Studio Views: James Dye

May 25th, 2017

James Dye, THE TEMPLE OF THE BURDENED HOST, dip pen and india ink drawing, 40x 27 in

James Dye won the Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best in Show at the 2017 Worcester Biennial (on view at The Aurora Gallery thru 6/2). Biennial juror Samantha Cataldo (Currier Museum of Art) selected James’ dip pen and india ink drawing The Temple of the Burdened Host (pictured above), and along with a $1,000 prize, James will have a solo exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum in the 2017-18 season.

Here, the artist shares details about his in-home studio and the way it impacts the creation of his highly detailed, wildly inventive drawings.

Studio of James Dye

When my wife and I purchased our house, the best room for my studio happened to be the only space painted the exact shade of yellow that has chased me my entire life. It was the color of my childhood room and found me again in my first apartment and repeatedly over the years. Although I hate the yellow and feel a simple white would serve me better, I haven’t found the time to repaint. I suppose there’s a sense that if the color has been here waiting for me, then I must be in the right place. Or maybe I just prefer to keep it somewhere I can watch it closely.

My furnishings are simple. I have a drafting table, desk, some wooden crates, an old couch, filing cabinet, small shelves, and a folding table. Reading relaxes and inspires me, so I always have books around. I also have a record, DVD, and CD player to shake up the silence when it gets too thick.

Yellow walls in James Dye's studio

I’m located on the second floor, but when the door shuts I like to imagine that I have left the world entirely. Working with dip pen and India ink is a very intimate and time consuming process, and like any relationship of length, there are periods of anger, resentment, and doubt that, once conquered, yield elation and joy. I find it necessary to cut off any avenue of escape from the piece, forcing us to learn to live together. The curtains in the room are light blocking, with only the window facing the woods left uncovered to serve as a porthole.

During the research and planning stage of a piece, I plaster the wall behind the drafting table with sketches, doodles, notes, articles, and pictures related to the new work. As the piece evolves, this area becomes more and more cluttered with new ideas covering old ones. Part of the ritual of starting a new work is sorting through this muddle and removing anything superfluous. Interesting ideas that didn’t find a home are left up and mixed with fresh ones, inviting connections and helping to steer the course of inspiration.

Research and notes accumulate on the yellow wall of James Dye's studio

Ink stain

There’s an ink stain on the carpet now, the largest spill I’ve ever had. It happened during the course of my last piece, along with a rather nasty cut to my finger suffered during a crude attempt to sharpen a pencil. The longer you spend in a space, the more you shape each other, and so we celebrate our scars together, this odd yellow room and me.

James Dye, THE CITY OF TRUMPETS, dip pen and india ink drawing

James Dye, THE MAGICIAN, dip pen and india ink drawing

James Dye, ARCANUM, dip pen and india ink drawing

Visual artist James Dye is the recipient of the Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best in Show at the 2017 Worcester Biennial from Arts Worcester, which includes a solo exhibition at Worcester Art Museum in 2018. He is currently exhibiting in the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show and will exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum in June 2017.

Images: all images courtesy of the artist.

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Help Shape an Upcoming Cultural Convening

May 25th, 2017

DANCE IN THE FELLS, choreographed by Wanda Strukus and Kyna Hamill, funded by Malden Cultural Council in 2011

This fall the Mass Cultural Council plans to hold a daylong event on a Saturday in Worcester that will bring together community members from across the Commonwealth. The goal is to provide resources, training, tools, and most importantly, inspiration to help communities build capacity and effect change in order to increase the impact of their community led-efforts to sustain and promote a rich cultural life.

The event will be attended by Local Cultural Council members, artists, Cultural District partners, municipal representatives, and Adams Arts Program participants.

If you are interested in community arts, creative placemaking, and public art or if you want to learn more about and connect with Cultural Districts, Local Cultural Councils, and other community focused Mass Cultural Council Initiatives, stay tuned for more information on the convening. In the meantime, you can help us shape the upcoming convening. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you would like to see at an event like this by completing an brief survey online.

