How Do You Approach Art-making During Times of Emotional Distress?

December 6th, 2016

Recently, WBUR had a story about how events out of our control – such as the recent election – create stress and internal turmoil that can disrupt all aspects of our lives.

For artists creating (or trying to create) new work, this can mean a serious disruption of their art-making process. We asked artists, How do you approach art-making during times of emotional distress?

Jodie Mim Goodnough, NORTHAMPTON STATE HOSPITAL (2015) from the PROSPECT project, Three Inkjet Prints on Cotton Lawn, 36x78 in

Jodie Mim Goodnough, multidisciplinary artist
My work for years has been about emotional distress, both mild and pathological, and the coping mechanisms we use to self-soothe, so you’d think I’d have all the tools I need. Based on the research for my recent work, what I should be doing is going for long walks in the woods and taking deep breaths of forest air. What I’m actually doing, however, is sitting on the couch reading about how much better I would feel if I went for a walk in the woods.

But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that you can’t beat yourself up for slowing down occasionally – it only compounds the misery. When I don’t have it in me to hit the studio I do small things in the direction of productivity. I research and I plan for future projects. And I look for non-art tasks that feel productive as well, like studying Spanish. I’m currently living in Providence, which has a large Latino population. I feel like I need to find ways to better connect with people in my community right now, and learning another language, even at a basic level, will help me do that.

Jessica Reik, writer
There are always emotions. Some of them are more uncomfortable for me to be with than others. Some, like elation, feel really good but interfere with my ability to write – elation wants the external and so I’m out doing, not home writing! Fear, sadness, insecurity, they pose different challenges. Seeming bottomless (they never are), they threaten to take over the executive self and with it, all those evolved capacities of the human brain – like perspective – I rely on to write.

I like to sit with a difficult emotion and feel where it’s lodged in my body, then find out what’s underneath. Take fear (often in my lower abdomen). Fundamentally, it’s a lack of basic safety, so I look for that safety in tangible ways and identify what is trustworthy and supportive — my bones, my breath, the chair I’m sitting in. Simple stuff. I like to give structure for the emotion, a house I’ve built for it to roam around in, because the emotion itself isn’t the problem, it’s my reaction to it.

Always, in the end, I find myself in the same place at the end of this process — back to the work. My writing comes out of those very same vulnerable places where sadness takes root — where all emotions do — and yet is also one of the sources of stability that gets me through.

Michael Joseph, photographer
In times of emotional stress, not only making art, but also viewing art can provide a much-needed emotional release. Often my most productive periods are when I feel a need to disconnect with my own internal stressors and reconnect with life that is happening around me. Grabbing my camera and going for a walk breaks up a physically sedentary day but also an emotionally clouded one.

Street photography is unique in that it allows the artist to be present with the world in a way that working in a studio cannot. It shifts our role from being a participant to being an observer. Working on the street has a unique duality: the sometimes frustrating challenge of dealing with the unforeseen but also the excitement and reward of capturing the serendipitous. Events out of our control and uncertainty therefore become positives. By paying close attention to unpredictable actions and emotions of others in fluid environments, we are forced to focus less on our own internal thoughts to capture external narratives in real time.

I always saw the camera as a powerful tool of connection. Making street portraits of strangers whose personalities and places in the world are different from my own, forces me to engage with others and learn from them. It presents the challenge of making their unique, internal story come to the surface through a portrait. There is no time for subjects to look in the mirror, change clothes, fix hair or put on make-up, and I can’t ask the sun to change or the clouds to move… I am forced to make art from what is before me. And in that reality, I make my most powerful work.

Michael Joseph, SOPHIE (2013), archival pigment print, 16x16 in


Jodie Mim Goodnough is a Providence, Rhode Island-based artist whose work revolves around the use of images in psychology and psychiatry, and includes photography, sculpture, performance, video and sound. Recently, she received a 2017 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Photography and was named a 2017 Traveling Fellow by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Her work will exhibit in Building a Lineage at Piano Craft Gallery in Boston, January 2017.

Michael Joseph is a street and street portrait photographer. His “Lost and Found” series, which has been featured on CNN, will be included in the December 8 slide presentation night (Dec 8, 6:30 PM) to complement IDENTITY: The List Portraits at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Recently honored in PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass 2016 Top 50 list, he’ll have work in the accompanying exhibition (Apr 7-May 2 at the Artwork Network Gallery Space in Denver). He has an article coming out in the December issue of the Czech Republic magazine CILICHILI. Find him on Instagram and Facebook.

