Artist Profile: Cristi Rinklin

August 26th, 2016

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts on September 16-October 15, 2016, at the NAC.

Cristi Rinklin, one of the exhibiting artists, takes us on a visual exploration of landscape.

The landscape is a consistent motif throughout my work. Rather than being a faithful representation of the natural world we inhabit, it becomes a manifestation of desire and memory imposed upon by the artifice of technology. My recent work situates the landscape as a contemplative space that invites the viewer to explore within. While there is lush beauty here, there is also a conspicuous human absence in these uninhabited, detached fragments that float in ambiguous, abstract spaces. Much in the way that memories exist in fragments with gaping voids of lost information, these landscapes hover in state of dreamy and melancholy suspension, as if these apparitions are all that is left of a world that no longer exists. This sense of uncertainty and detachment is a persistent symptom of our contemporary condition of facing an unknown future.

Migration 1

Drastic changes such as urban expansion, forest fragmentation, strip-mining and fracking physically disrupt and alter the natural world and threaten its very existence. A concept that was recently introduced to me called “solastalgia” perfectly articulated what I have been intuitively exploring in my recent work. This term, coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003, describes a form of existential distress caused by environmental changes such as mining or climate change. This term beautifully describes the psychological response I intend to evoke from my audience. The painting “Displaced” provides a vivid example of this condition.


Here we see an aerial view of a fragment of forest surrounded by flood waters. The colors are muted and diffused, as if seen through the atmospheric veil of distance. The flat, icy blue, hard-edge shape that references the water on which the landscape sits, simultaneously becomes a cloud-like shape that overtakes the space in another passage. The emptiness of this stark, flat shape in this otherwise illusionistic space evokes gaps in memory or stored data that threaten to overtake or erase the scene. The combination of tangible realism, abstraction, and ambiguity are intended to disrupt the viewer’s ability to ground or position himself in any particular time or space. It is as if these images are the echoes of fragmented memories that hover in a post-human existence. While the notion of a post-human world may have disturbing implications, I also find poetic beauty in the idea that life and consciousness may exist outside of human experience, and that all this will persist, with or without our participation.


See Cristi Rinklin’s work at the upcoming exhibition 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts. Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 6-8 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park Newtonville, MA, 02460

Image credit: All images courtesy Cristi Rinklin.

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Set Sail for Artist Opportunities

August 23rd, 2016


Of Note: MCC Artist Fellowship applications for Crafts, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, and Dramatic Writing are now available. Learn more.
Deadline: October 3, 2016

Solo Movement Work Mobius has announced a call for 1 minute solo movement pieces for an evening work performed at Mobius Gallery. The pieces will cycle over the length of the evening. Movement should be freely interpreted. The piece should be strictly one minute in length and should be a finished piece. Performance date: September 24th, 2016 8PM (Sept 23th Dress rehearsal). Email your submission information: name and contact info;  written proposal of your idea or a link to a video of your work/draft;  link to your website or any other images of past work (links to Vimeo videos preferred but youtube acceptable);  note: you are responsible for your own tech needs, props etc but there will be access to sound and 1 video projector.
Deadline: August 27 2016

Call for Artists The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in Boston is hosting their 2nd Annual Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition. Artists that live or create in the City of Boston are welcome to apply. They are looking for fresh, original, contemporary work. The art will be displayed at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery during the month of October. The art submitted will be judged by a jury of Boston art professionals and peers. $5,000 in prizes will be awarded. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Grants for Artists, Writers with Children The Sustainable Arts Foundation is offering awards of up to $6000 to writers and artists with children. The money can be used for costs such as child care, workspaces, new equipment, research and travel. There are two funding rounds each year and typically a total of ten grants are made in each round: five Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards valued at $6000 each and five Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Awards valued at $2000. To be eligible, writers must have at least one child under the age of 18. Learn more.
Deadline: September 2, 2016

