Artist Opportunities On Fire

September 30th, 2014

Burn brightly and leave your trail wherever you fly.

Call for Art The Nave Gallery in Somerville is now accepting entries for their show I’ve Been Everywhere, Man: Musicians on the Road. Musicians, road crew, engineers, venue employees, and other supporters of the music scene as well as professional artists are encouraged to submit work. All mediums will be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: October 3, 2014

MCC Artist Fellowships Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships Program (that’s us here at ArtSake!) is currently accepting applications in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Fellowships are $10,000 each. Learn more.
Deadline: October 6, 2014

The MCC’s STARS Residency Program’s online application will open at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 and close when the demand for funds exceeds the funding available. STARS Residencies has a rolling deadline – applications will be reviewed on a “first-received, first-reviewed” basis. Applications are reviewed within five weeks of submission. Learn more.

Artist as Activist Fellowship Applications are being accepted for the Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artist as Activist Fellowship. Learn more.
Deadline: October 13, 2014

Local Cultural Council Grants Applicants may apply to the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s LCC Program for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. Average grants tend to be modest ($200-$500) and are reimbursement-based. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2014

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition The Personal is Political is Personal, curated by Sara Allred at Tufts Slater Concourse Gallery, November 1 – December 12, 2014. Artists (living or working in the Tufts University “host communities” of Medford, Somerville, and Boston’s Chinatown) can submit 2D art addressing this theme. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2014

Call for Small Works The Gallery at Porter Mill in Beverly is accepting submissions for its Annual Small Works Exhibition. All media excepted. Learn more. Questions, contact
Deadline: October 17, 2014.

Festival Proposals Submissions are now being accepted for the Discover Pittsfield 10 x 10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Artists, performers and cultural organizations are invited to propose programming for inclusion in the festival. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Artist Survey The Arts Extension Service at UMass Amherst is looking for artists to respond to their survey in order to help shape their professional training workshops, which they bring to communities nationwide. Here’s the link to their survey.

Image credit: Comet of 1577, depicted by Georgium Jacobum von Datschitz, 1577. From The Public Domain Review.

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Paul Turano on Wander, Wonder, Wilderness

September 30th, 2014

Paul Turano set out to make a personal, nonfiction film about urban green spaces  – but the project wandered into a new realm. The resulting work, Wander, Wonder, Wilderness, is a multi-faceted, participatory documentary project. Fresh off screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston, the artist has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the ongoing work.

We asked him about WWW, the possible tension between authorship and participation, and the urban wilds of his life as a film & video artist.

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Can you talk about the trajectory of Wander, Wonder, Wilderness – its origins, its development, and where you hope to see it go?
This project is based on a community engagement approach, so in essence it’s a participatory artwork that crosses many disciplines and fields of interest. It connects with environmental concepts and concerns, natural history, philosophy, urban planning and human ecology. It uses technology to encourage creative expression and outdoor exploration – prompting people to visit green spaces in greater Boston and to really immerse themselves in these locations. The mobile app experience offers an opportunity to learn something interesting about these sites, and invites people to explore, contemplate, and consider our relationship to nature in an urban environment.

So much of my research has disclosed the hypothesis that nature-based experiences are a foundation for well-being and balance. Green space can act as an antidote to the challenges of urban living, it can cultivate our creativity and raise consciousness around our relationship to the environment. I see this project as an opportunity for a whole community to collectively test this hypothesis.

When I started this project I was really just considering making a personal essay film about my experiences in green spaces around the city. Early in the collecting process when I was shooting portraits of green spaces and urban wilds, around 2011, I was at Walden Pond and visited the cabin site where Thoreau lived while he wrote Walden. I found this rock pile full of smooth round pudding stones and noticed that people had inscribed Thoreau-inspired sentiments on these rocks, leaving them for other visitors to find and perhaps consider contributing their own. I was struck by the idea that technology would now allow us to do this virtually. We could chronicle our experiences and inspirations in green spaces for others to “find” using our phones as field recorders and creative journals. From this realization flowed the idea that this could be an interactive documentary project – where audiences contribute content for the ultimate artwork. The film is merely my experience, and I hope it can be a reference point and inspiration for others to document their own experiences with image, text and sound.

