Historic Artist Opportunities

September 20th, 2016

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Of Note: The National Museum of African American History & Culture has opened in Washington DC.

Poets Entries are now being accepted for the New Criterion’s Poetry Prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine’s Press. The prize is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Erica Dawson, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 60 pages with a $25 entry fee byVisit the website for complete guidelines. Learn more.
Deadline:  September 30, 2016

Artist Business Grants MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is seeking Boston-based applicants for its Matched Savings Program, which supports creative entrepreneurs with a matching grant and artist-focused business and financial training. Eligible applicants must have a home or studio address in the City of Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Poets, Fiction Writers Entries are currently being accepted for the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes. Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Short Fiction Entries are now being accepted for the University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards. Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

MCC Artist Fellowships The Massachusetts Cultural Council is currently accepting Artist Fellowship applications for Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged grants for Massachusetts artists in recognition of artistic excellence. Fellowship awards are currently $12,000. Finalist awards are $1,000. Learn more.
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

STARS Residencies The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s STARS Residencies Program (Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) provides grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Learn more.
Application opens October 6, 2016 at 4pm

Videos, Animations, Computer Generated Work Proposals for the next round of Art on the Marquee are currently being accepted. Looking for work 30 second videos, animations or computer generated work, that use the entire Marquee in creative ways. Please submit a storyboard, statement, work samples, and CV to info@bostoncyberarts.org The call is limited to artists who live anywhere in the state of Massachusetts. Learn more.
Deadline: October 16th, 2016 (midnight)

Boston Choreographers The Boston Foundation and The Aliad Fund have announced Next Steps for Boston Dance, a new grant program that provides multi-layered support for Boston-area choreographers creating original work in any genre. Offers 250 hours of rehearsal space; 6-10 consultations with experts in chosen areas of need/interest; $5,000 in implementation funds for the artist to take a “next step” in his/her work or career; a series of cohort meetings to connect choreographers, build relationships, and allow for co-learning. A minimum of three grants will be awarded in this pilot round/first year of Next Steps. Learn more.
Deadline: Oct 24, 2016 at 5pm

Ten-minute Plays Submissions of ten-minute plays by New England playwrights are now being accepted for the Boston Theater Marathon XIX to be held May 14, 2017, at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2016

Writing Conference Scholarships If you’re interested in attending Muse and the Marketplace, GrubStreet’s national conference for writers, in Boston Spring 2017 but could use financial support, GrubStreet is offering numerous $250 scholarships for attendees. Learn more.
Deadline: November 21, 2016

Image credit: Circa 1940s: “Miss America.” (Joe Schwartz). From the photography collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Artist’s Voice: Linda Etcoff

September 15th, 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. Linda Etcoff, one of the award-winning artists in the exhibit displays her fecund imagination using charcoal, pastel and crayon.

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Drawing as activity offers me an opportunity to engage in an exploration by utilizing my powers of observation. Through rendering, organizing and manipulating space, I move toward constructing a composition which would otherwise be impossible to imagine in advance. My process concerns developing a spacial construction with an unfamiliar reality having no parallel or corresponding equivalent in nature.

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Using various abstract squiggles and lines to transform my subjects into flat forms of my arrangements. Drawing as action brings me closer to the essential ethos behind the human desire to plant gardens.

See Linda Etcoff’s drawings 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 of Linda Etcoff.

 

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New Artist Opportunities in Boston and Beyond

September 15th, 2016
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We’ve been excited to see a number of new funding and support opportunities for Boston/New England artists announced recently. Here’s a brief rundown.

New England Dance Fund
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announced its New England Dance Fund, which awards “small, catalytic grants directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance.” The program, which aims to strengthen the dance sector in the region, is in addition to NEFA’s existent portfolio of support for dance artists. The next deadline to apply is September 26, 2016.

Assets for Artists in Boston
Assets for Artists is a unique program that offers financial and entrepreneurial training to artists as well as an innovative matched savings grant program. It’s administered by MASS MoCA with a host of partnering and sponsoring orgs (including us). This year, the City of Boston joins as a partner, providing dedicated funding for 10 matched savings grants (from $1,000 – $2,000 each) for Boston-based artists, and financial and business workshops to strengthen the professional skills of those 10 artists and others. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.