Photographers Entries are currently being accepted for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s APERTURES Photography Competition. Learn more.
Deadline: September 9, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Golden Thread gallery’s exhibition Simplicity, located in West Hartford, CT. the exhibit is from October 1 to December 31, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: September 13, 2016

Choreographers The New England Foundation for the Arts will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to New England choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Learn more.
Deadline September 26, 2016

Boston Area Artists The Dorchester Arts Collaborative is currently registering Boston area artists for their annual Dorchester Open Studios taking place Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23.  Seeking artists, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, craftspeople and designers to showcase and sell work. Group sites are available at First Parish Church Dorchester and the Erick Jean Center for the Arts for those artists without a private studio. Learn more.
Registration Deadline: September 28, 2016

Image credit: Excelsior-1897 sets sail for the Klondike from San Francisco. Photo by Sam C. Partridge. Library of the University of Washington via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

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Apply Now for an Artist Fellowship in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

August 19th, 2016

Beth Galston, LUMINOUS GARDEN (AERIAL) detail, detail (2009) Urethane resin, LEDs, wire, electronics 912x12 ft

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Program. The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged, competitive grants for individual artists in recognition of artistic excellence.

Fellowship awards are currently $12,000. Finalist awards are $1,000.

There are two deadlines per fiscal year, divided by discipline. Applications are now being accepted in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016.

MCC will accept applications in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography beginning December 15, 2016. Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017.

Who should apply for an Artist Fellowship? Massachusetts artists creating original work who meet eligibility requirements (see guidelines) are encouraged to apply. Read our tips on applying for an MCC Artist Fellowship.

Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.


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Image and media: Beth Galston (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’13), LUMINOUS GARDEN (AERIAL) detail, detail (2009) Urethane resin, LEDs, wire, electronics 912×12 ft; video celebrating 40 years of the Massachusetts Artist Fellowships.

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Christy Georg: Art from Surprising Places

August 18th, 2016

Last month, we asked a group of artists Has a surprising or unusual locale ever proven a boon to your art-making?

Here, sculptor Christy Georg addresses the same topic, having recently returned home from a surprising locale herself: the Kohler industrial factory in Wisconsin.

Christy Georg at work during the Kohler Arts Industry Residency

The risks and strides I’ve taken within my art practice have taught me to completely believe in my ideas and in my ability to achieve difficult, interesting goals. Thoroughness conceptually, as well as with materials and process in the studio are a defining factor of what makes being an artist essential to me. Endurance and perseverance are evident in both the subject and the practice of my art career. Nineteen artist residencies have taken me to interesting and highly influential places over the years which allowed my ideas to grow in ways never conceivable in the limit of what a “home” might provide. And so for for 13 weeks this year I found myself beginning production on a new body of work in the pottery factory at Kohler Company in Wisconsin.

Christy Georg at work during the Kohler Arts Industry Residency

“Don’t be too disappointed if the project proves impossible,” I was told. There is no more delicious prize in the world than successfully achieving a nearly-impossible goal, and I enjoyed pushing myself mentally and physically to produce such a complicate, physically large, and multi-part project.

Christy Georg at work during the Kohler Arts Industry Residency

The Arts/Industry Program places two artists in studios alongside normal factory production in both the pottery and the foundry. Watching the three shifts of workers coming and going kept my appetite for production crazy high. The pottery casting facility is kept hot and humid for the clay, but the taxing environment just made me want to be tough enough to overcome it. I made sixteen multi-part plaster molds, which overflowed the studio and had to be well engineered to I could manipulate them alone with the help of a hoist. Slip-casting the vitreous china is also very physical and I felt like my movements became choreographed over my sweaty and very long work days; a machine in the factory engaged in nearly 24-hour production, and with an unusually high rate of success.

– Christy Georg, August 2016

Created in Arts/Industry, a long-term residency program of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Arts/Industry takes place at Kohler Co.

Created in Arts/Industry, a long-term residency program of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Arts/Industry takes place at Kohler Co.



