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Megan and Murray McMillan: This Land is a Ship at Sea

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Isles Arts Initiative (IAI) is a series of series of exhibitions, site-responsive installations, events, and performances on and around the Boston Harbor Islands, in Summer 2015.

The Boston Harbor Islands are a National Park that reflect natural splendor and historical importance – as well as the pressing implications of climate change. In their work for the IAI, artists Megan and Murray McMillan make use of the region’s complex identity, exploring its rich local history as well as the contemporary urgency of rising seas.

Megan and Murray are creating a site-responsive installation on Georges Island for Cove (opening 7/11), will project their work This Land is a Ship at Sea on the exterior wall of WGBH Boston studio over Mass Pike (7/16, all day), and will exhibit in 34 at Boston Sculptors Gallery (opening 7/26).

We asked the artists, a married couple who have been collaborating since 2002, about their unique path as artists working at the cross-section of many disciplines.

Still from THIS LAND IS A SHIP AT SEA by Megan and Murray McMillan

ArtSake You’ve created a remarkably wide range of work, and I’m curious about your process. Is there a consistent trajectory that a new work of yours tends to follow?
Megan and Murray: We usually begin with a specific location or material resource that forms the backbone of the project. Sometimes, this comes through a commission or curatorial invitation to work with an unusual location for filming, like with This Land is a Ship at Sea, the project we shot in Fort Warren on Georges Island, or In What Distant Sky, which we filmed in the coal bin of the former boiler plant building at MASS MoCA. Other times, the work might begin when we acquire a unique material resource, like 150 cardboard tubes (The Listening Array) or two truck-loads of industrial plastic conduit (What We Loved and Forgot). In either case, we look for the architecture or the set elements to represent metaphorical properties that intersect with whatever narrative we’re designing.

We think of our short videos as sort of visual tone poems – employing elements of space and choreography and performance to evoke ideas that are difficult to articulate in words: what does it mean when two people inflate a military parachute in a field of construction laser levels in a former military prison on an island that’s sinking into the harbor? Can the parachute become the island? Can the laser lines become the markers for the rising sea levels?

ArtSake: How would you describe your work to someone who is unfamiliar with it?
Megan and Murray: We make sculptural sets for short videos which performers activate in an object-centered choreography. These videos are then shown in related installations that often use elements of the original set.

Click for larger image - still from THE SHIFTING SPACE AROUND US by Megan and Murray McMillan

ArtSake: A recent project in Toronto (The Shifting Space Around Us – image, above) struck me as a departure for you in its focus on live performance. What (if anything) surprised you about the experience?
Megan and Murray: We started working together in 2002 and for the first four years of our collaboration, we exclusively made performance installations for live audiences, so the project in Toronto was actually a throw-back to an older way of working for us. We switched to filmed performances in 2006 in part because the spaces we wanted to work in were challenging for bringing in audiences (The Stepping Up and Going Under Method in 2006 was filmed in and around the conveyer belt in an abandoned former paint factory). The project for Nuit Blanche in Toronto was an opportunity to work with a massive audience (1.5 million people) while using an incredibly unique architectural space: a fully functional roundhouse turntable. We decided to try to incorporate both modes of working by doing a live film shoot during the dusk-to-dawn festival. What surprised us was how challenging it was to simultaneously address the needs of a live audience with the needs of a film shoot.

ArtSake: Scale plays a fascinating role in your work. The sets and sculptures you build are often large-scale and expansive, yet there’s something intimate and personal both in the content and in the way viewers tend to experience the work in a gallery setting. Is scale something you intentionally explore?
Megan and Murray: Yes, definitely, scale is a major consideration in our work. We are always looking for the affective quality of the spaces: for what a site or the set elements within that site can evoke emotionally that speaks to the human condition. For the project we filmed in the Boiler Plant, one property of that location is that it’s been partially remediated, so the roof has been removed and the building is open to the elements – which meant we could bring in a camera track and have it move up through the levels of the building. That vertical camera movement reminded us of the composition of traditional Japanese hanging scrolls, which opened up a whole range of possibilities for the development of the video narrative.

The scale of the architecture became a vehicle for the intimate human narrative that happens as the camera moves through the building. We are always trying to find that blend of expansiveness and intimacy.

ArtSake: Can you describe the work you are creating for the Isles Arts Initiative?
Megan and Murray: We were fascinated by Fort Warren, a Civil War-era fort which housed Confederate prisoners of war. In particular, we were drawn to the “Dark Arches” section of the fort, which feels like catacombs and right out the windows of this subterranean series of rooms is the open water and the haunting clang of a buoy. The history of the space seemed to resonate with poetic potential. As fascinating as its military history was, we were also drawn to the fact that the Boston Harbor Islands are “sinking” as the sea levels are rising due to global warming. In fact, Georges Island is known as a “sentinel site” where six geodetic markers serve as benchmarks for charting the rising seas. For our video, we brought in 99 construction laser levels the Dark Arches and had performers lofting a military parachute through a field of laser lines, in effect, using the parachute as a stand-in for the island as it sinks through the laser level marks.

Still from THIS LAND IS A SHIP AT SEA by Megan and Murray McMillan

ArtSake: What is the most surprising response to your art you’ve ever had?
Megan and Murray: My (Megan’s) mother worked as a social worker at an inner city elementary school with a population of at-risk kids. Once, she was working with a young girl and happened to show her our video What We Loved and Forgot. Without knowing anything about it, the girl said “that’s like what happened when my mom died: she disappeared into a white light and now she’s always watching over me.” We’ll often get reactions like that, people who personally relate to the content of the work even through it’s not explicitly stated.

Still from WHAT WE LOVED AND FORGOT by Megan and Murray McMillan

ArtSake: After the Isles Arts Initiative, what’s next?
Megan and Murray: Next May, In What Distant Sky, the work we filmed at Mass MoCA in the Boiler Plant, will open as a large-scale video installation in Explode Everyday: An Inquiry Into the Phenomena of Wonder, curated by Denise Markonish.

