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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.

Shoegazing Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Personal Essay Contest/Publication Entries are now being accepted for a prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté. Contests are held annually in a variety of categories, including personal essay. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2012

“Green” Artists Artists using renewable, recycled, reclaimed, or reused materials are encouraged to submit to ReMade, a juried art exhibition at the “g” Green Design Center in Mashpee. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2012

Artist Fellowships The National Endowment for the Arts is currently accepting nominations for both its 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowships and 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships.
Nomination Deadline: October 1, 2012 (5:30 p.m.)

Exhibition Proposals The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking proposals from Greater Boston-area artists for a site-specific installation on their main staircase, to be exhibited in the 2012-2013 Exhibition Season. Applicants are required to view the space before submitting proposal materials. Images and dimensions of the space are available upon request. Submissions must include images of past work/installations (images no larger than 300 dpi), as well as a written proposal of how you would configure your work to the space. Send all application materials via email to Aneleise Ruggles.
Deadline: October 1, 2012

Composers New Music USA (formerly American Music Center and Meet The Composer) has a Composer Assistance Program designed to help composers offset costs associated with live premieres and public readings of new or significantly revised works. Expenses include copying costs; score and part extraction and reproduction; travel and lodging; costs for obtaining copyrighted material, and so on. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2012

Writers, poets, artists, photographers Whitefish Review, a semi-annual literary and arts journal, is seeking submissions. There is no entry fee to submit nonfiction, poetry, art or photography for publication. Whitefish Review publishes emergent through established artists, photographers, and writers of all ages whose works develop themes around mountain culture. The theme for their next issue is “Beneath the Surface.” The journal also offers the Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction ($1000 prize, with publication). Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2012

Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library is currently accepting exhibition proposals. Questions, contact Ellen Meyers, Director of Programs and Communications, Newton Free Library, or call 617-796-1410. Learn more.
Deadline: November 9, 2012 (12 noon)

Rome Prize Early- to mid-career artists working at a high level of excellence can apply for 6-11 month residency fellowships in Rome through the Rome Prize. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2012

Call to Teaching Artists The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is currently accepting applications for their Community Arts Initiative: The Artist Project. Artists at all stages of their careers, ranging from emerging to established, and working in any range of media are eligible to apply to the program. Artists must be experienced in working with children aged seven to twelve. Learn more.
Deadline: January 18, 2013

Image credit: Vintage photograph from public domain findings blog.


Fellows Notes – May 12

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Wake up, hibernatin’ creatures! May is a-flutter with news from past MCC Artist Fellows & Finalists:

Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Film & Video ’11) and Nicky Tavares (Film & Video ’11) both received awards from the LEF Foundation’s Spring 2012 Moving Image Fund.

Janet Echelman (Crafts and Sculpture/Installation ’09) and Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation ’09) were both nominated as “Women to Watch” by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Sandra Allen (Drawing ’08) is in Bridging Earth and Sky (trees rendered in art) at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (thru 6/8).

Martha Jane Bradford‘s (Drawing ’85) art was featured in a virtual, Second Life exhibition called Acquarella: After the Apocalypse (Chapters 1 & 2) in April.

Candice Smith Corby (Painting ’08) opens the solo show Fortified at Ellen Miller Gallery (5/11-6/9). Also, read about Candice’s curatorial project, Self/Fabricated.

Vico Fabbris (Painting ’06) was selected as a mentor for the Art Institute of Boston Master in Fine Arts in the Visual Arts program.

Eric Hofbauer (Music Comp. ’09), whose American Grace crowdfunding campaign is on IndieGoGo, was featured in the Boston Globe.

Jesse Kreitzer‘s (Film & Video Finalist ’09) documentary The Restoration Project screens at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner this month. Also, his TV pilot The Folklorist recently premiered and received two New England Emmy Award nominations for its explorations of the Boston Molasses Flood, the Boston Massacre, and more.

Tara Masih (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’96) is the editor of The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, which is published this month and recently won a 2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award.

Rania Matar‘s (Photography ’11) A Girl in Her Room is published by Umbrage Editions this month – and it’s been featured in Marie Claire, the Huffington Post, CNN photo blog, and elswhere!

Richard Raiselis‘s (Painting ’12) exhibition Facing Music is at Gallery NAGA (5/4-5/26).

