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Artist’s Voice: Debra Weisberg

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Using tape, paper, and other unexpected materials, Debra Weisberg (Drawing Fellow ’08) explores the boundaries of drawing. Here, she discusses a recent commission to create a large-scale installation as part of the Facebook Artist in Residence Program.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

I recently completed a 22-ft long commission for Facebook Cambridge Office, done mostly on-site over a 10 day period. The installation was made using black and white tape, vinyl signage tape, and pre-fabricated paper based sculptural elements. The tape and sculptures were applied directly to the wall/ceilings emerging from and contrasting with the angularity of the industrial aluminum pipes and ducts – the poetry of the hand-made bumping against the manufactured – using an industrial material to create the illusion of the ephemeral.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

All of my work is rooted in drawing, which I define, following anthropologist Tim Ingold, as “an indelible record of the pressure of the fingers on the pencil that makes it, driven by impatience, control, or anxiety of the maker… an archive of the maker’s muscle.” For me, the act of drawing is dynamic, improvisational, and mutable inside any installation.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Part of my studio practice also includes temporary large-scale collaborative drawing projects with students in public and private high schools, museums and in colleges including Wheaton College, St Paul’s and Milton Academy. I recently created collaborative drawings with students from Wheaton College over a ten day residency (see below). These installations are tailored to meet the budget and time schedules of the supporting institutions and remain up from 6 weeks to a year, as in the case of Milton Academy. When collaborating with students, one of the main goals is to expand their definition of drawing and to adapt their prior drawing methodology into a physical relationship with the architectural space by using a malleable material to generate the gesture and mark instead of a pencil or piece of charcoal.

Students collaborate with Debra Weisberg on a drawing installation at Wheaton College.

Drawing installation at Wheaton College.

Image: all images courtesy of Debra Weisberg. Photo credit: Simone Scheiss.

Fellows Notes – Apr 17

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

In April, a shower of news from past and present MCC Artist Fellowship awardees.

 

Natalie Alper, Anne Neely, Jo Ann Rothschild, and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship are part of the group exhibition Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters from 1950 to Now at the deCordova Museum (4/7-9/17).

MCC Artist Fellowship Program awardees Colleen Coyne, Cynthia Gunadi, Thomas McNeely, and Rosalind Pace read at Porter Square Books (4/21, 7 PM).

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Amy Archambault created the installation Hideout at Boston Children’s Museum (thru 6/18). Read about the installation in The Boston Globe.

Steven Bogart directs Peerless for Company One Theatre (C1), performed at the Boston Public Library (4/27-5-28, 7 PM). All tickets are pay-what-you-can in this production, produced in conjunction with the Library’s “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare.”

Meryl Cohn‘s play The Final Say is part of the Smith College New Playreading Series (4/6, 7:30 PM).

Nicole Duennebier‘s paintings are featured in Hi-Fructose, a contemporary art magazine.

Beth Galston has a solo exhibition, Luminous Garden, at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT (thru 7/17).

Christy Georg will give a slide lecture at Santa Fe Clay (4/14, 1 PM) about her project Great Guns, one of the most ambitious projects attempted in the 43-year history of the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency Program. Read about the project in ArtSake.

James Heflin‘s debut poetry collection Krakatoa Picnic will be published by Hedgerow Books (5/1).

Robert Knox‘s novel Suosso’s Lane, based on the Plymouth, Mass. origins of the infamous Sacco-Vanzetti case, was published by Web-e-Books as an ebook in late 2015. The paperback edition was published in April 2016. Robert discusses the novel at the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield (4/13, 7 PM). His first poetry collection, Gardeners Do It With Their Hands Dirty, is scheduled for publication later this month by Finishing Line Press. He reads from the collection at Plymouth Public Library (4/24, 7 PM). Currently, he is a contributing editor to the online poetry journal Verse-Virtual.com, and he currently has poetry published in the March edition.

Niho Kozuru‘s sculpture Longfellow Column has been acquired for the permanent collection of the Fuller Craft Museum. The mold for Longfellow Column comes from a balustrade at the Cambridge home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Danielle Legros Georges reads at the Rozzie Reads Poetry/Open Mic at Roslindale House (4/27, 7 PM).

