Christina Balch, Awake

March 31st, 2015

Multimedia artist Christina Balch creates self-portraits and, in the process, explores concepts of self-portraiture in an interconnected age.

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Recently, we asked this question of a group of artists in different disciplines, and I’d be curious on your take: How much of the self is in your art?
My most successful artwork has included much of my physical self in it – usually in the form of a self-portrait. My latest project titled Awake features hundreds of photos of myself first thing in the morning. You could say the project is a “selfie” project because I am taking photos of myself with my cell phone. When someone takes a selfie, they are curating their “self” image and often projecting that curated self-image online for the digital world to see which is what I am doing with Awake. I try to capture my self image without judging myself or trying to look a certain way in the photo, unlike the typical selfie which is heavily edited.

Each Awake photo is an intimate look into my everyday life doing one of the most mundane and universal actions in the world – waking up. There’s nothing shocking in the photos, but subtly I reveal messages about my beliefs related to technology, feminism, and self-perception through the content of the photos and the way I deliver them to my audience. I post all of the self-portraits to public websites which then forms my online identity.

How did your November ’14 TED talk come about for you?
I found the opportunity to give a TED talk through my last day job which had little to do with my art practice other than funding it. I worked for a corporate institution in Boston in their marketing department for three years. Many artists support themselves and their practice with different jobs, and for me that has been work in the digital marketing industry. Last year, employees were asked to submit applications to give a TED talk about any topic under the sun. I submitted a talk and exhibition proposal of my Awake project, and to my surprise it was accepted along with eleven other talks. I never thought that one of my marketing jobs would offer me the opportunity to exhibit my art, not to mention send me to London to show my Awake photos and give a TED talk about it. For me, it highlighted that opportunities to share my artwork can be found in unexpected places as long as I am open to them.

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What’s the most surprising response to your Awake project you’ve ever received?
I spoke with a psychologist about my Awake project after I had given a short talk about it at Danforth Art in Framingham last year. The psychologist had been working with elderly people to help them come to terms with their age and mortality. After learning about my project and my motivations behind it, she thought her patients might benefit from a similar exercise. She thought that if her patients repeatedly took photos of themselves, they would be forced to confront their aging bodies and hopefully accept themselves as they are physically. I love this take on my self-portrait project because most of the comments I receive about the Awake project relate to the selfie culture among young people, primarily girls and young women.

What’s the most embarrassing line of an artist statement you’ve ever written?
“I am obsessed with suffering.” When I first built myself a website in 2007 it was very dark and sinister visually, and I used this line in my artist statement that I put on the website. I was interested in the Buddhist notion of attachment and suffering at the time, but the line in my statement came off as overly dramatic and didn’t resonate with the paintings I was creating then. When my fiancé makes fun of me for being overly dark or melancholy, he often recites that line. I still dread writing and editing my artist statement.

Computer, longhand, or typewriter?
I love writing words on paper so I much prefer longhand. Often I write things like emails or blogs on paper first, then type them out on my computer later.

Spring, summer, winter or fall?
Summer, hands down, even in New England. I’m from Southern California so I like the heat even if it’s sweaty, Boston heat. Winter is my second favorite in Boston because I get to hibernate in my studio for a few months.

What’s next?
I’m having a lot of fun playing around with animation and film during my artist residency at the Morija Arts Centre in Lesotho, Southern Africa. We’re doing old school stop-motion animation using paper cut-outs with the animation students at the center. I have been doing some of this myself and also playing with charcoal animation à la William Kentridge and other experimental media. I plan to use some of these techniques in my next projects.

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Christina Balch is a multi-media artist whose work has been exhibited in the Boston area and in Los Angeles. Most recently her ongoing project Awake was installed at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at TED@StateStreet in London. Currently, Christina is further exploring portraiture as an artist resident at the Morija Arts Centre in Lesotho, Southern Africa where Christina was a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2007-2009.

