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Artist’s Voice: Matthew Mazzotta

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Matthew Mazzotta’s (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’11) new project CLOUD HOUSE, is a “cloud” that rains on a tin roof when you sit in the rocking chairs (location: Farmer’s Park – Springfield, MO).

CLOUD HOUSE is a unique rain harvesting system that creatively reuses the rainwater it collects to provide a deeper look into the natural systems that give us the food we eat.

On rainy days, a gutter system collects rain that hits the roof and directs it to storage tank underneath the house. Sitting in the rocking chairs triggers a pump that brings the collected rainwater up into the “cloud” to drop onto the roof, producing that warm pleasant sound of rain on a tin roof.

At the same time, rainwater drops from the tops of the windows onto the edible plants growing in the windowsills.

Designed to collect and store rainwater for the “cloud” to rain, this display of the water-cycle illustrates our fragile dependence on the natural systems that grow the food we eat, and at points throughout the year when there is low rainfall, the ‘cloud’ will not rain on the roof because it is simply out of water. CLOUD HOUSE is clad with barn wood and tin reclaimed from a nearby abandoned farm by group of Amish builders.

With rocking chairs on a barn wood floor, the sound of rain on a tin roof, and rain drops bringing the necessary elements for plants growing in the window sills, the look and feel of CLOUD HOUSE is the epitome of a rural farm experience from simpler times, and creates a space to reflect on the natural processes of food production. Located at Springfield, MO’s largest farmers market, CLOUD HOUSE is a poetic counterpoint to the well-attended market and offers a meditative moment to slow down, enjoy the fresh edible plants, and listen to rain on a tin roof.

Watch a video about Matthew Mazzotta’s CLOUD HOUSE.

Matthew‘s work Open House was part of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum NYC show called “By the People: Designing a Better America.” 

All images courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta.

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

Fellows Notes – Mar 17

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

It’s March, the equator is about to pass by the center of the sun (happy Spring Equinox), and our past Artist Fellowships awardees continue to shine with honors, exhibitions, readings, and so much more. Here’s the latest news.

Lisa Nilsson, from the 40 Years of Fellowships project. This month, the artist exhibits at the Currier Museum of Art


Elizabeth Alexander, Ambreen Butt, Fred H C Liang, Lisa Nilsson, Jane South, Randal Thurston, and August Ventimiglia are among the artists featured in Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH (thru 5/21.)

Laura Chasman and Leslie Sills join Nancy Gruskin for the exhibition Life: from life at room83 Spring in Watertown (3/9-4/22, reception 3/11, 3-5 PM).

Frannie Lindsay and Lynne Potts read as part of the Brookline Poetry Series at the Brookline Public Library Main Branch in Brookline Village (3/19, 2 PM).


Sophia Ainslie has an exhibition of paintings at the Boston City Hall Mayor’s Art Gallery, in conjunction with Women’s History Month (thru 3/31).

Simeon Berry reads at the Gloucester Writers Center (3/15, 7:30 PM).

Ben Berman will read from his new poetry collection Figuring at the Figure at Brookline Booksmith (3/16, 7 PM).

Sarah Bliss curated and is presenting From the Farm at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in Scotland. From the Farm is a curated program of 13 films made at the Independent Imaging Retreat (aka Film Farm) offered in rural Ontario every summer by Canadian experimental filmmaker Philip Hoffman and his dedicated staff.

Ria Brodell has a solo show of paintings, Butch Heroes, at
Gallery Kayafas (3/3-4/8, opening reception 3/3, 5:30-8 PM). She’ll also be releasing the limited edition book Butch Heroes: Paintings by Ria Brodell, with book signing and panel discussion 3/18, 3 PM.

Kim Carlino has a solo exhibition, The Primary Line, (3/1-3/28), at the UMass Amherst Herter Art Gallery.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and collaborator Véréna Paravel, who are among the Foster Prize Artists at the ICA Boston, will give an in-gallery Foster Talk (3/16, 7 PM).

Caleb Cole has a solo show of photography, To Be Seen, at Gallery Kayafas (3/3-4/8, opening reception 3/3, 5:30-8 PM).

