Archive for March, 2017

Artist Opportunities Headlines

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Stop the presses, ArtSake has just published new listings.

Photographers Entries are currently being accepted for the Center of Fine Art Photography Center’s exhibition, Forward, their 8th annual open themed call. Exhibition and awards open to all subject matter. All capture types, genres, installations and photographic processes either historic or modern are eligible to submit. Learn more.
Deadline: March 29, 2017

Emerging Playwrights Applications are now being accepted for the annual Princess Grace Awards. Emerging playwrights are encouraged to apply at the beginning of their careers so that through the New Dramatists Fellowship, they can develop their work as well as benefit from being a part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional playwrights. An applicant’s status as an emerging playwright is evaluated during the adjudication process. One playwright will be selected to receive a grant in the amount of $7,500. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2017 (6PM EDT)

Call for Submissions The Deaf Poets Society, an online journal of deaf and disabled literature and arts, seeks work on bodies, science, technology, bioethics, and future ways of existing, for their issue on “D/deaf and disabled perspectives” on futurism. Learn more.
Deadline: April 4, 2017

Call to Artists Aperture Foundation is accepting entries for the 2017 Summer Open: On Freedom. Working together with Aperture, they would like to ask artists, as global citizens, to consider the visual language that is necessary today to communicate a new political, social, and environmental consciousness. Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Gottesman, and Wyatt Gallery are the jurors for the prize. Send them images that address or express what freedom looks like. Learn more. 
Deadline: April 5, 2017

Photographers The Cultural Center of Cape Cod invites photographers worldwide to submit images to their online competition, Abstractions. All winners will be displayed in their online gallery. First Place $500, Second Place $200 and Third Place $100. The Cultural Center directors will jury. Learn more.
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Artist, Writer Residency Individual and group proposals, in a variety of scholarly and creative areas, wanted by the Trillium Project for their residency program at Shotpouch Creek in Oregon. Learn more.
Deadline: April 10, 2017

Call to Artists Nave Gallery Annex is currently accepting entries for the exhibition In Triplicate. Artwork may be from any discipline. Curated by Liz Helfer. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2017

Poets The Beloit Poetry Journal is currently accepting entries for their Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal will be awarded for a poem. The judge is Carolyn Forché. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2017

Playwrights Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition for full length Latino stage plays in Spanish, English, or both. Playwrights may be Latino or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences and accurately depicts the Hispanic experience. No screenplays, one act plays, musicals, adaptations or translations will be accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2017

Trolling Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Of Note: Free workshop on business planning for performing artists. Creative Ground participants have priority, so this is a great reason to sign up for this virtual Hiring Hall which also helps make you eligible for regional touring. Registration deadline is March 21st.

Call to Artists  Entries sought for the exhibition Planes in the Sky, a Fort Point Arts Community Exhibition at the Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston Massachusetts. Planes in the Sky seeks art that deals with human progress and discovery of the past & future. Themes may include modern science, digital evolution, evolving architecture, stargazing, the control of nature and the origin of life. Learn more.
Deadline: March 26, 2017 (midnight EST)

Call to Artists The Mosesian Center for the Arts invites artists to submit two- and three-dimensional art created from reclaimed materials. This juried exhibition promotes recycling and resource conservation by encouraging the reuse of a variety of materials in new, different, and creative forms. It aims to educate the viewer about delaying and preventing the accumulation of solid waste through upcycling waste into art. Entries must incorporate at least 50 percent of repurposed, recycled, or reused materials. Use of non-recyclable fasteners and framing materials (when applicable) are permitted. Learn more.
Deadline: March 30, 2017

Poets Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm are currently accepting entries for their Frost Farm Prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium to attend and read at the Frost Farm Poetry Conference in June at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire. Deborah Warren will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: March 30, 2017

Writers The Arts & Letters Prizes 19th Annual Arts & Letters Prize is offering three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Richard Garcia will judge in poetry, Amy Hassinger will judge in fiction, and Sonja Livingston will judge in creative nonfiction. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Call to Artists DownStreet Art Call for Submissions for ten new projects, ranging from performances and murals, to pop-up parks and sidewalk painting to celebrate their tenth season of community-based programming. This year, they offer three dynamic opportunities for designers and artists to develop and showcase their work in downtown North Adams, MA. Learn more.
Deadline for all three opportunities: March 31, 2017 (11:59pm)