Writer Jessica Reik was awarded a fellowship position in Grub Street’s Memoir Incubator Program, where she worked on the memoir The Fathom-Long Body. Recently, she received a fellowship to attend a Ucross Foundation residency and was named a finalist in StoryQuarterly Non Fiction Prize. On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 7 PM, she’ll read her work in an event featuring MCC literary awardees.

Images: Jodie Mim Goodnough, NORTHAMPTON STATE HOSPITAL (2015) from the PROSPECT project, three Inkjet Prints on cotton lawn, 36×78 in; Michael Joseph, SOPHIE (2013), archival pigment print, 16×16 in.

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Fellows Notes – Dec 16

December 1st, 2016

Here’s a December-ific roundup of the latest news from MCC’s Artist Fellows/Finalists.

Kelly Popoff, BARRICADE (2015), oil on canvas, 63x88 in

Laura Baring-Gould, Niho Kozuru, and Gretchen Romey-Tanzer are all exhibiting in CraftBoston Holiday (12/2-12/4) at Hynes Convention Center.

David Bookbinder and Mary O’Malley have collaborated on the adult coloring book 52 (more) Flower Mandalas. Mary converted David’s “flower mandala” photographs into illustrations, to color for inspiration and stress relief.

Ryan P. Casey, Wendy Jehlen, and Candice Salyers have all received funding in the inaugural cycle of NEFA’s New England Dance Fund.

Sean Downey, Cristi Rinklin, Joe Wardwell are exhibiting in Irregular Landscapes (thru 2/22, opening reception 12/8, 6-8 PM) at the Hynes Convention Center.

Nicole Duennebier, Asia Kepka, Rachel Mello, Mary O’Malley, and Nina Wishnok are all exhibiting in Plenty at 13 Forest Gallery (thru 1/14).

Warner Friedman, Janet Rickus, and Dawn Southworth at SCOPE Miami Beach with Clark Gallery (12/1-12/4).


Sophia Ainslie is participating in Vernon Street Open Studios (12/3-12/4). She also has work in Holiday Smalls at Gallery NAGA (12/17). Recently, she completed a commissioned mural for the lobby of Enso Flats in Brockton.

Robert Beavers is among the artists in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.

Ben Berman will have a new book of poems, Figuring in the Figure, coming out from Able Muse Press, March 2017 (now available for pre-order).

Caleb Cole‘s photography exhibition Other People’s Clothes is at the Mayor’s Art Gallery of Boston City Hall (thru 12/9). He’s also exhibiting in Fertile Solitude at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery (thru 12/18).

Mary Jane Doherty has two upcoming screenings: her dance documentary Secundaria screens at Prince Theater in Philadelphia (12/14, 7 PM), hosted by the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philadelphia Film Society. Her film Primaria has its Latin American premiere at La Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine LatinoAmericano in Havana, Cuba (12/16, 5:30 PM).

Amy Dryansky reads at Blacksmith House (with Paul Breslin, 12/12, 8 PM), as part of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series.

Congratulations to Janet Echelman, who recently won a fellowship from United States Artists.

Christy Georg has work in the group exhibition Breaking the Block at the Santa Fe Convention Center Community Gallery (12/16-3/2, reception 12/16, 5-7 PM). She is also featured at the New Mexico Museum of Art in the Alcoves series: small one-person exhibitions featuring contemporary artists working in New Mexico (12/9-1/29, reception 12/11, 10:30 AM-12 PM).

Asia Kepka has a booksigning at 13 Forest Gallery (12/8, 6-8 PM) for the book Horace and Agnes: A Love Story, along with co-creator Lynn Dowling.

Jesse Kreitzer has received the James Goldstone Award for Emerging Vermont Filmmaker from the Vermont International Film Foundation, with an awards ceremony 12/15, 7 PM, at the Main Street Landing Film House.

Scott Listfield has work in SCOPE Miami Beach, through Thinkspace Gallery (11/29-12/4).

Rania Matar is exhibiting at PULSE Miami Beach with Pictura Gallery (12/1-12/4).