Images: self-portrait grid from the AWAKE project by Christina Balch; Christina Balch presents and an installation detail of AWAKE by Christina Balch, both from TED@State Street salon at Troxy, November 18, 2014, London England.

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Binding Together Artist Opportunities

March 31st, 2015

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Eric Gottesman’s Banded Photographs (2007), C-print, 20 inches by 24 inches

The one well of support I find myself returning to again and again is my community of fellow artists. We are friends but an important part of our friendship is our desire to be entwined in each other’s practices. A kind of deep understanding over many years results from watching someone develop and change. –   Eric Gottesman (2009 MCC Photography Fellow), in ArtSake

Call to Artists The Dedham Open studios invites artists to participate in their fifth annual open studios on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cost: $50 for Dedham Residents, $60 for non-Dedham residents. Learn more. Questions, contact DedhamOpenStudios@gmail.com

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition Nowhere Everywhere at the Thompson Gallery at the Cambridge School of Weston. They are seeking works of art that examine the genres of utopia and dystopia with regard to the human conflict or dilemma within societal structures. There will be three exhibitions in the Nowhere Everywhere series—between 1 to 2 solo exhibitions and at least 1 group show. All media considered. Learn more.
Deadline: April 4, 2015

Photography The Aperture Foundation is now accepting submissions for Black Mirror and it will be curated by Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine. The title borrows its name from the British television series Black Mirror, which imagines a dystopian near-future for the age of the smartphone. Black Mirror refers to the omnipresent screens through which our lives are mediated today, and the show depicts a society in which technology ominously defines and shapes our relationships and each facet of daily life. Learn more.
Deadline: April 8, 2015

Call for Art Viridian Artists in New York presents their 26th Annual International Juried Exhibition. This year’s juror is Lauren Hinkson, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum, NYC. Open to artists working in 2D and 3D media. Learn more.
Deadline: April 10, 2015

Call to Artists The Arsenal Center for the Arts seeks the artwork from illustrators and comic artists who create work in a children/family friendly genre, for their summer 2015 exhibition More Than Words: A Children’s Illustration Exhibition. Original work is preferred but high-quality prints will be considered. Work can be hand drawn, painted, print, graphic, or digital – All work must be submitted electronically. Submit 5-10 images in JPEG format, no larger than 300dpi. Include name, address, phone number, and email address on corresponding numbered call sheet with title, medium, dimensions, edition (if applicable) and price of each piece. Please also include resume and artist statement. Send all application materials to Aneleise Ruggles at aneleiseruggles@arsenalarts.org. The submission fee is $20 and can be mailed to: Attention: Aneleise Ruggles, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Questions, contact Aneleise Ruggles, Exhibitions Coordinator (617-923-0100, ext. 8304 or aneleiseruggles@arsenalarts.org.)
Deadline: May 1, 2015

One-Act Plays The Pend Oreille Players Association, a non-profit community theatre organization, is seeking original one-act plays to be produced at the Pend Oreille Playhouse Community Theatre in Newport, WA. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015

10 Minute Plays The Adobe Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is currently accepting submissions for their 8 x 10 Play Festival, July 16, 2015 through July 19, 2015, where eight never before seen works will be chosen and given full productions in our ninety-nine seat theatre. All submitted plays should deal with the theme LOVE, but the word LOVE must never be used in your dialogue. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015

Call to Visual Artists The Post Office Gallery in North Truro invites visual artists to participate in their exhibition WEATHER’D. All media will be considered. Submit up to three high resolution images. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Exhibition Proposals ArtSpace Gallery and Studios are calling for artists to submit their proposals for their upcoming 2015 – 1016 season. Located in the center of Maynard, ArtSpace houses 75 artists and their studios with a premium mid-sized gallery that exhibits shows from many talented artists both locally and from around New England on a monthly basis. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Call to Artists The West Parish Garden Cemetery and the Andover Historical Society have announced their following juried show: Passages (October 2015). 2-D, All Media, will be presented at the Andover Historical Society and 3-D installations will occur on the Cemetery Grounds. Learn more.
Deadline: 3-D installation s due May 15, 2015; 2-D, All Media due September 18, 2015