Christy Georg is a sculptor whose numerous honors include a Lighton International Artists Exchange Program Grant and an MCC Finalist award in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. She teaches sculpture at Santa Fe Community College and is also an Adventure Guide for both Santa Fe Mountain Adventures and Santa Fe Walkabouts.

Christy Georg

Images: all images from Christy Georg’s work-in-progress GREAT GUNS, a recreation of the armament of the main gundeck of the USS Constitution in slip-cast porcelain. Work created in Arts/Industry, a long-term residency program of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Arts/Industry takes place at Kohler Co.

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Showered with Artist Opportunities

August 16th, 2016

Leonid meteor shower over Niagara Falls, from BILDER-ATLAS DER STERNWELT (translation: Image Atlas of the Star World) by Edmund Weiss (Stuttgart, 1892). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Library.

Dancers The Boston Dance Alliance is holding its annual Open Call Audition on September Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m -5 p.m. at Brookline High School. Learn more to register.

Western MA Artists Vendors and Crafters that make handmade creations are sought for the Lenox, MA, Holiday Craft Connection, November 19, 2016 from 9 am – 3 pm at The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, Massachusetts (located behind NBT Bank). Free admission. For more information please call 413-243-2640 ~ 413-464-2659 or

Filmmakers Sundance Institute is is accepting applications of short and feature length films, episodic content, and virtual reality projects to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Learn more.
Deadline: varied deadlines in August and September, 2016

Artist Residency The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided. Visual artists work in one of three studios, two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet. Onsite letterpress studio also available. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016

Fellowships in the Creative Arts The Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowships awards fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University. The fellowships are given annually to artists in a variety of disciplines to allow them to pursue creative projects. Fellows are expected to reside in Boston during the fellowship period, which lasts from September through May. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Visual Artists Business Grant The Clark Hulings Fund Business Accelerator Grant is now accepting applications. The fund offers targeted financial assistance and business support to professional visual artists to help them boost their careers and succeed as managers of their art businesses. Applicants must detail exactly how the grant would help them undertake, improve, or expand a specific project. Grants vary, but total funding for one year will not exceed $10,000. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Call for Art The Billboard Creative is currently accepting submissions for the 2016 Los Angeles Exhibition. The Billboard Creative is an all-volunteer nonprofit that produces public art shows on billboards throughout Los Angeles. Imagine your art viewed on a massive scale, by tens of thousands of Angelenos on their daily commutes. Public art displayed in a quintessential Los Angeles medium. Learn more.
Deadline: October 2, 2016

Music Performers Do you believe in the power of free, live music to bring people together and invigorate community life? Does your town or city have an underused public space that would be ideal for outdoor concerts? Apply for a 2017 Levitt AMP Grant Award. Applications are now open. Learn more.
Deadline: October 10, 2016

Award for Female Writer A Room of Her Own Foundation is currently accepting applications for their Gift of Freedom Award. A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two remaining genres will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, an essay on financial status, an essay on the meaning of writing, an artist’s statement, a project plan, and a community benefit proposal. Learn more.
Deadline: November 2, 2016

Image: Leonid meteor shower over Niagara Falls, from BILDER-ATLAS DER STERNWELT (translation: Image Atlas of the Star World) by Edmund Weiss (Stuttgart, 1892). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Library.

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Liz Waldner: Sense and Faithfulness

August 16th, 2016

Recently, ArtSake’s editors learned about a medical fund for Liz Waldner, a 1998 Massachusetts Artist Fellow in Poetry. We got in touch with the acclaimed poet and discovered that despite health struggles she simultaneously published two new books this Spring and is now at work on a multi-media project. We asked her how each of her new books came to fruition, her memories of her 1998 fellowship, and what’s next in her work as a literary artist.

Liz Waldner, photo by Ceci Miller

My two new books both came out Spring 2016: Her Faithfulness (Miami University Press) and Little House, Big House (Now How I Am An American) (Noemi Press). Although one could go through all of Aristotle’s kinds of causes indicating how this came about, let’s point to the fact that Her Faithfulness was slated to be the “New” section of a New and Selected Poems and Some Prose that the publisher delayed a year and then another and another, slashing it from 350 or so pages to 125 along the way. So I said never mind and brought the book to Miami University Press.