Yary Livan, master ceramist and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, returns to the Loading Dock Gallery in April with One Man’s Journey: Restoring a Lost Tradition(3/29- 4/30).

Stephanie Lubkowski‘s solo viola piece Avanc will be performed in the Equilibrium Concert Series as part of their commissioning project concert at the New School of Music in Cambridge (4/15, 8 PM).

Rania Matar‘s work will be part of The Photography Show at AIPAD with Pictura Gallery in NYC, and of the exhibition Action at a Distance at Angela Meleca Gallery, in Columbus, OH. She has an artist talk at Gund Gallery at Kenyon College (4/4, 4 PM), coinciding with her current Mellon artist-in-residency and with the exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War — America and the Middle East.

Nathalie Miebach is exhibiting in State of the Art, Discovering American Art Now at the Mint Museum in Charlotte NC (4/22-9/3). She is also giving artist talks at Crystal Bridges Museum, part of a symposium called “Art in Conversation: Environment, Identity and Memory” (4/7-4/8), and at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL as part of their “Future Environments” lecture series (4/19).

James Morrow and his company james morrow/The Movement present a free House Dance Jam at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion 4/8, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Ethan Murrow, who won the 2017 Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Arts Prize from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. This month, his solo show The Cowboy will exhibit at Winston Wachter Gallery in Seattle (4/18-6/20, reception 4/18 6-8 PM).

Abraham Ravett‘s film Holding Hands with Ilse will screen in the Massachusetts Multicultural International Film Festival at UMASS Amherst (4/19, 7:30 PM).

Monica Raymond wrote the texts for two songs, Snow Queen and The Garden in the Snow (composed by Charles Turner) to premiere at an all-day arts festival at Arts at the Armory (4/14).

Susan Rivo‘s documentary Left on Pearl has its official premiere at the Boston International Film Festival in the Paramount Center’s Bright Family Room (4/14, 5:30 PM).

Dawn Southworth has a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture, Premonition, at Clark Gallery (4/4-5/9, reception 4/8, 4-7 PM).

Peter Snoad‘s documentary play, The Draft, about personal experiences with the Vietnam War draft, is now available on DVD and streaming through the Media Education Foundation. The play was filmed in performance during its premiere at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury where Peter was Visiting Playwright from 2013-15. Peter returns to Hibernian Hall when his short play Apple Pie is performed by Roxbury Repertory Theatre as part of its “Six Playwrights in Search of a Stage” festival (4/15-4/16).

Laurel Sparks is among the artists exhibiting in Witches at September Gallery in Hudson, NY (thru 5/7). Laurel will participate in an event, Witches Performance Night, on 4/22, 6–8 PM.

Joyce Van Dyke has a staged reading of her new play The Women Who Mapped the Stars at Central Square Theater (4/17, 8 PM). There will be a workshop production at the same theatre in May/June. Her play Daybreak will have a staged reading (4/21, 7:30 PM) at Pan Asian Repertory Theater in New York. Her new play Ballad for Americans will have a staged reading at Northeastern University (5/1).

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

Image: trailer for LEFT ON PEARL by Susan Rivo, premiering this month at the Boston International Film Festival.

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).

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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 – Jan 17

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Each month, we share the news and honors of Artist Fellows & Finalists. Here’s the newest, in this new month of the new year.

Cover art for BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017)

Regie Gibson, Letta Neely, Monica Raymond, and David Valdes Greenwood are among the artists whose work will be performed at Pinning Our Hopes, an evening of poems and scenes exploring the years ahead under the new president. The show, which is curated by David Valdes Greenwood, has two performances (1/14, 4 PM and 8 PM) and is free/donation-based.

Marky Kauffmann and Rania Matar both have photography in Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School (opening reception 1/18, 7 PM). Marky Kauffmann curated the exhibition.

Kenji Nakayama and Ben Sloat are among the artists in the exhibition All That Glitters Is Not Gold at Drive-by Projects (1/28-3/11, reception 1/28, 4-6 PM).

