MCC Literary Artists Read at Public Library of Brookline

October 20th, 2016

Every two years, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) awards grants to some of the most talented writers and poets working in the Commonwealth. Literary artists awarded through MCC’s Artist Fellowships Program will share work at the Public Library of Brookline on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7 PM.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7 PM
The Public Library of Brookline, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA
Kathleen Brennan
Anna VQ Ross
Gary Whited

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The event is free, accessible, and open to the public. Watch for more events with MCC-awarded writers and poets in the weeks and months ahead.

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Artist Opportunities Patterns

October 19th, 2016



Grant Program The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP awards $1 million annually to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant. Learn more.
Deadline: October 28, 2016

Poets Entries are currently being accepted for the American Poetry Review’s Honickman First Book Prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review. The award is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Gabrielle Calvocoressi will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2016

Artist Residency I-Park, East Haddam, CT (U.S.), is hosting its sixth international, multi-disciplinary Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale. The three-week residency begins on Monday, May 15, 2017 and will culminate in a public exhibition on June 4, 2017. The residency will be devoted exclusively to the 10 – 12 artists/designers who will be invited to create new works for the exhibition. The term ‘site-responsive’ is construed broadly to encompass the various aspects of the project site: natural, built, social – and is also sensitive to the various dimensions of time. Artists/designers working in all creative disciplines, including Landscape/Garden/Ecological Design and Architecture, are encouraged to apply. A stipend of between $2,200 and $3,000 will be awarded to each artist or collaborating team, depending on their particular travel circumstances. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2016

Call for Artists Kingston Gallery seeks regionally-based artists to join its gallery membership either as member artists, associate member artists, or emerging artists. The gallery showcases a diverse range of contemporary art in a mutually supportive environment that encourages experimentation and growth. The gallery is governed and run by dues-paying, exhibiting artist members. Learn more.
Deadlines: November 15, 2016

Choreographers Applications for the 2017 BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship, made possible by the Aliad Fund at The Boston Foundation, are now available. This special program, enhanced and improved based on the experiences of former grantees, supports choreographers creating ensemble work and pays the dancers rehearsal stipends. Learn more.
Deadline: November 18, 2016 (5:00 pm)

Photographers The Cultural Center of Cape Cod invites photographers to submit images to their online competition, Set in Motion. All winners will be displayed in their online gallery at First Place $500, Second Place $200 and Third Place $100. The Cultural Center directors will jury. Learn more.
Deadline: January 20, 2017

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Noritaka Minami: Visions of a Lost Future

October 11th, 2016

Photographer Noritaka Minami creates captivating photography exploring visions of architecture and urban building – visions of a future that never materialized. Work from his 1972 series will be exhibited in the group show Fertile Solitude (Oct 14-Dec 18), opening at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery on Friday, October 14, 2016, reception 6-8 PM.

We asked the artist about Fertile Solitude, the 1972 series, and other turns and surprises in his photographic explorations.

Noritaka Minami, FACADE (2011), Archival pigment print, 40x50 in

Your projects often explore spaces for which architectural or land use plans have gone in directions that weren’t intended. Can you talk about what draws you to these “unintended” spaces?
In the case of the project 1972, I became interested in the current state of the Nakagin Capsule Tower because it proposed a distinct vision of the twenty-first century that never arrived in the city of Tokyo. In the year 1972, Kisho Kurokawa (the architect of the building) and the Nakagin Mansion Company (the real estate firm that commissioned the building) proclaimed that society was at the “dawn of the capsule age.” Despite this proclamation, this style of building construction did not become popular in Japan. More importantly, the capsules on the tower have never been replaced, even though they were intended by Kurokawa to be replaced every 25 to 30 years as a process of carrying out the building’s “regeneration.” Through photography, I wanted to examine a vision of the future that was imagined to be possible in 1972 and how that vision of the future appears in retrospect. The Nakagin Capsule Tower also allows us to reflect on the actual trajectory taken by the city of Tokyo since 1972. This interest in the limits of foreseeing the future is also the basis of my other recent projects.

Noritaka Minami, B1004 I (2011), Archival pigment print, 20x25 in
What are the project’s origins?
I initially came across the Nakagin Capsule Tower in 2010 through my interest in the 1970 World Exposition, which is commonly known as Expo ’70. Metabolism, an influential post-war Japanese architectural movement that formed at the 1960 Tokyo World Design Conference, played a key role in creating a “city of the future” at the Expo. Yet, there are very few traces of this city left today at the former site of the event. I think that’s why I gravitated towards the Nakagin Capsule Tower. It is one of the few proposals realized through the Metabolism movement that is still standing in this world. The project also began with a sense of urgency to document the building. In 2010, there was a very real possibility that it would be demolished and replaced with a more “conventional” apartment complex to maximize the value of the real estate on which it stands. As of today, the building still faces an uncertain future in regards to its preservation.

