Puppetry for a Dancer

January 26th, 2015

Bonnie Duncan is about to premiere Lollipops for Breakfast, a new play for young audiences, at Puppet Showplace Theater (watch a video trailer). Here, Bonnie shares her thoughts on the porous borders between dance, theater, and puppetry, the unique skill sets of dancer/puppeteers, and the intriguing trajectory of her career as a performer and creator.


Before becoming a puppeteer, you were a dancer with Snappy Dance Theater. Can you talk about how and why you made the shift into puppetry?
Part of what made Snappy distinctive was that we played so much across lines: it was dance, but it was really theatrical, with acrobatics, physical comedy and even puppetry all thrown in there. That kind of joyful mixture is what drew me to Snappy in the first place. I think Martha Mason (our Artistic Director) saw me as someone who would bring all kinds of art into the group and onto the stage.

In terms of puppetry, that’s something I had been experimenting with even before I joined Snappy. I’d built some of my own puppets and started creating little pieces where I’d perform with them – I really like being onstage, visible to the audience as both a character and a puppeteer at the same time. I’ve had my puppets fall asleep in my arms, snuggle up for a kiss, and even, at the end of one of my favorite pieces, make a bold attempt to strangle me.


A classic Snappy piece that I performed hundreds of times, Pants (see pic, above), was a perfect combination of dance and puppetry: it’s a duet for two pairs of legs where I play both pairs of legs. It’s a dance piece made for a puppeteer. Or a puppetry piece made for a dancer. Dancers would always ask “how did you make both characters come so alive?!” and puppeteers, “how did you bend that far over??”

PosteRestanteAfter Snappy closed its doors in 2007, I worked with Tim Gallagher (another Snappy dancer) and we created and toured a show, Poste Restante, that mixed up everything we loved: partner acrobatics, stop-motion animation, puppetry, dance, and theater. We toured that all over, and it was just a joy — we performed in San Francisco, Prague, Austin, New York, and a few hometown runs at the Charlestown Working Theater.

Then, Tim enrolled in medical school in New York City. He was so busy studying that we could only tour our show every once in awhile and I still wanted to make new work and perform. (Tim is now an emergency medicine resident in NYC. Only 3.5 years before we can start on a new show together!)

During my time with Snappy, my interest in puppetry had deepened – I created and performed a slew of pieces at puppet slams; I met puppeteers from across the country at the (totally amazing) O’Neill National Puppetry Conference; I geeked out on brilliant puppeteers (ask me about Philippe Genty or Hugo & Ines sometime!). All of my puppet work, however, had always been for adults.

But then, one day, after Tim had disappeared into med school, a puppeteer friend of mine asked if I had a show for families. She ran a puppet theater and was always looking for new performers.

Her question really got me thinking. At the time, I had a 3 year old and 6 month-old twins at home. I was trying to figure out how to somehow mix kids and art and work and life. The idea of making a show for families and touring it seemed like it could maybe be really great.

So I went for it. With the help from my husband, director Dan Milstein (who had been making original physical theater with his company Rough & Tumble for over a decade), we created a solo show, Squirrel Stole My Underpants, and have been touring it for the last two years up and down the east coast and into Canada.

Many people call Squirrel a “puppet show” but I think of it as a piece of theater for the entire family. Much like Snappy’s work and my show, Poste Restante, it’s a show filled with things I love: puppetry, physical theater, and dance.


What’s the most surprising response to your art you’ve ever received?
As a performer for young audiences, I often get recognized by kids in my neighborhood. After a series of local Squirrel Stole My Underpants performances, I was walking down a street near my house and a passing kid yelled to his mother, “Mama! I saw that lady’s underpants!”

In a paint ball battle between artists of all disciplines, who wins?
Puppeteers, obviously. We can make amazing things from cardboard and hot glue: our paintball armor would withstand a thousand shots and make a very cool wall sculpture afterwards. Or, we’d build giant puppets to crush our opponents. Either way, we’ve got mad skillz…

If forced to choose, would you be a magic marker, a crayon, or a #2 pencil?
The super sexy #2 mechanical pencil.