Rachel Perry, Joe Wardwell, and Deb Todd Wheeler are among the artists exhibiting in Loud and Clear at Miller Yezerski Gallery (1/6-2/7).

Daniela Rivera and Evelyn Rydz are both exhibiting in latinx@mericañaza at Samson Projects.

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Kati Agócs had the U.S. premiere of her string quarter Tantric Variations, performed by the Cecilia String Quartet on Stradivari instruments, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in December.

Alexandra Anthony has a one-week theatrical run of her film Lost in the Bewilderness in Athens, Greece (1/12-1/18) at the Alkyonis Art Cinema. National Greek TV (ERT) will broadcast the film 1/15. The film’s December premiere in Greece received press attention in Madame Figaro and THETOC.gr.

Carrie Bennett has poetry in Issue 30 of jubilat.

Steven Bogart has a staged reading of his play Rehearsal at First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist (1/24, 7 PM).

David Bookbinder has recently published two books: 52 (more) Flower Mandalas (an adult coloring book collaboration with Mary O’Malley) and Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.

Rebecca Doughty has a new picture book, Before You, which will have a book launch event at Joie de Vivre in Cambridge (1/15, 4-6 PM).

Michael Dowling co-wrote the feature film Brave New Jersey, and it’s screening at the Berkshire Film Festival (1/12, 6 PM reception, 7 PM screening, q&a to follow).

Samantha Fields has a performative sculptural installation in the exhibition Is this Something at the Lasell College Wedeman Gallery (1/24-2/11, reception 1/29, 4-6 PM). Next summer, she will be Artist-in-Residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin.

Sean Greene has a solo exhibition, Impulse Control, at the Williston Northampton School Grubbs Gallery (thru 1/30, reception 1/14, 1 PM).

Carrie Gustafson is exhibiting in the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair (1/18-1/22).

Michael Hoerman‘s poems “Disoriented Fascination,” “The God-box Killer,” and “The B-side of Stuxnet,” published in Eureka Literary Magazine, were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Eric Hofbauer‘s album Three Places in New England (with The Eric Hofbauer Quintet) was named one of the Boston Globe’s Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2016.

Joel Janowitz has a solo exhibition, Protected Trees, presented by Cambridge Arts at Gallery 344 (1/23-4/7, reception 1/30, 6-8 PM).

Niho Kozuru is among the artists in Plastic Imagination Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 1/15).

Scott Listfield is exhibiting in Supersonic Invitational (New York City), Platinum Blend 3 at Modern Eden Gallery (San Francisco), BRINK at Antler Gallery (Portland), and a Rick and Morty-themed exhibition at Gallery 1988 in LA.

Caitlin McCarthy is included in the book The Top 100 Indie Writers in the World.

Nathalie Miebach is in the group show Weather or Not, That Is the Question at the Children’s Museum of New York City (1/16-5/23). She’s also exhibiting in Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archeology (1/27-5/14).

Anna Ross has a poem, Back Porch Aubade, published on Harvard Review Online.

Evelyn Rydz‘s exhibition Floating Artifacts is at Tufts University Art Gallery (1/24-5/21, opening reception 1/26, 5-7:30 PM). As mentioned above, she’s also exhibiting in latinx@mericañaza at Samson Projects.

Jenine Shereos has a solo show of new work, Thaw, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston (1/14-3/8, reception 2/25, 5-7 PM).

Karen Skolfield won the Jeffrey Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry at Missouri Review.

Shubha Sunder wrote about the writing workshop experience for the Grub Street’s GrubWrites blog.

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

Image: cover art for BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017).

Fellows Notes – Dec 16

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Here’s a December-ific roundup of the latest news from MCC’s Artist Fellows/Finalists.

Kelly Popoff, BARRICADE (2015), oil on canvas, 63x88 in

Laura Baring-Gould, Niho Kozuru, and Gretchen Romey-Tanzer are all exhibiting in CraftBoston Holiday (12/2-12/4) at Hynes Convention Center.

David Bookbinder and Mary O’Malley have collaborated on the adult coloring book 52 (more) Flower Mandalas. Mary converted David’s “flower mandala” photographs into illustrations, to color for inspiration and stress relief.