The poem from which the title is taken, “The Sovereignty and the Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed,” was in The New Yorker, first with the wrong title (“A Sensible Life”); interesting in that the book comes out of my life’s apparently having left sense (as I knew it, anyway) behind. (I’d fallen ill and got iller and no one had a clue – lymphoma? lupus? Which specialist to believe?) I’d come across the title 15 years earlier in a card catalog and written it down. Came across that scrap one day and wrote its poem.

Little House, Big House comes of becoming more and more aware of the individual/soul and the “greater than whiches” of which we are a part. In particular, living in Canada awhile was a magnifying lens. My PhD work had been on the effects of US “information flows” and culture on shaping women’s identity and sense of self globally, but I hadn’t lived out of the county since the mid-70’s. And also of what it means to have a home, on one’s heart and in the world. I’d been studying Kashmiri Shaivism and other Indian sacred texts; the book’s epigraph is a favorite bit from one. Another comes from Narada’s Bhakti Sutras… so they shaped it, too.

It also came about this way: too sick to work and with a tiny disability check, having worked forever at the bottom of the pay scale (adjunct, lecturer, volunteer on a stipend for various nonprofits, house cleaner, gardener, etc.), the be all and end all – and it did begin to look like ending – of my life became finding housing. On six year long wait lists in CA, I thought I’d cleverly solved the problem by becoming a professional house-sitter. I camped, I took sublets, I did housesits, I slept in my car.

Until I got too sick to manage that. Which takes me to my next project, or at least its subjects. A book – prose, poems, photos – and a website/map, detailing my adventures and meetings over the last years of becoming a permanent stranger/full-time mover and maker of short-term homes from which I ventured into the very strange land of medicine/medicos.

The health care system is total wreck in this country and the quality of care available to most is abysmal. I was nearly done in multiple times early on because I trusted that “they” knew what they were about. When in 2008, I got violently ill on my way cross-country, this was attributed to a tick bite. In the ER where no one washed their hands ever, I got a C. difficile infection – both of these diagnosed without the proper tests (I now know). No one knew how to treat them properly; even today, people are given Flagyl which just makes it all chronic. I lost 20 pounds in 2 weeks… That was really the end of my what I’d thought of as my life and the beginning of another.

There’s a whole world of older women in that predicament, living in campgrounds, moving every 14 days, usually – most require you to be gone for 24 hours then; some it’s 2 weeks. Women are still paid 80 cents on the dollar compared to men (my last job, the young male hire with 4 years experience and 2 books was paid 20k more than I with my 15 years and 8 books and their prizes), don’t have the same career opportunities and have higher medical costs, in general (and fare more poorly in our messed-up health “care” system), so Social Security checks (and for the lucky, pensions) are often inadequate.

I would like to say hooray for Mass., its new law forbidding the ruin the rest of your life job interview question: what were you paid at your last job? In fact, I would live in Massachusetts if an affordable abode presented itself. I loved it. (The story of how I got my rent-controlled apartment is a doozy: a cloistered nun with whom I volunteered at a battered women’s shelter in Albuquerque prayed for me to get a job [cause 1]; my friend in Boston decided to spend the day with her girlfriend rather than help me apartment hunt when I arrived [cause 2]; my adult student [teaching teachers at Bard] who became a friend indeed and stepped in happened to teach the niece of the woman in the mink coat who showed us the studio [causes 3 and 4]; I already had the lecturer job at Tufts – once I got the job, as a joke I asked the nun, who’d been taking care of her dying father and was heading back into cloisters, if she could also find me a place to live in Boston on $12k a year – etc. As the other nuns said when I took them to their first trip to a food co-op, that one has a direct line to God.)

