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Fellows Notes – Jun 14

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

It’s June! Paper plate holders, baked bean mounds, and “picnic” (as a verb) are all emerging from their winter slumbers. Here are this sun-shiny month’s news and notes from MCC awardees.

At Gallery NAGA, Sophia Ainslie, Masako Kamiya, David Moore, and Randal Thurston join John Guthrie in the exhibition On the Wall, and Harold Reddicliffe has work in the group show Color Ways. Both shows run 6/6-7/11, opening reception 6/6, 6-8 PM.

Ben Berman, Marsha Pomerantz, and Anna Ross join Beth Woodcome Platow and Jacob Strautmann for a reading to celebrate the spring/summer issue of Salamander at Boston Playwrights Theatre (6/18, 7 PM).

A recent Off the Radar slideshow at features work by past MCC photography awardees Judith Black (1999), Cathy Griffin (1984), Sheron Rupp (1987), and Sage Sohier (1979).

Warner Friedman and Timothy Kadish are in a dual show at Clark Gallery in Lincoln (6/10-7/12).

Alexandra Anthony‘s documentary Lost in the Bewilderness will screen at the Ismailia International Film Festival in Egypt (6/4), followed by its U.S. premiere at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (6/7).

Steven Barkhimer is on a winning streak with his play Windowmen. Recent winner of an IRNE award, it also won a Norton Award in May 2014.

David Binder is using Kickstarter to raise funds for another installment in his Calling My Children Project.

Alice Bouvrie is crowdfunding to support her next documentary, about an MIT geologist and the complexities of gender identity.

Congratulations to Alissa Cardone, who was recently awarded a development grant by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Cynthia Consentino has a solo show, Reconfigurations, at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, thru 6/29.

Jay Critchley had a staged reading, accompanied by a 9-piece orchestra, of his musical theater work Planet Snowvio, at UC Berkeley Art Museum (CA), in May.

Mary Jane Doherty‘s documentary Secundaria screens at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (6/18, 7:30 PM). A recent screening in San Francisco was written about in the Huffington Post.

Congratulations to Amy Dryansky, who won a Massachusetts Book Award for her poetry collection Grass Whistle.

Congratulations to Xujun Eberlein, whose essay “Clouds and Rain over Three Gorges” won American Literary Review’s nonfiction contest.

Steve Edwards published an essay, One Giant Cliché, in The Rumpus.

Georgie Friedman has work in the exhibition Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource at the El Paso Museum of Art (6/1-8/24). She recently gave the talk Capturing Weather in Video and Installation at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

In May, Jane Gillooly‘s nonfiction film Suitcase of Love and Shame screened at Festival EDOC in Quito, Ecuador and at DOCAVIV in Israel.

Raul Gonzalez III is featured, along with Elaine Bay, in New American Paintings.

A sonnet by Holly Guran along with a photo by Philip McAlary are published together in the online journal Postcard Poems and Prose.

Laura Harrington‘s musical version of her novel Alice Bliss will have a workshop at Playwrights Horizons in NYC in June.

Santiago Hernandez was awarded a 2014 Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant by The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). Recipients are awarded an unrestricted grant to support their work in painting and an exhibition in fall 2014 at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Joel Janowitz is presenting a watercolor workshop at the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown (6/29-7/4) and a monotype workshop at MIXIT Studio in Somerville (7/19-7/22). Later this summer, he has a solo exhibition at gWatson Gallery in Stonington, Maine (8/1-8/23).

Congratulations to Ann Kim, who won a Moving Image Fund Grant from the LEF Foundation.

Scott Listfield co-curated and has work in the exhibition Lost Moment at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco (6/28-7/19, opening reception 6/28 7-10 PM). He is profiled by FLUX.Boston founder Elizabeth Devlin in the June issue of Juxtapoz.

Holly Lynton has a solo exhibition, Holly Lynton: Pioneer Valley at the Miller Yezerski Gallery (5/23-7/1, opening reception 6/6).

In May, Michael Mack performed his one-man-show at Virginia Theological Seminary, the largest accredited Episcopal Seminary in the world. The Washington Post covered the event with a Metro Section feature story.

Rania Matar has photography in group exhibitions in Bangkok (Thailand) and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her solo show Ordinary Lives is on view at The Arab American National Museum in Detroit (thru 8/31).

Caitlin McCarthy has been honored by the Massachusetts Teachers Association with a Human and Civil Rights Award for her activism around DES awareness.

Mary Bucci McCoy and her work were featured on the 365 Artists 365 Days blog.

Vanessa Michalak has a solo show, Everything I Ever Wanted at FOLK Gallery in Kittery, Maine (opening reception 6/6, 5-8 PM).

Nathalie Miebach has work in the exhibition Synergy: Ocean Stories at the New Bedford Art Museum (6/27-9/12).

Liz Nofziger will be in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts this Summer to make BOUNCE, an amplified overgrown ping-pong table to play around the clock on the plaza.

Monica Raymond‘s mini-eco-opera Paper or Plastic (for which she wrote the libretto) is being featured on Atlanta Fringe Audio Festival (thru 6/8). She has visual art in Raise the Roof, an art show of faculty and students of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (thru 6/6). Finally, she’s been selected to participate in the Composer/Librettist Workshop sponsored by Nautilus Music Theater in St. Paul Minnesota (5/24-6/9) and two of her short music theater pieces will be performed as part of the theater’s Rough Cuts series (6/9-6/10).