Still from IN WHAT DISTANT SKY by Megan and Murray McMillan
 

The Isles Arts Initiative is a Summer 2015 public art series on the Boston Harbor Islands and in Boston that will capture the intrinsic beauty of the 34 harbor islands. An exhibition at Fort Point Arts Community’s Atlantic Wharf Gallery and installation at Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center are on view now. The site-responsive installations of COVE and the performance series SEEN/UNSEEN both begin July 11, 2015. Exhibits at the WGBH Digital Mural, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston Children’s Museum open later this summer.

Megan and Murray McMillan are Providence-based multidisciplinary artists whose work has been exhibited in Italy, Denmark, Greece, Bolivia, as well as locally at the RISD Museum, AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and MASS MoCA (forthcoming). www.meganandmurraymcmillan.com

Images: all images courtesy of Megan and Murray McMillan; stills from (top to bottom) THIS LAND IS A SHIP AT SEA; THE SHIFTING SPACE AROUND US; THIS LAND IS A SHIP AT SEA; WHAT WE LOVED AND FORGOT; IN WHAT DISTANT SKY.

Fellows Notes – Jul 15

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

As we continue to celebrate 40 years of fellowships in Massachusetts, here are some of the star-spangled, firecrackin’ July honors and accomplishments of the program’s awardees.

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Eighteen past Fellows and Finalists, including awardees from each of the four decades in the Artists Fellowships’ history, are among the artists participating in the Isles Arts Initiative, in and around the Boston Harbor Islands this Summer. Elizabeth Alexander, Amy Archambault, and Samantha Fields, and the !ND!V!DUALS Collective (which includes Luke O’Sullivan) have created site-responsive installations for Cove on Georges Island; Marilyn Arsem is among the artist performing in SEEN/UNSEEN on Spectacle Island; Christopher Abrams, Matt Brackett, Allison Cekala, Rosalyn Driscoll, Christopher Frost, Mags Harries, Scott Listfield, Kenji Nakayama, Andrew Neumann, Nick Schietromo, Candice Smith Corby, and Hannah Verlin are exhibiting in 34 at Boston Sculptors Gallery; and Sarah Wentworth is among the artists in Islands on the Edge at the Atlantic Wharf Gallery of Fort Point Arts Community. The project is led by curator and FLUX.Boston creator Liz Devlin.

Elizabeth Alexander, Rosalind Driscoll, Mags Harries, Niho Kozuru, and Nancy Selvage are exhibiting in The Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015 (thru 10/12).

Current and past MCC awardees including Karen Aqua, Prilla Smith Brackett, Caleb Cole, Gary Duehr, Matthew Gamber, Nona Hershey, Greer Muldowney, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Debra Weisberg, and Sarah Wentworth are exhibiting in the exciting exhibition In/Sight at the new Lunder Art Center at Lesley University (7/9-8/9, opening reception 7/9, 6-8 PM). The exhibition is curated by Randi Hopkins, Associate Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts and celebrates the diversity of artists in Cambridge and Somerville.

Samantha Fields and Andrew Mowbray are among the artists in Tactile Textiles, featuring multidimensional fiber work, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center thru 12/2015.

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Amy Archambault was named Artist in Residence for the Boston Center for the Arts Public Arts Residency. She is creating a large-scale interactive installation, inMotion: Memories of Invented Play, for the BCA’s Tremont Street Plaza (7/23-10/18).

David Binder‘s documentary Calling My Children will again be broadcast on PBS this month, due to the success of its previous broadcasts. Find a broadcast schedule.

Sarah Bliss and Rosalyn Driscoll‘s new room-sized, multichannel immersive sculptural video and sound installation, Blindsight, exhibits at Boston Sculptors Gallery (thru 7/19). Read a glowing review in the Boston Globe.

Steven Bogart will be directing a new play conceived in 24-hours, as part of the Mad Dash event from Fresh Ink Theatre and Interim Writers (7/11, 8 PM Cambridge YMCA).

Prilla Smith Brackett will exhibit as part of the group show InSight, juried by Randi Hopkins, at Leslie University’s Lunder Center for the Arts (7/9-8/9). She recently exhibited in Fractured Visions at Danforth Art; Smith College Museum of Art acquired her work Remnants: Communion #9 from that show.

Kelly Carmody won the Edmund C. Tarbell Award from the Guild of Boston Artists for her portrait Patrick (Man Holding White Cloth), and her winning painting is on the cover of the July/August issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

Timothy Coleman is exhibiting in Our Stories, a New Hampshire Furniture Masters show at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH (thru 7/23, artist reception and presentation 7/2, 5:30 PM).

Gary Duehr is among the artists exhibiting in In Passing, a show of hybrid photography that incorporates painting or printmaking, at ArtSpace Maynard (thru 7/10).

Holly Guran read from her recently published poetry book River of Bones at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton (7/1 7 PM). She’ll also read on 8/1 at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum, with the Jamaica Pond Poets, in conjunction with an exhibit called Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word, featuring poems by Holly and photographs by Philip McAlary (thru 9/3).

Michael Joseph and his photography were featured in a photo essay on CNN.com.

Ellen LeBow is contributing art writing and commentary in Rice Polak Gallery’s publication Scratching the Surface.

Melinda Lopez‘s new play-in-progress Yerma will have a free public reading (RSVP here) at the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts (7/25, 3 PM), as part of the Huntington Theatre Company’s Summer Workshop.

Mary Lum‘s recent show at Carroll and Sons Gallery was reviewed in the Boston Globe.

Mary Bucci McCoy is exhibiting at Gray Contemporary in Houston, TX, in a solo show, Residuum (thru 7/25).

Gary Metras published a poetry book, The Moon in the Pool through Presa Press.

Nathalie Miebach is doing an artist residency at the Mountain Lake Biological Station in the Virginia Mountains as part of their ARTLab Program.

Monica Raymond wrote the libretto for a new chamber opera, Koan, (Charles Turner, composer) which had a workshop at New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative in June with Teresa Winner Blume and Brian Church.