Of Note: SpaceFinder Mass is a free directory of arts venues and creative spaces across the state of Massachusetts. Find space for your next performance, special event, class, rehearsal, film shoot and more. A project of Fractured Atlas, The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Image credit: Eric Gottesman‘s Banded Photographs (2007), C-print, 20 inches by 24 inches

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Creative Space 3/30

March 30th, 2015

Periodically, ArtSake shares creative space listings sent to us by and for artists. For another way to quickly find creative spaces, visit SpaceFinder Mass.

Here is the most recent as of March 30, 2015:

Waltham Mills

Studio Available, River Street Artist Cooperative

@Waltham Mills, 144 Moody Street, Waltham
Spacious 522 square foot studio available May 1ST.
Rent: $460. / month
Free parking, wifi, utilities included.
Next to Waltham train stop, nearby to restaurants
and Charles River. Low toxicity required.
Join a vibrant community of artists and participate in open studio.
Please inquire at Sophiacmone@yahoo.com, let us know about yourself, and your work via samples or website

 

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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Seeing Color

March 26th, 2015

Valspar Paint partnered with EnChroma to build colorblindness-correcting eyeglasses.
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Artist Opportunities Kicking Out the Jams

March 24th, 2015

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Short Stories A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story about families of all configurations. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2015

Writers and Playwrites Entries are now being accepted for the Arts & Letters $1,000 prize contest. Disciplines include Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. Winners are published in their Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 issue. The prize-winning one-act play is produced at the Georgia College campus (usually in March.) Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2015

American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Artists  The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is accepting applications for the 2015 NACF Artist Fellowship Program. Disciplines include dance, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts, and visual arts. Grants of $20,000 will be awarded in recognition of the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have had a significant impact on their discipline.  Learn more.
Deadline: April 6, 2015 (5 p.m. PST)

Outdoor Sculpture Proposals Art In the Orchard, third biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition in Easthampton, MA, is now accepting proposals. They are looking for large, durable outdoor sculpture which can be displayed on their 120 acre farm setting from August through Halloween. Honorariums total over $6000. Learn more. Questions, contact Jean-Pierre Pasche 413-529-9265 or aio@parkhillorchard.com.
Deadline: April 20, 2015

Project Proposals  The J.M. Kaplan Fund is accepting proposals for the J.M.K. Innovation Prize. The Prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses, making a total award of up to $175,000. The Prize seeks to support inter-disciplinary innovation in the fields of cultural heritage, human rights, the built environment, and the natural environment. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Poetry The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry 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, 2015

Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence Program
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Children’s Writer-in-Residence program. The selected applicant will receive a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square. He or she must work a minimum of 19 hours per week at the BPL during the nine-month residency (September 2015 through May 2016). Projects eligible for this program are fiction, non-fiction, a script, or poetry, intended for children or young adults. Illustrations may be combined with any of these formats, but are not required. To be eligible, the applicant must be a US citizen and cannot have published more than three books to date. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Image credit: Black and white photograph of swing dancers. Photograph in public domain.

 

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Record-Breaking Artist Opportunities

March 17th, 2015

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Okay, we’re ready for spring now.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
Zea Mays Printmaking Workshops
Creative Capital Online Learning Workshops

Of Note: Assets for Artists is offering free professional development workshops for Massachusetts-based creative entrepreneurs. Sarah Platanitis will teach the workshop Get Press Ready: PR for Artists on April 25 (in Lawrence) and May 2 (in North Adams). Jessica Burko teaches Finding your Message: Branding and Marketing for Visual Artists (in North Adams) on April 9 with select artists participating on April 10 as well. Workshops are free but space is limited. Learn more and apply.
Deadline: March 20, 2015

Call for Artists The Dedham Square Artist Guild is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Casting Shadows (May 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015). Open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre. Learn more.
Deadline: March 29, 2015