Evelyn Rydz‘s solo exhibition at MFA Boston (thru 11/14) is featured in Temporary Land Bridge.

Mitch Ryerson was recently was awarded the Spirit Award from the Maude Morgan Art Center in Cambridge.

Peter Snoad‘s play Orbiting Mars will receive a third staged reading on June 7 – this time by Reston Community Players in Herndon, VA as part of its New Play Project. A spoof on militarism and celebrity culture, the play tells the story of a community theater company’s desperate attempt to win a statewide contest by casting the Roman God, Mars, as the lead in a Noel Coward comedy.

Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry have launched a Kickstarter campaign to support their Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, running through 6/20.

Congratulations to Grace Talusan, who won the 2014 Dorothy O’Connor Award from the Boston Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. She’ll read from her winning essay, “Angelina Jolie (and I) Will Have Another Preventive Surgery,” at Newtonville Books (6/4, 6:30 PM).

Joe Wardwell has a solo show, Party Over, at LaMontagne Gallery in Boston (thru 7/19).

Debra Weisberg gave a talk at MIT’s Department of Architecture in March, as part of the Spring 2014 Computation Lecture Series. She’ll be giving a shortened version of this talk at the Computational Making Workshop of the Sixth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (6/21) at University College London.

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze was in the show Considering The Kylix at Peter’s Valley Craft Center Gallery in April and May. She’ll be showing at Marywood University in Scranton, PA in September.

Michael Zelehoski is now represented by the Michael Weiss Gallery. He’s created a site specific installation at the Gallery to coincide with the exhibition Suckerpunch by Joe Fleming.

One of our favorite Fellows Notes of all time: Evan Ziporyn and the “Bang on a Can” group that he co-founded appear in an episode of Arthur! (He’s the clarinet-playing dog.)

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

Image: Nathalie Miebach, SOLAR BEGINNINGS (2008), Reed, wood, weather data collected on Cape Cod, 56x66x27 in.

Fellows Notes – Apr 14

Monday, March 31st, 2014

No foolin’! Here’s the April news & notes from past MCC fellows/finalists.

Three MCC awardees are showing films in the 2014 Boston Cinema Census at the Brattle Theatre (4/10, 8 PM): Kimberly Forero-Arnias (Hay Algo Y Se Va), Cristina Kotz Cornejo (Buena Fe), and Robert Todd (LOVESONG).

Elizabeth Alexander has a solo show, Mary Mary, at Jane Deering Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA (thru 4/26).

Alexandra Anthony‘s documentary film Lost in the Bewilderness was part of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

Rick Ashley‘s photography is included in Fall Back, Spring Forward: Photography in New England, curated by Francie Weiss, as part of the Flash Forward Festival Boston in May. The exhibition is at the Photographic Resource Center and runs 4/29-5/17, opening reception 5/1, 6-9 PM.

Steven Barkhimer‘s play Windowmen was produced in Oct/Nov at Boston Playwrights Theatre and is receiving a David Mark Cohen award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Best Play. The production has been nominated for 5 local awards by the Independent Reviewers of New England (ceremony 4/7), including Best New Play of 2013 and Best Play of 2013.

Ben Berman will read poetry as part of the Mr. Hip Presents Reading Series at UFORGE Gallery in Jamaica Plain (4/26, 6-8:30), along with Gail Mazur, Jamaal May, LaTasha Diggs, Zachary Bos, Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Jason Rotstein, and Amber Rose Johnson. He’ll also be taking part in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival (5/2-5/4) in Salem, MA, and was shortlisted for a Mass Book Award for his poetry collection Strange Borderlands.

Rebecca Doughty is exhibiting in a two-person show, Rarefied at the Simmons College Trustman Gallery (4/22-5/30, reception & artist talk 4/30, 5-7 PM).

Holly Guran will have two poems displayed at Boston City Hall as part of a project by The Mayor’s Prose & Poetry Program focusing on the Boston Marathon bombing.

Robbie Heidinger has a solo exhibition, Ceramic Installation by Robbie Heidinger at the Williston Northampton School Grubb Gallery (thru 5/11, artist talk & demonstration 5/7, 1 PM).

Cathy Jacobowitz will give a talk, titled “How I Set Out to Write About the Revolution, and How It Changed Me,” at the Lucy Parsons Center in Jamaica Plain on 5/3, 3 PM. She’ll read from and sign copies of her recent novel, The One-Way Rain.

Lisa Kessler‘s solo show In the Pink will exhibit at Danforth Art 4/6-6/15. An artist talk and reception takes place 4/6, 4 PM.

Fred H.C. Liang has a solo show, Ripples Beyond Singularity, at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, 4/2-5/31, reception 4/4 5:30-7:30 PM.

Scott Listfield is exhibiting in a three person show, Face. Space. Place. at Visionspace Gallery in Lynn (opening 4/12, 6 PM), and he’ll be participating in the Somerville Open Studios (5/3-5/4). Elsewhere in the country, he’s part of two San Francisco group shows, UNIVERSE at Modern Eden Gallery (4/12-5/3) and Space//Squared at White Walls Gallery (5/10-6/7), and is featured in two exhibitions from Gallery 1988 in L.A., the 10th anniversary exhibition (4/11-4/26), and the traveling Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Art Show. Finally, he’s updated his Web site and recently began selling two prints through The People’s Printshop.

Melinda Lopez‘s new play Becoming Cuba is being produced by the Huntington Theatre Campany at the Calderwood Pavilion/BCA, thru 5/3.