Harriet Diamond has a new installation, Driven from their Homes, at the Oxbow Gallery (3/2-3/26, reception 3/10, 5-8 PM, artist talk 3/23, 7 PM).

Congratulations to Duy Doan, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The poet’s manuscript We Play a Game was selected by Series judge Carl Phillips.

Mary Jane Doherty is screening two of her early films, Gravity and Three Fish, as well as an excerpt of a new work, Sonic Boom Boom, as part of the DocYard Series at Brattle Theatre in Cambridge (3/20, 7 PM).

Andrew Haines has an exhibition of paintings, Distracted Driving, at Clark Gallery (thru 4/1, reception 3/4, 4:30-7 PM).

Shannon Heaton has a new podcast, Irish Music Stories, available on iTunes. This month, she performs in Portland, ME (3/17, 7 PM) and Medford, MA (3/18, 8 PM).

Joo Lee Kang has a solo show VictoriANimals at Gallery NAGA (3/3-3/25, opening reception 3/3, 6-8 PM).

Congratulations to Stefan Lanfer, whose play Prudence was selected to be part of a first ever reading of new plays at American Stage in Tampa, FL. Locally, the play will have public readings by the open theater project at Bella Luna Café (3/20) and by the Emerson Theatre Collaborative in CT (4/8) in April.

Stephanie Lubkowski‘s composition Right now, in a second will be performed by Transient Canvas at the Music Mansion in Providence, RI (3/3, 8 PM) and at the Equilibrium Concern Series at Third Life Studio in Somerville (3/4, 8 PM). Also, the Charles River Wind Ensemble will premiere all three movements of Stephanie’s wind ensemble piece Circles Circling at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library in Lexington (3/13, 3 PM).

Richard Michelson‘s children’s book Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy was awarded the 2017 Sydney Taylor Silver Medal from Association of Jewish Librarians and a 2016 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal. His just-published picture book The Language of Angels received a 2017 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal. Richard will reading from my work in Seoul, South Korea (3/30) and at the Poetry Center at PCCC in Paterson NJ along with Mark Doty (4/1).

Nathalie Miebach has an artist talk/concert at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV (3/22, 5-7 PM). It will will include musical performances by composers Mischa Salkind-Pearl and Matthew Jackfert, who have both written pieces about Nathalie’s work. Also this month, she’ll present artist talks at Winchester High School and Abington High School.

Stephen Mishol has a solo exhibition, Place at the Neiman Center at Columbia University School of the Arts (thru 3/17). His work is also featured in DRAW/Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art (thru 3/4).

Congratulations to Ethan Murrow, whose children’s book The Whale, co-created with Vita Murrow, was selected for the Longlist for the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal.

Anne Neely is in the group exhibition Thinking About Water: Artists Reflect (3/22-6/30, opening reception 3/22, 7-9 PM) at The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston.

Brad Nelson has a solo exhibition This Tells Me Where I Am, at frosch&portmann in New York City (3/0-4/23, opening reception 3/9, 6-8 PM).

Masha Obolensky‘s play Marvelous Fruit will be read at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (3/19, 7 PM).

Gabriel Polonsky will screen and hold a director’s talk for his film Release from Reason (3/11, 3-5 PM), in conjunction with the Life: from life at room83 Spring Gallery. The documentary, currently in-progress, is about the life and work of Boston Expressionist painter Arthur Polonsky (the filmmaker’s father).

Monica Raymond recently returned from a three-week residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she showed work as part of an exhibit of Erasure Texts and read new poems and performed improvised poetry and music as part of INsideOUT (3/9). She will be reading poems from the sequence A Walk on Norfolk Street (set in Cambridge 2013, around the Boston Marathon bombings) at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center (3/28, 3 PM), part of a daylong symposium Women’s Sense of Place.

Shelley Reed has a solo exhibition, A Curious Nature, at Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 6/4, opening reception 3/12, 2-5 PM).

Tara Sellios has a solo exhibition of photography, Testimony, at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland OR (3/2-4/2, reception 3/2, 6-9 PM, artist talk 3/3, 12 PM).

Laurel Sparks is among the artists exhibiting in Witches at September Gallery in Hudson, NY (3/18-5/7, opening reception 3/18, 6-8 PM).