Peter Snoad‘s new multi-media play, The Draft, about personal experiences with the military draft during the Vietnam War, will premiere at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury (9/10-9/20), where Peter has been Visiting Playwright. The play will then go on the road for performances at Westfield State University, The Academy of Music in Northampton, and Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Peter has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance and continue the tour. Peter’s short play, My Name is Art, will be staged by Fort Point Theatre Channel as part of its Inter-Actions festival (7/17-7/19).

Howard Stelzer has a new CD called How To, published by Phage Tapes in Minnesota. The CD is available from the label and a digital version is available from the artist. How To continues the artist’s practice of building compositions using cassette tapes and tape players.

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

Image: in-progress image of INMOTION, a public art project by Amy Archambault (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’13).

Charles Tracy of NPS on the Isles Arts Initiative

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

SEEN/UNSEEN on Spectacle Island, part of the Isles Arts Initiative

Though not volcanic (as far as we know…), something is stirring in the drumlins of the Boston Harbor Islands this summer.

The Isles Arts Initiative is a series of site-responsive installations, events, performances, screenings, and exhibitions in and about the Boston Harbor Islands. Some of the region’s most exciting artists – including 18 past awardees of MCC’s Artist Fellowships Program – are involved as exhibiting artists or performers. IAI is a project by Liz Devlin of FLUX.Boston, in partnership with the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, Greenovate Boston, DCR Massachusetts, the Boston Art Commission, and (as the islands are designated National Parks) the National Park Service.

There’s a long tradition of artists partnering with federal agencies and initiatives. We asked Charles Tracy of the National Park Service, one of the earliest collaborators on the project, about the origins of the Isles Arts Initiative, art in the National Parks, and opportunities for artists in partnering with the NPS.

ArtSake: How did your collaboration on the Isles Arts Initiative begin?
CharlesTracyCharles: It began with a meeting over a year ago with Liz Devlin at Espresso Love on Broad Street. I was impressed with her seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm for bringing art to the Boston Harbor Islands – two traits I knew that we would need to make it happen.

ArtSake: What has surprised you the most about working on the Isles Arts, thus far?
Charles: The widespread interest in being part of the Isles Arts Initiative within a broad spectrum of the Boston arts community – artists, galleries, museums. It almost seemed as though people were just waiting for this to happen. I think it is also due to Liz Devlin’s networking expertise.

ArtSake: What do you hope visitors to the Isles Arts Initiative will take with them after experiencing it?
Charles: I hope they will see the Boston Harbor Islands and their relationship to it in a new way; I hope they will think about the need to protect these incredible places; and I hope they will leave with a desire to return to the Boston Harbor Islands for recreation and exploration.

Fort Warren on Georges Island, location of site-responsive installations for COVE, part of the Isles Arts Initiative

ISLE DE MONSTRUOS NEWSSTAND by the INDIVIDUALS, part of the Isles Arts Initiative

ArtSake: Why is it important to you to include the work of artists in the National Parks?
Charles: I don’t think it is just important, I believe it is imperative that artists engage in National Parks. We need artists to help us bring a wider range of interpretation and visitor experience than the National Park Service itself provides – so that we can connect with a broader range of visitors.

ArtSake: What opportunities are there to work with the National Park Service that artists might not know about?
Charles: The National Park Service has a growing interest in working with artists, especially on temporary installations, as evidenced by the recent works by Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz and JR on Ellis Island. We have more than 50 national parks that offer artist-in-residencies; beyond that, many more parks without a formal program are exploring working with artists.

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The Isles Arts Initiative is a Summer 2015 public art series on the Boston Harbor Islands and in Boston that will capture the intrinsic beauty of the 34 harbor islands. An exhibition at Fort Point Arts Community’s Atlantic Wharf Gallery and installation at Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center are on view now. The site-responsive installations of COVE and the performance series SEEN/UNSEEN both begin July 11, 2015. Exhibits at the WGBH Digital Mural, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston Children’s Museum open later this summer.

Charles Tracy is a landscape architect with the National Park Service who guides long-distance trail development and regional landscape conservation and recreation initiatives in New England, including the newly-designated New England National Scenic Trail. On the national level, he specializes in partnerships with artists and arts organizations to expand the role of artist-in-residency programs in national parks and the use of art as a catalyst for inspiring environmental stewardship. Contact Charles at charles_tracy@nps.gov.

Images: all images courtesy of Isles Arts Initiative: SEEN/UNSEEN on Spectacle Island; headshot of Charles Tracy; Fort Warren on Georges Island, location of site-responsive installations for COVE; ISLE DE MONSTRUOS NEWSSTAND by the !ND!V!DUALS, located at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center; promo image for Isles Arts Initiative.

Fellows Notes – Jun 15

Monday, June 8th, 2015

This June, our past Artist Fellows & Finalists are exhibiting, publishing, premiering, winning, and just generally being excellent, here and abroad.

Still from BLINDSIGHT, immersive sculptural video installation by Sarah Bliss and Rosalyn Driscoll

Sandra Allen, Dale Broholm, Todd McKie, and Harold Reddicliffe are among the artists exhibiting in Dynamic Conversations, fine craft furniture paired with distinctive two-dimensional works, at the Dillon Gallery of the South Shore Art Center (thru 7/9).

Michael Beatty, Stephanie Chubbuck, Joo Lee Kang, Andrew Mowbray, Cristi Rinklin, and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz are among the exhibiting artists in Nature, Askew at Suffolk University Gallery (6/11-7/5, opening reception 6/11, 5-7 PM).

Frank Egloff, Raul Gonzalez, Masako Kamiya, Colleen Kiely, and Mary Bucci McCoy are all exhibiting in the pop-up exhibition No Shake, Not Here at the Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art (6/8-6/12, opening reception 6/11, 7-9 PM).

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Sarah Bliss and Rosalyn Driscoll‘s new room-sized, multichannel immersive sculptural video and sound installation, Blindsight, premieres at Boston Sculptors Gallery (6/11-7/19, opening reception 6/11, 5-8 PM, artists’ talk 6/25, 5-6 PM).