Rachel Mello has a solo show, That Space Between Flying and Falling, at Laconia Gallery (thru 12/18, artist talk 12/2, 6:30-7 PM).

Kelly Popoff has a solo show, O Children at Herter Art Gallery at UMass Amherst (thru 12/16).

Monica Raymond is part of the first Artists’ Lab at Studio 550 in Cambridge, which is having an end-of-lab open (12/7, 10 AM-1 PM) at 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge.

Jendi Reiter‘s short story “Taking Down the Pear Tree” won the 2016 New Letters Prize for Fiction from the literary journal of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kay Ruane has an exhibition, Two Drawings, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (thru 12/23, artist reception 12/2, 5-8 PM).

Karl Stevens has a weekly comic strip, Penny, in The Village Voice.

Sarah Wentworth has a solo show of performed photos of Fishline Creature at the St Botolph Club (12/7-1/13, opening reception 12/7, 5:30-7 PM). Also, her work has been included in White Columns’ Artist Registry.

Michael Zelehoski has a solo show, Surface Tension, at Mackin Projects (12/10-1/7, opening reception 12/11, 6-8 PM).

Michael Zelehoski, ANIMISM (2016), assemblage with repurposed wood and florescent bulbs, 65x67 in

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

Images: Kelly Popoff, BARRICADE (2015), oil on canvas, 63×88 in; Michael Zelehoski, ANIMISM (2016), assemblage with repurposed wood and florescent bulbs, 65×67 in.

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Artist Opportunities Goes Higher

November 29th, 2016


Writers Residency Fellowships The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is currently accepting applications for their Writing Fellowships which offer a seven-month residency. Awards are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not published a full-length book in any genre. Each fellowship includes a private apartment and a monthly stipend of $750. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Women Nonfiction Writers Vela’s Second Nonfiction Contest, which will be judged by Claire Vaye Watkins. Contest opens September 15, 2016 and, after a recently announced deadline extension, will close December 1 (11:59 PM PST). Winner will receive $1000 and publication. They’re looking for creative nonfiction, written by women, with a strong voice, a compelling narrative, and/or a powerful driving question. Interested in a wide range of essays, including literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, and experimental essays. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Poetry and Prose Translation Fellowships National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of translation in digital or print literary publications or in book form between December 1, 2001, and December 6, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: December 6, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Winter Art Show, January 2017, for the Armory Cafe in Somerville. No fee. Any technique and medium is welcome (photography, painting, charcoal, mixed media, sculpture, watercolor, drawing, etc). However, submitted pieces must be able to hang from the wall in a reasonably sized area, i.e. no free standing sculpture, no grand scale pieces which cover an entire wall. Learn more.
Deadline: December 10, 2016

Call for Community Artist The Artist Project is a collaboration between the MFA and 10 after school community organizations in Boston. Each year a new experienced artist with a passion for community arts is selected to plan and lead a project with children between the ages of six and twelve. The artist guides children and helps them create a collaborative work. A stipend of $22,000 and a materials budget is provided. No Entry Fee. Info session is Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5-7 pm, East Seminar Room, G39, RSVP: rworstell@mfa.orgLearn more.

Public Art Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh, with the Department of Public Works, the Boston Art Commission, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, invite artists to submit proposals for a public art project in North Square. The City of Boston’s Public Works Department has allocated $200,000 from the North Square reconstruction project budget towards a public art project that will be incorporated into the reconstruction of the Square. Learn more.
Deadline: January 4, 2017

Outdoor Sculpture The Newton Festival of the Arts announces its first Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Sculpture will be installed on the grounds of Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA. The Festival is seeking proposals for new or existing works. Any sculptural medium is allowed, provided it can be safely installed and will require no maintenance throughout the duration of the Exhibition. All object-based sculptures must be securely mounted to the ground. Artists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Joint applications are accepted. This is an open Call and is not limited to Newton sculptors. Learn more.
Deadline: January 23, 2017

Photographers The Center for Fine Art Photography is currently accepting entries for their upcoming juried exhibition Landscapes 2017. All artist renditions on the landscapes theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for selection. Learn more.
Deadline: January 25, 2017

