Artist Opportunities Turkey Trot

November 25th, 2015


With her feathered friend guiding the way, an ArtSake staff chooses the path less traveled!

Of Note An Artist-in-Business training will be held on Saturday, January 9 – Sunday, January 10, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at Greenfield Community College. This training is a project of the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative in partnership with Greenfield Community College. Learn more to register.

Filmmakers Entries are being accepted for the Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 (April 27–May 4, 2016). They are considering both feature-length and short subject in narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental. Learn more.
Deadline: November 30, 2015

Poetry Entries are now being accepted for the Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition which includes a prize of $500, a week-long residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts. Submit a poetry manuscript of up to 21 pages. Learn more.
Deadline December 16, 2015

Short Plays The Florida Studio Theatre is seeking compelling short plays and sketches for inclusion in their annual New Play Festival during the spring. These scripts will be reviewed and used to develop long-term relationships with new writers for future programming. Learn more.
Deadline: December 16, 2015

Short Fiction Lascaux Review Prize in Short Fiction — A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story of up to 10,000 words. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2015

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Hoofing for Artist Opportunities

November 17th, 2015


Grants for Artists With Financial Need The Pollack Krasner Foundation is accepting applications from visual artists (painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers) with genuine financial needs. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time, with the size of the grant to be determined by the artist’s individual circumstances and professional exhibition history. Artists applying for a grant must be actively exhibiting their current work in a professional artistic venue such as a gallery or museum space. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Of Note Getting By in Boston in conjunction Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism will host a free, public forum for artists and creative professionals of all disciplines to discuss the crisis in creative industries: expenses are only rising, but making a living is increasingly difficult. Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7-9 PM, at the Community Church of Boston. Learn more.

Flux Factory Residency Flux Factory in Queens, NY, is currently accepting applications for residencies from visual artists, builders, curators, community organizers, chefs, activists, musicians, writers. They offer professional development opportunities, including one-on-one studio visits, group field trips, and monthly salons. Includes 14 studios, a gallery, silkscreen studio, woodshop, co-working office, communal kitchen, library, and rooftop garden.  Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015 (midnight)

Artist Residency The MAM16 is a 3 week residency program in Marrakech, Morocco which will occur during the Marrakech Biennale 2016 from 21 March – 10 April 2016. It will be an intercultural exchange for interdisciplinary performance and live art. All work presentation will be site specific. The theme for MAM16 is VISION TRACESLearn more.
Deadline: November 20, 2015

Playwrights Residency The Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio is accepting applications from emerging and established playwrights for residencies to develop new work. SRT’s New Works Studio will be a group of up to five playwrights that meet twice a month to read and critique plays in progress. Over the course of nine months, writers will be offered peer review, as well as feedback from a dramaturg and other invited theatre artists, with the goal of completing a production-ready draft of their play by the end of the development period. NWS Playwrights will have an opportunity to present their completed drafts to theatre professionals in the San Diego area, as well as to general audiences, at the culmination of the residency in an as-yet-to-be-named festival reading. Learn more.
Deadline: November 30, 2015

Call for Art Creative Living Works in Somerville, MA, is currently accepting entries for a juried exhibition with cash awards to be hosted at the Washington St. Gallery. Works should challenge the traditional boundaries of art making and involve multiple mediums. Applicants are invited to submit work that crosses one or more creative disciplines. Unique and experimental art is encouraged. The collaboration of creative fields may be in the subject matter, the medium or a combination of both. Learn more.
Deadline: December 15, 2015

Artist Residency The MacDowell Colony in provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. Accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

LGBTQ Themed Plays  The Rainbow Theatre Project in Washington, D.C, seeks full length submissions which deal directly or obliquely with the LGBTQ experience. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Artist Residency The Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week artists residency to four artists each summer. The residency supports a diverse group of artists, providing time and space for established and emerging artists to develop their work. However, the Art Department specifically aims to award a residency to one individual from each of the four categories: ceramics, photography, printmaking and social justice. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2016

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Know Thyself Artist Opportunities

November 10th, 2015


The first artist selfie by Caterina van Hemessen.