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The backbone of the user experience is in the bi-weekly prompts that the app provides. They ask participants to visit a green space nearby, or one that the prompt is specifically written for. Once there, people are asked to put their smart phones away – do something creative, contemplative, educational, profound or pleasurable, either alone or collaboratively in the green space – then take out their devices to use as interpretive and creative tools, to document the experience they just had. We are hoping that this approach encourages them to really immerse themselves in their immediate environment, but also consider the role technology plays in their lives and ways in which it can be used creatively and as an empowering form of expression.

We know that smart technology can be intensely distracting, even addicting, and has dramatically altered our everyday lives. I am interested in asking participants to consider our relationship to technology, to try using it as a positive and nurturing tool. If we integrate more nature-based experiences into our weekly routines and document those experiences over multiple seasons, what are the cumulative effects? I think regular use of the app may change our behavior patterns and hence our thinking.

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Is there any tension between your artistic “control” (for lack of a better term) of the project and its collaborative aspects? If so, how have you dealt with this tension?
There is a tension here for sure around control on so many levels. Between artist and audience, hypothesis and results, technology and nature, between individual and community. But out of this tension, really interesting things can transpire. I am trying to embrace this aspect of the project by thinking of it as a participatory experiment – we are collecting data from our field work to see what can result. On a creative level I am typically a solo creator (as well as an OCD control freak), so I guess I am operating way outside my comfort zone, and taking a leap of faith in the potential of collaboration. I am learning so much from this process. Urban living forces people to consider their relationship to each other, and effective problem solving often depends on collective voices and collaborative approaches. The Project Team I am working with is amazing! We all put our heads together and come up with solutions that are much better then anything I could come up with on my own. For this project the “team” idea expands to include the community of participants and I’m interested in seeing what we can do with the sum of our parts.

Why are you choosing to crowdfund the project?
Deep down I feel it is both a worthy project and a worthy cause, and offers something unique to the contributors. Given the participatory nature of the work it seems to make sense to run a crowdfunding campaign, as it fits with the crowdsourced nature of the interactive content generation concept. I am hoping that people who would be interested in becoming part of Wander, Wonder, Wilderness would look at the opportunity to donate as providing a positive return on their contribution. They join a community that is grappling with the role and relevance nature plays in our urban lives. Right now the project is being developed for greater Boston, but it could be a model for other cities and easily be adapted to their green spaces. There could be a Wander, Wonder, Wilderness San Francisco, Houston, Detroit, Atlanta!

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What artist do you most admire but work nothing like?
Olafur Eliasson

What’s the most surprising response to your art you’ve ever received?
“Can you make money off of this?”

If forced to choose, would you be a magic marker, a crayon, or a #2 pencil?
#2 Pencil, as I want to be able to hit undo.

How do you know when your work is done?
For 16mm filmmaking it is when you get the final corrected print – there is nothing you can do to change anything because it is analog. For digital, you could just keep going back in and tweaking stuff, it drives me nuts.

What do you listen to while you create?
Hmm, I can tell you what I try not listen to – my inner (negative) voice saying “this makes absolutely no sense, why are you still doing this?”

What films have influenced you as an artist?
The late Harun Furocki’s essay films, Kitlat Tahimik’s Perfumed Nightmare, Agnes Varda’s more recent personal docs, The Planet of the Apes (the first one) and The World According to Garp.

What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Nature Principle by Richard Louv about adults and Nature Deficit Disorder – and See a Little Light by Bob Mould, former front man for Husker Du.

Have you ever revised your work on the spot, during a shoot (intentionally, I mean)?
I don’t think there has ever been a time when I made a pre-conceived plan for what I was going to shoot, and then got to the place and followed through with it.

How many revisions does your work typically go through?
So, so many that I’ve stopped counting.

What’s next?
I want to take my two-year-old twins to the Arnold Arboretum, sit down on Peter’s Hill for sunrise.

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The Kickstarter campaign for Wander, Wonder, Wilderness runs through Fri, Oct 24 2014.

Paul Turano is an award winning visual artist whose work in film and video has been presented throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Based in Boston, he has presented his work at the Harvard Film Archive, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and The Museum of Fine Arts. His films have also been screened in over 50 national and international film festivals.

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Free Workshops for Artists – Apply by Oct. 15

September 26th, 2014

Our friends at Assets for Artists are offering a series of professional development workshops in the upcoming weeks. They’re free, but space is limited. Apply by October 15.