The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps for Boston Dance
The Next Steps for Boston Dance program aims to support Greater Boston choreographers with access to rehearsal space, consulting meetings with expert advisors, cohort/collaborator meetings, and $5,000 in funding. The deadline to apply is October 24, 2016, 5 PM EST.

The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston (LAB)
The Live Arts Boston (LAB) program will provide up to $15,000 in flexible, project-specific support to artists in dance, theater, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, some music genres, and inter- or multi-disciplinary combinations. Priority will be given to projects that emphasize new work, culturally-specific work, unique and interdisciplinary partnerships/collaborations, or risk-taking and innovative programming. The launch date is September 30, 2016, and the deadline will be November 15, 2016, 5 PM EST.

The Boston Cultural Council’s Opportunity Fund
The Opportunity Fund is designed to support individual artists living or working in Boston to “share their work with the public or teach others, continue professional development, and hone their skills.” Applications for grants up to $1,000 will be accepted on a monthly basis. Artists can apply here, and grants will be distributed every month except October and April, when other Boston Cultural Council grants applications are due.

 

If you have a program to benefit Massachusetts artists that you’d like us to share, we’re all ears.

Media: excerpt from CLOTHESLINE AS LIVE INSTRUMENT by Dahlia Nayar (Choreography Fellow ’16), a past recipient of support from NEFA’s dance initiatives.

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Charlotte Meehan: Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness

September 14th, 2016

Charlotte Meehan, Artistic Director of Sleeping Weazel and a past contributor to ArtSake, is about to premiere a new play, Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: a User’s Guide at the Boston Center for the Arts. Here, she shares how her personal background and the country’s “mad time” have shaped her new work for the theatre.

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Some thoughts on the state of our union… and theatre’s place within it

The opening of my new multimedia play, Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide, is a singular experience in my life as a playwright, as I consider this production a social intervention during a particularly mad time in U.S. culture. Who would have predicted two years ago when I began researching and developing the script that Donald Trump was about to descend on the scene of a national election and eventually win the Republican nomination for the highest office in the country (and some say the world)?

During these past two years, we have also seen a rise in police brutality against African Americans, or at least an increase in the reporting of it, along with rapidly multiplying acts of gun violence and mass shootings the likes of which this country has never before seen. I have asked myself, over and over, what is going on here? To boot, the daily rounds of hate speech this election cycle provides is starting to remind me of my childhood on the right wing fringe in which my father, a regional leader in The John Birch Society, would frequently say, “terrorism is the answer.” For entertainment value, he threatened on a regular basis (and even once at my cousin’s wedding) to bomb the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Charlotte Meehan, photo by Tina HoweAs I grew into adolescence, I came to realize that my parents’ way of life – their right wing extremist political views and their Pre-Vatican II religious zealotry – were far outside the social norms of the day. This was the 1970s in Levittown, Long Island, where they were also part of the parents group that fought to ban books, including The Catcher in the Rye, in the Island Trees public school district. I was not even attending public school and yet my parents were intent on “being involved” in community efforts to rid the country of whatever they considered sinful ideas. The principal and the priest at the draconian Catholic school I attended convinced my parents that I had “liberal tendencies” and should not be sent to college where I would gravitate towards the Marxists and Jews. I guess they were right about that, at least.

In Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide, I portray two Christian housewives who found The Movement to Restore Decency (aka MOTOREDE) and find themselves falling into sexual escapades with each other. In the midst of all this, they decide to buy some guns, they get into big trouble with their pretty awful (onscreen only) husbands, and they even begin chatting with the real God, who is far more reasonable than their fundamentalist Christian leaders would have them believe. It’s mayhem through and through, conveying at every turn the impossibility of adhering to an outmoded morality system no one actually upholds. In real life, my mother and her friend did actually found MOTOREDE, but the story turned out differently for them. Rather than getting “the hots” for each other, as happens in the play, my mother’s friend took up with the local Chief of Police and left her family for him.