Two Calls from Big Red and Shiny The Editors of the web-based art journal Big Red and Shiny have issued two calls. 1. The journal is seeking previously unpublished submissions from writers, academics, artists, historians, critics, and theorists to create course syllabi for an upcoming series focused on the practice of teaching art. Potential topics include: the pragmatics of being a practicing artist while teaching art; the pedagogical approaches needed for teaching time-¬based or new media work; teaching art in multiple institutional settings; and the experience of being a teaching assistant. Learn more. 2. The journal is seeking previously unpublished, long-form essays, averaging 3000-5000 words, by writers who investigate how art can function. Parallel to these essays is an interest in fostering author-artist collaborations that combine original texts with multimedia contributions (video, audio, photography, animation). Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing for both calls

Staff-Artist Program The Vermont Studio Center’s Staff-Artist Program presents  emerging artists & writers with a unique opportunity to live and work at VSC for one year, engaging fully with the resident community and Visiting Artists and Writers in order to gain professional expertise, build creative community, and emerge with a strong direction in their artistic careers. Learn more.
Deadline: November 14, 2015

Women Poets Entries are now being accepted for the Perugia Press Poetry Prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press. The prize is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015

Early-Career Poets The Yale University Press is accepting entries for their Yale Series of Younger Poets award,  given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl Phillips will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015

Performative Works Proposals Local, national and international artists are invited to submit proposals for performative works to be presented as part of the M:ST 8 Festival in October 2016. They encourage the submission of innovative performances, exhibitions, media, audio and site-specific works, public interventions, workshops, lectures and panel discussion based proposals. Learn more.
Deadline: November 30, 2015 (4:30PM)

Call for Artists ALRI/The VETS Gallery in Providence, RI, is currently accepting entries for their open juried regional theme exhibition, OPPOSITES.
The juror is Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, RISD, Top Award: $1,000. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2015

Call for Artists The Newton Free Library is seeking proposals of two-dimensional, original work by local artists for July-December 2016 shows. Learn more.
Deadline: December 11, 2015 (12 noon)

Public Art The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston has announced a request for proposals from artists to create engaging public art around the 2016 Chinese Zodiac, Year of the Monkey, as part of an ongoing series in Chinatown Park in downtown Boston. Project budget for this installation is $18,000, and is inclusive of all costs of installation/de-installation, permits, site restoration, and transportation. The selected artist will receive a $4,000 stipend in addition to the project budget. Learn more.
Deadline: December 14, 2015

Of Note: ArtSake’s Creative Space Classifieds lets you find or list creative live/work or work space in Massachusetts. In addition to these classifieds, be sure to check out the creative spaces that are also listed on and

Image credit: Self-portrait painting by Caterina van Hemessen 1528-c.1527. In public domain.

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Why Work Collectively?

November 5th, 2015

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

Artists are often encouraged to collaborate, but there’s a tension inherent in this advice. How to find the shared good for the individual’s vision and the group’s? We asked artists in different disciplines, Why work collectively?

AgX is a new collective supporting artists in photochemical film

Brittany Gravely, filmmaker, member of the new AgX film collective
No matter how independently you operate, film usually depends upon a chain of wizards, even if they aren’t always collaborating right next to you (lab techs, projectionists, audiences). Filmmaking can also involve a lot of tedium or waiting; add the company of others, and you can transform these voids completely! But basically, it’s just hard to do everything yourself. In the case of our burgeoning film collective, AgX, we are harnessing all these creative energies scattered around the area (and beyond). We can experiment and play and all our varied technical and conceptual powers can feed off of each other. Plus it’s really amazing to build something together with people who are passionate about the crazy thing you are attempting to build.

Nowadays, when photochemical filmmaking approaches its supposed “twilight” — which incidentally in filmmaking is considered the “magic hour” — teaming up with fellow artists is vital. As the costs rise for a medium which has rapidly moved from consumer to niche, collective people power poses some kind of market force and, at any rate, enables bulk purchasing of film and chemistry. With a craft considered eccentric or obsolete, it is so reassuring to know that there are other eccentrics out there engaging in these strange practices.

Jess Foster, playwright, member of Boston Public Works
Boston Public Works has given me a chance to stage my play Hard and Fast: a love story, a story with content that kept it from being produced. As playwrights in BPW, we were asked to pick our most challenging work that didn’t fit into theaters’ everyday Season Planning conversations. I Hard and Fast: a love story by Jess Fostersaw it as a call to present work that was daring, experimental and immediate. Plays are often a response to something happening in the world and it can take years of workshop processes before they’re presented to audiences, making them less of a call to action and more of a museum piece. Boston Public Works is a way we playwrights can get our work, and the works of the other playwrights in the group, from the page to the stage with fewer steps, taking control of our own process and compiling our own team of collaborators. My hope is that bringing seven fresh plays to Boston that the city wouldn’t have otherwise seen will inspire other playwrights to try out the self-producing model in order to keep pushing artistic boundaries.