Naoe Suzuki has recently returned from a month-long residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site. Currently, she’s exhibiting in Cloudlands at the Albany International Airport (thru 7/31).

Cam Terwilliger‘s as yet unpublished novel Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart is the winner of the 2017 Caledonia Novel Award.

Sarah Wentworth‘s photograph Rugosa Window, is one of the pieces in the Maud Morgan Art Center Chandler Gallery‘s 2017 Small Works Salon (3/20-4/14, reception 4/2, 3-5 PM). The exhibition was juried by gallery owner Howard Yezerski.

Kris Willcox‘s essay Love and Compost will soon be published in the Portland Review.

Evan Ziporyn was featured in WBUR’s ARTery for his orchestral version of David Bowie’s album Blackstar.

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

Image: interview with Lisa Nilsson, from the 40 Years of Fellowships project. This month, the artist exhibits at the Currier Museum of Art.

Fellows Notes – Oct 16

Thursday, 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.

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.

Artist Opportunities Wow Factor

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016


Of Note: On June 8, 2016, Dance for World Community Speaker Series event presents from their speaker series, Spotlight on Climate Change. Though the connection between dance and climate change may not be immediately apparent, at Dance for World Community they believe that everyone, including artists, has a role to play in changing the world for the better. Learn more.

Fiction New American Press is currently accepting entries for their
New American Fiction Prize of $1,000 and publication for a book of fiction. The judge is Gina Frangello. Submit a collection of short stories or flash fiction, a novella, or a novel of at least 100 pages. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2016

Call for Art The Science Inspires Art: Food exhibition will document artworks that reflect on the topic of food from the historical record to molecular gastronomy, to issues of food safety, seed security, new food production technologies, and the backyard garden. They are seeking 2D images of original art executed in any media for this 18th annual art-sci juried exhibition at the New York Hall of Science to be held September 17, 2016 to February 26, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: June 20, 2016

Artist Residency The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Eligibility: Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, music composition, and choreography. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Poetry Chapbook Bull City Press is accepting chapbook manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction during its open reading period. There is a “pay what you want” optional reading fee. Learn more.
Deadline: July 6, 2016

Artists, Writers Residency Applications are currently being accepted for the National Parks Service’s Artist-in-Residence Program in Zion National Park. Resident artists spend 30 days living in a historic cabin and explore and surround themselves in the sights, sounds, textures, and wonders of Zion to find inspiration for their work. Each artist conducts two public presentations on their work and residency experience. Date, time, and location of these presentations will be announced closer to each artist’s residency. Learn more.
Deadline: July 17, 2016


Health and Wellness for Performing Artists

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Free Panel: Athletes and the Arts – Integrating the Science of Sports Medicine into the World of Performing Arts.

This event will feature members of the national Athletes and the Arts coalition and local performing artists who will talk about ongoing efforts to integrate relevant sports medicine and wellness science into the world of performing artists. The performing artist and the sport athletes face similar and unique challenges as they strive to optimize performance while maintaining physical and mental health. Learn what these challenges are and how Athletes and the Arts can help you maintain good health.

City of Boston Chief of Arts and Culture Julie Burros will be moderating this discussion, which is presented in partnership with City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The Boston Public Library hosts the event, with outreach support from the Boston Dance Alliance, the Boston Musicians Association, and the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coaltion (MALC).

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7pm
Commonwealth Salon
Boston Public Library, Copley Branch, Central Library
700 Bolyston Street Boston 02116
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Untethered Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Female Playwrights Athena Project produces its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This series will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April, 2017, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating the voices of female artists. Four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and workshop level production during the Festival. Playwright must be female and may only submit one full-length script. The play must not ever have had a fully mounted production. Prior workshop presentations are permissible but the script must be a new version since the time of the workshop. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Of Note: Catalyst Conversations and Cambridge Creativity Commons present How to Make Your Mind Move at Lesley University College of Art and Design | 1801 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3-5pm, Lunder Arts Center, Lower Level Commons. Choreographers/dancers Peter DiMuro and Jody Weber and scientist/dancer Terina-Jasmine Alladin from the Science Club for Girls will demonstrate how the movement of our bodies can help us understand the world around us. Free event. Learn more and RSVP.