How do you see your work in conversation with the other art in Fertile Solitude?
My project documents a building that was conceived by the architect Kisho Kurokawa as a space for businessmen to find respite and rejuvenate from the increasingly rapid pace of life in the city in the post-industrial age. The photographs do show that the capsules still function as a type of shelter from the giant metropolis that exists immediately beyond the circular windows. I am very interested in how my photographs interact with the works of other artists in the exhibition, especially in the “maze” that is being specially designed for the gallery by the curator Elizabeth Devlin. I believe the variety of approaches taken by the artists in this exhibition to address the chaotic nature of contemporary life only reinforces the value of finding introspection. Furthermore, the exhibition will show that this idea of finding introspection comes in different contexts and forms.

Noritaka Minami, B1004 II (2012), Archival pigment print, 20x25 in

Noritaka Minami, A806 II (2013), Archival pigment print, 20x25 in

What artist do you most admire but work nothing like?
I can name many artists I admire that my work has no apparent resemblance or connections to their practices. One example that I can name off of the top of my head is the photographer Rinko Kawauchi because I recently talked about her work in my class at Loyola University. Her photographs, especially from the early books, are stunning. The photographs almost come across as being simple and effortless. Yet, I would have no idea how to make those photographs even if I tried. They’re only possible through her distinct visions for the photographic medium and looking at the everyday. Her photographs highlight the importance of observation and the question of how to translate that act into a photographic image.

What’s the most surprising response to your art you’ve ever received?
It is gratifying when a viewer points out the idea of time in relation to my photographs of the capsules. My project takes into account the history of the capsules as units originally made on an assembly line with similar specifications to enable mass production. In my photographs I use that history of the architecture to highlight the distinct characteristic that now exists within each capsule today, whether it is through the occupancy of the current resident or the modifications that were performed over the course of four decades. Each capsule contains the history of not only the current resident, but also other individuals who have come through that space since 1972 and the decisions they made in regards to that unit. Maybe it’s possible to view the additions, subtractions, modifications, and renovations that were performed inside a capsule as traces of an individual or individuals. It is nice when people look at the details present in each unique space, which is why I took the photographs.

Noritaka Minami, from the CALIFORNIA CITY project (2016)

Noritaka Minami, from the CALIFORNIA CITY project (2016)

What’s next?
I am currently making a work on California City, California, a master planned community in the Mojave Desert conceived by Columbia University trained sociologist turned real estate developer Nathan K. Mendelsohn in the 1950s. The city was intended to become the next major metropolis in California in response to the unprecedented population and economic growths the state experienced following World War II. Mendelsohn and his associates carefully designed the layout of 186.5 square miles of land that is still technically the third largest city in the state in terms of area size. However, most of Mendelsohn’s vision for this city has not been realized to date, despite an extensive network of streets that has already been constructed on the site. I am interested in this landscape that is seemingly suspended in time: clearly being built to host a future city but with no certainty if that city will ever materialize in reality.

Noritaka Minami, FACADE (NIGHT) (2011), Archival pigment print, 24x30 in
Noritaka Minami is among the artists exhibiting in Fertile Solitude at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery Oct 14-Dec 18, opening reception Friday, October 14, 2016, 6-8 PM.


Noritaka Minami‘s photography has exhibited at UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Griffin Museum of Photography. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include the Reischauer Institute at Harvard University and Kana Kawanishi Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. He is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and Center for Cultural Innovation. His 2015 monograph 1972 – Nakagin Capsule Tower (Kehrer Verlag) received the Architectural Book Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola University in Chicago.

Images: all photographs by Noritaka Minami: FACADE (2011), Archival pigment print, 40×50 in; B1004 I (2011), Archival pigment print, 20×25 in; B1004 II (2012), Archival pigment print, 20×25 in; A806 II (2013), Archival pigment print, 20×25 in; two images from the CALIFORNIA CITY project (2016); FACADE (NIGHT) (2011), Archival pigment print, 24×30 in.

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Artist Opportunities Decision Time

October 11th, 2016


Early voting opportunities exist in Massachusetts this year. Learn more.

