Ready for My Close-Up Artist Opportunities

February 9th, 2016


Of Note: StageSource’s Job Fair is held on Saturday, February 20th, at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston. Positions include Production, Design, Tech, Administration, Summer Stock, Internships. Learn more.

Artist Residency The Public Art Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) will be selected through a juried, open call process. This twelve-week, process-oriented residency provides an environment for artists to experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas while simultaneously engaging in active public dialogue. The residency is awarded to one artist (or artist team) per year to create a temporary public artwork for the BCA’s historic plaza that highlights the BCA as an artistic hub. The program encourages artists to connect to the public not only by way of the completed, temporary artwork, but also throughout the process of developing and realizing their residency project. Artist or artist team will receive studio space and $6000 to fund the project. Learn more.
Deadline: February 21, 2016

Arts Conference Scholarships Scholarship opportunities are available to Massachusetts-based artists and professionals interested in attending the 2016 Annual Americans for the Arts Convention in Boston from June 16 -19, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: February 26, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Call for Art  The City of Holyoke, as part of a Community Development Block Grant has been awarded funding to complete an art installation in and/or around the area of Depot Square and the Holyoke Rail Platform at the corners of Main and Dwight Streets. The City of Holyoke seeks proposals for a permanent art installation which may include, but is not limited to painting, sculpture, lighting, projection and/or mixed media; with a project budget not to exceed $18,000. The Call for Art invites qualified artists and/or design professionals that can conceive, create and install public art infrastructure as described herein to submit proposals to provide those specific services. For the complete Request for Proposals/Call for Art containing the Scope of Work and Proposal Submission Guidelines please contact David Martins, City of Holyoke Chief Procurement Officer at 413-322-5650.
Deadline: March 9, 2016 (10:00 a.m.)

Residency Artists in all media are invited to apply for the 2016 White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) Artist-in-Residence program, a collaboration between the WMNF, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and Friends of Mead Base. The program highlights the ways in which the arts can be used to explore and interpret the forest environment and forest-related ideas and issues. The residency offers professional and emerging artists in any art form from around the country including visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers and choreographers, eco artists and media artists. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2016

Photographers The Griffin Museum of Photography is currently accepting entries for their 22nd Annual Juried Show, Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition. The juror is Elizabeth Avedon. Exhibition dates: July 7-August 28, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2016

Open Call to Sculptors Boston Sculptors Gallery  is accepting letters of interest in membership. BSG is an artist-run, cooperative gallery of 36 members. Members exhibit every 24 – 30 months, receive promotional benefits including gallery web site, catalogs, group shows and invitational offerings. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2016

Call for Art/Technology Work The Boston Cyberarts Gallery, a non-profit space focusing on new and experimental media in Jamaica Plain, is looking for work that pairs art and technology in a thought provoking and visually engaging manner. They are particularly interested in pieces that use technology to facilitate art, or art to observe technology from a novel perspective, preferably some combination of the two. Boundary-pushing is desired and respected. Works that address, rather than use, technology on a conceptual level may also be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: April 3, 2016 (11:00 p.m.)

Call for Artists  The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities at Rutgers University invites all self-identified women artists to submit artwork for possible inclusion in Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, a group exhibition that will be on view from January – April 2017 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries-Douglass Library, Rutgers University. Learn more.
Deadline: April 8, 2016

Craft Artists Radius, the Society of Arts and Crafts’ inaugural exhibition at 100 Pier 4, is a celebration of their new neighborhood’s rich craft community. It will feature talented makers across craft media who live or work within one mile of SAC’s new location. Applications are now open. No fee to apply. Work will need to be available by June; exhibition will open in Fall 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Image: vintage photo of Gloria Swanson, star of Sunset Boulevard, performing a supported headstand in heels.


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MCC Announces 32 Awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts

February 2nd, 2016

Kevin Frances, NEW APARTMENT, NEW CITY: SCENE 4 (2013), Japanese woodblock print

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2016 MCC Artist Fellowship awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. Sixteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 16 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 708 applications were received: 351 in Drawing & Printmaking, 342 in Poetry, and 15 in Traditional Arts.