Which brings me to where was I when I got word of my Cultural Council grant. (Hooray for Mass., some more. My 7 years in artist-grantless CA didn’t help my situation any.) Rent control was ending in Cambridge; Tufts said they couldn’t pay me any more; I hadn’t published a book yet. So I decided to put together a year of artist residencies to tread water and see what might be revealed. I don’t remember exactly where I was on the map but I was happy in my heart and mind and at that point over-worked like a donkey body to get it because it meant (cue music) “Food around the corner, there’s food around the corner, food around the corner for me…” (what a dreadful tune to have in one’s head – sorry). And a roof over my head, to boot. But that was the end of my nice Mass. life and the beginning of the seriously peripatetic.

 – Liz Waldner, August 2016


Liz Waldner grew up in rural Mississippi and earned a BA in mathematics and philosophy at St. John’s College and an MFA at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her first book of poetry, HOMING DEVICES (O Books, 1998), came after an 18-year silence; since then, Waldner has published prolifically. Her recent books include A POINT IS THAT WHICH HAS NO PART (2000), which won both the Iowa Poetry Prize and the James Laughlin Award, SELF AND SIMULACRA (2001), DARK WOULD (THE MISSING PERSON) (2002), TRUST (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009), PLAY (Lightful Press, 2009), HER FAITHFULNESS (Miami University Press, 2016), and LITTLE HOUSE, BIG HOUSE (Noemi Press, 2016). Learn more about the medical fund to support Liz Waldner.

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Imagine Artist Opportunities

August 9th, 2016

Imagine by Ruben Arroco

Boston Artists Grant The Boston Artist Opportunity Fund is currently accepting grant applications from artists living or working in the City of Boston, to support activities that continue their education and skill building, or helps them share their work or teach others. Grants are also available to teachers at schools located in Boston, teaching artists offering workshops in a Boston Public Library, Boston Center for Youth & Families, senior housing or a senior center, or a non-profit social service agency in Boston. Applications for grants up to $1,000 will be accepted on a monthly basis on the first of every month. Up to $10,000 in funding will be available each month. Learn more.

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition From the Pastoral to the Political: Local Food Production, Land Use and & Communities. What is the relationship between the local food movement, farming, and how we look at issues such as agribusiness, GMOs, and man-made chemicals? How has the preservation of land and natural resources become vital? The various local food movements found across the country have helped build their communities and created new economies. This national juried exhibition seeks to explore the potential of artists within this dialogue. What do artists have to say about localism, how are they responding to these issues in their work, and what can contemporary art add to this discussion? The juror is Leah Niederstadt, Professor of Museum Studies, Art History, and Curator of Permanent Collections at Wheaton College. Learn more.
Deadline: August 12th, 2016

Heimark Artist in Residency Program The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency which will support the development of two new performance works that address and incorporate the public history of slavery and contemporary issues of justice. An award in the amount of $3,000 will be granted to each artist or each pair of artists selected as part of this residency. The award will be payable in three equal installments (October, 2016; February, 2017; and May, 2017). Learn more.
Deadline: August 14, 5PM

Call for Art The Springfield Central Cultural District is seeing proposals for artists to display their work in three spaces located in the heart of the Metro Center Downtown – 1550 Main, New England Public Radio, and SilverBrick Lofts. Artists will be provided a reception (with marketing, refreshments, and entertainment provided) and will be allowed to mark their items for sale. All three locations will host only one artist to best highlight their work. 2D and 3D applications encouraged. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016

Writers Red Hen Press is currently accepting entries for their annual Fiction and Nonfiction Awards. Writers can submit a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir of at least 150 pages. Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will judge in nonfiction. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016

Dancers, Choreographers The New England Dance Fund gives priority to timely opportunities with the goal of supporting a diverse group of artists from a range of cultures, disciplines, aesthetics, and career stages throughout all six New England states. Learn more.
Deadline: September 26, 2016

Performing Artists Grant The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Japan grant program. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2016

Of Note: HuffPost has launched If This Art Could Vote, a new initiative that features the work of artists and creatives who are reflecting on the current political landscape — and helping uncover old and new truths. They’re interested in art about the presidential candidates as well as the major issues at stake in this election, such as income inequality, social justice, immigration, climate change, gun violence, and more. Learn more.