Poets The Poetry Foundation is accepting entries for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. residents or citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Call for Art Nave Gallery in Somerville is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Residual FormLearn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Call to Artists  Greater Boston Area artists ages 18+ are invited to create 2D art in response to a special piano performance and discussion of Mussorgsky’s piano work, Pictures at an Exhibition. Submissions will be judged by a three-member panel and chosen pieces displayed at a November 5 multi-media event at Jenkins Auditorium in Malden. Artwork will also be displayed until mid-January at the gallery at MATV, Malden’s Media Center. Learn more to register for May 7 workshop.

Exhibition Proposals Artspace Maynard invites artists in all media (except video) to submit proposals for one month solo or group exhibitions for the 2016-2017 season. The proposed exhibit should be based on a unifying concept that is social, historical, philosophical, cultural, political or other. Preference will be given to New England artists. Learn more.
Deadline: May 18, 2016

Dancers/Choreograpers The Boston Center for the Arts’ artist-led series Martha’s Artist Salon is a community conversation, created to give Boston area dancers and choreographers an avenue to share knowledge about contemporary dance as it is practiced and presented around the world. Each session is led by a host who offers a short presentation identifying an idea or exemplar that they feel is important to understanding why dance looks like it does today. They are looking for hosts for their fall season. Send a proposal listing: what or who you would like to present; an outline of your presentation; why this topic is critical to the understanding of contemporary dance; which session date(s) you would like to host. Martha’s Artist Salons take place at Boston Center for the Arts on Mondays or Tuesdays between 5:30 and 8 pm. Presentations typically run from 6:00-7:00 with mingling time before and after. They are currently looking for Fall hosts on Monday September 12, Monday October 24 and Tuesday November 29, 2016. Submit your proposal to
Deadline: Tuesday May 31, 2016 (5:00pm)

Call for Artists Entries are currently being accepted for Black Box 3.0 – an international arts and technology based in Seattle. The festival presents new work and ideas that explore how technology is transforming the arts, culture, and public life. Festival Dates: September 21 – October 2, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2016 (5PM PST)

Plein Art Painting The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is hosting its second annual en Plein Air Painting Festival and Competition from September 17-24. The festival has a registration fee of $40. One “ready to hang” painting may be submitted for judging in the competition, which will award a $1,000 Best in Show prize. Learn more.
Deadline: September 22, 2016

Image credit: Illustration of Sophie Blanchard, the first professional female aeronaut in history. From the Smithsonian Libraries Collection. In public domain.

Fellows Notes – Dec 15

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Happy December! Read our monthly list of the news and honors of MCC Artist Fellows & Finalists.

Joshua Meyer, PARENTHESES (2015), oil on canvas, 40x36 in

Sheila Gallagher and Deb Todd Wheeler join Eva Lundsager for the exhibition Inscape/Instress, at the Wellesley College Jewett Gallery (thru 12/18). Read a thoughtful review in the Boston Globe.


Steven Bogart‘s play Alice in War will be performed at the Boston Conservatory of Music (12/8-12/11, 8 PM).

David Bookbinder recently published a book, book, 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief, based on his Flower Mandala series, which he submitted to win his 2007 Artist Fellowship.

Sean Greene‘s work is on exhibit at the Herter Gallery at UMass Amherst thru 12/14, in a group show at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington thru 12/19, and in the Hive small works show at the Mingo Gallery in Beverly thru 1/30.

Marky Kauffmann has work in Gendered Perspectives: An Investigation into Contemporary Identities at the Bradley University Hartmann Center Gallery (thru 12/10).

Scott Listfield participated in a fascinating project that auctions off original art work based on the new Star Wars movie.

Holly Lynton has photography shown by the Dina Mitrani Gallery as part of the Miami Project fair in December. Her work is also in Self-Proliferation, the annual exhibition of the Girls Club Foundation Collection in Fort Lauderadale FL, opening event 12/5, 9AM-1PM.

Rania Matar‘s has a solo photography show, Becoming: Girls, Women, and Coming of Age, at East Wing Gallery in Dubai. The same series of photographs is featured in a new book, L’Enfant Femme.

Caitlin McCarthy submitted a script to the Final Draft Big Break Contest and recently learned she was in the Top Ten.