Ethan Murrow, DOODLEBUGGING (2015), sharpie on plywood set in concrete hole covered by glass

Dimitrios Klitsas carving at his bench (2014)

The Drawing & Printmaking panelists were Sandra Allen, Matt Brown, Deborah Davidson, and Scott Schnepf. The Poetry panelists were David Daniel, Cate Marvin, Ifeanyi Menkiti, and Emily Pettit. The Poetry readers were Karen Craigo, Oliver de la Paz, Danielle Legros Georges, James Heflin, Ashley M. Jones, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Karen Skolfield, and Stephen Tapscott. The Traditional Arts panelists were Eric A. Galm, Kate Kruckenmeyer, and Lynn Martin-Graton.

This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the MCC in 2016. In late May/early June 2016, MCC will announce awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting.

MCC is celebrating 40 years of Artist Fellowships in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Find a full list of 2016 Artist Fellowships awardees, to date.

Emily Lombardo, THE CAPRICHOS: PLATE 52 - WHAT A TAILOR CAN DO! (2014), etching

Kim Carlino, COSMOLOGICAL FORMATIONS, SERIES VII, XII, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on tyvek

Cover art from SPLIT THE CROW by Sarah Sousa (Parlor Press 2015)

Images: Kevin Frances, NEW APARTMENT, NEW CITY: SCENE 4 (2013), Japanese woodblock print; Ethan Murrow, DOODLEBUGGING (2015), sharpie on plywood set in concrete hole covered by glass; Dimitrios Klitsas carving at his bench (2014); Emily Lombardo, THE CAPRICHOS: PLATE 52 – WHAT A TAILOR CAN DO! (2014), etching; Kim Carlino, COSMOLOGICAL FORMATIONS, SERIES VII, XII, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on tyvek; cover art from SPLIT THE CROW by Sarah Sousa (Parlor Press 2015).

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Renaissance Artist Opportunities

February 2nd, 2016


Poets The Snowbound Chapbook Award is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad. Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published books. Employees of Tupelo Press and authors with books previously published by Tupelo Press are not eligible. Poets submitting work for consideration may be published authors or writers without prior book publications. Recent winners include Kathleen Jesme, Deborah Flanagan, and Allan Peterson. Final Judge: Brenda Shaughnessy. $1,000 Prize. Learn more.
Deadline: February 29, 2016

Performing Artists New England States Touring (NEST) Grant funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenter’s state. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Call to Artists The Arts Committee of the Acton Memorial Library invites Massachusetts artists to submit work for consideration for exhibitions in the Library’s Meeting Room gallery. The Committee will review work for one-person shows and will set an exhibition schedule for September 2016 through August 2017. Various media including painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, photography, textiles and mixed media are eligible. Sculptural work will be considered for spaces on the second floor and the locked case in the lobby. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Craft Artists  The Fuller Craft Museum’s 2016 Biennial Members Exhibition is currently accepting entries. The exhibition will be Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Sunday, September 18, 2016. The juror is James Lawton, Professor of Ceramics and Director of the Department of Artisanry, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Learn more.
Deadline: March 12, 2016

Environmental Art Proposals  Appearances: Provincetown Green Arts Festival is now accepting proposals for their annual event. Submission is free. Learn more.
Deadline: April 2, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of Gladys Bentley, a pianist, singer, and performer during the Harlem Renaissance. Photo in public domain.

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Artist’s Voice: Coe Lapossy

February 1st, 2016

An artist’s process of searching to discover a yet unknown truth to herself and her viewers can be simultaneously exhilarating, challenging, and inspiring. Coe Lapossy is embarking on this path and has graciously invited us to come along for the ride. 

Lapossy MegSydneyAlec

My project for Brink v.2 is titled Meg/Sydney/Alec. About halfway into the project, I began to think of it more like a play, with a cast of characters and four acts. The action is taken from both the classic sawn-in-half woman illusion, and the film Prelude to a Kiss (1992). Both references involve a wide exploration of what can be experienced by the human body: body swapping and segmenting the body. This painting/sculpture/performance/video is excavating painting as a material itself, but also excavating these stories and illusions, blurring age, gender, and bodily experience.