Image: DANCE IN THE FELLS, choreographed by Wanda Strukus and Kyna Hamill, funded by Malden Cultural Council in 2011. The project received a Gold Star Award for excellence from the Mass Cultural Council Local Cultural Council Program.

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Artist Opportunities Soar

May 23rd, 2017

Call to Artists The Lowell Folk Festival, in collaboration with the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, has announced a call for handmade items for  “Art in the Courtyard.” This collaboration will provide an opportunity for visitors to view and purchase some of the finest art and craft works being produced. The Lowell Folk Festival enjoys over 100,000 visitors over the weekend. Learn more.
Deadline: May 26, 2017

Short Story Enrties are now being accepted by Salamander press for an annual prize of $1,000 and publication for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages. All entries are considered for publication. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Funds for Nonfiction Films Massachusetts film/video artists, do you have a feature (40+ min) nonfiction project in development? Apply for the LEF New England Moving Image Fund’s Pre-Production Grant. Learn more and apply.
Deadline: June 2, 2017

Artists & Writers Residency Fellowships The Vermont Studio Center is currently accepting applications for their artist & writers residency fellowships. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Call for Art The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites artists and illustrators to submit work for their upcoming “Forever Young” Picture Book Art Exhibition. Art may be submitted in the following categories: Published, Self Published, or Seeking Publication. Traditional and digitally produced artwork is permissible. Work that is conceptual only is also permitted in the Seeking Publication category (for example kid friendly illustration that is in idea phase). Learn more.
Deadline: June 19, 2017

Photographers The National Geographic 2017 Travel Photographer of the year contest is currently accepting entries. Launched in 1991, the contest been open to the public regardless of the age or nationality of the contestant or the theme, the number, or format of entered works. Their greatest wish is that the New Cosmos of Photography will continue to be the place where people attempting to redefine the boundaries of creative photographic expression can take their first big step. Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2017

Photographers The Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, invites photographers worldwide to submit images to their online competition, ELEMENTS | WATER. We are here because of water. Vital for all known forms of life, water covers 75% of the earth’s surface and 70% of our bodies are water, we cannot live without it. From the smallest droplet to the vast ocean, water has the power to sustain, transport, destroy, inspire and calm us. We are memorized by its ability to distort, magnify, elongate and reflect. Show water through your perspective, any and all methods of capture and process are welcome. Learn more.
Deadline: July 14, 2017

Printmakers The Boston Printmakers 2017 North American Print Biennial is accepting entries. Presenting the best in contemporary and traditional printmaking, the North American Print Biennial has long been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in printmaking. Founded in 1947, the mission of the Boston Printmakers is to promote public knowledge of printmaking, encourage and support artists working in printmaking, and promote excellence and innovation within the field of printmaking. Learn more.
Deadline: August 25, 2017

Call to Artists, Writers, Musicians ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness, is a peer-reviewed journal, a terrain for promoting exchange, thinking, for igniting the common impulse to create, to perform, to interrogate in spite of the odds fueled by repression and rootlessness. They have announced a call to artists to respond to trauma and mental health and how racism, and media play a role in this. They encourage writers, directors, musicians, artists, filmmakers and artists (especially people of color) to submit work that can relate or expand on this pressing, and often times overlooked, topic. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2017

Image credit: Photograph by Brendan Mercure. West African musicians and dancers performing at Mass Cultural Council’s “Hiding in Plain Sight” Showcase at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA.

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Announcing Artist Awards in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography

May 22nd, 2017

Eduardo Rivera, SHADES OF AZUL (2016), archival pigment print from a large format negative, 50x40x1 in

Mass Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2017 Artist Fellowship awards in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography. The awards include 18 fellowships of $12,000, and 17 finalist awards of $1,000. See a full list of this year’s fellows and finalists.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 584 applications were received: 137 in Film & Video, 96 in Music Composition, and 351 in Photography.