The German version of Eric Henry Sanders‘s (Playwriting ’09) play Reservoir transferred from Theatre89 in Berlin to the Mainzer-Kammerspiele in Mainz for a guest run. Also, Eric’s short play “Indebted” was part of Debt at Drilling Company in NYC.

Peter Snoad (Playwriting ’09) was awarded a writing residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He’ll spend the time working on a new multi-media play, The Draft, about the impact of the Vietnam War draft.

Stephen Tourlentes‘s (Photography ’11) solo show at Carroll and Sons, Of Lengths and Measures, got a great review in the Boston Globe.

Media work by Jeff Warmouth (Sculpture/Installation Finalist ’05) will again be lit large on the Mass. Convention Center Authority’s LED marquee, care of Boston Cyberarts.

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

Image: Sandra Allen, QUIESCENCE (2004) pencil on paper 72×32 in.

Fellows Notes – Feb 12

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Phil saw his shadow – six more weeks to enjoy Winter arts in MA. Here’s the news from past MCC Fellows/Finalists, for Feb.

Visualize data with Reese Inman (Drawing Fellow ’08) and Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) in Random Access at Montserrat Art Gallery (thru 3/31, artist talk 2/28, 11:30 AM).

On the Border Line between crafts and contemporary art, Elizabeth Alexander (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11) has work in The Mikhail Zakin Gallery in NJ (thru 2/24), and a solo show at Dana Hall Art Gallery in Wellesley (2/13-3/8).

Stacey Alickman (Painting Finalist ’10) launched a fundraising campaign for her new painting project. She’s using United States Artist Projects, which she’s eligible for through her MCC award!

Claire Andrade-Watkins‘s (Film & Video Fellow ’09) short film Hi Neighbor is a Jurors Choice for the 31st Annual Black Maria Film Festival Tour.

Congratulations to Ben Berman (Poetry Fellow ’08), whose first book of poetry has been accepted for publication by Able Muse Press.

Steven Bogart (Playwriting Finalist ’09) directs a public reading of James Carroll’s play American Requiem for Actors Shakespeare Project (2/15, 7 PM).

Alice Bouvrie‘s (Film & Video Fellow ’11) film Thy Will Be Done screens at First Parish of Watertown (2/10, 7 PM) and is part of the Supporting Students – Saving Lives conference in San Diego (2/17-2/19).

Congratulations to Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Film & Video Fellow ’11, with Ilisa Barbash), who won a Creative Capital Film/Video grant.

Vote for Candice Smith Corby (Painting Fellow ’08) in the Artists Wanted competition!

Angela Cunningham (Crafts Finalist ’11, ’09) was featured in Feb. issue of Ceramics Monthly.

Rebecca Doughty (Painting Finalist ’10) is in The Calender’s Tales: Fantasy, Figuration, & Representation at Boston University 808 Gallery (2/2-3/31).

Joel Janowitz (Painting Fellow ’08) is in Breathing Spaces (with Anne Lilly) at the Art Institute of Boston Gallery (thru 3/4).

Zehra Khan (Drawing Finalist ’12) and collaborator Tim Winn pit Pandas Vs. Skunks as artists-in-residence at Cape Cod Community College (thru 2/24).

Matthew Mazzotta‘s (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11) interactive Steeped in Exploration project was awarded a Americans for the Arts 2011 Year in Review Public Art Award for Community Engagement and Social Activism.

In 2011, Koji Nakano‘s (Music Composition Finalist ’11, ’09) won an ASCAP Plus Award and a National Science Council (Taiwan) grant. And upcoming, he has commissions from Taipei Chinese Orchestra and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players!

A reading from Monica Raymond‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08) play-in-progress Four Riffs for a Sailor will be part of Interim Writers (2/3) at the Democracy Center in Cambridge.

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze (Crafts Fellow ’09) is featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Surface Design Journal.

Jeff Daniel Silva‘s (Film & Video Finalist ’09) Ivan and Ivana debuts in NYC at MOMA (2/17 & 2/18)!

The lyrical films of Robert Todd (Film & Video Finalist ’09, ’05) will screen in a program called Golden Hour at the Bright Screening Room in Paramount Center (2/17, 6 PM).

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

Image: Matthew Mazzotta, STEEPED IN EXPLORATION (2010), methane digester, reeds, wood, paint, burner, 20x10x8 ft.