David J. Bookbinder has signed with the literary agent Stephany Evans of FinePrint Literary Management for his recently completed book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas, a collection of images and essays that distill into one volume his work as artist and healer.

Sari Boren‘s essay In a Corner of the Hebrew School Classroom is in the Spring issue of Lilith Magazine.

Ria Brodell has five paintings in the 2014 Boston Artadia Awardees exhibition at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA (6/11-6/21, opening reception 6/11, 6-8 PM).

Kelly Carmody‘s painting Father and Son has been selected for the 2015 BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London (6/18-9/20). The exhibition goes on tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (October–February ‘16) and the Ulster Museum, Belfast (March–June). Her painting Woman with Rooster is also a Semi-Finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the National Portrait Gallery in D.C.

Mary Jane Doherty‘s documentary Primaria (6/9, 8 PM) is screening as part of the Dance for World Community Festival at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.

Dana Filibert is among the artists with work in the Peep This empty storefront project in Springfield, MA. Her installation will be at 176 Worthington St until 9/2015.

Patrick Gabridge has published a new novel, Steering to Freedom, about an escaped slave who seeks to convince Abraham Lincoln to enlist black troops in the Civil War.

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick‘s composition Kollwitz-Konnex (…im Frieden seiner Hände), a large song-cycle for soprano and guitar will be the musical centerpiece of the Boston Guitar Fest (The Eternal Feminine) at New England Conservatory (6/20). It will be performed by Soprano Anne Harley and guitarist Eliot Fisk, the festival’s artistic director.

Holly Guran will read from her recently published poetry book River of Bones at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton (7/1 7 PM). She’ll also read on 8/1 at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum, with the Jamaica Pond Poets, in conjunction with an exhibit called Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word, featuring poems by Holly and photographs by Philip McAlary.

Danielle Legros Georges, the Poet Laureate of Boston, was recently profiled in the Boston Globe.

Scott Listfield has new paintings in Astronaut at Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago, IL (6/12-7/12, opening reception 6/12, 7-19 PM).

Congratulations to Yary Livan, who was named a National Heritage Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts!

Holly Lynton‘s photographic series Bare Handed exhibits at Goodwin Fine Art in Denver, CO (6/5-7/18) (read a review of her recent solo show in Miami). She’ll be part of the group shows The Disrupted Landscape at Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston (6/12-8/15) and Fraction of a Second at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, NM (6/5-8/8).

Rania Matar exhibits photographs at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, as part of She Who Tells a Story (thru 9/28), a group show that originated at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She is also exhibiting in a dual show (with Gordon Parks) called Exposure at Richard Levy Gallery (6/13-7/24, opening reception 6/19, 6-8 PM), and in the group show Fraction of a Second at 516 Arts (6/5-8/8); both shows are in Albuquerque, NM.

Caitlin McCarthy‘s TV pilot “Free Skate” recently received a glowing review from the prestigious script reviewing site Black List. Read excerpts of the review.

Congratulations to DK McCutchen, whose novel in progress Ice has won a Speculative Literature Foundation grant, and whose short story Jellyfish Dreaming will be published in the July ’15 issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Nathalie Miebach has work in Mapping Knowledge at the Mundaneum Museum in Mons, Belgium (6/27-5/15/16) and in Flight Patterns at The Welch Gallery at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA (6/4-7/31). Also, she recently completed a commissioned piece for the Troy Boston, a condominium tower in Boston’s South End, and she’ll be giving a talk at the Cannes Lyon Festival in Cannes, France (6/23).

Lisa Olivieri‘s film Blindsided has been selected to show at the OM Film Festival in Kansas City, MO in September. The films for the festival are selected by audience votes, and Blindsided has received more votes than any other film thus far.

Cecilia Raker is co-creator of Shiver: A Fairytale of Anxious Proportions, a devised piece of theater by Project:Project. It premieres at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (6/19-6/28).

Monica Raymond’s play The Owl Girl won the 2015 Jewish Plays Project‘s Jewish Playwriting Contest-Boston, and placed second in the international competition, with over 200 entrants. Also, her play A TO Z has a reading at Virago Theater in Oakland, California (6/8).

Congratulations to James Rutenbeck who, with Diana Fischer, received a $15,000 Production grant from the LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund for The Clemente Project. The film explores the Clemente Course, a rigorous, college-level instruction in humanities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Carolyn Webb is exhibiting in a three person show, with Betsey Garand and Kathryn Fanelli, in the Jannotta Gallery at Smith College (thru 8/21).

Scott Wheeler, currently on a residency fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, recently performed new compositions for the MacDowell Downtown series.

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

Image: still from BLINDSIGHT, immersive sculptural video installation by Sarah Bliss and Rosalyn Driscoll (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellows ’13).

Fellows Notes – Apr 15

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

This April, MCC’s past Fellows/Finalists are SPRING-ing with news! (Note to self: get better at puns.)

Here is this month’s news and notes from past Artist Fellowships awardees.

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Sachiko Akiyama, Laura Chasman, and Caleb Cole are exhibiting in Revealing Identity, a group show at the Concord Art Association (4/9-5/23, opening reception 4/9, 6-8 PM).

Karl Baden, Claire Beckett, and Camilo Ramirez are all exhibiting photographic work in The Gun Show at Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (4/24-5/4, opening reception 5/1, 6–9 PM), part of Flash Forward Festival.

John Cameron, Carrie Gustafson, and Jennifer McCurdy are all exhibiting in the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington D.C. (4/23-4/26).

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Elizabeth Alexander recently took part in the Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in an event called Rearranging the Gardner.

Alexandra Anthony screened her film Lost in the Bewilderness at Athens Film Festival in Athens, OH on 4/5. Also, the filmmaker and film have been invited to the Bogota Independent Film Festival in Bogota, Colombia, in July 2015.

Simeon Berry‘s poetry collection Ampersand Revisited is published this month by Fence Books. The collection was selected by Ariana Reines for The National Poetry Series. He’ll have a book launch event at the Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery in Cambridge (5/8, 7 PM).