Art Exploring Consumerism SIPMA Contemporary has issued a call to artists for I Live Here Now at The Cohen Gallery at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Art exploring communitarianism, the notion of luxury, globalization and displacement, and other topics related to consumerism are encouraged to submit. All media encouraged. Goggleworks extends over a city block housing 4 galleries and artists residencies, so large scale installations are eligible. Show dates: May 8 – June 14, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: April 4, 2015

Call for Proposals The DownStreet Art Festival 2015 in North Adams is seeking proposals from artists and curators. Proposals can include interactive element, temporary outdoor installations, exhibitions that encourage participation or proposals for works-in-progress that will culminate in a performance or exhibition opening. Learn more.
Deadline: April 5, 2015

Performing Artists Applications are now being accepted for the Somerville art festival ARTBEAT (held on the third weekend in July). Artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals. Learn more.
Deadline: April 6, 2015

Call to Artists Danforth Art is now accepting submissions for their 2015 annual juried exhibitions. Emerging and established artists in all media are invited to submit work. Learn more.
Deadline: April 10, 2015

Emerging Playwrights The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation and OHenry Productions are encouraging talented playwrights who have not yet achieved commercial success to submit to the Emerging Playwrights Contest. A winning piece will be selected by representatives of DVRF and OHenry Productions and will receive a staged reading in New York City. There is no entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: April 10, 2015

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for EXPOSURE: the 19th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition (June 18-July 26, 2015). Juror: Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Current PRC Individual or Institutional Membership required (valid through July 31, 2015). Photographers may submit up to ten (10) images from a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work, artist statement, and resume. Learn more to apply.
Deadline: April 12, 2015 (before 11:59pm)

Public Art The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, a facility that will combine cancer treatment and cutting-edge research, is seeking artworks for three distinct sites. Total Budget: $342,000 – $362,000. Learn more.
Deadline April 15, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted by the Silvermine Arts Center for their 65th Annual Art of the Northeast Exhibition (Show Dates: June 6 – July 26, 2015). Open to all media. Learn more.
Deadline: April 24, 2015

Call for Art The Zeitgeist Gallery in Beverly, MA, is currently accepting entries for their upcoming exhibition Love from the Earth – Minerals, Mushrooms & Plants. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2015 (midnight)

Female Artists The Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, invites female artists who have been making work professionally or as a student for less than 10 years to submit their work to Reclamation, an exhibition that surveys the work of the emerging talent of women artists in New England. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2015

Of Note: SpaceFinder Mass is a free directory of arts venues and creative spaces across the state of Massachusetts. Find space for your next performance, special event, class, rehearsal, film shoot and more. A project of Fractured Atlas, The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Image credit: Vintage black and white photograph of snowman from from ofc.book.com

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Creative Space 3/11

March 11th, 2015

Periodically, ArtSake shares creative space listings sent to us by and for artists. For another way to quickly find creative spaces, visit SpaceFinder Mass.

Here are the most recent as of March 11, 2015:

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Artist studio for sublet in the Taza Chocolate factory

Looking for artists, filmmakers, writers, interested in renting studio space in Somerville in the Taza Chocolate Factory Building starting May. The sublet is for a year possibly longer, in one of the best studio buildings around. Subleting approx 500 sqft space in a large studio for $750/mon, utilities and wi-fi internet included — REALLY great space, high ceilings, natural light, AC, kitchenette with sink. The building has freight elevator, open studios twice a year. Close to public transportation. You will be sharing the space with an interdisciplinary media artist, female. Call 619-723-4843.

 

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For Sale: Artist Live/Work Space in Davis Square Artists Cooperative

Loft overlooks bike path and is 5 min. to Red Line subway, restaurants, etc. 1245 sq. ft. loft is south facing on 2nd floor with two bedrooms, living/dining area, and huge windows. Maple floors, 11′ ceiling height, great LIGHT.

The 666 sq. ft. ground floor studio has 5 north windows and a double door to the outside. Elevator, shared roof deck and garden, one off street parking space. Mix-It Coop requires buyer to be an artist: visual, music, writing, architect etc., who lives and works here.