All creative entrepreneurs – in all disciplines and financial circumstance – based in Massachusetts are welcome to apply. (In your application, you will specify which of the trainings you are interested in attending.) Space is limited. We will select participants based on readiness and motivation to take full advantage of the training. All trainings will also include follow-up 1-on-1 phone consultations with Assets for Artists staff to further assist in putting the workshop content into practice.

Deadline for application: 5pm on Wednesday, October 15
Download a fillable PDF version of the application here.

Workshop Schedule:

  • November 12 (Wednesday), 1-6pm: Find Your Message: Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists (Boston, MA), with Jessica Burko
  • November 13 (Thursday), 1-6pm: Being Yourself: Marketing 101 for Artists (Lowell, MA), with Sarah Guerette
  • December 3 (Wednesday), 1-6pm: The Nuts and Bolts of Being a Performing Artist (Boston, MA), with Seth Lepore
  • December 6 (Saturday), 1-6pm: Get Press Ready: PR for Artists (Easthampton, MA), with Sarah Platanitis

Find more information and bios of each workshop leader.

Image: Kait Brink (a recent Assets for Artists grantee), RELAXED FIT (2012), watercolor on paper, 14×18.5 in.

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Artist Opportunities By the Powers of Shakespeare

September 23rd, 2014

By the powers of Shakespeare, I defy ye all…
… to apply apace for yon artists opportunities!

Of Note Assets for Artists recently published a great list of upcoming deadlines for artist opportunities. Click and prosper.

Art Projects in Melrose The Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts (MMFA) is currently accepting grant proposals from artists interested in bringing their work to the City of Melrose. The MMFA provides limited funds to arts organizations and individual artists to provide broad-based arts experiences to the citizens of the City of Melrose. Qualifying artists, projects or presenters need not be from Melrose, although the product or presentation must occur in Melrose for the benefit of the Melrose community. Questions, email Learn more.
Deadline: rolling

Ten-minute Plays City Theatre in Miami is accepting submissions of short plays (ten minutes) for its City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. The winning play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival, and the winning playwright will earn royalties, a cash prize of $1,000 and be invited to Miami for the festival. Submit one play only; plays can span style and genre. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2014

Fellowships Fellowships of up to $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to artists in a variety of disciplines to allow them to pursue their creative projects. The fellowship period lasts from September through May. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2014

New Music Projects New Music USA is funding projects that involve “new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording.” Requests can come from individuals or organizations. To apply, create a user profile and a project page on the New Music USA Web site. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2014 (5 PM EST)

Historical Creative Writing Fellowships The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA will award at least three fellowships to creative and performing artists and writers to explore pre-20th century American history at the organization’s independent research library. The fellowships will provide monthlong residencies, which include $1,850 and optional housing (housing fee deducted from stipend), to “multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people.” Fellowship projects include historical novels, nonfiction, plays, poetry, documentary film, screenplays, articles, costume and set designs, sculpture, painting, and other creative endeavors with a basis in history.
Learn more.
Deadline: October 5, 2014

Public Media Art The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Boston Cyberarts are issuing the twelfth call for media art for display on the Marquee. The organizations are looking for 45-second videos, animations, or computer-generated works that push the creative limits of this LED sculpture. The call is limited to Massachusetts residents only. Learn more.
Deadline: Sunday, October 12, 2014 (midnight)

New England Artists New England artists who has not had a solo show in a commercial gallery are encouraged to apply to the Bromfield Gallery Solo 2015 Competition. This contest awards two artists a solo exhibition each in January, 2015, at Bromfield Gallery in Boston. Apply online, all media, with up to 5 jpgs ($30 fee). Juror: Judith Tolnick Champa, editor-ar-large, Art New England. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2014

Boston-area Visual Artists Reminder to Boston-area artists: apply for the Artadia award. Artadia is now accepting applications for the 2014 Boston Artadia Award from all visual artists living and working throughout the metro Boston area. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be selected through a two-tiered jury process that employs a panel of prominent curators and established artists in the fall of 2014. Learn more.
Deadline: October 24, 2014

Poets The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 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. Peter Stitt is the final judge. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Northeast Artists The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) seeks submissions for Open Call: NNE (North-Northeast), a juried exhibition open to artists in the six New England states and New York. Open Call: NNE will showcase dozens of artists with 1-4 works each. The exhibition dates are January 10–February 7, 2015. The juror is Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. ENTRY FEE: $30 ($20 for BMAC members). Learn more.
Deadline: November 14, 2014