I visit the Mills Gallery each day, building a mass from paint bricks that is then covered with wet paint. This paint mass dries into one solid form that will be sawn into segments during a performance March 12, 2016. The physical struggle to saw these objects is a way to get closer to them, to build intimacy with them. I look inside, dig through the sediment, over the course of three months I get closer, and cut deeper, in order to understand the paintings inside.

In addition to the performance, visitors to the gallery may ask for my phone number in order to text me directly and I will send them short video clips of objects in the show speaking and acting.

The show is curated by John Pyper and includes the work of six artists: Johnny Adimando, Samantha Fields, Coe Lapossy, AJ Liberto, Steven Pestana and J.R. Uretsky. The show catalog is also available to order.


BRINK v2: Space and Intimacy
Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery
Hours: Wednesday, 12–5pm; Thursday-Saturday, 12–9pm; Sunday, 12–5pm

All images courtesy of Coe Lapossy.


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Fellows Notes – Feb 16

January 28th, 2016

It’s a Leap Year, so there’s an extra day this month to enjoy the awesomeness of Massachusetts artists!

For a taste, we offer news from past Fellows and Finalists of MCC’s Artist Fellowships.

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Melinda Lopez, who has a new play opening this month (see below), in the 40 Years of Fellowships project


Two exhibitions at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art feature past MCC awardees: Sophia Ainslie and Cristi Rinklin join Nathan Miner in the three-person exhibition, Groundswell, while Shelley Reed and Randall Thurston exhibit in Natural Wonder. Both shows run thru 4/3.

Elizabeth Alexander and Randall Thurston are both exhibiting in Paper and Blade: Modern Paper Cutting at the Fuller Craft Museum (thru 7/24).


Deborah Abel of the Deborah Abel Dance Company recently returned home from a 3 city tour of India where she gave Bhakti Modern Dance master classes. See pictures from a master class at Kalakshetra Conservatory of Music and Dance in Chennai India in January.

Kati Agócs was recently featured on WBUR’s The ARTery for a recent concert of her work. Kati’s new CD The Debrecen Passion was featured by WQXR as its album of the week.

Allison Cekala‘s solo show Salt Mountain at the Howard Art Project was listed as Cate McQaid’s highlights from 2015, and her photo show Salt is on view at the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall (thru 2/29). Allison’s project Fundir (which she submitted to win her 2015 fellowship) is a video piece tracking salt gathered from northern Chile and transported to Boston for winter road maintenance. She spoke on a segment in PRI’s The World about the road salt harvesting and transport process.

Alexander Chee‘s new novel Queen of the Night is published this month. He was interviewed on Late Night with Seth Meyers!

Georgie Friedman‘s video installation Slippery Slope is on view at the Wold Atrium of Union College in Schenectady, NY (thru 11/2016).

Matthew Gamber‘s Grammar, a survey of recent photography works, is on view at College of the Holy Cross Cantor Art Gallery (thru 2/27).

John Gianvito curated the four-person exhibition High Low at the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (2/23-3/29, opening reception 3/3 5:30-7:30 PM).

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson was interviewed by Mass Poetry about her new book Opinel. She has upcoming readings at The Blacksmith House (2/22, with Michael Morse) and Boston Athenaeum (4/27).

Sean Greene is in the 20th Anniversary Exhibition at William Baczek Fine Arts (thru 3/12), and he’s among the artists who worked with a chair to create a new work, in Take a Seat at the UMass Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art (thru 2/27, silent auction 2/28).

Marky Kaufmann has a solo show, Landscapes and Prayers at Griffin Museum’s Digital Silver Imaging Gallery (thru 3/11, opening reception 2/18, 6-8 PM). Also, Marky curated and is exhibiting in Outspoken, a show of six female photographers (including Rania Matar), at Middlesex School in Concord.

Caroline Klocksiem has poetry in the latest issue of Opon.

Daniel Kornrumpf is exhibiting in Extrapolation at the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College (2/4-3/4, reception 2/4, 5-7 PM).

Joy Ladin recently received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships, and she was featured in an interview on the NEA’s Art Works Blog.

Siobhan Landry was featured on Neighbor Media for a new film project exploring the abolitionist history of this region, specifically Georgetown, MA.

