Get Ahead Artist Opportunities

March 3rd, 2015

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Get your head in the game and take advantage of these upcoming opportunities.

Of Note Spark! Networking Event at Sohn Fine Art in Lenox, MA. Register now for the first SPARK! networking event of the year, held at Sohn Fine Art in conjunction with the 4th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition benefiting Berkshire Creative. Meet other creatives working in the region, make connections, get inspired, and learn something new – all against the backdrop of beautiful and thought-provoking photography. Free, but please register.
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm

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Emerging, Diverse Writers HBO has announced the launch of the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship. The program will give emerging writers from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to attend a week of master classes held at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California focusing on character and story development, pitching ideas and projects, securing an agent, and networking. Each participant will then enter into an 8-month writing phase where he/she will be paired with an HBO development executive and guided through the script development process. Apply using Withoutabox.com. Learn more.
Deadline: Application portal opens March 4, 2015 and will close when 1,000 submissions have been reached.

Poets of African Descent The Cave Canem Foundation is accepting applications for its Poetry Prize, an award of $1000 and publication by Graywolf Press of a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. $15 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: March 9, 2015

First Novel Award The James Jones Literary Society of Wilkes University offers the First Novel Fellowship, a prize of $10,000 for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a novel. Past recipients include Cam Terwilliger. $30 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2015

Temporary Public Art Fort Points Arts Community (FPAC) seeks proposals for a temporary public art installation in conjunction with FPAC’s May 2015 Open Studios. Projects may be proposed for any outdoor site in the Fort and should be accessible to Open Studios viewers as well as the general public. All media considered, one month minimum duration. Q&A session for applicants Monday, March 9, 2015, at FPAC Gallery. Learn more.
Deadline: March 19, 2015

New Music New Music USA is accepting applications for its Spring 2015 Project Grants. The grants support projects that involve new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording. Awards can range between $250 and $15,000. Projects can take place up to two years past the deadline or up to six months prior. Requests can come from individuals or organizations. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2015

Forest Artist Residency Artists in all media are invited to apply for the 2015 White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) Artist-in-Residence program, a collaboration between the WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The residency program seeks to use art and creative expression to explore the many ways in which people relate to forests in general and to the WMNF in particular. One residency opportunity of at least three weeks will be offered between July and September; the artist(s) selected will be able to indicate their preferred time. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Documentaries The Sundance Documentary Fund provides strategic financial support to cinematic, feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. The organization provides $1M-$2M in non-recoupable financing annually across all stages of development, production, post-production, and strategic audience engagement. Learn more.
Deadline: Applications accepting on a rolling basis until August 3, 2015

Image: vintage poster of American magician Harry Kellar, from Weird Vintage.

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Fellows Notes – Mar 15

March 2nd, 2015

It’s March: in like a lion, out like a much less snowy lion (hopefully).

Here’s the latest news/notes from MCC Fellows and Finalists.

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Mary Lum and Rachel Perry Welty are both exhibiting in the Yancey Richardson Gallery booth at the Armory Show in NYC (3/5-3/8).

Nathalie Miebach, Cristi Rinklin, and Michelle Samour, are exhibiting in a three person show called Nature Tech at Fitchburg Art Museum (3/9-6/7, opening reception 3/8, 1-3 PM, artists’ talks 3/22, 1:30 PM).

Jendi Reiter‘s new poetry collection Bullies in Love is being published by Little Red Tree Publishing. The collection integrates photographic art by Toni Pepe. The book launch, with poetry reading and photography exhibit, will be at the Forbes Library in Northampton (3/7, 2-4 PM).

Jill Slosburg-Ackerman and August Ventimiglia are both exhibiting in Excavations at the New Art Center (3/22-5/9), as part of NAC’s Curatorial Opportunity Program.

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Elizabeth Alexander is exhibiting in a dual show with Alicia Renadette called Merged at Mill no. 5 in Lowell (3/14-3/29, an opening reception featuring “edible art, soundscape, and surprises” with “formal attire optional” takes place 3/14, 3-6 PM, and a panel discussion moderated by the artists takes place 3/25, 6:30-8:30 PM, in the Luna Theater).

