Artist Profile: Bob Oppenheim

October 23rd, 2014

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the MCC Artists Fellows and Finalists in Painting, October 28 – November 15, 2014 at the NAC, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA (opening reception Thurs, Nov. 6, 6-8:30 PM). The installation will be curated by independent curator, FLUX.Boston creator, and NAC Board member Liz Devlin in collaboration with NAC Exhibitions Director Kathleen Smith Redman. Bob Oppenheim is one of the 15 painters that will be included in this exhibition. Let’s find out a little more about his work.

Flayed 12x9 2014 (3)

In 2003 I introduced sewing into my studio practice, a process that acted as a metaphor for loss and served as the perfect vehicle for conveying a feeling of transience, instability and uncertainty. Tearing, mending, destroying and repairing were all part of the process.

Levitas 10x8 2014 (4)

Needle marks scarred the surface and the stitches attached painted canvas, fabric and clothing to the ground. Sewing became the primary drawing tool. My sewing is crude: unrefined. A quilt maker who visited my studio told me that I do everything she tries not to do: so don’t ask me to hem a pair of pants.

Scramble 12x12 2014 (4)
As these paintings evolved dots emerged. They supported the linear structure, served as a means of attaching loose threads and acted as color notes which infused the paintings with a rhythmic structure. In some work holes in the canvas expose the panel and allow color to escape from the surface below.

Twitter 12x12 2014

The most recent work is conceptually cool and warm: they explore these contradictions. A field of color is constructed from layers of paint. The surface is modulated and cohabits with marks and a complex network of threads.

Whisper 12x9 2014

Most of my work is modest in scale. I want to develop a feeling of intimacy.
That sense of intimacy, brought to a level beyond my expectation was recently described by a person who recently purchased a very small painting. The owner carried it from one room to room much like a reliquary or icon. I love the unexpected.

Bob Oppenheim, 2014

Images courtesy Miller Yezerski Gallery. Photo credit: Will Howcroft. Bob Oppenheim’s paintings, from top to bottom: Flayed, 12″ x 9″, 2014; Levitas, 10″ x 8″, 2014; Scramble, 12″ x 12″, 2014; Twitter, 12″ x 12″, 2014; Whisper, 12″ x 9″, 2014.

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Commonwealth Reading Series Launches at Cambridge Public Library Oct 23

October 21st, 2014

This week, the 2014 Commonwealth Reading Series launches at Cambridge Public Library (Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7 PM, 449 Broadway, Cambridge MA).

The series highlights MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists in literature. This event features Susan Bernhard, William Giraldi, Tanya Larkin, Danielle Legros Georges, Thomas H. McNeely, and Karen Skolfield and, like all events in the series, is free and open to the public.

A brief sampling of work by Thursday’s featured writers and poets…


Learn more about the Commonwealth Reading Series.

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Artist Opportunities Back in the Day

October 21st, 2014

The original Jamaica Plain Porchfest participants rocking out.

Call for Arts Advocacy Arts Matter Day is October 24. Arts matter in Massachusetts and should matter in our state elections. Now help MASSCreative prove it. Build the buzz around arts and cultural issues this election season and make the candidates take notice. Share your #ArtsMatter story by sharing this message with your networks. Learn more.

Short Fiction Glimmer Train Press is currently accepting entries for their Very Short Fiction Award. A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a very short story. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Exhibition Proposals The Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester seeks exhibition proposals for their 2015/16 season. A number of four-week exhibition slots are available for either year. Exhibition and curatorial opportunities are open to RNAC members and non-members. Solo shows and group exhibitions accepted. The space is suited for two-dimensional work and small sculpture; interested artists should be familiar with the space before submitting a proposal. Learn more. For guidelines, contact

Call for Boston-Area Artists Under 30 The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking the work of artists from the Greater Boston area under the age of 30 years old. The 30 Under 30 Exhibition is designed to display and encourage the dialogue of 30 young artists in the Boston area. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2014

Massachusetts Artists Assets for Artists has announced its fall 2014 program cycle for artists living or operating their creative business anywhere in Massachusetts. Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines whose practice would benefit from the opportunity to receive working capital funds and improve their financial and business management skills to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises. (Income and household asset guidelines also apply.) Learn more.
Deadline: November 7, 2014

Of Note: The Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition’s 8th Annual Artists Under the Dome Event on November 12th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m at the Massachusetts State House.