Ryan P. Casey, Wendy Jehlen, and Candice Salyers have all received funding in the inaugural cycle of NEFA’s New England Dance Fund.

Sean Downey, Cristi Rinklin, Joe Wardwell are exhibiting in Irregular Landscapes (thru 2/22, opening reception 12/8, 6-8 PM) at the Hynes Convention Center.

Nicole Duennebier, Asia Kepka, Rachel Mello, Mary O’Malley, and Nina Wishnok are all exhibiting in Plenty at 13 Forest Gallery (thru 1/14).

Warner Friedman, Janet Rickus, and Dawn Southworth at SCOPE Miami Beach with Clark Gallery (12/1-12/4).

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Sophia Ainslie is participating in Vernon Street Open Studios (12/3-12/4). She also has work in Holiday Smalls at Gallery NAGA (12/17). Recently, she completed a commissioned mural for the lobby of Enso Flats in Brockton.

Alexandra Anthony will attend the official Athens, Greece premiere of her film Lost in the Bewilderness (12,15, 7:30 PM, Alkyonis New Star Cinema). Read about the event.

Robert Beavers is among the artists in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.

Ben Berman will have a new book of poems, Figuring in the Figure, coming out from Able Muse Press, March 2017 (now available for pre-order).

Cree Bruins has a solo show, Drawn to Light, at Kingston Gallery (thru 1/1).

Caleb Cole‘s photography exhibition Other People’s Clothes is at the Mayor’s Art Gallery of Boston City Hall (thru 12/9). He’s also exhibiting in Fertile Solitude at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery (thru 12/18).

Mary Jane Doherty has two upcoming screenings: her dance documentary Secundaria screens at Prince Theater in Philadelphia (12/14, 7 PM), hosted by the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philadelphia Film Society. Her film Primaria has its Latin American premiere at La Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine LatinoAmericano in Havana, Cuba (12/16, 5:30 PM).

Amy Dryansky reads at Blacksmith House (with Paul Breslin, 12/12, 8 PM), as part of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series.

Congratulations to Janet Echelman, who recently won a fellowship from United States Artists.

Christy Georg has work in the group exhibition Breaking the Block at the Santa Fe Convention Center Community Gallery (12/16-3/2, reception 12/16, 5-7 PM). She is also featured at the New Mexico Museum of Art in the Alcoves series: small one-person exhibitions featuring contemporary artists working in New Mexico (12/9-1/29, reception 12/11, 10:30 AM-12 PM).

Asia Kepka has a booksigning at 13 Forest Gallery (12/8, 6-8 PM) for the book Horace and Agnes: A Love Story, along with co-creator Lynn Dowling.

Jesse Kreitzer has received the James Goldstone Award for Emerging Vermont Filmmaker from the Vermont International Film Foundation, with an awards ceremony 12/15, 7 PM, at the Main Street Landing Film House.

Scott Listfield has work in SCOPE Miami Beach, through Thinkspace Gallery (11/29-12/4).

Rania Matar is exhibiting at PULSE Miami Beach with Pictura Gallery (12/1-12/4).

Rachel Mello has a solo show, That Space Between Flying and Falling, at Laconia Gallery (thru 12/18, artist talk 12/2, 6:30-7 PM).

Kelly Popoff has a solo show, O Children at Herter Art Gallery at UMass Amherst (thru 12/16).

Monica Raymond is part of the first Artists’ Lab at Studio 550 in Cambridge, which is having an end-of-lab open (12/7, 10 AM-1 PM) at 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge.

Jendi Reiter‘s short story “Taking Down the Pear Tree” won the 2016 New Letters Prize for Fiction from the literary journal of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Susan Rivo‘s documentary Left on Pearl was accepted at the Black Maria Film Festival, with the additional honor of receiving a Director’s Choice Award.

Kay Ruane has an exhibition, Two Drawings, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (thru 12/23, artist reception 12/2, 5-8 PM).

Karl Stevens has a weekly comic strip, Penny, in The Village Voice.

Sarah Wentworth has a solo show of performed photos of Fishline Creature at the St Botolph Club (12/7-1/13, opening reception 12/7, 5:30-7 PM). Also, her work has been included in White Columns’ Artist Registry.