Creative Repurposing PIPELINE Ideas Competition is offering a $1,000 prize. Artists are encouraged to submit creative ideas to re-use massive cast iron water pump components for functional items like seating, bike racks, way-finding and signage, or sculpture in Medfield. Questions, email Learn more.
Deadline: November 21, 2014 (5 PM EST)

Image: “The hostile press and the consequences of crim. con., or, Shakspeare in danger” by Robert Cruikshank. Image from Folger Shakespeare Library, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Learn more about Folger Shakespeare Library images in the public domain.

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Readings by State-Awarded Writers and Poets

September 22nd, 2014

We are honored to announce the 2014 Commonwealth Reading Series, a series of reading events featuring Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows/Finalists in the literary arts.

The readings will take place this October and November 2014 in venues throughout the Commonwealth, and they’ll feature awardees from our recent grants in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction and Poetry.

Massachusetts has a long, storied (so to speak) history of great literary artists living and working here, and many of them have been honored by our fellowships over the years. In fact, the first Artist Fellowships in Massachusetts were awarded in 1975, putting us on the cusp of 40 years of fellowships to artists. In honor of that milestone, select events in this series will include special guests from the program’s history.

All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7 PM, Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02138
Susan Bernhard
William Giraldi
Tanya Larkin
Danielle Legros Georges
Thomas H. McNeely
Karen Skolfield

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7 PM, Jones Library, Co-sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum
43 Amity Street, Amherst MA 01002
Sari Boren
Steven Cramer
Joseph Spece
Special guest: Sabina Murray

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7 PM, Back Pages Books
289 Moody Street, Waltham MA 02453, Event RSVP (optional)
Carol Berg
Steven Edwards
Anna V.Q. Ross
Stephen Tapscott
Linda K. Wertheimer

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7 PM, New Art Center, in conjunction with MCC Painting Fellows/Finalists Exhibition
61 Washington Park, Newtonville MA 02460
Denise Bergman
Joseph Fazio
Kate Leary
Mehdi Okasi
Emily Ross

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 PM, Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Co-sponsored by the Gloucester Writers Center
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA 01930
David Daniel
Ann McArdle
Marsha Pomerantz
Special guest: Laura Harrington

Reader bios.

Questions? Contact MCC’s Artist Department.

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New Art Center’s MCC Artist Fellows and Finalists Painting Exhibition

September 17th, 2014

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and The New Art Center (NAC) will present the MCC Artist Fellows and Finalists in Painting, October 28-November 15, 2014 at the NAC, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA. The exhibition will showcase the MCC’s Artist Fellowships 2014 awardees – a selection of some of the Commonwealth’s most talented painters. 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.

The exhibition features 15 artists: Linda Mieko Allen (North Adams), Sonia Almeida (Arlington), Candice Smith Corby (Plymouth), Sean Downey (Jamaica Plain), Frank Egloff (Jamaica Plain), Sean Greene (Florence), Timothy Kadish (Brookline), Steve Locke (Boston), Mary Lum (North Adams), Vanessa Michalak (Jamaica Plain), Robert Oppenheim (Boston), Samuel Rowlett (Easthampton), Benjamin Sloat (Allston), Azadeh Tajpour (Cambridge) and Bill Thompson (Jamaica Plain). These distinguished painters were selected from a pool of 591 applicants. The jurors included Nina Chanel Abney (Artist), Randi Hopkins (Associate Director of Visual Arts, Boston Center for the Arts), Sarah Kurz (Artist), and Lexi Lee Sullivan (Assistant Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum).

MCC Artist Fellows and Finalists in Painting
October 28-November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, November 7, 6-8:30 pm
New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday 1 – 5pm. The exhibition is free, open to the public.

Gallery images: paintings by Vanessa Michalak; Timothy Kadish; Sean Greene; and Samuel Rowlett.

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Accelerating Artist Opportunities

September 16th, 2014

Life’s not a race but hurry anyway and apply to these!

Of Note FLUX.Boston just published a spiffy list of current calls-to-artists. Check it out!