Exhibition Proposals The Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI, is currently accepting exhibition proposals for solo and group shows for their 2015-2017 seasons. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

Northeast-based Playwrights All Northeast-based playwrights are invited to submit to The Provincetown Theater’s Winter Readings Series of original work. Plays may be collections of short plays, one-acts, or full length plays no longer than 90 minutes. Playwrights must be involved in the production of the reading. Plays may not have been previously staged. Learn more.
Deadline: December 2, 2014

Artist Residency Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine, offers a two-week residency program and intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. All of the studios will be staffed by technicians who can assist with projects, and residents can move between studios as needed. Learn more. Applications will not be accepted until January 1, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Image credit: From the J. Paul Getty Museum. Gerrit van Honthorst, Flemish, 1622, Oil on panel, 121 5/8 x 44 7/8 in.

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Anne Neely on the Stories of Water

October 20th, 2014

Anne Neely creates work for Water Stories, now on exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 21), artist Anne Neely will be in conversation with Robert Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association, at The Broad Institute in Cambridge. The event is part of Catalyst Conversation, a series exploring the dialogue between art and science.

Stories Waters Tell: Anne Neely and Robert Zimmerman
Tuesday, October 21
6:00-7:00 pm
Reception to follow

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
7 Cambridge Center
Monadnock Room
Cambridge, MA 02142
RSVP here

Video: Water Stories from Bryan Barton on Vimeo.

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Artist Profile: Linda Mieko Allen

October 20th, 2014

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the MCC Artists Fellows and Finalists in Painting, October 28 – November 15, 2014 at the NAC, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA (opening reception Thurs, Nov. 6, 6-8:30 PM). The installation will be curated by independent curator, FLUX.Boston creator, and NAC Board member Liz Devlin in collaboration with NAC Exhibitions Director Kathleen Smith Redman. Linda Mieko Allen is one of the 15 painters that will be included in this exhibition. We caught up with Linda to find out a little more about her work.

I have spent the last few years in the studio developing a process involving paint manipulation and transfer in combination with drawing. Recent work from the Figmenta series are ongoing investigations into concepts of place and displacement. Space, tensions, transitional states and contradictions are key elements in these hybrid works of paint manipulations and drawing. The works are very thin acrylic paint/ink film with other media on aluminum or wood panels which are dense but light at the same time, very detailed, serious and intense mark-making. I configure natural phenomena and formation and construct/deconstruct the invented scape/architecture physically and psychologically as to challenge and transform the viewers experience. You get glimpses of land formation and architectonics, yet as soon as you think you have discovered something recognizable, the work dissolves into abstraction… or a figment.

Figmenta refers to that which is momentary, fleeting or ghost like.

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Artist Opportunites As High as an Elephant’s Eye

October 14th, 2014


Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Open Call NNE (North-Northeast), a juried exhibition organized by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) that showcases established, mid-career, and emerging artists working in all media. Learn more.
Deadline: November 14, 2014

Call for Artists The Town of Barnstable is accepting applications for artists and artisans whose primary residence is Cape Cod, for participation in the 2015 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program. The shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park/Ocean Street, Hyannis. Artists will be juried and first selections made by Friday, December 19 based on applications received. Subsequent applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis following this date for any remaining spots for the 2015 season and will be filled based on need and availability. Learn more. Question, contact Melissa Hersh, Arts and Culture Coordinator or call 508-862-4767.
Deadline: November 14, 2014

Playwrights, Directors, Composers, Librettists Applications are now being accepted for the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, a 3-week play development retreat that provides a private creative environment for playwrights, directors, composers, and librettists to develop new work with the support of dramaturges and full casts. Applications welcomed for projects at any stage of development from playwrights, directors, composers, ensembles, performance artists, and choreographers. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2014