January Gill O’Neil, poet, Executive Director of the Mass Poetry Festival
I’ve always thought poets and entrepreneurs share a common bond: we are self starters, work long hours, usually work alone, and have a singular vision that we will see through to the end. The difference? Our capital is creative. Our success comes in the creation of the poem, with no guarantee of reaching a wide audience. So any opportunity to come together and share our work benefits the art as a whole.

While we write in our own separate spaces, we become better writers when we collaborate. Mass Poetry is a grand experiment in collaboration as we promote and celebrate poets in all stages of their careers. We share stories, we experiment, we commiserate, and, most important, we connect with our tribe. The poets I turn to in my own writing life challenge me to go deeper and never settle. They are passionate, open-minded, and know how to harness a constant flow of ideas. What’s more entrepreneurial than that?

Poet signatures from the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival


Jess Foster is a playwright, librettist, dramaturg, and teacher with work being presented across the country in New York, Providence, Boston, Washington DC, Albuquerque and Iowa, where she earned her MFA from the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop. Jess is an affiliated artist of Sleeping Weasel and a member of the playwrights’ collaborative Boston Public Works. Her play Hard and Fast: a love story will be produced at The Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts November 20-December 5, 2015.

Brittany Gravely works in film, sound, video, installation, and many media of the second dimension. Her work has screened at the New York Film Festival, Images Festival, MFA Boston, ICABoston’s T.I.E. Cinema Exposition, the Black Maria Festival, and many others. She is Publicist at the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge and a member of the new film collective AgX.
AgX has a special multi-format film screening and party on November 7 (during Waltham Mills Open Studios), 6:30-9 PM, to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $10,000 for its lab, equipment, and work.

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands, which was selected for the 2015 Mass Book Award in poetry, and Underlife, both published by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. Recently, she was elected to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs‘ (AWP) board of trustees. On December 7, 7 PM, Huntington Theatre will host Mass Poetry’s An Evening of Inspired Leaders. This benefit program will feature Massachusetts community and business leaders reading a poem that has inspired them in their personal and professional lives.

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Artist Opportunities Bonus Spin

November 3rd, 2015

Pretium iustum est*

Call for Small Works Western, MA Entries are being accepted for the 5th Annual Small Works Show at Hope and Feathers Framing and Gallery in Amherst, MA. Learn more.
Deadline: November 13, 2015

Artist’s Book Residency Grant The Women’s Studio Workshop’s Artist’s Book Grant is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to produce a limited edition book work. Artists print and bind their own books, and are encouraged to create an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50. The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015 (postmark)

Curator Residency A one-month residency, to take place in March 2016 in New York City, for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. Co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited, the curatorial residency seeks to encourage the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015

New Media Entries are now being accepted for Currents 2016: 7th Santa Fe International New Media Festival. Includes New Media Installations, Outdoor New Media Installations and Architectural Mapping, Single Channel Video and Animation, Multimedia Performance, Fulldome, Experimental or Interactive Documentary, Web-Art/Art-Gaming/Mobile Device Apps, Oculus Rift, Robotics, 3D Printing and Interactive Installations for Children. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2015

Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art Applications are now being accepted for the ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art. Provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. Learn more.
Deadline for Letters of Interest: November 20, 2015

Women Playwrights Over 50 The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY, is seeking plays by women over 50. The ell will be the first artistic organization completely devoted to recognizing new artists who developed their artistic voices after 50. The purpose is to recognize unproduced plays written by women, 50 and over. The playwright chosen will receive a $500 in royalties and a full production of their chosen play. The chosen play will be performed in a state-of-the-art 99 seat theater in Troy with a local cast and crew. Learn more.
Deadline: November 21, 2015

Music, Photography, Theater Grants The Puffin Foundation Grant applications are now being accepted for up to $2,500 in grant moneys for artists in the fields of music, photography, and theater. To receive an application packet, send a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) between September 1st and December 6th, 2015 to the address below. They do not provide applications via email or via download. Puffin Foundation Ltd., Application Request, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111. Learn more.
Deadline: December 30, 2015

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition On the Body, at Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA. Consider the figure draped, decorated, sculpted…from couture to tattoos to anatomy. Capture form in motion, among natural or constructed surroundings, or in relation to others. The body is our ultimate tool for experience, connection and expression. Selected by: Ruth Erickson (Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston). Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. All media accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: January 3, 2016 (11:59PM)

Visual artists, Writers, Composers, Interdisciplinary Artists Residencies The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska offers up to sixty juried residencies per year to working visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Image credit: Bonus Spin by Bill Domonkos, 2014.