Still image from ANYUKA, a film-in-progress by Maya Erdelyi

David Fiuczynski

The Film & Video panelists were Luis Arnias, Alice Bouvrie, Anna Feder, and Doug Jones. Brendan and Jeremy Smyth and Nori Takei served as first-round readers. The Music Composition panelists were Michele Caniato, Laura Cetilia, Lynn Chang, and Kate Soper. The Photography panelists were Makeda Best, Caleb Cole, Irina Rozovsky, and Susan Stoops. Paula Tognarelli served as a first-round reader.

This is the second series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by Mass Cultural Council in 2017. In January 2017, Mass Cultural Council announced awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

Sandra Matthews, MARGARET AND JENNIFER IN 1973/JENNIFER AND MARGARET IN 2013 (2017), photographic collage/ inkjet print

Jason Palmer, photo by Arvo Wichmann

Still image from STALIN, LENIN, AND OTHER TALES FROM SOUTH INDIA (working title), a film-in-progress by Kavita Pillay

Marky Kauffmann, STORM COMING (2013), archival inkjet print, 18x7.5 in

Find a full list of 2017 Artist Fellowships awardees.

Images: Eduardo Rivera, SHADES OF AZUL (2016), archival pigment print from a large format negative, 50x40x1 in; still image from ANYUKA, a film-in-progress by Maya Erdelyi; David Fiuczynski in performance; Sandra Matthews, MARGARET AND JENNIFER IN 1973/JENNIFER AND MARGARET IN 2013 (2017), photographic collage/inkjet print; Jason Palmer in performance, photo by Arvo Wichmann; still image from STALIN, LENIN, AND OTHER TALES FROM SOUTH INDIA (working title), a film-in-progress by Kavita Pillay; Marky Kauffmann, STORM COMING (2013), archival inkjet print, 18×7.5 in.

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Artist Opportunities Wing It

May 16th, 2017

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Call for Portfolios: Public Art The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) and Town of Brookline are seeking an artist or artist team to develop a detailed proposal for an art installation for the Coolidge Corner area of Brookline. This call is open to New England-based professional artists, artisans or teams with experience in public art, site responsive design and project management. The art installation will serve as a centerpiece for Brookline’s annual First Light Festival in December. The initial amount budgeted for this project is $9,000, which includes artist fee, materials and installation. A committee comprised of representatives from the Brookline Arts Center and the Town of Brookline will select the artist. The committee will review portfolio materials to determine whom to invite for a second round of evaluation. Up to three artists will be selected for the second round. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $500 stipend to create a detailed proposal. Learn more.
Deadline for Portfolio Submission: May 20, 2017

Call for Curatorial Proposals Gallery263 is currently accepting proposals for their next round of Curatorial Proposal Series exhibitions. Their Curatorial Proposal Series program offers artists of all disciplines and experience levels the opportunity to organize and present a polished, self-curated exhibition with the guidance and support of Gallery 263 staff. Available Exhibition Timeslots (approx): August, November, or December. Only New England artists are eligible for consideration: MA, NH, CT, RI, VT, ME for solo proposals. For group proposals, at least 50% of participating artists must be from within New England. At least 50% of work submitted for review must be from the last two years. Learn more.
Deadline: May 21, 2017

Non-fiction Granta magazine is currently accepting entries in non-fiction. Submit one piece. They have no set maximum length or minimum length for non-fiction submissions, though most of their submissions are between 3,000-6,000 words. Learn more.
Deadline: May 25, 2017

Call to Artists The 2017 Salem Arts Festival has announced an invitation to local visual artists to submit their work for the juried gallery at Old Town Hall during the 9th annual festival on June 2 through June 4, 2017. The juried gallery will be selected by an on-site review process again this year, which will be held the weekend before the festival, May 26 through May 29. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces; at least two of which must be for sale. Applicants will be informed of jury decisions by Sunday morning, and works not accepted must be picked up by Sunday evening or Monday afternoon. Hung artwork may not exceed 36? in any direction (including frame) and must be wired to hang – no sawtooth hangers. Larger artwork must have an easel or a stand. While installations are welcome, be mindful that Salem’s historic spaces come with some limitations. Accepted work will be presented at Old Town Hall during the Salem Arts Festival (June 2 through June 4). Learn more.
Deadline: Drop off at Old Town Hall (32 Derby Sq.) is May 26, 2017 from 5-8pm and May 27, 2017 from 9am-noon.