Call for Artists Seeking a group of artists in any discipline to participate in “Kino Creativo,” an eight-day field-based trip to Bahia de Kino, Mexico. Short classes about the history, culture, and ecology of the region will be given; the rest of the trip will provide time and space for artists to work on individual or collaborative projects. They’ll take daily trips to a variety of local areas including estuaries, islands, offshore, and into the Sonoran Desert. The program takes place at the Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies. Learn more.

Artist Fellowships National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts supports US-based Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. They are offering awards from $5,000 – $15,000. Learn more.
Deadline: October 13, 2016

Artist Residency Applications are being accepted by the Lighthouse Works in Fisher Island, NY. Their primary purpose is to provide artists with the space and time, free from material concerns, to do their best creative work. Their fellowship program accepts artists working in a wide range of disciplines, but are best able to accommodate visual artists, writers, and musicians. They offer $1750 in stipends, room, board and studio space. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2015

Artist Residency for Women with Dependent Child The Women’s Studio Workshop’s Parent Residency Grant in Rosendale, NY, is currently accepting applications. They are offering a four-week grant for a woman artist with a dependent child/children under the age of 15. The grant includes a $1000 stipend for child care, free housing and a travel stipend of $250 for one round trip for the artist/family. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2016

Local Cultural Council Grants Applications are being accepted for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s LCC grants. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016 (11:59 PM)

Massachusetts Artists Assets for Artists is accepting applications for its Matched Savings Program and fall Professional Development Workshops – learn more. If you are an artist living in Holyoke or Lawrence, take note: Assets for Artists is offering additional opportunities in these communities.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the 4th Annual LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards. Awards will include a digital gallery exhibition at the International Center of Photography Museum in New York City, $20,000 in grants, opportunities for exposure at over 50 international photography festivals, inclusion in the upcoming photobook, The Best of LensCulture Today: 150 Contemporary Photographers. Learn more.
Deadline: October 18, 2016

Call for Art The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA, is currently accepting entries for their juried small works show Off the Wall. This show is open to all 2D and 3D artists who work on a small scale. Work must be original and have been completed in the past three years. Learn more.
Deadline: October 28, 2016 (5:00 pm)

Of Note: Artists Under the Dome annual event on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016


Call for Cape Cod Artists The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will host its Annual Member Winter Art Exhibit January/February 2017 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The 2017 exhibit Personal Space will feature local artists interpretations of that theme. All Cape Cod established and emerging artists submit art for consideration and are selected by jury. Learn more.
Deadline: November 11, 2016 (midnight)

Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the Independent Film Festival. They are considering both feature-length and short subject in Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental. Learn more.
Deadline: November 28, 2016

Photographers The Cultural Center of Cape Cod has announced a call for photography for their exhibition Set in Motion. All winners will be displayed in their online gallery at Cash prizes awarded. Register with CaFE to enter.
Deadline: January 20, 2017 (11:59pm)

Call for Student Artists Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, is currently accepting applications to the fall cycle of their Student Artist Membership program. This program is designed to support the careers of emerging artists. Learn more.


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#ArtsMatterDay is Oct 28

October 10th, 2016

Oct 28, 2016 is ArtsMatterDay

Join MASSCreative in celebrating the third annual #ArtsMatterDay on Friday, October 28, 2016.

#ArtsMatterDay is your chance to share how and why the arts matter to you by sharing pictures, videos, and (of course) art, along with the #ArtsMatterDay hashtag, on social media.

Sign up to participate at MASSCreative, and you’ll receive a toolkit and a listing on the MassCreative website.

And don’t forget to celebrate #ArtsMatterDay on Oct 28, 2016.

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Survey for New England Creatives

October 9th, 2016

Creatives Count, the artists and creative workers survey from NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has launched Creatives Count, a survey of artists and creative workers in New England to better understand, support, and advocate for their work. NEFA is the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s regional partner supporting arts and culture.

NEFA states that artists and individuals in creative industries…

… are a vital part of our region’s vibrancy, but are often undercounted – and underserved – because of the fluid nature of their work life. You can help change that!

Artists and creative workers of New England are invited to:

  • Answer questions about your jobs, income, and career priorities
  • Be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card
  • Count yourself in… and encourage creatives in your networks to do the same

The survey is designed to capture the complexity of creative work – please take this opportunity to convey how much you count. Help advocates, service providers, and other stakeholders ensure that creative workers are better served by employment analysis, program planning, and advocacy strategies.

