Archive for February 9th, 2012

Black History Month Art Exhibit at MA State House

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

At yesterday’s Local Cultural Council Statewide Assembly* at the Massachusetts State House, we heard from Representative Gloria Fox (Roxbury) about an intriguing event tomorrow at the State House, as part of a series of Black History Month celebrations.

African Americans in the Military Art Exhibit and Reception takes place Friday, February 10, 2012, at 1:30 PM, at the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts State House. There will be performances, refreshments, and art by the young artists of Artists for Humanity.

For further info contact the office of Rep. Gloria L. Fox (617-722-2810).

Image: work by young artists from Artists for Humanity, commissioned by Tri-Ad Veterans League.

* The event yesterday was a convening of volunteers from the 329 Local Cultural Councils throughout the Commonwealth to discuss topics key in arts and culture, learn about advocacy opportunities, and be celebrated for their exceptional service to the MA cultural community.

Mira’s List Art Contest

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

This just in from author and blogger Mira Bartok:

Mira’s List 2012 Art Contest
2nd PLACE: $100

DEADLINE: March 31, 2012
Judges: Mary Sherman, Curator, Critic & Director of TransCultural Exchange and Wendy M. Watson, Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art

Grand Prize Winner will receive:
• $500 cash prize
• an interview on Mira’s List
• a slide show of your work on Mira’s List until the next contest
• the opportunity of having two top curators look at your work

This contest is open to international established and emerging artists working in 2-D and/or 3-D media (i.e. drawings, prints, paintings, artist books, mixed media, collage, sculpture, installations – no photography, digital art, or crafts). Find full guidelines and application instructions.

Mira’s List, in case you don’t know, is a supercalifragilistic blog that lists grant, residency, and award opportunities for artists. And speaking of awards: here’s hoping Mira wins the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for which she’s been nominated.

Fellows Notes – Feb 12

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Phil saw his shadow – six more weeks to enjoy Winter arts in MA. Here’s the news from past MCC Fellows/Finalists, for Feb.

Visualize data with Reese Inman (Drawing Fellow ’08) and Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) in Random Access at Montserrat Art Gallery (thru 3/31, artist talk 2/28, 11:30 AM).

On the Border Line between crafts and contemporary art, Elizabeth Alexander (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11) has work in The Mikhail Zakin Gallery in NJ (thru 2/24), and a solo show at Dana Hall Art Gallery in Wellesley (2/13-3/8).

Stacey Alickman (Painting Finalist ’10) launched a fundraising campaign for her new painting project. She’s using United States Artist Projects, which she’s eligible for through her MCC award!

Claire Andrade-Watkins‘s (Film & Video Fellow ’09) short film Hi Neighbor is a Jurors Choice for the 31st Annual Black Maria Film Festival Tour.

Congratulations to Ben Berman (Poetry Fellow ’08), whose first book of poetry has been accepted for publication by Able Muse Press.

Steven Bogart (Playwriting Finalist ’09) directs a public reading of James Carroll’s play American Requiem for Actors Shakespeare Project (2/15, 7 PM).

Alice Bouvrie‘s (Film & Video Fellow ’11) film Thy Will Be Done screens at First Parish of Watertown (2/10, 7 PM) and is part of the Supporting Students – Saving Lives conference in San Diego (2/17-2/19).

Congratulations to Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Film & Video Fellow ’11, with Ilisa Barbash), who won a Creative Capital Film/Video grant.

Vote for Candice Smith Corby (Painting Fellow ’08) in the Artists Wanted competition!

Angela Cunningham (Crafts Finalist ’11, ’09) was featured in Feb. issue of Ceramics Monthly.

Rebecca Doughty (Painting Finalist ’10) is in The Calender’s Tales: Fantasy, Figuration, & Representation at Boston University 808 Gallery (2/2-3/31).

Joel Janowitz (Painting Fellow ’08) is in Breathing Spaces (with Anne Lilly) at the Art Institute of Boston Gallery (thru 3/4).

Zehra Khan (Drawing Finalist ’12) and collaborator Tim Winn pit Pandas Vs. Skunks as artists-in-residence at Cape Cod Community College (thru 2/24).

Matthew Mazzotta‘s (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11) interactive Steeped in Exploration project was awarded a Americans for the Arts 2011 Year in Review Public Art Award for Community Engagement and Social Activism.

In 2011, Koji Nakano‘s (Music Composition Finalist ’11, ’09) won an ASCAP Plus Award and a National Science Council (Taiwan) grant. And upcoming, he has commissions from Taipei Chinese Orchestra and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players!

A reading from Monica Raymond‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08) play-in-progress Four Riffs for a Sailor will be part of Interim Writers (2/3) at the Democracy Center in Cambridge.

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze (Crafts Fellow ’09) is featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Surface Design Journal.

Jeff Daniel Silva‘s (Film & Video Finalist ’09) Ivan and Ivana debuts in NYC at MOMA (2/17 & 2/18)!

The lyrical films of Robert Todd (Film & Video Finalist ’09, ’05) will screen in a program called Golden Hour at the Bright Screening Room in Paramount Center (2/17, 6 PM).

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

Image: Matthew Mazzotta, STEEPED IN EXPLORATION (2010), methane digester, reeds, wood, paint, burner, 20x10x8 ft.