*Latin for “The price is right”

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Fellows Notes – Nov 15

October 30th, 2015

This month, while the sunshine ebbs, the news from past awardees of MCC’s Artist Fellowships shines ever shinier.

Naoe Suzuki, LOVE, SUNSHINE, mixed media on laser cut paper

Liza Bingham and Zehra Khan are among the artists in Lost Cat: Art in the Age of Social Media, at Cape Code Museum of Art (11/24-1/17, events 12/5).

In October, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announced that 11 artists were selected for the City of Boston’s first artist-in-residence program, Boston AIR, including Peter DiMuro (MCC Choreography Fellow ’90), Georgie Friedman, Caleb Neelon, and Liz Nofziger.

Rebecca Doughty and Zehra Khan join Phillip Knoll for Animal/Animist at Room 83 Spring Gallery, in Watertown, MA, (11/5-12/20, reception 11/7, 5-7 PM).

Congratulations to the ten artists named as 2015 Brother Thomas Fellows, including past MCC awardees Raúl Gonzalez III, Masako Kamiya, Balla Kouyaté, and Danielle Legros Georges. The Fellows receive unrestricted grants of $15,000 through a fund established at the Boston Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist.

Warren Mather and Janice Redman join Janice Jakielski in the show Not Really Practical at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College (11/9-12/14, reception 11/12, 5-7 PM).


Elizabeth Alexander has a solo show at Flanders Gallery in Raliegh, NC, A Changeable and Unpredictable Nature: Elizabeth Alexander, 11/6-12/8.

Stacey Alickman has a solo show, Humpty Dumpty II, at Kingston Gallery (thru 11/29, opening reception 11/6, 5:30-7:30 PM).

Alexandra Anthony recently had the U.K. Premiere of her film Lost in the Bewilderness which won the Odysseus Award for Best Creative Documentary at the London Greek Film Festival. The film garnered a positive Boston Globe review when it screened in the Arlington International Film Festival in October, and it will screen at the Wellesley College Davis Museum (Collins Cinema) 11/5, 6 PM, q&a with filmmaker to follow.

Domingo Barreres has a solo show at the Brookline Arts Center, Domingo Barreres: Myth, Reality And The Illusive Glimmer Of Recognition (thru 11/20).

Congratulations to Alice Bouvrie, whose documentary film A Chance to Dress won Best Documentary Short at the Arlington International Film Festival in October.

Laura Chasman has two portraits in the exhibition Director’s Favorites: 1999- 2015 at the New Britain Museum of American Art in CT (thru 1/3).

Candice Smith Corby has a solo show, Forever and Forever and Forever, Is a Long Time at Miller Yezerski Gallery (11/20-12/22, reception 12/4, 5-8 PM).

Patrick Donnelly has his inaugural reading as Poet Laureate of Northampton on 11/1, 4 PM, at the Smith College Neilson Library. He was Mass Poetry’s Poet in the Spotlight for October.

Vico Fabbris will teach Watercolor and Inventive Thinking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a five-week course (11/2-11/30).

Patrick Gabridge has the world premiere of his play Lab Rats at Boston’s Atlantic Wharf (11/6-11/15), in Salisbury, MD (11/19), and in Ocean City, MD (11/20-11/23).

John Gianvito‘s film WAKE (Subic) premiered at the Viennale in Oct/Nov.

Raúl Gonzalez III, along with winning at Brother Thomas Fellowship (see above), will have a solo show, Regalo, at the Boston University Annex Gallery (thru 12/13).

Eric Gottesman will celebrate the US launch of his new photography book Sudden Flowers at Foto DC, 11/8, 5 PM.

Deborah Henson-Conant, whose musical compositions are woven into several of the MCC’s 40 Years of Fellowships videos, wrote a great blog post about the impact of her two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships, in the ’80s.

Congratulations to Elizabeth James-Perry, who won an inaugural Rebecca Blunk Fund award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The awards are grants of $2,500 each in unrestricted support to support the creation of new work and for professional development. The fund is in honor of the legacy of former NEFA executive director Rebecca Blunk, who passed away in 2014.

Ben Jolivet‘s play Cain and Abel had its world premiere at the Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence, RI.

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson joins Gary Whited for a reading at the Suffolk University Poetry Center (11/4, 7 PM).