Michael Zelehoski has a solo show, Surface Tension, at Mackin Projects (12/10-1/7, opening reception 12/11, 6-8 PM).

Michael Zelehoski, ANIMISM (2016), assemblage with repurposed wood and florescent bulbs, 65x67 in

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

Images: Kelly Popoff, BARRICADE (2015), oil on canvas, 63×88 in; Michael Zelehoski, ANIMISM (2016), assemblage with repurposed wood and florescent bulbs, 65×67 in.

Fellows Notes – Nov 16

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

It’s November, a month to vote, eat sweet potato casserole, and celebrate new art.

Here’s the latest news from current and past MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists.

Liza Bingham, CARTOON CONTRAIL (2016), acrylic and oil on muslin over panel, 14x20 in

Claire Beckett, Caleb Cole, and Stephen Tourlentes will participate in an Artadia Art & Dialogue event with Whitney Museum of Art Curator Elisabeth Sherman (11/9, 6:30-8:30 PM) at the MassArt Design and Media Center Lecture Hall.

MCC Artist Fellowship Program awardees Kathleen Brennan, Anna V.Q. Ross, and Gary Whited read at the Public Library of Brookline (11/15, 7 PM).

Michael Joseph and Molly Lamb are both included in PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass 2016 Top 50 list.

Congratulations to Georgie Freidman and Emily Lombardo, both of whom are among the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) 2017 Traveling Fellows.

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Kati AgocsThe Debrecen Passion is Music Web International’s Recording of the Month. Two songs from the album are up for consideration on the 2017 Grammy ballot.

Liza Bingham has a solo exhibition of paintings, Hot Pink, Soft Pink, Rusty Orange, White, at the new Boston project space and gallery How’s Howard (11/4-12/11, opening reception 11/4 5-9 PM).

Janet Echelman will give a presentation, Soft Structure: Sculpting at the Scale of Cities, hosted by the MIT Department of Architecture, on 11/17, 6-8 PM.

Georgie Friedman has work in Constructed Video at Boston Cyberarts Gallery (11/12-12/18, reception 11/11, 6-8 PM). Also, she has a site-specific video installation at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Traces of Wind and Water (thru 11/14), with “Artist Hours” at the site 11/6, 5-6:30 PM. (See news about the artist’s award from SMFA, above.)

Raul Gonzalez has a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings, Forbidden Frontera, at Carroll and Sons Gallery (11/2-12/21, reception 11/4 5:30-7:30 PM).

Justin Kimball has a solo exhibition of photography, Elegy, at Carroll and Sons Gallery (11/2-12/21, reception 11/4 5:30-7:30 PM). Signed copies of Justin Kimball’s book Elegy will be available for purchase.

Niho Kozuru has a solo show, Positive Vibration, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (thru 11/15, opening reception 11/4, 5-8 PM).

Danielle Legros Georges will read at the MIT Stata Center (11/7, 7 PM) and at Porter Square Books (with Kirun Kapur and Steve Yarbrough, 11/11, 7 PM). Her book The Dear Remote Nearness of You was awarded the 2016 Sheila Motton Book Prize by the New England Poetry Club. She will be sitting on the panel “New Directions in Caribbean Poetry” at the Miami Book Fair (11/20).

Scott Listfield is among the artists in Lunar Attraction (thru 9/4/2017) at Peabody Essex Museum. He’s also in the two-person exhibition Anthropecene at Antler Gallery in Portland, OR. Read an interview with the artist on the gallery’s blog.

Melinda Lopez has a new, one-woman play, Mala, at ArtsEmerson (thru 11/20). In recognition of the playwright’s achievements, Mayor Marty Walsh named October 29, 2016 Melinda Lopez Day in Boston. Read excellent reviews of Mala in the Boston Globe, WBUR’s ARTery, and Boston Magazine.

Rachel Mello has a solo exhibition, That Space Between Flying and Falling at Laconia Gallery (thru 12/18, Artist’s Talk 12/2, 6:30-7 PM).