Sandy Litchfield‘s solo show Filterscape is on view at Carroll and Sons Gallery (thru 2/27).

Melinda Lopez (featured in the 40 Years of Fellowships video, above) has a new play, Back the Night at Boston Playwrights Theatre (2/4-2/28).

Rania Matar has gotten advance reviews for her new photography book L’Enfant-Femme from The Guardian, ARTslant, LensCulture, and The Daily Telegraph.

Cynthia Maurice is in the two-person show Out the Window & Around the Town at Brickbottom Art Gallery in Somerville (thru 2/27).

Rachel Mello co-curated and is exhibiting in the Sketchbook Show 2016 at the Nave Gallery (thru 3/3).

Vanessa Michalak recently accepted a position for the Spring semester as the “Emerging Artist in Residence” at Penn State, Altoona. She has an upcoming Exhibition in the McLanahan Gallery on campus (3/17-4/3).

Nathalie Miebach has pieces in two shows that are part of the State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibition: Minneapolis Institute of Art (2/18-5/29) and Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA (2/19-9/4).

Anne Neely‘s Water Stories: Conversations in Paint and Sound, created with Halsey Burgund, is traveling from its original setting at the Museum of Science Boston to Old Dominion University Baron and Ellin Gordon Gallery in Norfolk, VA (thru 3/13).

Cecelia Raker is a 2016 PlayLab Fellow at Company One Theatre in Boston.

Kathryn Ramey has a new book, Experimental Filmmaking – BREAK THE MACHINE. There will be a book launch event on 2/4, 6-8 PM, at City Feed and Supply in Jamaica Plain, including a hand-drawn film workshop by AgX Film Collective.

Monica Raymond‘s play A to Z is a finalist for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Award of Excellence in Playwriting.

Cristi Rinklin is among the artists exhibiting in Collaboration: The Artist and the Land at the Sharon Arts Center at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (thru 2/20).

Anna Ross wrote a moving tribute to C.D. Wright for the Mass Poetry blog.

Samuel Rowlett has a solo exhibition entitled Landscape Painting in the Expanded Field as part of the O P E N exhibition series at the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at Johnson State College. At a gallery talk related to the exhibition, Samuel conducted an interactive digital painting session, with students and visitors using smartphones as both palette and canvas!

Mary Sherman‘s Eri, After Dark was performed at Drive-By Projects in January.

Sarah Slifer Swift is embarking on the second year of her Trident Live Art Series at Trident Gallery in Gloucester MA. The series is a platform for local and regional performance-based artists to show current projects in a salon setting. The upcoming show on 2/6, 7 PM features a new duet by Swift and cellist Kristen Miller.

Sarah Sousa (one of the brand new Poetry Fellows!) is featured in Mass Poetry’s Poem of the Moment, with her poem Epistle.

Laurel Sparks has a solo show, Magic Squares, at Sarah Lawrence College Barbara Walters Gallery (thru 3/13). There will be an artist lecture on 2/16, 4 PM.

TRIIIBE, aka the identical triplets Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio along with photographer Cary Woliknsky, have a solo show at Fitchburg Art Museum, TRIIIBE: same difference (2/7-6/5, opening reception 2/7, 1-3 PM).

Evan Ziporyn was named one of the 40 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2016 by The Daily Beast.

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

Media: Melinda Lopez, interviewed at the Huntington Theatre Company, for the 40 Years of Fellowships project.

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Artist Opportunities On the Run

January 25th, 2016

Elvis Playing Football (1)
We’ll get ’em next year. 

Call for Art The Cape Cod Museum of Art is currently accepting entries from visual artists for their first open juried exhibition Breaking the Mold.  The juror is Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA. Up to 40 finalists will exhibit their work, and she will choose several pieces for awards. Awardees will be given recognition on the museum’s website and social media. Work in the following categories will be considered: 2D, 3D, and Photography. Audio & Video are not eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: February 5, 2016

Call for Art The 15th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention gathers over 200 tattoo artists in downtown Boston for 3 days of tattooing, entertainment & juried contests this spring. This year they are opening their fine art gallery to artists creating 2-D, tattoo related works in the greater Boston area. For consideration, email the following to with the subject Fine Art Submission: Name, Phone Number & Email, plus 1-3 images of your work. Learn more.
Deadline: March 10, 2016

