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Maud Morgan Arts in Cambridge

Monday, March 19th, 2012

We’re interested in Massachusetts organizations that identify a specific need in the arts, then shape their programs accordingly – the right horse for the course, so to speak.

Here, we look at Maud Morgan Arts, an art center that tailors its programs to its community of artists – and to the eclectic creativity and generous spirit of the artist after which it’s named.

Who: Maud Morgan was an abstract expressionist painter who, though she exhibited alongside Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, was under-recognized during her lifetime. The Maud Morgan Arts Center (not to be confused with the Maud Morgan Prize for women artists at the MFA Boston) is located in the Agassiz neighborhood of Cambridge, where Morgan lived for much of her life. The artist was a generous source of inspiration to artists both young and old, so it’s fitting that the center offers programming for adults as well as children – supported in part by exhibitions and sales of the artist’s work. And like Morgan, the center has a flexible, ever-creative nature.

What interested artists need to know: Maud Morgan Arts offers classes and programs for all ages in beautiful 2D, 3D, printmaking, and ceramics studios. “All our classes and workshops are limited in size and taught by highly qualified artist/educators,” says Maud Morgan Arts Director Catherine Kernan. Among the artist/instructors teaching small, tutorial-style classes or workshops are recent MCC Drawing Finalist Raul Gonzalez and past ArtSake guest bloggers Deborah Davidson and Adria Arch.

Along with the opportunity to learn from colleagues and peers, artists can rent the center’s printmaking and ceramics studios or rent the space for presentations and film screenings. Also, artists and curators can submit proposals for exhibitions in the center’s Chandler Gallery. And, artists interested in gaining educating experience can propose a class or workshop to teach.

What’s up next: The Spring Session has been announced, including wheel throwing, acrylic painting, observational drawing, and printmaking. Upcoming workshops include “Watercolor” with Joel Janowitz; “Drawing” workshops with Jon Imber and with Deborah Davidson, and “Screenprint” with Boriana Kantcheva.

Images: Maud Morgan Arts, photo by John Horner; Maud Morgan, BLACK CORNER (1976), Screenprint, 40×23 1/2 in; Boriana Kantcheva (Maud Morgan Arts staff member), THE STRAWBERRY EATERS (2009), Gouache on paper, 26×19 in.

Artist Events Roundup

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The Massachusetts Artists Coalition has organized two free events for artists of all disciplines:
Live-Art-Speak at the Boston Public Library, Saturday, November, 6, 2010 (1-4:30pm) includes a tour of the Kirstein Business Library geared for artists as well as information sessions on Cultural Districts, Fair Trade, Artists Spaces, and networking opportunities. Contact

The 4th Annual Artists Under the Dome Event at the Massachusetts State House, Nurses Hall, Thursday, November 18, 2010 (10:00am-3:30pm) is an opportunity for artists to meet with their elected officials and to hear legislators discuss issues around the arts in Massachusetts. There will also be networking opportunities, information sharing for artists in communities and for teaching artists. You are strongly encouraged to RSVP for this event.

Women Playwrights – Northampton Academy of Music Theatre will present a special evening dedicated to women playwrights on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (7pm). The evening will begin with short presentations by Martha Richards, the Executive Director of WomenArts and one of the “founding mothers” of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts; Magdalena Gomez, an award-winning Latina playwright; and Dr. Terry Jenoure, a performer, educator, writer and the director of the Augusta Savage Gallery at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their presentations will be followed by a staged reading of Mixed Relief, a one-act play especially commissioned by WomenArts to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Federal Theater Project. This event is supported in part by the Northampton Arts Council and The Women’s Times, Inc. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation. No reservations are needed.

Media Artists – Making Media Now 2010 Conference on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Boston University School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. This all day conference provides information on Social Media, Typography & Film, Managing your Production in a Digital World, and Distribution Models.

Artists – TransCultural Exchange’s Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: Are you looking to tap into the International Art Market? Would you like to find ways to show overseas? Are you a writer interested in finding out what it takes to publish your first book? Are you a musician or composer who is looking for an amazing residency overseas? Have you always wanted to live overseas for a year and do research for a creative project but just didn’t know how to fund your trip? Meet key international curators, critics, editors, published writers and program directors at this conference. Boston Omni Parker House Hotel, April 7-10, 2011. Scholarships applications are due November 15, 2010.

Voice Your Support of Arts Education

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

IF you believe that:

A. schools matter
B. art matters
and furthermore…
C. that it matters that art is taught, celebrated, supported, and fostered in schools…

… THEN we believe you may want to tell your legislators about it. It is, after all, Arts in Education Week (September 12-18, 2010). Furthermore, it’s election season. Combine the two and you have an ideal opportunity to tell your legislator why arts education – both in school and afterschool – matters to you.

We at the MCC are (you may not be surprised to hear) eager to help. Please click on the Take Action! link below to let your legislator know that you value arts education in Massachusetts.

Take Action!

Also MCC’s 2010 Campaign Toolkit is available to help you let your candidates for state office know about the issues that matter to you.

So get involved, and most importantly, keep creating, teaching, innovating, and celebrating art in all its forms.