Kelly Carmody will be exhibiting a selection of paintings and drawings, Kelly Carmody: Deeper Sense at the Walter Feldman Gallery, a new exhibition space for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (3/2-4/7, opening reception 3/5, 5:30-7:30 PM).

Jay Critchley will have a 30+ year survey of his work at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, in May/June.

Magdalena Gomez is one of the three writers (with Robbie McCauley and Kate Snodgrass) presenting work as part of Badass by Sleeping Weazel, at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (3/5-3/14).

Sean Greene organized and is exhibiting in Infinity Mirror along with Xylor Jane, Gary Petersen, Nichole Van Beek, and Warren Isensee, at Herter Gallery, UMass Amherst (thru 4/2). Recently, the artist created an indoor mural at the Facebook Offices in Cambridge. Also, he has a painting in Our First Show at Seen Gallery in Pawtucket RI (thru 3/8) and recently exhibited in The Book Show at Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College.

Ariel Kotker‘s installation His Room as He Left It will be exhibited for one night only at Find and Form Space in Boston (3/6, 6-8 PM).

Rania Matar is exhibiting in Art on Paper in New York City (3/5-3/8), part of the Richard Levy Gallery show at Booth 411.

Nathalie Miebach, along with exhibiting at the Fitchburg Art Museum (see above), will be giving a talk at the Newburyport Art Association on 3/14, 3 PM, in conjunction with the exhibition Storm Surge (3/6-3/28). She also has a piece at the President’s Gallery at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in a show called Gaining Perspectives: A Visual History of MassArt (thru 3/20).

Cecelia Raker will premiere her full-length play Dry Bones Rising with Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD, in May/June. She will also have a reading of that play with One Bird Productions in NYC (4/5).

Jieun Shin has a solo exhibition of new work, Jieun Shin: Flora and Schema, at the Herter Gallery of UMass Amherst (thru 4/2).

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

Image: Jieun Shin, UNTITLED #2 (2013), watercolor on paper, 15×16 in.

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Creative Space 3/2

March 2nd, 2015

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

Here is the most recent as of March 2, 2015:

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Artist Live/Work Condo in New Bedford

For Sale : Get More in New Bedford!
Huge 2,300 sq.ft. live-work condo in artist building w/ 20 x 25′ studio (20′ ceilings) and second floor mezzanine. Quality buildout 2006 : bamboo floors, french doors, balcony, 2 bedrooms, soaking tub, lg. kitchen,exp. brick, 70′ skylight. The Ropeworks is a one floor mill with 12 custom built units, loading dock, ramps, cellar storage, patio w/firepit, gardens, 2 min. to I-195, adjoins city park, dogs and kids welcome. Economical utilities, central air, mgr on premises. Active arts community, comtr. train coming! Asking $289.000. Search “unit 9 123 sawyer Street, New Bedford” for more photos. Contact Cynthia@cynthiaguild.com

 

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Artist Live/Work Loft in Adams

Own your own loft building in the beautiful Berkshires. A spacious historic brick schoolhouse, currently used as artist live/work space, is now available in Adams, Massachusetts. The main floor has high 12 foot ceilings, lots of windows, a loft style open apartment, a large open studio/work area, storage room, and bathroom. The full basement has a half bathroom, cement floors and great work space. The unfinished attic is open with exposed post and beam construction. Each floor has 2000 sq ft. If that isn’t enough for you, go into the charming, private back yard with perennial plantings. Plenty of parking, too.

Enjoy small town charm, and Berkshire recreational opportunities. Just a short drive to world-class culture in such venues as the Clark Art Museum, MassMOCA, Barrington Stage Company , and Tanglewood. $285,000. To learn more, call Kay Canavino at (413) 743-4844 or email kcanavino@aol.com.

 

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

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Arts Matter Advocacy Day: March 25

March 2nd, 2015

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Arts matter. Not just to the creative community, but to every community in the Commonwealth. MASSCreative wants to make sure that’s a message state political leaders hear – from a multitude of voices.