Without giving too much away, the play also deals head-on with news stories of today, particularly regarding gun violence, and employs Acts of God to snap its characters back into some semblance of reality, from which they quickly retreat, once the ground beneath them feels solid again. Sadly, this is all so close to what’s happening in mainstream politics at the moment that I hardly see it as an exaggerated version, constructed for dramatic effect, of life as we know it. All I can think is that the past eight years with our first African American President, a diplomat and an intellectual, have threatened some to such an extent that they are willing to support a crazily greedy, megalomaniac to be the next leader of this country. However, like President Obama, I generally believe that progress will continue, even as the tidal waves of ignorance and fear try to wash it away.

Through director Robbie McCauley’s clear-eyed vision, Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness provides an invitation to meditate on the insanity and to collectively find a way out of its maze.

Charlotte Meehan
Artistic Director, Sleeping Weazel
September 13, 2016

 

Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide
September 15–17 and 22–24, 2016, 7:30 pm
Plaza Black Box Theatre
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Images: (l-r) Veronica Anastasio Wiseman and Stephanie Burlington Daniels from CLEANLINESS, GODLINESS, AND MADNESS; Charlotte Meehan, photo by Tina Howe.

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All Eyes on Artist Opportunities

September 13th, 2016

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“Art is my life and my life is art.” Yoko Ono

Call to Collaborate with Yoko Ono Yoko Ono has announced a call to women for her upcoming participatory exhibition Arising. Women are invited to send a testament of harm done to them for being a woman. Write your testament in your own language,  in your own words, and write however openly you wish. You may sign your first name if you wish, but do not give your full name. Send a photograph of your eyes. The testaments of harm and photographs of eyes will be exhibited in her installation Arising, October 7, 2016 – February 5, 2016 at the Reykjavik Art Museum. Arising is an ongoing project and it will always be possible to add testaments. Bring your testaments and photographs of your eyes in person, send them by mail to Arising, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík or send them by email to arising@reykjavik.is

Painters Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston is hosting their first annual Plein Air Paint Out on Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2016. The three-day Paint Out invites professional, amateur, and student plein air painters to capture iconic Boston scenes of architecture, markets, crowds, and street performers. Painters are encouraged to use any painting medium over the three days. A final show, group draw, prizes, and two-week exhibition, will offer artists many opportunities to exhibit their work to thousands of daily visitors to the marketplace. Learn more.
Registration: September 16, 2016 from 10am-2pm, September 17, 2016 from 10am-12pm

Free Public Art Workshops UMass Arts Extension Service is offering an Introduction to the Public Art Process workshop. Open to artists of all mediums interested in creating public art projects, participants will receive a broad overview of the unique issues, skills needed, and steps required to create a competitive public art project application at the local and national level. This workshop will include an interactive exercise, information sheets, artist meet-and-greet, and Q & A. Workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required by contacting AES at aes@acad.umass.edu or 413-545-2360. Learn more for schedule of workshops.

Political Cartoons Entries are now being accepted by the South Arkansas Arts Center. To enter, draw an editorial or political cartoon about any current event or political campaign issue of local or national interest. Judging will be based on originality; clear expression of a point of view; and visual presentation using one or more of the tools of a political cartoonist, such as humor, irony, caricature, symbolism, metaphor, sarcasm, and exaggeration. Learn more and then apply.
Deadline: September 25, 2016

Luminarium Dance Cultural Community Outreach Project

Call to Historic/Cultural Organizations Each season, Luminarium Dance Company of Boston ventures to a new town in Massachusetts to couple with an historical and/or cultural organization for its annual Cultural Community Outreach Project—highlighting the organization through a customized, grant-funded project that integrates dance and the arts with the venue at hand. Past projects took place at key landmarks including: Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (Concord, 2012); New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, 2013); Arlington Reservoir Water Tower (Arlington, 2014, and Gold Star Award winning event); Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, 2015); Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (Sudbury, 2016). The company has created everything from visual art to choreographic work focused on the organization’s importance as a local landmark within the context of the town, and each project culminates with a live performance held at the institution. Each year, Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra has chosen the venue, but for its 2017 season, Luminarium is turning to you – Massachusetts’ important cultural organizations – to put your name forward as this year’s chosen venue! Learn more and apply.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Film and Video CCTV will host a juried screening of film/video work at MIT’s Bartos Theater on 10/26 that addresses the theme of horror. They are looking for all types of short films and video projects in any category of horror for their Second Annual HorrorFest – International Film Festival. Running time must be under 20 minutes. Submission is free. The screening will be free and open to the public. Learn more.
Deadline: October 11, 2016