Congratulations to Matthew Mazzotta, whose public art project Open House won a Architizer A+ Award (Jury Award for Architecture + Urban Transformation).

Mary Bucci McCoy has a solo exhibition at Kingston Gallery, 4/2-4/27, reception 4/4, 5:30-8 PM.

Nathalie Miebach (along with Jane Marsching and Marina Mangubi) is exhibiting in The Observant Eye at the Wheaton College Beard and Weil Gallery (thru 4/16). She has a solo show of new and older work at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, That Link Between Ocean and Land thru 5/4. Her work can be seen at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (T North Concourse) in Flight Pattern thru April 2015. She recently finished a residency at the Oxbow School in Napa, CA and is speaking at the at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University on 4/10 as part of their lecture series “Polar Perspectives on Art and Science.”

Monica Raymond‘s monologue play, Martina’s Story, was performed as part of She Speaks, a festival of women’s monologues, in Kitchener, Ontario (3/29). Monica also has photographs in a group show at the Cambridge Community Television offices, showing thru 4/17.

Nick Rodrigues is among the artists in the exhibition The Departed at The Distillery Gallery in South Boston, thru 4/7.

Evelyn Rydz will have a solo exhibition, Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston 4/19-9/14. New works for the exhibition were created as part of a Hawaii residency when Evelyn was awarded the prestigious Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, in 2012.

Congratulations to Karen Skolfield, whose poetry collection Frost in the Low Areas won a 2014 PEN/New England Award.

Congratulations to Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry, whose Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Later this month, the project will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Deb Todd Wheeler‘s collaborative project Chromatic Energy Mirror is part of the exhibition Surge at Babson College’s Hollister Gallery (thru 5/20).

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

Image: still image from LOST IN THE BEWILDERNESS, a documentary film by Alexandra Anthony.

How Do Social, Environmental, & Political Issues Impact Your Art?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Many artists approach social issues, the environment, and/or politics not only as themes to explore but also areas to effect change, which has implications for the role of the artist in society.

We asked a group of artists in different disciplines, How do social, environmental, and political issues impact your work and role as an artist?

Raul Gonzalez, visual artist
When I first came to the Boston area twelve years ago I immediately began to search for places where I felt I could participate. I found friends working in music, comic books, gallery artists, art directors, writers, future curators, basically young kids who in time began to make strides in the area. I worked as an artist who would draw fliers, illustrate books, participate in coffee shop shows and eventually this somehow lead to gallery and museum exhibitions. Participation in the social lead to so many opportunities that I never thought I would or could be a part of.

My work is a reflection of the world that I actively participate in, whether it’s something close to home or news and events from afar. The series “Lookum Here: it might could have been” simultaneously reflected on the dehumanization of Native Americans and the dehumanized detainees of Guantanamo using symbols both old and new. Most recently my work has reflected circumstances of the border towns I grew up in.

The environment is always present in my work, hot sun bleaching away the colors of the piece itself or threatening the lives of the characters as they bake under it desperately searching for salvation. These are ofttimes created under layers of clothing from my vitamin d deprived body in near isolation while most everyone is in deep slumber, and the funny part is you can make it all up and it becomes true anyway.

Ginger Lazarus, playwright
Burning, my latest play, is probably the most political I’ve ever written but it began from a personal place. I wanted to write a version of Cyrano de Bergerac, one of my favorite love stories, with a lesbian as the main character. She turned out to be ex-Army, kicked out under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and suddenly I found myself confronting the horrible truth about the persecution of queer service members, sexual assault in the military, and the culture of silence that has kept these crimes out of the light. Once I stepped into those waters, I couldn’t not write the play, even though it terrified me. I committed to telling this story as truthfully as I could, for the sake of the people who suffered, endured, or perished in similar circumstances. At the same time, it’s still a love story, intimate and personal.

In real life, I don’t take a very active role in politics or social activism. But I must have my head in the world somehow, because it always works its way in. I start out writing about a couple having a fight, and all of a sudden it’s about 9/11. Yet still really about a relationship. That’s where politics play out in my work.

Kenji Nakayama, sign painter
I’ve been living in Boston for the last nine years. My first job was at a sign shop in the South End. At the time, a homeless woman asked me to make her a professional-looking sign. She was selling wares at Park Street station and wanted to improve her business. I wasn’t able to help her at that workshop, but I wanted to. I started the Signs for the Homeless project partly because of her request years earlier, and in part because I want to amplify voices of the homeless above the street level. The project is about humanizing the homeless and allowing for their stories to be told. The aim of the project is to bring awareness to homelessness and the complicated issues surrounding it.

Danielle Legros Georges, poet
Most, if not all, artists I feel are affected by the social, environmental and political events around them — and reflect these, or address what is missing or perhaps more generally inconceivable around them. The visual artist Fritz Ducheine speaks of being a projector: I don’t forge the image. The image comes to me and I project it. His statement for me addresses inspiration, and stands alongside the idea of the artist as individual genius. It indirectly speaks to the notion of community as source of creation. His image comes from some larger field, moves through him, and goes back out into the world. It’s a beautiful loop. Ducheine is a Haitian immigrant, as am I. As such, my life has been deeply marked by political factors, including a U.S.-backed Haitian dictatorship which forced my family along with so many others to repatriate. I have written many poems about Haitian identity and the troublesome representations of Haiti in the U.S. from my position as an artist of the Haitian diaspora. Toni Morrison writes of the violence that is oppressive language, and the limits it places on knowledge. I often wrestle with such language; and find myself engaging in linguistic experiments, attempting to create new visions, or recuperate hidden or buried sources of knowledge. At the end of the day I’m interested in social justice – especially as it pertains to black people, people of color, and women of color — and I am interested in rigorous and serious and beautiful art.