Call to Artists The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) invites artists to submit work to be considered for inclusion in Artist Drawings and Paintings, a five-week exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA. Each artist may submit up to 3 drawings and up to 3 paintings for one entry fee. The submitted paintings and drawings may be related or they may be completely unrelated. They may be part of a series, or be individual works. Learn more.
Deadline: , June 2, 2017 (11:59 PM)

 Call for Proposals for an exterior art installation at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library as part of the City of Boston’s Percent for Art program.  The budget is $200,000. open to all professional artists, artisans, architects, landscape architects, or teams (hereinafter referred to as “the Artist”), with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration. Professionals from the Jamaica Plain neighborhood are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: June 9, 2017 (12:00 PM EST)

Call for Art Bromfield Gallery in Boston, has announced a call for work for Body Politic. This is open call for all media, any interpretations. Although the definition of “body politic” is an organized group of citizens, artists may use this term as inspiration: any artwork that addresses the body, politics, or the intersection of the two. Submit artwork that provokes, challenges or illuminates. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2017 (12:00 p.m.)

Book Arts Scholarships The Center for Book Arts will award two to three Scholarships for Advanced Studies to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the artistic endeavors of the book arts. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Media: EXIT FROM THE COMFORTS from Art with Heart blog by Paola Manfrin and Laura Ghidini Bosco.

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Later Gator Artist Opportunities

May 9th, 2017

Slither into one these artist opportunities at your own risk.

Of Note: Cape Ann Artisans Spring 34th Annual Open Studio, a self-guided tour of 20 studios in Gloucester and Rockport, MA, on June 3-4th from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Solo Nature Exhibit Artists are invited to submit their “nature based” thematic proposal for the opportunity to exhibit their art work in an individual or partnered show at the Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon. Submit a written proposal of your theme accompanied by at least 10 examples of your work in photo format of images intended for the exhibit, not matted or framed, for judging purposes only. Any medium is acceptable for the show. The criteria for judging will include treatment of the subject matter, its relevance to nature, command of their individual craft and the ability to engage the viewer. The gallery can show 26-35 (16″ X 20″) framed pieces in an exhibit, but is not limited to these sizes, larger sizes can be accommodated. The curator will work with selected artist/s to hang the exhibit. Exhibit will run June 23- September 8, 2017. All prints must be labeled on the back with contact information, dimensions, title, and medium. Entry fee is $15; please provide a stamped return envelope if you would like your photos returned. Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon, MA 02067. Questions, contact Jan at jngoba@massaudubon.org.
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Of Note GrubStreet Writers is hosting the city’s first ever Write-In, on the front steps of the Boston Public Library May 19, 2017, 12-2 PM. People of all backgrounds are invited for an afternoon of writing, storytelling, and taking a stand against rising hate. Learn more.
When: May 19, 2017, 12 PM-2 PM

Call to Artists Silvermine Arts Center’s 67th Art of the Northeast USA Exhibition, July 8 – Aug 19, 2017. The juror is David Kiehl, Nancy and Fred Poses Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art. Awards: Best in Show $3,000 & solo show; plus additional cash prizes. Open to All Media Artists must reside in CT, DE, MA, MD (D.C.), ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT. Learn more.
Deadline: May, 27 2017