Do you live with any animals?
I live with three kids under 6. Does that count? :)

Have you ever revised your work on the spot, during a performance (intentionally, I mean)?
Um, I kind of do that all the time. Performing is a live experience and my goal as a performer is to ride the present moment. If I do that, then the performance changes each time. What I love about performing is that the audience is most important unspoken character in the show: I feel like I can read an audience pretty well and shift my performance based on what they are giving me.

Kids are very honest audience members. They giggle with their whole bodies, yell directions (“He’s over there!”) and questions (“When are you going to talk?”), they sometimes even throw their dolls on stage.

Revising the show on the spot is actually a perk of performing solo – I can change things in the moment and not throw anyone off!

Lollipops for Breakfast, created and performed by Bonnie Duncan, premieres at Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline Village on 1/31, 1 PM and 3 PM, and runs through 2/16.

Bonnie Duncan is is creator/performer of the puppet plays Squirrel Stole My Underpants! and Lollipops for Breakfast. She is co-founder of They Gotta Be Secret Agents with Tim Gallagher and danced for eight years with Snappy Dance Theater.

Image: Sylvie & the Bee from LOLLIPOPS FOR BREAKFAST, photo by Lee Sosby; Bonnie Duncan performing PANTS for Snappy Dance Theater, photo by Roger Ide; Tim Gallagher and Bonnie Duncan in POSTE RESTANTE, photo by Kathy Maloney; Bonnie Duncan in SQUIRREL STOLE MY UNDERPANTS, photo by Liz Linder Photography.

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Artist Opportunities Dreams

January 20th, 2015

Poetry in motion.

Poetry Entries are now being accepted for the Unterberg Poetry Center’s “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prizes. Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center in May. Poets who have not yet published a full-length poetry collection are eligible. Timothy Donnelly, Peter Gizzi, Camille Rankine, Atsuro Riley, and Susan Stewart will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: January 23, 2015

Your friends here at ArtSake want to remind you that The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowships deadline in Film & Video, Music Composition and Photography is next Monday, January 26, 2015.  Learn more.
Deadline: January 26, 2015

New Plays The Munroe Saturday Nights performing arts series, now in its fifth season, is seeking new plays for its upcoming season to present in readings. Works are presented with professional actors and directors all offering their time to help the playwright gain feedback and insight on the script. A moderated audience talk-back session is included in each reading. Some of the playwrights whose works have been included in the series are John Minigan, Joyce Van Dyke, Don Cohen, Deirdre Girard, Merrill Meadow, Melinda Lopez, Judith Boyajian Strang-Waldau, and Mike Poe. We invite your submissions as well. Please send to: Deborah Weiner, Coordinator, Munroe Saturday Nights, and email munroe.Saturday.nights@gmail.com.

Free Workshop for Folk & Traditional Performing Artists Folk and traditional performing artists in New England are invited to learn more about grant programs and services. Whether you perform traditional Cambodian music, Sudanese dance, or are a part of a Native American drum group, join NEFA staff and regional State Arts Agency folk arts staff at this event. At the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), 145 Tremont Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA, February 4, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Learn more.

Call for Art Waterloo Arts invites artists who identify as trans* individuals to submit artwork for inclusion in a group exhibition showcasing work which express compelling narratives regarding gender identity in contemporary society. Artists must identify as a trans* individual and must reside in the USA or Canada. They are looking for artwork which addresses the experience of being trans* or the topic of gender identity more broadly. Sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media, collage, assemblage, ceramics, fiber art, artist book, – original artwork only. This exhibition cannot accept video, film, performance art, installation and works requiring an external electrical source. Learn more
Deadline: March 25, 2015