Nathalie Miebach is exhibiting in the group show Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space at Akron Art Museum (thru 1/15). The museum will host a concert featuring work by Boston composers Christian Gentry and Mischa Salkind-Pearl, created in collaboration with Nathalie Miebach (11/3, 7 PM). Also this month, the artist has talks or events at the University of Akron Synapse Art Science Lecture series (11/2), the Sculpture Center in Cleveland (11/4, 11/5) and the New York Art Teacher Association at their annual conference in Albany, NY (11/18).

James Morrow and his dance company, james morrow/The Movement, present A Quarter Past Midnight at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion (11/11 and 11/12, 8 PM). The performance is part of the dance artist’s Choreography Residency at the BCA.

Carl Phillips will read in the Blacksmith House Poetry Series (11/7, 8 PM).

Monica Raymond was selected as a Visiting Scholar for 2016-2018 at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center. Also, “The Bag Song” from Paper of Plastic (an opera co-created with composer Charles Turner and performed at the Arkansas Science Slam in Oct) won Rough Magic Shakespeare Company‘s First Prize for a science song.

Jo Ann Rothschild is in the group exhibition Painting Is Not a Good Idea at HallSpace in Dorchester (11/19-1/7, opening reception 11/19, 3-6 PM).

Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry‘s film company, The Film Posse, created The Battle of Chosin, the latest documentary on the PBS series American Experience.

August Ventimiglia is among the artists in Wood + Paper + Earth at Drive-By Projects (11/5-12/17, reception 11/5, 4-6 PM).

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).

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze‘s exquisite basketry, described as “three dimensional paintings,” are the Spotlight Exhibition at Mobilia Gallery (thru 12/15).

Suara Welitoff has an exhibition of multimedia and installation work, What Time This Feels at 186 Carpenter in Providence, RI (thru 12/10).

Cary Wolinsky has a solo exhibition of photography, Cary Wolinsky: Fiber of Life at Fuller Craft Museum (thru 2/26).

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

Image: Liza Bingham, CARTOON CONTRAIL (2016), acrylic and oil on muslin over panel, 14×20 in.

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.

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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’s Voice: Linda Etcoff

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts on September 16-October 15, 2016, at the NAC. Linda Etcoff, one of the award-winning artists in the exhibit displays her fecund imagination using charcoal, pastel and crayon.

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Drawing as activity offers me an opportunity to engage in an exploration by utilizing my powers of observation. Through rendering, organizing and manipulating space, I move toward constructing a composition which would otherwise be impossible to imagine in advance. My process concerns developing a spacial construction with an unfamiliar reality having no parallel or corresponding equivalent in nature.

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Using various abstract squiggles and lines to transform my subjects into flat forms of my arrangements. Drawing as action brings me closer to the essential ethos behind the human desire to plant gardens.

See Linda Etcoff’s drawings at the upcoming exhibition 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts. Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 6-8 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park Newtonville, MA, 02460

Image credit: All images courtesy of Linda Etcoff.

 

Fellows Notes – Sep 16

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Back to school, kiddos! Here’s the latest news from our esteemed alumni – the past awardees of our Artist Fellowships Program.

Ethan Murrow, RIPARIAN LAW (2016), graphite on paper, 36x36in

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center in Newton (NAC) join together to present the MCC Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts (9/16-10/15, opening reception 9/16, 6-8 PM). The exhibition will feature: in Painting – Dennis Congdon, Nicole Duennebier, Raúl Gonzalez, Joel Janowitz, Catherine Kehoe, Andrew Gordon Moore, and Cristi Rinklin; in Drawing & Printmaking – Kim Carlino, Erica Daborn, Linda Etcoff, Kevin Frances, Emily Lombardo, Stephen Mishol, and Ethan Murrow; in Choreography – Dahlia Nayar, Candice Salyers, and Sara L Smith; and in Traditional Arts – Dimitrios Klitsas.

MCC Choreography Fellow Candice Salyers will perform and literary awardees Jane Dykema, Michael Lowenthal, Shubha Sunder, Sheryl White, and Kris Willcox will read at the New Art Center (9/30, 6:30 dance performance, 7 PM reading). Look for more readings by MCC literary Fellows/Finalists in the months ahead.