Danielle Legros Georges, author of the book of poems Maroon (Curbstone Press, 2001), will read Thursday, November 21, 7 PM, with George Kalogeris as parts of the Rozzie Reads Poetry series in the Community Room at the Roslindale House.

Work by Raul Gonzalez is showing at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art in Wake Up Call: Recent Work by Raul Gonzalez III and Elaine Bay through December 8, 2013.

Ginger Lazarus is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose most recent play, “Burning,” was performed at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in October 2013.

Kenji Nakayama‘s hand-painted signs were recently in the exhibition Steady Work at Space Gallery in Portland, ME.

Image: Raul Gonzalez, BORN AGAIN (2011) coffee, pencil, Bic pen, acrylic wash and fluid acrylic, 45×45 in.

Fellows Notes – Oct 13

Monday, September 30th, 2013

As Autumn marches on and becomes increasingly, well, autumnal, take a minute to read the latest news from MCC’s past and present Fellows/Finalists.

Still Life Lives! at Fitchburg Art Museum includes work by Matthew Gamber, Mary Kocol, Catherine McCarthy, Mary O’Malley, Shelley Reed, Janet Rickus, Evelyn Rydz, Tara Sellios, Randal Thurston, and Deb Todd Wheeler, among other artists. The exhibition runs through 1/12.

Sachiko Akiyama has a solo show, On Finding Home, at the University of Maine Museum of Art 10/4-1/4.

Rick Ashley gave a spotlight talk at the recent Danforth Art Fall Open House about his “Michael” series of photographs (some of which he submitted to win his MCC Fellowship).

Steven Barkhimer‘s play Windowmen (an early version of which he submitted for his MCC grant), will run at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 10/31-11/24.

Ben Berman joins Robert Pinsky, Elisabeth Carter, and Gregory Lawless for a poetry reading on 10/6, 3 PM, at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall Commons in Waltham.

Sarah Bliss is one of six moving-images artists awarded a monthlong residency in rural Scotland, sponsored by the Alchemy Film Festival. She’ll be working with Scottish sound artist James Wyness to document and record the cultural and environmental landscapes of the Tweed River Valley.

Prilla Smith Brackett recently took part in Hyde Park Open Studios. Also, two monoprints from her “Wellspring” Suite have been acquired by the Worcester Art Museum.

Seamus Connolly was honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. as a National Heritage Fellow.

Rosalyn Driscoll‘s work, Generation, a collaborative installation with Czech filmmaker Tereza Stehlikova, will show at GV Art Gallery in London, (thru 10/5)

Jane Gillooly‘s film Suitcase of Love and Shame will screen at the MFA Boston 10/12, 3 PM.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Graver whose novel The End of the Point is on National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction.

Conley Harris received a Visual Art Residency at the Sanskriti Foundation for artists and writers in New Delhi, India, where he’ll be painting for the month of October.

Wendy Jehlen‘s solo dance work Lilith received a great review in Boston’s Weekly Dig.

Sarah Malakoff has published a new monograph of her photographs, Second Nature, and has a solo exhibition at Miller Yezerski Gallery (10/25-12/21, opening reception/book signing on 11/1, 6-8 PM).

Ilana Manolson‘s latest show, Flow, is at Clark Gallery 10/8-11/2. In addition to oil paintings, the show contains a series of large one-of-a-kind prints made this summer in Venice.

Brendan Mathews wrote a guest post about things he’s learned as a writing teacher, for the Ploughshares blog.

Caitlin McCarthy‘s television pilot script Pass/Fail is a quarter-finalist in the 2013 Final Draft Big Break Contest. Pass/Fail was also recently a finalist in the NYTVF’s first annual Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge.

Nathalie Miebach will have work in the 25th Anniversary of the Visual Arts Sea Grant at the University of Rhode Island (10/1-10/30), a celebration of artists who have won the award. She’ll also be showing at Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data (10/11-11/27) at the IMC Lab in New York City as part of the Marfa Dialogue series on Climate Change.

Kathryn Ramey was recently featured in an article in the Roslindale Transcript.

Matt Rich is in a group show investigating the intersection of painterly abstraction and the object at the Columbus College of Art and Design (10/11-1/10).

Susan Rivo has launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for her film Left on Pearl, running through 10/25. Read a Cambridge Chronicle article about the project.

Jieun Shin is in the group show System Preferences at SCA Contemporary Art in Albuquerque, NM (thru 11/1).

Leslie Sills will have her sculpture, Blue Hill Boy, published in 500 Ceramic Figures (Lark Publications, February 2014).

Peter Jay Shippy reads with Joshua Weiner as part of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series (10/28, 8 PM).

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

Image: Sachiko Akiyama, DREAM OF BIRDS (2003), polychromed wood, 37x16x19 in.

Studio Views: Susan J. Champeny

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Artist Susan J. Champeny is busy preparing her ReinCARnation Hubcap Lily Pads public art installation for the Art in the Park in Elm Park, Worcester MA, July 25-October 13.

We asked Susan to participate in a “Studio Views” post – recognizing that the “studio” for a work of public art can be decidedly exterior. Here, she shares a journal of the making of the original version of this project (re-published with permission from the artist’s web site).