Fellows Notes – November 11

Friday, November 4th, 2011

November, upon us like a helping of heavily syrupped sweet potatoes, brings with it this bounty of news from our past Fellows/Finalists…


Nathalie Miebach’s Call to Composers

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

In July 2011, Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) was a 2011 TEDGlobal Fellow, speaking in Edinburgh about her fascinating work transmuting weather data into sculptural and musical art. You can watch her TED Talk, above, or find in on the TED site.

Nathalie’s process involves gathering weather data, which she translates into dazzling sculptures using elements of basketry. The data also provides the basis for musical scores (some exhibitions of Nathalie’s work are accompanied by live performances of music from the project).

For the past three years, Nathalie has collaborated with pianist Elaine Rombola on the weather scores. For her most recent works, the artists are looking to collaborate with other composers.

From Nathalie’s call to composers:

We would like to commission (composers) to take my scores and create works based on them (less 10 minutes, for solo piano or piano with small ensemble and/or voice), with the final goal being to produce a series of concerts/sculptural exhibitions to be performed in a variety of venues across the country.

Find out more about the scores, and the collaboration. If interested or to find out more, contact the artist.

Think Massachusetts Art

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Highly suggested: Think/Do/Experience one, some, or all of the following things in the next few days:

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12 (tonight) Alice Bouvrie‘s (Film & Video Fellow ’11) film Thy Will Be Done (see a clip, above) screens at the Marran Theatre at Lesley University, 7 PM, free. This documentary tells the story of male-to-female transsexual Sara Herwig in her journey to ordination in the Presbyterian Church. The artist and cast will be on hand for discussion.

THURSDAY, OCT. 13 Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) speaks at the Newton Senior Center, hosted by the Newton Art Association, free, 7:30-9:30 PM, coffee/discussion begins at 7 PM. Nathalie, who was recently featured at the Fuller Craft Museum and was a Global TED Fellow, transmutes weather data into 3D woven structures and musical multi-media art. This chance to get a glimpse into her brain is not to be missed.

FRIDAY, OCT. 14-SATURDAY, OCT. 15 The Think Art Conference takes place at Boston University. The event, which is free and open to the public and is organized by Toni Pepe (Photography Finalist ’11), is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars and artists. This year, the participants explore the manipulation of memory and how the individual (and society) remembers.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15 The Boston Book Festival is a free, day-long schedule of events, readings, workshops, and other bookish happenings at Copley Square. While it’s hard to pick out a favorite happening among the power-packed day, this is pretty super: The Drum, an audio literary magazine founded and edited by Henriette Lazaridis Power (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06), is sponsoring PERAMBULIT. PERAMBULIT lets you experience a fictional narrative of the Boston Book Festival by listening to stories as you walk along the festival’s routes. Find out more about how you can hear stories by Ethan Gilsdorf, Jenna Blum, Daphne Kalotay, Matthew Pearl, Steven Brykman, Catherine Elcik, Becky Tuch, and Henriette Lazaridis Power, created especially for the Boston Book Festival’s Copley Square location.

Fellows Notes – September 11

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

In September, past MCC fellows/finalists venture into imagined flora, faraway lands, outer space, the impermanent, the temporary, and the nearly not. (For starters.)

And now, we venture into our monthly round-up of the news of past awardees of our Artist Fellowships Program.

Karen Aqua (Film & Video Fellow ’11) will be honored by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston in a tribute program, on Sunday, September 25, 2011, 3 PM. Read more about the program on ArtSake.

Sally Bellerose (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’04) will read from her novel The Girls Club at Forbes Library in Northampton on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 3 PM. The novel tells of the complicated, interconnected lives of three working class sisters in small town Massachusetts.

Congratulations to Alice Bouvrie (Film & Video Fellow ’11), whose documentary Thy Will Be Done now has a distribution partnership with New Day Films. The film will be appearing at Heart of England International Film Festival in the UK, September 7-18, 2011. The film, an excerpt of which won the artist an 2011 Artist Fellowship, will also be screening at the North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Shreveport, LA on September 17 (12:30 PM) and September 20, 2011 (5:30 PM, followed by a panel discussion). Next month, along with a screening at the International Film Festival Australasia in Australia, the film will be shown at Lesley University‘s Marran Theater in Cambridge on October 12, 2011, at 7 PM.

Sarah Braunstein‘s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’04) novel The Sweet Relief of Missing Children was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.