Cristina Kotz Cornejo launches the inaugural Women in Motion Summit at Emerson College this month (11/9), a gathering of women in film/media to discuss experiences and effect change.

Kate Leary‘s story Holy Family will be published in the November 11 issue of Amazon Day One, a weekly literary journal for the Kindle. Day One features just one story and one poem by emerging writers per issue, plus author interviews. A week after the publication, the story will be available as a Kindle Single.

Rania Matar‘s photography book L’Enfant Femme is published this month. The book features an Introduction by Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, an essay by Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, and an afterword by Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This month, her work is exhibiting in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, London (11/12-2/21).

Anne Neely has an exhibition of 30 watercolors inspired by living on the coast of Maine, traveling to Ireland for an Artist Residency in County Kerry, and a trip to Japan, called Transforming Place. It’s at The Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School in North Andover (thru 12/18).

Lisa Olivieri‘s documentary Blindsided is an official selection for the Broken Knuckle Film Festival.

Dave Ortega‘s 24-page comic Dias de Consuelo Issue I is now available! The publication is the first in a series about the artist’s 100-year old abuela, Consuelo Herrera, beginning in the tumultuous years of the Mexican Revolution. The artist will be participating in Comics Arts Brooklyn (11/7) where he will have copies of the Dias de Consuelo, as well as limited copies of Poor Mexico, a new zine published by Bien Vestido Press.

Naoe Suzuki has a solo exhibition, In Solidarity, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Art Gallery (thru 11/25). A catalogue of Naoe’s work, Be Water, My Friend will be published this month. Earlier in the year, Naoe won a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, which enabled her to work on her project Water, is Taught by Thirst in Berlin and at Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks.

Joyce Van Dyke‘s play Daybreak (previously produced as departed/A Dream Play, is being produced at the Tufts University Balch Arena Theater (10/29-11/7), directed by Barbara Wallace Grossman (MCC board member!).

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

Image: Naoe Suzuki, LOVE, SUNSHINE, mixed media on laser cut paper.

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9th Annual Artists Under the Dome Event Nov. 4

October 29th, 2015

Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition logo A reminder that the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition invites all artists of the Commonwealth to attend the 9th Annual Artists Under The Dome event. The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., within the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Executive Director Anita Walker, will be one of the guest speakers talking about the myriad of issues directly related to artists in the Commonwealth.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions, there will be a brown bag lunch featuring a presentation by MCC’s Artist Department to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Massachusetts Artist Fellowships Program.

Learn more information and to register through State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s office.

Please Note that the evening event with the Future Boston Alliance and MALC on November 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for “The Artists Under the Dome Debrief: How to Claim a Seat at the Table” at the Dudley Cafe has been cancelled.

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Masquerading Artist Opportunities

October 27th, 2015


We mean business!

Of Note: TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference, February 25-27, 2016, at Boston University, is an international event that brings together artists, curators, scientists, gallery owners, funders, critics, artist-in-residency directors and those from other fields looking to work with artists. TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts offers options for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. Panelists will speak about their international residency programs, provide practical advice, discuss how art can play a vital role in social and political interventions and promote ways for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. Round Table discussions will give artists with similar interests the chance to meet, network and talk about their work; and portfolio reviews with the speakers, gallery owners and critics will supply additional venues for artists to showcase their work. Learn more.

Poetry Entries are now being accepted for the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award, a prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not published a book of poems in a standard edition. The winning book will also be distributed to 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. Carolyn Forché will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2015

Artist in Residence Program The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is accepting proposals for their Spring 2016 Artist in Residence Program which provides artists the opportunity to be in residence at the HBI at Brandeis University while working on a significant artistic project in the field of Jewish gender studies, and to produce an exhibit for the Kniznick Gallery at the Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University. Learn more.
Deadline Extended: November 19, 2015

Call for Art by Cape Cod Artists Bass River Press seeks cover art for On the Loose, a collection by Cotuit poet Judith Askew, set to be released early in 2016. Editor Angela Howes and Supervising Editor Lauren Wolk will review all submissions before sending a small group of finalists to Askew, who will select the winning artwork. The artist whose work is chosen for the cover will receive $200, will retain ownership of the original work, will grant copyright to Bass River Press/the Cultural Center of Cape Cod only for the purposes of the book cover and marketing related to its release and distribution. Learn more.  Questions, contact Editor Angela Howes at
December 1, 2015

