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.
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.