Poetry, Fiction Orison Books offers Prizes in Poetry and Fiction. Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and David Haynes will judge in fiction. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2017

Arts Research Prize The Createquity Arts Research Prize inaugural award will go to an outstanding research project published in 2016 that has dramatically expanded our understanding of the arts. The winner will receive $500, follow-up programming opportunities, and the recognition of Createquity’s unique collaborative community, which includes influential arts leaders from around the world. Learn more.
Deadline: April 10, 2017

Writer-in-Residence The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applications for its fourteenth Writer-in-Residence. The program was created to provide an emerging children’s author with the financial support and quiet space needed to complete one literary work. Eligible projects include fiction, nonfiction, a script, graphic novel, or poetry, intended for children or young adults. The fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend and an office at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square from September 2017 through May 2018. Learn more.
Deadline: April 14, 2017 (postmark)

Artist Residency Program Gallery 263 is currently accepting proposals for their 2017 Artist Residency Program which offers a 700-square foot space to artists of all media.  This is a non-live-in, shared residency opportunity. The program hosts up to four solo artists or one collective of artists for seven weeks. This year’s Summer Residency will begin on June 12, 2017, and run through July 29, 2017. Up to four solo applicants will be chosen to share the space, or one collaborative group will be chosen. This is a shared residency and one group of artists will share the space for the entire residency. Learn More.
Deadline: April 16, 2017

Call to Artists The Rochester Contemporary Art Center is accepting entries for their small art phenomenon 6×6! The only stipulation is that the artwork is 6″ x 6″ x 6″! No entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: April 16, 2017

Call to Artists Gallery Z in Lowell has announced a call for their exhibition Earth Mother, April, 27 – May, 21 2017, in keeping with Earth Day 2017’s Campaign of Environmental & Climate Literacy and the need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet.
2 & 3 D mixed Media accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17 2017

Relocate to North Adams Grant  MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is seeking applicants for their North Adams Project, an initiative to support artists committed to building their creative future in North Adams. The NA Project offers financial incentives and special programming for selected artists who relocate to North Adams by the end of 2017. Learn more about Assets for Artists.
Deadline: April 25, 2017

Proposals for New Plays Set in Boston SpeakEasy Stage is accepting proposals for The 2018 Boston Project, which includes a $2,500 commission and a year of development on a brand-new play about Boston. Playwrights should submit proposals for unwritten plays set in Boston or its surrounding areas, taking place within ten years, plus or minus, of the present day. The development process will culminate in a two-week workshop and invited staged reading in May/June 2018. Recent winners include Nina Louise Morrison and Rick Park. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Female Photographers Women Photograph, a database launched by photographer Daniella Zalcman to promote the representation of female photographers in the industry, has launched two grants to finance new or in-progress projects. The main grant, supported by the Pulitzer Center and worth $5,000, is directed at mid-career, established women photographers, while three other grants worth $2,500 each and financed by the camera-bag company ONA will go to emerging visual journalists. Applications open April 1, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: May 20, 2017

Exhibition Proposals The New Art Center’s Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) invites artists and curators to propose contemporary art exhibitions involving two or more artists and at least one public presentation. Curators of accepted proposals receive a $1,000 stipend as well as administrative, installation, marketing, and public relations support. Learn more.
Deadline: June 3, 2017

Response to the President’s Proposed Elimination of NEA

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Earlier this month, the President released a budget proposal that included eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On Friday, March 17, Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker issued a statement in response. The proposed cuts are “deeply troubling for the Massachusetts cultural sector, which benefits enormously from federal investment through these vital federal agencies and others,” she said.

As seen in the image above, many Massachusetts communities are enriched by cultural funding. “We believe public funding of the arts and humanities is right and essential in a democratic society,” Anita said.

Read Anita’s full response.

To help protect public funding, you can visit the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, which is enlisting one million arts advocates to mobilize support for the arts and arts education. Membership is free. Learn more.