The organization is gearing up for Arts Matter Advocacy Day on March 25, 2015. From MASSCreative:

Join arts, cultural, and creative leaders and supporters for a morning at the Citi Wang Theatre in downtown Boston and an early afternoon at the State House. After a morning of mingling, celebrating arts & culture, and sharpening our advocacy skills at the Wang, we will travel together in an “Arts Matter March” to the State House. When we arrive, we will meet with our legislators about arts and cultural issues, including the state budget. Together, let’s send the message: arts matter in Massachusetts.

Program:
9:00-10:00: Registration and breakfast reception
10:00-10:30: Welcome
10:30-11:30: Prep for legislative meetings
11:30-12:30: “Arts Matter March” from Citi Wang Theatre to State House
12:30-2:00: Meetings with legislators*
3:30-5:30: Youth Arts Matter Advocacy Day.

So consider taking part, and spread the word!

Find out more and RSVP.

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Increasing Artist Opportunities

February 25th, 2015

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Portrait of Increase Sumner, the Fifth Governor of Massachusetts, (1797–1799), from the State Library of Massachusetts Flickr page.

Call for Artists Entries are now being accepted by Agora Gallery for their 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Accepted mediums include painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Visual Artist Residency The Goetemann Artist Residency in Gloucester, MA is now accepting applications. Venue is accessible by public transportation and offers three terms of 4 weeks each (with a possible 2 week option) from late May through October. Stay includes a private, waterfront live-work studio in a progressive arts community. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Grants for Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts A reminder that Creative Capital is now accepting online Letters of Inquiry for awards in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. Past awardees include Brian Knep, Eric Gottesman, and Jane Marsching. Learn more.
Deadline: March 2, 2015, 4:00pm EST

SerHacer Grants Available Eligible organizations and schools can apply for new, three-year grants from SerHacer, MCC’s newest initiative in Creative Youth Development. Inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela, SerHacer supports new and existing intensive, ensemble music making as a vehicle for youth development and social change. Learn more. Information sessions will take place at MCC’s offices on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 10am-12pm, and via webinar on Friday, March 13 from 10am-12pm. Register now.
Intent to Apply Deadline: March 15, 2015
Full Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

Massachusetts Artists Brush Art Gallery & Studios in Lowell has issued a call for entries for Massachusetts Artists 2015: A Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Work by the Artists who Live in Massachusetts. The juror will be Joanna Fink, Director, Alpha Gallery, Boston. Exhibition Dates are April 18 – June 6, 2015. Opening Reception: April 25, 2 – 4 pm. Learn more. Contact director@thebrush.org with questions.
Deadline: March 21, 2015 by 4:00 PM

Documentaries Independent Lens is accepting applications for its 2015/2016 season. Applications must include a url address to a secure online screener (e.g. Vimeo) and the password to view your film. This link must remain active until the submissions deadline. Final decisions emailed on or before April 30, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: March 27, 2015

Printmaking Residency Mixit Print Studio in Cambridge, MA, is currently accepting applications for their Summer Residencies. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2015

Marine Environment Art Grant The Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant Rhode Island 2014 is currently accepting applications. Grants are intended to assist individual and collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered. A total of $3,000 in grants is awarded annually. Established in 1988 to encourage New England professional visual artists to address the issues of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Learn more.
Deadline: May 29, 2015

Image: portrait of Increase Sumner, the Fifth Governor of Massachusetts, (1797–1799), from the State Library of Massachusetts Flickr page.

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Artist Opportunities in the Ice Box

February 19th, 2015

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From an early French ice-skating manual. Translated caption: “The pleasures of the ice-box.”