Short Fiction The University of Georgia Press is currently accepting entries for their Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 75,000 words. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Performing Artists The New England States Touring grant program provides support for performances and activities by New England artists in the New England states, with grants ranging from $400 to $4,000. The next deadline for the New England States Touring program is June 1, 2017, to support projects taking place in September and October 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Call for Participatory Art A Call For Art is now open for FIGMENT Boston’s main 2017 event on The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday 23, 2017. FIGMENT Boston fills the Greenway with free, participatory art that invites people of all ages to play, engage, and make. FIGMENT is completely free and uninterrupted by commercial sponsorships, advertising, and commercial transaction. This event blurs the line between artist and audience, artist and non-artist. Everything that you see at FIGMENT is born from a simple desire to share imagination with each other and the community. This event has the potential to offer the artists and organizations you support an opportunity to bring their talents to a public, multigenerational community. They invite everyone to learn more about FIGMENT and the Call For Art at their next Jam Session at Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place Suite 2A, Boston MA 02108 on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm – 8 pm. This an opportunity to network, ask questions, meet collaborators, and engage in generative brainstorming for this summer’s event.
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Call to Artists Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC, has announced their call for submissions to their juried Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition. $2,000 in Cash Prizes. Submissions sized 8″ x 10″. Exhibition Dates: July 4 – 16, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: June 3, 2017

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Artist’s Voice: Michelle Samour

May 5th, 2017

Michelle Samour (Mass Cultural Council Drawing & Printmaking Fellow ’14), creates sublime pigmented handmade paperworks.  Her recent project Borders and Boundaries, Looking for Palestine, explores the multifaceted challenges of the Palestinian Diaspora.

In this series, “Borders and Boundaries,” I am referencing the traditional crafts and cartography of the Middle East, beginning with my own history as one of the Palestinian Diaspora, to talk about how the redefinition of borders by colonialists over a hundred years ago continues to create disruption and chaos in the Middle East.

Using the tropes of indigenous design that I grew up with (oriental rugs, Palestinian costume and embroidery, mother of pearl/abalone handiwork), my work celebrates the cultural history of this region while at the same time subversively critiquing it. The resulting work’s seemingly purely decorative appearance and jewel-like qualities, are methods for speaking about the value of land and its preciousness. I am interested in drawing the viewer into a narrative whose history of conflict is in contrast to the work’s aesthetic richness.

All of the images in this first series of “Borders and Boundaries: Looking for Palestine,” are of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and Palestine’s transformation since the partition of 1948. By mirroring the cartography of these areas, assembling them to create new forms along with the negative shapes that result from their mirroring, I am referencing both the Reductionist and Systems approaches often used to understand conflict.

Reverse painting on glass backed with foil (often referred to as tinsel painting) has been the medium/process that I have used in this work. In my recent installation at the Southwest School of Art, I have made the map pieces out of pigmented, handmade paper that I pinned to a mirrored substrate with map pins. Together these pieces form an ornate oriental rug and map and suggest the possibility of movement and reconfiguration.

“Borders and Boundaries: Looking for Palestine” is a self-examination of the role of Western powers in shaping other parts of the world, and speaks to my personal experience as one of the Palestinian diaspora, an identity that still remains exotic and untouchable.

Learn more about Michelle’s working process.

All images courtesy of Michelle Samour.  Video of Michelle Samour  by Amelia Damplo.

1. Looking for Palestine: The West Bank, 2016, Reverse painting on plexiglass, foil, 61″H x 37″W x 2″D
2. Looking for Palestine: The West Bank, Detail, 2016, Reverse painting on plexiglass, foil, 61″H x 37″W x 2″D
3. Looking for Palestine: Jerusalem, 2016, Reverse painting on plexiglass, foil, 61″H x 37″W x 2″D
4. Looking for Palestine: Jerusalem, Detail, 2016, Reverse painting on plexiglass, foil, 61″H x 37″W x 2″D
5. Looking for Palestine: Israel, 2016, Reverse painting on plexiglass, foil, 61″H x 37″W x 2″D
6. Looking for Palestine: Israel, Detail, 2016
7. Looking for Palestine, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, 2017, 10’H x 6’W x 2″D, Mirrored Mylar, foam insulation board, pigmented handmade paper, map, sewing pins
8. Installation detail
9. Installation detail

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Fellows Notes – May 17

May 3rd, 2017

Mass Cultural Council is honored to support the work of individual artists. Fellows Notes is a monthly listing of the last news from awardees in our Artist Fellowships Program.