ReinCARnation had a maiden voyage as part of the Art on the Beltline exhibit in Atlanta GA last fall. It used 63 recycled hubcaps, the maximum that fit in my car for the 1200-mile drive. Half of the hubcaps did not survive the journey, but for a good reason! I gave them to generous folks willing to give Gas Grants to cover the cost of transporting the sculpture to/from Atlanta.

Aug 25: Setting out from Worcester MA. In my Honda fit: Sue, Chris, 63 hubcaps, floatation, canoe, first aid kit, anchors, waders, guitar.

Aug 29: The crew assembled at 8 AM in the Publix Supermarket parking lot. Elan and Jenny, both Beltline employees, cleared the 6 foot high brush with machetes.

I laid out tarps and zip-tied the hubcap lily pads together. Then I climbed in my canoe to receive the artwork.

Jenny, Yvonne, and Chantelle (Light Parade artist) dragged the tarps full of hubcaps down the 10 foot embankment into the water.

I towed the lily pads into place and tied off the anchors. Getting the weights (laundry bottles full of 40 lbs of sand) out of the canoe without tipping over was a challenge! The entire thing, including brush clearing, took 4.5 hours to complete.

Aug 31: while photographing the lily pads, I zoomed in on an annoying leaf – only to discover it was a FROG! The Hubcap Lily Pads are now successfully occupied by wildlife.

Now I am re-building the sculpture for Elm Park — bigger and better. I am feverishly working to prepare the sculpture to go into the water for the Thursday July 25th installation: washing over 100 recycled hubcaps, painting them bright orange and hot pink, and adding pool noodles underneath for flotation. This new edition will sport 20 hubcaps from the original installation and another 60-80 foraged from the streets of Worcester last winter.

ReinCARnation Hubcap Lily Pads will be on exhibit July 25-October 13, 2013 at Elm Park as part of Art in the Park Worcester. You can watch the installation Thursday July 25 9AM-12PM. Opening is Saturday July 27, 5-8 PM. There will be an Artist Talk Thursday, August 1, 2013, 5:30-6:30 PM.

Susan Champeny ( graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Fine Arts, with a major in Printmaking. She quickly found employment as a graphic designer, and worked in the field of commercial art for 20 years. While working in the corporate world, she continued to paint and create fine art. In 2006, she changed careers and is now a Fine Artist, painting full-time. Her business plan is based on three principles: have fun, create, and travel.

Images: all images courtesy of Susan J. Champeny, photos by D. Christine Benders.

Artists Among Us: Fellows at the Fine Arts Work Center

Monday, July 8th, 2013


Nathalie Miebach, O FORTUNA – SANDY SPINS (2013), reed, wood, rope, bamboo, weather data, 12x12x30 in

Support for artists can mean a lot of things, but it generally boils down to money, time, and/or space. On the money side of things, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) supports artists with unrestricted grants to Massachusetts artists through our Artist Fellowships. The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an organization funded by several of MCC’s grant programs, supports artists by offering (among other things) time and space: seven-month residency fellowships that gives artists the space and time to advance their artistic practice.

This month, FAWC is presenting an exhibition of artists this month featuring artists supported, during their careers, by both FAWC and MCC Fellowships. Curated by Daniel Ranalli, the exhibition features Linda Bond, Nathalie Miebach, Jim Peters, and Nicky Tavares.

The exhibition, Massachusetts Cultural Council Awards to FAWC Fellows: The Importance of Artists Among Us, is in conjunction with FAWC’s 4th annual Summer Awards on Saturday, July 13, 2013, this year being given to Governor Deval Patrick to honor his support of the arts in Massachusetts. Past awardees include Tony Kushner, Michael Cunningham, and Mary Oliver.

Stills from YOUR FOOT IN MINE by Nicky Tavares (2013), 16mm loop installation, foot prints, glue, rose petals, tape, dust & lint

Jim Peters, MOTHER AND CHILD AT THE MOTEL (2007), oil on canvas, wax, wire, wood 25x18x5 in

Linda Bond, a detail from A COUNT (2012), gunpowder fingerprints on gauze bandages, 9x4x30 ft

The exhibition is open to the public July 14 through 26. More info:

Nathalie Miebach, IN THE SHADOW OF A GIANT (2013), 32x32x25 in

Fellows Notes – Jul 13

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Some news from MCC’s past fellows/finalists, to read by the light of the rockets red glare.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Awards to FAWC Fellows: The Importance of Artists Among Us, an exhibition featuring Linda Bond, Nathalie Miebach, Jim Peters, and Nicky Tavares, curated by Daniel Ranalli, is at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown this month. The exhibition is in conjunction with FAWC’s 4th annual Summer Awards on Saturday, July 13, 2013, this year being given to Governor Deval Patrick to honor his support of the arts in Massachusetts. It will be open to the public 7/14-7/26.

Keiko Hiromi, Tara Sellios, and Frank Ward are among the artists selected for the 2013 Exposure exhibition at the Photographic Resource Center.

Liz Duffy Adams‘s play A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World is premiering at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown WV, July 3–28. Read an article about the premiere.

Elizabeth Alexander‘s installation Keeping Up Appearances version #3 premiered in Ellipses: Alumni Works in 3D, Mass Art’s 2nd Biennial Juried Alumni Exhibition, at Bakalar Gallery at Mass Art thru 7/15. Her solo show Double Impatiens is at the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at Montserrat College of Art thru 8/3, reception/artist talk on 7/18, 4-6 PM.

Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro will workshop her new play Mammal Heat for two weeks this month (7/10-7/21), followed by a public reading, as part of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows Program.

Steven Bogart‘s collaborative painting/musical exhibition Ten Paintings Ten Songs is at at Bromfield Gallery 7/31-8/24.

Lou Bunk‘s piece “Being and Becoming” for toy piano and electronics is being released on a CD through Innova Recordings, late 2013/early 2014.

Congratulations to Cheryl Clark Vermeulen, named a finalist for Snowbound Chapbook Award by Tupelo Press.

Shawn Cody‘s musical theatre work Water Dream will be part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, featuring Anthony Rapp (Rent), 7/10-7/11.

Caleb Cole‘s solo exhibition Other People’s Clothes is at Drift Gallery in Portsmouth, NH (7/12-8/18). In recent months, his work has been featured online at, PetaPixel, PDN Photo of the Day, and Pictureline, and he took part in a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

Patrick Donnelly has won a $22,000.00 U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program award, which will fund a 3-month residency in Japan during 2014.

Rebecca Doughty‘s new drawings are exhibited in Ink at Davis Orton Gallery thru 7/28.

Zehra Khan & Tim Winn have an installation exhibition, Holding Hands Running at artSTRAND, thru 7/17.

Henriette Lazaridis Power reads from her new novel The Clover House at Uxbridge High School auditorium (with Marjan Kamli and Chris Castellani, 7/17, 7 PM) and at the Boston Public Library (with Thomas Van Essen, 7/30, 6 PM). Full events schedule.

Tara Masih edited The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, and the collection has received four prestigious honors: it won the Skipping Stones Honor Award, was a runner-up in the New England Book Festival contest, won a Silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, and won a Silver Medal in ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards.

Mary O’Malley has work in Beyond Borders, Walker Contemporary’s inaugural show at their new space in Vermont. Also, Tangent at 13 Forest Gallery, runs thru 7/5.

Monica Raymond wrote the libretto for a new mini “eco-opera,” Paper or Plastic, debuting in a concert performance as part of American Repertory Theater’s participation in the Out of the Box Festival, at 7/17 (noon) at Boston Common. The opera will also be performed at Cambridge Center for Adult Education 7/18, 8 PM, sponsored by the Cambridge Arts Council.

Congratulations to Evelyn Rydz, who was selected from a group of 10 traveling fellows for a solo presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) 4/19/14-10/26/14.

Carolyn Shadid Lewis is exhibiting her multimedia installation Seams at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Ireland, opening 7/11-8/11. The project was developed during the Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme.

Marguerite White is among the artists in Drawing Connections: 23rd Drawing Show at Boston Center for the Arts, 7/12-9/22, reception 7/12, 6-8 PM.

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze has work in Celebrating the Art of Sculpture, at the Barn Workshop in Danvers, thru 9/13.

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

Image: animation still from SEAMS by Carolyn Shadid Lewis.

Fellows Notes – May 13

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

MAY we interest you (get it, because “May” is also the month!!!?!?!?) in our monthly news and notes from Artist Fellows and Finalists?

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Rosalyn Driscoll and Chris Frost are among the Boston Sculptors Gallery artists exhibiting in Convergence, an outdoor exhibition of monumental, site-specific art at the Christian Science Plaza (thru 10/31).

Congratulations to Michael Mack and Monica Raymond, who were profiled in the Cambridge Chronicle for receiving 2013 Artist Fellowships. In other news, Michael is featured in this month’s “artist to artist” discussion on ArtSake, and Monica just participated in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

We’re thrilled to share that David Binder‘s film Calling My Children will have its national television broadcast on PBS this month, in conjunction with Mother’s Day. Check listings. The Magic Johnson Foundation has joined in supporting the film, and the PBS broadcast.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor‘s acclaimed film Leviathan will have its Boston premiere at the Brattle Theatre (5/24).

Janet Echelman will create a monumental public art piece for the TED2014 conference. She is also among the finalists to create a temporary, site specific public art installation along the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in 2015/2016.

Congratulations to Joel Janowitz, who won a 2013 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Taylor Mac has received a MAP Fund grant to support the premiere of his play The Fre at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. The play draws on Old Comedy conventions to tell an unconventional love story, set in an actual mud pit.

Congratulations to DK McCutchen, who was accepted for a Writing Residency at Woodstock Byrdcliff Guild.

Todd McKie‘s solo show Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Look at Art Again was at Gallery NAGA in April.

Nathalie Miebach has two pieces in Trouble the Water at the Legion Arts Center in Cedar Rapids. The show features a dozen contemporary artists from around the world who explore issues related to water: drought, floods, climate change and economics. Also, some of her music scores (read about her process) are in the group show Datascape at The Block at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Nathalie was recently featured in Surface Design Magazine.

Masha Obolensky‘s play Marvelous Fruit was selected to be a PlayPenn 2013 Conference Finalist and was a Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival semi-finalist.

Henriette Lazaridis Power‘s new novel The Clover House is a Target Book Club Emerging Author pick for April! She has upcoming readings at Newtonville Books (5/14) and Harvard Bookstore (6/5).

This month, James Rutenbeck‘s documentary Scenes from a Parish will go live on and their connected devices.

Sarah Slifer Swift‘s Enter, Dance Floor will be part of the Dance for World Community Festival in Cambridge, MA (6/8). Recently, she participated in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the Bananas Fashion Show Fundraiser for Gloucester City Hall.