Alice Bouvrie‘s documentary A Chance to Dress will have its world premiere on 4/29, 7 PM, in the Alfond Auditorium at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Prilla Smith Brackett is in a two person show with Amy Ragus called Fractured Visions at Danforth Art in Framingham (thru 5/17).

Andrew Bujalski‘s new film Results is part of the Independent Film Festival of Boston (4/22-4/29).

Congratulations to Patrick Donnelly, who was named the Poet Laureate of Northampton.

Rebecca Doughty is participating in Miller Street Open Studios (4/10-4/12).

Vico Fabbris is teaching a Watercolor Workshop at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum (4/25-4/26).

Lisa Gruenberg‘s essay “A Beautiful Day” was published in Winter ’14-’15 issue of Ploughshares. Lisa, who is co-director of the annual Writing Retreat at Solvik with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, recently completed a Fulbright in Australia.

Mags Harries is exhibiting at Boston Sculptors Gallery (thru 5/3).

Colleen Kiely‘s work is included in MDC, a limited-edition book published in honor and recognition of Mario Diacono.

Shirish Korde has two world premieres: Kala-Chakra will be performed by Boston Musica Viva at Longy School of Music (4/11, 8 PM) and Brooks Music Hall at the College of the Holy Cross (4/13, 8 PM). Then, the chamber ensemble work Lalit will premiere at the Shastra Festival in NYC (4/26, 6-8 PM).

Jesse Kreitzer‘s film The Murder Ballad of James Jones won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the 39th Annual Atlanta Film Festival. Also, his latest film Black Canaries has been selected to participate in Berklee College of Music’s Film Scoring program.

Holly Lynton solo exhibition at Dina Mitrani Gallery in Miami has been extended thru 5/30.

Caitlin McCarthy‘s spec script for “The Good Wife” is the 1 Hour Spec Winner in Stage 32’s first annual TV Writing Contest. Also, she’ll be featured in the book “The Top 50 Indie Writers In The World” by Del Weston, Theresa Weston, and Nabi Zee, scheduled for release in mid-2015.

Nathalie Miebach has a solo show, The Weather is Turning Weird at the Tarble Arts Center of Eastern Illinois University (4/8-5/10, artist talk 4/8). She’ll also give a talk at Field Work, a data visualization conference in London, on 4/16. Finally, she’s participating in an intriguing cross-disciplinary music event for the Cambridge Science Festival called Hi-Fi-Sci Art. The event joins music composition, visual art, and environmental science, and it takes place on 4/26, 7:30 PM, at the MIT Museum.

Congratulations to Arno Rafael Minkkinen, who received a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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

Anne Neely has a solo show, Water Stories at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery in New York (4/23-5/23, opening reception 4/23, 6-8 PM). Also, her work is included in the group show True Monotypes at the International Print Center New York (thru 5/26).

Monica Raymond’s play The Owl Girl has been selected as one of “ten best new Jewish plays for 2015″ by the Jewish Plays Project. There will be an event to decide the #1 Boston slot at the Roberts Theater at the Calderwood Pavillion at the Boston Center for the Arts (4/13, 7:30 PM). The play will also have readings in Burlington, VT at Theater Kavanah (4/19-4/20).

Anna Ross was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. Also, her essay I Don’t Know How She Does It was recently published in Vida.

Zachary Stuart and Kelly Thomson‘s film Savage Memory is available on ITunes.

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

Image: Laura Chasman (Fellow ’96), ART FAIR SCENE #5 (2014), Gouache on Fed-ex mailing box.

Get Ahead Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Get your head in the game and take advantage of these upcoming opportunities.

Of Note Spark! Networking Event at Sohn Fine Art in Lenox, MA. Register now for the first SPARK! networking event of the year, held at Sohn Fine Art in conjunction with the 4th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition benefiting Berkshire Creative. Meet other creatives working in the region, make connections, get inspired, and learn something new – all against the backdrop of beautiful and thought-provoking photography. Free, but please register.
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm

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Emerging, Diverse Writers HBO has announced the launch of the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship. The program will give emerging writers from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to attend a week of master classes held at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California focusing on character and story development, pitching ideas and projects, securing an agent, and networking. Each participant will then enter into an 8-month writing phase where he/she will be paired with an HBO development executive and guided through the script development process. Apply using Withoutabox.com. Learn more.
Deadline: Application portal opens March 4, 2015 and will close when 1,000 submissions have been reached.

Poets of African Descent The Cave Canem Foundation is accepting applications for its Poetry Prize, an award of $1000 and publication by Graywolf Press of a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. $15 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: March 9, 2015

First Novel Award The James Jones Literary Society of Wilkes University offers the First Novel Fellowship, a prize of $10,000 for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a novel. Past recipients include Cam Terwilliger. $30 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: March 15, 2015

Temporary Public Art Fort Points Arts Community (FPAC) seeks proposals for a temporary public art installation in conjunction with FPAC’s May 2015 Open Studios. Projects may be proposed for any outdoor site in the Fort and should be accessible to Open Studios viewers as well as the general public. All media considered, one month minimum duration. Q&A session for applicants Monday, March 9, 2015, at FPAC Gallery. Learn more.
Deadline: March 19, 2015

New Music New Music USA is accepting applications for its Spring 2015 Project Grants. The grants support projects that involve new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording. Awards can range between $250 and $15,000. Projects can take place up to two years past the deadline or up to six months prior. Requests can come from individuals or organizations. Learn more.
Deadline: April 1, 2015

Forest Artist Residency Artists in all media are invited to apply for the 2015 White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) Artist-in-Residence program, a collaboration between the WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The residency program seeks to use art and creative expression to explore the many ways in which people relate to forests in general and to the WMNF in particular. One residency opportunity of at least three weeks will be offered between July and September; the artist(s) selected will be able to indicate their preferred time. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2015

Documentaries The Sundance Documentary Fund provides strategic financial support to cinematic, feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. The organization provides $1M-$2M in non-recoupable financing annually across all stages of development, production, post-production, and strategic audience engagement. Learn more.
Deadline: Applications accepting on a rolling basis until August 3, 2015

Image: vintage poster of American magician Harry Kellar, from Weird Vintage.