Image credit: Imagine carved by Ruben Arroco. Photograph of carved watermelon portrait of John Lennon at the Lowell Folk Festival by Maggie Holtzberg.

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2016 MCC Artist Fellows Exhibition

August 2nd, 2016


The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center in Newton (NAC) join together to present the MCC Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts. The exhibition will showcase a selection of the Commonwealth’s most talented artists working in a variety of disciplines. By bringing together artists from these four categories, the exhibition not only showcases a range of talents, but also explores the integral relations between media and movement, as well as traditional techniques and contemporary practices.


Painting Fellows:
Dennis Congdon (Rehoboth)
Nicole Duennebier (Somerville)
Raúl Gonzalez (Medford)
Joel Janowitz (Cambridge)
Catherine Kehoe (Rehoboth)
Andrew Gordon Moore (Oak Bluffs)
Cristi Rinklin (Dorchester)

Drawing & Printmaking Fellows:
Kim Carlino (Easthampton)
Erica Daborn (Gloucester)
Linda Etcoff (Boston)
Kevin Frances (Boston)
Emily Lombardo (Blanford)
Stephen Mishol (Lowell)
Ethan Murrow (Jamaica Plain)

Choreography Fellows:
Dahlia Nayar (Easthampton)
Candice Salyers (Northampton)
Sara L Smith (Greenfield)

Traditional Arts Fellow:
Dimitrios Klitsas (Hampden)


Massachusetts Cultural Council 2016 Artist Fellows Exhibition
New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA
September 16 – October 15, 2016
Opening Reception: September 16th from 6-8PM
MCC Literary Fellows Reading Event: Friday, September 30, 7PM

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1PM-6PM, and by appointment
The exhibition is free, open to the public and accessible.


Images: Nicole Duennebier, Painting Fellow, Still Life and Holy Ghost, acrylic on panel; Dimitrios Klitsas, Traditional Arts Fellow, Wood Carving, 2013; Dahlia Nayar, Choreography Fellow, “acqua alta”, Dance Place, Washington DC; Kim Carlino, Drawing & Printmaking Fellow, Cosmological Formations, series VII, XII, watercolor, ink & mixed media on tyvek, 2015

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Fellows Notes – Aug 16

August 2nd, 2016

August, that most distinguished of late summer months, arrives with a new array of news from current and past MCC Artist Fellows & Finalists.

Nicole Duennebier (Painting Fellow '16) and Caitlin Duennebier, CONGREGATION ON THE BRIGHTEST NIGHT (2016), acrylic on laminate panel, 48x60 in

Congratulations to Sonia Almeida and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, both of whom are among the 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize artists!

Amy Archambault and Leslie Schomp are in the Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft at Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 9/4).


Steven Barkhimer has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to support a new project, the adaptation and staging of a classical Indian play.

Linda Bond is one of the artists exhibiting in Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns at Brattleboro Museum (thru 10/23).

Alice Bouvrie is screening her film A Chance to Dress at The Space in Jamaica Plain (8/20, 8 PM).

Timothy Coleman has work in an exhibition at Castle in the Clouds in New Hampshire (8/21, 5:30 PM), with New Hampshire Furniture Masters.

Rebecca Doughty has a show of new work, entitled More Pictures, at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown (8/26-9/14, opening reception 8/26, 6-9 PM).

Nicole Duennebier has a collaborative exhibition with Caitlin Duennebier, Fragment of Sister Head, at Lens Gallery in Boston (opening reception 8/5, 6-8:30 PM).

Samantha Fields is exhibiting in SEVEN: A Performative Drawing Project (Reunion) at Montserrat College of Art (thru 9/10), and is among the artists in Contexture at Jane Lombard Gallery in NYC (thru 8/31).