Playwrights The Theatre Conspiracy company in Fort Myers, FL, is currently accepting submissions for its Eighteenth Annual New Play Contest. Work must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Learn more.
Deadline: March 30, 2016

Printmaking Residency Mixit Print Studio in Somerville is currently accepting applications for their Summer Residencies program for July and August 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Call for Art Greenfield Community College’s Art Club has announced a call for mail art. Painting, drawing, collage, photography, and writing can all easily be mail art. Stamps, how the piece is addressed, and the marks made by the post office all add to the final art that arrives at its destination. Anyone is welcome to create an anonymous or signed postcard, card in an envelope, or other mail-able art and send it to the Art Club at: GCC Art Department, Jen Simms, 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301. All mail art will be exhibited in the South Gallery at GCC in June 2016. Exact dates will be posted on their website in the spring. Selected mail art may also be included in a zine that would accompany the exhibit. For more info, contact Jen Simms at
Deadline: April 28, 2016



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Downhill Artist Opportunities

January 19th, 2016


Steady on those skis! At the bottom of the hill is the MCC’s Artist Fellowship program’s January 25th deadline. 

Of Note: The Missing Rung: Conversations of the Aging Artist, a free event at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Panelists Kat Nasti (Boston: Kat Nasti Dance), Lisa Giobbi (NYC: Lisa Giobbi Movement Theatre, Momix, Martha Clarke) and April Sellers (Minneapolis: April Sellers Dance Collective, McNight Fellow), and Lara Tinari (Boston: Twyla Tharp and River North Dance Co) will discuss their shared experiences of loss of mobility as a dancer, artistic parenthood, navigating the artist’s career ladder and moving through life transitions. Monday, January 25th from 6:00-8:00pm.

Poets Entries are now being accepted by the Unterberg Poetry Center for the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest. Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center in May. Poets who have not yet published a full-length poetry collection are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: January 25, 2016

Photographers The Center for Fine Art Photography is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Landscapes 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: January 27, 2016

Call to Artists Entries are now being accepted for the Norfolk Open Invitational, a juried and curated exhibition sponsored by the Norfolk Cultural Council. Two-dimensional artwork (paintings, mono-prints, drawings, photographs, collages and flat fiber art). Prints will not be accepted. All work must be original. Work must not exceed 36”x36” (including frame). Learn more.
Deadline: January 29, 2016

TV and Radio on Aging Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly invites proposals from contributors interested in presenting on either a radio show or television programs on aging. Presenting on these community media platforms (Boston Neighborhood Network, WJIB740AM, and Zumix Radio) is a positive way to make an impact on the greater Boston senior community by sharing your skills and knowledge. They invite creative proposals for thirty minute radio/T.V. segments addressing a wide variety of topics around aging such as health and wellness, jobs and community service, art making or writing, technological advances improving how we live and local history. They also invite proposals from older adults interested in sharing their vocational and/or radical life accomplishments on our show or suggestions of notable candidates living in Boston. For consideration,  e-mail show producer Greg Josselyn at or call 617-635-4250 with a short pitch for a segment (up to 300 words) and a resume or short bio, personal website (if applicable), or nomination. Artists are especially welcome to contribute sound-based work, radio journalism, radio plays, video pieces, or time-based/performance art around themes of aging.
Deadline: Ongoing

Open Juried Exhibition The Cape Cod Museum of Art invites visual artists residing in the US to enter its first Open Juried Exhibition, Breaking the Mold: Inspired by Innovation, with a chance to exhibit in one of the museum’s main galleries for our 35th Anniversary in the spring of 2016. Juror Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA will select up to 40 artworks, and will choose several pieces for awards. Awardees will be given recognition on the museum’s website and social media. All work in 2D, 3D, and Photography will be considered. Apply through Learn more.
Deadline: February 5, 2016

Independent Curatorial Opportunities The Nave Gallery in Somerville is currently accepting proposals for group exhibitions. Experimental work, multimedia work and installations are encouraged but must fit the available space. Artists shown to date have been local and national, emerging and established and represent a variety of media. Projects detailing new collaborations and commentary on contemporary culture are especially sought.
Learn more.
Deadline: February 14, 2016