Also, please consider participating in MASSCreative’s Arts Matter Advocacy Day at the State House on March 28, 2017, to reinforce support for state funding for the arts.

Image: Map indicating where NEA and MCC funds are distributed throughout Massachusetts. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

MCC Literary Awardees Read at Porter Square Books

Friday, March 17th, 2017

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 Porter Square Books on Friday, April 21, 2017, 7 PM.

Friday, April 21, 2017, 7 PM
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge MA
Readers:
Colleen Coyne
Cynthia Gunadi
Thomas McNeely
Rosalind Pace

The event is free, accessible, and open to the public.

Artist Opportunities Persisted

Monday, March 13th, 2017


“Art knows no national boundaries…” President John F. Kennedy

Take a listen to a sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. for television broadcast on behalf of the National Cultural Center. In his speech President Kennedy discusses the universality of artistic expression and its ability to transcend national borders.

Photographers The Griffin Museum of photography, a nonprofit organization that strives to help all photographs, will host their 32nd annual Juried Show for Photographs. They provide cash awards, honorable mentions, exhibitions at their museum and online features. Learn more.
Deadline: March 17, 2017

Call for Dancers, Musicians, Comedians, Storytellers, Poets & Filmmakers Submissions are now being accepted for the Fourth Annual OnStage Arts Marathon. Held this year on May 13, 2017, at the Center for Arts at the Armory, this annual event brings together artists from the Somerville, Cambridge, and Greater Boston area to perform, celebrate, and promote our many talents. Open to artists and performers of all types, we are seeking dancers, improv and stand-up comedians, musicians, spoken word artists, poets, filmmakers, visual artists, and more to perform and exhibit at the event. Preference will be given to Somerville/Cambridge/Boston-based individuals and organizations. This is an 18+ event. Learn more.
Deadline: March 19, 2017 (10pm)

Call for Entries ArtsWorcester is seeking submissions for the Seventeenth ArtsWorcester Biennial. The winner of the 2017 Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best In Show will be awarded a cash prize and a solo-exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum. Learn more.
Deadline: March 19, 2017

Studio Fellowships VisArts in Rockville, MD, invites applications and proposals for a six month Studio Fellowship. The Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. Learn more.
Deadline: March 20, 2017

Call for Entries The Concord Free Public Library Fowler Branch seeks submissions for Wildness & Wonder, an interdisciplinary curiosity cabinet that explores our relationship to the wild. The exhibit will be included in Concord’s celebration of the Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, and in the library’s annual Concord Reads program centered around his ‘Walking’ essay. Community members, naturalists, and artists submit 5-10 images of natural objects, framed photographs, or artworks to acalltonature@gmail.com. Curated by Jenn Houle.  Learn more.
Deadline: March 26, 2017

Call for Artists ArtsWorceter seeks proposals for solo and group exhibitions for our 2017-18 gallery season. As part of this year’s call for exhibits, we seek submissions specific to the Present Tense Prize, awarded to an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution. The Present Tense Prize winner receives an award of $1,000 and a solo exhibit on one floor of the Aurora Gallery. Learn more.
Deadline: March 29, 2017

Call to Artists Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for DownStreet Art 2017. Celebrating its tenth season, Downstreet Art will bring 10 public, participatory projects to downtown North Adams in 2017. These include three dynamic, paid opportunities for artists and designers to develop their work in an art-friendly community. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Grant for Painters Over 45 The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition. Learn more.
Deadline: April 3, 2017

Call for Exhibition Proposals The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are pleased to present bi-monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in the Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s new public exhibiting space. The Selection Committee will meet each year to select shows for the following year. Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for the May-December 2017 time period. The gallery space will be managed by our collaborative partner, Uforge. Please direct all inquiries or questions to: gallery@friendsjplibrary.org. Learn more.
Deadline: April 7, 2017 (5 PM)

Call for Puppeteers The Somerville Arts Council (SAC) seeks to support and present local puppet companies in the area. SAC seeks touring puppeteers and puppet companies for a curated indoor or outdoor performance series of puppetry works for PuppetPalooza 2017. It will take place on the streets, parking lots, municipal parks, and other spaces located in east Somerville. They are open to various models– series of short vignettes or an evening of longer performances. Learn more.
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Visual Artist Grants The Harpo Foundation is currently accepting entries for their grants for visual artists. The award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older. Awards are made of up to $10,000. Learn more.
Deadline: April 21, 2017