Call for Artists The Women’s Caucus for Art, New Hampshire Chapter is currently accepting entries for their show Force of Nature: Exploring the Power of the Feminine, July 6–August 14, 2015, at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and The Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. Broadly interpreted, concepts might range from myth and legend to the personal, historical or political. Artwork considering Nature (as in Mother Nature and her natural forces), eco art and ecofeminism are also strongly encouraged. Artists, both male and female, WCA-members and non-members, working individually or collectively are eligible to submit to this call for entry. The juror is Judith Brodsky. Artwork Specifications: Up to three artworks. 2D, 3D, video, installation and performance are acceptable for submission. Detailed proposals for site specific installations, videos and performances will be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: March 30, 2015

Image credit: Image: Martin Luther King, Jr. photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. LC-DIG-ppmsc-01269 from the Library of Congress

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Sketching Out Artist Opportunities

January 13th, 2015


Artist Residency 360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a free artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency. They also have a personal residency program for artists who need longer periods of creative time (1 – 4 months). Write: 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com for more info.
Deadline: January 18, 2015

Photography The Center for Fine Art Photography has announced their call for entry, Landscapes with juror Chantel Paul, Chantel Paul is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, CA. All artist interpretations on this theme are encouraged. All capture types and post-production processes are welcome. Learn more.
Deadline: February 11, 2015

Sculptors The Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, has announced a call for artists for their 17th Annual Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. They are seeking proposals from artists for 2015-2016. Selected artists each receive a $1,000 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award. Learn more.
Deadline: February 16, 2015

Filmmakers The Provincetown International Film Festival is accepting Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Animated Feature, Short, and Student Short submissions. Films must have been completed after June 1, 2013. Submit using Withoutabox. Submissions considered for audience, jury, and first-time filmmaker awards. Learn more.
Deadline: February 23, 2015

Call for Artist Proposals  The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) invites artists from all disciplines to apply for Fair Verona, three open-air festivals that will transform some of Boston’s most cherished parks and local communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Fair Verona, part of Shakespeare OFF the Common, will encourage participation through interactive outdoor arts activities, build community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize the local economy. Honorarium will be awarded to the top artists selected for Fair VeronaLearn more. Questions, contact Marissa Friedman, CSC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, at mfriedman@commshakes.org.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Residencies for Artists, Scientists, Writers Applications are now being accepted for PLAYA’s artist residencies in south central Oregon. They offer seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. Residencies are open to artists, scientists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in forms of creative research. Learn more.
Deadline: of March 1, 2015

Creative Writing Fellowships The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in prose. You may apply only once each year. If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034 or LitFellowships@arts.gov. Learn more.
Deadline: March 11, 2015

Printmakers The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is currently accepting entries for the 10th Biennial International Print Exhibition. Work can not exceed 4″ square. Learn more.
Deadline: March 14, 2015

Image credit: Illustration of child drawing on a wall from The Nursery, A Monthly Magazine for Youngest Readers Vol XIII – No. 4, a children’s magazine published in 1873.


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Studio Views: Isa Leshko

January 12th, 2015

Isa Leshko has created a series of beautifully executed documentary photographs called “Elderly Animals” in which she confronts issues of aging and mortality. The inspiration for the project was her own mother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease.

Still 1 from Elderly Animals: Photographs by Isa Leshko

Elderly Animals Project
I am traveling to sanctuaries across the country to photograph geriatric animals. I began this series shortly after I had spent a year helping my sister care for our mom who had Alzheimer’s disease. The experience had a profound impact on me and forced me to confront my own mortality.

Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33
Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33

Many of the animals who were photographed for this project were reared on factory farms before they were rescued and placed into sanctuaries. Others were beloved pets who were well cared for since an early age. Some of the animals in these images appear to be quite frail; others seem youthful despite their advanced ages.
Rooster, Age Unknown
Rooster, Age Unknown

In order to achieve a sense of intimacy in these portraits, I spend several hours with the animals I photograph and I try to visit them multiple times. Depending on the animal, I may spend an hour or so simply lying on the ground next to the creature before I take a single image. This approach helps the animal acclimate to my presence and it allows me to observe the animal without being focused on picture taking.
Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19, I
Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19, I