Of Note In the Artist-in-Business Training in Holyoke, artists learn and create elements of both their business and marketing plans and leave with next steps to build their business. Sessions topics include pricing, web and offline marketing, understanding your market, finding funds, and finance basics. Learn more.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 9:00am to Sunday, March 15, 2015 – 5:00pm

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Photographers The New York Center for Photographic Art has issued a call for entry for Wandering Curves. Submit images that have a curve, or curves, as a critical element. Juror is Debra Klomp Ching, and the entry fee is $35. Learn more.
Deadline: February 21, 2015

Poetry on the T MassPoetry is accepting open submissions for poetry to be featured on MBTA trains in May 2015 as part of its Poetry on the T program. Two spots will be open for a poem by any Massachusetts resident, while one spot will be reserved for a Massachusetts middle or high school student. Learn more.
Deadline: February 24, 2015

Visual Artists and Writers with Children The Sustainable Arts Foundation offers competitive grants of $6000 or $2000 to visual artists and writers with children under 18. Past awardees include MCC Fellow Kate Leary. Learn more.
Deadline: February 27, 2015

CALL FOR 2D & 3D ARTWORK The Art Connection is calling for artists to submit 1-3 works for Art Bingo. Donated artwork supports the organization’s mission to place art in underserved communities. Juried by Arlette Kayafas, Gallery Kayafas Director and James Hull, Interim Director of Exhibitions, School of Visual Arts, Boston University. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

2-D and 3-D Art South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, invites entries of original work that offer distinctive, imaginative imagery within the theme, Earth, Wind & Fire. Juried by Carl Belz, Director Emeritus at Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA. Open to all media. Exhibition dates: April 10 – May 24, 2015. $1200 in prizes. Entry fee is $25. Learn more.
Deadline: March 2, 2015

Photography CAMERA USA 2015 is now accepting entries. Open to photographers taking photographs in the USA. Submit one photograph online for a bricks and mortar exhibition in Naples, FL. $5,000 award for one photographer. Three jurors: Harry Benson, Award Winning International Photojournalist; Patty Carroll, Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director of the Center of Photography at Woodstock. Entry fee is $32. Learn more.
Deadline: March 18, 2015

Printmaking The Wichita Center for the Arts is accepting entries for the 2015 National Printmaking Exhibition. Exhibition dates: July 17 – August 16, 2015. $7500 in cash and purchase awards. Juror: Gordon Sherman, Fort Hays State University. $30 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Images of Grief and Healing The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts invites artists to submit work for an exhibition that explores the ideas of loss, grief and ultimately healing. Exhibition will run from August 10 through September 11, 2015. $15 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Image: an engraving from an 1813 French ice-skating manual.

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Creative Space 2/18

February 18th, 2015

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

Here is the most recent as of February 18, 2015:

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Studio Share at Joy Street Studios, Somerville

I am looking for someone to share my studio at Joy Street Studios in Somerville. It is an active, well managed, studio building that participates open studios twice a year. Parking, slop sinks, and a freight elevator are available.

The total studio is 490 square feet, with two large windows, north facing light, and tall ceilings. Around $350 depending on your space needs. First months rent and security deposit required. I am open to sharing with any kind of artist but have allergies to oil paint mediums, so need to share with another non-toxic artist. I generally work 3 week days (not evenings/weekends).

http://www.joystreetstudios.com/
Please contact: sarah@sarahartist.com

 

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

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Creative Space 2/12

February 12th, 2015

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

Here is the most recent as of February 12, 2015:

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Studio workspace and bedroom available for rent in the Distillery in South Boston

It is a semi-raw live-work artist loft, shared with a couple and two cats. Work studio: spacious, tall, and bright, around 16′x17′ with 20′ ceiling and skylight that receives good daytime sunlight. Great for painting, sculpture, photography, etc. Bedroom: around 12′x15′ and has a closet. Studio connects to the bedroom via a staircase.