Call to Artists Entries are now being accepted for the Mass Audubon Moose Hill Gallery’s exhibit Leaves: Color, Cadence, & Texture (Oct 23-Jan 12). Artists are invited to submit up to five pieces, provide one (8″x10″) color print for each entry for judging purposes only. 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. Provide a stamped return envelope to fit your artwork if you would like it returned. Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA 02067. Question, contact
Deadline: September 29, 2014

Call for Exhibition Proposals The South Shore Art Center seeks exhibition proposals for its Bancroft Gallery. Group or themed shows preferred. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2014

Artist Residency The Millay Colony is currently accepting applications from visual artists, writers and composers for their residency program. The Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month or two-week residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. Residents artists get private rooms, studios and all meals during their stay at our pastoral campus. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2014

Project Support Proposals Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced the launch of an open call for proposals for artists whose work intersects with activism. Up to $100,000 in project support and up to $10,000 in travel and research grants will be provided to artists and collectives working to address pressing challenges facing societies in the U.S. and beyond. Learn more
Deadline: October 13, 2014

Call for Art The Prince Street Gallery is now accepting entries for a national jury exhibition (January 27–February 21, 2015), for artists working two-dimensionally. The juror is Robert Berlind. 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. Submit here.
Deadline: October 30, 2014

Call to Artists The Cambridge Art Association is now accepting entries to Platinum, their 2014-2015 juried biennial exhibition. This year’s juror is Alise Upitis, The MIT List Visual Art Center, Public Art Curator. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2014 (5:00pm)

Residency Fellowships for Writers The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is currently accepting applications for fiction and poetry Fellowships. Open to writers in the emerging stages of their careers. Fellows may be citizens of any country. The Work Center awards residency fellowships to five poets and fiction fiction writers a year. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

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Creative Space 9/15

September 16th, 2014

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

Here are the most recent as of September 15, 2014:


Artist Spaces for Rent in Former Bradford Public Library

Our building was the former Bradford Public Library, and was built in 1834. It’s in the heart of the historic district, and faces the town common. We’re also off of Route 495, and have convenient off-street parking. We have two spaces available in the building.

The first space is on the ground floor, and it looks like part of a historic tavern – massive ceiling beams, original doors and hinges, and whitewashed exposed brick. It is a very serene and quiet space that evokes the early 1800s. It is about 500 sq.ft. and we are asking $600 for it (excl. utilities). It would be ideal for an art gallery or artist workspace.
The second space is on the top floor, and it is a 3 room suite. Two smaller rooms, and a larger space. The ceilings are higher, and it has exposed framing beams on the wall. The wide-plank wood floors define the space. It is about 800 sq.ft. and we’re asking $800 for this space (excl. utilities).
Contact: Constantine Valhouli


Studio Share in JP

Beautiful 3rd floor studio in Jamaica Plain, with a large skylight, 5 windows and high ceilings. 450 sq ft are available in a 1000 sq ft studio with an extra room for shared storage. Parking available. Bathroom with sink down the hall. Located a very short distance from the Green St Station on the Orange Line. I am an oil painter and would like to share the space with a quiet and responsible artist. The rent is $450 plus utilities. Available 11/1/2014. Contact Elizabeth at:


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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Sarah Meyers Brent: Living Paint

September 10th, 2014


The paint in Sarah Meyers Brent‘s solo exhibition, currently at the Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst, appears to be alive. But is it dying? Growing – or decomposing? It overflows canvases and droops from walls like verdant life, but also shrivels and darkens with a suggestion of decay. The exhibition, Living Paint, includes the artist’s fascinating explorations of paint and mixed media that recently brought her a Walter Feldman Fellowship from the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston.

We asked Sarah about the exhibition, her process, and what’s next in her painting life.


What’s the process behind your Living Paint pieces?
I like my work to be constantly evolving and influenced by chance. For some of the more sculptural pieces like “Ode to Pregnancy” and “Spewing Plant,” I sketched out and constructed the large shapes. The color, and materials on the piece changed a lot, but the overall forms remained similar at the end. The original fabrics of “Ode to Pregnancy” were green, pink, and white, and I ended up paintings the whole thing yellow.

In most of the other works, I started with an initial idea, but the richness of the collage materials and the fluid nature of the paint, allowed the composition to change quite dramatically.

So how much of your installation at Hampden Gallery was improvised?
The final installation has the same feeling as the initial sketch, but looks quite different. It felt like an ever-changing process, but the constraints of the archway, and my concept of matter oozing and growing down the top, kept some similarities going.