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Elizabeth Alexander has a solo show, I May Not Be a Lion exhibiting at Elon University in North Carolina (thru 10/6). Watch her artist talk about the show. Also, she is in the group exhibition For the Saturday Evening Girls at Drive-By Projects (9/17-10/29, opening reception 9/17, 4-6 PM).

Marilyn Arsem performs as part of the Arctic Action: International Action Art Festival in Svalbard, Norway (9/19-9/28).

Sarah Bliss co-created a site-specific 16mm film sculpture-installation, pump, filter, reflect, with Chrissy Hunt and Anto Astudillo, and it will be featured in Temporal Currents, a one-night-only live experimental film and sound event at Boston;s Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, featuring filmmakers from the AgX Film Collective and musicians from NonEvent.

John Cameron is in two exhibitions this month: Furniture Masters 2016: Distinctive at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, NH (thru 9/25, Main Event on 9/25). Also, a showcase of work by recent exhibitors at the Smithsonian Craft Show, called D.C. Current, exhibits at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine (9/23-1/4, opening reception 9/23, 5-7 PM).

Stephen DiRado has been selected to receive the 35th ArtsWorcester Award (9/9, 6 PM), given annually to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the artistic and cultural life of this city.

William Giraldi publishes a new memoir this month, The Hero’s Body. He’ll read from the book at Harvard Book Store (9/10, 7 PM).

Kelly Goff‘s installation Dumpster was featured in an article in the arts journal Hyperallergic about the 2016 Governor’s Island Art Fair.

Sean Greene is exhibiting in a two-person show (with Jen Simms) at Mingo Gallery in Beverly (thru 10/8, opening reception 9/9, 6 PM). He’s also in a group show at Mount Holyoke College Blanchard Gallery (thru 9/15, opening reception 9/8, 5:30 PM).

Colleen Kiely has drawings in About Face at UMass Amherst’s Augusta Savage Gallery (9/12-9/28).

Jesse Kreitzer‘s film Black Canaries was awarded the Vermont Symphony Orchestera’s VSO Award for Best Integration of Music into Film at the Middlebury Filmmakers Festival. The film also received Grand Jury Awards for “Best Short Film” and “Best Cinematography” at the 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood, California.

Danielle Legros Georges takes part in Living in Many Languages: Poetry And Music to Celebrate the Act of Translation at Dewey Square Parks (9/2, 2 PM). She’ll also read as part of the ICA Boston’s Powerful Words, an evening of readings, reflections, and community in response to violence, racial injustice, and trauma (9/8, 6 PM).

Sandy Litchfield has a solo show, Deciduious City, at Carroll and Sons Gallery (9/7-10/1, opening reception 9/9, 5:30 PM).

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

Rania Matar exhibits her new photography series Invisible Children, capturing the portraits of young Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore (9/15-10/22, opening reception 9/15, 6-8 PM).

Caitlin McCarthy has essays in two upcoming nonfiction anthologies from McFarland & Company: She Loves You: Women Writers Tell How a Teen Idol Changed Their Life and Soap Opera Confidential: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We’ll Tune in Tomorrow. Also, her script Wonder Drughighlighted in an article in Collective Evolution.

Richard Michelson is publishing a new children’s book, Fascinating: the Life of Leonard Nimoy. There will be a Publication Party and Book Signing (9/9, 6-8 PM) in conjunction with the opening of UNSEEN: Fifty Never Before Exhibited Photographs, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, at R. Michelson Galleries.

Nathalie Miebach is in a group show, Encircling the World: Contemporary Art, Science, and the Sublime at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Bakalar Gallery (9/19-12/3, opening reception 9/19, 6-8 PM).

Ethan Murrow has a solo show of drawings, Water Almanac, at Winston Wächter Fine Art in NY (9/8-10/29, opening reception 9/8, 6-8 PM). The artist utilized portions of his MCC grant to support the creation of art for the show, which features drawings based on the Farmers Almanac.

Lisa Olivieri screens her film Blindsided at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport (9/18, 12 PM). Q&A with the director to follow screening.