Shared spaces include:
- Full kitchen with pantry
- Full bathroom with tub

Rent is $1600 and includes all utilities.
Available March 1st

The Distillery building is an amazing community of creative people located at 516 E. 2nd St. in South Boston.
- Coin laundry in building
- Two freight elevators, one is right outside our door.
- A few blocks to several buses and a 10-15 min walk to Broadway Red Line Station
- Parking options available.
- Galleries in the building and regular openings with curated shows.
- Open-studios twice a year

Contact and more info: derekhoffend@gmail.com, www.derekhoffend.com

 

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Studio Available, River Street Artist Cooperative

@Waltham Mills, 144 Moody Street, Waltham

Spacious 551 square foot studio available March 1ST.
Rent: $451. / month
Free parking, wifi, utilities included.
Next to Walthan train stop, nearby to restaurants.
and Charles River. Low toxicity required.
Join a vibrant community of artists and participate in open studio.
Please inquire at Sophiacmone@yahoo.com, let us know about yourself, and your work via samples or website

 

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

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Snow Vs. Artist Opportunities

February 11th, 2015


What’s the bigger surprise, New England snowfall totals, or the wealth of upcoming arts deadlines??

Short Story Contest A prize of $1,250, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a short story of 4,000 to 12,000 words by a female-identified writer. Roxane Gay is the judge. Learn more.
Deadline: February 14, 2015

Photography Submissions are now being accepted for Sohn Fine Art’s 4th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition in Lenox, MA. The exhibition will be on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery March 20 – May 3, 2015. Submissions will be judges anonymously by Julia Dixon, Director of Berkshire Creative; Susan Cross, Curator at MASS MOCA; Lisa Dorin, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Williams College Museum of Art. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2015

Choreographers The Somerville Arts Council is seeking companies that create original choreography derived from modern or ballet technique. Applicants are not expected to create “new” work for the submission but rather to submit work they are currently refining. Accepted companies will have the opportunity to workshop this work with David Dorfman. Cheri Opperman, of the National Dance Project at New England Foundation for the Arts, will be their guest curator. Learn more.
Deadline: February 16, 2015

Call for Greater Boston Area Artists Here & There, Boston, is now accepting applications for an eight day mobile gallery event in April. This is a mobile gallery project that is working to bring together different artistic mediums, modes, and artists with a focus on connecting art students and other emerging artists in Boston. Following a theme of collaboration and experimentation Here & There welcomes all submissions. Learn more.
Deadline: February 22, 2015

Filmmakers Central Productions is hosting the 13th Annual Boston Cinema Census at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square on April 2nd. Narrative, documentary and experimental film. Maximum runtime for submissions is 35 minutes. This year, the BCC is only accepting online submissions through the Boston Cinema Census website, or through Withoutabox. Questions about submissions at overduefilms@gmail.com
Deadline: February 28, 2015

Boston Poets The Mayor’s Poetry Program at Boston City Hall has announced a call for poetry. The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture will display selected poems on the walls of city hall. Poets who reside or work in Boston are invited to send in work to help celebrate the city through poetry and to remind people of what a culturally exciting city Boston is to live and work in. Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges will select 20 poems based on strength of both content and style. Submit the following: 3 poems (a maximum of 200 words per poem); one-paragraph summary about the type of work you are presenting; electronic submissions are encouraged. Email or mail completed applications to: John Crowley, Curator/Exhibitions Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, Boston City Hall, Room 802, Boston, Massachusetts 02201. Questions, contact john.crowley@boston.gov
or  617/635-2368.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Call for Environmental Art Entries are now being accepted for Appearances: Provincetown Eco-Arts FestivalArtists, writers and scientists interested in participating need only to fill out the online entry form with their proposal. There are no entry fees. Open to all art forms and indoor as well as outdoor work. The festival takes place in Provincetown on April 24-May 3, 2015. This is a unique opportunity for artists working solo or as a group to create a temporary installation or place sculptural works in a pine grove within the dunes. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2015

Photography The Center for Fine Art Photography is currently accepting entries for the exhibition Black & White 2015. The juror is Roy L. Flukinger.
Learn more.
Deadline: March 18, 2015

Photography Photography Entries are now being accepted for the Griffin Museum of Photography’s 21st Annual Juried Show. The juror is Jim Casper. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. We encourage submitting images from a singular, unified body of work for a cohesive selection for the Juried Exhibition. Artwork selected for gallery exhibition will be limited to a maximum framed size of 30x40in. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2015

Exhibition Proposals The Brookline Arts Center is currently accepting exhibition proposals on a rolling review. The Center’s call for exhibition proposals encourages solo artists and groups of all levels to organize and present a professional exhibition with the guidance and support of our staff. The BAC’s Gallery hosts three to four solo or group proposed exhibitions each calendar year. A panel of jurors consisting of local Brookline artists and professionals will make the exhibition selections. All exhibitions will be approximately one month in length. The placement of the exhibit within the calendar year may be timed to accommodate BAC special events. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling till July 31, 2015

Image credit: Image of Buster Keaton flipping his hat, in the public domain.