$899,000. Contact 1masonart@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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Monkeying Around with Artist Opportunities

March 10th, 2015

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Of Note: SpaceFinder Mass is a free directory of arts venues and creative spaces across the state of Massachusetts. Find space for your next performance, special event, class, rehearsal, film shoot and more. A project of Fractured Atlas, The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Call for Work The All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary international festival of LGBTQ arts and culture. Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows Learn more.
Deadline: March 22, 2015

Call for Art The North River Arts Society in Marshfied is currently accepting entries for their juried Figure and Portrait Exhibition. The juror is Johanna Harmon. Learn more.
Deadline: March 27, 2015

Call for Art ArtsWorcester Biennial is currently accepting entries in all media. The juror is Susan Stoops. Awards include the $500 Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best In Show, $200 awards for Best of Category, and $50 Honorable Mention Awards. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2015

Call to Artists The Mass Audubon Moose Hill Gallery is now accepting submissions for its upcoming juried exhibit Rivers, Streams and Lakes. Artists are invited to submit up to five (8”x10”) photographic prints only (for judging purposes only) of their most engaging nature based work. Any medium is acceptable. All prints must be labeled on the back with name, contact information, dimensions of framed work, title of piece and medium. Entry fee is $15 for up to 5 pieces, please provide a stamped return envelope to fit your artwork if you would like it returned. If selected for a show, all artwork needs to be framed appropriately and ready to hang (detailed information upon request). Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA 02067. Please contact jngoba@massaudubon.org for any questions.
Deadline: April 13, 2015

Photography Grant The Crusade Engagement Grant awards $10,000 annually to the applicant with the most innovative idea to build
audiences for photography. They are looking for projects that focus on creating demand for photography and provide a concrete plan to create one-to-one connections between the photographer, the viewer, and the audience. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Artists of the Northeast Art of the Northeast (AoNE) has issued a call for entries for the 65th Annual Art of the Northeast juried exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT. The call for entries is open to all artists in any media throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland (D.C.). Michelle Grabner, who was one of three curators of this year’s Whitney Biennial (and its first artist curator) will co-curate the 65th annual Art of the Northeast with her husband, artist Brad Killam. Learn more.
Deadline: April 24, 2015

Poets The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. $28 fee. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Exhibition Proposals ArtSpace Gallery in Maynard, MA, is currently accepting proposals for group or solo exhibitions for their September 2015 through July 2016 season. Proposals should be for group or solo exhibitions,  present a coherent theme, and should be based on a unifying concept that is social, historical, philosophical, cultural, political or other. The ArtSpace Gallery Committee may combine solo proposals creating two to four mini solo shows in one large exhibit. Preference will be given to New England artists.  For more information contact artspacemaynard@gmail.com
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Residency The Ragdale Foundation is accepting applications for residencies for visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, media artists, and choreographers. Organization provides housing, meals, and studio space. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Media: gif from archival image by Bill Domonkos.

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How Have Setbacks Impacted Your Art?

March 9th, 2015

Roughly once a month, we pose a question to artists about an issue they face in their work and lives.

This month, we’re interested in how setbacks shape (or don’t) an artist’s work. So we asked artists in different disciplines, Have you ever had a setback that had a major impact on your trajectory as an artist?

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Toni Pepe, photography artist
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

Failure is an inevitable part of the creative process. It is something I try to welcome, understand, and put to use. After recently becoming a new mother I struggled with the balance between work, family, and art. That wonderful weight of guilt that settles in when I haven’t been in the studio started to become heavier and heavier. My previous method for shooting, which often involved locking myself away for hours and days to make one image, needless to say, was not feasible.

My time was no longer my own and I had to adjust my expectations drastically. I have always mined the family album and personal experience for content and incorporating my children into the work felt like a natural progression. At first, I failed magnificently. Each shoot led only to blurry baby arms and legs, and I was peed on more times than I’d like to admit. It took a full year before I made an image I was excited about.