May 2017:

Hiding in Plain Sight: Folk Masters of Massachusetts showcase concert features past or current recipients of an Artist Fellowship or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport (5/14, 5 PM).

Many superb poets, including numerous past Artist Fellows and Finalists, and taking part in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival (5/5-5/7, Salem, MA). Not to be missed: a reading by Mass Cultural Council Poetry Fellows Scott Challener, Aaron Krol, Richard Michelson, Sarah Sousa, and Elizabeth Witte (5/6, 2 PM), at the Peabody Essex Museum. Other current and past Artist Fellows/Finalist taking part include Tom Sleigh (one of the headliners), Kathleen Aguero, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Carrie Bennett, Duy Doan, Danielle Legros Georges, Regie Gibson, Richard Hoffman, and Rosann Kozlowski. Learn more.

Sophia Ainslie, Ken Beck, Masako Kamiya, Joo Lee Kang, and Mary Kocol are all taking part in the 40th anniversary event at Gallery Naga (5/5, 5-8 PM, after party from 8-11 PM).

Steven Barkhimer, John Kuntz, Melinda Lopez, and John Minigan all have plays published in the New England New Play Anthology (edited by Patrick Gabridge). An event featuring the book takes place at Porter Square Books (5/16, 7 PM).

Congratulations to Sarah Bliss and Allison Cekala, who are among the film artists attending the 2017 Flaherty Film Seminar as LEF New England Fellows.

Charles Coe's poem "Mnemonic" installed as part of Mass Poetry's Raining Poetry project

Charles Coe and Tanya Larkin are among the poets whose work is featured in Mass Poetry’s Raining Poetry project.

Samantha Fields, Matthew Gamber, Masako Kamiya, Justin Kimball, Kelly Popoff, Cristi Rinklin, and Daniela Rivera all received awards from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Artist’s Resource Trust Fund.

Kenji Nakayama and Ben Sloat are exhibiting in Absent at the Lesley University VanDernoot Gallery (5/11-6/10, opening reception 5/11, 6-8 PM).

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Elizabeth Alexander currently has work in the exhibition Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at Currier Museum of Art (thru 5/21). She has solo show, I May Not Be a Lion, at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy (thru 6/18), with an artist talk 5/20, 10:30 AM-12 noon, moderated by Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion at The Mint Museum. Work from her Heirloom series is currently featured in the touring State of the Art exhibitions from Crystal Bridges Art Museum.

Stacey Alickman has a solo exhibition, In Memory: works by Stacey Alickman, at Kingston Gallery (5/3-5/28, opening reception 5/5, 5:30-8:30 PM).

Steven Bogart directs Peerless for Company One Theatre (C1), performed at the Boston Public Library (thru 5-28, 7 PM). All tickets are pay-what-you-can in this production, produced in conjunction with the Library’s “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare.”

Sarah Braman is part of the group exhibition In the Abstract at MASS MoCA (opening reception 5/6, 5:30-7 PM).

Mark Cooper recently showed at Lesley University’s Lunder Art Center. Read a review in WBUR’s ARTery.

John Gianvito screened his film Profit motive and the whispering wind at Harvard Film Archive (5/1, 7 PM), part of its Cinema of Resistance series.

Sean Greene is exhibiting in Eye of the Song: Visual Art by Musicians at The Putney School’s Michael S. Currier Center Gallery (thru 5/20).

Carrie Gustafson exhibited in The Smithsonian Craft Show in April.

Mags Harries has a solo exhibition, Adrift, at Boston Sculptors Gallery (5/10-6/11, opening reception 5/20, 5-8 PM).

James Heflin‘s debut poetry collection Krakatoa Picnic has been published by Hedgerow Books.