Call to Artists The Brookline Arts Center invites artists who reside in the United States to submit work for their exhibit Up/Rooted (March 17-April 21, 2017), juried by María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Artists are invited to submit work that explores origin, displacement and the influence of the past on the future. How do we connect with where we come from if we are no longer there? How does our sense of place relate to our culture and identity? We are looking for work that raises questions and draws influence from heritage, culture and familial traditions, and explores how we come to terms with being up/rooted. All media welcome. Entry fee is $30 for 1-3 submissions, $45 for 4-6. Learn more.
Deadline: January 27, 2017

Artist Residency The Boston Harbor [Re]Creation initiatives – an Artist In Residency, based on Spectacle Island; and a Temporary Sculpture Exhibition on Peddocks Island. Info Session: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5-7pm at the Boston Harbor Hotel Leventhal Room. Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2017  (11:59 pm)

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MCC Literary Artists Read at Trident Booksellers & Cafe

November 28th, 2016

Every two years, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) awards grants to some of the most talented writers and poets working in the Commonwealth. Literary artists awarded through MCC’s Artist Fellowships Program will share work at Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7 PM.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7 PM
Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Christopher Castellani
Scott Challener
Aaron Krol
Sean P. McCarthy
Jessica Reik

Find the event on Facebook.

The event is free, accessible, and open to the public. Watch for more events with MCC-awarded writers and poets in the weeks and months ahead.

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Carry On Artist Opportunities

November 22nd, 2016


Artist Residency Applications are being accepted for an extensive artist-in-residence program in 2017 at Gettysburg National Military Park. They are looking for artists who want to broaden their art practice while spending a full month at this historic battlefield. NPAF is looking for any sort of artwork, from traditional landscapes, photographers, to performers, installations, films/video, as well as as writers, poets, sound artists, and new arts media. Virtually any approach can find a place at Gettysburg — what matters is vision and talent. Learn more
Deadline: November 27, 2016

Filmmakers The Independent Film Festival Boston is currently accepting entries for their annual festival. Learn more.
Deadline: November 28, 2016 (regular), or December 12, 2016 (late)

Performing Artists Grants New England States Touring (NEST) provides support to New England-based nonprofit organizations (known as presenters) for performances and community activities by select New England performing artists. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Muslim Writers, Poets Halal If You Hear Me seeks submission for new anthology of writings by Muslims who are queer, women, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans. Editors Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo are looking for poems and essays “on any theme.” Writers are invited to submit up to five poems or two essays (no longer than three pages) and a cover letter with contact info and a short bio. Those interested should write:
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Call to Artists
The Gallery at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill in Sharon, MA is accepting entries for their juried exhibit, Sky…Looking Up (January 2016– April 2017). It will showcase artists’ observations and perceptions about any of these wonders in the sky, simple or complex: the moon, sun, planets, clouds and stars – the possibilities are infinite! Artists’ can express their work in any chosen medium, style or interpretation. Any medium is acceptable for the show, artists are invited to submit up to five (8”x10”) photo prints of images intended for the exhibit, not matted or framed, for judging purposes only. All prints must be labeled on the back with contact information, dimensions, title, and medium. Entry fee is $15; please provide a stamped return envelope if you would like your photos returned. Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon, MA 02067. For additional information, please contact Jan Nareski Goba at
Deadline: December 5, 2016

Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library presents monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in their two exhibiting spaces, the Gallery and Main Hall. Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for their July-December 2017 time period. All work presented must be original and produced within the last three years. Learn more.
Deadline: December 9, 2016 (12:00 pm)

Photographers The Center for Fine Art Photography is currently accepting entries for their upcoming exhibition Animalia. The juror is Arlette Kayafas. Learn more.
Deadline: December 14, 2016

Crafts Artists The Nichols House Museum is seeking emerging artists working in craft disciplines (textiles, ceramics or woodworking) to submit proposals for works to be installed in the museum for an exhibit that will be on view from March to August 2017. The Nichols House Museum aims to position the history of the Nichols family in dialogue with a wide range of perspectives to create new and mindful interpretations of the house. Learn more.
Deadline: January 16, 2017

Exhibition Proposals The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is seeking proposals from artists, for exhibitions in 2017, two of which will be chosen to receive an honorarium grant.  They will award the two grants of $1,000 for two five-week exhibition slots available in the spring of 2017. The grants will cover the cost of the exhibition space—for the selected artists—plus postcard printing and mailing. Each proposed exhibition will include two or more artists and include at least one RNAC artist member. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Music Rehearsal Space Artists and arts groups can submit their proposal for the use of space within the AT&T Boylston flagship store in Boston for small group or individual music rehearsals. The selected artists or group will enter into an agreement with the AT&T Boylston store for free rehearsal space according to the space availability and requirements stated below. This Call for Artists is for free rehearsal space only and does not come with any funding. This call is open to individual artists, non profits, and artist groups. You do not need to be a non-profit organization to apply, Boston residency is preferred. Learn more.