Survey closes November 18, 2016. Analysis of responses will be included in a report to be released Spring 2017.

Take the survey.

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Artists Under the Dome

October 7th, 2016


Hey there Massachusetts Artists. We wanted to let you know that for the tenth year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is inviting Massachusetts artists working in all disciplines (visual arts, literary, performing, crafts, new media, etc.) to come to the State House to participate in the annual Artists Under the Dome event.

The morning speaking program features the State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Representative Cory Atkins (House Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development) and other elected officials and state cultural leaders. There will be a lunch time celebration for the 10th Anniversary and afternoon panel unveiling the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition’s labor policy recommendations for the Commonwealth.

Artists Under the Dome
Wednesday, November 2nd, from 9:30am to 2pm
Massachusetts State House
Great Hall
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
The event is free and open to the public.
Learn more and register.

Image credit: Massachusetts state flag in front of the gilded dome of the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. From WikiMedia Commons.

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Fellows Notes – Oct 16

October 6th, 2016

October-y news from current and past MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists.

Shelley Reed, ON THE WALL (AFTER HONDECOETER) (2010), oil on canvas, 48x36 in

Caleb Cole, Dana Filibert, Shelley Reed, and Sarah Wentworth are among the artist exhibiting in Fertile Solitude at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts (10/14-12/18, opening reception 10/14, 6-8 PM). The exhibition, curated by FLUX.Boston creator Elizabeth Devlin, explores the idea of reprieve from everyday life through the physical framework of a maze that exhibition visitors are free to explore.

MCC Artist Fellows and Finalists will read at Forbes Library in Northampton (10/19, 7 PM). The readers are D M Gordon, Heather Kamins, Richard Michelson, Sarah Sousa, and Elizabeth Witte. Learn more and find the event on Facebook.


Sachiko Akiyama has a solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures, Sachiko Akiyama: Between Here and There, at Matter & Light Fine Art (thru 10/31).

Alexandra Anthony‘s film Lost in the Bewilderness screens at the Robbins Library in Arlington, MA (10/20, 7 PM), as part of the Arlington International Film Festival’s 2016 Robbins Library Monthly Film Series. Free and open to the public, Q & A with Alexandra Anthony to follow.

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Alice Bouvrie is screening her film A Chance To Dress at MIT (10/13, 7 PM). The filmmaker along with the subjects of the film, Dr. John “Tephra” Southard and his wife, Rev. Jean Southard, will be present for a post-screening Q & A.

Matt Brackett‘s first solo show in Boston in four years will take place at Alpha Gallery (10/7-11/2, opening reception 10/7, 6-8 PM). One of the included paintings, Moonstone, was one of 35 works out of over 2,400 applicants to receive a Certificate of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition last spring. See the artist’s Studio Views post on ArtSake.

Charles Coe is among the artists selected for the Boston Artists-in-Residence Program.

Mary Jane Doherty will have the West Coast premiere of her documentary Primaria at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (10/23, 2 PM).

Tory Fair has a solo show of drawing/sculpture hybrids, Tory Fair: Paperweight at VERY in Boston (thru 10/22).

Jake Fried‘s animation was featured on the science technology/pop culture blog io9.

Georgie Friedman has unveiled a site-specific video installation at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Traces of Wind and Water (thru 11/14), part of her work as a City of Boston Artist in Residence Program. There is a Boston AIR reception 11/14 at the Strand.

Beth Galston has a solo show at the Cynthia Reeves Gallery in North Adams (thru 11/13).

Marky Kauffmann was invited to participate in the Berlin Foto Biennale after being named a finalist in the 2015 Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. Also, she’ll exhibit in the group show Mirror with a Memory at the Peter Miller Gallery in Providence, RI (10/20-11/12, opening reception 10/20, 5-9 PM).

Lisa Kessler received a George Gund Foundation commission to photograph in the Cleveland public schools. The photography collection will be on exhibit at the Cleveland Public Main Library in downtown Cleveland (thru 10/28). A smaller traveling exhibit will be on display at several library branches around the city.

Colleen Kiely will have a solo show at the Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery (10/11-11/9, opening reception 10/20, 5-7 PM, artist’s talk 10/26, 12-1 PM). She’ll also have work in the pop-up exhibit Stark Naked at Gallery Kayafas, 10/16, 7-10 PM.

Niho Kozuru has a solo show, Positive Vibration, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (thru 11/15).

Dawn Kramer, along with Stephen Buck, will participate in this year’s Roslindale Open Studios (10/22-10/23).