Call to Artists The Trescott Street Gallery in Taunton invites artists to submit their work for their juried exhibition Portrait. All media are accepted. A panel of judges will select works to be shown and award $200 best in show and (2) $100 prizes. The three prize winners will also be awarded a 3 person show in 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: December 4, 2015

Cape Cod Artists Applications are now being accepted for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2016 Artist Cottages at Orleans Market Square. The cottages are located in the Village of Orleans, adjacent to the Farmer’s Market.Artists will be juried and first selections made January 15th based on applications received. Subsequent applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis following this date for any remaining spots for the 2016 season and will be filled based on need and availability. The Cottages will be open Wednesday-Sunday. 10AM – 5PM, and are available for weekly or monthly terms. Cottages are also available for Shoulder Season Weekends. We are seeking high quality work in all media. Work must be hand made or hand crafted, by a Cape-based artist. Learn more.
Deadline: December 15, 2015

Juried Exhibition SIPMA Contemporary has issued an open call to artists for the juried show I Eat Therefore I Am, exploring food, body image, need, nourishment, obsession, and compulsion, anything that pertains to the human condition in question. All media welcome in small format. Learn more.
Deadline: February 29, 2016, midnight

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Boston Supports Artists

October 26th, 2015

Sushi set featuring Tobin Bridge by Nicole Aquillano, 2015 Brother Thomas Fellow

Two recent announcements reflect a steadily growing landscape of support for artists in Boston.

Brother Thomas Fellowships
Congratulations to the ten artists named as 2015 Brother Thomas Fellows – a list that includes four past MCC awardees. The Brother Thomas Fellows receive unrestricted grants of $15,000 through a fund established at the Boston Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist.

The 2015 Brother Thomas Fellows

  • Nicole Aquillano, ceramics
  • Halsey Burgund (featured on ArtSake), sound art
  • Raúl Gonzalez III (Drawing & Printmaking Finalist ’12), visual art
  • Napoleon Jones-Henderson, visual art
  • Masako Kamiya (Painting Fellow ’06, ’10), painting
  • Balla Kouyaté (Traditional Arts Fellow ’10), traditional balafon
  • Danielle Legros Georges (Poetry Fellow ’14), poetry
  • Sandrine Schaefer, performance art
  • Michelle Seaton, literature
  • Jae Williams, film


Boston AIR
Last week, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announced that 11 artists (including four past MCC awardees) were selected for the City of Boston’s first artist-in-residence program, Boston AIR.

Funded in part by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Boston AIR will allow the artists to “expand their own civic and social practice, alongside a group of liaisons from city agencies, including: Public Works, Property and Construction Management, Parks and Recreation, Veterans’ Services, Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Education, Policy, Neighborhood Development, Women’s Advancement, Elderly Commission, and the Boston Police Department.” The artists will work City liasons to co-design proposals to work with a city department.

The 2015 Boston Artists in Residence

  • Peter DiMuro (MCC Choreography Fellow ’90), dance
  • Rashin Fahandej, film
  • Pat Falco (featured on ArtSake), visual art
  • L’Merchie Frazier, textiles
  • Georgie Friedman (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’13), video installation art
  • Shaw Pong Liu, performance art
  • Roberto Mighty, film
  • Caleb Neelon (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’07), murals
  • Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, photography
  • Liz Nofziger (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’05), mixed media
  • Juan Obando, time-based media

Image: Nicole Aquillano (2015 Brother Thomas Fellow), sushi set featuring Tobin Bridge.

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Lisa Nilsson: Spell-binding Art in Paper

October 23rd, 2015

Creating intricate works using a traditional paper technique called quilling, Lisa Nilsson doesn’t mind working slowly. But when her spell-binding art went viral, her career went through a swift transformation.

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Lisa’s work was recently featured in the MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres exhibit at the New Art Center in Newton.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception in 1975.

  • On MCC’s YouTube Channel, experience the stories of some of the amazing artists we’ve funded over the last 40 years.
  • If you’re a past Fellow or Finalist of the program, sign our Alumni Book to get back in touch and share your own story.
  • Contact us if you have ideas for the project.

Video Credits: images courtesy of Lisa Nilsson (Crafts Fellow ’15) and Pavel Zoubok Gallery; title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow ’13); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow ’99), “Sao Dao,” BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra; montage and closing music by Scott Wheeler (Music Composition Fellow ’05), “City of Shadows,” BMOP/sound ©2014, performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by Gil Rose; video footage from Lisa’s 2012 TEDMED talk courtesy of TEDMED.

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