Catherine Kernan has a solo show, perimeters, at Soprafina Gallery (5/5-5/27, artist’s reception 5/13, 2-4 PM).

Dawn Kramer will perform in an event called From the Horse’s Mouth, a benefit for The Dance Complex (5/5 and 5/6).

Jesse Kreitzer‘s film Black Canaries received “Special Jury Recognition for Short Narrative Film” at the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF). This marks the 8th film festival award for Black Canaries.

Mira T. Lee is part of The Strategic Writer panel for the Muse and the Marketplace Conference (5/7, 1-2:30 PM).

Danielle Legros Georges reads her poetry in the Brookline Poetry Series at the Brookline Public Library (5/21, 2 PM).

Mary Lum has an exhibition, Assembly (Lorem Ipsum), at MASS MoCA (thru 5/28).

Matthew Mazzotta currently has work at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum NYC in a show called By the People: Designing a Better America. Read an ArtSake article about his recent project, Cloud House.

Cecelia Raker‘s play La Llorona will be produced by Fresh Ink Theatre at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (5/5-5/20).

Abraham Ravett‘s film Holding Hands with Ilse screened in the Massachusetts Multicultural International Film Festival at UMASS Amherst in April.

Marian Roth has a 20-year retrospective, On Bended Light, at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (5/5-7/16, opening reception 5/12, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Jim Shepard, who won the Rea Award, a $30,000 prize for a short story writer.

Leslie Sills has an exhibition of paintings, Sanctuary, at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (thru 6/25, artist talk 6/22, 6 PM).

Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz has an exhibition, Arctic Abrasions, at Miller Yezerski (thru 5/23).

Jeff Warmouth will offer a presentation as part of the exhibit Games and Politics at Boston Cyberarts (5/17, 7-9 PM).

Debra Weisberg recently completed 22-ft long commission for Facebook Cambridge Office. Read more on ArtSake.

Linda K. Werthheimer wrote an essay for WBUR’s Cognoscenti about how her mother broadened her experience with diverse cultures.

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

Image: Charles Coe’s poem “Mnemonic” installed as part of Mass Poetry’s Raining Poetry project.

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Busload of Artist Opportunities

May 2nd, 2017

Call to Artists SEXTET is a group exhibition to be held at the Limner Gallery from June 15 – July 8, 2017. Six artists will be presented in this exhibition, with each exhibiting three or more works. Entry is open to all artists working in any media. Learn more.
Deadline Extended: May 6, 2017

Call to Artists Entries are currently being accepted for the 82nd Annual National Juried Art Exhibition (7/14/17 – 8/18/17) at the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown NY. All media accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Documentary Writers and Photographers Entries are currently being accepted for the Dorothea Lang-Paul Taylor Prize. $10,000 award from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University supports documentary artists, working alone or in teams, who are involved in extended, on-going fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit the interplay of words and images. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Writers The Spectacle is open to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions from traditionally underrepresented voices, including but not limited to LGBTQ+ writers, writers of color, indigenous writers, people with disabilities, and women. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Playwrights The Living Room Series, a New Play Development program, which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by diverse voices from both established and emerging writers is currently accepting entries. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented voices are strongly encouraged. The Blank is firmly committed to supporting gender parity and diversity. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Printmakers Ann Street Gallery invites all North American artists to participate in Bon Marche affordable printmaking exhibition. All works must be for sale and priced under $200.00. Prints utilizing traditional, hand-pulled media, including hybrid works combining hand-pulled techniques with new media forms. Prints must be unframed and can be of any size. Mediums such as woodcut, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, etchings, monoprints, collographs and photopolymer prints are eligible. 3D Prints and prints that push beyond the conventional boundaries, employing alternative display methods, will be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: May 19, 2017

Artist Residency Entries are currently being accepted for a one-month residency in the studios of Key West, FL. Eligible to artists, writers, media artists, musicians and performers. Artists are housed in Conch cottages with combined live/work spaces, nearby their recently renovated Art Deco home with galleries, classrooms & event space. Learn more.
Deadline: May 22, 2017