Solo Exhibition Call Applications are currently being accepted for the CUE Art Foundation Solo Exhibition’s Open Call. The Solo Exhibition Open Call provides emerging and under-recognized artists the necessary time and resources to present an exhibition at CUE in 2018. The selected artists will receive valuable mentor support from one established curator on the selection panel including a studio visit and installation guidance in preparation for the exhibition, in addition to a $5,000 honorarium, and an accompanying exhibition catalogue with an essay written by a participant in CUE’s Art Critic Mentoring Program. Learn more.
Deadline: May 12, 2017

Call to Artists The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest 2017, September 10 – October 23, 2017. The theme for this year’s outdoor exhibition is “The State of Hope” guest curated by artist Whitney Ramage. Artists and artist teams are invited to submit proposals for sculpture, installation, video or performance to be exhibited on our historic grounds in West Rutland, Vermont. Learn more.
Deadline: June 23, 2017

Call to Artists The Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Amherst is currently accepting artist submissions of work that considers Home as the subject of their creations. A story must accompany the artwork. Tell that story, whether fictional or true, in 100 words or less. They request that artists only submit new work created specifically for this exhibition. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2017

Image: Elaine De Kooning in her studio working on drawings and paintings of President John F. Kennedy.

MIT Media Lab Award

Friday, March 10th, 2017

“You don’t change the world by doing what you’re told” – Joi Ito, Director MIT Media Lab

The MIT Media Lab is accepting applications through May 1 for a no-strings-attached $250,000 Disobedience Award. This award will go to a person or group engaged in what they believe is an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society. What does this mean? Societies and institutions lean toward order and away from chaos. While necessary for functioning, structure can also stifle creativity, flexibility, and productive change–and ultimately, society’s health and sustainability. This is true from academia, to corporations, governments, the sciences, and our local communities. With this award, they honor work that impacts society in positive ways, and is consistent with a set of key principles. These principles include non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. This disobedience is not limited to specific disciplines; examples include scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Janice Rogovin Premieres The Man in the Cowboy Hat

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

More than a decade ago, filmmaker Janice Rogovin embarked on a documentary project about Carlos Arredondo, a grieving man dealing with personal tragedy. Little did she know that his story would someday intertwine with a national tragedy, as he became one of the most recognizable heroes from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

The filmmaker will premiere her film at the Boston Public Library on Saturday March 25, 2 PM. Here, she discusses the film’s origins, its twists and turns, and her own path as a documentary film artist.

Promotional image for THE MAN IN THE COWBOY HAT, a film by Janice Rogovin

ArtSake: Can you talk about the trajectory of The Man in the Cowboy Hat – its origins and its journey since its inception?

Janice: The origin was a news item I heard on the radio in 2004. It said that when Marines informed a father that his son had been killed in Iraq, he got inside the Marines’ van with gasoline and a propane torch and set the van on fire. The man survived with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his body. The announcer said that no one knew if the action was a protest against the war, a suicide attempt – or what the motive was.

When I heard this, I thought it made total sense that a father would be so outraged as to have such a reaction. What could be worse than losing your child in a war whose motivation, at that point, was questionable at best?

The van burning event happened in Florida but it turned out that the man, Carlos Arredondo, used to live in Jamaica Plain, where I’ve lived for many years. I was determined to find him, but it took some time. It wasn’t until the following summer, when I was in the local bike shop picking up my newly tuned bike for Fourth of July weekend, that the bike mechanic, and I got on the subject of independence and the Iraq War and I mentioned the man who had burned the van. It turned out that the bike mechanic was the man’s cousin, both having emigrated from Costa Rica! The following month I attended a gathering at Carlos’s house in Roslindale for the first anniversary of Alex’s death, which happens to be the same day as Carlos’s birthday.

I started making a film about Carlos’s reaction to his son’s death, but continued following his story as things in his life – both public and personal – kept happening.

I never thought when I began the film that Carlos would end up being invited to attend the State of the Union address! As a documentary filmmaker, I went with the flow of events and my intuition.