Disrupting Norms, Defying Expectations

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Roughly once a month, we pose a question to artists about an issue they face in their work and lives.

Somewhere along the line, “disruptive innovation” became a buzzy concept in business circles. But disruption, innovation, and defied expectations have long been tools in the artist’s kit. We asked artists, Is it a priority in your work to disrupt norms or defy expectations?

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Samuel Rowlett, visual artist
In my work I only ever try to disrupt the norms I impose upon myself. What my work prioritizes is its own business.

For me (I’m sure I’m not alone in this) my work begins as an idea. Often it is not even visual in nature; it is almost like a word I can’t remember. My work starts as more language than image. In this early, proto-art state, the work is formless, to some extent even boundless. Here, the work has a near unlimited potential, it is purely theoretical, it is something unproven by nature. I wish I could hold the work in this state for longer.

Inevitably, it is in fact “norms” (all the things I know and much of what I really don’t know) that actually give the work “form” and provide a bridge to the physical world. Norms, such as those fostered by the history and traditions of art and visual culture, constitute a complex vocabulary. Disrupting those norms is how artists communicate with each other.

As far as expectations go, I’m more of an expectation avoider. I have this theory that if I can avoid expectations, I might be able to defy disappointment.

Ryan P. Casey, tap dance artist
Because I find that people have very rigid notions or images of what tap is – Fred Astaire twirling with a cane, perhaps, or a Broadway musical – I make it a priority in my work to subvert expectations. I’ve combined tap with poetry; performed with basketballs; choreographed character-driven pieces that integrate tap into a narrative; and other techniques intended primarily to display to the audience tap’s (and rhythm’s) versatility. I want them to think, “I didn’t know you could do that with tap!”

It’s true that tap has a very distinct tradition, which so many of its practitioners strive to emphasize and inculcate in their students, but there is so much innovation within it already: Astaire’s firecracker routine from Holiday Inn, for instance, or the many Vaudevillian variations on tap (in roller skates, on stairs, etc.). Sometimes people think tap can’t tell stories or express emotions or accomplish other feats commonly associated with ballet, contemporary, modern, and other styles. It’s important to me to clarify that tap can, in fact, achieve those kinds of effects in its own way, and that, as a percussive dance style, it has its own special and equally worthy qualities.

Nancy Selvage, sculpture and interdisciplinary artist
I strive to create work that engages me and the viewer in a discovery process. The disruption of norms and defiance of expectations often emerge from these exploration processes; however, neither is the initial impetus or the priority.

In many of my installations the alteration of expectations has been an important factor (but not primary goal) in creating a compelling and emotional experience of space. (See reviews of Convergence, Nuclear Home, and Dwell for viewer responses.)

Whether I start with a plate on a table or a wall in a plaza, I am interested in the convergence of actual, implied, and symbolic content to express social and environmental concerns. (Read more.)

 

Ryan P. Casey is a tap dancer, teacher, choreographer and journalist. He’ll perform his show Gumshoes in Tap Shoes at the Dance Complex in Cambridge 2/6 & 2/7, 8 PM.

Trained as a painter, Samuel Rowlett‘s work filters sculpture, performance, video, and photography through the language and materiality of painting and drawing. He was just named as a 2015 MCC Artist Fellow in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

Nancy Selvage, a public artist and sculptor, has support from the New England Foundation for the Arts to create the Point Park Public Art Project in Lowell, MA.

Image: Samuel Rowlett, LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN THE EXPANDED FIELD (FIELD PAINTING) (2012), oil on linen, wood, backpack harness, 96×72 in.

Fellows Notes – Oct 14

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

October! Welcome the Great Pumpkin and read this month’s news and notes of past MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists.

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Sachiko Akiyama and Beth Galston are both exhibiting in Branching Out: Trees as Art at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (thru 9/20/15).

Andrew Mowbray, Cristi Rinklin, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Joe Wardwell join Dana Clancy, Audrey Goldstein, John Guthrie, and curator Resa Blatman for the exhibition Forecasted: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 (10/1-11/5, opening reception 10/9).

Congratulations to Daniela Rivera and Hannah Verlin, both of whom were named 2015 School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Fellows. The award goes to SMFA alumni, supporting travel for exploration and research critical to the artists’ careers; at the end of the fellowship, one artist will be selected for a solo show at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Ben Berman was featured on GrubStreet’s The Grub Daily blog, writing about a file he keeps called “Poems to Plunder and/or Fix.”

Simeon Berry has poetry in issue 41.1 from Black Warrior Review. Read an interview with the poet on the journal’s Web site.

Steven Bogart‘s screenplay Blood’s Child was recently optioned by True Friend Productions.

Vincent Crotty had a solo show of paintings, Paintings of Ireland: A Sense of Place at Borgia Gallery at Elms College in Chicopee (thru 10/4).

Martin Edmunds will teach the workshop “Versification: The Essentials” as part of Open University at Wellfleet Preservation Hall (five Thursdays 10/23-11/20, 4 PM).

Samantha Fields will present a talk, “A Marvel of Modern Inefficiency” at American Textile History Museum in Lowell (10/5, 2 PM). She’s part of the Fiberart International exhibition there, on view thru 10/26. Her work Wallpapered space is featured in the exhibition Unraveled: Contemporary New England Fiber Art at The Museums of Old York Remick Gallery in York, Maine (thru 12/5). In December, she’ll present The Push and Pull—Exploring Liminal Spaces, a gallery walk-through of Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston.

Eric Gottesman is publishing a new photography book, Sudden Flowers. The book is based on the artist’s ongoing collaboration with Sudden Flowers, a collective of children living in Addis Ababa. The book is being launched in London; watch for upcoming events in the U.S.

Joel Janowitz has an exhibition of paintings, Finding Yourself There, with painter Squeak Carnwath at Clark Gallery in Lincoln (10/7-11/22, opening reception 10/11, 4 PM).