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Artist Opportunities Plays On

November 15th, 2016


“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” Stella Adler

Call to Artists The Paradise City Arts Festivals presents New England’s leading shows of handmade design, painting and sculpture. Paradise City’s events showcase  innovative work in all media in beautiful indoor settings, with outdoor space available for large-scale sculpture. Applications from new and emerging artists are encouraged. For 22 years Paradise City has been known for setting new standards in show publicity and marketing, and for its user-friendly approach to artists. Apply online to the Spring 2017 shows in Marlborough and Northampton, MA.  Learn more.

Grant for Women Cinematographer The Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers offers approximately $10,000 worth of gear and accessories loaned on a rolling basis to any narrative short, music video, or feature film project to be shot by a female cinematographer. Recipients of the grant receive a loaned camera package for up to 21 production days. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Grant for Artists, Video/Filmmakers The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Artist Residency The Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency is an artists-in-residence program that provides artists with an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s masters in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Since the program began in 1982, over 3500 artists have been served from the US and around the world. Learn more.
Deadline: January 22, 2017

Call to Artists  Request for Proposals: A Fort Point Arts Community Exhibition at the Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston.  Inter-dimensional Ports of Whatsoever, curated by Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez. We are witnesses of our changing histories throughout the globe. Relocation and migration experiences inform who we are and how we see the world. The places that we have called home and the new experiences these locations bring reveal personal truths. There is a place which lies in-between the old and the new; expanding our visions and sense of placement. New perspectives and dimensions are brought into our lives through this lens of personal truth. Artists are encouraged to submit work for inter-dimensional ports of whatsoever that convey ideas of personal transformation and related trajectories with emphasis on galactic, historical and/or current social frameworks. Works may be inspired by science fiction and/or spiritual and physical evolutions with historical references and/or imagery. Relocation and migration related to current events that include social injustices and victories can also be a point of departure. Any medium, including video, photography and performance-based works are welcome. Learn more.
Deadline: December 11, 2016 (12:00 midnight EST)

Public Art The Art Selection Committee of the Stanley A. Ringer Park memorials project invites artists and landscape designers to forward public art qualifications for one or several transformative, permanent public art installations that will serve as a tribute to four cherished community members inside Ringer Park. The proposed memorials project will honor Stanley A. Ringer, William Margolin, Brian Honan and Dawnn Jaffier. The project is intended to contribute to the safety of Stanley A. Ringer Park while recognizing the civic and community contributions of the honorees. A number of potential sites have been identified within Ringer Park, a 12.38-acre park located in the heart of the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston. Final sites and specific tributes will be determined during the art selection process. The selection process will lead to the identification of one or several artists/teams who will develop one or several concepts for one or several sites. The Urban Culture Institute is facilitating the art selection process. Learn more.

Photo credit: Photograph of the late, great, Leon Russell. From the collection of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

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Artist Opportunities Passes the Torch

November 8th, 2016


Today’s election day. C’mon America, shine brightly and vote

Call to Artists Apply to participate in the Arts and Cultural Inclusion symposium at UMass Boston November 22, 2016. The full-day event will showcase artists using various mediums to convey experiences and issues related to cultural and social inclusion. The symposium will feature an artist panel, TEDx style talks, and artist-led workshops covering topics such as globalization versus appropriation, humanities and healing, and ethnography through performance, and the business side of social practice. Learn more.

Choreograpers The Boston Dance Alliance has announced that BDA member choreographers now have an option to rent rehearsal space on the Boston side of the river at The Lyric Stage at below market rates. The partnership between the Lyric Stage and Boston Dance Alliance is a direct response to the Boston Creates Cultural Plan released this past summer, establishing an interdisciplinary partnership and leveraging a valuable resource that helps artists develop their work. Learn more.