Local Cultural Council Grants The MCC’s Local Cultural Council Program applications are now available. Applicants may apply to the LCC Program for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. The Massachusetts Cultural Council‘s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually.  Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Greater Boston Playwrights The Huntington Theatre Company is accepting applications for the Huntington Playwriting Fellows Program. The program provides a framework for an in-depth two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. Meetings will be held bi-weekly. Submit a recent, completed full-length play. To be eligible, writers must be live at least nine months of the year in the Greater Boston area. Learn more.
Deadline: October 27, 2016

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Artist’s Voice: Andrew Moore

September 12th, 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. Andrew Moore, one of the award-winning painters in the exhibit, shares how his paintings join the observed world with personal histories, the unseen, and the life of the mind.
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I had been designing this painting of my daughter, Hannah, in my mind throughout her childhood. I wanted this portrait to reveal the physical character that she would carry into her adult life, so I waited until she turned eighteen to begin. The painting is also about her childhood, referencing important elements. In the background is the path to my studio, our small orchard, a split rail fence supporting grapevines and, in the distance, the ocean. Hannah is a young painter and she looks out at you as an artist – studying you and contemplating. I bought the umbrella when I was a teenager. I have always known that I kept it around for something important. There is also a halo suggested in the wear of the umbrella’s linen – I’ve always loved those thin lines of light encircling Leonardo Da Vinci’s and Raphael’s portraits.

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A man lives two days with each one. The first is of the body. Here, man explores his world through his senses. The second day is of the mind, where mind turns physical experience to spiritual understanding and growth. My paintings attempt the whole day – the concrete and the abstract.

I am a New England artist. Important to me is our history of painters whose lives and work are inseparable. As a fisherman, sailor, and self-taught naturalist, I am involved in the changes of season, time and weather and the resulting activities of man and nature in coastal New England. How can an artist not live what he paints? If he does not, his work contains no life.

I am also a representational painter. For me, this tie to the real is not a crutch. Any successful painting must have an abstract strength: a clear understanding of composition, form, color and the many other tools of design. In addition, though, representational painting explores the concrete, the world underfoot. Understanding this world is complex. Stare at a small area of shoreline and consider the materials, textures, colors, shapes, and patterns. Then consider such effects as light, time, season, weather, and what you were thinking about as you stood there. The impression changes. What is the constant? The constant is the whole day, a combination of the abstract and concrete. This is what I attempt to paint.

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See Andrew Moore’s paintings 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 of Andrew Moore.

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Seldom Discussed Artist Issues

September 12th, 2016

Periodically, we pose questions to artists about issues they face in their work and lives.

Whether because they’re hard to talk about or because they just fly under the radar, some issues don’t get a lot of discussion on forums such as this blog. This month, we’re asking, What issues do you see artists grappling with that don’t often get discussed?

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Much of what causes me the most angst is an internal dialogue about my work and its place in the universe of “art.” One form it takes is my worry that my current work is too “far out” in respect to other photography. My friend Midge, who like me, works in photography and painting, blames our more generalized self-doubt on the nagging remnants of second place citizenry for those of us who work with photographic image making.

It’s been a long and ongoing history of gaining acceptance for photography, and that feeds a crazy kind of internalized prejudice, in which I continuously defend myself to myself. This year I blessedly received a Pollock-Krasner Grant, but they have only just begun allowing artists to apply in the field of “fine art photography” and, unlike other artists, we must be invited to apply. So I guess, one of the things I don’t think we all talk about very much are “art prejudices” – all of them – and how they become internalized and worm their way into our psyches. I think most of us cut ourselves down with self-doubt that is internalized marginalization.

Jane Dykema, writer
A challenge many writers deal with silently is others’ and our own perceptions of productivity, the time it takes to make something, and the ways we actually need to spend that time. So much of the writing process is sitting and staring, or starting to read 500 books and only finishing five, or waiting for enough time to pass so we can re-see a piece from which we need distance. It’s hard to justify to others, and worse, ourselves, that we need to protect this time, this 30 minutes or three hours, even if it’s spent staring at the wall, or writing one sentence and deleting it, or editing a piece and realizing the next day it was better before. We have to believe there’s no wasted time, that all these steps are absolutely necessary for the end product to exist. When we don’t believe that, we’re overly encouraged by days where we generate a lot of content, making the days when that naturally doesn’t happen more discouraging. And we’re overly discouraged by days spent pacing or undoing work we’d done, making it harder to get motivated to work the next day. Ideally, a writer would feel as accomplished after a session of staring as of writing, and we need the help of our communities to value the process as much as the product.