Public Artists The Art Selection Committee of the Gertrude Howes Park Civil Rights Public Art Tribute project in Boston invites artists, also in collaboration with landscape designers, to forward public art qualifications for an innovative, permanent public art installation that will serve as a tribute to civil rights. The tribute is envisioned to be an abstract work of public art dedicated to the movement rather than a representation dedicated to individual persons or events. The selection process will lead to the identification of four artists/teams who will develop initial proposals for a $2,500 honorarium each for initial concept development and presentations. The anticipated budget is $200,000-250,000. Learn more.
Deadline: May 25, 2017 (11:59pm MST)

Call to Artists Calling artists in all mediums for 413Heart as part of the Grow Dalton Music and Arts Festival – a three-day festival in Dalton, Massachusetts taking place August 18th through August 20th, 2017. The art show will be held at the Stationery Factory in Dalton, MA on Saturday and Sunday. Selected artists are responsible for booth set up on Friday and must be present during the entire show. There is no application fee. Learn more.
Deadline: May 28, 2017

Boston Area Artists of Color  The CreateWell Fund invests in artists of color in the greater Boston community who demonstrate financial need. The CreateWell Fund will provide project- and goal-based, fiscal support to two to four individuals who accomplish both of the following: creating a new original art project honoring one’s authentic artistry achieving a realistic wellness goal tending to a critical aspect of one’s well-being.They will award two to four artists $1200 up to $6000, for projects lasting up to one-year in duration. Learn more.
Deadline: May 29, 2017 (11:59 pm)

Printmakers Mentorship Program Zea Mays Printmaking is currently accepting applications for their Artist Mentorship Program. he Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs each participating artist with a Zea Mays Printmaking faculty mentor. Working closely together on a self-designed course, the mentor is there to guide the artist through technical and conceptual challenges, helping refine the artist’s eye and skill. In 2017/18 we are offering two types of Mentorship Programs: Art Practice Mentorship and Print Project Mentorship. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2017

 

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Artist’s Voice: Debra Weisberg

April 28th, 2017

Using tape, paper, and other unexpected materials, Debra Weisberg (Drawing Fellow ’08) explores the boundaries of drawing. Here, she discusses a recent commission to create a large-scale installation as part of the Facebook Artist in Residence Program.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

I recently completed a 22-ft long commission for Facebook Cambridge Office, done mostly on-site over a 10 day period. The installation was made using black and white tape, vinyl signage tape, and pre-fabricated paper based sculptural elements. The tape and sculptures were applied directly to the wall/ceilings emerging from and contrasting with the angularity of the industrial aluminum pipes and ducts – the poetry of the hand-made bumping against the manufactured – using an industrial material to create the illusion of the ephemeral.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

All of my work is rooted in drawing, which I define, following anthropologist Tim Ingold, as “an indelible record of the pressure of the fingers on the pencil that makes it, driven by impatience, control, or anxiety of the maker… an archive of the maker’s muscle.” For me, the act of drawing is dynamic, improvisational, and mutable inside any installation.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Part of my studio practice also includes temporary large-scale collaborative drawing projects with students in public and private high schools, museums and in colleges including Wheaton College, St Paul’s and Milton Academy. I recently created collaborative drawings with students from Wheaton College over a ten day residency (see below). These installations are tailored to meet the budget and time schedules of the supporting institutions and remain up from 6 weeks to a year, as in the case of Milton Academy. When collaborating with students, one of the main goals is to expand their definition of drawing and to adapt their prior drawing methodology into a physical relationship with the architectural space by using a malleable material to generate the gesture and mark instead of a pencil or piece of charcoal.

Students collaborate with Debra Weisberg on a drawing installation at Wheaton College.

Drawing installation at Wheaton College.

Image: all images courtesy of Debra Weisberg. Photo credit: Simone Scheiss.

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