Yary Livan was featured in the Lowell Sun.

Melinda Lopez has a new play, Mala, at ArtsEmerson (10/27-11/20). Also, she contributed a short play to Still Waiting a series of vignettes created to accompany the play Waiting for Lefty at Boston College Robsham Theatre (10/13-10/16).

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

Rania Matar has photography in the exhibition Mortal Things: Portraits Look Back and Forth at Tufts University Art Center (thru 12/4). Her solo show Becoming: Girls, Women, and Coming of Age exhibits at Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN (10/7-11/26, opening reception 10/7 5-8 PM, artist talk 10/11, 7 PM). In December, that same gallery will exhibit Rania’s work in Pulse Miami. Her work is included in Aftermath: The Fallout of War – America and the Middle East at Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, FL (thru 12/ 31. artist talk 10/23, 2 PM) Her work is also exhibiting at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut Lebanon and at C. Grimaldis Gallery

Mary Bucci McCoy is in the experimental group exhibition Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) at boeckercontemporary in Heidelberg, Germany (10/15-31). Also, she will have a public conversation with Brooklyn artist David Mann at Rafius Fane Gallery in SoWa, Boston (10/8, 2-4 PM).

Joshua Meyer has a solo show, Seek My Face: The Art of Joshua Meyer, 2000-2016 at The Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA (thru 12/23, reception 10/27, 7-9 PM).

Richard Michelson was featured in WBUR Radio for his children’s book about Leonard Nimoy, Fascinating.

Nathalie Miebach is in the group show Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space at Akron Art Museum (thru 1/15). Also, she’ll give a talk at Ohio Wesleyan University (10/19, 7 PM) as part of the Sagan National Colloquium.

Ethan Murrow has a large-scale wall drawing in Escape Routes at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI (thru 1/15). See an interview about the process.

Jendi Reiter‘s debut novel Two Natures was published in September by Saddle Road Press. Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, MA is hosting her local book launch (10/19, 7 PM).

Jo Ann Rothschild will exhibit work in the Fall Open House at the Studio at 535 Albany Street in Boston (10/27, 5-8 PM).

Samuel Rowlett has a solo exhibition of recent multimedia work, A Thing Not Planned for Imagery or Belief, on view in the South Gallery at Greenfield Community College (thru 11/3). There will be a gallery talk 10/26, 12 PM, and a closing reception 11/2, 5:30-7 PM.

James Rutenbeck‘s film Class of ’27 is an Editor’s Pick from The Atlantic.

Jane Smaldone‘s exhibition Rocks & Roses and The Return of the Fox shows at Clark Gallery in Lincoln (thru 10/31).

Stephen Tourlentes has work in the group exhibition Surveillance at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO (thru 1/29).

Joe Wardwell has a solo show at LaMontagne Gallery in Winchester (thru 11/11) and another exhibition, Soon I Will Be President at Southern New Hampshire University McIninch Art Gallery (11/3-12/17, opening reception and artist talk 11/3, 5-7 PM).

Cary Wolinsky has a solo exhibition of photography, Cary Wolinsky: Fiber of Life at Fuller Craft Museum (10/8-2/26, opening reception 11/6, 2-5 PM).

Jung Yun reads from her novel Shelter at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (10/5, 6-8 PM), sponsored by the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project.

Angela Zammarelli is exhibiting in the group show The Unity of Opposites at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA (thru 10/30, opening reception 10/14, 5-8 PM). She is currently in residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA and will be participating in an open studios 10/19, 5-7 PM.

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

Images and media: Shelley Reed, ON THE WALL (AFTER HONDECOETER) (2010), oil on canvas, 48×36 in; Alexandra Anthony’s interview from the 40 Years of Fellowships Project.

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Studio Views: Matt Brackett

October 5th, 2016

Matt Brackett at his studio in Hyde Park

Among the ideas Matt Brackett explores in his paintings is “the seductive suggestion of the unknown couched in familiarity.” In a previous post on ArtSake, the artist explained the power of this tension: “Suggesting wonder or menace within the confines of a naturalistically-delivered image, I try to generate a potential narrative like a machine stores potential energy.”

Matt Brackett at work

Matt Brackett, TREASURED VESSEL (2016), oil  on linen on panel, 18x24 in

Recently, he created a new body of work, titled All the Gifts. Work from this series is on exhibit at Alpha Gallery in Boston this month, opening October 7, 2016.