Our Take
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is proud to support individual artists and consequently, we get to meet and work with a lot of different individual artists. One issue we see coming up frequently is residency and the way it impacts availability of artist opportunities. Artists often discuss how residency in a big city – usually New York City or L.A. – can sometimes be seen as a signifier for an artist, a subtle badge of access to opportunities. We see a lot of artists with teaching positions or other ties in Massachusetts who keep a foot (re: a studio, a performance schedule, etc) in NYC for this very reason. But there are other, less-often discussed aspects of residency that impact artists. In her fascinating essay for ArtSake, poet Liz Waldner shares how challenges in livings costs and adjunct faculty employment led to her moving from place to place in a nomadic existence. On the plus side, an artist can be more open to opportunities when it’s easy to pull up stakes and move. On the other hand, health concerns (as Waldner discusses) are even more challenging when residency options are unstable or unknown. And from a practical point of view, many artist opportunities (like ours) require state or local residency.

What do you think? What issues do you see artists facing that don’t get a lot of attention or discussion? Let us know in an email or leave a comment.

 

Jane Dykema received an MCC Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellowship in 2016. She will read at the New Art Center on Sept 30, 7 PM, in an event in conjunction with MCC Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts.

Marian Roth received an MCC Photography Fellowship in 1997. Her solo show Marian Roth: The Mysterious World of Camera Obscura exhibits at the Griffin Museum of Photography thru Oct 2, 2016. On September 25, there will be an artist talk (3 PM) and reception (4 PM).

Image: Camera obscura photography by Marian Roth.

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Artist’s Voice: Kim Carlino

September 8th, 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.

Kim Carlino, one of the exhibiting artists, shares how her intuitive paintings and drawings bring disparate elements together.

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I think of myself as an interventionist, mining the space between painting and drawing and being and becoming. I explore the evolutionary nature of mark making and relationships between color, geometry, line and form. Through a pseudo scientific lens of inquiry and exploration I set up a situation on a paper like surface using the language of painting to improvise from. This is an arena in which pattern and form engage and accentuate the contradictions, opposites and contrasts that exist in this fabricated world.

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My work playfully employs shifts of scale, opticality, illusion and disillusion of space and a nonlinear construction of time in hopes of finding equanimity in disparate elements.

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See Kim Carlino’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 of Kim Carlino. From top to bottom: Cosmological Formations, series VII XI, Watercolor, ink and highflow acrylic on tyvek. 2015; Cosmological Formations, series VII, IX, Watercolor, ink and highflow acrylic on tyvek. 2015; Above/Below Portal II, Watercolor, ink and high flow acrylic on yupo, 2015.

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Fellows Notes – Sep 16

September 8th, 2016

Back to school, kiddos! Here’s the latest news from our esteemed alumni – the past awardees of our Artist Fellowships Program.

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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 (9/16-10/15, opening reception 9/16, 6-8 PM). The exhibition will feature: in Painting – Dennis Congdon, Nicole Duennebier, Raúl Gonzalez, Joel Janowitz, Catherine Kehoe, Andrew Gordon Moore, and Cristi Rinklin; in Drawing & Printmaking – Kim Carlino, Erica Daborn, Linda Etcoff, Kevin Frances, Emily Lombardo, Stephen Mishol, and Ethan Murrow; in Choreography – Dahlia Nayar, Candice Salyers, and Sara L Smith; and in Traditional Arts – Dimitrios Klitsas.

MCC Choreography Fellow Candice Salyers will perform and literary awardees Jane Dykema, Michael Lowenthal, Shubha Sunder, Sheryl White, and Kris Willcox will read at the New Art Center (9/30, 6:30 dance performance, 7 PM reading). Look for more readings by MCC literary Fellows/Finalists in the months ahead.