There was a time when I was the only filmmaker traveling with Carlos on his quest to honor Alex and keep his memory alive. Then, there was a time after the Marathon bombing when the entire media world was at his doorstep. Carlos always stayed in touch with me, but for a while there were restraints on filming due to publication agreements he made with other outlets.


The trailer for THE MAN WITH THE COWBOY HAT

ArtSake: What drew you to Carlos Arredondo, as a subject?

Janice: Once I met Carlos I was deeply moved by his story of growing up in Costa Rica during the Kennedy era loving the USA, leaving his homeland for the American Dream and then having to come to terms with losing Alex in Iraq. Carlos speaks from the heart. He is charismatic and sincere.

I was also impressed by the impact of the shrines that he created to honor Alex and to keep his memory alive. The first time I went to his house, as I walked down the street looking for the address, I was stunned to see a white picket fence completely outlined by small American flags blowing in the wind. Through the gate, on the inside of the fence, were different layers of artifacts arranged around a central cross – a chipped, ceramic angel playing the flute, a Marine baseball hat, a rabbit-shaped planter – that evoked the feeling of a life lost. Again, I was deeply moved by the energy and effort put into the memorial display.

As Carlos got involved in peace organizations, his memorials to Alex became more public. He was angry at the government’s ban on news coverage of soldiers’ coffins coming home. It should be up to families to decide if they want media coverage or not, he said. In protest, he installed a coffin covered with an American flag in the back of his pick-up truck and drove to peace demonstrations all over the country. When President Obama took office and lifted the ban, Carlos put the coffin away. I would ask Carlos to explain the design and purpose of his installations to make sure that I understood what he was trying to say. And his thinking made sense to me.

ArtSake: Can you talk about the challenges – and perhaps the rewards – of a filmmaking project spanning more than 10 years?

Janice: A ten year filmmaking project produces a lot of footage! Logging and transcribing are very time consuming. Then there is the biggest challenge of deciding which threads of the story to follow and which to let go. It’s important to be clear about what you want your film to be about, and focus the contents accordingly. With this story in particular, there were very surprising twists and turns – some public, some personal – that changed the tenor of the story. We had to make big adjustments emotionally, and from an editorial viewpoint, because of the events that occurred over time.

Over the years I got to know Carlos pretty well. I got to know his mother, Luz, who I like very much. I feel good about the direction we took with the film.

From a technical point of view, when I started the film in 2005, most independent documentary filmmakers were still using Standard Definition (SD) video cameras. Over the next few years that changed, so that by 2008 or so, everyone was using High Definition (HD). I did not make the switch over to HD partly because it seemed technically overwhelming to me and partly because of the additional expense. Plus there would have been the complication of having half the film shot half in SD and half in HD. So I got caught in a technology shift.

ArtSake: How does your background in still photography impact your filmmaking?

Janice: I started doing film because when I used to do still photography and oral histories, I began to regret losing the expression in people’s voices and their gestures as they spoke. The first film I did in graduate school at Mass Art had people talking and gesturing in an interesting way in a specific setting, and worked well as a film within those confines. Of course, there is a lot more to filmmaking outside of those confines! My sense of pacing is somewhat slower than what is generally expected in films.

I tend to notice framing quite a lot – what will appear in the background and on the edges of a shot.

ArtSake: What other artists, in film or otherwise, interest and inspire you?

Janice: One is Frederick Wiseman, a documentary filmmaker who lets the subject speak for itself, except by the way he edits and sequences. Susan Meiselas is another, a documentary photographer who gets back in touch with subjects she photographs or maintains relationships with them. She photographed the Revolution in Nicaragua in 1978-1979 in what has become a classic collection. She’s returned several times to contact those she’d photographed, interview them and/or work with them on a “collective memory” project.

ArtSake: What are you working on next?

Janice: I have several ideas for film and book projects but don’t want to share them at this point. They are still percolating. But I will be teaching pinhole photography in science classes at a Boston public high school this spring, something I enjoy doing very much!

