpoint pen on paper, 55×85 in.

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Stringing Along Artist Opportunities

April 1st, 2014

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Keep scratching and you’ll find your own tune.

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction The New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest offers a prize of $1,000, publication, and 25 author copies for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Finalist chapbooks also considered for publication. Submit a manuscript of 18 to 48 pages with an $18 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: April 4, 2014

Poets The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize offers an award of $1,000 and publication of an original poem. Submit up to three poems (10 pages max.). $20 entry fee includes Spoon River Poetry Review subscription. Past winners include Nancy K. Pearson. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2014

Writing Fellowship for New Parents Pen Parentis offers a prize of $1,000 to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading in New York City. Submit a story of up to 1498 words with a $25 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: April 16, 2014

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition State of Being at the Piano Craft Gallery. Curated by Somerville artist Danielle Festa, the show is a collection of figurative and portrait art. Open to Massachusetts artists of all mediums. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2014 (11:59 p.m.)

Call for Art and Craft Artists Entries are now being accepted for the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 79th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft. The 79th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft is open to all artists and crafters who live within 30 miles of Fitchburg. Learn more.
Deadline: May 16, 2014 (5pm)

Creative Placemaking Request for Designs Proposals are now being accepted for a competition for artwork for two cultural districts (in Hyannis and Orleans) that will create excitement and spur interest in visiting the communities, honor their rich histories and culture, and integrate with their environment, culture, and activity. Questions, Connor at clare@capecodchamber.org, (508) 776-6810. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2014 (midnight)

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Fellows Notes – Apr 14

March 31st, 2014

No foolin’! Here’s the April news & notes from past MCC fellows/finalists.

Three MCC awardees are showing films in the 2014 Boston Cinema Census at the Brattle Theatre (4/10, 8 PM): Kimberly Forero-Arnias (Hay Algo Y Se Va), Cristina Kotz Cornejo (Buena Fe), and Robert Todd (LOVESONG).

Elizabeth Alexander has a solo show, Mary Mary, at Jane Deering Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA (thru 4/26).

Alexandra Anthony‘s documentary film Lost in the Bewilderness was part of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

Rick Ashley‘s photography is included in Fall Back, Spring Forward: Photography in New England, curated by Francie Weiss, as part of the Flash Forward Festival Boston in May. The exhibition is at the Photographic Resource Center and runs 4/29-5/17, opening reception 5/1, 6-9 PM.

Steven Barkhimer‘s play Windowmen was produced in Oct/Nov at Boston Playwrights Theatre and is receiving a David Mark Cohen award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Best Play. The production has been nominated for 5 local awards by the Independent Reviewers of New England (ceremony 4/7), including Best New Play of 2013 and Best Play of 2013.

Ben Berman will read poetry as part of the Mr. Hip Presents Reading Series at UFORGE Gallery in Jamaica Plain (4/26, 6-8:30), along with Gail Mazur, Jamaal May, LaTasha Diggs, Zachary Bos, Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Jason Rotstein, and Amber Rose Johnson. He’ll also be taking part in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival (5/2-5/4) in Salem, MA, and was shortlisted for a Mass Book Award for his poetry collection Strange Borderlands.

Rebecca Doughty is exhibiting in a two-person show, Rarefied at the Simmons College Trustman Gallery (4/22-5/30, reception & artist talk 4/30, 5-7 PM).

Holly Guran will have two poems displayed at Boston City Hall as part of a project by The Mayor’s Prose & Poetry Program focusing on the Boston Marathon bombing.

Robbie Heidinger has a solo exhibition, Ceramic Installation by Robbie Heidinger at the Williston Northampton School Grubb Gallery (thru 5/11, artist talk & demonstration 5/7, 1 PM).

Cathy Jacobowitz will give a talk, titled “How I Set Out to Write About the Revolution, and How It Changed Me,” at the Lucy Parsons Center in Jamaica Plain on 5/3, 3 PM. She’ll read from and sign copies of her recent novel, The One-Way Rain.

Lisa Kessler‘s solo show In the Pink will exhibit at Danforth Art 4/6-6/15. An artist talk and reception takes place 4/6, 4 PM.