Christian McEwen had a dramatized reading from her play Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money in November, at City Lore in NYC.

Rachel Mello was selected to become an Associate Member of the artist-run Kingston Gallery. Also, the Calendar and Postcard Book she created, comprised of pencil, ink, and watercolor sketches of Somerville and Cambridge, is now available.

Joshua Meyer is exhibiting with Rice Polak Gallery at Scope Miami Beach (12/1-12/6).

Nathalie Miebach joins science reporter Ari Daniel for a dialogue, Subjective Data, at the Cambridge Innovation Center, 12/10, 6-7PM, 5th floor, Havana Room. The event will explore how data informs us; each will share how they unravel data in their respective projects.

Congratulations to Maryanne O’Hara, whose novel Cascade (Viking/Penguin) was The Boston Globe Book Club’s inaugural pick.

Mary O’Malley has work in two Holiday small works shows: 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington and Mingo Gallery in Beverly. She’ll also be featured in Uppercase Magazine‘s special edition, the Compendium of Craft and Creativity.

Monica Raymond wrote the lyrics for the song After Harvest, part of a winter-themed choral piece composed by Tim Takach called The Longest Nights. The Longest Nights has rolling premieres in 42 different states, and its Massachusetts premiere will be performed by the Oriana Consort on 12/4, 8PM (University Lutheran Church in Cambridge), 12/12, 8 PM (First Lutheran Church of Boston), 12/13, 5PM, United Parish in Brookline).

Emily Ross is publishing her new novel Half in Love with Death this month. Upcoming readings include Trident Books and Café in Boston 12/9, 7 PM.

Joyce Van Dyke‘s play Daybreak had a staged reading in New York in November at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, directed by Paul Meshejian. The play was just produced at the Tufts University Balch Arena Theater (10/29-11/7), directed by Barbara Wallace Grossman. In October, Joyce’s commissioned play Friends of Armenia premiered at Faneuil Hall as part of the annual endowed Najarian Lecture on Human Rights, directed by Judy Braha.

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

Image: Joshua Meyer, PARENTHESES (2015), oil on canvas, 40×36 in.

Fellows Notes – Mar 15

Monday, 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.


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.


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.

Janet Echelman is creating a new work of public art for Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, and BostInno recently imagined what the project could look like.

Christy Georg is currently an artist-in-residence at de Fabriek in Eindhoven, the Netherlands working with four other artists toward the exhibition 27 Below which opens March 20. She’s also in the group exhibitions Primo Lane at Outpost Projects in California (thru 5/24), Axle Indoors at Peters Projects in Santa Fe (thru 3/21) and 20 Cubed at Platz Gallery in Albuquerque (thru 3/27).

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).

Holly Lynton will have her first Miami solo exhibition at Dina Mitrani Gallery (3/12-5/2, opening reception 3/12, 6-9 PM, artist talk at 7 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).

Sally B. Moore has a solo show, Reroute/Reroot, at Barbara Krakow Gallery (3/21-4/25, opening reception 3/21 3-5 PM, Artist Talk 4/11, 3 PM).

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).

Monica Raymond wrote the libretto for the short opera WH2O (Doug Opel, composer), which will have a concert performance at goodthangpassing, a new music festival at Arts at Armory in Somerville (4/3, 9 AM-4 PM). Performers are Raymond Chao (piano) and Jared Hettrick, Lawson Daves, and Samantha Dearborn.

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

Congratulations to Karen Skolfield, who won the 2015 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Mara Superior has a solo exhibition, A Porcelain Menagerie, at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln (3/10-3/31, opening reception 3/14, 4-6 PM).

Jonathan Weinert was named a Finalist for the 2015 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.

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.

Anne Neely on the Stories of Water

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Anne Neely creates work for Water Stories, now on exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 21), artist Anne Neely will be in conversation with Robert Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association, at The Broad Institute in Cambridge. The event is part of Catalyst Conversation, a series exploring the dialogue between art and science.

Stories Waters Tell: Anne Neely and Robert Zimmerman
Tuesday, October 21
6:00-7:00 pm
Reception to follow

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
7 Cambridge Center
Monadnock Room
Cambridge, MA 02142
RSVP here

Video: Water Stories from Bryan Barton on Vimeo.