John Cameron‘s (Crafts Fellow ’11) work is included in New Hampshire Furniture Masters 2011. The annual auction is on September 10, 2011, at the Currier Museum of Art in NH.

Cheryl Clark (Poetry Finalist ’10) will read her poetry on Saturday, September 24, 3 PM, at Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge, as part of the Unaffiliated Reading Series.

Shawn Cody‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’07) new music theater work The Water Dream will have a staged reading as part of Shakespeare & Company’s Studio Festival of New Plays. The performance features Broadway veteran Anthony Rapp and takes place Monday, September 5, 2011 at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Read about the event in Playbill.

Rebecca Doughty (Painting Finalist ’10) has a solo show of new paintings, called Nearly Nots, at The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. The show runs September 2-21, 2011, with a reception on Friday, September 2, 7-10 PM.

Vico Fabbris (Painting Fellow ’06, Drawing Fellow ’00) will have an exhibition titled Floragenis at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown from September 1 to September 15, 2011. Opening reception, with the artist, Friday, September 2, 2011 at 7 PM. An interview with Vico Fabbris on his Floragenis exhibition at the Rice Polak Gallery will appear in the Provincetown Banner on Thursday, September 1, 2011, written by art historian and art critic Susan Rand Brown.

Long time organizer of poetry and interdisciplinary programs in Massachusetts, Michael Hoerman (Poetry Fellow ’04) has created a brand new organization, The Temp Series Project, to advocate and promote writing and art in the Commonwealth. Based in culture-rich Lowell, MA, The Temp Series Project will create interdisciplinary events, develop commissions, and host special showcases that highlight Massachusetts artists and promote their appreciation. Projects in the works include a temporary reading series, pocket poetry festival, and temporary public art. For more information, join The Temp Series Project on Facebook. The Temp Series Project was recently approved for fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas.

Brian Knep (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11) is showing Healing 2 as part of the group show Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future at Brown University in Providence, RI. The show runs at the David Winton Bell Gallery September 3-November 6, 2011, with an opening reception and curatorial talk on Friday, September 9, 5:30-7:30 PM.

Jesse Kreitzer (Film & Video Finalist ’11) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his independent feature film, The Wake. The film, which was recently selected as a finalist for the 2012 Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Lab, is the story of a grief-ridden social worker who cares for a dying woman in secrecy from his wife and two children.

Dawn Lane (Choreography Fellow ’10) will premiere a new work of dance, one potato, two potato, at the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow on September 2, 2011 (8 PM) and September 3, 2 PM and 8 PM. The work draws on aspects of Irish culture & history (i.e. knitting, the famine and Irish dance) to explore perceptions of excess, wastefulness, having enough, or nothing. Dawn’s MCC Fellowship, as well as a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Creative Development Residency, helped pave the way for the new work. One potato, two potato is presented in cooperation with Jacob’s Pillow Community Dance Programs and Community Access to the Arts. Read Dawn’s post about the development of one potato, two potato, on ArtSake.

Scott Listfield (Painting Finalist ’10) is among the artists with work in Lift Off: Earthlings and the Great Beyond at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University in NJ. The exhibition is in the Main Gallery September 1, 2011-January 5, 2012, with an opening reception and catalog launch Thursday, September 15, 5-7 PM. Follow Scott’s new blog for more info on his upcoming solo show at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell, Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield. That show will run November 7–December 2, 2011, artist talk & reception November 8, 3-5 PM. Finally, Scott is featured in a recently released book documenting the great Crazy 4 Cult art shows at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.

Christian McEwen‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’11) new book World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down will be published by Bauhan Publising this month. The book reflects on how slowing down the pace of one’s life can have profound benefits, including on creativity.

Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) has two solo shows in Massachusetts, this month: Musical Storms is on exhibit at the Cushing-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College in Easton from September 22-October 31, 2011, with an opening reception October 5, 6-7:30 PM. Another solo show, Changing Waters, is on exhibit at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown September 30-November 30, 2011.

Anne Neely (Painting Finalist ’10) has a solo exhibit, Mopang: Recent Paintings on view at Lohin Geduld Gallery in NYC, from September 7 through October 8, 2011, with an opening reception September 8, 5–7 PM. A catalog with essay by Jonathan Franzen (who, incidentally, won our Artist Fellowship in 1986!) accompanies the exhibit.