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Disrupting Norms, Defying Expectations

February 6th, 2015

Roughly once a month, we pose a question to artists about an issue they face in their work and lives.

Somewhere along the line, “disruptive innovation” became a buzzy concept in business circles. But disruption, innovation, and defied expectations have long been tools in the artist’s kit. We asked artists, Is it a priority in your work to disrupt norms or defy expectations?

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Samuel Rowlett, visual artist
In my work I only ever try to disrupt the norms I impose upon myself. What my work prioritizes is its own business.

For me (I’m sure I’m not alone in this) my work begins as an idea. Often it is not even visual in nature; it is almost like a word I can’t remember. My work starts as more language than image. In this early, proto-art state, the work is formless, to some extent even boundless. Here, the work has a near unlimited potential, it is purely theoretical, it is something unproven by nature. I wish I could hold the work in this state for longer.

Inevitably, it is in fact “norms” (all the things I know and much of what I really don’t know) that actually give the work “form” and provide a bridge to the physical world. Norms, such as those fostered by the history and traditions of art and visual culture, constitute a complex vocabulary. Disrupting those norms is how artists communicate with each other.

As far as expectations go, I’m more of an expectation avoider. I have this theory that if I can avoid expectations, I might be able to defy disappointment.

Ryan P. Casey, tap dance artist
Because I find that people have very rigid notions or images of what tap is – Fred Astaire twirling with a cane, perhaps, or a Broadway musical – I make it a priority in my work to subvert expectations. I’ve combined tap with poetry; performed with basketballs; choreographed character-driven pieces that integrate tap into a narrative; and other techniques intended primarily to display to the audience tap’s (and rhythm’s) versatility. I want them to think, “I didn’t know you could do that with tap!”

It’s true that tap has a very distinct tradition, which so many of its practitioners strive to emphasize and inculcate in their students, but there is so much innovation within it already: Astaire’s firecracker routine from Holiday Inn, for instance, or the many Vaudevillian variations on tap (in roller skates, on stairs, etc.). Sometimes people think tap can’t tell stories or express emotions or accomplish other feats commonly associated with ballet, contemporary, modern, and other styles. It’s important to me to clarify that tap can, in fact, achieve those kinds of effects in its own way, and that, as a percussive dance style, it has its own special and equally worthy qualities.

Nancy Selvage, sculpture and interdisciplinary artist
I strive to create work that engages me and the viewer in a discovery process. The disruption of norms and defiance of expectations often emerge from these exploration processes; however, neither is the initial impetus or the priority.

In many of my installations the alteration of expectations has been an important factor (but not primary goal) in creating a compelling and emotional experience of space. (See reviews of Convergence, Nuclear Home, and Dwell for viewer responses.)

Whether I start with a plate on a table or a wall in a plaza, I am interested in the convergence of actual, implied, and symbolic content to express social and environmental concerns. (Read more.)

 

Ryan P. Casey is a tap dancer, teacher, choreographer and journalist. He’ll perform his show Gumshoes in Tap Shoes at the Dance Complex in Cambridge 2/6 & 2/7, 8 PM.

Trained as a painter, Samuel Rowlett‘s work filters sculpture, performance, video, and photography through the language and materiality of painting and drawing. He was just named as a 2015 MCC Artist Fellow in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

Nancy Selvage, a public artist and sculptor, has support from the New England Foundation for the Arts to create the Point Park Public Art Project in Lowell, MA.

Image: Samuel Rowlett, LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN THE EXPANDED FIELD (FIELD PAINTING) (2012), oil on linen, wood, backpack harness, 96×72 in.

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