Peter Snoad‘s new play The Draft had its first staged reading May 2 at Smith College in Northampton. The play is a multi-media documentary piece that tells the stories of 10 people who made different and life-changing decisions in response to the military draft during the Vietnam War.

Ron Spalletta was one of Lloyd Schwartz’s favorite new poets picks on WBUR!

Deb Todd Wheeler‘s solo exhibition The Sea of Knowledge and Nonsense was at The Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University.

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

Fellows Notes – Mar 13

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

In our March list of news from past MCC Fellows/Finalists, we come in like a (drawn) line, out like an iamb.*

Congratulations to Caitlin Berrigan and Kelly Carmody, both recently selected for the Assets for Artists Program.

Linda Bond, Jan Johnson, Masako Kamiya, and Lydia Kann Nettler are among the artists in the 2013 Wheaton Biennial Show, Drawing Out of Bounds (thru 4/13). Also, Debra Weisberg, artist in residence at Wheaton College, collaborated with Wheaton students on Swoop, a large scale tape/paper drawing installation featured in the exhibition.

Elizabeth Alexander has a collaboration with Christina Pitsch, Delicate Fragments, at Derryfield School in Manchester, NH (thru 4/14, reception 3/13, 5:30-7:00 PM).

Sandra Allen‘s solo show Trunks is at Carroll and Sons Gallery (thru 4/13).

Along with being in the Wheaton Biennial (above), Linda Bond has work in The 8th Annual Human Rights Juried Art Exhibition at South Texas College in McAllen, TX (3/18-4/6).

Edie Bresler is artist in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts this Spring, and a new photography exhibit, Exchange Economy, opens this month (thru 6/15). Artist Talk with Edie Bresler on 3/20, 7-8 PM, at the Mills Gallery at the BCA. Learn more.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and co-director Véréna Paravel celebrate the theatrical premiere of their new film Leviathan with a run at IFC Center in New York (thru 3/14), followed by a national release. Recently, the film won the True Vision Award at the 2013 True/False Film Festival.

Laura Chasman‘s portrait “Oliver at 20″ will be included in the upcoming triennial event at the National Portrait Gallery (3/23-2/2014).

Duy Doan‘s poem “History Lesson From Anh Hai” was published in Slate.

Rosalyn Driscoll has a solo show, Water Over Fire, at Boston Sculptors Gallery (3/6-4/7, Reception 3/9, 3-6 PM.

Jane Gillooly‘s film The Suitcase of Love and Shame will screen at the ICA Boston (3/30, 7 PM). Find a full screening schedule.

Perry Glasser is reading at the West End Boston Public Library (3/7, 6 PM) with a group of writers from Gival Press.

Elizabeth Graver reads from her new novel The End of the Point at Porter Square Books (3/12, 7 PM), Wellesley Books with Jennifer Haigh (3/13, 7 PM), Dean’s Colloquium at Boston College (3/14, 4:30 PM), Newtonville Books with Brian Sousa (3/19, 7 PM), Lincoln Public Library (3/20, 7 PM), and Concord Bookshop (4/7, 3 PM).

Michael Hoerman hosts a reading of Merrimack Valley and Mississippi Delta poets at the Worthen House in Lowell on March 7. On March 9 he’s reading at F*** Poems Wet Brunch Reading at AWP. Later that day he’s chairing a panel at Kerouac Fest: Go! Go! Go! in Houston.

Dawn Kramer is performing a short new piece with Stan Strickland (jazz musician) and Stephen Buck (video projections) as a guest artist on a concert of Berklee composers (3/27, 7:30 PM) at David Friend Hall, Boylston St.

Jane Marsching has a number of upcoming events: Stitching the Shore (3/6. 6:30 PM is a public event by Plotform at 808 Gallery, Boston University, a collaborative crochet session to stitch floating salt marsh islands before they’re deployed in the Boston Harbor. She’s also exhibiting at the Transit Gallery at Harvard Medical School (thru 4/23), with an Artist Talk and Reception 3/13, 4-6 PM. And she’s among the artists in Globall: Art and Climate Change at Contemporary Cultural Space in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Nathalie Miebach is in the group show Above the Din at Artworks in New Bedford (thru 4/8). She has a solo show, Blizzards, Gales and Ocean Buoys at Common Street Arts in Waterville ME (thru 4/15). Associated with that exhibition, there will be a musical performance of Nathalie’s score called “The Ghostly Crew of the Andrea Gail” in the evening of April 6th as well as an artist talk. Her project Synergy, sponsored by MIT Arts, is currently showing at the Museum of Science. (The image at the top of the page is a teaser for a piece called “To Hear and Ocean in a Whisper,” which translates acoustic data from the Gulf of Maine into a raft full of amusement park rides.)

Elin Noble‘s solo exhibition, Elin Noble: Color Alchemy, is at the New Bedford Art Museum. The exhibition includes work from the last 12 years and runs through April 28. Her quilt Fugitive Pieces 9 is in the upcoming exhibition Fiber Art International ’13, opening April 19 in Pittsburgh, PA, at the PIttsburgh Center for the Arts.

Henriette Lazaridis Power launched a new Web site for her about-to-be-published novel, Clover House.

Monica Raymond‘s The Owl Girl will be having a staged reading at the Cleveland Public Theater on Sunday, March 10th, 2013.

Allan Reeder has a new blog, Sentence X Sentence, exploring the craft of writing.