Fred H.C. Liang has a solo show, Ripples Beyond Singularity, at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, 4/2-5/31, reception 4/4 5:30-7:30 PM.

Scott Listfield is exhibiting in a three person show, Face. Space. Place. at Visionspace Gallery in Lynn (opening 4/12, 6 PM), and he’ll be participating in the Somerville Open Studios (5/3-5/4). Elsewhere in the country, he’s part of two San Francisco group shows, UNIVERSE at Modern Eden Gallery (4/12-5/3) and Space//Squared at White Walls Gallery (5/10-6/7), and is featured in two exhibitions from Gallery 1988 in L.A., the 10th anniversary exhibition (4/11-4/26), and the traveling Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Art Show. Finally, he’s updated his Web site and recently began selling two prints through The People’s Printshop.

Melinda Lopez‘s new play Becoming Cuba is being produced by the Huntington Theatre Campany at the Calderwood Pavilion/BCA, thru 5/3.

Congratulations to Matthew Mazzotta, whose public art project Open House won a Architizer A+ Award (Jury Award for Architecture + Urban Transformation).

Mary Bucci McCoy has a solo exhibition at Kingston Gallery, 4/2-4/27, reception 4/4, 5:30-8 PM.

Nathalie Miebach (along with Jane Marsching and Marina Mangubi) is exhibiting in The Observant Eye at the Wheaton College Beard and Weil Gallery (thru 4/16). She has a solo show of new and older work at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, That Link Between Ocean and Land thru 5/4. Her work can be seen at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (T North Concourse) in Flight Pattern thru April 2015. She recently finished a residency at the Oxbow School in Napa, CA and is speaking at the at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University on 4/10 as part of their lecture series “Polar Perspectives on Art and Science.”

Monica Raymond‘s monologue play, Martina’s Story, was performed as part of She Speaks, a festival of women’s monologues, in Kitchener, Ontario (3/29). Monica also has photographs in a group show at the Cambridge Community Television offices, showing thru 4/17.

Nick Rodrigues is among the artists in the exhibition The Departed at The Distillery Gallery in South Boston, thru 4/7.

Evelyn Rydz will have a solo exhibition, Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston 4/19-9/14. New works for the exhibition were created as part of a Hawaii residency when Evelyn was awarded the prestigious Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, in 2012.

Congratulations to Karen Skolfield, whose poetry collection Frost in the Low Areas won a 2014 PEN/New England Award.

Congratulations to Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry, whose Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Later this month, the project will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Deb Todd Wheeler‘s collaborative project Chromatic Energy Mirror is part of the exhibition Surge at Babson College’s Hollister Gallery (thru 5/20).

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Image: still image from LOST IN THE BEWILDERNESS, a documentary film by Alexandra Anthony.

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Creative Space 3/27

March 27th, 2014

While MCC’s ArtistLink Initiative is being re-worked, creative space opportunities that previously would have been listed on artspacefinder.org are going to be shared here on ArtSake.

Here are the most recent as of March 27, 2014:

ZeitgeistGallery

Zeitgeist Gallery Artist Studios in Beverly

Charming Artist Studios are now renting in downtown Beverly, MA at the all-new Zeitgeist Gallery & Studios! Private studios, 24 hr access, huge windows, lots of natural light in amazing Cabot Street location. Historic building with many great amenities. Long or short term agreements available.
Studios range between $275 – $500 per month and can be shared between artists. Be a part of the thriving art network of the North Shore. Plus, exhibition opportunities at the on-site gallery! Some units have darkroom capabilities, others are HUGE!
Please see the website for information: http://zeitgeistgallery.net/studios
or email: zhana (at) zeitgeistgallery.net

 

Studio in South Boston

Great creative space in South Boston’s City Point section – just off of L street and a couple of blocks from East Broadway. It’s a small space – 100 square feet located on street level of a high-end condominium building. It has all glass windows, concrete floors and a bathroom. It is a light-filled space perfect for the right creative person. Rent is $250/month. For further information, please email 525eastfirst@gmail.com

 

If you’re interested in listing a Massachusetts creative space on ArtSake, send us a 100 word or less description, with links and images, if applicable. If you’re interested in finding one, check posts tagged in the blog’s creative space category to find the latest listings.

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