Call to Cape Cod Artists The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will host its 10th Annual Member Winter Art Exhibit Personal Space in January/February 2017 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. All Cape Cod established and emerging artists submit art for consideration and are selected by jury. Learn more.
Deadline: November 11, 2016 (midnight)

Fund for Boston Artists The Opportunity Fund grant aims to support individual artists in Boston for activities that continue their education and skill building, or helps them share their work or teach others. Additionally, teachers may use this fund for field trips. This grant will fund specific needs, such as materials, professional development costs, conference fees, travel related to professional development, stipends for teaching artists, field trips, or anything that helps you share your work with the public. Applicants may request up to $1,000. $10,000 will be available per month until it runs out. Learn more.
Deadline: Application available from November 1 -November 15, 2016

Poets Entries are being accepted for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. An award of publication by Yale University Press is 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, 2016

Call for Art Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, is currently accepting entries for their exhibiton Iteration, selected by Boston-based artists: Denise Driscoll (Fountain Street Fine Art) & Nathalie Miebach (Miller Yezerski Gallery). Seeking work of all 2D, 3D and time-based media that employs pattern through an iterative process.
Open to all U.S. residents. Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. Online submissions only. Accepting work in all media. Learn more.
Deadline: December 18, 2016 (11:59PM)

Call for Artists Treat Gallery in New York is ringing in 2017 with Rest and Relaxation. Keep your conceptually heavy work at home for this one – they want art that mirrors leisure. In a world where it’s ever more difficult to escape work, it’s good to be reminded to #treatyoself. Artists who interpret the theme Rest and Relaxation in their work are welcome to apply. Application details website under “rest and relaxation”  Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2016 (midnight)

Call to Artists Entries are now being accepted for the Monmouth Museum’s 38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. Learn more.
Deadline: December 4, 2016 (midnight EST)

Winter Field Studies in Art and Nature ART+BIO Collaborative, a nonprofit organization, offers educational travel courses that integrate field biology and art. This course is designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and anyone interested in nature, art, and biology. ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico is a hands-on, immersive, and project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field, at various environments in Puerto Rico. The focus of the program is to learn about Puerto Rico’s diverse wildlife through artmaking and field biology. We travel to rainforests, dry forests, beach, coastal, coral reef, mangrove, and mountain environments. The program involves multiple site-specific projects that integrate creativity, art and biology. Dates: January 10-15, 2017. Learn more.

Image credit: Black and white photograph of Mae West wearing American flag. From Vanity Fair magazine, 1938.

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Apply for a Prestigious Grant for American Painters

November 4th, 2016

In 2010, through the estate of artists Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum established an annual grant for American painters aged 45 years or older. Since that time, The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant has awarded $30,000-$35,000 each year to mature American artists.

Grants, typically ranging $5,000 to $30,000, are offered to American painters aged 45 or older who demonstrate financial need. The fund honors its namesakes, in particular Lillian Orlowsky, who sought to provide financial support to mature artists due to her passionate commitment to art. The goal of the grant is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

We highly encourage Massachusetts artists who fit the eligibility requirements to apply. See a gallery of work by past Massachusetts recipients, above.

The postmark deadline for the grant is April 3, 2017. Find guidelines, application instructions, and more information.

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Fellows Notes – Nov 16

November 3rd, 2016

It’s November, a month to vote, eat sweet potato casserole, and celebrate new art.

Here’s the latest news from current and past MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists.

Liza Bingham, CARTOON CONTRAIL (2016), acrylic and oil on muslin over panel, 14x20 in

Claire Beckett, Caleb Cole, and Stephen Tourlentes will participate in an Artadia Art & Dialogue event with Whitney Museum of Art Curator Elisabeth Sherman (11/9, 6:30-8:30 PM) at the MassArt Design and Media Center Lecture Hall.

MCC Artist Fellowship Program awardees Kathleen Brennan, Anna V.Q. Ross, and Gary Whited read at the Public Library of Brookline (11/15, 7 PM).

Michael Joseph and Molly Lamb are both included in PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass 2016 Top 50 list.

Congratulations to Georgie Freidman and Emily Lombardo, both of whom are among the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) 2017 Traveling Fellows.


Kati AgocsThe Debrecen Passion is Music Web International’s Recording of the Month. Two songs from the album are up for consideration on the 2017 Grammy ballot.