Jesse Kreitzer is running a Kickstarter campaign for his film-in-progress Black Canaries, through 10/12. The project is a Kickstarter Staff Pick.

Ellen Raquel LeBow has a solo exhibition, The Storm: Large-Scale Drawings, at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (thru 11/9).

Melinda Lopez wrote a moving essay about grief, playwriting, and translating Lorca, for HowlRound.

Rachel Mello‘s newest cut silhouettes, a pair of “Sky Cranes,” are installed in New York at Red Hook’s Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (thru 10/26).

Greg Mencoff has a solo exhibition, Chasing Artifacts, at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston (thru 11/1). Watch a video about the exhibition’s installation.

Anna Myer and Dancers will perform the work Between the Lines: A Work in Progress at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury (10/18-10/19, 10/24-10/26).

Monica Raymond‘s play The Owl Girl will be performed at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (10/24-11/2). She’ll present a lecture and poetry reading in conjunction with the production. Also, she’ll have photographs in Cambridge Community Television‘s Narrative Photography exhibit, opening 10/5.

Brian Rosa has a solo exhibition, Convey, at the Mayors Art Gallery at Boston City Hall (10/1-11/17, opening reception 10/24, 4:30 PM).

Jo Ann Rothschild has a solo show, An Important Day at The Painting Center in New York (thru 10/25, opening reception 10/2, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Cam Terwilliger, whose novel-in-progress, Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart received the 2014 James Jones First Novel Fellowship.

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

Image: Brian Rosa, CONVEY, part of an exhibition of the same name at the Mayor’s Gallery at Boston City Hall.

Challenges in Categorizing Creative Work

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Roughly once a month, we pose a question to artists about an issue they face in their work and lives.

Often, creative work defies easy categorization. We asked a group of artists working in intriguing ways, What challenges do you face when asked to name a category for your work?

Liz Nofziger, site-specific installation artist
My work doesn’t fit neatly in any category. “Site-specific installation” captures the majority of it quite well, but if the person I’m speaking to isn’t familiar with the genre, this doesn’t help. I use a broad range of materials and practices to suit each specific project, most of which are short-lived. I find that I end up describing the process of making the work, and the physical/personal experience of the work. The end product is most commonly not tangible or fixed as it varies based on individual experience and interaction with the work. I think the most honest thing I can say about my work is that it is impractical, but I can’t help myself.

Kirk Amaral Snow, sculptor
The most important thing in my mind is to use a term that creates the right relationships. Intermedia and Interdisciplinary are terms that I use, but they are pretty nondescript. They lead to discussions that are about Art Practice rather than describing the work. These days I reserve them for my bio.

I have decided for most purposes that the work is Sculpture; it is materials in space, even if one of the materials is sometimes the body. This allows the pieces to engage the conceptual conversations that interest me (the shifting meaning and value of materials; the visual language of building and construction) without getting too bogged down in the minutia of categorization. Maybe the term simplifies the work, but I am all for a bit more modesty in the way art is written about!

Halsey Burgund, sound artist
The biggest challenge for me as a sound artist is not so much which category to choose but rather how to explain what that category means. As far as I can tell, sound art isn’t clearly or consistently defined (how is it different from music? can it be combined with visual/sculptural elements without becoming something else? etc) and more importantly, it is less well-understood by the public.

When having a conversation with someone, writing a description as part of a proposal or giving a talk, I often have to spend a significant amount of time establishing a baseline contextual understanding of the genre before launching into the fun part which is to describe what I do specifically, how I do it and what my motivations and hopes are for the work. If I was a painter, I could say “I make paintings” and then move on to the more interesting discussions immediately, but unfortunately, I find myself using up valuable time/focus/word-count on basic explanations first.

I will admit, however, that despite the frustrations, being forced into these sorts of descriptions and conversations often lets me see my own work in different ways that are enlightening, so as with most things, there are two sides.

D.K. McCutchen, writer
It’s challenging to articulate an “Elevator Pitch;” to quickly categorize my work in a fast-paced world that won’t wait around while I fumble to describe how multiple genres intertwine.

I’m fascinated by creative nonfiction (CNF), but don’t interpret it as simply using fictional concepts to tell a “true” story. I don’t really believe in truth. I do believe in Points of View, and everyone’s differ. That’s one soapbox.

Another conflation of genres, in my work, is science and experimental fiction. I did a CNF thesis for a Fiction MFA, with experimental writer/mentor John Edgar Wideman. I wrote experimental CNF and published The Whale Road, after repeatedly hearing from publishers: “Love the idea, love the writing, but why did you write it that way?” I still get that.

Now I’ve added speculative fiction into the mix. I teach science writing and keep up on the latest research. I write to imagine our world in the near future. As we remove species, add climate change, and stir, who will we be? I experiment with language, science and worlds. We lose language as we lose species. If cats are long-gone, what happens when Sandburg’s “… fog comes on little cat feet?” Everything’s connected.

Recently my pitch became: “my work is sometimes-erotic, post-apocalyptic, gender-bender, speculative fiction.” But then a prospective editor suggested it might also be categorized as YA….

Deb Todd Wheeler, sculptor, inventor, and media artist
So I guess the question I ask back is: who is doing the asking? If it’s me asking myself, which I often do, I tend to get caught up in the “expertise to enthusiasm” ratio. My projects lead me into arenas I feel I have no business sticking my nose or hand into, like say, photography (MCC finalist 2011), but once an idea takes hold, I can’t help but become as much of a sponge as I can, bothering friends and friends of friends for advice or collaboration, and let myself enjoy discovering the material. I suppose that puts me more in the category of Life Long Learner, with the acknowledgement that I will never really have any solid expertise. But if it’s a question about which grant to apply for, or which box to check, that’s a bit tricky. I imagine organizations need to keep the categories pretty general so that artists can be evaluated based on the relation they have to others working in a similar vein. For me, the challenge really is to stay on top of the conversation my work is engaged in, and leave the job of defining it for when I am at my desk and not at my workbench!