South Asian Filmmakers The New York Indian Film Festival is seeking works by veteran as well as emerging South Asian filmmakers in the following categories: Feature (over 40 minutes), Short (under 40 minutes), Documentary (over 40 minutes), and Short Documentary (under 40 minutes). Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted by Gallery 263 in Cambridge for Chroma, a national juried exhibition of work on hue, saturation and value. Selected by: Lynda Schlosberg (Boston-based artist, Kingston Gallery).  Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. Online submissions only.  All media accepted. Learn more. Questions, email
Deadline: December 7, 2014 by 11:59PM

Call For Art The Brookline Arts Center invites student jewelry and metalsmithing artists to submit work that demonstrates the relationship between heritage and innovation. IMPACT will be held onsite in conjunction with the 2015 Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference. Jurors: Lauren Blais, Peter Evonuk and Ashley Vick. Learn more.
Deadline: January 4, 2015 (11:59pm)

Grant for Cape Cod Artist Applications are now being accepted for the Art Within Reach Grant Sponsored by Cape Cod Art Association. Grant provided to an individual artist living on Cape Cod with a recognized artistic excellence in Fine Art media and a demonstrated commitment to their art; painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography or mixed media (Film does not qualify). Unrestricted funds applied toward any expense to enhance the artist’s ability to create work. Learn more.
Deadline: February 2, 2015

Playwrights Entries are now being accepted for the Clauder Grand Prize; a $2,500 cash award, and a workshop production followed by a full production at Portland Stage during the 2016-17 season. Plays must be full-length and be original works, not an adaptation or translation.
Learn more.
Deadline: March 2, 2015

Public Art Registry The Cambridge Arts Council encourages artists to add samples of their work and biographic information to their Public Art Registry. Once registered, artists are considered for all future Cambridge public art commissions.
Deadline: Ongoing

Image credit: A woman on a farmer’s shoulder emphasizes a corn crop’s height in Minnesota, 1916.Photograph by A. W. Thompson, National Geographic.

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Arts Matter Day is October 24

October 10th, 2014


Election day is under 4 weeks away, and MASSCreative is leading the charge to put arts and culture on the political map. When you go to the polls on Tuesday, November 4, consider the candidates’ positions on arts, culture, and creativity. Here’s what you can do:

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Supervisory Artist Opportunities

October 8th, 2014


Exhibition Proposals GRIN accepts proposals for solo and group exhibitions, gallery-wide guest curated exhibitions, and other special events. GRIN is a contemporary art gallery in Providence, Rhode Island, founded to create a space for artists to develop and exhibit their work and to promote an intellectually demanding yet aesthetically pleasing environment focusing on art across mediums. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling

Music Artists Club Passim’s Iguana Music Fund awards grants between $500 and $2,000 to individual artists for specific career building projects. The grants are open to any artist in any musical genre with an affiliation to New England either by residence or tour history. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2014

Photography Portraits The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, has announced that its Portraits call for entry is open for submissions. The call defines a portrait as a visual representation that portrays the likeness of a person, place, animal, or object. All capture types and photographic processes welcome. Debra Klomp Ching will serve as juror. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2014

Curatorial Proposals Gallery 263 in Cambridge encourages submissions to its Curatorial Proposal Series (CPS) for Winter ’15 exhibitions. The CPS program provides the opportunity for New England artists of all media and career levels to experiment with the organization and presentation of contemporary art. Open to solo and group proposals, though groups are encouraged. Learn more.
Deadline: October 19, 2014 (11:59pm)

Call to Artists Entries are now being accepted for the Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA) 2014 Fall Juried Art Show which will be on display November 14-30, 2014 at the GALA Art Center, 205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440. The juror is Roger Hankins, Director and Curator of the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. Learn More.
Deadline: October 24, 2014

Poets, Poetry Organizations, Presses, and Editors Proposal submissions are now being accepted for The Seventh Massachusetts Poetry Festival to be held May 1-3, 2015, in Salem, Massachusetts. Learn more.
Deadline: October 30, 2014