James Rutenbeck‘s film Scenes from a Parish screens at MIT as part of the Urban Film Series (4/4, 7 PM).

Claire Sanford is among the artists in Adornments & Delights: Five Jewelers Courting Nature at Fuller Craft Museum (thru 6/16).

Rachel Perry Welty has exhibitions current, past, or upcoming in Australia, Kansas, New York City, and Lincoln, MA (at the deCordova!), and had work in fairs in Texas, Paris, Miami, and New York. Her tribute to Nora Ephron was published in the New York Times Magazine and she created the book jacket for the new short story collection I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro. Read an interview with her in Musee Magazine, No 5.

Michael Zelehoski has a site specific installation, Wall Art, part of Volta NY through Ethan Cohen New York (3/7-3/10).

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

Image: Nathalie Miebach, detail from TO HEAR AN OCEAN IN A WHISPER, which translates acoustic data from the Gulf of Maine into a raft full of amusement park rides, part of Ocean Stories at Boston Museum of Science.

*(We used that same joke last March, too.)

Fellows Notes – Feb 13

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

On the eve of the big storm, a blizzard of good news: Feb’s notes and honors from MCC Artist Fellows & Finalists.

Recent MCC awardee Caitlin O’Neil reviews George Rosen‘s short story collection The Immanence of God in the Tropics for Ploughshares: “he writes with such stark, unadorned clarity that distant places snap into focus.”

Sophia Ainslie has a solo show, in person, in the Main Gallery at Kingston Gallery (thru 2/24). Read the artist’s Studio Views.

Stacey Alickman has a dual show with Lynda Schlosberg, All of It, in the Center Gallery at Kingston Gallery (thru 2/24).

Steven Bogart directs Lunar Labyrinth, a collaborative, multidisciplinary theater experience developed from an unpublished short story by author Neil Gaiman, produced by Liars and Believers at Oberon (2/13, 8 PM). This month, Steve is also directing the new play Legally Dead by Dan Hunter at Boston Playwrights’ Theater (2/7-2/24).

Linda Bond is part of the DEIS Impact! schedule of exhibitions and events at the Brandeis University International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. Her installation Inventory will be on view through Feb. 8. She discusses “The Artist As Advocate for Social Justice” at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center (2/4, 4 PM).

Jessica Bozek‘s second poetry manuscript, The Tales, won Les Figues NOS contest! Read an interview with Necessary Fiction and watch a video she made for one of the poems from the collection, recently published in The Volta.

Prilla Smith Brackett was a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in January 2013 – her 5th residency there, over 9 years!

Congratulations to Sarah Braman, who won the Maud Morgan Prize from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston!

Hurray for Kathryn Burak, whose novel Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things has been nominated for an Edgar Award for Young Adult Fiction!

Sheila Gallagher has received the 2013 Boston College Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to the arts at Boston College throughout the past decade, as well as her professional success and vibrant studio practice.

Zehra Khan and collaborator Tim Winn are part of Chazan Gallery’s New Impossibilities exhibition (2/8-2/28, reception 2/8, 5 PM).

Alla Kovgan will direct Cunningham, a poetic feature film usig 3-D technology, based on choreographic works of American modern dance icon Merce Cunningham. The film will be produced by Dance Films Association, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.

Joy Ladin‘s memoir was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award, and received a Forward Fives Award for one of the five best Jewish non-fiction books of 2012.

Scott Listfield has a dual show with Jeff Gillette at Gallery 1988 Venice (2/8-2/24). Also, Scott was recently profiled on the web site io9.

Nathalie Miebach is part of a group show called Synergy at the Boston Science Museum (2/15-6/2). Synergy is an experiment in art/science communication, in which visual artists have been paired with ocean scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to render complex scientific concepts accessible to the public through art. Also, Nathalie will be speaking in Baltimore on Feb 24 at the American Craft Council Show.

Masha Obolensky‘s play Marvelous Fruit is one of the full-length play finalists for the Source Festival in Washington D.C.

Congratulations to Monica Raymond, who will receive Cambridge Arts Council funding for the creation of Paper or Plastic, a mini-opera on environmental themes.

Jill Slosburg-Ackerman has a solo exhibition, In Rome, at the Worcester Art Museum (thru 3/31). She’ll give an Artist Talk 2/10, 2 PM, and kick off the museum’s Drawing Marathon at an event on 2/17 2-4 PM.

Peter Snoad‘s short play, Transition, will be produced again at Towne Street Theater in Los Angeles (2/1-2/17) as part of the theater’s 20th anniversary season. Peter’s full-length contemporary play, Raising David Walker, inspired by the life and work of the Black abolitionist, David Walker, will receive a staged reading at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ (2/23) in a collaboration with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Congratulations to Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry, whose documentary on Silicon Valley airs on PBS’ American Experience, premiering 2/5, 9 PM!

Excerpts from Joyce Van Dyke‘s play Deported / a dream play are performed in London this month.

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze is included in Mobilia Gallery‘s Spotlight show, featuring four outstanding artists, with contemporary interpretations of textile art, color fields and sculptural forms. In May, Elizabeth will be teaching a course called “Baskets: Coiled, Covered and Embellished” at Snow Farm in Williamsburg.

Rodney Wittwer reads with Steven Cramer at the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston (2/12, 7 PM).

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

Image: Linda Bond, A COUNT (2012) 11 steel rods, vintage gauze, gunpowder, steel pins, 9x4x30 ft.