Congratulations to Marlo Poras (Film & Video Fellow ’05), whose film-in-progress The Mosuo Sisters received a Chicken & Egg Pictures Liberty Grant.

Eric Henry Sanders‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’09) play Reservoir is being remounted at Theater 89 in Berlin (translated title: Haseks Heimkehr), following a successful production there in May. There was one performance in August, and upcoming performances September 9, 10, 16, and 17, 2011.

Tara Sellios (Photography Fellow ’11) is preparing for a solo show called Lessons of Impermanence at The New England School of Art & Design, this November 2011.

Peter Snoad‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’09) short play My Name is Art was staged at Artists Exchange in Cranston, RI, August 19-28 as part of their Black Box Theatre’s annual one-act festival.

Julia Story‘s (Poetry Finalist ’10) poetry was recently featured in TriQuarterly literary journal.

Steve Tourlentes (Photography Fellow ’11, ’05) currently has a piece in Night Vision, an exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through September 16, 2011.

Frank Ward (Photography Fellow ’11) gave two presentations in Central Asia, in August, first presenting his work in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, followed by a lecture in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Jeff Warmouth (Sculpture/Installation Finalist ’05) has a solo exhibition at the SHOW Gallery and Performance Space in Staten Island, NY. The show, called SuperJeffuBurgerMarket, runs September 10-October, 29, 2011, with an opening reception Saturday, September 10, 5-8 PM.

Ellen Wineberg (Painting Finalist ’04) has work in two MA exhibitions this months: she has four pieces in 24 Solo Shows at Bromfield Gallery in Boston, August 31-October 1 (opening reception Sept. 9, 6-8:30 PM). She’s also part of a five-person show, Exquisite Corpse at Deerfield Academy. The show, with work ranging from minimal to real, runs September 22-November 17 (opening reception Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-5), at the school’s Russell Gallery.

Michael Zelehoski (Painting Fellow ’10) has a solo show at Sanford Smith Fine Art in Great Barrington, running through October 13, 2011.

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Images: Painting by Vico Fabbris, from the FLORAGENIS series; paintings by Rebecca Doughty, from the NEARLY NOTS series; Michael Hoerman’s digital rendering of Storehouse No. 1, a video installation proposed by The Temp Series Project in Lowell; cover art for Christian McEwen’s WORLD ENOUGH & TIME (Bauhan Publishing, 2011); Frank Ward, #3 (2009), Giclee print, 22X33 in.

Artists’ Ideas Leap at TED

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

“The Biennial of the Americas in Denver asked, Could I represent the 35 nations of the Western Hemisphere and their interconnectedness in a sculpture? I didn’t know where to begin. But I said yes.”

I love how the words above, spoken by Janet Echelman at her March 2011 TED Talk, exemplify the leap of faith a creative person takes in embarking on a new project.

TED, that buzzy confluence of creative brains in technology, entertainment, and design, began as an annual conference of “ideas worth spreading.” Over the years, speakers ranging from Steven Hawking to Al Gore to MA’s very own Benjamin Zander (his impassioned argument for music and creativity is one for the ages) have shared their creative energies and ideas.

The original conference spawned a number of other conferences, and Janet Echelman, a 2009 MCC Artist Fellow in both Crafts and Sculpture/Installation, is one of the recent additions to the growing online library of TED talks. Her talk includes an anecdote of how desperate circumstances led to a breakthrough in her large-scale, fiber-based moving sculptures, and how her work combines timeless traditions with cutting-edge science. Watch it in the embedded video, above.

Another artist who works at the nexus of science, art, and craft, is Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09), who recently participated in the TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, as a TEDGlobal Fellow. And there must be something “global” in the Massachusetts water: another local artist, Jae Rhim Lee, joined her among the 2011 Fellows.

Since 2009, local innovators have converged at TEDxBoston, which applies the same TED dynamic to the Boston community. The 2011 event featured Caleb Neelon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07). In Caleb’s talk, he shares how his background in street art led to public painting (some commissioned, some not) in Berlin, Sao Paulo, Katmandu, Tegucigalpa, Shenzhen, and Seville. But always, after the project was done, it was back to the Boston area, because, as he puts it, “it’s home.”

Creating public art in cities throughout the world led him to think about visual messages cities send, and the way his own city could send more signals of its receptiveness to creative ideas and individuals. “Big, adventurous public art is a way to signal that receptiveness, visually,” he says.

Definitely video clips worth spreading.