I am creating these photographs in order to take an unflinching look at aging. Both my maternal grandmother and mom died from complications relating to dementia. I am scared of developing Alzheimer’s disease and I get nervous whenever I lose my keys or forget a person’s name. Photographing geriatric animals enables me to immerse myself in my fear of growing old. I have come to realize that these images are self-portraits. Or at the very least, they are manifestations of my fears and hopes about what I will be like when I am old.
Ash, Domestic White Turkey, Age 8 II
Ash, Domestic White Turkey, Age 8, II

I also want my images to inspire greater empathy toward animals, particularly farm animals. It is very rare for a farm animal to actually live its full natural lifespan given that most of these animals experience brutality and death early in their lives. By depicting the beauty and dignity of these creatures in their later years, I want to encourage people to question and challenge the way farm animals are currently treated.
Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13
Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13

Houston Center for Photography Fellowship Exhibit Installation. Photo courtesy of Laura Corley Burlton.

Isa Leshko with her dealer Richard Levy at the Miami Project Art Fair in 2013. Image courtesy of the Richard Levy Gallery.

Isa Leshko signing prints with Paul Sneyd (master printer and owner of Panopticon Imaging) at Panopticon Imaging. Photo courtesy of Panopticon Imaging.

For more on Isa’s work, see this short film courtesy of Walley Films.

Image credit: Unless otherwise stated, images are Copyright Isa Leshko. All Rights Reserved.

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Common Threads: Connecting with Massachusetts Poets

January 7th, 2015

Guest post by Charles Coe

Preparations are ramping up for the seventh-annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will take place in historic Salem from Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 5th. This year’s event features headliners Rita Dove, Richard Blanco, Stephen Burt, Jorie Graham, and dozens of other contemporary poets.

But if you can’t make it to Salem that weekend, you can be part of the Festival by grabbing a copy of Common Threads, an annual publication of 7-10 poems by Massachusetts poets. The book includes a reading and discussion guide and videos of the poems being read, and will be distributed to libraries, senior centers and book clubs—reaching upwards of 350 poetry discussion groups across the state.

Cape Cod poet Alice Kociemba, guest editor for the fifth edition of Common Threads, included the following piece by renowned poet Rhina P. Espaillat, who was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States as a young girl when her family was exiled:

On Hearing My Name Pronounced Correctly,
Unexpectedly, for Once *

The voice over the wire trills my R,
snares me with soft diminutives, and waits
for me, in our shared language, to allow
my words to trace, like fingers down a scar,
stories we’ve known since childhood, places, dates
in brackets on worn stones. He tells me how
our old ones slip away, forgetting, now,
faces and names. My cousin hesitates;
I take this name again and say goodnight.
Odd how the gringo tongue that shifts, translates
you into something it can say, but far
from what you were, that never gets you right,
rolling you round too long, too smooth, too light,
loves you at last to who it says you are.

*This poem first appeared in Rattapallax magazine in 2001.

For Ms. Espaillat, this was an especially apt piece for Common Threads. “This particular poem shares an experience common to immigrants like me,” she says. “It also touches upon the importance of communication, both through spoken language and ‘body language’ — all of those ways in which ordinary human relationships reveal themselves.”

She’s pleased to be part of a project that brings together people from different backgrounds to talk about poetry. “Poetry can enrich anybody’s life,” she says. “It has things to say – no, sing – that are both important and universal. And it allows us to listen to voices from the past and send our own voices into the future, if we’re lucky.”

Ms. Espaillat is in excellent company in Common Threads; this year’s collection also features work by Richard Wilbur, Deborah Diggs, John Hodgen, Adrienne Rich, Fred Marchant, Derek Walcott and Mary Oliver.

More information about Common Threads.

More information about the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

Charles Coe, Program Officer for MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio, is the author of the poetry collections All Sins Forgiven and Picnic on the Moon, as well as the novella Spin Cycles. In his role at the MCC, he has worked with Mass Poetry since its inception in 2009.