Call for Art Uforge Gallery in Jamaica Plain has announced an open call for their exhibition Art & Activism. Art can be in any style and medium, and must be within 24×36″ and ready-to-hang. If you have a larger-size work that you would like to submit, contact alex@uforgegallery for further discussion. Learn more.
Deadline: February 28, 2016

Residency for Artists of Color The Center for Photography at Woodstock is currently accepting applications for their Woodstock A-I-R residencies for artists of color working in photography and related media. Learn more.
Deadline: February 29, 2016

Participatory Art Projects Art project submissions are currently being accepted for FIGMENT North Adams 2016, a free arts event held at Windsor Lake, showcasing art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. The event accepts submissions from artists of all ages and experience. Learn more.
Deadline: March 6, 2016

First Novel Fellowship The 25th Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship will be awarded to an American author of a first novel-in-progress, in 2016, by the James Jones Literary Society. The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture exemplified by the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and other prose narratives of distinction. Jones himself was the recipient of aid from many supporters as a young writer and his family, friends, and admirers have established this award of $10,000 to continue the tradition in his name. Two runners up awards of $1000 each may be given by the Jones Literary Society. Past recipients include Cam Terwilliger. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2016

Call to Artists, Writers Show All History, an online showcase, is the intersection of art, social media, and storytelling, based on the premise that our internet browsing tells an intimate story about who we are. No fee to submit internet history screenshots that tell a story. Learn more. Questions, contact
Deadline: Ongoing

Image credit: Poster of a woman and man skiing downhill in public domain.

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Cambodian Master Potter Yary Livan: A Life Shaped by Clay

January 14th, 2016

During the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s, Yary Livan‘s training in traditional Cambodian ceramics put his life in dire peril. But later, it also saved him – and a centuries-old tradition found new roots in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Video features music by past Music Composition Fellow Scott Wheeler

Yary Livan’s (Traditional Arts Fellow ’12) story exemplifies how keepers of tradition not only maintain vital practices but also deeply enrich their cultural and local communities. Such work is proudly supported by MCC’s Folk Arts and Heritage Program.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships, exploring the stories of amazing artists Massachusetts has funded since 1975.

Video Credits: narrated by Maggie Holtzberg, recorded by Kelly Bennett, edited by Dan Blask, Massachusetts Cultural Council; music by Scott Wheeler (Music Composition Fellow ’05), “City of Shadows,” BMOP/sound ©2014, performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by Gil Rose; additional footage by Tom Pich and the National Endowment for the Arts; additional images by Adrien Bisson, Documentation Center of Cambodia, Middlesex Community College, and Tom Pich.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council gratefully acknowledges Middlesex Community College, the Parker Foundation, and Lowell National Historical Park for providing vital support to the building and maintenance of the Cambodian Wood-Fire Kiln referenced in this video.

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Artist Opportunities Turned to Stardust

January 12th, 2016


“Gimme your hands cause you’re wonderful (wonderful)” – David Bowie

Printmaking Residency The Zea Mays Printmaking Residency Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in a cutting-edge studio, research center, educational institution and artist community. They strive to create an environment that is both professional and personal with great respect for the creative process of each artist. They provide artists an opportunity to learn the latest developments in safer and non-toxic printmaking while pursuing their printmaking projects.
Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling basis

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Photography Now 2016 exhibition. The juror is James Estrin, the New York Times Lens Blog. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted by the Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, for their exhibition Stay Woke: Art and Change.  The exhibition hopes to explore how personal and individual experiences intersect with larger sociopolitical agendas and what can or should the arts do to respond, reflect, heal or trouble the water. All media accepted including literary/performing arts, installations and interventions. For selected artists, the gallery will work to find creative ways to display art (e.g., not all work will need to be framed). Limited shipping support. No entry fee. To submit: send: 3-6 JPEG images named “LastName_FirstNameNumber” (send separate images rather than links. For video submissions, include a URL. Chosen videos will need to be supplied on a self-looping DVD), corresponding numbered image list with your name, title of work, materials, dimensions, a note about special installation considerations, price/value (gallery commission: 25%), statement, artist resume, complete contact information (name, mailing address, phone and email). In the subject line of the email, include your last name & “Stay Woke Submission.” Send entries to:, or submit your work via Google Drive or Dropbox.
Deadline: January 23, 2016