Working with my children opened up a new avenue for spontaneity in my work. They are creatures with individual wills and while they’ll follow my direction, their interpretations are what make the images successful.

Emily Ross, writer
My biggest setback as a writer came during a meeting with an agent at a writing conference. Thanks to GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program I’d just finished the novel I’d worked on for seven years and was ready to find an agent. But I wasn’t ready for what I heard. After saying some nice things, the agent told me I needed to make my YA mystery thriller, set firmly in the Sixties, contemporary. Other sessions I attended confirmed that I’d inadvertently stepped into the Bermuda Triangle of marketing by setting my YA novel over fifty years ago.

It was hard to hear but I listened. I took a stab at making my book contemporary, but my story was intricately tied to the decade it was set in. Changing that would mean writing a new book. Then I put my novel aside for a while and read literary thrillers I hoped were like mine. They made realize that the most important thing was the dark story I was telling. When I finally started revising again I removed cultural references that weren’t essential and focused on strengthening my story. My setback had made me more aware of the market but also reinforced my commitment to the novel I’d written. A year after that writing conference, I started querying in earnest and found my wonderful agent Rebecca Podos. Half in Love with Death, my YA novel set in the Sixties, will be published by Merit Press in 2016.

Warren Mather, ceramic and photography artist
I don’t really want to answer this question because of the jinx possibilities in that I feel fortunate not to have experienced any recent “setbacks.” Contracting polio and nearly drowning as a child were wake up calls that happened too early to affect my art direction (unless now, subconsciously). Rejections in affairs of the heart during my 20′s pumped up the intensity and volume of my art production but there was no change in what I was doing. Now in my mature years, energy that fuels my working is more like water seeping downhill through rock ledges than, say, steam propelled geyser eruptions of years past. Recently, none of my emotional circuit breakers have been tripped by setbacks.

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Warren Mather is a ceramic and photography artist who fires photographic, video, and computer drawn images in ceramic glaze. He has work in the Basic Black exhibition at the Concord Art Association (through 4/3).

Toni Pepe‘s photographs are incorporated into the newly published poetry book Bullies in Love by Jendi Reiter.

Emily Ross graduated from GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, and she has been published in Menda City Review and Boston Magazine. Her YA novel Half in Love with Death is forthcoming from Merit Press in 2016.

Images: Toni Pepe, UNTITLED (from the series ANGLE OF REPOSE); Warren Mather, ASPEN GROVE (2013), ceramic mounted on wood, 30.5×30.5×2 in.

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Find Affordable, Appropriate Creative Spaces on SpaceFinder Mass

March 9th, 2015

SpaceFinder Mass

You’ve got the artistic vision – for the theatre production, the art exhibition, the dance performance,  the music ensemble – but what you need is space.

Head to SpaceFinder Mass, which includes creative spaces for rent throughout Massachusetts. (Of the 300+ spaces currently listed, 50% are outside of Greater Boston.) This free online service can quickly connect you to available and affordable performance, rehearsal, and other types of creative spaces. Profiles for new spaces are being added each week.

You can manage your search criteria to find rental space to fit your budget, your time frame, and the creative needs of your project. Many spaces list their calendars and some offer online booking options, making the space selection process that much easier.

SpaceFinder Mass was developed by the artists service organization Fractured Atlas and is a project of the Arts and Business Council of Boston. We (MCC) are a proud partner in the project, along with StageSource and Boston Dance Alliance.

Find a Rental on SpaceFinder Mass.

While you’re at it, you may want to investigate Fractured Atlas programs for artists, including fiscal sponsorship, international artist visas, ticket/donation/fan-tracking software, and more. Also, the Arts & Business Council has a portfolio of professional development programs for artists including the Essential Training for the Arts (ETA), Artist’s Professional Toolbox (APT), and Musician’s Professional Toolbox (MPT), among others. It also offers fiscal sponsorship and pro bono legal services through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

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