Visual and Performing Artists The Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture and First Night Boston 2015 invite visual and performing artists to apply to participate in First Night Boston, the annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Under this year’s theme of “Innovation, Inspiration, and Celebration,” the event will showcase dozens of performances and attractions throughout the city including a daytime Family Festival, Grand Procession parade, firework displays, evening performances, and more. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Musical Theater The Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of musical theater works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2014

Public Art Commission Tufts University Art Gallery sponsors the creation of a temporary public art project sited at a high visibility location on Tufts’ main campus in Medford/Somerville. The Tufts University Art Gallery seeks Requests for Qualifications from Massachusetts artists to create a 10 x 20 foot billboard-scale work of art in collaboration with participants of the Tufts’ Tisch College of Active Citizenship and Public Service’s pilot Intersections Project. This public art project aims to highlight the importance and value of art on a university campus as a vehicle for social change. Learn more.
Deadline: November 7, 2014

Art for Social Change The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement. The foundation will consider all artistic disciplines, including cross-disciplinary work, for grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 over one or two year periods, with a maximum total award of $150,000 per year. Learn more.
Deadline: November 12, 2014 (11:59 pm EST)

Golden The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) is celebrating it’s golden (50th) anniversary, and the BAC invites Massachusetts based artists of all mediums to submit work relating to gold. Jurors are Julie Graham and Mags Harries. The show, Golden, will run February 6-April 10, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: December 7, 2014, 11:59pm

Image credit: Photograph of Lois Mailou Jones painting in her Paris studio in 1937 or 1938, with kitten supervising from her shoulder. From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Artist Profile: Azadeh Tajpour

October 2nd, 2014

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and The New Art Center (NAC) will present the MCC Artists Fellows and Finalists in Painting, October 28 – November 15, 2014 at the NAC, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA (opening reception Thurs, Nov. 6, 6-8:30 PM). The exhibition will showcase the MCC’s Artist Fellowships 2014 awardees in Painting. The installation will be curated by independent curator, FLUX.Boston creator, and NAC Board member Liz Devlin in collaboration with NAC Exhibitions Director Kathleen Smith Redman. We caught up with a number of the artists in the show to ask them to talk about their work. First up is Azadeh Tajpour.

I am interested in the ways in which we receive and perceive information, especially the lenses through which we look at “others” exploring the gray area and the shifting borders between “us” and “other.”

Protest, June 14th, 2009, Tehran, Iran (or Observer Effect) and Protest of 2009, Isfahan, Iran are installations of eighteen and five paintings respectively. They are based on video stills from found video of the 2009 post election upheavals in Iran captured by protestor hiding inside a store in Tehran in the former and hiding and filming through a house yard gate in Isfahan in the latter, observing the clash between the protestors and the anti riot police. These paintings examine the layers of mediation through which we experience what happens “elsewhere” and the way digital space alters physical distance. The instantaneous moments of turmoil have been frozen in these paintings, while they act as a permanent pause and replay, as the viewer experiences individual frames simultaneously. The paintings reflect a sense of connection and presence as well as detachment and inaccessibility and connote to the active but hidden modes of observation emphasizing obstruction or even erasure as in Protest, 2009, Orumieh, Iran (installation of four paintings).

Point of View Drone (detail) by Azadeh Tajpour

Point of view of the Drone (Graphite pencil on vellum) is based on video stills from a footage captured by an American drone in Afghanistan, which was captured by Iranian forces near the border in 2011. The blurry and ambiguous fragments reflect the distortion of our assumed realities and the transformation of the video as a moving image to the still drawings suggests the fragmentations of the experience as well as our subjective lenses.

In Photo Captions (Mixed media Installation), I examine the ways in which photograph captions can shape the viewer’s experience of the photographic image and suggest specific interpretations. This series is based on photographs of Iranian women from late 19th to early 20th century, found in the digital collection “Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran”. The overlapping of seemingly similar photographs from the same photo album with contradictory or opposing captions emphasizes the arbitrariness of the text that purports to identify these subjects, and the ambiguity that underlies its attempt to classify and create “types.” The work also reflects upon the ways in which such texts influence our perceptions and create as well as perpetuate certain narratives about women, culture and social history.