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Artist Opportunities On the Skids

January 6th, 2015


It’s all downhill from here.

Short Stories The Ruth Hindman Foundation, H. E. Francis Short Story Competition is currently accepting submissions. A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships Applications are now being accepted for the MCC’s Artist Fellowships in Film & Video, Music Composition and Photography. Learn more
Deadline: January 26, 2015

Artist Residencies in Japan Artists in a range of disciplines can apply for United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies, to live in Japan for 3-5 months and pursue creative projects. Each residency also includes a travel grant of up to $2,000 and a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support. Past recipients include Patrick Donnelly. Learn more.
Deadline: February 2, 2015

Short Plays The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (August 3-9, 2015; New York, NY)  is now accepting submissions. Playwrights (not published with Samuel French Inc. or any other major theatrical publisher) are welcome to submit up to 3 plays, each running 10-30 minutes in length. Learn more.
Deadline: February 14, 2015 (11:59pm E.S.T.)

Call for Art Intelligent Objects is an open call for those artworks that act as independent agents and explore the cross-section of analog and digital media. In this age of the internet of things, where our toasters communicate over the internet and robots vacuum our floors, this exhibition explores those artistic objects or their 2D and 3D representations which appear to be responsive to our existence, or at least demand an empathy if not an emotion, that we give to sentient beings. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Photographers  CAMERA USA 2015 is currently accepting entries for their national juried show. Open to photographers taking photographs in the USA. Submit one photograph online for a bricks and mortar exhibition in Naples, FL. $5,000 award for one photographer. The jurors are Harry Benson, Award Winning International Photojournalist; Patty Carroll, Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director of the Center of Photography at Woodstock. Learn more. Questions, contact jack.obrien@naplesart.org
Deadline: March 18, 2015

Call for Artists The Attleboro Arts Museum is currently accepting entries for their national juried exhibition Possesions: Prized and Otherwise. Open to all mediums, interpretations and sizes. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Image credit: Painting of people tobogganing by Henry Sandham.

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Fellows Notes – Jan 15

January 2nd, 2015

Happy New Year (of notes and news from current/past MCC Artist Fellows and Finalists)!!

Sarah Bliss, Georgie Friedman, and Jeff Warmouth are among the artist premiering nine new works of art for the latest installment of Art on the Marquee at the Boston Convention in South Boston.

Linda Etcoff, Warner Friedman, Chuck Holtzman, Timothy Kadish, Ilana Manolson, Julie Levesque, Janet Rickus, and Mara Superior all exhibited in Salon Show at Clark Gallery, which ended in December.

Andrea Sherrill Evans, Rachel Mello, Kenji Nakayama, Mary O’Malley, and Prilla Smith Brackett are all exhibiting in Plenty at 13Forest Gallery (thru 1/9/15).


Steven Bogart co-wrote and is directing Pinocchio, an adaptation of the classic tale that incorporates Japanese mythology and performance styles (1/30-2/22), at Wheelock Family Theatre.

Edie Bresler‘s photographic series We Sold a Winner is on view at the University of La Verne in the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography in La Verne, California (thru 12/12). Read about the series in Slate and in an ArtSake Studio Views.

Congratulations to Ria Brodell, recipient of a 2014 Boston Artadia Award.

Rebecca Doughty has an exhibition, Somebodies, at Carroll and Sons Gallery (1/2-2/14, reception 1/2 5:30-7:30 PM).

Barry Freedland recently exhibited a “Robotic Performance Installation” at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Singapore, called Dancing Drones.

Danielle Legros Georges was named the Poet Laureate of Boston.

Jane Gillooly‘s film Suitcase of Love and Shame will screen at the Museum of Moving Image in New York, as part of its First Look festival, on 1/11, 2:30 PM. For First Look, the filmmaker will film the audience at the screening, which in turn will become Audience, screening on 1/18, 3 PM, at the same venue.

Chuck Holtzman has a solo show in the Holzwasser Gallery of the New Art Center, 1/16-2/21.