Liza Bingham has a solo exhibition of paintings, Hot Pink, Soft Pink, Rusty Orange, White, at the new Boston project space and gallery How’s Howard (11/4-12/11, opening reception 11/4 5-9 PM).

Janet Echelman will give a presentation, Soft Structure: Sculpting at the Scale of Cities, hosted by the MIT Department of Architecture, on 11/17, 6-8 PM.

Georgie Friedman has work in Constructed Video at Boston Cyberarts Gallery (11/12-12/18, reception 11/11, 6-8 PM). Also, she has a site-specific video installation at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Traces of Wind and Water (thru 11/14), with “Artist Hours” at the site 11/6, 5-6:30 PM. (See news about the artist’s award from SMFA, above.)

Raul Gonzalez has a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings, Forbidden Frontera, at Carroll and Sons Gallery (11/2-12/21, reception 11/4 5:30-7:30 PM).

Justin Kimball has a solo exhibition of photography, Elegy, at Carroll and Sons Gallery (11/2-12/21, reception 11/4 5:30-7:30 PM). Signed copies of Justin Kimball’s book Elegy will be available for purchase.

Niho Kozuru has a solo show, Positive Vibration, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (thru 11/15, opening reception 11/4, 5-8 PM).

Danielle Legros Georges will read at the MIT Stata Center (11/7, 7 PM) and at Porter Square Books (with Kirun Kapur and Steve Yarbrough, 11/11, 7 PM). Her book The Dear Remote Nearness of You was awarded the 2016 Sheila Motton Book Prize by the New England Poetry Club. She will be sitting on the panel “New Directions in Caribbean Poetry” at the Miami Book Fair (11/20).

Scott Listfield is among the artists in Lunar Attraction (thru 9/4/2017) at Peabody Essex Museum. He’s also in the two-person exhibition Anthropecene at Antler Gallery in Portland, OR. Read an interview with the artist on the gallery’s blog.

Melinda Lopez has a new, one-woman play, Mala, at ArtsEmerson (thru 11/20). In recognition of the playwright’s achievements, Mayor Marty Walsh named October 29, 2016 Melinda Lopez Day in Boston. Read excellent reviews of Mala in the Boston Globe, WBUR’s ARTery, and Boston Magazine.

Rachel Mello has a solo exhibition, That Space Between Flying and Falling at Laconia Gallery (thru 12/18, Artist’s Talk 12/2, 6:30-7 PM).

Nathalie Miebach is exhibiting in the group show Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space at Akron Art Museum (thru 1/15). The museum will host a concert featuring work by Boston composers Christian Gentry and Mischa Salkind-Pearl, created in collaboration with Nathalie Miebach (11/3, 7 PM). Also this month, the artist has talks or events at the University of Akron Synapse Art Science Lecture series (11/2), the Sculpture Center in Cleveland (11/4, 11/5) and the New York Art Teacher Association at their annual conference in Albany, NY (11/18).

James Morrow and his dance company, james morrow/The Movement, present A Quarter Past Midnight at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion (11/11 and 11/12, 8 PM). The performance is part of the dance artist’s Choreography Residency at the BCA.

Carl Phillips will read in the Blacksmith House Poetry Series (11/7, 8 PM).

Monica Raymond was selected as a Visiting Scholar for 2016-2018 at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center. Also, “The Bag Song” from Paper of Plastic (an opera co-created with composer Charles Turner and performed at the Arkansas Science Slam in Oct) won Rough Magic Shakespeare Company‘s First Prize for a science song.

Jo Ann Rothschild is in the group exhibition Painting Is Not a Good Idea at HallSpace in Dorchester (11/19-1/7, opening reception 11/19, 3-6 PM).

Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry‘s film company, The Film Posse, created The Battle of Chosin, the latest documentary on the PBS series American Experience.

August Ventimiglia is among the artists in Wood + Paper + Earth at Drive-By Projects (11/5-12/17, reception 11/5, 4-6 PM).

Joe Wardwell has a solo show at LaMontagne Gallery in Winchester (thru 11/11) and another exhibition, Soon I Will Be President at Southern New Hampshire University McIninch Art Gallery (11/3-12/17, opening reception and artist talk 11/3, 5-7 PM).