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Fellows Notes – Oct 14

October 1st, 2014

October! Welcome the Great Pumpkin and read this month’s news and notes of past MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists.


Sachiko Akiyama and Beth Galston are both exhibiting in Branching Out: Trees as Art at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (thru 9/20/15).

Andrew Mowbray, Cristi Rinklin, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Joe Wardwell join Dana Clancy, Audrey Goldstein, John Guthrie, and curator Resa Blatman for the exhibition Forecasted: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 (10/1-11/5, opening reception 10/9).

Congratulations to Daniela Rivera and Hannah Verlin, both of whom were named 2015 School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Fellows. The award goes to SMFA alumni, supporting travel for exploration and research critical to the artists’ careers; at the end of the fellowship, one artist will be selected for a solo show at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Ben Berman was featured on GrubStreet’s The Grub Daily blog, writing about a file he keeps called “Poems to Plunder and/or Fix.”

Simeon Berry has poetry in issue 41.1 from Black Warrior Review. Read an interview with the poet on the journal’s Web site.

Steven Bogart‘s screenplay Blood’s Child was recently optioned by True Friend Productions.

Vincent Crotty had a solo show of paintings, Paintings of Ireland: A Sense of Place at Borgia Gallery at Elms College in Chicopee (thru 10/4).

Martin Edmunds will teach the workshop “Versification: The Essentials” as part of Open University at Wellfleet Preservation Hall (five Thursdays 10/23-11/20, 4 PM).

Samantha Fields will present a talk, “A Marvel of Modern Inefficiency” at American Textile History Museum in Lowell (10/5, 2 PM). She’s part of the Fiberart International exhibition there, on view thru 10/26. Her work Wallpapered space is featured in the exhibition Unraveled: Contemporary New England Fiber Art at The Museums of Old York Remick Gallery in York, Maine (thru 12/5). In December, she’ll present The Push and Pull—Exploring Liminal Spaces, a gallery walk-through of Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston.

Eric Gottesman is publishing a new photography book, Sudden Flowers. The book is based on the artist’s ongoing collaboration with Sudden Flowers, a collective of children living in Addis Ababa. The book is being launched in London; watch for upcoming events in the U.S.

Joel Janowitz has an exhibition of paintings, Finding Yourself There, with painter Squeak Carnwath at Clark Gallery in Lincoln (10/7-11/22, opening reception 10/11, 4 PM).

Jesse Kreitzer is running a Kickstarter campaign for his film-in-progress Black Canaries, through 10/12. The project is a Kickstarter Staff Pick.

Ellen Raquel LeBow has a solo exhibition, The Storm: Large-Scale Drawings, at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (thru 11/9).

Melinda Lopez wrote a moving essay about grief, playwriting, and translating Lorca, for HowlRound.

Rachel Mello‘s newest cut silhouettes, a pair of “Sky Cranes,” are installed in New York at Red Hook’s Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (thru 10/26).

Greg Mencoff has a solo exhibition, Chasing Artifacts, at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston (thru 11/1). Watch a video about the exhibition’s installation.

Anna Myer and Dancers will perform the work Between the Lines: A Work in Progress at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury (10/18-10/19, 10/24-10/26).

Monica Raymond‘s play The Owl Girl will be performed at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (10/24-11/2). She’ll present a lecture and poetry reading in conjunction with the production. Also, she’ll have photographs in Cambridge Community Television‘s Narrative Photography exhibit, opening 10/5.

Brian Rosa has a solo exhibition, Convey, at the Mayors Art Gallery at Boston City Hall (10/1-11/17, opening reception 10/24, 4:30 PM).

Jo Ann Rothschild has a solo show, An Important Day at The Painting Center in New York (thru 10/25, opening reception 10/2, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Cam Terwilliger, whose novel-in-progress, Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart received the 2014 James Jones First Novel Fellowship.

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

Image: Brian Rosa, CONVEY, part of an exhibition of the same name at the Mayor’s Gallery at Boston City Hall.

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