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Elizabeth Alexander has a solo show, I May Not Be a Lion exhibiting at Elon University in North Carolina (thru 10/6). Watch her artist talk about the show. Also, she is in the group exhibition For the Saturday Evening Girls at Drive-By Projects (9/17-10/29, opening reception 9/17, 4-6 PM).

Marilyn Arsem performs as part of the Arctic Action: International Action Art Festival in Svalbard, Norway (9/19-9/28).

Sarah Bliss co-created a site-specific 16mm film sculpture-installation, pump, filter, reflect, with Chrissy Hunt and Anto Astudillo, and it will be featured in Temporal Currents, a one-night-only live experimental film and sound event at Boston;s Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, featuring filmmakers from the AgX Film Collective and musicians from NonEvent.

John Cameron is in two exhibitions this month: Furniture Masters 2016: Distinctive at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, NH (thru 9/25, Main Event on 9/25). Also, a showcase of work by recent exhibitors at the Smithsonian Craft Show, called D.C. Current, exhibits at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine (9/23-1/4, opening reception 9/23, 5-7 PM).

Stephen DiRado has been selected to receive the 35th ArtsWorcester Award (9/9, 6 PM), given annually to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the artistic and cultural life of this city.

William Giraldi publishes a new memoir this month, The Hero’s Body. He’ll read from the book at Harvard Book Store (9/10, 7 PM).

Kelly Goff‘s installation Dumpster was featured in an article in the arts journal Hyperallergic about the 2016 Governor’s Island Art Fair.

Sean Greene is exhibiting in a two-person show (with Jen Simms) at Mingo Gallery in Beverly (thru 10/8, opening reception 9/9, 6 PM). He’s also in a group show at Mount Holyoke College Blanchard Gallery (thru 9/15, opening reception 9/8, 5:30 PM).

Colleen Kiely has drawings in About Face at UMass Amherst’s Augusta Savage Gallery (9/12-9/28).

Jesse Kreitzer‘s film Black Canaries was awarded the Vermont Symphony Orchestera’s VSO Award for Best Integration of Music into Film at the Middlebury Filmmakers Festival. The film also received Grand Jury Awards for “Best Short Film” and “Best Cinematography” at the 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood, California.

Danielle Legros Georges takes part in Living in Many Languages: Poetry And Music to Celebrate the Act of Translation at Dewey Square Parks (9/2, 2 PM). She’ll also read as part of the ICA Boston’s Powerful Words, an evening of readings, reflections, and community in response to violence, racial injustice, and trauma (9/8, 6 PM).

Sandy Litchfield has a solo show, Deciduious City, at Carroll and Sons Gallery (9/7-10/1, opening reception 9/9, 5:30 PM).

Tara Masih is the Series Editor for the annual Best Small Fictions series, which just published the 2016 edition.

Rania Matar exhibits her new photography series Invisible Children, capturing the portraits of young Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore (9/15-10/22, opening reception 9/15, 6-8 PM).

Caitlin McCarthy has essays in two upcoming nonfiction anthologies from McFarland & Company: She Loves You: Women Writers Tell How a Teen Idol Changed Their Life and Soap Opera Confidential: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We’ll Tune in Tomorrow. Also, her script Wonder Drughighlighted in an article in Collective Evolution.

Richard Michelson is publishing a new children’s book, Fascinating: the Life of Leonard Nimoy. There will be a Publication Party and Book Signing (9/9, 6-8 PM) in conjunction with the opening of UNSEEN: Fifty Never Before Exhibited Photographs, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, at R. Michelson Galleries.

Nathalie Miebach is in a group show, Encircling the World: Contemporary Art, Science, and the Sublime at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Bakalar Gallery (9/19-12/3, opening reception 9/19, 6-8 PM).

Ethan Murrow has a solo show of drawings, Water Almanac, at Winston Wächter Fine Art in NY (9/8-10/29, opening reception 9/8, 6-8 PM). The artist utilized portions of his MCC grant to support the creation of art for the show, which features drawings based on the Farmers Almanac.

Lisa Olivieri screens her film Blindsided at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport (9/18, 12 PM). Q&A with the director to follow screening.

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.

Marian Roth has a solo exhibition, Marian Roth: The Mysterious World of the Camera Obscura, at the Griffin Museum of Photography (9/8-10/2, talk and reception 9/15, 5-8 PM).