Call for Art Lincoln Studios Gallery, 289 Moody Street in Waltham, will present an exhibition called Love and Fate (February 5-March 1, 2016). The Lincoln Studios Gallery (formerly The Lincoln Arts Project) is a new exhibit opportunity, sponsored by the Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery in support of non traditional space and the arts in Waltham.  Open to all media. All submissions must be ready to hang with secure wire. Entry fee $10.00 due as artists drops off artwork for review. Gallery Sales: 20% gallery commission, and 80% to the artist. All artists will be notified of their show status. Artists who were not accepted, must pick up, Sunday Jan 31 from 12 – 6pm. Opening Night is Friday Feb. 5th and it will include fortune tellers who will give short Romantic readings. Their goal is to move beyond the traditional whispers over wine and cheese and create an interesting conversation. Closing/Artist Pickup – Tuesday March 1st – Thurs March 3, 12-6 pm. If you cannot pick up your artwork, make appropriate arrangements to have your work picked up on time (friends, family or co-workers can pick up your artwork for you). If work is not picked up on time, artists will be invoiced $15 per a day in late fees and will not allowed to enter another exhibition until paying their invoices. At the end of the exhibition staff is not responsible for any pick-up transportation, damage or theft once exhibition concludes. Questions, contact Sarah Leon at
Deadline: Drop off January 29 & 30, 2016 (12-6pm)

Artist Residency The Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week residency to four artists each summer from mid June to mid August. The residency supports a diverse group of artists, providing time and space for established and emerging artists to develop their work. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Call to Artists  Entries are now being accepted for the Cotuit Center for the Arts’s juried show Unsafe: Life after 9/11. Artists working in all media (painting, sculpture, photography, video, found objects, etc.) and writers from all genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, etc.) are invited to submit works that convey the impact the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers have had on life in America. Artists are encouraged to write accompanying text that will help elucidate the significance of their works of art. Writers are encouraged to submit objects or documents that provide physical context for their written passages. Passages should be brief enough to fit on wall labels or contained in a volume. Adjudicators are particularly interested in the long-term effects of 9/11 on families and society in general. Short video diaries or remembrances are encouraged. Works that convey the personal and social impact of the tragedy will be preferred. The exhibit will run in tandem with the world premiere of Jim Dalglish’s play Unsafe. Works will be displayed in the upstairs theater exhibition space of the center during the run of the show. Exhibition Dates: 3/24 – 4/23, 2016. Opening Reception: April 2, 2016. Submit high resolution digital images of the works of art and their accompanying descriptions or .mov files to Kim Baker at
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Photographers The Photographic Resource Center in Boston is currently acccepting entries for their exhibition EXPOSURE: The 20th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. They are looking for a broad range of work, including both traditional and non-traditional approaches to photography. Learn more.
Deadline: February 7, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call for Artist The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) seeks submission for a juried exhibition (February 12-April 3, 2016). Arlette and Gus Kayafas, of Gallery Kayafas, are the jurors. No theme and no size restriction, but work must arrive dry and equipped with a hanging device. All media accepted. Early drop-offs can occur the weekend prior to Drop-Off Day during Museum hours only (Thursday-Sunday, 12-5pm). Learn more.
Deadline: Drop-Off February 9 from 12-4pm.


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Laura Andel: Vivid Composition

January 8th, 2016


When we first envisioned the MCC’s 40 Years of Fellowships video project, we wanted a title sequence that captured the excellence and innovative spirit of Massachusetts artists. Once we heard Laura Andel‘s (MCC Music Composition Fellow ’99) song Sao Dao, we knew it was the song we wanted: vivid, textured, and brilliantly alive – perfect to accompany Basia Goszczynska‘s vibrant animation. Longer sections from Sao Dao are also featured in the videos of photographer Rania Matar and sculptor Niho Kozuru.

Since winning her MCC award, Laura has moved to New York, where she conducts the Laura Andel Orchestra and works in a wide array of projects. We asked Laura about creating Sao Dao, her memories of receiving her MCC award, and her current work as composer and interdisciplinary music artist.