The Man in the Cowboy Hat
Premiere Screening, Panel Discussion, Audience Q&A
Saturday March 25, 2pm Boston Public Library

Janice Rogovin is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and teaching artist based in Boston. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Artist Award, two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships (in 1985 and 1995), and three project grants from the Massachusetts Humanities Foundation. Her books A Sense of Place/Tu Barrio and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been, Photographs and Interviews with Seven Vietnam Veterans, are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Artist Opportunities Dreams Unwind

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Taken by, taken by the sky…

Displaced Artists Fund The Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artists Fund exists to assist visual artists and writers displaced due to natural disasters, climate change, or political turmoil or threat by providing residencies in a safe and supportive community of creative peers. By providing a creative community of refuge in Vermont, these residencies restore normalcy to studio practice, ease the isolation that often accompanies displacement, and extend VSC’s founding spirit of “artists supporting artists” to those most in need. Artists and writers from anywhere in the world who have been directly affected by natural disaster may apply for Displaced Artist Fund residencies. These residencies are 4- to 6-weeks in duration. Learn more.

Call for Entries Interdisciplinary artist Merli V. Guerra is currently working on a new art installation that will debut in April at the We Create Festival in Boston, MA. Guerra is looking to incorporate stories from those with Alzheimer’s into the work, as a way of preserving memories before they’re erased. If you know of someone Guerra can interview—or would like to submit stories yourself—please contact her by March 15, 2017, at merli.v.guerra@gmail.com.

Boston Artists Opportunity Fund Grants will be made to individual artists for specific needs, such as materials, professional development costs, conference fees, and stipends for teaching artists. Applications are available on a monthly basis 10 months out of the year. Applications will not be available in April or October, when other BCC grant opportunities are due. Applicants may request up to $1,000 in funding. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Call to Artists in MFA Programs The Helen Day Art Center is currently accepting entries for their forth biennial, Best of the Northeast Masters of Fine Arts exhibition, featuring current MFA candidates in New England, New York and Quebec. Learn more.
Deadline: March 19, 2017 (midnight EST)

Call for Poetry The City of Boston has issued a call for poetry as part of the Mayor’s Poetry Program. Selected poems will be printed and publicly displayed on the walls of Boston City Hall for 12 months. Boston Poet Laureate and MCC Fellow Danielle Legros George will jury. Learn more.
Deadline: March 20, 2017

Female Screenwriters Lab The Writer’s Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and funded by Meryl Streep, in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, is currently accepting submissions. They welcome screenplays by women over 40 (birth date on or before 3/30/77). They seek a broad selection of screenplays across all genres of fiction. Scripts by more than one writer will be considered, but all writers must be female, and only one writer can attend the Lab. Learn more.
Deadline: March 23, 2017

Call for Entries The Scituate Arts Association has announced a call for art. All works on paper or canvas must be properly framed and wired for hanging (no clip-on frames or saw tooth hooks). Sculpture or other 3D works must have a suitable display. Due to space limitations the SAA reserves the right to refuse oversize works (over 40″) or works whose subject is deemed non-PG. Learn more.
Deadline: Drop-off hand delivered work to the SAA’s Ellis House, 709 Country Way, Scituate, on Thursday, March 30, 5-7 pm or Saturday, April 1, 11 am-2 pm.

Artist Residency The John Michael Kohler Art Center’s Arts/Industry program is currently accepting applications. Each year up to 16 artists are selected for residencies in the Pottery and/or Foundry areas of the factory through a competitive jury process. No experience with clay or cast metal is required, just an interest in pursuing a new body of work and being open to new ideas. Residencies run from two to six months in length. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2017

Call to Artists #RESIST is a call that seeks work of all mediums that speaks to the current political climate in the United States and elsewhere. Curated by Susan Berstler and Greg Cook. Exhibition will be at  Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA from April 27-May 27, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2017

Call For Artists Paradise City Arts Festivals presents New England’s leading shows of fine handmade craft, painting and sculpture. Paradise City’s events will occur in in Northampton, MA and Marlborough, MA,  in beautiful indoor settings, with outdoor space available for large-scale sculpture. Applications from new and emerging artists are encouraged. For 23 years Paradise City has been known for setting new standards in show publicity and marketing, and for its user-friendly approach to artists. Learn more.
Deadline: April 3, 2017