Eric Henry Sanders will have a reading of his new play Where’s Annie? at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton (9/17, 7:30 PM).

Congratulations to Karen Skolfield, named a runner-up in the The Iowa Review’s Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest. Five of her poems will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of Iowa Review. This month, she’s participating in events surrounding the Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon 2016 (9/15-9/17).

Peter Snoad‘s short play Bull will be produced by The Landing Theatre in Houston as part of its Redemption series (9/21-10/3). The play is about the love/hate relationship of two New York City cops with Arturo DiModica’s iconic statue of the Charging Bull which they’re guarding during the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Naoe Suzuki, currently artist-in-residence at the Broad Institute, will have a public dialogue with Broad Institute founding core member Tod Golub called Collaborating at the Intersection of Art and Science (9/27, 3-4 PM).

Scott Wheeler composed the music for Naga, one of the three operas performed as part of the Ouroboros Trilogy at ArtsEmerson (9/10-9/17).

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

Image: Ethan Murrow (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow ’16), RIPARIAN LAW (2016), graphite on paper, 36x36in.

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September 7th, 2016

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Voting in the Massachusetts State Primary is this Thursday, September 8, 2016. Find your polling place.

Call to Artists Inviting Greater Boston Area artists (and cartoonists) ages 18+ to participate in a multimedia event and exhibition. The call to create 2D art inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and its intent – to give tribute to a friend. Submissions will be judged by a three-member panel and chosen pieces displayed at a November 5 multi-media event. Artwork will also be on display until mid-January at the gallery at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, and published in an artbook. Questions, call 781-480-3214 or maldencreates@gmail.comLearn more.
Deadline: September 10, 2016

Artist, Writer Residency Applications are currently being accepted for the 100W Corsicana Residency in Corsicana, TX. 100W is currently offering two fully funded, six-week residencies are available for one artist and one writer between January – May, and October – December, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Interdisciplinary Fellowships  The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, is offering two new interdisciplinary fellows, one with an emphasis in Performing Arts and one with an emphasis in Visual Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: September 16, 2016

Artist Residency The Space and Time Artist Residency at Guttenberg Arts in NJ, provides artists with three months shared studio access to Bulls Ferry Studios, an artistic stipend of $1200, public artist talk or workshop and publicity in print and web based media. Learn more.
Deadline: September 18, 2016

Business Program for Artists The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is accepting applications for its 2017 Business Accelerator Program from Sept. 1 – 30. Twenty applicants will receive free tuition for the fund’s year-long Business Accelerator workshop course, which provides tailored training and expertise on the art industry. These artists will also get individualized feedback from the CHF Business Accelerator team. At the end of the course, up to ten participants will receive direct funding to cover targeted business expenses, as determined jointly by the artist and the CHF team. The team will also provide grant recipients with one-on-one support to ensure that the funding delivers the greatest possible impact on each artist’s business. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Call for Boston Artists, Musicians The Double You Collective is currently accepting entries from queer and trans Boston-area artists & musicians for an exhibition of work addressing rebirth. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2016

Call for Dioramas Entries are being accepted for a diorama exhibition at the Somerville Arts Council’s Inside Out Gallery. Giddy about Gorey? Batty for Burton? Passionate about Poe? Give us a glimpse into a delicate macabre world of your own machinations with a delightfully dark diorama. Dimensions can range: height: 10-15”, width: 12-20”, depth: 9-12”. Dioramas should have at least 4 walls, and either be open in the back, or have an opening in the back or top to allow light in. It is preferred that works be ready to hang with hooks or wire. Otherwise, specify if chosen if hanging hooks may be attached to the upper corners of your diorama box during the drop off dates. The exhibit will run mid-October through mid-November. Submissions or questions should be sent to Judith Klausner at jgklausner@gmail.com, subject line “Mysterious Boxes Submission”. Submissions should include 2-4 JPEGs of the available diorama piece(s) you would like submit (1200 pixel in length), dimensions- height, width, depth & weight for every image. Include the following: artist name & contact info (phone & e-mail), title of the piece, description of medium, complete accurate dimensions (length, width, depth, & approximate weight).
Deadline: October 5, 2016

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