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you got the news about your MCC fellowship?
It was sometime in 1999, I had just gotten home, and checked for voicemail messages on my home’s answering machine. It was then when I heard a recorded message from someone from MCC congratulating me that I had received a Fellowship in Music Composition. I could not believe my ears!

What are the origins of the composition Sao Dao?
It is almost 20 years later, and I still remember the moment when I started to imagine Sao Dao. I remember the excitement when I composed the staccato melody, and began working on its fragmentation and sonic modulations. I also remember when I started interweaving the staccato melody with the half-tone legato lines and rhythmic section. I still remember the joy while working on it.

Listen to an excerpt of Sao Dao

When my 20-piece jazz orchestra first read the score in 1997, it took a few pass-throughs for the music to start to sink in before magic happened. Since then, Sao Dao was played many times at concerts, and it was usually a “hit.” Often, audience wanted to hear Sao Dao as an encore.


Share a surprise twist in the Laura Andel story.
How I ended moving from Buenos Aires, my hometown, to Boston, is a chance story, if such things exist. A musician friend of mine had just visited Boston in 1992, and told me that she wanted to go to study there, but didn’t want to go by herself. She proposed that we go together, so we started to prepare together for this trip. A year later, I went to Boston, and she stayed in Buenos Aires! Time went by, and I ended up making Boston my home for more than seven years!

What films have influenced you as an artist?
Many films have been inspirational for my work. Here is a list of five:
Woman in the Dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara (Japan, 1964)
Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky (Soviet Union, 1979)
The Exterminating Angel by Luis Buñuel (Mexico, 1962)
The Hand in the Trap by Leopoldo Torre Nilson (Argentina, 1961)
State of Dogs by Peter Brosens & Dorjkhandyn Turmunkh (Mongolia, 1998)

Computer, longhand, or typewriter?
ALL OF THEM. Each has its own unique quality.

What excites you about the project you’re working on now?
My creative process revolves not only around music composition, but also around music drawings, or drawing “sound.” I love to create original music drawings and graphic scores.

Drawings are deeply linked to the initial stages of my compositional process, and they function as a way of deciphering my abstract sound thinking and compositional structures. In a way, my music drawings are the charts of how sounds are coded and visualized in my brain. Through the act of drawing, I initiate an intimate dialogue between sound and its representation, and develop the different sonic landscapes for my music.

From the SEASHELL SERIES by Laura Andel
From the SEASHELL SERIES by Laura Andel
Musical drawings by Laura Andel
APSIDES by Laura Andel
More drawings can be seen here

Also, I have recently started building my own musical instruments in clay. After the instruments are built, the sounds are also recorded to become part of electroacoustic works.

Listen to an excerpt of Soplo, an Electroacoustic Composition for Seashell-shaped Clay Trumpet & Tin Ecuadorian Dulzainas

As a music composer, and especially as someone who has started to work with clay, modeling an instrument with my own hands adds one more layer to the concept of searching for a personal sound. There is also a sense of continuity from the process of working with clay to model an instrument to the sound that results from it. In a way, it feels like modeling sound.

Construction process of a seashell-shaped clay trumpet, inspired after an ancient Mochica clay trumpet
Construction process of a clay trumpet, inspired after an ancient trumpet from the Moche culture (South América, c. 200 a.d.).
Construction process of a seashell-shaped clay trumpet, inspired after an ancient Mochica clay trumpet
More clay instruments can be seen here

What’s next?
I am working on a new large-scope interdisciplinary project that involves composing electroacoustic music, building seashell-shaped trumpets in clay, music drawing, video work, and Tesla-inspired plasma lamps.

SOPLO by Laura Andel

I am also redesigning my website, and feeling thrilled that the first pages have just gone live! You can visit the new website at

Laura Andel, photo by Carlos Liachovitzky

Images: three portraits of Laura Andel by Jacob Blickenstaff; musical drawings by Laura Andel (two from the SEASHELL SERIES and APSIDES); two images of the construction process of a seashell-shaped clay trumpet; SOPLO by Laura Andel; portrait of Laura Andel by Carlos Liachovitzky.

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