CraftBoston Mentorship Program Their Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for presentation in premier craft shows through their participation in CraftBoston Holiday. Mentors and mentees attend a series of meetings to discuss topics such as booth design, marketing, pricing and selling of work, legal and insurance issues, show operations, and portfolio development. Learn more.
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Craft Artists The Brookline Arts Center invites New England-based artists to submit work for their Contemporary Craft exhibit (June 16-July 21, 2017), juried by Lindsay Mis, CraftBoston Director for the Society of Arts and Crafts. Artists are invited to submit work representing contemporary craft. Since the 1800s, New England has long been at the center of American craft from silversmithing to woodwork to textiles. In recent years, the craft movement has defied boundaries and gained recognition as an art form in its own right. Artists are encouraged to submit work that explores what defines today’s studio craft and how it navigates between function and fine art. All media welcome. Learn more.
Deadline: April 21, 2017

Call to Artists ArtScape in West Concord, MA, is preparing for an exciting Spring 2017 show, Wings Beaks Feathers: A Spring Fling. All media accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: April 22, 2017

Call to LGBTQIA Artists The Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance’s Summer 2017 Exhibition will be an exploration and celebration of the cultural value and significance of the arts in light of the current political climate. Harking back to the “NEA Four” and the conservative establishment’s attack on arts funding in the 80s/90s, the imminent future promises to be a historical moment in which the arts are again directly challenged. History repeats itself. This exhibition serves as a platform for LGBTQIA artists to engage with this moment in their own unique and distinctive voices. Work can range from revolutionary to visionary, from angry to celebratory, from local to global. How do we make art when there are urgent political crises taking place around us? What makes art important and vital, to ourselves and to others? How do we respond when threatened? Overall, the show will function as part of a larger collective conversation about the necessity of the arts in society. Work will be accepted in any medium, including performance. BLAA is a Boston based LGBTQIA group committed to providing support, resources, and community to artists. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30th, 2017 (midnight)

What Do You Strive to Avoid in Your Art?

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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

We were curious about ruts, pitfalls, or other counter-productive things from which artists make a conscious effort to steer clear. So we asked, What do you work hardest at trying to avoid in your work?

The answers range from technical or material concerns, issues of art history, creative decisions, and (in one case) become a poetic expression all their own.

Mara Superior, AMERICANA (2016), porcelain, salt glazed white stoneware, 14.5x18x2 in

Mara Superior, ceramicist
My material is porcelain, and there are so many technical issues and things that could go wrong all along the way before a piece is completed. As I’m making, I’m always trying to avoid mishandling the materials.

Porcelain is a high-risk material because it shrinks about 15 percent. Working with it is all about timing, moisture content, construction, drying slowly then bisque firing. I am interested in the beauty of the final product. I bear with the process.

To add a little more excitement into the mix, I work with an atmospheric kiln which means the results are not consistent each time as it might be in an electric kiln. As I work I am imagining the ideal outcome. There is always an adjustment and surprise when the kiln is opened.

Esthetically speaking I try to avoid being too decorative, although I love ornament. I try to balance beauty and content. I believe that some difficult content delivered in a beautiful package is intriguing and alluring.

 

Scott Challener, poet
avoidance procedures

comfortable writing

harmlessness…

READ the poet’s visual-poetic response

 

Marky Kauffmann, MAGGIE: DISINTEGRATION, from the LOST BEAUTY series

Marky Kauffmann, photographer
It is really important to me to make photographs that have an originality of expression. Of course, I understand that being original is impossible. We all stand on the shoulders of the artists who have come before us. Perhaps what I’m calling originality is really creativity – having a strong creative element in my work, something no one else has thought to try. By combining darkroom techniques and digital technologies in a unique manner, I try hard to avoid having my work look like someone else’s. If someone says to me, “Your work looks like so and so’s,” I know I have failed to accomplish what I set out to do.

At the same time, whatever technical devices I use, I want them to make sense in my work. I want to avoid cheap tricks at all costs. This can be a delicate balancing act, but I strive to speak forcefully, purposefully, and skillfully with all the tools in my toolbox.