Painting materials in Matt Brackett's studio

The Hyde Park studio of Matt Brackett

Where his prior body of work explored mysterious narratives in the natural world, his current work features human figures. The artist explains: “The paintings have emerged from a period following an encounter with serious illness, and explore fatherhood, gratitude and hope. I believe I’ve been able to approach images in ways that haven’t been accessible to me in the past.”

Matt Brackett and his daughter, in front of the painting MOONSTONE (2015), oil on linen on aluminum panel, 46x34.5 in

One of the paintings from the Alpha Gallery exhibition, Moonstone (seen in the photo above), was one of 35 works out of over 2,400 applicants to receive a Certificate of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition last spring.

Matt Brackett, ATLAS (2016), oil on aluminum panel, 40x48 in

Matt Brackett, ALL THE GIFTS (2016), oil on aluminum panel, 40x30 in

Matt Brackett‘s solo show at Alpha Gallery exhibits Oct 7-Nov 2, opening reception Friday, October 7, 2016, 6-8 PM.

Images: all images courtesy of the artist and Alpha Gallery, including (third image from top) Matt Brackett, TREASURED VESSEL (2016), oil on linen on panel, 18×24 in; (sixth from top) MOONSTONE (2015), oil on linen on aluminum panel, 46×34.5 in; (seventh from top) ATLAS (2016), oil on aluminum panel, 40×48 in; (eighth from top) ALL THE GIFTS (2016), oil on aluminum panel, 40×30 in.

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Artist Opportunities Follow the Beat

October 4th, 2016


Call for Sculptors Lena Park Community Development Corporation in Dorchester, MA is seeking resumes and photos of work from sculptors who have completed large outdoor installations. The theme of their project is “21st century technology with a focus on steam (science, technology, engineering, art and math). The project site is in Mattapan, MA. The selected artist will use a team of local teens to create the concept and complete the work, which will take place in  2017/18. The selected artist will work with a landscape architect and a small committee of staff, board and residents, as well as the teens. Artist fee: maximum of $12,000 (exclusive of materials). Please contact Andrea Kaiser, Interim Executive Director at For further information call 617-533-8133 X 12. Learn more.

Dance Touring Grants The National Dance Project Touring Awards are currently accepting applications. NDP Touring Awards support U.S. tours of dance works by national and international artists with up to $35,000 in subsidy reserved for each project’s tour through NDP Presentation Grants. National and international choreographers and companies with a project premiering before June 1, 2017 and a planned U.S. tour during the NDP touring period of June 1, 2017-November 30, 2018 are eligible to apply. Learn more.
Deadline:  October 11, 2016

Photographers The Center for Fine Art Photography is currently accepting entries for their open themed Portfolio ShowCase 10. One artist will be selected to receive the $3,000 ShowCase Award and a solo exhibition at C4FAP. Ten photographers will be chosen to have their twelve-image portfolios published in the Center’s Portfolio ShowCase eBook. There will be an accompanying online exhibition with links to artist’s websites. In addition, two selected images from each artist will be exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography in the Portfolio ShowCase Group Exhibition. Learn more.
Deadline: November 16, 2016

Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library presents monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in their two exhibiting spaces, the Gallery and Main Hall. They are a state-of-the-art facility visited by more than 15,000 people weekly. The Library Art Committee meets twice each year to select shows for the following year. Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for the July-December 2017 time period. Learn more.
Deadline: December 9, 2016 (12 noon)

Artist Grants The Puffin Foundation provides grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.  Fine Arts and Video/Film must be the primary category of the project. The Fine Arts category includes a broad range of creative endeavors such as painting, drawing, weaving, crafts, collage and sculpture. Photograph and digital media projects should not be submitted since they will be considered in 2018. They will not consider Fine Arts/artwork proposals intended to supplement a theater or music work since those are disciplines they fund in even years. Proposals for radio based projects may be submitted under the Video/Film category. Projects in other disciplines will not be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Video and Film Sesame Studios YouTube Channel is looking for fresh creative talent to dazzle and delight preschoolers. Must be 18 years or older and be submitting original content. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Playwrights MultiStages, a multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre company located in New York City, is seeking original, unproduced, high quality full-length multidisciplinary plays by established and emerging writers for its eighth New Works Contest. The Contest Winner will receive a Workshop Staged Reading with professional actors or a Fully-Staged Production at a reputable theatre in New York City under an AEA approved code. The Finalists will receive a Staged Reading with professional actors in the New Works Festival. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of Sir Neville Marriner, founder of the orchestra at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

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