Basia Goszczynska has a solo exhibition, Rainbow Credits, on view at the Mid-Manhattan Library (thru 8/1).

Michael Hoerman is on the map! Created by poet C.D. Wright in 1994, A Readers’ Map of Arkansas honors writers who contribute to the rich culture of Arkansas literature, whom Arkansas has nurtured.

Zehra Khan is among the artists in AMP: Art Market Provincetown (thru 8/11).

Scott Listfield has a solo show at Lancaster Museum of Art as part of the Made in America series (8/13-10/30).

Rachel Mello is one of the artists exhibiting in TEN Kingston Associates: Our Voices at Kingston Gallery (8/3-8/28, opening reception 8/5, 5:30-8 PM).

Lisa Olivieri‘s film Blindsided got a great review in

Cecelia Raker‘s play La Llorona was a runner-up for the Princess Grace Award.

Daniel Ranalli will lead a conversation on the work of Liz Deschenes at ICA Boston (8/31, 2 PM). The discussion is free with museum admission.

Monica Rayond‘s play A to Z was a finalist for both the Jane Chambers Award and ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Paper of Plastic, a short opera for which she wrote the libretto (music, Charles Turner), won second prize in Opera Kansas’s short opera competition.

Jendi Reiter‘s debut novel Two Natures will be published in September by Saddle Road Press of Hilo, HI, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, MA is hosting her local book launch (10/19, 7 PM).

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

Image: Caitlin Duennebier and Nicole Duennebier (Painting Fellow ’16), CONGREGATION ON THE BRIGHTEST NIGHT (2016), acrylic on laminate panel, 48×60 in.

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Wheelin’ and Dealin’ Artist Opportunities

August 2nd, 2016

Boston Youth over 40 Years ago (20)

Documentary Filmmakers The Catapult Film Fund offers development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Their mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a stage where funding is hard to find. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling basis

Call for Artists The Brookline Arts Center is currently accepting entries for their annual artists marketplace on December 1-4, 2016. Part of their tradition has been to offer opportunities for artists to sell their handmade work. This year, they are looking for clothing, jewelry, pottery, original prints and note cards, fabulous soaps, glass, home goods, toys, etc. Learn more.
Deadline: August 12, 2016

Call for Art SlowArt Productions presents the annual group thematic exhibition, A Show of Heads. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery from October 20 – November 19, 2016. Open to all artists working in any media, this exhibition will include all interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Artists in the Northeast The New American Paintings’ 2016 Northeast Competition is accepting submissions. This year’s juror is Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Artists residing in the following states may apply: CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI and VT. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Photography The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is currently accepting entries for their photography competition APERTURES. All winners will be displayed in their online gallery. First Place: $500 cash prize, second place: $200 cash prize, third place: $100 cash prize. Six honorable mentions will be recognized in landscape, seascape, people, animals, floral, and abstract. Entry is done through Cafe site.
Deadline: September 9, 2016 (11:59pm)

Photography Entries are currently being accepted for the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. This prize is given to North American photographers pursuing work of creative or social importance. The winner receives $3,000, publication of a book of photography, a solo exhibit, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Cape Cod Artists Grant Opportunity Letters of inquiry are now being accepted for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s grants for artists. These grants provide cash awards in support of the artistic and cultural activities of local organizations and individuals. Learn more.
Deadline: September 16, 2016

Call for Artists The Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Out of the Woods: Fairy Tales Re-imagined. The invite artists to submit work that uses fairy tales, myths, legends, or folk tales as a point of reference or departure. Work that is loosely based on a particular tale, legend, or myth, or conveys the sense of magic, danger, and humor found in these stories is eligible. All 2D and 3D media will be considered. Small, site-specific installations, video work, and performance are encouraged. Artists submitting video will be required to provide their own equipment. Learn more.
Deadline: September 18, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of a 1970’s Boston youth painting a portrait.

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