 

Shubha Sunder, writer
Thomas Mann put it this way in The Magic Mountain: “There are so many different kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst.” As a writer of fiction, I work hard to avoid cleverness in my work. This means being on the lookout for things like heavy-handed metaphors, striking images that fail to resonate with the themes of the story, or sentences that twist themselves into pretzels to convey, in the end, what could be said in a few simple words. Cleverness is not the same as complexity, when the world on the page reflects and illuminates the messiness of real life. That sort of effect comes not from clever technique but from a deep exploration of characters and situations. I used to delight in showing off my pyrotechnics as a writer; now, I’m obsessed with doing everything possible to immerse a reader into the world of the story – to make the words disappear, rather then stand out.

 

Evan Morse, SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), hydrocal, pigment 9x18x15 in

Evan Morse, sculptor
My earliest sculptural works were so close to historical precedents that what I thought was a commentary on the past seemed to most people to be merely copying the past. Most people can’t not think Greek, Roman, Renaissance, or Rodin when they see a marble nude. This has been my struggle throughout the youth of my sculptural career and is the thing that I am continually seeking to avoid in my work. How do I make art that speaks for itself first, and its historical counterparts second? How do I make figurative sculpture that builds upon history rather than repeats it? Not to mention that all the aforementioned acts are tough ones to follow…

After some searching and experimentation, I realized that the traditional methods and materials are important to me. Taking part in the millennia-long visual conversation in the representation of the human figure is important to me. This means that the content of my work has to be strong enough on its own to both embrace its historical allusions and seem original at the same time. It’s a fine line to walk, and I’m working to avoid the pitfalls all the time.

 

Scott Challener is a doctoral candidate in Rutgers University. His most recent poems appear in the online publication Pangyrus (out of Cambridge) and Lana Turner Journal.

Marky Kauffmann is a photographer who curated Outspoken, an exhibition of seven female photographers that recently closed at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School. The show will travel to the Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill next fall.

Evan Morse‘s sculpture has been exhibited at Boston City Hall, Danforth Art in Framingham, and Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, among many other venues.

Shubha Sunder‘s fiction has been appeared in Crazyhorse magazine, where it won the 2015 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize; Narrative Magazine, where it was a winner of “30 Below, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Bangalore Review. She teaches at GrubStreet and recently completed her first novel, Boomtown Girl.

Mara Superior has received five awards from the Artist Fellowships Program since 1986. Her ceramic work is currently on exhibit in A Sense of Place, the 73rd Scripps Ceramic Annual exhibition at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery in Claremont, CA.

Images: Mara Superior, AMERICANA (2016), porcelain, salt glazed white stoneware, 14.5x18x2 in; Marky Kauffmann, MAGGIE” DISINTEGRATION, from the LOST BEAUTY series; Evan Morse, SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), hydrocal, pigment 9x18x15 in.

Artist’s Voice: Madge Evers

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

For the love of fungi, western Massachusetts artist Madge Evers grows her own…ink. Yes, she makes prints by using the spores that fall out of the gills of the mushrooms that she grows. 

My art work begins, as so many things do, in the garden.

I make images using the millions of tiny spores that fall from the gills of mushrooms that I grow in piles of wood chips. The microscopic spores contained in one mushroom are the seeds of future generations. Traditionally, the purpose of a mushroom spore print is the scientific identification of a fungus. I make spore prints for the beautiful and mystical stories they tell.

My adventures in spore printing began in the spring of 2015 when I cultivated two mushroom gardens in my shady backyard, using mycelium purchased from one of the many online mushroom growing companies. The mycelium threaded their way through the wood chips and in September, the mushrooms began to fruit. Initially, I made a spore print to ensure the mushrooms I had grown were not poisonous. That spore print proved fateful. Yes, it was the intended cultivar, however I became fascinated by the quality of the image and saw something beyond the culinary in the spores. I began experimenting with the imagery and my life as a spore print artist was born.

Join Madge Evers at an art opening at Roundabout Books, 26 Kenwood Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be served. an independently-owned used bookstore in the Town of Greenfield, in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.  Framed mushroom spore prints in many sizes will be for sale. Madge will donate 20% of all sales to Just Roots, whose ” goal is to increase knowledge about and demand for local food in Franklin County.

Image credit: All images courtesy Madge Evers.


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