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze‘s exquisite basketry, described as “three dimensional paintings,” are the Spotlight Exhibition at Mobilia Gallery (thru 12/15).

Suara Welitoff has an exhibition of multimedia and installation work, What Time This Feels at 186 Carpenter in Providence, RI (thru 12/10).

Cary Wolinsky has a solo exhibition of photography, Cary Wolinsky: Fiber of Life at Fuller Craft Museum (thru 2/26).

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

Image: Liza Bingham, CARTOON CONTRAIL (2016), acrylic and oil on muslin over panel, 14×20 in.

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November 1st, 2016

The clock is ticking. Be sure to vote.

Free Event: The Tenth Annual Artists Under the Dome Event 2016 is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Massachusetts State House’s Great Hall. Learn more.

Of Note: Mass Audubon’s Lucy Gertz talks about their accessible nature trails on CreativeMinds, a podcast for Arts and Culture Nerds.

Call for Art Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery in Amherst is currently accepting submissions for their 6th Annual Small Works Show. Each artist may submit one work. Work must be for sale and priced at or under $500. Outside dimension, including frame, must be no larger than 15 x 15 inches. Work must be framed (2D), or able to sit on a pedestal (3D). Learn more.
Deadline: November 7, 2016

Call to Artists The Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College will present Gathering: Native American Massachusetts Regional Artists, a group exhibition of Masssachusetts and border state Native American fine arts and craft (November 14 – December 2016). Artists’ Reception: Thursday, December 1, 2016 6 – 8pm A300/Art Gallery. This exhibit will assemble Native American fine artists and artisans representative from Massachusetts and New England regional border states and local area artist with work featuring Native American subject matter, to showcase their works in varied mediums giving voice to current local and national Native American issues, themes, and movements at the intersection of traditional crafts and contemporary fine art. The exhibit is intended for general audience viewing and in particular broad academic use within VMA Dept. courses; Art History, studio and design classes, as well a,s courses in History and Government, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Social Justice as subject matter is sure to underscore themes of Indigenous Nation Pride, oppression, marginalized groups, the resurrection of the national Native American movement in its fight for promised rights, land, poverty remediation, educational access, and preservation of cultural traditions through the representation of traditional craft and imagery. Inclusion into this show is on-going. Please contact Laura Montgomery or send images to: for immediate response and consideration. Accepted work will need to be hand-delivered to the campus on November 10 -11, 2016, or before, or by special delivery by pre-arrangement.

Greater Boston Performing Artists Grant The Boston Foundation is now accepting applications for their first ever Live Arts Boston grant for performing arts. Grant awards up to $15,000 will be given out to individuals, groups and organizations. Priority criteria include the creation of new works; presenting culturally specific works; forging unique, interdisciplinary partnerships; and pushing creative boundaries, risk taking and innovation. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2016

Artist Mentorship Program ArtsWorcester has announced a new, competitive mentorship program for selected artists. Five artists will be selected and matched with mentors for a four-month program designed to propel the artist to the next level in their careers. The mentors for this first session are Lisa Barthelson, Carrie Crane, Roger Hankins, Carlotta Miller, and Tyler Vance. Learn more.
Deadline: November 23, 2016

Performing Artists Grants USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2016 (11:59 PM ET)

Professional Development Residency Program Apply for MASS MoCA’s new residency program for artists & writers — the Studios at MASS MoCA — in North Adams, MA, for 1-8 week sessions available March 31, 2017 – October 5, 2017. They provide exceptionally talented peers, private studio space on the MASS MoCA campus, newly renovated housing right across the street from the museum, one group meal per day, free access to MASS MoCA’s galleries throughout the residency, use of printmaking and fiber arts equipment at the nearby Makers’ Mill community makerspace, and optional one-on-one financial and business coaching through the Assets for Artists program. Learn more.
Deadline: January 10, 2017

Call for Art Lancaster’s historic Bulfinch Meetinghouse is turning 200 years old in 2016. To celebrate the milestone anniversary of this historic landmark and architectural gem, the Bulfinch 200 Committee is holding a series of events in 2016 and 2017, including an Art Show & Competition. The theme for the art show is “A Sense of Place.” Submissions of paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture/3-D artwork are accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

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. They host one artist in each of the following categories; Ceramics, Photography, Printmaking, Social Justice. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

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