The colors and shapes of the reused materials from my studio helped to shape the piece. I wanted to find a balance between hiding and showing the initial material: how natural vs. synthetic I wanted the piece to be. So, I kept covering it up and adding more materials.

The moments when I departed from the initial concept and ripped things down from the wall, ended up helping the piece the most. The overall tone of installation also varies from my initial sketch, having gone from all light to dark.


If forced to choose, would you be a magic marker, a crayon, or a #2 pencil?
A crayon

Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall?

What are you currently reading?
“Trucks” and “The Wheels on the Bus.” Again and again.

What’s next?
I have an exhibit in April at the Arts and Business Council in the Midway Studios building as part of the inaugural Walter Feldman Fellowship Program. I am thinking about how to adapt some of my installations to their space.


Living Paint by Sarah Meyers Brent is on exhibit at Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst through 9/30.

Sarah Meyers Brent ( maintains a studio practice at Joy Street Studios in Somerville. Her paintings have exhibited at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Danforth Art, Distillery Gallery, and TEDx Somerville, among others. Sarah was twice awarded residencies at The Vermont Studio Center where she received an Artist Resource Trust Grant and was a “25 at 25 Fellow.” Her paintings are part of the Liquitex Corporate Collection.

Images: paintings by Sarah Meyers Brent, LIVING PAINT INSTALLATION (2014), Acrylic, Foam, Fabric, Plants, and Mixed Media; MOMMY LOVES ME (2014), Paint Rags and Mixed Media on Canvas, 36×48 in; LIVING PAINT INSTALLATION detail; ODE TO PREGNANCY (2014), Acrylic and Cloth on Panel and Wall, 39×76 in.

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Artist Opportunities Headliners

September 10th, 2014

Dewey Defeats Truman

The votes are in: Artist Opportunities for President.

Call for Art The Dedham Square Artist Guild is currently accepting entries for their upcoming exhibition Word. Open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. Learn more
Deadline: September 19, 2014

Artist Fellowships Applications are now being accepted for Guggenheim Fellowships, for advanced professionals in all fields, including the creative arts (in the field of performing arts, artists must perform their own original material to be eligible), to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. Grants are to individuals only (but are not available to students) and have been averaging $43,200. Learn more.
Deadline: September 19, 2014

Short Fiction Collections The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction written originally in English by a single or collaborative author. Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals, but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form. Entries may include short shorts, short fiction, and/or up to one novella. Prize of $1000 and publication by Moon City Press. Manuscripts should fall between 30,000 and 65,000 words. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2014

Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library is currently accepting proposals for monthly exhibits of 2-dimensional, original work by regional artists for July–December 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: October 24, 2014

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the Photography Center of Cape Cod’s next online photography contest, Reflections, with $475 worth of available prizes. The best submissions will be featured in an online image gallery with cash prizes available for first, second and two honorable mentions. Any interpretation will be considered. Learn more
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Female-Identified Filmmakers Women Action Media’s Boston Film Festival (WAM)Boston is seeking submissions in all genres for a film festival centered on films by and about women. All subjects are welcome — drama, comedy, documentary, experimental, short and feature length alike. The film must be directed and/or produced by a female-identified filmmaker. Learn more.
Deadline: November 7, 2014

Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art Applications are now being accepted from A Blade of Grass for one-year fellowship for individual artists and collectives. Fellowships pair project support of $20,000 with strategic support, assessment tools, video documentation, and other tailored resources for socially engaged artists. Learn more.
Deadline: November 24, 2014

Portraits The National Portrait Gallery has issued a call for entries for The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016. The work entered should be understood as a portrait in the broadest sense. It may be a traditional, representational work or it may be a more experimental or conceptual portrait, but it must be based on the artist’s direct contact with any living individual(s). Self-portraits will be accepted. Entries will be accepted in all visual arts media including but not restricted to: painting, drawing and watercolor, sculpture, weaving, ceramics, photography, prints, video, film, performance, and digital or time-based media. Learn more.
Deadline: November 30, 2014

Artist Residency The Hawthornden Castle (Midlothian, Scotland) offers  1-month retreats for creative writers of all types. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Image credit: Photograph Harry Truman holding newspaper that reads Dewey Defeats Truman from the Library of Congress.

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