Niho Kozuru‘s exhibition Cast & Layered is currently on view at Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA (thru 1/28/15, opening reception 11/15, 3-5 PM).

Congratulations to Kate Leary, who won a Sustainable Arts Foundation award. The grant supports artists and writers with families.

Nathalie Miebach is part of the group show Laboratory at Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University in Georgia (thru 2/21/15).

Monica Raymond‘s play The Owl Girl was named one of the Top 10 Plays in the 2015 Jewish Playwriting Contest. In other news, she wrote the lyrics for the winter song After Harvest (for two sopranos and a harp, music by Timothy Takach), which had its world premiere in December at the Schubert Club in Minneapolis. Also in December, Monica’s short play Novices was performed as part of a student festival at Boston University Student Theater.

Cristi Rinklin has a solo show, Displaced, at Steven Zevitas Gallery (thru 1/31, opening reception 1/9, 5:30 PM).

Evelyn Rydz‘s work is included in the exhibition Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, which was at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska and is traveling to the David Spencer CDC Museum in Atlanta (1/26-6/19).

Leslie Sills is having an exhibition of new work (mixed-media paintings) in Vicissitudes of Youth at Mobilia Gallery (1/17-2/14, opening 1/24 3-5 PM).

Johanna Warwick has two current or recent solo photography exhibitions: Between the Ground & Sky (Part 1) at The Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT (thru 8/15/15); and Between the Ground & Sky (Part 2) at Mayor’s Gallery in Boston City Hall (ending 12/31).

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

Image: Warner Friedman, BLUE PIER (2010) acrylic on canvas, 54×90 in

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Auld Lang Artist Opportunities

December 30th, 2014


Call for Art The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites New England artists in all 2D and 3D media to submit work for the exhibition, Perfect Storm. Varied and diverse interpretations of this title are encouraged. The show will be held at the Rocky Neck Art Colony Cultural Center in Gloucester. Learn more.
Deadline: January 9, 2015

Short Stories The Ruth Hindman Foundation offers a prize of $2,000 for a short story in the H.E. Francis Short Story Competition. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Artists, Performers, Educators The Cambridge Winters Farmers Market is looking for musicians, dancers, storytellers and educators. If you’d like to be involved in any of these roles, or as a business sponsors or volunteer, contact info@cambridgewinterfarmersmarket.comLearn more.
Deadline: January 16,2015

Public Art Proposals The City of Somerville, acting by and through the Somerville Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), is seeking the services of a designer/fabricator to provide design, fabrication, and installation oversight services for custom seating area and public art on a new plaza to be constructed near Davis Square in Somerville, MA. The City intends to include creatively designed and fabricated benches and sculptural elements to build on Davis Square’s creative aesthetic and connection to the arts community. The work produced from this process is intended to be functional and to distinguish Somerville for its inclusion of artists and the arts in everyday life. Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2015

Massachusetts Composers  The goal of this competition is to promote unity between the El Sistema programs in the Commonwealth, to encourage composition of original works for full orchestra and chorus, to stimulate and promote contemporary music for orchestra and chorus, showcase the works of Massachusetts based composers, and to establish the creative ties between the El Sistema inspired programs of Massachusetts and composers of today. The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and their composition will be performed in a convening of students from all the El Sistema inspired programs in the state. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2015

Cambridge Open Studios Visual and performing artists who live, work or have a studio in Cambridge are invited to participate in the 7th annual city-wide Cambridge Arts Open Studios May 9th and 10th. Learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2015

Artist Residencies The Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week artists residency to four artists each summer from mid June to mid August in ceramics, photography, printmaking and social justice. Learn more
Deadline: February 1, 2015

Call for Art The Maud Morgan Arts Center in Cambridge, is seeking artwork that incorporates text and image for their Small Works Salon 2015: Word + Image. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2015

Call for Art The South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA, is currently accepting entries for the exhibition, Earth, Wind & Fire. Juried by Carl Belz, Director Emeritus at Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA. Open to all media. Learn more. Questions, contact info@ssac.org
Deadline: March 2, 2015

Request for Expressions of Interest for Provincetown AIDS Memorial Seeking expressions of interest from qualified artists to develop a site-specific Memorial commemorating the lives lost to AIDS and the Town’s response to the AIDS crisis. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015.