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Kirk Amaral Snow (kirkamaralsnow.com) is an intermedia artist whose practice investigates the relationship between the built world and performative aspects of culture. He is co-editor of the online arts journal Temporary Land Bridge and Director of Career Services at Montserrat College of Art.

Halsey Burgund (halseyburgund.com) is a sound artist, musician, and installation artist. His work was recently included in the group exhibition Twelve Nights at Boston Sculptors Gallery, and his audio accompaniment for Water Stories (with paintings by Anne Neely) is on display at the Museum of Science Boston.

D.K. McCutchen (blogs.umass.edu/dkmcc2) is a writer who teaches at U-Mass Amherst and was recently in residence at Vermont Studio Center. She is the author of the book The Whale Road, her essay The Zen of Kakapo Poo – Redux was published in the Fish Prize Anthology 2014, and her story The Greening was published in Route Nine Omnibus Edition in May.

Liz Nofziger (www.nofzilla.com) is an installation and public artist who is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. BOUNCE, her mutant amplified pingpong table, is set up for play on the plaza at the BCA through 10/15.

Deb Todd Wheeler (babel.massart.edu/~debtoddwheeler) is a sculptor, inventor, and media artist. Her solo exhibition … in the atmospheres will be at Miller Yezerski Gallery 9/5-10/21, opening reception 9/5, 6-8 PM. She’s also in the group show Forecaster: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 (10/1-11/5, opening reception 10/9) and will have work in Walden, revisted at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (10/31-4/26).

Images: photo by Melissa Blackall Photography at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Liz Nofziger: BOUNCE, July 24-October 15, 2014; detail of work by Deb Todd Wheeler.

Fellows Notes – Sep 14

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Back to school! Scantron days, #2 pencil nights. Here’s a knapsack’s-worth of news from MCC’s past Artist Fellows/Finalists.

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Stacey Alickman and Mary Bucci McCoy are exhibiting in the group show Ground Cover at Kingston Gallery in Boston (thru 9/28, opening reception 9/5, 5:30 PM.

Andrew Mowbray, Cristi Rinklin, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Joe Wardwell join Dana Clancy, Audrey Goldstein, John Guthrie, and curator Resa Blatman for the exhibition Forecasted: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 (10/1-11/5, opening reception 10/9).

Vaughn Sills and Stephen Tourlentes are both exhibiting in Artadia’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition at Longhouse Projects in New York (9/13-10/25, opening reception 9/13, 5 PM).

Elizabeth Alexander was voted Boston’s Best Artist by the Improper Bostonian, and her work is in the group exhibition State of the Art at Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art in Arkansas (9/13-1/19/15), featuring over 100 contemporary artists “informed by the past, innovating with materials old and new, and engaging deeply with issues relevant to our times.”

Steve Almond has published a new nonfiction book, Against Football, and will have a number of reading events in the Boston area and beyond.

Ben Berman will read in the Newton Library Poetry Series (9/16).

Simeon Berry‘s poetry collection Monograph was among the winners of The National Poetry Series 2014 Open Competition. Denise Duhamel selected his book, to be published by University of Georgia Press.

Liza Bingham is exhibiting in siteChunks at room83Spring in Watertown (9/6-10/16, opening reception 9/20, 5-7 PM).

Georgie Friedman‘s solo exhibition Into the Wind is at Foster Gallery in Dedham 9/2-9/30, opening reception 9/11, 5-7 PM).

Christy Georg has work in the group exhibition Tools at Axle Contemporary in Santa Fe in September 2014. She was invited to a residency at De Fabriek in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in the spring of 2015.

Joel Janowitz has work in the group show Singularity: The Unique Print at the University Gallery at UMASS Lowell (9/3-9/30). He’ll give a talk, Singular and Generative: The Monotype Process 9/18, 3 PM, at the O’Leary Library, reception to follow at the gallery. He’s also participating in the South End Open Studios (9/20-9/21).

Joo Lee Kang has a solo exhibition, Troubled Paradise, at Gallery NAGA in Boston (9/2-10/4, opening reception 9/5, 6 PM).

Suzanne Matson‘s story, Your Best Yet, appeared in Harvard Review 45. Her story, Pie, is a new Ploughshares Solo, available as a Kindle Single. These new works are part of a collection of linked stories in progress.

Greg Mencoff has a solo exhibition, Chasing Artifacts, at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston 9/10-11/1, opening reception 9/25, 5:30 PM).

Nathalie Miebach‘s Three Pieces is at Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston (9/5-9/30). She also has a solo exhibition, The Weather is Turning Weird, at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA (9/16-1/4/15). She’ll be part of Sound / Sculpture at the Bowling Green State Willard Wankelman Gallery in Ohio (9/9-10/25). She’s part of the group exhibition State of the Art at Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art in Arkansas (9/13-1/19/15).

Liz Nofziger is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. BOUNCE, her mutant amplified pingpong table, is set up for play on the plaza at the BCA (thru 10/15).

Lynne Potts‘ book Porthole View, which was awarded the book prize by National Poetry Review Press has just been released. A second book, Mame, Sol, and Dog Bark is forthcoming from the same press.

Samuel Rowlett‘s work was featured on the cover of the Spring “Walking” issue of Toronto based arts quarterly, C Magazine.

Nancy Selvage has a solo exhibition, Forecast, at Boston Sculptors Gallery in (9/3-10/5, opening reception 9/7, 4-7 PM).

Deb Todd Wheeler‘s solo exhibition … in the atmospheres will be at Miller Yezerski Gallery 9/5-10/21, opening reception 9/5, 6-8 PM. She’s also in the group show Forecaster: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 (10/1-11/5, opening reception 10/9) and will have work in Walden, revisted at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (10/31-4/26).

Evan Ziporyn has performances at Intersection in Toronto (9/5-9/7), including a special performance of In My Mind and In My Car, created with Christine Southworth. Read more about that project on ArtSake.

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

Image: painting by Liza Bingham, exhibiting this month at room83Spring in Watertown.


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