Monica Rayond‘s play A to Z was a finalist for both the Jane Chambers Award and ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Paper of Plastic, a short opera for which she wrote the libretto (music, Charles Turner), won second prize in Opera Kansas’s short opera competition.

Marian Roth has a solo exhibition, Marian Roth: The Mysterious World of the Camera Obscura, at the Griffin Museum of Photography (9/8-10/2, talk and reception 9/15, 5-8 PM).

Eric Henry Sanders will have a reading of his new play Where’s Annie? at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton (9/17, 7:30 PM).

Congratulations to Karen Skolfield, named a runner-up in the The Iowa Review’s Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest. Five of her poems will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of Iowa Review. This month, she’s participating in events surrounding the Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon 2016 (9/15-9/17).

Peter Snoad‘s short play Bull will be produced by The Landing Theatre in Houston as part of its Redemption series (9/21-10/3). The play is about the love/hate relationship of two New York City cops with Arturo DiModica’s iconic statue of the Charging Bull which they’re guarding during the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Naoe Suzuki, currently artist-in-residence at the Broad Institute, will have a public dialogue with Broad Institute founding core member Tod Golub called Collaborating at the Intersection of Art and Science (9/27, 3-4 PM).

Scott Wheeler composed the music for Naga, one of the three operas performed as part of the Ouroboros Trilogy at ArtsEmerson (9/10-9/17).

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

Image: Ethan Murrow (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow ’16), RIPARIAN LAW (2016), graphite on paper, 36x36in.

Artist’s Voice: Erica Daborn

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts on September 16-October 15, 2016, at the NAC.

Erica Daborn, one of the exhibiting artists, shares how her installations envision a tragic history that’s yet to happen.

Funeral for the Last Elephant

I have been working for six years on this project, Dialogues With Mother Earth: A Journey Through Time and Space. I consider the project to be a response to accelerating and irrefutable evidence of climate change. My goal is to provoke a reflection on the relationship between our 21st century societal values and the ways in which they have contributed to the degradation of our environment. The series of mural-sized narrative drawings in charcoal record fictitious historical events related to climate change as seen from the year 2051.

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I am using an immersive form of installation to direct the audience’s response to these issues through a comparison of ancient and modern information technologies.

Through this combination of theatre and visual art rather than scientific information I’m challenging viewers to examine the deeper causes of climate change. The installation engages them both intellectually and experientially, by first jettisoning them into a fast-paced technologically dominant environment (THE FUTURE), then forcing a slow crawl back into a quiet, cave-like space (THE PAST).

S.O.S.(Save Our Seeds)

The FUTURE – a sensory overload Media Room – reduces the ability to think or respond intelligently due to a profusion of images and overlapping, loud voices, a case of Too Much Information. The PAST – these are the murals – provides physical engagement with the environment through restricted movement and limited light source, while simultaneously offering primitive static images that play on intuition and history. Finally. a resting place in a pleasant low light quiet room, the silence only broken by occasional animal and bird cries (THE PRESENT), provides viewers with an opportunity to offer their own thoughts provoked by the experience in the form of letters to “Mother Earth.”

Oprah and Noah Save the Animals

In the drawings I explore, in a non-alarmist, story-book manner, those aspects of contemporary living that have impacted the environment including consumerism, depletion of natural resources, the ravages of the meat industry, disposable plastics, genetic modification etc. Because the completed project will be experiential (as opposed to an Al Gore-style lecture) I intend it to reach beyond the already-converted to a broader audience including one that has been resistant to the subject. I’m also offering this project as a teaching tool for schools and colleges. I want to encourage people who have not thought much about theses issues to recognize, to take action and to prepare for the global crisis that is already here.

Full project description
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All images courtesy of Erica Daborn. From top to bottom: Funeral for the Last Elephant Charcoal on canvas 70 x 154″; Seeking Higher Ground Charcoal on Canvas 70 x 172″; The Murder of Mystery Charcoal on Canvas 70 x 178″; Ahab’s Revenge: Charcoal on canvas 70 x 203″; S.O.S. (Save Our Seeds) Charcoal on canvas 70 x 164″; Oprah and Noah Save the Animals Charcoal on canvas 70 x 159″


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