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Creative Space 12/29

December 29th, 2014

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

Here is the most recent as of December 29, 2014:


Studio Share in Allston

Photographer looking for a cool studiomate.

This is a spectacular corner of the world for a creative person! Spacious and sunny studio in a very kinetic arts building in Allston. I am looking for a studiomate to share space in this creative hotspot!

-840sq ft
-Full kitchen (not just a break room, FULL kitchen)
-Clean, furnished, and tastefully decorated
-Dedicated parking lot
-Loading dock and utility elevator
-24 hour access
-A safe, well maintained building you won’t be embarrassed to have clients come to
-Convenient location to Mass Pike, Storrow, MBTA busses, and the Green Line
-Great restaurants and watering holes in the neighborhood
-Open studios twice a year
-A studiomate who is respectful, tidy, creative, and into food, art, and good music

This is a perfect space for a designer, architect, producer, filmmaker, illustrator, retoucher, or writer. Another photographer might work out well too. It is all about the right fit!
Rent $650
Available February 1st if not sooner.
Contact: Nina Gallant Photography, nina@ninagallant.com


If you’re interested in listing a Massachusetts creative space on ArtSake, send us a 100 word or less description, with links and images, if applicable. If you’re interested in finding one, check posts tagged in the blog’s creative space category to find the latest listings.

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Artist Opportunities Dance-A-Thon

December 23rd, 2014


Call for Art The Nave Gallery (Somerville, MA) invites artists to participate in the curated exhibition Bite: Food as Art. The exhibition will be curated by Tori Costa and Sandy McDonald. Learn more
Deadline: January 11, 2015

Call for Art Boston Cyberarts has announced a call for work for display at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Boston, MA. They are looking for work that ties into the theme “Virus Art,” defined (loosely) as something that reproduces and spreads. The call is open to all media. The history and cultural assemblage of viral, digital culture has morphed significantly since the Frankfurt Museum for Applied Art added viral code to their permanent collection in 2002, and the fascination with viruses that can be seen in the 2001 Whitney Biennial and in the “I Love You-computer_viruses_hacker_culture” exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts Frankfurt has seeped its way into contemporary culture. It has “gone viral,” so to speak. As such, they are interested specifically in works relating to culture and viral code. Include a statement about the work, a brief bio, images, as well as your contact info. Submit proposals to info@bostoncyberarts.org.
Deadline: January 11, 2015 (by midnight)

Dune Shack Residencies The Provincetown Community Compact announces that applications are available for the public for residencies in the Fowler and C-Scape Dune Shacks in the Cape Cod National Seashore. There are also special residencies for visual artists (one includes a $500 fellowship) and writers. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Call to Artists Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Gallery is accepting submissions for two  juried exhibits: Winter and Rivers, Streams and Lakes. Artists are invited to submit up to five (8″x10″) photographic prints only, 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 $15, please 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. Contact jngoba@massaudubon.org for any questions.
Exhibition Deadline for Winter: Extended to February 2, 2015
Exhibition Deadline for Rivers, Streams and Lakes: April 13, 2015

Sculpture Residency Artists working in three-dimensions are invited to submit ambitious project proposals for the Open Studio Fellowship Program (open to US artists) at Franconia Sculpture Park. Sculpture, site-specific, multi-media, and installation work are considered. Artists are in residence at Franconia during their fellowship. Residencies start as early as April 1, 2015, lasting a minimum of 4 weeks and up to 3 months depending on the nature of the project. Installation for 2015 projects must be complete by September 12, 2015. Up to 10 artists or artist teams will be awarded funding support, ranging from $3,500 to $5,000, to create and exhibit new work in a public outdoor setting. Learn more
Deadline: February 6, 2015

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